Friday, October 19, 2018

Cozy Convertible Sweater

Pushing back this post because of the LOFT sale post yesterday - will be back to Friday Finds next week!!

Sweater (currently on sale for $36!!) - Gibson / Jacket - J.Crew / Maternity Leggings - BLANQI / OTK Boots - Kaitlyn Pan / Bag - Tory Burch / Necklace - Stella & Dot

There really is a baby in there! 

I think I'm starting to feel the baby wiggle around this week, which is so cool because it makes this whole pregnancy thing feel really real! I'm currently at 21 weeks, which is the end of month five. Of course I also started dealing with hip pain over the past week or two which has been less fun. I have a gigantic pregnancy pillow but it isn't actually long enough to support my feet too, which the internet says might be causing some issues. Going to try adding another pillow under my feet and see how that goes! Soon my bed is just going to be a giant nest haha. We have also needed to get a new mattress for a while now, but we couldn't decide between a king and a queen so we just never bought one. The story of our combined life. Well, now that Jeff has to share the bed with my monster of a pregnancy pillow, he is all on board for a king size bed. I'm hoping that a new mattress with some memory foam will help with the hips as well! 

In case you aren't just here for the pregnancy talk...

This sweater is kind of funny, because I actually remember ordering it last fall and not liking it. I think it was because it's supposed to be convertible and I expected to be able to wear it off the shoulder. It looks terrible that way on me (maybe if you're less busty it will work)! I reordered this year when I saw it was on super sale and was felling particularly open minded, and lo and behold I like it now. The tunic length works great with the leggings I've been wearing on the daily lately (and works for the growing bump!), and the cowl is a cute touch without being overwhelming. Oh, and plus it's so soft, like wearing pajamas. But despite the coziness, it works well for work or the weekend. Win win win. 

I also just pulled out these OTK boots again for fall. I bought them two years ago and they're still going strong, I'm kind of impressed by how good the faux suede looks despite them only being $99! The fit is still great (definitely size down though - I exchanged my normal 11 for a 10.5, and feel like I still could have gone down to a 10) although after so many wears they have been starting to droop a little. They don't fall all the way down or anything, just droop to knee level. For the price and how many wears I've gotten out of them, I'm not mad about it. I love OTK boots in general because it's like wearing a second pair of pants, they add a ton of extra warmth to your outfit on a chilly day. Which is especially nice since Chicago has already decided to settle down into the 40s. Chicago, I'm mad at you both for limiting my dress wearing abilities and for making the children of Chicago find turtlenecks to layer under their Halloween costumes. 

Sweater (currently on sale for $36!!) - Gibson / Jacket - J.Crew / Maternity Leggings - BLANQI / OTK Boots - Kaitlyn Pan / Bag - Tory Burch / Necklace - Stella & Dot

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

LOFT Friends & Family Sale

Breaking into my normally scheduled programming to bring you a little sale post today! I'm pushing today's post to tomorrow, so head back tomorrow for a fall outfit post!

So, everything at Loft is currently 40% off for their friends and family sale! The site is going to try to get you to sign up for their emails to get the code, but no need - the code is FRIENDS.

Is it just me, or is Loft having a huge sale every three weeks or so?! Ha, not that I'm complaining! They released a bunch of new arrivals last week and I was actually hoping they would have a sale soon so I wouldn't feel bad ordering a few things. I'm definitely snagging that suede/fur vest and that cute black and tan scarf!! Here are my picks:

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Insta Lately

I've been trying to post more on Instagram lately after taking a little breather over the summer - here's a some of what I've shared lately! If you want to follow along in (closer to) real time, follow me @kristinadoes.

Sneakers / Leggings (these are maternity, here are my favorite non-maternity) / Pullover

Fall leaves, yes please! Apparently walking is good for the baby (??) so I've been trying to lace up and head out every day. I've been listening to lots of podcasts out walking, my favorite currently is Binge Mode, they're doing a series on every Harry Potter book and movie! 

Vest / Flannel / TeeLeggings (these are maternity, here are my favorite non-maternity) / Socks / Boots / Similar Hat / Sunglasses

We went out to the pumpkin farm over the weekend, and while my sister was snapping pictures of her kids with the pumpkins, I made Jeff take some of me ;) 

I wore this for our last OB appointment - we found out we're having a little girl!! I love pairing camel and black for fall, it's so easy but really elevates whatever you're wearing. 

Sneakers / Leggings (these are maternity, here are my favorite non-maternity)

Just creeping on fall wherever I can find it (including at the grocery store!) 

Sweater / Scarf / SneakersLeggings (these are maternity, here are my favorite non-maternity)

I bought these sneakers basically for the leather tags - such a cute detail that makes them look really high end! 

I wore this for a little bachelorette dinner for my bff Tracy a couple weeks ago - she's getting married in less than two weeks now eep!!!! I bought the dress last fall and it turns out it's very bump friendly, and I love that it works so well casually or dressed up! It's available in a ton of fall colors right now. 

We're already past bare legs weather in Chicago and I'm so sad - I want to get more booties and dress combos in! 

I've been going a little pullover crazy as of late - I actually had to designate a new space for all of them in my closet! They're all so freaking cozy though, I can't be mad. 

Sweatshirt / Jacket / Jeans (these are maternity) / Similar Boots / Similar Bag

My second to last Cubs game of the season - so sad they didn't make the playoffs and my run of hot dog and ice cream covered in Oreos had to come to an end :( This quilted sweatshirt is amazing by the way, and was out of stock for most of last winter. But it's back in all of the colors! Maybe don't get the cream one though, I swear I get something on it every time I wear it. 

