Monday, January 27, 2014

Here We Go...

This is it. Today is the day: we're going to the hospital and we'll meet our little boy tomorrow. 

I'd be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn't nervous. In fact, I'm way nervous. Birth scares the ever-living daylights out of me. I'm trying to be all, "I am woman, hear me roar!" but that's not happening. I know my body is made for this, but holy cow, y''s the unknown. I've never done this before. I don't know what it's going to be like. {It's not a day at the spa, that's for sure! Ha!} But I keep reminding myself that millions of women across the world do this and it's going to be okay. 

In fact, it's going to be great. We're leaving our house and we're coming home with a baby. Our baby. Our son. I keep walking around our house and just looking at things, imagining him here. In fact, Brandon walked in his room yesterday and said, "It's really quiet in here."  

I keep thinking about how this baby is a miracle and Psalm 139:13-16 keeps replaying in my mind: 

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in that secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before they came to be." 

He is a true miracle from God, and no matter what, he is beautiful and perfect. And most of all, he's ours. 

 I can't wait to "introduce" him to you via this little blog. 

Thanks for following along for the past nine months, and thanks for all of your sweet comments and kind words. It means more to me than you know. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Five on Friday

I'm sitting here staring at my computer, silently telling myself in my head, "This is my last 'Five on Friday' post to author without a baby." 

Everything lately - since my doctor's appointment on Tuesday afternoon - has been, "This is my last _______ before the baby." It's crazy. I've known he's coming for nine months, but now that's it's here, it's overwhelmingly exciting. I can't wait to meet him, see who he looks like and just stare at him. 

Anyway, moving on to much more exciting things! 

I'm in major prep mode: making an extensive grocery list, running to Sam's for things I know we'll run out of quickly, getting a car wash and just trying to prepare us as much as I possibly can. It's so insane that we're going to the hospital Monday night. I can't get over it. Today is my last day in the office until mid-April, and it's so strange. I'll be working from home Monday - because I'll go crazy if I don't - and it's all just odd. It's like...I know he's coming but I have no idea what it's going to be like. Ready or not, here we go. {And also, I love that if he's born Tuesday, he will share his birthday with his cousin, Audrey - my first cousin Rebecca's daughter - who was born exactly one year ago on Jan. 28! How fun and special!}

Our pastor's brother {who is the Dean of the College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and also a Professor of Communication there} preached at church on Sunday. Something he said has really stuck with me: "Comparison is the pastime of the ungrateful." I absolutely can't get it out of my head! It's so true, though. How often do we compare ourselves with others instead of being thankful for what we have? I never looked at comparing myself with others as being ungrateful until Sunday, but how true it is! 

I bought the Naked Basics palette recently and I absolutely love it! The neutral colors look great with my blue eyes, and the versatility of it is so fun. 

In the daytime, I put "Venus" under my eyebrow; then swipe "W.O.S." on my lid; then put "Naked 2" in my crease; and finish off with "Faint" on the outer corners and blend in. 

At night, I do the same thing, but then add more "Faint" and use "Crave" as my eyeliner. 

I'm so excited that Caroline Jurgensen is going to take our newborn portraits! Her work is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait for her to take the baby's pictures. I know she is so great and has her own ideas, but I am going to see if she can take this one photo with Brandon and the baby. I think it's so precious! {Via Pinterest}

I know I talk about my mom's store, HomeGrown, on here a lot, but I just have to brag on them again. They started creating "Seasons Boards" and I just love them. My other favorite item are the "JOY" crosses, because they can be up all year round {just take off the little green and red center item}. They use a lot of burlap in their items - including adorable burlap wreathes - and I'm obsessed. Burlap is my favorite!!! 

I hope y'all have a great Friday and a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Registry Must-Haves

My cousin LeAnn, who is also pregnant {with a boy!}, asked me to do a post on my registry must-haves. Of course, I happily obliged! 

