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madewell picks

madewell picks

While we were in Boulder during July, I attempted to restart my yoga practice and signed up for unlimited classes at a studio a five minute walk from our apartment. The classes were great, except that there was a Madewell store next door. I'm being completely honest with you here, I actually only went in twice, thanks to my temporarily misplaced desire to shop. Aside from the initial excitement when Madewell first opened (it's a subsidiary of J. Crew) in 2006 and again when the Madewell store opened in St. Louis last year, I hadn't really done a lot of shopping there. But when I went in recently, the store was filled with hip, casual basics with artistic details and I found myself snapping tons of pictures (what I do to make note of items I like). Here's what caught my eye:

I saw one of the Madewell employees (who was not a skinny minnie) wearing this tank and it was adorable and very flattering. Also nursing friendly!

This ikat dress is so easy and breezy for hot August weather.

This is pretty much the perfect black dress - it would be flattering on almost every figure. It feels very substantial and well made in person.

This dress has actually been on my wishlist for a while. Great swingy shape for flowing right over spots you don't want to highlight and buttons for nursing!

 

I am in LOVE with this necklace, it has a very Marni feel. I'm going to try and DIY a version of it, but if that doesn't work out, I'll be buying this one. It has a cool sliding clasp which makes it adjustable, which is the holy grail of necklaces for me.

I love the Japanese technique of shibori dying, it makes such a cool pattern. I'm lucky enough to have a similar scarf by the fabric artist Rena Wood, but this one is great too.

Booties are my favorite shoes to wear in the fall, but I prefer not being able to see socks peeking out. These are thicker than the ones I usually wear and look comfy.

It's sometimes hard to find a patterned neutral scarf (I know, poor me) and this one is a wool blend, so would actually be somewhat warm.

Another cool geometric necklace.

 

Good stuff, right? Is anything here going to make your wishlist?

 

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an impractical wish list

an impractical wish list

Since I'm no longer pregnant, I am itching for new clothes. Hours of one handed shopping on the iPhone while nursing has provided me with lots of temptation. Unfortunately, my current circumstances (clothes need to be nursing-friendly, I'm transitioning in size) are limiting what is practical for me to buy/wear. So I'm blogging my wish list instead of buying.

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I've quickly realized that my favorite dress shape, a shift (seen multiple times above), is not nursing-friendly. Full disclosure, though - I did buy the black and white striped Zara dress on the top right while I was still pregnant and crossed my fingers it would fit post-partum (it does). It'll be for those special times out sans bébé this summer and will become more practical as the baby gets older. I really don't need any new shoes, no matter how cute, although I'm seriously tempted by the Rebecca Minkoff snakeskin sandals (center) - at least they're a practical height for running around in. I could use a pair of jeans that fits while I'm between sizes, and my own mom looked great in this cute pair of Gap high waisted skinny jeans. The white button down blouse from Old Navy (left center) is practical and affordable for being something that will get spit up on constantly (seriously, why didn't people warn me about the spit-up??), and it might get bought.

In the meantime, my main purchase has been a boatload of these tanks. Not so glamorous, but certainly practical.

 

(PS I doubt anyone actually waits with bated breath for my posts, but they'll definitely be more sporadic and infrequent for awhile. I hope you'll continue to visit!)

october budget and maternity basics

When I found out I was pregnant, I made a list of the basics I thought I'd need. The idea of maternity dressing is an odd thing. I know that I might not feel my best, and I believe having clothes I love and that fit can make me feel better. On the other hand, I try to buy things for the long term, and the idea of buying things I'll only wear for 5 or 6 months pains me a bit. My plan is to buy basics, use things I already have, and accessorize the hell out of them. Then I'll treat myself to a few things when I start to get the itch to change it up.

 

Here's my list of basics I think I'll need:

  • Skinny jeans - am looking on ebay for a deal on AG maternity skinny jeans, my favorites so far. If that doesn't pan out, will go with something from Old Navy or Gap (after all, they won't need to last for long!)
  • Leggings - purchased from Old Navy
  • Yoga pants - purchased from Old Navy
  • Dressy dress - will be able to borrow from sister
  • Cute top(s) - will buy when I start to get bored with everything else, hope to find ones that will work even after pregnancy
  • Tanks - one purchased from Old Navy
  • Tees - one purchased from Old Navy
  • Striped tee - my staple and I can't go months without one! I like this one from ASOS.
  • Coat? - would like to try to find at consignment or thrift
  • Jewelry - to keep things interesting when I get bored with my basics

Keep in mind that I work from home and don't have to get dressed up or even business casual very often, so that helps. My sister (who has two babies) recommended that I add a pair of nice black maternity pants to the list for dressy occasions. I already have chunky sweaters, long cardigans, a maxi dress, and several flowy tops that should work all the way through.

So, with all that said, here's a belated list of what I bought in October: above, maternity long sleeved tee, tank, yoga pants, leggings, and a gauze scarf (not pictured). Because of a discount code and rewards for using my gap card, the total for
these five items was $30!

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In addition, I bought a chunky cardigan at Zara ($60) and a necklace from Etsy ($31), for a total of $121 for the month. I actually returned the Diane von Furstenberg dress from my September purchases ($175), so I'm coming out ahead, which is great, considering all the new expenses I'm going to be running into soon!

If you're just joining us, my monthly clothing budget is $200. I think it's important to have a budget and a plan or wish list of what you need because it prevents you from making mistake purchases. Another reason is that it alleviates any guilt you may have about shopping. If something is within your budget (and especially if it's on your wish list), you don't need to feel guilty about buying it - and who doesn't want that? I started these posts because of Franziska and her Budgeting Bloggers group - here's their latest. Here are my previous months' budget posts:  September,  August, July, June, May, and April.

How are all of you doing with your spending?
Any must-have maternity items I left off of my list?

current wish list

current wish list

So, I try really hard not to make impulse purchases and to do my research before I buy something. I keep a running list of the things I'm on the lookout for. Before I buy something at full price, I haunt my favorite thrift stores, secondhand stores, and places where I have store credit to see if I can check something off the list for almost nothing. If not, and some time has passed and I still believe this thing is something that's missing from my closet, I'll pull the trigger.

Here's what's currently on my list:

1) A classic trench. I've made a few "mistake purchases" (more about that later) of trenches this year, which I'm not happy about, and it was because they weren't total classics.

2) Quality dark denim. It's been a long time since I've spent money on a really good pair of jeans. I've seen this pair on some bloggers and they seem to have a really nice fit in real life. (Side note: I tried these on in Old Navy yesterday and they have a really nice fit for 1/8 of the price. I'm tempted to get them instead, but they are made with 98% cotton and 2% spandex. The designer jeans are made with 98% cotton and 2% polyurethane, which apparently holds the shape/fit much better. Decisions, decisions.)

3) White blouse. Not sheer, I hate having to layer when something is supposed to be cool and easy! Harder to find than you'd think.

4) Slim black pants. I wear pants like this pretty much every day to work, and I've actually worn out the two pairs I currently have in the rotation. I have store credit at Ann Taylor LOFT and they seem to have lots of nice options.

5) Summer sandal. Ideally, I'd like something comfortable enough to walk around town in, classic enough so that it'll last a few seasons, yet fashion-forward enough to feel special. Not specific at all!