Monday, July 21, 2014

Sleeveless Button Ups

You've already seen how I've made non-maternity clothes work for the first 5 months of my pregnancy, and here are some more to share! Since all three of these looks featured a sleeveless button down blouse (all in fun animal prints too) I thought I would group them together.
Step #1
Pick a basic that you already have in your closet, whether it be maternity or not. My basics here are all black: J. Crew Dress (non-maternity, local consignment shop), Liz Lange Ponte Pants (maternity, Target), Apt 9 Midi Tube Skirt (non-maternity, Kohl's).
 Step 2:
Pick another neutral basic sweater or jacket for those chilly mornings or air conditioned offices. You can take it off when needed throughout the day. It's easy for all of these to be non-maternity pieces that you already have, because you don't need them to fit over your belly. In fact, you want your cute sleeveless top to show even when you have these on. Pictured here are: INC International Concepts Tan Cardigan (Macy's), Gap Jean Jacket (local consignment shop), Ruffle Cardigan (Matilda Jane).
 Step 3:
You can tie your shirt, wear it loose, or belt it. Note, these are all non-maternity blouses.
 Step #4:
Accessorize with your favorite shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, etc..... Notice how much I wear these black wedges (Unlisted "Webpage"). They are my go to's for sure! However, after wearing them for 3 summers now, they are starting to come apart in a few places. Off to eBay I go to replace them. I have done this quite a bit over the years with a piece I really love. If you love it that much, if it is comfy and stylist, I say go ahead and get the same exact thing!
 Here are some detail shots of the tops:
Camels = Croft & Barrow (Kohl's)
Fish = Alfani (Macy's)
Giraffes = Alfani (Macy's)
Hope you enjoyed these ideas, as much as I enjoyed putting them together! The only maternity piece featured was the black leggings!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Shower Dresses

When I was pregnant, I had several lovely baby showers. Of course, I planned on wearing specific dresses to them. I have enjoyed these same dresses over the years (not being pregnant) as well this second time around. When I had my showers, it was Winter so these dresses were worn with black tights and a black sweater. It's been really fun to accessorize them for summer with sandals and jean jackets!

 Axcess (a Liz Claiborne company) dress - Kohl's (they no longer carry this brand)
Jean Jacket - TJ Maxx
Sunglasses - Zulily
Unlisted "Webpage" Wedges - Steinmart
 And, I made a necklace to match the dress all those years ago. I just love the scribbled roses print and was glad I had a pendant that matched perfectly!
 Look #2:
Dress - Old Navy
Gap Jean Jacket - local consignment shop
Unlisted "Webpage" Wedges - Steinmart

 The necklaces I wear with this dress vary depending on my mood, since the floral print is pretty easy to match. Lately, I've been wearing this necklace I made with it. It features enamel flowers made by Jade Scott, which I wired onto the scalloped metal pieces I had.
 Here's a fun outtake..... Richard likes to mush his belly into mine, but we usually do it by pulling our shirts up so we are skin to skin. Such sweet bonding, but I told him that was not appropriate in our front yard! I do plan to get pics of our bare bellies together soon.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

That Anthropologie Smell

One of the things I love about shopping at Anthropologie is the "feel" of the store which includes the smell. A few years ago I found out their signature smell is the Capri Blue Volcano candles they burn. The scent is described as tropical fruits and sugared citrus, but I wouldn't say it is overly "sweet" in an annoying kind of way. It has a depth to it...... a mysterious smoky tone....... I can't quite put my finger on it.
The link I provided is the only size I have bought thus far, but they offer different sizes and glass options as well as reed diffusers and room spray. I am kind of curious if the room spray would work as a perfume.... that is how much I love this scent. To be determined I guess. I don't mind spending this much on a candle because it is the equivalent to a Yankee Candle in size and quality. What I love even more about Capri Blue is they are made in the USA (Mississippi) and you have a beautiful mercury glass container to reuse after (just check out Pinterest for all of the ideas). That being said, I have found some candles lately that are VERY close to Anthro's signature aroma and thought I would share. I just love being able to make my house smell like this, and it is instantly calming to me. Even if my entire house is a mess, when I light this it makes me feel better.
This first picture is the one and only Capri Blue candle!
This Clementine & Mango one I found at Hobby Lobby. Watch their sales because candles were 50% off the week I bought this one. I know I paid under $10 for it.
Here we have Maui Sunset from Pier 1. I normally do not like Pier 1 candles because I feel they smell great in the store but then do not carry the scent very far in your home when burned. This collection they have is much better though.

