Lucia has been quite the little traveler over the last two months of her life, aka since birth, literally. She's been up and down freeways visiting family and grandparents almost every week. After the first few times of just throwing all her cute little outfits and overnight needs into a canvas tote bag, I realized maybe it would be a good idea to invest in a real diaper bag. Luckily Farfeach reached out at about the same time and asked if I was open to styling a diaper bag! Of course, I was ecstatic, Farfetch has the best curation of chic and covetable items so I was thrilled to go through their bag selection and pick out a diaper bag that was more "me" and my husband since he would be wearing it a lot too. Read more about the bag I picked and why below. Head here for the full article on the Farfetch site.
Why have you chosen this particular bag?
I've always said I'm not going to wear a diaper bag that looked like one and this sleek Tiba + Marl backpack certainly doesn’t look like your average ‘diaper bag’. It even looks masculine enough for my husband to wear! I also liked that it's a backpack, making it easier to travel with Lucia while carrying around her stuff.
What are the essentials that you carry for yourself and Lucia in your bag?
For Lucia, I carry diapers, wipes, a fresh onesie, blanket, muslin cloth, a bottle of milk (if we are going on a long trip) and a pacifier. I carry snacks and chapstick for myself!
Where would you and Lucia go for a fun day out?
She loves looking at bright things and the sights of the city, so we'd pack our Tiba + Marl backpack and head out for a long stroll in the city. We’d then end up at a cafe so I can grab a coffee or wine during her nap once we get to our destination and maybe even pop into an ice cream shop on the way back home!
Why would you recommend investing in a designer diaper bag?
I've always believed in quality over quantity. One good bag is way better than ten mediocre ones. Plus, your kids will probably want to use it for themselves one day.
Will you continue to use your bag when you no longer need to carry diapers?
This backpack is so sleek I will definitely be using it once Lucia is no longer a baby. I'll be carrying it to work — laptop, notepad and even gym clothes in tow.
Is there any advice you’d give to first time parents when choosing the best changing bag?
Know what you need the bag for, as in identity what you'll use the bag for makes picking the right one easier. For instance, this Tiba + Marl one is perfect for a day trip as it fits the essentials. Also, make sure there are lots of pockets and that it's comfortable enough to tote to and from.
Let’s chat brassieres, or in my case, nursing brassieres! If you are new around here, I’m a new mom to a beautiful baby girl, her name is Lucia and she’s perfect. For the longest time before I became pregnant, and long past giving birth, I honestly didn’t think very much about nursing bras. The bralettes I wore pre-birth have always had a special place in my heart, so I wore them for convenience and comfort, and post-birth they were super easy to get on and off when baby girl was hungry and panicking! But when ThirdLove reached out about trying their new and improved 24/7 Classic Nursing Bra, I was curious and ready to upgrade my unmentionables in the nursing department.
At first glance, the Classic Nursing Bra looked like a normal bra, but the hooks and drop down cups that make nursing a breeze are not part of your typical bra, so that is different. Otherwise, it looks and feels like your gorgeous everyday bra. I love the light plum color it comes in called Twilight (it also comes in Taupe), and the beautiful gold detailed accents make me feel less like “I-just-gave-birth” and much more put together -- even if that is just mine and Lucia’s secret. As soon as I opened the package, I could tell this bra was going to be comfortable. The Pima cotton material felt great and looked seamless under even my lightest tee.
So while it looked good and felt good, would it be easy to use for a nursing bra novice like me? Lucia and I put it to the test and it indeed lived up to the hype. It was easy to unhook one-handed and I even maintained a degree of modesty by not having to completely undress from the waist up. ThirdLove has an arsenal of maternity bras designed for easy and chic nursing. Head to their blog to read more on this newly revamped brassiere.
Big thanks to ThirdLove for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.
