third trimester update

Posted on: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Two blog posts in one week?! Who adm I? This is what happens when I’ve ramped down most of my client work and have much more free time before #littlebabyburd‘s arrival!

Today I wanted to share a quick third trimester update on how things have been going during the home stretch of my pregnancy. I shared a second trimester update go to link here and a first trimester update / baby announcement buy Lyrica tablets online here.  So today’s post covers approximately weeks 28-38 (today!). Here’s some highlights from the past few weeks as well as random info like how I’m feeling physically/emotionally, how we’re prepping for baby, what I’m reading, etc.!

38 weeks!

http://lstyle.sk/o-nas/certifikaty/002v/ THIRD TRIMESTER HIGHLIGHTS

So many baby celebrations – my mother-in-law threw a baby shower brunch in Southern California, my mom/sisters/aunts threw a baby shower in Ohio and last weekend, my besties through a baby shower here in SF. So overwhelmed and grateful with all the love for our little one! 💛 More photos from baby showers are at the bottom of this post.

Celebrating my FIL’s retirement in LA!

Getting our apartment / life fully prepped (or as prepped as we can!) for baby! The nursery area is ready for her, the carseat is installed, hospital bags are packed, etc. It’s almost go time!

Spending two weeks in Ohio over Thanksgiving and early December with my family. It was sooo good to catch up with everyone and spend quality time with my parents, sister, grandparents and other family.

Our family photo session with Minted 📹

Spending the holidays here in SF. It was really relaxing not traveling over the holidays and spending time in (empty) San Francisco. I also loved 1) going to typically busy places and getting in right away and 2) being able to easily park everywhere. 😛

Celebrating my birthday with E and Jack! It was such a special day – coffee in bed, Pilates, brunch at Outerlands, a beach walk, an afternoon nap and dinner at Frances.

The overwhelming kindness, generosity and love from family and friends throughout my pregnancy but especially in these last few weeks. People have been so kind and helpful, from offering to help us with random errands to sending sweet gifts and cards in the mail. Seriously, I feel so fortunate for such loving people surrounding me + bebe!

FEELING (PHYSICALLY): Large! I’ve gained ~25 pounds during my pregnancy and I can definitely feel the weight and heaviness on my body (obviously). Doing “regular” things like walking and getting dressed are much more difficult! I know several people who said by 38-39 weeks they were just DONE and very ready for baby to come out. I don’t think I’m quite there yet and I think it’s just because I’ve overall felt alright, minus some slight aches, pains and general uncomfortableness. I definitely have to eat smaller portions because I get full so much faster. During the third trimester, I’ve had on and off back pain. It was especially bad in my tailbone area at around 30 weeks to a point where I could barely walk for a few days. I also had a week or so (around Christmas at like 34 weeks) where I had intense pain in my left foot. Again, it was super difficult to walk and so painful. Thankfully, the pain went away (I just did the whole RICE – rest, ice, compress, elevate thing). Other than those two somewhat random painful, short-lived symptoms, I’ve been feeling okay physically! Oh, I’ve also been experiencing what Ashley from Sugar and Cloth coined “lightning crotch” – this really intense pelvis pain that comes in and out randomly almost every day. 😱

FEELING (EMOTIONALLY/MENTALLY): Excited to meet her! A little bit nervous about the labor process. In wonder of the human body. Incredibly grateful to have such an awesome, generous, loving and encouraging support system around me. Overwhelmed by all of it!

PREPARING FOR BABY: We are ready! 👏🏼 👏🏼 Or as ready as we’ll ever be! 😉H er room is ready and we’re all set in terms of “baby things” in the apartment, although I’m sure we’ll be doing diaper runs and last minute Amazon Prime purchases when she gets here. I have her dresser organized with newborn and 0-3M clothes with 3-6M in baskets in her closet and anything bigger in bins in the garage. Our apartment is outfitted with baby gear like the baby changer (we opted for this Keekaroo Peanut Changer), a rocker (with cute side table and lots of plants nearby 🌿) and her Moses basket. We also have our hospital bags packed — might share more about this in a later post!

READING: Mama Natural Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide (each week), Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, 25 Things Every New Mom Should Learn

WEARING: Just shared a big blog post about my maternity wardrobe HERE! In that post, I link to all the products I’ve been wearing on a regular basis. For the most part, I haven’t been wearing *real* maternity clothes and opted more for “transitional clothing” that will work during pregnancy and afterwards! I also just bought this black Modern Citizen dress that literally feels like I’m wearing a bathrobe, so I think this will be in heavy rotation the rest of pregnancy and once baby is here.

