Leopard + Denim - Maternity look 36 weeks!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I found this leopard shirt dress via thrift for a few bucks very early on in my pregnancy... 
It was way too big at the time, but I knew it had potential. 
My super stylish pal who was accompanying me that day was not in agreement when I picked it up off the racks. I genuinely trust her opinion, so I normally would have hesitated at her hesitation, but I just had a feeling it would work... eventually.
And eventually it did. 


{Everything (sans purse & shoes) thrifted for under $10}

I found you two similar leopard dresses at Shopbop and Macy's.

*Feeling good and getting big! 36 weeks and counting! 

A {tiny} Office Space

Monday, July 30, 2012

Someday I will have an entire office/styling room all of my own. In the meantime, the only "me time" happens in a tiny little nook, by a window, in the corner of our dining room. 
I've been trying to come up with ways to not only make this space functional, but beautiful and artistically encouraging as well. This is why I love Pinterest.
I have found so many inspiring images to help me on my journey to make this little space all my own, and I wanted to share a few with you!
I will be revealing what I came up with soon. Until then, see if  you can find a little spark of your own.
Happy Monday! Have a fabulous week! xx


{Images via Pinterest}

Baby + Mama ~ What to pack for the hospital!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nothing makes me calm like organization, so I sat down to make a list of all the things I'll be packing in my hospital bag soon. Since this is my second time around, I've learned a few things... and it's all about keeping it simple. No need to overpack.


Top Ten Essentials:
  1. Nursing gown and robe - You'll want something nice to cover up with when you duck out to see your little love in the nursery, and when you take those first precious photos. I'm obsessed with Cake Lingerie's stuff. I raved about their nursing bra here, and these sets are no exception. Luxurious, cozy & so cute! (Get the Apple Crumble Robe here, and the Rocky Road Chemise here.) 
  2. Going home outfit for baby - A friend gifted my little man some outfits from Kicky Pants and I fell in love. Organic, deliciously soft & so sweet. This one avail here. (Don't worry, the hospital will arm you with your first set of diapers and swaddlers to take your bundle home.)
  3. Flip flops or slippers - No one wants to walk around with bare feet. I'd recommend sandals over slippers so you can also wear them home, and save space in your suitcase. (Weather permitting, of course!)
  4. Music playlist - Whether it's an iPod, iPhone, old fashioned CD or boom box, make sure your music conveys the mood you want to create in the room. Alexi Murdoch from the Soundtrack "Away We Go" sang my daughter gently into this world, and I think I may do a repeat for little man. The song "All My Days" breaks my heart (in a good way) every time I hear it. 
  5. Makeup Bag with the following - Toothbrush/toothpaste, brush, hair clips/hair ties, razor, shampoo/conditioner (I like to use WEN - a one step process), contact lenses/glasses, hand sanitizer for visitors, & some light makeup - concealer, mascara, lip balm & a bit of blush should do the trick. I recommend Stila's Convertible Color, it works for both cheeks and lips and comes in a cute little compact!
  6. Going home outfit for you - Bring something loose & easy but still (remotely) put together. A cotton maxi dress works great. And (sorry to say) but you will still look pregnant, so a maternity dress you already have will work as well. Some cute & cheap choices at Old Navy
  7. Your favorite pillow - You will want this. Trust me. 
  8. Camera, camcorder and all of the charging equipment that comes with it. Wanna get fun and go vintage? This one from Modcloth made me swoon. 
  9. Cozy socks - Your feet will get cold. Your lady bits will hurt. Let's try to make things as comfortable as possible. 
  10. Birth plan - Have it written out and submitted to your doctor before hand, but also take one with you. It's important to be on the same page with the doctor and staff regarding how you want things to go down. For tips on writing one, go here

Hot Pink + Glasses + Bump

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Remember when I said it's about time to slow down? 
Well, I'm meticulously trying to tick off all of the things on my {GIANT} To Do list, which among other things includes finalizing some paperwork for a new business venture. Something I can't wait to begin once I'm up and at 'em again towards the end of the year!
So what to wear when you still want to feel in the game? Duh. Glasses. And something bright and bold(er) than the bump you're sporting.


Entire outfit {sans purse} is thrifted. 
Dress redesigned by Secondhand Star

Healthy Faux Fried BBQ Chicken

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

This recipe is a take on a classic Weight Watchers dish, using cornflake crumbs instead of crispy fried chicken skin. I simplified it, and used BBQ sauce (instead of honey mustard) to add extra zing. The hubs and the picky toddler devoured it. {Tip: For an extra skinny trick, serve with veggies, not rice!}
    1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
    1 cup cornflake cereal (crushed)
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/8 tsp pepper
    2/3 cup BBQ sauce (or any sauce of your choice, a lite dressing works better with calories too!)
    Combine BBQ sauce, salt, pepper in a bowl; place chicken inside and coat completely. In another bowl, crush cornflakes with spoon or hands. Dip the coated chicken into the crumbs and cover on both sides. 
    Coat a shallow pan with cooking spray and place chicken inside. Bake at 425°F for 15-20 min, until chicken in golden and no longer pink inside. 
    Serve with a drizzle of BBQ sauce on top. 

