One of My Favorite Pregnancy Looks | Kimonos

Good morning, friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We kept busy with a Halloween train ride, family time and our anniversary dinner.  The Halloween ride was pretty great.  Our sister-in-law and our nieces were able to join us so Ryan couldn’t have been happier.  He absolutely loves those sweet girls.  It took place at The Museum of Life and Science in Durham.  You ride the train at the museum and you are dropped off in the woods where they have a makeshift pumpkin patch set up and various Halloween activities.  I was worried that it might be “too young” for the girls but they enjoyed the experience.  I definitely recommend it if you are local to the area and have young kids, especially toddlers.

Sunday was David’s and my sixth wedding anniversary so we headed to downtown Raleigh for dinner at Vidrio.  We figured that it would be our last night out for awhile seeing as this baby could come any day now.  It is always so nice to venture out, just the two of us.  We try our best to catch up on everything going on in each other’s lives in detail and to not simply sit there talking about Ryan.  (No offense to Ry.)  It’s so easy to fall into that habit but we both want to ensure that the conversation isn’t dominated by “parent talk”.    A good rule is to allow 5-10 minutes at the beginning of the night to talk about your child(ren) and then another 5-10 minutes at the end but to fill the majority of your evening with talk about other areas of your lives.

As I enter the final days of pregnancy, it is becoming increasingly difficult to fit into anything.  I have even outgrown my maternity PJ’s and a few tops.  The baby has grown so much this past week!  Making it increasingly more difficult is that it is still so hot and muggy here.  Ugh, it’s been brutal this week.  While getting ready for our anniversary dinner, I was so thankful for my recent kimono purchase.  It allowed me to feel more dressed up than throwing on an oversized tee but still provided a ton of comfort.  The best thing about this kimono trend?  They can be worn both during pregnancy as well as after pregnancy.  I love pieces that transition so easily!

Have you jumped on the kimono train?  I have shared some of my favorites below…

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xoxo

Lindsey

My Favorite Sweater for Fall

This morning, Ryan and I decided to channel the fall vibes and head out onto our deck in the early hours of the morning.  It is only a matter of hours before the sun is perched high in the sky and the temperatures are well into the 80’s again so being out there while the dew still covered the ground and while the air was still a touch cool was exactly what we both needed this morning.  While we were out there I giggled and thought, “I should wear my new favorite fall sweaters out here from 7am-8am every morning seeing as I won’t be wearing them much any time soon.”

This little venture outside while the sun was rising served two purposes.  The first reason simply being that it felt refreshing and was a nice little escape from our morning routine.  The second?  If you watch our Instastories, you may already know that Ryan has been waking close to 5am for the last two months.  After speaking with our sleep consultant several weeks ago, we made some changes in hopes of getting him back on track.  Well, nothing has helped so after speaking with her again yesterday, she suggested taking Ryan outside around 7am to try and help his circadian rhythm adjust.  Man, I cannot tell you how much I am praying that this works.  I don’t mind waking at 6am, but 5am is just exhausting.  Fingers crossed that these mornings spent outside help!

Who else is anxiously awaiting fall?  This 35 week pregnant lady cannot wait.  Sweaters, scarves, coats…I want them all.  Speaking of sweaters, I recently found this adorable (non-maternity) sweater dress and wanted to share it with you all.  The color is gorgeous and the statement sleeves sealed the deal.  As I mentioned, this is a sweater dress but I opted to style it as a sweater and pair it with jeans.  However, this will definitely be worn as a dress with cute tights and booties as well as paired with faux leather leggings and black over the knee boots once the weather becomes cooler.  There are so many styling options!

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xoxo

Lindsey

Monochromatic Look

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Admittedly, I typed that and then had to glance over at my calendar to make sure that it is in fact Wednesday.  My brain has officially turned to mush.  I don’t think I can blame it on pregnancy brain.  If you watch our Instastories, you may have seen me mention that Ryan is now waking closer to 5am rather than his usual 615/630am.  This had been going on for over a month and it has officially taken a toll on me…that coupled with the fact that I lay awake with my mind spinning each night around 230am.  We used a sleep consultant to help us train Ryan how to sleep through the night when he was 10 months old.  Yep, he was still waking 2-4 times each night.  Once we trained him, he became a perfect little sleeper.  Well, a perfect little sleeper for a year and half anyway.  I contacted the sleep consultant a couple of weeks ago and she assured me that what I am doing to correct the early rising is appropriate but we still aren’t seeing much of a change.  Fingers crossed that he starts sleeping in soon.  I would happily take a 6am waking!  (Words I never thought i would utter…or type.)

Moving on to a more positive subject…fall is on the horizon!  Woohoo!  I look forward to this time starting in June.  I have mentioned before that I could happily live without summer.  Let’s just say that the heat and I are not friends.  Fall is my favorite time of year for several reasons.  David and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in the fall, the change in foliage makes my heart pitter-patter, feeling the breeze on my face brings me pure joy, Ryan and I can comfortably play outside for hours, and finally, the least emotional reason of all, layers!

Who else feels insanely excited about being able to wear layers?  I swear that I am giddy at the thought.  This season, long cardigans and dusters are everywhere.  It’s exciting because they make the perfect layering pieces.  They are incredibly  versatile as they can be worn with jean or dresses and can be dressed up or dressed down.  They are perfect for both the workplace as well as a girls’ night out.

One of my favorite looks to wear in the fall is a layering combination consisting of a monochromatic color palette.  More specifically, I love pairing various shades of gray together to create a muted look.  In this particular case, I threw on a long cardigan which has several shades of gray ranging from a soft gray to a dark charcoal.  A simple off-white tank and faded gray jeans helped to keep the look clean and simple while a pair of tan booties added just a bit of warmth.

Unfortunately, this exact sweater just sold out but I have linked several other options that will easily work to create a monochromatic look!

 

 

 

xoxo

Lindsey