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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.


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

Bloggers’ Favorite Things Giveaway

Okay, so (hopefully!) you’ve all heard about the AMAZING Bloggers’ Favorite Things Giveaway by now. But to refresh your memory, a bunch of us bloggers got together and all picked out our favorite things in the whole wide world.  And we’re going to give one extremely lucky winner a whole bunch of our favorite things!

Bloggers' Favorite Things

So without further adieu… Here are some of MY very favorite things!

Bloggers' Favorite Things

My Barbour Beadnell jacket: I got mine last year from J.Crew (Barbour for J.Crew).  It has a Liberty of London purple and white lining and I absolutely adore it.  It’s perfect for quail hunting, fire sitting, and is perfectly SoWeGa chic. ;)  Mine is no longer available, but there is still a plain Barbour for J.Crew Beadnell available.  Tip: Barbour doesn’t exactly go on sale very often… but J.Crew does!  I called to find my size in a store, and they allowed me to use the 25% promotion they had going after Christmas last year…
Anything Plaid: Like most other bloggers out there, I’m obsessed with plaid this year.  I am LOVING my new brown plaid scarf that Tana at Plum Classy gifted me.  Cream monogram + brown plaid = one happy girl!
The Laundress Cashmere & Wool Shampoo: This stuff is the jam.  It’s a wee bit pricey, but I purchased a bottle back in undergrad (over 4 years ago!) and it’s still going strong and saves me a fortune in dry cleaning.  Just turn your cashmere and wool sweaters and such inside out, hand wash or wash in your machine on the delicate cycle, dry flat, and be amazed at the softness.  Plus, it has cedar oil in it to make it smell wintery and run off moths.   They even have a blog where they dole out advice on how to remove stains and launder even the most delicate of clothes.  Do yourself a favor many times over and get this now.  The Laundress even sells a wool & cashmere gift bag that would be such an amazing gift for anyone with a quality sweater collection.
Living Proof No Frizz Styling Creme: I realize that I’ve already talked about this stuff, but seriously.  It’s the best goo I’ve ever put in my hair.  Just read the reviews and buy it and live without frizz and regret.
Sassy Wine Stoppers: This jingle bell wine stopper is from C. Wonder, but take your pick.  Attached to a bottle of wine, this is the perfect hostess gift that a lush wino gal like me will always appreciate.
Essie Carry On Nail Polish: The perfect deep burgundy nail polish for when you want to be festive, but also a little emo.
Sid Mashburn Oyster Shell Belt Buckle:  I realize that this is a dude’s belt buckle.  But there is nothing stopping me from purchasing it for myself.  This is the perfect gift for the Southern gentle person in your life, be he a man, or a woman (I hope someone out there gets the Anchorman reference there).
Cast Iron Skillets: no explanation really necessary, right?  They cook your food, but better.  Buy them old, buy them new, read my post on cast iron care, and cook like a boss.
Citizen Rocket High Rise Skinny Jeans: The best jeans.  Ever.  Once you go mom jeans, you never go back.  Really – I gave the rest of mine to Goodwill (and my shorter-torso-ed madre).
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen Cookbook: (<– affiliate link!)  This has been a really fun cookbook not only to read like a novel, but also to cook from.  They adapt a lot of recipes from the famous Charleston Receipts for modern day kitchens, while explaining a lot of the history behind the recipes, too.  Scuppernong Sangria, anyone?
J.Crew Nightshirt: Super comfortable.  Super appropriate, too.  Which comes in handy during all of this Christmas-Holiday-Family-in-town madness.  Too cold?  Add leggings.  Heck, belt it and call it an outfit and a day.
Michael Kors Watch:  I feel like this is THE Pinterest watch of Christmas 2013.  Everybody wants it.  You know you do, too.
Shearling-Lined Bean Boots:  I got these for Christmas a few years ago, and they are crazy comfortable and warm.  You can fold them down to show some fur and be cute, or you can lace these bad boys up and hike some mountains or sludge through some snow.  So very versatile.
Georgia Cutting Board: I pulled this from one of my favorite shops in Thomasville – Firefly.  But they are all over the Etsy-verse too.  You can buy these in any state-shape you’d like.  With a pretty cheese knife or spreader, it would make an awesome gift.  Or for those of you shopping for yourself… just pick your favorite state and we’ll move on.
You would think I was done… but no.  Polyvore wouldn’t let me clip in some of my favorite things from more, ahem, obscure websites.  So in addition to those above, here are some of my other favorites:
Extra Large Custom Tobacco Slat Cutting Board by Marc Ventry | Oysters & Pearls Tobacco Slat Cutting Board, Edge Detail | Oysters & Pearls
Remember my post on Marc and his amazing cutting boards? Well you guyssssss he got a website!!  So please go check it out.  His cutting boards are TDF and beautiful and wonderful and are one of my very favorite things ever.
UPDATE: Next Wednesday (December 11, 2013) is the last day to order anything from
Southern Restoration Furniture before Christmas.  Just in case anyone is using this as a gift guide. ;)
And not only is my cutting board one of my most favorite things, but so are Marc’s Nunya Beeswax products.  His chapstick is some of the best I’ve ever used, and his hand balm is awesome and perfect for tossing in your purse without worrying about spillage!  He makes them all with beeswax from his own bee hives.  Jack of all trades, he is.
Nunya Beeswax | Oysters & Pearls
And the lucky giveaway winner is also going to get two Nunya Beeswax chapsticks and two hand balms!!  Thanks, Marc!
I first discovered GBCC on Instagram, where all good things happen.  Based out of Birmingham, Carmen hand pours all of these candles herself.  They are beautiful, smell amazing, and they are in wine bottles.  Another perfect gift for the lushes in your life who also like their house to smell nice.
The Green Bottle Candle Company Holiday Pear Candle- Bloggers' Favorite Things Giveaway | Oysters & Pearls
Even better news?  The Green Bottle Candle Company has generously donated a Green Bottle Candle to the giveaway!  So the winner will not only get Rachel’s favorite Capri Blue candle, the winner will also get a Green Bottle Candle in Holiday Pear, too!  Thank you so much, Carmen!
Seriously, y’all, the fabulousness of this giveaway is slaying me.  I’m dead.
And so finally… I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m giving away?  What will the winner get from Oysters & Pearls???
Well, that would be a cast iron skillet, of course.
Bloggers' Favorite Things Giveaway - Win a Cast Iron Skillet! | Oysters & Pearls Win a Size 6 Cast Iron Skillet in the Bloggers' Favorite Things Giveaway! | Oysters & Pearls Win This Cast Iron Skillet in the Bloggers' Favorite Things Giveaway! | Oysters & Pearls
The winner will be receiving an antique 6 inch diameter cast iron skillet that was purchased for just such an occasion from the Antique Annex in Bainbridge, Georgia and seasoned by yours truly.  It’s in great shape and ready for cooking!  Oh, and future winner, just don’t forget to check out my post on how to care for cast iron once you get it!
All right.  If you want to win this skillet, the Green Bottle Candle Company Candle, lots of baking goodies, a Capri Blue Volcano candle, and much, much more…
Enter now.  Good luck and Happy Holidays!!

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Until Next Time