{Outfit of the Day} Maternity and Cobalt

It’s official! I almost have a month left!

So now I’m flipping out. Ok, untrue. I’m not flipping out, I’m just acutely aware that my baby could come at ANY TIME now. That is both exciting and completely terrifying. Nothing like the thought of being COMPLETELY responsible for a tiny human being to snap you into reality.

In the meantime (the non freaking out part), I keep myself occupied with work and the blog. My maternity wardrobe has switched to COMPLETELY comprised of actual maternity clothing. That brings me to this dress:

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Photos by Jacque, Inc.

Dress: Old Navy Maternity (similar)
Bag: Old, found at TJ Maxx (it came with a matching tote. I LOVE it)
Shoes: Converse leather 
Hat: Target
Bracelets: Assorted

This is the most comfortable outfit ever. I love a stretch jersey dress. The baby digs it too. He’s waaaaaay less cranky when I’m in comfortable clothing.

I am amused to see how I dress the last month of the pregnancy. It’ll be an adventure, I’m sure. :)

Until next time, rock the bump ladies!

-Adriele

Calling All Moms

I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that I was going to put out a call to all moms to submit advice for all of the new moms out there. As you may know, I have quite a few friends joining the mom club with me this year, and we love advice.

I ask this of you- what did you learn with kids? I know there is the basic overview statements of “don’t sweat the small stuff, etc.” but I’m looking for SPECIFICS. What worked for you and your kids ESPECIALLY when they were babies? What book did you read that really made a difference in how you parented? What did NOT work? I love when people say “buy this book, it’s awesome and it helped.” or “this gadget didn’t work at ALL.” Obviously, there is no “one size fits all” method to parenting, but I love bits and pieces of advice. It’s fun to hear and I love all of it!

My plan is to combine all of these bits of wisdom in a post for new moms.

Remember, I need specifics. Think: fortune cookie, not proverb cookie. I’d rather a cookie tell me I’m going to make a new friend over one that says something like “an open mind unlocks all doors” or something to that extent. I like the specifics of “try this.” :)

Please post your comments below or on Facebook. I thank you in advance for any advice you can give!

So excited to hear what you have to say!

-Adriele

{Trends and Style} Ankle Boot

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This is a trend that has stuck around and I’m so pleased- the casual ankle boot. I talked about the popularity of this boot last year in this post, and it is still going strong. This is good news for two reasons:

1. If you purchased some boots like this, they are still in style, so rock them!

2. If you haven’t gotten your hands on a pair, there’s even more options/styles in every price range, which is FANTASTIC.

THE BOOTS
I love this boot because you can get it with a short heel, or in a flat form. It’s the perfect way to inject some serious style in your wardrobe without making a large effort. Lazy person fashion, you know I love it.

A light grey, khaki or taupe are very popular colors this Fall. Here are a few of my favorites:

Target (I seriously love these shoes) for $49.99
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Nine West $119
PG.NWJARRAD.JJGD9A2.PZSole Society $89
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Clarks $139
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Bandolino $70
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Tory Burch (mmmmmmm, PRETTY!) $385 (yikes)
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STYLING
I would recommend wearing these boots with skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans. Bootcut or straight legs jeans are a no-no with this look. The top half of your outfit could be a slouchy sweater, an oversized and loose t-shirt, a chambray button up or even a t-shirt with a blazer over it. Yes, some people even style these boots with dresses. I tend to steer clear of that look because it is fairly “young” and I’m not trying to look like a high schooler. :) I’m too old for that, haha, that ship has SAILED. More on “what not to do” in a post in the near future.

If you purchase one of these “neutral” colored boots, you don’t HAVE to stick with a neutral color palate for the rest of your outfit, but they lend themselves wonderfully to muted Autumn colors. If you want to go a bit more “high fashion” and pair these with LBD’s and such, stick with a black pair.

Here’s me styling a black pair from Sole Society with boyfriend jeans and a casual red blouse:

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This year, I’m going for a grey pair, I think. Do you have a favorite pair, brand or color?

-Adriele

 

{Guy Friday} Prepare To Go Shopping

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Happy Friday, gents! As you know every Friday, I sit here and tell you guys what not to wear and what you should have in your closet. I try to keep it fairly simple and not complicated.

Fall (the best season of the YEAR) is fast approaching and that means several things:

1. SPORTS (EPL just started and Football starts)
2. Cooler weather
3. Better clothes (fall style is the BEST)
4. SALES

Here’s a shopping secret: Biggest sales of the year happen over Labor Day weekend. Not Christmas, Labor Day. They are getting rid of Summer stuff and clearing out all of the Fall “back to school” stock, so it is CHEAP.

