Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Little Black Maternity Dress

Maternity Dress (love this casual dress or this dressier option if you aren't pregnant!) - Amazon / Coat (also available in other colors/sizes here - how pretty is the green?!) - J.Crew / Scarf - J.Crew Factory / Flats (these are my fav, so comfy!!) - Sam Edelman / Bag (similar here and here) - Sezane / Earrings (I couldn't find anything similar, but love these little bow studs!) - Charming Charlie

Okay, so you know how I said I wasn't going to buy any maternity clothes?

Yeah, I lied.

I was trying to decide what to wear to the baby shower my sister and mom hosted for me last weekend, and while I had a few shift dresses that would have worked, they didn't really show the bump! I mean, really, the point of a shift dress is to skim over your midsection, and when I wear one I barely look pregnant. Which, you know, is so not the point at your own baby shower!

So I decided to head to Amazon to see what I could find on the cheap, and landed on this dress! It was black, so it's super versatile, and the side ruching really shows off that baby bump. I initially was anti ruching on pregnancy clothes since they're so obviously maternity (i.e., harder to wear after baby) but really, they just make that baby bump look good! Plus I somehow still have a waist with ruching - it's like magic. I recently stocked up on a few ruched maternity tees too, and I love that they make me look actually pregnant! Unlike the oversized sweater I wore to the doctor two weeks ago where two different nurses didn't realize I was pregnant.

I thought I'd just wear this dress just for my shower, but I've already ended up wearing it a couple other times too - it's come in so handy for all of the holiday events we have this month! The styling options are basically endless too since it's such a simple black dress - you can pair it with a scarf, a cardigan, a faux fur or sherpa or puffer vest, a wrap, or even a flannel button up! No one will ever know that you're an outfit repeater. Well, except for me ;)

Maternity Dress (love this casual dress or this dressier option if you aren't pregnant!) - Amazon / Coat (also available in other colors/sizes here - how pretty is the green?!) - J.Crew / Scarf - J.Crew Factory / Flats (these are my fav, so comfy!!) - Sam Edelman / Bag (similar here and here) - Sezane / Earrings (I couldn't find anything similar, but love these little bow studs!) - Charming Charlie

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Monday, December 17, 2018

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...went to grab an early dinner after work on Friday with Jeff at Baita, the winter restaurant in Eataly. Eataly has been open in Chicago now for years but this was somehow the first time we've actually managed to go together. You guys, that place is crazy pants on a Friday night! Very glad we made 5pm reservations hahaha. The restaurant is Italian Alps themed, so we obviously had to have some melted cheese, but the best thing we tried was definitely the steak skewers!!
...got this wubby fleece vest in the mail, and it is so freaking cozy!! I ended up ordering a large and it was still a little big even with my baby belly, so I would definitely recommend sizing down. I think I'll have some pictures of it coming to the blog this week. I ended up wearing it on Saturday and got a ton of compliments!
...had a girl's brunch at Willow Room, which is such a cute little spot in Lincoln Park! I may have contemplated stealing their velvet barstools ;) There was lots of laughing and mimosas all around, but mine were virgin of course. I've still been staying away from the booze this pregnancy, but a glass of champagne (or really some red wine!) is starting to sound better and better.
...babysat Jeff's baby sister again, she's already getting so big (will be four months next week)! She's also getting smart, girlfriend has some serious FOMO and literally cried as soon as we brought her through the doorway of her room for bedtime - she wanted to stay up and hang out all night!
...drove out to the suburbs to have a Christmas brunch with Jeff's family at Medinah Country Club. Double brunch weekend! They had a huge buffet set up and you had better believe this pregnant lady filled up multiple plates, including some amazing chocolate chip banana pancakes.
...tricked Jeff into going to Target with me by saying we needed to buy gifts for my family's gift exchange, and then dragged him though every aisle while he frantically checked Bears game updates on his phone hahaha. I discovered the tiny Christmas trees I want to put all over our house (seen here) were back in stock and basically bought a mini forest ;) Oh, and I didn't actually manage to find a gift exchange gift. Sorry Jeff!

Here's hoping you had a good one!

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! We're heading into those weekends where we had zero plans as of a couple days ago, and now are fully booked. Isn't that always what happens?? In case you're planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, here are my Friday Finds - I may have already ordered that sherpa vest!!

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Naughty or Nice?

Sweatshirt (also comes in a "nice-ish" version!) - American Eagle / Maternity Leggings (or my favorite non-maternity) - Blanqi / Slippers - Talbots / Green Velvet Pillow and Faux Fur Blanket (similar here) - World Market / Plaid Pillow and Red Blanket - Pottery Barn

Less than two weeks until Christmas - are you feeling naughty or nice? 

How freaking cute is this sweatshirt?! It was one of those things that I saw and immediately put in my cart. I mean, I hesitated momentarily because I'm never quite sure what's going to fit over this rapidly growing baby bump I'm sporting. But really, it's so freaking cute I would have also been happy to put it away until next year. I mean, not happy because really I put it on my body as soon as I got it in the mail, but it still would have been worth it. 

