I know that Uggs are controversial. Some “fashion people” really don’t like them. They’re either too clunky, or too casual, or simply too mainstream. I do not fall into that category. I dig them because as far as I’m concerned they’re super practical when winter comes round. I’m not a fan of running around in heels when it’s cold and rainy outside. Though you’d never catch me in sneakers or ballet flats, boots are my one exception to the no flats rule. I love wearing them with leggings and a chunky sweater, but I’ll also rock my Uggs with a dress.
First of all, I’d like to apologize to my lovely friend Josie for the extreme delay in this post. Towards the end of my pregnancy she sent an absolutely giant box of products for me to try and I’m sooooo appreciative. I’m a big fan of Arbonne because their products are botanically based and cruelty free, not to mention effective! Of everything she sent, I have to admit I love the baby line most of all…
Winter is for sweater dresses. At least that’s my motto. So of course I own lots of them, and every fall I like to invest in one or two new ones. This past year I had to wait it out because LO was born in September, and although I was dying to shop right away, things didn’t fit quite right. So this cozy Free People sweater dress was a more recent find, and to my delight I got it for a fabulous price. You guys know how I love sales!
It’s no secret that I had the most obnoxious pregnancy EVER. Last year, I wrote extensively about the deep depression I fell into during my first trimester. Once I got over that hump, I was actually able to enjoy a small portion of the middle part of my pregnancy. The second trimester is commonly referred to as “the golden trimester” and now I understand why. Your hormones settle down a bit after the initial pregnancy surge, and you’re not yet experiencing all the discomfort associated with the third trimester. I was able to exercise and blog and live a somewhat normal life for about two months before things got bad again. It was right around 28 weeks that everything started going downhill.
Over the years, I’ve heard a lot about how it’s not fun being pregnant during the summer months. In my case I’m living out the third trimester during the hottest months of the year…here in the So Cal foothills we can reach temps above 100 degrees in August and September. But I have to say it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Probably for one because we get a very dry heat out near the desert…humidity is low, so it’s not crazy sweaty like it would be where I grew in South Florida. Also, I’m fortunate to have a swimming pool in my backyard, and swimming (or more like floating) is one thing I can still do at this stage in the game. Finally, I’ve suffered pretty bad lower back pain during my pregnancy, and I think the heat helps a bit, whereas cold weather would probably make it worse. The most important thing IMO is how you dress for the heat while pregnant. I’ve been living in breezy dresses for a few months now. It’s truly the easiest way to go!
I’m a huge fan of maxi dresses as it is, but since getting pregnant, I can’t get enough of them. They’re super comfy and flattering (between the sumer heat and my growing belly). This one (like most of my preggo clothes) is from H&M, and due to the drapey, voluminous style, I only had to size up to a 4 for it to fit comfortably. At this rate I’ll probably be able to wear many of my pregnancy purchases even after giving birth – so much better than investing in a bunch of maternity clothes I’ll never wear again!! I wore this dress recently to dinner with family and friends…
Lake Arrowhead is my home away from home. It’s a picturesque mountain town, nestled high in the San Bernardino Mountains, built around a crystal clear natural lake. It’s only a 45 minute drive from my house but it feels a world away. The geography is completely different, largely due to its 5100+ ft elevation. There are no palm trees in Arrowhead – instead the landscape is speckled with pines, cedar, and dogwood…it doesn’t look like the California you see in pictures! Some of you might know it from the 1998 Parent Trap remake, as many of the scenes were filmed there.