Friday, July 21, 2017

summer remix 10x10: look 10

black and white pencil skirt, chambray top, nudge wedge sandals 2

This is it - the last look from the #Summer10x10 remix! While it's been interesting finding new ways to wear my clothes, part of me is really looking forward to having access to the rest of my closet. :) For today's final look I paired my Old Navy striped midi skirt with a knotted chambray top - a bit reminiscent of look #7, but somehow not quite as comfortable. I think because the top and skirt hitting at the same place above my pregnant belly made everything tight and uncomfortable. At least it's the last day and as soon as work as over I'm changing into stretchy leggings and a tee. #bliss

Speaking of weekends, I'm really looking forward to this one. Everyone's in my family's been a bit under the weather, not exactly sick but just run down enough to feel lousy all week. Husband's been working a side job for the past couple of weeks that has meant 10+ hours days and working on the weekends leaving him especially tired, poor kiddo has a lingering cough and I'm having trouble sleeping from sciatic nerve pain. I think what we all need is a nice, quite weekend to recharge! Then next weekend might be a good one to start working on the baby's room - only 12 weeks (give or take) until he's here. Crazy.

black and white pencil skirt, chambray top, nudge wedge sandals 7
top: Loft (similar)  |  skirt: Old Navy (exact)  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |   necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  bracelet: Baublebar (similar)

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

summer 10x10 remix: look 9

maternity black pants, white and black polka dot tee, long cream cardigan 7

This almost could be subtitled "how to be hot and miserable in photos." Because I was. But I wanted to show you the ninth #Summer10x10 remix outfit as I wore it - mostly in the glorious AC - but I was dying outside while taking photos, it's so hot and humid. Thankfully these photos didn't pick up the fine sheen of sweat I had going on.

I'm seriously thinking about pulling out little bit's kiddo pool this weekend and just rolling around in cold water...from now until the heat breaks in September. :) We've had a few weeks of overcast/rainy weather, so today was the first time in awhile to be hit with the full humidity - definitely not cardigan weather.

maternity black pants, white and black polka dot tee, long cream cardigan 6
top: Forever21 + (similar)  |  pants: Loft maternity (exact, non-maternity option)  |   cardigan: Loft (exact)  |  sandals: Old Navy (exact)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelet: Bourbon and Boweties (exact)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)

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Today makes 28 weeks pregnant and the beginning of the third trimester! Baby and I had a good appointment with the OBGYN - even if I did have to take the gestational diabetes test, which all three times I've taken it has left me feeling a bit less than stellar. Baby boy's heartbeat is strong at 155 and everything is tracking as it should. He's approximately the size of a large eggplant, weights about 2 1/4 pounds and 14.8 inches long. Random tidbit, at this point he can now blink and has eyelashes. I'm getting more and more excited to see what he's going to look like - fair like his sister with her momma's hair and complexion and daddy's blue eyes, a polar opposite with daddy's dark hair and momma's brown eyes or a mix somewhere between?

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

summer 10x10 remix: look 8

tan boyfriend cardigan, maternity black dress, nude wedge sandals 7_NEW

This outfit is kinda of a snooze-fest isn't it? I felt pretty cute in it, until I saw it in photos. It just photographed so blah. I needs me some color, stat! A bright sandal, a different color cardigan, a punchy necklace...something...

...or maybe it's the dress' fault? I'm beyond excited this is the last time I'll ever wear this dress. Not bad in photos, but it looks horribly worn out in real-life. While it proved to be versatile piece for the #Summer10x10 remix - layered under cardigans, with knotted tees and chambray - it just didn't hold up against multiple washing and wearings. Lesson learned: if you're going to do a remix, make sure you use good, quality pieces that can endure extended wear and tear.

While this particular dress was a bit of a disappointment, a stretchy black jersey dress is a pretty great maternity wardrobe staple. I'll definitely be on the lookout for a decent replacement. Any suggestions? While I hesitate to go with Old Navy again, I'm still tempted to order their black jersey tank dress. Only because last month I bought it's twin in navy and it's held up pretty well, the material is a bit thicker and there's been no pilling even though I've washed and worn it several times. I hate to spend a lot of money on something that I'm only going to need for a few more months. We'll see...

tan boyfriend cardigan, maternity black dress, nude wedge sandals 3_NEW
dress: Old Navy (exact, non-maternity version)  |  cardigan: J. Crew (similar)  |  sandals: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)

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summer 10x10 remix: look 7

black maternity dress, chambray top, strappy sandals 7

I had every intention of posting this outfit yesterday, but time got away from me, so look 7 of the #Summer10x10 remix is a day late. Of all the outfits, this was the one I was the least excited about. As I mentioned a few posts back, this dress is not holding up - it doesn't look bad in photos, but in real-life it's horribly pilled. I'm wearing it one last time today then it's going directly into the trash. Which is a shame, because I really like the shape of it.

So yesterday, I was feeling a bit bitter about wearing a dress I really didn't want to wear and beginning to feel outfit fatigue. While it's nice not to have to stress about what to wear every morning, I am missing the rest of my closet! Maybe picking different items would have helped with that, or maybe I should have allowed for a little bit more outfit freedom, but I'm starting to get that feeling that I'm wearing the same thing over and over. It probably doesn't help that I wore all my favorite outfit combinations last week leaving me with nothing but the unwanted leftovers this week. So, while this is not a bad outfit, it just wasn't want I wanted to wear. So not feeling it.

black maternity dress, chambray top, strappy sandals 4
top: Loft (similar) | dress: Old Navy  (exactnon-maternity option)  |  cardigan: (similar)  |  sandals: Old Navy (exact)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelet: Baublebar (similar)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)

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Monday, July 17, 2017

summer 10x10 remix: look 6

black and white stripe pencil skirt, blush tee, tan cardigan and blush strappy sandals 3

One week left of the #Summer10x10 remix! This look is pretty reminiscent of look 1, since I'm re-wearing my striped midi pencil skirt and long tan cardigan, but switched to a blush top and flat sandals. But still, basically the same look.

