Thursday, August 31, 2017

august budget

august budget

august budget: $217.34
third quarter budget: $600 - $234.85 in July - $217.34 in August = $147.81 remaining

This was a little bit of an odd shopping month since about half the items were purchased last minute for an impromptu babymoon to St. Augustine. Both pairs of shorts, the blue kimono, black swing dress and cream lace top all fell into this category and (with the exception of the hated but needed shorts) all are happy editions to my closet.

On to the reviews. I'll start with the my least favorite - but desperately needed - shorts. These cream lace eyelet shorts are so cute (see how I wore them here) and very soft and comfortable. I did notice that they had a tendency to ride up while I was walking - probably because I have no thigh gap, so my thighs tend to rub. :( For reference, I bought these in an XL and they stretched a little bit throughout the day. Not enough to justify going down a size, but enough to note. The chambray scallop shorts (bought in a size 16) had the same two issues - they rode up a bit and stretched throughout the day. Since both shorts from two different stores did the same thing, I have to wonder if it was because of the high heat and humidity and lots of walking around or if they would have stretched anyway?

It was also a month for kimonos - though I think that's been every month lately. I found this plum lace kimono (see how I wore it here) in my local Target store and fell in love the with the color and lace details. For reference, it's an XXL. The paisley print kimono is something I've been eyeing for awhile, but at $69 full price was way to expensive to justify. When it went on sale I bought it, but my order was canceled due to lack of availability. Luckily, it popped back in stock and I was successful in snagging it the second time around. It's a M/L and I think runs a little large since I usually wear an XL at GAP.

I also added this maternity black swing dress (see how I wore it here) to my order when I purchased the kimono. My previous black maternity dress from Old Navy pretty quickly fell apart and I felt like this made a good replacement and as a bonus can be worn post-baby. It's super soft and comfy and runs a bit large - I got mine in a L instead of my usual XL. 

From Loft, I ordered this pretty cream lace maternity top (see how I wore it here), which I had originally planned on wear on our babymoon trip, but ended up switching out for a tourist tee since most of the day was spent in the car. I am, however wearing it today and it's super lightweight and comfy. For reference, it's an XL. I also bought this fun graduated navy stripe cardigan (see how I wore it here). Did I need yet another stripe cardigan in my closet? Probably not, but I like that it's nice and light weight and since it's still going to be full-on summer for awhile in Florida, I should get lots of wear from it in the months to come. It's also an XL.

And last, but not least, the Birkenstocks (see how I wore them here). I feel like I learned a bit of a hard lesson with these sandals. They were only available in sizes 9 and 6 at my local Rack Room Shoes, for which I had a return and thanks to a promotion made them insanely cheap). I tried them on in store in my usual size 9 (size 40), and thought they might be a touch big, but I didn't want to lose out on the sale, so I decided to go ahead and buy them. They're pretty comfortable for light walking, but when I took them to St. Augustine they rubbed my feet completely raw along the top straps (adjusting the straps didn't help) and I felt like the foot bed wasn't sitting right either. Basically, they were driving me nuts. My husband's sandals broke - seriously we had the worst shoe luck on our trip - while we were out and about, so we went a walking shoe store close to our B&B to look for replacement shoes for him. While we were in there, I asked the shopkeeper what he thought might be going on with my Birkenstocks and he took one look at my shoes and said they were too big. I tried on an 8 (size 39) and the fit was sooooo much better. Night and day. So ended up buying a pair that actually fit from his store in the antique lace color just to have something a little different. I think the slightly too big ones will still be fine for light wear, so they aren't a complete loss. Lesson learned, make sure to buy the right size. :) I debated included the second pair in my budget, but ultimately decided to leave them out - along with a touristy tee and a pair of pink freshwater pearls - since they were vacation buys.

Looking ahead, September is my birthday month, so I'm sure there'll be a birthday splurge or two in next month's budget, though nothing in particular that I'm shopping for at the moment. 

maternity black swing dress

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I originally bought this dress to as a "backup" outfit for our trip to St. Augustine last weekend, but loved the casual ease of it so much, I had to wear it to work yesterday. It's super soft and comfy and I think it'll work great post-maternity. I have a feeling it'll be like my black and white stripe dress that's actually a maternity dress, but I wore it all.the.time. before I got pregnant.

