That Red Cup Of Happiness…

I have always been a coffee lover, well since I was 16 anyway… And to make matters even worse and cliche, I have always had a soft spot for Starbucks coffee, particularly the special edition blends. YES, I am well aware that there are some other coffee shops with waaaay better-tasting coffee, I will not deny that, but for some reason, I always come back to Starbucks. So you can understand my disappointment when I wasn’t able to take a sip of the amazing Pumpkin Spice Latte edition simply because I know that too much caffeine is not good during pregnancy and I cannot for the likes of me get out of the house without my morning coffee. I just can’t and that is final! So I am stuck to one coffee cup per day and right now I am not complaining as I just adore the Christmas blends that Nespresso released.

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That said, as much as I love my daily Nespresso coffee I just can’t resist the annual red cups from Starbucks. I just can’t! So you can imagine the struggle I have been experiencing ever since they were released this year. That said, I have also been experiencing pregnancy brain on a whole other level lately and thus it only dawned on me a few days ago that I can have DECAF! Yes, DECAF! I know, it basically sucks, but that is the best I can get right now while still enjoying the Christmas blends and so I will go with that and have as many of the lovely, fattening and sugary red cups of happiness as I can this December, sans the whipped cream of course!

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On me:

Dress – ZARA; Boots – Steve Madden; Bag – Atelier Lemnia; Sunglasses – Dior; Bling – Swarovski (bracelet1, bracelet2 and ring) and L’Art de Medeea necklace; Watch – Apple

Which brings us to today’s post! Ever since I realised that I can actually enjoy a red cup all I could think about was what type of outfit should one wear to fully show the appreciation of that DECAF lightbulb! And what better outfit than one that simply screams Christmas. Well, at least it screams Christmas to me. The deep tartan print of this dress is as Christmas-y as it gets. It is from ZARA (of course) and it will probably become a Christmas favourite, as, aside from the lovely print it also has enough room to fit a 34-week pregnant belly therefore it will have enough room from now on to fit the entire Christmas dinner. I felt the need to pair it with the khaki-green Steve Madden long boots because for some reason I felt they went well together.

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On D:

Shirt – Replay; Jeans – ZARA; Shoes – Converse x John Varvatos; Sunglasses – Ray-Ban; Bling – Fossil and Constantin Nautics; Watch – Apple

Naturally a little red clutch could not miss the opportunity to match the red cup and my personal favourite right now is the one from Atelier Lemnia. Since it was a lovely sunny warm day outside I decided on skipping the coat as I have pregnancy heat waves anyway and also because the hot liquid I was so psyched about kept me all warm and happy throughout the photoshoot. I also wore my sunglasses because, as you can see from the photos, we had yet another day of perfectly clear skies. As per usual, I wore my favourite pair, the Dior SoReal.

D, despite being happy for my new found coffee independence, did not really feel like dressing festive and opted for a more comfortable but equally nice outfit and obviously for a full-caffeine drink. He decided to wear a classic denim shirt from Replay and his black skinny jeans from ZARA. I fully appreciated the fact that he knows not to match his denims as that, in my opinion is a big fashion faux-pas! He also wore his black Converse x John Varvatos sneaks as well as hie black Ray-Ban sunglasses. All in all, he kinda matched my outfit in a sense that his too was comfortable enough to bring to Christmas dinner – which to be honest starts at lunch and ends late in the evening.

As for the bling part, I did go a bit overboard because I chose not one, but two Swarovski bangles, a Swarovski multi-ring and a beaded necklace, which is from L’Art de Medeea. I decided on the beaded necklace because I liked the way its colours worked – not matched – with the colours of the dress and I did feel that the dress needed a bit of bling as it seriously lacks in that department and hey, it’s December, the month of bling. D was a bit more toned down than me and only opted for his Fossil and Constantin Nautics bracelets, while we both wore our Apple Watches.

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Thus far, this December has been really good to us both temp-wise as well as precipitation-wise and despite the fact that I really wish to get a fully snowed-in photoshoot, I seriously hope we will not get much snow in Bucharest at least until we are home form the hospital with the little bundle of joy. Looking at the weather forecast, not much will change this week and that means that we will take more and more pics of the last weeks of pregnancy.

L.

 

 

It’s time for a bit of blue!

Just a bit of a blue moment happening here…no gender announcement yet, but I suspect that by the time we will have to make an announcement we both would have run out of pink and blue clothes. These shades seem to be our preferred ones recently, alongside the neutral grey that will probably turn into a more brownish hue for autumn. Unfortunately you can not see exactly how blue we were as we shot these photos right at sunset and let me tell you, the light is terrible especially if the desired effect is a more cold, icy one… None the less, these pics are part of my pregnancy album and I am very happy every time we manage to do a photoshoot especially since time is sparse lately.

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I’ve been wanting to wear this top/dress ever since I bought it from the Fashion corner at Untold festival – yeah, it’s been that long and it just stayed in my closed with the tags on, I guess that’s how I got to find clothes that I bought years ago still with their tags on when I rearranged my dressing room. Obviously this lovely piece is made by the very talented Romanian designer Iulia Sasu and it is just perfect for me during this period where I mostly feel comfortable with the way I look if I wear loose clothes that cover up as much as possible – I am sure it is just a phase. I love everything about this top: the length, the shape and the materials, not to mention the lovely shades of blue!