Obviously our little boy isn't here yet - so I don't know if these are things that I'm absolutely going to use, love, hate, whatever - but I did a lot of research on these things from mom friends and family members; bloggers {including Erin at Blue-Eyed Bride, Kate at Elefantitas Alegres,  Hillary at A Gal and Her Dog, and Kaley at Kaley Ann}; and simply Google. Clearly research is the name of the game with me these days! 

We chose to register at Babies 'R' Us for the basics and Pottery Barn Kids for the "fun" stuff. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't register at Babies 'R' Us. {We only did because there's one about one mile away from us.} I wasn't too pleased with their customer service, website/registry and I felt like they always seemed to have low stock on things. If I had to do it all over again, I'd register at Buy Buy Baby, instead. Regarding Pottery Barn Kids, I was very pleased with their customer service and website/registry, although they did seem to run low on stock, but I will say I was having showers around the holiday season, so that could be why. 

Here are what the majority of folks told me to register for, and things that I consider pretty important that we will most definitely use. LeAnn, I hope this list works for you! 

1. Boppy's have been around for a good while, and they're just so versatile: you can use them to nurse, to support when you're holding the baby and in the future to help the baby "sit" a bit. I didn't like any of the covers Babies 'R' Us had, so this is where Pottery Barn Kids stepped in with the cuteness factor. Since we're not sharing his name until he's born, I didn't get this monogrammed, but it would be so cute if it were! 

2. I knew from the beginning that I would swaddle this baby. They're so used to being cozy in your belly that when they get out, you notice them scaring themselves {read: waking themselves up} when they stretch out and don't hit anything...kind of like when we fall asleep in a public place and wake ourselves up when we jump. A girl from my office told me about The Miracle Blanket, so we registered for these, along with the Halo SleepSacks and the Swaddle Pod. We'll see what works best for him and move forward from there. I know some babies just have their own little preference! 

3. I liked these bottles a lot during my research because they're BPA-free and they're really supposed to help if your baby is colic-y. Keep in mind they have a ton of parts - so that's kind of a pain - but I'm hoping he'll like them. Medela and Avent both have great options, too. 

4. This monitor got great reviews. We didn't need more than one camera and/or screen since our house is pretty small, so the one screen/one camera combo worked great for us. {We also have the Angelcare Monitor.}

5. Everyone I talked to said this bouncer was a lifesaver! It vibrates, bounces and plays music/sounds. It's so, so soft and is easily washable. I didn't want to ask people to spend a lot of money on the Mama Roo {although I've heard it's nice} when this one got just as great - if not better - reviews. 

6. These swaddle blankets are so sweet. They're very soft and are multifunctional: swaddle, blanket, nursing cover, etc. They're also big and wash easily. 

7. I never saw one of these until I was doing research on A Gal and Her Dog's blog. My sister-in-law has the Leachco Brand one of these for our niece, but it's much more expensive. This is great to place them in on the couch while they sleep, lay them in in between breast feeding and kind of a "place to hang out." {Oliver thinks this is his new bed and I constantly have to "shoo" him out of it.} 

8. I have blogged about this breast pump before. It got a lot of reviews and all the mom's I talked to have this pump. Obviously I haven't used it yet, but I have tried it out. {Ha!} It's quiet, the bag is indiscreet and it is powerful. I got a gift card from my boss' boss and used it {and a $50 coupon code} to buy this; it was so nice to not have to spend our own money on it. 

9. Like with the bouncer, I heard this thing is amazing. Our niece has it and my sister-in-law loves it for her. Ours is currently set up in our living room! It plays music and calming sounds, has different speeds for swinging and is so soft and sweet. 

10. Since we went with the Dr. Brown's bottles, we needed the accompanying dishwasher basket that has compartments for all their parts. It's pretty big in the dishwasher, but it really holds the parts all in there. {We also have the Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack to dry bottles, pacis, etc.}

11. We will not be cloth diapering, though I have major respect for those who have the time and patience to do so! {We are going to try to Pampers Swaddlers diapers.} The Diaper Genie is so helpful to mask the smell of the dirty and/or wet diapers and is relatively easy to use. They get you with the refills, but that's to be expected. I don't know how people just tossed diapers into the trash can years ago! "Pew-wee!" 

