Often times during #StyleChat I see people ask the question, “is there such a thing as too much black and white?” While this subject is clearly a matter of opinion, as is everything when it comes to personal style, for me I say NO! There is no such thing as too much black or too much white. I mean, look at my blog, they’re two of my favorite colors. My one style tip, however, is you do need to break up the monochromatic look with some pop of color. Whether it be with bright shoes, a statement handbag, a chunky colorful necklace, sleek sunglasses, or a bright lip or manicure, there needs to be some touch of color.
DRESS: FOREVER21 (old, similar here) || SHOES: COSMO FOR JC PENNY (similar here) || NECKLACE: FRANCESCA’S (similar here) || BAG: CHANEL || LIPSTICK: SCHIAP NARS For me, I chose to breakup the black and white by adding a big old hot pink statement necklace to match my go-to lipstick, Schiap, from NARS. Normally I’d probably pair this with a crystal statement necklace, but I’m thinking outside the box with color this time around!
This is probably my favorite outfit of the moment! This dress is not maternity, but the material is so forgiving, the length isn’t super short, and the hem around the waist falls perfectly above my bump. It almost looks like a maternity dress and it’s SO comfortable! The fabric is pretty heavy so it keeps me surprisingly warm right now. SO. In conclusion, there is no such thing as too much black and white, but as the temperatures start to rise have some fun and add unexpected pops of color. Go my route with a bright necklace and lip, or mix it up with a neon manicure and a bright hued bag, like a mini speedy from Rebecca Minkoff!
To see how I styled this dress for a more business casual winter look, click here.
My husband really enjoys it when I’m pregnant, the shopping I can do now compared to what I used to do on a weekly basis is almost non existent, ha. However, now whenever I go out with a clear mission in mind to buy just one or two specific things for myself, I end up leaving with an entire new wardrobe for Charlotte anyway. I can’t help myself, miniature clothes are just so damn cute. Since it wasn’t looking like it was going to warm up anytime soon, I decided to head out and pick up a few last minute winter essentials to get me through the rest of the cold front.
SWEATER: MOTHERHOOD MATERNITY || JEANS: J BRAND MATERNITY || BOOTS: STEVE MADDEN || SHADES: RAY BANS This sweater is so warm and comfortable! I’m really hoping it’s one of those maternity pieces that doesn’t look like a maternity piece when I no longer have a big bump and I can wear it next winter… ha. Those are always the best investments, and items that aren’t maternity that I can wear while pregnant. God bless stretchy fabrics!
Maybe it’s the kid in me, who knows, but I really love jumpsuits and rompers. They get me through the entire summer and when I find a sleek and sexy jumpsuit for fall and winter I get equally as excited. Add being able to find one when pregnant to the list and I’m just in Heaven! Thank goodness these exist!
I couldn’t help myself when picking out accessories, I needed the brights! When I found this jumpsuit online I immediately knew I was going to pair it with Schiap from Nars, and I had this necklace already, so the neon accessories just came together. I’m channeling summer here. It’s necessary.
Jumpsuits usually remind me of summer since I’m typically found wearing rompers throughout the warmer months and I have a very summery jumpsuit as well. So when I saw this online I squealed with joy because who doesn’t love a sexy jumpsuit that can take you through cooler months? You don’t have to be 6 feet tall to wear something like this either, so get over that real quick. Just throw on some heels, find a pattern or color (can’t go wrong with black) that’s slimming, and you’re good to go. The one thing I will say, being pregnant and peeing every 15 minutes as I do, rompers maybe aren’t the best outfit choice for me, but whatever. I do what I want.
Have you guys ever heard of “Mugshot Monday?” It’s apparently an Instagram thing and I’ve seen two different interpretations; an actual mugshot, and a picture of your coffee or tea mug. Some of these pictures are adorbs, namely the ones of the coffee mugs, not the actual creepster mugshots in particular, ha.
Since we had a big “winter storm” last night, which ended up being like 3 inches of powder, I wanted to be comfy cozy today! Normally that calls for sweat pants & a big sweat shirt, but I’ve had enough of looking like a homeless person this winter. I’ve been working from the comfort of my bedroom today in knee highs, a cotton dress, and an oversized sweater.
Please ignore the condition of these buttons! My daughter decided they were grapes and tried to snatch them off my sweater to eat, haha. These pictures were taken before I could sew them back into place. So get over it.
It’s super cold outside but I feel like I’m on a vacation at a ski resort in this outfit, haha. I don’t plan on leaving the house today so it works for me. This sweater is one of the warmest, most comfortable sweaters I own. I love the military look and feel of it with the neckline & the buttons. My husband bought this as a present for me a few years ago on the first Christmas we actually had enough money to buy each other real presents. Those were the days, huh? ;]
Well I’m not going to let this weather get me down! Hopefully this was the last of the long winter we’ve been having and warm Spring days are right around the corner! I mean, they have to be, right?!
