Tuesday, August 22, 2017

bloopers vol. 3

In honor of Teal and Polka Dot's three-year anniversary, I give you a maternity blooper reel. Because most days aren't all pregnancy glow, unicorns and rainbows...
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the jabba the hutt   //   original post

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the who wants a hug?  //  original post

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the what the heck?  //  original post

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the looks of disdain  //  original posts one  |  two  |  three

bloopers vol 3_7
the goober  //  original post

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the I don't wanna   //  original post

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the wassssup  //  original post

bloopers vol 3_9
the beats me  //  original post

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the ohhhh yeaaaah  //  original post

bloopers vol 3_10
the you wanna piece of this?  //  original post

bloopers vol 3_4
the contemplative  //  original post

And because he loves to capture me at my most, um, "flattering"...my lovely photographer hubs...

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Hope you enjoyed this as much as I had fun putting it together. :)

Monday, August 21, 2017


Yesterday marked the three year anniversary of Teal and Polka Dots! I still can't believe it's been three years - time sure does fly - it's been a whirlwind year for sure. So in honor of the occasion, I thought it would be fun to do a third edition blogiversary Q&A.

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What have you learned during the past year of blogging? 
Interest definitely ebbs and flows. I feel like sometimes my blog is on point, the content is good and people and into it. Other times, people just aren't reading. Could be the time of year, could be the type of content. Mostly importantly, I've learned not to take any of it personally. I post on here for fun, and hopefully that's interesting to some, but if it's not, then that's okay too. :) I've also realized this blog will probably always be small, and I'm completely okay with that. I think the truly successful bloggers dedicate a significant amount of time to their spaces, and it shows. With everything that's happened in the past year - new house, new baby on the way, and keeping up with family, career and life, I realize I can't give this space the kind of attention that creates a truly successful blog.

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What's your favorite/least favorite outfit you've blogged in the past year? 
Ooo...that's a tough one. It's been a kinda weird year for outfits, since I've been pregnant for the majority of it (or at least it feels like way). One of my favorites was just a simple stripe dress with a long blush cardigan and booties. Not especially groundbreaking, but I liked the way I looked and felt in it. Ironically, one of my least favorites features the same dress and long cardigan - but the sandals, washed out pink color and accessories just made it a fail for me.

Will you keep blogging after the baby comes? 
I don't know exactly what this space will look like after baby boy comes, but I do know I want to keep posting. I plan on taking a break after he's born so I can focus on our family and adjust to life with a newborn, but I fully intend to come back to blogging.

What's been on of your biggest challenges this year? 
One of the most frustrating things that happened this year was when my rain boot blog photos were linked to porn on Pinterest. I felt exposed and angry that someone had taken something innocent and made it feel dirty. Did the person only find me on Pinterest, or have they stalked my blog and found out way to much about my life? Trying to decide exactly how much information to make public after the incident has be a big challenge. I want us to all be friends on here, and I want to be transparent about my life - and that includes my family, job, where I live - but now there's a big dose of fear about online exposure.

What are you looking forward to in the year to come? 
I think the next year of blogging is going to be an interesting one, especially with the addition of a new baby. But I plan to keep up with outfit posts, and I'd really love to get back into doing some DIY/crafting posts (may favorite one from last year is definitely the nutcracker makeover).

Thank you so much to each and every one of you who takes the time to read this space. Your comments and encouragement are really what makes it all worth it. So here's to three years - and hopefully many more to come!

Read my second-year blogiversary Q&A here and first-year blogiversary here

Sunday, August 20, 2017

thoughts and whatnots 8.20.17

8.20.17 thoughts and whatnots
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  • what I'm watching: Reruns of Family Guy.
  • what I'm crafting: I'm making (slow) progress on the knit red and white dotted crib blanket. At this rate, I'm worried I won't have it finished by the time baby boy arrives - fingers crossed I can finish in time! 
  • what I'm crushing on: Have you seen the new Rifle Paper Co. Keds? Oh, my gosh, I'm just obsessed with the pretty floral designs. I think the embroidered floral and gold metallic ones are my favorites of the bunch, but they're all lovely. 
  • what I'm looking forward to: My sweet parents are coming in town this Wednesday and graciously offered to watch our kiddo so we could sneak in a little getaway before the baby is born. We've decided to go to St. Augustine for a few days since it's relatively close to home and one of our favorite places. I'm so excited for our trip!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

return of the maternity uniform

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I'm back to my maternity uniform of a stretchy dress, kimono and sandals - and it feels so good. August has been the hottest so far this summer, and I'm more than grateful for easy outfits like these. :)

This Old Navy dress is one I've worn a whole slew of times, but somehow never manage to get blog pictures of. (Here's my favorite Instagram outfit selfie of it.) Sadly, it's sold out in blue, but it's still available it in black, red and a black and white patterned option. If I wasn't so far along in my pregnancy, I'd be tempted to pick it up in a few more colors, but heaven knows I have enough maternity dresses and I did just buy two pairs of maternity shorts for our upcoming baby moon trip next weekend. When the temps are going to be in the 90s with 100% humidity, I'll wear the least amount of clothes possible to be comfortable - even hated shorts. The cream, lace maternity shorts I mentioned Tuesday arrived yesterday, and I love them - so freaking comfy - AND I got them on sale for under $10!

