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dear mae,

last week i was out walking tony, and getting the mail when he pulled me a direction we don’t normally walk. i was busy flipping though a catalog or something while walking when someone called from behind me. it was a gentleman asking if i had had any maternity photos taken and if i would like to.  i said i hadn’t, just ones my husband had taken but would be interested, even though i’m about to pop.  we decided to do it as soon as possible, it was a real spur of the moment thing!

we got together this weekend in the “20%” chance of downpours at the local park and had an absolutely lovely time! i’ve been stalking my email ever since awaiting the arrival of the photos, and now they are here!

tom and i haven’t had our picture taken together since our wedding, and it was a lot of fun! we kind of just went for a casual walk in the park with our dog and dan mostly followed along with his camera stopping us every once in a while near a cool tree or barn.  he did a wonderful job of capturing our relationship as well as our expanding family.  i’ll probably end up calling him when baby gets here for some more shots!

you can see the rest of the pictures on his facebook, and if you live in the portland metro area i would highly recommend checking out his website if you are in need of any kind of photography!

oh, i’m also going to take this time to mention, why don’t you live here? can’t you see how lovely it is?

<3,

betty

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dear mae,

i’m getting down to the wire, and to be honest, it’s boring. this may or may not be the last time in my entire life that i can actually claim boredom.  i put together a nice “mom look” today to go run some errands and clean house (i hate the term nesting).  i put my hair up in a turban threw on some eyeliner and lipstick (as i was running out the door to catch the bus), i’m really stretching my maternity wardrobe now (literally, these pants are barley holding at the seams, i didn’t realize that this big belly came with a matching butt and thighs).

vintage scarf courtesy of a new dress a day giveaway!

holy crap stunned look on my face.  that is a huge belly.

and nothing better than a wack-a-doodle self portrait to make your own mom look more normal.

anyway, i’m down to the final stretch, only 23 days until my due date, so basically any day now! i can hardly believe it! i’ve made a few minor adjustments in the nursery i plan on sharing with you before the week is through assuming i don’t get caught up in the rest of my to do list, or something even more exciting!

❤ betty

p.s. have you seen my nursery on apartment therapy? i’m pretty proud!

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dear maemers,

it just occurred to me that the last pictures i posted of myself were the first ones i took of my teeny tiny bump, and gosh do i look different now!  i apologize, but you have no idea how hard it is to get dressed when your size changes every other week. i mostly (even though i promised it wouldn’t) just wear pj’s around the house to avoid buying a whole new wardrobe for just a couple of seasons.  however, i did find this lovely frock hanging out in the back of my closet, and by glory it fits! and looks nice to boot! it used to belong to my mom and she handed it over to me a couple of years ago. the last time she had worn it she was pregnant with my baby (22 year old) brother.

huh, from the backside, i don’t even necessarily look pregnant!

oops, i spoke too soon!
and a little fisheye action on the bump.

the weather is finally warming up and more importantly drying out here, and has inspired me to at least do my hair from time to time which makes all of the difference even with my work attire or maternity jeans and tee shirts.  only one month left until i have my body back to myself and i get to start shedding my maternity butt, and squeezing back into some of my old clothes! oh yeah, and of course meeting my amazing little fella!

<3,

betty

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dear mae,

last night i had a bit of a blast from the past when i found Unzipped on netflix.  that movie was such and inspiration to me when i was in college, i wanted to grow up to be isaac mizrahi.  i wanted his hair, his sunglasses, his job, his super model friends and posh lifestyle.  i still want his black laquer piano and his zebra skin rug.  the movie is phenomenal, if you haven’t seen it.  i love the styling of it, it’s gritty and dark and behind the scenes, with bursts of sunshine and color and glamour sprinkled throughout.  isaac cracks me up with his old movie quotes like “y’arn’t ever gorna leave this house…”

my favorite scene is in the beginning when isaac is confessing to his mother how he used to steal money from her every day as a child and was astonished to find out she never knew.  well, go ahead and watch it on netflix tonight and tell me what you think! i also saw a documentary on vidal sassoon that i might watch this afternoon before tomg gets home from work.

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dear mae,

i got super giddy when i snagged this little ditty from my dearest local thrift.  it’s the super seventies doughnut phone!  there is even a sticker on the inside of the handle with the qvc ordering line, as well as the previous owner’s membership number.  it’s the little things that remind me of why i collect vintage things to begin with, every thing has a story, even if i don’t know it. i can imagine some bored housewife sitting in front of the set, rotary dialing over and over because she keeps getting the busy signal, until she finally gets to order that diamond tennis bracelet at bargain discount prices.

sitting at home playing bored housewife. it’s a lot like playing house, only there are real dishes to be done.
i bought this print from ikea with hanging it above this phone in mind.

makes me want to get a phone line.  it might be nice to have one any how, but so much nicer to have a fun phone to plug into it!

<3, betty

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dear mae,

next time you feel like you need a super great craft project, or two, and short on cash, i can tell you that your local thrift store’s linen isle might need a good sifting though.  the bed sheet i bought in my last post has been transformed into both a lightweight summer frock, as well as a curtain for my bed room! at the local good will in town they have a plethora of fun bed sheets ranging from graphic star wars prints to dainty florals and neat tickings.  the instant i saw this sweet floral/stripe/polka dot fabric i knew it would soon be a dress hanging in my closet! well, with no further ado…

i even used the trim from the top edge of the sheet for my skirt, sweet little polka dots!

i used a vintage dress that i already had for the pattern, i love the low scoop back.  i added my own little twist with the wrap around so there would be something just as pleasing for the front.
and then there were curtains! or kind of, they are only thumb-tacked to the wall until i get some proper rods.

well, how have you been spending your time when you aren’t busy working, or schooling or what have you? i also spent a good long time cleaning my bedroom. its funny how a little thing like tacking half a bed sheet to your wall can inspire you to get other things straitened out!

❤ betty

 

 

 

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dear mae,

another work-a-day hairdo!

1. tie a scarf with a big bow

2. spray your roots

3. tease! tease way more than you think you need to!

4. pull up the top half, twist the ends, and pin them high and close to your scalp

5. lightly comb the top to reduce flyaways and strays

6. curl your fringe and any little straggle hairs

7. spray it! i like to spray a lot, because i ride my bike to work, and want it to look nice when i get there.

my hair is a lot taller than it looks in this picture, but i have a problem taking pictures of myself that don’t give me crazy eyes.  i’m going for kind of a 1950’s bouffant look that will survive my commute and the high humidity of my workplace.

<3, betty

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