Friday, June 29, 2012

CopyCats Week 8

So, I didn't think I was gonna end up copying this look, but then I did and then I realized I shouldn't have. I always hate wearing my hair up and shorts just aren't looking cute on me these days. 


But alas, here for your viewing pleasure, Miss Me in clothes that are all too small for me! 

Earrings: f21, Sweater: Thrifted, Shirt: H&M, Shorts: Old Navy, Sandals: Madden Girl, Purse: Vintage D&B

Also, I have ordered a new (better) camera, so you can look forward to prettier pictures here soon! 

Now show me your looks:

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Thursday, June 28, 2012


Necklace, Shades, Top: Forever 21, Leggings: Everlast, Purse: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Urban Original

 Lately I am just loving anything spotted/dotted. 
Like stripes, dots are a fun and classic pattern to jazz up any plain old blouse.

Don't forget to link up here tomorrow for CopyCat Friday! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

three styles i miss wearing.

I know pregnancy lasts a few short (but kinda long) months, but for a fashion lover like me, having a limited wardrobe is kinda like torture. 
Especially with all those cute summer trends that I'll never get to try... [So maybe I tried them and walked out of the dressing room with nothing...] I suppose it's better for the budget! 
And then I got to remembering all the items I already own but can't wear but can't wait to wear again someday. 
Oh how I miss you!!!
Here are my top three most-missed styles:

1.) Structured things. Peplum, we will never meet as you are here this season and gone the next--when I'll actually be able to fit into you.

2.) High-waisted things. It's just not quite as flattering (or possible) with this-here rapidly expanding waist.

3.) Stilettos. Yes, I do still wear low heels and wedges no matter what the height, but the narrow 4" stiletto is a little too dangerous for this wobbly mama-to-be!

Not everything about pregnancy wardrobe is bad, but I've found it's just not as fun or versatile. Maybe I'll do a post about my most-loved styles to wear whilst pregnant! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

my last week.

Blazer: Vintage, Striped Shirt: H&M, Jeans: Forever 21, Shoes: Target

This is my final week of working at the church office. 
It has been one of the best jobs I've ever had and I am so grateful to have been able to work there for the last year or so. But I must admit, I am ready to move on.
Right now I think of it as a break from work, but I know that I'm about to begin the most intense job I'll ever and always have-- motherhood.
Until October though, I plan on working on two things:
Resting & nesting.
I have already whipped together about four mood boards for our entire house and since all of our big ticket items have already been purchased, I believe we'll be able to [almost] finish each room before Greyer gets here! 
I will, of course, be sharing all my ideas with you along the way! 
(Be the first to know by following me on instagram: sarahcnelson)

Also, remember that this Friday is CopyCat Friday! 

Monday, June 25, 2012

copycat reminder!

Hi ladies! This is just your friendly reminder that the CopyCat link up will be happening THIS Friday! I always love seeing all of your copies : ) Here are the three looks I'm contemplating copying this week:

There's this one...

This one...

Or if the weather permits, this one...

Start picking out your look to copy and taking your pictures!
If you are new around here, read all about the CopyCat series here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

finally headed home.

Hello little pretties!!
This is just an update from the car to say thank you so much for all of your prayers and well wishes for the funeral long travel days for this here preggo!
Although the service was emotional, it was filled with so much hope and love. It was also so great to be around family. Although I didn't know my grandpa in law well, it was clear at the funeral that he was well loved!
We are now driving home from Spokane and I must admit, I'm ready to be home!!! Soon enough.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

traveling pregnant.

Tanks and Jeans: Forever 21, Sunnies: Asos, Purse: Vintage D&B, Shoes: Target (old)

Traveling while pregnant is almost always a terrible idea.
Starting with the packing. 
All I wanna throw in that bag are stretchy pants, big socks, and a long tee. I know I shouldn't though, because I'll have a meltdown at my destination when I realize I "didn't bring anything to wear". And those unforgiving cotton items will only lower my self esteem when looking in the mirror (or worse--in pictures)!
So then I over pack and my only-pack-what-you-can-carry motto is thrown out the window along with my hefty suitcase that I have to check (and pay a fee for) and can't even lift onto the scale.
At least I don't have the burden of crossing my fingers through security hoping the TSA won't spot my hidden stash of liquids. 
Nope, no fingers crossed here since I'm too busy stripping down to my last layer of those unforgiving cotton items I mentioned above.
I step into the body scanner that the TSA lady says is "supposedly pregnancy safe" but it's up to me. 
With minor uncertainty I place my feet on the yellow footprints and place my hands above my head. The man tells me not to move, but I smile. 
I wait for my clothes to come out of the little thing I don't know the name of, all the while feeling nakey in my camisole and bare feet. 
Luckily I wore my hair down today, I think to myself.
Somehow I feel less exposed with my rapidly growing hair covering part of my shoulders.
I reach for my things as they slide down the conveyer belt and spend the next 20 minutes redressing myself. 
The worst part is getting my shoes back on-- without husband's help this time.
I feel like I'm gonna pop.
I rummage in my purse to find a stick of gum and realize I packed the empty pack instead of the full pack when I was cleaning out my purse earlier in the day. 
I spend $2.49 on a new one.
I take a bathroom break and, of course, walk into the stall that smells the worst.
I dry heave, but keep it together thanks to my fresh stick of spearmint gum.
I can barely get the door closed once I'm fully inside, but I manage.
I wait and people watch at my gate.
They make the first call for boarding and that's my queue to hit the bathroom one more time.
I arrive back at my gate during the call for express boarding.
That's me! 
Thanks to my XL suitcase that I had to check, I have only my purse with me and walk right down the airway and am greeted by a stewardess that makes eye contact only with my belly.
Her smile turns into an anxious placement of the eyebrows and she says, "You're not anywhere near 9 months, are you? Because I am not trained in that area!" 
I assure her that I am only 5 months and I walk on.
Everyone looks at my belly... probably wondering how I can fit down such a narrow aisle way.
I sit down and only one old gentleman sits next to me. But the seat between us is empty! Hooray! 
I'm concerned about the germs on the seatbelt, the tray table, and the floor but get distracted by baby kicks inside me. I try to record it on my phone since I can see movement from the outside, but he stops kicking and all that's been recorded is a voice on the intercom saying "At this time we'd like you to turn off all electronic devices as we prepare for takeoff."
I sit still until my back hurts and then I just start squirming.
We finally land and everyone is taking forever to get off the aircraft. 
I'm overheating.
On my way out the other stewardess smiles at my belly and says "Good luck to you!"
Even though she's not looking at me, I still say thanks.

