Monday, July 1, 2013
I'm trying to keep up with pictures during this pregnancy, but it is proving difficult. Allow me to explain why.
Blouse: H&M Mama
Pants: H&M Mama
Every morning, I get up, I get dressed and I have every intention of snapping some photos for blog consideration. For example, when I put on this outfit (over a week ago, before the sun decided to descend upon the lands like a fiery hell) comprised of my new H&M Mama finds, I was feeling good. I felt stylish. I felt more like my old non-pregnant self than I have in a while. I thought, "Ooh, I should take some photos before I leave for work."
But setting up the tripod was my last priority of the morning. Laying out scrambled eggs and toast for a hungry little man came first. Then, responding happily to shouts of "Mommy, come play! Come play, Mommy!" comes next. My goodness, there are Legos waiting to be made into airplanes. Then there is the choice to be made between Fireman Sam or Curious George - which should be watched so Mommy can actually take a shower? When it finally comes time to take some quick pics, my sweet little shadow is right there to help me out.
Nope, I'm not nearly posting as much as I did in my first pregnancy. Instead, I'm relishing every solo minute I have with my little boy. Once his sister arrives, the family dynamic will change and the concept of sharing will really be put to the test. Until then, I want to take every second I can centering my world around my last bits of only-child time that I can manage.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
You are looking at one tired mama, just trying to get through the mid-week.
Sweater: Gap Maternity, hand-me-down (similar)
Pants: H&M Mama (similar)
Diaper bag: Timi & Leslie Charlie bag
First, the outfit. I debated even putting it on the blog because I'm feeling nothing short of blah. But, my aim with this blog is to show reality, not glossy Photoshop of the best moments. What I can wear in my closet is diminishing and my desire to buy new maternity clothes is fading. Doing my hair is a chore and putting on makeup is a necessity only so people don't think they are being approached by a zombie. A sweater and pants combo is the best I can come up with when my energy level is on zero point zero on the dial.
Second, I don't remember being this tired at 25 weeks during my first pregnancy. I'm sure chasing after a toddler when I'm not at work contributes to the cause, but even that doesn't seem like enough to drive me into bed at 7:30 PM each night. I feel like I barely received the effects of a second trimester energy spurt and the minute I hit the third trimester, I've begun to drag myself through the day. Other second time moms - did you experience this?
Friday, June 14, 2013
Hello, Congress Ave in Austin, TX. You are my kind of street.
Tank: Old Navy
Maxi skirt: Express (similar)
Scarf: Cost Plus World Market, gift
Bag: Banana Republic (similar)
All I wanted to do in Austin, besides eat tons of BBQ and Tex-Mex (mission: accomplished), was shop the vintage and thrift stores on Congress Ave. It was my own personal pilgrimage, my shopping right of passage in a very eclectic city.
On this trip with my girlfriends, we talked about clothes we wore when we were little girls and it hit me that since I grew up not very well off, most of my childhood clothes were either from thrift stores or hand-me-downs from teen girls in town. It was only when I hit high school and grunge was in full effect did thrifting become cool for the first time and my wardrobe suddenly made a statement other than "Hi, I'm poor". Perhaps that is why I've carried a love of thrift and vintage stores with me ever since - they are a part of my fashion roots.
I drifted from store to store on Congress Ave - from New Bohemia (which I'm standing in front of) to Allen's Boots, where I could have dropped thousands of dollars on unique boots (if I had thousands of dollars) - so happy to be in such shopping glory but so sad that my body wasn't in any position to try stuff on. Instead, I encouraged others to buy fancy boots, listened to the perfect mix of music that drifted out from each store front and snapped photos of my favorite things.
And yes, when I saw $99 price tags on vintage concerts shirts, I was a bit aghast, but then I realized that you might never find a sweet Foreigner shirt like this original ever again, so $99 seems totally worth it, if you are into that sort of thing. Which I am.
Allen's Boots - cowboy boots to dream about
Jo's Coffee - when I saw tourists posing with this graffiti, I snapped a pic and sent a text to my boys at home.
I would give my right arm to have these prints in my house.
Chicken and Waffles with maple butter and chipotle gravy at Moonshine Grill. Thank you, Texas.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I'm working the magic light in my new favorite dress.
Dress: c/o ASOS Maternity
Necklace: LOFT (similar)
Sandals: Target (similar)
Last weekend, I headed to Austin for an annual girls' trip with some of my best college friends. It is always an added bonus to travel with a friend in the group who is a professional photographer. She snapped some photos in what she called "the magic light" as we strolled near a park near downtown Austin. Considering I felt like I was floating on air in my new dress from ASOS Maternity, I thought the lighting was appropriate.
