Sunday, December 30, 2012

Week's Best Looks: December 30th 2012.

I love compiling the Best Looks which I present to you every Sunday, for a couple of months now. There were a lot of looks I loved this week. And a couple of these ladies are actually new to my blog roll but I already love their style. I kept in mind the Holidays and New Year's Eve too and I think most of these looks (just like last week) would be great for many Holiday Parties and New Year's-related parties. I have 13 Lucky Ladies, 13 Lovely Looks to present to you this year. That is fitting how 2013 is coming in 24  hours or so. When I put these looks together, I didn't necessarily think of year 2013 but now looking at my colages, there are exactly 13 of them. There is a lot of Red, Green, Orange & Hot Pink this week. Also, Stripes, Sequins & Polka Dots. =) A lot of ladies are showing what they wore for Christmas. Enjoy!!

And Ladies Keep Staying Stylish and Dressing Beautifully through 2013!! Happy New Year to You!!

This Week's Lovely Looks include, starting with the first colage
(from top to bottom, left to right):

Jessica wears a Beautiful, Girly, Full, Short Skirt making the look even more Feminine with a Skinny Bow Belt but dressing it down by pairing a Chambray Button-Down with a Plaid Button-Down. Cute, Festive Look!
Megan loves Stars and has a lot of Star-Printed clothing. This sweater is truly bold & fun. I love it paired with the Silver Star Boots & Funky Hat which looks great with her new shorter hairdo.
Bonnie wears a Stunning Green Coat over a casual outfit of Leggings tucked into Boots, Long, Cozy Cardigan & Chambray Shirt. You gotta love her Red Lips, too.
Londyn wears a Red, Double-Breasted Blazer over a Funky Black+White Print Dress with a Kerchief Hemline. She looks Rockstarish in her Over-the-Knee Boots. Good Outfit for a Fun, Loud Bar on New Year's Eve.
Ginny wears a Beautiful Navy Polka-Dot Sweater dressing it up with a Stunning Yellow & Silver Statement Necklace & a Bunch of Bracelets. Love the Socks under the Boots.
Alice's Christmas Outfit featured a Girly, Red, Pleated Skirt, a Leopard Sweater, a Gold Sparkly Belt, Patterned Tights, Mid-Calf Boots & Beautiful Statement Jewelry Pieces.
Heather shows off 2 New Christmas Gifts: A Sparkly Neon Pink Cardigan and Funky Brown & Gray Boots her Husband gave her. All paired with a Super-Cute Mint Necklace.
Jenni wore this Dressy, Colorful Outfit to Church, for Christmas. Every woman needs a Red Pencil Skirt if this is an indication. And I love those Bronze & Gold, Frilly Pumps. So Festive!
Tunde wore so many great outfits this week - it was so hard for me picking this one. But ultimately skinny Polka Dot Pants, a Gorgeous Burnt Orange Blouse with a Subtle Animal Print & a Girly Bow Belt won me over. I'd wear this for New Year's Eve to a Bar!
Kallee put on a See-Through Polka Dot Blouse with a Classic, Black Pencil Skirt & Quilted Boots. She tied a Silky Leopard Scarf as a Headband. Hard to believe this outfit came from Forever 21 - she looks Great.
Skylette stayed True to her Blog's Name "Sequins and Stilettos" by pairing a Sequined Sweatshirt with Hot Pink Skinny Jeans and Beautiful Snakeskin Pumps.
Frannie wore the Ultimate Christmas Outfit for Christmas: Cute Red Flats, Sparkly Black/Gold Leggings, a Stripped Peplum Top & Leather Gloves all topped off by a Beautiful Red Coat & Sequined Winter White Beanie.
Juneli is wearing her Hi-Low Skirt by pairing Vertical & Horizontal Stripes while Mixing Orange, Purple & Beige. I love her Geometric Colorful Necklace & Gold Bracelets.

And My Own Favorite Look of the Week:

It has to be My Christmas Outfit. I love this sweater. It is such a pretty Strawberry Red & I love the Silk, Quilted Shoulder Detail. I also think it looks so cute over my growing belly. I dressed it up with some Pretty Jewelry though the rest of the outfit was kept simple between my Gray Leggings tucked into Gray Boots.

My Baby Story: 35 Weeks.

