Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Random Winner

This is what I wore on Friday to work and then to dinner and Motown.  It was a very randomly thrown together outfit, but I absolutely loved it.  The thought process went something like this:

Hmm... it's cold outside, I should wear jeans.  No, I want to wear a dress for the show tonight.  But I'm so tired of wearing boots.  I'll try my footless tights and flats and just let my ankles freeze.  Okay.  Now what should I actually wear?  All my dresses that fit are in the laundry except for this gray one - yeah, I like that one.  And it will look okay with black tights, just add a black belt.  Sleeveless, so I will need something warm to layer.  Scan through my cardigan drawer - ooh, stripes!  Well, now I'm all gray and black.  Quick add a bright scarf!  And done.

And now you know all my deepest secrets for outfit planning.

Cardigan: Gap outlet
Scarf: Charming Charlie
Dress: Loft Maternity
Belt: Limited
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Target

Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekend Recap

This weekend was busy!  This seems to be a trend lately - I guess we are packing in everything before baby arrives and then I won't do anything for a few months!  Anyway, here's what happened...

Friday night, I went to dinner and Motown with my MIL and SIL.  The show was so good!  Maybe my favorite of this season.  The sound was a little off at the very beginning, so I was worried, but they got it sorted and then the rest of the show was fantastic.  The music was just so fun - all the old songs everyone knows!  

Saturday I slept in way late because I am so tired lately, then I got a few things done around the house.  In the afternoon, I went to a tea party.  Seriously, because my friends are ridiculous and awesome.  The hostesses did an awesome job and it was quite a fancy little occasion.  Plus it was really fun to catch up with everyone.  After that, I met up with John and his parents for dinner.  

As dinner was finishing up, I started to get some pre-migraine feelings, so we went home and I just took it easy for the rest of the evening.  I never got a full blown migraine, but I woke up Sunday morning feeling pretty terrible.  So Sunday was spent mostly trying to not get a real migraine while still accomplishing a few things.  

Anyway, that was my weekend.  And this outfit is from about a week ago when we had a random 80+ degree day.  I'd really love it if we could settle into a couple months of 70 degrees all the time.  So, let's do that, okay?

Cardigan: JCF
Necklace: F21
Tee: Target Maternity
Skirt: Gap
Shoes: Sperry

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Budget Rewind - March 2013

March Purchases

Let's go back and see what I bought in March 2013.  (note - this collage contains some February items.

  • J.Crew Denim Shorts: $31 (originally $58.50) - I love these shorts!  I have worn them a lot, mostly in casual non-blog outfits, but I'd guess I've totally gotten my money's worth.  And they were getting a little snug last time I wore them (blame early pregnancy?), but I hope they will fit again and I can keep wearing them.  
  • Merona Cardigan:  $11.50 (originally $23) - Impulse purchase, but it turned out well for me. Really, a green polka dot cardigan is just so me.  
  • Merona Floral Tank:  $10 (originally $15) - I'm definitely under the $1 cost/wear goal on this top.  I still love it, but it is starting to look a little faded, so I might have to retire it soon.  

  • Xhileration Ruffle Dress:  $7.50 (originally $25) - I don't know what to say about this one.  I'm sure I've worn it more than 8 times, so the cost per wear is good.  I think it's a little too short in the front, and I'm not 100% sold on the high-low style.  So not quite bad, but not quite good.  
  • Gap Cardigan: $16 (originally $45) - at the time, I think this was a dumb purchase (I had a 40% off coupon and really wanted to buy something), but I've been wearing it a lot more lately, so it turned out okay.  

  • J.Crew Corsage Tee: $9 (originally 39.50) - I think I wore this a couple times, but the flower thing just looked terrible after I washed it, and I couldn't figure out how to fix it, so I removed it, and then it was just a striped tee.  And then it inexplicably got some purplish stains on it (still don't know how that happened), so I just sent it to Goodwill.  Definitely didn't get $9 out of it.  

  • Prabal Gurung Sandals: $15 (originally $30) - I returned these.  I liked them, but the straps hit my feet in a weird spot and they weren't very comfortable.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Budget Rewind - March 2014

March Shopping

With a year of possible wears, let's see how my March 2014 purchases are holding up:

JCF Mint scarf: $10 (originally $35) - blogged 4 times, but worn many more times.  I'll definitely be wearing it more this spring!  
JCF Yellow Cardigan: $12 (originally $55) - I just can't get enough of these JCF Clare cardigans.  
Gap White tee: $9 (originally $30) - something about a white tee with a little bit of interest is just perfect.  I really love the subtle floral pattern in this one.  
Gap Blue camisole: $4 (originally $20) - I mean, it's an undershirt and I wear it all the time.  