As you can see, I chose the ASOS Maternity Maxi in Dip Dye out of the dresses I was eyeing in recent online shopping. This dress was perfect for the humid Austin weather. The white cotton comfortably reflected the heat and the pink dip-dye gave it a punch of current style. The liner underneath, as you can see from the shadows, is shorter, so the dress was very airy and cool rather than clinging to my skin as some maxis have a tendency to do. I ordered it in my pre-pregnancy size and it fit like a glove. My friends commented that I might even be able to wear it post-pregnancy because they said I barely looked pregnant! (And trust me, I'm looking mighty pregnant these days.)
Magic light, magic dress. And a little bit of magic goes a long way when you are entering your third trimester and want to feel your best!
Disclosure: Thank you to ASOS for supplying the dress, but it should be noted that all opinions are my own. And I kept shopping at ASOS on my own as well - more pics of other purchases to come!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
My son gave me a surprise compliment this morning.
Top: Gap Maternity (similar)
Skirt: Forever 21 (similar)
Diaper bag: Timi & Leslie Charlie bag
Flats: Steve Madden
As I was pulling my hair into a simple ponytail this morning, my son wandered into the bathroom. He grabbed the edge of my skirt with his tiny little hand and said, "Princess! Mommy is a princess!"
Normally, I'm not one to label myself as anything close to a princess and I definitely try to steer away from gender stereotyping, but I couldn't help but scoop him up with a big smile and plant kisses on his chubby cheeks while thanking him for being such a sweet boy. If modern day princesses are wearing maxi skirts and maternity shirts, then call me Kate Middleton. I declare this my maternity uniform by royal decree.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
A little drive through wine country to bring a bit of balance to our lives.
Dress: Victoria's Secret (similar)
Sunglasses: Bon Look Square One in Gray
When you are parenting, sometimes your marriage or relationship can take a backseat to all of the other things that pop up in life. When your kid is sick, he needs to be held. When your kid is bored, it is on you to entertain. When your child is laughing, you drop everything to join right in. All of this, while being wonderful in its own right, can detract from the day-to-day affection and attention you give to your significant other. It is never intentional; it is just focusing on the most pressing priority in the moment.
To recapture some time for ourselves, my husband and I left our son with his grandparents for the day and drove up to Napa to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. Kevin has a convertible, which I protested initially due to its impractical nature (that's me - always sensible), but even I have to now admit how fantastic it is to have the option of driving with the top down, breeze through your hair, inhaling the sweet natural scents that come from the vineyards next to the open road. We stopped for appetizers at Auberge du Soleil and our favorite restaurant, Cook St. Helena, then did a little window shopping in Calistoga. It felt so fantastic to just hold hands while we strolled along, chatting without being uninterrupted by our very enthusiastic and verbal toddler. We were able to focus on each other and I commented more than once how relaxed I felt in the moment. Just being in the moment - it is not a luxury we seem to enjoy as much as we should these days. And this was a pretty great moment in time, with so many more special moments to come.
Friday, May 24, 2013
My bright colors reflect my bright mood.
Jacket: Ben Sherman (similar)
Sweater: GAP Maternity (similar)
Pants: Forever 21 (similar)
Heels: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Maybe it is that second trimester energy burst. Maybe it is the three-day weekend. Maybe it is because we will be celebrating our 4-year anniversary in Napa tomorrow. Maybe it is because I can still fit into these non-maternity pants because of their low waistline and stretch fabric. Whatever it is, I'm in the best mood.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
A $5 tank that wasn't made for maternity, but I'm making good use of it now.
Tank: H&M (similar)
Shorts: Old Navy
Hat: H&M (similar)
Flats: Kenneth Cole (similar)
I remember when I bought this tank top over three years ago. When I tried it on, I thought, "Man, I'm swimming in this. It is like a maternity top." But since it was $5, I thought I could make it work. I was able to wear it a couple of times, either early in maternity or post-partum, but it always seemed better suited as a full-blown maternity top. All these years later, I feel like I've gotten my money's worth. With the warm summer months ahead, I will be floating underneath my fluttering stripes.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Thus comes the time in my pregnancy where I dig through my closet for options.
Dress: Banana Republic (similar)
Scarf: Cost Plus World Market (similar)
Boots: Steven by Steve Madden (similar)
When trying to determine what might fit me for the next few weeks while the belly bursts forward, I ask a few simple questions. Is it A-line or shift shaped? Does it normally need a belt? Will it be long enough in front to cover my lady bits?
I found a whole lot of yes in this dress, which I wore before here. I paired it with my favorite new scarf, a birthday gift from one of my best friends, and a new maternity outfit was born. I'm going to name her Bella because she had me feeling quite cute all day.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I'm a happy little lady these days.
Tank: H&M Mama (similar)
Skirt: J. Crew, thrifted (similar)
Belt: Forever 21 (similar)
Bag: Banana Republic (similar)
Perhaps it is the sunshine. It could be my new birthday gift of Tieks from my loving husband. Maybe it is because I'm having fun embracing the bump and finding creative ways to dress around it, like hiking a non-maternity skirt up over my belly and putting a belt on it.