I never realized this until Ian was in Europe without me and I decided to drown my sorrows in a trip to go shopping. (In Florida… don’t ask. I tend to “go hard” when I’m being ridiculous.) Regardless, I was met with insane deals at every turn. I finally asked a store manager what the deal was and they said “these are always the biggest sale days of the year.” Hmmm. So I asked another sales person at another store. Same story.

The moral of this post? GO SHOPPING OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND. I’ve been harping on you guys to get some new shoes, update your closet a bit, etc, and this is the perfect time!!! Do it!!

When in doubt, tweet me with a pic and I will tell you yay/nay.

Next Friday I will try to throw up a post showing you some of my favorite items that are on sale online. I just wanted you to prepare yourself. This is going to be amazing. :)

You’ve been warned.

Until next Friday, Gentlemen.

Adriele

{Outfit of the Day} Wedding Date Night

I love a good chance to dress up, and weddings are always perfect for that. This dress has actually been in my closet for a while (non-pregnancy) but I tried it on the other day and it still FIT!!! Hooray for a good empire goddess dress. Haha, I joked that it always was a wee bit too big when I wasn’t pregnant, so apparently I found a solution for that.

I love a good gold lamé, so this dress is a favorite of mine. Since it is a bit on the ridiculous side, I kept everything else very simple: hair in a simple side braid, diamond studs for earrings, and a basic small black clutch with black pumps. I felt it would go from elegant to gaudy SUPER fast if I had big hair, crazy earrings, etc.

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Photos by Jacque, Inc. 

Dress: Alythea
Earrings: Ann Taylor
Clutch: Target
Heels: Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120 pump

I love that this look isn’t overtly “maternity.” It’s something I would wear to a wedding even if I wasn’t pregnant. I’ve also worn this dress with a blazer over it to a party to tone down the formality.

I love a good gala dress. :)

Baby Update: 33 Weeks, 1.5 months to go!! Being 7.5 months pregnant is crazy. I still get suuuuper sore towards the end of the day and I start walking around like a zombie. Lol, what is that about??? My solution? Take the longest bubble bath ever before bed every night. It helps, or at least I think it does. :)

As always, happy Wednesday and rock the bump ladies!!

-Adriele

{Trends & Style} Jeans, 3 ways

As the air gets cooler (well… as I wait for it to get cooler) I am dreaming of fall. I have fallen in love with a pair of jeans from J. Crew Factory, and I have put together 3 looks for you with the same jeans.

Look One:

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 1. Shirt 2 Jeans. 3. Scarf 4. Blazer

Look Two:

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1. Sweatshirt 2. Shoes 3. Jeans 4. Shirt

Look Three:

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I really wanted 3 separate and distinct looks. As you can probably see, the first is more dressy, the second is quite casual, and the third reminds me of something I’d wear when I’ll be outside- either at Fall Festivals, picking pumpkins, or just mucking about in the fall rain.

I hope this inspires you to look at a basic dark pair of jeans a little differently and style your outfits with a bit more purpose.

Fall is coming! Embrace all things pumpkin! :)

-Adriele

 

On Repeat: Maternity Outfit of the Day

It’s happened. I’m FINALLY pregnant enough to wear a blouse I purchased a few months ago. Haha, that sounds like me, right? Buy now, wear later. :)

I love this outfit for two reasons:
1. The blouse is super cute. I love the bright bird print! It’s so cheery and that makes me smile.
2. It’s cute and casual and comfortable. I can still run errands (like I will be doing all day long) but I don’t feel like a slob. Sometimes, let’s just face it, you feel like crap when you’re pregnant. So I carpe diem and look cute when I can. :)

On to the pictures!

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Blouse: Old Navy (sold out)
Pants: Liz Lang for Target (available in stores)
Sandals: Old Navy
Bag: Target (stores and online)
Watch: Tag Heuer Carerra
Necklace: Tiffany & Co
Bracelets: Etsy, Stella & Dot Renegade, somewhere I can’t remember

The pop of color with the yellow bag makes me smile. You guys know I love a colorful handbag. Between my crazy long hair, the blue in the blouse and the yellow bag, I feel quite colorful today! Embrace some color in your lives!

Off to run errands! I hope your day is a positive and enjoyable one. As always ladies, rock the bump!

XO,
Adriele