NIGHT Pillow for Pregnancy

March 9, 2017

Sleeping while 32 weeks pregnant requires some serious creativity! I laugh when making our bed each morning due to the number of pillows we have acquired + other accessories that have made their way into our bed like the heating pad that is my new bff at night. My other new best friend? Our king-sized NIGHT Pillows. After hearing Molly regularly rave about how much she loves her NIGHT Pillows (read her post about them here), my husband and I were dying to try them for ourselves. The king size seemed perfect for our new(ish) big bed, and also because it could double as a "body pillow" which is a complete game changer for this girl. Since I've loved bringing NIGHT Pillows into my life - and especially during this pregnancy - I thought I'd do a little post noting the ways it's been such a great (can't-live-without) addition...

.Side Sleeping: Being a stomach sleeper, I slept on my stomach as long as possible (with approval from my doctor), but there came a point where this was no longer comfortable with a growing belly and I had to move into side-sleeping-mode. Side sleeping, particularly sleeping on your left side, is recommended for pregnant women for multiple reasons. It increases the blood flow and nutrients that reach your growing baby as well as a woman’s heart, uterus, and kidneys. I read this information early on in my pregnancy and almost “trained” myself to prefer my left side while sleeping.

.Body Pillow Action: Since developing a real “belly,” I have found that I am most comfortable sleeping with a pillow between my legs as it takes the strain off of my hips and tailbone where I can often experience pain throughout the day. The NIGHT Pillow has become key for this sleeping position because I use one of them as an actual body pillow while laying on my side (yes, I’ve taken my husband’s NIGHT pillow hostage). These days this is the only way I can fall asleep at night!

.Less Sleep but Better Sleep: Now that I am in my third trimester, the amount of hours I sleep in a given night is dwindling. This honestly doesn’t upset me because I feel like it is preparing my body for sleepless nights with our baby boy once he arrives! Despite getting less hours each night, I feel like the quality of the time that I am sleeping has improved with the introduction of our NIGHT Pillows. I am able to fall asleep much faster and stay asleep – which has never happened, even pre-pregnancy.

.Keeping Me Cool: With a growing baby and the temperature heating up in Dallas, I tend to run super hot, especially at night. The silk pillowcase has helped immensely with this as it just feels cooler.

With as much as I love the NIGHT Pillows now while pregnant, I know that I will find them equally as amazing once our sweet baby is here and I am only sleeping a few hours at a time. They’re also great to use when sitting up in bed (because they stay upright) and I can visualize them being essential for back support since I’m doing feedings. Also, I have big plans to bring at least one of the NIGHT pillows with us for our hospital stay. I stand with Molly when I say that these pillows are game-changers for anyone…but especially lovely if you’re pregnant 😉

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Current Vibes

March 8, 2017

I really don't have much of any life updates to report...except that Rosie has been losing so may of her bigger baby teeth and I have five of them cleaned and sitting in a teeny jar. Unlike when Blue was in this phase, Rosebud is all about involving me in the teeth-losing process and basically jumps in my lap when there's one hanging by a thread that's about to come out. It's super weird but also adorable (the other day one popped out of her mouth right into my hand) and I feel like she's becoming such a big girl. God, I am such a dog mom. (read on for the vibes...which surprising, have nothing to do with my pups)

1. SEEING STRIPES + MORE // CUYANA SS17: Are y’all sick of us talking about the spring 2017 collections and collaborations? Sorry. ‘Tis the season for newness and we can’t get enough. I took note of Cuyana’s sweet new selection of pastels, earthy neutrals, and stripes when they introduced the Spring Mood Board last month and continue to re-visit the site to look at the prettiness. The concept for the season, “pause,” is like a palette cleanser taking us from the cold winter months to spring’s warm temps and freshness. I’m loving the new colors of some old favorites (the silk slip dress and poplin pleat back shirt) and really adore some of the new styles (the classic trench and silk wrap blouse are both calling my name!).

2. TAKING TIPS // WHITNEY WOLFE: Social media and online dating can be fun, exhausting, self-esteem boosting, frustrating…I personally find myself a skeptic that it can work but am also resigned to the fact that it’s the “modern way” of dating I can’t completely ignore. If you’re also dating in the digital age, I’m sure you can relate that there are ups and downs, fears and expectations associated with the process…reading the the Q+A “Tips for Meeting The Right Guy” Camille Styles did with Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe was surprisingly helpful and I dually noted several of her tips, suggestions, and insights when it comes to bios, setting up meetings, etc.

3. WANTING // MAY’S BLUE COCOON: I really love beauty and skincare stuff but when presented by tons of options when shopping in store I get a little scared to open jars and test stuff. And when the store is Forty Five Ten and the beauty offerings in question are all top line and super luxurious I get even more cautious. When Sally and I were visiting the store a couple weeks ago (lots of looking, no buying) we gravitated toward their little jewel box of a “room” with all skin, makeup, and more. Our focus was learning more about their foundation offerings (we’re both currently on the hunt of the perfect fit for our skin) but I randomly walked up to the carefully arranged May Lindstrom products and smeared a little dollop of the Blue Cocoon beauty balm concentrate on the back of my hand. Truth be told, it was the color that got me so curious – I wanted to see what it would do once on my skin. And like a magic trick, the solid almost instantly went to an oil consistency then melted into my skin with a fantastic silky texture. But what I really freaked out over was the scent – it’s kind of like a light chocolate fragrance combined with these other soothing natural undertones and…it is just so nice. Then when I was told what the lovely little balm does – delicately relieves inflamed and irritable skin – I was like “Oooooh I want this stuff!” The price tag ($180) gave me pause and had me returning it back to it’s spot on the shelf but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it and keep reading reviews and have it in my mind that it’s just what my super dry, always red and irritated skin needs. I just might have to pull the trigger. If anyone has it or has tried it please gimme your thoughts!

4. READING // “THE 4-HOUR WORK WEEK”: A drinks date with Hart Hagerty – the very lovely lady who is rocking the world with her gorgeous tassel earrings – resulted in a bonding over self discovery, share experiences as “entrepreneurs” (I put that is quotes because it feels odd to describe myself as such, but Hart is definitely a killer entrepreneur!), and an instant friendship. We covered such a range of topics and I keep thinking about her recommended reading: Timothy Ferriss’ “The 4-Hour Work Week.” I’m always on a quest to work smarter, not harder and am desperate to reignite my work ethic (still feeling like a lazy sloth since the start of the new year) so the New York Times Bestseller is next on my reading list!

5. LOVING // EMJOI DESK CARDS: I saw this lucite boxed set of beautiful emoji embossed cards while walking through Ellis Hill the other week (prettiest place for all things custom including invitations, birth announcements, holiday cards, etc.). No surprise, the set is the work of Bell’INVITO – Dallas printers known for their gorgeous craftsmanship and traditional engraving and embossing processes. As someone who is all about making lists, leaving notes, and sending snail mail, I think these note cards would be a worthy splurge to add to my desk! P.S. See the other emoji offerings from Bell’INVITO right here!

6. WATCHING // THE ARRANGEMENT: Did anyone else tune in to watch the new scripted series The Arrangement on E! this past Sunday? I didn’t have high expectations but the storyline is one that brings to mind Tom Cruise’s mysterious marriage to Katie Holmes (star actor, wholesome but lesser known actress, whirlwind romance, a controlling organization tied to star actor, contract marriage agreement…) and it wasn’t hard for me to get into it from the first episode. The pretty people and cheeky script didn’t hurt, either. Excited to see how the upcoming episodes play out and really excited that I now have a Sunday night show to look forward to.

7. DROOLING // SELF-PORTRAIT: If I had a million dollars I would do a lot of things (so fun but slightly overwhelming to think about). And one of them would be to buy just about everything that Self Portrait makes. You know their stuff…feminine, lacy (but not in a granny or bridal way), and just the right amount of lady-like mixed with sexy. Their Azalea Sweetheart Midi Dress was a huge hit among bloggers and replicated (cough, nocked off) by several fast-fashion brands but it I’m really feeling everything they’ve recently come out with. Namely: this dress (I mean, has pink ever looked better?!), these shorts, this dress, and this top. As someone who loves investing in solid-colored pieces versus bold prints and patterns I love that Self Portrait still packs so much visual interest with their unique silhouettes and use of amazing textures, layering and detailing. Off to buy a lottery ticket!

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Tippi + Britni

March 7, 2017

I mentioned in this Current Vibes post that I had recently scooped up not one but two of J.Crew's very basic but very great Tippi Sweater. Weeks have passed since then (nearly six to be exact) and I wear the merino wool sweaters so often it's slightly crazy that one of them is just now making an appearance in a post. Here you see "hthr smoke" - a wonderful grey - and "ivory" is the other hue I bought and wore just as regularly. Same sweater in two neutral colors...boring? Basic? I say "genius!" Nothing wrong with having a simple classic sweater in two tones that can be paired with colorful accessories. Like the Britni Pom Bon Earrings from The Loveliest I also can't stop wearing.

