life update

Posted on: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I have some fun and v big news to share today! We are having a baby! And whew, it feels really good to finalllly share the news publicly (I’m so bad about being secretive). 💛 Our little BB is coming in January, so he/she will share a birthday month with me!

We found out we were pregnant when the baby was about 5 weeks and now we’re at about 16 weeks! At first, and especially during the first few weeks, it felt surreal and didn’t quite sink it that yes, we are having a kid. A few weeks ago, we had an ultrasound where we felt and heard the baby’s heartbeat and saw he/she moving (dancing) – it was so cool to experience and really clicked like THIS IS HAPPENING.

This is obviously a totally new phase of life for me/us and there’s a lot of unknowns but I’m trying to remind myself that so many other life phases were unknowns too – moving across the country, getting married, etc. And, I figured out those new phases out and learned a lot along the way. And I will do the same with this whole pregnancy/mamahood thing too!

Thank you to everyone for being so supportive and encouraging and amazing and kind to us! My support system is truly one of life’s biggest and richest gifts and words can’t quite explain how much I appreciate the advice, kindness, celebrations and love from our family and friends. ✨

And, I happen to think Prince Jack will be the cutest big (furry) brother. 💛 What do you guys think? 😉

In case you’re interested, here’s some random updates about my pregnancy so far!

FEELING (PHYSICALLY): overall, really good! Fortunately, I haven’t been sick at all (🙏🏻), but I have been super, super tired. Like, must-take-an-afternoon-nap and still go to bed at 9pm tired. Since I work remotely, my schedule is fairly flexible, so I’ve been waking up earlier to start work at 7/8am and then taking an hour or so nap in the afternoon and resuming work in the afternoon/evening. The tiredness was especially true/all-consuming during the first trimester, but like clockwork, I’ve started to get my energy back after hitting 13 or so weeks. Whew! I’ve also been feeling a lot more soreness in my lower back/hips/obliques. Not surprising, of course, since my body is obviously going to expand, but still kind of painful. My Saje pain release essential oil has been a lifesaver! Oh, and my acne realllllly flared up at the beginning, which has been a not-so-great (but apparently common) pregnancy symptom. Oh and one more not-so-glamourous and pretty gross physical thing — the first few weeks I was super gassy. It wasn’t great. This symptom wasn’t one I heard about a lot so…maybe people just keep that super private or maybe I’m the only one who experienced this symptom. 😂

FEELING (EMOTIONALLY/MENTALLY): When I first found out, I was a mix of happy and panicked. This happened a lot faster than we expected, so I guess I was just thrown off guard a bit! The all-encompassing emotion I felt especially in the first 5-9 weeks was just overwhelmed. By 8-9 weeks, I had told my family and inner circle of friends and I felt immediately better. Their support and encouragement really helped me shift towards more excitement over fear and stress. It was also stressful for me to keep this huge life thing private, especially when in social situations (aka – after saying you aren’t drinking after a few times, it’s just kind of obvious). I think a lot of this stress and overwhelmingness came from 1) being bombarded with lots of medical info and ‘worst case scenario’ doctor stuff about testing, etc and 2) feeling a little bit like a loner in the mom department. I don’t know a ton of moms/families in the Bay Area and that felt startling and difficult- how was I going to do this?! Thankfully, a lot of those feelings have subsided when I was reminded, over and over, that I have so many supportive and loving people in my life (moms and otherwise) both in the Bay Area and all over and everything was going to be okay. More than okay!

READING: Bringing Up Bébé, Mindful Birthing and allll of the MOTHER articles

WEARING: I still fit into all my pre-pregnancy clothes, but have been wearing less jeans and more flowy dresses/casual leggings + tshirt combo. I don’t really want to purchase a ton of maternity clothes, so going to try to work with what I have for the most part (said while I’m still fairly small and haven’t grown a ginormous belly *yet*) But, I do have my eye on the Storq leggings, jumpsuit and tank dress and I’ll probably get the Madewell maternity jeans too. Any other cool maternity brands/clothes you guys know of/recommend?

FITNESS: I’ve been continuing to work out 5x/week, mostly yoga and Pilates, plus a few SoulCycle classes. Other than making some modifications to different poses/moves, exercising has been pretty much the same since pre-pregnancy. Working out (as always) has been super beneficial both physically and mentally. I know this routine will likely change as my pregnancy progresses/I get much larger, so if any of you have recommendations on pre-natal friendly workouts, send my way!

FOOD AVERSIONS/CRAVINGS: I haven’t really had any aggressive aversions. I miss sushi. I’ve been craving cold and fruity, so have been making a lot of smoothies (but that’s pretty normal for me). I’m also drinking tons of water.

VITAMINS: Rainbow Light Prenatal Vitamins and Silver Fern Probiotic Vitamins (which I’m convinced have really helped clear my acne and help boost my immune system)

Thanks for reading! More photos below – and thanks to Lisha Wang for snapping these photos of us in our apartment!

 

bar cart styling tips

Posted on: Monday, July 31, 2017

A few years ago, a friend gifted us with a rectangular gold bar cart and since, I’ve been obsessed with decorating the bar cart in different ways and moving it around in different areas of our apartment. Today, I wanted to show you the newest bar cart in our little nest and share a few bar car styling tips.

Recently, I received this cylinder gold bar cart from wayfair and I’m now having fun with the new decor challenge of styling this one in a different way. I moved the rectangular one into our kitchen, but might integrate into the bedroom in some way. For this new cylinder one, I placed it in our living room under our hanging shelves and next to a gold plant stand and big plant. In terms of what I’ve put on the bar cart, I’ve had to pair down the items since it’s much smaller! I like how this one is smaller so makes this particular corner in our living room a *little* less crowded, plus I like that each of the two tiers are mirrored.

