Archives for January 2019

Treating my skin with Witch Hazel by Bioré

This post is sponsored by Bioré, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.So I’ve been using witch hazel off and on throughout my beauty routine but I noticed I relied on it more throughout this pregnancy since I’d have random breakouts. I’m used to blemish sticks and what not but when Bioré® reached out about trying their Witch Hazel Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips and Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Toner I was all for it.

Witch hazel is known to tighten pores, while salicylic acid controls oil and treats blemishes – it’s a natural ingredient that helps heal skin.

In full transparency I haven’t used a pore strip since maybe college and I only use a toner when I feel like I need to – which is totally sporadic. After using both for about a little over a week, I can totally see why using Witch Hazel Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips and Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Toner can help keep even the dirtiest pores clean.

Bioré® is such a trusted brand in this space. I would recommend these products to friends/family, fellow pregnant women who might need some extra help battling blackheads and dirty pores. Heck, honestly this is for any and everyone – we all have pores! 

Being a busy mom on-the-go, I like that these products don’t take forever to 1) use and 2) work. Bioré® has been focusing on pores (all 20,000 of them) for years and it is their mission to make high quality, affordable skincare products that provide a variety of skincare benefits.

Try Bioré® Witch Hazel Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips and Bioré®  Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Toner out for yourself by clicking here. 

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Belly Coming Through

I don’t do too many side angle shots so the photo of me crossing the street is like… “Really?! Hello, belly!”

I mean I feel it – maneuvering around just isn’t the same but I’m still feeling pretty good. I love this look since it’s slimming(ish) and something I’d wear pre/during/post baby! Accessories and shoes have been a great outlet for getting creative and feeling like myself when only 10 things actually fit.


button up Madewell | leggings Gap | shoes Sezane | hat Gigi Pip | sunnies

My 2nd Third Trimester


Harder to move around for sure – getting in/out of bed, off the couch, up the stairs! It’s true, moving and maneuvering is different. I don’t think I’m waddling, but who wants to judge?

Random foot and leg cramps, which really aren’t cool.

Sleeping is tricky sometimes – I prefer my back, but I know sleeping on my left side is best. At this point I’m tossing and turning all night just to get comfortable.

Frequent stops to the bathroom! Maybe I don’t remember but I feel like I’m going a lot more than when I was pregnant with Hudson.

Will occasionally get out of breath – this kid is all sorts of up in my business. His feet, last time we checked, were 8cm long!

Got my first UTI and would never wish that on anyone.

I can still see my feet and my ankles are still ankles. No Jessica Simpson bloating over here. But I have gained more weight than when I was pregnant with Hudson. This pregnancy has been very different though so I’m just going to roll with it.

My belly button is officially FLAT and that is still the only place that really stretches.

My placenta is far enough out of the way that we can try to have a natural delivery – so good news there, too!


Feeling excited and eager! We registered at the hospital and all my appointments thus far have been really good! My placenta moved which is a total relief.

I ordered two breast pumps! Hoping to go longer than 7-8 months this time, but we’ll see. Not going to add any crazy pressure on myself but I want to be ready to give it my all.


No weird cravings, really. I noticed that I can’t sit and eat as much in a single sitting. I’m mostly in snack mode all day which for some days isn’t the best. I try to reach for fruit or granola but lately peanut butter crackers, pirate booty and fruit leather.

Hudson’s mini pancakes in the mornings have been a favorite though.


Is in full swing – I want to clean every nook and cranny and seriously PURGE so much stuff. We finally got the nursery furniture in his room. The new rug, camera and diaper pail arrived! So it’s all coming together nicely.

The bassinet is ready and so is the changing station down stairs. Next up – hospital bag!





Embracing the Maternity Jean with Warp & Weft

Truth be told I didn’t spend nearly enough time/money on maternity clothes when I was pregnant with Hudson. I was all about making my current closet work – with an exception of 2 maternity jeans, everything else my mom got me.

So with this pregnancy though I was going in with the same mentality – that is until I noticed more cute maternity options and the jeans I had purchased FOUR years ago didn’t fit quite like they did then.

At this point in my pregnancy though – third trimester is tough – you only want to wear what’s comfortable. I rotate between 2 black leggings, maternity work-out pants and 2 pairs of jeans. Basically enough to get me through a week. Some of the maternity jeans I bought early on are a little snug and that’s the last thing I want is uncomfortable jeans. What might work in the start of your pregnancy might not take you to the end and I’ve learned that’s okay.

Warp and Weft has denim literally for EVERYONE. For EVERY SIZE. Reasonably priced.

Their maternity jeans, which are the only ones I can speak to, are such a good quality and I love the low panels. Their pricing is super competitive – these jeans are UNDER $100. And for jeans that you’ll wear for less than year it’s not an investment.

Once this babe is out I cannot wait to wear regular jeans again and you better believe I’ll be asking for a new pair 🙂

maternity jeans c/o Warp & Weft | sweater and white shirt c/o Brass | bag c/o Kate Spade NY | sneakers Veja by Madewell


Weekend Wants

A solid mix of comfy, home and self care. I’d say a healthy balance.

PS the Madewell sale is too good to pass up. Up to 70% off select items with code DOUBLEYAY


Life Lately

lots of work, family time and home projects (I’ll feature soon!). it’s like we’re expecting a baby or something?

Woman of The House

Exactly ONE month from today – baby G is due!

I’m pretty confident since he’s been measuring a week ahead that he’ll be a week early, but it’s crazy to think we’re in the home stretch. We had such a productive weekend that I’m feeling really good about bringing little man home whenever he decides to come. Now to soak up more Hudson time these last few weekends.

PS. Love my new t-shirt from Proper Tee – woman of the house, indeed.

Madewell sweater coat | Gap leggings | Converse high tops | Madewell sunnies | Proper Tee shirt

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