F21 Gingham shirt: $20 - after searching high and low for the perfect gingham shirt, I found this one.  And then it shrunk the first time I washed it.  I'm still making it work as a layering piece, but it isn't wearable alone (too much button gaping across the chest!)      
Gap Blue/white printed blouse:  $14 (originally $40) - I really like this top, but I've hardly worn it.  I'll try to make it up!  

Old Navy Polka dot blouse: $12 (originally $33) - it seems like I have only worn this once.  That's terrible.  I do still like it, but maybe it's time to send it to a better home?  

Printed shirt: $15 (originally $65) - I returned this shirt.  It was just too weird, even for me.  So hooray for realizing that before I wore it! 

Not a great month, but not terrible.  For what it's worth, I'm finding these budget rewind posts really help me think about what I am buying - like what will I think of it in a year?  I think that's a good perspective, so I'm going to keep at it!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

All That Shimmers

You can't really tell, but this shirt is all golden shimmery.  I bought it back in January, and haven't worn it at all so far.  Oops!  But now that I'm running out of things that fit over my giant belly, this tee might get a little more action in the next (plus or minus) 6 weeks.

Can anyone even believe it is almost April?  Or am I the only one in denial that the year is 1/4 over?

Cardigan and Shoes: Target
Tee: Loft Maternity
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Shopping

March is coming to an end, so let's see what I bought this month.  I think there's just one Loft online order, one Target online order, and one mall trip to account for:

Gap scarf:  $9 (originally $45)
Old Navy Maternity white jeans: $17 (originally $35)
Old Navy Maternity striped tank: $5 (originally $13)
Loft Maternity black shorts: $6 (originally $50)
Loft Maternity turquoise shorts: $6 (originally $50)
Loft printed chambray popover: $15 (originally $60)

Black sandals: $20 (used giftcard)
Pink Flats: $13 (used giftcard)
Black/White flats: $9 (used giftcard)

Total spent: $58 (originally $253)

I kind of hate buying maternity clothes, because I know I don't have much time to wear them, but I feel pretty good about what I have purchased, and the prices I have paid.  The shorts were so cheap, and I assume I won't be back to my pre-pregnancy size for most of the summer, so I think there's a good chance I will wear them a lot.

The shoes, well, some of my favorite pairs of shoes are getting pretty worn out.  Since Target was running a BOGO sale, and I had some giftcards, I decided to get a few things.  I have the sandals in cognac and LOVE them, so I think the black ones will be great for this summer.  I kind of miss my old pink shoes, so I felt like a replacement pair would be fun.  The striped flats are just really fun, and since my black/white polka dot flats are starting to wear out, I think these will fill that hole in my closet.  Hopefully they all work out when they show up in the mail!  

At this point in the year, I'm $100 under budget.  I'm really going to try not to shop in April unless I start to be desperate for clothing that fits.  If anything, I might need some more short sleeve maternity tops, because most of my normal tops aren't long enough anymore.  But with only a month or so left in this pregnancy, I hate to be spending money on much!  

How'd you do in March?  Link up with Fran if you want to join in with the Budgeting Bloggers!  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Birds of Prey

Who wants to hear a funny/weird story?  My sister told me this, after seeing the crib mobile I made for the baby's room.

At Target, the cashier guy told my sister a fun fact about mobiles.  Babies aren't entertained by them.  They actually think that birds of prey are circling and will swoop down to eat them at any moment, so the baby's survival instinct kicks in and he will be quiet and still to avoid capture.  So yeah, it is pretty effective, but parents have no idea that their newborns are terrified.

I mean, what?  Extensive research (I googled it) shows that this is not true, but I think it's ridiculous that the Target guy was sharing crazy theories!  I assume actual doctors or researchers would have figured this out and no one would use mobiles if this were the case.  But no, random Target worker, you seem to be a super legit baby expert.

Anyway, there's a random story for your Tuesday!  (and a random outfit)

Cardigan: Gap
Tunic and Jeans: Old Navy Maternity
Shoes: Target

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Mix

Everyone thinks of floral print in the spring, right?  And stripes just seem to go so perfectly with florals, right?  I was planning on wearing my coral boyfriend cardigan with this outfit, but apparently I got rid of it (or lost it??), so the pink one was an emergency substitution, as I was running late (pretty typical) and didn't have time to think of anything else to wear.  I was also planning on wearing my navy shoes, but they are feeling a little tight lately (thanks swollen feet!), so the gold flats sitting by the door seemed like a decent option, and I snagged my gold chain necklace to make them match better.

