What better way to inspire yourself on a Monday morning than a great shock of colour and an unexpected mix of pattern?
I can’t seem to stop wearing my new faded skinny maternity jeans from H&M (see previous post), i added open toed kitten heels and a black blazer for Easter Sunday dinner with the Content family. We forgot to take a full length photo – but I thought I’d post this anyways. Getting regular pedicures while in the second half of my pregnancy has been one of the easies/quickest/cheapest pick-me-ups. It’s hard to feel yucky when you look down on fun toes! (I may have to lean forward a little more than usual to see my toes but i can still see them!) Hope everyone had a great Easter!
New grey washed out jeans (maternity) from H&M ($40!), oversized black blouse by hanni y that is a staple in my closet (I’ve had it for over a year). Oversized fuzzy grey w/ skulls scarf and of course my trusty black leather jacket both from Zara. Boots from Fiorentini & Baker.
All that happened here was a new pair of inexpensive maternity jeans from H&M giving new life to some staples in my wardrobe. FYI I’m at 27 weeks here. We didn’t take a side profile pic but trust me there’s a large bump there. That’s why i had the big fuzzy scarf and gloves on, because there’s no way my jacket zips up.
The truth of it is the diaper bag is about to become your purse for the next couple of years, so why settle for something that looks like a diaper bag, as opposed to something that looks like a cool bag? Here’s our top picks;
5. Ju Ju Be’s Better Be Toki Doki edition
This is just soooo fun! This is for the fun loving mom who loves something a little more quirky and colourful. Toki Doki is renowned for their fun and whimsical prints and what a better collab than with Ju Ju Be on diaper bags? This is just one style of a few different options in both styles and colours. Available from Snugglebugs.ca for $149.99.
4. Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Adler in Nixon Black
Skip Hop + Jonathan Adler designs = Awesomeness. Jonathan Adler is a master of geometric prints and bold colours, and his collab with Skip Hop is making for some mommy-must-haves that everyone can get behind. Available at snugglebugs.ca for $99.99
3. lululemon athletica’s Vino & Vinyasa bag
Ok it’s not actually designed to be a diaper bag but it’s loaded with handy pockets for all the gear you would need for the gym, and whether it’s a baby bottle or a water bottle going in the pockets – who cares? Also they always have some sort of wet/dry pocket – brilliant for separating dirty/wet baby items from the clean. I have given numerous lululemon bags to expectant moms over the last number of years and they have all been very well received. This particular style is one of my faves and from what I understand it’s here to stay for a few months, so expect different options (colours/materials) to arrive with Summer. Order online or pick up at most lululemon stores for $138.00
2. Tory Burch’s Stacked T Billy Baby Bag
Love this bag for looking like just a great bag and not screaming “I’m a diaper bag!”. 7 Exterior pockets and 3 Interior plus a change pad – the function is there to match the fashion. Available at ShopBop.com for $399.58.
1. Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Preppy Nylon Eliz-A-Baby
This is the bag that captured our hearts way back before it was reasonable to be buying a diaper bag. Again we love it for not looking like a diaper bag! Sleek and stylish, available in a variety of colours at both Marc Jacobs and Shopbop.com for around $370.
So I’ve spent weeks, maybe almost two months of weeks truth be told, deciding which stroller was best for me. ‘Me’ is in bold because everyone under the sun wants to be helpful and offer their advice but at the end of the day only you can decide what the perfect stroller is for you. I had originally been looking at options that will be adaptable to a second child in a few years whenever #2 comes along, but quickly realized they are just too big for my lifestyle right now. So what is the point of spending money on something I’m not going to be able to, or enjoy using? There is NO such thing as the Perfect stroller, just what is most suitable to your personal needs. I made a list of my top 5 requirements and went from there;
1. Something light that I can take on and off the ttc on my own, from birth! And ideally eliminates the need for a second stroller (umbrella stroller). I don’t want a ton of ‘stuff’!
