Today I’m FRILLED to share a peek at Amber’s fun maternity style. You may remember her from her Frilling crochet creations. Well, now she’s sporting a cute bob and a baby bump. Amber has a classic style and always looks polished, even at 36 weeks preggo!. This is baby #3 for Amber, so she’s got some experience in the maternity wear department.
These green maternity cords are comfy and cute paired with stripes, a chartreuse cardi, and a chunky seafoam-green beaded bangle. I think that mix of greens is so unexpected and interesting; and stripes are always the right pattern. I never see a stripe I don’t like. Leopard flats add more pattern interest.
This maternity shirtdress is a hardworking piece; neutral in color, very versatile for many occasions and very multi-seasonal. She’s wearing it for winter here (even though it was like 80 degrees here when we took these photos) with black tights, boots, and a warm cardi; but it would be just as nice with gladiator sandals and loads of shimmery gold jewelry. (For spring I’d add a bright patterned cardigan to liven up the neutral olive, and exchange the sash for a fun skinny belt; but that’s just me.) In fact, this is the second pregnancy this dress has taken Amber through, so it has proved its worth.
dress: Motherhood / cardi: Gap / leggings: Ross / boots: JC Peney
For a more dressy occasion, Amber picked up this sparkly non-maternity dress at Ross. I love finding non-maternity pieces that work for maternity. The gathered v-neck will even be nursing friendly. A dress like this is a find, my friends. Until you start looking, you don’t know how hard it is to find dresses that work for nursing, much less nursing + maternity + beyond.
In her own words:
How would you describe your personal style? “Elegant and classic but fun.”
What’s your shopping M.O.? : “Price and versatility, practicality, trendiness, all have a place, but in that order. At the same time, I decided a while back that I wouldn’t buy something just because it is priced right and practical, I have to LOVE it too.”
What are your favorite accessories? “Earrings and bracelets. necklaces are too tempting for the littles to grab and…I love scarves!”
Where do you go for fashion inspiration? “I like to read blogs (like yours!) and window shop. That’s where I see what’s “in” and typically decide whether or not I like it. But I don’t consider myself uber-trendy regardless because that would be less practical. I usually stick to a few trendy pieces in the wardrobe for fun and stick with classics (or what I won’t tire of, at least) for the rest.”
Quality or Quantity? “Quality. It’s more practical. And more classy.”
Anything else you’d like to say, just for frills? “Many women in the last month of pregnancy feel like a whale, walk like a penguin, and don’t feel attractive at all, but I say we should flaunt those beautiful bellies in tasteful style!”
Amber, You FRILL us!
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We had a tea party!
To celebrate Baby T. It was really special. When Little B was born, Jordan and I had just moved to San Francisco and didn’t really know anyone; so there was no baby party or shower, which made me a little sad. But Aurelia stepped in and planned a gorgeous tea party for me and Baby T this time around, and I loved it. We promise to show you more of it, but for today, this is what I wore.
(shown here with MVP cardigan, which has since met its untimely demise due to a well-meaning husband’s laundry efforts. Want to make a very-pregnant, very emotional Mama cry? Shrink her favorite cardigan.)
These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago, at 37 weeks. Now at 39 weeks, I’m desperate to get Baby T out into the world. This will be my last maternity post. Wow, I want my body back.
More party posts to come!
Whew! 37 weeks tomorrow! Come on baby!
Frilling fashion is no easy task these days. Mostly I want to wear yoga pants. But I resist the urge unless I’m planning on staying home all day (or actually going to yoga). This is an outfit I put together last week, which Aurelia insisted we should photograph. The most frilling part is that none of the pieces are actually maternity; they’re just regular pieces that happen to work despite the fact that I am huge.
(Blue dress: from a boutique in Ruston, LA I can’t remember the name of/ tube top: same boutique / cardigan: Zara, last year / flats: Born)
Recently my friend Katie and I were having a discussion about cardigans. She was telling me that she has no cardigans, and I was telling her that I was horrified and mystified as to how one can get dressed without them. Because in my opinion, cardigans are wardrobe workhorses: the ultimate layering piece. Well, Katie, I give you the Best Cardigan Ever. MVP of cardigans, this is it. The long, neutral-colored, light-weight one that goes with everything, and in cooler months gets worn at least twice a week. This one is from Zara last year; Aurelia first had it in navy, and I liked it so much I went and got the taupey-gray-brown one.
