Cocooned

Feels good to be back. I think of blogging almost daily, but then life happens. And then taking care of this body is an extra effort altogether. So much has changed since my last post. My Baby Shower happened. I entered third trimester of this pregnancy. Countdown has begun; 10 weeks left for my bubby to arrive! Just the thought gives me thrills! The anxiety of being a mother, the sleepless nights waiting for me, the love at first sight with my mini human – how can I not wait anxiously! Frankly, I’m scared too. This isn’t going to be easy (or fun) all the time, but I don’t care. When I feel the baby move and kick, all these fears vanish somehow. The motherly instincts are slowly kicking in.. πŸ˜‰
Wearing a cocoon dress from Old Navy, which (again) is not a maternity dress. Just a regular dress with lots of room to accommodate my basketball belly!
P.S. 30 weeks pregnant today!

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Dress: Old Navy | Shoes: Nike | Bag: same as here

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The babe has started showering me with gentle kicks (and punches maybe?). It’s such a weird/cute/unusual feeling which is difficult to put into words and can only be experienced. Though mine are comparatively mild kicks since I have an anterior placenta. Nevertheless, I feel the kicks more on the sides or down below in my lower abs. Not only that, the baby becomes super active at around 12 at night. Not kidding! Just when I’m winding up and ready to hit the bed, she decides to practice karate in my belly.
The other day the baby woke me up at 5 in the morning with her (not so gentle) kicks and jabs, as if demanding to play! I rolled on the bed 4 – 5 times thinking she would settle down if I change sides, but she just wouldn’t stop! I finally stood up, drank some water, took a stroll around the house and came back to lie again. Still, I love it. All of it! πŸ™‚

Today, wearing a dress gifted by the husband on my birthday. It’s a pretty forgiving dress if you ask me. I felt very comfortable (and sexy!) all evening! Even got two compliments from strangers! The print and the color caught my eye first, and the fit flatters my bump beautifully, so it was a win-win! I look forward to styling it causally very soon. It’s safe to say that a nice fitting sassy dress and comfortable shoes are my signature style.
P.S. 22 weeks pregnant here.

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Dress: NY&C | Pumps: Mix No.6 (more options)| Bag: Sole Society | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Watch: Fossil

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Mothers are a blessing. Specially in times like these. My mother came to visit us and has been showering me with her love, affection and her countless amazing delicacies.
Now that I am in my second trimester, I am actually enjoying food. I know I was absconding from the blog all through my initial months of pregnancy which is why you would have no idea how my initial 3 months went. Well, in case you were wondering my first trimester was kind of OK. Here’s how it all went –
– Thankfully I did not puke at all, though I became quite averse to a few fragrances (like vanilla) and some food items (like chocolates, pesto sauce etc.) and perfumes with sweet undertones. I just to stash away half of my (and husband’s) perfumes.
– What I really (like REALLY) struggled with was the taste of my mouth. It was super metallic all 24 hours of the day. No matter what I ate, when I ate, I simply could not enjoy food because everything tasted metallic/bitter afterwards.Β I kept looking up pregnancy blogs for remedies, but nothing helped much other than baking soda gargles.
– Another (substantial) issue was my facial skin. I had to deal with the worst acne of my life and this is not an exaggeration. The acne kept popping up on the cheeks all way to my neck (yes neck!). The pimples were red, painful and kept turning in to white heads. My midwife suggested me to simply wait it out and let the hormones do their thing since nothing much could be done about it. I remember being home bound for weeks since I did not feel like dressing up or going out at all. Acne really challenges your self-esteem.
– One more thing, I started feeling the need of a nap during afternoons which was quite unusual for me because since my childhood, I never liked taking that mid-day nap since I thought of it as a waste of time. Oh how times change. πŸ˜‰
Other than these, all went fine. I was good!Β Pregnancy is such an unusual feeling. The idea of a life growing inside you can’t be explained in words. Though I am yet to feel any flutters or kicks, I am simply bombed at the idea of meeting my young one! By the way, the baby is due in early December.

On the outfit front, I am yet to buy any maternity wear and have been making use of my regular dresses which have a little more room to accommodate my growing belly. Though I have packed my skin fitting dresses and high waisted denims in a box. Oh yeah, and I am still growing out my hair, so excuse the wild hairstyle going on there!
P.S. Throwing in a few pictures with the familia just because I can! We are all happy and excited!!

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Dress: Loft | Sandals: DSW | Watch: Fossil | Bag: Gifted

Hello, there!

I realize that I haven’t been around lately. Not even wished you all a Happy New Year. So let me first do that – Wish you all a super great year ahead!
Frankly, I am very much engrossed in some other matters at the moment which are extremely time and energy consuming (like the fact that I am moving to Orlando, Florida next month.. yippee!!). So all I am doing right now is packing, planning, making lists, shortlisting apartments etc. Anyhow, life has been fun. I took a 2 weeks long break back in December during Christmas. Though not on the blog, I am quite active on Instagram (@rising_colors). I promise that once I am all settled in Florida, I will be back to my normal routine on the blog. This blog is my first love, and will always be! I really miss blogging.

I wore theseΒ floor length Bootcut jeans with a nice, long, super warm coat to the movies the other day. This was clicked one day after the storm hit us. It wasn’t as bad in Boston as it was in Washington D.C.

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Coat: Guess | Jeans: Topshop | Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger | Pumps: LifeStrideΒ | Bag: Wilsons Leather