Monday, August 31, 2015

Some Simple Pieces






This necklace is just one long chain and it totes versatile, case in point:


three tiers



Two strands. Or, you can just wrap it around and around as even layers in the 1st iteration above. This chain, I think, I got at H&M ages ago. One can get something similar for cheap, OR invest in a proper silver chain and keep forever. Either way, it's a solid jewelry option that every gal should have to add to an overall outfit. 


The bump is a bit hidden in these profile shots, let's show it off, eh? 




Bump-tastic fashion if I do say so myself!



dress-Le Tote, jacket/sneakers-Old Navy(more sneakers here), chain-H&M(more necklaces here), bag-J.Jill

There's nothing mind-blowingly fabulous about this outfit, but it's a simple, cute look. This knit dress provides a some structure, which is great for my bump. Knit pieces, be they dresses, skirts, pants, etc have become an essential part for my pregnancy outfitting. And, I have feeling they'll also be major work-horse pieces in my postpartum ensembles.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Black Widow Dress











dress-ERIN by Erin Fetherson via Rent the Runway(similar to rent here), cardi-Piperlime(similar here), belt-Gap(more belts here), necklace-Banana Republic(sort of similar here), shoes-Zara(similar here), bag-Longchamp(similar here)

Unlike the dress in Wednesday's post this Erin Fetherson number still fits AND flatters at 6+ months prego. It has a bit more structure than the Ralph Lauren dress from earlier this week, which is key, but it's also stretchy, which is even MORE key when fitting around the baby bump. The belt is also doing my silhouette some favors by separating the bust from the bump, another VERY KEY point in terms of a flattering look. Defining one's shape, even while pregnant, is always a good call and separates the outfits from just clothes. :)

Also, a co-worker pointed out that this dress is bringing some Black-Widow-Spider-Realnesss!!!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Designer Collab

It's been a bit cooler here this week in Pittsburgh and I'm thinking wonderful fall thoughts, and with those comes my cravings for new and exciting fall purchases!!! I've been a huge fan and consumer of multiple Target/Designer Collaborations over the years and next month just in time for fall Adam Lippes joins the Target family(for a limited time) with a plaid-heavy collection that I am all sorts of ready to jump on! Here are a few items that have caught my eye:

Backpack

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Blouse

Kitchen Towels

Heels

Man's Cardi

Pencils & Case

Sweater Vest

As you can see they are not kidding around with the plaid, and there's additional items for the kids and the pets. So a very wide-ranging collection with something for everyone! 

Two thoughts: I love MOST of it... there are a few pieces in the women's collection that definitely have a WTF vibe, case in point:

Poncho Top, no girl, just no! 


And second: I hear the beginnings of Christmas gift shopping throughout these offerings. Look out if you're on my usual gift list, you may see some plaid-tastatic items under your tree from me! 




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fit vs. Flattering



















dress-Ralph Lauren(sort of similar here), necklace-Need Supply(similar here), shoes-Old Navy(similarish here)

You may recall this dress from past posts here and here. And while yes, this tank dress still fits, it's not the most flattering option at this time. I was standing up VERY straight in these pics and sucking it in as best as I could. Not that I'm trying to look "thin" at 6 months pregnant, but there's a reason maternity clothes (especially nowadays) are necessary even if you do still fit into your pre-pregnant pieces. 

Okay here the even less flattering shots...


The material wrinkles up a bit here and there, and stretches in a few awkward places. Overall, this dress at this point does not do much for my body, which is fine because it's not meant to be worn now. The proportions weren't meant to accommodate a disproportionate change in the silhouette, which is what a baby bump is -- an awkward proportion. Of course, I don't mean to suggest being pregnant is an unflattering body "type" but, it's not the normal proportion/shape for the body. It's an exception, hence the need for garments to accommodate said exception. For your reference a pic of this dress in my "regular" state:

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Dress & Cardi Combo

cardi- J.Crew Factory , dress-Madewell(similarish here ), belt-Urban Outfitters(more belts here ), nec...