If, like my friend Katie, you have no cardigans, I recommend starting with the Frilling Four: two long (past butt-crease length) and two short (waist length). I think that three of the four should be versatile, neutral colors, like my taupey-gray or navy blue or black or heather gray or wheat-colored; and one of the waist-length ones should be a bright color that works well with your wardrobe, maybe cobalt, red, or plum. I recommend your Frilling Four be lighter in weight, so you can get more year-round wear with them (in chilly months you can layer them with tees, blouses, and jackets). As your collection grows, you can add more brights as needed. For summer-weight cardigans, Aurelia and I are both huge fans of the Jackie cardigan from JCrew, which we generally pick up at factory outlet sales.
So, what are your thoughts on cardigans? Are you like me and can’t get dressed without them? Do you agree with my Frilling Four starter recommendation? Or do you have another MVP layering piece you rely on?
Yep, I said crop top. It is. But it isn’t.
See? I told you it was a big belly, didn’t I? I wouldn’t lie to you. But enough about that. Let’s talk about the outfit, which I LOVE. And it is hard to love any outfit when you are this pregnant. Half of my love for this outfit lies in the fact that only one piece of the whole ensemble is actually a maternity piece. Plus I got tons of compliments when I was wearing it yesterday. I might just wear it everyday for the next six weeks (Oh Jesus, please let it be 3!).
This top is my favorite. It is the perfect lightweight “sweatshirt” and it has awesome drape and great layering potential. It will also be the perfect top for nursing in – just sub out the tank with a nursing tank. I’ll show you. I’ll wear it later with leggings and killer boots and be a stylish lactation machine. But for now, it’s a drapey maternity crop-top. You didn’t know a pregnant girl could rock a crop-top, didja?
Awesome drape, interesting snaps in the back, soft cotton fabric… Add that to my trusty maxi skirt (in this case, pulled up over the belly), and a supportive stretchy tank, and you have a favorite outfit.
(top: Zara / tank: Old Navy Maternity / skirt: Madewell (last year) / shoes: old Birkenstocks / bag: gifted / necklace: Deb Brooks Jewelry)
1. Texans should never reproduce in the summertime. Tooooooooo hot.
2. I haven’t stopped perspiring since May.
3. Please oh please let Baby T come two weeks early.
4. People still say crummy things to pregnant ladies, even in Texas.
5. “Are you going to make it home before that baby?” is not an ok thing to say to a pregnant lady.
6. “Are you sure there’s only one in there?” is not an ok thing to say to a pregnant lady.
7. The other day someone was telling me that she encountered a very pregnant lady in the grocery store who was chowing down on a pint of Ben and Jerry’s with her own silver spoon, while letting her 10-ish-year-old daughter push the grocery cart around and put items into it. I cannot stop laughing about this. Mostly because I wish I could do it.
8. Don’t ask me right now if I will have any more kids after this. Ask me a year from now.
9. I am gratified to discover that I can still play my guitar around my ginormous belly. Somehow I escaped the laws of physics on this.
10. The temperature dropped below 90 the other morning, and I actually went for a walk.
11. I’m hungry for tempeh-bacon sandwiches. On Ezekiel bread. With barbecue sauce on them, and avocado slices, and baby kale leaves, and pepper jack cheese. BabyDaddy has been accommodating about this so far.
12. Poor Little B. Her mama is tired and only willing to play tea party whilst laid out on the sofa. On the upside, she gets lots more almond-butter-and-jelly sandwiches because Mama is too tired to cook much.
13. Poor BabyDaddy. That’s all. Poor BabyDaddy.
14. Happily, Little B seems to have great affection for her unborn sister. She goes around the house saying, “Baby T coming soon!” We’ll see what tune she’s singing once T arrives.
