Red October

I thought I was prett-ay prett-ay clever coming up with this Red October themed collage, and was even going to to go to great lengths to make a drawn out analogy, likening the glamorous-yet ominous vibes I get from crimson and red to the espionage thriller novel-turned-movie. But alas, it appears Kanye beat me to it (such a fashionista) with his (apparently) much-coveted Red October Air Yeezys. Great minds think alike maybe? Except I take issue with the claim ‘Ye has a great mind…

Pink Ostrich Clutch - Calin NY// Heart Hoop Earrings - Rebecca De Ravenel// Crossbody Bag - Zara

Sweater Weather

This morning my husband ran upstairs to tell me there is a cold front coming this week with the same enthusiasm I used to tell my mom I got a 100% on a spelling test back in the day. Perhaps we were both still on a high from celebrating our exotic shorthair’s third birthday (happy birthday dearest Bobo! - since you’re *obviously* reading this), but we welcome a dip in temperature with wide open arms. Even so, this collage may be getting a little ahead of myself - but then again, that’s kinda my m.o..

Cobalt Suede Clutch - Calin NYC

BINTO Baby

I’ve made a conscious effort to avoid preggo-absorbed posts on here since my priority is to appeal to the masses, so to speak. But today is the exception because my UVA friend Suzie, founder of women’s health supplement company BINTO, and I are joining forces. It all started approximately seven months ago, somewhere in the midst of the “OMG I’m pregnant” moment, when I went through my (very) rudimentary checklist: no more alcohol… start taking vitamins… take it easy on the caffeine… no more alcohol…

As one does with college friends, I had stayed up to date with Suzie’s post-grad endeavors and knew she had started a company geared towards providing women with organic, personalized supplements to target their specific needs - from infertility, skin and digestive health to prenatals, energy issues, and overall health boosters. As I read and got overwhelmed by different reviews on prenatal vitamins, BINTO’s no one-size fits all philosophy appealed to me because it felt like I had a professional holding my hand during what seemed like a frantic time. Once the daily packets (so easy!) arrived and I started incorporating BINTO vitamins into my daily routine, those feelings of wtf-am-I-doing?! eventually morphed into a you-got-this, just-follow-your-new-to-do-list state of mind.

Fast forward to now… I’m 8 months pregnant and am so grateful to have experienced a relatively easy and go-with-the-flow pregnancy. That checklist I started back in March has totally upgraded (thanks to the help of many) into my daily wellness routine I shared with BINTO for its Medicine Cabinet Series. Feeling happy and healthy these past months have no doubt helped me (and baby!) get to where we are now, which is a different kind of frantic, omg-he’ll-be-here-soon-what-do-I-do?! state of mind. But it’s a good state of mind, and one I feel very lucky to have reached.

So if I have any words of wisdom to impart during my first foray into preggo-world they are to TREAT. YO. SELF. You can tell yourself you won’t buy any new clothes, but if you’re anything like me, that can’t be helped. If you can find ways to feel fabulous while your body does its thing, then do so (pro tip: investing in accessories takes the mind off of sizes on tags; you’ll wear new shoes, bags, and jewelry during and post-pregnancy). But most importantly - treat yourself (as in your corpus) right. Do what ya gotta do (travel while you can, massages, exercise classes, blow outs, etc.) and take your vitamins. And if you can find some as easy and effective as BINTO, all the better.

Printed Maxi Dress - Ganni// Velvet Embellished Headband - Benoit Missolin// Pink Linen Dress - Sleeper// Sunglasses - Krewe// Ice Cream Earrings - Jennifer Loiselle

Witchy Business

Rabbit, rabbit! There’s something that really tickles my OCD-pickle about having a new month start on a Monday. And when that month is October, I’m extra fired up.

Yesterday brought a moment of self-reflection, during which I realized I am becoming (if I wasn’t already) the Clark Griswold of Halloween. As I (very pregnant-ly) climbed on a step stool to drape a fake spiderweb on my windows, I was almost too busy imagining (our very first!) trick-or-treaters to listen to my husband remark, “so we’re going to be those neighbors that really get into the holidays, huh?” Yes, my dear, we are - and you best believe I didn’t just wear black to work today because it’s slimming.

Pleated Scarf - Zara

Ready, Set... Fall

It happens just like that… you roll into the office on Monday, open your email, and think “wowza it’s already October next week.” Which also means it’s already time for leather, sparkles, and some foresty greens. If you need a visual, just picture me (loudly) stating, “let the fall dressing BEGIN!” from a corporate office, just in earshot of some confused lawyers (who hopefully chalk it up to my pregnancy hormones causing temporary loss of sanity - but we know that ain’t the case).

Gold Heels - Inez