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Dressing the Bump :: Patterned Skirts and Tied Shirts

October 2, 2013
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Dressing my halfway pregnant body has been more enjoyable than frustrating so far, and I’m trying to bask in the glow of this phase while it lasts because I’m sure soon enough I’ll be over absolutely everything. But for now, it’s great experimenting with new or old pieces and wearing them in ways I haven’t had the opportunity to before. It’s maybe slightly silly how many times I’ve tied T-shirts at the waist, or put belts above my growing belly, but hey! You’ve got to work with what you have.

This skirt is another item I received at the modeling shoot for Amanda Valentine (as mentioned here in more detail) and I’ve already worn it more times than I care to admit, each time receiving wonderful compliments. It goes with a million things, and is insanely comfortable. And I’m not even kidding when I tell you that the day before I got this skirt, I had been literally dreaming of a bold black and white patterned skirt. And there it was! Before I had a baby in my belly, I wore it with tight tanks tucked in to show off the detail at the waist, but now I can’t quite zip it up all the way, so the back needs to be covered…you get used to things not quite closing all the way at this point ;)

{top, target :: skirt, valentinevalentine :: boots, philanthropy}

Dressing the Bump :: Magenta Maxi

September 23, 2013
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Maxi dresses are definitely the way to go when pregnant in the Summer, though it’s funny that I’m posting this the day after Fall has begun (woohoo! pumpkin spice lattes!). I found this dress while thrifting a few weeks ago, and totally lucked out because it’s an Ella Moss dress in near perfect condition. It’s not maternity, but the empire waist ensures sure that I can wear it well into my bump-growing this year. In order to sort of ‘accentuate’ the bump, I added a belt (you may remember the belt from this post), and kept it simple with camel colored sandals and my favorite necklace. Super comfy, really simple and the whole outfit was around $50…minus the necklace, which was a gift :)

I’m beginning to think that it might be possible to be pregnant without investing in an entirely new wardrobe, which is great news since our budget has never been tighter!

{ dress, ella moss, thrifted :: sandals, target :: belt, local leathersmith :: necklace, karibeth }

Valentimes

September 9, 2013
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Being only about halfway through my pregnancy journey, I’m still able to fit into pretty much all of my pre-preggo clothes, with the exception of a few pairs of jeans. It’s been fun to play around with different ways to show off my little bump and still (attempt to) look creative and cute. This t-shirt is one of my new favorites. I received it as a thank-you from Amanda Valentine for modeling a few months ago. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s a super rad Nashville designer, who also happened to be on last season of Project Runway! She’s such an inspiration, and is not only an amazing designer but is unbelievably kind, and an incredibly talented stylist as well. You should check out her line ValentineValentine, on Instagram (@valentimes) or on her Etsy shop.

{ Black Dress worn as skirt, M.Rena::T-shirt tied in the front, ValentineValentine::Socks, Target::Boots, Coconuts }

Hurry Up, Fall!

August 28, 2013
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Towards the end of August, I always start to get anxious for Fall to arrive, and my anticipation was only made worse when I picked up this leather jacket last week. I fell in love with it months ago when I was in Vegas placing orders for the store I was working at. It was a bit above my price range, but I figured if I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I would order one for myself when we got back home. You only live once, right?

Well…you can guess what happened next. I’ve waited patiently for the past 6 months for it to arrive, and now that it’s here and still 90 degrees, I have to wait even longer to start wearing it! That’s ok. It hasn’t stopped me from playing around with items in my closet…er, suitcase…for the time being.

I can’t wait to pair it with all of my soft lace pieces, every single dress I own, torn up jeans, and, well…basically everything.

Here are a few of the images that are inspiring my Fall wardrobe:

A white sundress, sneakers, red lips and sunnies? Done.

Pretty pleated dress and black booties…got it.

High-waisted skirt and pop of color? Sure!

Distressed jeans, cardigan, cropped T and bandana? Yes please!

So what about you? What are you most excited about wearing when the days cool down?

{jacket and top – both from philanthropy. necklace – vintage. outfit images from various pinterest sources}

Tangee

August 24, 2013
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Recently, my husband and I went on a month long adventure across the East coast, starting in Nashville and making our way all the way up to Vermont. We stopped in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Boston, and New Jersey along the way. That deserves a post all it’s own, but the reason I’m talking about it right now is because while in Vermont we stopped at a place called the Vermont Country Store (more about that little three hour detour next time!) and upon the recommendation of one of my guy friends (hi Joel!) I picked up a tube of this lipstick called Tangee. For obvious reasons, he couldn’t try it himself, so I volunteered. I might have found the towering display without his nudging, but I don’t think I would have purchased it if he weren’t so curious about whether or not the product does what it claims to do, which is to change color to complement your skin. The formula reacts to your body temperature and creates a darker or lighter pink shade, or “the blush rose of youth and beauty” according to their 1929 ad (pictured below). It’s a very old formula that doesn’t seem to have changed much, so I was skeptical. But it was actually quite lovely! I wear it almost every day, especially if my lips are at all lackluster. It’s not greasy, is very lightweight, and has some real staying power.

It used to be easy to find, but is now exclusive to the Vermont Country Store. Which would be unfortunate except! They sell it online. At $14.95 it’s sort of middle-of-the-road as far as lipstick prices go, but honestly, I think it’s worth it. My only complaint would be that it has a sort of aloe-ish aftertaste that can be difficult to ignore, but it didn’t bother me after the second or third application.

It’s a pale orange color in the tube, but as you can see, it changes pretty dramatically once applied. It’s never too bright, and adds just the right amount of a glowy pink. I love the consistency, too…something closer to a thin gloss than a lipstick. Plus it has some really nice ingredients like aloe, lanolin and beeswax, so it’s actually good for your lips.