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Polka Dots and Flats

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One of the things that I try to do is wear my clothing items differently.  That isn’t something that is necessarily intuitive but having this blog helps to challenge me.  Not to mention that having the photographic evidence how I wore a certain dress or blouse or skirt makes it easy to see what I’ve done before and push myself towards something different.

Take this collared polka dot dress, for instance.  Here are several ways that I have styled it in the past:

I’ve done a magenta sweater over the dress and a magenta cardigan worn open.  I’ve done it with a black blazer and black tights, a dark wash denim jacket and black riding boots, and I’ve also worn it without any topper– once by accenting with a skinny magenta belt and once with a purple belt.  I’ve styled it other ways before, too, but this is just a sampling.  This time around I went with a burgundy cardigan, the fabric belt it came with, a long pendant necklace, gold watch, and black ballet flats.

I would have loved to have worn my burgundy peep toe pumps but with being 5.5 months pregnant I’m just not that worried about picking the cutest shoes and sacrificing comfort.  Today was the first day that one of my students dared to ask if I am pregnant.  They don’t know me very well but I am not easily offended.

-Carla

Fall 2017 (Maternity)

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Figuring out the Focus

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We’re starting to get this camera thing figured out!  Yesterday my husband worked from home for part of the day because we were having the washer and dryer delivered (!!) and we weren’t sure if they would be here and have it installed before I had to go to class.  (Of course they were!). Luckily, it wasn’t a big deal for him to start the day from home.  Since he was home with me I asked him to help me, once again, with focusing the camera and getting it all set-up.  I’m excited because these pictures are much more crisp and in focus and I am happy to share them.  Plus, I am wearing this plaid maternity sweater for the first time.

I bought this sweater in my first purchase of maternity clothes in June and I picked this sweater because it was on clearance during the Summer and I thought that it would be perfect for Fall/Winter when my belly was bigger.  It’s not a super thick sweater but it is so soft and cozy and I really wish that I could wear it everyday.

For it’s debut I went with a simple and classic outfit and paired it with black maternity dress pants and red ballet flats.  I would love to dress this up for Christmas with a red skirt and black knee-high boots.  Or, I could see layering a collared button-up shirt underneath, topping it with my white frost-free vest, skinny jeans, and flat riding boots for a casual Fall outfit perfect for apple picking or a visit to the pumpkin patch.

In other news, we’re getting settled in to our new house and I hope to share pictures soon.  Right now the silliest little things make me extremely happy– like having the washer and dryer delivered and being able to do laundry.  Our next hurdle is getting the lawn mower and new vacuum cleaner and a little further down the list is new bedroom and living room furniture.  Then, we’ve got dining room table and last but not least– the nursery.  Let’s just say it’s a bit of a work in progress.

-Carla