Our babymoon was so lovey - thought very, very hot - but isn't pretty much everywhere in August? I took a ton of pictures (some of which you can see on my instagram) and *hopefully* will have a babymoon post up in the next day or two. Things have been a little extra crazy since we got back, which always seems to be the way after vacation.

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dress: GAP maternity (exact)  |  sandals: Franco Fortinit (exact- on sale!, designer original)  |  necklace: Stella & Dot (exact)  |  watch: Michael Kors (exact)  |  bracelet: Kendra Scott (similar)

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Today makes 34 weeks pregnant and time for another bump update! Baby's been super active the past couple of days and I've been feeling lots of kicks and rolls. He's approximately 4 3/4 pounds, about the size of a cantaloupe and almost 18 inches long. With the intense heat we've been having, I finally hit the point where I'm ready to have this guy - but I know he needs to stay in there and cook a little bit longer. Plus we still have so much to do for his nursery. My sweet dad painted his room while we were gone - seriously he's the greatest - so now we have a few things left to buy and then we need to put it all together. I was convinced that when I was pregnant with Aubrey we got her nursery done months in advance, but I just went back and looked at photos and it was more like two weeks ahead of time. So I guess we're not as behind as I originally thought...

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

thoughts and whatnots 8.27.17

8.27.17 thoughts and whatnots
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  • Greetings from St. Augustine! Husband and I  got a chance to take a quick babymoon and are currently enjoying the city and all she has to offer. I won't be back from our trip until Tuesday, so no posts for the next two days, but you can find me on instagram posting waaaay too many photos from our trip!

Friday, August 25, 2017

summer babymoon packing list

My sweet parents came in town this week and offered to watch our daughter this weekend so my husband and I could sneak in a little babymoon trip before baby boy arrives in October! We didn't want to travel too far away since we're getting close to the baby's due date - and let's be honest hours upon hours in a car or airplane sounds a bit miserable - so we decided to go to St. Augustine for a long weekend.

One of my absolutely favorite cities, St. Augustine is the perfect place to walk around, take in the sights, shop and eat a bunch of delicious food. We're staying at the same B&B we stayed at on our honeymoon and first anniversary, which I think makes this trip a little extra special.

gray tank: GAP maternity (exact, non-maternity option)  |  pink tee: GAP maternity (exact, non-maternity option)  |  lace yoke top: Loft maternity (exact, non-maternity exact)  |  scalloped shorts: Loft maternity (exact, non-maternity exact)  |  lace shorts: Motherhood Maternity (exact, non-maternity option)  |  jean shorts: Old Navy maternity (similar, non-maternity option)  |   kimono: GAP (exact)  |  dress: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  sandals: Birkenstock (exact)  | straw hat: J. Crew (exact)  |  sunglasses: J. Crew (exact)  |  bag: Sole Society (exact)  |  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  flipflops: Clark's (similar)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  umbrella: J. Crew (similar)

Going to a Florida destination in August means it's going to really freaking hot, so I wanted to stick with light clothing and minimal accessories. Usually I like to pack so I can mix and match, but realistically I'll probably sweat through everything the day I wear it, so didn't even attempt it this time around. I'm taking some medication to control my glucose fasting levels that makes me really sensitive to the sun, so a big hat, shades and lots of sunscreen are a must! I bought NARS' Smooth & Protect Primer SPF 50 for my face and Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch sunscreen SPF 55 for the rest of me. I've been checking the weather channel like crazy for the weather, and right now it looks like it's going to be a mix of sun and rain so I also threw in a pocket umbrella in case we get caught in a downpour.

