Friday, September 30, 2016

September Budget

  1. berry teeorig. $15, on clearance $8 
  2. striped teeorig. $15, on clearance $4.50 
  3. skinny jeans: orig. $35, w/coupon $26.50
  4. white jeans: orig. $35, on clearance $18
  5. navy dressorig. $28, on clearance $8
  6. floral dress: orig. $35, on clearance $15
  7. blue skirt: orig. $40, on clearance w/coupon $10

= $90

At one point, I had thought I could create an entire maternity wardrobe with less than $100. Clearly that's not the case, but I did find some great pieces at some great prices. The dark skinnies are easily going to get a lot of wear, and same goes for the tees. The floral dress is my favorite of all and will be able to be worn throughout the fall and after pregnancy, too. Same goes for the blue skirt.

I still plan to buy a couple of more staples in these next few weeks. I tried on some old tunic sweaters recently and they fit fine and look like there is still room to expand. (That's saying something since most of my clothes don't fit me anymore - I have grown just enough that I can't button my shirts or get my pants over my hips.) Hopefully they will work so I won't have to stockpile for winter. 

There are a few other pieces I purchased in an online maternity clearance haul, but didn't include them in this report because I'm not sure whether to keep them or not. On one hand, they were pieces that were less than $10. On the other hand, I have a few things I like, and don't want to buy just for the sake of buying. For those of you who are or have been pregnant, how did you approach shopping? Do you have any advice? 

[Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers]

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

not on repeat

A lot of my outfits are on repeat now that I'm pregnant. Some, however, are not on repeat. This is one of them. While it works in theory, it doesn't work for September. September is a windy month. I struggled to keep this skirt down every time I was outside (which was more than a few times that day since I had things to do in a couple of buildings and run some errands afterwards). Also, I think on this day it rained just enough to flatten my hair. That has nothing to do with the outfit, but I probably won't wear this outfit again for a long time. It worked when my belly was smaller and when I was trying to get away with looking not-pregnant. I've given up on that, as you'll see soon enough.

Tee: J. Crew Factory  //  Necklace: Forever 21  //  Skirt: via Target  //  Flats: via Target

Monday, September 26, 2016

say hello to my little friend

I know you really liked seeing outfits from five months ago, but it's time to fast forward to the September. I wore this outfit a few weeks ago to campus: a simple but reliable black dress and white drape cardigan that I have been waiting months to wear again. I really liked how this outfit turned out, or at least how comfortable I was in it. Now that I'm teaching online, I feel like I can wear whatever I want can fit into. My choices are slightly more limited these days because... 

I'm pregnant :)

When these photos were taken, I was 17 weeks pregnant. (I'm 21 weeks along now.) I'll share more as time goes on, but feel free to ask any questions in the mean time.

I plan to continue blogging for as long as I have time and enjoy doing so. I hope to share with you how I make the most of my current wardrobe for as long as I can, and at the same time, I hope to keep from buying an entire new wardrobe. (Although for a girl who still likes shopping, there will be a few fun purchases here and there, I'm sure.) 

Dress: Old Navy  //  Cardigan: The Limited  //  Belt: The Limited  //  Flats: via Target

Friday, September 23, 2016

Five x Friday

1. This is the last outfit that I have a photo of from the spring semester. 
2. I didn't take any outfit photos this summer. It was miserably hot and humid, and I had no motivation to photograph the same jean shorts and linen tank/tee combinations after driving home in a ridiculously hot car that lacks adequate a/c. Oh, and the driver's side window is stuck. Don't worry, the next time cash falls from the  sky, I'll be sure to grab some and put it towards repairs.
3. On a less (?) embarrassing note, I came across this music video on my Facebook feed this week, and watch it multiple times daily.
4. It wouldn't be a true Five x Friday without some humor (assuming you don't find my lack of adulting in #2 humorous)... so here... have a boat-load's worth :)
5. I have some news to share with you next week. (No, I did not dye my hair purple.)

Sweater: J. Crew Factory  //  Belt: The Limited  //  
Skirt: J. Crew Factory  //  Wedges: via Payless

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

white sleeveless blazer + grey ankle pants

In case you haven't been keeping track, this is the sixth time my white sleeveless blazer has made it on the blog. (You can see the previous five ways here.) When I bought it, I knew I liked it, but wasn't sure how to style it. Every time I have worn it has been an experiment in process. But this is what I've learned: I think it works best with skinny pants (full-length, not ankle - the extra inches makes a significant difference), although I'd try it again with a maxi skirt. I don't like it over t-shirts, so layered over sleeveless tops is the way to go, although I'd try it again in over a long sleeve white top.

I specifically remember wanting to wear this sleeveless vest by itself with these grey ankle pants, but thinking it was too scandalous for teaching. I threw the t-shirt on underneath, didn't love how it looked, but thought it was fine. Now that I'm teaching online, my style has changed a little. You'll see this soon enough :)

Sleeveless blazer: Forever 21  //  Belt: The Limited  //  
Ankle pants: Gap  //  Flats: Steve Madden via DSW

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

April 14th

This is what I wore on April 14th. There's nothing especially memorable about the day, except it was the first time I wore two of my Christmas presents: this top and scarf. I could never find a jacket or cardigan that I thought looked right with the top (which is baby blue), so I waited until it was warm enough to wear on its own. 

Good story, right? It's hard to come up with something interesting to say about an outfit from five months ago. I know I could share something far more interesting with you about what's going on in my life these days... but you'll have to wait a little longer for that :)

Scarf: White House Black Market (c/o Mom)  //  Top: H&M Conscious (c/o Mom)  //  
Belt: via Kohl's  //  Ankle pants: LOFT  // Flats: via Target

Thursday, September 8, 2016

sleeveless blazer: then and soon

After seeing this outfit again, all I want to do is put on a white tank, some jeans, throw this blush sleeveless blazer over it and call it a day. And I would do that, if only it weren't so hot and humid. But rest assured, as soon as this miserable summer weather comes to an end, I'll do just that. 

If you can't wait to live vicariously through me, then get a pink vest of your own (this one is fun)!

Sleeveless Blazer: Banana Republic  //  Tee: The Limited  //  
Pants: via Kohl's  //  Heels: via Target

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

back again

It's hard to find the right words to start this blog post. So I'll just jump in and state the obvious: I haven't posted in a while. After taking a month off earlier this year, I mentioned how busy I had been and how I wasn't finding time to fit blogging into my schedule. And I really didn't until this summer, but I didn't have the energy or enthusiasm for it. Plus, I was honestly enjoying just wearing the same Old Navy denim shorts and linen tanks/tees over and over again.

But now that the fall semester has started back up, and I'm actually getting dressed again, I have somehow felt compelled to return. That, and not really shopping for months has made me love shopping again. Oddly enough.

Today I'm sharing an outfit from March. Then I have four more outfits from April and then... new content?! Gasp! Stay tuned :)

Tank: Old Navy  //  Cardigan: The Limited  // Necklace: The Limited  //  
Jeans: LOFT  // Flats: Steven Madden via DSW

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