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On me:

Top – Iulia Sasu; Shorts – Mango; Shoes – Paez; Bag – Michael Kors; Bling – Tomorrowland, Pandora and Swarovski; Watch – Longines

I decided to wear this top with a pair of denim short shorts from Mango, and, I must admit to myself and to all of you that I miss my slender, athletic thighs, I seriously can not wait to get back in the gym – again this is a phase as I have days when I simply love not having to go (actually being forbidden to go) and work out. There are days and days… I also wore my Untold acquired Paez denim shoes – did you think that only D bought Paez espadrilles? Seriously, it’s shoes we are talking about after all! To complete my blue look I wore my Michael Kors mini Hamilton navy bag.

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On D:

T-shirt – Replay; Shorts – Mango; Shoes – Paez; Bling – Fossil and Constantin Nautics (bracelet and necklace); Watch – Longines

D is always excited when we have a blue photoshoot as he loves the colour as much as I do. I am well aware you can not see it in the photos, but his shorts from Mango are light blue as opposed to the greyish shade that appears in the photos because of the very warm light. His t-shirt is from Replay and obviously you can’t currently find it online, but I did manage to link a pretty solid alternative. His espadrilles are also from Paez and I have to say that for the first time, he bought more pairs of shoes than I have. This is making history!

We both wore our Longines watches simply because when you have a blue outfit you can not go wrong with the ever classic Hydroconquest. D wore both a Constantin Nautics and Fossil bracelet, while I opted for my Tomorrowland and Pandora rings, but at the last minute decided to throw in a big blue ring from Swarovski in the mix. D also wore a Constantin Nautics necklace just to accentuate even more the blue theme.

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Despite the photos turning out too orange for my taste, I am very glad we got to do a new blue photoshoot to document the way I am expanding with each passing day. Even though we are posting every other day, please know that we do our best under the circumstances and as soon as our house is back on track we will start doing it more often.

L.

 

Pinky Promise!

Nope, this is not the announcement post, mainly because we still do not know 100% what the baby’s sex is. Yes, I know that by the 20th week I should’ve known, but the truth is that my next ultrasound is in two weeks and we didn’t want to submit our bundle of joy to a useless ultrasound just for our own selfish reasons. We can wait a few more weeks, even though, the reality is that the suspense is killing us. The good thing about not knowing combined with the fact that the constructors will be in our house in a few days is that we will not be tempted to do the nursery in pink or blue, but rather in a neutral shade like yellow or green.

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So, these photos were taken a few days ago, but, as I mentioned in our last post, processing and texts takes a bit of time and right now I am seriously lacking in that department. The belly appears to keep getting larger and larger every single day and we do make a lot of effort to find the time to photo-document this amazing period almost on a daily basis, but unfortunately, the photos will come up online with a delay of a  day or two.

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On me:

Dress – Tommy Hilfiger; Shoes – Bigote Paris; Bag – Furla; Bling – Swarovski, Pandora and Tomorrowland; Watch – Daniel Wellington

This time we went for a pink based ensemble, again, because this is yet another dress that I did not want to go to waste simply because it could not fit my belly anymore and I honestly think that in two weeks time that will happen. I just love this dress, I have worn it numerous times this summer but didn’t get a chance to take photos in it. I think we had about three or four missed photo attempts. Anyway…this is a Tommy Hilfiger dress that I think I bought even before knowing anything about the pregnancy and now, you can find it on sale. I love it because of the cut and the very soft material – I have no idea what it is but it is lovely! To keep the pink theme all the way I wore my pink Bigote Paris espadrilles that are yet another find in my (now) clean dressing-room and that I have for at least three years.I could only find their blog online but any pink espadrilles will do, really…

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On D:

T-shirt – EXE; Shorts – H&M; Shoes – Paez; Bling – Fossil and Constantin Nautics; Watch – Daniel Wellington

I also wore my beloved pink bag from Furla that for some reason I’ve been neglecting this summer, even though it was a staple for me last summer. As for the accessories, I opted for my pink floral Swarovski ring that you can’t currently find online as it is from last spring’s collection, but I have linked a decent alternative. I also wore my usual Pandora and Tomorrowland rings that I can’t seem to get enough of lately. Both D and I decided to wear our Daniel Wellington watches with the original nato straps they cam with.

D seems to always be happy whenever we wear pinkish clothes or light blueish ones, so he was really responsive to my pink theme. He opted for his H&M shorts that are currently nowhere to be found online and paired them with his lovely asymmetric t-shirt from EXE, a Romanian brand, that he got while at Untold festival. To complete his look, he wore his blue and pink espadrilles from Paez that he also got from the recently mentioned festival. Bling wise he wore his usual Fossil and Constantin Nautics bracelets.

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We took these photos in the park as recently that seems to be our go-to place mainly because it’s a very comfortable location, especially since we’ve been out and about in the city quite a lot lately.

L.