So without further ado, here’s some of my bar cart styling tips and tricks!

Put the bottles with pretty labels front and center. My husband E has some really good bottles of whisky, but they didn’t make the bar cart cut this time because the bottle itself or label is just a little meh. Obviously, the whisky will still be enjoyed, but for now, the not-so-pretty bottles of booze are being stored in other spots rather than on this smaller bar cart. Interesting or pretty bottles of wine and liquor will make the cut! 🍷

And/or, get a decanter. That leads me to my next point – one way you can display booze is in a unique or pretty decanter. There are tons of options from Wayfair, but the one I have pictured here is just from a flea market (another great place to find bar cart swag). Decanters are a great way to not only store your liquor, but also add some personality and quirk to your bar cart, depending on the shape or size.

Put pretty glassware on display. Since we tend to drink wine mostly, I have wine glasses on the top shelf of the bar cart for easy access. I have some pretty patterned gold champagne glasses on display too. If you’re more of a cocktail fan, I would recommend getting cool glassware, like short and tall glasses or cocktail mugs. 🍸

Add some greenery/florals. This advice isn’t exactly limited to the bar cart, because I always recommend more plants and flowers in all areas of the home. But, I definitely like when our bar cart has a small plant or some pretty blooms on display. 🌿

Mix in some non-bar related accessories: I like to have some non-bar related accessories on the bar cart so it’s not just screaming BOOZE and instead, feels like an integrated piece in the larger space. On the larger bar cart I had, I had a globe on the bottom shelf which I think added a bit of whimsy and tied into other areas of the apartment (as we have travel photos, maps, etc. on display). You could also do a stack of pretty books, a candle or other home goods that aren’t bar/drinking related.

And, here’s a few more ideas just in case!

Incorporate framed art. if this bar cart were a little bigger, I would add some framed art to the top shelf. I had a print in a gold frame from our wedding on the bar cart earlier that looked really good with the gold bar cart, but unfortunately it doesn’t fit on this one!

Display cocktail making accessories – if you want to make your bar cart a little more functional (vs. more decorative like mine), you could add cocktail making accessories/gear like a shaker, jigger, ice bucket, strainer, muddler, etc. I would recommend storing these in a cute cup or bowl so they aren’t just haphazardly placed onto the bar cart. 😉

Store those “etc.” items. the bar cart is a great place to store coasters, fun cocktail napkins, a container of colorful or patterned straws, etc.

Why not display fresh fruit? if you’re hosting a cocktail party anytime soon, why not put a small bowl of lemons or limes on display on the bar cart? It’s a fun (and again, functional) way to add a pop of color to the bar cart.

As mentioned, this cylinder gold bar cart is much smaller than some other bar carts, so of course, I couldn’t incorporate all of the ideas I shared above. But, hopefully they give you some ideas on how you might style a bar cart in your own apartment or house. Thank you for reading and thank you wayfair for partnering with me on this post!

Photos by Lisha Wang

trip to wine country

Posted on: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

over the weekend, I went up to wine country with friends and had the best day! typically, I usually visit sonoma county since it’s a little closer, but this time, we trekked to napa valley to taste. we visited Turnbull Wines in Oakville, Clif Winery in St. Helena and Chandon (champagne! 🥂) in Yountville.

Turnbull was our first stop and we did a mini tour of the property and learned more about the family-owned, small production winery. this place was SOOO cute and quaint. we sampled their incredible reds (including a cab franc, E’s favorite!) and snacked on fresh peaches, cheeses, and nuts. everything about this place was A+. 🍷

Clif has an amazing farm-to-table bruschetta food truck onsite and we were able to pair the bruschetta with Clif wines. We tried three: porchetta (pig, herbs, Pecorino, aioli, red onion), funghi (mushrooms, fontina, chives) and cured (smoked salmon, smashed avocado, cilantro, crème fraiche) and they were all delish! I don’t typically eat meat and I don’t love mushrooms, but tried both of those and they were 👌🏼👌🏼.

on the way home, we visited Chandon for rosé! the entire day was casual but so fun, relaxing and enjoyable and definitely reminded me that I need to make the trek up to napa valley more often! highly recommend all of the spots we visited if you’re heading that way sometime soon. more pics from our sunday below! xx

ps, I brought this new Verloop Knits bag with me and it was perfect for the day trip. this is their ‘market bag’ which is knitted with leather handles. I love the bright colors and how big the bag itself is – it fit my water bottle, random snacks, Jack’s accessories and more!

Thursday Thankful List

Posted on: Thursday, June 15, 2017

i haven’t shared a thursday thankful list in way too long, so wanted to share one today! i find that when i’m feeling especially off (negative, grumpy, short tempered, fearful, stressed, etc.), it often stems back to a lack of gratitude. taking a few moments to type out these things i’m grateful for – big and small, seen and unseen, important and seemingly not-so important – makes my life better and ALWAYS helps me get out of a funk.

so, here’s what I’m thankful for today:

taylor swift being back on spotify (this is huge for me)
chocolate mousse for dessert
my sisters
choosing courage over fear
going through old friend pics from college (also kind of terrifying)
trying new-to-me restaurants and coffee shops
pizza with honey (looking at you, paulie gee’s in greenpoint!)
that it doesn’t get dark until like 9pm
BAGELS (can you tell i’m onto a food theme, here?)
central park prettiness
exploring NYC with E this week!
this reminder: perfect love drives out all fear
my sweet little nugget jack
friends who watch said sweet little nugget while i’m traveling
visiting the glossier showroom
finally, a pair of denim shorts i actually like
my amazing friend jamie for letting me crash with her for a few days
upcoming roadtrip to vancouver to visit courtney + dave!
REAL SUMMER WEATHER (something we don’t get in san francisco)

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