The Retro Baker feat. Lindy Bop

Lindy Bop sent me a dress of my choice for review. All opinions are my own.

Lindy Bop has long been one of my favorite brands. With their quirky prints, classic cuts, and affordable prices — not to mention fantastic sales — I most often find myself turning to their website when I want to spice up my wardrobe with a new piece. I bought the Dorothy dress as my official “photography” dress for weddings when I need to look a little more professional, the Saphy Retro TV dress because… well, my husband is an aspiring filmmaker and I love old films, and this beautiful floral number that I don’t know the name of which is one of my go-to house dresses for its comfort and stretch. And I can’t forget the darling Boutique skirt, or my most recent purchase, this gorgeous plaid skirt with pockets which has yet to make it to the blog.

So a collaboration, to me, is a completely natural and fitting decision. And given my housewife tendencies, which have of late included retro recipes, choosing this darling vintage baking bookshelf themed dress was a no-brainer. With its shirtwaist style (with working buttons!), pockets, and retro bookshelf full of mixers, treats, cookbooks, and teacups, it immediately stood out to me as something that would fit well in my life and represent something I love: vintage books, and baking!

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Autumn Leaves and Butterflies feat Lady V London

Lady V London sent me a dress of my choice for review. All opinions are my own. Autumn Leaves and Butterflies | eyreeffect.comAutumn Leaves and Butterflies | eyreeffect.com

My lovely friend Sara Lily of In a Nutshell Blog has worn Lady V London several times before, and I am always absolutely smitten by their dresses. So when they offered to send me a dress of my choice for review, I was so excited! This beautiful Hepburn dress in a teal butterfly print appealed to me for its gorgeous colors and the ability I will have to wear it year-round. It is sleeveless, but has so many colors in its print — most unexpectedly, a mustard-brown — that with a change of cardigan or addition of tights, it is easily made appropriate for fall and winter.

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The Hunt for Red November

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I know I am not the only one who feels like this year is drawing to an end all too fast, but looking back at these photos emphasizes it even more to me. I took these the day we found out we were pregnant again. I was certain my excitement would burst out of me to anyone passing by, but then again I always choose less-traveled areas to take photos so I only had an interaction with about four people, who were all together in a group. Red November | eyreeffect.comRed November | eyreeffect.comRed November | eyreeffect.com

As I was shooting, the group of elderly people walked past where I planned to stand. The first spoke up, “I hope we’re not ruining your picture!” and the second quickly quipped, “we’ll model for you” while chortling with amusement and striking a silly pose.

The third stopped and struck up a short conversation.

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Fall Florals with Karina Dresses

Karina Dresses sent me a dress for review. All opinions are my own. 

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I have heard many praises sung about Karina Dresses for what seems like years. I’ve heard they are incredibly comfortable, flattering, easy to wear, pretty, the list goes on! They’re American made, which is always fantastic. Plus, they’re machine washable and wrinkle free; when you’re a mom, especially, what more could you ask of a dress? So when I finally decided to reach out for a collaboration I wanted to put Karina Dresses to the test. Could they tick off my current list of what makes a go-to dress?

Well, let me tell you, they  more than exceeded my expectations!

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Additions

If you follow me on any forms of social media, you will have seen the announcement by now. But since I didn’t have a Halloween outfit to share today (thanks to pregnancy and also a child with the stomach flu), it turned out to be the perfect timing to finally share here.

Baby Suko three is due June 15 or so, though with my track record it’ll be more like June 25. Asa was six days late, and Evie was ten days late. This baby better not hold record and be later than his or her siblings!  Although at this point, I do expect a late baby so I will be pleasantly surprised if this one actually arrives closer to my due date than my other two.

I am currently about seven and a half weeks along, and boy is this baby an eager one. I’ve already got a small bump; enough that strangers at the store have asked when I’m due. For about two weeks, all I wanted to eat was spaghetti, but now I’m on a fizzy water and mashed potatoes kick. Much like my pregnancy with Asa, I get “morning sickness” in the afternoons and evenings, and crave fatty foods. Give me all the butter and frozen yogurt! I’m hoping that morning sickness will subside sooner rather than later, but worse than that is the exhaustion. I had forgotten how tired the first trimester is! I feel like I could sleep all day and still not be quite rested.

Asa and Evie are still a little too young to fully understand what it means to have another baby, but they are tentatively excited nonetheless. Asa has asked if I need to eat a lot of food to grow the baby, and Evie softly replies “yeah!” every time I ask if she wants mama to have a baby. It will be fun to show them as my belly grows and solidify the idea into a real, tangible thing for their young minds to grasp!

Bernie Dexter suspender skirt | Amazon Oxfords | MAK cardigan | thrifted top