Wednesday, November 12, 2014

eShakti Dress Review

So it's been a while since I've done a non-maternity outfit post. I'm out of practice! Luckily, I had a little help with these photos thanks to Ashley, who, by the way, is lookin' good as a pregnant gal.  
eShakti sent me this dress and I couldn't be more happy about it. Since Gwen was born I have had to rethink my wardrobe to accommodate breast feeding. I realized that I had to say goodbye to my dresses that didn't button-up in the front, and to all my other clothes that no longer fit my new bust and waist size. As you can guess, eShakti is the perfect store for my postpartum bod- I plugged in all my specific measurements, and voila! I didn't end up with that awkward button gap/opening in between my boobs. You know what I'm talking about, busty girls. I also customized the sleeves from quarter-length to short sleeves because I figured that it would make this dress suitable for summer and winter, with some layering. I was also impressed that they asked for the measurement around my upper-arm. Thank you! My arms are kind of thick and I've had trouble with too-tight sleeves in the past. It felt good to know that these sleeves wouldn't be an issue.

My only wish is that the buttons of this dress went all the way down to the hem of the dress- I don't want the dress to open at the bottom above the hemline. I suppose I can close the bottom with a safety pin or two if it ends up bothering me too much. Despite that, this is a perfectly suitable new mom approved dress. I'm excited to style it different ways this fall/winter! 
All photos by Betty Photography. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Two Months

A few days late, but here she is at 2 months. 
I was dying to buy one of these slouchy beanies that my friend Tara makes, and our upcoming trip to Utah this Thanksgiving seemed like the perfect excuse to buy a warm and cuddly beanie for Gwen. She doesn't have much use for it here in Arizona, but she looks so cute in it. I love that Tara designed the hat with a permanently, perfect slouch, so that this baby won't end up with a weird cone head. Want one for your li'l babe or for yourself? Get it here.  She just added a bunch of new fabric, so lots of options for you to choose from :) I'm thinking of maybe getting a striped one for myself....
On to Gwen: She's starting to "talk" and she's smiling a lot more(!!!). We just think it's the best. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Gwen's Blessing

I am so happy that some of our family was able to come for Gwen's baby blessing. Ryan said such sweet things as he blessed our little baby. 
My mom and her parents.
Four generations! 
How cute is my grandpa?? 
I wish I would have gotten a close-up photo of Gwen in her dress. My grandmother made this dress for my catholic christening when I was a little babe, and my mother-in-law tailored it to fit Gwen. I love it. 

Fun fact: four other babies were blessed this day! Cuteness all around, and a very packed chapel. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Flower, Bee, and Bug Catcher

This has been my favorite Halloween costume of all time. It was simple and fun to make my flower costume. I feel like that's the secret to a good costume- keep it simple. Less is more. All the awards go to my sister-in-law for knitting up Gwen's bee costume. 
There was a Halloween party at Ryan's work and each team had to come up with a theme to decorate their cubicles. They chose Pokemon! Everyone joked that Gwen was Ryan's Beedrill.
Some of Ryan's coworkers.
I couldn't not include this last photo. 
Motherhood, am I right? 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Over the weekend

My in-laws came to visit this past weekend and we were all able to attend the open house of the new temple in Phoenix. It is soooo gorgeous inside. Breathtaking. I was a little nervous about taking Gwen inside, but she slept through the whole tour in her carrier. I couldn't get pictures of the entire outside of the temple because I only brought my 50mm lens (a fixed lens), like a dummy. Oops. 

Gwen's cousins were so excited to meet her. It was so sweet watching them interact with her. You can't really tell in these photos, but my sister-in-law is pregnant with another girl! Due February. I love that Gwen will have a cousin so close in age. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Jammies

I am loving the Halloween season more than I ever have before. I have realized that I have never been good at Halloween, mainly costumes. No really, I was terrible at coming up with fun, cute, and clever costumes in the past. I've never been completely satisfied with my costumes since I was in 5th grade. I must have been a witch or cat a handful of times. Lame. But this Halloween. Oh, this Halloween! I actually have our costumes planned in advance and it's gonna be crazy cute. Gwen is gonna be crazy cute. So excited!