I'm a #BendelGirl ♥︎

November 24, 2015

I recently had the amazing opportunity to team up with Henri Bendel to share my top picks from their current Holiday Catalog & some exciting news!  

Although I had seen Henri Bendel's bags & accessories online before, I didn't realize they carried such a wide selection of products including jewelry and hadn't had a chance to see them in person because they were difficult to find/purchase here in Japan. 

Well the exciting news is, they are now offering international shipping!!
Now we can all be Bendel Girls ♥︎

Coat: ZARA  (shop similar here + here)  / /  Tank Top: Old Navy / /  Skirt: H&M  (similar here + here) / /  Handbag: ℅ Henri Bendel  / /  Shoes: Aldo (shop similar here + here)

With all odds working against us (heavy rain, crazy wind, Hubby's sore knees, my cankles and a few hormonal tears -the works), we managed to attempt an outfit shoot.
As a mommy-to-be, I was instantly drawn to this 3-in-1 style handbag/crossbody/backpack!  I love the versatility and functionality.  Today I decided to use this bag as a handbag since Babygirl is still "handsfree" at the moment (less than 6 weeks to go!!).

I've shared some of my favorite pieces from the Holiday Collection below but feel free to visit the website and find your own personal favorites.  They truly have something for everyone and if you're looking to make your purchase even more special, many of the available handbags and accessories can be personalized via monogramming or embroidery.

- Shop My Henri Bendel Faves -

I'd love to see/hear what your favorites are below whether you are already a #BendelGirl or about to become one!! Along with my faves I also have my eyes on this bracelet and ANY of the gorgeous Uptown Satchels ♥︎

A special thank you to Henri Bendel for collaborating x sponsoring this post!

Simmy x

Strollers. The Struggle is Real.

October 6, 2015

Ok, so many of you may know from following my instagram, facebook page or my last post, we're expecting.  It's been a long road to get to where we are but we are so thankful for all of the love and support we've received throughout our journey.  We are truly blessed.

As excited as we've been, it's also been extremely overwhelming.  There are just so many choices (of everything) out there and a bottomless pit of decisions to make!  Trying to figure out and decide what brand baby bottles, breast pumps, wet wipes etc. has been really stressful.  

One of the biggest decisions that I've been struggling with is the stroller.  Because I don't drive, I know I'll be using it to get around especially when Hubby's not around to give us a ride!  I've been looking for an all black stroller with a sleek, simple look that will work with our lifestyle here in Japan and I finally narrowed it down to 3 beautiful strollers: Bugaboo Buffalo, Nuna IVVI & Stokke Crusi.

If any of you own/have owned any of these strollers, I'd love to know your thoughts!

For those of you who are interested, the very first purchase I made was our baby's carseat.  After reading/watching 3,572,916 blog reviews and youtube reviews, I finally decided on the Nuna PIPA carseat & base.  Safety was obviously our number one concern but another major deciding factor was the amazing extendable canopy/hood on this carseat.  

Also, in case you're wondering, this carseat works with any of the three stroller mentioned above as well as any stroller that works with a Maxi Cosi adapter.

I told myself I'd decide on the stroller by Monday. It's now Tuesday going on Wednesday and I'm no where near making up my mind.  Again, any moms (and dads) out there that have any experience with these strollers, your advice and thoughts are VERY welcome..ok, more like NEEDED!!

In the meantime, how cute is our little babe?

Simmy xo

Getting Personal...

September 4, 2015

It's been so long since my last post and I'm so sorry! So much has happened since and this post will explain a big part of it.

This is an extremely personal post.  It took me a while to be ok with posting this and I can't count how many times I've edited, almost posted, deleted and rewritten this post. Please keep in mind that I'm sharing my personal experiences and my intentions aren't to offend or upset anyone.  I hope that this post might help, encourage or raise a little awareness.

Here I go…..

Last year, Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor (a blogger and blog that I adore) shared her touching story of her miscarriage when announcing her pregnancy.  I was so moved and inspired by her story that although I wasn't emotionally ready at the time, I decided that someday when I felt comfortable with it, I would share mine with you.

Hubby and I have been trying to conceive since we got married in 2011.  Over the years we've seen family/friends have babies, seen their babies grow up, seen family/friends have more babies and so on!
It's been confusing, frustrating and at times heartbreaking to say the least.

One morning (in 2014) I woke up and I just had a funny feeling so I decided to take a pregnancy test -I had a million of these laying around.  The faintest line ever. Took another test.  Another faint line.
BUT…a line!!

We were beyond happy and excited but extremely nervous too.  I made it a point to not let myself get too carried away and started torturing myself with thoughts of anything and everything that could possibly go wrong.  I kept telling myself to be ready for the possibility of disappointment and to not get my hopes up. We told a few close family members and close friends early on (the same ones that I knew I would turn to for support should anything go wrong).  It took every fiber of my being to not announce it to anyone and everyone.  If I could, it probably would've been all over every single social media outlet available.

After every appointment, I breathed a little easier.  Just seeing the little spot on the screen and hearing the doctor tell me everything looked ok was the highlight of my week.  Our 9 week appointment was the game changer.  We saw our baby's heartbeat. Game over. 

It was love, it was real and it was ours.

The morning of my 11 week appointment, I was thinking, "One more week until I'm in the clear…." and even had plans to meet with friends after the appointment.  At our last appointment we had seen our baby's heartbeat and I was expecting to hear the baby's heartbeat this time. The doctor started the ultrasound and not only could I not hear the baby's heartbeat, I couldn't see it at all.  
I had had a missed miscarriage and I was devastated.  

I had made the mistake of taking the train in (alone) that day and the only thing more devastating than the news I just received was having to call Hubby to tell him.  It was just so painful and heartbreaking.

Before I had a chance to process what was going on, I was scheduled for a D&C for the next day and I was sent on my way.  I sobbed the whole train ride home and I'm pretty sure the old man sitting next to me thought I was a little crazy.  I actually felt a lot crazy.  I was having a "WHY? WHY ME?" sort of a moment.

Going through the process of a D&C was just as terrible as I imagined. The waiting was difficult and of course knowing what they were doing was excruciating.  Although I knew the baby was gone, it was as if they were killing my baby and taking him/her away from me.  Needless to say the emotional strain far outweighed any kind of physical pain. 

Unfortunately we had another miscarriage after that before we decided to take the plunge and try a round of IVF here in Japan (another story for another day).

Infertility and miscarriages are so very common and I had no idea until I was right in the middle of it all.  I was SO lucky to have the support of Hubby, family & friends.  It was therapeutic to talk about what I was going through and really helped me in my healing process.

Having said all that, I'll never forget my angel babies and they'll always be with me.  

It's SO important for me to end this post on a positive note and to spread a little hope and encouragement to those of you who are still trying...♡

I'm so happy/excited to be able to say that Hubby & I are currently expecting!!!

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We haven't been able to confirm our little babe's gender yet but you'll know when we know! 
If you don't already, feel free to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and/or my Facebook Page to keep up to date on my pregnancy journey.

Simmy xo

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