M.I.A.*: My home

*M.I.A.= Random tangent but my daughter and rapper M.I.A.’s son were born on the same day!

I told myself it wouldn’t happen. I told myself I wouldn’t let it. But alas…it has. My home has been taken over by little A and all of her belongings. How can such a little girl have so many belongings??

Before: Living Room
After: Living Room

Before: Dining Area (home to many intimate dinner parties with close friends)

After: Changing Table (home to many stinky diaper changes with 1 beautiful baby girl)

I hope to someday be reunited with my home…


Baby Bump Style

When i got pregnant, I vowed that I wouldn’t turn into a complete shlumpadinka (as oprah likes to say)…or in other words, a frump. It was depressing how little was out there in terms of cute, affordable maternity clothes. I even flirted with the idea of starting my own maternity clothing line that was cheap and trendy (think forever21 or h&m).
I ended up buying non maternity clothes in bigger sizes.
Here are some looks that I made work for me…

DVF wrap dress (Wrap dresses work great! Just tie the ribbon part above your bump!)
Cole Haan nike air nude patent pumps (These shoes have height but are soo comfy!)

fr L-R (me, the bride!, the bm)
12th St by Cynthia Vincent dress in a bigger size. It was a little loose everywhere but tight where my bump was. I made it work with a thin belt above the bump. I plan on getting it altered now that I’m losing the baby weight. I also layered a JCrew cardigan in eggplant over it.

Some maternity fashion tips:

  • belts: tied right above or below the belly bump
  • stretchy non maternity clothing
  • maternity spanx (they exist!!)
  • long cardigans layered over everything
  • form fitting clothes are actually more flattering than huge clothes when pregnant (show off that bump!)

Modern Nursery

For those of you who don’t know, I just became a mommy about a month ago! It’s been an incredible journey so far that I could go on and on about but for the purpose of this blog, I wanted to share some pics of my nursery. It’s been featured on ohdeedoh and project nursery.
For our daughter’s nursery, we wanted a room high in style but low in budget.
I was definitely going for a contemporary style for the room.

crib: walmart
rug: target
chandelier: urban outfitters

blanket + pillow (EllaJeanGifts etsy store)
bear: from my travels to paris over 7 years ago!

These AMAZING silhouettes were made by my friend, sarah of Truly Smitten.
They are available in her etsy store!

Okay so the one pricier item in the room is this gorgeous Eames chair!
I’ve been obsessed with it for years and found a used one on Craigs List for $360.
and it was in great condition!!

lovely alphabet print (SycamoreStreetPress etsy store)

The ikea bookshelf we got for $40 on craigslist!!

Notice the lil bird on the lightswitch!

a closer look at the bird

dresser: walmart
sofa bed: bo concept
stroller: quinny buzz (bought new on ebay for $280!)
Can you spot the owl?

There it is!
all wall decals: vinyl wall art

the other side of the room…
I put up these prints that I already owned from AshleyG’s etsy store.

I was really happy with how the room turned out and I hope our daughter, A will come to love it as well!