December 14, 2015

Sleek (+ A Pregnancy Update)

Coat: French Connection | Turtleneck: Nordstrom | Denim: Topshop | Boots: Stuart Weitzman ‘All Legs..’ | Sunglasses: Dior | Bag: Gucci
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I spent the weekend running some errands, including getting ready for a bunch of my girlfriends to come over for a holiday potluck. The timing was perfect as we recently got the farm table we’ve been waiting for, so now we’re fully (well, almost) ready to entertain. I’ll definitely be sharing a home update very soon!
Pregnancy Update: This Thursday, I’ll be 23 weeks pregnant! It’s crazy because when I wear fitted clothes, it’s definitely obvious, but in certain things, I still feel like it looks like I just gained a few holiday pounds. I really don’t think I’ve officially “popped,” but what do I know.
I’m back at the gym several times a week and I’ll tell you guys what, it definitely feels harder, but I’m pushing through it, without pushing myself too much. I also walk a ton, so that’s definitely a huge factor in keeping myself active and in shape. In the first trimester I gained about 6 pounds and in the second roughly 5 pounds, so about 10-12lbs altogether. I’m definitely not “eating for two,” but more like 300-350 extra calories a day, which is what’s recommended in the second trimester. As I mentioned in my first post, it was so much harder in the first trimester because I constantly felt like I was violently hungover, so making healthy choices was the last thing I cared about. At this point, my body is back to craving the usual foods I enjoyed pre pregnancy, which certainly includes carbs for breakfast (I’ve always been a “I need carbs for breakfast” girl) and then loads of greens and veggies throughout the rest of my day. One will that hasn’t changed, I can’t go one day without having a piece of chocolate or something sweet. With the holidays being here, maybe it’s been a few pieces….  I also always keep my stomach full. I eat every two hours from morning to the evening. Once 8PM rolls around and after dinner, if I’m still hungry, I might have some cereal or some veggies with hummus. 
The most exciting/crazy thing of all is that I finally felt my first kick over the weekend and since then, I’ve been feeling it on a daily basis. Definitely makes everything so much more real. 
All in all, I feel pretty great! I can still comfortably wear heels, even though I’ve gotten my share of comments how “It wont be long until you stop..” and I sometimes forget that I’m even pregnant. The only thing I will say, sleeping has definitely gotten a lot harder. I’ve always been a stomach sleeper, so now that I’m forced to be on my side, I toss and turn all night long. I  know I should order a body pillow (any recommendations?) and hopefully I’ll fall into a groove, but that’s my ONLY complaint. 
Let me know if you guys are still interested in reading my updates and if so, I’ll continue to do a Monday check-in! 



  • heather epstein

    congrats! i don't think i even realized you were pregnant. i'm seeing trend here within the blogger community 🙂

    PS there have been plenty of ladies at my gym who train and do bootcamp while preggo. I think its good to still be active esp if you were prior.


  • sanssouci •

    Beautiful outfit! Love your black and denim layering with the burgundy touch! Congrats for your baby you look lovely!

  • Sasa Zoe

    Would love to hear more about this update! So good to know all these. You look great:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Tasha Juli

    Glad to hear you're feeling better! You look lovely, love that Gucci bag!
    Tasha Juli

  • Adriana

    You look so pretty! Love the pop of burgundy! Congratulations for this new time of your life!

  • Street style city

    Looking good!

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  • Elizabeth T.

    I really can't tell you gained weight even though you're wearing a fitted outfit in this post. Loving this chic look <3
    And aww I hope things will get better, especially in the sleep department 🙂

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Damaris

    You look fabulous!! Looking forward to Monday pregnancy updates!

  • alyssa amato

    You look stunning! Love the classic black and denim outfit especially with these over the knee boots. So chic! xx

  • Sydney Frey

    I am in shock that you are 23 weeks pregnant I had to take a double take. You look great. It is my dream to be a blogger living in Brooklyn I am so jealous. I love this outfit very classic black and I love the tall boots very elegant. The pop of color with the purse is great!

  • Heidi Hendricksen

    Love the pregnancy update! So happy things are going smoothly for you. Of course you look beautiful, as always.

    Wishes & Reality

  • Natali

    It's great to read that you're feeling great and that the pregnancy is going well. Feeling the baby kick is an incredible moment and nothing is ever the same after that. You really do realise then that there's a new life growing inside of you and that in some weeks it will be a tiny little human coming to this world. Absolutely mind-blowing fact!! 🙂 Enjoy it!

