IVF Heartbreak, Take Six

As you may have guessed, we received disappointing IVF news this week. Our sixth attempt (sixth?!) has also failed. I feel like a broken record. I took the news in stride at first, going about my day, holding it together, only to late-afternoon collapse onto our bed in loud, ugly sobs (our new Danish neighbors must have thought someone died). Infertility is rough. We now have only one frozen embryo left and even though IVF costs are much lower in Denmark than America, we’ve spent a pretty penny at this point. Most difficult of all has been enduring the seemingly endless stream of heartbreak (my birthday miscarriage being the low point…life can be just plain cruel). I don’t feel like myself anymore, between the shots, the bruised stomach, and the hormones every eight hours for months on end. I’ve gained 20 pounds over the past year (I used to joke “five pounds for every failed round!” but in all seriousness, someone hide the pastries). It’s hard to remember the last time I physically felt well. Perhaps most frusturating of all, our doctor keeps reassuring us there’s “nothing wrong” with me and especially given that I’m only 31, IVF should work for us. There’s every indication that my being pregnant is “just around the corner.” We’ll transfer our last embryo in three weeks and honestly, I just can’t wait to be done. If by some miracle it works, brilliant, but if it doesn’t, I’ll just be thrilled to (for now at least) close the door on this trying chapter of our lives. The one thing getting me through this week? This funny, heartwarming book. I stumbled upon it on Amazon and downloaded it to Simon’s kindle. Boy, am I glad I did. It made me laugh and made me cry. It’s given me so much hope that despite all this heartache we will someday be parents. That we will adopt a beautiful child in need of home and love them to the moon and back. Thank you again (really, truly) for your kind words of support over the past year. I’m keeping the faith. xo Katie READ POST

The Daily Hunt

Tweed Bow Flats, $138

Hi loves. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much of late–it’s been a rough week (more on that tomorrow…). Today, I just want to share pretty things here on my little lifestyle blog (and eat lots of cake and pizza). Below, some of my favorite fashion and design finds for your home and wardrobe. Did I mention both Shopbop and Nordstrom are having awesome sales? I hope you find something you love. READ POST

60 Chic Pieces for Your Thanksgiving Table

Happy Halloween, my dears. As it isn’t really celebrated here in Denmark (no cute little trick-or-treaters, tear…), I’ve already moved on to Thanksgiving. My favorite colors for the Turkey Day table? Burgundy, burnt orange, eggplant, copper, gold, and grey. I especially love natural touches incorporated into the table (think gourds, pumpkins, horn, tortoise, and pheasant feathers). Below, I’ve gathered sixty pieces I think would look lovely when we sit down to feast. Enjoy. READ POST

The Daily Hunt + Best Weekend Sales

Leopard Haircalf Bow Mules, $129 (get 30% off with code FRIENDS30)

Greetings from Paris! Today is our last day and while I’m sad to leave, I can’t wait to get home to my pug! Some fabulous online sales this weekend:
Shopbop added tons of great new items to their sale
– Anthropologie is offering an extra 40% off sale styles.
– Ann Taylor is offering 50% off wear now styles + 50% off all sale
– Loft is offering 50% off practically everything (no code necessary)
Pottery Barn is offering an extra 20% off clearance with code EXTRA20
Williams-Sonoma is offering 20% off your order + free shipping with code FALL
– Williams-Sonoma Home is offering 20% off your order with code FALL
– West Elm is offering 25% off all in stock items
Talbots up to 30% off your entire purchase with code FRIENDS30
Crate & Barrel is still offering 20% off all dining items
And below, tons of more fun finds!