When I first saw the Island Moonlight candle at Target, I was drawn to the peacock design. When I smelled that familiar scent I was sold. This brand has several size options too and the reed diffusers. The link says it is only sold online, but they are in stores.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Black + Chambray

Black and chambray is a no brainer pair, especially when it comes to dressing the bump. I'm showing 2 options here with pieces I've already owned. I'm so glad I finally fell in love with chambray tops last summer!
I am getting so much wear out of this J. Crew dress (non-maternity) that I got at my local consignment shop several years ago! The Sonoma chambray button down is from Kohl's (I tied it here). Sunglasses from Zulily. Crocs wedges.
Check out this super bargain necklace I got at Anthropologie for $9.95! It's the Jacamar Bib necklace and it was normally $78.
Here, I am actually wearing maternity pieces from Target. The pants and the tunic are both Liz Lange, and I can certainly see myself wearing this tunic after baby. Sunglasses are the same and wedges are my favorite Unlisted brand from Steinmart. I am wearing jewelry here but it is really hard to see. A simple silver necklace and hoop earrings.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tie Not?

Getting more mileage out of non-maternity clothes continues......
While I have already tied my button up shirts in a similar fashion, and was inspired by a few other pregnant bloggers to do the same with tees! I have to admit, I am not new to this tied tee look. I remember it well from the early 90's, when then we had actual plastic things to loop your shirt through! Do you recall those too?
When I bought this giraffe tee at Kohl's, I also got this camel one (because camel prints are one of the many animals I like to collect in clothing). I had to layer a tank under it for enough belly coverage and it wasn't a look I loved too much. Tying the tee like this I like much better.
My only concern with all of this tying is mis-shaping the clothes and/or them needing ironing when I am ready to wear them untied again. Oh well, mis-shapen body + mis-shaped clothes should go well together. I will have an adorable bundle to keep my mind off of those minor issues!

Apt 9 Aviator Sunglasses - Kohl's (similar)
Necklace - Anthropologie
J. Crew Dress - local consignment shop

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Lunches (by the pool).........

So this post dates back to the Saturday pre-vacation. The same Saturday I did this post. We had a little time to enjoy the pool before I left for my massage, and I thought I would share a quick and easy summer lunch that we often do. We all know in the heat of the season, no one wants to be cooking or eating heavy meals. Ever since Jon and I feel in love with tapas a few years ago, we often adopt a similar idea at home. Just a bunch of small things that we can quickly throw together (ours are usually cold, not cooked). Not really an antipasti either, since it is not strictly Italian. It's usually a mix of fruits, bread, cheese, meat, etc..... Olives, nuts, crackers have been used too. On this day we had turkey bites, cheeses (one of which is a rosemary asiago), kiwi, cherries, grapes, strawberries, bread (from Panera) and dipping oil. It's great for kids too - Richard really likes it.
I mentioned in that same post how Jon made me a faux sangria with sparkling grape juice and fresh fruit. Here is another great summer drink idea: strawberry lemonade with muddled basil leaves. This is something we also tried at our favorite tapas place. Try it, you'll thank me later.
I apologize for sharing the following story with a food post, so you can stop reading now if you wish.

