October 28, 2015

Wearing A Dress Over Jeans (and the diaper bag I should have had two kids ago)

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For those times that you really want to wear an oh-so-comfy dress, but bare legs and chilly weather don’t mix.  Or perhaps a heel (even a wedge) makes the dress just a bit too short for that weekend adventure with the kiddos. (I know, flashing is fun, but…)

JEANS. That is all.

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October 19, 2015

What really went down with the Capsule Maternity Wardrobe Challenge – the good, the wtfs and what I learned

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Ummm. Did 30 days of pregnancy really just go by like that? It seems to speed by faster and faster with each child and that’s exciting/scary/awesome/crazy/…help me. I will have three kids in just over three months. iiiiiiiiy. [insert wide-eyed emoji] I clearly need emojis for my posts.

Anyways, let me get down to bidness. It has been thirty days (or so) since I started the Maternity Capsule Wardrobe Challenge (did you catch the kick-off post?)…and ooooooo what an adventure and totally enlightening experience it has been. I mean, wow. $500. 7 pieces total. SEVEN pieces, ya’ll. Did I finish with the same amount?…no, but haha…the point is I made it. I wasn’t driven off a ledge in my pregnant hormonal state…and I am now here to tell the story. ::snort::

I sound dramatic when it really wasn’t that dramatic of an experience (except for some days when I would go into my closet, roll my eyes and mutter about having to wear “the same f-ing black skirt again”…yeh, aside from those days). I was surprised with how easy it was to get dressed, even with such a limited selection of clothing. I had random days, like I mentioned, where I felt like I couldn’t style the “f-ing black skirt” any differently than I had the day before, but then…I just went with it. I would put that skirt back on and figure it out. After a couple of weeks of sort of stumbling and pushing through it, I really really started to feel the easy flow to it and  appreciate the whole thing. I got more creative and it was fun!

Now, would I…could I stick with just the seven pieces I started with for the entire month? Hell no. HA! It was seven pieces. I had to break down and be real (clothes have to be washed, Cams). I do think it was a great plan to start out very limited and selective though, because what I found was this…I started to look at each week as an opportunity to feel out what I had – to wear the different pieces (on repeat, because…umm..I had to) and really look at it all over a seven day period. I could then see the holes that HAD to be filled in order to make this all do-able.

I guess you could say I put myself through an intensive wardrobe study/boot camp to curate a solid maternity capsule wardrobe that is realistic, wearable and seriously awesome for all of you mamas-to-be (or even you postpartum mamas. Can’t forget you rockstars!). I wanted it to be good. Period.

So, without further hesitation or blabbing, let me share my final results… *drum roll* …

The Ultimate Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

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September 7, 2015

Capsule Maternity Wardrobe Challenge: 7 pieces, 30 days, and One Growing Bump. It’s ON.

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The whole “capsule wardrobe” concept has had my attention for a few years, since it started becoming the thing to do, but I’ve never considered putting one together for myself (not enough time/inclination/boredom). Now that I’m pregnant, I’ve started to really want and crave a simple wardrobe. The very idea that your closet doesn’t need to be filled with an extensive mishmash of clothing…and that you actually get more out of a very limited and well-thought-out collection of clothing…it all sounds pretty awesome.  In theory, right?

But I’m starting to appreciate this concept even more now that I’m pregnant, because 1) I don’t want to spend copious amounts on a wardrobe that I solely wear for 9-10 months and 2) I get overwhelmed by too many choices. I’d rather have fewer pieces that I really feel awesome in. You know?

So. I decided to give it a go. Why the heck not? I’ll never know if it could have been the best thing to ever happen to my pregnancy style if I never give it a chance.

The Challenge

To curate a small maternity capsule wardrobe from Amazon Fashion (we picked seven pieces),  and wear those pieces in varying combinations for an entire month.  The entire collection must ring in under $500, and a few pieces can be pulled in from my existing wardrobe, but the main pieces of the outfit must be from the capsule wardrobe.

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August 11, 2015

The Best Way To Wear An All White Outfit Casually (hint: SNEAKERS)

“GWEN?”  I called out to our nanny, and my best source for all things pop culture,  “Who is THIS??”

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“Oh, that’s Gigi,” says Gwen.  “Gigi Hadid.  She’s super cute.  She’s a….”

[insert some nodding and hmmming by S while I promptly forgot everything Gwen said]

Let me just boil this down to what’s really important:  Gigi Hadid can rock the shit outta some monochromatic whites.  Of note:

Distressed white denim – not overly precious or preppy

Textured sweater – monochromatic dressing is always best when a mix of textures are involved

Army Green Sneaks – Army Green + White is one of my fav color combos EVER.  Fresh and modern.

SOCKS.  She is wearing little white socks with her sneaks, which puts her in the running for the highly coveted Most Comfortable Nonchalant It-Girl Walk In An All-White Outfit award.   High five, Gigi.

[applause]

Let’s re-create this genius outfit formula.  (The below title has to be said OUT LOUD.  LIKE YOU MEAN IT.)

