Aritzia

Working with what you already have!!

How many times have you walked into your closet in the morning trying to decide what your outfit of the day will be and think “I have nothing to wear!!”  I feel like this is the story of my life.  I am constantly aimlessly staring at my hanging clothes thinking I need a new wardrobe because nothing is right and there is nothing for me to wear.

This is becoming worse now that majority of my clothes are either too tight or too short to cover the belly.  I have a limited amount to work with, and it has forced me to get creative and think outside my comfort zone.  It has also pushed me to look deeper in my closet and pull out those items that have been there for years and I have forgotten about.  I have obviously bought maternity clothing….I think there are multiple items that are essential, especially jeans (as stated in my previous post).  I also don’t want to splurge too much on an abundance of maternity items since I will hopefully get back to my pre-pregnancy shape in a few months.  (This is my goal….lets see how that works!)

All items in this post are at least 2-4 years old, other than my sunglasses!!   I tend to lean towards classic pieces rather than trendy ones.  This works to my advantage because I can still wear them years later.

Take a peek into your closet and pull out a piece you haven’t worn in a few years.  You may be surprised and a whole new look may come out of it without breaking your bank account.



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Cardigan:  Aritzia old (Similar herehere and here) //

Dress:  Twin Set Simona Barbieri old (Similar here, herehere and here) //

Boots:  Sergio Rossi old (Similar here and here) //

Clutch:  L.A.M.B old (Similar here and here) //

Sunglasses:  Karen Walker //

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California Casual

I am officially half way through my pregnancy…. 20 weeks!!  I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown.  Thankfully I have been blessed with an easy pregnancy.  I have noticed that as the weeks go by and the larger my belly gets, the more I lean towards outfits that are comfortable.  I think you can still be chic while dressing for comfort.


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Leggings and an oversized shirt are the perfect pregnancy staple.  I love this shirt because of the window pane pattern.  Black and white are always my go to colors and you will see them a lot in my looks.

Adding the army green jacket gives my look a little life and color.  I love the pocket and waist details of this coat.  I think the cinched waist gives you some curves and helps to flatter the female figure.

I kept my jewelry minimal to compliment the casual look.

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Jacket: Theory old (Similar herehere and here) // Shirt:  Aritzia old (Similar here and here and here) // Leggings: A pea in the Pod Maternity // Espadrilles: The espadrille store in Spain // Necklace:  Tiffany & Co

With Love….

Andrea

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

Still Summer in Los Angeles

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 Shirt: Aritzia       Pants: Zara     Flats: Jimmy Choo     Necklace: Emerald Bling     Purse: Target

It’s the middle of September and it feels like we are in full blown summer here in LA.  I am such a fan of fall fashion and am so excited to start wearing my layers.  Unfortunately this heat wave is just not conducive to that.  I decided to dress for the weather and stuck with summer bright colors for todays post.

I think its important to wear colors that match your skin tone and your comfort level.  As you will soon see I seem to wear a lot of neutral colors: black, white and grays are my top 3.  I have stepped out of my comfort zone today for my colorful color blocking ensemble.  I’m so pale and have blue/green eyes so I feel that blue hues and pink/red hues match my complexion best.  Today I am wearing cobalt blue and light pink, I think the blue adds such a pop while the pink has a more subtle roll.

With Love…..

ANDREA