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Dress c/o / J. Crew Clutch, Old (This year's version) / Wedges / Sunglasses / Necklace / Earrings
Dressing the bump is getting harder and harder which makes sense seeing as how Thursday marks 8 months! On one hand I can't believe we are about to be in the final month and on the other hand, I feel like I've been pregnant for 10 years. I've noted many times that I strategically tried to purchase the least amount of "maternity" clothes as possible, instead I just sized up in items I would wear anyway! This dress is right up my alley, I love the floral print (there are lots of different colors to choose from), the cinched waist, the v-neck, and the buttons all the way up the front. I choose to order up to a medium in this dress but honestly could have probably gotten a small, it fit the bump, but it was a little loose at the top and around my rib cage. I also thought the buttons would make it useful after baby comes for nursing, but who knows!
I paired this dress with my favorite (affordable!) wedges but could easily see this dress being paired with a pair of flat, casual sandals, or even booties in the fall. I have also worn this paired with a jean vest, which I also loved. It's super versatile!
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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Black Ruffle Dress (Maternity but could totally be worn after) c/o / Jean Jacket / Earrings / Necklace / Shoes / Purse
Even though this dress is maternity, I know I'll be wearing it even after the baby comes. The material is super soft, stretchy, and almost cooling on the skin which will make it perfect for summer. I also love the length, it's the perfect dress to show off a fun pair of shoes! Plus, being an LBD, it's also the perfect dress to wear for any occasion. You can easily dress it up with a a pair of pumps, statement earrings, and a clutch, or keep it casual like I did here with a jean jacket and simple shoes. I wore this look strolling along Newbury Street the other weekend for my birthday, where I was much more interested in baby items than things for myself!
I've found the bigger the bump gets, the less I want to look at clothes for myself, which is not something I've ever experienced before. Don't get me wrong, I love this little growing addition to my body but it's not quite as fun to dress. I haven't purchased a ton of maternity items but I've found while browsing that a lot of the items are very matronly and not my style. Luckily, Ingrid and Isabel have maternity clothes that are very on trend and don't look super "maternity", in my opinion. This maxi dress looks so comfortable for pre or post baby, this dress will be coming to the blog soon and comes in tons of colors, a good stripe can't be beat, and this tee looks so cozy!
In other news, I've been feeling very accomplished this week already. There is so much to do before the baby gets here and I was starting to feel very overwhelmed since I know my time will be focused elsewhere once she arrives. I made a long to-do list that includes everything, from installing the carseat to getting my annual eye exam. I started making appointments and checking things off and while there is still a lot I want to get accomplished, the list already makes me feel better, anyone else like that?
Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Lace Off the Shoulder Top c/o / Maternity Boyfriend Jeans c/o / Wedges (less than $60!) / Purse / Sunglasses / Necklace / Earrings
I've learned there comes a time in a pregnancy where you can't ignore maternity clothes any longer, I'm at that point. Earlier in my pregnancy I had purchased one pair of distressed skinny maternity jeans and a pair of maternity leggings but that's it. Otherwise I've been sizing up in tops or wearing looser tops I already owned that worked with the belly. After wearing the same jeans far too many times a week, I decided it was time for one more pair to get me to the end of this pregnancy. Luckily my friends at Ingrid and Isabel were nice enough to send me over a few items, including these boyfriend style jeans!
Ingrid and Isabel was a new to me brand. I had seen it a few times while browsing some websites but since I was trying to avoid maternity clothes, I didn't give it much thought. Well my friends, all their clothes are awesome. The materials are super soft, the styles are on trend which I feel a lot of maternity clothes are lacking, and they aren't going to break the bank. I've found for maternity jeans I prefer when the belly band covers my entire belly and these Ingrid and Isabel ones do just that with a super thick and stretchy fabric. The pair I had previously purchased also has this but it's much thinner and I've always worried I would rip the covering from pulling on it all the time but not the Ingrid and Isabel ones, they are super secure. Sizing tip: I did size down one from my normal jean size
This top is so cute, I would wear it pregnant or not and off the shoulder tops have been on trend for spring and summer for a few years now and I don't see that going away any time soon. I love the mauve-rose color, the lace detailing and the flowy body. I ordered a small based on the sizing chart and reviews but kind of wish I went with an xs, the top is very loose and has lots of room for a growing belly but I think it almost is too much room. I'm thinking had I styled it with my skinny jeans, I might like the fit better, I will try that next!
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Even though the record cold March we've been having in New England might make you think otherwise, it's actually spring! The temps are ever so slowly getting warmer and I'm itching to break out spring dresses and pack away all my jackets and sweaters. This past weekend, Mike and I celebrated my birthday and the weather was slightly warmer on Sunday making it the perfect time to shoot a few looks. Unfortunately, it was much too cold to actually wear it for the day (come on, spring!) but it felt like spring for a few minutes!
One of my warmer weather staples is a maxi dress, they are super versatile and by styling them a little bit differently, they can be appropriate for spring, summer, or fall. I loved the loose fit and relaxed cut of this tie dye maxi dress and knew it would be perfect for running errands, brunch with friends, or even just lounging around the house. The fabric is very soft and feels much higher end for the price plus it works now with the bump and will work afterwards too!
To keep it appropriate for spring temps, I added my favorite jean jacket and my new mules I can't stop wearing. They are perforated which will make them comfortable as the temps get warmer and the slip on nature of them will be perfect as the bump grows and bending over isn't as easy as it once was.