Summer "Momiform": Mid Week Muse

Before I was a mom I never really understood the term "momiform" or mom uniform.  I assumed if I was staying home and could wear whatever I wanted that I would be wearing fabulous outfits everyday and not just yoga pants and a t-shirt.   Now that I'm a mom I totally get it.  I realize now that your "momiform" doesn't have to be yoga pants and t-shirt but that it's a quick easy kid friendly outfit that you wear most days of the week. 

This is what my Summer momiform looks like:


Summer "Momiform"



Mirrored Aviators/Louis Vuitton Neverfull/ J.Crew Factory Vneck Tee/ J.Crew Denim Shorts/ Givenchy  Glass Pearl Earrings/ Michael Kors Watch (old similar here) / Forever 21 Gold bangles/ Tory Burch Miller Sandals (old similar here)

Now we all know since I'm pregnant my shorts have an elastic waist band and my shirts are like 5 sizes bigger but the rest of the elements are the same.
I have that J.Crew Factory V-neck and it's the perfect soft summer shirt.   I've also been living in my Tory Burch Miller sandals this summer.  I never ever leave the house without earrings and I pretty much wear those pearl studs above everyday.   I also have to wear a watch and bangles- even though I usually check my phone for the time :).   As you know I picked up some cheapy mirrored aviators and I've been using my LV Neverfull as much as I can before I have a messy newborn and need to break out a regular diaper bag again.   The bag is a splurge but I've had mine for 2.5 years and it's still in great condition and really is a work horse bag. 

So do you have a "momiform"?  If you're not a mom do you have an easy go to outfit that you wear? 

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Tuesday Mish-Mash

So I stayed up way too late watching The Bachlorette and After the final rose last night, did you all do that too?   I was so happy she chose Josh, which is who I thought she was going to choose but OMG what is wrong with Nick?!!?    You knew her for like 6 weeks and your mom met her once, yet you're both so torn up and broken hearted about this.  I could not handle his desperation. 

So I've been dying for a pair of mirrored aviators but didn't really want to spend $$$ on a pair of Ray-Bans because let's be honest, nothing is safe with tiny 1 yr old hands getting into everything. He's already 1-1 on breaking sunglasses this summer so I didn't want to risk it.  

Luckily after having lunch at my favorite place, Nordstrom Cafe, I wondered into the BP department (is it still BP?) and found that they had mirrored aviators for $12 a pair!   Usually cheap sunglasses suck but these are actually really clear and block the sun really well.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I splurged on $24 and picked up both colors they had.    You can find them here if you want a pair. 



We are headed to the beach next week with some family that we rarely ever see so I've been looking for some cute comfy dresses for lunches/dinner out.   I stumbled upon this dress in Target and picked it up in the stripe and black because it was only $23! It fits well and flatters plus it is the softest most comfortable cotton.  It will definitely stretch with me as the bump grows and I'll be able to add a sweater or jean jacket to it in the fall. 



Miller is finally getting back on a better sleep schedule.   I've found that if he doesn't get his two naps a day then he's overstimulated and will fight us on bedtime. I think all the walking is burning a lot more energy than I thought.   I've also pushed his afternoon nap back to 3pm so he's sleeping from 3-4:30/5pm and going to bed at 8pm and it's working so much better for us! He's still an early bird who's up around 6-6:30pm but he's back to sleeping in his own bed and sleeping through the night. 

Thanks so much to everyone that reached out to me during my Thoughts for Thursday confessions post last week- you all sure know how to make a girl feel better and less alone.  I'm feeling much better and less overwhelmed this week. 

I can't leave you without any pictures of my sweet boy so here he is with his newest obsession, throwing and kicking balls.  He is all boy all the time.



What's on my Book Shelf?

I've been trying really hard to read more over the last 6 months. While I'm still not reading as much as I used to pre-baby I'm getting at least a book a month which is good with me. For the second half of the year I'm trying it read 2-3 books per month, even though I know this might be impossible come November I hope to keep up the goal.   
I am headed to the beach this weekend and looking for some new books so I would love for you to throw your suggestions my way!

Here is what I've read lately: 

Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
Synopsis from Goodreads: The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event--but in reality, things are far from perfect. 
While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY--into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.
I think this has to be my least favorite Elin Hilderbrand book.  I usually love her stuff and love that they all take place on Nantucket but I just couldn't really get into this oneI can't pinpoint exactly what I didn't like but I didn't find many of the characters likeable which may have been the problem. The story line also dragged most of the time. 



Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Synopsis from Goodreads: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.    But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love 
This was the final book in the Divergent series and I loved this series more than I did Hunger Games.  The book was fine, I would say it was better than Mocking Jay but still wasn't as good as I hoped. I think the double POV of Tris and Four is what complicated it.  I will say though that I was fine with the ending and not outraged by it.  Is is the one I would have chosen?  Probably not but I can see why the author did it.  If you're looking for a teen dystopian novel I would still suggest this series.    