Retro curls with hot rollers

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hi friends! Fan of the retro look? Wavy hair, red lips, all things feminine and girly? Me too! 
I get so many compliments and questions on how to achieve these retro curls when I wear my hair this way, that I thought I'd share! It's all about the hot rollers.
Rollers can actually create so many different styles, depending on how you roll your hair. I often just stick them in randomly all over my head to get a messy, wavy style. (I originally posted about that here.)
But I have found that with some careful placement, and the "direction" you roll the curl, retro is easy! 

  • The key is rolling "back" and tight in the front section, winding the ends around the curler completely.   
  • Do not remove the rollers until they are completely cooled. 
  • Once they are out, run a shine serum through and brush your hair neatly, keeping the curls tight and polished. 
  • Finish with a mist of hair spray to set the style.

I use these cheapo hot rollers from Target. They have lasted for years and are perfect for travel too! Good luck! Let me know if you try it! xx

Out to dinner - Maternity Look 34 weeks

Friday, July 20, 2012

Well, I'm heading into my 34th week of pregnancy and it seems that things just keep getting busier! I have dinners and events lined up over the next several weekends, and I really do think I must've lost my mind. 
I'll keep going until someone (ahem, Mr. Dude in there) forces me to stop. Until then, I'll be grateful for easy and interesting pieces that I can toss over a dress to mix things up.  
Sweater (last worn to the farmer's market here- available here
Dress (last worn to a Designer Networking Event here) - available here
Ring - Vince Camuto, Bracelet - Express. 

My Mama Friend is a Rapper {Music Video Sneak Peek!}

Thursday, July 19, 2012

So... I have this friend... she's a gorgeous, tall, blonde, ex-model (who you may remember seeing in a few posts here and here), who used to travel the world for photo shoots, runways, and all sorts of glamorous things, all the while having an alter ego as a rapper. A rapper called P-Dog. 
{T-shirts by Sober is Sexy}

P-Dog got married. P-Dog had kids. P-Dog's rhymes turned into chimes about the trials and tribulations of being a mom. P-Dog became Mama P-Dog. And she made a music video. 
Featuring yours truly. (If you must know, my alter ego is called Mini Touchdown and I sing back up!) The concept is a hilariously exaggerated take on what it's like to constantly "go go go"as a mother.
To say that I can relate, is a serious understatement. And I was flattered and more than willing to participate, even though I'm pushing 8 months pregnant! (Which somehow made it even funnier... can you say running man, with a giant belly, in fuchsia pink heels?)
 Ri-DIC-ulous. And so much fun. 
My girl, Mama P Dog is the bomb, and on the rise, and I was so happy to be a part of it! I can't wait for you to see it!
If you're a new reader to November Grey, you may not know that the acting and entertainment biz is where I come from, so it was fun to jump back in the saddle, and be on set again. I had almost forgotten how much I love it. Almost. 


Stay tuned... 

{Healthy} Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I usually make some kind of banana bread, cake or muffin at least once a month.  (Sometimes more!) 
I can't resist making a fresh batch whenever I see those uneaten bananas ripen to that delicious golden brown. I have a tried and true banana bread recipe that I love and make often {here} but recently found a recipe from this blogger on Pinterest that caught my eye, so I tweaked it a bit and came up with this!
They were quite simply delicious. And although there are bits of tiny chocolate chips, the sugar content is low, there is nearly zero fat, and lots of healthy fiber to make them suitable for a grab-and-go breakfast!

Ingredients 

3-4 mashed ripe bananas (the riper, the sweeter, and the better!)
1 egg 
1/2 cup packed brown sugar 
1/3 cup applesauce (the equivalent of one kids' snack pack size!)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 cup flour (use whole wheat if you can!)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
2 teaspoons baking powder 

1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 1/4 teaspoons salt 
1 cup oats 
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

You don't need a mixer for this, but I always use one. Toss in your ripe bananas, egg, sugar, vanilla and applesauce and whirl it up. Then add all of the dry ingredients, stirring in oatmeal last. Sprinkle with chocolate chips (you don't need many!) Pour batter into greased cupcake tins or line with liners.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.


*Note: You can make them completely sugar free by substituting 12 Splenda packets for the brown sugar and using raisins instead of chocolate chips. 

*Weight Watchers points = 3


Enjoy!

A Red Dress

Monday, July 16, 2012

I was so happy when I found this little number on a recent thrifting jaunt here, and had planned on wearing it as a tunic with leggings for the maternity days, and a sexy, little red mini dress post bump...
But who says you have to wait? Besides, nothing feels better in these last few weeks of pregnancy (and in this heat!) than being comfy and free. (I did sport some shorts underneath when wearing it out to dinner, though!)

Stuart Weitzman Apron Clogs - no longer avail (similar here)
Jewelry - Forever 21

Happy thrifting! xx

This is why I love my husband...

Friday, July 13, 2012

While I was on the computer this morning, trying to get as much work done as possible before the little one woke up, the hubs was rushing out the door and  kissed me sweetly. He told me to open up iTunes so he could buy me a song. This was the song...

