maternity style

Mirror mirror on the hall

The architecture of the Walt Disney concert hall is spectacular.  Just look at these mirrored walls.  Its a blogger and photographer’s paradise.  (I think there were 5 different shoots along the building for the hour we were there).   If only LA traffic wasn’t as grid lock all the time, we would be here more often.  The less you have to drive, the better. Especially when you have a screaming baby in the back seat.  Thankfully, as Carlota has gotten older she has started to tolerate car rides……most of the time.  The problem has now become getting her fastened in her chair.  This is now a 5 minute challenge that consists of screaming, arching her back and squirming.  I’m sure you other mamas know exactly what I’m talking about.

Today’s outfit is one of my favorites.  A silk shirt, skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots; definitely one of my go-to looks.  I love the neck scarf and bow tie trend thats been getting a lot of popularity lately.  It’s a perfect accessory to transform your casual white shirt and jeans.  If you’ve been following my blog you will realize I’m all about having classic pieces in your closet that will last for years and adding “in trend” items to give a fresh outlook.  I frankly don’t have the closet space or the finances to constantly be shopping for new clothes weekly.  Instead I invest in pieces I know I will wear for years, and try to find the deals on items that I know may only last for a season.

What does your closet consist mostly of Trendy or Classic items?  Hope you had a great weekend.

With love,

Andrea

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Shirt: here (On sale here, similar here and love this) //

Bow: here (Similar here) //

Jeans: here (Similar here and here) //

Boots: here ( More affordable here) //

On Carlota

Dress: El Corte Ingles (Similar here and here) //

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A day in the canals

I adore LA for its diversity and get excited when we venture into areas we don’t frequent very often.  The Venice Canals are one of those beautiful places.  It’s such a gorgeous tranquil area nestled in the city.  A perfect spot to visit on a day with my babe.  Since Carlota has passed her 4 month leap she is a whole new baby.  She enjoys going on walks and finally is a happy girl when in her stroller.  I love exploring new neighborhoods with her, and watching as she takes in the world around her.  I can’t wait until Carlota is old enough for me to show her this blog and the journeys we have taken together.

One of my favorite summer pieces has been this floral kimono from Shop Pink Blush.  I love the soft and airy feel it gives any outfit.  I usually pair it with a simple white tee and jeans.  Adding it to my usual mom uniform makes me feel little more glamorous.  It’s such a versatile piece. I’ve used it as a beach coverup, worn it for a day in the park, a night out with the girls etc..
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Photography by:  Audra Arbas

Floral Kimono:  Shop Pink Blush //

Dress:  Top Shop (old) (Similar here and here) //

Sandals:  Rebecca Minkoff //

Clutch:  Clare Vivier

Carlota’s Outfit

Onesie:  Old Navy //

Romper:  Childhoods //

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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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Family Portrait

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Baby girl has finally graced us with her presence this Thursday March 26th at 10:48pm, weighing 7 lbs and 1 ounce and 20 1/4 inches long. Carlota Pi-Henderson.  I am so overjoyed with emotions and lack of sleep!! hehe  We have so much love for her already and she’s only 3 days old.  I can’t imagine my life without her and I’m already sad that time is going by so quickly.  I want to keep my little princess as this little tiny bundle of joy but I’m also excited to share all of her life experiences with her.  So many mixed emotions….I guess that could also be due to all the changing hormones.  I can’t wait to share photos and my birth story with you in an upcoming blog post.

Here are a few more of my maternity shoot photos from Bleudog photography.  Shawna is amazing and I’m so happy I found her to get photos of this special time.  I’m thrilled I can finally hold my baby girl, but a part of me still misses feeling her little kicks inside my belly.  I miss having her so close to me 24/7.

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Dress:  Felicity and Coco non-maternity I just went up a size //

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Love me!!

Today I am a little over 39 weeks pregnant!! WHAT?? How did the time fly so quickly? How is it that baby girl is going to be here in less than a week?  I don’t think I’ve wrapped my mind around that completely!!  She is due March 28th, but really she’ll come whenever she decides she’s ready to make her appearance into the world.

