Love thy bump

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At 21 weeks, my body is has changed drastically from what it was in early spring to where we are now, at the end of summer. My curves have become bumps and these bumps have and will continue to expand over the next 19 weeks, as baby Negin develops into a mini person.

The way that your body changes, during pregnancy, is really a lot to process and as your wardrobe comes smaller and more limited, it’s hard not to feel at times negative about your new body. It took me a while to realize that this body is now serving a different purpose for the first time. It’s no longer about me and my health, but rather about creating this new life in the healthiest way possible.

To help combat the negative feelings I was having, I stored away the clothing that no longer fit me, so each morning it wasn’t staring me in the face, tempting to be tried on. I found that styling the bump, in my current wardrobe, as I haven’t really gone maternity shopping yet, has been very difficult. One trend that I am loving is to show off my curves in tighter fitting dresses and pairing it with layers like blazers (fall’s hottest jacket), kimonos, duster coats and cardigans.

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Dress: Lumiere Fashion (old), Blazer: Banana Republic (old), Boots: Zara (old), Eyewear: C/O Clearly, Watch: Daniel Wellington

Apple of my Eye

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Growing up, my family had our seasonal traditions. In the fall I looked forward to a fun filled day at Chudleigh’s Apple Farm, where we would fill bags with freshly picked apples to bake into pies and make into apple sauce. My memories of this magical farm were vivid, rows and rows of trees, adorable animals, tractor rides and the feeling of family and tradition.

It had been years since I had gone, when last year, Trevor and I decided to venture out to Milton, Ontario and pick some apples. I shared the wonderful experience of the late fall day on my Instagram here, here and here. We picked 2 bags of apples, and purchased some of the delectable pre-made pies, which inspired us to make our own, which we did a few days later.

I’ve since been looking forward to my return this year, not only for the beautiful scenery for some blog photos, but also to indulge in more of their delicious apples (and pies – I love pie). Last month, I got invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my favourite farm, and I don’t think I’ve ever RSVPed quicker to an event. I couldn’t wait to visit and celebrate one of my favourite spots, and bring Taco along for the adventures.

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The weather was perfect for a late summer weekend, and we spent the day frolicking around Chuleigh’s and enjoying Sunrise apples right off the tree. Taco loved his first bites of apple and was in heaven once we got to the fields. We also enjoyed their savoury blossoms, new to their store this fall, with options like pizza, pulled pork, tuna melts and mac & cheese, I indulged in almost every flavour.

It’s easy to say that I cannot wait to go back again this season, picking up few more bags of apples and letting Taco enjoy the beautiful farm.

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Dress: Isabel Maternity from Target, Sunglasses: C/O Main & Central by Clearly.ca, Sneakers: Superga, Earrings: Emily Valentine

Eco-conscious Eyewear

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As you can obviously see, the accessory of choice for me is clearly glasses. Growing up I wasn’t crazy about wearing glasses. I had one pair and would only wear them when I needed a break from my contact lenses.

Things have most definitely changes for me, as now I only wear my contacts when going out formal and I have over 20 different pairs all thanks to my amazing partnership with Clearly.ca over the last 5 years. I’ve learned that having a variety of frames can really help you update your look and compliment your style. From bright colours to fun neutrals I love being able to switch my frames and have them match my outfit each day.

But saying that, my obsession with variety, is not necessary the best thing for the environment. Which is why I’ve fallen in love with the new Main & Central brand, exclusively at Clearly.ca. These frames are made from a biodegradable acetate and can be returned and recycled, when I tire of the look. This brand has 6 styles (Monday – Friday and one of the weekend) and comes in 3 sizes, so you’ll have the right size, no matter your face shape. I’m wearing the Friday frames in teal and opted for the Kodak BlueReflect lens which help reduce glare and eyestrain that is caused from spending so much time online.

Shirt: Tanya Taylor, Jeans: Joe Fresh, Shoes: Charlotte Olympia, Frames: C/O Main & Central by Clearly.ca