Synopsis from GoodreadsHenry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.  This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry's world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While "scholarshipping" at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship - and innocent love - that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel's dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family's belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice - words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago
 
My mom lent me this book years ago and I just keep overlooking it.  I finally picked it up this spring it up this spring and decided to give it a try.  I am so glad I did!  It took me a little while to get into it but once I got into it I was hooked.  I loved the history in the book and there is so much I learned about Japanese internment camps during WWII and what life was like for a lot of Asians at this time.  The book is really well written and the story unfolds so well.  

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
 Synopsis from Goodreads: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.  Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world
This was a great read!  I thought it was very well written and I think I got through it in 2 or 3 days.  I was intrigued by the story of Bernadette and all her little quirks.  Highly suggest this one for a good summer read. 


The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Synopsis from Goodreads: Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
Another great summer easy read! A few people suggested this to me and I'm so glad I picked it up.  I really liked the writing and thought the story moved quickly and kept me intrigue the whole time.  This was my first Liane Moriarty book and she's quickly becoming a new favorite. 

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Synopsis from GoodreadsAlice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over
I picked this up from the library right after I read The Husband's Secret.   I really liked this one too and it's another easy summer read.   It was fun to try to piece together Alice's "missing life" from the different storylines through out the book and try to figure out how everything was going to work out.  

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 
Synopsis from Goodreads: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time
Love, love, loved this book.  I recommend everyone read this.   I didn't know much about it before I got it from the library except that I had seen a few people recommend it and I'm so glad I didn't.  I thought it was a little slow at first but quickly got sucked into the story and could not put it down.  I was up one night reading it until 2am!   I don't want to say too much to give the story away just know it was a good one. 

So what's on your bookshelf?  Read any good books lately? 

Thoughts for Thursday:Confessions

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Today I'm throwing some confessions your way:

- I failed on my no spend month. Once I ripped the band aid off buying the hanky panky underwear it was all down hill from there. I'm not proud of myself but besides one item the rest of the stuff was stuff I need. Like shirts that actually cover my stomach and new pajamas for Miller. 

-My husband travels a lot and works late a lot and I've started to rely on the tv more to entertain Miller in the evenings. I'm not proud but I'm exhausted and need to get stuff done, like making him dinner.

- I'm so happy that Miller can walk but man is it exhausting. We go on another vacation next weekend and I'm scared he's not going to sit still at all. Which means no relaxing for me. Ugh.

- I am in no way prepared to have 2 kids in 3.5 months.  I think I'm in denial.

- I made my husband buy me chocolate chip cookies the other night and I immediately ate 4, the next day I ate 4 and then I threw the box away because I have no self control.  I almost went back into the trash for them a few hours later. Almost.

- I'm not sure I'm cut out to be a stay at home mom.  I'm not saying I'm ungrateful for this opportunity or regret my decision but some days are just really hard. Sometimes I just want to talk to adults about stuff that doesn't involve babies, kids, schedules, diapers, bottles, etc.  I also miss getting dressed, showing up somewhere and really using my brain.

- In addition to adult interaction I miss having my own money.  A lot.  

- I like for the main living areas of my house to be neat, tidy, and organized. Our master bedroom is another story- it looks like a bomb went off in there 5 out of the 7 days in a week.

- I'm pretty sure I'm going to gain another 40lbs this pregnancy.  I was doing so well and lately I am just packing on the pounds.  It's really frustrating because I'm being so good compared to when I was pregnant with Miller yet I'm still gaining weight.  I'm trying to just come to terms with the fact that this is how my body gains weight while pregnant.

- After just about swearing off reality tv for the past year I am back to watching all the trash- housewives, millionaire matchmaker, the kardashians.  Ugh. Why do I just keep getting sucked into that trash?!

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Five Things I'm Loving this Summer

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it's July 23rd. This summer is just flying by and pretty soon I'm going to be posting about jeans and pumpkin spice lattes.  Until then I'm going to continue to soak up these long hot summer days.

Here are five things I've been loving this summer:

1. Strawberry Salad

We had a strawberry salad with goat cheese and candied walnuts at the wedding we went to two weeks ago and now some version of a strawberry salad has been my lunch every day for the past two weeks.
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I'm a horrible blogger and haven't taken a pretty photograph of the strawberry salads I've been making lately but this one above from The Healthy Foodie is pretty close.  
I've been using mixed greens, strawberries, crumbled goat cheese, and honey roasted pecans.  I've been using Annie's Balsamic dressing or Annie's Raspberry dressing, I use a very small amount of dressing not to over power the other flavors.    The salad is heavenly and so light and refreshing.  



