W LCOME TO THE C TY OF CH AMPIONS // baby & house updates

Nursery Updates

So. Many. Things. We just bought and framed this limited edition poster from the photo project 'Caledonia Jane' by Emil Hartvig. Buy it here on Playtype. The size is great (70 x 100cm) plus the minimalist design and go get 'em attitude really resonates with me. Also, did I mention it's for the nursery? Yup, it's for Winnie's nursery. No pressure, lil lady. Here's a link to the nursery post for more details.

Closet Clean Out Time

Buy some of my gently used designer wears, direct from my closet to yours via eBay here. So I can fill said closet with more things in tiny human sizes.

House Updates

Writing from a construction zone. Any woman who has had a baby can tell you that nesting gets really expensive really fast. Suddenly everything you've wanted to do to your home, but have not because of money, time, etc. becomes TOP priority. Well, my friends, I am no different. We've just recently updated the backsplash (sorry about the crappy cell phone pic). We selected a modern, houndstooth style white marble by Allen+Roth from Lowes. For the price and the quality it cannot be beat. Buy it here.
Picture mid-construction zone, sorry. (pics of final product coming soon!) In this pic you can also see our paint color selections for the front room and kitchen/dining. I LOVE grays. 
Next up we are painting those terrible cabinets a high gloss white to match the trim and the doors. Then we will work to select some hardware. We are leaning towards a darker selection to draw some of the black out of the pre-existing granite counter tops and tie it all together. Ideally, we would be updating the countertops too, but let's try to keep things realistic for one second. Did I mention that this is impossible because of the nesting? Yup, it's rough.
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MyKnobs.com (sounds so dirty, right?) is where this bad boy came from. I really like that it is dark without being all black. Something like this will probably work, we are also looking at these cup pulls with a matching knob situation for the cabinets (these would be for the drawers). But I am thinking they are a bit too played out... Thoughts?
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Shameless Work Plug

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Maternity Fashion

These two words are almost an oxymoron, but I can say that thanks to Asos.com it's not totally the case. I'm living in body con black or black and white striped tight, body con style dresses and white Birkenstocks. Yes, me wearing something with "body con" in the title. Pregnancy does weird things to you. I am also living in this Asos shirt dress and my new Beaded by W extra long tassel necklace.
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The Winnie (srsly!) buy here.
Width adjustable (thank GOD) buy here.


All is well here in Babyland. About 7 weeks to go, give or take a few days if she decides to show up early. Things are hotter than hell here in Houston, Texas. I am mitigating it the best I can by joining my fellow septuagenarians at the YMCA downtown for water aerobics a few times a week. My swelling is at some sort of defcom defcon 5 level but at this point, who cares? It's a wash. We are just ready to meet this girl and get this party started!

Waiting this out without being able to be at my best friend's wedding in Santa Fe is rough, but I'll get through it. First of many sacrifices for this baby. The new normal! Bye for now.


I don't trust people, but I trust dogs - Bill Murray

I have been MIA for a while, I know, not the best blog management. What can I say? 2015 has been a hold-on-to-your-freaking-hat roller coaster ride. We are having a baby girl in September. My company, A Brand Strategy Consulting, turned 1 in May. One of our dogs keeps lunging through windows to get to squirrels. Not kidding.

Long story short my focus has been on me, Brad, our dogs, our cat, plus this growing life that appears to be taking up all of my internal square footage and then some. Oh, and my company - did I mention that? 30+ clients...

Wonder why I haven't blogged about Miss Winifred Louise Griffin? Honestly, I think it was based in superstition. Some close friends have lost babies and you always hear the worst stories, so, I wanted to keep this little nugget out of the spotlight as long as possible while I figured out how I felt about this entire thing. That sounds negative, but it is a huge mental shift to go from me to we within your own skin. I had a really rough first 14 weeks or so (seasick/hangover/barf-olympics anyone?) and then got real big real fast. Now I am 27 weeks along and about to cruise into the 3rd trimester (phew!). And by cruise I mean heavy friction slide my new big thighs into 3rd base. So sexy right now. After two consecutive weekend of amazing baby showers with friends and family I feel ready to blog a bit about my baby and nursery style - hah, that sounds crazy to me! - in the hopes of giving some of you insight into crazy pregoland.

SO MANY THINGS. Here are some things I went with for her registry and nursery. Many of these items were on a must have list that has been circulating amongst my new mom friends - let me know if you need it and I will send it your way, seriously sharing is caring. See Winnie's entire registry on Babylist here and some of her Pinterest boards here and here.

Pensacola Pink by Benjamin Moore for the ceiling. Not too pink and goes great with black and white.

Love the white dipped paint job on this crib. Think this is ducduc. We painted the one we got from my sister.

Land of Nod poodle bedding. Love the hot pink and the pom poms!

Bloom highchair looks like it belongs on a space ship. Love it.

Solly Baby Wrap for when baby is too small for the Baby Bjorn.

Song to Stay Off the Ledge to, jk.