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November 2010

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Baby Talk

Dear Baby,

Tonight while you were moving around I tapped on my belly twice. You kicked back twice. I felt our connection grow in this moment, my little mimicker. Sometimes when Daddy watches you roll and kick it freaks him out, but most of the time he goes “woah” in amazement. He’s always talking to you and doting on you.

I keep finding more owl things I want to put in your nursery. It’s hard to focus on the important things like diapers and car seats when there are so many cute owls out there.

Xoxox,
Mommy

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A Year of Pixels: Blog Birthday #2

It’s been two years since Little Gray Pixel was born. Woohoo! Did anyone get me a present? What? No one remembered?!

Well, allow me to refresh your memory with some of the highlights from the past year.

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I’ve started a few new features like The It List and Baby Talk.

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We went to Seattle. And Malibu. And Venice Beach. And, of course, Los Angeles.

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I fell in love with bunting, triangle handbags, tribal prints, rompers, turquoise, pom necklaces, stripes and red lipstick.

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I was inspired by the fashion in my favorite movies. Like “Heathers.” And “Dazed and Confused.” And “Shag.”

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I got my mix tape on with my favorite music of the decade. I also had a blast putting together a few video chains (a twisted glimpse at how my mind really works). I also curated my own Friday Night Concert series.

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I shared some of my secrets with you, like how I learned to pack a carry-on. And what’s really in my bag. And the things that remind me of Hawaii. I told you how I cheer myself up. I even let you in on the 31 things I’m trying to do before I turn 32. At the risk of ridicule, I shared my favorite holiday flicks. Lastly, I shared my biggest triumph — the best cookies I ever made.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading these things as much as I enjoyed writing them … and hopefully this blog has inspired you in some way. I can’t thank you enough for coming back to find out what’s going to happen next. I’m honored to have such great blog friends! Xoxox.

Wish List 11.15.10

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We are currently in between living room rugs, and I can’t stop coming back to Anthropologie’s offerings (like this and this). There are so many gorgeous choices. Too bad I have an aversion to spending so much money on something I’ll just walk on. It’s more than an aversion. It’s something I’m physically unable to do. It must be genetic.

Design Dialogue: Holiday Cards

As you know from my post last year, I have a little problem getting holiday cards out on time. What can I say, it’s an illness I’m desperately trying to combat (along with my increasing forgetfulness of birthdays). Step No. 1: Start the shopping earlier. So I’ve been rounding up my absolute favorite original designs from Etsy. Of course now it’ll take the rest of the month for me to choose, and I’ll be right back at square one. Sigh.

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Fashion Forward: Purple and Mint

My fashion color palette is shifting again. It’s no surprise that I’m leaning toward the nursery accent colors — lavender and light green — only in what I call the “adult version,” a deep purple (or “grape soda” as a colleague would say) with mint green. The combo feels familiar yet refreshing. Cozy yet chilly. Basically everything I associate with the onset of winter.

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Baby Talk

27 Weeks

I have to admit, I don’t feel very photogenic lately. But when I got home from work last week, 27 weeks and four days pregnant, H told me how adorable I looked so I let him take some rare pregnancy pics. Confession #1: Even though I look seasonably attired, the day I wore this outfit it was 100 degrees in downtown L.A. Yuck!

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And my baby bump is now so big I can barely see my toes. Confession #2: My baby bump is also so big that this once knee-length dress is now only as long as a mid-thigh tunic.

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What I wore: Anthropologie Stormy Seas Necklace, Target dress, LC Lauren Conrad cardigan

How to Host a Blurry Pumpkin Carving Party

How to host a successful adult pumpkin-carving party, complete with blurry photographic evidence, in six easy steps.

1. Turn the lights down so low it’s nearly impossible to take a non-blurry photo. This is key. You wouldn’t want ANY photos to turn out decent.

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2. Drink a few beers. (Except if you’re pregnant like me, in which case you drink water and eye the beer longingly.)

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3. Get out the carving materials, the sharper and stranger the better. Try not to hurt yourself … or others.

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4. Separate the guts so you can roast those seeds.

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5. To make the activity more dangerous fun, make the carving a time contest.

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6. Celebrate by turning out even more lights and capturing the finished product in all its blurry glory.

Baby Talk

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Dear Baby,

My belly is getting bigger and bigger with you inside. You know what that means: less than 13 weeks and you’ll be here!

To prepare for your homecoming we have cleared out a good portion of your nursery. We spent an hour putting together your crib. Your daddy moved a very large 7-foot bookshelf from that room into the living room all by himself. If you could see the size of this thing you’d be impressed. Among other impressive things, the size of your wardrobe is starting to make me jealous. You even have cuter shoes than I do.

Today a beautiful poster by Sparkle Power arrived in the mail. We’re going to frame it and hang it in the nursery. The song “You Are My Sunshine” is special to me because that’s what my own Mommy and Daddy sang to me when I was a baby.

Speaking of music, the two of us have been listening to The Beatles. You can tell when I move the earbud to a different spot because you kick in that exact spot. I take that as being the equivalent to “turn it up, Mommy!”

XOXO,
Mommy