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Winter Whites!!

Fashion rule number #1….no white after labour day!!!  This fashion faux pas has been passed on from generation to generation and we have all grown up hearing this.   These past couple of years white has become a major power player in the fashion world.  It has been a featured color on multiple runways as the color of the season.  No longer are we abiding by these rules, and I love it.

I think an all white look is so chic and powerful.  Pairing white jeans with a textured sweater is a perfect winter look.   Lately the weather in Los Angeles has been like summer so this outfit has a mix of the two seasons.

I was worried that white would be a color to avoid during my late stages of pregnancy.  Once I found these Wendy Bellissimo skinny jeans from Motherhood maternity I realized that this did not have to be the case.  I love the distressed knees and perfect fit.  Maternity jeans are not what they used to be.  They look and fit just like regular jeans without the waistband.  

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Jeans:  Wendy Bellissimo Motherhood Maternity //

Sweater:  Aritzia  (Similar here) //

T-Shirt:  A pea in the pod maternity (currently on sale) //

Shoes:  Converse //

Sunglasses:  Ray-Ban //

Purse:  Goyard //

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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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That perfect pair!!

Everyone has that one pair of jeans that are their favorite.  They fit you perfectly and flatter all aspects of your figure.   During my pregnancy I had quickly outgrown my perfect pair of jeans.  I then started to wear some of the others in my closet and used elastic belly bands to help hold them up.  This worked well early in my pregnancy but it quickly started becoming uncomfortable.  I know many expectant mothers wear their regular jeans for as long as possible, but this was not the case for me.  Possibly because I was gaining more weight than the average, or my belly was lower than others… but I rushed to purchase maternity jeans as soon as I hit my second trimester.  I am so thankful I did because I was able to wear comfortable stylish pants all throughout my pregnancy.

When I found these Seraphine maternity grey jeans I was thrilled.  There is something about grey jeans that I love so much.  They are different than the usual blue and black, and go with everything.  I had tried on other brands of grey jeans and was disappointed because they didn’t make me feel confident wearing them.  When I tried on these, I knew they were going to be my “perfect pair” maternity jeans!!

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Blazer: Massimo Dutti old (Similar here, here and here) //

Shirt:  Vince old (Similar here and here) //

Jeans:  Seraphine Maternity //

Flats: Tory Burch old (Similar here and here) //

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Shirt:  Zara old (Similar here and here) //

Jeans:  Seraphine Maternity //

Sneakers: Converse //

Sunglasses: Ray-ban //

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Sweater: Aritzia (Similar here) //

Shirt:  A Pea in the Pod //

Jeans:  Seraphine Maternity //

Flats: Tory Burch old (Similar here and here) //

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All about the accessories

You wouldn’t think I was a California girl with all the black I wear.  I can’t get enough of a sleek all black look.  To add a little glam, I paired my outfit with bright red lips and intricate accessories.

I will gladly invest in classic items, but have a hard time spending a lot money on trendy or statement pieces.  This is why when I found both my Bauble Bar earrings and Zara clutch I knew they were must haves.  Both are very affordable but look pretty pricey. (At least I like to think so!!)

I love all the bead work on this clutch.  It gives me an Alexander McQueen, or Judith Leiber vibe without the price tag that accompanies their purses.

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IMG_6029Dress:  Vince (Similar here and here) //

Earrings:  Bauble Bar (Similar here and here) //

Clutch:  Zara Spain (Similar here, here , here and here) //

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

Jacket:  Zara  //

I can’t get enough of the sweater dress!! Pregnant or not, a sweater dress is so simple yet super chic.  While I’m outgrowing the majority of my clothes, I turn to pieces such as this one.   Knitwear stretches perfectly to fit over my changing figure.  This dress can be worn all throughout my pregnancy and once I go back to my pre-pregnancy shape.  I have been trying to purchase items that I will be able to use post-pregnancy as well.

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Barcelona for the day!!

This holiday season my husband and I decided to visit both of our families.  I am quickly approaching the point where traveling is off limits so it was time to make the most of it and share our pregnancy with our loved ones.  Family is so important and it really meant the world to us being able have them witness this little miracle growing inside.  Our first stop was Barcelona.  I love this city. The food, atmosphere, architecture and shopping are always on point.  I may be slightly biased though since this magical city is where my husband and I got married over 2 years ago.

