A Few Pregnancy Favorites :: The Style Edition

I only have a couple of months of pregnancy left {!!!!!!!!!}, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I have been wearing and enjoying during this pregnancy. Before I go on, however, did I ever show you guys the Pinterest cake I attempted, which is how we told our parents the baby is a boy?? It did not turn out as cute as on Pinterest, HOWEVER, I still thought it was pretty clever.

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Back to styling the bump.

At this point the most difficult things have been sleep and finding clothes that I both like and fit me well. I have wondered whether my belly itself is a little larger with this baby than it was with Branch. The rest of my body is virtually the same as during my last pregnancy, but I think because Branch was on the smaller side, my prego belly *might* get bigger this time, especially these last couple of months. We will see. I also realized that the last couple of months of my pregnancy with Branch were in the winter, whereas we are clearly nowhere near winter now… so I have had to basically buy myself an entirely  new wardrobe. 🙂

I have found most of my maternity clothes at Target, A Pea In the Pod, and Anthropologie. No, Anthro does not sell maternity clothes, however everything there is super flowy so most of it works with “the bump”. A Pea In the Pod is INSANELY overpriced, but I do love it. Their clothes are just a million times cuter and more flattering on me than any other maternity shops I have been to, and I try to shop their sale rack when possible to make it at least within the realm of affordability. Target has great end-of-pregnancy dresses and shirts, in my opinion. Their stuff is a little too big for early pregnancy, but now that I am growing growing growing I find their dresses are very belly-flattering!

For working out, I haven’t purchased any maternity specific workout clothes. I already had a good amount of Lulu taking over my closet, so I have just been wearing all my same stuff from right before I got pregnant. The shorts don’t work anymore, but the pants, tanks, and sports bras are all still great. Stretchy material is my friend!!!!

Without further adieu, here are a few photos of outfits I have worn the past few months.

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Yes that is a cover-up that says “Beach Bump”. I couldn’t resist!

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This was about 2 months ago when my belly was still a little smaller! 🙂

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As far as shoes are concerned, so far I have been able to wear all of my same shoes I wore before getting pregnant. Just this past week I noticed a little bit of swelling in my feet {I blame this INSANELY HOT and muggy weather San Diego is having!}, so I am sure I will have to say goodbye to some of my shoes shortly. I ordered my first pair of Tieks ballet flats, and am planning on wearing those almost daily until this child comes. So far I really like them and would say they are hands down the most supportive ballet flat I have ever worn. Highly recommend, especially for pregnant ladies who have to wear somewhat dressy shoes to work!

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Finally, a word about jewelry. I know plenty of pregnant gals who do not have to stop wearing their wedding rings, even when hugely pregnant. I made it to about 7 months with no problems, but then my fingers started to swell up a little bit, and so I decided to say goodbye to my wedding rings for a few months. I didn’t like the idea of not wearing anything on my ring finger, so I found this simple gold band with crystals at Nordstrom! I love it, and it’s nice that I don’t have to worry about losing it or ruining it since it isn’t the “real deal”.

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That’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed this fun little afternoon post.

Happy holiday weekend, all! Yay America! Yay Independence Day! Yay an extra day off work!

~Kristin

Jean Skirt

I’m wearing a jean skirt today.

Is it 1997? No. Is it 2003? Also a no. But I think I’m still ok wearing it.

Are jean skirts coming back or is this a huge no-no for fall? Speak truth into my life. I’m looking at you, Elle Webb Style.

Jean skirt: JCrew, Top: One September {found at Anthropologie}, Necklace: Target, Cardigan: Nordstrom BP, Belt: Gap, Watch: Michael Kors, Shoes: Tory Burch

It should be noted that taking self-portraits of an entire outift is REALLY difficult. I’m impressed that I managed to do it at all, and am therefore ok with the fact that every single shot I got is beyond awkward and also moderately unflattering. That’s just life when you’re a one-man show.

It should also be noted that I need a haircut – and I think I need to add some highlights, too. I’ve never dyed my hair. Will highlights ruin me? These are life issues I need to get to the bottom of.

