Maternity Style: Grey Coat

This look is perfect for running errands for work, and I love that this is not a maternity jacket. It’s stylish and structured and it even has a bit of a peplum flair in the back. I also am obsessed with grey this fall, so this is perfect.

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Jacket: Banana Republic
Top: Liz Lang Maternity Tank
Pants: Liz Lang Maternity pants
handbag: Kate Spade
shoes: Sole Society booties
sunglasses: Kate Spade

This jacket is from Banana Republic and I just got it a week ago. Love it! It’s a casual addition and I love the structure and the shortened length.

As you can see, I’m pretty pregnant. :) This jacket is a great example of how to maintain a monochromatic base and add color on the top layer to draw the eye away from the stomach. In the last picture it’s harder to see that I’m 36 weeks pregnant. This applies to all outfits. Match the bottom to the top and add a different colored jacket or blazer (something with structure) and it will minimize the stomach.

I will have a few more “fall/winter” outfit ideas for you in the next coming weeks. Stay tuned, every Wednesday!

-Adriele

Fall Must Have: Over the Knee Boots

Yesterday I shared my love for over-the-knee boots. I really think that they are THE new shoe (boot) for fall and winter. If you want one item to help update your wardrobe this autumn, I would get a pair of these boots. They come in every heigh and style- everything from a flat riding boot, to a high heel, and even wedges. Here are a few I’ve found in a wide range of prices:

Target: Altuzarra for Target Over-The-Knee boot $79 (available in stores)
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Nordstrom: Ivanka Trump Onna Knee High Boot $199
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DSW: Carlos by Carlos Santana (he designs shoes now???) Prime Over the Knee boot $130
shoes_ia62243Tory Burch Simone Over the Knee Boot $525
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Coach Madeleine Over the Knee Boot $498
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In case you noticed, I only picked boots in black. Granted, they do come in other colors, but with a boot like this I would suggest black as it is the most versatile. I’ve also seen these boots in places like Marshalls, Forever 21, Zara and TJ Maxx too, so  explore all of your shopping options. Some boots run small in the calves, so make sure they fit OVER the jeans/pants you will be wearing them with.   Additionally, since they are taller than normal boots, sit down with them on and check to see if they rub behind your knee. It may seem trivial, but no one wants the back of their knee rubbed raw. (I know, odd.)

If you get a pair, tag me in the picture! I’d love to see what you chose!

-Adriele

Date Night: Over The Knee Boot

I am officially obsessed with my new boots to the point where I am planning outfits around them. :) You know it’s gotten ridiculous when that’s where we’re at people. In my defense, I LOVE these boots. The back story: I’ve been eyeing some over the knee boots for a couple of seasons, but wanted to wait until they were a bit more mainstream before I invested in a pair. Also, living in the midwest, I try to be cognizant of trends and how long it takes for them to reach my area of the country. If everyone thinks “Pretty Woman” when they see boots over the knee, that is NOT a positive. Granted, I could have just gotten them 3 seasons ago and rocked them, but it’s the midwest. I pick and choose what trends I want to wear here.

Regardless, on to the new boots. This is what I wore for date night:
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I’m so in love with these things. Mine are  the Andie from Sole Society, but there are quite a few other options out there. If you go to any major online shoe retailer, they should have an “Over the Knee” boot section which will provide a myriad of options. Tomorrow I will share a few of my favorites!

Are there any trends you’re excited for this fall? Let me know in the comments! I’m always so excited to hear what everyone else is looking forward to!

-Adriele

Side note: my adorable husband wants a photo credit for these shots. So photo credit to a guy that I can’t link to any of his social media sites because he refuses to have any. Good job Ian. :)

Also, I’m 36 weeks pregnant and I am OVER this pregnancy! Ladies, I know you feel me.

A Look Back

I can’t believe I am 8 months into this pregnancy. This is insane. I literally have a month or less until my world is never the same. I’m still planning on posting when the little guy arrives, but will taper off for a month or so. I’m getting a bit nostalgic because this pregnancy has FLOWN by! Not a ton has changed, I still feel huge and I’m STILL getting morning sickness, I just added acid reflux into the mix (ugh). Little dude is kicking a ton, but seems to be moving all day and then sleeps with me when I get ready for bed. :) Let’s hope he keeps THAT schedule.

I’m doing a combination of past photos just to see how much this little guy has grown since January.

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Wow, weird to look at it in succession. Regardless, we are OFFICIALLY one month out.

Prepare to panic.

Kidding. Well, sort of. ;)

I will keep you all up to date about the little guy and if I suddenly disappear, you know why. I plan on doing a few “fall” maternity looks so those of you that will still be pregnant this fall and winter will have a few non spring/summer outfits.  I should be back to part-time blogging once the little man has been here a while. Sign up for email notifications on the right hand side (or bottom) of the page and when I resume the blog posts you will get a notification.

Have a great day!

-Adriele

Pregnancy Must Haves

So I am almost 8 months into the pregnancy and I have now developed a few “favorites” that have made this entire process easier. I thought I’d share them with you!

1. Over the belly maternity jeans

bc60043487b9ef085a3316a691378309Yes, The majority of my pregnancy was during the summer (at least the fully pregnant part) and I still live in these things. The band, or “under the belly”types serve their purpose, but get SUPER uncomfortable as you get bigger. Invest in one good pair of jeans in a basic wash that is hemmed for when you’re wearing flats. That way they work the ENTIRE pregnancy. (Also, pant rock when you are too tired to shave your legs. I’m just saying. Those days happen.) I like a bootcut or a skinny fit. Although bootcut trend to be a bit more “timeless” and thus you could probably wear them with other pregnancies. Side note: those belly band things sort of work, but were more annoying than they were helpful. I need my pants to stay UP. Buy some of these jeans. Just trust me.