It is all of those things and more. I'm beginning to feel my little one twisting and kicking around in my belly. Once the movement starts, pregnancy begins to feel so much more real. You recognize that you are not just expanding in the waistline...that a little personality is forming in there. This one is kicking early so clearly s/he wants to make his/her presence known. I had a kick last night that startled me to the point of jumping. Just knowing that the movement is happening and all is well makes me smile throughout the day.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
My husband told me I looked like I was ready for a garden party. Sadly, I was just going to work.
Dress: Liz Lange Maternity, Target (similar)
Flats: Steve Madden
It has been in the high 70s in San Francisco temperatures for the past two days. During those two days, I was skeptical that it would last and stuck to a business suit and sweaters, much to my regret. When I decided to embrace the sunshine and bare my pale legs, I arrived in the city to discover it was 50 degrees. Of course. It's the same thing as when I wash my car, it will inevitably rain the next day.
Although, I was excited to bust out an old favorite maternity dress. I wore this during my first pregnancy at 13 weeks, 22 weeks, 27 weeks, 33 weeks and even post-partum. I'm still loving it now.
Friday, April 19, 2013
If I seem really amused in these photos, it is because I totally am.
Cardigan: LOFT (similar)
Necklace: LOFT (similar)
Maternity pants: H&M (similar)
Loafers: Target (similar)
There I am, trying to snap some quick outfit pics before speeding off to work. It is hard to take yourself seriously when this is careening around your ankles in between shots:
I was completely distracted by the running blur. He was having way more fun than me at 7:30 AM.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Spring! Maxi skirts! Hurray for pregnant ladies everywhere!
Chambray shirt: Target
Tank: HM Mama
Maxi skirt: Old Navy maternity hand-me-down (similiar)
I'm so glad that I'm going to at my pregnant peak during the warm summer months. Your choices for a stylish wardrobe are simplified. It is so much easier to slip on a maxi skirt and call it a day than to search through my closet for the one pair of pants that fit. It is maxis and dresses on the weekends from here on out.
But I'm not at my pregnant peak yet. I'm at that point where I'm constantly resting a hand under my belly when I'm in public. The move is as self-conscious as tucking my hair behind my ears on a windy day. My hand on my stomach is a beacon, an unnecessary arrow pointing to my stomach to prove it is baby, not bloat. It is a move that signifies that I'm with child, not with a giant cheeseburger I just ate. Although, technically, the latter is true as well so I really don't know why I bother.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Sometimes you have to get out of your pajamas. But you don't have to feel like you aren't wearing them.
Vest: Old Navy
Button-up: Gap Maternity (hand-me-down)
Leggings: Victoria's Secret
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
After a big move and a lazy day at the in-laws, I didn't feel like getting dressed. Wearing my flannel pj pants and an oversized sweatshirt sounded ideal. However, it is not entirely appropriate to go out in public like that, outside of walking to the mailbox, so I concocted the next best thing. Leggings. Puffy vest. Comfy boots. Done.
Of course, I did wear a button-up blouse just to make the whole thing a bit more fancy. So, there's that.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The LBBD: the go-to styling for any expecting mom.
Dress: Gap Maternity (hand-me-down)
Watch: Michael Kors
At week 15, I feel like I'm hitting my maternity stride once again. I'm eating more than just goldfish crackers and my energy is slowly returning. After recovery from a rough first trimester, I've discovered that I am without pants. No, not in that naked-bad-dream where you are presenting to a classroom and you haven't prepared kind of way (did I mention I'm having crazy pregnancy dreams?). I'm in that in-between stage where I have one pair of maternity pants that currently fit and belly bands just aren't seeming to cut it. Dresses are where it is at until I can get a good shopping trip in.
The nice thing about the second time at the rodeo is that you likely have friends that have been there, too. One of my best girlfriends gave me a whole box of her maternity clothes and it was there that I rediscovered this Gap dress. I tried this dress on late in my first pregnancy and at the time, couldn't rationalize buying it because I only had a couple of months left. This time around, expect to see this dress on constant rotation. There are unlimited possibilities when it comes to a LBBD - formal, casual, office wear, etc. This post is just your basic jumping off point.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Since I'm in the process of having my little bundle o'love and I'm looking at a little bit of recovery/snuggling/bonding time in the coming days, I thought this would be a great time to recap some of the outfits I loved the most. Expecting Chic didn't really get going until week 11, so I'm wrapping the ever-changing, slightly nauseated and extremely exciting first and second trimesters into one post.
When looking back, what I noticed first is how many items I wore all the way into my third trimester. Success! I'll give myself a big pat on the back for planning ahead and resourcefulness. I spent very little money in the first two trimesters on actual maternity clothes. Instead, I mined through my closet and I only purchased items that had the right shape and could be worn after the baby is born. I also marvel at my ability to wear heels. Sigh...heels. I miss you so.
If you are new to Expecting Chic, or newly pregnant, feel free to click back through the links below to each post.