The Picnic Dress

 
plaid off the shoulder dress
 

We shot these photos a couple of weeks ago, and I am sad to say I have outgrown it! My belly has grown and I can no longer squeeze into it and its one I am looking forward to wearing again once little guy is here! I was planning on packing it for my trip but I guess that will just have to wait!

So...packing... I have a love hate relationship with packing! I am usually a "throw as much as I can into a bag and hope it works out" type of person, but for this upcoming trip I thought through it much more on what exactly I would need and tried not to pack much more than that. And I am proud to say my suitcase is not even full. And that means two things: 1. Less for me to lug around when we get there and 2. Room for bringing home a few things that I buy over there! This is my third trip to Europe over the past decade or so and to see how much I have changed in the "how much I pack" department... its pretty hysterical! My first trip when I studied abroad in Italy, I still roll my eyes at the thought of my GIGANTIC suitcase plus carry on that I wheeled up with for my short month stay. You live and you learn I guess!

 

Quick weekend trip

Quick weekend trip

Last week was one of those weeks that was jam packed with little room for rest or relaxation. I am definitely a introvert, meaning that a week spent with little downtime to refuel also means a tired, worn out, stressed out me. This past weekend we had a quick 3 day trip to Scottsdale, Arizona planned and it could not have come at a more perfect time than after my crazy week.

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Weekend things

What a weekend! Temperatures soared into the 70's and I found myself cracking into my spring/summer clothing once again. I can't remember experiencing this warm of a February, at least in the midwest, in my entire life. I remember in high school the temperatures finally getting into the high 50's in April and how everyone would wear tank tops and flip flops because after a winter of snow and below freezing temps, these items were welcomed even if it was a probably still a little too cold. But THIS weather actually warrants a tank top and anything open-toed.

I also know that it's probably not here to stay and we will more than likely slip back into more familiar February temps, so anytime I can get in wearing something I was originally holding onto for spring, like this off the shoulder striped top, I do it! Off the shoulder tops will forever be one of my favorite silhouettes , I think it is just so flattering and feminine. If I see one in a store, I am always instantly drawn to it and more often than not I will buy it. 

And these jeans! Maternity jeans! You would never know because they are so cute and I love the fit. I now have a couple pairs but these are by far my favorite and I wear them quite often.

This week I have so many exciting things to share with you! (ahem, what happened at the gender reveal party!!!) I am working on getting my email subscription up and running so you can get posts and other updates right to your inbox. Other changes to the website are on the horizon too, so stay tuned!