Outfit Post: Carry It All with Dagne Dover

It’s official. My maternity leave is over. Wah Wah.

Okay, in all honesty I’m making it seem way worse than it actually is. Luckily, I really like my job and the people I work with so other than some sadness over not getting to hang full-time with baby Blake anymore, I’m not really bummed about getting back to work. I made quiet the morning of it too. I tried to get myself put together more than usual (which means I paid attention while blow drying my hair and putting on make-up) and did a quick stop at Target to pick up some new office supplies. That paper section really got the best of me (got this and this… and maybe these – I couldn’t resist). I also totally cleaned out my office first thing when I got in so it kind of feels like the first day of school.

Especially since last night I packed up my new Dagne Dover tote with all my work gear – it’s basically like my fancy, grown-up backpack. I got the 15-inch tote and it has ALL THE POCKETS. One for your laptop, a handful for pens, a special pocket for your phone, cord for your keys (cause you know they always get lost on the bottom and that is the worst) and my favorite feature of all – a pocket/holder for your water bottle. It also zips up so you can hide away all your mess of stuff so people don’t think you are a hoarder on wheels (I hate when I go to meetings with a tote and people can see the clutter inside you bag).Plus this pink color is super pretty and goes with everything. Basically, it is like a dream come true.

And since there are pockets for days, it’s become the prettiest little diaper bag too. I think having a “diaper bag” is kind of a waste because you really don’t need THAT MUCH stuff. I guess you could think of things to throw in for the sake of it but personally, I think it’s unnecessary. Rather than spend a bunch of money on a bag you only carry for a few months that isn’t very attractive, splurge on something like this that you can still carry when your baby is no longer a baby. I have one dedicated pocked in here for the baby essentials I need for emergencies – diapers, wipes (these Honest to-go packs are my favorites because they take up no room), a back-up onesie and changing pad. This way I can pick her up from daycare and run errands or take her straight to dinner without worry about running home first. We’ll see how often we can make that happen though. I’m guessing most days I’ll just be trying to make it home in one piece – say a prayer for me.

Dagne Dover 15-inch tote Pale Pink Stingray (1)Dagne Dover – The 15-inch Tote in Pale Pink Stingray c/o
(this color is limited edition so if you want one, order it before it’s gone)
Banana Republic Tweed Cropped Jacket (on sale now; love this one too)| Stripe Tee from Dress & Dwell | Banana Republic Avery Black Crop Pants | Steve Madden Varcityy Black Heels (seen before here in nude)| J.Crew Tassel Necklace (sold out; similar here)| Ray-Ban Aviators from Ditto (get your first month membership free with code LOUWHATWEAR)

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Outfit Post: Summer Stripe Dress

This weekend went by too fast. I’m sure a lot of you are like, “whatever, you’re on maternity leave – isn’t every day the weekend?” And to that I say, I wish. With two other small fries to deal with there hasn’t been much sleeping in or leisurely days. I will say it is significantly less stressful than a day at the office though so while the weekend may be over, at least I am not behind a desk… yet. Two more weeks and counting. Tear.

Speaking of work, I bought this striped dress a few weeks back when I had to head back in to work for the Ali project and had absolutely no work appropriate clothes that fit post-baby. Cue an emergency run to the mall for work pants and tops that covered up the mid-section. This J.Crew stripe dress made it into the mix but I didn’t end up wearing that week at work. Instead I’ve been grabbing it whenever I just don’t feel like (or more accurately, it’s just too damn hot for) jeans.  It’s crazy comfy but makes you look like you’ve got it together (or maybe that’s just my wishful thinking). Better yet, it’s one of those closest staples that will easily transition to fall with booties and a knit cardigan. Best news of all, it’s on sale. It comes in a white/navy combo that I am thinking of snatching up.

Keeping it short today so I can catch up on all the laundry I let fall on the wayside over the weekend but I’d be a jerk friend to let this post go by without mentioning the opening of SET at Theatre Square downtown on 4th street, right across from The Palace. We had a chance to check it out on Friday before it opens on July 18th thanks to my friend/colleague Joey Wagner, who is one of the owners. We tried as much as our table would hold (no joke, one of the runners jokingly gave us a hard time about all the stuff we tried) and it was all amazing. My favorites – the chicken and waffles, slugger sliders (they come on a platter made out of a Louisville Slugger bat) and the Kings Hawaiian Bread Pudding.

