Summer of the Mama!

IMG_7006 Summers aren't my thing. 1/3 or more of my childhood was spent living in the desert and perhaps that has to do with my aversion to all things "hot." I yearn for Fall, Chilly Autumn Days and even Winter...like real Winter. I love bundling up, layering, hats and scarves - you name it. I was so happy when I found out I was pregnant and would only be early 2nd trimester pregnant during last summer. Los Angeles summers aren't just too hot but also sticky and humid.

And for a girl who already runs hot it's just not fun to walk around sphitzing all day! I was concerned about how the Summer would be with the baby. As much as I love the closeness of nursing I worried if we would just be two big sticky balls of heat stuck together from June-September (because let's face it, September can sometimes be hotter then August!). I am happy to report this Summer hasn't been nearly as bad as last year, but I just thought I'd mention a few fashion tips that have really worked for me this Summer now that I'm a Mama.

IMG_7007My new favorite top to wear during the Summer are big T-shirts with the arms cut out. Nothing ground breaking, but here's why I've found them to be my Summer staple.

1) They are like huge air vents and I'm totally catching the breeze! Tight tee and tanks are NOT where it's at when it's hot.

2) Breastfeeding is a breeze! Pull that shit to the side and BAM! Boobs out and ready to go. No need to worry about exposing your belly to the world when you pull your shirt up and it's super discrete!

I cut a few tee shirts I already had - a Minor Threat tee and a 2Pac tee, but you could always get some cheap plain men's shirts from Target and do the same thing. Make sure you cut lower then just the armholes or all you will have is a muscle tee. We are going for more of a 80's glam/punk kind of thing.

Might I also suggest you wear sassy nursing bra's for a nice kick of color or pattern. Wearing a plain flesh color or white nursing bra wouldn't really give you the look we're going for here - which is "Yes, I know, my bra and sides are exposed," not, "Oh crap this shirt is too big and I have a frumpy nursing bra on."

Target is fabulous for stylie nursing bras - here a two of my favorites by Gilligan & O'Malley!

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The second item is the hair turban. I have jokingly dubbed this - the Summer of the Turban and here's why...

As a new Mama I'm lucky to find time to wash and brush my hair. It's sad but true. How sick am I of ponytails or buns using my handy dandy Spin Pins?! Urgh.

Then the turban walked into my life and I heard angels singing.

Okay not really, but it's a great way to spruce up a pony tail or bun as well as a fab way to hide dirty hair. I have purchased a few different turbans from Etsy but you can also make them yourself without even needing a sewing machine! Google it. You'll be glad you did!

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Chico's Room Featured on Apartment Therapy!!

Chico's Room Featured on Apartment Therapy!! I am excited to announce that Apartment Therapy has featured photos of Chico's room on their site - HERE! Check it out, along with what I wrote about creating a space for your child that suits their personality, doesn't break the bank and isn't cookie cutter!

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Chico's Nursery

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A bit overdue, but I finally got around to taking some decent photographs of Chico's room and have been dying to share all the hard work we put into his living space (even though he doesn't even sleep in his crib yet!).

So when it came to our baby’s room, Adam and I knew a few things for sure – we didn't want a typical “themed” nursery and we wanted it to reflect our unique and eclectic style; which includes all things mid-century and our love of toys.

The first two things we purchased were the mid-century pieces: his crib and his dresser (which doubles as a changing table).  The crib was the most expensive item of the entire room, which we are very proud of.

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My husband is a painter (fine art and by trade) so he had free-range to do what he wanted with my color choices which were grey and yellow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe knew we wanted one wall to be a “vintage game wall” and covered it with vintage toys. Some are from my childhood, some were purchased from Etsy and some are even my father’s from the 1940’s

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA"Ernie and Bert Can..." the first book I ever read, mostly from memorization. The "Barnacle Bill" tin toy was my fathers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll of the toys on this shelf are things from my childhood that my mom saved for me. Does anyone recognize those cars with the McDonald's characters? They were from Happy Meals from 1984 or 85. See! Hoarding does pay off sometimes!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have a bit of a problem when it comes to collecting Aden & Anais Swaddlers for Chico. Since I was investing so much in them I thought instead of folding them in a drawer I would display them! We purchased a curtain rod from Target and I just tied them onto it. This isn't even all of them. Don't judge me...

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbove Chico’s crib I made a mobile made of paper cranes, washi tape and a branch off of last year’s Christmas Tree. It was a fun project for me to do towards the end of my pregnancy when getting around wasn't so easy anymore.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALastly we purchased the awesome handmade animal “busts” from artist Amy Ortiz. This is probably my favorite part of Chico’s room because it encompasses his Papa and I – artistic, humorous, a little weird and never taking ourselves too seriously.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI wanted to share my son’s room to show that a child’s room can be full of style and personality without breaking the bank. Parents shouldn't feel boxed in to buying only items/furniture from children’s stores and should really think ahead – would my child still like the style of this room in 5 years? I think Chico will love his room for many years to come!

 

Source List:

Crib: Giggle - $980

Dresser: Sunbeam Vintage - $300

Bookcase: Martha Stewart for Home Depot - $50

Floating Shelves: Lowes - $14.99

Rug: Martha Stewart for Home Depot - $150

Mobile: Made by Mama - $30 in supplies (washi and origami paper)

Animal Busts: Amy Ortiz 

"Gentleman" Print - Etsy - $30

Hello Kitty Deck - Girl/Carroll Limited Edition $50

Skor-it Pinball Game - Etsy - $50

Circus Puzzle - Etsy - $19