15. Tiny T’s room is going to be cuuuute. If I could ever get it finished. If I could ever get the energy to get it finished.
16. I think I’ve finally decided on these diapers. Has anyone used them?
17. Little B is made of watermelon. Tiny T is made of dried mangos. (and tempeh-bacon sandwiches.)
18. Moving residences during pregnancy is not advisable if you can help it. Trust me on this; I’ve done it twice.
19. A few days back I was talking to a friend about her experience nursing her newborn, and I realized I was jealous. I want to be nursing my newborn too. I take this as a good sign.
20. BabyDaddy and I see any new baby and get all googly-eyed. We have baby fever. Good thing we’re having a baby.
21. My Midwife adamantly wants me to gain more weight. More than the 30-plus pounds I’ve already gained? Whaa? Yes, she says, You’re gonna need it….. Watch out, Ben and Jerry.
22. Hot as it has been (although thankfully cooling off a little lately), the thought of going for a run is so delicious. Oh, to move quickly and lightly and rhythmically. As soon as I pop this baby out, it’s on.
23. My friend Brooke recently gave birth to her second child precipitously; as in, in a wheelchair in the parking garage of the hospital with a total of two pushes after less than two hours of labor. More jealousy (of the 2 pushes/<2hr labor part, not so much the wheelchair part). Statistically, just because I know her that will never happen to me.
24. The Midwives assure me labor/birth-giving will most likely be shorter/easier this time, since it mostly is for second babies, so they say. Nice.
25. I still look back on my experience giving birth to B as one of the most profound, powerful, and life-affirming experiences of my life, and am grateful to be given the opportunity to do it again regardless of how hard it might be.
26. Pedicures are a pleasure of pregnancy. Someone’s gotta do it, and I can’t reach them, so …
27. It’s hard not to feel embarrassed by how enormous my belly is. I know this is my own weakness and vanity. Plus the fact that my belly is freaking enormous, and I still have weeks to go.
28. I have instructed BabyDaddy to please have a Mexican Martini ready and waiting for me as soon as I’m done giving birth. It’s a sacrifice to go through Texas summer with no margaritas.
29. I’ve been reading this fantasy novel about a dude who gets infected with a kind of magic that makes him really fat, and the fatter he gets, the more magic he has. He just keeps getting fatter and fatter no matter if he eats or not, but he’s ravenously hungry all the time, regardless. Is it sad that I can relate to this? Maybe I have a belly full of magic. (I’m pretty sure I do.)
30.Don’t judge me for my literary distractions at this point. Anything to get my mind off it, and to pass the time between 1:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. when I am typically not sleeping.
31. If you come over to my house, don’t look at the floor. Mopping is not within the Realm of Things I Do at this point.
32. Ugh, raspberry leaf tea is not yummy. Somebody make me a raspberry leaf tea margarita.
33. I love having little girls. For lots of reasons. One is that you get to put pink pom-pom trim on the bathroom window curtains.
34. Try singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (a.k.a Tinkew Tinkew Widda Tar) with a 30-lb toddler
sitting on curled around your belly and an unborn child snuggling her rump into your diaphragm and you will have one sweet, albeit breathless, experience.
It’s been crazy around here! We’ve been in our new house a week now, and are unpacked and settling in and dealing with all the issues that arise when you (well, we, at least) buy a house. Aurelia and I got a chance today to snap some outfit photos for a long overdue maternity fashion post. I have a hate-hate relationship with maternity jeans because I can never find a pair that doesn’t fall down and sag in the but, and was in need of some kind of comfortable, versatile summer pant. Aurelia talked me into checking out these non-maternity wide-leg linen pants she had seen. I don’t usually go for wide-leg pants, but these have been very handy, cool, and comfy to have around this summer and I have been wearing the heck out of them, just as she predicted. (Word to the wise: if Aurelia gives you fashion advice you should most likely take it.)