2. La Croix Passion Fruit

Have you tried the new passion fruit La Croix flavor?  It's so good and just screams summer.   I can imagine it might be good with a little vodka in it too.  Maybe you all can try that for me? The passion fruit, apricot, and mango are only available at Target right now.. 

3.  Pink Stitch Maxi and Mini Dress 





I know I am totally beating a dead horse here but this maxi dress is the best!  First of all it's so comfortable for hot summer days since the material is so light, but lined so it's not see through, and the cut is really airy.   It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I've worn mine with heels, Jack Rogers, and regular old flipflops.     
For those of you that aren't pregnant my sister tried the dress on and it was just as flattering on her as it was on me and didn't make her look big at all. 

I have my eye on the mini dress because it looks just as cute but I'm a little worried with my height and baby bump that it might be too short. 


4. Step 2 Tropical Island Resort Water Table

Step2 Tropical Island Resort


My parents gave Miller this water table for his birthday and we love it!  We just set this up next to his mini pool in the backyard in the afternoons and it's endless fun.  He can play and splash and just has the best time.  If you have a kid around Miller's age and are on the fence about the water table I say get it!   It has helped pass the time on these long hot days recently! 




5. Justin's Maple Almond Butter 

 I was introduced to almond butter at the beach a few weeks ago and now I'm hooked.  I had wanted to try almond butter for awhile but I didn't want to buy a huge jug and then hate it so when my father in law had some at the beach I had to try.   It is sooooo good.   I ate mostly the maple almond butter while we were there and I've been having it at home on apples as a snack.   It just feels a bit lighter than peanut butter and is much more delicious.   The best part is it tastes sweet but only has 3 grams of suger per serving size! 

So what are you loving this summer?

Vanity Dreams

The last big items on our need to renovate list is the upstairs bathrooms.   For our master we want to make upgrades and reconfigure the layout if possible.  I have a built in vanity right now but the lighting is horrible and I really only use it for storage so we would try to accommodate it into our new bathroom or closet.   Since I would be losing my vanity and cosmetic storage I would need to move it to another part of our bedroom.
When One Kings Lane contacted me about participating in the Reflect Your Style campaign to build my vanity around one of their mirrors I jumped at the chance.  OKL is one of my favorite places to shop for unique home decor pieces and I've had the bathroom renovation ideas fresh on my mind so this was perfect. 

Vanity Dreams
 



I designed everything around the Lenior oversized mirror.  This is such a classic feminine piece and I knew it would be the perfect item to start my vanity. 
I decided to pair it with this Erica console table and Graham mirrored vanity stool.  I love the classic lines of the console paired with the glamour of the mirrored stool. 
The Wallingford storage accessories are a nice touch of gold and perfect for storage of cotton balls, brushes, and perfumes.
I've been a fan of Michelle Armas art for awhile now and I think this bright piece would help bring some color to the space. 
I can't forget my favorite cosmetics that would live on this vanity:  Origins Vitazing tinted moisturizer, Benefit They're Real Mascara, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, and my new favorite scent, Tory Burch

Be sure to check out One Kings Lane and if you don't have your own account yet, you can sign up here

Do you have a vanity in your room?  What are some of your vanity must haves?   Do you shop with One Kings Lane? 

Monday Randoms

Happy Monday Y'all!  I hope everyone had a good weekend. 

We had a visitor in our bed Friday and Saturday night.
Separation Anxiety is in full force around here.   Someone does not like to be more than 3 feet away from me at all times.  Friday night was the worst and we couldn't calm him down or get him to bed until 11pm.  It felt like having a newborn again because we couldn't figure out what was wrong and nothing could soothe him.  Saturday was better even though he ended up in our bed again and last night he slept in his own bed after many trips into his room.  
This is a rough phase and the blood curdling screams that he is doing would rip anyone's heart out.  Ughhhh.  I'm hoping it doesn't last too long. 

Saturday night we went to the new Annapolis Smokehouse for dinner with my sister and brother in law.   The food was so good.  We ordered so many appetizers and they give you free hush puppies before dinner, needless to say I was stuffed.  I ended up taking my whole dinner home with me. 

I wore this Target maxi dress that I picked up a few weeks ago.  It's from the juniors section but fits the bump great.  The bonus is that it was only $30



My sister and I are having an instagram sale with clothes that we no longer wear.   You can find all the stuff @shopnandpcloset.  We will be adding more stuff this week as we continue to clean out our closets. Free Shipping on everything! 

Here are some items we have left if you're interested. 

Lilly Pulitzer Dress- 100% Silk-size Small- $45.00


Gap Leopard Flats- size 10- NWT- $35.00

True Religion Faded Jean Shorts- size 29- $30.00
 
I leave you with this...