Well, well well, it's been a while, hasn't it? With good reason too I might add. Somebody just had a baby. And by somebody I mean me, and by just I mean two weeks ago! My little Lucia was born exactly two weeks ago on Friday night. It's kind of hard to believe one day she's in my belly kicking and squirming and the next she's out, just like that and pregnancy is over and motherhood starts without any warning. I feel overwhelmed grateful, happy, tired and so many other emotions. For now how about I share more of the birth story, since that seems to be a thing, and I happen to think mine is a pretty good one?
Two weeks ago on a Thursday night, I had happy hour with Julie at a local bar. I had a few days left before I was "supposed" to hit my due date, four days approximately and I was determined to use them all up doing the things I might not have time or energy to do post-baby. So there I was in a bar filled with people actually drinking alcohol and I was sipping on sparkling water and eating tater tots. Afterward, Julie was kind enough to walk me to Walgreens to pick up a prescription -- at this point, my midwife said I was experiencing high blood pressure so I needed to get some meds, then she walked me home, saw our pseudo-half-finished nursery and left. No more than 10 minutes went by after she left that my water broke at home! I didn't know what to expect when it happened so of course, I assumed I couldn't contain my overactive bladder, but nope, that was actually my water breaking! After freaking out for about two minutes I called the hospital and they said they were full so the best course of action would be to sleep at home since you have about 12-24 hours before you fully go into labor. What are the odds the hospital is full?
After attempting to sleep that night, not very well, we packed up and headed for the hospital about 9am the next morning, where contractions promptly started a few hours later, and without even noticing them, the monitor picked them up. Lucky me, I didn't even feel the pains of contractions, assuming this couldn't go better? I spoke too soon and about 12:30pm those baby contractions turned into full-on painful, not pretty contractions about every 5-6 minutes and continued to worsen over the next five hours! It was awful, I'm pretty sure I told my husband I "think I'm going to die "multiple times -- yes, a bit dramatic. I tried to dull the pain by trying stage one of the pain meds offered-- laughing gas. And you'll never guess what happened. Nothing. Yup, that's right it went right through me and the contractions were still present and I was still in pain. So right to stage three we went -- the famed epidural. And while it took a total of about 45 minutes to kick in I finally felt some sort of relief, and then a full hour later contractions were just a dull sensation vs. the slow death I felt.
Around 7pm I was fully dilated and that meant that it was go-time. Since my husband hadn't yet eaten dinner I was hoping he'd get a bite in before it all went down so I asked if we can wait until after his Postmates order arrived (hey, I get it, when you're hungry, you're hungry). After his order arrived and he ate it was almost 9pm. At 9pm I attempted my first "push" and while I was very nervous it seems pretty straight forward. You inhale deeply and push with everything you have as you exhale, you do that three times with a break in between. I only had to push for 34 minutes and then at 9:34pm Lucia was born. It was so surreal.
It's only been two weeks and three days with her and while the days and nights seem repetitive -- eat, change, sleep, repeat-- I know that life is so much better with her in it already. I want to be a better person for her and give her everything I can. What a trip, nine months went by in an instant. For now my goal is to savor and really be in the moment with her when I feed, change, clean, or just gaze in her curious eyes vs. scrolling on my phone on the downtime I'm with her. She's a perfect little angel, I feel so blessed to be her mom.
It's been a whirlwind month and I can't believe it's nearly come to an end, both the pregnancy and the month of March. ;) My due date is nearly here and I'm running, err, walking around at a slow pace to get those last minute things in — lady dates, last blog projects, even hosting an event at nine months. Follow along on Instagram for all the details this weekend if you are able to make it!
If you are a mama, or even expecting, would love to hear what you did in your last few weeks pre-baby or what you plan on doing?
For all those non-mamas out there this dress is incredible, also, it's not a maternity dress, you know how I feel about buying maternity clothes. I saw it on Shopbop a few weeks ago, and without knowing if it would fit or not I decided to buy it hoping it would fit at my current size and even post-baby. It's linen, easy to wear and style and I'm hoping it'll be easy to nurse in, fingers crossed. I might even take this dress on a trip or two to wine country.
