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The Hair-Tie Trick

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If you’ve ever been pregnant then you’ve heard of “the hair tie trick.”  If not, allow me to explain.  In the first few month of pregnancy your clothes will fit most of your body, but not all.  Namely, your midsection.  (Now, I can’t speak for the latter months since I haven’t experienced them yet, but I’ll keep you posted.)  The hair-tie trick is a hack that allows you to get a few more months of wear out of your current pants.  You take one hair tie and loop it around the zipper pull.  A second hair tie loops through the button-hole opening.  You thread the hair tie through itself to create a “knot.”  Then, you can zip up your pants as far as they will go and hook the hair tie around the button.  Repeat this with the other hair tie–loop it around the button to keep your pants fastened with a gap to accommodate the bump.

This isn’t a bad trick– but you do need to have a long top to disguise your partially open pants.  And, be careful when looping the two hair ties around the button that you don’t get them tangled.  This happened to me and I had a momentary panic when trying to use the restroom.

This is an outfit that I’ve worn before but never while pregnant.  I’m wearing my lighter wash skinny jeans using the hair tie trick and a sleeveless kelly green shell.  This blouse is just at the point of not being able to fit my growing chest– that’s another fit issue that I’ve had with a lot of my existing clothing.  Over top I added a navy blue boyfriend cardigan, leopard print ballet flats, and simple silver jewelry.  Later in the day, I did unbutton the last button on the blouse to give me a little more room around the midsection.  Luckily I sit at a desk so I don’t have to worry too much about someone seeing my hair tie and with the cardigan I could just quickly button the bottom few buttons when I got up to run to the bathroom or go on a walk and know that I was covered.

Are there any styling tricks or hacks that you’ve used while pregnant?  Please let me know in the comments below.

-Carla

Buyer Beware

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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

Maxi-mum Comfort

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I’ve mentioned a few times that with my pregnancy I have very limited options when it comes to my bottom half.  It’s easy to find a shirt that can accommodate my larger chest and baby bump, but the bottom half is a little harder to fit.  Currently, I have a pair of maternity denim capri’s and dark wash skinny jeans.  I also modified a pair of khaki’s to be maternity.  But, that’s truly it!

Last Friday instead of trying to fuss with pants I just took the easy route and went with a maxi dress.  My husband is not really a fan of maxi dresses.  He tends to equate them with woman who are pregnant and although non-pregnant women can totally wear a maxi dress there is a reason why it’s sort of ubiquitous with pregnancy.  Most maxi dresses are made of a stretchy and forgiving material.

I wore this purple maxi dress that I have had for a very long time.  I did layer a white tank top under it for extra coverage and modesty and because it has thin straps I added a short-sleeved oatmeal cardigan over top.  Even though it was pouring down the rain it was probably not the best choice I went with my suede-ish purple ballet flats.  Oddly, I think that I look the least pregnant in this outfit than others that I have worn lately.

-Carla