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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

Spotted

Last Tuesday I wore this animal print blouse.  When I walked into work one of my co-workers commented on my outfit and said that I looked “nice.”  It’s always great to get compliments.  Then, we had a brief conversation about what type of animal print is on my blouse.  Honestly, I don’t know.  Cheetah? Jaguar? Leopard? Lynx?  If you are an animal spot aficionado and can spot the pattern (pun intended) please let me know in the comments below.

This time around I kept the tie neck on and wore it untucked over dark wash boot cut jeans and brown Oxford style shoes.  I rolled the sleeves for a bit of intrigue, added some gold-toned jewelry, and called it complete!  Here are some other outfits where I’ve incorporated this same top:

-Carla

New Uniform

I wore this outfit on Friday which is super similar in formula to the outfit that I posted about on Wednesday.  A pair of jeans+ a sleeveless blouse + cardigan + ballet flats= dressed and out the door!  It’s been in the mid to high 70’s where I live but in the early morning when I leave for work it’s only around the mid-50’s.  With this type of outfit I don’t need to wear a jacket and I’m comfortable all day long.

The last time that I wore this leopard print tank top I paired it with a black leather jacket and silver accessories.  This time I wanted to accentuate the brown and gold tones so I went with my brown grandpa cardigan, an oversized gold watch, and dark brown ballet flats.

I have realized that I need to amp up my warm weather shoe game, though.  I know most people who know me IRL are probably rolling their eyes and thinking, what?!  But, it’s true.  I have several pairs of ballet flats (black, brown, leopard print, red, purple, and gold) but that’s pretty much it.  I do have my black espadrille sandals that are good but I don’t always want a wedge heel.  I have a pair of black Grecian style sandals but they have seen better days!  I also have a pair of sandals with different metallic colored straps but they aren’t super comfortable to wear for long periods of time.  So, I’ll be on the look out for some new Summer shoes for work.  Any suggestions?

-Carla