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I'm Steffy, and I live in my favorite place on earth, Long Beach NY with my two loves & our dachshund. In this space we share our adventures around NY, cozy days at home and tons of outfits! Grab a cup of coffee and lets get to know each other!

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

On Happiness


There's two things that never fail to make me smile - going on a bike ride, and eating things with a spoon (like cereal, and yogurt.. and ice cream, of course!) I've been thinking a lot about how to try to translate that calm feeling of biking, wind in my hair and grin on my face, into the rest of my existence. I know that this person living inside of me is soaking in my vibes, and will inherit pieces of my demeanor that he will carry with him for the rest of his life.

So, I've been trying now, before he arrives, to find peace. Even if it just means lighting a candle for a few hours and actually taking the time to smell it. Even if it's just an extra throw blanket at the end of the bed, for that extra wow. Or.. just putting on my favorite record, over and over again. I want to find these beautiful, simple pieces of happiness now, and hold onto them/ revisit them. I want them to fill mine & his world, so he senses peace and serenity, not stress and worry.

Until he can ride a bike, I want him to still know the feeling of bike ride bliss. :)




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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bumpin' at the Beach.


The most difficult part of pregnancy, for me (aside from the discomforts, of course) is putting on this new hat that I am not 100% comfortable with yet. Do I show the world my bump?? Do I let them know?! 

To be honest, I felt the same way when we first got married. Saying "my husband" and being A WIFE was pretty frightening. But with time I got used to the idea of it, and started to see myself differently. I am not there yet with being pregnant! I wore a two-piece to the beach this weekend, and felt so exposed. On this one night, I wore it proud in this super comfortable body con dress from Seraphine, but then the next day I was back to pants and an oversized tee. I know I am heading closer to the time when I won't be able to hide it any longer, so hopefully by then I'll have my head wrapped around it all! 





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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Everyday


We snapped these in Brooklyn the other evening, before we ate noodles at King Noodle and went to see my friends band, Such Hounds, play at a local venue! We've been taking full advantage of these date nights, because I know they will be really hard to enjoy once the baby is around (and lets be honest, I'm sure we won't want to leave him when he's so little!)

I snagged this pair of maternity pants and have been getting a ton of use out of them. I usually wear black jeans when I am not pregnant, so it's hard to tell in these! Also, I now own this shirt from Madewell in every single color, because it's perfect to wear with jeans/ shorts, and doesn't fit HUGE like most Maternity tops. so basically, black & denim is my go-to, my uniform, and the only combination that allows me to still feel like myself. :)


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Navy and Red in Brooklyn


NY is finally HOT, and I couldn't be more excited about it. I am so thankful that I get to be pregnant during the summertime when I can wear light and flowy dresses like this one! We've been spending most of our days on the beach or in Brooklyn! Here's some photos from Clinton Hill, our new favorite place in Brooklyn to hangout.

One of my favorite things about summer is pulling out my "summer shoes," and these Swedish Hasbeens are by far my favorite pair. I've had them for a few years, and I love pairing them with stripes or navy for a fun nautical vibe! I am 21 weeks pregnant this week, and can't believe how quickly time is flying by! Some days I barely even feel pregnant at all, and others I am like WOW can this pregnancy be over already so I can be over how uncomfortable this whole thing is. I give moms of multiple babies out there many many props. :)




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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

20 Week Bumpdate!


Can you believe I'm already more than halfway through this thing?!? Yeah, I can't either. It's been the slowest, quickest few months. In so many ways it flew by and in so many others it has gone soooo slowly, but it seems like I am finally in the fun part - being able to feel baby & see my bump grow! I cannot believe that in just 4 months and change we get to meet this little guy, and I know we need that time to finish preparing for his arrival but I wish I could meet him now. haha! Here's a few deets about the past month or two:

How far along? 20 weeks + 4 days

Weight gain? 11 lbs (I gained most of that in the first trimester, because I was ravenously hungry, and now I just sort of feel normal)

What am I wearing? At first I went out and got tons of maternity clothes,  but then I realized that buying larger normal clothes works better for my body type. Maternity shorts and jeans are a must, but for tops and dresses I've been shopping at H&M, Forever21, Zara and Madewell. Some maternity brands I've loved so far are Seraphine, Envie de Fraise, ASOS maternity, HATCH, and Pink Blush Maternity.

Movement? I felt the baby for the first time around 19 weeks, and then realized I had been feeling him for a little bit, but just didn't know it. Once I felt him I never stopped feeling him! He mostly kicks after I eat and at night when I am in bed. Matt was able to feel him this week too! 

Cravings? I haven't been craving much these days! In the first tri I always wanted savory foods, and now I am back to wanting sweets (like normal!) but in general I haven't been eating too differently.