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dress: Old Navy maternity (similar, non-maternity option)  |  kimono:  The Florida House (cute alternative) last worn here  |  sandals: Old Navy (cute alternative)  |  necklace: J. Crew Factory (cute alternative)   |  watch: Michael Kors (exact)  |  bracelet: Kendra Scott (similar)

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Today makes 32 weeks pregnant and time for another bump update. We had an ultrasound yesterday and it was a bit of a dozy. While baby boy is perfectly healthy, we did find out that he's frank breech and freaking HUGE - like in the 98% percentile huge - as in tracking at 36 weeks, not 32. We have a lot of tall men in both my and my husband's family, so I guess it's not so surprising that he's a big boy.

Because of his size, it's very unlikely that he'll be able to turn head down by the time of delivery. We could try to have him manually moved - I know people that have had success with that - but due to his projected large size, he'll quite possibly be big too big to deliver vaginally. Basically, it means I'm looking quite possibly at a c-section. The doctor is going to keep a close eye on him to see how he continues to develop. But in the meantime, I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for a delivery different than what I was expecting. But the most important thing is that his healthy and so am I and the rest of it will get sorted out.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


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Wearing these Birkenstocks are like a major flashback to the past. In high school birks were my jam - I had the double strap version in a very similar color to this and in brown leather as well as the mules in the same tan/grey suede. I wore them so much I had to have the soles replaced. So comfy, so granola, so high school. But at some point I outgrew my obsession and moved on to whatever it was a wore in college - flipflops, sandals, should I admit it's be so long that I don't really remember?

Flash forward 17 years - I can't believe I graduated from high school 17 years ago -  and suddenly Birkenstocks are "in" again. (Or at least they are in the Panhandle of Florida, though we aren't exact the most fashion forward :). I'm really liking this updated version with the straps around the big toe, they definitely look a little more feminine than their predecessors. And they're just as comfy as a remembered, though they do take some breaking in (which I had forgotten about). I couldn't resist throwing on this cute garnet kimono, figuring I might as well embrace the boho vibes. :)

I can see wearing them with shorts, seriously how adorable are these maternity lace shorts? - and possibly with a dress, though I'm not 100% on how I'd style it. Thoughts? My parents kindly offered to watch the small one for few days two weekends from now, so the husband and I are in the process of planning a last minute baby moon. We haven't decided exactly where we're going, but I do know these sandals will be going in my travel bag!

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shoes: Birkenstock (exact)  |  kimono: Target (exact)  |  tee: GAP maternity (exact, non-maternity version)  |  jeans: GAP maternity (similar, non-maternity option)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (cute alternative)
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Monday, August 14, 2017

monday musings: week 32

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Welcome to Monday Musings! Each Monday I share a different "get to know you" style Q&A. I invite you to join in the comments below so I can get to know you as well.

Q: Tell us one of your bad habits.

A: I can be a bit impatient - especially when I'm hangry. Hanger - for me - has been especially difficult to manage while pregnant. Now that I've found out I have GB (gestational diabetes) I have to be very careful about what I eat, and since I have to test my blood sugar two hours after breakfast, lunch and dinner, I can't just grab a snack whenever hunger strikes, or it'll jack up my results. Between that and my busiest time at work, I've felt the impatience ramping up, so it's been important for me to be able to step outside of the situation and breath. Sadly, my drug of choice - chocolate - is a bit limited these days, so I remind myself that it's all temporary. I'll get my job done and the magazine sent to press before the baby comes - and if I go into labor early we have people on staff more than qualified to finish it up - and when I'm hangry - the next meal is on the horizon...and thankfully cheese is always on the menu!

What about you? What are one of your bad habits? Let me know in the comments below.

As I mentioned last week, now that I've been doing Monday Musings for eight months I want to know if you have any questions for me. Anything you'd like for me to answer? Post your questions in the comments below, or email me at tealandpolkadots@gmail.com. I'd love to incorporate your questions into upcoming segments of Monday Musings. :)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

long black dress

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Today's outfit is the last in of my three new maternity maxi dresses. (I've also worn this dress in blue and gray). So this is the original, the dress I loved so much that I had to go back and buy it in two more colors. The elbow sleeve length is perfect and I love how the soft, jersey material makes it sooooo comfortable.

I'm struggling with to come up with something to talk about, so this going to be a short post - hope you'll forgive me. :)

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dress: Motherhood Maternity (exact, non-maternity option)  |  sandals: Franco Fortinit (exact, designer original)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Michael Kors (exact)  |  bracelet: Kendra Scott (similar)

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Today makes 31 weeks pregnant and time for another bump update. Baby boy is about 16 inches long, 3 1/3 pounds and about the size of the coconut. I got my results back from the 3-hour gestational diabetes test, and unfortunately (just barely) failed two of the four markers, so I'm having to do some diet modification and test my blood four times a day. I had GD with my little girl, so at this point I know what to expect, but I'm still a little bummed to have it again. But other than that, everything is going well and I'm really looking forward to the ultrasound next week - can't wait for another peek of our baby boy!

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