Tuesday, September 2, 2014
I'm not gonna lie. I was feeling pretty good about myself last Friday night. The trip to Santa Monica for my best girl's wedding was made solo. Just me, no husband (sadly), no kids (not as sadly). When I showed up to the rehearsal dinner all done up in my new Roland Mouret for Banana Republic dress, my response to people's kind compliments was to be slightly embarrassed and reply "Mama doesn't get out of the house much." I guess that when I do, I like to get fancy.
Dress: Banana Republic
Heels: Steve Madden
Clutch: Banana Republic
Earrings: Stella & Dot
I'm obsessed with this dress. I haven't felt compelled to wear anything body-con since giving birth to my daughter. My ongoing tummy pooch was not ready and many clothes these days cause me to feel self-conscious, regardless of how proud I am for creeping ever closer to my pre-pregnancy weight. However, this dress feels like it has its own built in Spanx system. The stretch material sucks you in and curves in all the right places. At $150 (or less if you can time a great 40% off sale - I bought the dress for about $100 during a weekend promotion), you are investing in a dress with a true designer feel. It has leaped into first place in my closet - you can't go wrong with a beautiful little black dress for the long haul. I'm debating buying a couple other dresses while the collection is still in stores.
But while I have you here, can I please brag about my hair for a moment? I worked my butt off to get it just right and finally nailed a Pinterest hair obsession - the faux hawk.
If I had a spare hour, I would do this every day! It really wasn't as hard as I thought it might be. All it took was lots of curling, bobby pins, helmet head hair spray and patience. Breaking out of my dirty ponytail mode was such a joy. Granted, I had to be a few hundred miles away from my kids to have the time to do it, but I'll take it. I think I may have to start venturing into Pinterest searches again in the near future!
Cheers to celebrating with great friends and taking the time to break out of the mom mode with a fun new look!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
This outfit of the day photo was taken by my three-year-old son. Apparently, the only way I'm going to get outfit photos lately is by happy accident.
Sweater: Ambience San Francisco
Flats: Steve Madden
I get dressed every morning with full intentions of taking outfit photos and it simply does not happen. I'm in a rush, I'm feeding a baby, it is dark outside and my tripod is broken. Excuses upon excuses. Fortunately, my aunt showed Keagan how to use a camera during our visit last weekend and I just happened to be wearing my current favorite pants when he clicked the button. My husband bought these vibrant purple Gap khakis for me on clearance for $3. He wins for finding the best deal ever and my son wins for saving my blog from its lack of style pics. I'm a bit disheveled in this photo but I'm wearing the brightest smile to match my radiant pants. Joyous weekend wear works for me.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Cardigans. Button ups. Get used to seeing a lot of these.
Button up: Old Navy
Diaper Bag: Timi and Leslie
This has been my mom uniform for weeks - for all the days that I haven't been blogging because truly this is not an exciting concoction. It is just a simple formula that works for me when deciding what to wear each day. The outfit is all about easy access to the feeding center while still trying to look somewhat put together. That is, if you call no makeup and hair that hasn't seen a salon in over four months "put together". A question: if I let my roots grow out for another two months, would that officially be considered ombre?
Anyway, I'm going to have to find a way to transition my mom uniform back into work clothes. I'm back to work this week, though thankfully I am working from home for the majority of the month. Yesterday was my first day away from my little girl, as I had to go into the office for meetings. As I carried my breast pump into the office and lamented the fact that my work pants are way too tight in the waistline, I thought about how I wished I could be home cuddling with my little cuddle monkey. Then, I started having conversations that didn't center around diapers and feeding and the day quickly and pleasantly sped by. It is never fun to go back to work, but it makes the coming home to little, smiling faces all the more special.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Jackets! Boots! Scarves! Fall has finally hit!
Jacket: Banana Republic (similar)
Tee: Old Navy
Jeans: Gap (similar)
I have pumpkins, fallen leaves and preschool art work on my doorstep to remind me of the season even if the weather hasn't participated until now. It has been unseasonably warm over the past month. My sweaters have been calling to me from the depths of my closet but one wear leads to heatstroke. The wind and the rain finally kicked in this past week and out came my fall and winter wear. I still need quick access to my nursing tanks so layering is key.
Even though it is fall, my brain is already trained toward winter. In particular, Christmas. The stuff on my doorstep is leftover from Halloween. I couldn't muster the energy to decorate for Thanksgiving but I've already hit the Dollar Store for a ton of Christmas decor. Yep, I'm that girl - the one that can't wait until after Thanksgiving to get started on the next holiday. But I'm showing restraint. I can make it to the weekend before stapling up the lights...I think.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
If you are wondering what I'm doing each morning after I'm done feeding the baby, it looks something like this.
Vest: Old Navy
Waffle tee: Old Navy
Pants: Forever 21 (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21
Each morning, I live for my coffee and I scan all social media outlets on my iPhone. Call it my way to stay sane, awake and connected. I've been making an effort to get up and get dressed in the small window of nap time my daughter affords me. Putting on fresh clothes gets me off the couch and is way more fun than doing the dishes that linger in the sink.