2. Forward and rear facing capabilities, as well as the ability to snap on our car seat. I want versatility.
3. Stylish! Of course i want it to look appealing, It’s an accessory that I’ll have with me all the time, after all.
4. Well made. My husband was really focused on wheels and treads and concerned about the winter months (more on that later too)
5. Not insanely expensive!
So I narrowed it down to these three brands/models, they all hit most of, if not all my top requirements;
1. Bugaboo, Bee – the lightest of the bunch weighing in at a mild 18.5 pounds. The easiest one handed closing I’ve EVER seen! It’s narrow – great for city sidewalks and inside stores. And hit every single item on my list, and it also has 4 wheel suspension – to my husband’s delight. The only thing I didn’t love about it was that the cocoon (bassinet) is soft so it’s only good inside the stroller, I can’t use it outside as I was hoping to so I’ll have to pick up a moses basket or bassinet for the baby to sleep in the first few months. Not the end of the world. Base unit price runs around $699 plus accessories (cup holder, parasol, cocoon, etc) at Moms to Be and More
2. Mamas and Papas, Urbo – this guy weighs in at just under 20 pounds (9kgs), looks very cool, has the front/rear facing capabilities, and works with top brand car seats. My hesitations with this (and at one point I was leaning towards this as my top pick) are that it didn’t seem to be the same quality as the Bugaboo, and also the wheels were only so-so, and it took a bit more effort to collapse and definitely required both hands. This guy retails for $579.99 at Babies R Us.
3. Uppababy, Cruz – this cool guy weighs in at 22pds, works from birth (with an insert to cradle your peanut’s head of course), has an easy one hand fold, a large storage basket, adjustable canopy height to grow with your babe – and the canopy has a 50+ UPF rating. Also like the Bee it has the option of adding a kickboard for your toddler to cruz on when you have baby #2 in the seat. And this bad boy comes in at a comfortable $499.99 at Moms to Be and More
For me and my lifestyle the Bugaboo Bee was the most suited, so that’s what I’ve decided on. I went ahead and put all the accessories on our registry including the sun parasol, the cocoon, and the sun canopy (summer baby), among others. Of course I don’t have a baby to put in it yet but I like to think that when he/she arrives I’ll be excited to get out and about in our bee. Also one thing I didn’t mention – this stroller was SO easy to maneuver, like a really high end sports car. I can easily move it around with one hand and hold the baby in the other if needed.
This was one of those days where I had a million things to do and the day started off with prenatal yoga (at Toronto Yoga Mamas) and continued from there. So at the base of it all is my tried, tested, and true lululemon items. I found that early in my second trimester my wunder unders were no longer comfortable around my waist and ended up picking up the Skinny Will Pant. I love love love how as I’ve grown the high waist (which I folded under my belly early in the third trimester) now supports my lower belly as I’ve increased in size. I wear the waistband all the way up and have cut out the drawstring (it just adds a strange bulge which no pregnant belly benefits from). And my other go-to is just a basic tank, i thrive on the Cool Racerback (sidenote: I can’t see the Long version of these online but in stores they are often available in black and white in a longer version, these are my preferred length right now because you get a little extra bum coverage).
Layering is the key these days, it’s still cold here and my internal temp is all over the map. So today I tossed a chunky knit sweater from Zadig & Voltaire over top, and my go-to boots are always from Fiorentini & Baker. (They make everything better).
I promise the quality of pics will improve! I don’t have a full length mirror and rely on the hubs for the full length shots – we’re working on it…
I just want to point out again that I have on Zero ‘maternity’ clothing, and I’m just about 24 weeks along here. This took me from yoga to coffee, through errands, home for a nap :), and then dinner with my husband in a trendy restaurant.
What can I say? He’s a well dressed man.
The socks are always coordinated. He actually didn’t want me to show his socks because they weren’t as ‘fun’ as his usual style. He rarely wears solid colours, almost always a pattern of some sort. You’ll see.