what I wore, the baby bump chronicles

You can't tell from this outfit, but I really have a visible bump at this point. in fact, the sprout is having a growth spurt and so my abdominal muscles have be stretching and hurting like the dickens! I have totally become one of those women who rubs her tummy--it makes it feel better, k?
So I've referenced life getting crazy a few times: I've started another job. For 20 hours a week I'm doing layout and design for the local newspaper. (Yes, this is in addition to 30 hours a week at Starbucks and doing photography. But no worries! Wedding season is over!) This has been my first week, and so far? LOVING it. I'm kind of a massive fan of mucking about in Quark. Anyway, all that to explain why just as my wardrobe options are shrinking I need more cute outfits than ever before. Where before I could live with about two pairs of work pants, now I'm needing business casual stuff every day. (Well, 4 days a week.) Sisters to the rescue! They have ransacked their wardrobes for all things loose, flowy, and stretchy.
I had my first wardrobe crisis today, though. Had on a completely adorable outfit involving my stretchiest skinny jeans that I'd extended using the rubber band trick, a long tunic top, and a blazer, and after 15 minutes I was in so much pain it felt like I was making up for all the period cramps I've missed the past five months. So I switched to this look: there's nothing pulling across my tummy.
navy dress: target
yellow sweater: marshall's
boots: jcrew
Nothing I'm wearing is actually maternity. I'm taking all the advantage of that I can!

Sorry the image is so dark! It was taken at the end of a very long day.


to do

Going to be in New York City with le husband for two and a half days next weekend! It's an early celebration of our anniversary/visit to PhotoPlus. (I go every year, and this year I'm dragging him along.) The last time we went to the city together it was March, so it was kind of chilly, but late October is one of my favorite times to visit: cool enough to be comfy, but still warm enough to walk a LOT. Anyway, I'm excited about sharing some of my new favorite places that I've gathered since our last visit together. So far my list includes:
There's also a new indian place to check out, and I want to find a fantastic little bakery not too far from our hotel (we're staying in SoHo). Mainly I plan to enjoy this little trip of just us together before I get too big and uncomfortable to travel easily. Anything that you think we should do/see/eat together?


wednesday wonderfulness, massive edition

This may be the last of these for a while; life took a giant turn for the crazy this week. But in a good way, I promise! Anyway, lots of long reads this week, because that's what I've been doing: reading long articles in the snippets of time between things.
Ok, well, that's it for now.



currently loving

I know I haven't been around much lately: trust me when I say that life has been INSANE. I thought it was before...I had no idea. So don't expect it to be any more interesting around here for a while. WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED. In the mean time? Pretty things.

How fantastic is the styling in this video? I love the cat eye she's rocking.

I'm pretty sure it's impossible for me to get tired of this one.

And I've shared this song before, but here's the official video. I really love the message of the song...

And just in case you needed to know: how to shuffle.


in memory

I don't often reference current events on here, but I'm really quite sad that Steve Jobs died yesterday. He was so young (56!) and impacted so many, causing the world to rethink how we use computers and really? How we live. So here are two things: one, him doing the voiceover from the "crazy ones" ad (one of my life mantras, I think). And two, his commencement address to Stanford in 2006: how to live before you die. He would know.

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked; there is no reason not to follow your heart."

Think different, people.