31 May 2016

last chance!

good morning, friends!

it has been an interesting experiment offering a giveaway connected to a fundraiser. i have been quite surprised, and, to be blunt, quite disappointed, at the level of response. having hosted giveaways that have drawn hundreds of submissions before, i wasn't expecting the added requirement of giving just a tiny amount to support refugee relief to cause such a significantly lower rate of engagement. perhaps it's an interesting bit of societal commentary about the allure of getting something for nothing! 

many, many thanks to those who have donated!! since we will be traveling back to london this evening, i will announce the winner of the $75 pinkblush gift card tomorrow morning. the random selection will happen at 10am gmt, so you have a bit more time to make a donation and enter the giveaway! please do share this opportunity with anyone you know who would be interested in the awesome prize (we all have a couple friends who are pregnant or looking for a good maternity gift, right?!) or just in contributing to a very worthy cause. 

remember, the steps for giveaway entry are:
2. donate $3 or more to refugeepoint via my go jane give page.
4. check back here tomorrow to see if you won! 

good luck and happy tuesday! 

30 May 2016

lake como!
making the most of our babymoon fail


a few months ago, i got a wee bit obsessed with crafting an ideal finale trip for the boy and i to enjoy before our lives change forever in july. obviously we’ve had plenty of lovely and exciting opportunities to travel together pre-baby, but i was just a little over-excited about the whole “babymoon” concept and got my heart set on a super warm, relaxing, and bonding vacation over the holiday weekend at the end of may.

i spent way too many hours trying to decide where we should go, trying to weigh prices and weather and accommodation options and flight paths and preferences. i put off the decision, and flight rates went up. the boy and i discussed all kinds of different possibilities and finally i just had to choose – so i bought tickets to milan one morning and was determined that spending four days at lake como would be juuuuuust right.

i feel like we have really lucked out in so much of our traveling when it comes to logistics and weather and timing working out really well. but our determined-to-be-perfect babymoon has been, to be blunt, quite an epic fail. ha! so many things have seemed to go wrong that it’s become kind of hilarious – a total comedy of errors (which is just especially ironic because usually i am pretty laid-back about the logistics of traveling, but for some reason i got so stuck on this trip happening a certain way!).

we are currently sitting inside our hotel room. ian is studying for the cfa (which we didn’t factor enough into our plans…) and i am looking longingly at our perfectly lovely terrace perched over the gorgeous lake – it’s pouring rain outside. the forecast for the next thirty-six hours that we are here? 80-100% chance of rain and/or thunderstorms every single hour. i mean, you just have to laugh at that! and speaking of laughs, i might get a few when i go swim in the pool and lounge on the beautiful lawn chairs on the nice little beach at our hotel – in the cold rain. because we splurged to stay at this nice place, and nothing is stopping me from enjoying the amenities, gosh dang it! :)

rain or shine, and despite any missed boats/messed up best-laid plans/lost opportunities/pregnancy-hormone-induced weepiness/seeming wastes of money/logistical frustrations, we are so fortunate and happy to be in this magical place and to have some special time together before our family grows. and we’re giggling at the mishaps and appreciating the mystical beauty of the low-hanging clouds draping along the lakeside mountains, and so appreciating glimpses of colour and charm through the fog.

click through to see some pictures from our first couple of days on the lake! saturday was quite sunny and warm before the rainstorms rolled in, and amaaaazing gelato made up for a plethora of mishaps! and on sunday we really loved attending church in italian, eating pizza and spaghetti under a big awning in lecco town square, exploring the devastatingly charming narrow streets of verenna under our umbrellas, and driving along the entire far-east side of the lake en route to our hotel in gravedona. we even got ~an hour of no rain at dinnertime last night to stroll along the waterfront and admire the misty mountains as it got dark.

and now … i’m headed out to on the terrace with every intention of enjoying my rain soak :)

27 May 2016

chelsea in bloom!

{hey! why not go into the weekend with the happy feeling that you have done something good for the world and also knowing that you have a chance to win a fantastic prize! enter my giveaway for good!}


this week i spent a bit of time in chelsea, one of my favourite london neighborhoods. chelsea is always pretty dreamy, but it is especially lovely this week because the streets are filled with incredible flower arrangements. about forty shops around sloane square are participating in “chelsea in bloom,” in connection with the famous chelsea flower show, and have mind-blowing displays of blossoms in and around their storefronts. when i first heard about chelsea in bloom, i obviously knew i had to go check it out and snap some photos to share the beauty!

i love this city more and more and more. every season seems to beat out the last. i am so glad this is our family’s home right now.

and i hope the creativity and beauty i tried to capture in these photos helps a few out there feel happy today! the combo of god-made and man-made art is so wonder-ful.

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i love you, london! and you too, flowers!!
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