If you’re in Louisville, make plans to stop in sometime this summer. Or stop in for drinks before or after a show at The Palace or Mercury Ballroom, they’ll have DJ’s playing every night and the drinks are really good (and not all bourbon based/themed). We tried the Moscow Mule and the ‘Run All Night’ which was a fancier vodka/Red Bull – it’s a mix of ruby red grapefruit vodka and yellow Red Bull (which is surprisingly so so good) plus a couple other ingredients I don’t remember. So good.

J. Crew Striped T-Shirt DressJ. Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress * Denim Jacket J.Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress | Paige Denim Jacket (old, similar here) | White Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers | Ray-Bans c/o Ditto (get your first month of sunglasses free with code LOUWHATWEAR)
More Striped Dresses: 

J. Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress + Denim JacketWhite Superga Sneakers J. Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress
Stripes and Superga Sneakers * J.Crew Stripe Dress

Denim and Stripes * J.Crew Stripe DressPhotos by Whitney Neal 

Outfit Post: Lunch Date * The Exchange

Being on maternity leave has a lot of benefits, one of which is being able to dress down just about every day. And while I’m currently wearing workout clothes as I write this, I sported this easy summer look for a lunch and shopping date in New Albany with my mom while she was still in town post-baby. Had to stop by Dress & Dwell for some new clothes to fit in this weird in-between time.

We hit up The Exchange and sat on their patio for a boozy Tuesday lunch – another perk of maternity leave, cocktails at lunch. I rarely get over to New Albany but the patio at The Exchange, plus the delicious cocktails (I had the ‘Crimson and Clover’ – a super refreshing mix of vodka, cucumber, lemon and more) has me wanting to go back for happy hour or dinner. Seriously, this is not sponsored, I’m just convinced they have one of the best outdoor spaces in the area. If you go, make sure to try the Goat Cheese Fritters and get a side of fries no matter what. So delicious.

Casual Summer Outfit * The Exchange New Albany

Striped Layered Tank from Dress & Dwell – sold out but similar here | Banana Republic Denim Shorts | Superga Sneakers | Old Navy Pink Blush Bag | Mirrored Sunglasses from Dress & Dwell

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One quick comment on this bag – I’ve gotten more compliments on it than any expensive bag I’ve ever owned. This pretty pink cross-body was $25 at Old Navy (got it on sale) but looks WAY fancier. The pink is sold out but the brown is equally cute and looks luxe (and it’s 20% off today). Plus it’s big enough to actually hold your wallet, phone and other random crap without being stuffed to the gills.

Outfit Photo by Whitney Neal. 

Shopping: Stars and Stripes Forever

Time for one of my favorite round-ups of the year – Fourth of July.

Red, white and blue is in heavy rotation in my closet during the summer anyways but as we inch closer to America’s birthday, I tend to gravitate to it even more. My friend Caitlin and I have been known to randomly pick up patriotic gear for each other while out shopping and of course, the other day when we hit up Dress & Dwell, we both went home with new red, white and blue gear.

When it comes to getting in the patriotic spirit for the holiday, I’m not advocating wearing all-flag everything apparel rather adding simple combos of the colors together. Like going with a red and white stripe tee paired with dark jeans and sneakers  or a boho tank (like #5) paired with white jeans. If you’re one of the lucky babes who can sport a romper without camel toe (sorry for that TMI but you know we were all thinking it), then this romper would be perfect for a bbq and firework watching.

And since I know patriotic pool days are in my future, these sweet swimsuits for little girls are the cutest. I’m planning on ordering Reese this one as soon as I wrap up this post (doesn’t hurt that it’s only $15!). Oh and don’t forget the fellas – these button downs (one is a killer Target find) will get lots of wear long past the fourth but will look great with rolled sleeves and shorts for a backyard party.

Here’s the thing though… you’re going to want to order now before all the good gear (and sizes) are gone.

Fourth of July Style 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7a + 7b | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

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