12. We both have these in our car so we can see him from our rearview mirrors. Since he'll be facing the back for awhile, it will be nice to just keep an eye on him. 

13. I've also blogged about this carseat before, but it got very good reviews. It took us a bit to install this bad boy in my car, but once we got it, we were good to go. I have the carseat and base in my car {it comes with a base when you buy the carseat} and we registered for an extra base for Brandon's car so we just have to snap in the carseat and go. Some people told us to get one for my mother-in-law's car, but we can just use this extra one for her if she picks him up. {We also have the Britax B-Agile Stroller.} 

I hope this helps y'all! I can't wait to see what the baby will and won't like, what we use that we didn't think we would and vice versa, and what works best for us. 

T-4 days until Baby Day! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Some news...

Well, we have some crazy great news: not only did Baby W turn from his breech position, he is going to be here on Tuesday! We're going into the hospital Monday night and I'll be induced {very} early Tuesday morning. 

Ready or not, here we go...! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Packing for the Hospital: What's in Dad's Bag?

We're back for the final installment of "what's in our hospital bags?" Today we're talking about what's in dad's bag for the hospital. 
{You can see what's in my hospital bag here and what's in the baby's hospital bag here.}

Let's face it: sometimes dad's can kind of get lost in the shuffle when it comes to birthing a baby! Brandon's bag was the last I packed -- and I put it off until this weekend. I wanted to make sure he had everything he needed, because my husband is not a very good packer in the least. Love him to death, but he just forgets things! So I wanted to make sure I packed his stuff and am keeping a list on my phone of things to throw in at the last minute. 

So, here's what's in his bag: 

1. I guess this comes from living in the south, but Brandon wears these all the time: with khaki shorts and a polo; with jeans, running out to get the mail, etc. Since he does wear these often, I put them in his bag. He'll likely wear them home with jeans and a polo, but they'll be in his bag if he wants anti-slip footwear during the hospital stay. 

2. These are Brandon's go-to item to change into when he comes home from work and/or on the weekends. Just like with me, I'm going for comfort for him the entire time we're in the hospital. 

3. He loves these polo shirts; they're his favorite and he has them in every color. {Seriously, I'm not kidding.} He can wear this home with jeans and boat shoes. 

4. These are to wear home from the hospital, or to put on if we have visitors and he wants to look a bit more presentable. 

5. These are a must. It's obviously cold in the hospital, so these are warm and they're comfy. 

6. Every guy needs undershirts! I love these from Gap {link above} because they're soft and comfy, and they also aren't he can wear them with his sweatpants and it just looks like a white T-shirt instead of an undershirt. 

7. Just like with me, slippers are a must for dad! Hospital floors - just like any public floor - are yucky and no one wants to walk around barefoot. Plus, they're warm and comfortable. 

8. When it's cold outside, Brandon sleeps in pajama pants. If it's really cold, he'll throw on the matching top. He's very cold natured, so I packed the top and bottom set for the hospital. Also, nurses are coming in every five seconds and I want him to look somewhat presentable and not just in boxers! {I can only imagine what nurses see...} 

9. Obviously T-shirts are a must! He can wear them with the sweatpants, shorts or event throw one on with the jeans. Like I said, we're going for comfort here! His arsenal of T-shirts is full of Baylor ones, so yes, there is one in there! Have to represent our Bears...even from the hospital! 

What's also in Brandon's hospital bag that's not pictured: 

*Toiletries: toothbrush + toothpaste, shampoo, floss, etc. 



*iPhone + charger and iPad + charger 

*Blanket + pillow 

*Change for vending machines

*Small cooler filled with bottled water and snacks {trail mix, protein bars, etc.}

Monday, January 20, 2014

Packing for the Hospital: What's in the Baby's Bag?

Happy Monday! 

