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my cool girl outfit

my cool girl outfit

Have you ever put on something that felt like the best representation of yourself? That's how I feel when I wear this dress. To be perfectly honest, I probably didn't need it when I bought it, but I knew that it would be something that I reached for over and over. 

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I feel cool in it, and I honestly don't care whether anyone else agrees! It's from Banana Republic, but no longer available in stores - here's a link to the dress in white on eBay. 

Earlier this summer, after a client bought these shoes, I'd started looking for a similar style. I pinned a bunch of examples to my summer sandal search Pinterest board. 

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(top row of Pinterest images: Nine West Breezie here, Jeffrey Campbell Lorah here, Vince Addie here, Lauren Conrad from Kohl's peep toe booties here.)

Having the style I wanted clearly defined made it easy to pull the trigger when I saw the ones I'm wearing at a great price (sorry can't find the exact style online!). 

Lastly, are you for or against expensive sunglasses? I know from first hand experience that I will inevitably dive into a lake with them on, leave them in the driver's seat and sit on them, or just plain lose any nice pair of sunglasses, so it's one thing I don't invest much in. I really like these from The Limited, and I've actually made it through the whole summer with them intact.

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popper stopper review

popper stopper review

I can't quite believe what I'm about to share on the internet. I guess the combination of being pregnant and having had this blog for a WHOLE YEAR (!! first post here) has helped me shed some inhibitions. So, let's talk about my belly button.

outie pregnant belly button

I haven't talked much about pregnancy (at least I hope I haven't!), unless it relates to fashion or getting dressed. In all things pregnancy, I have been extremely lucky - I basically have nothing to complain about save for a rough first trimester and the usual aches and pains. But this belly button issue has definitely made getting dressed harder. Basically, at about 12 weeks (I'm serious), my formerly "innie" belly button rebelled and went all "out". It ruins the lines of everything, people! If you think it doesn't look too bad in the photo above, here's the real deal:

It's making a run for it! I did some searching, and although it seems no one else has had this issue for as long as I have, there is a wonder product out there to solve it. The lovely people at Miss Oops have products to prevent all kinds of wardrobe malfunctions (not only for preggies) and they were kind enough to let me try out their Popper Stopper.

popper stopper

The Popper Stopper is a specially made adhesive band with a protective strip for your tender belly button and does a great job containing the rogue in question.  Although the package shows using the band horizontally, I used it vertically for maximum containment.

popper stopper review

I know it may seem like a small thing, but I was really self conscious about this! In the winter, I was wearing enough layers to do most of the hiding, but now that it's warmed up a bit, this makes me feel so much better.



On this particular day, I had been invited to a luncheon given by Connections to Success (Dress for Success St. Louis' parent organization) and needed to look quite a bit more professional than I've had to since my days in the office. I had just purchased this dress from Old Navy, and it came in handy for this occasion, and a few others since.

JC Penney necklace,  Old Navy dress , old Banana Republic leather jacket,  H&M Maternity tights , Nine West pumps ( similar )

JC Penney necklace, Old Navy dress, old Banana Republic leather jacket, H&M Maternity tights, Nine West pumps (similar)

I'm excited to try out the other products Miss Oops sent me: the Disposable Petal Covers, the Rescue Sponge, the Shoulder Cushions, and the Sweater Shaver! Stay tuned for those.

Please tell me other preggies have dealt with this!



My love for leopard shows no signs of abating. I have to consciously resist adding to my collection. This scarf is one of those faux fur loop through type deals that were really popular a couple of years ago and I love finding new ways to wear it.

mindful closet leopard stripes

When it's as cold as it's been here in St. Louis, I go ahead and make a scarf a permanent part of my outfit, not to be removed with my coat. This leather jacket was also worn all day. They kept me warm! I fashioned a cowl out of my scarf and pinned the ends so they'd stay in place. I often will also pin this scarf to a jacket as a makeshift faux fur collar.


I paired my scarf with a thrifted striped tee, very old leather jacket from Banana Republic, Franco Sarto suede booties, and Paige jeans, which are the one pair of non-maternity jeans I'm still able to wear! So exciting.

How are all of you dealing with the cold?

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