Fashion Friday & Turning Leaves

We went from summery temperatures to full-on, grab a coat, blustery fall… seemingly overnight. The glorious leaf-changing that usually happens this time of year has pretty much passed us by and many trees are already bare. Wild! Joshy and I are cuddling up and enjoying our last few weeks of being just a couple. On deck this weekend: a gentle flow with meditation class for me tonight followed by dinner with a girlfriend.

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This guy is so exhausted from all the moving, he lies in protest on our packing paper.

Tomorrow commences the completion of our VA —> MD move, followed by an Oktoberfest celebration with new friends, and plenty of binge-watching on our brand-new leathah couch Sunday night. It’s wild to think that in a few short weeks, our peanut will be hanging out with us — I’m equal parts anxious to have her hurry up and arrive already, and trying to savor the current quiet of being a family of just two.

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This white-to-mint ombre sweatshirt with metal-spiked shoulders is a current favorite. It’s non-maternity, but stretchy enough to fit and flatter the bump. Paired with my fave leggings, it’s a go-to.

Much of the 48 hours will be spent in my soft, fleece-lined leggings from PinkBlush Maternity that I just can’t stop wearing. For those of you not pregnant, this is great weather for cords and sweaters, boyfriend jeans and slouchy tops, and breaking out those new moto boots. Wherever you’re at in your wedding planning, might I suggest pressing “pause” this weekend to focus on just being a couple, in love?

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This is a PERFECT outfit for frolicking about with your sweetie. Just add charcoal, white, or black tights if it’s chilly in your neck of the woods. Joshy loves a slouchy sweater paired with a tiny skirt. I can’t wait to get back into this type of ensemble once I’ve shed my preggo poundage.

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Granny cardigans are a seasonal must. Love how she’s paired hers with a simple v-neck tee and black pants. Top things off with a beanie and cuddle up next your man.

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My first post-preggo purchase is definitely going to be a pair of perfect boyfriend jeans. Relaxed and comfortable but the epitome of cool, these can easily dress up or down. Scope H&M and Gap for super-affordable options or luxe-out at Saks with an array of premium options. Hers look adorable with her Pepto-pink Marc by Marc mouse flats and girly bracelets. Add a black leather bomber and you’re in business.

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34 Weeks // What I Wore with Pink Blush Maternity

I’ve gushed before about my love of Pink Blush Maternity, and as we move steadily toward the end of this pregnancy and Mama is feeling more and more tired and large, the importance of cute clothes has only grown. Even though my bump didn’t solidly appear on the scene till six months in, I had a ton of summery stuff at the ready. It didn’t really process that the time I’d most need maternity duds for would be when cooler temps started to hit. So, I recently stocked up on some favorite fall finds from Pink Blush and I couldn’t be happier with my choices.

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A lot of the jeans I’ve tried worked really well in the earlier phases of pregnancy when I was just a bit thicker in the middle. But now that I have a full-on bump, I feel much more comfortable in a full-panel style. This dark washed pair was a big hit with Josh, who thought they were my trusty Levi’s I was wearing at least twice a week pre-preggo. “How are you wearing those?” he exclaimed, clearly missing his old faves. I’m thrilled that I’ll have these to carry me through the rest of my pregnancy in comfort and style, and I’ll probably be wearing them afterward for at least a few weeks as I wait for the bump to deflate.

Here, I paired the Dark Wash maternity skinny jeans ($44) with a colorblock sweater — more styles available here. Try a look like this with your favorite flats or dress it up slightly as I did with Tory Burch wedges and my LV Speedy. And yes, poor Harry has been gifted a new leash since that photo was taken. It took seeing it next to my chic outfit, in print, to realize how shabby his only accessory had gotten.

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The fleece-lined leggings are a miracle product, and I’d have bought these even if I wasn’t pregnant. Soft and cozy throughout, with an inside that feels like sweatpants but no bulking from the outside, these are sure to become a cold-weather favorite. The waistband sits comfortably with no pinching for a fit that works now and will hold up post-baby too. I suggest investing in at least two pairs. $23 each, purchase here.

Bag: Pierre Hardy. Shoes: Tory Burch.

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For another take on the black-on-black angle, try these basic pants from PBM. They’re so stretchy and comfortable, you’ll swear you’re wearing leggings, but with back pockets and side seams, they’re decidedly work-and-play appropriate. Here I’ve paired the same nursing top (plus bra!) with the Black Maternity Pants ($36) and a pair of Missoni flats. Lusting after the necklace? That’s Pink Blush, too, and I also got the matching earrings. Sorry, Josh!