 

_79103392. The BLANQUI support tank

This is AMAZING. I cannot say enough about this tank. I LIVE in these things. Before I got one, my back hurt all the time and I was miserable. This bad boy provides comfortable support and my back pain is SO much better. It holds the belly up and provides compression where you need it. I got the super duper supportive tank, because if I’m wearing it to help with pain, I want it to ACTUALLY HELP. I will hop out of the shower, forget to put it on and 30 min later, I’m wondering why my back hurts. I put it on, and in a few minutes it feels better. Glorious. It’s pricey, but I think it’s totally worth it. Also, it works after pregnancy to help suck in all of the extra post-baby body. (Note: I sleep in this thing too. I LOVE IT.)

3. Preggie Pop Dropsnq-003_1z

I was sick from 6 weeks until 7 months almost daily. The drugs that the doctor gives you help, but I didn’t want to take those every day. These helped me not get sick at inconvenient times. :) Granted, if it was SUPER bad, I would just take the pill, but these were in my purse, my car, next to my bed, etc. They helped take the edge off if I could feel nausea kicking in.

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I have been taking bubble baths every single night. I have noticed a HUGE difference in back pain, swelling, etc, once I started taking daily baths. If the baby is making me uncomfortable, I just hop in the tub. I needed a bubble bath that was gentle enough to use daily that wouldn’t dry my skin out. This works perfectly and smells fantastic! The water helps take the weight of the baby off of my back and other organs. :) For some reason I can’t just sit in water, so the bubbles and smell help me relax and just lay there and let the baby float.

5. Burts Bee’s Mama Bee OilBU520102

First, let me say I’m not super terrified of the idea of stretch marks. I have also heard that whether you get them or not is genetic and not specifically what you do while you’re pregnant. So, I can’t really attest to the ability of this oil to avoid getting any stretch marks. I can, however, rave about this stuff due to the comfort it provided me. Every third day or so from the 4th month on, I would feel like I was about to burst. The little guy would have a growth spurt and I could FEEL my skin stretching and it was suuuuuuuper uncomfortable. I got in the habit on putting this stuff on right after my nightly bath and it helped immensely. I don’t think I have any stretch marks, but I haven’t sat down and really looked. Logic would assume that skin with moisture (lotion or oil) would stretch more, so I assume this oil would help more than not. Additionally, I HATE the smell of cocoa butter, and this oil smells lovely.

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This is the best invention for pregnant ladies ever. I LOVE this thing. It is the perfect size and honestly, the curves on it are absolutely perfect for what I need. The small hook goes under my head and the larger one fits between my knees. Or I can flip over and just drape a leg over the whole thing. It does WONDERS for back/hip pain. I tried to just arrange a ton of pillows, but they weren’t firm enough, or they moved, or I got cranky trying to adjust them in the middle of the night after I got up to go to the bathroom. This is amazing. Get one.

I’m sure there are other things that I’m forgetting, but these are the day-to-day must haves in my life. Are there any things that you couldn’t life without during your pregnancy? Let me know in the comments!

-Adriele

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! Today I am enjoying the day off work to shop with Ian and clean the house. I know, SUPER EXCITING, huh? ;)

In case you missed it, I wrote a post for the guys on Friday about shopping tips (they apply to everyone) for the sales this weekend. To view that post, click here.

If you want a great list of all of the sales going on, this post seems to have a great rundown of all the sales. Check it out.

Happy shopping! I’ll see you all tomorrow!

-Adriele

Guy Friday: LABOR DAY SALES

It’s that time, guys! LABOR DAY SALES!!! I talked about it last week, and it is finally here! I’ll put a few of my favorites below, but the main message of this post is that there are insane sales out there, so if you need some new shoes, or a new pair of short, etc, GO SHOPPING THIS WEEKEND.

Ok, sorry, I got a little shouty there. I’ll reign it in. :) I just really love these sales. I have already done my part and raided J. Crew. I may still attack Tory Burch… we shall see.

My rules for shopping Labor Day sales:

  • Less than 30% off is lame. Unless it is an additional 30% off, I would pass. We’re talking 40%-80% off for the good sales. Unless this is an item that you specifically have been wanting forever, never goes on sale, etc. In that case, get it. Otherwise, I would pass.
  • If they don’t have your size, don’t give up. More often than not, another location will have your correct size/color and they will ship it to your store (for free) or directly to your house. Don’t hesitate to ask.
  • Unless you love it, don’t buy it just because it’s on sale. Trust me on this. It will sit in your closet forever and that’s just a waste.
  • Use this sale time to branch out. Get the basics you need for sure, but try to take a baby step outside of your comfort zone with new items. This is a fantastic opportunity to try a new look without investing a ton of money.
  • Hit the outlets. If you have an outlet store nearby, check it out. Stuff gets INSANELY cheap this time of year. Not kidding. Worth your while.

Some of the sale

Brooks Brothers: save up to 50% on summer items

Saks Off 5th: Take an additional 40% off with code : LABORDAY

J. Crew: Take and additional 25% off with code: almost fall

Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy are all having sales too

Nordstrom: save up to 40% off of sale items

Eddie Bauer: Everything in the store up to 50% off

Dicks Sporting Goods: sales on almost everything

In addition, major chain retailers will have spot sales all over the place within the store. It doesn’t hurt to go and check them out.

This is what happened in 3 hours last year:
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And THIS is what happened when I took my friend and co-worker in DC shopping over Labor Day:
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As you can see, I don’t mess around. :) Labor Day is the best!!!

Let me know what you guys get!

-Adriele