Monday, December 14, 2009

Slouchy T-Shirt

Nowadays, I dress for 3 things:

  1. Comfort

  2. Convenience

  3. Washable

Comfort:  outfits need to be comfortable because I don't know at what point during the day I can catch that 20 minute nap, and when I find it, I need to be sleep ready.

Convenience: while I am breastfeeding, I need a shirt that can easily be pulled up and down - this is a saving grace when the baby gets fussy, because it's not easy unlayering, or unbuttoning when you need to feed your screaming child

Washable: spit up, pee and poop are so frequent, what's the point in costly dry cleaning?

Keeping all these points in mind, I am currently vying for Rachel Pally's Slouchy Off the Shoulder T-Shirt found here. What's cute about this top is the off shoulder neckline and the uneven hem - this is such a sassy and unique tee.



Statement Necks

As my belly grew bigger, I often found that people (especially strangers) instantly looked at my belly, rather than my face. This sometimes made me feel a bit self-conscious, especially being pregnant for the first time. So...on those days when I wasn't feeling so great, and wanted people to focus on me rather than my widening body, I created a distraction by wearing huge statement necklaces.  That way, the eye is drawn to 'shiny pretty objects', and a closer range to my face :)

I loved Anthropologie's Stormy Sea Necklace ($48) - so much, that I have it in 3 different colors.  What's great about this necklace is that the knotted strands of jersey are adjustable, so it can sit high or below the neckline.  It's so versatile, it can be worn with fancy dresses, or dressed down with jeans and a tank top.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fierce Mamas

Christian Siriano, winner of last year's Project Runway, has designed a line of maternity wear called Fierce Mamas - found at moodymamas.com, and let me be the first to say, it is beyond "fierce"!!! First off, all of his styles are utterly adorable and chic. Secondly, you don't need to feel guilty while shopping as the price points are within reason.

Christian has covered all of this Fall's latest & hottest trends. For instance, boyfriend flannel shirts are so hot right now, he has this buffalo plaid tunic in his assortment for $69:



Denim Leggings for $48.50



Navy colored knit jersey cowl neck dresses for $88:

Go to moodymamas.com and check out Christian's latest stuff!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

American Apparel Maternity

I wish I would have known about this when I was pregnant! American Apparel offers a knitwear line for maternity.  They offer two amazing dresses at affordable prices.  These are also great layering pieces to wear under your favorite sweater cardigan and over tights.

Le Sac Dress ($38)

One shoulder dresses are so hot right now!



Or, for a more bra-friendly look, the Sheer Rib Loose Dress ($32)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Love the Ballet

Jeffrey Campbell's ballet flats were the best shoes to dress my swollen and enlarged feet through out pregnancy.  His choice of fun colors and embellishments are a great way to complete your outfit - and still be comfortable at the same time.  Can be worn before, during and after maternity, I'd suggest buying a size up from your normal shoe size to make room for swelling and lee way for comfort. I normally wear a size 6 and wore a size 7 in his sizes.

I'm a bit obsessed with this shoe right now found on Singer22 the Haley Studded Bow:



Also, on sale at Nordstroms, there is another version of the Haley shoe:

Or, as an alternative, if bows aren't your thing, there is the 'Jeweled' flat, also found at Nordtroms:

Little Black Dress

If you need a black dress for an occasion or holiday party - Top Shop is a great destination to fulfill your need (thank you Jamie K.!) Unfortunately, the nearest Top Shop store is in Soho, so if you are ever in NYC, stop by their maternity section you will find some great stylish pieces there.  In the meantime, on their online store, I found two fabulous little black dresses priced around $100.

The first dress is great for that holiday work party - more conservative in feel and the flutter sleeves are great if you are feeling a bit conscious about any arm flub.



The second, is a more dressy option with a black bead trim around a plunging neckline. A great piece for any occasion or event where you want to feel chic

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Love for Sweaters: Chapter 1 (of many)

Fall is my favorite time of the year because of two obsessions, sweaters and boots. Often times, during the cool weather, you'll spot me in my uniform: a sweater tunic over leggings with boots (which, this was the outfit I gave birth in - no joke!) However, wearing a sweater when you are preggo can be a challenge because you don't want to throw on a bulky yarn sweater when you already feel bulky.  My solution to this is finding the right silhouette most flattering to a big belly.

On bluefly.com, they have the cutest Free People "Ruffle Me Up' sweater dress.  The cinched waist hits right below the belly and the ruffled peplum skirt is long enough to cover places you don't want accentuated.  In addition, it is light in weight so you get the look of fall with out the bulk.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Biker Chic

Rachel Zoe (one my many fashion muses - but I take her word like the fashion Bible) attested that this season's staple piece is  a cropped leather jacket.  Such an easy throw on cover-up that replaced last year's cardigan.  I adopted this 'biker chic' trend through out my 3rd trimester as the weather started to cool. I wore my leather motorcycle jacket over long maxi dresses or on top of a tee-shirt and leggings.  Gisele Bundchen also rocked this look during her pregnancy. Granted, she is an uber supermodel, anyone can have this look.


{Image via here}

I got my moto jacket at H&M (pleather to get the look for less), but I found at Target, Liz Lange offers the same look and feel at a great price:

Sitting Pretty and Cute in PINK

A friend and fellow  haute momma, Cindy B., raved about Victoria's Secret PINK Foldover Yoga Pants. I dedicate this post to her and her precious baby boy Holden.

"I LOVE Victoria's Secret yoga pants. I bought a couple pairs one size up  and rock them all the time. They sit below the belly and are super comfy. I also think they look real cute because paired with a tank top they've showed the bump from when it started to be a bump (and don't cut it in half or any of the odd things my gym shorts seem to do)."  - Cindy

I personally tried these yoga pants myself and shared the same enthusiasm for them. They were super stretchy and thick, sucking your body in just the right places. Also, as I got bigger, the foldover band could be unfolded over my belly as extra support when I exercised. Inseams come in long, crop and for the vertically challenged short! Another reason to buy several? These pants retail for $35 and less!

 
Pin It button on image hover