Just a minute

Sheesh I feel like all I do these days is talk about how behind I am with everything.

Are you sick of it?

Me too. 

Yeah so I’m going to take a little breather, okay? Probably just a week.

I’m emotionally fragile right now (pregnant + fairly stressed) and I think it might be a wise decision to take a week to catch up on all the things.

Who knows, maybe it will only take a couple days and I’ll be back next week like normal, but I thought I’d go ahead and give you a heads up in case you were curious about why there aren’t any new posts up.

Everything is fine, baby is healthy, David is happy (a teething little drool machine nonetheless), and we’re all just sitting over here melting in the steamy heat of August in North Carolina.

 

To keep you occupied while I’m gone, simply click here.

 

and yeah I’ll probably still be instagramming my mess since I can’t quit.

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What it’s about

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photo credit: Jordan Maunder

The other night David was fighting nighttime sleep and my patience was wearing thin.

Earlier that day he took a 2.5 hour afternoon nap. I thought that there was a chance I’d pay for it later, and I usually stick to a schedule, but the boy has been teething and growth-spurin so I let him go ahead and sleep.

As it turns out it took an extra hour for him to fall asleep that night. Between flipping over to his back and throwing parties, to whining and whimpering mixed with yip’s and cheer’s, I let him get all his energy out and watched the monitor to see if he would fall asleep.

At one point he got pretty upset, so I climbed the stairs to his nursery. It was storming outside as well, so the lightning and thunder, along with being amped from partying in the crib, meant he needed a little assistance to calm down.

I flipped on the hall light, walked into his nursery, and picked him up. I walked about the room with him, in the dark, whispering into his ear ,”it’s time for bed. . . .it’s time to go to sleep now. . .” over and over. Every time the lightning would flash, I’d get a little glimpse of his profile.

I don’t know if he was scared of the storm, or simply happy to be picked up, but I could tell he was immediately comforted being in my arms. If it were up to him, I’d hold him forever.

He finally yawned a few times, and as I laid him down in the crib, he closed his eyes and started sucking his thumb right away.

I patted his back, and walked out of the nursery.

I struggle with being flexible. I like to know exactly how my day will go, exactly when and for how long David will nap, and exactly when Justin will arrive home from work.

As if I haven’t already learned enough that flexibility is the cornerstone of motherhood, I think it’ll take about 24 hours after the new one is here in February before I realize that the only way I’ll survive is to be flexible.

So I’m trying to lighten up a little bit. I still believe in the schedule, but a little bit of grace and flexibility is okay too.

And going into the nursery late at night to help a little boy calm down ended up being exactly when we both needed. I calmed him down, and the simple joy in knowing my son quiets in my arms was what I needed too.

August Birchbox

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There is no day brightener quite like finding my Birchbox in my mailbox.

Despite my deep, internal longing for Fall, Birchbox reminded me that it’s still summer after all.

I’m always thrilled to find Amika products in my Birchbox. In fact, if my entire box was filled with Amika products that would be a dream come true. I love the Amika deep conditioner. LOVE it.

Dr. Jart is a brand that I also discovered through Birchbox, and I’ve loved being able to try their products.

I’m dealing with a bit of usual breaking out during this pregnancy, and I’m looking forward to trying that Vasanti Detox Cleanser. It’s derived from shea butter so I imagine it will be soothing and soft.

Lastly, I cannot seem to find an eyeliner that I like other than the black one from the Cynthia Rowley collection. I’m already worried they will discontinue it (because doesn’t that always happen to products you love? I’m looking at you DIOR) so I’ll see how this Noir liner works out for me.

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? It’s only $10/mo. In the past I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy, Julep and Glam box, but none compare to Birchbox for me. It’s the best value, and contains a great mix of familiar and new products.

The ‘ole Spectacles

I started wearing glasses in 4th grade. They were about the same size of my entire face and whenever I see old photos of myself when was, say, 10 years old, I say to my mom,”why on earth were my glasses so huge?!”

“That was the style, Kate! You looked cute!” she’d reply.

I’m pretty sure she’s telling the truth, too. Not in the “you looked cute” part, but in the “that was the style” part. I never minded wearing glasses, but as soon as I got contacts, I put those suckers away for life.

Unless I’m having serious eye issues, I never wear my glasses. Well, that’s a lie. I wear them at night, after I take my contacts out, and in the morning before I shower, but I cannot remember the last time I wore glasses during the daytime.

