Dress for success

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Anthropologie en plein air dress, bow belt, malagasy woven tote, target sandals

A million and one thank yous to everyone who chimed in with the warm wishes regarding this most exciting time. There are plenty of moments when I’m still in disbelief myself over the changes that are slowly taking place and the new person that will be joining our little party of two. I had been meaning to come back here and document the sartorial side of expecting, just because it’s been such a new and at times, challenging process of discovering what may fit but not flatter, flatter but not exactly fit, stretching out (literally) my current haves for as long as it can zip/button/belt, and making room in my closet (and in my mind) for new pieces in unfamiliar (to me) sizes and styles.

The first trimester went well and aside from myself and a couple of close friends, no one knew the extra package I was packing. Every day I would wonder if it was going to be the day when I showed, and by how much. All my clothes fit fine and the thought of planning ahead for more accomodating choices seemed inapplicable. And then slowly those numbers on the scale began to change, and certain tops where no longer fitting as they should and skirts kept getting zipped up higher and higher. There were those who’d tell me “you have plenty of time to grow, no need to buy new things for a long time”. Well, if it’s one thing I’ve learned to not do while pregnant is generalize. Everyone is so different and at times sweeping generalizations can send one into alarm mode, wondering if they’re growing too fast, not growing fast enough, conscious of that extra serving of dinner the other night and pushing for that extra lap around the neighborhood.

All of this to say that I have been growing my friends, and even though at times my condition may not be apparent and it’s not until I say something that people start to look “down there” for a visual confirmation, I can feel it with everything I wear. Which is why lately, the easiest thing to throw on and squeeze into one last time has been dresses. Not only are they a no-brainer for those mornings when you can’t be bothered with constructing a creative combo, but it allows for more room to breathe. From an observer’s perspective the dress above didn’t seem like it would leave me much breathing room, but I was pleasantly surprised as the zipper moved its way up up up with almost no issues. Placed a belt on for the illusion of some form of waist and jazzed up the dress with bright sandals for an easy, no fuss preggo outfit.

*This is also the last time I’ll probably be able to wear this dress until next year, but hey, that’s why blogging is here- for the memories.

What’s new around here

Some time has passed since I last wrote and well, while it can feel tedious providing explanations for one’s absence, it’s sometimes better to just carry on and accept the time apart as part of the process. My summer so far has been a wonderful blend of short trips to memorable destinations, hiking trails that lead to waterfalls and hidden creeks, pool dates with friends who remind me to watch for those sun rays, veggies from the CSA that lead to explorations for new recipes, and catching up on my lifetime reading list. Oh and the intermittent new purchase or two, who are we kidding here 🙂

3photowearing: jcrew vintage tee, anthro spearmint stripe skirt, woven raffia stretch belt, malagasy woven tote, seychelles sandals

And there’s one other new development this summer that I’ve been pretty gosh darn happy about……..

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Neon

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ATL top/Anthropologie AG Stevie Ankle jeans, nubuck gladiator wedges

Just your average Tuesday equipped in neon! I think I’m ready for the summer days to roll out so I can pack up these pants and show off a little skin 😉

Maxi time

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Marshall’s score maxi dress/Anthropologie blurred watercolors infinity scarf, nubuck gladiator wedges/Free People necklace

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of bargain shopping. I don’t discriminate against a good sale (heavens no!) but I have a hard time perusing through multiple racks of clothes that have been grouped together in markdown fashion. Again, Anthropologie’s sale room is manageable – Forever 21 tends to send me over the edge. That’s why when I recently stopped in to Marshalls for some home goods, I surprised myself by exploring their clothing section. Another hesitation with these kinds of stores is that I don’t know which section I should be shopping in: Women’s feels too matronly and old, and Junior’s feels scandalous, so no real winners there! With a side of caution I ventured into the Junior’s section but only to peruse through items that weren’t sheer, torn, holed up, blasted in awkward pattern mixing, or pleather. And that is how I came upon this simple, no-fuss, black maxi dress.

Its jersey-cotton material is a dream for a Friday such as this one where I just want to transition into the weekend as seamlessly possible. 🙂 Happy weekend everyone!

** Also, can we discuss those comfy mint sandals above? I bought them a month ago and couldn’t wait for the warmer days to bust open the shoebox and bring them out to play. They’re such a comfortable, cheerful pair of wedges that have me excited about pairing them with all sorts of summer frocks.