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

bloopers vol 3_2
the who wants a hug?  //  original post

bloopers vol 3_3
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

bloopers vol 3_8
the I don't wanna   //  original post

bloopers vol 3_6
the wassssup  //  original post

bloopers vol 3_9
the beats me  //  original post

bloopers vol 3_5
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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Monday, August 7, 2017

monday musings: weeks 30 & 31

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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.

Q1: What's your most used app?
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A1: I'd say it's a toss up between Instagram and Pinterest. Though to be honest, when it comes to social media and blogging, I'm kinda of terrible at it. I try to remember to take a least an outfit selfie or two to post during the week on Instagram, and I'm always looking for food/room/holiday inspiration on Pinterest, but I don't use them as effectively as I could for blogging purposes. Oh, well, sometimes it's challenging enough to blog throughout the week, much less push it out on all the social media outlets. That's why this is a hobby for me, I don't think I could keep up with it full time!

Q2: What was your favorite subject in school?

A2:  My favorite subject in school was probably art. I've always loved the arts - music (I was a band nerd), painting, pottery, photography, graphic design. I also really loved history and English (all the books to read please!) Which is probably why as an adult I love to craft and always have a book on hand.

Now that I've been doing Monday Musings for eight months - crazy how time has flown - I wanted 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. :)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

thoughts and whatnots: 8.6.17

8.6.17 thoughts and whatnots
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  • what I'm reading: After quickly devouring Elin Hilderbrand's "Here's to Us," I just started reading Alice Hoffman's "The Ice Queen."
  • what I'm watching: I recently watched the first episode of "Glow" on Netflix and I'm torn. It's was okay, and seems like it has potential, but it's definitely not the most family-friendly of shows. 
  • what I'm looking forward to: after a particularly bad start to Friday (bad drop off at daycare, burnt my tongue and spilled coffee all over myself and the car, broke my shoe and could only find one too tight pair - thanks swollen feet - in the car), I'm looking forward to an easy weekend. Preferable one with a long bathtub soak. :)

Friday, August 4, 2017

dressing the bump: the second trimester

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Ya'll - I can't even believe that the second trimester is over and done with! The past three months have seriously flown by. I though it would be fun to share some of the things I've learned on how to dress for the second trimester - what worked and what didn't.

My clothing recommendations for the second trimester are:

maternity jersey dresses:

Oh.my.gosh. These dresses are a lifesaver - stretchy, super comfy. I can't get enough of them! Plus they're easy to dress up with a pretty necklace or worn casually with a cardigan. 

midi skirts:

I'm not sure why it look me so long to figure it out, but midi skirts worn over the bump are seriously awesome. And it's definitely been a fun way to wear some of my non-maternity clothes. :) The trick for me is to wear skirts with elastic waistbands, there's no gaping and the elastic isn't constricting.

kimonos and long/lightweight cardigans:

I really like how a cardigan or kimono can make an outfit more interesting and help disguise unwanted lumps and bumps. 'Cause if you're like me, the belly's not the only thing growing (hello love handles and thunder thighs). 

a decent pair of maternity pants:

I feel like this has been a some trial and error for me. My J. Crew maternity pixie pants worked well in the first trimester, but got increasing tight and uncomfortable in the second trimester. And while a demi panel worked great in the end first trimester/beginning of the second trimester, by the end of the second trimester, it cut right across the belly and was super comfortable. For me, a full panel feels so much better in late pregnancy.

maternity tees:

GAP's maternity pure body tees are my jam. The side ruching is flattering and they are so soft and comfortable. They also have a lose-fit v-neck tee that's nice and comfy. Target also has some good maternity tees - like this black with white stripe one I recently picked up. I wore my maternity tees all the time post-baby and anticipate doing so again with this baby. 


As my pregnancy has progressed, I've really come to value the importance of comfortable sandals. While I have worn my sandals with a small wedge during the second trimester, I've mostly been all about flats. And since the heat is making my ankles swell, I have a feeling I won't be wearing anything with an ankle strap in the future. Thankfully, I found these pretty blush strappy sandals from Old Navy and these cognac medallion sandals from Rack Room Shoes to tide me over for the rest of the pregnancy. :)

And that's what I wore during my second trimester. For more maternity inspiration, check out my dressing the bump: first trimester post

Thursday, August 3, 2017

long blue dress

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Does this dress look familiar? That's because it's the same dress from last Thursday, just in a different color. :) I know I've said this before, but I just can't get enough of these jersey dresses - so stretchy, so dang comfy - perfect for the third trimester. I'm not exaggerating when I say I think they're my favorite pieces of maternity clothing I've purchased (and that includes my previous pregnancy).

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dress: motherhood maternity (exact, cute non-maternity option)  |  sandals: Franco Fortinit (exact, designer originals)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact pearl) Baublebar (similar pave cuff)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)

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Today makes 30 weeks pregnant, just in time for another bump update. Baby's measuring about 15.7 inches long and is almost three pounds - about the size of a large cabbage. At this morning's checkup, his heartbeat was 140 and he was measuring a wee big for this point in the pregnancy - fingers crossed that I'm not cooking up a monster baby! :) I bought some of the first things for his nursery this past weekend, and can't wait for them to arrive. I'm getting to the point where I want everything to be done right now. I know we still have some time, so need to panic about stuff not being done...yet... I'm not sure if Aubrey knows something's up, but she's been extra needy/clingy lately, making if difficult for momma - or daddy - to get anything accomplished. Any tips on what to do with a clingy toddler?

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