Easy, Breezy Kimonos – Get in My Closet!

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I know I’ve probably said this before, but I hate spending tons on maternity clothes…I don’t want to buy really nice pieces that I know I will only get a little bit of use out of (this is the reason why you’ll probably see me wearing mostly Old Navy maternity for the next few months. Sorry). So lately I’ve kind of lost my desire to go shopping (what do I do with myself now?!)…having to buy maternity really sucks the fun out of things! But I guess the decrease in shopping is pretty good on my bank account. I have to say though, if I can find something that’s non-maternity that works throughout pregnancy, I’m pretty stoked. Obviously kimonos are spacious and flowy…so they work perfectly for this! I’m kind of in love! I love this bright and cheery one – perfect for summer. I wanted it in the turquoise color but it sold out super quickly on the Apricot Lane Boutique site.

(Side note: can I just say that my office is surrounded by the ugliest possible background items – nondescript buildings, concrete, work trucks, construction vehicles, chain link fences, etc…not ideal for photos. So when I saw this bush of somewhat pretty-ish pink flowers I practically dove straight into the middle of it…seriously.)

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One thing you can always indulge in even during pregnancy – jewelry! How sweet is this long bow necklace? I’ve seen it a gazillion times on Instagram selfies but I don’t care if everyone and their cousin has it…I just love it.

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ImageKimono from Apricot Lane Boutique (sold out, but find some other cute kimonos here, here and here!) / Merona Maternity top / Old Navy maternity jeans / Tory Burch Miller sandals and sunglasses / Mindy Mae’s Market Long Bow necklace

Photos by Aaron Apple

Stitch Fix From a Preggo’s Perspective: A Review of My First Stitch Fix Box

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I’ve finally jumped on the Stitch Fix bandwagon! In case you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, it’s a personal styling service where you create an online custom profile about your style preferences and then a personal stylist hand selects 5 pieces of clothing/accessories to suit your tastes and ships them to your door. Once you receive your fix, you can try everything on, keep what you love and send back whatever you don’t (free shipping both ways!). There is a $20 styling fee, which is applied as a credit to anything you decide to purchase.

I wanted to try Stitch Fix a while ago but then I got pregnant and decided to hold off until after baby arrived. But lately I’ve been hearing so much about it I just couldn’t resist and had to try it out! The obvious problem is that I have a little preggo tummy (currently 21 weeks) and it’s only going to get bigger. Would Stitch Fix be able to send me maternity options? After a little digging I discovered they don’t currently carry maternity clothes but can definitely offer options that work well for pregnant women, such as “a fabulous range of tunics, dolman tops, cardigans, and maxi dresses and skirts.” I was still a little unsure but dying to try it out, so I gave it a whirl. I set up my profile with my normal pre-pregnancy sizes but added very thorough notes to the stylist letting her know how far along I am and asking her to avoid pants for now (unless they are my favorite stretchy-waisted style).

Stitch Fix is so popular and they’re growing so fast that there is a bit of a wait to get a fix. I think I signed up a couple of months ago and just received my first fix last week. Let me tell you, getting a fix feels like Christmas. You have no idea what you’re going to get and it’s so exciting to see what a stylist has selected for you. For me, I think that’s a huge part of its appeal. Some people love Stitch Fix because they hate shopping – but I love the surprise element.

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Here’s what I received in my first fix:

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1. Ezra Sansa Dotted Chevron Print 3/4 Sleeve Dress, $38 (kept it!)

I absolutely loved the print and colors on this dress. And it had enough room for my tummy! The loop holes for the tie were a little too low for pregnancy, so I moved the tie up so it hit at the top of my tummy. This may be a tad on the short side, but I could just add leggings with it.

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2. Renee C Gabe Striped Maxi Skirt, $58 (returned)

I totally loved this maxi skirt – the color is great, I’m a fan of stripes, it’s super comfy – what’s not to love? The only thing is, it just fit perfectly now. I know that in like 4 weeks that waist band may not be as comfy. If my stylist had gone up one size in this, it would have been perfect and I would have kept it. Or if I had received it in my first trimester, I would have kept it. Also, I just recently purchased a striped maxi skirt in another color, so truthfully I didn’t need to keep this one.

