last chance

DSC_8172I don’t know about you, but March kind of snuck up on me! All the sudden, I feel like I need to get one last wear out of all my winter clothing. In particular, I really wanted to get some wear out of my vests. I have several of them, but they didn’t get much wear this year due to pregnancy–they looked pretty terrible on me last fall when I was in the last trimester.

DSC_8166I decided to blend a little winter with spring by wearing my navy quilted vest with white jeans a few weeks ago. Add in a little pink gingham, and you have a cheery outfit…even if it did rain all day that day. I’m ready for some sunshine!

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navy quilted vest: Crown & Ivy via Belk, similar, similar // pink gingham shirt: J.Crew Factory, almost exact, similar // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar, similar // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar, similar, similar // cognac satchel: Lauren Ralph Lauren via DSW, almost exact, similar

on buying multiples

DSC_7977It seems as though it might be a bit taboo in blog-land to admit this, but here goes: I like to buy multiples. When I find an item of clothing that fits me well, I tend to buy a few of them (once the price is right, of course!). Loft’s modern skinny jeans, Banana Republic’s Luxe tees, and, most pertinent to this post, J.Crew’s schoolboy blazers are just a few examples.

DSC_7923I had some extra cash in my PayPal account from eBay sales this month, and I decided to spend it on a new camel blazer. My orangey-red blazer is J.Crew’s schoolboy cut, and it seems to fit me quite well. I scoured eBay until I found a camel version in my size and in excellent condition…and for a fraction of the $200 retail price! I really like its warmer camel color compared to my old one, and I feel like it will last for years to come.

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camel blazer: J.Crew, similar, similar // navy gingham button-up: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // boyfriend jeans: Loft, similar, similar // navy pumps: Frye, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil, exact, similar, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar

it still fits…sorta

DSC_4274My navy gingham shirt is one of my favorite items in my closet, so I’m trying my hardest to make it work during pregnancy. Let the record show that I could still button it all the way down at 26 weeks pregnant…but not comfortably. I ended up layering a cami underneath and unbuttoning a few buttons to let the bump breathe a little 🙂

DSC_4268I also decided to bring my red crossbody bag out again for a trip to the grocery store. It’s much easier to carry than my usual stuffed-to-the-brim work bag!

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navy gingham button-up shirt: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar, similar // skinny jeans: A Pea in the Pod, similar, non-maternity // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson via 6pm, exact, similar // red crossbody bag: Gap, exact, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar

^Taken at 26 weeks

Linking up with Third Thursday Threads.

gingham + cobalt

DSC_3036If you ever happen to peruse my archives (who am I kidding? I’m the only one who does that!), you’ll notice that I almost always pair cobalt with black + white. I can’t help it–I just love the combination. Clearly, today’s outfit is no exception.

DSC_3023I bought these shorts right around the time I started this blog, long before the whole gingham trend took over blog land. I’m glad I held onto them for this long! For the record, the only way they’re staying up on my pregnant bod is due to the help of a Bella Band.

DSC_3038This look was also the perfect opportunity to wear my new Rae necklace, purchased during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I think it’ll be featured here many more times in the future!

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cobalt blue tee: Bump Starts via Macy’s, similar, non-maternity // gingham shorts: Old Navy, similar, similar // black wedge sandals: Lauren Ralph Lauren via Macy’s, this year’s version, similar // black pendant necklace: Kendra Scott via Nordstrom, exact, similar

^Taken at 20 weeks