I’ve been pairing them with everything from tshirts, to drapey dolman-sleeve tops, to this maternity tunic from Asos which I’m in love with; but today I kept it simple with a black tank, drapey vest, and flat thong sandals, plus lots of chunky jewelry. At 7 months pregnant (and feeling huge) in 100+ degree heat, comfort is my main goal in fashion; everything else is details.
(pants: Banana Republic outlet / tank: Old Navy Maternity / vest: Old Navy from a few seasons ago / faux leather thong sandals: had em for a million years / wood bracelets & bead necklace: Beehive Outlet / ring: won in a giveaway / gold mother necklace / sunnies: Ray Ban / watch: my trusty Swiss Army )
Remember our Frilling Fashionista Beth? She popped by for a visit the other day and let me photograph her FRILLING maternity outfit. Like me, she’s expecting her second baby this autumn. The outfit is simple: a drapey cotton tunic and leggings; but it shows just how well a simple, comfortable outfit with clean lines, a flattering cut, and a saturated color can work, especially for expectant Mamas.
Beth also frills the simple outfit up with awesome accessories, like her chunky ring and long beaded necklace.
And, she’s sporting our favorite spring/summer shoe: the nude-neutral wedge sandal. Beth scored hers at TJ Maxx. Have Aurelia and I convinced you about these yet? They truly go with everything, and if they aren’t too high they can be comfy enough for mommy-ing around.
Beth, you FRILL us!
Dressing an early pregnancy (1st to early 2nd trimesters) is tricky and challenging. So when I find a few pieces that work, I wear the heck out of them. Here’s a much-loved printed short-sleeve shift dress I’ve had for several seasons (four actually), which is serendipitously perfect for early pregnancy.
It’s not a maternity dress, and I had it long before babies were on my radar. I wore it when I was preggo with B, and still consider it one of my favorite dresses; so, the printed shift dress is a winner. A shift is a very forgiving shape, although you have to be careful of your color/pattern choice so as to avoid looking like you’re wearing a nightgown (a danger of many maternity dresses I see). I typically don’t belt it, but today I decided to add the red belt above the pooch, just for FRILLs.
And now, I’d like to take a moment to extol to you the virtues of the nude shoe. Exhibit A:
The nude shoe is the workhorse Mother of all neutral shoes. If you can have one and only one spring shoe, choose nude-ish neutral (aka “flesh-tone”, depending on the fairness or richness of your complexion). Nude-neutral comes in a range of shades, from the lighter beige I have on here, to a richer caramel as seen on Aurelia here. They all count, and they all go with everything. You cannot go wrong with the nude-neutral shoe.
Note: Nude-neutral also takes the place of a white sandal. Friends, I hate to be a hater, but I HATE white sandals. My strongly-held opinion is that white sandals are for little girls (case in point). If your instinct is to wear a white sandal in any outfit circumstance, don’t do it. Wear nude-neutral instead. Nude is perenially chic.
Have I offended you? Do you have a long-standing love of white sandals? (You’re wrong, I tell you! wrong! What are you, stuck in 1997?) (just kidding, sortof) …
So, yeah, I’m working on a lil bit of a belly, even as early as 16 weeks. It’s amazing how much faster the belly appears the second time around. I snagged this (non-maternity) drapey dress at Zara a few weeks back, thinking it would accommodate all the changes that will be happening through the summer, and be cool and stylish as well. It’s soft and comfortable, and I’m looking forward to wearing it all sorts of ways this summer, dressed up and down. Today I paired it with bright accessories, but I’m thinking some neutrals would be nice too.
If I could just say a word about these Dansko’s: the gals over at ANMJ convinced me to give them a try, so my mom gave me a pair for my birthday. I couldn’t be happier with them. The color goes with practically everything, they are amazingly comfortable, and I adore the vintage vibe of the styling. I used to be a Dansko hater, but I’m sold now.
Add a bright cardi for chilly air-conditioned spaces, and you’re done.
(Dress: Zara / Shoes: Dansko / Cardigan: JCrew Outlet / turquoise bracelets: vintage / red striped beads: vintage / Sunnies: Ray Ban / Earrings: gifted / Lipstick: BareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in Ambition (my fave hot pink))