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3. Le Sample Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank, $48 (returned)

This was cute and totally roomy – I could have worn this a lot during pregnancy. But for some reason that little dip in the front really bugged me. I wish it was just straight across.

4. Rune Porter Basic Legging, $38 (returned)

The first thing I thought when I saw these was, “I already have a ton of black leggings – these are going back.” But once I got them on, I really liked them – they were a bit thicker and seemed to be very good quality (better than the cheapo Old Navy ones I have). I decided to send them back though because – like the maxi skirt – they just fit me perfectly now. I have a feeling they’d be too small next month.

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5. Carmela Stefano Medallion Print Shift Dress, $38 (returned)

I really wish this could have worked. I love the print and the idea of a shift dress (plus the price was a steal), but the fit of this dress was absolutely terrible on me. It was roomy but not in a good way. Even with my pregnant tummy I was swimming in it. In that left picture, you can see all that extra fabric under the arm and the body of the dress has no shape (frumpy alert!). In the pic on the right, I’m actually grabbing half the dress in my hand behind my back to show how maybe it could have worked if it had a bit more shape. But who knows – maybe I would appreciate this dress at 8 months?

So did I like my first fix? Yes, I was very pleasantly surprised they were able to provide some good options for a pregnant gal. My stylist managed to pretty much nail my style and for the most part, I loved the patterns, colors and pieces she selected for me. Although I ended up keeping only one item out of the box, I was on the fence about several. After returning the items, I was able to provide feedback to let the stylist know what I didn’t like – and I’ve heard from other bloggers that this feedback will greatly help to improve your future fixes.

Would I recommend Stitch Fix during pregnancy? Yes, I would recommend trying it out – especially if you’re in early pregnancy. Sometimes in the early stages, you get to that point where your regular clothes are uncomfortable but you’re not ready for maternity – and it’s nice to have Stitch Fix select some roomier non-maternity items for you. My advice though is to indicate that you’d like your stylist to go up one size if an item seems smaller or true to size (like my maxi skirt and leggings). If the item seems roomier than normal, they could just send you your regular size (like my racerback tank). There may be some stylists that are better at deciding this kind of thing – so if you have one that seems to get it right, make sure you request that stylist for all your fixes!

For those of you who are not pregnant and have not tried Stitch Fix…what are you waiting for?! Get on it now – the soonest available fix isn’t until July! I’m pretty sure that when I’m not pregnant, I will be a monthly subscriber. I’m a little bit obsessed! If you’re ready for your first fix, you can sign up here: http://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3567113 (this link listed here and above is my referral link).

If you’ve tried it before – what did you think of your fix?

My New Favorite: Stretchy-Waist Pants

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Stretchy pants! Why, those are the greatest things in the world! If I were you I would wear them every day, every day!” – Chandler Bing

Apparently yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of Friends (best show EVER!), and this post is all about my love for stretchy (waisted) pants…so obviously I had to quote Chandler here! He speaks the truth…they are the greatest thing in the world. Especially for me and my growing preggo tummy (20 weeks, in case you care to know). I love my stretchy yoga pants but I can’t wear those everywhere…so stretchy-waisted regular pants (slacks?) are my new favorite option. I feel kind of lucky that these pants with stretchy elastic waists are trendy right now when I’m pregnant. I can stock up on them in my regular size and just loosen up the drawstring a bit. Plus I can continue to wear them past pregnancy. And oh, how comfy they are! Will I ever want to wear normal pants again??? I’m not sure. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll have to give in soon and buy some good ol’ maternity pants, but I’m enjoying these while I can.

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The ones I’m wearing here are from Target – you can’t see the waist but they’ve got a thick elastic waistband and drawstring. I also bought another pair from Target that are similar but made out of more of a sweat pant material (it’s like wearing dressy sweatpants…amazing).

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These next ones are from Hawaii (modeled in Hawaii at 16 weeks, FYI) from the Quiksilver store (Roxy brand). You can’t see the waist here either, but again – forgiving elastic waist and drawstring. (Apparently I’m drawn to black & white tribal prints…).