I also plan on throwing in this super comfy maternity swing t-shirt dress in case we want to go somewhere nice for dinner and I've sweated through my daytime outfit. Some other things I'm bringing along are my prenatal charts/medical notes, emergency contact for my OBGYN and prenatals of course! My body pillow is also coming along for the ride. Honestly, I think packing for me was the easy part, it's packing up the toddler stay with Nanna and Pappa that's going to be a challenge! Wish me luck. :)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

mix of summer and fall

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I feel like this outfit is a mix between summer and fall with summery white jeans and sandals and a fall-ish long cardigan. Though it's definitely all summer here in Florida right now. It's In fact it's the hottest it's been all summer, which has me longing for true fall. That's probably the season I miss most from my Tennessee mountains. Fall in my part of Tennessee is a gorgeous array of colors and deliciously cool temps. We just don't get that in Florida. It goes from hot to cold (for a few days) then warms right back up. Some Thanksgivings are spent in shorts and a tee, others a jacket. Ya just never know.

At least this cardigan is nice and lightweight, which is nice for the office...though not so nice for 93 degree days with feels like temps in the 103s. I probably didn't need another striped cardigan in my closet, but I couldn't resist this fun, thin to thick stripe pattern. What can I say, I'm a cardigan and stripe addict.

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cardigan: Loft (exact)  |  tee: GAP maternity (exact, non-maternity option) last worn here  |  jeans: GAP maternity (similar, non-maternity option) last worn here  |  sandals: Birkenstock (exact)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (pretty alternative)  |  bracelet: Baublebar (fun alternative)

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Today makes 33 weeks pregnant and time for another bump update! Baby 's doing well and cooking along nicely. Supposedly he's about 4 pounds, 17 inches and the size of a pineapple, but since we're tracking about four weeks ahead in size (more like 37 weeks) I guess that would make him about 6 1/3 pounds, 19 inches and about as big as romaine lettuce. No worries, he's not supposed to make his appearance anytime too soon, he's just a big boy. If all goes according to plan, we'll get to meet him in about six weeks, a week shy of 40 weeks since he's frank breech and large. I keep jokingly telling my husband the baby's size it's his fault since he's tall and has a big head (as does baby boy) - let's just say he's less than amused at the comparison. He also has a head full of hair already, which definitely comes for daddy who has thick almost black locks and I was born a baldy. :)

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

bloopers vol. 3

In honor of Teal and Polka Dot's three-year anniversary, I give you a maternity blooper reel. Because most days aren't all pregnancy glow, unicorns and rainbows...
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the jabba the hutt   //   original post

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the who wants a hug?  //  original post

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the what the heck?  //  original post

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the looks of disdain  //  original posts one  |  two  |  three

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the goober  //  original post

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the I don't wanna   //  original post

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the wassssup  //  original post

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the beats me  //  original post

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the ohhhh yeaaaah  //  original post

bloopers vol 3_10
the you wanna piece of this?  //  original post

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the contemplative  //  original post

And because he loves to capture me at my most, um, "flattering" lovely photographer hubs...

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Hope you enjoyed this as much as I had fun putting it together. :)

Monday, August 21, 2017


Yesterday marked the three year anniversary of Teal and Polka Dots! I still can't believe it's been three years - time sure does fly - it's been a whirlwind year for sure. So in honor of the occasion, I thought it would be fun to do a third edition blogiversary Q&A.

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What have you learned during the past year of blogging? 
Interest definitely ebbs and flows. I feel like sometimes my blog is on point, the content is good and people and into it. Other times, people just aren't reading. Could be the time of year, could be the type of content. Mostly importantly, I've learned not to take any of it personally. I post on here for fun, and hopefully that's interesting to some, but if it's not, then that's okay too. :) I've also realized this blog will probably always be small, and I'm completely okay with that. I think the truly successful bloggers dedicate a significant amount of time to their spaces, and it shows. With everything that's happened in the past year - new house, new baby on the way, and keeping up with family, career and life, I realize I can't give this space the kind of attention that creates a truly successful blog.

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What's your favorite/least favorite outfit you've blogged in the past year? 
Ooo...that's a tough one. It's been a kinda weird year for outfits, since I've been pregnant for the majority of it (or at least it feels like way). One of my favorites was just a simple stripe dress with a long blush cardigan and booties. Not especially groundbreaking, but I liked the way I looked and felt in it. Ironically, one of my least favorites features the same dress and long cardigan - but the sandals, washed out pink color and accessories just made it a fail for me.