I felt pretty great in this outfit, and specifically very "great with child," because this tank top is a very fitted maternity style.

Weekend update?  Well, it the weather was about as perfect as possible, so John and I got takeout on Friday night and found a park bench next to a duck pond.  Pretty good date.  Saturday was spent getting the baby room mostly in order.  I just have to do a few more little projects, but all the big furniture is arranged.  Sunday, I was exhausted (this is becoming a trend), so I was kind of a bum between church services and got just a few things done.  Late pregnancy and rheumatoid arthritis are not a great combination for efficiency.

Cardigan: Gap
Necklace: F21
Tank: Old Navy Maternity
Skirt; Macy's
Shoes: Target

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Baby Room Sneak Preview

A few people have asked about how I'm decorating the baby's room, so I figured I could share my vision and a few of the projects I have been working on.  If you don't care about baby-related stuff, you've been warned - just go ahead and come back on Monday when I will be showing an outfit I wore and talking about something else.

Pinterest is a blessing and a curse when it comes to everything.  Baby room decor is no exception.  Before we even found out the gender, I wanted to paint the room navy, so I was pinning navy room ideas like crazy.  John asked if an entirely navy room would be too dark, and then I wasn't sure, so we decided to make even more work for ourselves by painting the bottom 2/3 navy, and the top 2/3 white, and adding molding.  Here's the final result (with the crib, too!)

After searching for ideas, I pretty much fell in love with this entire room.  A million dollars later...  Just kidding.  I wasn't going to spend too much money on a baby room, so I just decided to focus on the navy/white color scheme with some other bright colors mixed in (mostly orange and green).

Way back in the olden days (probably the late 1970s?), my parents bought a very nice/modern furniture set for the living room.  I claimed it when I was in middle school and they redecorated our house.  It is orange velvet.  It's also very comfortable.  I briefly considered trying to re-upholster it, but then I decided to leave it as is (equal parts lazy and sentimental).  This chair has lived in our basement for the past few years, but it's moving on up to the baby room.  I hear it's nice to have a chair to sit on in the middle of the night when the baby isn't sleeping.  I'm hoping to make a throw pillow in some kind of navy/white pattern for the chair.  We got this ottoman for a foot rest (and it doubles as storage!)

We also didn't want to spend a ton of money on furniture, so it seemed easier to repaint an old dresser and night stand that had been in the guest room.  I mostly followed these instructions.  Of course, I didn't take any before or during pictures because I'm not a DIY blogger, but here's the finished night stand.

The other idea that I just HAD TO DO, was this little corner library thing.  Our room has the same kind of nook for the door, which is just wasted wall space, and I love the idea of the books being front facing, and part of the overall room decoration.  I was going to buy the picture ledges, but the sizes weren't quite right and they are kind of expensive, so John said he could just make them.  Awesome.  I painted these letters to hang about the shelves (totally stolen idea from the aforementioned favorite room):

As I was pinning ideas for the room, I noticed a lot of fun artwork with stripes and animal silhouettes (like this).  This is a pretty cheap and easy project, so I've made a few canvases to hang around the room.  I think these sets of 3 will be pretty cute on the walls.

I have a couple more canvases (including 2 bigger ones), but haven't decided what to do with them yet.  I'd like to do one of the big ones with baby's initial (like this), but I'm not sure we will have a finalized name until he is born, and then I doubt I will have time for craft projects (I hear babies are super needy!).  So that might wait a few months.

Here's another completely stolen idea!  I thought this DIY mobile was really cool, and looked pretty easy, so I did it myself.  I used felt instead of paper, but it's a pretty straightforward little project.

My final project was making curtains.  I thought I could just buy some, because it should be easy to find navy/white stripe or chevron curtains, right?  You would think.  But the answer is no - unless you want to spend $80.  Or maybe I am just bad at shopping.