This week marked the end of my job, and as of Friday I started My Maternity Leave. Thankfully, in Albania, you can take your leave as early as 35 days before your baby's due date. I don't have 35 days left, less than that, but it was determined at my job that I would only work through the end of 2012. As a matter of fact because of budget costs, they are taking my position off altogether. But, because I have worked for a full year straight, full time and with insurance, I benefit a whole year of Paid Maternity Leave so I am taking all of 2013 off to raise my baby and be by her side. It is the best thing after all. It would cost me just as much had I gone back to work and paid a lot of money for a baby-sitter, a nanny or day-care. Now that days are flying by and 2012 is coming to a close, I am THATMUCHCLOSER to the birth and arrival of our sweet, little Princess. =)


To My Baby Girl:
 
Oh Sweet Girl, we had a 35-week ultra-sound on Friday and in 5 and a half weeks from the last ultra-sound, you had grown up so much, little peanut. You had pretty much doubled in size. You are at about 6 lbs. now. WOW!! My belly is not very large but whatever weight there is, it's all you Baby Girl. In these cases we say MASHALLA!! I can just imagine that in the next 2-3 weeks you will grow that much more. Also, the doctor said because of your growth and the fact that you move so much (yes you moved a lot during the ultra-sound as well), you might make an earlier presence so I should expect you anytime after January 15th-January 20th. You have kicked a ton this week, especially in the mid-week and on Friday. Your little legs, knees & feet have gotten so strong that you keep kicking mommy close to the kidney on my right side. And yes it is a little bit painful. But you are strong and you are in the right birthing position, we were told during your last ultra-sound, so I will take all the kicks, even the most painful of them as long as you are well & healthy.

Mom Sends you her Love as I caress the Belly and think of you every minute, till you are in my arms.

How Far Along: 35 weeks.
Total Weight Gain: 19 lbs or so. Yes, I have gained some weight in the last 10 days or so.
Baby Measurements & Weight: According to the ultra-sound you were about 2.600 kg, about 6 lbs. The last ultra-sound we had of you, you were about 1.400 kg. Good Job Baby Girl, keep growing. But because you were moving a lot, it was hard measuring your height, however the doctor said everything was within the normal measurements. =)
Maternity Clothes? Yes. Definitely Maternity Pants, though I still wear a bunch of Non-Maternity Stretchy Leggings & Non-Maternity tops.
Best moment this week: The ultra-sound was the best part, hearing her heartbeats & seeing her in the monitor. She was healthy, strong & had gained some weight. She was at the right weight for her age.
Miss Anything? Even-though I have only been off from work for 3 days now, I know a part of me will miss work. I worked there 6 days a week, over 50 hours a week for a full year. It was a good job overall though it had its crappy, hectic moments - just like every job. week. But I know I will enjoy these days before her birth, relaxing, sleeping, cooking, cleaning & getting ready for Baby Girl. =)
Movement: Yes, DAILY. A lot of her kicks and movements are so much stronger now & some of them even hurt mommy.
Food Cravings: I was craving rice yesterday. I haven't eaten or craved much rice throughout this pregnancy. I love rice pilaf, risotto & such but I didn't care for it much while pregnant. Yesterday we had lunch out at a Mexican Restaurant where I had some rice & yummy Mexican Food, which I was also craving. And I have been craving more sweets too. So after, we went to a small Coffee/Dessert place. It is just this tiny, cozy, warm place where they make the best desserts. I had a Chocolate Ganache Dessert over a Chocolate Graham Cookie Crust. It was delish.
Gender: Girl.
Belly button in or out? Definitely more out than in. Not completely out though.
Wedding rings on or off? On, usually on my middle finger. I was showing my fingers to my husband yesterday, telling him how they have gotten thinner, while pregnant.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Ohhh super happy. Even when she kicks me and it hurts I am happy, because I know she is in there and is letting me know that she is OK and is growing just fine.
Looking forward to:  Putting her bed together this week and decorating it with the sheets, blankets, toys and everything else. I am sure it will come out so pretty. Also looking forward to doing a little shopping for her (we have a few things to get, just a couple of things left). And of course I am looking forward to New Year's. A brand new year filled with so much Joy, Hope & Happiness especially now that we are expecting. 2013 will be A VERY LUCKY, GOOD YEAR FOR US because of our little one!!