Will you keep blogging after the baby comes? 
I don't know exactly what this space will look like after baby boy comes, but I do know I want to keep posting. I plan on taking a break after he's born so I can focus on our family and adjust to life with a newborn, but I fully intend to come back to blogging.

What's been on of your biggest challenges this year? 
One of the most frustrating things that happened this year was when my rain boot blog photos were linked to porn on Pinterest. I felt exposed and angry that someone had taken something innocent and made it feel dirty. Did the person only find me on Pinterest, or have they stalked my blog and found out way to much about my life? Trying to decide exactly how much information to make public after the incident has be a big challenge. I want us to all be friends on here, and I want to be transparent about my life - and that includes my family, job, where I live - but now there's a big dose of fear about online exposure.

What are you looking forward to in the year to come? 
I think the next year of blogging is going to be an interesting one, especially with the addition of a new baby. But I plan to keep up with outfit posts, and I'd really love to get back into doing some DIY/crafting posts (may favorite one from last year is definitely the nutcracker makeover).

Thank you so much to each and every one of you who takes the time to read this space. Your comments and encouragement are really what makes it all worth it. So here's to three years - and hopefully many more to come!

Read my second-year blogiversary Q&A here and first-year blogiversary here

Sunday, August 20, 2017

thoughts and whatnots 8.20.17

8.20.17 thoughts and whatnots
pink + garnet:  one  |  two  |  three

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  • what I'm watching: Reruns of Family Guy.
  • what I'm crafting: I'm making (slow) progress on the knit red and white dotted crib blanket. At this rate, I'm worried I won't have it finished by the time baby boy arrives - fingers crossed I can finish in time! 
  • what I'm crushing on: Have you seen the new Rifle Paper Co. Keds? Oh, my gosh, I'm just obsessed with the pretty floral designs. I think the embroidered floral and gold metallic ones are my favorites of the bunch, but they're all lovely. 
  • what I'm looking forward to: My sweet parents are coming in town this Wednesday and graciously offered to watch our kiddo so we could sneak in a little getaway before the baby is born. We've decided to go to St. Augustine for a few days since it's relatively close to home and one of our favorite places. I'm so excited for our trip!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

return of the maternity uniform

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I'm back to my maternity uniform of a stretchy dress, kimono and sandals - and it feels so good. August has been the hottest so far this summer, and I'm more than grateful for easy outfits like these. :)

This Old Navy dress is one I've worn a whole slew of times, but somehow never manage to get blog pictures of. (Here's my favorite Instagram outfit selfie of it.) Sadly, it's sold out in blue, but it's still available it in black, red and a black and white patterned option. If I wasn't so far along in my pregnancy, I'd be tempted to pick it up in a few more colors, but heaven knows I have enough maternity dresses and I did just buy two pairs of maternity shorts for our upcoming baby moon trip next weekend. When the temps are going to be in the 90s with 100% humidity, I'll wear the least amount of clothes possible to be comfortable - even hated shorts. The cream, lace maternity shorts I mentioned Tuesday arrived yesterday, and I love them - so freaking comfy - AND I got them on sale for under $10!

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dress: Old Navy maternity (similar, non-maternity option)  |  kimono:  The Florida House (cute alternative) last worn here  |  sandals: Old Navy (cute alternative)  |  necklace: J. Crew Factory (cute alternative)   |  watch: Michael Kors (exact)  |  bracelet: Kendra Scott (similar)

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Today makes 32 weeks pregnant and time for another bump update. We had an ultrasound yesterday and it was a bit of a dozy. While baby boy is perfectly healthy, we did find out that he's frank breech and freaking HUGE - like in the 98% percentile huge - as in tracking at 36 weeks, not 32. We have a lot of tall men in both my and my husband's family, so I guess it's not so surprising that he's a big boy.