How do I feel? At the beginning of the second trimester I was still really exhausted all the time, but around 17 weeks my energy suddenly came back. Now I really just feel like a normal, bigger version of myself! I feel really excited to start decorating the nursery and for my baby shower in August, but of course also a little scared! I've never cared for a newborn, so I hope we figure it out quickly. I am also a little worried about my loss of personal time - I feel like my mornings at the gym or my nights reading in bed help keep me happy, so it will definitely be a balance figuring out how to care for him and for myself too. 

Reading? I just finished reading Baby Owners Manual, and now I am reading The Big Book of Birth and The Baby Book.

Things I can't live without so far: 
Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter- I use this twice a day to prevent stretch marks! So far I've got 0! 
The Belly Book - I fill this out every week, and it is way too fun!
ASOS Maternity Playsuit - This is my go-to if I want to be comfortable and stylish. I'll probably purchase a pair of maternity overall jeans for the fall too!
ASOS Maternity Mom Jeans - All I needed was one cute pair of denim for my preggo summer, and these are totally it.
Leachco Body Pillow - This has been a lifesaver, and allows me to get some sleep. I ordered it after struggling for a few weeks to get comfortable. 

I'll be back in a month or so with another pregnancy update! XO! 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Skin in Sitges


Sitges was also just a quick 45 minute train ride outside of Barcelona. It looked (to me) like Greece, or Burano, Italy or a mix of the two. The narrow alleyway streets were breathtaking, and I swear everyone just knew to buy the same colored flowers! It was a bit "touristy" and overcrowded, but we're still glad we got to see it and spend a few hours on the beach relaxing!

Since I'm carrying so low, I am super excited that I can still wear my elastic high-waisted skirts. The mini-skirts are a bit short on me with the belly, but these maxis are sooo comfortable, and from the front you still can't even tell I'm pregnant ;) I will probably live in this silk skirt all summer.


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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hatch ♥️♥️ in Spain


While visiting Spain, Matt and I took a day-trip to Girona (which we highly recommend for anyone who has a few days in Barcelona - we took the AVE high speed train, and the ride was only 30 minutes!) Some of Game of Thrones was filmed here, which made it extra exciting for us, plus you can truly get lost on the narrow cobblestone streets and lose hours of time! It's blissful, and was probably my favorite day of our entire trip together.

I decided to be SUPER comfortable for the day, and threw on this beautiful caftan from Hatch. It's been hard finding maternity clothes that actually make me feel beautiful, but this dress does the trick. I felt pretty much like a goddess all day. ;)

Some places we visited in Girona include:
1. Rocambolesc for insanely good ice cream!

2. Paseig de Muralla where the views are incredible, and the hike to the top is totally worth it.

3. Eiffel Bridge which offers beautiful views of the river

4. Girona Cathedral located in the most beautiful and remote part of town!



^^ That's cotton candy on ice cream. Wowza! 






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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Stripes + Introspection


Pregnancy does interesting things to the way we view ourselves. Some days I look at my 1000 times more curvy body and I cringe at myself, and others I am proud of it and I want to wear a dress like this to show the world. I (of course) knew that my body would grow, and part of that is SO exciting. Every morning matt feels my growing bump, and we say "that's SO crazy," but then when it's time to get dressed I feel so defeated. There's no class or book that can prepare you for the dramatic shift in how you look, and how you're going to feel about it.

It's exciting, exhilarating and scary all at once. Some days I wonder if I'll ever feel like "me" again, if I'll ever be able to return to my running speed or if my bras will ever fit again. Then other days when I think about going for walks with my new little guy and getting to snuggle him and feed him, I don't even care about any of those things at all. It's this constant mental battle between "being his mom is enough for me," and "no, but I still need to be me and feel like me!" which I know all of us do need for our own self-confidence. I am sure I'll go back and forth between the two probably for the rest of my life now... I am sure this is just the beginning. :)




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Friday, June 3, 2016

NYC & the 1st of the bump


I apologize for the slow-down in posts, and I am so annoyed with myself for not posting more lately because life has been SO exciting. There's so many little milestones I've been hitting lately, and I promise to post a bunch the next few weeks and bring this blog up to speed!

We snapped these in NYC around 17 weeks, when I feel like my bump just POPPED on me. It obviously is still not big, and can be hidden in most things, but to me it looks way way bigger. I switched to some maternity clothes just because they're way more comfortable, but they're so expensive so I am sure I will mix in some non-maternity as well. Also, I noticed that maternity clothes are huge and not just in the belly! They don't fit me correctly in the upper body at all!

I just got home after spending 10 days in Spain for work, and Matt came and met me for some adventuring! We figure we only have a few more months left of being spontaneous, so why not do it while we can. I'll be sharing pictures from our travels soon!




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Dress: Asos maternity | tee: Madwell | Glasses: Eyebuydirect.com | bag: Madewell


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