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Thursday I had a calibration meeting at work with a few other supervisors other than my own.  I thought that this would be a great time to wear my newest maternity clothing item: a pair of black dress pants with a full belly panel.  I purchased these from Wal-Mart, of all places, a few weeks ago with returning to the classroom in mind.

I put some outfits together last Sunday for the week and I was really happy to get back to pre-planning outfits.  I went through my closet and grabbed all of the tops that I can still make work and the handful of pants that I have.  Many of my outfits this week have featured a long tanktop with a cardigan and either leggings or skinny jeans.

These black dress pants worked really well and I can tell that they are going to be an important part of my Fall wardrobe.  I was even thinking about getting another pair in grey or khaki.  They are a touch long so I did have to wear them with these black ballet flats that have the slightest bit of a wedge to the heel.  Then, I went with a striped silky tanktop and added a black cardigan.  I had originally picked a coral colored short-sleeved cardigan but I didn’t think that it looked right.  I thought the black made the outfit more dressy and pulled everything together.  I went with my silver watch and black flower earrings.  I also went with a dramatic burgundy lip.  I do wish that I had taken more time to style my hair, but oh well.

What do you think?  Do you like this outfit?  Here are a few other ways that I’ve worn this top:


Growing Pains

Last Tuesday the heat and humidity disappeared for a few days and we had temps. in the 70’s.  It felt quite cool compared to normal Summer weather.  It’s funny how going from 90 to 70 feels super cold but when it jumps from 50 to 70 it feels so warm and people practically break out their bathing suits!

I started this day out feeling pretty good and things went downhill from there.  I got up, got ready, and went to work.  And then, while sitting at my desk preparing to start the day I felt sharp pains in my belly.  That in and of itself isn’t a big deal but when your pregnant it takes on a whole new meaning.  Eventually, I left work and came home to research these pains and put in a call to my Dr.  Luckily, because I wasn’t having any other symptoms or issues she explained that it was most likely growing pains.  Literally.  My body growing and stretching to accommodate Baby.  Technically they are called round ligament pain and are nothing to be too concerned about.  That was great news– but it was still scary!

My outfit is composed of my dark wash skinny maternity jeans, a long-sleeved navy t-shirt, and a maternity navy and blush colored flowered kimono from Stitch Fix.  I went with brown ballet flats to keep the outfit more neutral/natural and focus on the soft, earthy colors.  I feel like I must have just eaten breakfast before I took this photo because the baby bump is poppin’!  I am 17 weeks pregnant, here.

Now that I am firmly in the 2nd trimester I am starting to experience more minor discomforts.  It’s nothing major but pregnancy does sort of wreak havoc on your body.  In addition to the round ligament pain, I have started experiencing heartburn after eating (nothing so serious that I have taken any medication), and lower back aches.  Also, I feel like sometimes my ankles are puffy/swollen and on most days I definitely feel bloated and my boobs and belly often feel uncomfortable in my clothes (yes, even my maternity clothes).  It’s nice when people tell me that I look good or that I have the pregnancy glow even though I don’t feel like it most of the time and I’d rather be wearing my pajamas and eating ice cream on the couch while reading or preparing the nursery.


Last Thursday I might have dressed up with a maxi dress and sandals but I followed that up with a casual outfit of jeans and a t-shirt on Friday.  Variety!  I’ve only purchased a handful of maternity clothes so I try to rotate them in to what I can still make work from my existing wardrobe.  It’s not always the easiest, but so far I am making do.

This striped maternity shirt is super comfortable and accommodating.  In fact, there’s quite a bit of room for my belly to grow.  If I could wear this shirt everyday I probably would.  These are non-maternity jeans and surprisingly I am wearing them zipped and buttoned!  It’s always sort of a crap shoot when I put on a pair of pants if they are going to work, or not.  My darker wash bootcut jeans have two buttons and the time before last when I wore them I was able to get away with unbuttoning the top button.  The last time that I wore them?  I wasn’t able to button either button.  So, I zipped them up and then folded the waistband over so they wouldn’t fall off and wore a long shirt.  LOL.

The last time that I wore this striped top it was 4th of July and I accented it with a red tanktop underneath, dark skinny jeans, and red ballet flats.

I’ve done lots of outfits with a blue and white striped shirt in the last 3 years so I may be re-creating some of these with this top:

See how versatile a striped shirt can be?  As you can see, I’ve worn it casually (top row) with different bottoms, layered under a cardigan both dressy and casual (row 2), with a blazer (row 3) and under a dress and with a green cardigan (last row.)