Plan B was to sew some curtains, because it should be easy to find navy/white stripe or chevron fabric, right?  Apparently not.  I went to every fabric store in town and completely struck out.  The navy was either too gray, or the white was too tan, or they only had 3 yards when I needed 5.  I was getting SO FRUSTRATED.  But then I went to Hobby Lobby for the third time in a week and found this chevron print that hadn't been there the previous times.  HOORAY!  Here's a closeup of the curtain.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

So what now?  I still have a few projects in my mind.  I got a plain white lamp shade that I want to paint something on, but haven't decided what.  I want to sew a crib skirt, but need to find the perfect fabric.  And otherwise, it's just a matter of getting all the furniture into the room and arranged in the best way.  And then organizing all the baby stuff that we are acquiring along the way.  

I'm sure I will share more pictures when everything is somewhat finalized.  

Friday, March 20, 2015

Something Something Friday

As I write this post (Thursday night), I'm just exhausted and unable to think of anything clever to say.   I just got home from my first baby shower (so amazing!  More on that later), and am just overwhelmed with all the wonderful people I work with, and the thoughtful gifts they got for me and the baby.  I think I took about 2 pictures all night because I was just caught up in the moments, so I hope I can steal some pictures from my co-worker who was playing photographer.

Anyway, here's an outfit I wore recently.  I liked it in real life, but I don't like it as much in pictures.  I mean, it's okay, but I think the blazer looks too small (which it is right now), but as I was wearing it, I thought it just looked normal/unbuttoned.  And I think/hope this will be the last time I wear boots for the next several months! Come on, spring - stick around!  

Have a happy weekend!  I'll probably just be sorting and staring at all the baby stuff I just got!  

Blazer: Gap via consignment
Shirt: Loft Maternity
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity
Boots: Madden

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Third Thursday - Sales!

If you've ever read one of my Budgeting Bloggers posts, you know I rarely buy anything for full price.  I just don't see a reason to, since it will probably go on sale (or I'll find a similar item on sale in the future).  When Bri announced the Third Thursday Threads theme for this month was favorite sale purchase, it was kind of hard to narrow down.  So I just picked a recent outfit that I really liked, and will share my shopping strategies for each item.  As a general rule, I like to get cost per wear of any item down to $1 or less.  Of course, when I am actually buying anything, I have to guess on how often and how long I will wear it, so it's not an exact science.

The dress was $16 (originally $30), which is only about 50% off, which is usually not something I would go for (especially at Old Navy), but since it is a maternity dress, I didn't want to wait.  I think I've worn it 5 or so times, and will probably wear it more in the next 6 weeks, since I'm running out of things that fit.  I probably won't make it to 16, but if I'm ever pregnant again, I think this will be a dress I still want to wear.

The cardigan was $15 (originally $55).  I love the Clare cardigan from J.Crew Factory, and I think I have it in 4 colors.  I will probably keep buying different colors, because I wear them all pretty frequently (I'm slightly shocked this one has only made the blog one other time!)

The belt was one of those 3-pack deals at TJ Maxx - I think it was probably $10 for the set, so that means this one is about $3.  I'd highly recommend looking at places like TJ Maxx or Marshall's for accessories, because they are super cheap!  It's been on the blog about 20 times, so my cost per wear is pretty fabulous at this point!

The shoes are from Target and I got them for $9 (originally $40).  They were a random find when I was grocery shopping, and just happened into the shoe section.  They must have been an online return, because they only had one pair, and it was my size, and I think black flats will always be a frequently worn item for me, and I didn't love the options I had at the time.  I've blogged them 10 times, and I've worn them way more than that.

I know I'm kind of cheating, because I didn't pick a "favorite" sale item, but I probably can't even fit into some of my favorite sale items at the moment, so I'm just making up my own rules.

Cardigan: J.Crew Factory
Dress: Old Navy Maternity
Belt: Chinese Laundry
Shoes: Target

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another Floral Scarf Look

Well, I should have just waited and done a Threefer Thursday with this scarf, because I wore it again.  This time I paired it with my neglected neon pink and gray striped sweater (not to be confused with my different but the same pink and gray striped sweater).  I really like both of these sweaters, but I neglect both of them, and they are very similar, but I can't decide which one I like better, so I keep both of them.  For now, I'm probably just putting all my sweaters in storage, and I will see what works for me next winter.  Closet downsizing has been tricky during pregnancy, since I don't know what clothes will fit my new body, and what styles will make sense with my new lifestyle!

Add this to the list of outfits where I don't look pregnant from the front!

Scarf: F21
Sweater: Gap
Pants: Old Navy Maternity
Shoes: Old Navy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy Green Day

Yeah yeah, I'm not wearing very much green in this outfit. If you look closely, there are leaves on the flowers on my scarf.  And that's the only green outfit I had in my queue for this week, because I wasn't thinking about St. Patrick's Day when I scheduled Sunday's post.  I'm probably wearing green in real life today, even though I'm not Catholic, so I should probably wear orange.  But green is one of my favorite colors, so I like any excuse to wear it.