Similar Sweater / Similar TeeJacket / Leggings (these are maternity, here are my favorite non-maternity) / Shoes

Jeff basically told me he hated these shoes when I put them on, and then when I wore them out of the house I immediately got compliments from all of the old ladies. Who's winning now, Jeff?!

From the left: one / two / three / four / five / six

I was out in San Francisco at the end of September for a week for a work event, and I was so proud of myself for actually bringing things that all matched with each other and made packing easy for once! 

Pullover / Sneakers / Leggings (these are maternity, here are my favorite non-maternity) / Sunglasses

I don't always leave my house on a Sunday morning, but when I do there had better be breakfast!

Met a friend for brunch at Hampton Social, it's the best on a chilly day because it feels so beachy inside! 

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fall Off the Shoulder Sweater

Sweater and Scarf - J.Crew Factory / Leggings (or these are my fav non-maternity leggings) - BLANQI / Booties - TOMS Necklace - Stella & Dot Bag - Tory Burch

These sweaters were my favorite last year (exhibits a, b, c, and d), and I was so excited to see them back in stock in more colors for this fall! I love the oversized fit, and the chunkier knit pattern is cozy and great for hiding flaws. Plus, the tunic length means I'll be able to wear it for a while longer during this pregnancy.

And, before you ask, no, this isn't meant to be an off the shoulder sweater. It just stretches a little when you wear it, and for me that always means coming off one of the shoulders. I think it's cute so I go with it!

This scarf was also a repurchase from last year - I loved the colors I got last year so of course I had to snag this one too! J.Crew Factory has the best scarves, snap them up now before they go out of stock! Here are the ones I own:

How darling is this street I'm walking down? Jeff's dad and his wife moved to the Gold Coast over the summer, just off the Viagra Triangle (if you aren't from Chicago, ha, yes, that is a real place - named so because it's where the rich old men live!). Every time we go now I try to remember to take pictures, because the whole neighborhood is so stinking cute. We went two weeks ago for brunch and everyone's fall front porch game was strong. I keep asking Jeff when we can move there, and he says when we move the lottery - insert eye roll hahaha.

Sweater and Scarf - J.Crew Factory / Leggings (or these are my fav non-maternity leggings) - BLANQI / Booties - TOMS Necklace - Stella & Dot Bag - Tory Burch

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Monday, October 15, 2018

This Weekend...

Did you see our big announcement yesterday?? We're having a baby girl! You guys, I am so excited, I cried repeatedly the day we found out. Which I think was not so surprising to the ultrasound technician, but slightly more so to other people on the train and my unsuspecting coworkers ;) Instagram has been targeting me hard with baby clothes ads this week, and I've been having so much fun looking at all of the little girl clothes!! I'm also so excited for this little girl to be friends with her aunt Isabella (Jeff's half sister) who was born six weeks ago - how fun will it be for them to grow up together?!

This weekend I...

...had a matching brainwave with Jeff when we both basically simultaneously suggested going to see A Star Is Born. You guys, it is worth the hype. You should have heard the theater when the credits rolled, clearly everyone agreed. Pre-movie we grabbed dinner at Carbon Arc (which is connected to the theater) and while I've never been that impressed before, it really hit the spot this time - turns out the shrimp tacos are great!!
...went on a little shopping spree down Southport Corridor. I rarely shop in stores anymore unless I'm making a return, but obviously had to run out to find some baby girl clothes for our announcement. It was so fun to pop in and out of all the little stores and come home with more candles than we need ;) Of course, I still couldn't actually bring myself to try anything on!
...drove out to South Barrington for lunch at Cooper's Hawk before we went to Goebbert's pumpkin farm for some fall'tivities with my sister's family. The last time we went my niece Mae was around 18 months old and was clearly still too little to really get into it (although she loved the chance to run!) so it was fun to see her really enjoying all of the activities this time around. Why do kids love rolling around in dried corn so much?! Oh and it turns out she may be a maze whisperer, because she led us through the corn maze in record time - we only hit one dead end! Afterwards we drove up to my parents' house for dinner - a little beef stroganoff really hit the spot!

Here's hoping you had a good one!

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday (Evening) Finds

Happy Friday... night! Ha, last night I fell into a looking up Hawaii hotels trap and totally forgot to post, so we're coming at you a little late with my finds! We're headed to Hawaii in mid-November with Jeff's family and are spending a week with them in a rental house near the beach on Oahu, and then have three days to babymoon by ourselves so we're trying to figure out where to go and where to stay. We originally thought definitely Kauai, but the hotel we were planning on staying in sold out, and the only other hotels I like the look of are on the north side of the island. Since it's rainier up there, particularly in the winter months, I'm worried that we'll end up with three days of bad weather. So now I'm looking at Maui too, but I can't quite figure out if I want it to be a super quiet, relaxing trip, or if we're only going to Hawaii once I should go for a big resort on the beach with all of the fun pools and swim up bars for my virgin strawberry daiquiris.

I'm seeing that it might be hard to plan a trip with me. Someone send help.

So anyway, enough rambling! Here are my finds for the week:
one / two / three / four / five

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Plaid Poncho Scarf

Dress - Abercrombie / Plaid Wrap - BP / Bag (similar here, here, and here) - Coach Factory / Booties - TOMS / Necklace - Stella & Dot

Whew this week has been crazy so far, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I snagged this plaid wrap/poncho back during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and it immediately sold out, but it looks like it's back!! I love pieces like this because they let you easily mix up your wardrobe - it's great over tanks, long sleeves, sweaters, and dresses, and is a great way to add a layer without dying of heat stroke if it isn't quite fall weather in your neck of the woods yet. Of course, it's supposed to be about 50 degrees in Chicago today, so layers away! 

Dress - Abercrombie / Plaid Wrap - BP / Bag (similar herehere, and here) - Coach Factory / Booties - TOMS / Necklace - Stella & Dot

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