I'm back for part two of the "packing for the hospital" little series. Today I'm letting you know what's in the baby's hospital bag, because contrary to what I've read around the blogosphere lately, babies do need a good amount of things...starting from day one! 

Like with my hospital bag, I did a lot of research on this topic; asking friends who have been there, too. One thing I learned from my sister-in-law was to pack both newborn and 0-3 months clothes because you just don't and won't know how big the baby will be, nor if they'll lose weight by the time you take them home. 

Here's what's in our sweet baby's diaper bag for the hospital: 

1. Like I mentioned above, I packed comfy little outfits for him in both newborn and 0-3 months because we won't know what might fit him. {Newborn sizing is typically up to seven or eight pounds.} The footie part of these onesies help keep their little feet warm without having to use socks, and the zip-up part of it is way easier than having to button those 5,001 buttons...especially in the middle of the night during diaper changes! 

2. I did pack one gown for him, so he'll definitely need socks. These from Baby Gap {link above} are so sweet and soft. He may or may not wear anything except the going home outfit, but I wanted to have at least two "outfits" {one pair of footie pajamas and one gown}  just in case. 

3. I know the hospital has their industrial-grade swaddle blankets, but I wanted to bring some of our own to the hospital. If I want my own blanket, I think it's only fair that he get his own, too! {Washed in that sweet smell!} Also, I want my mom to bring home one of these swaddle blankets he has been swaddled in for Oliver to smell and get used to before we arrive home. 

4. Obviously we have to get the baby home safely! The Britax car seat {link above} got wonderful reviews, so we registered for it and got it from one of my grandmothers. We have a base and car seat in my car currently and a base in Brandon's.  We also have the Brica Baby In-Sight Mega Mirrors in both of our cars. 

5. I know the hospital may have diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, etc. but I wanted to bring some with us, just in case. A lot of moms have told me to, anyway. Knowing our luck, he'll have a blow-out on the way to the car and we'll need to change him right then and there! 

6. I pondered and poured over his coming home outfit; I searched everywhere! I wanted it to be sweet - but not too girly - and not anything with sayings, characters, etc. on it. I finally found Anne Everett Rae on Etsy and was so pleased with the quality of their onesies and hats, but also with their customer service. They worked with me on the color and font of his monogram until I absolutely loved it. Anyway, the onesie has little fold-over cuffs for his hands and comes with a sweet little hat. It is a newborn size, so if it doesn't fit, we have backups. 

7. These mittens make me laugh because they look so trapped when they wear them, but I don't want him scratching his sweet little face with his thin little nails that can't be clipped yet.

8. I know I'm going to get a lot of flak for this one, but we will be using pacifiers and breast feeding. A lot of nurses in the nursery won't give your baby one if they're breast feeding, but we will be bringing them to the hospital and using them if necessary. 

9. Yes, hospitals provide hats, but they're just not as cute as the ones we have purchased! My Grammy knit him one and we bought a precious little "bear" one from Baby Gap {no longer available}. Obviously they're not just for cuteness; they're practical since their little heads need to be kept warm!

What's also in his hospital bag that's not shown:

*Baby book


*Receiving blanket 

*Swaddle pod: The hospital may or may not provide swaddles. Since we know we will be using these, I want him to get used to them. 

Stay tuned for what's in Brandon's hospital bag tomorrow! 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Packing for the Hospital: What's in My Bag?

As we're preparing for Baby W's arrival in a matter of days, I thought I'd share with you what's in our hospital bags: mine, the baby's and Brandon's. I'll share mine today, the baby's Monday and Brandon's stay tuned! :)

I did a ton of research on this topic and asked a lot of questions of friends because I wanted to ensure I wasn't over-packing, but not under-packing, either. 

I hit up Target for the majority of essentials in my hospital bag, because while it's still semi-good quality, it's not too expensive if things get on it {I'll let you use your imagination there}. Of course, I washed everything before I put it in my duffel bag because A) cleanliness and B) it smells like home. Nothing is more comforting than things smelling like home when you're not there. 

