blowouts, baby bumps, sunnies, and hieroglyphics

Last week my friend Cameron and I enjoyed a fun girls afternoon of some pampering and city exploring.  Just the two of us with no kids in tow!  Before we left I put on a favorite SOON maternity top, grabbed my new ralph by ralph lauren sunnies, and a hat.  Yes... a hat.  Because our first stop for the afternoon was The Dry House and I was leaving my hair to the professionals.

Neither Cameron or I had ever had a blowout and it was a super fun experience.  Nestled in green hills The Dry House was a cozy and peaceful place where you can walk in frazzled in a baseball hat and walk out feeling rested, fun, and chic and of course... with great hair.  The vibe was perfectly Nashville and my stylist was attentive and gentle as she sought to give me fierce hair, a quiet moment for a busy mom, and was great to chat with.  She even gave me tips on blow drying my hair at home and how to use different hair tools and products.  

Dry House has several different signature styles - Cameron and I both went for the 305 (mermaid waves).  Sadly we both had to decline the champagne they offered (both with our baby bumps), but that would have been such a lovely accompaniment to our experience.  This is a great place to treat yourself, get ready for an event (they have a makeup stylist you can book appointments with too), a bachelorette, bridal, or girls night out party. So glad to have found them.  

With our hairs all perfectly did, Cameron and I set out to one of my favorite Nashville murals to snap some shots.  We ended our day with backyard bbq and play with our kiddos and husbands.  A perfect afternoon.

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top:  Soon Maternity
jeans: DL Maternity via Stitch Fix
Ralph sunglasses (shop more women's sunglasses)
shoes: Lotta from Stockholm
hair: the dry house

dress: zara
sunglasses: h&m (similar)
shoes: Lotta from Stockholm
hair: the dry house

.All Photography by Cameron Louise Jones.
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keeping my ring finger fashionABLE

pants: maternity ASOS
necklace: Stitch Fix
bucket bag & rings: fashionABLE
shoes: steve madden
baby bump: 29 weeks

During my first pregnancy I did not think about it in time to be able to get my wedding rings off.  With lots of tears and ice and soap I was able to pull off my engagement ring, but man -- that tiny little wedding band it was basically grafted into my skin.  I was sure they'd cut it off me when I got to the hospital to deliver.  Low and behold though, my fingers eventually shrank back to normal and I was shocked that my ring was no longer a permeant part of my body.  For my second pregnancy I remembered in time to get off both, but was bummed to not have something beautiful and meaningful to hold their place.  I didn't want to be left screaming "I'm pregnant and my wedding rings don't fit!!,"  so this time I was ready with a plan!  Miriam Designs from fashionABLE to the rescue!

Magnolia and I had so much fun watching my new Miriam Collection solitaire ring be made. Love this ring! I chose to combine a gold band w/ rose quartz.  Its fun and different than my traditional band plus it has meaning added in -- I continue to love fashionABLE's local + global mission to equip women and provide sustainable business to communities.   

I have to say too, getting to watch my jewelry created was such a treat.  We are so quick to just click purchase online or swipe our credit card without thinking about what all is involved in the creation of our purchased items.  To sit and see the care and skill and time it took to make this ring while at the same time listening to the heart of why fashionABLE does what it does and what it is able to provide women who have overcome all sorts of obstacle... I wish everyone could have such on opportunity!  And having Magnolia with me was just all the more special.

all photography by Cameron Louise Jones 
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getting real with the baby cubby

baby gear review

Little Unicorn muslin crib sheet
see kai run shoes
Baby bling headband
momma goose baby care amber necklace
Natursutten orthodontic pacifier

People say that everything is different with your third.  I'm finding that true in so many ways.  My time is different - chasing two I don't really get to sit and contemplate and make mood boards for nursery inspiration.  Baby will sleep in our closet for a couple months and that doesn't bother me one bit.  At some point I'll solicit my mom to come over and pull all the girl clothes down from the attic to sort and wash.  But thats about the extent that I have things figure out.  Taking it all one day at a time and trying to stay present with my two while battling the woes of a body that is older and more tired then my first pregnancy rodeo.  What's not different? - I'm just as excited and expectant for this little one as I was with my first.  We are so thankful.

It has been 5 years since all this baby stuff was new to us, and so much has changed, both in opinion and style as well as safety and advances.  It's a bit hard to keep up with.  We'll be getting a new carseat (ours expired) and a new crib (our boy took a toll on it) and then after that I'm a bit lost.  Needless to say, I was so excited to be introduced to The Baby Cubby.  It's kind of like walking into one of those baby stores that has everything you could ask or imagine but instead of feeling overwhelmed you're greeted by a friendly face who takes you by the hand and answers all your questions without being asked and you're in and out with everything you need with no stress at all.  

The Baby Cubby website has everything well organized and divided for easy searching.  Plus, lets say you are looking for a crib - they have detailed overviews, faq, and reviews of the product right there easy to get to.  And going above and beyond even that, you can live chat with a member of the baby cubby team to get more info about the product.  All their prices are price-matched everyday (even with amazon!) and you can expect to find only the best and safest gear.  A one-stop-low-stress shop for all your baby needs.

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