So at the end of that same post, I mentioned that Richard filled his pants. Jon gave me a smirk as he bolted out the door to go get his workout in before my appointment. If you are a parent, you know that if a child takes care of business before you go do XYZ, you are pretty happy. Whew, thank goodness that's out of the way. Even though we weren't all leaving the house together that day, it was still a relief.
We were done eating and enjoying the pool. Richard was more content to run around and around, purposely getting close to the edge so we could catch him and dunk him before placing him back on the patio. All of a sudden, my nose picked up a smell. Referring back to the same post yet again, I first thought it was the dogs or else the source of whatever they rolled in (outside of the pool fence) several days prior. I should probably clarify at this point too, that we have 2 chihuahuas. Based on some of my stories, you might assume we have larger dogs. But no, chihuahuas wreck as much havoc as I have described. Our male can, in fact, wolf down a plate of food that weighs more than him in mere seconds. Jon kept trying to convince me the smell was a flowering bush, whose flowers were stinky. No, no, my maternal instincts were not buying it.
All of sudden, I saw a brown color creeping up the sides of Richard's swimmer. I politely informed Jon I had located the source of the smell. Pool time was over - it was close to when I had to leave anyway. Someone had to take care of the toddler, and someone had to take care of bringing all of the plates in. I gave Jon a look. He knew it was HIS turn. A turn which required a bath AND a shared shower. I had flashbacks of the night we stayed at a Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park this past Winter...... water and #2's do not mix well. Yep, that's right, yet another story. Jon was conveniently off meeting a guy to pick up some car parts - after all, the entire trip was planned around him buying a new rally car in Ohio (the same car whose engine is now being rebuilt). Imagine that happening and you have to carry your child across the park to retrieve your room key off the table, and then your room is all the way at the end of one of the hallways. All the while trying not to alert anyone else to what has just happened. Because when kids are having fun, they do not give you a warning. Yeah, not fun.
This is why they chlorinate those places people! To the point of headache inducing chemicals the second you walk in!
I am sorry for over sharing, but these are the things people do not tell you about having kids.
Anyway, my massage was amazing! I enjoyed it very much. It was just what I needed and I hope to go back to the same lady again.
Our vacation was wonderful as well. There was a lot of swimming involved, but luckily we did not have any of the incidents described above. In fact, just the opposite. The last step of potty training does in fact seem to revolve around #2 and getting him to want to go in the toilet. Our bribe is suckers. He will randomly say, "I get a sucker for going poop.......... and for haircuts!"
Oh, to be 3 again.
I did not think it would happen while we were away, so I did not pack any suckers. He ended up going twice! Luckily, the resort store had suckers and while checking out, he proudly announced to the cashier, "These are for going poop!"
My last funny related to all of this is while running errands this week he pulled the elastic of his shorts down a few inches to announce to yet another cashier, "I'm wearing big boy underwear!"
I am sure there will be more, but I will spare you for a while. You're welcome.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Kellogg House

Yesterday, my friend Lisa suggested we take a walk to The Kellogg House to take some photos. Just a short walk from our downtown headquarters offices, W.K. Kellogg's home was relocated to these grounds in 1990. The park surrounding the home is perfection right now, with all of the flowers in bloom. It was a gorgeous day!
 These silky lounge pants were a dream to wear! I can't take all of the credit for my maternity style, as I remember another Anthro lover wearing these for her pregnancy a few years ago. Off to eBay I went to track them down when I found out I was expecting again. I just love the fact that I can wear these, pregnant or not. The loose elastic band is very forgiving.
 Since I am trying to showcase how to wear non-maternity clothes during your pregnancy, I must say there are a few maternity staples I rely on. This tank is no exception. It's from Motherhood Maternity and it is reversible so you can wear the scoop neck side or the vneck side. I stocked up in basic colors: black, white, cream and grey. There were on sale buy 3, get 1 free. I really needed to refresh my basic tank collection anyway, as all of mine were looking quite grungy. I know I will wear these tanks after baby too. You can wear them tucked in or untucked. They offer great belly coverage and are so comfy! But I know the way they are designed they will look great without a belly too.
 I wore the necklace I made from this post. I thought the fun textures really went well with the print on the bottom of the pants. I love that they are black and white with a pop of color!

Pinkerton Dream in Color Loungers - Anthropologie
Gap Jean Jacket - local consignment shop
Necklace - made by me
Reversible Tank - Motherhood Maternity

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