So without any further aideu, here's what's in my hospital bag: 

1. Slippers + socks 2. Boppy 3. Comfy knit pajamas 4. iPhone + charger 5. Knit robe 6. Yoga pants 7. Nursing tank tops 8. Panties 9. Disposable nursing pads + Lanisoh 10. Bright pillowcases + pillows 11. Pads 12. Open-front cardigan 13. Nursing bras 14. Monogrammed Uggs 15. Comfy blanket 16. Breast pump 

1. Obviously it's cold in a hospital, so slippers are a must. And, they're helpful when you're walking around the hospital room floor because let's face it: public floors are yucky. I made sure to get non-skid ones...and, these were just too cute to pass up! 

2. I'm going to try my hardest to nurse, so I want to practice with our Boppy just like we would at home. It will also be helpful for others when holding him if they need a little support. 

3. Again, it will be cold in the hospital, but I also want to be comfortable. These jersey knit pajamas are amazingly soft, but also allow easy access for nursing. They have a tiny rickrack trim around the cuffs that I thought was adorable, and the pants are good to hold the absorbent pads, etc. 

4. Obviously I'll be taking a ton of pictures of the little guy, so my iPhone and charger are a must. {I'm not bothering with my laptop.} 

5. I heard a ton of people tell me to take a robe to the hospital, so I found a knit one that's very similar to the fabric of the knit pajamas. I am going for comfort the entire time I'm in the hospital. Yes, I want to look nice, but hello...I will have just had a child! Also, it will be helpful to throw on if/when I'm walking the halls and when we have visitors. 

6. I will be wearing these home, along with the nursing tank and open-front cardigan. Loft makes a great pair that I'm pretty addicted to. {Link above}

7. I'll be wearing this home with the open-front cardigan, but they're also good to wear in the hospital when you don't want to wear pajamas and would like to look a tad more presentable. Plus, you can nurse in them...duh. 

8. Okay, this is pretty obvious. You're gonna need underwear. Typically I wear a more expensive brand of panties, but I don't want to ruin them. So, I purchased some cheap "full-butted underwear" {as I like to call them} at Target to wear at the hospital and when we get home. 

9. This goes in the same category with the Boppy: I'm going to try to nurse him, so obviously I'm going to need the necessary items in which to do so. 

10. Hospital pillows aren't comfy in the least, and I know I'm going to want my Tempurpedic pillow. I purchased bright orange pillowcases {ours at home are white} because they weren't white like those from the hospital or our house, thus ensuring we won't forget them when we pack to come home. Plus, it's just comforting to have your own pillow from home. 

11. I know the hospital will provide these, but I want my own, just in case. 

12. I will be wearing this home, over the nursing tank and along with the yoga pants. Again, just going to comfort and accessibility. 

13. These go in the same category as the Boppy and nursing accessories. 

14. It's January in Texas, so it may or may not be cold outside. If it is cold, I'll be wearing my cute monogrammed Uggs home. If it's warm like it has been lately, I'll wear my flip-flops...because my feet have been swollen and I know they will feel wonderful. 

15. This is more so for Brandon, but I know it will be cold in the hospital and I just want to be prepared. No one gets good rest when they're freezing! And again, it's in the same category as my pillow: I just know I'm going to want something from home. 

16. I've heard a lot of people who said they took their pump to the hospital and a lot who said they didn't. I'm going to take it because the hospital has a lactation consultant and I want to have it on hand to practice with with her. 

Other items not pictured that are in my bag:
*Toiletries: make-up, toothbrush + toothpaste, lotion, chapstick, deodrant, hair dryer, pony tail holders, etc. 

*Medications: prenatal vitamins, Colace

*Folder with copies of our pre-registration paperwork, insurance documents, paperwork showing what we've paid at the OB's office and cardstock for his footprints

*Baby book + pen 

*Favors for visitors

*List of who to call/text after the baby is born

Stay tuned for what's in the baby's and Brandon's hospital bags this week! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!