"So show me family, all the blood that I would bleed...
I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart..."

A thrifted dress ~ Maternity style 33 weeks

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Remember when I found this Catherine Malandrino slip dress here for just $3.50? I somehow forgot about it and pulled it out just in time... I'm thinking in a week or so, it will no longer fit!
My due date has been moved up (not surprised) and I've skipped ahead to 33 weeks along today!
Other than starting to feel really big, and really slow (and really, I mean really tired)... I'm happily trekking along into the final days of pregnancy.
I have to admit, I'm eager to get back to my pre-pregnancy state, and enjoying fashion the way I used to. Styling the bump has been fun, but I'm starting to feel done! (Oh, how I miss you, jeans!)
But I'll take the trade for the little man that awaits me...
(I dreamt of him last night and he was tiny and strong and looked like my husband and I wanted to hold on to him forever. I cannot wait to meet you, little man!)

Dress - Catherine Malandrino, via thrift
Black vintage slip worn underneath
Anthropologie headband

PS - Congrats Nicole! You're the winner of the Becca lipstick

That girl I used to be

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I've been thinking a lot about that girl I  used to be...

So innocent and wide-eyed and searching for fame... searching for love, searching for herself.
Dating the wrong guys, chasing dreams, doing bold and exciting things, making movies, making bad choices, jumping on airplanes and just forgetting everyone and everything behind me. Still believing in love, but doubtful, so doubtful. Looking for something I thought I'd find in the twinkle of the Hollywood sign, or flashbulb of a photograph, red-famed carpet, my name on a screen.

Then something happened.
My twenties became my thirties. I grew up and looked in the mirror and finally saw myself. And for the first time, I liked what I saw. Because I liked me. And that's when I found the guy. That's when building a family, something I always longed for, was a reality. That's when it happened. That's when I was home.

I can't help but wonder what my forties will look like. (Let's not get ahead of ourselves here, I still have several years to go...) but instead of dreading the age that used to feel so old, somehow this natural progression makes me believe that things will get even better. Imagine that. Better with age.

Better.

And why fear that?

My Moroccan Baby Shower

Monday, July 9, 2012

My amazing friend turned her garden into a Moroccan oasis to celebrate the upcoming arrival of my little man! It was stunning, and so much fun. And I was reminded, once again, how blessed I am to have such wonderful women in my life. 
I wore a Calypso St. Barth dress {available here.}
One of my gifts was a maternity photo shoot, which included some painted belly shots, courtesy of my makeup artist sis!
My peeps all joined in on the fun, and dressed in fabulous boho fashion.
 It was so fun to see each girls' interpretation of the theme.
My girl, Priscilla rocking a killer kaftan {avail here}, and Noa (from Sunset & 5thshaking things up vintage style, of course!
A mouthwatering menu was perfectly complimented with Lorenza Rose...
And the sentimental messages written from my pals, to my future baby boy, had me weepy and so touched.
Even my cake (courtesy of another amazing sister!) was colorful and perfect!
 Just like my day. 
 I love you all! Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my giant belly.
Tanya xx

Deborah's Rainbow Kale Salad

Friday, July 6, 2012

The first time I had kale salad was years ago for Thanksgiving dinner with my husband's side of the family. My sis-in-law is a master raw and vegan chef and made it to accompany our feast. It was nice to have something healthy on the table, and I couldn't believe how yummy it was! I've since become addicted and find myself craving it all the time. 
This salad can be made with several different variations, depending on what you have in the house, or grabbed fresh at the farmer's market. But the trick to Deb's "Rainbow" version, is to keep things colorful! Thus, even healthier for you! 
This is the very basic recipe that I love. To get gourmet, you can add grated ginger root and carrots, some raisins, tomatoes or even avocado! Feel free to get creative, but remember that lemon, olive oil, and really good celtic sea salt is the key to a great dressing. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups Kale, torn, blanched (see note)
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onions
  • ½  lemon juiced + zest
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or less)
  • 2-3 colorful red peppers sliced
  • 1 white peach (or other summer fruit)
  • Sea salt to taste
{Serves about 5}

DIRECTIONS:

Start off with really fresh veggies. 
Grab your bunch of kale... (I don't bother with too much washing, since "blanching" cleans the kale with boiling water. See note below.)
 And get to tearing it apart into bite size pieces, making sure to separate from the stems.
 Place the pieces into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Grab all of your colorful peppers and onion and slice them up.

Add in your white peach or other yummy fruit to add a bit of sweetness. (This can be achieved by raisins too.)
Place mix into a separate bowl and get ready to blanch your kale. 
Note: To blanch kale, bring 2-3 cups of water to boil and let cool for 1 minute. Place the leaves in a colander, and pour over kale. Pat the kale dry between paper towels.
Once the kale is cooled, add in some lemon zest.
 Toss the leaves with olive oil.
 Then mix in your veggies.
 At this point, squeeze in your lemon juice and feel free to mix it up with your hands.
Don't forget the yummy granulated sea salt. Something fun the kiddos can help with! 
Toss it up again and get ready to chow! Leftovers are the best, the kale gets wilted and even yummier! 
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