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White Oak Pastures General Store

Two weekends ago, Adella Grace and I took a little girls’ trip to the grand opening celebration for the White Oak Pastures General Store in Bluffton!

I believe it’s the first business to open in Bluffton, Georgia in over 50 years, and it is quite the business! They had live music, a photographer, and a food truck to celebrate. 

The store itself is beautiful! Tons of gourmet food and drink, plus leather goods made on site (many of which are also available at Maiden South – just sayin’), WOP tees and other branded goods, made-on-site doggie rawhide treats, and more. 

White Oak Pastures is amazing, and it’s a zero-waste facility – to read more about them, visit my first post on White Oak Pastures!

We had such a good time visiting our sweet friends Jenni and Amber and soon-to-be-on-this-side baby Jack! We can’t wait to go back and visit once Jack arrives. :)


Favorite part of the shop (besides the people)? This prayer. 

May we always remember it!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Stitch Fix for Maternity

I’ve never been very tempted by Stitch Fix – I like what I like, clothes-wise, I order what I can’t get in Bainbridge and Thomasville online from companies I know and trust (and know my sizes in).  However, being pregnant has REALLY thrown a wrench in clothes shopping, and in having appropriate clothes to wear to work.  Now that I’m 32 weeks, I’m actually REALLY needing maternity clothes, and other than the few basics I have purchased, I’ve been struggling.  A friend told me a while back that she signed up for Stitch Fix during her pregnancy and LOVED it, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

Now that I’ve been using it for about 3 months, I can without a doubt say that I LOVE it!  I loved everything in my first “fix,” but actually ended up keeping a pair of garnet skinny maternity jeans and a navy cross back maternity top.  I loved the scarf they sent, but I’d rather knit my own. ;)  And I adored the sweater they sent me too, but just couldn’t keep it all.  The dress in my first shipment was cute, but not for me.  Patterns + pregnancy just ain’t my jam.  After that “Fix,” I shared those exact comments with my stylist, and since then each “fix” has gotten better and better.

It’s been the best source for unique maternity shirts that don’t make me feel like a fuddy duddy, too.  I normally steer clear of bright colors, but I fell in love with this bright fuschia top with another cross-back. (Jeans are J.Crew Maternity, jacket is old from J.Crew Factory (similar), necklace is from Maiden South).

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In my last fix, I got this adorable lace baseball-esque tee that I’ve been wearing with jeans on the weekends and with a blazer in the office.  It’s so comfy, too! Definitely one of my favorites so far.

 

I’m wearing the lace baseball tee with my FAVORITE Ingrid and Isabel Ponte Skinny Pants – I wear them almost every single day to work… and don’t plan to stop after baby arrives! shhhhh. They’re amazing.  As are their yoga pants.  Can’t recommend them enough, Mamas!

In my last Fix, I had requested a dress for my baby shower this weekend, and it turned out to be PERFECT!  I’ll be wearing it again for Easter Sunday, too.

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I can’t recommend Stitch Fix enough for pregnancy, especially for those of us with very little time to shop.  You enter your due date, and they send appropriate sizes based on your pre-pregnancy sizes and your notes to your stylist, as well as the questionnaire you fill out (it’s pretty in-depth! – aka I let them know that I generally don’t like patterns.).  You can choose to receive a fix twice a month, once a month (what I did), or as you feel like getting them (what I’ll switch to after baby arrives).  You pay a $20 styling fee, which counts towards anything you keep.  You ship back anything you don’t want by simply popping it into your mailbox, and then leave your stylist notes based on your thoughts about your fix.  It’s insanely convenient, and I’ve yet to not have a single thing in a fix that I loved.

PS Stitch Fix hasn’t paid me a single thing for this post or to use their service.  In fact, I’ve given them all MY money. :/  But full disclosure: if you do sign up through one of my links on this post, I will receive a small credit if you end up getting your own fix.  I really only share my experience because it has been such a treat during my pregnancy and I genuinely cannot recommend it enough to all you soon-to-be mamas out there!  That being said, I wouldn’t hate it if you used my link to sign up (if you sign up).  Mama needs a new pair of shoes maternity pants.

Treat yo self: Sign up for your own Stitch Fix here.

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

A Pregnancy Gift Guide (of sorts)

This post is mainly about y’all helping me!  So far, I haven’t purchased much in the way of maternity clothes or pregnancy related stuff, but I have bought a few things, and I’ve got a few more on my wish list.

Namely, I’ve purchased two pairs of nice maternity jeans.  First, I ordered this pair of pull-on toothpick maternity jeans from J.Crew.  I had a $25 off gift card for my birthday, so between that and the sale (call to order instead of online and they’ll often let you use multiple promo codes!) they weren’t really all that expensive, they’re super comfortable, and with the low rise, are supposed to be great for after baby as well.

