Monday, September 21, 2020

My Happy, Hybrid Baby Shower

I know I've said this before, but being pregnant during a pandemic can be a little strange. People don't come up to you in the grocery store to ask how far along you are (and you wouldn't want them to). Birthing classes are hosted virtually. Hubbies aren't allowed to come along for doctor's appointments. 

And then there's the baby shower. A few months back, I resigned myself to the idea that I probably wouldn't have one, but my dear friend Becca proposed hosting one at her new cottage, equipped with a roomy yard with plenty of space for social distancing. I knew we would have to keep things small for safety, but didn't want to exclude friends and family who live out of state. We came up with a hybrid concept that let us enjoy the best of both worlds.

A group of local gals came for a picnic lunch (complete with coordinating picnic blankets and custom matching masks made by my mom). Everything was individually packaged and served to avoid the need for buffets, catering, or cooking. We were able to spread out while still being close enough to chat and enjoy the afternoon.

Then, we logged on to Zoom to join friends and family from afar to play games together with the in-person group. Sean and I had a special table with the laptop, and a flat-screen TV was connected to display the participants. It really made it feel so special and as if we were all there gathered together. 

We had a beautiful afternoon of perfect September Connecticut weather, and the decor was adorable. I felt so much love and support for our growing family, and I can't wait to bring our baby girl into such a sweet community. So many thanks to my dear hostess, my mom, and all my friends who helped the day come together and go off without a hitch—in person and from afar! How are you making celebrations special during this crazy time? 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

'70s Prairie Dress

Head to Toe: Dress, Free People // Wedges, EMU // Bag and belt, vintage

As I was editing these photos, I thought to myself, "Woah, I'm pregnant." I'm crossing into the third trimester this weekend, and I'm starting to feel, well—huge. I still have good energy levels, but simple tasks (like buckling these cute wedges) are getting a bit more difficult.

Free People has been my go-to, thanks to the brand's signature flowy silhouettes. This loose prairie dress feels very '70s to me with its warm colors and oversized fit. I added a belt over my belly to give it a little bit of shape, but thankfully there is plenty of room. The fabric is also super light and airy, perfect for this in-between season. I'm still sipping iced coffee...When do you switch over? 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

But First (Pumpkin) Coffee

Head to Toe: Tee, c/o Feel Great Goods // Pants, Citizens of Humanity // Bag, Brahmin // Shoes, Thrifted

Hey there, September! You sure crept up on me. There has been a definite chill in the air this week in Connecticut, so I opted for pants the other morning instead of a summer dress. (Maternity pants, might I add, that I ordered in a size up and still needed my belly extender to fasten.) I also indulged in a Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew. They are just so dang delicious, and I'm not an iced coffee drinker in the cold so I've been enjoying them during this in-between time.

But I am not declaring summer over yet! We have an absolutely gorgeous Labor Day weekend forecasted here ahead—sunny, 80-degree days. I plan on doing all the summer things, like hitting the beach and barbecuing in the back yard. Come Tuesday it will be back to the grind, and I'll reward myself for a busy day back by putting up some fall decorations...but we won't think about that just yet. Enjoy the holiday, fashionistas!