awkward and awesome tuesday

claire is wearing a headband from baby jules boutique, sweatshirt dress from old navy, leggings from carter's


Oh, I have some good ones this week, but let's just kick things off with the best one.  While pumping at work last week, I accidentally dripped breastmilk alllllll over my dress.  I had to grab some armfuls of stuff (water bottle, purse) to cover it until I got back to my desk, where I didn’t move until it dried.  Ridiculous.   

Incredibly high people stopping to stare at Claire while we were at Loufest (she came with us Sunday night in the carrier.)  Literally, at one point someone asked if she was a baby (duh) and then just continued to stare from about 3 feet away.  I asked Darrell if he knew the guy but.....nope.  

Also at Loufest, I fell and twisted my ankle in a pothole in front of about 100 people, right by the port-o-potties.  Don't even want to think about what was on the ground where I fell.  And what was up with NOT ONE PERSON asking if I was okay??


The word "autumn."  Don't you just love it?  So much better than boring old "fall."  

I am ONE SIZE away from pre-baby size.  Willpower is at an all time high.  

Want me to just run through all the cliche autumn things really quickly?  Hot chai tea lattes, boots, plaid, apples, Oktoberfest beers (yum!), jeans, soup, cardigans.  Okay, that's out of my system now.  

Autumn weather.  I cannot get enough of the temperatures around here lately.  It's the perfect cool 60 degrees for running in the morning, after dinner walks require a jacket and a hat on the baby, it's pretty fantastic.  (I mean, BABIES IN HATS COME ON.)  

A girl's night at Pinot's Palette!  It was so fun to have a few glasses of wine and get (sort of) creative with a little paint.  I'm so excited that St. Louis has one of these now.  Want to know a trick?  You get better at painting the more wine you drink.....okay maybe that was just in my head but it really seemed that way.  Still, my painting could have fallen into the category of "awkward" for sure.  Want to see it?  

Okay, yeah.  I probably could've stood to keep that to myself.  But seriously, they have a ton of locations across the US and it's a great (and unusual) spot for a girl's night or a date.  


babies don't keep

After a busy few weeks, I'm taking this one off from blogging to snuggle my babe and get some more important things done!  Hope you all have a fabulous few days.  


friday link love

Hello weekend!  Aren't four day weeks just the best?  It's finally time for Loufest, St. Louis' own music festival.  My friends basically treat this weekend like our own personal holiday, and we are so excited to go this year.  Darrell's parents will have the baby, and we've got a hotel room so that we can treat it like a little stay-cation.  Arctic Monkeys, Portugal the Man, Grouplove, and Matt & Kim are all on my list of bands to see.  

Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope it's lovely, and I hope it celebrates the last days of summer!  

Here are my favorite links from this week: 

How delicious does this crispy rice omelet sound?

More profound goodness from coffee and crumbs.  

Clean your whole house, but you might want to leave the little fingerprints.  

Playboy's genius guide to when it's appropriate to catcall.  

In one perfect sentence, Amy Poehler summarizes perfectly what it's like to be a woman.  

Sakura Bloom's fall colors are out, and they are gorgeous!  Chambray slings?  Genius!

Last but not least, I've been nominated for a St. Louis Fashion Week Blog Award in three categories, and I would love it if you'd go vote for your favorite (including maybe me?)  HERE.  


mama + baby style/2

i'm wearing: dress - juicy couture, shoes - target, bracelet - banana republic, all last season

claire is wearing: romper - janie & jack last season, headband - little crane headbands, barefoot sandals - similar


the weekender

So this weekend I bravely committed to a three day weekend away from the baby with Darrell.  Our friends were getting married in Chicago on Saturday, my birthday was on Friday, and we got a room at the Westin on Hotwire for $90.  So basically, the universe was saying YES, GO.  I was terrified to leave her, but we needed a weekend to ourselves pretty badly, so off we went.  

Our hotel was right along the river, and we had possibly the most gorgeous weather that Chicago has seen all year long.  What did we do in the city? 

Lots of this...

and this....

and this.  

Give me a break, okay?  It was my birthday.  Plus, the baby was in great hands.  

This is Claire & my grandma, her great grandmother who she obviously adores.  Between her and my parents Claire probably had the best weekend of her life so far.  

After a day of eating and drinking in the city, we headed to potentially the most Pinteresting wedding of all time, where our friends Karlien & Bryan tied the knot.   It was also on a farm, where our dinner was grown, and let me just say - best wedding food EVER.  

Wedding selfie.  

And sorry Alex, that's what you get for leaving that on our phone!  

Needless to say, we were exhausted by Monday, but thrilled to be reunited with Claire.  Oh, and last week I said I had an announcement (and I do!) but first I have to say - it was HILARIOUS how many of you thought I might be pregnant again.  First of all, no.  Second of all, who celebrates being pregnant by drinking wine??

The announcement is that Darrell got a fancy new job, which is what we were celebrating, and he started yesterday.  It's a really fantastic opportunity for him, and we are hoping that he just loves it.  Congrats, babe!  

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