I've been on a big Old Navy shopping binge for two reasons. 1) Ordering clothes in Tall sizing is the way to go for this lady. It is a refreshing feeling to have sleeves that actually hit your wrists. 2) The sales have been crazy good and the Old Navy near my house is easy to access with a baby in tow. I found this military-style vest for $18 and pictured all kinds of fall layering opportunities. Plus, pockets. I have to keep that iPhone close by.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I love going to pumpkin patches so much that I might go twice this year.
Button up chambray: Target
Nursing Tank: Target
Maternity pants: H&M Mama
Necklace: Forever 21
Flats: Kenneth Cole
Diaper Bag: Timi & Leslie - Charlie bag
Actually, it isn't that I'm so overly in love with rows of pumpkins and bouncy houses, though my son would argue in their favor. It is the family experience that I crave. With our family now complete, I was so excited to head out and create our annual family traditions. I had visions of my son picking out his own pumpkin while I snapped pictures of his giant grin, while posing with his sister in the coordinating outfit I picked out for him to wear. I wanted to take a hay ride with the family on the back of a tractor trailer. The corn maze sounded like a fun little romp.
But here is what happened: Keagan threw a tantrum and refused to wear the button up shirt I bought him. I was able to snag about ten pictures total, none of which contain a pumpkin. I breastfed the baby for the majority of the trip while seated on a hay bale while everyone else explored the giant pumpkin patch. I say all this wistfully; I feel like I missed out. My mom uniform came in handy when the food demand came on strong and my exhaustion kicked into high gear about fifteen minutes after arriving. But truthfully, this is what this time in life is all about. It isn't about my grand plan. It is about appeasing, pleasing and enhancing the life of my children. So if that means mom misses the party while pony rides and first lollipops are had, so be it. I have the memories of wide, sticky grins to keep me happy until the next pumpkin patch attempt.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Button up shirt. Nursing tank. Maternity pants. This is going to be my post-partum uniform for a while.
Button up: Old Navy
Nursing tank: Target
Pants: H&M Mama
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Last weekend, at six days post-partum, I was feeling pretty good. I accomplished what feels like the impossible with a newborn: I showered and I left the house. We went to a park to meet up with friends to introduce Sutton. I was amazed and proud of how good I felt (though my body did give out after about two hours). I'm not sure if this is attributed to a easy labor and birth or if it is because I'm a second time mom, but either way, I'll take it. I'm even proud of my mushy mom belly; these abs stretched to their limit to create something pretty spectacular.
Speaking of second time moms, I am approaching my wardrobe choices with some thoughtful planning this time around. My daughter nurses like she has never eaten before each and every time, so access on the fly is important. I'm living in nursing tanks and I plan on layering them with button up shirts and cardigans. My maternity pants will stay in solid rotation as long as I need - it is not necessary to force my way back into my skinny jeans and deal with uncomfortable waistband pinching. Flats are key to my ease of movement and I'm obsessed with my Tieks. I need a pair in red, stat! Dressing for comfort and style is my goal for the next month.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Diaper bag: Timi & Leslie
Wedges: Kensie Girl
Last week I tweeted that I bought three dresses at H&M for $29.97 total. It was perfect timing, too. The summer heat finally decided to show up in Seattle and prior to my shopping trip, I was drastically unprepared, wardrobe-wise. I saw this dress in a magazine a couple of months ago and kept my eye on it. For $10, I couldn't ignore it any more. Plus, I think this dress will be very versatile for the summer months ahead as well as a good maternity dress in the years to come. If you are pregnant right now, I highly recommend checking out H&M for dresses. Their current selection is full of empire-waist finds that will work for your body now and postpartum.
I'm also going to brag now about the progression of my mobility skills. When my son was first born, packing up my bag was stressful and full of lessons learned about the aftermath of being forgetful (ahem...wipes). My trusty Charlie bag is now stocked with all the essentials and dinner with friends was a breeze. Plus, no spit up on my new dress which is not something I can easily claim these days.
Friday, July 22, 2011
I woke up and shared smiles with my beautiful baby boy.
Blouse: Forever 21
Jeans: Joe's (similar)
Heels: Urban Outfitters (on sale right now for $29.99!)
I cruised into Mr. Mack's room this morning, only to see him rolling around in his sleep sack, chewing on a wash cloth. Confused, I quickly realized he'd reached through the crib bars to the changing station and snatched up his prize. With a belly laugh, I said, "Well, aren't you proud of yourself?" He dropped the cloth and began laughing. 4:45 AM has never been brighter.
The morning started off so light and happy, I wanted to keep the feeling through the rest of the day. I pulled out my lightest, most airy blouse and my favorite red heels. I even curled my hair instead of going to my standard I'm-too-tired bun. Even as I type, I'm grinning about the thought of cruising through my Friday so I can get home to more laughter from my little washcloth thief.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Well, no. Technically, I wore this on Wednesday.