It's true, Ganni goes with everything. If you don't know Ganni, you are missing out. The Scandinavian brand's mission statement is simple they "fill a gap in the advanced contemporary market for effortless, easy-to-wear pieces that women instinctively reach for, day in, day out. " The brand was started by an art connoisseur and gallery owner's desire to create the perfect cashmere knit, probably very similar to the one I'm wearing above. It is my first and only (so far) Ganni piece, and I still get so many compliments on it even though I got it at the beginning of 2018. I wore it before pregnancy and now during, and it always seems to find a way to fit perfectly into my wardrobe.
Whoa, not quite sure how it's been one month since my last post and even more unsure how I got to be seven months pregnant — IT ALL HAPPENED SO FAST. Time is not on my side and there is still so much to do. By nature, I'm a procrastinator, I'll enjoy my "in-the-moment" time and do the thing I need to do tomorrow if I can swing it, hence this very delayed blog post. Truth be told I've been sitting down to write this for the last two weeks, but then I went on a babymoon, got busy at work, attended three baby showers (all for me!), dealt with jet lag, and all while trying to get ready for baby and be a supportive wife. Wow, no wonder I can't get this post out!
Ok, excuses over and I'm excited to share how I've been trying to stay stylish in the last few months of not being able to fit into anything.
1. Dresses are your BEST friend, you might even be able to still swing fitting into older roomy dresses. The one I'm wearing above is a new style turtleneck version I found at Zara for only $20! You better believe I snapped it up the moment I found it in store.
2. Remember this post when I said I'm refusing to buy maternity clothes?
Yeah, that lasted until last month where I could only fit into one pair of pants, and with the cold, it's been hard to live in dresses only. I ordered a few pairs of workout maternity leggings, cute everyday leggings, and skinny maternity jeans to switch it up!
3. Makeup and accessories can replace the cute clothes.
Just like this post says, I've given in to the theory of as long as two out of the three
(hair, makeup, and clothing) are taken care of, you are still put together. Playing with new makeup, and bringing my accessory game strong --think beanies, berets, Chanel earrings, scarves, etc-- still, make me feel fancy when I've been wearing the same style denim all week.
4. Good, oversized outerwear.
The Danes got it right when they said bigger is best for clothing. Everything is worn super oversized and they still manage to make it incredibly chic. This coat was a bit of a splurge, also from Zara, but when tied up over the bump it felt elegant and chic. I need more of these camel wrap coats in my life. I also was able to fit into my normal size, so I'll be able to wear it just fine once the baby gets here.
These shots were taken months before, well before you could really tell I was pregnant. I probably wore this jumpsuit at least once a week due to its ease of wear, how chic it still made me feel even though none of my other clothes fit, and it's easy to style monochrome hue. As you can tell you can really have fun with it (ie. loading up on the accessories, like I did) or keep it super simple and it would still be a minimalist dreamy piece.
As I mentioned on IG last week I've really been into jumpsuits lately (the bump is no longer hideable) and have been sizing up and stocking up on them. Do you have any favorite brands for jumpsuits, boilersuits or coveralls?
Layering is an art form here in Northern California, it's something that you learn over time as an expat or are born with as a local. That notorious chill affectionately known as "Karl the Fog", will get you if you don't layer properly. I know when stepping out in San Francisco, that I need at least two or three layers, or else I run the risk of "freezing", as I say.
Tall boots, knee-length dress, roomy turtleneck, and a blazer are my perfect San Francisco wintertime look, granted we rarely get below 50 degrees. Besides the chic proportions, one thing I really love about this outfit is the plaid on the dress. It reminds me so much of my high school uniform, strange but true. When my dad saw this outfit he actually thought I was wearing my high school uniform! Ha, I'm not quite sure I could fit into it still, but it was nice of him to say.