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)

Monday, October 24, 2016

get your move on

Want to know what I did this weekend? On Saturday, I went to my last prenatal water aerobics class of the session. The class has been the highlight of my week for the past month, and I'm already looking forward to the next session. There's just something about the sense of weightlessness that can't be beaten. That, and during the session we ran a bunch of laps. The instructor later told us we almost ran a total of half a mile, which is basically the equivalent of a mile on land. #supermomstobe

I spent the rest of the day preparing (read: cleaning the house) for furniture delivery on Sunday. I wish I had a funny story to share, but I don't... unless you are amused by how strong delivery dudes are. No joke. Last year, one of the retiring professors in our department was giving away some stuff, including his pool table. Unable to pass up the offer, my husband and I wrangled up a few teammates from soccer to help us move it. That thing was insanely heavy for four of us. In order to get the new furniture in, the two movers picked it up and set it aside like it was nothing. I suspect after another session of water aerobics, I, too, will be that strong (ha ha). How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? 



(22 weeks)


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

taste of fall

At the end of September, the temperature dropped for a few days to the mid-50s. It was amazing, especially after suffering through a summer full of days with heat indexes of 100+ degrees. I really started getting on board with cardigan + scarf + stretchy pants outfit formula last year, so it should come as no surprise that that's exactly what I wound up wearing on the first day that actually felt like fall.

Unfortunately a warm front is settling in now and the ten day forecast doesn't make it seem like cooler weather is on its way any time soon. Sad. And double sad because my order from The Limited just arrived and I'm loving this sweater and this cape. The cape is perfect, but I can't tell how pregger-friendly the sweater is. It would be nice to be able to wear it while I still fit in it. Ya hear that, fall?! Or do I need to spell it out?!

Dear fall weather,
You are cordially invited to spend the next couple of months with me. Your presence is requested as soon as possible. 
Love, 
Kate
PS: You will be asked to vacate the premises in December. This girl desperately wants needs her White Christmas.



(21 weeks)




[Linking up with The Pleated Poppy]

Monday, October 17, 2016

Currently

watching: season 6 of The Walking Dead. I just started watching the show this spring/summer, and I'm nearly caught up and ready for the season premier next week!

wearing: a navy maternity tee ($5 on clearance) and a pair of light pink fleece pants that I've had since high school.

drinking: a glass of milk. For as long as I lived under my parents' roof, I started and ended each day with a cup of "hot chocolate" (really, it was milk with Nesquik chocolate power, microwaved for less than a minute). It was the only way I would drink milk. I haven't had it in years (other than hot chocolate during the winter), but now I'm drinking it everyday, since I hear that babies like milk or something... 

thinking: about all the things that are still on my to-do list, despite spending the day running errands (note to self: register to vote, buy dog food, do laundry, clean closet.).

anticipating: future fun: going to a new zoo next week (new = one I haven't been to yet) and then making a mini-vacation/babymoon out of a work trip the following week! 

What are you currently up to? 



Tank: H&M Conscious  //  Cardigan: The Limited  //  Maxi skirt: H&M

Friday, October 14, 2016

Five x Friday

1. Can you believe it's almost Halloween? Here are some comics to get you in the mood. (The first one literally made me laugh out loud. But don't expect too much.)
2. If that's not the mood you're looking for, then how about feeling cold and warm and fuzzy all at the same time? 
3. Interested in being warm and fuzzy this winter? Then grab this coatigan before it's too late. It's pretty much the best thing ever, and with the current promotion, you can get it at half off! 
4. I may have ordered a few things from The Limited when they had a recent 60% off store-wide promotion. And I may be most excited for this poncho. Ridiculous, I know, but can you see its appeal? No? Okay then, it's just me.
5. Technological advances never cease to amaze me. I recently came across a dynamic map that shows you current wind patterns across the globe. (You can drag the map to see more.)



(21 weeks)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

whoa! we're halfway there

This outfit marks the halfway point of my pregnancy. I looked forward to hitting the 20th week for a long, long time. For one, it marked when we would finally find out baby's gender (BOY!). I was also convinced that everything would be downhill from there. I can say now (a few weeks later) that in some ways, it has been downhill. I just didn't know that the "it" is a snowball rolling down the hill, faster and faster, collecting more snow and becoming this ginormous snow boulder. Incidentally, my belly is feeling like a boulder these days... so... yeah.

I'm trying to figure out how to balance sharing life stories without making everything pregnancy-related. I'm also trying to figure out how to make never-ending grading and dissertation writing into an interesting story. In the mean time, enjoy my Target clearance rack find ($8, woot woot!). It seems weird that a few weeks ago I was wearing a sleeveless dress, given that today I was wearing jeans, a sweater, and a scarf. Warmer weather is in our forecast, so maybe you'll see this dress again soon! And maybe I'll finally catch up and post new outfits soon! 




Monday, October 10, 2016

new but not getting used

During the first trimester, I could fit into most of my shorts with no problem. I only recall using the rubber band trick after eating, but needing to have my pants unbuttoned to make room for a food baby is nothing new for me. Once the second trimester and cooler weather came along, it was a different story though. I bought a belly band but it has gone unused since I can't get any of my pants over my hips and thighs. 

This is just a long way to say that the pants you see today are (over-the-belly) maternity pants. I got them on clearance, most likely because of that whole "you're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day" thing. I haven't worn them as much as I had thought I would, which is a little disappointing, but I'm hopeful that I'll either make it happen or wear these a bunch in the spring. Pinterest has been unusually uninspiring, so that hasn't helped either. How do you wear white jeans (especially in the fall)? 


Top: via Target  //  Cardigan: J. Crew  //  Pants: via Target  //  Flats: via Target

Friday, October 7, 2016

Five x Friday

1. This outfit was my go-to on the not-super-hot days of early September. It would still be on repeat if only my bust weren't bustin' out of it.
2. Is it just me, or are Old Navy's dresses really short? I tried this swing dress on in store recently, and loved everything except the length. I'm considering ordering it in a Tall if/when it goes on sale, but I doubt that it'll give me the five extra inches I need/want.
3. I complain about dresses being too short, and yet all I want to wear for fall are short sleeve and sleeveless sweaters. I have my eye on this "vest" and this "cape". What do you have your eye on for fall?
4. Something else that piqued my interest this week: US declares bees as endangered
5. And of course, snorts and nasal exhales.


(19 weeks)

Sweater: J. Crew Factory  //  Maxi Dress: Forever 21
Belt: The Limited  //  Sandals: via Target

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ready for fall

As I mentioned in September's budget report, this is my favorite maternity piece so far. I'm not sure exactly what makes it maternity, other than it seems that there's plenty of room for a growing belly. I hope that's the case, since I plan to wear it throughout fall... if fall ever gets here. When I first wore this dress, it must have been 80 degrees. It's technically fall now, but the weather is still the same. I'll keep wearing this exact outfit until the temps drop, unless you have any ideas for how else to style it in the mean time? 


(18 weeks)





Monday, October 3, 2016

little did they know

I went to Michigan over the summer for a few days for a mini family reunion. The trip happened to fall on my birthday weekend, which meant I got a few presents, including this dress. When my aunt and cousin found out that I was pregnant, they seemed bummed that they didn't get me something more maternity friendly. I thought this dress would actually be perfect. It's loose, and it can easily transition to colder weather (tights and a cardigan, am I right?). They agreed, and told me they were actually debating between this dress and another more fitted option. How serendipitous! 


(18 weeks)



Dress  //  Flats



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