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Monday morning I had this idea in my head for an outfit.  It started with this denim shirt dress, olive-green leggings, my tan suede-like booties, and an olive-green boyfriend style cardigan.  However, the weather is quite a bit warmer than normal for the end of November so I wasn’t going to need all those layers!  Instead, I opted to just go with the denim shirt dress, green leggings, and gold sparkly ballet flats.  The fabric belt that came with the dress just wasn’t working for me and I was going to go sans belt but the belt loops on the side seams were bugging me so I added this leopard-print belt to pull in more of the gold tones.  I accessorized with an oversized gold watch and somewhat of gold and faux-diamond statement earrings.  I went sleek and straight with my hair and a golden bronze eye shadow look with a matte pink lipstick.  I think that this outfit looked better in my head than on my body.  I look extremely pregnant in this dress.  It is tighter and stretched to the absolute limit–more so than I thought it would be!

For comparison, here’s how the dress looked long before my pregnancy and at week 26:

In other news, it’s Christmastime!  Christmas is probably my favorite holiday.  But, I have to admit that I am slightly bummed that I am pregnant during this time of year.  I had so many decorating ideas for the new house but I’m not going to be able to physically do them.  In fact, I started decorating on Sunday.  I put up the tree, fluffed the branches, added a wide plaid ribbon, gold star, red and gold bows, and some red and gold icicle ornaments.  That was all that I had in me before I needed a break.  Then, later on that evening I added red and gold balls and sparkly gold snowflake ornaments and put the tree skirt down.  That is the current state that the tree is in– you can see it in the photographs behind me.  It’s just missing the one-of-a-kind “special” ornaments that my husband and I have collected over the years.  I like to put those on the tree together because it brings fond memories of places we’ve visited or experiences that we’ve shared and commemorated with a Christmas ornament.

I did take advantage of the above-average temperatures this afternoon and put up Christmas lights outside.  We have a tree at the corner of our house and then 4-5 small bushes that run across the front and then another bush that sits between the front stairs and the garage.  My idea was to put colored lights in the tree and white lights in the bushes.  I thought that 2 strings of colored lights would be enough but it turned out that it wasn’t.  I probably need at least a string of 200 to finish the tree.  I did put the white lights into the bushes and all was going well until I reached the last bush and I had the female end of the light string and I needed to male end to connect to the power outlet.  Try as hard as I might, I just couldn’t find a way around how I had strung them to get power to all of the strings.  I’m worried that I am going to have to undo everything that I did and re-do it.  But, I still need more lights to finish out the last bush– probably at least 200 or more so when I go to get more lights I am also going to look for an adapter or extension cord that can help solve my dilemma.  And, if all else fails I will just have to re-do the lights.

-Carla

For my baby shower I bought a new dress to wear.  I wanted something that featured pastel pink as the main color but that was going to be seasonally appropriate.  It was a challenge finding something in a Spring color that had sleeves for under $50 but I managed to do it!  I just kept browsing all of the different retailers that have maternity clothes until I found something that fit the bill.

This dress is made of a super soft t-shirt like material, has three-quarter length sleeves, a scoop neck, ruching on the sides, and lots of give for my belly.  I debuted this dress at my baby shower, top left.  I paired it with a bright pink boyfriend style cardigan, silver watch, and pink pearl earrings.  Because the shower was held in our new home I didn’t wear and shoes, but if I had it would have most likely been a pair of purple ballet flats.  The second time that I wore this dress, a few days later to class, I went with an olive-green boyfriend style cardigan, brown ballet flats, an oversized gold watch, and tear dropped shaped earrings with pink and turquoise accents.  Also, I went with slightly wavy/disheveled hair.  This fit of dress really shows off the baby bump and I had a lot of questions from my students about when am I due, the gender, if it’s my first, so on and so forth.  I plan to wear this dress one more time in the next few days to my second baby shower.  Because the weather is getting more and more Fall-like I am planning on wearing olive-green leggings underneath and some type of boot.  I am not sure if I will pair it with a cardigan or denim jacket– that has yet to be decided.

I really like this dress and I hope you do, too because it’s probably going to become a regular around here for the next few months.  We’ll see just how many ways I can style this dress!

-Carla

Olive You

I can’t believe that we are in week 9 of the semester!  I have 3 courses this semester and other than using a different text and online learning management system I have kept most things the same.  But, this semester feels different.  I don’t feel that I have reached the same level of relationship with these classes at week 9 that I have in the past with classes.  With my evening class we are pretty close.  Everyone has settled in and gotten used to each other.  But, I am struggling with my other two classes and I don’t know how to fix it.  It’s really bumming me out.

On Monday I went with Fall shades of olive-green and khaki.  I started with the maternity khaki pants and then built the outfit from there.  I was hoping that this sleeveless button-up blouse could still work and for the most part, it did.  It had enough give at the bottom to accommodate the bump without getting hiked up and showing my belly.  Plus, it’s longer in the back so it gave me some coverage on the boot-ay as well.  But, if I’m being honest it doesn’t really work in the bust area.  If the blouse sits just right it’s fine, but otherwise the second button is straining and gaping.  I did wear a white tank top underneath but that gave little help.  I went with an olive-green boyfriend cardigan over top, brown Oxford style shoes with a slight heel, green and silver statement earrings, and my silver watch.  This is about as good as it gets for a Monday afternoon at 29 weeks pregnant.

-Carla