Banana Republic

LA Tropical

The weather in Los Angeles has been all over the place.  Most days this fall, it has still felt like summer.  Thankfully these past few weeks we are starting to get cooler weather.  I have been waiting for the crisp weather so that I can wear my plaids and fall layers.  Unfortunately I think I will have to wait a little longer as this weeks forecast is in the mid to high 70’s ( 20’s for Celsius).  I guess I can’t complain since back home in Toronto there is already snow!!

Todays look is a mix of summer and fall.  This equipment shirt definitely has a tropical vibe.  To make my outfit more seasonal appropriate I wore dark tones and layers.

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I have had this cardigan for years.  I love when you find something in the back of your closet and it was just what you were looking for to complete the outfit.  Having classic pieces in neutral colors always come in handy.

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Shirt:  Equipment (Similar here and here)  //  Cardigan:  Banana Republic old (Similar here and here)  //  Jeans: AG Jeans Maternity (Non-maternity here and here) //  Hat:  J Crew  //  Shoes:  Repetto (Similar here)

Hope you all have a great weekend.

With Love…..

Andrea

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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  When I initially started looking at maternity wear I felt like a lot of the items were out of date and frumpy.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)

The little gray dress


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Dress:  Banana Republic (Also in Back)  Earrings:  Bauble Bar old (Similar here and here)  Heels:  Zara (also love them in black)

 I am almost 16 weeks pregnant and its starting to get harder to fit into my clothes.  I am learning to find what flatters my ever changing figure and enlarging belly.  At this stage I don’t have an obvious baby bump but my body is developing and growing.  This dress is one of the items I have recently picked up from Banana Republic.  As I had mentioned in my previous blog post…I am loving the new BR and am so excited they have updated their style.  (You can read more about it here, and see some of my favorite items).

Every girl has a little black dress in her wardrobe as a staple and it goes with everything.  If you are going out and don’t know what to wear you can always fall back on that LBD (little black dress).  On the hunt for a cute maternity friendly dress, I opted for the gray option.  With fall in the air I felt like the gray was a perfect fit.  The ruching on the dress is strategically placed to flatter every figure (even my growing bump.)  The dress is very simple and can be dressed up or down depending when you want to wear it.  During the day, just add a scarf, booties and simple accessories and you are ready to go.  For an evening out  I paired it with statement earrings and these laser cut booties for an edgier look.

As soon as I laid eyes on these heeled open toed booties I knew I had to have them.  I am such a fan of burgundy this season.  I think the color is so rich and beautiful.  I think a bold shoe can add to a simple outfit just as much as a statement piece of jewelry.  I am more of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry so I try to find other accessories to add something special to my outfits.  When I feel like I need to enhance my look, I add  a scarf, jacket or use my shoes to do the trick.

With Love….

ANDREA

Bananas for the New Banana Republic

Over the past year of Instagramming, I have observed that most of my Insta Fashionistas LOVE J Crew and Madewell but there is little love for Banana Republic.  With all the 30% and 40% off sales why isn’t it more popular?  I have always loved the classic mens V-neck sweater and have had this as a staple in my wardrobe for years. Other than that, over the past couple of years I noticed that I as well have not been shopping at Banana Republic much either.

The past few times that I have gone into the store I fell in love with multiple pieces.  I was so excited because I realized this is  #thenewBR.  I knew about the Marissa Webb takeover as creative director, and was excited to see what she was going to do.

Marissa Webb served as J Crew’s head designer for longer than a decade.  She decided to start her own line in Spring 2013 and it has been growing ever since.  She is still working on her own line and  April 28th of this year she started working hard to help transform Banana Republics image.  Its only been a few months and I can already see the change.

photo 1photo 3 Sweater:  Banana Republic    Shorts:  Piperlime (Rag & Bone)    Boots:  Anine Bing    Bag:  Celine

Note:  This sweater was purchased in store last weekend but I can’t find the link online.  It should still be at stores near you

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Shirt & Tee : Banana Republic   Jeans:  Express (no longer available)    Purse:  See by Chloe

Note:  The denim shirt and tee were purchased in store last weekend but I can’t find the link online.  It should still be at stores near you.  I don’t understand why they only put half of their merchandise online, and it seems like all my picks are only available in stores.

I know much of the fall and winter line has still to come out, but here are a few pieces that stood out to me while I was in there this past weekend.  I suggest you stop over to your nearest Banana and take a look for yourself!!

With Love….

ANDREA

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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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