 

Note: the Tippi Sweater comes in a wide range of colors from the most perfect baby pink and olive to traditional black and a few neon hues, too. Many are on sale (as low as $40!) and I highly suggest trying one out. Warning…you might end up buying more than one like I did. The fit is just that nice.

Another Note: the selection of Pom Pon Earrings by Carter G. that The Loveliest carries is especially wonderful because many of the color combinations – like the Emerald, Mint, Salmon, and Ochre pair I have – are exclusive to the to The Loveliest. Kelsey and Britni have such a wonderful way of mixing colors and I could easily buy and wear every three and four tiered pair!

 

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Gingham + Ties

March 6, 2017

I mentioned last week that I was finally feeling the need to invest in a few maternity tops as most of the tops I was getting away with wearing are becoming too short. Truly, what I am waiting for, is weather warm enough to live in my favorite sleeveless tops and dresses from Mi Golondrina that I know will fit my bump until the veryyy end. In the meantime, I've found some pretty great transitional tops to get me through the back and forth weather that is Dallas at the moment. This gingham number from Topshop has been one of my absolute favorite (and the most worn!) maternity tops that I've bought.

Gingham is definitely having a moment this season, yet its also such a classic and timeless print, so I knew that this guy was going to be a good buy. I will be able to wear it even when I’m not pregnant and for future pregnancies as the print will never go out of style. Lately, I’ve been tucking this top in, but as time goes on and I fill it out more, I’ll probably go untucked;) I also think it would be pretty cute with jean shorts when the weather warms up – and lets be real, once I coat my legs in some sunless tanner.

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This + That // Sales + Steals

March 3, 2017

After having a 24 hour stomach bug all day Wednesday coupled with a fever, I feel like I am just now recovering. There is nothing worse than getting sick, but doing so while being pregnant was pretty nerve wracking - constant worry about the baby, etc. SO happy to be on the mend and that I didn't pass it along to anyone else - apparently this thing is going around in Dallas. Yuck. In other, better news, lots of good sales this week including Shopbop's big sale that is not to be missed! (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: Friends of Ann event – 40% off your purchase. (The style of this is adorable but I love how the color makes it not too “cutesy”.)
  • Banana Republic: Up to 40% off select styles. (How pretty is the fabric of this?)
  • Bluemercury: Free two day shipping every day! No minimum.
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy an additional 60% off all sale styles. (I love the sweet stitch of this sweater.)
  • domino: 20% off wall decor! (I don’t know that I will ever get sick of this. Its just so happy.)
  • Furbish Studio: 20% off the entire pillow collection with code SPRING! (These would be perfect for our yellow chairs – so unique!)
  • Gap: 40% off your purchase with code FORYOU. (The white version of this was made to be worn with a pair of blue jeans! I’ve been living in button downs during this in between weather, so I decided to order this and size up.)
  • H&M: Free shipping over $40 with code 0040. (This is so good.)
  • Hatch: End of season sale! 50% off. (An elastic waist band sounds more and more pleasing as time goes on – these manage to look quite chic, too!)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online – 20% off your purchase with code SHOPFAST. (So many good new arrivalsThis is adorable in both color ways. Also love this.)
  • J.Crew Factory: Online only – up to 50% off 355 new arrivals. (A great spring dress at an even better price! These pajamas are beyond perfect.)
  • LOFT: In stores and online – 40% off everything with code NEWNOW. (This looks almost Gucci – esque. These and these PJs!!! This could be one of the cutest off the shoulder tops I’ve seen in awhile.)
  • Lulu Frost: Select styles up to 60% off. (These are unreal.)
  • Madewell: Madewell insiders enjoy 15% off just about everything in stores and online! (Absolutely obsessed with this denim jacket. Could it be more perfect?)
  • NordstromSpring shoes under $100! (These look quite comfy – cute too!)
  • Old Navy: 30% off your purchase with code THANKYOU. (The shape of this jacket is perfect – love the drawstring detail and the color options! This is such a good price and has great reviews.)
  • Serena and Lily: Enjoy 20% off at the upholstery shop with code DREAMLOOK.
  • Shopbop: Buy more, save more! 15% off orders of $200+, 20% off orders of $500+, 25% off orders of $800+ with code GOBIG17. (I ordered this dress in hopes that I can wear it up until baby comes and afterwards. Fingers crossed that it fits! This is so pretty in the tan color. These are a really good price for a pair of denim! And really, aren’t these earrings just too fun to pass up?!)
  • Steve Madden: Free shipping over $50 with code SMFREE50. (Love these in the yellow.)

Some Steals:

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