Nine months of pregnancy is a long time. But does it warrant the need for an entirely new wardrobe? Here is my list of essential pieces that can carry you through, and be worn post-baby..
1. The Flowy Dress - This breezy, comfortable style allows room for growth. The cut is away from the body, so does not restrict you at any point. Pair it with sandals in the warmer months, or little ankle booties and a sweater in the cooler seasons.
2. The Oversized Basic Tee – T-shirts are an essential in everyone’s closet. Go for an oversize look to avoid stretching it out. Pair it with leggings at home as loungewear, denim for casual, or a skirt for work. The versatility of a basic tee is endless.
3. The Oversized Knit – Whether it be a pullover or cardigan style, the oversized knit provides comfort and zero restriction. A pregnancy and post-baby favourite in my books. Pair it with a t-shirt and joggers for an errand run, or on top of a dress or skirt for added warmth.
4. The Boyfriend Jeans – Maternity jeans are not crucial to own. Although I will agree that having the “buffet” band is comfortable, you can opt for a belly band over regular jeans if you would prefer to invest in long term wear. An affordable & easy solution.
5. The Button-Up Shirt – A Classic piece. Depending on the cut, this can either be worn done up (if a boyfriend fit) for the duration of your pregnancy, or worn undone and paired with a t-shirt in the final months when your belly has really popped. I enjoy this short sleeve version for the warmer months.
6. The Jersey Maxi Skirt – One of the top items for travel. Jersey can be rolled up easily into your suitcase, and let’s not forget – is incredibly comfortable. The elastic waistband allows for growth. Place it below or above your belly, depending on your stage and what’s more comfortable. This is a transitional piece through all seasons. (think tank & sandals for summer, or cozy sweater & booties for fall).
7. The Tunic – If you are trying to conceal your pregnancy in the early months, but already feel your belly expanding, a tunic will be your best friend. Loose fitting, comfortable, long (so can be worn with slim pants or leggings), and is great for that post-baby body.
8. The Drawstring Pant - A style that continues to remain, and is another classic in my mind. The drawstring pant allows for expansion. There are so many varations out there, so find one that is most flattering for you (tip: focus on the butt. I find some styles can be unflattering, but when you find the right one.. watch out!). A great bottom for those dressy occasions or for work, but again can be styled down for of a more casual feel.
9. The Chambray Dress – Let’s face it. When your pregnant, the less you have to put on, the better. Especially by the third trimester! Keep it simple with a dress. A chambray version is casual & cool, and can be paired with almost any shoe. I get great use out of mine. The cut tends to be boxy, allowing for extra room.
Victoria is such a beautiful place to visit. The historical landmarks, the stunning waterfront, the endless places to dine & shop. It makes for a perfect weekend getaway! This weekend we were extremely blessed with sunny Spring weather. The fact that I could wear this dress with bare legs in February and not freeze my behind off is incredible.
There are a couple of shops that I always make sure to pop in to while I am over there. One of my personal favourites is Suasion on Johnson Street. Since I have no desire to try on “normal” clothes right now, shoes & accessories are what seem appealing to me. I was pleased to discover the jewelry line Kris Nations, and will feature my purchase on the next post!
Outfits are becoming a challenge by the day. Today I begin my third trimester (hallelujah!) and have 12 weeks to go. I know from experience that the last stretch is by far the most challenging as you become increasingly uncomfortable. I will try and make do with what I have already in my closet, so you may see some interesting combinations over the next coming weeks. Bare with me!
This time of year I always have travel on the mind. Chatting with friends & family about their plans has me itching to book our next family vacation! We will be laying low until late Spring for obvious reasons, with a few local trips here & there. At least the mild Westcoast winter is allowing us to be outside enjoying the outdoors! Until then, I will live vicariously through the wanderlust on my Instagram feed
As always, here are my top 5 accounts to follow for the week…
1. @vivanaturalskincare – I just met the lovely ladies who run this company at an event last week. Their products are 100% natural, and feel like a dream on your skin. Locally made.
2. @minimockspetra – Mother from Sweden producing shoes & accessories for your littles in eco-friendly leather. A-dorable.
3. @beatriz84 – Blogger for thisaintjustanotherfashionblog.com. Fellow expectant momma with swoon-worthy style.
4. @ihavethisthingwithfloors – If you haven’t heard of this account already and have even a mild obsession with mosaic tile flooring, please follow. Great inspiration if you are thinking of renovating or building.
