Monday, May 30, 2016

Maternity Style is Hard, Part II (See Jane Wear)

Topshop turtleneck sweater (similar here and here), Zara culottes (similar here and here),
Steve Madden heels (similar here and here), Chanel bag
 There isn't much that's more comfortable than culottes at this stage in the game.  This particular pair isn't maternity--I just keep them below my bump.  I think they'll last me well until 30+ weeks and if they don't well, they'll be a great post-partum pair of pants to have in my arsenal.

I once said two years ago that maternity style is hard; it really is, especially when your options are limited.  I really do try my best to keep it interesting because tight dresses every day aren't that appealing to me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Not Yet Gone (See Jane Wear)

Free People top, rag & bone jeans, Stuart Weitzman heels, Chanel bag, Saint Laurent sunglasses
 It's way back Wednesday! #wbw This photo was taken a mere month ago, when my jeans still buttoned with the help of a hair-tie.  It's maternity pants all the way for me these days.

But any how, how great is this Tibi-esque top for a fraction of the price?  It's pretty great.  So great that it's sold out AMOST everywhere: buy it here (love that chambray) and here!

Monday, May 23, 2016

All Black, A Maternity Story (See Jane Wear)

Paige jeans (with belly bandit), ATM top, Steve Madden heels (similar), Saint Laurent bag
No doubt that pregnancy brings out the feminine side of people.  Something about all that estrogen flowing combined with a female solidarity mentality (hey, we give birth men - you don't) just makes you want to wear a lot of dresses.  Well, also that and dresses are just easier to wear while pregnant because you get sick of putting so many items on your body.  And sometimes, you want to break with convention and wear all black.  I'm a contrarian like that; but also, I know my days of being ultra-pregnant during the hot summer will keep me far, far away from all denim, so I'm embracing it now.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fresh Blood (See Jane Like)

what fashion blogging used to look like - mirror outfit selfies

Remember when I talked about the decline in blogging?  Well, i still think blogging is in a weird, in-between phase, but as someone used to live/breathe blogs, I must say that I honestly don't read them as vociferously anymore.  They used to start my day--now, I scroll through instagram.  Even so, there are people who are constantly piquing my interest so I thought I would share!  Please share anyone you're loving these days in the comments below.  I'm always open to stalking new folks, so, don't be shy!

Fancy Pants Report (insta: hey_im_kate) - Kate is from SF and is so effortlessly cool, it makes me jealous.
Becky Owens (insta: beckiowens) - California interior designer with a penchant for amazing kitches; she makes me want to move.
Lynzy + Co (insta: lynzyandco) - an old blogger friend who found her passion in mommy blogging; typically I don't reach that genre but I love what Lynzy posts--especially her #latenightnursingfeed discussions!
Last Ingredient (insta: lastingredient) - fellow Chicagoan and has a knack for making EVERYTHING look delectable.  Maybe it's the pregnancy talking but I could look at her pictures all day.
Style Charade (insta: jenniferlake) - another fellow Chicagoan who knows where every colorful wall backdrop is--perhaps internationally?
The Swimming Pigs (insta: theswimmingpigs) - doing this in the Bahamas is on my bucket list.  I wanted a pig so badly growing up (I grew up with horses, so it wasn't far fetched) and these huge hogs are the cutest thing ever.  Whenever I'm having a bad day, I'll look at a photo of a swimming pig.
We The People Style (insta: wethepeoplestyle) - Jessie fulfills my love for all things neutral and minimalistic.

