Wednesday, April 27, 2016

black & gray

We've had some less than desirable weather the last few weeks - I'm talking cold and rainy (and some snow/slush, as well). So, as much as I'm dying to break out clothes for warmer weather (dresses & sandals), I'm holding off in favor of not freezing every time I walk outside. And, apparently, wearing lots of dark colors (cause I love 'em).

*all items are part of my Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

Monday, April 25, 2016

show stealer

The cute, white, furry nugget (also known as "The Handsome") makes an appearance in today's look and steals the show. So much for my brightly-colored poncho, huh?

*all items are part of my Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

PS - these pants aren't sticking around in my maternity capsule wardrobe - there is no zipping them all the way up...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

a week

Apologies for my unintended absence on the little blog - it has been a week (really, two weeks), my friends. Thanks for understanding, and checking out my red & navy striped outfit. Hope you're having a great weekend :)

*all items are part of my Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

Monday, April 18, 2016

a bachelorette party

When you are expecting, things that were previously a part of your social life are not quite the same.

Say, for example, a bachelorette party. A friend of mine is getting married Memorial Day weekend in Texas, and we won't be able to attend. Her bachelorette party, however, was being held in town where I live, so I was able to go. And this is what I wore.

You might be thinking "That doesn't look like typical bachelorette party attire, Annie." And you would be quite right, my friends. Normally, I'd wear something a bit different (most likely a party dress and heels), but I attended this party during the day, right after a snowstorm. Hence, the layers and the boots.

Additionally, the bride and other party-attendees had ordered matching tank tops in dark purple and lilac, but I declined, as nobody wants to see this girl squeeze into a party tank top at the moment. So, I wore a basic black tank dress, black fleece-lined tights, rain boots, a dark purple cardigan and a lilac scarf, so I wouldn't be TOO out of place.

While I didn't attend the entire party (a Friday to Sunday event, with one evening in Denver, one in Northern Colorado, hotel rooms, and lots of champagne), I did attend Saturday day for a scavenger hunt around town in a party bus and a stop for delicious local lunch. Then we showered the bride with gifts, and while everyone else took a power nap, I went on home to lay low and watch some Netflix in my pajamas. It was a win-win in my book - I celebrated the bride, got to be comfortable, and got home at a reasonable hour, 3 of my favorite things!

black tank dress: American Apparel via sorority recruitment (non-maternity)
purple cardigan: Ann Taylor (non-maternity)
lilac scarf: gift
black fleece-lined tights: Kansas City Kitty (non-maternity)
rain boots: gift

Saturday, April 16, 2016

blues & greens

Unintentionally, I paired together ALL OF THE SHADES OF BLUE with some olive green skinnies. And since blue and green are both such nice, cool colors (I mean color-temperature wise, but they're also pretty cool/kool/kewl), they played well together. I love it when that happens!

ombre chambray: Target (maternity)
olive skinnies: thrifted (maternity)
teal scarf: Lilly Pulitzer for Target
cobalt flats: Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx

Thursday, April 14, 2016

maternity capsule wardrobe

Here it is, my long-awaited maternity capsule wardrobe (kidding - I doubt anyone has been waiting on the edge of their seat for it).

I've mentioned before my interest in a capsule wardrobe, and now, with a deadline and a decreasing number of items that fit, this seemed like the perfect time to try it out. I've also played with a capsule wardrobe before (four 30 for 30 challenges: June 2013 // November 2013 // October 2014 // April 2015), choosing 30 items to wear for a month.

So, the concept and application of "capsuling" (I'm making that a word, you're welcome, internetz) are not new to me. However, each 30 for 30 challenge had a defined lifespan of a month. This new adventure will last until sometime in June (perhaps after, who knows how my postpartum body will look and feel?), and I put it together (i.e. boxed up everything that doesn't fit and won't fit for a while) in March, so we're looking at about 4 months of true "capsuling."

The below items still remain in my closet after several reviews because they still fit; however, that doesn't mean they'll remain until the end. I hope to update/edit as items are edited out, but, alas, that may not happen, what with life happening and growing a human and all. I also may not wear everything that appears below - that is dependent upon the weather, as I've included several sweaters.

A few items to note:

1) While my total count of items is around 70, some of these items (basic tops, etc.) shouldn't really be counted, as they're more items to be worn under something. Or you can count them, whatever.

2) Some items have been added to the below, and some of these items will not make it to the end of my pregnancy - I am hoping to get some pictures up and an update posted, but if you see unlisted items in a future post, or never see some of these items on the blog, apologies!

3) These aren't the greatest pictures you'll ever see, but I was running out of daylight, so please excuse the hangers and way items are piled on each other. I've tried to link to previous posts showing the item where applicable.

4) I have not included accessories, shoes, loungewear or undergarments in the pictures below, but you better believe I'm using/wearing them all!

Let's begin...

left to right, back row first:
long sleeve green floral tee: local consignment (non-maternity)
long sleeve teal tunic: Target (non-maternity)
short sleeve cobalt tunic/top: Kohl's (maternity)
blue striped v-neck: Old Navy (non-maternity)
tan & gray tunic: Kohl's (maternity)
red top: Kohl's (maternity)

left to right, back row first:
3/4 sleeve black chiffon blouse: Nordstrom Rack (non-maternity)
short sleeve black tunic/top: Kohl's (maternity)
black top: Kohl's (maternity)
short sleeve black v-neck: Target (non-maternity?)
long sleeve back v-neck: Target (non-maternity)
short sleeve lace tee: gift from a friend

left to right, back row first:
long sleeve black & white striped tee: Kohl's (non-maternity)
lightweight open knit sweater: Coldwater Creek (non-maternity)
short sleeve white v-neck tee: Target (non-maternity?)
long sleeve white v-neck tee: Target (non-maternity)
short sleeve gray tunic/top: Kohl's (maternity)
long sleeve gray hooded t-shirt: WalMart (non-maternity)

