Anine Bing

Coachella Style

Coachella this year was amazing .  I haven’t had many nights out since Carlota was born.  Having 3 nights of drinks and adult time felt like a blast from the past.  It was great having 3 date nights in a row with the hubby and friends.  I did miss the babe but we had our own #BABYCHELLA daily at home before we went to the festival.  This year Carlota was all about denim and I was all about the romper.  I’ll post her looks soon.

In festivals my number one priority is comfort.  I always want to look cute, but I also need to make sure I’m not grumpy by the end of the night because my feet hurt or my outfit is uncomfortable.  I know that Instagram photo is important, but I also don’t want to miss out on enjoying my time because I’m not dressed appropriately.  You can still look cute while being comfortable all day.  What are your festival essentials??  Here are my looks:

My Day 1 look

Black is always one of my go to colors, and I loved the scalloped details on this romper.  Adding the bandana, belt and hat, gave this look a cowboy vibe.

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Romper:  Bloomingdales  (Similar here and love this one) //

Belt: B-low the Belt  //

Bandana: Target (Also Here ) //

Hat:  Here //

Boots:  Here (Less expensive version here) //

Day 2 look

A simple tee and shorts with added bling!  I think I will be living in these shorts this summer.  They are my new favorites.

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Shirt: Chaser (Also here and similar here) //

Shorts:  One Teaspoon //

Necklace:  Mirina Collections //  Use discount code withlove20 for 20% off

Day 3 look

This was my favorite look and I couldn’t wait to wear the white romper.

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 Romper: Spell by Gypsy (Tank version here) //

Purse:  T J Maxx (Similar here and here) //

Bandana:  Target (Also here) //

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A Spring in my step

As much as I’m missing the cooler weather, Spring is another fun season for fashion.  It’s that time of year where you can start to layer your summer clothing with your winter staples.  You get to mix and match.  Today’s post is all about that.  I’ve paired a summer silk dress with and oversized winter sweater to create a perfect spring look.

This is so simple and it’s a way to create a new dress with two pieces from your closet.  Living in LA I have a few summer dresses that are perfect for days at the beach.  Adding an oversized sweater, vest or chic jacket can transform a beach look into a stylish chic outfit.

Carlota is wearing a Rag to Raches romper.  I’m a sucker for getting Carlota clothing from small online boutiques.  This brand has the hippest rompers for your little ones.  They were recently seen on Shark Tank so I’m sure big things will be happening for this company.

I’ve been looking on Instagram and Etsy for the perfect party favors for Carlota’s first birthday.  I can’t believe she will be 1 at the end of this month.  So much to plan and not enough time.  If any of you have any recommendations please let me know.

With love,

Andrea

 

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Sweater:  COS (Similar here and here) //

Dress:  Anine Bing (Similar here, here and here) //

Purse: Henri Bendel (New Style here and here) //

Sandals: Celine (Similar herehere and here) //

On Carlota

Romper:  Rags to Raches //

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California Cool!!

Bitter sweet feelings right now posting one of my last maternity looks on the blog.  It’s so crazy for me to look at these photos with baby girl in my belly as she is currently in my arms gazing into my eyes.  It’s been 3 wonderful and crazy weeks.  I’m sorry I’ve been a little MIA on the blog as I’m trying to embrace all the time I have with my baby girl while she is still this tiny little thing.  There are moments I want to pull my hair out, and then there are others I want to bottle up and cherish forever.  Motherhood is such an amazing experience and I’m trying to soak up every second I have.  Thankfully I still had some pregnancy photos to post, since most days I’m wearing nursing tanks and leggings.  I try to get out of the house for a walk or running errands, but with Carlota feeding what seems to be every 30 minutes I need to be dressed appropriately.

I think this is one of my favorite maternity looks.  All pieces are non-maternity and were found in the back of my closet.  I wore a classic little black dress but made it daytime appropriate by adding this Zara shirt.  Accessorizing with oversized shades, a hat, and ankle boots make this look perfect for a stroll around the streets of Silverlake.

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Dress:  Alice and Olivia old (Similar here and here) //

Shirt:  Zara old  //

Hat:  Lack of Colors //

Boots: Anine Bing //

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A Touch of Lace

One of my pregnancy staples is the sweater dress.  I have always been a fan of them, especially with over the knee boots.  There is something about that look that I find so sexy.  The weather in LA has not been very conducive to wearing my OTK boots so I had to resort to my second favorite, the ankle boot.

As soon as I saw this dress I knew I had to have it.  I love the translucency of the sweater and the lace slip that peeks through from the bottom hem.  It is dainty and feminine which is in contrast to most sweater dresses.

I paired the dress with my Anine Bing ankle boots.  I think the studs give the look a more edgy vibe!
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Dress: Free People (Similar here and here) //

Glasses:  Karen Walker //

Boots:  Anine Bing (More affordable here) //

Bag:  Celine //

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Leopard and stripes & everything nice

The farther along I get in my pregnancy the harder I am finding it to dress the bump without wearing my usual leggings and baggy shirt.  I am slowly learning how to style my changing body and I know this is only the beginning since I still have 19 weeks remaining and my belly will only get larger.