Sweater: Splendid, Nordstrom Rack
Flats: Steve Madden
Have you ever had one of those days where everything just comes together? The puzzle pieces just fall effortlessly into place. That's how I feel about this outfit, as well as about my life right now. As far as life goes, I found a place for us to live in San Francisco and I gave my official notice at work. I'm wrapping up loose ends and gearing up for a major house prep this weekend so we can quickly get it rented. I'm scratching things off my list and feeling the load lift.
As for this outfit, I wanted to look cool, comfortable and collected to mask my inner panic about all that needs to be done. And I'll be honest - this is one of my favorite outfits in a long time. I was functionally prepared to be a woman on the move and I felt awesome doing it. By pairing my favorites of classic stripes and neutrals, the most simple outfit felt stunning. Happy Friday, everyone!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The less I do, the better I feel these days.
Watch: Michael Kors
Heels: Nine West
I've heard women say that the texture of their hair changed after they had a baby. I'm not sure if this is true for me or if I've just embraced my inner curl. It's out of necessity. My mornings are now dedicated to a smiling baby that has learned to roll from tummy to back to tummy again and I have little time for trivial things like hair dryers. Since I'm putting such little energy into my hair, I went with a no muss, no fuss outfit as well. A thin sweater worked well for the Seattle chill last week and heels took it out of slouch mode. Thank goodness the weather has heated up. Skirts and dresses to come!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
What? They don't wear Coach loafers in the wild? Well, they should.
Hat: Urban Outfitters
Diaper bag: Timi & Leslie
Loafers: Coach (similar)
Like all Seattle-ites, when the sun comes out, I go out. I headed to the Woodland Park Zoo with my family. My fedora seemed appropriate for our jaunt into the urban wild. I decided to really get rugged in the jungle, roll up my khakis and strap on my trusty travel (diaper) bag. It should be noted that last week, I wore my Ralph Lauren heels at work for way too long. To keep with the zoo analogy, let's just say my lions were roaring. For this trek, I slipped on my Coach loafers and quickly realized that comfort is the priority over sticking with my safari theme. I sincerely doubt that people are cruising among the tigers and elephants in the Sahara in Coach, but I bet I have less blisters than they do.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The sights at the aquarium were stimulating; the outfit was low-key.
Jacket: Banana Republic
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind (similar)
Diaper Bag: Timi & Leslie
Flats: Steve Madden, DSW
On Sunday, my family and I went to the aquarium. Going out with the baby on big daytime excursions can be challenging. You have to plan everything, like when he will eat, where you will feed him, and how easy the access to the (ahem) food source will be. If you wear the wrong outfit while breastfeeding, it can become a horribly frustrating endeavor or a wildly inappropriate peep show. This outfit may look very low maintenance, but it was very particularly planned out. I'm wearing a nursing tank under my shirt so when I yank up the top layer, I don't have to worry about my bare belly flying out. The jacket helps hide any side cleavage, should my nursing cover slip. The flat shoes made walking through the aquarium a blister-free experience. And the jeans are just the right length so they don't drag on the ground with flats. You see? I'm more meticulous than I look.
Monday, May 23, 2011
There was no way I was going to let the rapture happen without one last shopping trip.
Jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch
Flats: Kenneth Cole (similar)
Apparently, I wasn't alone. People must have figured if they were gonna go, they might as well spend that cash burning a hole in their pockets because the mall was super crowded. All I knew was that I was in the mood for shoes and watches. Therefore, flats that could be easily slipped on and off were in order and I chose a cropped jacket for easy wrist access. I scored a new pair of nude Steve Madden flats from DSW and I found my dream watch in a Michael Kors chronograph. I have to go back for the watch later this week but I will be flashing that chunky hunk of beautiful metal around by week's end.
And wouldn't you know it? 6:00 PM came and went and I was still here. I headed home with a delicious Cinnabun in hand and cuddled with my baby. Now that is heaven.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Na-na-na-na-na-na....you say it's your birthday! Na-na-na-na-na-na...it's my birthday too, yeah!
Blazer: Ben Sherman
Earrings: Arden B.
Well, here I am. One year after starting Expecting Chic, I have gained and lost 45 lbs., garnered Facebook followers, gathered Twitter followers, and oh, did I mention I had a baby? This blog began as a way to prove to myself and the world that dressing for pregnancy can be fun, fashionable and affordable. It continues to be my creative outlet and driving motivation to not lose myself and my personal style expression to motherhood. Along the way, I've made some great friends with fellow bloggers and I've relished every comment from you, my dear readers. You have stroked my big, giant pregnant ego like the luxurious coat of a Siamese cat. Actually, my ego is not that big. Trust me - a pregnant lady's ego is tiny enough to be crushed underfoot into dust most days. But for all your kind words, I humbly thank you.
I feel like I've been a bit of a drag these past few posts, so I'm here to say I've cast aside the gloom and I'm stepping out with a smile. Last night, I went out for a drink with a good friend and felt fantastic. I was able to dress up - in spring colors, no less. Seattle saw some sunshine! The conversation revolved around things other than drool and poop (though I did manage to slip in a good poop story where Keagan really blew it out on an especially disaster-ridden car ride) and I was able to revisit the long, lost art of happy hour. Good times were had. One year later, and my life is better than I could have ever imagined. Thank you for following along!