FITNESS: I am still feeling good enough to work out, but at a much lower intensity. I’m probably working out 4-5x/week and still doing a mix of swimming, prenatal yoga and prenatal Pilates. I also got a resistance band for Christmas so will try to do some resistance band reps on days I don’t work out for my arms/glutes.

FOOD AVERSIONS/CRAVINGS: Again, I feel like such a boring pregnant person because I haven’t had intense cravings! From about 31-35 weeks, grapefruit juice sounded reallllllllllly good and I drank a lot of that. Other than that, nothing has been out of the ordinary, although nothing ever sounds SUPER good and tasty to me, especially around dinner time. I feel like I’ve been more indecisive, probably because I can’t fit as much in my stomach anymore!

VITAMINS: Still taking my pre-natal and probiotic vitamins 💊

HELPFUL PRODUCTS: not a product per se, but my morning coffee is V important (“my only vice”), Earth Mama Angel Baby third trimester tea (I drink every evening), my Minnetoka slippers

Thanks for reading!

statement art + gallery wall with minted

Posted on: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Up until recently, we had the same art hanging in our apartment (#aesfnest). In our living room, above our dining table (and previously above the couch), we had four vintage prints of San Francisco. They were a gift from my parents a few years ago and while I love them, I have been itching for a change in that room. In or bedroom, we have two gallery walls on either side of the bed and I’ve changed around some of the art over the last few years, but there were still some stragglers – pieces that weren’t great or contributing to the overall aesthetic but just there.

We don’t have a ton of wiggle room when it comes to moving furniture, so the best and easiest way to change up the overall look and feel of our living room was with a massive piece of statement art. And, I decided to kill two birds withd one stone (or online order?) and update our gallery walls to. Enter: Minted (also where I’ve purchased baby shower invites, wedding save the dates, thank you notes and other smaller prints). Today, I’m excited to share the new art prints in our apartment!

STATEMENT PIECE IN LIVING ROOM:

For the living room, I decided to GO BIG! This abstract piece immediately caught my eye. I thought the colors and somewhat floral aesthetic in the print would really work in the room. We have some light pink accent pieces (dining chair, some kilim pillows, etc.) and obviously have tons of greenery with our little plant fam! 🌿 I snagged the largest size – 30″ x 40″ and decided to spend a bit more to make sure the print was matted and framed (vs. canvas print or having to get it framed myself eventually). Based on some Pinterest inspiration (looking at you, Joanna Gaines) and out of laziness, I decided to not hang the piece and instead just lean against the wall. Right now, I like it that way but might eventually hang it up above the table. The piece is called Fresh Indigo and by Tennessee-based artist Laci Fowler.

I originally snagged the second, smaller piece for the bedroom gallery walls (more on that below) but accidentally measured incorrectly. So – for now, that print (CURAÇAO) is hanging out in living room too, but will eventually move into bedroom when I do a larger overall of the gallery walls!

Minted art in the living rom — Fresh Indigo and CURAÇAO

GALLERY WALL IN BEDROOM:

The pieces I wanted to swap out in the bedroom were smaller – both 5″ x 7″. As mentioned, I wanted the larger 8″ x 10″ print to work with where we had existing nails (can you tell I’m lazy?) in the wall, but it didn’t fit! We’ll see if these small prints stay in their current spot or how I’ll rearrange/build onto the gallery wall once I move the larger pieces around. Similar to the statement piece in the living room, the small prints I purchased – The Layers Beneath and Summer Skies, both in white frames, were also abstract and nature-inspired with pops of color. I love the deep shades of green and turquoise with hints of blush pink in both. Both of the smaller prints I added to the gallery walls in our bedroom were by Brooklyn-based mixed-media artist Lauren Packard.

Minted art in the bedroom — The Layers Beneath and Summer Skies

 


Thanks for reading, and thanks to Minted for partnering with me on this post and here’s links to the four art prints I snagged!

Fresh Indigo // CURAÇAO// The Layers Beneath // Summer Skies

maternity style

Posted on: Thursday, December 28, 2017

The countdown is on – just a few weeks until Bebe Burd is here! I’ve had a few people ask me questions about maternity clothes and what I’ve been wearing throughout my pregnancy, so wanted to share today!

Pretty much I’ve been wearing the same 15-20 items throughout my entire pregnancy. It’s been an unintentional capsule wardrobe of sorts! I’ve found that this has worked for me, because I work from home and don’t have to get “fully dressed” every day. Leggings and comfy clothes like t-shirts and tank tops were my best friends. 💛 I also have been rotating through the same few items because I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on maternity clothes that I would only wear for a few months. Instead, I decided to invest in “transitional” clothing that could be worn during/after pregnancy, like the STORQ jumpsuit and Amour Vert dress linked and shown below!