left to right:
dark wash chambray: thrifted (non-maternity)
ombre chambray: Target (maternity)
light wash chambray: Kohl's (non-maternity)
black chambray: Old Navy (non-maternity)

top to bottom:
red cardigan: Banana Republic (non-maternity)
raspberry cardigan: thrifted (Motherhood Maternity)
navy blue cardigan: Banana Republic (non-maternity)
purple cardigan: Ann Taylor (non-maternity)

top to bottom:
oatmeal cardigan: Eddie Bauer (non-maternity)
oatmeal sleeveless cardigan: Eddie Bauer (non-maternity)
cream zip-up cardigan: Aéropostale (non-maternity)

top to bottom:
black cardigan: Maurice's (non-maternity)
black & gray striped cardigan: Eddie Bauer (non-maternity)
black & white polka dot cardigan: J. Crew Factory (non-maternity)

left to right:
cream cowl neck sweater: Coldwater Creek (non-maternity)
pink & teal poncho: Lilly Pulitzer (non-maternity)

left to right:
teal hi-low maxi: Nordstrom (non-maternity)
black maxi skirt: from a friend (maternity)
knee length black skirt: from a friend, Old Navy (non-maternity)
gray maxi skirt: from a friend (maternity)
not pictured: knee length gray skirt: from a friend, Old Navy (non-maternity)

left to right:
coral dress: from a friend (non-maternity)
blush lace dress: c/o PinkBlush Maternity
teal floral maxi dress: consignment via PinkBlush Maternity

left to right:
navy blue sundress: consignment via Old Navy (maternity)
chambray dress: consignment via Kohl's (maternity)

left to right:
blue striped dress: WalMart (non-maternity)
black 3/4 sleeve dress: Target (maternity)
black wrap dress: thrifted, Motherhood Maternity

left to right:
black tank dress: American Apparal, via sorority recruitment (non-maternity)
black & gold printed dress: Base Exchange (non-maternity)

left to right:
olive skinnies: thrifted (maternity)
dark skinnies: PinkBlush Maternity

left to right:
dark skinnies: PinkBlush Maternity
flares: Kohl's (non-maternity)
black skinnies: PinkBlush Maternity

left to right:
denim shorts: thrifted (maternity)
black shorts: thrifted (maternity)

left to right:
denim jacket: Aéropostale (non-maternity)
olive field jacket: thrifted, Land's End (non-maternity)
black blazer: thrifted (non-maternity)
knitted fringe vest: Aéropostale (non-maternity)
gray sweater tunic/vest: Base Exchange (non-maternity)

left to right:
brown faux leather jacket: Aéropostale (non-maternity)
black velvet blazer: Eddie Bauer (non-maternity)
black faux leather jacket: Target (non-maternity)

And there it is, (most of) my maternity capsule wardrobe). Ta da! In summary, these are the bulk of the items I'll be wearing until delivery (the remaining items are basic completer pieces, i.e. tank tops & leggings, as well as loungewear, pajamas, activewear, swimsuits, and outerwear), and what you'll see here on the blog until then, as well. Wish me luck!

Phew. That was a lot. I'm spent.
Please comment with any questions or email me at :)

Side note: I follow several bloggers (Style This LifeKATBERRIESTruncation BlogSeasons + Saltjust to name a few - there are many more!) who utilize a true capsule wardrobe, and while I admire them and their application of the concept, I myself am not ready to permanently adopt the practice, YET. Also, I most likely won't be posting what I did/didn't wear, or how many times each item was worn, etc.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

thrifted & festive

This black & gold printed dress is something my Mom picked out for me to wear during that "uncomfortable phase." For me, that was finding out I was pregnant until about 20 weeks, when I actually had a wee bump to show off (instead of looking like I had overindulged in one too many brunches...)

I wore this dress (undocumented) a few times over the winter holidays, as it can be quite festive and lends itself nicely to pairing with fleece-lined tights and sweaters. But sadly, this might be the last time I wear it before Bebe arrives - while it is stretchy, I'm not sure it can accommodate THAT much stretch ;)

I paired it with the above raspberry colored sweater that I thrifted - it's by Motherhood Maternity and I found it at my local ARC. It's a little big through the arms and shoulders, but I've been wearing it over almost everything as an "oversized" cardigan, so the extra room has been quite useful. I also love the color and the weight - in certain light it leans pink, and others, it leans purple. I'm going to tuck away this look for the next time I need a festive look with some stretch - black, gold, and a pop of color, perfecto!

printed dress: Base Exchange
black leggings: Old Navy (maternity)
black flats: BCBG via TJ Maxx
raspberry cardigan: thrifted (Motherhood Maternity)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

stretchy pants

Hello! and happy Sunday!

I put together this look almost a month ago (*wide eye emoji*) so just imagine it now with a larger belly. However, it was perfect for wearing to work (leggings with a stretchy/flowy top), so I'm planning to repeat it soon.

That being said, I'm working on sharing my capsule wardrobe with you, but even in the few weeks since I took pictures of my items, I've discarded a few items (too small for now) and added a few more (birthday gifts from my parents), so there will be some edits. Hope you don't mind that I'll be utilizing an ever-evolving capsule wardrobe - it's a bit tough to put finite limits on getting dressed when your belly is growing everyday and your body is changing to support it...look for that post this week! I'm excited to dip my toes into a capsule wardrobe with you!

short sleeve tunic? top?: Kohl's (maternity)
striped long sleeve top: Kohl's (non-maternity)
black leggings: Old Navy (maternity)
black flats: BCBG via TJ Maxx