Sunday, May 25, 2014

springtime in park city, take 2
starring annie bannanie & mister beans

The "kids" and I spent some time outside this morning, enjoying the gorgeous weather we're having on this glorious Sunday. While The Boy and I aren't huge fans of the inside of this house, the deck and the amazing view (and jungle in our front yard) more than make up for whatever the interior is lacking.

While both are regulars on my Instagram, and Annie has been spotted here on the blog before, this is Beans's first appearance here on Frayed Threads. Mr. Beans (the adorable orange tabby photographed above) came to live with us in October, the day after we found out about Kumquat; a friend of mine found him as a stray in Tooele, and since they couldn't keep him, we took him in. He's the best cat I've ever had (and I've had a lot of cats) and he and Annie get along so well sometimes I have to wonder if he's part dog. They've even worked out a tag team system for hunting mice - he catches them, she eats them. Gross, but I take comfort in knowing that I'll never have to worry about rodents inside my house...

No baby yet - we're officially one day past our due date, despite The Boy's many attempts to coax her out of there (including coercing me into eating a chunk of wasabi, a bag of hot Cheetos and running up and down the stairs with Annie). I keep telling her dad that she's going to be extra awesome, so she needs a little extra time in the oven, but he doesn't seem to be happy with that. The weekend isn't over yet though - any guesses on when little Kumquat will finally decide to show up?

Have you entered my giveaway yet? Swing by this post to enter to win this darling dress from Mishpish Boutique by midnight Thursday!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

spring in park city & a kumquat update

The 9th hold of the Jeremy Ranch Golf Course; check out this post for more photos of the area.

The view off my deck of the Jeremy Ranch Golf Course; 3rd hole, I believe.

Blooms on a tree in my front yard.

As a ski town, situated high up in Utah's mountains, Park City has lagged behind the rest of the state in reaching spring's warm weather; it finally seems to have hit, though, and suddenly the world is pretty and green and gorgeous. Plants are starting to bloom and layers are being shed, and Kumquat will be here soon.

Her official due date is today; at our OB appointment on Wednesday, the doc said we were still dilated to between 2.5-3cm. I've been having contractions pretty regularly for the last few weeks now - mildly uncomfortable for the most part, but when The Boy starts talking to his little girl, she gets really excited. He's anxious to meet her, and I can't blame him; obviously, I am too. But the whole thing seems sort of surreal to me - like it's never actually going to happen. I've always been really good at 'visualizing' my life, but those visualizations have never included motherhood, and it's hard to imagine what life is going to look like when she gets here. Sure, I understand much of the technical aspect of parenting (like how to change a diaper), but the concept as a whole is at once terrifying and electrifying.

We went to X-Men: Days of Future Past last night; as soon as the movie started, she started dancing - we both looked at it each, a little bit terrified that'd we'd have to leave before the awesomeoness started. Fortunately, it seems that Kumquat is just as big an X-Men fan as her parents - she very clearly loved it, and by the end, my ribcage felt like it had been split apart. I've never sat so straight for so long in my life (pregnancy is definitely doing a lot of good for my posture). And the movie was pure awesome.

Any guesses on when we'll go into labor? Her dad is hoping for sooner rather than later, while I sort of feel like it's never going to happen. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Mishpish Boutique + Frayed Threads Giveaway

Don't forget to swing by yesterday's post to enter to win this darling retro chic sheath dress from Mishpish Boutique! It's kind of the cutest dress EVER, and it's so easy to enter, so be sure to check it out!

Friday, May 23, 2014

a memorial day giveaway from mishpish boutique!

Images courtesy Mishpish Boutique.

I'm a sucker for a cute dress - just thumb through a few pages of the blog, and my weakness for easy silhouettes and flouncy hemlines becomes pretty obvious (a strange twist of fate, really, given what a tomboy I was as a teenager) - so when I encountered MishPish Boutique, I sort of felt like I'd died and gone to dress heaven. My favorite shops are those owned by women with character, quirk, style and a fair dose of real world business and fashion sense - and MishPish certainly fits the bill.

MishPish Boutique is a darling little shop owned and curated by a cute gal named Mish in Toronto, Canada. Mishpish's online racks are chock full of adorable little dresses, pretty tops and even a few corsets, and although she's based in Canada, US customers never have to wait long - Mish is on it like blue bonnet, getting orders turned around the way Superman saves Lois Lane (quickly, easily and frequently).

This retro chic sheath dress is hands down one my favorites on her digital shelves, and it's utter perfection for summer. I love the combination of the straight silhouette, flirty hem and peter pan collar - ideal harmony to satisfy both your inner tomboy and outer fashionista, without compromising your style. And lucky for you Frayed Threads readers in the US & Canada, Mish and I have teamed up to give one of these beauties away! One reader will win this dress in your choice of size and color (options include orange/white, white/blue & yellow/white) - just use the widget below to enter by 11:59pm on Thursday (5/29/14). Bookmark & come back by daily for additional chances to win! Best of luck!

And for those of you who are impatient (like myself) and can't wait for the giveaway to be over, Mish is offering a discount exclusively for Frayed Threads readers! Just enter code FRAYED20 at checkout for 20% off your entire purchase AND free shipping until June 20th. Head on over to to get shopping, and be sure to leave a comment below when you're done - I'd love to know what pretties you snagged!

P.S. Kumquat's official due date is tomorrow! Her dad and I have both been having trouble sleeping - he's crazy excited, and I'm more than a little terrified. Any guesses on when we'll go into labor? Leave your guesses in the comments - I've got a special prize for the winner - and check back tomorrow morning for an official update!