Happiest of Mondays,

~Kristin

ps. As I read over this as one last edit before hitting “post” I am questioning everything about my outfit and these photographs. Aaah! Insecurity! The fact of the matter is: this is what I’m wearing today, and this is what I look like. If I only post pictures where I look incredibly slim and fashion forward – that’s not really posting picture of me. So here I go. Ready? One, two, three. POST.

Dinner Date in Encinitas

Last weekend we had dinner in Encinitas.

We love our future home! Look… here is our future restaurant. Great foundation, wouldn’t you say?

Evenings have still been rather cool, so I decided to turn my maxi dress into a maxi skirt by wearing button-down over it.

Dress: H & M, Shirt: Gap, Necklace: Invisible Children, Handbag: Longchamp, Shoes: Frye.

Until next time,

Kristin

Catching Up

It’s been too long. Far too long.

I’m sorry, internet! There’s just so much going on, I simply can not stay on top of it all. And I want to share every. single. second with you but that is simply unrealistic and unhealthy. Oh, and you might not actually be interested in every moment of my life. SOOOO my friends, just like I did a while back in this post, here is an update from each category. And then some.

Arkansas – I am no longer there. If you didn’t know that, I am sorry. I would have thought the weekly posts about running on the beach would have given it away.If you want to read a little about the move, you can click here. If you want to read a little bit about our dreams coming true, you can click here.

Fashion – I have new running shoes. And new running clothes. Because all I do is run.

Ok that’s a lie, I work, I hang out, I sleep, I eat. But a lot of what I do is run, so all the new clothes I have purchased recently are super cool running clothes. Are you interested in a running/workout fashion post?

I am also *trying* to dress cute whenever I leave the house, especially if it’s for something professional. This is what we call “classing it up”. I will do my best to post pictures. Actually, here’s one of my outfit my first day of work. My favorite part of this outfit is that a stranger stopped me at the mall to tell me how much she loved my top and ask where I got it.  Goodwill. Awwww yea!

Work – I have a job! I started working right before we moved down to San Diego from LaLa Land. I am working at the University of San Diego again, different department but same division as before. I LOVE being back on campus. And I LOVE working part time. And I LOVE getting a paycheck. It’s been a while.

Favorite Things – Alright people, here’s the deal. Everyone is doing something favorite-thingsy. And even though like one of the basic definitions of life and human existence is that we are a strange combination of copy-cat and original — I am just not that into doing what every other blogger I read is doing. Or maybe I am. And maybe that’s why I’m blogging at all. Blurg. Bottom line: I need to get over myself. Favorite things post to come in the future.

Friends and Family – My baby sister is on crutches, #3 is moving out here at some point in the near future, the 2nd in command is dominating the hotel industry {and hooking me up with awesome hotels to stay at!}, and my parents are going on dinner dates where my Dad tells my Mom how he believes aliens are everywhere. As for the married-into family? I am living with them. And I like it. Keith-As-I-Live-And-Breathe {which is what I call my father in law} kills the spiders in my room, Janice makes me eggs. It’s awesome.

Los Angeles – I kind of miss it. Don’t crucify me. I am an eternal San Diegan and would never sell out for LA, but LA was fun! I loved driving 40 minutes to the coolest places on the West Coast. I loved meeting up with Matt and Sandy almost every weekend. I loved riding bikes in Santa Monica. I loved having 4 Lululemon shops within 20 miles. I loved that Ryan Seacrest was my local morning show. I seriously loved LA.

Personal – What does this category even mean?? The most personal things happening right now: my husband is gone and I really miss him, I have blisters on my toes and skin that’s been rubbed raw from all of my running, and I’m struggling with setting up healthy boundaries {ie. I say YES too often and NO, well, never}.

Recipes – I have not cooked in months. I can not WAIT to get all my stuff back and cook up a storm! I recently acquired two new cookbooks and I’m reading through them eagerly. This weekend I came up with a recipe for a tangerine margarita. Here’s a teaser photo.

Restaurants – Are my second home.