This sweatshirt is actually from American Eagle. I know. I haven't shopped there since college, when it was the only place to buy cheap jeans that came in longer lengths. And when I say "cheap," I mean back then spending $40 on a pair of jeans was a huge splurge. College Kristina was poor. And probably spent too much of her hard earned cash from two different part time jobs on parties and buying costumes for parties. College Kristina's priorities were definitely in order - who needs pants anyway?!

So anyway, I was a little hesitant to shop at the old AE again, mainly because I had no idea how sizing would work. I ended up snagging this in an XL, and the fit is perfect! It fits the bump now, but it's definitely the right amount of oversized that it would fit really well without a giant basketball under my shirt too. My only complaint is that the sleeves are just a touch short, and I would assume that as you go for smaller sizes the sleeves get shorter too. 

I'm actually wearing basically this same exact outfit as I type this - it's basically been my go-to outfit lately and will be through the rest of the month! Cozy, comfy, and festive - what's not to love?! 

Sweatshirt (also comes in a "nice-ish" version!) - American Eagle / Maternity Leggings (or my favorite non-maternity) - Blanqi / Slippers - Talbots / Green Velvet Pillow and Faux Fur Blanket (similar here) - World Market / Plaid Pillow and Red Blanket - Pottery Barn

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Holiday Party Dresses

Getting dressed up for a good holiday party or New Year's Eve party is always so fun. I just love any excuse to wear a pretty dress or some sequins! When I look for a dress for holiday parties, I love to check out really preppy brands I don't normally shop, like Tuckernuck and Vineyard Vines, as they always have their plaid games on point and the cutest details too! I own the Vineyard Vines dress pictured above from a few years ago (here's the same plaid but with sleeves), and love pulling it out every holiday season despite rarely wearing the brand the rest of the year. The holiday designs are so classic and timeless (and also really well made) so I know I'll have them for years to come!

These days, opportunities to get dressed up seem to be few and far between. We ended up skipping my big fancy work holiday party this year, and the other family holiday party I used to always dress up for seems to have gotten more and more casual every year, so I haven't gotten an excuse to buy a pretty new dress! And for NYE this year, thanks to baby, my plans probably include going out to dinner with our friends and then ringing in the new year from the couch. And let's be honest here, most likely from the couch asleep haha ;)

So, let me live vicariously over here - here are a few of the dresses I'd love to have an excuse to buy!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Maternity Top for Now and Later

Top (similar maternity, exact non-maternity, more colors non-maternity) - LOFT / Vest (similar)                                - Old Navy / Maternity Leggings (or my favorite non-maternity) - Blanqi / Bag - Tory Burch / Boots - Sole Society 

Okay, so I know I keep talking about trying not to buy maternity clothes, but I have grabbed the occasional piece, like a dress for my baby shower over the weekend, and this top. When buying maternity pieces, I've tried to look for things that don't really look maternity so I'll be able to get some use out of them once the baby is here. This tunic sweater is basically the same as an oversized non-maternity sweater, it's just cut slightly longer in the front. No ruching or empire waist or ties that will give it away as a maternity top. And really, on my body type, a longer cut in the front is actually good for me whether or not my body is cooking a baby. If a longer front won't work on you, you could always do a front tuck into some distressed jeans, or a full tuck into a skirt. 

These pictures are actually from Thanksgiving - the bump has only gotten bigger since then!! 

Top (similar maternityexact non-maternitymore colors non-maternity) - LOFT / Vest (similar)                                - Old Navy / Maternity Leggings (or my favorite non-maternity) - Blanqi / Bag - Tory Burch / Boots - Sole Society 

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Monday, December 10, 2018

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...went to see Yippie Ki-Yay Merry Christmas, a musical comedy show one of our friends wrote a few years ago that's getting bigger every year! This is actually the first time I've seen it (most of our friends go every year) and it was hilarious, I almost died during a song about the FBI and America. Very glad I watched Die Hard ahead of time though since it's a parody!
...had a bunch of friends over for a white elephant party and ended up with a coozie that's connected to a remote control so you can find where you set down your drink at a party, lollllllllllll. That's a white elephant for you! It was really fun to have everyone over and see a few of the kiddos that came, including our friend's brand new baby girl!! My hormones must be working because I am so baby crazy right now haha, she was just the sweetest.
...went to my first baby shower for me!! My sister and mom threw it and it was so cute, the theme was "Baby It's Cold Outside" and there was a fun little hot chocolate bar set up, and of course the donut wall we have to have at every party now (like my sister's sprinkle and my SIL's baby shower). Now that we have a ton of new baby gear (thanks so much everyone!!) this whole baby thing is feeling a lot more real - only two and a half months out now!!!

Here's hoping you had a good one!

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