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I find that adding punchy accessories can make you feel a lot better about the beach ball you’re carrying under your top. I typically tend to wear very small and minimalistic jewelry, but a chunky necklace like this one can balance things out, and I’m absolutely loving it with the bump. Check out more ridiculously cute (and affordable!) Pink Blush jewelry options here. Happy shopping, pretty girls!

On Turning Thirty

I actually didn’t believe the time would ever come that I’d write that number and mean it, having anything to do with me. Despite the fact that I am happily married, we own two homes and rent a third, there’s a baby on the way, and medical bills mounting … in my mind I am nineteen years old forever. Young, free, with absurdly sculpted thighs, bleached-out hair (okay, that wasn’t a great idea), and a propensity toward misbehaving just a tiny bit. My twenties seem to have gone by in both a flash and an eternity at once.

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Birthday dinner with my wonderful brothers. September 2007.

I remember my 20th birthday vividly (brown Lily Pulitzer polo shirt, green faux pearl necklace tied with a pink ribbon, very clear skin, gifted a Chanel bangle from Mom and a serious amount of alcohol from brother Jacob). The 21st brought with it some disappointment. I finally had friends at Middlebury and felt loved there. I was so excited to go to a bar with my real ID and get in. The bartender at the only spot in town wouldn’t let me through the doors because my license had technically expired that day. Come on.

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September 11, 2009.

22, Pookie had to bring coffee to my dorm room and drag me downstairs to class because I was so sad about inching closer to thirty! At 23, I was living in a beautiful apartment in Rosyln, interning at ELLE and babysitting in the mornings to make rent. My most vivid memory from that day is sitting in my navy Volkswagen Beetle convertible listening to an old voicemail of my deceased grandparents singing “Happy Birthday” to me, and crying. Today, I would give anything to still have that voicemail, that got deleted a year later by mistake. 24 was gluten-free pasta on the Upper East Side with a friend and a boyfriend who have since been cut out of my life. 25 was revelry in Brooklyn with family coming to visit. What a great party!

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Lunch with Mom on #26, 2010.

26, a rooftop soiree I threw myself. I wore a navy Elie Tahari jumpsuit and chic platforms and I have to say, I looked adorable. I would be laid off from my job at the Journal just two days later. 27 fell in the middle of Fashion Week, as this date often does. I covered backstage makeup at some shows and got a comped pedicure and facial before dining al fresco with friends and my Joshy in DUMBO. What a great day — and an amazing year to follow. For 28 we were in Dallas, I was isolated and a bit sad, but Josh took me to Nobu and I was newly engaged and it turned into a beautiful chapter.

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Another snap of #26.

And then last year — number 29. I really did my 20’s proud with that one. We were in Italy. Josh chartered a boat to take us around Lake Como and drop us in Bellagio for an afternoon of shopping and eats. That evening, we changed into our birthday splendour and had an elegant dinner at the fancy restaurant inside of our hotel, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. We shared a cigarette (rebels!) in the back gardens and then retired to our room to drink prosecco in bed. I was a newlywed with an incredible tapestry of experiences behind me, and a life of promise ahead.

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28 in Texas.

So, what of thirty? There are goals I’d set for myself along the way that I haven’t reached yet, like publishing my first book. But on the other hand, I am married to the man of my dreams and 7 1/2 months pregnant with our daughter, so I have plenty to be proud of. Is it the impending wrinkles that freak me out? Not really, I suppose, because I take care of my skin and I have a few anyway, which haven’t stopped me from living. Is it the general idea of aging, and the fact that reaching a new decade is in itself a grand old reminder that I’m going to die eventually?

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29 in the dress I dream about and can’t wait to whittle my waist back into — Lago di Como, Italia. September 11, 2013.

I haven’t quite figured out my aversion to thirty yet. And I’m sure in ten years I’ll read this and want to bonk myself in the nose for even whining when I’m about to approach 40! But I guess for me, just like I’ve always felt I was born for summer and the color pink, an age that starts in twenty- just feels most comfortable. What needs to happen next, I believe, is that I keep my spirit intact. That I sing aloud in front of my little girl, that I let loose and have the second glass of wine when I want it. That I remain spontaneous, planning surprises for the ones that I love. That I continue to push my own boundaries and step outside my comfort zone, like I did a year and a half ago when I attended my first yoga class, terrified and filled with self doubt. In the next decade, I want to learn to play guitar despite my family’s incessant teasing that I have no musical skills. I want to travel to Asia, and of course, to finally publish that first book. I am okay turning thirty with my man by my side and a baby girl on the way. I have a lot to teach her, and I wouldn’t know any of it if the last thirty years hadn’t played out the way they have.