Running – I completed The Five Experiment! It was great! I ran 100 miles in a month and I enjoyed {almost} every mile. I am keeping up my 5 runs a week, but am not being as nitpicky about the distance. Last week, for example, I ran 3.5 miles one day. I have decided I really like the 5 mile distance, though. It’s long enough to be a good workout no matter what, and short enough that you don’t feel like you can’t make plans at night.

San Diego – Love it. It’s as good, if not better, than I remember. May Grey is in full swing, and is a great reminder of the Ah-mazing climate we have and the fact that this blessed marine layer keeps our temperatures so moderate all year long. Last night I practiced skateboarding at the bay with the fam, and then we ate fresh fish at Point Loma Seafoods. How could I complain when this is just an average Sunday afternoon in San Diego?

Travel – Here’s what is coming up this summer: a trip to the ATL next week to celebrate the completion of Glenn’s Operator training — aaaand to celebrate the fabulous Kelly Reynolds’ birthday. BAAAH! I can hardly wait!

In mid June we are going on a Murdock Extravaganza to Las Vegas. I am pretty sure we are going to try to all fit into one car, and I know for a fact we will be eating at some serious buffets. Then later in June, Glenn and I are going to Scottsdale, AZ for a Family Life conference called Weekend to Remember. We will be staying at the Firesky Resort and I’m puuumped.

Weight Loss – I lost 1 pound during the Five Experiment, and have lost another pound since. Two pounds. Boo ya!

Phew. I’m exhausted.

Happy Monday my friends!

~Kristin

 

Newly Minted Shoes

SO, I’m in the last week of the Five Experiment and I am loving it so far. The first week was intense, the second week was slightly less intense, and then last week it started being awesome. It’s also been really fun to be in San Diego {we’re back! for good!} and have friends who will run with me. Since I’ve been giving shout-out’s to everyone on facebook lately, here is one for Kim and Caitlin who have joined me on many of my runs since moving back. Love running with you ladies! Double shout-out to Kim, who has literally joined me on EVERY run since getting back. Kim, you’ve risen to the challenge and I’m totally impressed!

Now for my fancy new shoes. Since all it feels like I’ve been doing lately is running, I thought it was time for a new pair of kicks. So, naturally, I designed my own.

GET OUT. I know, right?!?

Aren’t they so fun? They are the brightest shoes at the bay every day, and it’s a joy to put them on my feet. I used *almost* every color in the rainbow and also got to add a little inspirational saying on the tongue. My left shoes says: RUNRUN and my right one says KMONEY. Glenn says this to me many times when I am headed out the door, which is an added bonus of having it on my shoe.

I would definitely recommend designing yourself a pair of Nike’s sometime. It is about $30 more than the price of the running shoe, and if you have a Nike store near you they will ship the shoes to the store for free. I designed mine in Santa Monica, but you can do it online from anywhere. Here’s the link if you are ever interested.

Adios for today,

Kristin

Fashion Post :: Interview Style

I have been MIA for a few days… I think you all forgive me because I think you all know how my life was turned upside down and still feels like I’m living inside some sort of cyclops. INSANITY! Regardless of all that, I’m here now and wanted to share another tidbit from my closet.

The interview outfit.

Glenn and I flew to Atlanta Wednesday morning for a big interview with Chick-fil-A. If you’re wondering if it was nerve-wracking to think about the significance of this interview in our lives — yes, yes it was. If you’re wondering if the Chick-fil-A home office is as amazing as you imagine – yes, yes it is. If you’re wondering if outfit selection was ridiculously important when thinking about this day — let me just say I spent hours upon hours at Nordstrom and The Rack to make sure I had the perfect look.

All in the name of The Interview, of course.

Dress: Milly {found in the designer section at The Rack}, Jacket: Gibson {Nordstrom}, Tights: my own, Shoes: Merona by Target, Camisole: 3 Dot {Nordstrom}, Bracelets: Betsey Johnson {Dillards}, Necklace: fake pears from the thrift store, Nametag: Chick-fil-A.

All photographs courtesy of Glenn’s phone.

Happy Friday, friends! My awesome friend Caitlin {remember, the one I ran the Nike Half with in San Francisco? She literally held my hand across the finish line?? Yea, her!} is coming up to Hermosa Beach to visit today and I am SO excited. Yippee!