So I get an e-mail from the David Kind team, and they offer me a try-on opportunity, and I think to myself, “MMMMMMMMmmmmmmm. .  . I don’t know. Glasses are hard to pick out to begin with. How in the world is someone going to pick some out for me by just looking at a picture of my face?”

I’m convinced there is no bigger skeptic than me.

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 *the perfume pictured is by Fossil (their first fragrance!) and it smells like heaven. c/o

And then I remembered my sister worked with David Kind to help her boyfriend, Mike, pick out a new pair of glasses, and I was like, “what the heck. I’ll give it a shot.”

My kit arrived last week, and while David played on the floor with his new favorite toy, I excitedly opened it up.

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I didn’t have time to try them on right away, so I stashed them in my office until nap time.

When I did get a chance to try them on in front of a mirror, I was surprised how well the frames suited my face. David Kind knows what they are doing.

I discovered a personalized note from my stylist, explaining why she chose what she did, and that even though I said I didn’t want green, she couldn’t NOT include a green pair in my kit.

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So I put the green ones on, and thought, “Huh. These aren’t so bad after all.”

Due to my aversion to color, I didn’t choose those in the end, but I did agree that they worked well with my coloring.

Here are a few that I liked, including the pair I ultimately chose!

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And the winner is: the Mia in Rust.

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necklace: Elisabeth Ashlie, Earrings: The Dotted Poppy

My thoughts on David Kind changed dramatically once I received the kit and started trying on the frames. I was unsure how the concept would work, but after I picked my favorites I realized how fun it was to try them on in my home. I also loved that someone did the thinking for me, and picked out frames that they knew would work.

If you are a glasses wearer, or a wanna-be glasses wearer, I’d highly recommend looking into this service! You can find all the details here. Styling, at-home try on, and shipping are all free. And if/when you choose the frames you want, you simply fill out a form to order your glasses. The process is truly a breeze.

 

I received a free pair of glasses in exchange for sharing my opinions about David Kind here on the blog. As always, I only share my honest opinion and would never lead you astray, reader!

Planning + Prepping for My Capsule Wardrobe

Like I mentioned earlier this week, I discovered Caroline’s Capsule Wardrobe concept on her blog, un-fancy.com, and felt inspired to pare down my closet to my favorites and clean out some clutter.

I printed out her planner tool, and did a couple of the worksheets to get my ideas straight.

My intention, if this goes as planned, is to create a capsule wardrobe for this pregnancy. I have a decent amount of maternity clothes left over from last year that I can wear in the same seasons this year, but I’m finding some holes that need to be filled.

I worked behind the chair during the majority of my pregnancy last year, so a great deal of my clothes are a bit dressier. I need a few more casual, comfortable options given my lifestyle this time around.

This may sound incredibly dumb, but one of the things I noticed first about Caroline’s latest Capsule Wardrobe is how simple and monotone it is. And I loved it.

And frankly, I was impressed that she could pull it off. I wonder if people tell her she needs to wear color? I don’t think she needs to, but I wonder if she get’s that a lot.

You know, Olivia Pope basically only wears neutrals too so if she does it, I feel like that’s the direction I want to go.

I will attest to the fact that color adds life to one’s face more than, say, a grey shirt does, but I’m going to forget that I should probably wear more color and solely pick items that I know I’ll wear over and over.

SO. Enough about that already, but I had to share my revelation.

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shirt (these are great if you are expecting), earrings, bag is Kate Spade (no longer available, the sale expired!!), denim, flats

One of the parts of her wardrobe challenge is quitting shopping once the capsule is complete. That line may be a bit blurred since this is happening during pregnancy, and I may need to buy pieces as my belly grows. I also don’t think I’ll have 37 pieces, but I’m curious to see how that pans out as well.

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I spent a bit of time sorting through my wardrobe already, phasing out clothes that won’t fit until next year (hopefully), and keeping my favorite maternity items in the drawers.

Once I get everything organized, I’ll share what I’m starting with, what I hope to fill it with, and then share some outfits along the way!

It’s been a bit of a long week, and an emotional one as well, so I’ve enjoyed having a “project” to work on and share here on the blog. Thanks for the encouraging comments from my post earlier on in the week, a lot of you had great ideas!