Alright - share your favorites!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Halfway There (See Jane Wear)

Zara skirt (similar here and here), Lilla P top, IRO jacket (similar and shop IRO jackets here),
Stuart Weitzman heels, Chanel bag (shop vintage Chanel HERE)
Oh, that bump.  I love it but boy am I starting to dread getting dressed in the morning.  It's hard to feel good when your body is going through lots of changes and you can't find into what you thought you'd be able to.  Suddenly, the new trend you wanted to try just will NOT work on you--I guess you can try again next year.  You want to buy clothes, but don't want to fork over the money for maternity clothes.  Being pregnant--what a weird time.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Chambray Volume (See Jane Wear)

Zara top (similar here, here and shop more bell sleeves HERE), ASOS maternity jeans (shop maternity jeans HERE),
ChloƩ heels, Mansur Gavriel bag, Kendra Scott choker
Some days I look pregnant and other days, I look voluminous.  My mom told me that when she was pregnant in the 70s and 80s, no one wore tight-fitting clothes to expose the bump--they just wore voluminous clothing all around.  How far we've come embracing the bump...but sometimes I don't always want it front and center so I'll rely on tops like this.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Ultimate Bell Sleeve (See Jane Wear)

MLM label top (shop MLM label here), Paige jeans, Dolce Vita mules (shop Dolce Vita mules here)
Because it's almost Friday and sometimes you have to dress out of character.  I had to try a big bell sleeve--so I went as big as possible!  How big would YOU go with a bell sleeve?

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Thinking Spring (See Jane Wear)

Sea top (romper version and shop Sea HERE), Paige Denim leather jacket (shop Paige jackets HERE), BDG jeans (similar),
Stuart Weitzman heels
 (shop SW sandals HERE), vintage Gucci bag

You'll see a lot of posts coming up where I don't quite look pregnant; this is what I call the dreaded 'in-between' time of pregnancy.  You definitely feel pregnant (I describe the first trimester to my friends as feeling like a perpetual hangover--want to throw up, certain foods make you nauseous, and could sleep all day) but you don't quite look it yet...but somehow your pants are tight due to constant bloat.  I've 'popped' a bit sooner this pregnancy; I have an actual bump now at 20 weeks, so don't worry, just follow along on my instagram for some real time action.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

For The Love of Fashion (See Jane Wear)

NY & Company dress (c/o - also love this one and this one), Stuart Weitzman heels, Chanel bag 

my mom + sisters // wedding suite, getting ready // Sayulita, 2011
My family has always joked, "where did you come from?"  Well, I assure you, I am on of them but they're referencing my love for fashion.  Sure, my mom and sisters like to shop but they've never been avid Vogue readers or willing to spend a month's rent on a bag (guilty).  I've been like this for as long as I can remember--and as long as they can remember, too.  When I was in 7th grade, bootcut jeans were the new thing.  I needed them.  I dreamt about them.  I knew life wouldn't be complete without the jeans that I saw all the cool highschoolers wearing.  I begged and pleaded for my mom and sisters to take me to the mall to get my first pair of bootcut jeans--tight in the butt with a perfect flare below the knee (my mom couldn't get over that these jeans were back in style and felt the late 60s were haunting her).  They took me to New York & Company and I'll never forget buying that first pair of jeans I so desperately needed.  It ignited my obsession for fashion and for that I have my mother, sisters, and New York & Company to thank.

In my opinion, the brand has done a great job of evolving with the times.  Their styles are current but they still carry the classics that appeal to people like my mom (see her picks below).  I'm loving this modern funnel-neck crop top and this floral sheath dress--check it out!

cardiganpantsmaxi dresstoppajamas

Happy Mother's Day!

Thank you to NY & Company for partnering with this post!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

How To Wear A Boyfriend Shirt (See Jane Wear)

rag & bone/JEAN oxford (on sale! and shop boyfriend shirts HERE), BDG white jeans (only $79! and shop white distressed jeans HERE),
Aquazzura heels (shop red heels HERE), Clare V clutch (shop Clare V HERE)

When wearing a boyfriend shirt, I like to pair it with super skinny jeans or if I'm feeling adventurous, some boyfriend jeans on bottom.  I sass it up with a super feminine shoe and lip, just so I'm not completely androgynous and there we have it:a way to make menswear not so mannish.