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awkward

awkward

So, I'm at a really awkward age. Not the teeth grinding awkwardness of puberty or the "did I really do that?" awkwardness of the early twenties, but the awkwardness of "I've lived through that trend already, do I wear it again?" Yep, things I wore in high school and college are back. I mean, I know the 90's have already hit vintage status, and I definitely did do grunge the first time around too, but these feel more recent. Some trends I don't have a desire to do (off-the-shoulder-blouses), some I might (culottes), and there's one I'm pretty into (again): the mule. Yep, the sandal of the early 2000's and my college years (wait, who am I kidding, I graduated college in 2000) is back. Pretty much in the same incarnation too. Oh well, I liked it then and I like it now. Here are a few pairs I'm eyeing. 

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Clockwise from top left (and if you want to get picky about it, the ones with a back strap technically aren't a mule...): Lucky Brand Lisza, Steve Madden Nonstp, Vince Tilda, Madewell Marie, Dolce Vita Tegan, Toms Mallorca, Steve Madden Nollla

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three for one

three for one

I'm pretty backed up on my outfit posts, so I figured I'd throw three outfits into this one!

Up first - I thrifted this dress a year ago (worn with thrifted flats - hey, 100% thrifted!). When I first wore it, I felt as though people would think I was pregnant, even though I wasn't at the time. Therefore, I was sure it would be great when I really was pregnant.

The photo below was my Pinterest inspiration. Unfortunately, it didn't look so great on me with Converse, hence the flats, and I still feel like the dress doesn't work so well. I'm leaning towards more fitted clothes this late in the game, otherwise I feel like I'm taking up a lot of space!

This next outfit is my usual casual uniform: striped tee, jeans, Converse.

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And lastly, another uniform - this one has been dependable all winter and it resurfaced when we had another cold spell.

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This H&M non-maternity top has been such a super-star, I've worn it constantly (also wearing super-star Old Navy maternity leggings and Steve Madden Intyce boots). We wanted to take a quick babymoon, and this was the only time my husband had off, but at 36.5 weeks, I didn't feel comfortable traveling too far. We went to Overlook Farm in Clarksville, MO, where this photo was taken. It was an...interesting...experience. Email me if you're thinking of going! :)

april showers blah blah blah

april showers blah blah blah

You know how it goes.

At our baby shower, my mother-in-law thoughtfully sent a gift for me as well as the baby. It was a great Eileen Fisher tunic, which I loved, but unfortunately was too small (both in current state and before). Since it was no longer available in the size I needed, I exchanged it for this Neiman Marcus silk-cashmere poncho, which is even more on sale now than when I bought it! I didn't realize when buying it that it was a true poncho, with no sleeves to speak of, but I really love it. It's soft and comfortable, and of course my favorite aspect - it will work now and after pregnancy.

Neiman Marcus poncho, Old Navy leggings, Steve Madden Intyce boots, Target tunic tank, NYC street vendor necklace

This was such a comfortable outfit. I started with the boots because of the rain, and you can't get more comfy than leggings and (basically) a blanket! I don't think I've mentioned these tanks yet, but they are amazing. It's the tunic length tank from Target, and they're perfect for covering and smoothing the stomach/hip area and for covering your tush while wearing leggings. They're not maternity, but I've been wearing one pretty much every day.

Oh, and apparently something my husband did while taking these photos surprised me...

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on repeating outfits

on repeating outfits

I've gotten into a pattern of only photographing outfits when they're something new or different or I have to get more dressed up than usual. Rest assured, I am still repeating outfits most days. If you find something that works and you feel good in, why not? There are usually enough small variations so that they're not exactly the same. Here are a few recent ones.

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Not surprisingly, many repeat outfits involved striped tops, skinny jeans, and boots. Above: thrifted striped tee, thrifted Gap faux fur vest, thrifted Indigo Blue jeans, Steve Madden Intyce boots.

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Thrifted Forever 21 dress, thrifted Indigo Blue jeans, Old Navy boots (no longer available).

And here are a few more, previously photographed, but also getting repeat action.

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Have you been repeating outfits this winter? Anything that makes getting dressed easier is a positive in my book!

a winter respite

a winter respite

I'm not getting my hopes up that it will last, but the recent break from the cold has been much appreciated. A simple walk around the neighborhood feels like the most incredible, amazing experience in contrast to what came before. 

I was finally able to get outside to take some photos! Last weekend, I flew to Atlanta to hang out with both of my sisters (travel post coming soon) and I picked up this necklace at Zara. I'm in love with it - just the thing to pair with an otherwise simple outfit.

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My simple outfit consisted of the Diane von Furstenberg Hanky blouse that I recently snagged on eBay, my maternity jeans, and my well-worn Steve Madden Intyce boots.

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Bruiser even got in on the action.

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Just so amazing to feel fresh air without 17 layers in between said air and my skin. That is all.

easy peasy

easy peasy

Not much to tell here, just your typical easy, comfy outfit. A bit of a variation on my winter uniform.This was waaay back when I was about 20 weeks (I'm about 23 weeks now, and that's almost 6 months for people who aren't pregnant and used to counting in weeks! Oh yeah, and I still have 4 more months to go for a total of 10, NOT 9 months, grrr).

(Thrifted top, Old Navy maternity leggings, Steve Madden bootsNeed Supply necklace)

As you know, I thrift a lot of things, including books. How interesting is this little collage I made of different editions of What to Expect? Maternity styles (and activities, apparently) have changed a bit...

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winter uniform

winter uniform

Baby or no baby, this is my standard casual winter uniform: chunky sweater+skinny jeans/pants/leggings+boots. Depending on the weather, long underwear underneath it all, of course ;) I've had to dress up more than this for the last couple of weeks, so I'll be living in it this weekend.

I'm wearing Old Navy maternity tee, Zara sweater - on sale now!, Old Navy maternity leggings, and Steve Madden bootsI've been living in these leggings, so much so that when I saw another pair of them at a consignment store for $5, I picked them up too. I've had the boots for years and I'm always surprised on how many compliments I get on them - they're way on sale now too! Something else - does anyone still think that black and brown together is taboo? I see it all the time, love it, and think that that rule has gone the way of the "match your purse to your shoes" rule.

On another note, I just finished a big project and feel the need to reward myself by shopping. The thing is, when I stop to think about it, I REALLY don't need anything. Anything I would buy with this impulse would probably get worn once or twice and then purged in the next few months. So, I'll do a little online window shopping and pinning, and take a nap. That's what I really need :)

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