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Couches, Sectionals, and Chaises

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Sunday my husband and I went furniture shopping. . .  again.  We both thought that we were going furniture buying but it didn’t turn out that way.  We had a pretty good sense of exactly what we want for the living room and bedroom furniture.  We’ve gone and browsed the 3 or 4 local furniture stores by us and looked online at options.  Armed with the knowledge of what we wanted we set out to buy it.

The first furniture store had several bedroom sets that both my husband and I could agree upon but it was the living room that was giving us trouble.  I wanted a sectional that is L shaped with the long side of the L being 3 or 4 cushions in length– or approximately 9-10 foot.  Then, the short side of the L I wanted a chaise type section that would be right facing.  This configuration would suit our space very well– it is longer than it is wide.  And, we wanted this in a medium to dark color with an upholstery type of fabric.  But, that is exactly what we could not find.  However, the salesman did discuss the option of special order but that would take upwards of 2 months and we were hoping to have our furniture purchased and delivered by the middle of October.

Furniture store number 2 didn’t treat us much better.  Again, we found one or two bedroom sets that we liked but none that we liked or for a comparable price as furniture store number one.  And, it was the same story with the couch– we were not able to find the configuration that we wanted in the color.  Everything that they had was light to medium value.  I will say that the salesman did a great job of selling the protection plan, but it’s not just for the cat and the kid what we wanted the darker color it is also for the aesthetics.

But, it was a blessing in disguise that we couldn’t find what we wanted because when we got home and started measuring for a special order we discovered that what we wanted wasn’t going to be as great as we had thought.  The size of the part that we wanted for the long part of the “L” was spot on– the room is plenty long enough.  What we failed to consider is how far out into the living room the chaise part would come and after measuring it out we came to the realization that it would close off the living room way too much and make entering the living room difficult since you would have to walk all the way around the chaise.  So, in a sense we were saved from not buying something that wouldn’t have satisfied us.  Now, we are looking at a more traditional set-up with a couch, love seat, and chair.  Luckily, this should be easier to find in a fabric/style that we want without the need to special order.

For our day out of furniture shopping I went with my blue and white striped maternity top and navy blue khaki shorts.  It is supposedly Fall, but it seems like Summer wants a few more days to herself– we’ve had temps. in the upper 80’s/low 90’s the last 4 days.  I went casual with my footwear since I knew that we would be meandering around a big warehouse and trying out couches and what not.  It’s not some sort of earth-shattering outfit but I do try to make sure that I get dressed and do my hair and makeup for my husband, too, and not just work.

-Carla

New Jeans

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On a recent trip to Wal-Mart I went to check out the maternity section and noticed that the space was completely cleared out!  This meant that the items had been marked for clearance.  I felt a giddy flutter in my stomach– but that could have been Baby Girl showing her excitement.  A quick search turned up the clearanced items and this light wash pair of maternity skinny jeans for $10 made it into my cart.  I went with a large instead of a medium because I wanted them to still fit in a few more weeks.  I’m so glad that I’ve added another option to my maternity wardrobe.

I’ve paired them with a top that I’ve worn several times before, a gold sparkly cardigan, and purple ballet flats.  My jewelry is pretty simple– my everyday silver watch and drop pearl earrings.  This outfit was so comfortable and I felt put together.  Here’s two other ways that I’ve styled this top with a yellow cardigan earlier in my pregnancy:

I’ve worn this top quite a bit but I don’t always take pictures.  The way that it’s cut is very accommodating to my growing baby.

-Carla

Flowered Pants Down

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Yesterday I used the above image as the inspiration for my outfit.  I liked the way that the blush blazer slightly dressed up the flower print pants even though she’s wearing it with a basic white blouse and flat sandals.  I felt like I could accomplish a similar look and feel with my flowered pants.

Although the color palette of my pants is quite different from the inspiration I still think that I created a similar outfit.  I went with a khaki blazer and brown ballet flats, however.  I waffled between going with the color of the blazer in the original photo–blush pink or with the structure of a blazer.  In the end, because the blush colored cardigan that I have is a thick and fuzzy sweater material I opted for the blazer.  I was going to try for my cognac heels but I just couldn’t talk myself into it even though I thought they looked awesome.  A gold watch and bronze feather earrings finished out the look.

I liked this look and I received 2 compliments on the flowered pants.  But, I thought that it looked better in person than it photographed.  I was a little sad reviewing the photo’s for this post.  Also, at some point during the day– perhaps while I was taking my afternoon nap, the seam below the zipper came un-sewed.  I’d say split but that sounds so dramatic.  It’s bad enough that I use the belly band to conceal that the fly of my pants is completely open and the waistband is folded down under my belly.  So, I had no choice but to change my pants for my evening class.  This is probably the last wearing of the flowered pants for the rest of my pregnancy and maybe ever.

-Carla