Friday, August 27, 2010

Seventh Month Stretch

My belly is gettin big.

On some days, Nic will ask me when I'm going to look like all those pregnant ladies he's seen with huge bellies sticking out. And, when will I start holding my back and waddling around?

Hopefully.. not at all!

On other days when I say "I'm so fat!" he'll nod or verbally agree. Eh. I'm not sweatin it. Even in the monstrous humidity we've had this August, I've managed to stay pretty cool most of the time. As in, I am still trying to look pretty and cool at the same time. For me, the belly hasn't been much of a hindrance. Hooray!

Having a job is great for a pregnant woman because it forces you to maintain your appearance, even when you just want to give up. And it's not that hard to come up with something comfy and nice-looking, either. It only takes a little bit more planning.

I've come up with an awesome summer work outfit, and I have made many variations on it. It basically consists of short pants, a sleeveless top, a belt and shoes. Et voila! Best part is, everything can be interchanged, so there are tons of outfits in three pairs of pants, a few shirts and belts.



I made these pants out of linen, and then made the obi from the scraps! Why try to hide the belly? Draw attention to it! It's the (probably one time in your life) when you won't be worrying about what your stomach looks like. Enjoy it. =)
P.S. Another pregnancy bonus? The quickest-growing, strongest, prettiest fingernails ever! Check 'em out in the photo above.

Like a Lady

This is the first time I've worn pink since... well, since ever!

Don't get me wrong, I love my bright, bold graphic prints. But lately I've been drawn to lacy, pink, purple, romantic tops. Why? Blame it on the pregnancy hormones I guess.

I'm really digging the feminine details like ruffles, and light, airy fabrics.

Here are my recent finds!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

If You've Got a Sewing Machine...

... and your budget is small ...

... and you never seem to find exactly what you like at the stores ...

this blog may be a wonderful inspiration to you!
Introducing "New Dress a Day!"

This L.A. blogger has given herself a tiny budget (only $1 a day) to find a thrift, garage sale, swap or estate find (usually a hideously flowy mumu or too-adorned ruffly dress) and transform it into a new, chic dress, top or jewelry item. Most often it's a dress she makes, but let's be honest - even for a super creative person, not everything can be fashioned into a dress that's wearable.

After browsing through about twenty posts I immediately decided to go to the thrift store soon and acquire items for fun reworking before the baby is born. I love a project! And, one could use some more summer items...

I was just lamenting last night that shorts are flip flops, though comfy, are so BORING! And, making one's own maternity wear out of $1 (or a couple more bucks) items is pretty smart. Maternity clothes are pretty expensive new. Lastly.. putting on a dress makes me feel womanly when lately I just feel, well, like there's a lot of me.

So check out the website! Get inspired! Modifying clothes is VERY easy to do, definitely beginner work, especially when just reworking a dress. Most of the changes are in taking in a size or two, hemming up the bottom, or cutting off sleeves. You can do it, too!

Some of my favorite posts from NDAD:

Have a fun day!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Notes from the Past

I'm not a fan of the word "retro," but vintage fashions do have a secure place in my heart. Though I don't own many older pieces, I recognize that there are certain styles that NEVER go out of style and, really, I'd be smart to invest in some more of them.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark gets it so right.

There are some fashions that are definitely dated - certain cuts of skirts and pants, etc. - and going overboard with too many vintage items does create a costumey look, but incorporating a few classic items can really pull a look together and quickly. Here are a few of my favorites...

Short Leather Gloves

Short leather gloves say to everyone, "I'm a lady of luxery," even if you bought them at TJ Maxx. Classic black will go with everyone, but bright colors can also add needed punch to an otherwise simple dress and heels. I like these mustard yellow and aqua gloves for that purpose.

Not for warmth, short gloves are a very ladylike addition to outfits in fall, winter, spring, even summer. I'm not too thrilled about fingerless gloves, but embellishments like bows, pearls and crystals do attract me a bit more.

A short post on glovesFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Short leather gloves are the perfect combination of dainty femininity and edginess. How many clothing items can you say this about, that you could see Marilyn OR Jackie wearing them?

Wide Leg Trousers

They made their first appearance (popularly) in the late sixties, in "career suits" for ladies venturing into the workplace. By the 70s the trend was - pardon the pun - in full swing. And why? Because they look good on virtually everyone:

* On the short side? Wear heels or platforms and elongate your stature.

* Pregnant? Get 'em with a belly band, or let them sit low underneath your belly. They can replace the elusive "flattering maternity jean" (does that exist??), look great dressed up or down, and conceal the post- (or during-) baby weight. Hooray!

* "Plus size" (I hate that term!)? They are so comfortable, and can be paired with all your awesome embellished shirts and scarves.

* Like menswear? You will love them as a new staple, replacing men's cut pants that tend to not accomodate hips.

Any neutral color will do - gray, black, blue, white or brown. Take your time to find the best fit for you and invest a little more money into them. Guaranteed - they will last a lifetime!

wide is on our sideFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

A Fantastic Hat

For me, this is a cloche. It's so perfect - petite, non-assuming, feminine and a throwback to days when women covered their heads in public out of modesty... and not because, in a fit about their hair not looking right, or not having time to do it, they threw on a baseball cap! That's ok for college girls but ladies, really, I think we're better than that!

The cloche makes an appearance in any season that might require or would be suited to a hat: in spring and summer, straw styles keep the sun off the very sensitive skin of one's face, while in the winter a traditional felt or wool cloche hides ones smoky eyes and protects the hair from the effects of falling snow.

Pull your hair into a sidesweep or low bun/ponytail, put on a cloche hat and you will feel so glamorous, peering out from underneath the narrow brim.

cloche itFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

T-Strap Pumps

I'm going to be pretty specific here! The perfect t-strap pump is not found with: a stacked platform base, an overly thick heel, or patent leather! And, I'm strictly endorsing pumps, not wedges or stilettos (although if you like those they are good with a) street styles and b) the corporate workplace).

Barring my restrictions, there are SO many lovely styles of this shoe to be found. I love them in virtually all materials, prints, colors and with embellishments. Thick heel, thin heels, wide or narrow straps - doesn't matter to me! Here are some of my favorites:

t-strap like thatFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

t-strap like that by onethirdlife featuring Seychelles shoes


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