I also ordered this pair of AG Jeans on sale from A Pea in the Pod.  They’re REALLY cute on, and have a nude-toned full panel, which I think is nice for wearing under light colored shirts compared to the dark navy or black panels on most full panel maternity jeans I saw.  Of course, as are all designer jeans, they were much too long for me, so I needed a solid 4 or 5 inches chopped off and they’re still at the seamstress’s currently.  But I’m ready for them to get back!

I figure that will last me this entire winter pregnancy as far as jeans go.  I am wearing my  yoga pants an awful lot these days currently, because although my regular jeans still fit, they are really uncomfortable while I’m sitting down, so I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and get a couple nice pairs of jeans and go ahead and start wearing them now rather than attempt all the sorcery I see on Pinterest trying to make regular jeans last as long as possible (rubber bands through belt loops, tube tops over unbuttoned jeans, etc.).  I’d prefer to be really comfortable in nice jeans that fit and that I feel good in and just wear the hell out of them, compared to many ladies who seem to do everything in their power to avoid graduating to maternity jeans.  Why wait?  They’re are super comfortable already, and I cannot tell a lie:  I’m pretty pumped that I will have stretchy pants to wear for the Holidays.  #perksofpregnant

Other than that, I bought the same top in three different colors at Target, and that’s it.  I did just order this Tart Maternity Essentials Set from Nordstrom this week, and I can’t wait for it to get here!  but apparently they were already out and cancelled my order!!   The reviews are great, it’s supposed to the super soft jersey knit, and these pieces will be really, really functional for work and play and more… so (edit) I’m extremely bummed that it’s sold out.

Tart Maternity Essentials Starter Set at Nordstrom | oysters and pearls

On to Plan B: My next purchase may be a pair of Ingrid & Isabel yoga pants, everyday maternity leggings, as well as their ponte knit pants for work.  I also really like their Midi Maternity Skirt and the Ruched Maternity Tank Dress.  The Ingrid & Isabel brand has insanely awesome reviews on both Nordstrom’s, Amazon, and blog posts, so this is where I’m heading next.

I’ve got a couple of things besides clothes I’d really like to see in my stocking this Christmas that I think any pregnant (or not pregnant!) lady would love, too.  Hint, hint, sweet Wheat!

Swell Sparkling Champagne Bottle - Pregnancy Gift Guide - oysters and pearls

I have been eyeing these Swell bottles for ages, but now that I’m knocked up, I guzzle more water than I ever thought humanly possible.  I would feel significantly more fancy if I was carrying around this Sparkling Champagne Swell bottle!  So pretty… and the 25 ounce size holds an entire bottle of wine while keeping it cold for hours. Water now, wine this summer.

Minnetonka Kayla Slippers

I end up wearing my Minnetonka Women’s Short Pug Boots
around the house as my “slippers” in the winter, and I love them!  But, I melted the sole of one of them by the fire a couple years ago, and I’d like a pair of actual cozy slippers that look a little nicer in case someone stops by… especially since I can’t slip into a cozy glass of red wine these days.  Hence, I’d like a pair of these Minnetonka Moccasins Women’s Kayla Slippers.  They’re not crazy expensive, but they are crazy cozy.

Speaking of cozy..

Can you tell I really just want to be lounging around in cozy things by a fire?  I think these cable knit slipper socks (or something similar) would also be a great gift.

Amoralia Seamless Maternity & Nursing NIghtgown, Pregnancy Gift Guide | oysters and pearls

Something I never thought about before becoming pregnant: you spend a ton of time in your pajamas, and even more when you’re in the hospital and then home with a baby.  Comfort is key, and I like to still look nice, even when lounging at home.  I LOVE this Amoralia Seamless Maternity Nightgown and matching robe at Nordstrom.  I love anything navy, and it sounds really soft and pretty.  The fact that the nightgown is nursing friendly for later on seems like a perk, too.  I also really, really like the pajama gift sets they have at Nordstrom’s.  They even include a little matching PJ for baby!  I love this one in navy and white.

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So my question to y’all is: What could you not live without while you were pregnant?  It can be clothing-related or not.  What do I need to buy?  What should I look for?  Favorite preggo leggings or pre-natal vitamins?  Favorite gift to give to someone who is expecting?  I used to try to give gift certificates for a pedicure… and I still think that’s a great gift, too!

Or just leave a comment with a funny craving you had while you were pregnant or something.  I love hearing those!

PS this post wasn’t sponsored by Nordstrom, and I swear I don’t get a single kick back from them.  I just really like shopping there because they’re shipping policies and return policies are wonderful, they have excellent customer service, and a large variety of brands… especially in the maternity department! Basically – it’s all just stuff I like and want!  I’d take anything similar, Santa, if you’re reading.

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls