Third Trimester Maternity Style

Here I am writing this on the eve of my due date! Unfortunately, no baby just yet. Just as the first and second trimester, the third went very smoothly. Outside of discomfort, I have felt great. I am still walking almost everyday about 2 miles worked up until a few days ago, including a full planning wedding at 37 weeks. I am not too swollen or puffy, but definitely slowing down to just accomplishing the things that have to get done and loving extra hard on my first born. Hence the slow down of posting in this space. I just can’t seem to get it all, plus the blog done. Thankfully I am to the finish line of this part.

As for my third trimester maternity style, it was hot. Really hot, for much of the time. I think I have mentioned that I gravitate toward billowy clothes, which was still the case during the last 12 weeks. I did try the fab, fitted Stowaway collection dress below. This little number really flattered my big ole bump. I did also pick up some cheap “denim” shorts. I quoted denim, because the option below I bought, are definitely not denim, but they got me though the past 6 weeks. The Old Navy top below is not maternity, but worked really well. The final look, the jumpsuit, was the best $20 I spent on clothes in a long time! I found this comfy black jumpsuit at an American Eagle outlet for literally $20. While it’s not the best quality, it has lasted all 40 weeks of growing this baby!

What was your favorite maternity purchase?


FITTED SUMMER DRESS


Third Trimester Maternity Style
Third Trimester Maternity Style

dress: Stowaway collection / shoes: Converse / bag: vintage (similar)


CASUAL SUMMER TOP AND SHORTS


Third Trimester Maternity Style
Third Trimester Maternity Style

top: Old Navy / shorts: Amazon / sandals: Sam Edleman (similar) / sunglasses: J.Crew


EASY JUMPSUIT


Third Trimester Maternity Style
Third Trimester Maternity Style

jumpsuit: American Eagle (similar) / denim jacket: Levis / shoes: St. Agni / sunglasses: Anthropologie


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Second Trimester Maternity Style

It’s incredible how pregnancy can both fly by and be so slow at the same time. I am currently 32 weeks. This little peanut’s due date is just two months from today! Second trimester went as well as any could possibly go. I was able to stay up past 9PM (thank the lord). I still got out there to run. Though these days it’s definitely morphing into a walk more than a run, but proud I’m still at it. I had a few rough days with discomfort on the top of my bump, but nothing major. Overall I have felt great. So good, I finished my sunroom, gave my kitchen a refresh and worked on the yard and took a family trip to Charleston.

As far as being ready for baby. I have a lot of work to do! I’ve shared the progress on his room. But that’s about all I’ve done. In the next two weeks I am digging into all the leftover baby stuff and evaluating exactly what we need!

This trimester I out grew most of my clothes. I really only have a handful of actual maternity clothes from Oliver. A pair of jeans, and a couple of out of season dresses is about the extent of it. I have been living in my flowy wardrobe and wearing a few pieces I kept around from the days when I first moved to New York and gained some weight. Here are three looks that have gotten me through the second trimester.


LOOSE JUMPSUIT


Second Trimester Maternity Style
Second Trimester Maternity Style

yellow jumpsuit (similar) / sandals (similar) / bag (similar) / hat / sunnies


LITTLE BLACK DRESS


Second Trimester Maternity Style
Second Trimester Maternity Style

dress (similar) / sandals (similar) / sunnies (similar) / bra


FLOWY TOP & MOTO PANTS


Second Trimester Maternity Style
Second Trimester Maternity Style

top (similar) / jacket / pants (similar) / sunnies / clogs / bag (similar)


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May Mood Board

Have you been following along with my crazy month over on Instagram. I’ve been slacking on the blog posts, because I’ve been up to my ears in amazing projects! Of course you know I’ve been working away on the One Room Challenge. But this week was the culmination of two big fun projects I’m excited to share with you! I created decor and styled a party for a fabulous food blogger, Liz from The Lemon Bowl. I also created a series of backdrops for a huge local fashion show, the Boutiques of West Michigan, hosted by my favorite Grand Rapids shop, Marie La Mode. I am so grateful to be working on fun projects that I am so so excited about!

This month is all about gearing up for wedding season, and because I love to push myself to the limits, hopefully pulling off an editorial using this mood board as inspiration. What are you tackling this month?