A few things to note:

Re: jeans and pants – Once I couldn’t button my regular jeans (around 20 weeks or so), I used the Bellaband, which is a tight band that goes around the top of your jeans and stretchy band over your stomach so you can wear your jeans for longer. I definitely needed to eventually get maternity jeans though, because by 26 weeks or so, the Bellaband wasn’t going to cut it. I tried several maternity jeans, including the pricey AG Jeans that everyone seems to rave about, but they just didn’t work for my body. My advice is to try lots of maternity jeans from different places, in different sizes, and find what works best for you. Comfort is key! 🙏🏻

ASOS is a pregnant woman’s best friend. I ordered SO much stuff from here in different sizes and cuts and they make it so easy to return whatever doesn’t work (plus free two day shipping 🙌🏼)

I don’t tend to wear a lot of tight things regularly, so my oversize sweaters worked perfectly all of the pregnancy. For basics like t-shirts and tanks, I just sized up to a medium so they are snug while pregnant and will be looser fitting once baby is here.

I ended up wearing a lot of non-maternity clothing, especially for things like leggings, which could be worn over or below the bump. I also wore several of my “regular” dresses throughout my pregnancy with leggings or tights. Regular shirts also have worked; in early/mid-pregnancy I wore my regular items and purchased a few non-maternity tops later on in the pregnancy one size up. Non-maternity clothing that I’ve purchased is marked as “NM” below.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of advice for those who have a traditional 9-5 job in terms of maternity clothes for a work environment, but this blogger had a killer maternity workwear, so check out her archives to get some outfit inspiration!

Soooo here’s what I’ve been wearing!

Maternity Overalls + Black Tshirt

Basics/Other:

Bellaband (this was a MUST — allowed me to wear my regular jeans up until Week 26 or so)

Sleep Bras (from ASOS)

Live In Bralette (from Gap – sized up! I also got a larger bra from Victoria’s Secret because my boobs grew so much 😮)

Long black maternity tank (from ASOS – this is a great “staple” piece you can wear under a lot of stuff like cardigans, regular tops, etc.)

Long Sleeve Striped T-shirts (about 4-5, like this + this from Old Navy, NM)

Short Sleeve T-shirts (love this Isabel Maternity one from Target)

Striped tshirt and maternity overalls

Dresses/Jumpsuits:

Embroidered Smock Dress (from ASOS – loved this and wore a lot until about 32 weeks and at that point, I needed to wear leggings/tights with it because it was too short. It still looks cute as a tunic though!)

Black Jumpsuit  (from STORQ)

Black Midi Dress (from Amour Vert, NM)

Dwell + Slumber Caftan   (just got my second for Christmas – so obsessed with these!)

Floral Shift Dress (from Who What Wear for Target, NM. I’m also obsessed with this collection. I wore this dress with OTK boots and tights to a retirement party and a holiday party! 🎉 There’s also another long sleeve WWW dress from last year I’ve worn to a wedding and some fancier events while pregnant too!)

Amour Vert Dress

Dwell and Slumber Caftan

Bottoms:

Ripped Skinny Jeans (from ASOS)

Denim Overalls (from Destination Maternity)

Joggers (from Sweaty Betty, NM)

Lululemon ALIGN Leggings   (I couldn’t have survived without these! NM)

ZELLA Live-In Leggings (NM)

Storq Jumpsuit

Sweaters & Jackets:

Sherpa Jacket (from Old Navy, NM)

Oversize Sweater (from Who What Wear collection for Target, NM)

Gray Cardigan (from Topshop, NM)

Statement Sleeved Cardigan (from Topshop, NM)

Modern Sporty Cardigan (from Nike, NM)

ASOS Maternity dress

Shoes:

Embroidered Flat Mules (from Who What Wear collection for Target)

Black Nike Frees

OTK Boots (from Dolce Vita)

Leather Slide Loafers (from Halogen, similar here)

ASOS Maternity Jeans + WWW Flats

Topshop sweater with Halogen slides

 

SF Gems: Laundré, the chicest laundromat (ever)

Posted on: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Let’s talk about laundry. I’m going to share about this new laundromat (or “laundry experience”) here in SF called Laundré , but first, I want to take a step back and talk dirty about this whole laundry topic.

I’ve lived in San Francisco for 6+ years, and never had laundry in my actual apartment unit. Sigh. For those of you who don’t live in SF, you probably think this is INSANE (and it kind of is), but it’s pretty common here. The “lucky ones” have a washer and dryer or two somewhere in their building. Often the laundry in these buildings is located in a creepy basement (at least that was the situation at my last apartment) and you still have to pay for laundry with quarters. WHO HAS ENOUGH QUARTERS SITTING AROUND TO DO LAUNDRY, ANYWAY? 😣 And, I know just a few people who have laundry inside their actual apartment unit, but that typically only exists when people live in new construction.

