Tuesday, July 28, 2015

baby boy's nursery

So many people have asked me if I have the nursery ready, and my answer is... not yet. I know, seems so unlike me. But now that the baby is due in 3 months, I'm getting quite nervous and realized I should make a board with my ideas for the nursery to mentally prepare. We have the kitchen renovations going on, so going to another project in the house while another is unfinished drives me crazy that I can't focus on the nursery quite yet. But I can start planning in the meantime, and share our travel and adventure theme we have in mind. It only seemed natural since we love traveling, and why not bring up the kid to want to travel and see the world. Plus, I love the lightness and different tones we could use for the room. It is making me all kinds of excited!  

1. Rocking chair: A rocking chair is something I never really thought in buying, but the more I am hearing how much you have to get up in the middle of the night for feeding, I am starting to realize it's vital to have. I love this one and it's comfy design, and large back. 

2. Map decor: I wasn't quite sure what kind of theme and color scheme we would do for our boy, and I didn't want to go too boyish because it's not either my husband and my style. So we went with a travel/adventure theme. We love traveling so we thought a large map print would be perfect. And not only that, but I love the colors in this map. I love the different shades of blue and pops of the colors. 

3. Pouf:  I love this pop of color in this fun pouf. It kind of plays with the colors of the map, but it's own bright piece. 

4. Rug: I'm a bit picky when it comes to rugs. I want to get one with cool pattern, but doesn't scream kid. I love something you can use if you decide to change the theme. I also like the light grey to brighten up the space.

5.Crib: The crib is probably the hardest piece for me to pick out. I'm pretty sure we want to go with a white, simple, and modern crib. We still got to check out more stores, but I'm really loving this one. 

6. Pillows and linen: The the crib linen, I want simple patterns, and lots of variety of light blues.  I'm loving this whale pillow so much too, such a cute little detail.

7. Vintage suitcases: I love these cute vintage suitcases that can be used for diapers and random baby stuff.  Can be placed on top of the dresser or changing table to make sure those little hands don't reach. 

8.Storage baskets: When the kids are just born, they really don't have many toys they really are interested quite yet. Having storage baskets like these in variety of sizes can store them til they are bigger, and you can also use one of the taller baskets as a hamper too. 

9. Decor: I love decor that goes with the theme of the room, but also has to be things that I gotta make sure wont break into a million pieces if baby were to drop them. I like that this table lamp looks sturdy and so modern. And this pretty globe is just so pretty and simple. 

10. Wooden dresser: I love the color of the dresser. It's such a calming blue, and so chic. I especially love the gold hardware too! I probably would like a tiny bit longer one, but this is pretty darn close to being perfect! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dreaming up Desserts

I miss having a kitchen. I really really do. There are tons of things I want to make at the moment. I didn't think I would survive without a kitchen, but here we are 4 weeks later. I think the only reason I'm dealing is because I know it's temporary. And because I know at the end of all of this, we get a brand new kitchen! But I still have been all over pinterest getting fun sweet ideas to whip up next!

Here's what's on my list:

smores fudge bars from handletheheat.com

funfetti yogurt pops from bethcakes.com

nutella berry bruschetta from reluctantentertainer.com

lemon almond tea cake from honestlyyum.com

Which one to do first when I get a new kitchen?? How about all of them! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Current Kitchen

I wanted to give an update on our kitchen. We are a little delayed in schedule, like I knew we would, but it was more of a small hiccup because our floors weren't installed when we needed them to, and pushed the project a bit. We are delayed about a week and half. Today cabinets are being installed. And our appliances will also get installed. Woo!

But I wanted to share the process to this point.

Demo day:

They ripped off the cabinets and got rid of all the appliances. So much old wallpaper was exposed!

Drywall & flooring:

The flooring was installed the following week after demo, and then the window was ripped off to create a smaller window. They also fixed walls and did drywall. 


Here you can see the bright white paint! We wanted this room to be very light and bright so we went with clean white color. Here you can see the flooring a bit better too.

Can't wait to show you the finished product. We are getting really close, so stay tuned! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


I've always been a fan of embroidery clothing. I really love it, and most of my old embroidery clothes I have from when I was younger, tends to be things I keep because it always comes back to style. Most of the things I usually see are really boho or Mexican ethnic style type of tops, and are just darling. And guess what? So many stores have embroidery, and it's back for the summer! Here are a few of my favorite!
embroidery fashion

Monday, July 13, 2015

Pregnancy thus far...

Being  pregnant has been different than I imagined. I guess you really don't know until you experience it. And for each woman, its so different that it's hard to generalize. Here are some things have surprised me, and if you're a mom...you're probably thinking, "DUH!" But I'm learning along the way, and quite an experience.

First, I thought I would "feel it" when I was pregnant. I read online about so many women who said they just felt different, and just knew they were pregnant. I actually didn't. I felt like the same way I felt the month before. So much so, that I didn't believe I was pregnant at first. No one tells you that pregnancy signs are a bit like "I'm about to get my period" signs, at least to me. 

Morning sickness never came, or food aversions. I waited for them, mostly because I thought I would be prone to it. I'm sure moms who went through it probably want to punch me in the face a bit because I hear they are the worst. But trust me, super thankful I didn't get them. But the way people talk about pregnancy, morning sickness always seemed like a given. I just assumed everyone got it. And even in the beginning when I told people I was feeling fine, the response I would get was, "just wait, I got them  when I was 8 weeks" or something like, "oh, but you'll definitely get food aversions." Why can't it be okay for me to feel okay? I'm not sure, but I'm happy and grateful for feeling good thus far.

