Exploring the tiny town of Pescadero (+OOTD!)

Earlier last week my friend Elisabeth and I drove down the scenic California coastline on highway 1, for my pregnancy announcement shots in the Mazda CX9 that was loaned to me for the week. But you know who had to be the first passenger? Alfie — of course. He always is. Little smiley pup! I love it when I take him on adventures and he has this huge smile on his face.

After we were done shooting the pregnancy announcement photos (I loved how they turned out! There’s tons posted on my Instagram), I drove us up to Pescadero which is a tiny town of less than 700 people.

The Mazda CX9 was a great ride to bring down highway 1. Look how fancy it is inside, too!

Pescadero has a sweet little downtown area with a handful of spots to check out, like the new Pescadero Flowery where I bought a bouquet of dried lavender that smells up the entire room its in, so relaxing! There’s only one coffee shop, and it’s called Downtown Local, and it certainly stands out — inside anyway. It’s definitely a bit funky looking inside with its wonky antiques that you can’t help but explore and check out.

While I was at the coffee shop I changed from my off-the-shoulder top (because it was flippin’ up over my shoulders when I was driving and: annoying!) into a prAna penelope pullover from their fall line. prAna sent that and the jeans I’m wearing in the photo above. Pretty sure the pullover is going to be my go-to until my spiffykerms baby can’t fit into it anymore. It’s super soft and isn’t tight or uncomfortable anywhere — it’s perfect for this time in my pregnancy right now.

Wearing:
prAna penelope pullover
prAna Kara jean (colour: denim)
Target pink slip-ons (faux suede)
Google Moto 360 smart watch
Banana Republic clutch (10+ years old)

I am obsessed with decaf iced lattes lately. And not due to pregnancy— I just love’em!

I’ve only been to Pescadero once before, and it was when my Husband introduced it to me (on my birthday, back in May actually!). He goes there pretty much every weekend as a pitstop along the way when he does his billion hour bicycle journey with friends every Saturday. So he’s quite familiar with the area. I bought a chocolate chip scone back on my birthday at the Arcangeli Grocery/Norms Market and it was delicious (and I don’t even love scones), and sure enough you betcha I bought another there last week too. Mmm!

Make sure to check out Elisabeth‘s post of Pescadero — she did an awesome job showing where you should explore!

Use code: GHSK5 for 15% off your prAna purchase until October 5, 2017.

Disclaimer: I was sent these two articles of clothing from prAna for review.

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Bump Day Style | Spiffykerms Baby

For months I feel like I haven’t been myself and I’ve been hiding something from you. Which I have! The baby! So forgive me for my absence in blogging and social media. I hated pretending as though nothing was going on, when in reality I’ve been secretly growing this little one. Just imagine: two heartbeats in my body right now. Nuts. Still pretty mind blowing. It took us a while to announce to friends and family, because we wanted to make sure everything was moving along smoothly with no bumps in the road. SO MANY ultrasounds. Which is great because we got to see the baby a lot more than usual. Thankfully this baby is healthy and growing well!

It’s still pretty hard to believe it’s true. Even I can’t believe it some days. Look at the genuine reaction of me reacting to Lauren saying I totally have a belly. I had to look for myself! LOL.

Holding-the-belly situation isn’t something that comes natural to me. I felt foolish holding it, hence my laughter. None the less, cute maternity clothes I’m wearin’ right? This Pink Colorblock Striped Pocket Front Maternity Top is the first maternity piece I got! I normally don’t go for this sort of colour-way, especially with a hot pink, but I obviously picked it out to review — and I’m really liking it. It’s kind of a tom-boy style rugby shirt with a feminine edge. 

I meant to post this on Wednesday, and because of Wednesday I was hoping you’d all got it the pun — but ya know sort of a play on Wednesday being hump day, now I’ve labeled it as Bump Day. I’m not sure I’ll be doing weekly bump shots because I don’t head out with friends primarily for shooting photos. But we’ll see! Perhaps I can keep them up with some sort of self-timer magic here at home. These pictures are about a week old when I was 17 weeks 4 days pregnant.

Sidenote. Like Nadine mentioned:  Someone told me that I’m “starting to look pregnant in the face”. DO NOT SAY THIS TO A PREGNANT WOMAN EVER. She will not take it well. 

