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Hi everyone! I just wanted to drop in, say hi and give a quick update about life.

Motherhood

First of all, having a baby is the BEST THING EVER! (Cue snickering from other parents.) Yes, I know it’s going to stink and be craaaazy hard at multiple points, but I am loving this. If you know me, you will know that I have wanted a tiny human of my own for decades. I have always wanted to be a mom. Always. I wake up in the middle of the night and I can’t believe that this tiny baby is mine. I kiss his sweet little chubby cheeks constantly and I couldn’t be happier. Serious shout out to my perfect and amazing husband that has been my rock the entire pregnancy and now with the baby. He gets up and take the 4am feedings for me because he’s just that amazing. This is exactly how I pictured my life when I was younger and envisioned a family, and Ian is a HUGE part of why I’m so happy.

Alexander is 5 weeks old and weighs 11 lbs 1 oz. Crazy. He was born (3 weeks early) at 7 lbs 11 oz. He is a chunky baby and I looooooove it! I thought babies that were nursed were supposed to be skinnier. Haha, not mine! Granted, he eats (wait for it) 5-6 oz a feeding. Not kidding. Always has since he was 3 weeks old. He eats every 2-3 hours a day and every 4 at night. That’s a LOT of food. Hence the chubby little baby I have laying next to me.

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Post Baby Style

You guys… none of my clothes fit. Correction, the pants fit, the tops do not. I now understand what my busty friends have been complaining about for years. You guys weren’t kidding. If you pick something too loose, you look completely disproportionate and HUGE. If you pick something tight, you look like a prostitute. Nothing buttons up. It is RIDICULOUS and suuuuuper annoying. I think my style is going to be either hoodies, or drapey cardigans for this fall. That and wrap dresses. They actually fit and are quite comfortable. Maggy London and I are friends.

Shopping

The obsession has gotten worse. I held off for a while, but now that the little guy can move around more and has chunked up a bit, I LOVE buying him clothes. So fun. Also, to celebrate losing (most of the) baby weight, I have been shopping for me. Mainly those drapey cardigans I was speaking about earlier, and shoes/boots. OOOOH! And I purchased some “joga” pants. They are jeans, but super stretchy. Not jeggings, as these are pretty thick, like jeans. I suspect they will be PERFECT for fall and winter to tuck into boots. I’ll try them out and let you know. (Not normally a Sliver jeans person, but I will TOTALLY try these.)

I will return to regular blogging soon, but honestly, this baby takes up a LOT of time. When I’m at home if I’m not holding him, I’m sleeping. That’s not really an exaggeration either. I am TIRED.  Happy, but tired.

Until next time,

Adriele

Welcome Alexander James!

He’s here!DixonNB-16BLOGAs some of you may know, I just had my baby! Well, three weeks ago, today. Here’s the rundown:

Name: Alexander James Dixon
He’s not named after anyone specific, we just loved the name.

Size: 7 lbs 11 oz. 21 inches long
The kid was THREE WEEKS EARLY. He was a rather large baby considering, and I’m rather glad that he didn’t stay in there and get any bigger. 7 lbs 11 oz is big enough. He’s tall like Ian, which makes me happy.

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Who does he look like? Ian. Hands down. In every way. Eyes, face, body, hands, feet, etc. He has brown hair with a slight hint of red, but that’s it.

Personality: chill.
I’m not kidding. Best baby ever. Sleeps until we wake him up, only fusses when he’s mad (i.e. he’s hungry or being changed).

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I am in love with being a mom. This is basically the best thing ever. Both Ian and I have never been happier. We are beyond blessed and thrilled with this little guy.

Much love to my photographer Jacque. All of those photos turned out AMAZING!! She completely captured his little personality and I am so excited we have these.

Maternity Style: Khaki and Leopard

Continuing with some pre-baby pics, this is the last of the “Maternity” looks until I have another kiddo. This cape is one of my favorite fall pieces. It takes the place of a trench coat and provides a little style to any outfit. Paired with some neutrals and leopard flats and I’m ready to go!

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Sadly, I purchased this cape last year and they don’t make it any more. :( However, since capes are coming back in style, there are many places online to find them! If you want something warmer, they also make wool capes that take the place of your favorite longer wool coat.

None of the clothes are maternity, I just used a belly band to keep the pants on. :) (I really wanted to wear these jeans, so I made it happen, haha.) The blouse and the pants are J. Crew, while the hat and the flats are from the Gap. There is a similar bag on SoleSociety.com called the Mirren. This is basically my fall uniform: blouse, jeans, cute flats.

-Adriele

Maternity Style: Fall Vest

Another fall “must-have” is a vest. They’re cozy, they provide significant warmth and they’re SUPER CUTE!! This is one of my favorites, and I must say, it keeps me toasty when I need a stay warm, but don’t want the bulk of a coat. Add a flannel shirt and we’re good to go!

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Can we just talk about the belly? HUGE!!!!