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SUNGLASSES

1. BP 60mm Retro Sunglasses – If you want to try the cat eye trend but aren’t sure where begin, try these. For just $12 these are wildly similar to Gigi’s and guaranteed to spare you any buyer’s remorse.

2.  Lilly Pulitzer ‘Camden’ 60mm Cat Eye Sunglasses – These frames are more of a subtle cat eye that don’t scream: “I’M TRENDY!!” If you’re not ready to commit to the larger lenses, these work for everyday.

3. Oliver Peoples Abrie 58mm Polarized Cat Eye Sunglasses – SWOON. These are the perfect upgrade from regular black sunnies. Pricey, but polarized.  

4. Henri Bendel Natasha Cat Eye Sunglasses – Channel Gigi’s look with a bit of a twist. These pink gradient lenses feel flirty and unexpected.  

 

WHITE TOPS

5. Floral Embroidered Sweater – Fancy sweatshirts are everything. Dress it up, dress it down, repeat.

6. Asymmetrical Pullover Sweater – This sweater is light enough for summer but could be layered-up for fall, too. The asymmetrical hem is just begging to be half-tucked into jeans.

7. Crossover Sweater – The crossover hem makes this one way cooler than your go-to ivory sweater. If you’re not about that little bit of skin peeking out, throw on some killer high-waisted jeans or layer a colored tank underneath.

8. Maternity Sweater – Nothing better than a little bit of print on those pregnant bellies. If you’re an expectant mama willing to shake up the solid white-on-white, this one’s for you.  

 

WHITE DENIM

9. Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans – If you like to invest in your denim, Paige is one of my favorite brands. The rips are juuust right and the material has a nice stretch to it, so they’re super comfy. Worth the splurge if you’re in the market for some white skinnies.

10. ‘Le Color Rip’ Skinny Jeans – These mid-rise skinnies are another great option. The rips are a little more severe or… grungier if you will, but still a staple piece. The higher waistline gives you a little more freedom to wear a shorter top and keep your coverage.

11. Express Mid Rise Jean Legging – Ahh, jeggings. The almost-pants that let you look great without counting down the minutes until you put your sweats back on. For $88, these are good ones to try (or scoop them up during one of Express’s many sales).

12. Twiggy Maternity Skinny Jeans – The perfect white skinnies for our pregnant mamas! That belly panel was my saving grace with baby #2.  Want rips?  (I would.)  Just DIY.

 

GREEN SNEAKS

13. Kenneth Cole New York King Slip On Shoes – Can’t go wrong with a chic pair of slip-on sneaks. The dark green color will transition perfectly into fall.

14. Tretorn Net Sneaker – The open mesh style of this pair is a bit unexpected, but we like it that way.  I can’t stop thinking about these shoes.

15. Adidas Originals Campus 2 –  Military-green Adidas? Yes please. These are the shoes Gigi is wearing.

16. Kate Spade New York Lacer Up Sneakers – A little athletic and a lot pretty. Added bonus: these are on super sale right now.  

 

Fun, RIGHT?

And Gwen, thanks for your help with this one!

xo,

 

 

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August 10, 2015

#myeverydayedit – Mama Got Her Mojo Back

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Hair braided, make-up on and an overall look of “hellz yeh”. We have left the first trimester. ALLELUIA.

It’s so cool when you don’t wake up feeling like poop every morning, knowing that you will feel like poop for a while that day…and then tomorrow…and then the next day. It is glorious, actually.

I do still feel ehhh some days (I mean, I am pregnant),  but it’s better than the feelings of DEATH I had before. I’ll take it!

Anyways, on that death note…let’s get on with this #myeverydayedit thang.

(It’s funny, because you can see the slow progression of me going from blah to better with each outfit. ha ha.)

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August 5, 2015

Dressing the First Trimester: Black Dress + Black Converse

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There really is nada that can seriously satisfy my pregnant soul right now…other than Chipotle, naps and a simple, sort of tent-ish dress. It hides things…and for that I will *clapclapclap*.

The first trimester and even the beginning of the second is always an iffy, what-the-heck-do-I-wear time for me. I’ve had to ditch 99% of my shorts, because…ummm…the hips widening (they know what to do now and seem to just go ahead and jut right out) and my soft, cushy, I-look-out-of-shape-not-pregnant belly make it hard to fit into any of my non-maternity pants. sigh.

I may have shed a small tear when I tried on my favorite wide leg jeans the other day and they couldn’t be buttoned. I don’t know why I did that to myself. It was really sabotaging my pregnant emotions for no good reason. Oh, Cams. Silly. Silly. Silly. 

So. With that, I have had to find ways to be creative with what I have – wearing all of my slouchier tops, boyfriend jean shorts (there is no cool sagging going on anymore with those – ha) and a shirt dress. They have all worked out great, until recently when I got completely sick and tired of wearing them on serious repeat. Thank God I came across this pin , because I was about to throw in the towel and just wear workout clothes/pajamas until a proper bump presented itself.

