Maternity

If you read my life blog, then you probably know the news: I am having a baby. šŸ™‚

I had all of these great intentions that while I was pregnant I would be posting here about my maternity style rather frequently. Well, this pregnancy has been a rough one, and my great intentions have not gotten me anywhere. I am now in my third trimester and you still haven’t heard from me. šŸ˜¦

I decided to pop in today for a quick post with a couple of the outfits that have made me feel my bestĀ in this pregnancy.

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The above photo is from when I was 20 weeks pregnant, and we were going to a friend’s birthday party. The dress fromĀ Mexicali Blues, andĀ is one of my wardrobe favorites. It is not a maternity dress, as you can see here, but because of the empire waist cut, it fits me very nicely even with my pregnant belly. With a pair of leggings this is one of the most comfortable outfits that I currently wear frequently, changing up the shoes, and sometimes throwing a sweater over in cooler temperatures.

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And this photo is from our recent family vacation atĀ Rangeley Lake, Maine when I was 28 weeks pregnant. The three of us had walked to spend some time at the little beach near our cabin, but it was too chilly for much swimming, so I kept my dress on over my swimsuit and just relaxed on the sand. The green dress is again, fromĀ Mexicali Blues, and is made of Jersey, so it has lots of stretch and comfort factor.

When I was pregnant with Simon, I carried him from the early Fall until the Spring. This time around, being due at the end of Summer, things are very different. I find myself gravitating much more toward dresses and skirts. They are so much more comfy for me than trying to squeeze into anything with a waistband, even an elastic one. In fact, as I type this, I am wearing maternity pants that have grown too snug (I bought them in my first trimester), and I cannot wait to get home so I can change.

I hope to document a few more maternity looks over the rest of this trimester for you. Once the baby is born, I have a feeling I will be spending a lot of time in sweatpants for a while. šŸ™‚

 

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Cozy Stripes

cozy stripes 3cozy stripes 4cozy stripescozy stripes 2Outfit Notes: Sweatshirt-Target // Leggings-Kohls // Necklace-Target clearance // Boots-old

Recently, Simon got some new fall/winter clothes. When I dress him on chilly mornings, I find myself jealous of his selection of baggy, cozy sweatshirts. I kept wishing they were in my size so I could borrow them. Is it wrong to borrow clothes from your child? I think it is supposed to go the other way around. (In middle school I lived in my Dad’s big, baggy flannels, which I wore with my intentionally ripped up jeans.) Thank goodness Simon wears a 3T, so I don;t have to wrestle with that temptation.

Anyway, when I was at Target the other day I spotted this cozy striped top, and I intentionally bought it in a too-big size. I have been living in it ever since. It is so comforting to be completely enveloped in a warm, loose sweatshirt. I am addicted and may be reverting back to my middle-school baggy clothes ways.

Navy and Wavy

navy and wavy 4navy and wavywavyness3naked lady necklace closeupnavy and wavy 3Outfit Notes: Cardigan-old // Dress-thrifted for $4 // Tights-Target // boots-old // naked vintageĀ  lady necklace-old, found in a craft shop

Ever since I had Simon, my hair has changed. It is thicker, and naturally a bit wavy if I allow it to air dry. Because I spent the first 28 years of my life with stick-straight fine hair, I have had no idea how to deal with this, and usually just round brush or flat-iron it out. Recently though, after letting my hair air-dry, I decided to leave it alone and see how it felt for a day to have waves in my hair. I ended up liking it and getting a lot of compliments. So when I went in for a much-needed bang-trim the other day, I asked my stylist if she could teach me how to style my waves, and cut some layers back in to encourage them more.

She showed me how to scrunch my hair up after washing it, and use my diffuser to really make the waves come out. She showed me a couple of products that would help the hairs curl and hold them, and then she told me to avoid drying my hair all the way, so that the air drying could help my hair do its thing.

I absolutely loved the result, and the waves lasted even the next day after I ran a brush through them in the morning. I will definitely be “wavin’ it up” on the days when i have more time to get ready in the morning.

Autumn Casual

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I love my skinny jeans, but once in a while it is nice to take a break from them. I recently dusted off this old pair, which is so old that the brand has long worn off of the waistband inside, so I can’t even tell you where they came from. They are well-broken in and comfortable though.

I recently bought this fun sweater at TJ Maxx. The price was right, and I love the mix of polka dots with stripes, navy with yellow. It seems that I have been drawn to yellow lately, since my last two top purchases have both featured the color. I think it is the influence of Fall Trees and their bright leaves.

I am loving the Autumn weather so far. It is cool in the morning, but most days the sun has been out, making it warm enough to go without a jacket. I know this won’t last long so I am soaking it up while I can.

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Sequins with Jeans

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It has been a rainy, rainy Spring/early Summer around here, and I therefore haven’t been photographing my outfits as much. I just don’t like taking the pics indoors. pPlus, when it is so cloudy out I take less care getting dressed, and tend to throw in jeans and a tee or sweatshirt and stick my hair in a messy bun.

Here is what I wore on a date night recently though. Jeramy and I dropped Simon off for a sleepover and went out for fancy pizza, beer/wine, and gelato for dessert. We did a lot of walking, so I dressed for comfort, but this sequin top made me feel extra festive.

Double Plaid

I recently wore my thrifted plaid tunic in two different casual ensembles:

casual plaid 1casual plaid 2Outfit Notes: Cardigan Sweater-Gift // Plaid Tunic-Thrifted // Necklace-Gift // Jeans-Old Navy // Shoes-Monnetonka, at TJ Maxx // Bag-Mexicali Blues

casual plaid 3casual plaid 4Outfit Notes: Plaid tunic-Thrifted // Denim Skirt-Target, old // Leggings-Target // Shoes-Minnetonka, from TJ Maxx // Bag-Mexicali Blues

The first outfit was for a weekend day, and the second one was actually worn to work at the library. I love this tunic because it is super comfortable. I sometimes worry that it looks a bit like a maternity shirt, because it is so loose and flowy in the waist, but that same “flowy-ness” is also why I like it.

Even though the tunic is plaid, it is black and white so it acts like a neutral to my outfits. I like to add a pop of color with it, as I did with the shoes and necklace here.

See other ways I have remixed this tunic here and here.

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Playground Chic

playground chic 1playground chic 4playground chic 3playground chic 2Outfit Notes: Top-Forever 21 // Cargos-old, from target // Bracelet-a gift // Sandals-Target

Being a mostly stay-at-home Mom means my casual clothes usually get more wear than my dressier stuff. I find myself always looking for fun and still stylish ways to remix my wardrobe, even when I am going to the playground. I saw this outfit on Anthroplogie’s website and decided to re-create it:

7cfb1426df9be30e1487936148ad4968Now, my cargos are not skinnies, so there was a lot more bunching when I rolled them, and I wore a sequined top instead of one more bohemian. however, I liked the mix of utilitarian and pretty here. I also forgot to add a bold necklace for a pop of contrast on top, but since I was climbing monkey bars and going down slides it might have just gotten in the way anyway.