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my best maternity shopping advice...

my best maternity shopping advice...

...don't buy too much in advance. I'm the kind of person who likes to prepare for everything. I do research, I think too much, I plan ahead. Guess what? That does not work for pregnancy (and I'm guessing child-rearing, too!). Despite my best efforts to buy/save things that work in late pregnancy (thankfully, mostly thrifted or resale), I found myself with a bunch of things that didn't work and nothing that fit. Despite my determination not to, I ate my words and went out and bought a bunch of new things. I had some rewards points from using my Gap credit card, so I headed to the Old Navy in Ladue, which carries maternity wear in the store. Here's what I bought:

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A note about the jeans: everyone has different preferences on low or full panel waistbands, and up until the last few weeks, I was all about the full panel. Unfortunately, at a certain point, the full panel no longer covered my entire stomach and now I prefer the low panel. Again, no way to know until I got there. My friend Annemieke did warn me I'd have to buy new jeans in the last month...

I love the olive green dress. It's so soft and comfy, and as I've mentioned before, I feel (whether it's true or not) that more fitted things are more flattering on me right now. Ironically, I would never wear something this body-conscious without being pregnant, but the belly just takes attention away from any other spots I might not normally want to highlight. (worn with BaubleBar necklace and very old Urban Outfitters grecian sandals).

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Last weekend, we met up with some friends in Tower Grove park, and for once, got a photo of me AND my husband, Dave.

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Just last night, I wore the dress again to a dressier event, the Rebecca Minkoff show for Saint Louis Fashion Week. (with flea market necklace, thrifted clutch, and old Nine West sandals)

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All in all, I'm very happy with my purchases and don't feel like they were frivolous or unnecessary. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do (more on this soon...)

thoughts on dressing for pregnancy

thoughts on dressing for pregnancy

Well, it's certainly curbed my shopping habit. It's too depressing to look at things that I can't wear and have no idea if I will ever fit into.

Vince blouse , BaubleBar necklace, thrifted Indigo Blue jeans, BCBG flats

Vince blouse, BaubleBar necklace, thrifted Indigo Blue jeans, BCBG flats

Trying to shop while pregnant is the antithesis of how I like to approach buying. I like to buy things that will last forever or at least for a few years. With pregnancy, things are constantly changing. Literally, things that fit yesterday don't fit today. You have no idea what size or shape your body will be for the next month, 6 months, year. Your size (in clothing and shoes) may permanently change. I'm grateful for the pieces I already owned which are still working at 6 months pregnant and that I know will work postpartum as well, like the Vince top above.  Sometimes, you have to buy things that will only work for a short few months (the horror!). I do feel as though I'll need a new pair of jeans any day now, although I've mostly avoided short term needs so far with loose tops, stretchy dresses and pants.

Same top pre-pregnancy - well, I was actually, but only a few weeks.

Same top pre-pregnancy - well, I was actually, but only a few weeks.

Another side effect of not knowing what size I'll be is that I've hung on to a few things that were destined for the "donate" pile, just in case, you know. And I'm breaking one of my own cardinal rules of purging by keeping things "just in case".

As of right now, in terms of new specific maternity clothes, I've still only purchased the basics I bought back in October (see my maternity basics post) - black tee, black tank, black leggings and yoga pants plus a white tee and one pair of black maternity pants. I've thrifted and subsequently altered to fit 2 pairs of maternity jeans that are still working for me. I've also thrifted several (non-maternity) knit tops and dresses. Hint for pregnant ladies: with a pregnant belly, non-maternity dresses can all of a sudden work as tunics over leggings.

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I've been making do as I thought I would, by not putting pressure on myself to come up with amazing creative outfits, keeping it simple, and using scarves and necklaces to change it up a bit.

From  my instagram  - three necklaces layered for a night out over my well-used H&M dress

From my instagram - three necklaces layered for a night out over my well-used H&M dress

To be totally fair, I would be pretty ready for a change at this point in the winter, no matter what. Winter puts as many constrictions on dressing as pregnancy does, so really the only change this year is that I can't shop for things to alleviate the boredom. And is that really such a bad thing? Not in my book.

How are you all feeling? Bored with winter wardrobes? If you're pregnant, how have you approached shopping?

 

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on working from home

on working from home

There are lots of great perks about working from home. I can empty the dishwasher on my computer breaks. I can make lunch in my own kitchen. I can wear the same thing and no one will ever know. Unless I tell you. Which I'm about to. 

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This is it most days: grey tee from Marshall's, Gap boyfriend jeans, Old Navy ankle boots, Baublebar necklace, Rayban sunglasses. 

Things are a little hectic around the mindful closet house these days, so I apologize if posting has slowed down a bit. When I'm not wearing the "working-from-home" outfit, I've been dressing up for Saint Louis Fashion Week events, of which there have been many and many more next week. Updates to come, I promise. 

Tonight is the Project Runway show at the Fox - I'm so excited, since I'm a huge fan. Has anyone else been watching this season? So. much. drama. If you want to join me, there are still tickets for tonight and next week here!