Me again. It’s already happened over here lol. It’s not a nice feeling! Perhaps they are? Perhaps I am? Maybe we ALREADY KNOW.

Or! When people say “Oh I thought you looked a bit bigger in the belly lately in your Instagram pictures“, when in reality all my photos before my announcement were from before I was pregnant as I thought people might find out and see the lil’ bump. So, am I just a chunker in the belly area? Why do people come right out and say these things? Anywayyyy….

Generally I feel more confident at this time in my life wearing more flowy tops than skin-tight. I guess because I’m still at the point where strangers might think I’m either fat or pregnant and perhaps not ask me about the latter. Ya know? I’m pretty stoked to be reviewing some baby items and products in the next few weeks. I’ve reached out to a few places and exciting to introduce you to some independent instagram shops and the like.

Hope you don’t mind, but I have some pre-written pregnancy posts that I haven’t pushed live (yet) because I wanted to do my announcement first. Those posts will be coming up very soon!

Wearing:
Pink Colorblock Striped Pocket Front Maternity Top  //
Zara Body Curve Jeggings  //
Target slip-ons (similar) //
Prada clutch (yay outlet find!) //
RayBan sunnies //
Decaf latte //

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get 2 points for 2 pieces of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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My ticket to cozy

Finally it’s no longer 42ºc outside anymore which means I can bust out the long sleeved tops again. The last few weeks I’ve sort of been dying — an exaggeration yes. But as a Canadian I’m not use to these sort of temp’s, especially in September! While summer is definitely my favourite time of the year, I wasn’t getting used to that oven-like climate, crossing my fingers our a/c wouldn’t break on us. That thing was goin’ full tilt pretty much daily there for a while.

It’s been a while since I had a car to review, and I still have one for a few more days (it’s the Mazda CX-9). Most of the miles were put on it this past weekend when I headed down to the California coastline to do some pregnancy announcement photos. The majority of this week it’ll be parked at a hotel! Since, this week (it’s pretty exciting actually), I’m having somewhat of a staycation here in San Jose with Team San Jose on a FAM trip with them! Getting spoiled all week long, which I’ll write about soon. Follow along on my Instagram stories for more action.

Old-school readers remember the days of me uploading my outfits of the work week every.single.Friday for years on end. I totally miss doing them, and I probably say this in every outfit of the day blog post, but it’s true! Since I no longer have a full-time job, I pretty much dress exactly the same, and never plan out my outfits in advance, hense the same look different day. I live in jeans, tee’s and slip on sneakers. Guess you can call it my Spiffykerms Style. Each Sunday I took an hour or so to go through my closet, pick out 5 outfits + the coordinating undergarments and accessories, and put together outfits for the upcoming week. Primarily, because it saved me tons of time in the a.m. and I also wasn’t wearing my favourite (item) over and over again.

Well it’s sorta officially my first post about wearing maternity clothes. Although this top is in the cute maternity clothes section, it could easily be worn by someone who isn’t pregnant since it’s a flowy top easily paired with leggings. I mean look how stretch it is!

Ah, my ticket to cozy! It isn’t skin-tight with just a bigger-belly area like some maternity clothes. I’m not confident yet to wear tighter clothes, because quite frankly it feels kinda funny to be pregnant. My belly is growing and I honestly just feel fat looking at the belly enlarge lol. Perhaps later on when it’s actually prominent I’ll bust out some slim fitting tanks. Also? I was dreading strangers coming over to me and potentially touching my stomach. However it actually happened this week with a “stranger” I’ve known for a little under a day. It was weird, awkward and I was not comfortable with it. I mean, I’m not caressing my stomach like some pregnant women do, I’m just hanging’ around with the crowd like everyone else acting like I’ve always done. But my stomach was touched. It’s such a weird feeling especially when I don’t feel pregnant and I’m only reminded if i do that pose like you see in the photos above lol. ASK FIRST, then I’ll say no! HAHAHA. I’ve considered touching their bellies back, but…..

Wearing:
PinkBlush Black Long Sleeve Bamboo Maternity Top (available in 8 colours)
Zara jeans
Shoes (a friend gave me!!!)
Banana Republic Clutch (11 years old!)

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get 2 points for 2 pieces of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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