  • Janessa Eberle

    Congrats! You're so lucky! You look great – and I love this outfit! Something I will definitely try out!

  • Annelie

    You look great!
    I wore heel throughout my pregnancy and until my daughter could walk or try to run away from me 🙂 she is now 4 years old and most of the times I choose to eat a trainer or a low heeled boot cos heels in the playground looks and feels silly. You most definitely do t have to stop wearing heels, but you might have a break as I felt I have changed my attitude to heels and wear them for date nights or when I want to snap out of mommy uniform 😉 good luck, it's fun most of the times… Xoxo

  • Patricia G.

    Nice boots!! Cool look!

  • Mónica Lopez

    Perfect boots , love it!

  • Ale Bellaire

    I was wearing high heels up to the end, and yes, got hungry all the time too. It's really nice to stay on the healthy side of weight gain, because then you will lose it really easy too. It seems like you're getting the nice pregnancy hair.

  • Jalisa G

    Aw, Helena, this was so lovely reading more about your pregnancy experience. You look gorgeous and you definitely have that pregnancy glow 🙂 I hope you're having a wonderful start to your week so far!



  • Nataly G

    Wow absolutely beautiful outfit! Love it. Staying strong through the pregnancy as well, that's amazing! Happy for you!

  • Margo

    Congrats! You look amazing. I had a LOT of trouble sleeping during pregnancy and had heard mixed reviews, but the Snoogle – – really worked for me. That PLUS as my belly got bigger I had to put a deflated pillow under my belly. Yes, I slept in a mound of pillows. My husband said he used to cling to his edge of the bed ha! Not to scare you, and I hope you don't have this, but as my pregnancy went on I got terrible charlie horses several times a night – no matter how much water, how many bananas, coconut water, extra vitamins whatever I ate/drank didn't help. Snoogle relieved some of my sleep issues. Good luck!

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  • Chic Beat

    Congrats! Looking radiant than ever!

  • Candace Howard

    You look great Helena!! I'm already lovin' your pregancy style : )



  • Bella B

    You look wonderful, I love those boots they are killer

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  • ravenlocks

    Aww…that's so amazing that you felt the first little kick. You seriously look so beautiful pregnant. Your bump is so cute!

    I really like these updates, so I vote yes to having a Monday check in 🙂

    xo Azu

  • gizem gider

    Congratulations! I'm happy for you. 🙂
    Also I really really love your boots. ^_^

  • Pinja

    Even though the pregnancy/baby topic is no where near accurate in my life, I very much enjoy reading these updates! So a weekly pregnancy update sounds good to me 🙂

  • Ludo Andréa

    Love this outfit, those boots are amazing and looks so nice on you


  • Nissi Mendes

    I'm in love with your bag!!

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  • Beth Norton

    Helena I absolutely love reading your updates! This is such an exciting time in your life and it's pleasure to be following your journey. Plus you look absolutely fantastic! You're glowing.

    Beth x

  • Vale ♥

    I loved the pregnancy update, Helena ! You look wonderful and in great shape, good that you are still hitting the gym and also wearing heels ! Your look is fabulous and I look forward to your next updates 🙂 Kisses

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  • Desimira Buenrostro

    I enjoyed reading your pregnancy update, you look lovely! Great job on staying healthy during your pregnancy.

  • Tara T. R.

    Yes to pregnancy updates! You look wonderful 🙂

  • Unknown

    love the updates, so cute and exciting for you guys. XOXO

  • Lina

    Loved the pregnancy update! You still look so fabulous and I'm sure that will be the case even when you're nine months pregnant! xx


  • Morgan Harris

    Your bag is amazing! I love seeing your pregnancy updates. Glad to hear everything is going well!

  • Brown Eyed Toast

    Congrats! You look great!! It's inspiring to see how you are still working out and being conscious of caring for your body. Wishing you all the best!

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  • Cindy

    amazing coat!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats on your exciting baby news!! Definitely keep the pregnancy updates coming! 🙂
    Love your style & your blog!

    a long-time reader, first-time commenter

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  • Kate

    This is such a cute outfit! I love those boots–and congrats on your pregnancy! What a special time <3


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    I really like your outfit! Nice Boots 🙂

    Camy xx

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    Love this outfit…simple yet stylish!! Your boots are amazing!

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    ::Patiently waits for the next baby update:: I'm so excited for you. Congrats again!

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