Outfit Post: Hearts

Before we even jump into this post I’ve got a DISCLAIMER. These pics were taken about a month or so ago, hence the much smaller size than my current beach ball state. I don’t want anyone thinking I’m trying to pawn this off as what I’m working with right now because right now is not pretty. But since I just realized I never posted these, I figured why not kick off the week with an outfit post. Well that and I am wearing the same shirt today. I’ll try and snap a picture for Instagram so you can see the HUGE difference.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

You guys, these whole last few weeks of being pregnant are hard. Like I know it’s supposed to be all bundles of joy and nesting but for me, it’s mostly panicking that we didn’t start getting crap prepared until like a week ago (hey we put the crib together this weekend – so there’s that) and trying to figure out what we’re going to name the little lady. Yeah, when I said we’ve been putting things off – I meant it. It’s just that with two other small mess-makers (so.many.crumbs), there isn’t much time to peacefully select bedding and debate the merits of useful baby gadgets.

Thankfully the massive swelling I experienced with both my other kids managed to hold off until the last couple weeks. Now every morning when I look in the mirror I meet a new version of myself (she’s nothing to write home about) and realize I have one less pair of pants that fit. Sounds fun right? I feel like we should all talk about this side of things more often. And props to you if you’re one of those gals that looks like a Barbie doll with a basketball up your shirt (so many of these gals on Insta – who are you and where can I steal your genes?) but that ain’t me. I’m officially going into hibernation mode right as all the fun stuff starts happening in town for Derby. Gotta be honest, it’s giving me a little bit of the blues but just trying to push through it, focus on meeting our new little lady and long summer pool days in the future.

Speaking of Derby, I’ll be coming strong this week with Derby Dress of the Day posts. I want to get as many in as possible so you have time for those last minute orders before May 7th! Plus there’s a ton of dress options here and hats, shoes and bags over here.

J.Crew Regent Blazer (love this – such a great basic, I have it in three colors, AND it’s 30% off today) | J.Crew Maternity Jeans (the best maternity jeans – they don’t lose their stretch and are super comfortable and are on sale today too!) | Heart Blouse from Nordstrom Rack (so old – similar here) | Madewell Booties (still wearing boots because they are one of the only things that fit these days)

Photos by Whitney Neal.

Favorite Things + Shopping: Secret Cupid Valentine’s Day Gift Exchange

February will be here tomorrow but no doubt you’ve already seen rows of Valentine’s Day candy, trinkets and treats in stores. I can’t say that I LOVE Valentine’s Day. I do think it’s basically a trick to buy more candy and make men the pressure to pull off a movie-style romantic evening. While I do love candy and a nice evening out (at this point I’ll take dinner just about anywhere if I means I can finish my food without 16 questions from a four-year-old), those things can get a little tired.

So a couple years ago, all the girls at my office thought it would be fun to do a Secret Cupid gift exchange. It’s, by far, one of my new favorite things when it comes to Valentine’s Day because I know I’ll end up with a pretty sweet gift (no pun intended).

Let’s all be serious. When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, we all just want a few of the fun, maybe cheesy or silly, cute items that stores (namely Papersource) stock this time of year.  So the Secret Cupid is perfect. Nothing fancy when it comes to organizing one – it’s basically the exact same thing as a Secret Santa exchange but we do it with just girls and a $25 gift limit. You can get a bunch of little things or one big gift – it’s up to you – we just make sure that it’s something the person would love. Which around our company usually means kitschy office supplies, funny gift cards and anything Rifle Paper Co.

If you’ve got more than three ladies in your office, I definitely recommend throwing one together (you can do it on Monday – it will make the start of the week WAY better). Or just send out an email to all your girlfriends, swap names and deliver the gifts on the 14th or plan a girl’s night out before or after.

Here’s a few of my favorite gift ideas. I’ll also be adding some to the rotating favorites in the side bar so check those out too!

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