The Best Maternity Dress (& A Night in Vegas)

Aaron and I took a trip to Vegas a couple weeks ago with the intent of lounging at the pool and eating fine Vegas cuisine. The weather was unbelievably uncooperative, so the only time we spent poolside was about 45 minutes, during a rather windy and not terribly warm afternoon, at which time I wrapped myself in a towel and immediately passed out (third trimester napping--it's the best!). 

We did enjoy amazing meals and lovely kid-free time, courtesy of my wonderful mother, who flew in from CO to watch Sylvie while we were gone. We saw Michael Jackson: One (the Cirque du Soleil show) and watched the equally enjoyable new Avengers movie. We walked miles each day, which hopefully counteracted all of the aforementioned eating!

I found this dress at Nordstom Rack for under $30. Unfortunately, I can't find it online (it's WAYF brand), but I did link to some similar items, including one from Lulu's for $44! It's not a maternity dress, and it's just the proof in the pudding that you don't need to spend a fortune on maternity clothes when you're pregnant. Anything with a fair amount of stretch works well!

Also, please forgive the fact that I'm wearing the exact same necklace, shoes, and purse from my last post! I didn't think about that when I was packing for Vegas. Anyway it gave me an excuse to link to some more fabulous blue sandals below! 

I hope you all had a nice weekend & thanks for all the love and support! 

So Studly

So I've entered the wear-heels-only-when-absolutely-necessary phase of my pregnancy. I swear, as soon as I bragged about rocking heels at 6 months pregnant, I suddenly could no longer wear heels. I can only pull them off for an hour or so at a time, which is just long enough for a photo shoot or to wear to and from dinner. I know what you're thinking, I can sense you rolling your eyes...but I'm a heel girl through and through, and as vain as it is, I just cannot give them up entirely. Feel free to judge! :) Being relegated to wearing flats doesn't have to be all bad though. See exhibit A below. 

Exhibit A

This particular day, I was in a huge rush to get dressed, as I had spent the majority of my morning toddler-wrangling. Contrary to popular belief, I typically spend about 3 times as much time getting Sylvie dressed as I do getting myself dressed. True story. So in my haste I accidentally put this dress on backwards, which actually worked quite well. The front is ruched and for some reason looked odd on my bump the last time I tried it on. The jacket was added for a little warmth, given that it's nearly summer in San Francisco, which means the weather is miserable and cold. Everything I'm wearing in this post is old, save the main attraction (shoes) but I've put links to similar items below, including a few ruched dresses. I love ruching. Pregnant or no, it's flattering and flexible. 

What are your favorite flats? I'm in the market, so recommendations are welcome! 

I had to throw this in...having way too much fun with Raina from  embellishedcloset.com

I had to throw this in...having way too much fun with Raina from embellishedcloset.com

As always, thanks for reading and have a super weekend! xoxoxo

And then there was that time I met Tim Gunn

My darling of a husband bought me tickets to see Tim Gunn in person and to attend the meet & greet before the event. I swear I'm not just a celebrity hound, but it's Tim Gunn we're talking about! Anyone who's see Project Runway has to feel me, am I right? The man is a GEM. And he's absolutely lovely in person; he's warm and gracious and hilarious.

The night was absolutely perfect, except that one part where I toppled down the stairs. Yep, it happened. But lucky for me, it was only my pride that was hurt, folks.

I bought this jumper at Nordstrom recently (it's not maternity!). I'll likely only fit in it a few more days at the exponential rate at which my bump is growing, but the San Francisco weather will be perfect for just such a thing after I have the baby! I can't wait to see what it looks like without the bulging belly!

Links to all products found below (including this incredible $25 white clutch!). The NARS lip shade is Cruella.

 

With the man himself and my lovely friend Jess

With the man himself and my lovely friend Jess

Mind the Bump

IMG_4608.JPG

Yes, yes, the rumors are true! I got new shoes!

Oh, and also, I'm knocked up. 18.5 weeks to be exact. I've somehow managed to conceal it, but it's about time I came out of the gestational closet, so to speak!

And, in other news, how slick is this River Island clutch? I’ve never been much of a purse girl; I’m too disorganized to switch my belongings from purse to purse on a regular basis (can anyone relate?). Since taking up blogging again, I’ve tried to diversify, and I just ordered a couple of bags from ASOS. And I love that no matter how big my bump gets, or how swollen my feet get, this little doozy will fit just perfectly!

I bought the dress off of Gilt eons ago, but it’s still for sale at Neiman Marcus Last Call—score! I’ve never felt too comfortable in shift dresses; they add bulk and I’m really not someone who requires extra bulk. But there’s something about this dress that made me risk a little volume in the name of fashion.

Paperwhite Shift Dress// Shoes: Cole Haan Cameron  // Bag: River Island Lime Zig Zag Frame Clutch // Lips: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella