I wasn’t a stranger to the maternity clothing section before I was pregnant. I mean, maternity clothes are made to be comfortable, stretchy, and soft, so my mind would always translate the section of the store marked “Maternity” to “Clothes That Look Cute and Feel Like Pajamas.” And when your clothes feel like pajamas, it’s really tough to have a bad day. So worrying about whether or not I’ll be wearing the maternity clothes I’ve purchased to accommodate my ever-expanding (and boy do I feel it) bump hasn’t been too much of an issue because maternity clothes = socially acceptable pajamas.
Enter the ASOS maternity section. Where I snagged this floral printed skater dress the other week. If you’re pregnant, nursing, or just really into wearing pajamas to the office, seriously consider checking out the ASOS maternity dresses and tops. Or their non-maternity section, if you feel so inclined. I wish my Lightroom editing software could somehow allow you to feel the insane comfort level of this dress. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Or shop a few pieces for yourself. Or roll your eyes at my strangely extreme appreciation for this dress and this store’s maternity section. The choice is yours. 😉
Today is already an especially awesome day because we’re starting today at the doctor’s office, measuring baby’s little head and little arms and little legs and little feet while dreaming about holding that little head and little arms and little legs and little feet in less than five (FIVE?!) short months. We’re SO excited. And rumor has it we’ll be stopping for breakfast bagels on our way home (at least that what my pregnancy gut is telling me).
Baby. Bagels. And breezy maternity dresses. If only every Tuesday started with such wonderful alliteration!
This pregnancy has done wonders for my ability to grow and strengthen my fingernails. WONDERS. I don’t think my nails have ever been this long since, well…as a 90’s high school girl chomping on bubblegum and twirling her high pony tail would say, “LIKE, EVER.” So I thought that I should ride this “long nails” wave and buy myself a few new spring nail polishes. And if you’re like me (a poor graduate student who lacks the finances and time to get her nails done), you’ll be happy to know that these pretty spring hues can all be found at your nearest Target or department store. I hear soft pastels are all the rage for this upcoming Mother’s Day. And I’m a mom now, so I’ve got the “inside scoop,” you might say. 😉
You can browse these nail polishes below! I’ve also linked a few dresses that I think would pair nicely with each shade, in case you were still on the hunt for an easy Mother’s Day dress!
O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in Lucky Lucky Lavender: Spring purples always remind me of that scene from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, when Alice stumbles into a garden of flowers and sings “All in the Golden Afternoon.” This breezy maxi dress has got all the right floral in all the right places.
Now if only it would stop raining here in Minneapolis…
Today is THEE DAY, my friends. My last official day as a graduate student pursuing my master’s degree in English Literature. Tonight I’ll defend the thesis project that I’ve spent the past year preparing for and the last semester writing. The thesis that I began writing as I simultaneously discovered that Baby Beekman was growing inside me. The one that forced my pregnant self to stay up way past her 6pm bedtime to write and revise and flip through scans of old nineteenth century British periodicals. The thesis that could not have been written without a large box of Goldfish on my left and two bags of Starburst Jelly Beans on my right, not to mention that massive jar of pickles waiting to be devoured during my next writing “break.” Who knew that writing my thesis, the culmination of my graduate career thus far that has stretched my mental capacity, would coincide with the first trimester of my first pregnancy, which quite literally stretched and exhausted my physical capacity? But it happened. And for better or for worse, I’ll forever associate this master’s degree with Goldfish, nausea, and an overwhelming thankfulness.
So today is THEE DAY. And tonight, Thailand Island pizza from our favorite Psycho Suzi’s to celebrate! To all you who feel like you’re juggling far too many things: take a deep breath, buy yourself a candy bar (obviously you deserve it), and kick some major butt today. We got this!
Darrin and I wondered down and around the Stone Arch Bridge yesterday afternoon right before a downpour of rain drenched Minneapolis and every poor walker or jogger who had gambled that the weather’s brief moment of sunshine was going to last a bit longer before the next storm. We made it home just in time to crack open the windows, make dinner salads, and watch the rain cover our windows and move across the river. Thanks to these warmer and rainier days, the city has been much more green than brown, and we’re planning on waking up early tomorrow for this season’s first trip to the farmer’s market. Bring on the food truck breakfasts and big bouquets of peonies.
Of course, next summer we’ll be visiting the farmer’s market with a stroller, grooving and maneuvering through the crowds like those people who accidentally bump your ankles if you’re moving too slow or say “excuse me! stroller coming through!” like an annoyingly broken record. Darrin is not a fan of mixing strollers with crowds…but he married me. And I love crazy places like the Minnesota State Fair and Disney World. So. Operation Stroller Training is officially a GO this summer! We’re coming for you, busy shopping malls and stressfully crowded zoos!
Have a great weekend!
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Dress: Z Supply via Marshalls (this dress is so comfortable. loving these cooler colors here)
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