Everyone has that one pair of jeans that are their favorite. They fit you perfectly and flatter all aspects of your figure. During my pregnancy I had quickly outgrown my perfect pair of jeans. I then started to wear some of the others in my closet and used elastic belly bands to help hold them up. This worked well early in my pregnancy but it quickly started becoming uncomfortable. I know many expectant mothers wear their regular jeans for as long as possible, but this was not the case for me. Possibly because I was gaining more weight than the average, or my belly was lower than others… but I rushed to purchase maternity jeans as soon as I hit my second trimester. I am so thankful I did because I was able to wear comfortable stylish pants all throughout my pregnancy.
When I found these Seraphine maternity grey jeans I was thrilled. There is something about grey jeans that I love so much. They are different than the usual blue and black, and go with everything. I had tried on other brands of grey jeans and was disappointed because they didn’t make me feel confident wearing them. When I tried on these, I knew they were going to be my “perfect pair” maternity jeans!!
You wouldn’t think I was a California girl with all the black I wear. I can’t get enough of a sleek all black look. To add a little glam, I paired my outfit with bright red lips and intricate accessories.
I will gladly invest in classic items, but have a hard time spending a lot money on trendy or statement pieces. This is why when I found both my Bauble Bar earrings and Zara clutch I knew they were must haves. Both are very affordable but look pretty pricey. (At least I like to think so!!)
I love all the bead work on this clutch. It gives me an Alexander McQueen, or Judith Leiber vibe without the price tag that accompanies their purses.
I can’t get enough of the sweater dress!! Pregnant or not, a sweater dress is so simple yet super chic. While I’m outgrowing the majority of my clothes, I turn to pieces such as this one. Knitwear stretches perfectly to fit over my changing figure. This dress can be worn all throughout my pregnancy and once I go back to my pre-pregnancy shape. I have been trying to purchase items that I will be able to use post-pregnancy as well.
I haven’t really written a blog post about my pregnancy, other than my fashion choices. I constantly look to other pregnant bloggers to see weekly updates of how they are feeling and what changes they are going through. I decided it was time to share with you all my journey thus far!!
I am pretty thankful as I have had a fairly easy pregnancy. During the first trimester I felt nauseous a handful of times but nothing that made me run to the washroom. I was constantly tired, but was still functioning at work without a hitch. The funniest part of my first trimester was that I developed an aversion to coffee. The thought and smell of it made me sick. This was actually perfect because it kicked my morning coffee habit in the butt.
Throughout the entire pregnancy I have been able to continue with crossfit. My husband and I have been going to SpeedX for about 2 years now and I was determined to keep up with my fitness. As the pregnancy progresses, I am modifying the workouts to suit my comfort level and growing bump. I am also trying to take walks with my little pup as much as I can.
As I entered in my second trimester I was so excited. This was the point where I could share the news with all my friends and family and was when the pregnancy felt more “real”. I started to develop my little bump. It was so exciting to finally start seeing and feeling the little being that was growing inside me. They say the second trimester is the best out of them all….I would agree only slightly. Around week 15 I started breaking out. Having suffered from Acne previously and finally getting things under control this was hard for me to endure knowing there was really nothing I could do or use to make it better. Thankfully as the weeks progressed and my hormones regulated I have noticed a significant improvement. I began going for facials regularly, and I believe this played a large factor in the improvement.
During these months I have also started to gain a significant amount of weight. I guess I had always envisoned myself as one of those pregnant ladies that is all bump….thats not happening. I have already gained 30 lbs at 30 weeks. This is the recommended weight gain for the entire pregnancy and I still have 10 weeks to go. As long as I’m providing a good, healthy nurturing home for baby girl I have to stop being selfish and get over it.
I cant believe I’m in the final lap of pregnancy. These past couple of weekends have been all about getting all the necessities for baby girls arrival. So much to do and only a few more weeks left. We finally decided on pieces for the nursery. I can’t wait to start putting it all together!! I know we are kind of late….but I guess the third trimester just kind of snuck up on us. I am counting down the weeks until I get to meet her, but am also trying to enjoy the last few weeks of quality alone time with my husband.
I am now officially in the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy. Where has the time gone? Only 10 weeks left and so much to do!! I will write all about how pregnancy has been for me so far in an upcoming blog post. Today is all about Seraphine Maternity. Now that my belly is growing by the second, even my oversized shirts are starting to be fitted or even too small. Maternity clothing is becoming more of a necessity as the days pass.
I had recently come across Seraphine Maternity online and was so excited. To all the moms or pregnant readers, you know that finding good maternity clothing is not that easy. Prior to my pregnancy I could walk into a store and always find something I love….not a talent my husband appreciates. When it comes to dressing my bump it has definitely been more of a challenge. I think I try on 10 outfits a day before I find a look that makes me feel confident. Finding those staple maternity pieces have been my lifesaver. Some of the most fashionable celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani and Kate Middleton have been seen wearing Seraphine Maternity.
This season I have been all about the poncho or cape…so I couldn’t help but gravitate towards this beauty. I love the cut and grey trim detail. The front zipper and buckle make it versatile. Its that perfect piece to throw over any outfit, or wear it as the main attraction as I did here.
I paired the poncho with dainty jewelry, distressed denim and Valentino rockstuds. I’m always a firm believer that less is more.
After spending just a few days in Barcelona my husband and I went home to Toronto to celebrate the holidays. We were looking forward to a winter wonderland and to our surprise the weather was quite mild and no snow. Living in sunny LA this was kind of disappointing. We made the best of it and took a road trip to Niagara Falls. It had been years since I visited the falls and I forgot how breathtaking they really are. My photos don’t do them justice.
Located on the Niagara River and draining Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet. One of the 3 falls (Horseshoe falls) is the most powerful waterfall in North America. It’s such a beautiful sight.
After visiting the falls we went straight to Niagara on the Lake for lunch. Such a beautiful little town with great boutiques. It’s definitely a must visit if you are there.
This holiday season my husband and I decided to visit both of our families. I am quickly approaching the point where traveling is off limits so it was time to make the most of it and share our pregnancy with our loved ones. Family is so important and it really meant the world to us being able have them witness this little miracle growing inside. Our first stop was Barcelona. I love this city. The food, atmosphere, architecture and shopping are always on point. I may be slightly biased though since this magical city is where my husband and I got married over 2 years ago.
We only had 4 days and it was jam packed with family lunches and dinners. I wish we had more time, but I know we will be back soon enough.
I kept my look comfortable for our hectic day running around the city. As mentioned in a previous post…I am such a fan of the poncho. It’s an ideal layering piece and works perfectly during pregnancy. I love mixing maternity and non-maternity items.
I have noticed that when I go shopping I’m automatically drawn to items that are pregnancy friendly. I no longer stop to admire crop tops, skirts, jumpsuits etc… I tend to veer towards the flowing dress or oversized sweater. I guess I’m figuring out how to dress for my changing figure even on a subconscious level.
Don’t get me wrong….I can’t wait for the days when I can go back to endless fashion possibilities!! In the meantime, I’m exploring different ways to wear similar items while keeping my daily looks exciting!!