Brandon has been in Georgia on business all week long {plus it's been a full moon}, so to say I've been a nervous wreck this week is an understatement. I kept praying every night that my 38-weeks pregnant self wouldn't go into labor while he was gone. He comes home this afternoon and I'm thrilled. Baby boy can do whatever he needs to do at this point! :)

Also, Oliver has been relishing in the fact that Brandon's not here, because he can steal as many cuddles as he wants. I think he's just getting them all in before the baby gets here!

It's a long weekend for me; no work Monday! So thankful for a long weekend and a chance to rest. Gracias, MLK.

I saw this recipe for Blood Orange Mimosas on Pinterest yesterday, and it brought back my annual winter craving for all things blood orange! This time of the year, I always crave winter citrus {lemons, oranges and blood oranges mainly...I cannot stand grapefruit}! Things I'm looking to make right now include Blood Orange Tarts, Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Pie, Lemon Layer Delight, Key Lime Pie Bars, and Lemon Mousse

And, when baby gets here, I can even indulge in the mimosas and probably a nice, refreshing Sarasota. :)

I think I'm weird in that I really enjoy making a grocery list and going to the grocery store. {I don't like the whole "spending money" part of it, but you get the picture.} I'm currently browsing through my Pinterest and it makes me excited to write down - in order of the grocery store - my list for the week. #nerdalert

It has literally taken me all morning {and now afternoon} to write this post. Clearly I'm excited for and needing Friday afternoon to be here. Y'all have a great weekend!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What I'm Loving Lately

Happy Wednesday! 

With my third trimester quickly coming to a close, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things that I've been loving this last month. 
{And my collage is funky and I'm too tired to fix it. Oops!}

1. It's true that your skin changes during least for me. During the first trimester, I was hit with major cystic acne. The second trimester I "had the glow" and now I'm just back to my normal combination skin, but add that it's winter: dry on the top and oily under the surface. Enter this mask, which just has a little cooling feel to it and really seems to pull out the "ick" hiding in my pores. I love it! 

2. Brandon put this in my stocking and I am obsessed with it. I use it all over my body {being gentle on my belly, obviously} once a week and can really tell a difference in the smoothness of my skin. It especially works wonders on my hands; they're so cracked and dry this winter because I have been washing them 10 times more than usual to make sure I don't get any more sick than I already am. 

3. A pregnant girl has to talk about food, right? I am a sucker for any cheese, but I put one of these bad boys in my lunch every day {with the Toasteds crackers} and am obsessed. Seriously, I just blogged about cheese. 

4. I have had this nail polish for awhile, but after a fall of dark polish, I'm loving this semi-bright color. 

5. My friend Liz told me about this juice, and I admit that I was a little hesitant to drink anything green, thinking it'd be a bit nasty. But it's not! It's actually sweet and tastes more fruity than vegetable-y. Plus, I like to tell myself that it's healthy so I'm actually benefiting me and my baby. Ha!

6. I read about this stuff on A Treasure Hunt blog and bought it on a whim since my skin is being all weird lately. It works! It goes on with a green tint but has really helped reduce the redness and dryness in my face. I have been using it in the mornings and sticking to my Lancôme moisturizer at night. 

7. Since I haven't been sleeping well at all lately {getting up 3+ times to go to the bathroom} and being sick, so I bought this dark circle minimizing eye cream to use in the mornings. I've only been using it since Monday, so I don't have results yet, but it does moisturize very well. I'm hoping it works because goodness knows I'll have the worst dark circles when this baby gets here! 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Today, oh, Today

So, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I'm simultaneously battling an upper respiratory infection and a sinus infection. Super fun with only a few days left until Baby Day, right? Not. 

I called my doctor's office on Sunday begging for a Z-Pak, but the {dumb} 0n-call doctor never called me back. So I called back Monday and my OB advised me to go to my GP to get swabbed for the flu and strep. Ick! 

