Outfit Post: Zip It

Clearly I’ve gone to the dark side, of my closet that is, this season. I can’t get enough of layering black, gray and a little white here and there. On this look though, I opted to balance out the all-black ensemble with some old favorites, these LOFT booties. They may be getting a little scuffed up these days but they have the perfect heel (just high enough with a heel just wide enough), the perfect color and best of all, are perfectly comfortable.

This jacket is obviously the star of the show though. I bought it last month (so there was no cheating on the no-spend goal) after eying it for at least a couple weeks. Luckily it’s still available, so if you want to eye it and think it over for at least a couple days, you’ve got time.

Keeping it quick today since there’s something about rainy day that kicks my work productivity into high gear. Gotta take advantage while I’ve got the feeling since it’s sure to fade into distraction soon. Make it a good one!

Waterfall Faux Leather Jacket: ASOS (also obsessed with this one); Black Zip Detail Jeans: Old Navy (seen before here); Tee: Urban Outfitters (seen before here); Boots: LOFT (so so old, see before here; similar here); Tusk Necklace: c/o Jami (see before here); Sunglasses: Burberry Photos by Whitney Neal. 

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Shopping: 10 for 10 {Months}

So up until this point, I’ve avoided both maternity clothes and, around these parts, maternity talk (feel free to X out today and come back again tomorrow if you’re not in the mood for that sort of thing) but the day has come where I finally go ahead and buy those pieces sitting in my online shopping cart.

Since this is my second (and most-likely last) go around with this, I don’t want to spend a bunch of money on clothes I’m only going to wear for a couple months. I also don’t want to look sloppy and sad for the next few months either so I’ve decided to invest in a handful of simple, quality pieces that will last me through the next few months without looking like a giant mushroom.

My biggest tip would be to keep the color pallet simple when buying these kind of items (the word maternity is like Voldemort for me – I prefer “the condition that shall not be named”) and work color in through accessories – jewelry, scarves, shoes, bags – and layering – blazers, cardigans, jackets. That way you can keep the bold, fun pieces for long past your due date (and sell the maternity gear on eBay or share the love with other soon-to-be mamas).

I’ve already added a couple of these items to my closet (thank you J.Crew for making a maternity Minnie pant) and I’ll be looking to slowly add a few more in over the next couple weeks (keeping an eye out for sales).

If you’re on the hunt for gear that actually fits, my favorite sites are ASOS (so.much.stuff), Gap (for basics), LOFT, Shopbop (for dresses) and eBay (jeans are expensive – find a pair in like new condition for WAY cheap). Oh and the reason there are 10 items, it’s because this whole 9 month thing is a sham. 40 weeks feels way longer than just 9 months.

10 for 10


Outfit Post: Oh Navy

Yesterday’s post focused on my obsession with dressing all in black and today’s shares my love of all things navy. Clearly I gravitate to a darker color palette.

But there’s just something about navy that sings to me. It was all over the place in our wedding, it’s a main player in my home decor and it can’t be avoided in my closet. It’s just as versatile as black but comes off just a little less severe (and plays well with others).

This outfit is a work staple although with the crazy cold temperatures, I’m sure to have a big coat and scarf wrapped around me. This blazer may be my best Forever 21 find (and that’s saying something)  – just love it so much. Another thing I love so much is having a few days off at the holidays and we’re in the home stretch before a little break. I’m really looking forward to having a few days to recharge. It seems like the last few months have been packed with one event after the other (so many of them were extremely fun so I’m not complaining) so I could seriously use a little break. I can see days of wrapping presents and being lazy on the couch (and of course getting in some quality family time) in my future and the future looks bright.

What are you looking forward to this holiday (other than Christmas morning)?

Casual WInter OutfitCoral & Navy Blazer: Forever 21 (old, seen here); Navy Sweater: J.Crew (save 30% off today!); Necklaces: c/o Capwell & Co. and BaubleBar; Booties: LOFT (old, seen here and here);
Green Tassel Bag: c/o Galian (clearly this bag is in heavy rotation right now); Jeans: Gap Legging Jeans (save 40% off today!) ; Watch: Coach; Turquoise Bracelet: c/o Fringe & Lace; Nail Bracelet: With Your Heart Jewelry

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 Photos by Whitney Neal.


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