Love,

Kristin

ps. haven’t heard anything about the “job” we were interviewing for yet, but I will be sure to keep you all posted!

An Update from each Category

Arkansas: Yep, we’re still here! The weather is crazy, the people are chatty, Boulevard Bread is still my favorite, and we have made some fun friends, which we are so grateful for.

Fashion: It is difficult to take stunning fashion photos of yourself. It is especially difficult to take stunning fashion photos of yourself when all you have been wearing lately is running clothes or a mummy-bag winter jacket. I will try to get into something blog-worthy soon.

Favorite Things: My favorite things have all come from the thrift store or the Dillards clearance rack this past month, and sometimes I feel bad blogging about things I have that are awesome but were just lucky finds at Goodwill, because what if YOU want to buy it for yourself and can’t??!! Argh, these are the things that keep me up at night, people!

Friends and Family: I love my friends. I love my family. I love that I have friends and family all over the place. Sometimes its sad, like when you want to see them and can’t, but more often its awesome.

Personal: My sister told me the other day that I had bad breath, and now I’m totally self conscious about constantly having bad breath. I would just pop in a piece of gum, but my Costco box of Orbit Wintermint just ran out. Woof.

Recipes: Fruit Tart, Bran Muffins, and Thomas Keller’s vegetable soup have been my latest kitchen creations. Mmmm.

Restaurants: Tomorrow night I am going to a new one! In Memphis! For steak! I am really excited! I will tell you all about it when I get back!

Running: OH EM GEE I love my Little Rock running buddy Keri. I don’t really understand how God or His timing work, but I am just grateful that I get to be Keri’s running partner even if its only for a short season. We meet 2-4 times a week in the wee small hours of the morning and run and talk together. I love basically everything about it, except for the time when my jacket was stolen.

San Diego: Two of my closest friends at home are having babies like RIGHT NOW {or very soon! Hi Jess and Sheri!} and its sooo weird for me to think that I won’t be there to meet the little munchkins right away, let alone that I will never live in the same city as them again without them having children. I am, however, VERY excited for the baby boom that has taken over my social circle back home, and can’t wait to hold all the little bambinos.

Travel: We head to Memphis tomorrow to celebrate our anniversary, then next weekend we are grabbing Kimberly and meeting up with the Reynolds in Nashville where I will turn 30! AAAAH! I! AM! SO! EXCITED!

Weight Loss: I lost the 5 pounds that I had gained over the holidays, and am working on more. Yippee! I have also been drinking an EXCESSIVE amount of water. I always thought I drank a lot of water, but wow, now I really drink a lot of water.

The end. Bless you for reading all of this. I love your face. F’real.

~Kristin

Thrifty Thrifty

It’s that time again! Time for a fashion feature. Ooooh baby. Buckle up, kids, this is a good one.

Today’s outfit inspiration comes from a handful of places. First up, Ralph Lauren. More specifically, Oprah’s interview with Ralph Lauren at his ranch during her Farewell Season. Hello. Did you guys see it? Mind blowing!

I have always had a *thing* for RL {I mean come on, he’s like the ultimate American! His son married into the Bush family! His logo is a polo player!} but it wasn’t until watching the interview and seeing a glimmer into his life that Glenn and I decided it was perfectly acceptable to want to be Ralph and Ricky Lauren.

The second inspiration was JCrew and their wall of plaid shirts and boyfriend blazers. The only problem with JCrew? I don’t have $90 for a cotton button-down and I certainly don’t have $400 for a navy blazer that’s supposed to look like something my ex-boyfriend left at my apartment five years ago.

Enter my favorite place in Little Rock, besides Boulevard Bread {of course}: Goodwill.

I! LOVE! THRIFT STORES! Always have. Always will. I also love designers. Labels. Name brand. Always have. Always will. Just ask my Mom. This has been a lifetime obsession, and it goes from sunglasses to unmentionables. It all matters. To me. One would naturally assume, then, that finding designer duds at a thrift store would be a dream come true in the world of Kristin. Oh, and what a dream it is!