The body change. The change is amazing, but it has been an adjustment for me. I have, for the most part, been the same size since I was 20. Probably a few pounds here or there, but I kind of had had the same figure. And now with a kid growing inside, it really is an adjustment for me.  But don't get me wrong, I love the reason my body is growing because it means this kiddo is growing, but man oh man. I am quite the shopper and I love clothes, so clothes not fitting me the same is a bit of a hit on my confidence. I feel selfish even saying it out loud. But at the same time, having this important reason your body is growing gives you a different kind of confidence, which somehow counter balances. I think once I'm a bit bigger, I will feel better too. But I'm finally popping and I think people are finally realizing I'm pregnant, and not have a natural belly which is making me feel good these days.

The itchiness is such a pain. Oh man, it's pretty bad. I try not to scratch because I hear you get stretch marks that way. And I lather layers of lotion, but I still feel itchy, especially on the gals. I just want to rip them off, no joke. This L.A. heat doesn't help either. The sweat somehow makes it worse. I even got a heat rash from it. I also hear the itchiness goes to your belly too, haven't experienced that yet but I'm guessing it's right around the corner. 

Maternity clothes aren't cheap. I only have 4 real maternity items at the moment and they are all things I got on clearance. I think I have dress(I haven't worn yet), a 2 tees, and a pair of jeans. Most of the things don't fit quite well yet but I have there when the time comes. I have worn the jeans though. The fall down my but a bit, but they are pretty comfy. I usually pop my head into Target and Old Navy and see what kind of deals they have for maternity. They sometimes have a few things that are good. It's always smart to look for the deals. But I have been buying non maternity shift dresses, shorts with stretchy bands that will fit me now and possibly post baby, and oversized shirts that are meant to be loose and long. I'm sure my belly will get too big that I will have to budge for real maternity clothes but for now, I'm holding off on a maternity shopping spree. 

The baby movements are amazing. Okay, okay, so people did tell me about this one. But no matter how in detail someone explains to you this feeling, you will never comprehend it until you feel it. It's wonderful. I feel him a lot. They no longer are small flutters( which to be honest, I sometimes wasn't even sure if it was baby or hunger sometimes) but now they are real movements that I feel all day long. I just love sitting still and feel him making himself comfy in there. And I can see the movements on my belly too. Uh-mazing!

What were some of the most surprising things to you about pregnancy? I'm sure I'll have another list when the 3rd trimester comes! 

P.S. the picture above is 2 weeks ago. I'm now 25 weeks and probably popping a bit more. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Foody Fashion

Recently on pinterest, I saw the something so fun and creative that I thought I'd share with you guys! I love fashion, and love making sketches...and I love playing with my food too. So when the two collide,  it makes all kinds of wonderful. 

I found them through an article on Trendland "Both artists here were discover via their Instagram feed: illustrator Gretchen Röehrs and Jordan-based Shamekh Al-Bluwi completes their playful fashion illustrations by either utilizing colorful food items or cutting out the outfits forms."

Just so inspired by their creativity. The outfits are so couture, and are simply made with everyday fruits and veggies. I just find it amazing. And that's my dose of daily inspiration! Have a good Wednesday! Let's be creative!


Monday, July 6, 2015

maternity summer musts

Summer time is here and this pregnant lady is needing cool comfort, but with style. My belly is growing, and i'm starting to go into the pregnant look (my belly is rounding out!) , and my clothes are getting more limited. But here are a few things I've been wearing lately, and have been working for me in the LA heat.
maternity musts

maxi dress- The maxi dress has been my easy and comfy dress I've been rocking lately. I also have been doing a simple jersey dress too. It just stretches so easily, and I feel no restrictions around the belly.  

tee shirt- Tees are so comfy. Especially sleeveless ones. But the key to tees for me are to make sure they are loose fitting, and purposely not tight. Makes it easy because most stores have them with so many cool prints. 

tank top I've been getting cheap tanks from Forever 21 and using them as undershirts, They fit long so they go over the belly nicely. So if I'm wearing a tee that's a little shorter, the undershirt just shows slightly and I feel more secure.

strapless bra - I'm a fan of this particular bra. Not just any strapless but, the ones that are stretchy, and have no wires. They really are so easy to wear and don't bother me after a whole day of being out. Seriously, comfort for the gals is a must! 

shorts Shorts for the summer are just an essential, especially ones with an elastic waist. They feel like I'm wearing pj shorts, except these are cute! These have been one of my go-to pieces for an easy day out. 

sandals- Sandals are my favorite. These strapy ones are so cute.  You also have to make sure they are easy to slip on to,  and don't take too much effort to put on especially since that belly makes it harder to bend over. 

flats- I love pointed flats, mostly because they dress up an outfit. Heels can sometimes be a pain and flats are a comfy alternative, goes great with jeans or a dress! 

And if you guys have any suggestions for maternity clothes, I would love to know! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Lemon Cake Decorating

Last week I made my youtube appearance on The Girls With Glasses Show. I have been working with the girls for the past 2 and a half years and I usually behind the scenes. But last week I made my way in front of the camera and showed the girls how to decorate a lemon cake I shared a couple weeks back. To be honest, I was quite nervous. I'm a bit shy, and wasn't sure if I would convey the cake decorating process since I'm so used to just doing it and not teaching. But it went great, and was happy that the outcome looked just like what I had done before. Check out the video below!

I hope you try painting a cake. It really is one of my favorite ways to decorate! And this lemon cake is perfect for summer too! 


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