Coffee (Mug) and Glasses

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I've been slowly amassing a ceramic collection starting with my love of tiny vintage bud vases to ceramics with faces. This mug by Tactile Matter is my latest acquisition and it does not disappoint. It's perfectly speckled and has a minimal '80s vibe which I dig. I discovered Kenesha's beautifully handcrafted ceramics via Instagram and seriously want all the pieces for my home. Her West Coast influences definitely shine through each piece in color and motif.

For those who share my love for all things cute, Atelier Stella is what got me started on the ceramic face kick. I have a couple of pieces from her collaboration with West Elm but have not pulled the trigger on her original works (shipping from England can cost a pretty penny!). Her ceramics are charming, highly covetable, and tend to sell out in minutes. You have to keep an eye on her Instagram for sale times and have a quick trigger finger if you want one of her sweet vases.

So check it out! I've got new glasses! Firmoo has come through again with this retro-inspired pair. Since being introduced to the site, I've been purchasing all my eyeglasses (and Bryan's glasses) from them. A complete set of glasses from the optometrist can get pricey, so this site is great for those with ever-changing prescriptions. I've tried several Home Trial Kits from popular eyewear sites and have found that the quality of Firmoo glasses have been equal or better than the glasses I have tried on and at half the cost. Plus, my prescription has always been spot on. If you have any issues with your purchase, the customer service is very responsive and will go above and beyond to make sure you're satisfied. Their newsletter updates me on their fresh inventory, so the selection is never boring. For all you newbies, you can get 15% off your first pair. Not a bad deal if you're in the search for affordable glasses!


Baby Fever

Hello world, I am now a mommy. It's still taking some getting used to- the idea of being a caregiver to someone so helpless and dependent on you feels pretty surreal yet so amazing at the same time. I'll look down at my mini pooch and can't believe that the thing I had been harboring in my belly for nine months has a face I can finally put a name to. Jolie Ann Porter was born 3 weeks early on August 8th weighing in at 6 lbs 6 ozs and 19 inches long.

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Jolie at 2 days old.

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This girl is going to be a goofy one.

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Jolie at 4 weeks.

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Future DJ? 

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I am totally enamored by this little being. They are not kidding when they say your life will revolve around your baby. My 2-3 hours between feedings have become precious and if it's not used taking a nap (because a full night's sleep no longer exists), then it's used vegging out on the couch (I'm on the last season of Californication) or trying to squeeze in some normal activity like catching up on emails, cleaning the house, and even blogging! I'll be returning to work in a month, and I already know it will be difficult not being around this little bugger 24/7.

For all mommies out there, I salute you. Motherhood is a total mystery until you actually experience it. It is by far the hardest task I have taken on but definitely the most rewarding.


Miniio Modern Dollhouse

As a kid, I never had a dollhouse. Not even one for my Barbies.  I liked what I call free range play which involved putting Barbie in social situations rather than confining her to spaces. However, after stumbling across Polish-brand Miniio's modern dollhouses, I'm thinking Barbie would have really enjoyed the unfussy minimal space if provided the opportunity. 

Miniature anything is almost always cute, but this takes miniature to a whole new level. I see it more as a showpiece than a child's playhouse and would really be too scared to let young children near it. The pieces resemble the delicate architecture models my sister made in school rather than the sturdy child-proof plastic houses that I'm used to. Either way, the price range is not completely outrageous if you have room to display it and would really make a great conversation piece. I've even considered purchasing the sets which range from $54 to $78 and placing them in shadow boxes. How cute would that be?

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The small and large dollhouses and sets can be purchased from here: DLK.


Mood Board ++ Soft Scandinavia

As much as I love the Scandinavian aesthetic, often times it can come off as too austere or cold especially in the home. I tend to gravitate toward a little color so I've been taking cues from the Aussies who seem to love Scandinavia but add their own soft touches. This means pleasing pastels mixed in with natural wood, and yes, perfect for a baby's nursery! Below are some lovely ladies I follow on Instagram that have inspired my decorating choices of late:

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1. _harlowsworld_

2. jazura_styling

3. oh.eight.oh.nine

4. mitahli_designs

5. whistle_dixie

6. misskyreeloves


Pregnancy Blogging

Hi guys!

Sorry for the lack of posts, but running a blog whilst pregnant and working full-time has proven more difficult than I thought. The last thing on my mind is taking photos of my ginormous self and rambling on about what I am wearing. Therefore, I've decided to go a different direction. On the style end, you'll be seeing more baby decor while attempting not to be overrun by baby toys. I can't wait to travel again after the baby arrives, so travel pics are always fair game. Of course, I throw out the disclaimer that all things are subject to change post-pregnancy. I do have pregnancy brain after all. ;) For those wondering, I'm in my third trimester at 33 weeks. Home stretch! Yeah!

Looking forward to getting back on track and posting again!
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My final mini-babymoon in South Padre at 26 weeks. Ahh... to be at the beach again...

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Just last weekend when my L.A. gal pal came to visit me over the July 4th weekend. Here's a nice side view of the ever-growing bump! And if I forgot to mention, it's a girl!

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