5. @peubird – I really hope I am not repeating myself on this one, but this is by far one of my favourite accounts to follow for style inspiration. Casual done to perfection.
Hey friends! Just a quick hello today as I am currently nursing a migraine on the couch
Last night I had the opportunity to speak at Unity Clothing for their Valentine’s Day Girls Night Out. I was very honoured for the invite, and the opportunity to meet so many wonderful customers. Any chance to speak with a group of ladies and meet new people, I am in!!
I really focused on the subject of building a wardrobe with key staples, so today’s outfit feature seems suiting while we are on the subject. This aritzia shirtdress is a transitional piece through many seasons, and is a non-maternity item that I really enjoy wearing through pregnancy thus far. Now, can we talk about these shoes??? Dressy sneakers. A statement that at one time was considered an oxymoron. I hope they are in style forever because they were made for moms like me! A shoe that can be worn a million different ways, and remains comfortable to walk in. As I expand even more and eventually develop the preggo waddle (that will happen, it did last time!) I will not have to comprimise style for functionality.
I hope you have an amazing weekend, and even better Valentine’s Day!!!
A very special day of love is right around the corner! Remember being in school on Valentine’s Day, how exciting it was to receive a little something from all of your friends?? (and maybe a boy crush too…lol). Now that K is in both daycare & preschool, it gives us a chance to be creative & make something fun for all of his little classmates.
This year we took the traditional rice crispie square to a whole new lovely level. And, who doesn’t LOVE rice crispie squares????
First, you will need..
Begin by melting butter, then marshmallows. Once melted add the rice crispies and stir.
If using a heart shaped silicone mold, wet/oil hands and push rice crispies into mold. Leave for 4-5 minutes, then remove. If using a cookie cutter, place batch into pan, and use cookie cutter to create heart shapes. Allow to cool.
Next, melt chocolate as directed on package. Add a few drops of food colouring until you have your desired colour. Dip the tops of the rice crispie hearts in melted chocolate, and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
Let the chocolate cool completely (I left mine overnight).
Place the finished product in clear treats bags, add a fun printable tag (there are TONS for free online), and wrap with twine.
There you have it! An adorable little treat for your child to gift (cost effective & not terribly time consuming either!!!)
Scott and I had the rare opportunity to not only go out on Friday night, but to sleep in AND go for coffee the next day. Kingston was having a fun night away with his grandparents, and we were able to catch up on some much needed rest. The transition to a “big boy” bed has not been an easy one. I guess in a way our little guy is preparing us for the interrupted and lack of sleep we will be experiencing in a matter of months with the newborn.
One of my favourite spots for a weekend treat is Temper Pastry in West Vanouver. Located on the quaint main street of Dundarave, Temper has the most delicious selections of baked goods & chocolate, including my favourite, the chocolate almond croissant. I have been cautious with my sugar consumption this pregnancy, but I always allow for one weekly indulgence (to avoid going crazy!). I thoroughly enjoyed every bite, and in the company of my better half. It’s not often we get to live like the ol’ days and enjoy each others company in peace.
With my preggo belly expanding on the daily, I have been opting for comfortable t-shirts and oversized knits. Accessorizing with hats & scarves allows me to feel less boring, and more in tune with my usual style.
15 weeks to go!!!!
This came as no surprise to me. I knew I was destined to have two boys, who although will most likely eat me out of house and home, will love their mother unconditionally (fingers crossed!!) and take good care of me down the road. It’s exciting to think that King will have a brother, just like his dad!
I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a moment of sadness once I realized that I will never have a girl. I am not the type to keep on going until I have each (I would probably just end up with more boys anyways), so instead I am looking at the situation in a positive light. We will be a family of three men & a lady, and I will never battle with competing estrogen in the house! I hope one day my boys grow up and meet wonderful partners, and maybe I will gain the daughter I never had at that stage in life.
Now that we know it’s another boy, I have been gathering inspiration for nursery #2! We are going with a completely different theme this time, and leaning towards a navajo style. I promised King a teepee in the baby’s room, as I thought it would be nice for him to have a place to sit and play while I am nursing. I will be sure to post photos of the finished product!
