29 April 2011

Royally Chic

I can't not comment on this most talked-about, anticipated, and viewed fairytale event: the royal wedding day of Will and Kate.

Kate was absolutely stunning, donning a perfect creation for her walk down Westminster Abbey with a 9 foot train. Her party dress equally as beautiful (showing off a tiny waist!). And the fashion world is beyond thrilled with her choice of Alexander McQueen.

Sister Pippa's dress was more my simple clean taste, and would be the perfect wedding dress.

Is it just me, or how hot of a couple would Harry and Pippa make?

Best photo of the day. Couldn't be staged better if one tried. One we'll be seeing for decades to come.

Pure awesomeness and quintessentially British. Leaving in a vintage Aston Martin.

Lastly. If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. I'm speechless.

13 April 2011

Weekend Fun

Suddenly, our social calendar for this weekend is jam packed! It's been a while since we've had a cultural weekend in Pittsburgh, or a weekend in Pittsburgh for that matter. I've managed to leave town four times in the past 2 months, visiting friends and family before the little miracle arrives.

Unless you live under a rock, you've seen the posters or read the reviews about the delayed and highly anticipated Handmade Arcade indie craft show. Free admission at this one-day event Saturday, April 16th at the convention center. Can't wait to get my letterpress fix and see other creative little trinkets.

The other must-do this weekend is the bi-annual Dance Alloy Main Stage show, Where We Are Going, with a special reflection of the past 35 years of the Alloy. Tickets are available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday performances, to be held at their East Liberty studio.

And lastly on our calendar is a performance not likely well-known around here or in the states, but having seen this German singing sensation perform in his home country, I knew this would be an entertaining performance to attend. Max Raabe & Palast Orchestra look and sound reminiscent of the 1920s, however their repertoire spans the generations to include interpretations of todays favorites (both in English and German). They will be performing as part of their One Cannot Kiss Alone tour this Friday night at the Byham Theatre.

Pretty sweet song and cute video. Plus who can resist a muppet?

12 April 2011

Fashion Wrap Up. Maternity Style.

My goodness, how time has gone by and how little I've written. I swore to myself this wouldn't turn into a baby blog, although that is mostly what is on the brain and affecting the brain at the moment. I haven't perused a fashion magazine in months, simply because by the time I am back into pre-pregnancy size, the style and season will be completely different! I'm surprised there isn't more coverage considering all the expectant celebrities.

I will say, maternity fashion is a very interesting domain to navigate. Things have come a long way, and I've managed to find some cute things, mostly online. Locally, the in-store Gap maternity is the best bargain and a great way to stock up on tees and tops. Their basic tees and tanks are super comfy and great for around the house and under sweaters.

My favorite online go-tos:

Isabella Oliver. Pricey, yes. Classics, if you can call them that, yes. With wishful thinking, I hope that this is baby number one of x, so I plan to pull out these things again in a couple years. I found the absolute best wool wrap sweater that got me through the rest of the winter (that would mean last week, before it turned 80), and found a great wrap coat that I've received tons of compliments on from pregnant and non-pregnant stylish friends alike (see above).

BellyDance Maternity. Great sales, and super stylish options, many of which have a sophisticated flair for professionals. Lots of the trendy maternity brands. If you need a dress for an event, you can find it here. Gilt.com occasionally has a good maternity sale every season, and they feature most of the same brands.

A Pea in the Pod
If there is one splurge for these 9+ months, it should be for the maternity jean. Here I found the same exact version of my skinny A/G jeans, except with a nicely stitched nude belly band on top. Paired with one of my maternity Gap tops, a (non-maternity) J.Crew cardigan and flats, I feel like my old self. Except for the big bump. Even my husband immediately noticed and commented on how tiny the jeans make me look.

I am not sure for whom I am writing this post. For all the expectant friends and followers, and maybe for myself to remember for next time? Either way, I needed to talk about fashion in one way or another.

01 April 2011

Work-Life Balance

So March just about came and went. I am still waiting for Spring and the out like a lamb part.

Up until now, I have been busy with house projects and work projects, and I came across this poignant manifesto the other day. It reminded me of how fortunate I am to take an untraditional and unknown route and to have love and support that enabled me to pursue my goal of working independently.

Above is from Holstee, an independently owned company offering creative and sustainable goods. And the manifesto is one of their items, printed in letterpress on recycled stock!

Also reminds me of the lululemon manifesto. Yoga has definitely played a part in achieving balance in my life. On a side note, my prenatal yoga class was cancelled, so if someone can recommend a great class in Pittsburgh, please send along!
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