Spring Editorial Mood Board

What Should a Wedding Planner Wear to Work?

When chatting with my fellow wedding professionals at the Venue3Two Bridal Bazaar a few weeks back we discovered we all had the same challenge. What to wear when we work a wedding. I think photographers and any other vendor that is present for the whole event would face a similar challenge. We collectively decided that jumpsuits were our favorite thing to wear. With a jumpsuit you can somewhat blend into the background with the guests, and you are safe to climb on ladders and crawl under tables without flashing anyone. We also came up with several requirements for said jumpsuit they are as follows:

  • polished looking, no fabric that looks too cheap

  • cropped legs, so there is no tripping risk

  • legs that aren’t too wide

  • nothing with funky ties, or closures that you’d need help closing

  • no white (duh)

  • nothing that will break the bank

Given all of those requirements, I sourced 10 jumpsuits that I think fit the bill.


What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to wear to work: wedding planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner
What to Wear to Work: Wedding Planner

I personally pair my jumpsuit with a pair of Frye Clogs, more polished than sandals or sneakers with plenty of support.

What to wear to work: wedding planner

and an apron to hold all my supplies, timelines and emergency kit.

What to wear to work: wedding planner

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First Trimester Maternity Capsule

Well, my first trimester has come and gone! I cannot believe how fast its flying by! Still feeling good, my energy is starting to come back. My writing this at 9:22 is evidence of that! Thank goodness! Falling asleep at 9:00PM was cramping my style! I have been craving fruit and fruity candy. All the sour and fruity candy!

I wanted to share with you my first trimester maternity capsule collection. I spent the last three months hiding my bump under cozy sweaters, blazers and cardigans. In general my maternity style is very much like my normal day-to-day style, mostly classic, with a twist. In pregnancy (and life) I like relaxed silhouettes, nothing too fitted. I had to retire my favorite high-waisted Levi’s about a week after I took a pregnancy test, but I am still rocking my mid-rise Madewell jeans on repeat. The following have been my go-to looks, keeping warm while working with my baby bump. So far have not made any special purchases or have even dug into my old maternity stash. Only a matter of time though…


OVER SIZED SWEATER + SKINNY JEANS

First Trimester Capsule Wardrobe

LAYERED DENIM DRESS

First Trimester Capsule Wardrobe

RELAXED BLAZER WITH JEANS

First Trimester Capsule Wardrobe

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Utility Jumpsuit

Not long ago I went shopping in SOHO, and I kid you not, at least four girls working in shops around the neighborhood were wearing utility jumpsuits. So, it’s cool girl thing to wear. Even after seeing a slew of cute and fashionable shop girls sporting this look, I wasn’t quite ready to get behind it. I still felt it was a little too mechanic for me. Flash forward a few months and I think I’m warming up to the idea. And it’s good timing, because there are so many fantastic options at every price point. Would you rock this look?

Utility Jump Suit
Utility Jumpsuit
Utility Jumpsuit

photos: 1 / 2 / 3


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Color of the Fall // Rust

Everywhere I look I see this color! Rust is a non-neutral, neutral and so perfect for fall. It pairs perfectly with saffron or tan and unexpectedly well with bush and blue. What’s your favorite color of the season?

Color of the Fall: Rust
Color of the Fall: Rust
Color of the Fall: Rust

photos: 1 / 2 / 3


rust round up

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How To Wear White After Labor Day

I think it's safe to say that not too many people in the fashion circle still subscribe to the rule of not wearing white after Labor Day. The all white monochromatic look has become almost as ubiquitous as head-to-toe black, almost. But I still think the average Jane is a little hesitant when it comes to the all white everything look. Most women have a white sweater and white pants in their closets, but bulk on pairing them together because perhaps the tones aren't exactly on. That is perfectly acceptable, add a belt to break it up or top it with a camel blazer to add another dimension. When faced with the challenge of what shoe to wear with a winter white look, a nude heel or bootie would be perfect, or a light or white fashion sneaker if the look is more casual and animal print if you want to make a statement. 

Here are 5 white after Labor Day looks to inspire you to try it out. 


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