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Maternity Style – Summer to Fall

23 Aug

Being pregnant brings a whole new challenge to getting dressed every day.
You buy some key maternity pieces to get you though, but the trick is to make
parts of your old wardrobe work double duty.

Not all ok honestly most won’t of your pre-pregnancy items will make
the cut, but thanks to things like Bella Bands and the comfort of wedge
heels, you can manage to feel and look somewhat like your former self
(instead of the hog beast that you feel like the rest of the time).

Immediately below is my Polyvore interpretation of this outfit (I love this
blogger – she has a great style for maternity and post-maternity looks) and
below is me at 29 weeks.

Happy Friday. Have some wine for me.

Maternity Style - Summer to Fall

Vero Moda blue blazer
$59 – zalando.co.uk

Joe s Jeans clothing
$225 – zalando.co.uk

Made spike necklace
$55 – asos.com

Road Trip

18 Jun
Road Trip

Mango loose top
€13 – placedestendances.com

H m blazer
£15 – hm.com

Mango slim fit pants
£20 – mango.com

Wedge sandals
$50 – modcloth.com

Under One Sky oversized tote
$28 – nordstrom.com

Circle jewelry
$38 – nordstrom.com

Last weekend my husband and I took a day trip to LA – not for anything glamorous (car repairs), but I tried to make the most of visiting suburbia by jazzing up my wardrobe. I didn’t take any pictures of myself (there’s also nothing glamorous about strutting around strip malls), but here’s a great example of what I wore that day. At least I felt pretty good while discount shopping at Nordstrom Rack. That counts for something, right?

It’s In The Bag

1 Jun
Cassie's Purse Outfit

Loft maternity
$85 – loft.com

Tory Burch leather ballet flat
£220 – harrods.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs nylon tote bag
$178 – nordstrom.com

Kate Spade gold plated jewelry
$120 – couture.zappos.com
So, my good friend Cassie has been drooling over this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag for some time now (ok – maybe it’s only been a few days – but for someone who REALLY wants something, a few days can be a lifetime).
Always being the enabler, I helped her justify several reasons why this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag is for her. It’s colorful, useable, washable, and very summery.
I even went onto Polyvore and built her an outfit around this bag, which is what you see above. Not like she needs to be sold on it, but it’s fun to bring the bag to life.
Clearly, the outfit I built is for a woman who is expecting, like my friend. So our top reason for buying this bag is how useable it will be for her as a chic diaper bag. And, in the meantime, as a chic handbag for a girls’ getaway weekend this summer to Santa Barbara.
Might as well break the purse in before the baby arrives.
Anyone? Bueller?

Wedding Project Round-Up – A Retrospective

18 May

As of tomorrow, I will officially have been married for 14 days. That means I am 20% of the way to beating out Kim Kardashian’s stellar marital record of 72 days.

Many of my projects, crafts and sewing efforts over the past 6-8 months have been wedding focused. And most of those projects were featured here on this blog. That being said, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and see how these crafts looked in action.


For a few months I labored over sewing more than 150 napkins, which you can see the final blog about it here. Of course, I only ended up using about 116 napkins – but the extra 39 napkins were still worth the labor of love.

At the reception the napkins really added the final colorful touch to each place setting.

(c) Ken Kienow

(c) Ken Kienow

(c) Ken Kienow

Another way the napkins were used – as fabric swatches under the floral and decor arrangements.

(c) Ken Kienow


The centerpieces were some of the items I was most proud of. You can see some of my progress here on an old blog post.

I intend to frame the one I made for our table. I matched our hair colors and color scheme as best as I could.

This tendency to have a red-headed girl goes back to childhood when nothing for kids had red hair (except for Barbie’s dull friend Midge and various villains on Saturday morning cartoons). I felt some pathetic, ill-placed form of discrimination (that is also what happens to you when you grow up in a town of 3000 people). So everything I could draw, color or make, I gave it (cat, person, flower, golf cart) red hair. The tradition continues. And per usual, I digress.

(c) Ken Kienow

The Lucha Libre centerpiece for the groomsmen was the most popular amongst the guests – the photographer snapped about 4 or 5 photos of this one alone.

(c) Ken Kienow

Table Number Flags and Cake Toppers

In making the pennant flag table numbers, which can be seen here, I didn’t really think about how they would be attached or included with the centerpieces. Ends up my florist took care of that worry for me.

They were the perfect touch of shabby chic that each table needed.

(c) Ken Kienow

(c) Ken Kienow


The programs ended up being a surprise hit of the ceremony!

Cutting out and gluing mini pennant flag garlands to each program was worth the effort and we received a multitude of compliments on them.

A tip of the hat to my Matron of Honor for sitting there next to me for three days the week of the wedding to make this possible.