So, when I got to my GP's office, the receptionist handed me a mask and told me to wear it while I was in the waiting room "to ensure I didn't get sick from the other patients since I was pregnant." I was cracking up under that mask. {You just have to laugh at stuff like that, you know?!} I texted this picture to my husband and mom and they both were dying laughing. In fact, Brandon told me last night that any time he needed a laugh yesterday, he just looked at that picture. "Your eyes say it all," he said. 

Thankfully the flu + strep tests came back negative...and I got my beloved Z-Pak. So I'm hopefully well on my way back to the life of the living normal. 

But let's get onto today, which started out as any normal day. I went to work and then got word of some not-so-good news and spent a crazy day running around and doing some crisis work. {Through all of it I was just praying I didn't go into labor. But I will say I did burst out crying in the bathroom when it was all over. Hormones.} 

My mother-in-law happened to call in the middle of it and I just lost it. Bless her heart, I think she thought I was in labor because she just kept saying, "Do I need to come get you, honey?!" Anyway, after I explained the situation, she told me she was going to bring something to our house. 

I got home today and she'd left homemade chicken noodle soup -- the biggest Tupperware container of it I've ever seen...seriously -- in our garage refrigerator. I'm so thankful for her doing that because cooking was not on my agenda for this evening! So, so sweet and just what I needed. 

Today was quite interesting, to say the least, but I'm very thankful for family and friends who got me through it. And now, to eat. And sleep. 

Happy Tuesday.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Golden Globes

What did y'all think of the Golden Globes? I always love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and they didn't disappoint again this year! 

But onto the most important part: the fashion! 

Here are my personal opinions on last night's fashion hits and misses. What are your thoughts?


Amber Heard in Versace

That color! The fabric! The slit! The teased hair! Love it all. 

Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana 

This was my favorite. Completely classic, and love the lace and peplum.

Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren

Absolutely. Stunning. Love the silhouette and perfect color for her skin tone. Beautiful!

Monica Potter in Ramona Keveza

I love her so much, and this dress is perfect old Hollywood glamour. And the hair! Perfect.

Naomi Watts in Tom Ford

This dress was perfect on her, and I love love love her hair! I am a huge fan of Naomi Watts' style, and this is just another reason as to why I love her. 
{And the lady's face in the background of this picture cracks me up.}

Cate Blanchett in Armani Couture 

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. {And those earrings!} So classic Old Hollywood.

Sofía Vergara in Zac Posen

All I can say is, Sofía knows how to rock a black dress. It's simple, yet elegant, and I love her Lorraine Schwartz necklace. Hawt.

Juliana Margulies in Emilio Pucci

Clearly I'm in love with simple, black silhouettes. This dress was perfect for her, and I adore the back and cap sleeves.

Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana

I'm actually surprised I liked this shirtdress, because it is a little confusing. But c'mon, it's Julia. She can pretty much rock anything and still be flawless to me. But my favorite part? That hair! Loving all this big volume on the red carpet! 


Sarah Hyland in Georges Hobeika

I think she just looks too young in this dress, which is too close to her skin tone. And I am not a fan of the Heidi/Frieda Kahlo hair. 

Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

This looks like the 90s vomited a crop top. Not a fan. 

Lena Dunham in Zac Posen

No. Yellow is a very hard color to pull off, and she just doesn't. Also, I'm not sure about her hair and tattoos, either. Nope. {And what is with the mouth-half-open pose?}

Elisabeth Moss in J. Mendel

Not that this was horrendous, but it was just "meh." She can definitely do better. And I feel like she got out of the shower, let her hair air dry and then did nothing. Thumbs down.

Amy Adams in Valentino

Amy, we're not in "American Hustle" anymore. You can get out of character with your dress. 

Side note: "American Hustle" is not a comedy nor a musical. Drives me crazy it won in that category. Again, we were just not fans of this movie. Although Amy's awards speech was adorable. 

Hayden Panettiere in Tom Ford

Her hair is confused in a Miley Cyrus kind of way. And this dress aged her immensely. Just no.

Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung

What even is this dress?! She looks like a confused person at a gender reveal baby shower. Ick, ick, ick! 

{All photos via Google}
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