Monthly Archives: December 2016


So long, 2016

December 31, 2016

Well! To round this year’s season of “Holidays, what holidays?” out, we did it! We moved! & survived! I am left marveling at my social media friends who are able to carry on with regular posts & photo-taking in the midst of moves, seemingly going from one put together home to the next. Our boxes have NOT magically unpacked, sadly, & I’m currently writing from bed because there isn’t currently an outlet near enough to the couch nor a desk to work at. What a thing to whine about. This whole process has been slooooooow goin’, since Jared is doing nearly 100% of the work while I try really hard to help & then end up regretting it. Moving while 6 months pregnant is definitely a “hahaha” worthy memory for years from now.

This Christmas/December was not much different from last Christmas… With losing my grandmother so close to Christmas, it was just hard to get into the holiday spirit. I kept telling myself that after the two holiday parties that Tart hosts, Christmas would begin. Instead, I was in the car the day after the 2nd party, on my way to my parents with my sister, & then eventually to St. Louis for my grandmother’s funeral. As soon as I got home, the packing game began, & Jared & I quickly adopted the mantra, “Next Christmas is going to be so awesome.” Thanks to our dearest friends & family, our stuff was moved while I either guarded the moving truck or pointed at where a box should go.

But the new apartment is GREAT. I’m supposed to be working on our list of Things That Need to be Bought RIGHT NOW because our decor:furniture ratio is just a bit off. We emptied out our storage unit on Christmas morning (another “hahaha” worthy memory…) & were reacquainted with a plethora of things that really should have been tossed two years ago when we filled the thing, leading me to believe that this is a storage unit’s only real purpose in life: Prolonging the eventual purging of things you don’t actually need. Ahead of me today awaits 6 boxes marked “decor” that I just know are full of dried flowers, weird thrifted vintage glass, & at least one thing involving burlap. If anyone has 2010’s phone number, please let me know so I can return all of its stuff. While our style has changed, I’ve also decided that interior design on a budget is, to me, 0% fun, so this should be really interesting. If you need me, I’ll be sitting here waiting for nesting to kick in.

The real reason I popped in here was to say a fleeting farewell to 2016, which I’m hoping is the close of two very weird years in my life. Not to say that I WOULD have put together one of these crazy year in review posts like I used to (because they take no lie, like 8 hours to do), but even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t have the photos or the blog posts to back the memories up. As a chronic memory hoarder, this actually pains me. I think it all started with our nice camera not working, followed by getting into the groove of Tart + part time job, completed by an overall sense of never-getting-it-together in our old, tiny apartment.

At any rate, with a babe on the way, I have no choice but to DO BETTER in 2017. I feel like this pregnancy has been to me how other women refer to their 2nd pregnancies… Time flies by, you don’t have time to stop & enjoy the milestones, the monthly bump photos don’t happen. With so many other baby announcements the past few months, it’s been easy to feel like I’m doing it wrong. I start getting hivey about maternity photos & where to register & if I’m sharing too much or too little on social media. STUPID, right? Comparison & thief of joy & whatnot. I’m working on it. With 6 months of non-stop craziness behind me, I’m hoping/praying/wishing that 2017 brings a change of pace. That I can intentionally slow down & enjoy these last few months of just Jared & I, while oversharing baby gushing if I want darnit & preparing a home for this little one. So, there’s my transparency.

2016, you were… Like one long breath being held. Whether it was Jared’s intense jobsearch turned 24-hour job switch, pregnancy tests on the bathroom counter, part-time job quitting, insurance drama, sick relatives, election year craziness in the most political city in the country, or apartment hunting, this has been quite the year of bated breath. In part, I have to thank you, because this is the first year that I’ve truly understood & appreciated yoga. I’m also so glad to see you go only because I am so hopeful to see the fruit of what we’ve sewn over the past year.

So, in the midst of dramatic Facebook memes about what a rotten year you were, thank you! & cheers!

Cheers to a year of deepened friendships.
To a healthy 1.9 lb acorn squash baby.
To Snapchat filters & Instagram stories getting a liiiiittle better with every update.
To safe travels to Atlanta & Canada & Seattle & New York & St. Louis & Nashville.
To the ever growing Tart Event Co.
To midwives & doulas & birthing technique research.
To a new brother-in-law.
To a husband that can make a mocktail as killer as his cocktails.
To making this city feel a little smaller, & a little more like home.

See you in 2017, guys.
Happy New Year!


dressing the bump / style

25 Weeks – Dressing the Bump with Hatch

December 22, 2016

jumpsuit: c/o HATCH, The Emmanuelle Jumpsuit in Black | heels: Madewell | lips: NYX Liquid Suede in Orange County

Back at it again with Hatch & this incredible black jumpsuit. Apologies for the 2984798 photos, but I really wanted to show how it looks with & without bump, since I have high hopes of wearing this silk piece of heaven as often as possible, even post-baby. This makes black jumpsuit #3 for my closet, & not even a bladder with a baby jumping (trampolining, really) all over it can talk me out of wearing a one-piece. Hatch has done it again with bringing all the modern, chic vibes to mama style. I wore this jumpsuit twice, once with the tie above the bump & once below, making two completely different looks with one simple switch of the sash. Hurry, hurry – This puppy is on final sale!

I have been out of town for nearly three weeks, starting with Tart events & ending, sadly, with a lot of traveling for my grandmother’s funeral. It was wonderful to spend time with family, reflecting on my beautiful grandma’s life & being together, which is all she ever wanted. The last week has definitely been a blur.

