Hiiiiiii! Wondering where the heck I’ve been and why I just disappeared from the internet since last weekend? Ha, let me tell you, this was as unplanned as it gets and I actually had a bunch of fun posts in store for you this week.
That is until…a super weird sharp pain started shooting through my stomach and back on Sunday afternoon and I had to take a little trip to the hospital. Which is where I stayed for the next couple of days. It was kind of scary and worrying for a few hours there but luckily it all turned out OK and the baby was and is in great form, it was just his mom that was a bit problematic! I’ve never been so relieved.
Let me tell ya people, kidney stones and infections are no fun at all and should try to be avoided at all costs.
Anyhow, I’m now back home being taken care of and pampered like a real lady but I did have to take it easy for a few days there. Just wanted to keep you in the loop and thank you all for being patient and sticking around while I took this little impromptu “hospital vacation”.
We’ll be back in full force tomorrow and hopefully this was the first and the last hospital break I’ll take until this little mister comes out to meet us in June!
P.S. The photo above is from when I woke up in the hospital on Monday morning realizing I’m accidentally wearing a full on leopard outfit. I’m pretty sure the nurses and the doctors were like “oh man the girl in 134 loves a good cheetah print”. You never know who might see you in your PJ’s haha!
Today is Lara’s last day of school before they’re off for the “winter” holidays for two weeks. And this time, for a change, I’m actually prepared with tons of activities and excursions that will keep us busy over the next two weeks. While I love staying at home from time to time and do nothing, I’m usually pretty adamant that if the sun is shining and the weather is nice we should be out and about exploring. It drives Vid nuts but I’ve kind of rubbed off on Lara so she’s always excited to go.
However, the weather isn’t always on our side so I like to be ready for the rainy holiday days as well. Enter Seedling; a wonderful brand from New Zealand that features a wide range of products and incredibly fun craft kits that enable kids and their parents to enjoy quality time together while learning and being creative.
I’m picking up this bird house kit for Lara so we can put it on our terrace. She loved putting the food out for the birdies at her grandparents’ house so I know she’ll be excited to have her own as well.
You can shop Seeedling products here and they ship worldwide. Plus their prices are super reasonable (comparing them to the ones here in craft stores here in France).
P.S. They also have a special capsule collection available for goop now! Your littles can create their own iPod covers or a tote bag.
One of the things that worried me about staying and working from home full time was that I’ll inevitably get super comfortable and just stay and sit behind my desk in PJs all day with unwashed hair and type away. It’s an easy trap to fall into, right? You do a quick school run in the morning and then it’s just you and your desk for the rest of the day, unless you have appointments or errands to run. And let’s be honest, even most errands can be accomplished perfectly fine with an unmade face and your hair tied up in a bun.
But I wanted to avoid all that. Because I’m a pretty relaxed dresser anyways and I’m not too big on wearing tons of makeup on a daily basis I just knew that if I let even that go, I will become the very image above in a nanosecond.
And so, I was pretty insistent on establishing a routine for myself as soon as I stopped working in an office. The rule is that I need to get dressed and put on some basic makeup every day before 10 AM. I’ve put together a pretty standard stay-at-home-uniform that can be easily taken outside without the fear of looking sloppy-ish but it’s still comfy enough that I don’t feel like I’m sitting at home in office attire or jeans. Because at this point even preggo jeans can feel a bit constraining.
The make up part is about as basic as it gets but I’ve noticed that just a little coverage goest a long way into making me feel better and a little more put together.
Here it goes…
- Some casual pants. I love these from Splendid but Zara has also perfected this genre so if you’re looking for something less pricey that’s your best shot. I go for black or some sort of chine/melange look. It looks a little less sweatpant-y but has the same cool effect.
- A comfy tee is a must-have. Asos’ Forever Tee is great value for your money and fits great but I also like a funny print or saying like this one on my tees just to spice things up a little.
- A loose sweater (this one is from SheInside). I’m pregnant so that’s where I’m at but I’m also a huge oversize everything lover so this isn’t too far out of my usual dressing zone. I also love this one from Zara and this blazer from American Vintage.
- Sneakers. Duh. Preferably slip-ons. You know, zero effort
- Daily makeup routine: LaRoche Posay BB Creme, Erborian BB eye cream (this stuff is incredible!), Bare Minerals powder foundation (my shade is medium tan), a little Ilia cheek stain, and Maybelline Great Lash mascara (best drugstore buy in the world!). That’s it and it takes 5 minutes tops. Probably even less if you don’t try and do ten other things at once.
- Also, sometimes I try and do things with my hair.
- And I can’t do without these initial necklaces from Vivien Frank. Keeping the fam close n’all!
Lara’s birthday is a little over a month away so we’ve sort of begun tossing around potential birthday party ideas, the kind of cake she’d like to have etc. We’re probably going to end up having two parties, one for the family back home and the other here in France for her school friends.
I can’t tell you how excited she was when she came home the other day and cheerfully told me she was invited to a couple of birthday parties and then precisely told me her guest list for her own. I’ve never seen a bigger smile! Continue reading »
It’s been quite a while since I walked into a Zara store. To anyone who knows me that might seem like a complete and utter lie but since I’ve been on a bit of a shopping fast for a little over a month now (more on that another day) I’ve been avoiding Zara like the plague and refused to set foot in one. Since I wasn’t that tempted by its fall/winter collection in the first place the process was a little easier but yesterday my spring/summer 2014 curiosity finally did me in and I checked it out.
Before you ask, my shopping fast is still going strong and I didn’t get anything (kudos to me), but I did put quite a few items on my fictitious list for some other day because I absolutely LOVED, LOVED what’s happening over there. Continue reading »
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