Thank goodness for a Pea in the Pod.  I am so thankful I found their store in Beverly Hills.  When I initially started looking at maternity wear I felt like a lot of the items were out of date and frumpy.  Not something I would normally wear…so why would I want to invest and wear something that I wasn’t excited about?

As son as I entered A Pea in the Pod, I knew I had hit the jackpot.  They had every brand of jeans you could imagine and all with the stretchy pregnancy waistband!!  Other known brands were in the store as well, from dress pants, dresses, sweaters and more.  I was finally excited to purchase maternity clothing.

Lately, my looks have been a mix of maternity and non-maternity wear.  I am trying not to buy too many things that I will only wear for a few months.  I have also bought some non maternity clothing that is looser or larger and will fit my growing belly.  I make sure these are items I will still wear post baby.  I have gone up a size or made sure the cut would work with my growing bump.  Thankfully I love wearing oversized shirts so I can still stick with my usual style!  I also have been finding it helpful to look at other pregnant fashion bloggers and instagrammers for inspiration.

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Todays look is something I would wear prior to pregnancy.  I love leather pants and thankfully with the belly band I am still able to squeeze into these.  Something about leather that makes a woman feel super sexy.

Adding a blazer always makes a look elegant.  I think its a good addition during pregnancy as its a way to feel sexy and chic with your growing body.

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Leather Pants:  JBrand (More affordable herehere and here)  //  Boots:  Anine Bing (Similar here)

Black gray and white are my usual colors of choice.  The mix of patterns brightens up the look and gives it some depth.

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Shirt:  A Pea in the Pod (Non-maternity here)  //  Blazer:  Theory (Similar here)  //  Scarf:  Banana Republic (Currently they have 40% off with online code CHEER)

A day at the mall

In the first trimester of my pregnancy, the last thing I wanted to do was go shopping.  For me, this is as rare as snow in Los Angeles.  I could spend the entire day browsing through boutiques and seeing what the latest trends are.  Most pregnant ladies get cravings or aversions to certain foods……my aversions were to coffee and clothing!!  (My two favorite things).  Not having coffee daily was a good thing, since too much caffeine is not good during pregnancy.  My husband would also say that my aversion to shopping was also a plus…..I would disagree.  Thankfully after a few weeks this aversion disappeared and I’m back to my normal self.

Many women loose weight or gain just a couple of pounds during their first trimester.  Maternity clothing is not really needed until later in the second trimester.  For me by the time I was 7 weeks pregnant I noticed that a lot of my pants already started to not fit me.  This was difficult for me as I felt like it was too early for maternity wear and I was starting to look frumpy. (No obvious baby bump yet).  I’m assuming the raging hormone changes and the thought of clothing not fitting the way it used to was making me avoid shopping.  I’ve slowly gotten over that, but I still have a daily struggle to find what works for my changing body.

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Maternity Jeans have been my lifesaver.  I think I bought them earlier than most women do.  I was tired of trying on all my pants and getting frustrated when they weren’t buttoning up.  I was thrilled when I found these Adriano Goldshmit 5 pocket jeans.  Buying a pair of nice pregnancy jeans is a must.  I still feel like I’m wearing a pair of my old jeans but they are so much more comfortable.  They have a perfect stretch and no button so I have a lot of room to grow.  Getting dressed in the mornings is much easier once I finally took the plunge on pregnancy jeans.

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Jacket:  Aritzia  // Tank top:  Anine Bing  // Jeans:  A Pea in the Pod (AG Jeans) Non-maternity here //  Shoes:  Steve Madden //  Sunglasses: Karen Walker

All about Stripes

photoIMG_5049photo Shirt:  Banana Republic   Shorts: Piperlime (Rag & Bone)   Hat:  J Crew   Boots:  Anine Bing    Bag:  Celine   Glasses: Bloomingdales (Chanel)

I’m a firm believer and patron of the simple look.  Of course I love a good statement necklace, or extravagant pattern mixing but I must say my go-to look is always simple yet chic.  (At least I like to think so!!)  Today in LA we were back to summer weather, so I had to keep cool whilst adding some Fall accessories.  I opted for the perfect little bootie and hat to add a little autumn into my summer vibe. The ankle boot was a staple last year and will also be this year so if you don’t already own a pair I suggest you give them a try.   These Anine Bing boots have been my favorites all last season.  They are pricey but were my investment piece last season, and I’m so happy I took the plunge.  You can find many affordable ankle boots that look just as stylish as these in every price range.

Distressed denim and stripes are the perfect combo.  I feel the boyfriend jean shorts give a little edge to the look, while the stripes add some flare to a simple jersey shirt.

I just bought this Banana Republic shirt and its perfect.  Has anyone else noticed the change in Banana?  I’m so happy with the addition of Marissa Webb as Creative Director.  She has kept their sophisticated business look but has incorporated a younger  hip vibe.  My next blog post will be about the New Banana Republic so be sure to check it out.  I opted for a Large size as I wanted something loose and flowing.  The link I posted is for a similar stripped shirt as I don’t see this exact shirt online.  It most likely is still in stores as I had just purchased it this past weekend.

With Love…

ANDREA

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