I’m back in DC now, wishing I could be taking in holiday goodness like City Center (pictured above), but instead up to my ears in boxes, cleaning supplies & paperwork as we prepare to move to a new apartment in the city. All. The. Things. I have so much to do but honestly would rather be wearing this jumpsuit, on the couch, drinking sparkling apple cider that I’m pretending is champagne, ignoring it all. It’s so strange that our last baby-less Christmas is going to be such a non-traditional. chaotic one, but hey! What has been NORMAL about this year, anyway? Wake me up on December 29th, when all our things are in our nearly-twice-as-large apartment.

Back to packing our little life up. There’s approximately two necklaces & one paper notebook I’m especially excited to see turn up… Hopefully. Also, my blow dryer blew its last breath this morning (BEFORE my bangs were dried, OF COURSE), so at this rate, I’ll just be able to throw everything away as I go instead of packing it. *face palm* I’ll be okay guys, really. REALLY.



The More, The Merrier

December 15, 2016–picture-christmas-cards.htm
Favorite Memory: White Flat Holiday Photo Cards

Our Christmas cards this year are a pretty great example of me getting an idea & not being able to rest until I’ve seen it through to completion. This is our third year partnering with TinyPrints, & even though they have a MAGICAL & vast selection of predesigned cards (I had 10 designs favorited… Like this one, this one, & this one), I couldn’t get this phrase out of my head for this year’s card. Fortunately… TinyPrints feels me on all the levels, & their create-your-own option was the perfect fit.

Also, I’ve probably spent as much time talking about how life altering TinyPrints address printing services as it would have taken me to write the addresses myself. But seriously… Life altering. May I never write our nearest & dearests’ addresses on another envelope. It was LOVELY.

It’s hard to imagine that we’ll have a nearly 8-month-old babe joining us on next year’s Christmas card. AHHH. But it’s about time. Six years worth of just Jared & Kelsey on Christmas cards is like fiiiiine… But the world’s prettiest baby will make it 934857983745x better.

The Cards of Christmas Past

dressing the bump / style

23 Weeks – Dressing the Bump with Pink Blush

December 6, 2016

style_pinkblush-2style_pinkblush-8style_pinkblush-13style_pinkblush-14style_pinkblush-4style_pinkblush-6 style_pinkblush-16 style_pinkblush-3style_pinkblush-9 style_pinkblush-7dress: c/o Pink Blush – Grey Heathered Soft Knit Maternity Sweater Dress | boots & scarf: Madewell

This was the day that we wandered out to pick out a Christmas tree, & I debated back & forth on what was probably the last day of 2016 that I could get away without tights. Seasons seem to come & go with a bang in DC, throwing a random week here & there of too warm or too cold weather that both throws your wardrobe off & often gets your husband sick.

It’s tradition for us now to pick up hot chocolate from Dolcezza, which we consider to be the best hot chocolate in the city, when doing anything Christmas tree related. It’s hard EVERY year not to pick up a decadent, INSANELY rich hot chocolate (with a perfect hint of cinnamon) from literally around the corner, but even harder this year when my caffeine intake is limited & every single even mildly unhealthy thing seems to pop up somewhere between my knee caps & my hip bones, wheeeeee.

So far, my search with cute maternity clothes that don’t SEEM like maternity clothes has been far less daunting than I anticipated. YAY! As a fat bottomed girl, I’ve always known I’d have to go full on Kim K. with my maternity style, while working hard to avoid what could be a Jessica Simpson pregnancy situation… Minus the personal trainers at the end. Fitted maternity dresses like this one from Pink Blush have been my saving grace, pairing super well with either tights & layers or even my black coated denim leggings that still just barely slide under my belly. Also crucial has been the breathability factor, since I fluctuate between seasonably cold & OMG GET THIS COAT AND SCARF AND CLOTHES OFF ME in the blink of an eye while walking the city. It’s great.

This week, the baby & I have starting poking wars, which is both funny & sweet. Given its parentage, there’s no way this little babe won’t have an outrageous personality. Fresh pineapple continues to be my only craving, & sleeping through the night already seems to be a thing of the past… Which seems cruel with an impending newborn on the way. But c’est la vie. I spent a good 30 minutes of my insomnia last night just staring at the 3D ultrasound photo we have, imagining the nights I’ll spend awake, able to touch that very same face. How very surreal.



a very bethune christmas mix | 2016

December 1, 2016

It’s crazy to think that this is our FOURTH Christmas playlist, & also that this time last year, I really truly believed with every ounce of me that I would be managing a puppy this time this year, & am instead currently being kicked in the bladder by the sweet angel (…) in my belly.

I’m still holding out for that puppy next year, btw. Just putting that out there, 2017 Jared.

Well! I was worried there wouldn’t be any good songs left after last year’s two hour & thirty-one minute playlist but GUESS WHAT! I FOUND THREE HOURS & TWO MINUTES OF MUSIC FOR THIS YEAR. Guys, this one’s real wack. All over the place. But Jared’s Nat King Cole pick & my gospel choir winner are all there, complete with Weezer, Run-DMC, & Leslie Odom Jr… The only man who can convince Jared & I that My Favorite Things should be played at Christmas.

I managed to cut into our tiny copper Christmas lights string as I was trimming a stray branch on our TINY tree (read: this was really hard to mess up, but I somehow managed it), & our replacement lights are due to arrive today, so we will for sure be listening to our new playlist while we REDECORATE our 3.5 ft. of miniature tree tonight.

A Very Bethune Christmas Mix | 2013
A Very Bethune Christmas Mix | 2014
A Very Bethune Christmas Mix | 2015