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Leaving on a Very Very Long Jet Plane

Two weeks from yesterday, we're flying to New Zealand and Australia.

I KNOW.  Crazy, right?  No, we did not suddenly strike gold (although, come to think of it, that'd be nice, too).  We each had some airline miles and we basically figured out the very furthest we could go with them in an effort to milk international travel with a lap baby as long as possible.  Yes, the flights will be miserable, but it'll be fun once we're there, right?  Right??

In any case, all this means that I'll mostly be away from the interwebs for a couple of weeks (as an aside, HUGE thanks to our wonderful parents who've offered to come house sit and stay in our place for most of the time, and to our fabulous neighbors from both next-door and the next-building-over for checking in on it, too).  But don't worry - I have some seriously awesome guest posters lined up (oooh, the suspense) and my only fear is that you won't want me back.

All this is to say that I need your HELP!  We hoping to travel pretty lightly, so I'd love any tips and suggestions from you.  The weather will probably be wet and coolish (50s and 60s) for most of the trip, with hopefully a few warmer days, as well.  I'd love your input on specific pieces/outfits.  Maybe I'll post pictures of a bunch of pieces I'm considering and let you pick?  Or maybe I'll do a linkup and have you share your favorite outfits while traveling?  What do you guys think?  Do you have other ideas on how I can best steal all your knowledge on fashionable travel?

OTI: Dots & Leopard

The Prompt
And My Interpretation!

Blouse: Banana Republic; Cardi: so old that I have no idea; Undershirt: Downeast; Skirt: Banana Republic; Tights: H&M; Shoes: Target; Bag: Zappos; Necklace: Made by husband
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Today is another OTI linkup! While I loved the prompt, I struuugled with this outfit. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I was still in pajamas at 6:30pm after cuddling and reading books to a sick baby all day, and then had to RUN out the door to make it to our church's annual Relief Society birthday dinner (did you know that of the 50,000 female Red Cross members during WWI, 47,398 were also members of the Relief Society?*).

In any case, I finally remembered this skirt that I adore but haven't worn in forever (hard to tell in the photos, but it has pink & brown dots), and ended up quite loving the outfit. Even though I only wore it for about 3 hours.

Head on over to the lovely blogs of Erica, Kayla, & Amy to see the other OTI posts!

*I don't know how reliable that link is, but it was one of the questions last night, so I'll go with it.

Linking Up
Lovely Things Thursday at Modern Modest Beauty!
CopyCats at Frills4Thrills

Red, Olive & Leopard...aka unChristmas

Sweater: Old Navy; Undershirt: Downeast; Pants: Old Navy; Shoes: Target
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I'm always hesitant to wear red & green together for fear of looking too Christmasy. They're such good complementary colors, though, so I decided to try it out with olive instead, and threw in some leopard for good measure. I think it ended up more casual cool and less Christmas elf, but what do you say?

I keep thinking I'm showing earlier this pregnancy than I did the last one, but then that's usually in the evening right after I've stuffed my face, so perhaps what I'm seeing is a food baby and not a lemon baby. Because by morning, the belly seems to disappear and I get all nervous (because a belly is clearly an excellent indicator that everything is fine). Here, you can sort of see it poking out a bit. Before dinner.
Also, I just find this picture hilarious. There's something about naked, giggly babies that just makes me laugh, too.

Cherry Blumen

Maxi dress: Made by me; Shirt: so old that I don't even know; Sandals: Payless; Hat: H&M; Belt: Thrifted; Necklace: F21
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Friday dawned perfectly warm and sunny*, and since Dan had the day off work, we decided to take a picnic down to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms. It could not have been more perfect. In past years, we've caught them either a little early, a little late, too late at night, for too short of a time, etc. But this time. This time! The weather was perfect and we had the whole afternoon to lounge by the blossoms and eat and enjoy time as a family. (Incidentally, it poured for the next two days and blew off most of the flowers, so it was perfect timing.)

Have I mentioned I really love warm weather? And family time? Because I do.

*Yes, yes, I've blathered on about the gorgeous weather way too much, blah blah blah.

Rainy Days and Ice Cream

Shirt; Downeast Basics (used to be husband's); Jeans: F21; Boots: J. Crew
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The last couple of days have been kind of icky and rainy. So what do you do when the sun peeks out and creates a gorgeous, hazy evening? You go out to get ice cream at your favorite place with your favorite people, of course.

There was something about this little family date that just made me happy. We usually have a quart or two of some flavor from Trader Joe's at home, but there's something special about going out to ice cream (their amazing flavors certainly didn't hurt). We got a chance to chat and giggle like we don't usually when we're eating it while sitting on our couch. Sure, the baby got to bed a little late, but we got to get messy and sticky and smiley together and enjoy what felt like a glorious and relaxed summer night. It just made me a little more grateful for this family of mine.

Easter Egg

Striped shirt: Old Navy (borrowed from sister); Tank: Really old; Pants: Target; Flip flops: J. Crew
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I felt a bit like an Easter egg in this outfit, but, hey, it was 80 degrees out and I'd spent several hours at the park that day and Easter isn't that far away, is it?

Also, yesterday was quite the momentous occasion. As I mentioned before, I haven't felt like eating much of anything with...flavor this pregnancy. But yesterday! Yesterday, I thought about papri chaat, and it sounded good. For those of you who've ever had papri chaat, you'll know that it's usually eaten as a snack or an appetizer, but we? We ate it for dinner. Because it sounded delicious. And it was.

Dressing Down a Dress

Dress: Downeast Basics; Shirt: F21; Belt: thrifted; Shoes: Target; Cute baby: made by husband & me
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It's hard to tell from the pictures, but the material of this dress is a little more formal - it's a lovely cotton/silk blend that lays really nicely and is lovely to the touch. Unfortunately, this has meant that I've struggled with how to dress it down a bit. Finally, it dawned on me - stick some stripes under it, duh. Officially casualized.

Also, these pictures were taken on our very street. Is spring in DC not glorious?

Oh Those Summer Days

Shirt: Old Navy; Undershirt: Downeast; Jeans: F21; Necklace: H&M; Ring: F21; Shoes (not pictured): J.Crew; Picnic basket: Thrifted in Washington state by my amazing husband as a gift while we were dating
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The weather here has been beyond gorgeous the last week. Pretty much every afternoon, Dan comes home from work and we spend several hours outside at the park. We picnicked outside a couple of times and it was glorious. All this is to say that I had no desire to get dressed in layers and fussy outfits. I basically want to wear comfy clothes that will withstand a little dirt and sunshine. I mean, who wants to try to sit cross-legged in a pencil skirt while drinking lemonade on a picnic blanket? So, comfy casual it is.