TheWellSet | Fall 2015 Fashion Finds for Post Body Baby

Henrietta Harris Art
Being pregnant for nearly a year of your life is quite a commitment. It's a huge mind shift, but ultimately you are the same with some obvious perspective changes. Friends with kids can relate, friends without can only listen. It's a strange time. This art really spoke to me because it's how I have felt off and on throughout this pregnancy journey: distorted. As we near the end (9 days to go!) I cannot help but crave my pre-baby body and the ferocious need to meet this human I've been growing and then become my own person (totally changed and never really my own person in the same way as before, of course) once again. Here's a little about the artist:
Distortion is something that is very hard to make beautiful, but through her popular distorted gauche portraits, artist Henrietta Harris has managed to do just that. The artist and illustrator uses her paints and pencils to create imagery that is sometimes fun, yummy and colorful, while at other times managing to be dark, thought-invoking and inspirational. Read the article and her interview here.
With the upcoming debut of Baby Griffin and the changing of the seasons plus the promise of my "old" self (never really to come back again, of course) returning I cannot help but fantasize about fall fashions. So exciting to be able to wear clothes again! Although, I must say, the perks of an all cotton, all stretchy wardrobe cannot be downplayed here. This post is titled as such because, ahem, these are all accessories. I'm not sure how long my post baby body will take to shape up, but I am hopeful that it won't take too long. Eek, maybe by my 30th birthday? Perhaps not. We shall see. Here are a few of my favorite things for fall 2015.

LELE SADOUGHI, Sandbar Ring, $120

Daniela Villegas, South Sea Pearl & Diamond Small Quail Earring, $6,125.00

Chloe, Marci Small Calf Saddle Bag, Bordeaux $795

GUCCI, Fur-Lined Slip-On Loafer, $995

MICHAEL KORS, Gold-Tone Choker Necklace, $275


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.
buy here
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?
buy these here

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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.
buy here.

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.