By the way, I'm all of a sudden feeling hugely pregnant.  Not in a bad way, just in a "there is no question anymore" way, which is kind of nice.  But rumor has it that this kid is going to double in size in the next 6 weeks, so I expect my belly to expand quite a bit as well.

Jacket: Target
Scarf: H&M
Sweater: Kohl's Maternity
Skirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Target

Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekend Update

Another weekend is gone, and I'm really starting to feel like time is flying by!  How about a quick weekend update?

Friday after work, John and I went out for dinner and a movie.  The weather was so gorgeous that we sat outside to eat!  I am so terribly excited for warm weather, I don't even care about being a blogging cliche!

On Saturday, I met up with a friend for lunch, and catching up on life.  Then I went to the outdoor mall and did a little shopping.  I didn't buy too much (more on that at the end of the month), but it was so pretty walking around in the sunshine!  And I may have purchased these shoes for the baby, because they were only $4 and I just couldn't help myself.  I was very brave and left behind a very cute baseball cap.

Saturday afternoon/evening, John and I put together the baby cage crib that recently arrived.  Okay, John did all of the assembly, but I helped hold things!  It's pretty cool to see the room coming together.

Sunday was church, lunch, home for a little bit, and then I went over to a friend's house for a few hours in the afternoon.  She's got a 5-month-old who is completely adorable.  So again, it's fun to think about having a little person soon, and sort of shocking how quickly they grow up and change!

Anyway, it was a fun weekend, but I didn't get much accomplished.  I'm quickly running out of weekends, so I guess I need to work on my task lists in the evenings.  Well, not this week.  I have plans almost every evening.  Maybe next weekend will be more productive?

Cardigan: H&M
Necklace: F21
Top: Kohl's Maternity
Jeans: H&M Maternity
Shoes: Target

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Three Weeks Ago

Here's an outfit from three weeks ago!  I feel like you usually can't go wrong with a black and white print and a brightly colored cardigan.  Happy Sunday!

Cardigan: Gap outlet
Top: Old Navy Maternity
Skirt: Gibson & Latimer
Tights: Old Navy maternity
Boots: Madden

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Neglected Basic Black Sweater

I didn't realize this sweater was neglected until I wore it, and then I noticed I hadn't worn it in forever.  It's just a basic black v-neck sweater, so you'd think it would be a staple item, but apparently not.  I wore it in February, but prior to that, it had been over a year!  Granted, some of those months were summer, but still.  That's kind of crazy.  Anyway, I wanted to wear this skirt, and it was freezing out, so I layered on the leggings/sweater/scarf/boots combo to make it work.  Of course, this was like 2 weeks ago, and then this past week was basically summer (seriously, I had to turn the AC on in my car), so I'm at that awkward part of the year where being behind on blogging outfits actually matters.

So here's a Saturday post, to catch up a bit.  If you need me, I'll probably be outside enjoying the weather, or inside doing some kind of baby preparations.

Sweater & Scarf: Gap
Skirt & Leggings: Old Navy
Boots: Madden

Friday, March 13, 2015

Winter is Ending

The good news is that winter seems to be over.  The bad news is that I am perpetually 1-2 weeks behind on posting my outfits, so while I am wearing skirts and flats in real life, the blog is still reflecting colder times.  This was a simple outfit for a cold day when I wanted to be as comfortable as possible.  And now, spring seems to really be here!  We've had highs in the 60s and 70s this week and I am one very happy girl!  So here's hoping the boots and tights can hibernate until December!

Scarf: CK
Sweater: Old Navy
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity
Boots; Madden

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Neglected Dress and Cantaloupe Baby

Oh hey, a neglected dress!  It's been quite awhile since this one made an appearance.  I think it was lost in the ironing pile for a few months.  It needed to be rescued!  

And it's been a few weeks since I compared my child to produce, so I know you are all dying  for an update.  I have 2 apps, one says cantaloupe, the other says jicama.  Since I know what a cantaloupe is, we're sticking with that option.  

Whenever I think of cantaloupe, my mind immediately goes to an episode of Saved by the Bell, when Screech is going to get married, and Mr. Belding says "Screech, you can't elope!" and Screech replies "Who are you calling a cantaloupe!?"  Just think about how many important things I have forgotten, and yet that stays.  

