Week in Recap 1.23.15

What’s new, pussycat?

This is the reality of life with two children. Coco really wanted to take a picture of me holding a screaming, blurry Lulu.

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She was born mid-December and weighed nearly 9 lbs.


I’ve been writing a lot lately, as I hope to finish my first book sometime soon. The definitive guide to buying pre-loved fashionable garments and reselling them for a tidy profit! Not sure about the title of the book yet.


Speaking of, here are some gems that I currently have listed on eBay.

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Here’s a very strange find that I picked up in my travels.

It’s clearly a Moschino Cheap & Chic t-shirt dress, but with a twist!!

It has a McQ Alexander McQueen label sewn into it. WTF? I picked it up very reasonably and someone might be into it, right?

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It’s been hard to focus on reading, much less updating this blog. Focus focus focus seems to elude me many days of the week. Someday isn’t a day of the week though, so I must work hard, no matter what.

Also, work has been calling and asking about my maternity leave situation. I don’t have definitive answers yet, and that’s all I can say and..my badge no longer works.


Outfit of the day, from the other day. I’m slowly digging into pre-pregnancy clothing. Most of it fits, but what should I actually keep? I’m sad that this Helmut Lang skirt is slowly decaying. It’s silky and delicate and “catches” on everything. Ay yi yi! I’ll wear it until it falls off.

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Time for another purging, which I’m also writing about for the book.


I’ll be listing some amazing finds over the weekend, more shoes, including a pair from Agent Provocateur.

You know what? I almost forgot that I’m a beauty professional! Crazy, but Allure Magazine contacted me about reviewing some new L’oreal anti-aging skin care. I see how it is, haha.

I’ll provide a review and details in a few weeks about it, so stay tuned. So far so good, as I’ve not broken out yet from it.


If you haven’t checked out the online resale site ThredUp, I implore you to do so. Click on this for a $10 credit if you haven’t already done so!

Pregnancy, My Way

Today I’m 37 weeks.

I’ve not done an in-depth here yet as I’ve been so occupied with the physical rigors of my job and in spending a lot of time with Coco until Lulu (working title) arrives. There’s hardly any time left and I’m just absolutely exhausted. And I got the flu last Thursday night.

Between that and the nearly 2 month bout of bronchitis that I had that overlapped August and September, I think that I’ve done my time being sick. OVER IT ALREADY.


I need a beauty change again and truly haven’t felt like myself since I dyed my hair back to “normal”. Yet I know better than to dye it during pregnancy as my hair just doesn’t take very well. I’m thinking something along the lines of my mermaid hair again.


I wrote this a week ago, in response to the Calvin Klein’s plus-sized model really wasn’t plus-sized controversy and I stand by it.

Most people in the world aren’t involved behind the scenes in the fashion industry. Seems there are a lot of factors here.

Many design houses aren’t catering to anything “average” (which I truly believe that many equate to “mediocre”) as it’s an appearance-oriented industry that has always had a great deal of elitism and exclusivity. Nothing’s fair exactly and whenever I don’t agree with something, like companies and their ethics/image, etc., I vote with something that I can control, my dollars.

I’ve been a size 0, I’ve been a size 10, have been miserable as well as happy while wearing both sizes.

I ultimately wish that things were easier for American women (and women in general). If you look outside of oneself for superficial validation, we’ll find that we’re always “too” ______ (you fill in the blank, be it fat, skinny, hairy, unhealthy, whatever).

Everyone could start a revolution if we just accepted ourselves in our own skin and strived to be our personal best without excesses in either spectrum. Unfortunately, easier said than done, right?

I don’t pour over the fashion mags like I once did. I know that the images aren’t exactly real and will teach my daughters that they’re manipulated pics and concepts that might fall under art or commercial media, and not reality.

Addendum: I still have multiple subscriptions to several magazines and happened to open my DECEMBER HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA~!!! issue of InStyle and it was mostly stupid ads and Taylor Swift. Cancel, please.


I’m exploring my options in regard to what’s going to happen when I return from maternity leave. My last day is on Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, with any spare time that I have, I’ve been pacing myself in learning Swift. I’m going to make an app, damnit, and learning Swift is the first step. Plus I remember some of my knowledge of Objective C and it’s helping.


These have helped me along the way with the pregnancy:

Angel Mama Earth Natural Stretch Oil

This product is so helpful for moisturizing. I didn’t get stretch marks on my belly from the last time as I’m generally prone to them around my hips and thigh and I attribute that to this oil. It smells very nice as well and isn’t too hippy dippy patchouli or obtrusive. Absorption is great and you can put clothes on immediately without worry.

Lush Therapy Massage Bar

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Same idea with the moisturizing. From the Lush website: All of the essential oils in Therapy are certified organic too; neroli oil, with its fresh happy orange scent and re-assuring lavender oil combine into a euphoric fragrance. Let me go put some on right now.

Two facial skin products that I’ve been enjoying as of late are from Trader Joe’s of all places. After I read some reviews online, these seem to fit the bill for the requirements of temporary and economical.

As I’ve been trying to cut back on my last vice of caffeine, I’ve been drinking decent amounts of PG Tips Decaf. Yum.


Hidden mothers of the Victorian era is an interesting read: The clue is in the furnishings. That’s no ordinary pattered armchair, that’s the child’s mother in disguise.

I envision Coco, Lulu and I doing a shoot to replicate this photo:


I didn’t gain as much during this pregnancy as I did with Coco. I went from 125 to 160 with her and attribute my physical fitness during both pregnancies as a contributing factor.

This pregnancy with Lulu found me underweight at first and even with trashy snacks included, I just didn’t put it all on. There haven’t been very many cravings but I can smell everything all at once. My brain differentiates well between safe and yucky smells and I MISS SUSHI.

The trick for me with dressing during pregnancy is the kids section for jeans. Hear me out. Everything is so vanity-sized these days and a kids 14-16 at Target and elsewhere can mean a size or 5-10 (juniors and misses included). Kids jeans on sale can be under $10 and the best part is that they have ADJUSTABLE WAISTLINES, which you need during the expanding months ahead.

I did get a fancier pair from Motherhood Maternity but they’ve faded beyond belief and I still prefer the belly thing below my waist as it just feels like fugly and awkward control top pantyhose if you try to stretch it all the way up.


Two and a half months:

Four months:

Five months:

Six and a half months:

Eight, almost nine months:

Randoms:

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This is more of a documentation for Lulu someday, and the days are ticking by. I’m restless and can’t wait to meet her.

For me, this was also a way to deal head on with my own image and body issues. Growing older has been challenging too, as I wish that my physical body could keep up with my mental acumen.


Here’s dearest daughter #1 and it’s indisputable that she’s inherited both the faux fur and drag queen genes from me!


I’ve read, reread, and re-reread this post: Sorry, But Your Problems Aren’t As Complicated As You Think

Two excerpts from it that are still resonating:

We think we need to find more time and do more research and learn more things and develop more willpower and find a better source of motivation, or that we need to wait until we can afford to pay someone to give us a detailed plan. We look at where we are right now and then we project ahead into the future and the path we mentally create between the two seems so overwhelming and confusing and filled with so much uncertainty that we get exhausted and quit before we even begin.

Are you willing to make better decisions? Your life is the sum total of your decisions, and everything you want starts with deciding to start. By procrastinating, you might think you’re putting off the decision, but what you’re really doing is deciding something else: you’re deciding to procrastinate. Everything you do is essentially a decision, and it’s time to make those decisions more consciously and more intentionally if you ever want to make the changes you say you want to make.

Have a great everything and maybe I’ll have another little one by the time this is updated again!