Monday, September 1, 2014

Falling for Fall



shirt: jcrew// skirt: boden// shoes: dsw// earrings: anthropologie

I have been absolutely dying for fall this year!  About this time of year, I am ready to pull out the sweaters and start making pumpkin bread, but I got excited for fall weeks ago (about mid-July).  Perhaps it is because fall leads towards the holidays, which leads toward a baby, and I am getting very excited to welcome a baby into our home, but this whole mentality has been a little absurd.  I keep getting Christmas songs stuck in my head, and keep hoping it will be chilly outside (yeah, right!  We are still hitting 100 pretty consistently), and wanting to make recipes that use warm spices.  I am so glad it is finally September and it is more legitimate to share fall sweaters and boots with you!   
Happy September!!! (and Labor Day!)
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Twenty-Two Weeks




shirt: charlotte russe (via clothing swap)// skirt: forever 21// shoes:  mootsie's tootsies// scarf: gift// earrings: forever 21// watch: amazon

- Wednesday marked twenty-two weeks for this little dude.  I can't believe we are over the half-way mark already!  According to the app on my smartphone, he is 11" long!
- I can feel him moving regularly.  He really likes music and almost anytime we listen to something with a beat, I feel regular flailing from him.  A few days ago, Adam went on a Michael Jackson kick and we listened to a few songs and baby was going wild during them!  We think he likes to dance.
- I am finally looking pretty pregnant (see photo above for proof).  It totally depends on what I am wearing, but it is fun to see my body change to make way for a baby!
- I still marvel at how little I am participating in the making of this little human!  I don't have to think about him forming, or strain to create fingernails and eyelashes.  It just happens.  Sure, I need to make sure I eat enough and drink lots of water, but my body is doing all the forming on its own.  It is AMAZING!  And absolutely a miracle that it all forms to make a tiny human.
- I had an unexpected windfall the other day.  I am not fitting into too many of my clothes these days, but don't really want to go out and buy a ton of maternity clothes, and a friend sent me a message that the teenage girls from church had just finished a clothing swap activity and that there were tons of things left over!  Hallelujah!  I now have quite a few darling pieces to wear throughout pregnancy and beyond! This addition to my closet will make for a much cuter pregnancy :)
- December really can't come quickly enough!  I am SO excited for this baby to join our lives!

Happy Friday!  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Made from Scratch: Flour Tortillas

In this time of blogging, DIY, and a resurgence in homemaking, there are loads of men and women who are making amazing things from scratch everyday, but I am often surprised at how many people have never even thought about making some things from scratch.  There are a few things that I don't feel are worth making from scratch (ahem, curry paste... been there, done that and it just tastes better out of a can or package), but there are tons of things you can easily make from scratch that don't take too much time or any weird ingredients.  Tortillas are one of these foods for me.  I could spend $3 of my grocery budget buying tortillas, or make fabulous fresh ones at home and spend the $3 on something else.  I don't make them from scratch every time, but I do love having a good recipe to use whenever I want to save that $3.00 (that sounds like such a trifling amount, but when you are trying to stick to a budget, it can go a long way!).   

Tortillas 
from Taste of Home
makes 8 medium/large tortillas
2 cups of flour (I often use 1 cup of wheat flour and 1 cup of white)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup water
3 Tbs olive oil

Combine flour and salt in a bowl.  Add water and olive oil and mix until a soft dough forms.  Knead about 15 times until it is no longer sticky.  Add a little more flour if necessary.  Let it rest for 10 minutes and then divide it into 8 sections.  Roll each into a ball on a floured surface.  Roll each ball out with a rolling pin until it is very flat and round.  Cook on a griddle or in a frying pan until they are slightly puffy and golden parts to each side.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Twenty Weeks (!)


 Starting to show just a little bit
shirt: old navy// jeans: kohl's// shoes: ross// necklace: francesca's

A few things about week 20.  
- Most of my pants no longer fit.
- Comfort has become a serious priority and I am living in skirts, dresses and tees.  
- Despite what everyone told me about pregnancy, I am still freezing almost all the time.  
- I really need sleep these days.  I can sleep 8 1/2 hours at night and still take an hour long nap during the day.  
- Baby clothes are currently way more fun to shop for than clothes for me!  They are so little and so cute! 
- I can eat ice cream again! 

Also, if you have any baby tips or pregnancy suggestions, I would welcome them!  I am still feeling like such a newbie and have no idea what kinds of baby equipment to buy or what kind of diapers to purchase, so please feel free to pass along any advice!  




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Raiding My Sister's Closet: 'Summer of No Pants' Contrast Band Tutorial

Skirts and dresses are my thing.  I have lots of them and I love wearing them.  I often get asked if I am dressed up to go someplace because I am wearing a skirt or a dress.  Summertime is a terrific time to wear them because they are often much cooler and more comfortable than pants!
My two fabulous sisters and I have teamed up with Marigold from Hideous!Dreadful!Stinky! and her 'summer of no pants' series!  We each bring you a tutorial with an easy (and awesome) way to modify this black Old Navy Dress.  I am totally in love with this dress.  I actually ordered the wine-colored one about 3 days after I received the black one in the mail because it was so comfortable and had a great fit!  I thought it would be great for a fall/winter pregnancy, but it is darling if you are not pregnant, too.





dress: c/o Old Navy // shoes: Mootsies Tootsies (similar)// necklace: francesca's (similar)  

Tutorial for a Leopard Contrast Band: 

See what awesome alterations Merrick and Janssen have made to this dress! 
     

You should also go check out more posts from the 'Summer of No Pants' series for more fun skirt/dress embellishments and alterations!  


Please feel free to email me with questions or clarification at landen[dot]cloakroom[at]gmail[dot]com  
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