27 weeks baby bump.

27 weeks pregnant maggie whitley

27 weeks pregnant maggie whitley

27 weeks pregnant maggie whitley

27 weeks pregnant maggie whitley

27 weeks pregnant maggie whitley

As much as pregnancy can feel difficult or frustrating or uncomfortable, the truth is I really love being pregnant. First, there’s the blessing of amazing hair. I mean, I can wear my hair in a loose pony tail at night and in the morning shake it out and viola!, good to go. And then there are fun, sunshine-y dresses like this one from Mint Julep that transition perfectly into maternity wear. Lastly there’s the pure joy of knowing the bump my hands are wrapped around is our baby. This second pregnancy is already different from my first, mainly that Maxwell is toddling around my feet and so he keeps me very busy. But really, it’s going by so quickly. I am anticipating the heart explosion that comes with holding your baby for the very first time and I can’t even put it into words. Being a mama is my greatest accomplishment. As a little girl, I had just a couple baby dolls that I played with. For years I was invested in just a couple dolls; they were my babies. And now as a mama I am so grateful to be able to invest in real, squishy, milk-breathed babies that are made up of equal parts of Zack and me.

Hello, 27 weeks baby bump, I sure do love what you represent.

What I’m wearing: yellow maxi dress from The Mint Julep Boutique, braided sandals from Target, ring is vintage and polish is Essie.

PS. On Friday I’ll be giving away a $75 gift certificate to the Mint Julep shop. And, if you join their newsletter you’ll receive a $10 coupon right now!

We’ve re-opened the Caroline-made shop…

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pouch caroline-made maggie whitley

bag caroline-made maggie whitley

bag caroline-made maggie whitley

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zip pouch Caroline-made maggie whitley

…and, for a limited time the shop is open.

The Caroline-made shop is a reflection of the last six years I’ve been sewing and passionately chasing after the handmade community, and it’s inspired after my middle name, Caroline. CM is a mix of high-end designer fabrics, suede details (tags & zipper pulls) and metal zippers (swoon!). It’s fancy meets daily perfect.

Inside the shop we have Everyday Bags, which work beautifully for your day-to-day needs, travel or as a diaper bag. We also have two zip pouches sizes: the Basic Pouch and the Pencil Pouch.

What a blessing it is to have you to share the Caroline-made shop with. And thank you for being such fun confetti-throwers with me! :)

Ten things I love // vol. 3

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In a personal exercise to start noticing the small things around me I started a new series titled ten things I love. There are a lot of small things in our home that I enjoy immensely. These things aren’t just “things” to me (although they kinda are just things), they hold a special meaning. Some simply make me happy, others have taught me or mean something valuable, and a couple are of nature around us.

Ten things that remind me of surrounding beauty:

1. lip tint by Rimmel London in Perpetual Plum (as seen on me here). I wish the tint lasted longer, however it wears off evenly which is a huge perk!

2. a floral DIY envelope-style pillow cover (source: floral fabric)

3. this book. Buy it, read it, and be changed from it

4. finding handwritten notes from my hubby. This one reads, Thank you for the perfect morning –Z

5. coral polish!

6. “the best chocolate chip cookie” recipe. Definitely one you must try!!!

7. the gift of a pretty candle from Anthropologie (scent: grapefruit cilantro)

8. a new coffee mug from Anthropologie (color: coral)

9. visiting Santa Monica beach with my girls every Wednesday (related: how to take your kids to the beach)

10. palm trees growing in our neighborhood — yessssss

 

What are three things (that you absolutely adore) that surround you every day? Don’t think too long on this, whatever comes to mind — would you share that list with me in the comments? Even if you live in a small space, there’s beauty around you :)