take one, pass it on 2017: days 12-14

I’ve made it two weeks into this challenge, and I think I’ve hit my groove. I’m no longer grumpy about being limited in what I can wear and instead delighted by the opportunity to get creative with my closet. I guess it’s true what they say–it takes two weeks to form a new habit! Here’s a look at what I’ve worn over the past few days:

day twelve:

black striped tank: J.Crew Factory, similar // mustard skirt: Loft (I dyed it from a brighter shade of yellow, seen here), similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade New York, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, exact

day thirteen:

chambray button up: Old Navy, similar // mustard skirt: Loft, similar // leopard wedge sandals: Sam Edelman, similar

day fourteen:

chambray button up: Old Navy, similar // black gingham dress: Maison Jules, similar // black wedge sandals: Chaps, exact // red crossbody bag: Ann Taylor, similar // black + gold sunglasses: Warby Parker Lovett, exact

I think one key strategy in my attitude shift for this challenge is the fact that I set aside a few minutes at the beginning of the week to plan out my looks. Up until this point, I had kind of been haphazardly choosing an item to re-mix each day, and the end result was a mish-mash of boring outfits that I didn’t really like that much. I used my handy-dandy garment rack that my husband bought me for Christmas–check out a pic on IG!

Take One, Pass It On: Day 16

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Well, this outfit was not a winner, folks. I thought it would be, as one of my favorite maternity looks was this one from last year. But, the problem with this version boils down to ill-fitting pants and a deep self-consciousness about the size of my bottom half. The pretty goldenrod-colored pants fit my postpartum body a bit strangely, as they’re far too big in the waist now, and they stretch to about a size bigger everywhere else over the course of the day. Plus, when I looked back at these photos, I decided that wearing flats with these pants made my look fat (I realize I’m not overweight, but, hey, we all have those days…), so I wore these sandals instead.

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Regardless, the end result of this look was not good. It did not function well for my day of office work and a visit to the dentist in that I was pulling up my pants all day and worried that my butt looked gigantic. In the future, I might try to find another version of these pants (i.e., a smaller size, or perhaps a skirt in the same color), or maybe I’ll just gain weight so that these pants fit again. That latter option sounds more fun 🙂

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black blouse: Loft via ThredUp, similar, similar // mustard skinny jeans: Loft, similar, similar // leopard flats: Dr. Scholl’s, exact, similar // gold station necklace: C.Wonder, similar, similar

black blouse

rough day

DSC_7062I’ll be honest–the day that I wore this outfit was a rough one. Caleb was a crank-pot all morning, and just as I got him calmed down, it was time to take him to the pediatrician’s office. Well, as you might imagine, he did not enjoy being poked and prodded and proceeded to cry wail through the whole appointment. By the end of the day, I was pretty wiped.

DSC_7050The silver lining is that the doctor recommended something for the little dude’s distress (probiotics for colicky babies = magic!). Oh, and I got to wear an outfit that had been lingering on my Pinterest board for months. So there’s that.

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striped boatneck tee: Merona via Target, similar, similar // cognac jacket: NY & Co., similar, similar // boyfriend jeans: Loft, exact, similar, similar // leopard pumps: INC via eBay, similar, similar // mustard scarf: Amazon, similar, similar

navy + mustard

DSC_5152When I first got dressed on this particular morning, I had just paired this pin dot dress with my mustard scarf and my pearl earrings. But something about it seemed too “flight attendant”-esque for my taste. So I ditched the pearl earrings and added my trusty denim jacket.

DSC_5147I’m not sure I totally love the end result, but it suited my needs for that day just fine. I’m running out of creative styling ideas for my maternity staples (such as this navy dress). I need to get the creative juices flowing for these last 7 weeks or so!

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navy pin dot dress: Mimi Maternity, similar, non-maternity // denim jacket: Mossimo via Target, similar, similar // mustard scarf: Amazon, similar, similar // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson via 6pm, exact, similar // reversible tote: Nordstrom, exact, similar

^Taken at 30 weeks