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Pregnant is the new black… sliding into 30 with a gluten-free bun in the oven. Dress courtesy of Pink Blush Maternity.

So, this morning I’ll head to my Thursday yoga class and meditate on all of the blessings in my life. I’ll then get my nails done, succumbing to fall colors. And tonight I’ll get dressed up in the red maternity dress I bought on Gilt about 90 seconds after finding out I was pregnant, and I’ll pair it with my favorite towering platforms, because that’s how you have to go out — with a bang. We’ll head over to our new town and sign the lease on yet one more new apartment, the first home our daughter will know. And then I’ll have a quiet dinner with my husband, who reminds me every day that I’m not only beautiful, but forever young.

Thirty isn’t looking so bad, after all.

What I Wore: 30-Week Style File

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of nesting, couple time, and fun. We went to see Miranda Lambert live (one of the best nights of the summer, hands-down). We’ve kept up our date nights, and I’ve done a lot of running around town on baby errands. It’s hard to believe there are only ten weeks left until Baby Girl arrives. Here are some of my favorite outfits featuring the 7-month bump:

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If you know where to look, and what for, you can find great options that are not maternity. I am in love with this ruched Theory tank that flatters the bump and is super-comfortable. Here, I have it paired with a black foldover maxi skirt I found at Marshall’s for 20 bucks! This outfit was a clear winner — we went to Buy Buy Baby this day on a carseat mission and one of the sales associates pulled me aside to tell me she hopes she can be as put-together and cute as I am when she’s pregnant. I retorted that she’s crazy and behind every cute outfit are about 20 minutes of tears and at least three discarded options, but I’m glad this outfit had the desired effect! Oh, and if not stated otherwise, I am wearing my trusty Jack Rogers flip flops with ALL of these outfits! #swollenfeet

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I nabbed this Hey Girl t-shirt from ASOS at the suggestion of a fellow style blogger, Ella at StartCloseIn. I couldn’t love it more! It’s super-comfy and large enough that even when I am nine months and barely mobile, it’ll still cover and flatter the bump. Here, I’m wearing it with my favorite ASOS maternity skinnies in a dark wash (similar styles here). We were just headed to Bloomingdales and on some other typical Gerson errands this day. Josh thought this shirt was adorable — and yes, mamas of boys-to-be, they make a “Boy Oh Boy” version, too! $26.66, Asos.com.

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The Miranda concert was so much fun. I had been looking forward to this all summer long, and it was a completely surreal experience. Before she took the stage, Justin Moore absolutely killed it. Sure, the night would have been marginally improved if I could have had a hard cider to celebrate all the country-ness, but I was too moved by the music to care about my hugely pregnant status. Josh and I wore our cowboy boots from Dallas, and I threw on a Nasty Gal little black dress in a stretchy cotton (non-maternity) with chiffon ruffle inserts at the hem and black tights. I also wore a vintage belt of my mother-in-law’s from the 70s, fastened above the bump. I got so many compliments at the concert. This was a fun outfit!

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For our monthly bump pictures, I like to do skin-tight clothes so you can properly see the progression of Baby G. Here I am at 28 weeks (which I didn’t know was actually 29 — woo!) in an American Apparel unisex tank — $17 each, available in nine million colors here … and Walmart (!) maternity leggings. These are only $10. The good news is, they offer excellent coverage and full-panel belly support. The bad news is, I ordered two pairs and had to return one because it had a hole in the crotch right out of the package. Don’t expect these to last long enough to gift to a preggo friend once you’re done with them, but they’re a solid, cheap option for day-to-day. Purchase here.

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Another weekend errand run, and back to Bloomingdales of course. I camped out on a chair with my iced decaf while Josh poked around for fall clothes for himself. Then we headed to our new apartment building to do some laps around the neighborhood. I’m pretty darn obsessed with this blue print tunic from H&M, also not maternity. I bought it two sizes up from my usual and it was great for concealing my growing middle for the first several months. Now, it softly falls right over the bump for a smooth look. Here, I’ve paired it with acid wash ASOS maternity skinny jeans and a black tank. I recommend digging in the racks at your local H&M for finds like this — I believe the tunic cost me less than $10 and I’ve worn it multiple times since getting pregnant. Bonus: it will help cover my squishy, post-baby middle, too.