Sunglasses: Max Studio {$13 at a consignment shop in Grand Rapids}, Plaid button-down: Tommy Hilfiger (I actually kind of hate TH, but I loved this shirt so I couldn’t resist!) {$3 Goodwill}, Blue Blazer: Claiborne {$5 Goodwill}, Shoes: Tory Burch {$30 Consignment shop in San Diego – I had them re-dyed by a cobbler}, Clutch: Vintage Louis Vuitton {$60 thrift store in San Diego. I follow these guidelines when looking for Louis Vuitton at second hand places. There are way too many fakes out there!}, Jeans: Paige Premium. Unmentionables will remain unmentioned. And no I do not buy those at the thrift store. Gross.

These photos crack me up. Glenn was telling me how to pose and, after looking at the first one said “Now do that again, but look less angry.” Ha!

Go forth and thrift, friends!

Love,

Kristin

 

Uh-Bsessed :: Missoni for Target

I am the luckiest girl ever! THE coveted Missoni for Target dress was found by ME the other day at our local Target. I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was the only one on the rack, it was my size, and the only thing I can think is that it was returned and I somehow happened to have gotten to Target right after they put the returned stuff back on the racks. Yippee!

I am in love with this dress. I am in love with Missoni. I dream of heading to the fabulous Italian compound where everyone from babies to Grandpa M. wear nothing but Missoni knits. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Tory Burch, you make a mean ballet flat.

Dress: Missoni for Target, Tights: DKNY, Shoes: Tory Burch, Jewelry: H&M, Sunglasses: Target, Sweater: Halogen by Nordstrom.

Thanks to the lovely #3 for lending her photography skills to today’s fashion post. Where would we be without #3?!?

I’m not gonna lie, this dress is almost too cool for me. I am doing my best to live up to it.

Love and zig-zaggy Italian stripes to you all,

~Kristin

Writer’s Cape

In light of New York Fashion Week, I am starting a new section on the blog where I share the occasional outfit with you. Ok it really has nothing to do with Fashion Week, but did that make me sound like I knew what I was talking about???!!!

I follow a handful of fashion/style blogs like Atlantic Pacific, Elements of Style, and of course The Sartorialist {I mean really, uhh-bsessed}. Jenna over on Eat Live Run has been another inspiration, posting outfits that are so cute and way cooler than anything I could ever come up with!  Starting today, I’m copy-cat-ing all these lovely bloggers and hope to share a few Kristin Eats outfits/inspirations.

First up, we have what I’m calling The Writer – Take One. This is kind of my go-to outfit when the weather is a little chilly and I want to spend the day at coffee shops, writing away. It’s comfortable, casual, and gives my arms lots of space to move around. I didn’t really “plan” this outfit, but thought a fun way to start my fashion posts would be something I wear regularly.

Cape: Anthropologie {on sale this summer!}
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Shoes: Vans
Glasses: Christian Dior {thank you, Costco, for carrying cool glasses frames!}

This cape is made of the softest sweatshirt material on the planet. One feel and you’ll never want to take it off. It makes you want to cuddle up with this month’s Martha Stewart Living, kitten in lap, and sip a freshly steamed latte. It’s navy blue, which in my opinion can never be bad, and if I could I would wear it every day. Oh! It also has these super cute little arm holes that really come in handy.

I love everything about capes. I am beyond excited to be seeing them on runways, in the pages of magazines, and in stores throughout the mall {JC Penney even has some really cute ones!} this fall. I have been trying to figure out how to make myself a cape inspired by this Kate Spade one, but considering I have never sewn an article of clothing ever…. I would probably be better off saving up $600. Or finding a good lookalike at Forever 21.

Ooh while we’re spending time with Kate Spade: how adorable is this look? You may see me trying to imitate this in the near future.

(Photos courtesy katespade.com.)

Hope you’re excited about the outfit addition to the blog! Have a happy Friday, and I might be back later this evening detailing my weekly runs. Nothing screams “I’m cool” like spending a Friday night blogging about running….

Adios for now!

~Kristin