Thursday, December 8, 2016

31 Weeks

I really didn't intend to let so much time pass by since my last post. But my camera broke, and it bummed me out way more than it should have (blame it on the hormones). By the time I was over it, I realized I had no idea where my memory card was. I still don't. 

While hemming and hawing about getting a new digital camera, my sister-in-law suggested I use my phone, and then my husband pointed out a tripod/remote set while we were randomly in Best Buy one day. So here we have my first attempt at smartphone blog photos.

Top: Motherhood Maternity
Jeans: Liz Lange via Target
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless

And of course, an obligatory bump photo. These photos were taken at 31 weeks. I have no major complaints these days, and I'm grateful for that. All the women in my prenatal water aerobics class who are ahead of me in their pregnancies make the last two months seem like the worst time ever. Here's to hoping that things stay manageable at the very least. Any words of wisdom from experienced moms out there are always welcome :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November Budget

floral top: orig. $35, on sale $21
coral robe: orig. $20, on clearance $7.50
purple wrap top: orig. $40, on promotion w/coupon $1
white tee: orig. $25, on clearance $10.50
grey leggings: orig. $25, on promotion w/coupon $5
(not pictured: two $1.50 tank tops, one $2 tee)

= $50

This month was about picking up some more maternity pieces for my growing belly (currently 30 weeks along), and specifically those that I knew I would want to wear over and over again. So far, so good. 

I got the grey leggings because I already had a pair of black maternity leggings and needed/ wanted to wear something other than the same pair of leggings every night. The white tee is long enough to wear with leggings alone, or paired with jeans and my coatigan. The robe is a nice piece to have when it's not cold enough for a sweater, but when I just want to be comfy at night. The floral top is basically my favorite top to wear when I don't feel like wearing a t-shirt.

The best of all? The purple wrap top. I just got it and love it (and it didn't hurt that it only cost me $1 out of pocket). My cousin brought it to my attention that after the baby comes, I'll likely only want to wear nursing-friendly clothes. So now I'm trying to be mindful of that with my purchases. For those of you who have little ones, did you only wear nursing-friendly tops, or did you wear whatever you wanted to, even if it was inconvenient for nursing?

[linking up with Franish]

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

on repeat: cozy coatigan

Recently I was out of state accompanying my husband on an extended business trip (few days for work, few days for play). I'm not sure if it was the trip or the combination of the trip and pregnancy, but it wiped me out completely. As a result, I have fallen behind with grading, dissertating, and - as I'm sure you have noticed - blogging.

But lo and behold, I'm back to share with you one of my favorite pieces this fall - this cozy coatigan. I have been wearing it on repeat since I bought it last month, and it's easy to see why. It's far warmer than I anticipated, which means it's great for days when it's not cold enough for a coat, but still cool enough to need an extra layer. The length makes it perfect for leggings, too. It really can't get much better than that, but it did, when I was able to snag mine for about 80% off the original price (promotion + coupon). Do you have a coatigan? Do you love it as much as I love mine?


Friday, October 28, 2016

October Budget

grey coatiganorig. $80on sale w/coupon $18
white longsleeve teeorig. $20, on sale $12
navy tee: orig. $17, on clearance $5
black capeorig. $80, on sale $30
space dyed sweaterc/o Mom
striped skirt: orig. $40, on clearance w/coupon $7
striped tankorig. $13, on clearance $3

= $75

While I spent more than I had hoped to spend this month, I would say that over half of the budget went to pieces I can continue to wear after baby comes, and the rest was spent on maternity staples that have already gotten enough use out of to justify their prices. There's nothing exciting at all about basics, but they are what I feel comfortable wearing these days, so I'm happy.

Although I haven't featured the coatigan or the cape on the blog, they are pieces I would highly recommend to anyone to pick up for the fall and winter. Both pieces also come in different colors, so you should definitely check them out!

What I returned...
I had bought these pants, but decided against them because I didn't think I'd get enough wear out of them. (Plus they slightly flare out at the bottom, which I found to be irritating.) While I still have another three months of pregnancy to go, at least one of those months will be spent mostly in the house. I see myself reaching for leggings or skinny jeans if and when I do leave the house over the holiday season, not ankle pants.

What I'm still mulling over...
The Limited had some great promotions this month. As you see, the coatigan is a keeper (and will be on heavy rotation once the cooler weather sets in). I'm not so sure about this cold-shoulder poncho, this camel cardigan, and this pink sweater. I'm starting to think I only love the poncho because it fits comfortably on my pregger self, but that it's really nothing more than a fancy huge t-shirt that I won't reach for after baby comes. I have had a camel cardigan on my wishlist for a long, long time, but after realizing that I already have three tan cardigans (1, 2, 3), I have a hard time justifying a fourth, even if it is longer and a different color. And the pink sweater is super cute, but is it too similar to my blush sweater tunic?

What I have my eye on...
I'm embarrassed to admit it, but these boots. I went to Payless on a whim, spotted the boots, and almost walked out of them if it weren't for my common sense. I'm fighting the urge every day to go buy them. Please talk me out of them. Or tell me that they're not too juvenile and that they're perfect for me?

[linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers]

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

free shipping qualifier-keeper

Believe it or not, there came a point when my pregger self was no longer able to fit into my swimming suit, and I needed one for water aerobics. If you know anything about me, you know I'm not the kind of person who is going to drop $100 $50 $25 on something she may only wear a total of twenty hours. So what did I do instead? I searched high and low until I found that Kohl's had clearanced out their maternity swim suits, found a coupon for a deeper discount, and then had to decide whether to pay as much for shipping as I was for the suit. Spoiler alert: I didn't. 

Instead, I just found a few other items to add to my cart in order to qualify for free shipping. One of those items was this stretchy skirt. It has been perfect for Saturdays in the library and quick weekday errands, and hopefully it will continue to work next spring. I'm assuming it will, thanks to the elastic band. 

Tee  //  Skirt  (only $8!) //  Sandals

(22 weeks)
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