Because of his size, it's very unlikely that he'll be able to turn head down by the time of delivery. We could try to have him manually moved - I know people that have had success with that - but due to his projected large size, he'll quite possibly be big too big to deliver vaginally. Basically, it means I'm looking quite possibly at a c-section. The doctor is going to keep a close eye on him to see how he continues to develop. But in the meantime, I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for a delivery different than what I was expecting. But the most important thing is that his healthy and so am I and the rest of it will get sorted out.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


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Wearing these Birkenstocks are like a major flashback to the past. In high school birks were my jam - I had the double strap version in a very similar color to this and in brown leather as well as the mules in the same tan/grey suede. I wore them so much I had to have the soles replaced. So comfy, so granola, so high school. But at some point I outgrew my obsession and moved on to whatever it was a wore in college - flipflops, sandals, should I admit it's be so long that I don't really remember?

Flash forward 17 years - I can't believe I graduated from high school 17 years ago -  and suddenly Birkenstocks are "in" again. (Or at least they are in the Panhandle of Florida, though we aren't exact the most fashion forward :). I'm really liking this updated version with the straps around the big toe, they definitely look a little more feminine than their predecessors. And they're just as comfy as a remembered, though they do take some breaking in (which I had forgotten about). I couldn't resist throwing on this cute garnet kimono, figuring I might as well embrace the boho vibes. :)

I can see wearing them with shorts, seriously how adorable are these maternity lace shorts? - and possibly with a dress, though I'm not 100% on how I'd style it. Thoughts? My parents kindly offered to watch the small one for few days two weekends from now, so the husband and I are in the process of planning a last minute baby moon. We haven't decided exactly where we're going, but I do know these sandals will be going in my travel bag!

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shoes: Birkenstock (exact)  |  kimono: Target (exact)  |  tee: GAP maternity (exact, non-maternity version)  |  jeans: GAP maternity (similar, non-maternity option)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (cute alternative)
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Monday, August 14, 2017

monday musings: week 32

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Welcome to Monday Musings! Each Monday I share a different "get to know you" style Q&A. I invite you to join in the comments below so I can get to know you as well.

Q: Tell us one of your bad habits.

A: I can be a bit impatient - especially when I'm hangry. Hanger - for me - has been especially difficult to manage while pregnant. Now that I've found out I have GB (gestational diabetes) I have to be very careful about what I eat, and since I have to test my blood sugar two hours after breakfast, lunch and dinner, I can't just grab a snack whenever hunger strikes, or it'll jack up my results. Between that and my busiest time at work, I've felt the impatience ramping up, so it's been important for me to be able to step outside of the situation and breath. Sadly, my drug of choice - chocolate - is a bit limited these days, so I remind myself that it's all temporary. I'll get my job done and the magazine sent to press before the baby comes - and if I go into labor early we have people on staff more than qualified to finish it up - and when I'm hangry - the next meal is on the horizon...and thankfully cheese is always on the menu!

What about you? What are one of your bad habits? Let me know in the comments below.

As I mentioned last week, now that I've been doing Monday Musings for eight months I want to know if you have any questions for me. Anything you'd like for me to answer? Post your questions in the comments below, or email me at I'd love to incorporate your questions into upcoming segments of Monday Musings. :)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

long black dress

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Today's outfit is the last in of my three new maternity maxi dresses. (I've also worn this dress in blue and gray). So this is the original, the dress I loved so much that I had to go back and buy it in two more colors. The elbow sleeve length is perfect and I love how the soft, jersey material makes it sooooo comfortable.

I'm struggling with to come up with something to talk about, so this going to be a short post - hope you'll forgive me. :)

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dress: Motherhood Maternity (exact, non-maternity option)  |  sandals: Franco Fortinit (exact, designer original)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Michael Kors (exact)  |  bracelet: Kendra Scott (similar)

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Today makes 31 weeks pregnant and time for another bump update. Baby boy is about 16 inches long, 3 1/3 pounds and about the size of the coconut. I got my results back from the 3-hour gestational diabetes test, and unfortunately (just barely) failed two of the four markers, so I'm having to do some diet modification and test my blood four times a day. I had GD with my little girl, so at this point I know what to expect, but I'm still a little bummed to have it again. But other than that, everything is going well and I'm really looking forward to the ultrasound next week - can't wait for another peek of our baby boy!

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