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I love a good oversized sweater.  The larger the better.  If you ask me what a must have winter item is…..it’s a large cozy sweater!  It’s a perfect piece to just throw on over some skinny jeans or leggings and you look put together.  You can also layer it over a collared shirt, add a leather jacket, or wear it as a dress.  There are so many options.

Its a perfect gift for anyone on your Christmas list.  I love the checkered detail on this sweater.  The contrast of the white on black and the fuzzy texture adds just enough detail.  Because this sweater makes a statement for itself I kept the rest of the look simple with all black.

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Sweater: & other stories (I love these here,  here,  here & here) //

Jeans:  J Brand (on sale here & here similar here) //

Hat:  Lack of Color //

Sunglasses:  Oliver Peoples //

Boots:  Chloe (Similar and less expensive herehere, & here) //

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Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  This is my favorite holiday.  I love how it’s all about family, friends and good food.  Not to mention it commences the start of the Christmas season.  Something about this time of year….full of so much love.  This year is even more special since it will be Carlota’s first.  As much as she may not remember these moments, I’m keeping them all imprinted in my head and cherishing every second.

Today’s look was from our trip to NYC.  We were lucky to have perfect weather.  I kept my look simple as usual with all black but added this vest to add texture and color.  I love an army green coat or vest.  They go with everything and give a perfect pop of color.  This vest was a recent purchase from Anthropology so be sure to pop into one of their stores for their Black Friday Sales.

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Vest: Anthrhopologie (Similar and on sale here and here) //

Hat:  Lack of Colors //

Top:  Zara (Currently everything is 30% off) //

Pants:  J Brand (On Sale here and here) //

Boots:  Chloe (Similar here, here and here) //

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A New York Minute

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Tomorrow we are off to New York City!!  I love the East Coast in the Fall and NYC is one of my favorite cities to visit.  I love walking around all day taking in all the hustle and bustle.  This will be our first time flying with Carlota and I’m excited and nervous at the same time.  We’ll be traveling to Spain for the holidays so this will be good practice for that lengthy flight.  Do any of you mamas have any tips or tricks for traveling with a 7 month old?  I’m worried about how many things we will need to pack and travel with.  Days of only a carry-on are long gone.

The warmer LA weather called for white jeans and a stripped tank this past weekend.  I’m looking forward to sweater and layering weather since it’s been 80 degrees in LA these past few weeks.  I’ll finally be able to pull out some of my fall looks.

This New York trip will be very different from my previous visits there, but I’m sure it will be very special.  If you have any recommendations please share!!

 

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Tank: LF (Similar herehere and here) //

Jeans:  J Brand (Similar here and here) //

Sports Bra:  Lululemon  (Similar here)//

Sun Glasses:  Oliver Peoples //

Espadrilles:  Chanel (Similar herehere and here) //

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24 hours are just not enough

I’m starting this blog post on my sofa at 7 am, pumping and getting ready for my workday.  It seems this may be the best or only time this week to work on a post.  My days are slowly melting into weeks and before I know it, it’s a new month.  Evenings of relaxing, watching TV, and catching up on blog posts are a thing of the past.  Carlota has started a phase where all she wants is to be in mommy’s arms.  Sitting  beside me playing is not enough.  As much as I long for some more “me time” , I’m going to cherish these precious moments.  Before you know it, miss independent will want nothing to do with me and I will reminisce on these days.

This post is all about my favorite neutrals white and pink.  I can’t get enough.  With October being Breast Cancer awareness month, I can’t think of a more appropriate color.  I have an obsession with white jeans lately and these J brands are my favorite.  They are stretchy and soft and fit in all the right places.  I love the knee rips and ankle cut off.  Showing a little ankle can help add a little length to your legs.  Just add a pair of rocking heels and you are set.

These rockstuds have been all the rage on Instagram the past couple of years and don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.  With their gunmetal pyramid stud detailing they make a statement with any simple look.  For 4 1/4 inch heels, they are surprisingly comfortable.  They have quickly become my favorite heel.

Two pumping sessions later, I think I have finally finished my first blog post in October.   When did 24 hours a day become not enough?
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Jeans:  J Brand (Also here, in pink here) //

Shirt: Gap (On Sale here, here) //

Jacket:  BB Dakota (Similar here and here) //

Heels:  Valentino (More affordable option here)

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The Oversized Cardigan

I have always been a fan of the oversized cardigan and skinny jeans look.  Its a way to dress comfortably without feeling overly frumpy.  Keeping the colors dark and monotone gives an added slimming effect.

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You can see the baby bump popping out in these two photos, but once you close the cardigan you can barely tell I’m 6 months pregnant.

I love the gold detail on these smoking slippers.  I wore a gold necklace to complement the shoes and add some detail to the all black look.

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Shirt:  Equipment old (Similar here, here and here)

Cardigan:  & Other Stories

Pants:  J Brand Maternity (Non-maternity here)

Shoes:  Guiseppe Zanotti (Similar here and here)

Glasses:  Karen Walker

With Love….

Andrea

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)

Life’s a Beach

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Plaid Shirt:  Scalpers old (Similar Styles herehere and here)  

Shorts: J Brand (Similar here, here and here)  

Shoes:  Chanel Espadrilles

Glasses:  Ray Ban

We are relaxing this weekend at the Bacara Resort and Spa and can’t get enough of the beautiful scenery.  As much as I am ready for fall weather, Southern California is just not cooperating.  I was happy though that this weekend was in the 90’s since we were spending it by the pool and beach.  One last time for a tan before the colder weather comes in.

Our Boston terrier loves the beach and we were so happy to bring him along with us.  Most beaches don’t allow dogs but this one does.  We spent the morning running along the sand and playing with our little pup.  These are always very special memories for me and am so happy to spend them with my family.  We can’t wait until our little growing munchkin will be able to join us as well.

With Love….

ANDREA