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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Attempting to ignore the fact that the dead of winter seems to have arrived several months earlier than scheduled, my husband and I decided to make last weekend a St. Louis staycation, which basically means we ate our way around town. We hit places that had been on our list to try (Patisserie Chouquette, Salume Beddu, and the Habanero Chicken at Amigo Joe's.) and revisited our favorites (Pho Grand, Pasteria, Kim Cheese).
Heavy sweaters are back in the rotation. I will also say that these wedge booties have been such an all-star in my wardrobe. They can easily be dressed up for an event, but the wedge means that they're comfortable enough for everyday.
I would still like to try Peacemaker, Juniper, and Old Standard, but those will have to wait until the next time mr. mindful closet has a weekend off.
Any other restaurants we should add to our list?
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I'm in love with my new dress. It was a great find from Byrd Designer Consignment (originally $425, purchased for $90). I wore it to the Saint Louis Fashion Week Kickoff Party, which was held at the new Public Commons at the Nine Network's space in Grand Center.
It was a gorgeous night and the new space is truly awesome. with six large screens, including two on the sides of different buildings. There was a presentation by Craft Alliance's Fiber Artist in Residence, Grace Kubilius - that's her on the lower left with ALIVE's ninja event planner Jess Leitch - I want one of those necklaces!
The Fashion Blog Awards were also given out that night - check out the post I wrote for ALIVE with the winners. Over the next two weeks, there are more amazing events planned all over the city. ALIVE's Fashion Editor, Sarah Stallman, did a great roundup of all the fashion week events on her blog. Follow me on Instagram for more party pics and see the schedule and buy tickets here!
at girls who wear glasses. Except the really smart men, right, Ms. Parker?
I love this scarf so. much. I've worn it all winter (often with a second scarf for warmth when I go outside) and it'll work in warmer weather too since it's so lightweight. I usually make it into an infinity scarf by tying the two ends together (it's a long rectangle) and then just looping it around my neck several times. Then I adjust it so that the tie ends up in back.
Let's hope this is one of my last winter outfits, amiright?
This was just an easy, comfy outfit. If I mentioned I was pregnant to someone I didn't know while wearing this sweater, they expressed surprise. Not a bad thing to go incognito sometimes.
So, my only issue with this sweater is that it's pilling a little bit, even though it's great quality. I tried this sweater comb, but it didn't really work (sorry, Dana!). Has anyone had good luck with electric sweater shavers and want to recommend a specific one?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I didn't really have a plan for my August shoppping and just ended up with three pieces that I knew I'd get lots of use from and which were all really good deals.
1) The sweater is Vince and is selling at Nordstrom online for $320 right now, but I bought it at Nordstrom Rack for $159. It's cuter on. I'll probably only wear this, um, 5 days a week during the winter...
2) The white blouse pictured is not the exact one I got, but similar to the silk Theory blouse I got at the new St. Louis Premium Outlets Saks Off 5th store. It was marked down from $190 to $76, and with a sale and a Living Social $20 for $40 deal, I ended up paying $6 in the store (plus the $20 to Living Social).
3) I saw these Lucky Brand boots on a sale rack while I was in Boulder and had been wanting some in this style. They were on sale for $60, and if you like them too, they're now only $30 on 6pm.com! (caution-no free returns at 6pm)
Total = $245, over my budget of $200
I will admit, I am a little bored of only buying basics, but I swear, I am not seeing colors and prints that I love and I won't buy anything I don't love. Not to mention that every image I'm drawn to in magazines and on pinterest are black basics, accessorized really well. Good enough for me.
I'm linking up with Franish - go here to see all the budgeting bloggers' august budgets!