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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

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

Buyer Beware

Monday of this week I was excited to wear another one of my maternity tops.  This is one of the 4 tops that I bought with the gift card from my sister.  Online it looked like the background was white or creme with the blue flowers.  The reviews said that this shirt ran large and one buyer complained about the buttons falling off.  I went ahead and purchased it anyway thinking that it would be a good shirt to wear while teaching.  Well, a few things.  First off, the background is blush pink.  I actually don’t mind too much because I think it’s a subtle and classy way to wear baby pink and blue.  But, the button comment was no joke.  When I first took this blouse out of the plastic bag it shipped in one of the buttons fell right off.  Luckily, it wasn’t that big of a deal and I just sewed the button back on.

But, it didn’t end there.  You can’t tell too much in this photo but I layered a navy tank top underneath of this blouse and boy am I glad that I did!  Because the buttons are sewn on loosely they have a tendency to easily slip out of the button-hole at the slightest shift in posture and then before you know it the entire top of the blouse is hanging wide open.  Yikes!  And the button saga continued.  About halfway through my day one of the buttons on the cuff of the sleeve fell off.  I was able to grab it and put it in my pocket so I can sew it back on, but still.

Then, I noticed that there was a string hanging off the side of the blouse.  Upon further inspection I realized that they were loops on either side for a belt.  But, my shirt didn’t come with a belt.  I’m not sure if it was supposed to but I am led to believe that it was.  I bought the shirt on clearance for $12.79 so it’s not the end of the world but I don’t expect the buttons to fall off a shirt and it to arrive missing a piece.  I may remove the other buttons and sew them on tighter so that the shirt can be more functional and I have belts that I can wear with the shirt, but buyer beware!

-Carla