Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Painterly Print

Let's all take a mo' to acknowledge how on-point the jewelry, nail polish, and dress pattern are here! I mean seriously, that mix of light blue and navy on all three is working so hard, but in a subtle way, AND it's a fresh, but still appro color combo for fall. Okay, you may resume scrolling down. 

dress-Le Tote Maternity, blazer-Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo(similar here), boots-DSW(similar here), leggings-Target, necklace-J.Crew Factory(similar here), ring-Jewel Mint, mani-Envy Nail Spa

As I mentioned above the dress's print, jewelry, and polish are all working like gangbusters in this outfit. The print is only on the front portion of the dress, the back being in a solid black. I think if this was an all overall pattern it would be too much. The black, and my styling it with a black, velvet blazer (last seen here) and basic black boots keeps the arty edge going strong! When you're wearing loose dresses and flat boots (almost) everyday you need to find ways to work in some edge where/when you can. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Blogger of the Month

Earlier this week I was the featured Blogger of the Month over at Melodic, Thrifty & Chic!!! Anna and I discovered each other over on Chictopia and I've been admiring her style for months. She had some VERY nice things to stay about my outfitting skills in this post here!  She also featured some of my favorite looks:

Looking at these pics/outfits gosh I miss my body... No joke! I really miss not being pregnant and I miss being able to move, run, jump, wear my clothes, feel good about myself naked. You know I had some body issues pre-baby, but now, looking back I realize I was in GREAT shape!

Thanks Anna for the feature and the reminder of how slamming my bod used to be! Also, you can follow me on Chicotopia here and follow Anna here. Like us on Facebook Outfits Not Just Clothes, and Melodic, Thrifty & Chic. AND follow on Instagram bernadetteulsamer and annab34r.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This Vest Still Zips!

Yep, at 9 months I can still get this regular-sized medium fleece vest to zip--small victories.

I LOVE how well my nails coordinate with this ring that I've had forever. The navy of the ring really pops with this polish, right? 

vest-Old Navy, shirt-Old Navy Maternity(similar here), leggings-Target, boots-DSW(similar/nicer here), necklace/ring-Jewel Mint, bracelet-Le Tote

This outfit is not setting the world on fire, but it's sporty and functional. Plus, this vest (which is like five+ years old) is a great fall, throw-on 3rd piece that takes basic clothes into outfit territory with minimal effort. And I'm all about minimal effort, especially for weekend outfitting, which was when I sported this look for Saturday morning errands. One of the few pros to being pregnant is not having to "recover" from night before. Waking up bright-eyed on Saturday and Sunday mornings ready to get things done IS a pleasant change from being groggy and only good for a day of couching. 

This black legging-and-boot combo has become a go-to, so get ready to see a lot of it here in these next 3 weeks. That's right, we're officially in countdown mode with 3 weeks until the due date! Soon it'll be a Baby not just a Bump! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

That's a Big Belly!!!!

I can still see my feet! That's a win for sure! 

cardi-J.Crew(similar here), jeans-Old Navy, shirt-Le Tote Maternity, necklace-Jewel Mint, kicks-Converse, location-Frick Park

Yes, I've become quite rotund here these past couple of weeks. From what I can tell I've officially "dropped", which means the baby is getting lower in position with the head down and the feet up. So why not wear a bright red shirt and celebrate this bountiful belly! This was a fairly thrown-together look this past weekend as Mr. Keller and I walked around our new neighborhood. Jeans, sneaks, top, and cardi. The color and stripes really make this look and I love the vintage, 50's-esque androgynous feel of this sweater. Plus pockets are always awesome.  

And yes, we moved a few weeks ago, and are just a hop, skip, and jump away from Frick Park in Pittsburgh's Point Breeze neighborhood. So get ready for more nature-based settings in future posts, as opposed to the gritty, industrial-chic locations from our South Side neighborhood.  We will miss living in the South Side, but are excited to have a new home for the next chapter in his crazy story of life.  Yeah, that's some deep stuff right there. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Last Month

I am now officially 9 months pregnant! And the 9th month is a FULL month, both in that at the END of the 9th month is when the baby comes, and I'm feeling very "full". I've said to several friends that it feels like my body is in a vise's grip from tits-to-crotch. Not the most eloquent description, but extremely apt.

Here are my top 9 outfits, one each from the past 9 months, which I like to think show my body's progression, while maintaining my personal style aesthetic. Links to the original posts under each pic. 

 A classic for me, bright cropped pants, striped shirt, blazer, heels. I've worn variations of this outfit for, literally years. It suits me so well, and I think is still fresh and fun with the mix of colors.  And I'm pretty sure I didn't know yet I was prego at this point, still very early days.

This is from back in late April, when I DID know about my condition, hence the change in hair color, but not in outfitting. My body was fairly the same the first 12 weeks or so, which was great because I was able to maintain my regular outfitting routine. This look hits on so many personal favorite style points: plaid, pinstripes, suiting, preppy, androgynous, and my new haircut was pretty badass! 

From May, rocking out some plaid shorts from Uniqlo that I had ordered late winter and wanted to wear them while they still fit. Again, more plaid, and a very preppy vibe. 

Early June sporting an awesome top from Le Tote and doing my take on alternative suiting. The orange here is giving me LIFE! Again, was still able to wear most of my regular clothes. 

By July, I was starting to show and wearing more skirts, and dresses, as my beautiful, brightly colored cropped trousers were no longer fitting. Pants in general starting taking a back seat outfitting wise by this point, which made me explore my more ladylike style, as opposed to going my usual  preppy tomboy route. But, I still had a shout out to that boy with this clutch from Banana Republic

August, a shift dress from Le Tote that skimmed over my bump and garnished compliments galore. At this point, dresses were going strong, the less defined silhouette the better. 

In September I wore this to tour a potential day care. And I kept telling myself "I'm not like a regular mom, I'm a cool mom!" Still rocking regular/standard clothes, but having to get creative in the bottoms department with drawstrings and looser silhouettes. This very fun T-shirt was from ModCloth, thinking about it, I'm all for some tacos right now...  

October and maternity jeans form Old Navy had become my good-to for the weekends. I was still sporting my stripes here, and mixing in bright colors keeping that personal style going strong! 

Here, this month full-on fall-fabulous in a tweedy blazer, knee-high boots, and a dress from Le Tote Maternity. The thing I've been (luckily) able to do/say is that I'm not wearing anything I don't like, or wouldn't normally want to wear if I wasn't prego. Sure, I've played around with jumpsuits, ponchos, and capes, which aren't naturally in my style wheelhouse, BUT being the professional outfitter I am, I've made those "outside-the-box" type garments work for me. 

I now  have 26 days until I deliver. I still plan on wearing outfits up until that time and then will be taking a hiatus for most of December. I haven't yet decided if I'll feature/include my baby on the blog. I'm leaning toward not so much, but we shall see... 

The Last Bump

cardi-Piperlime( here from Poshmark ), dess-Anne Klein(similar here ), sandals- Earth Origins , necklace-M...