(c) Ken Kienow

I will post a how-to guide retroactively on this project. Look for it sometime next week.

Pennant Flags

(c) Ken Kienow

When I made my variety of pennant flag garlands – I wasn’t sure exactly how they would be utilized. Ends up, the groom and groomsmen came up with a great solution. Not only is our ceremony nicely framed, but you’d never see how poorly I painted those letters on each fabric flag. The original project is in this Weekend Round-Up.

Flowergirl Dress

Knowing how much of a mover and dancer our flowergirl would be, I created loops on her dress to hold her satiny ribbon sash in place. You can check out the handiwork here.

And look at her motor.

(c) Ken Kienow

She danced and worked that party like a grown-up. I’m proud to say, the dress and sash kept up nicely.

Bean Bags for Corn Hole Game

During the cocktail hour, many of our guests employed the bar, the restrooms, the appetizer station, the bar some more, and the corn hole game. My father made the boards and I sewed the bags – which was mentioned in this post.

(c) Ken Kienow

Various items of decor

I came up with little accents to various items throughout the reception.

Adding some ribbon and signs to a bird cage turned it into a card bin.

(c) Ken Kienow

Creating miniature pennant flag garlands to drape behind the place card frame added some nice dimension.

Using a hot glue gun to glue knots of ribbon to the place cards, as well as using a paper punch gave the place cards a more high-end feel. Who know that buying the Avery Template for business cards would double nicely as place cards for a reception?

(c) Ken Kienow

All the work, the projects, stops by Beverly’s Fabrics, shopping fabric swatches online at Esty, broken sewing machine needles, pricks on the thumb from stitching for hours on end, hot glue gun burns, inhaling spray adhesive and nursing blisters from crafting scissors made for right-handed people – it was all worth it. I hope you enjoyed that chapter of my crafting life as much as I did! On to new projects and adventures!

(c) Ken Kienow

Trends Better Off Left in 2011

21 Dec
Trends Better Off Left in 2011

Kain silk blouse
$189 – otteny.com

Aqua skinny leg jeans
$68 – bloomingdales.com

Alejandro Ingelmo platform pumps
$208 – bloomingdales.com
I don’t know about you all, but I firmly believe there are some things in fashion that are better off left to rot and die.
1. Blousey, blousey, bloomy tops – I’m so tired of “maternity wear” for non-pregnant women. It’s not flattering, everything is distorted and oversized. Frankly, I suspect it allows clothing manufacturers to produce items that are poorly designed. How can you tell how it is supposed to fit when it looks like a garbage sack or a moving box on your upper body?
2. Festive colorful pants – I have met one woman (ONE) who has successfully worn colored denim. Well, they were fitted red corduroys and they worked. However, this trend is high risk, low reward.
3. Platform pumps – I’ve tried on these types of shoes once. In doing so caused an argument in my subconscious:
Hopeful Erin: “Oh, I look so tall!”
Practical Erin: “I don’t know, it’s sort of wabbly being 5’10”
Hopeful Erin: “My legs, they go for like 28 inches now. That might as well be forever!”
Practical Erin: “Are we listing?”
Hopeful Erin: “No, we are casually leaning to the side. We intend to do this.”
Practical Erin: “Our ankles hurt.”
Hopeful Erin: “We are like a Kardashian. If they had a ginger one.”
Practical Erin: “But we don’t like the Kardashians. And we look like an idiot in these shoes.”
Hopeful Erin: *Sighs and kicks off pumps  * “Agreed.”

Anniversary Party

11 Nov
Anniversary Party

Bobi stretch lace dress
$79 – revolveclothing.com

Dolce&Gabbana burgundy shoes
389 – profilebrighton.co.uk

Tear drop earrings
$40 – fantasyjewelrybox.com
Tonight I’m attending a social club’s anniversary party. I picked up a new dress earlier this week (example seen above, Mary-Kate/Ashley Olsen look-a-like not included). I plan to sport my new duds with some wine colored accessories (lesser examples also seen above). 
This might be my first dress since childhood that has sleeves and lace. What an interesting concept. Granted, in childhood those sleeves were puffy and that lace was in the form of eyelet trim (my mom would’ve “eyelet” the family cat if she could’ve – that’s how much she loved eyelet in the 1980s).

If you build it, it’s almost like shopping for real…

1 Nov
Fall Compilation

I found this great site called Polyvore (the benefit of wasting time on Pinterest) - so I built a cute fall outfit from some of my favorite discount shops! It sure saves my wallet this week from physical shopping...

H M flared dress
13 – hm.com

With Love From CA grey tight
$9.50 – pacsun.com

Forever21 hook earrings
$4.80 – forever21.com

H M acrylic scarve
7.99 – hm.com

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