Saturday, November 15, 2014

Last bits of Autumn + A Video Shoot



This beautiful weather was actually a few weeks ago. Minnesota is now frosted in light snow and 20 degree temperatures. Now with two kids, I'm running out of ideas of what to do with them while trapped indoors. Experienced mid-western parents, what do you guys do with your little ones during the wintertime when playgrounds and other outdoor activities are limited?


Jacket: Forever 21
Camera Shirt: Urban outfitters
Scarf: Shopruche.com
Jeans: JBrand
Outfit feature: www.youroutfittoday.com Instagram @youroutfittoday



A few weeks ago, Aaron and I had agreed to shoot a Mayo Experience Video highlighting Grace's journey through epilepsy, brain surgery and the excellent care that she had received through Mayo Clinic. We thought it was just going to be a camera guy who will come to our house, but it turned out to be this entire elaborate video crew with a director, producer, fancy cameras, lights, grips, hair-makeup crew and everything!! We spent the morning talking about our experience through Grace's health issues and how well she is doing now from the comprehensive, collaborative care. Grace of course, was the star of the video and she did so well! She's a natural actress :) I'll make sure to share the video when it's up!




Hi Nathan!! (4 1/2 Months)








Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hello again! Back to Blogging...


Hi friends! Hello again after being absent for almost a year. I am so sorry! What happened? A lot, actually... but the biggest news is that we had another baby! (See below for pics). Although I didn't talk about it much, this pregnancy was pretty rough on my body- the first 6 months were filled with constant nausea. Once that finally subsided, I broke out into a widespread nasty itchy rash known as PUPPP (Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) that lasted for the remainder of the pregnancy, not to mention almost 60 pounds of weight gain. I also had to deal with gestational diabetes and check my blood sugars a couple times a day. 

Baby Nathan was born on July 5th, at 8lbs 4oz and he seriously ripped my pelvis open. I walked around for the next few weeks with quite a bit of pelvic pain and instability, was battling ongoing swelling, shortness of breath and then... just when I thought the worst was over, the rash came back with a vengeance! Despite all this, I am just so happy to know that we have a healthy baby boy. I would go through all the torture in the world just so that he is healthy. I feel well enough for the first time in a long time to finally get back to enjoying blogging again. Hope you all have been well! I can't wait to catch up with everyone.




I love dark clothing. Everyone always keeps encouraging me to try some brighter and fancier colors, but at the end, I'm the most comfortable in a monochromatic, dark look. I suppose it's my signature style, and I think it has a nice contrast to the autumn colors. This sweater dress is from Theory.


Enough of outfit pics, ready to meet the kiddos? Here's Nathan at 3 months and 14 lbs!


And remember big sister Grace? Look how big she is now, almost 3 years old.



I hope you have all been well! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Workwear with Lookbookstore





Skirt: J.Crew
Jacket: Old (Kenneth cole)
Shoes: Ferragamo (60% off!!)

Somedays (okay, more like everyday) I have the hardest time getting up in the morning. I HATE waking up in the mornings. It's one of the worst feelings in the world- along with wet socks, getting caught farting in public, and vomiting. Just to name a few. Lately, I've discovered a new trick to helping me get up in the morning. After I reach for my phone to turn off the alarm, I then start scrolling through emails, news, instagram and facebook. Within a couple minutes, I am alert with giggles, random and useless information, and outfit ideas for the work day! The power of social media I tell ya! Do you guys do this too? Tell me I'm not the only weirdo who does this! Whatever it takes to get me to work on time...

I'm starting to enjoy instagram more and more now that I've figured out the whole hashtag, @system (talk about delayed). Lookbookstore posts so many cute outfits everyday that totally make me smile. They generously sent me a few items awhile back but I didn't have an opportunity to take any pictures. I have worn this top so many times to work already, as it serves as a really nice layering piece and looks great with a suit jacket. Check out their store at www.lookbookstore.co for other great, affordable pieces.

I hope you have all been doing well and enjoying the holiday season! Thank you so much for continuing to follow along despite me going through my winter laziness period. I've really enjoyed keeping up with your lives as well :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Getting in the holiday spirit



Sweater: Thrifted
Jeans: J.Brand
Boots: Tory Burch

As we approach the holiday season, it's often hard not to become overwhelmed with the gift shopping, card writing, cookie baking, holiday parties, pumpkin spiced latte saturation. I feel like the Christmas season can either be an extremely joyful time for people, or a time of tremendous loneliness when we are not surrounded with what society labels as "joyful and happy". Particularly now when social media can portray the holiday season so perfectly laid out for others. 

Therefore, I wish you all a very wonderful holiday season filled with internal happiness drawn from the blessings you experience day to day. A season saturated with gratitude for what you have, who you love, people who love you, and light for what the future will bring instead of take away. May all the Christmas lights, festivities, music, food and presents be an added silver lining to that :)