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Giveaway open to US & Canadian residents only. Ends Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 11:59pm. Size & color subject to availability.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

how to survive pregnancy in style
(and without maternity clothes)

dress :: rolla coster // hat :: cc // necklace :: freckles & company (@ march's vintage whites market) // bracelets :: rue 21 // earrings :: c/o confused arts // black leather wristband :: c/o salvage west // sunglasses :: juicy couture // purse :: francesca's // sandals :: gap

The Boy bought me a set of hair chalk at Salt Lake Comic Con last month, and I've been having fun turning my hair different colors on an almost daily basis. As a big fan of neutral colors (particularly black and gray), I like the idea of my "pop of color" being in my hair. Also, it's fun to make my hair match my awesome Skullcandy x Urban Decay headphones.

surviving pregnancy in style & without maternity clothes
While it's true that my pregnancy didn't start showing until somewhere around month 7 or 8, I was definitely gaining weight prior to that - it just took a while to display as a proper baby bump. As I made my way through my denim collection, progressively becoming unable to button nearly every pair I own, I still managed to avoid donning a single piece of maternity wear - even in a fitting room. Sure, there are some cute maternity clothing lines out there, but it seems silly (and wasteful) to invest money in something that has such a clear expiration date stamped on it. Instead (much to The Boy's eternal frustration), I purchased a number of other items to accommodate my expanding waist, hips and bust as Kumquat filled out.

#1) maxi dresses
I developed a mild obsession with maxi dresses a couple summers ago, so I had a fairly healthy collection of wispy silhouettes heading into the second and third trimesters of pregnancy - but that collection has probably tripled over the last few months (TJ Maxx & I have become close friends). Comfy maxi dresses have become my daily uniform, particularly in bright colors (like today's) or fun patterns (like yesterday's). Solid numbers in particular are easy to accessorize, and most can be easily dressed up or down.

Look for soft, flowy shapes with a bit of spandex and high, stretchy waistbands that will forgive any areas of expansion as your pregnancy progresses. Cool details (like the crossover/cut out back that gives a glimpse of my tattoo on today's dress and the graphic color blocking & halter neckline on yesterday's dress) add an extra layer of awesome to your look. Pair with tights for winter, sandals for summer and cardigans for those in-between times we occasionally encounter here in Utah.

#2) stretchy leggings
I've never really understood the appeal of leggings - until my six or seventh month of pregnancy (and I will never, ever take my skinny jeans for granted ever again). While I'm still a passionate proponent of the "leggings are not pants" movement, I have to admit that they are damn comfy and convenient for those days when I really just wanted to wear pants. I scored several pairs in a variety of hues at a darling little boutique in PC called Whimsy, made winter-wearable by virtue of the fact that they are lined with fleece. Next on my wish list: a pretty floral pair for spring & summer (my pregnancy isn't over yet!).

Remember - even in pregnancy, leggings are not pants, so wear with a blouse or dress long enough to cover your bottom. Match your shoe for a super leggy look.

#3) printed trousers
For those days that I really want to feel trendy, I snagged a few pairs of flagrantly printed trousers that have saved my sartorial self on more than one occasion. While the more vibrantly hued contraptions can be hard to wear in late pregnancy without looking like a rainbow balloon, darker shades or graphic black and white patterns remain a viable option, particularly if paired with a tighter top that highlights your baby watermelon. Most have elastic waistbands and a soft, breezy touch that makes them feel more like pajamas than actual pants. Try this pair by Mossimo, at Target for just $20 (just remember to avoid loose tops with loose pants, or you will look like a balloon).

#4) long, loose tunics
Perfect for matching with the above-mentioned leggings, billowy tunics have the added benefit of camouflaging your burgeoning baby bump (up to a point, at least). Add some ankle boots and something studded for some low-maintenance edge, with some smoky eyeliner for those rare Friday nights you make it out of the house to DD for your other, non-pregnant friends.

Bear in mind that there is a difference between 'billowy' and flat out 'baggy'. A loose-fitting top should be balanced by closely-fitted bottoms (like leggings) and a (small!) measure of skin, like bare shoulders & arms or a sliver of cleavage. Keep it classy, ladies - you're about to be a mom, after all.

#5) old navy flip flops & canvas vans
Aside from the constant, persistent, never-ending need to pee, my primary pregnancy complaint has been my feet - they started swelling about a month ago and haven't stopped. I sort of feel like I'm wearing giant cement boots of pain. Since I'm desperately hoping they'll return to their original size post-birth, I've been trying to avoid buying new shoes... but since even my trusty flip flops cause me to wince, I succumbed to the allure of a pair of leopard print canvas Vans (I justify it by telling myself I'll wear them plenty post-pregnancy, when carting around a kid demands flat shoes). Since the weather turned warm, I cheered my wardrobe up with a number of brightly colored (and cheaply priced, at $2.50 a pop) Old Navy flip flops. The trendy hues, including coral and aqua, almost make up for being unable to wear prettier shoes. Almost.

The most important thing I've learned about pregnancy style is that comfort is key, but you don't have to sacrifice your sartorial sense of self for the sake of ease. Fun patterns, bright colors, cool accents and awesome accessories can add layers of sophistication and interest to any easy-going look.

Any moms out there who'd like to add their two cents on surviving pregnancy in style? Sound off in the comments.

And P.S. We have an appointment with the OB this afternoon, so check back tomorrow morning for another Baby Kumquat update!

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