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I did it!  Well, at least 2/3 of the way– I wore heels to my 2 morning classes.  But, for my evening class I went with ballet flats.  At least I tried, right?  I have always really liked this blouse and for a while it disappeared and I just assumed that I had purged it because the neckline does have a tendency to gape open.  When we moved I found that it had fallen out of the dresser drawer and been living scrunched up in the bottom of my dresser.  I was super excited to have found it.  After a trip through the washing machine its as good as new.

I didn’t have an outfit pre-planned for Wednesday and since I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses lately I decided to go with pants.  I was going to wear one of my two kimono tops with olive-green leggings but I just couldn’t get the look that I wanted.  I didn’t have a top long enough in the right color to pull the look off and even the one that I thought about wearing seemed too casual.  That may be an outfit better suited to work, instead.  Then, I thought about pairing this top with my maternity khaki’s but I couldn’t find them anywhere.  I have no idea where they are– I know that I recently washed them but they weren’t hanging up in the closet and I didn’t have all day to search for them.  Instead, I opted for these cropped khaki’s.  Luckily, they used to fit a little loose so I was still able to make them work with the use of my belly band to disguise that they are not fully zipped or buttoned.  Also, I used to pin the neckline of the blouse at a higher point so the v-neck wasn’t so deep and wear a camisole underneath of it.  This time, I actually unfolded the edge of the and pinned that together creating an entirely new shape to the neckline– it’s basically a sweetheart neckline.  The simple thing made me extremely happy.

I’ve never really highlighted the red in this print so that’s what I went for this time.  I would have worn my red short-sleeved cardigan because it was another 85+ degree Fall day but I wanted to cover my butt and so I went with my red long-sleeved boyfriend cardigan and just pushed the sleeves up.  I accessorized with red drop earrings and my silver watch.  I was originally going to wear my red ballet flats but I forced myself to go with my navy blue pumps.  They have a low heel and lots of cushioning on the footbed.  They are probably one of the most comfortable pair of pumps that I have.  I really enjoyed this outfit but I do have to say that the shirt and pants were both feeling a little stretched to capacity so I’m not sure that either of these items are going to work going forward in my pregnancy.

Here are some ways that I’ve styled this top in the past– mind you most of these photo’s are from quite awhile ago since this top has been lost.  The most recent photo is from Feb. 2016:

I’ve paired this top with just about every color blazer I could– navy, burgundy, black, royal blue, and teal and twice with a magenta cardigan.  I usually go with a neutral bottom half–khaki skirt, khaki pants, or grey trousers.  But, once I did go with burgundy trousers.  This last time I did consider my navy blue trousers but I didn’t even try them with the top because I know that they don’t accommodate the bump.  I would also like to pair this top with my mustard colored cardigan for a very Fall look.

-Carla