And in the interest of being honest, here's a side view.  It's crazy how from the front view, I don't think I look pregnant at all in this outfit, but then I turn to the side and BAM! - giant cantaloupe baby!  

Cardigan: H&M
Dress: Old Navy
Belt: Madden
Tights; H&M Maternity
Boots: Madden

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

First Grade Inspiration

My youngest niece is in first grade, and is a little fashionista.  Sometimes she asks her mom to send me pictures of her outfits.  Sometimes, I post them on the blog (here and here).  When my sister sent me a recent outfit picture, I just felt like I had to copy it.

I don't think I've ever worn my denim jacket over a chambray shirt, and I thought it was a fun idea. Plus I was anxious to wear my new maternity chambray top.

I even searched on Pinterest to see if this was an obvious combo I have missed, and couldn't find anything, so my niece is officially the pioneer of this idea.  As with any denim on denim, I think it's important to make sure your blues are different enough to provide a little contrast.  And if you are really cool (like the 6-year-old), a printed chambray and embellished jacket help keep things interesting.  If you aren't that cool (like me, for instance), maybe add a necklace and belt for a little shine!

I can't tell you where most of E's outfit is from, but her jacket is from the Annie collection at Target - I know this, because I bought it for her at Christmas.

I think my version would be a little better with my regular chambray popover, but it doesn't fit at the moment.  This maternity top is just a little too billowy and I think the proportions look kind of goofy.  I mean, I felt fine all day, but then looking at my pictures, I felt like it looked a little weird.  Also wrinkly, but this is real life!

Jacket: JCF
Chambray: Loft Maternity
Belt: Chinese Laundry
Skirt: Gap
Boots: Madden

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Twofer Tuesday - Floral Scarf

I've somehow gotten way behind on outfit posts again, which is why I'm sneaking in some two-fer posts.  I tend to neglect this scarf for 6 months at a time, so I went crazy and wore it a few times in a row recently.  The jeans outfit was for work on a Friday, the dress was for church on Sunday.  And I actually wore the scarf again to work a few days later, but "Threefer Thursday" doesn't have the same ring to it, so I'll leave that outfit for another day.  

Here's your free and very obvious fashion tip for the day - a bright floral scarf is a good way to pretend it is spring when it it still super freezing outside.  (and I should note that this week is all of a sudden beautifully springy!  So I can wear actual spring clothes instead of just brightly colored winter clothes).  

Outfit #1: 
Scarf: F21
Cardigan: Gap
Dress: Loft Maternity
Belt: Chinese Laundry
Tights: H&M
Boots: Steve Madden

Outfit #2:
Scarf: F21
Sweater and Jeans: Old Navy Maternity
Boots: Steve Madden

Monday, March 9, 2015

Engineer Party

I recently went with John to an engineering awards banquet.  Most of the awards were given for projects, so the people who were accepting the awards did not bring dates.  John was accepting an individual award (so proud of him!), so he was one of about 3 engineers who did get to bring a date.  And just for the record, there aren't very many female engineers.  All this means I was one of the only women and only non-engineers at the event.  There were a few awkward moments, but overall, it was a pretty nice evening.  A lot of the winning designs were actually kind of interesting (even to me!), but I didn't understand all the jokes that the presenter made.

Anyway, this is what I wore.  It's always hard for me to decide what to wear to engineering type events.  John said he was wearing a suit, but that doesn't translate into what a woman should wear.  Should I also wear a suit?  Or should I wear a cocktail dress?  How fancy or businessy should I be?  And add to that the fact that at 7 months pregnant, I can't fit into most of my skirts and dresses, so my options were limited.  I figured a black dress would be a safe bet.  And I couldn't help but add a fun necklace.  Heels were a mistake, as there was more standing around than I would have expected.

Since we were both dressed up, I even snagged John for a picture.  We clean up pretty nice, huh?

Dress: Old Navy Maternity
Necklace: Lucky B Boutique
Belt: Madden
Tights: Old Navy maternity
Shoes: JCF

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Copycat Orange and Green

This outfit was 100% inspired by this pin.  I think the original version looks a little bit better with a mostly white top that has orange dots on it.  My mostly orange top with the green sweater just made me feel a little bit too much like a Miami fan.  Isn't that annoying how perfectly good color combinations are ruined by team colors?

Cardigan: Gap outlet
Blouse: Gap Outlet
Necklace: Old Navy
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity
Boots: Madden