This past weekend I had the pleasure of getting to spend some much needed girl time with some of my sorority sisters from college! My “family” decided to get together for dinner & drinks (water for me of course) so the older girls could meet the newest members of our family. If you’re not in a sorority and have no idea what I’m referring to here, I apologize, ha.
Look who’s here! It’s Zorro! Who, along with his brother, decided to run away about 10 minutes after these pictures were taken. Luckily they didn’t go far, just explored our neighbor’s yard and what our house looks like from underneath it. We have an enormous wrap around porch that they thought would be fun to camp out under for about an hour. My husband and I sat outside in the pouring rain searching for these idiots for a long time. Thankfully they were fine and could be lured back into the house with bacon treats. However, I did have to re-do my hair and makeup before heading up north for dinner which made me super late. UGH. Having puppies is such a joy….. ;]
I’m obsessed with kimonos! I’m particularly drawn to them right now because they’re something I can wear all throughout my pregnancy since they don’t close in the front. They add so much style and a weird sense of elegance to any outfit. I love the colors and pattern of this one from Forever21. They have so many great ones it was hard to choose! I’m really obsessed with these shoes! Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe are often on point when it comes to their shoe selection. They’re always good for fun styles or bright colors that absolutely will not break your bank. However, I feel the need to mention, these were entirely uncomfortable to wear at first. They’re the kind of shoes that need a lot of breaking in, ha, but they get the job done. Plus they’re like the perfect combination between booties and heels. Anywho! Dinner was a blast, it’s so much fun catching up and pretending I’m in college again, and it’s always good to have a legit reason to dress up, isn’t it? ;]
Spring had sprung for a weekend, and it has apparently decided to pack up and leave again. No worries, while it was here I took full advantage of it! We always joke around here that our winters can get so bad, the day it hits 50 degrees you see people walk around in shorts and a tank top. It’s not far off. Over the weekend I threw on flats, ditched my winter coat OR North Face, and headed to the park for an afternoon outside to soak up the vitamin D.
I am seriously obsessed with this weather. I spent a majority of the weekend outside; took Charlotte and our puppies to the park, went for long walks around the neighborhood, spent the evening outside on the porch watching the ducks on the lake. It’s amazing and it makes me SO excited for what’s to come! It’s still beautiful out, but it’s freezing again, haha. We can’t win!
It’s finally here! The last look in leather! I hope this set of looks has given you guys some outfit inspiration, as that has been my intention! haha And here we go with the final look. It’s a casual and comfortable, but the leather gives it a touch of chic!
First of all, let’s just take a minute to say hello to my new favorite accessory ever, these Ray Bans! One of my Valentine’s Day presents from the hubbs that I am obsessed with! I’ve had my eye on these for a long, long time now and they’re finally mine! HOORAY.
This is my final look. I like pairing leather leggings with oversized, slouchy sweaters, and either sneakers or boots. Nothing shown here is maternity, but loose enough to wear for a little while longer. I actually prefer to wear maternity clothes vs my regular wardrobe. I enjoy showing off my bump and love the way maternity clothes hug it. Maternity clothes also prove to be much more comfortable. I have a pair of jeans from Anthropologie I still fit in, and while they’re really cute and I can’t find maternity jeans quite like them to take their place, they’re not as comfortable as maternity jeans are. They can be like wearing jeans AND leggings at the same time… NOT jeggings… but jeans AND leggings…. you know what I mean? haha Well that’s all for now folks! Time to retire these leather leggings for a little while. ;]
The last dressed up look for the week! Tomorrow it’s another casual, comfortable look with these leather leggings! But for now, a dressed up chic outfit for ya’ll.
This is a top from my last pregnancy with Charlotte. Some of the clothes that are available in maternity lines are pretty neat because you can actually wear them when you’re not pregnant, this top being one of them. It’s a pretty top to wear in the Spring with white pants as well! One more look coming for you guys, are you ready!? ;]
Here’s another casual look with these leggings. Are you tired of seeing them yet? haha!
I just want to point out that I am 100% aware from looking at the past week of posts that I don’t have enough color in my wardrobe. However, it’s not entirely my fault. I’m limited to maternity clothes right now, and to be honest, there’s just not a whole lot of possibilities there. I do find some key pieces every now and then, but us mothers-to-be really get the shaft when it comes to stylish clothes. Once the warmer weather hits I’ll do better to wear more color, promise!
I’m running out of clever things to say about these leggings… but here they’re worn in a super casual look. Can’t go wrong with a white t-shirt and chucks. Pregnant or not, white t’s are typically my go-to. My closet somewhat resembles Doug Funny’s, but I’m ok with it. Side note… I do have a giveaway coming up for you guys soon! However, I’m having a boat load of trouble with the Rafflecopter app. It just doesn’t seem to want to work with my blog. SO as soon as I get that figured out it’s comin for ya! Stay tuned ;]