We only had 4 days and it was jam packed with family lunches and dinners.  I wish we had more time, but I know we will be back soon enough.

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I kept my look comfortable for our hectic day running around the city.  As mentioned in a previous post…I am such a fan of the  poncho.  It’s an ideal layering piece and works perfectly during pregnancy.  I love mixing maternity and non-maternity items.


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IMG_5921I have noticed that when I go shopping I’m automatically drawn to items that are pregnancy friendly.  I no longer stop to admire crop tops, skirts, jumpsuits etc…  I tend to veer towards the flowing dress or oversized sweater.  I guess I’m figuring out how to dress for my changing figure even on a subconscious level.

Don’t get me wrong….I can’t wait for the days when I can go back to endless fashion possibilities!! In the meantime, I’m exploring different ways to wear similar items while keeping my daily looks exciting!!

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Shirt:  Rosie pope  (Non-Maternity here and here) //

Jeans:  Genetic Denim – A pea in the pod (Non-maternity here and here)//

Boots:  Yves Saint Laurent (More affordable herehere and here) //

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A year in review: 2014

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Happy New Years to you all!!

This is the time to reflect on the past year and look forward to new beginnings.  This year has been such an exciting one for me.  Of course there were ups and downs but thankfully we are ending on a high note.  It has been a year since I discovered fashion blogs and started my fashion instagram account.  I finally had the courage to start this blog a few months ago and it has been such a fun and rewarding experience.  I am so thankful to all of you that are following along with my journey.

The biggest news this year for my family is that my husband and I are expecting our first child.  We are so thrilled to welcome our little baby girl March 2015.  Pregnancy has been a whirlwind of emotions for me.  I am just starting my third trimester and can’t believe how quickly time is flying by.  There will be many exciting changes for us in 2015

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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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The Poncho….this seasons staple!!

Christmas is quickly approaching….where did the time go!!!!  I feel like this holiday season has just flown by.  This is bitter sweet for me because its my favorite time of year but that also means I’m closer to meeting baby girl.  After the holidays my husband and I have to kick it into high gear and start preparing for her arrival.  So much to start figuring out!

I’m sure most have finished or at least almost conquered their holiday shopping.  If you haven’t and need an idea, I propose a poncho!!  They are that perfect throw to pull together any look.  I love the one I’m wearing from Choices because it adds color to my usual neutral looks.


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Poncho:  Choices very similar  (I also love these: here, here and here) //

Jeans:  A pea in the Pod Maternity (Non-maternity here and here) //

Shoes:  Converse (Also love the classic canvas) //

Bag: Louis Vuitton //

Its almost Christmas in LA and I’m wearing converse!!  Definitely different than the freezing cold and snow that I will be encountering when I go home to Toronto for the Holidays.  I must say I am looking forward to snuggling by the fireplace with a hot chocolate after a long day in the cold.

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A day at the Library

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I can’t mention enough how my growing body is making me venture out of my usual classic style.  I love button down shirts and large sweaters.  As the weeks go by and I am approaching my 3rd trimester I am slowly not able to button up my shirts, and I’m also starting to feel huge in my oversized sweaters.

Looking in my closet, I’m trying to put together some of my looser fitting pieces so that I don’t have to invest too much money on new clothes.  There are obviously some maternity items I need to purchase, and I am happy to do so.

I found this cute summer dress in the back of my closet, and since LA weather has been so warm, I was able to wear it in December while giving it a fall twist.  I added an oversized cardigan with over the knee socks and my favorite black boots.

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I felt cute and flirty in this look with the added bonus that it was very comfortable and flattering to my changing body.

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Dress:  Brandy Melville summer (Similar here, here and here)  //  

Sweater:  Small shop in Italy (similar here, here and here) //

Socks:  Free People //

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

Sunglasses:  Karen Walker 

I suggest pregnant or not, take a look in the back of your closet and pull out that piece that’s been sitting there for a while and try to incorporate it into your next look.  Its like getting a new item all over again.

With Love….

Andrea