Yessssss. This kind of outfit is chic without trying – with the black, sneakers, shades and the shape of the dress which allows for a bit of pooch and doesn’t make it look pooch-y, if you know what I mean. Basically, what early pregnancy dreams are made of. I just ordered up a size when I found this sweet shift dress and done.

DONE.

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July 10, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Trend dept. #dressingroomselfies (and this pregnant lady says, maternity from here on out)

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Think happy thoughts, Cams. I am in that awkward, puffy stage that is the first trimester. OH WELL. I had a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to cover, so I marched right into that dressing room with a gazillion picks from the sale…and I found some good stuff, ya’ll.

Let’s get to it!

Oh, and yeh…by the way, I’m pregnant. 🙂

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June 17, 2015

Pregnant? The Only Four Outfits You’ll Need This Summer

I struggled BIG time with my last pregnancy when it came to keeping it stylish, or at least feeling good in what I was wearing. Unlike my first pregnancy, I felt awkward, larger and could not muster up any of that “glow”…not even for a second. I can’t remember wearing one maternity outfit that I absolutely loved…and it was a bummer. A. real. bummer. I may have cried a lot (maybe. definitely).

That is precisely why I wanted to take on this post and, while I did hyperventilate a bit here and there trying to get it together, it was worth it. Por qué, Cams? Well, of course, because I get to provide all of you with some killer maternity outfits (and I do know that many of you have been asking for awhile now), but also…because I now know that if I ever have to face a pregnancy wardrobe again, I will be better prepared this time around and walk into my closet full of gusto and confidence. No “glow” necessary.

At least, that’s the plan…

Beachside or Poolside

It’s all about easy, breezy and comfortable. Basically, a maxi.

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1. Maternity Night Lily Maxi Dress – I love this dress…and it comes in non-maternity as well, btw. It just looks extremely comfortable – perfect for slipping on and off at the beach or pool. I also found this ASOS maternity beach dress and Mama.licious Printed Maxi that are both very cool and very comfortable looking.

2. ASOS Maternity Swimsuit w/ Bow – this is one of the cutest maternity swimsuits I have seen.

3. Rayban Aviators – a pair of aviators is always a good idea. They always remind me of summer.

4. DV Ceyla Ankle Strap Espadrille – these are awesome. I don’t know that I’d wear them on the beach, but definitely on the boardwalk or anywhere off the sand. 

5. Straw Tote – just a great bag to stuff everything you need into – sunscreen, towel, water, book (not that I do that anymore. Read? With kids? On the beach? You crazy. haha).

6. Jack Rogers Thong Sandal (platinum) – I included these as well, because…well, I love a pair of JRs, but also…because they’re a great sandal to slip on and off on the beach and by the pool.

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June 9, 2015

#MyEverdayEdit – Our RoundUp of The Best Everyday Style

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WHOO HOO it’s Summerish!  (Or close enough – I’ll take it.)  For me that means boyfriend jeans and shoes without socks, and….dare I say it…a pop of color?  But don’t worry, you crazies, I’m still ME so obviously there’s a black turtleneck thrown in there somewhere.

Let’s do this.

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June 7, 2015

What’s New in Our Weddings & Parties Boutique

If you’re still clicking around, looking for something to wear to that wedding…

…you can stop right here. I’ve got that somethin’ somethin’ para tuuuu. My espanol is spot on (yo sey).

I’ve been stalking online stores, updating our Weddings & Parties Boutique, and everything is so good, I thought I’d share my favorites.  Keep reading for the best maternity, tall girl, and shoooes.

Maternity

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1. ASOS Maternity Midi Skater Dress w/ Iridescent Embellishment – darling. I love it and want a reason to wear it (and a bump would help, I guess – ha)

2. Maternity Debutante Skater Dress (w/ double layer) – sunshine and happiness all wrapped up into a dress. Also, the name of it is pretty funny…debutante? Yep, if you’re “coming out” in this dress…you’re coming waaaaaay out in a big way. Haaaaaa.

3. Maternity Maxi Dress w/ Contrast Panels – so ever loving cool. It looks comfortable, too…which is always a plus.

4. LOFT Maternity Night Lily Maxi Dress – the print is fab – great for a more casual affair, but actually…I’d wear it for a dressy occasion with a pair of heels like these.

5. Isabella Oliver Ellis Maternity Tank Dress – I have this dress and love it. I felt like a million bucks every time I put it on, because it’s made well and well, it’s Isabella Oliver and not much more needs to be said. Also, it can be dressed up our down (always a plus for mamas-to-be with a more limited wardrobe). For a wedding, these Emerita caged heels would look rockin’.

6. LOFT Maternity Stripeblock Shirtdress – I have the non-maternity version of this dress (have it on now!) and it’s a favorite. It is another more casual dress, but paired with a colorful heel like these fringe Steve Maddens and a fun clutch like this embroidered one…definitely ups the dressy factor.

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