I decided not to do the challenge over the weekend since most of the time I'm rocking leggings and an oversized tee, but I had family come over Saturday so I decided to wear real clothes. :) And though I could have worn anything I wanted, I ended up defaulting to a version of look 3 - blush tee, strappy sandals and cream cardigan, but substituted the black pants for a pair of maternity shorts. A better blogger would have taken a picture, but I didn't even think about it. Opps.

black and white stripe pencil skirt, blush tee, tan cardigan and blush strappy sandals 4
top: GAP maternity (exact, non-maternity option)  |  skirt: Old Navy (exact)  |  cardigan: J. Crew (similar)  |  sandals: Old Navy (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  necklaces: Kendra Scott (exact long)  Baublebar (similar curved bar)  |  bracelet: Baublebar (similar)  |  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)

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monday musings: week 28

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Welcome to Monday Musings! Each Monday I share a different "get to know you" style Q&A. I invite you to join in the comments below so I can get to know you as well.

Q: Are you usually early, on-time or late?

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all the watches can't keep me on time: one  |  two  |  three

A: I used to be an on-time kind of gal - never early, but detested being late - but since becoming a momma, I'm always a good 10-15 minutes to everything. Thank goodness I have an understanding boss! Work starts at 8 a.m., but I usually don't make it in until 8:10, but I almost always still beat my boss to work who comes in around 8:30/9 a.m. It doesn't seem to matter what time we get up and going - I can get up 20 minutes early to try to get everyone out the door on time - we're still late. I'm sure I'm not the only one. :) Any advice on how to be more timely? Or just accept the fact that sometimes being late in inevitable?

What about you? Are you usually on-time, early or late? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

thoughts and whatnots: 7.16.17

7.16.17 thoughts and whatnots
#Summer10x10 remix week 1 favorites:  one  |  two  |  three

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whatnots:
  • reading: It's been a slowing reading week so me, so I'm still working on Adriana Trigiani's "The Shoemaker's Wife."
  • watching: This week the husband and I re-watched "The Truman Show." It was filmed about 30 minutes away from where with live in Seaside, Florida, so it was fun to see all the familiar houses and buildings.  
  • looking forward to: to my prenatal checkup on Thursday. Always love hearing his heartbeat, but nervous about the gestational diabetes test.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

summer 10x10 remix: look 5

chambray top, black and white stripe tee, maternity black pencil pants 7

Since Friday's are more casual at my office, I decided to go with a relaxed, easy outfit of black pencil pants, stripes and an open chambray top for my fifth outfit for the #Summer10x10 remix. I'm exactly sure why, but I've been the most excited about wearing this outfit since planning my looks for the 10 days. Possibly because of this pin. Seriously, such a cute outfit. I don't love the execution of this outfit as much as I thought it would, maybe a darker chambray shirt would have been better? But overall, it works.

The challenge is officially halfway over, and so far I've been enjoying it - with the exception of the extra load of laundry I had to do and my poor black dress not holding up. But it has forced me to rethink about some of the items in my closet, and wear them in ways I hadn't thought of before - like knotting a polka dot tee over a dress.

chambray top, black and white stripe tee, maternity black pencil pants 5
top: Loft (exact) last worn here  |  chambray: Loft (similarlast worn here  |  pants: Loft maternity (exact, non-maternity optionlast worn here  |  sandals: Old Navy (exact)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)  |  hat: Target (similar)

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Friday, July 14, 2017

summer 10x10 remix: look 4

dot dot tee, maternity black dress, wedge sandals 7

Happy Friday friends! Here's my fourth look for the #Summer10x10 remix. Want me to let you in on a little secret? This isn't a skirt and top, but a tee knotted over a dress. I was really nervous about trying out this look (inspired by this pin) - it's kinda out of my comfort zone - but I ended up loving it! Yeah, it may have a bit of an 80s flare with the knotted top, bold dots and wavy hair, but the 80s are in, right? And for the first time of the challenge, I give you a look without a cardigan.

Just to keep things real, I did have to do laundry the night before wearing this so I could have a non-smelly dress to wear. Florida summer = sweat. I might be a bit spoiled/lazy but I typically only do laundry once a week on Sundays. It's a washing extravaganza - lights, darks, towels, the kid's clothes - so I was a little bitter when I had to do an additional load halfway though the week.

Also, I'm disappointed in the quality of this Old Navy dress. If I remember correctly, this is only the fourth time I've worn it and it's already hopelessly pilled. I'll wear it for the rest of the challenge, but will probably have to retire it afterwards. At least it was on sale, but I don't think it was too unrealistic to expect it to have lasted through my pregnancy. Has anyone else run into that with Old Navy? I feel like some of their stuff is pretty decent and others practically throwaway pieces.

dot dot tee, maternity black dress, wedge sandals 6
dress: Old Navy (exact, non-maternity option)  |  top: Forever21+ (similar) last worn here  |  sandals: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)  |  necklace: Baublebar (similar)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelet: Moorea Seal (similar)

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