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Buyer Beware

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!


My sister sent me a surprise gift card to Motherhood Maternity so that I could buy myself a few things.  I had already placed an order at Old Navy for a pair of dark wash skinny maternity jeans, wide-leg khaki colored pants with an elastic waistband (non-maternity) and a pair of khaki shorts (non-maternity) in a size up from my usual and to meet the threshold for free shipping I added in a striped t-shirt.  Knowing that I had already placed an order for some items I decided to scour the clearance so that I could get the most bang for my gift card buck.  I placed an order for 4 shirts– a three-quarter sleeve cream-colored top with a lace overlay, a printed blouse, a black and red thin knit sweater, and a pink striped t-shirt.

In my order from Old Navy only 2 of the 4 items worked out– the maternity skinny jeans and striped shirt.  The two non-maternity items didn’t work so they got returned.  All 4 of the tops from Motherhood Maternity worked out.  The outfit above is my first “true” maternity outfit.  The jeans have stretchy side panels and I picked them because I am anticipating that my non-teaching wardrobe this Fall and Winter is going to consist of skinny jeans, flat riding boots, and some sort of long top.  They are a bit big for me currently, but not so much that I can’t wear them.  Here I gave them a large cuff and paired them with my knock-off Sperry boat shoes.  The length of the striped t-shirt surprised me at first but the material is so soft and comfy that I looked past it.  Plus, once my bump grows bigger I am going to need that extra length.  For now I just put a small knot in the hem of the shirt.  I added an olive-green boyfriend style cardigan, bronze feather earrings, and my oversized gold watch.  I think that this outfit is super cute and casual and it was oh-so-comfy.  It felt great to feel and look good as a pregnant woman.

What do you think?  Would you rock a non-maternity version of this outfit?  Let me know in the comments below.


Happy (Belated) St. Patrick’s Day.  I hope that you had an enjoyable day whether you celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with some green beer, corned beef and cabbage, or were just happy that it was Friday and the weekend was imminent.

Here is my green-hued outfit from Friday March 17, 2017.

This year I went with a green turtleneck sweater, lighter wash bootcut jeans, my tan suede booties, a cognac brown belt, and silver and green statement earrings.  I had a dressier outfit idea in mind for the holiday but it didn’t fall on a teaching day so I went with this outfit, instead.

The last few times that I’ve worn this sweater I’ve paired it with gold-toned jewelry and 2 of the 3 times with a longer gold necklace.  This time I opted to do it with silver accessories and without a necklace.  I also wanted to go with jeans since I’ve dressed it up with a skirt and black dress pants previously.  In hindsight, I wish I would have gone with a skinny silver belt or a black belt, but I didn’t.  Next week it’s back to school– Spring Break is over so I’ll be posting more if a mix of business casual and casual outfits.  I also celebrated a small milestone if weight loss (down 5 lbs. since the beginning of the year) and splurged on some new clothes and a magazine.  I will no doubt be incorporating these items into my outfitss over the next few weeks:

A chambray dress, flower printed ankle length pants, a kimono top, a blush colored short-sleeved blouse, and a chambray button-up!