Not all aspects of traveling pregnant are awful though. 
One man insisted I cut his family in the security line.
And I did get a lot of smiles throughout the day!

The moment I get back to Portland we will be driving six hours to Spokane.
I will let you know if there are anymore experiences to add to this list after a road trips.
I am anticipating many snacks and potty breaks : )

Monday, June 18, 2012

busy as ever.

{24 weeks Pregnant}

Earrings, Tank, Jeans: Forever 21, Purse: Vintage D&B, Shoes: Old Navy

Today is my last full day in Colorado and we are going boating.
Although I will not be doing any water sports this time, I plan to wave that little orange flag high every time one of the cousins fall! 
I have been having the best time and the weather here (and everything else) has been soooo beautiful! 
Unfortunately though, my grandpa in-law just died two days ago and the moment I land back in Portland, Ian and I will be driving our little bums to Spokane for the funeral. 
I feel like we have been in such a crazy season lately.
Life has been filled with fun things that are planned and fun things that are not. Along with hard things too that are always unexpected. 
Just when I think things are beginning to slow down, they speed up even faster! 
Still trying to enjoy everything along the way and do it all with a smile : )

Thursday, June 14, 2012

to colorado!

today i leave to colorado! 
just visiting family in the most beautiful state i've ever been to! 
i will try to keep blogging regularly while i'm there but in the meantime follow my airport adventures on instagram: sarahcnelson or on twitter: sarahcnelly

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

my perfectionist part.

Blazer: the limited thrifted, Pink top: H&M, Boots: Nordstrom, Purse: Urban Outfitters

Our house has been in shambles lately. 
We've had a lot of company over the last couple weeks which means clean house to mess it up again. And then clean it again for the next guests.
I love having people over, but I just always feel like everything has to be perfect. 
I don't just feel like it should, but I really want it to be. 
We have too much furniture with nowhere to put it, paint swatches taped to the walls, and dishes almost always on the kitchen counter. And I let those imperfections get to me. 
Recently though, I've been telling myself that things don't always have to be perfect. 
I do think things need to be comfortable and it always helps when things are beautiful, so that you can rest and your guests feel expected and welcome. But comfortable and beautiful doesn't always mean finished and perfect and just-the-way-you-want-it. 
And I'm learning to be ok with that.
What about you? Are you a perfectionist? Do you ever let those tendencies take away from enjoying life and the little things? What do you do to control that?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

our bedroom.

Over the last two years that we've been married/living together, I've realized that how I tend to neglect the rooms we spend the most time in--decor wise, I mean. I over think how I want them to look and then end up doing nothing.
Our master bedroom has taken a long time to get to where it is today, and it still has a ways to go. But, it was definitely the nastiest room in the house when we moved in. Need I remind you of the original wallpaper? I mean, doesn't it just scream romance?!

We tore the wallpaper, got a bed, and lampshades, and painted the walls a light gray.
It stayed like this for a long time:

I've been wanting to add some color to the room, but not too much.
And a couple months ago Ian painted the room a Seashell color (light beige). It really warmed up the look of the room compared to the gray walls before.

I styled the top of the nightstands with some things I had around the house and some flowers from the yard. It's the perfect amount of color and romance.

We also bought this duvet cover which I just think is so perfect! 

And my sister got me this crocheted blanket for christmas. I just can't remember where it is from.

I still want to frame our vows and hang them above the bed, but I'll get around to that in the next couple weeks. 

We also got this chair at a vintage boutique the other day. It was 50% off of $50 so we got it for just $25! We have sooo many chairs in our house nowadays that we probably didn't need this once, but we're kind of obsessed or something. We just had to add it to our collection.

Here are some more fresh picks from the yard that sit atop my vanity

So that's that! Like I said, still has a way to go, but not much! Just those frames above the bed and new curtains! Also, once we get new floors we'll want a rug too but who knows when that will be.

Monday, June 11, 2012

dresses are my best friend.

Jacket: Charlotte Russe, Dress: Forever 21, Shoes: Trouve from Nordstrom.

Just like I thought, dresses are my favorite thing to wear while pregnant. 
Well, besides stretchy pants, but I think the world is tired of seeing me in worn out leggings and boots!
Some of the dresses I've purchased are loose and flowy and some are tight and stretchy... both options leave room for growth and shrinkage when I'm no longer with child. 
The sun is just now peeking out so hopefully I'll get to wear this dress again, minus the tights and the jacket!