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I also own this great black pair from Old Navy. So basically you can get these pants for super cheap…I don’t think it’s necessary to buy designer brand stretchy pants because the inexpensive ones look cute and honestly, who knows if they’ll be “in” next year (I really hope so!).

 

Top look: Target Converse One Star Neda pant / Billabong Drift Together cardigan / Michael Kors heels / Juicy Couture purse / Gorjana necklace

Bottom look: Rubbish denim shirt / Old Navy tank / Roxy Sweet Sea pants / Aldo sandals / Tory Burch glasses / Stella & Dot necklace

A Watercolor Maxi Dress & Maui Backdrop

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I’ve been in Maui for the past couple of weeks and I’ve been doing absolutely nothing – and ohhh how wonderful it feels! Just what I need in my second trimester…some serious R&R. I have truly been doing nothing but reading (just finished the first Veronica Mars novel – ah-mazing, of course), EATING (pickles, green olives, extra spicy bloody mary mix and pepperjack cheese are the preggo cravings), finally catching up on the last season of 90210 (yes, the newer one – leave me alone), and watching my son play in the pool and ocean with daddy while I soak up some Hawaiian rays. So after days of being lazy I decided maybe I should actually do something, like write a blog post. So here I am, being semi-productive!

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I bought this amazing Jack by BB Dakota maxi dress last year but it’s still available now – here and here. I love the vibrant mix of colors that look like watercolor brushstrokes. It makes me think of somewhere beautiful and tropical. So naturally it was the very first thing I thought of to pack for our Maui getaway.

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I think I’d like this with a cute belt around the cinched waist, but since I’m 16 weeks pregnant I just don’t think the belt would look quite as good as it does on the Urban Outfitters model

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The other thing I love about this dress – it’s so flowy/swishy it will make you want to twirl. Gotta love any dress that makes you want to twirl! OK, enough about my love affair with this dress. I had to say my goodbyes since pretty soon I’ll be a little too round to fit into it! Maternity wear is just around the corner!

 

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Anchors, Stripes & a Glimpse of Spring

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Unfortunately I have had basically no energy to put into my outfits, let alone blog about them (p.s. I’m 13 weeks pregnant!). So yeah, with a little bun in the oven, all I feel like wearing is stretchy pants. That’s it. I’m in that weird phase of pregnancy where you feel kinda fat but you’re not ready to wear maternity clothes…and your normal clothes are starting to get just a little snug. I’m pretty sure this is the last time I’ll wear these jeans for a very looong time. Unless I add those weird little extender things. Or I could just stick to stretchy pants.

Anyway, I’m sure you’ll get to see me rocking some maternity fashion very soon…

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Photos by Aaron Apple

A Little Orange, A Little Gray

Hope you all had a great long weekend (if you were able to get Monday off)! Thankfully I had Monday off because I soo needed that long weekend. I basically did nothing and it felt wonderful. I spent most of the time at home in sweats (or yoga pants if I ventured out to Barre3 class or to the park with my kiddo). I thought about going to Costco but then came to my senses (I mean, just thinking about it is exhausting). On Sunday I got the chance to do brunch with coworkers at Anthony’s so I did actually have to wear normal people clothes. It was super freezing and overcast but it was still a beautiful view eating brunch while looking out at the marina. And I decided to wear my bright orange mary jane pumps to add a pop of color on such a gray day.

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Top from Nordstrom BP / Xhilaration faux leather jacket / J Brand jeans / Fergalicious pumps (sold out in orange, other colors here) / Stella & Dot necklace / Hat is a gift from Peru

Photos by Aaron Apple

Target Style – Floral on Black

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Aside from my Target finds, can we just talk about this AMAZING gold and black beaded statement bracelet? I saw it at the fabulous Whimsey in Fairhaven and fell in love instantly. I only got to model it for this post so sadly I had to part with it. I love/need it for my jewelry collection! whimsey, bellingham, statement bracelet

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Photos by Alex McAdoo