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Our first wedding anniversary was so romantic and special. We started off the morning with coffee (Josh woke me up with Starbucks and a card) and then exchanged beautiful, meaningful paper gifts according to tradition (I’ll talk more about this in another post). I wanted to wear my wedding shoes but my feet are wayyyy too swollen, so I opted for the headpiece instead. I paired a white lace minidress (non-maternity) that I believe I purchased two years ago at the Bloomingdales outlet — it’s an off-brand — with my J. Crew pastel flats I’ve written up before. The headpiece, you might remember, is from Pronovias. I wanted to go for a bridal look without being too cheesy — I think this worked!

… And then for lounging around, I’ve come to love my go-to Old Navy Maternity or American Eagle maxi dresses, any leggings I can get my hands on, and the H&M denim maternity shorts below. I also rocked this Pink Blush frock for a Friday night dinner date with a girlfriend at 29 weeks. Forgive my goofy face and hiked-up maxi in the first photo below — Josh and I ended up on an accidental three-mile hike in the blazing heat on Labor Day, and I was so tired and grumpy by the end! But afterward, I felt great, so go figure.

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Happy shopping, preggos! The next edition will be all about fall, and I can’t wait to show y’all my key maternity investments for the cooler temps.

 

Pink Blush Maternity: New Looks & A Giveaway!!!

If you’ve been following my blog and/or Instagram this summer, you know I’ve got maternity fashion on the brain. I was thrilled to discover Pink Blush, a chic new brand of beyond-basics that will keep you looking and feeling stylish throughout your pregnancy. With an emphasis on flattering fits and pretty fabrics, these duds are designed for the mama-to-be who wants to celebrate this special time and not feel frumpy.

They have a regular collection, too, so save a little dough to stock up on post-baby finds for next season, too. In my frenzy to select a couple of standout pieces for fall, I decided my two speeds will be classic chic and hippie-girly. Today I’m reviewing my favorites from Pink Blush’s new line — find it all on their beautiful site. And, make sure to enter below for a chance to win a $25 gift card to jumpstart your maternity shopping spree!

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I had so much fun wearing this dress — it’s effortlessly sexy without being over-the-top. When I went downstairs to meet Josh for a dinner date in this, he was floored. The fully lined top means no embarrassing bra bump and the deep scoop neck shows off your collarbone — one area that still has definition! And, while the skirt allows plenty of room to accommodate a growing bump, it falls close to the body to emphasize your shape at every stage. The breathable cotton has a high-quality feel, and is easy to care for. I have a feeling this will be a coveted favorite that friends will be grabbing from my closet the minute they get pregnant. Here, I have it paired with some chunky brown Frye platforms, but it’ll look perfect with boots in the fall, too. Love!

Black Long-Sleeve Maternity Maxi Dress, $38 from an original $59, Buy here.

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For the sweet and girly side, I felt a Tiffany blue chiffon sheath with purple bow print was just the thing. I was surprised at how vibrant and lovely the print was in person — sometimes these items come out of the box looking different than expected. I love that the white woven belt doesn’t have set holes but instead is easy to hook wherever you like for a perfect fit every time, no matter what your belly does in the next nine months. This is a great dress for a baby shower, with comfy heels, platforms, or ballet flats. But it would also be super-cute for a day of shopping with girlfriends or a date with your baby-daddy. I love how flowy and light this feels to the skin, and while it’s beautiful for summer, I know I’ll be getting plenty of mileage out of it in the months before Baby G arrives. (And you know we never miss an opportunity to take a selfie. Sorry).

Floral Printed 3/4 Sleeve Belted Maternity Dress, $38 from an original $59, Buy here.

Now for the best part. Pink Blush is offering a fab giveaway for my readers — a $25 gift card you can use for anything on the site! Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter @PinkBlushMat and find them on Insta @PinkBlushMaternity. Then email me or comment below and let me know what your chic mama-to-be style is. The contest is open for one week starting now — we’ll pick a winner next Friday. Ready, set, go!

(Make sure to Tweet them or leave a FB comment telling the team that Jensy at Born to be a Bride sent you) Xx