Thursday, April 25, 2013

My Favorite Maternity Wear (so far...)

Come Saturday, I will officially be 20 weeks pregnant!  So far, I feel great, I'm not too big, and the baby has started to kick (all the time!).  Since maternity clothes can be expensive, I wanted to be able to wear my regular clothes as long as possible.  Up until now, I've gotten away with wearing a maternity shirt (or a long-waisted top) and a pair of regular jeans with a rubber band around the button hole.  But as my belly gets bigger and bigger, I find myself fidgeting to keep my top down and my rubber-banded pants up!  Clearly, these rubber band days are numbered.  :)  So off I go, shopping for stylish and affordable maternity wear.

When shopping for maternity wear, there are a lot of options (A Pea in the Pod, Motherhood Maternity, Target, ASOS, Gap, Old Navy, Ann Taylor, etc).  Since I will be as big as a manatee during the hot summer months, I decided to buy several sundresses, tanks tops, t-shirts, and blouses.  I also invested in a few pairs of jeans, a pair of leggings, and a couple pairs of shorts.  I work for myself (and don't go into an office), so I really don't need a ton of professional wear.  Most of the time, I dress pretty casually.  Here are some of my favorite things (so far...).


cheap and easy, these are perfect with flip flops... or paired with a cropped jacket, a belt and wedge sandals.
Target (here, here, and here)
fabulous maxi dresses-- love these!!

ladylike & tailored, perfect for daytime or dinner.



very cute, especially with the sleeves rolled up and a pair of jeans (love the gold buttons)

love the loose fit and contrasting collar

adorable little tank, perfect when paired with skinny jeans

Jeans, Pants, & Leggings:

thumbs up to ALL of these-- they fit so well (the white jeans have expanding side panels, so they look like regular pants at the waistband-- love that!).  I wear the Gap pair almost everyday now.

black leggings-- a definite staple.


Both of these are great (they're so comfortable, I wish elastic waist shorts were more socially acceptable so I could wear them forever)
Tees & Tanks:
In my brief experience as a pregnant girl, I've realized that I really DON'T like tees/tanks with side ruching.  I know that the ruching is supposed to be more flattering, but I feel like all that gathered material only makes me look like I have a beer belly.   :)
My absolute favorite piece of maternity clothing BY FAR-- this striped tee from ASOS.  I LOVE THIS SHIRT.  Sadly, it is out of stock, but this navy & red option is still available:
take my word for it, this shirt is the best.
perfect for layering, these tanks are terrific (fitted and long).
simple and comfortable, goes with everything
simple.  I bought this tee in three colors.
I would love to hear from the other Mommys out there-- did you have a go-to piece that you loved wearing while pregnant?  Or, what was your favorite resource for maternity wear?  I would love to know!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

NEW Pieces In The Shop!

We have some fabulous NEW items in the store this month!  Some really really great things.  :)  Check out the new pieces...
all items are available HERE
And, as usual, we've added a bunch of new vintage finds.  Since our vintage pieces tend to sell out quickly, act fast!  You can shop our entire vintage section HERE.

all vintage pieces available HERE

Friday, April 12, 2013

Happy Spring Weekend! (and some fun things to do...)

Happy Friday everyone!  Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?  The weather is finally warming up around here (finally!) and spring flowers are starting to bloom.  For my fellow East Coasters: isn't this the most amazing time of year?  Spring is the best.

If you're in the Philadelphia area this weekend, there are a ton of exciting things to do.  My TOP picks are...


The Philadelphia Antiques Show.  Dave and I attended the "New Collectors" party a couple of years ago (fancy people, sipping wine, and perusing the MOST AMAZING COLLECTION OF ANTIQUES EVER...  you'll think you died and went to antique heaven).  Tickets for that party are $125.00 and available here.  But, there are many other events to attend!  Festivities start on Friday night and end on Monday.  General admission is as low as $17.00 (an online special price) and this year, the event is at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

from our experience at the 2011 show



Amy Azzarito workshop at Terrain in Glen Mills.   Amy is the managing editor at Design*Sponge and this weekend, she'll be hosting a book signing and DIY workshop! Her new book Past & Present includes a variety of DIY projects and all of them are inspired by historic decorative arts (love that concept). The workshop sounds really fun (buy tickets here), and make sure to schedule plenty of time to meander around the grounds of Terrain.  It's such a beautiful and peaceful place.  Every time I go there, I always come home with new gardening inspiration.  So, take a friend and go.


Whatever you decide to do, have a wonderful spring weekend!

And, thank you all for the emails and comments and tweets about our exciting news. It warmed my heart to read each and every note. I truly look forward to documenting this little journey on the blog (and hearing your own experiences with motherhood!). I am grateful for kind and generous readers like YOU. So, I'm giving you a big virtual hug today. :)


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"Tiny" Robson News!

Over the last 5 1/2 years, Dave and I have gotten married, left Los Angeles, moved to Philadelphia, started a business, and bought an old house.  But now, we're ready to begin our BIGGEST, most intimidating project to date: a BABY!  That's right, I'm pregnant.  :)  I've been keeping the secret for months now, and I'm so thrilled to finally share our happy news with you!!!

I'm officially into my 4th month at this point.  And, I've discovered that I'm one of those annoying girls that really likes being pregnant.  In fact, I love it.  As a first time mom, I'm just amazed by the whole process.  I've started to feel little tumbles and tiny kicks (incredible!).  I dream about designing the nursery (so excited to get start that process!), and I consume fresh fruit by the truck load (oranges, bananas, kiwi, berries...  it doesn't matter.  Pretty much anything fruit-flavored gets me going these days). 

Last week, we went in for our 16 week ultrasound, and we learned this:

For someone who thought she would have 27 daughters, I was surprised.  A BOY!  But, I am so truly thrilled.  The thought of this little bouncing boy brings tears to my eyes.  I can't wait to meet him.  But, I'm trying to enjoy every pregnant moment since I know that September 14th will be here in the blink of an eye.

Over the next 5 months, we've got a TON of projects lined up.  There will be changes within our house and within our business.  I'm really looking forward to sharing some substantial updates with you guys this year (budget permitting, as always!).  So, stay tuned.

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