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Oh boy (girl).  It’s starting to get harder and harder to get dressed each week as my body grows and changes due to pregnancy.  I’ve made it into the 3rd trimester– I am at 28 weeks– woohooo– approximately 12 weeks to go.  But, at this point I pretty much can’t fit any of my skirts and I’m growing out of my dress pants.  I have 2 pairs of maternity dress pants– one in khaki and one in black.  I have about 16 days left to teach this semester so I’m going to have to make heavy use of those 2 pairs of maternity pants along with some of my dresses that can still stretch over the bump.

This outfit is based on this pin, here.  I’ve done a version of this outfit pre-pregnancy.  It’s basic and simple but with the accessories feels very preppy, pulled together, and polished.  I’ve started with my navy blue trousers, chambray button-up, and an oatmeal colored cardigan.  In the original photo, the outfit is finished with a choker length multi-string pearl necklace, an animal print tote bag, and camel colored leather driving shoes.  I went with my single strand pearl necklace that I doubled, pearl drop earrings, navy blue pumps, and my camel colored purse (not shown here).  I think that this outfit looks good but I cannot lie– I feel like a bloated hippo.  Oh well.

-Carla

Tuesday morning I wore this outfit to work.  It’s really nothing special– I’ve worn this top a handful of times and I think the very first time that I wore it I layered this navy tank top underneath.  I’ve paired it with my dark wash skinny maternity jeans and gold earrings and watch.  It’s finally starting to feel like Fall so I went with these short suede-like booties and cuffed my pant legs to let my socks peek out.

These are 3 other ways that I’ve styled this top and captured a photo.  The first time I went with a navy tank top underneath (you can’t see it), the second time I went with a hot pink camisole underneath and added a navy woven belt and purple ballet flats, and the 3rd time I went with a cream-colored camisole underneath, a bronze belt, khaki pants, and brown ballet flats.  Now that it’s getting cooler for the entire day, I think that I should start experimenting with wearing different cardigans or blazers over this blouse and try pairing it with different bottoms.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite styling?  Please let me know in the comments below.

-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