1. Concrete Bunker Pendant – the suburbs
2. Arrow Shelf Set of Two – etsy
3. Colour Fade Cloud Mobile in Black to Grey – baby jives
4. Heroic Chief Pillow – pendleton
5. Emery Crib in White – pottery barn kids
6. Beast Rug – thing industries
7. Teepee – trendenser
8. Felt Menagerie Animal Sheep Head – nineteenten
grey henley: ketch (old)/ coat: hatch maternity/ denim: AG adriano goldschmied/ shoes: j.crew (sold out)/ hat: urban outfitters (similar) / sunnies: ray-ban/ bag: baggu On Kingston: coat: burberry kids (gifted, old)/ denim: gap kids/ shoes: reebox via nordstrom rack/ toque: target
Photos by Kim Forrester
It has really dawned on me lately that my so called “freedom” of only having one child is about to come to an end. King is now old enough that we are able to do much more activities together, and without a nap in the way (although it is missed), we are not limited. I have been enjoying taking him out on adventures as we call them (sometimes I have to sell errands as adventures and make them sound SUPER exciting), and making the most out of our time left together just us two. Last week the weather was crummy, and I was feeling miserable. So, we decided to have a day date at the movies and see Paddington Bear. We sat there holding hands, eating popcorn, and laughing. I loved every minute of it!! I know I have 16 weeks left to go, but realistically in a mom’s world, that will fly by like minutes. King is going to make one fine big brother, and be quite the helper. He already has an obsession with work (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree), and will own his title proudly. I am feeling confident that our decision to have almost a 4 year gap will be a good thing!
Let’s talk fashion for a minute. If there is one item I love collecting during pregnancy, it is shoes. A momma should feel good, so if a pair of shoes will lift her spirits when feeling sick & miserable, then so be it. Especially when you walk into J.Crew sale section, and find a pair of leopard pony hair oxfords marked down from $350 t0 $84.99 (oh and wait, with an additional 50% off). That made for one happy momma, and I have worn them proudly everyday since!
From left to right: grey stars infinity scarf/ grey dots infinity scarf/ basic black tee/ black xo leggings/ grey trees blanket/ soft grey stars sleeper/ knotted hats in pink dots, grey dots, navy/grey/black, grey stars
I have mini style on the mind lately. There are so many fun ways to dress up your kids these days, and when you can do so and support local, it’s even better! I love discovering new lines, especially when they are owned by mompreneurs! A good friend introduced me to Little Citizens, a local kids line started by owner, Jenny White. I am incredibly honoured to feature this brand!!
Little Citizens is an adorable collection of stylish clothing (size 0 - 36months), blankets & accessories, that is perfect for your fashionable littles! What makes this brand unique?? All products are made from 100% organic cotton, and are locally designed and made. Jenny creates the patterns, and with the help of a graphic designer has them transferred onto the materials using non-toxic, water-based inks. In addition, almost every element of her business is sourced locally (the packaging alone is precious!). Jenny strives to create a successful brand that moms will enjoy, all while being able to spend time with her own little one at home
Featured above are a few pieces from the collection. I want them all! I love how gender neutral the patterns & colours are. It is getting me very excited about styling another baby!
Jenny has very generously offered a discount to my readers, for the next two weeks! Place an order online here, and enter code ‘FAMILYJEWELS15′ at checkout to receive 15% off of your order. Offer ends February 6th.
On Instagram?? Follow Little Citizens (@littlecitizensapparel) and make sure to tag your littles using #littlecitizens!
Thank you to Jenny from Little Citizens, and my amazing photographer, Kim Forrester!
I was rifling through our hall closet last week, and came across a pile of scarves belonging to my hubby. Most of these I have obviously seen before, but this one I don’t recall him ever wearing in the past. I decided to borrow it for the day, to add some pattern to my neutral outfit. I love how menswear inspired has been trending for quite some time now. It gives me the opportunity to access an entirely separate closet (and Scott has good style.. If I may say so).
Maternity fashion has definitely evolved over the years. Now pregnant women can wear almost every style other women do, and this allows them to feel stylish & beautiful during their pregnancy (instead of rocking a muumuu for nine months). Even though I will not build a full wardrobe just for these remaining months, I have collected a few key items that are doing the trick. I am smitten over these Hatch maternity leather leggings. The waistband sits low, as opposed to having a belly band attached. I will easily be able to wear these post baby (bonus!).
Another BIG thank you to my dear friend, Kim Forrester, for capturing this look!