The month of September found me at our nation’s capital on three separate weekend occassions. With each visit I took full advantage of walking as much as possible, exploring new sights and of course, the endless restaurants. During our last visit we were able to explore Newseum, an interactive museum that features an impressive six levels of news and journalism stories, not to mention multiple theaters and galleries. It was a captivating visit and the multiple hours spent there did not seem adequate for really taking in everything the place had to offer. For anyone planning to visit DC, it’s a museum I definitely recommend.

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One of the most impressive displays was a piece of the Berlin Wall from Germany. It clearly portrayed the sharp distinctions in culture between West and East, and here we stood on what would technically be opposite sides of the wall. “Opposites” in relation to Dr. Drill having grown up in a Western society while I experienced the the seclusion and isolation of a communist state.

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Up on the sixth level there is a rooftop terrace that overlooks the US Capitol, Washington monument, and National Mall. It was a beautiful day for taking in all the sites and being present in the moment.

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*And a quick OOTD. #25weeks!

A few words on “growing” and a new wardrobe to soothe the adjustment

Since my last visit here I can positively confirm that I’ve been slowly and steadily growing. Think less metaphorically and more figuratively. As in getting rotund in certain areas and facing the facts that I will not have a chance to wear all those unworn sundresses and might as well give up the notion of dusting off my JCrew wool pencil skirts that have been tucked away in storage boxes. Pregnancy has been a brand new concept on various levels that continue to develop, and one of them happens to relate to the physical changes that may or may not take place. I’ve been fortunate in experiencing very seldom symptoms associated with the experience and for the first few months it was kind of fun figuring out how to accomodate a tiny growing bump. As of late, that tiny bump has transformed into a portruding belly that’s out there, for everyone to recognize. I just love it! It makes me smile every time I look down or bend over and feel the barrier preventing me from folding into a familiar position.

Shopping generally has its usual perks and I’m not one to shy away from the opportunity to update my wardrobe, but with my current status I want to be more careful in my selection since this life event is temporary. For as far as I can remember I’ve always been consisent with my sizing (more or less) so these last few months have been a novel experience of sorts, reaching for new sizes, exploring new styles, and the ever favorable (and oh so comfortable) full panel pants selection. Through trial and error I’ve figured out what items to invest in for the short-term, and what items can be reused post-pregnancy. One thing I’ve given up on is skirts. Anything A-lined, penciled, or too tight is a deterrent from commodity. Dresses on the other hand, have been a life saver. I’ve invested in a couple of stretchy numbers from ASOS that literally feel like I’m wearing leggings, and there’s some more loose-fitting, babydoll styles that have resurfaced from the ’90s version of style. I’ve stayed away from maternity labeled shirts and instead have opted for going up a size (or two) in layering tees from Anthro and blouses. Since we’re approaching cooler, toasty weather, chunky cardigans look to be promising on the horizon for layering over tops and dresses. And as for pants? I’ve purchased three pairs of maternity jeans from H&M and have them in almost constant rotation. H&M delivers style, quality (most of the time), and best of all, price. Thank goodness that shoes and purses have been consistent and there’s no need to update there 😉

As I’ve slowly begun to create some form of new wardrobe for my growing self, I’ve surprising turned to and have found a great deal of gems from Anthro’s boho sis, Free People. Always thinking that their clothes were always too loose for my taste and frame, I’m now gravitating towards that extra room provided. Below are a few new acquisitions that have proven to be a versatile investment.

27002757_102_a Free People golden age top Although all the colors are a dream, I went for the seafoam green in my typical size. I love the open back because it means I can wear it “backwards” as a layering piece. It’s still a “me” piece that I can wear into Spring and Summer.

wonderland lace tunic Free People wonderland lace tunic I found this top on a rare excursion to a store and loved its simplicity infused with the detailed back. I went with a neutral color so that I can pair it with multiple pant colorways.

28818466_067_0 Free People new romantics sweet nothings dress The dangers of catalog covers. I saw this dress in the August edition and thought it would be a fun, standout dress that would work great with tights, booties, jackets and cardigans. I went up a size from my usual and the fit is spot on, with extra room for growth 😉

cn6560333Free People city limits dress Equipped with a Piperlime promo code and gapcard rewards, I decided to take a chance on this dress due to its neutral tone and the tribal pattern on the neckline. Again, thinking in terms of layering, versatility with cardigans, tights and booties.

I hope this was a bit helpful on gathering ideas for those of you considering to become pregnant at some point in your future or for those currently sharing my new status. It took me a bit of time to come to terms with things that no longer fit and select a few new pieces that would complement my personal style as well as current growing tendencies. For those of you who’ve “been there, done that” I’d love to hear your suggestions on any particular pieces to invest in, or what maverick styling tricks worked while you were expecting.