The SF rental market is insane, and E and I knew we would have to compromise on certain things when we moved into our place. While we love a lot of things about our place (our location, hardware floors, garage 🙏🏻, natural light and big windows…), laundry didn’t make the cut, unfortunately.

For the past two-ish years, we’ve tried a few different laundry solutions.

  1. Neighborhood laundromat – oh wow. What a life adventure this is. The one in my particular neighborhood is where a lot of homeless people hang out (which I get, since it’s warm and dry in there). Half the time, several of the machines don’t work, nor does the change machine work. One time, I was doing laundry and someone walked in and tried to steal someone else’s clothes from the dryer. The laundromat pretty much gives me more stress and anxiety than any other physical location in existence
  2. Services like Rinse – expensive ($1.75/pound plus delivery fee), 2-3 day turnaround and extreme inconsistencies in the quality of the wash and what clothes look like when they come back. I’ve had good experiences, but other times when the clothes literally just aren’t clean 😐
  3. Wash and fold service – the best option of the three at about $1.25/pound for wash and fold, but this can still add up, especially if have a lot of laundry. Plus, larger items like towels, sheets and comforters are heavy, so the price can add up quite quickly. Sometimes, they charge a flat rate for items like blankets, bath rugs, etc.

 

So, no matter what, laundry is pretty terrible. But….enter another (WAYYYY better) new solution that makes laundry at least a little more enjoyable- Laundré . ✨ I’m super jazzed about this place for so many reasons! Laundré is a new laundromat concept in the Mission (Mission Street x 20th) that has, of course, laundry service, but is also a coffee shop cafe. Here’s the details:

THE LAUNDROMAT:

The back portion of the Laundré space is an elevated, upscale version of your neighborhood laundromat. The machines are much higher quality and faster than “regular” machines, so when your stuff comes out of the dryer, it’s almost fully dry, so you are only spending 20ish minutes waiting for clothes to dry vs. the usual 45-60 minutes. Laundré has five different sizes of washing machines (even one that holds 75 pounds – EIGHT loads of laundry 😱) so you can get A LOT of laundry done in a super short period of time.

They also give you free soap with every wash, so there’s no need to bring your own and you don’t have to pay with quarters. 👏🏻 They accept credit cards, or you can preload funds onto an app and pay that way (kind of like the Starbucks app). And, if you reallllly want to pay with quarters, you can. 😉 And, this better quality and service, as well as much better overall environment, doesn’t mean it’s more expensive than your “regular” laundromat.

The prices are right in line with what you would usually pay for laundry; washing and drying two loads of laundry costs about $6-7 total. E and I went to do laundry this past weekend and did about four loads of clothes and every towel, sheet, pillowcase and duvet cover that we own. It took an hour TOTAL from start to finish, and cost us less than $30.

Laundré also has Wash and Fold service if you just don’t want to laundry, period. During the month of November, it’s only $1/pound (INSANELY CHEAP) but after that, it will be $1.50/pound for a two day turnaround.

THE CAFE:

Here’s the extra fun and unique part! The front of the Laundré space is a massive, minimal and gorgeous coffee shop and cafe. They serve coffee from Sightglass and pastries and quiche from cult-fave spot Vive La Tarte (which has some of the best pastries in the city). This is the ONLY place in the city you can get Vive La Tarte pastries outside of VLT itself! 😱  They have wifi too and lots of tables and seating options for you to get work done or just read and relax. The cafe gets great natural light with the massive window walls, and it sits right on the corner – perfect for people watching!

This past weekend, while we waited for our laundry, we just read and drank coffee up in the cafe section,. For those of you who work from home or coffee shop hop during the week, working from Laundré would be a great way to multi-task – catch up on email or work while getting your laundry done. Win-win. ✔️

TO RECAP!

We all have to do laundry. For a lot of people (in SF especially), laundry isn’t super accessible. Laundré is a place where you can:

Get your laundry done IN LESS TIME than you would at a regular laundromat

Get your laundry donee with better quality service (in terms of the way your clothes look after you’re done) and in a much better environment

Get your laundry done, all at once, at the SAME PRICE as the not-so-great / gross local laundromats

Enjoy delicious pastries and coffee from arguably two of the best places in the city (Sightglass and Vive La Tarte)

Multi-task! You can read, catch up on emails, sip a latte, whatever while waiting on your laundry because the environment is truly gorgeous and serene.

Thanks for reading! Check out Laundré’s site here and on Instagram @laundre.

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