Also, I am such a sucker for red shoes (both red shoes, and the kind with red soles ;)) This suede flats are a great way to add a bit of color to an otherwise average outfit. This is what I call lazy person styling. Haha, yes, because I am all about being lazy these days.

Regardless, invest in a vest! You will be toasty warm AND cute! Win, win!

-Adriele

Maternity Style: Cozy in Purple

So this is basically my favorite cozy outfit. A beanie (brightly colored of course), comfy pants, a sweatshirt, a cute tote and my Hunter wellies. I can muck through bad weather all while feeling warm and stylish. I built the look around this Vera Bradley tote my great aunt gave me at my baby shower. She thought I needed something fabulous and cute that was not baby related. SO SWEET! I truly love that woman and she has impeccable taste, so I’m not surprised that I love this bag so much. It’s lightweight, but can hold so much, it’s perfect for running errands or hitting up the farmer’s market on the weekend.

IMG_4672 IMG_4681IMG_4691Hoodie: J. Crew Factory
Pants: Liz Lang Maternity
Bag: Vera Bradley
Boots: Hunter Wellies
Beanie: Random shop in London

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Oh, in case you were wondering what this adorable sweatshirt looks like on a NON- preggo, here you go:

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Since it’s made to be snuggly, it still fits around my growing (read: massive) belly. :) It will be perfect this fall once I’ve had the little guy, so that’s exciting.

In case you can’t tell, I’m a little obsessed by grey this fall. :) Also, if you don’t have some awesome rain boots, GET SOME.

-Adriele

Fall/Winter Coat Trends

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL!!!!!!

My favorite part of the weather getting cooler is jacket and coats. I LOVE a good wool coat. We can thank the stylist on the show Scandal for really upping the “coat game” this year. So much so that she and Kerry Washington designed a line of coats for The Limited that are ADORABLE. They’re available TODAY online and in stores.
adco1-master495If you’re going to get a new coat this year, the trends to look for when you’re shopping are:

Pastels: Think light pink, light blue and cream (or white depending on the shade)

Greys: Charcoal and light grey

Capes: Nope, I didn’t stutter. Wool capes are SUPER “in” right now aaaaaaand (bonus) they fit over every outfit and body shape. Très chic! I have a small light cape/trench and I wore that bad boy 9 months pregnant.

Shorter Sleeves: This only works with warm elbow length gloves. If you don’t wear the correct gloves, you don’t stay warm.

Cocoon Shapes: DVF just sent a ton of these down the runway. Think poofy that tapers back in at the bottom.

Belted Styles: Either something that comes with a belt, or something you belt yourself. If you do decide to belt a coat yourself, get a wide belt. A skinny belt on a large wool coat would look weird.
scandal-splash-largeBe on the lookout. If you know you need a new coat, start looking. Figure out what your price range is and shop the stores within your budget.

Low ($50-$150): Old Navy, H&M, Khols, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, JCP

Mid($150-$350): Banana Republic, The Limited, Dillards, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Zara

High ($350+): Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Bergdorfs, etc.

The best time to buy a winter coat is actually in January/February, however keep an eye on sales. Some stores are having a fall promo right now that gives pretty decent discounts. Also, if you want one for Christmas, get it NOW (before they run out of your size) and have your loved ones store it for a few months.

Happy Fall! Go drink a Pumpkin Spice flavored beverage or something! :)

-Adriele

Fall 2014 Trends

ScarfFall is HERE! Ok, so knowing the weather here, it will probably get hot again soon, but I’m enjoying these cool temperatures immensely. Autumn is my favorite season of the year, and I get excited about Fall clothes. Specifically boots, scarves and sweaters/hoodies. I addressed the must have fall boot here. In addition to Over-The-Knee boots, here are a few other trends to look for:

Plaid. Specifically, a plaid scarf. Plaid is always a fall favorite, but this year the trend is HUGE. This is a very inexpensive way to wear the trend, and you have options to pick a plaid in any color palate you enjoy. There are some GORGEOUS options out there. Additionally, they provide an amazing pop of color and a visual statement to an otherwise basic outfit.
hmprodSuede. Suede anything. Boots. Heels. Flats. Handbags. Suede is “the” material for leather goods this fall and winter, so find a piece that you love and get it in suede. Or fake suede. It doesn’t matter. Also, since it is such a popular option, it comes in a wide range of colors. I have some adorable ballet flats in a cranberry red. So excited to wear them!

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Over The Knee Boots. As previously discussed. You need a pair.
TB_32148401_009Window Pane Print. You’ll see these everywhere and it’s such a cute print. Perhaps you’ve seen this and didn’t know what it was called. It’s usually only 2 colors, and I have seen it the most in black and white. SUPER CUTE. The easiest way to try this is in blouse form. If you get more adventurous you can try a dress and if you get SUPER bold, go for some pants!

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I may do some online shopping and find you specifics of each in the next week or so. It just depends on when this baby boy comes!

Happy Fall shopping!!

-Adriele