I’m starting to find that dressing is more of a challenge.  These photos were taken a couple weeks ago and I don’t think that this shirt would fit over my current bump situation.  Lately wearing a maternity t-shirt and jeans or a dress are my go-to-looks.  Note to all my pregnant readers:  Invest in maternity T-shirts from the beginning.  I bought a couple of them when I first went maternity shopping.  At that point I really didn’t need them but still wore them.  They have been my savior these past few weeks.  Many other shirts are just not long enough to cover the bump, or wearing really large loose things makes me feel huge with all the swelling and weight gain.  Its nice to have something that accentuates your curves while providing proper coverage.  I will link the ones I have at the end of my post.

Pregnant or not, boyfriend jeans are always a good idea.  So comfortable and chic.  I added a white button down shirt and sweater to dress them up a little.  Since I have stuck with simple versatile pregnancy items, I transform  my look with my accessories.  I added some cobalt blue for a pop of color.


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Shirt: Rosie pope maternity //

Cardigan: Aritzia (Similar longer version here) //

Jeans:  Motherhood Maternity //

Glasses: Ray-ban //

Necklace: Aqua Bloomingdales old (Similar here and here) //

Maternity T-Shirts:  A pea in the pod  similar here and here //

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Spring is in the air!!

I’m in my last month of pregnancy and it’s starting to really hit home that baby girl could be here any day now!! I have such mixed feelings.  I’m so excited for her arrival and to finally meet our little angel.  I’m eager to finally start getting back to my pre-pregnancy figure and wear regular clothes.  I’m thrilled that our life will be full of love and excitement, but also scared of all the changes.  A part of me will be sad to no longer have my baby bump and my little girl so close to my heart.  I am one of those people that is petrified of change!!

In less than a few short weeks it will no longer be just my husband and I.  It’s been just the two of us (and Pinxo, our Boston Terrier) for 7 years. We have our routine, and it’s about to be shaken-up.  I don’t know what to expect, but I do know it will be one of the greatest changes of my life.  I know that as soon as I hold our baby girl in my arms, all my fears will go out the window.

These photos were a part of my Maternity photo shoot.  I can’t wait to finally start sharing all those photos with you.  Throughout my pregnancy I have been such an advocate of maternity jeans as a wardrobe staple.  They are so comfortable and let you feel “normal” when all you want to wear are sweats or leggings.  This is especially true in your 3rd Trimester.  Having a pair of colored jeans, especially in the spring and summer is my favorite.  Its a great way to spruce up a look.  These mint Jeans from Motherhood Maternity have been a great piece in my maternity wardrobe.  I love the color, fit and not to mention they are super comfortable!

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Shirt: Wendy Bellissimo (Non-maternity here and here) //

Denim:  Motherhood Maternity (Non-maternity here and here) //

Espadrilles: Chanel (Similar here and here ) //

Bag: Celine //

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Isabella Oliver Maternity

My bump style has evolved over the past nine months of pregnancy.  Starting out as a jeans and button down kinda girl, I’m moving towards favoring dresses especially now that I’m approaching the end of my third trimester.  There is nothing like a figure hugging dress while pregnant.  I must say that I feel my sexiest when I’m wearing one.

In the past, when I was having a “fat” day I would avoid horizontal stripes and tight clothing like the plague.  It almost seems like a contradiction…wearing a tight dress when you’re at your largest.  When you’re pregnant all those rules go out the window.  This is a time when a woman should embrace her curves because its such a beautiful time in her life.

This Isabella Oliver dress is perfect.  It fits in all the the right places and has the perfect length.  I find that when I am trying to squeeze into some of my non-maternity dresses they start to ride up and become a little too risqué.  What used to be an appropriate length is now a mini skirt that may not be suitable for a mama-to-be running errands.  The best part is that this dress can totally be worn postpartum as well.  How perfect is that.

I love the neutral colors and simple striped pattern of the dress.  I kept the look chic and casual by adding a hat and Converse and keeping my jewelry minimal.  Lately I have been living in my sneakers since my feet and ankles have decided to swell like crazy!!  One of those pregnancy side effects that has come to haunt me.


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You can see my swollen ankles pretty clearly here!! hehe  Not my most flattering photo.  What has been your worst pregnancy side effect?

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IMG_6530Dress:  Isabella Oliver //

Hat:  Revolve //

Shoes:  Converse //

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