Seraphine Maternity Wear

I’m to that point in this pregnancy where certain maternity clothes I *loved* at first no longer will work for me. That includes anything without a full panel. But what was been my go-to all winter & I believe will continue into the spring, tunics. Especially one’s that work with black leggings as I haven’t been able to find full-panel leggings in other colors.

So when a rep from Séraphine contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out their maternity wear, I jumped at the chance. I chose the Panel Tie Tunic in black & it arrived super quick {from the UK no less}. Séraphine was a new company to me, but I realized I recognized their maternity wear from seeing celebrities like Jennifer Garner & Jessica Alba wearing it in magazines.

My favorite thing about this tunic: the material, the cut & feel of it. It’s so soft & also one of the only maternity tunics/dresses I have that I don’t *have* to wear a tank under it so that I’m not flashing a ton of cleavage.

I also love that I’ve been able to both dress this tunic up & will be able to dress it down for regular work days & weekends. So far I’ve worn it to my VA baby shower a couple weekends ago & then again this past week at my work conference {photo taken in hotel room mirror}. To both events, I wore it with leggings, black patent flats & a pink cardigan. Really cute, right?!

Seraphine tunic love at my shower, work trip & hanging in my kitchen

Oh & this lazy pregnant chick loves that my tunic is machine washable & hung dry without me having to then iron it!

I now have my eyes set on some of Séraphine’s spring maternity clothes. My favorites include the white & navy striped breast feeding top & the ruched sleeved jersey nursing dress {how cute would both be to wear this spring & then summer?!}. I’m pretty sure I’d wear this knot front dress while pregnant & hope I could still make it work even when I wasn’t! If you’re looking for pretty yet practical nursing bras, Séraphine has those too.

Séraphine has generously offered to help all of y’all, my readers & friends, bring home a cute Séraphine item of your choice {over $30} at 20% off with the discount code: ST20. Happy shopping!

I was given the tunic for the purpose of this review but was not compensated in any other way. All the opinions listed above are unbiasedly honest & my own.

IF Fatty Dress Help

My brother’s wedding is 10/22. Like three weeks away. I can’t wait to witness the wedding of such a great couple. I know it’ll be a great time celebrating with family & friends for that whole long weekend. I’m honestly so excited!

When I think of weddings, one of my first thought is outfit ~ particularly dresses. I purchased this Adrianna Papell dress {in a latte brown color} a couple month ago as my bridesmaids dress. Love it & it’s happily checked off my to-do list.

What I’m worried a little about though is a rehearsal dinner dress. What do I wear?!

A combination of stress, laziness, work travel & summer weather has me feeling chubbier than ever. I know there are some people who react & combat stress like infertility by losing their appetite or working out. Not me ~ not even a little. I find solace in comfort food & desserts & alcohol. True story. Need a happy hour friend? A buddy to grab fro-yo with? Call/text/tweet me. I had a great walking buddy in A before she moved {miss you friend} & have been chatting about walking with other friends {but we haven’t, yet}.

Back to the dresses, the rehearsal will take place at the hotel where ceremony & reception are being held. The rehearsal dinner is at the historic & kinda funky The Old City Bar. I’ve purchased three dresses as options for this night. Since it’s late in October, I want 3/4-long sleeves, but since it’s not a super dressy crowd & location, I’m thinking shorter dress & probably no tights. Not sure shoes yet. I’d love your honest opinions. {Some times I really miss living with 40 girls in my Chi O sorority house. It made getting ready so easy & fun!}

Option one: Lilly Pulitzer Shauna Tunic in Turquoise Optical Confusion. My good buddy B picked this up for me at this spring’s Warehouse Sale. It’s a little tight in the tummy/hips, but with shape-wear, I think it would look ok. {I might be a little uncomfortable/not able to pee though.} I think it’s dressy enough but not overly dressy. I wonder if it’s too wild, but I do like bright & my other choices are also busy prints.

Option two: Boden Brighton Dress in Navy Eclipse. I purchased this one during their mid-season sale this week & it will hopefully arrive early next week. I think this cut will be very flattering for me, but I’m hoping it’s not too boobalious. I’m kinda in-between sizes for Boden. The last dress I bought from there I went up in size & it’s kinda big {I was being optimistic that’d I’d be knocked up wearing it last winter, not so much}.

Option three: Boden Ruched Waist Jersey Dress in Blues Dizzy Spot. This one was also purchased during the sale & on it’s way to me. I went up in size for this one since the reviews mentioned it fitting a little small. I love the details on the neckline & empired-waist. I think the 3/4 sleeves will work well in whatever’s the weather inside or out. Word on the street is that we’ll be hitting up a few Richmond bars after the rehearsal dinner so that comes into play with my dress decision too.

I bought the two dress from Boden planning to return one, but there is also a cocktail party Thursday night given by my soon-to-be SIL’s aunt & uncle. So, if both Boden dresses work for me, I could definitely wear one of them to that pre-pre-wedding party.

Which one is your favorite? What would you suggest for shoes & jewelry for each dress? Too late for open toed shoes in Oct in VA? Too early for boots?

{fatty update} I remembered this week that I’d purchased 4 Pure Barre classes with a living social deal in July, & I sweated & jiggled through the first class tonight. I really enjoyed it even though it made me realize all the flexibility I’ve lost since last time I was at a barre 11 years ago. I plan to go back a few times next week & maybe even purchase a few more sessions.

Not affiliate links. Sadly, Boden & Lilly Pulitzer don’t know who I am.

Bloggy Shopping Night

As I’d mentioned in my project 365 post, last Thursday I met up with some other Raleigh bloggers for a night of after-hours shopping {& chatting & a lil wine drinking} at Clothes Hound. It was great to reconnect with Erin & Melissa. I really enjoyed meeting Elizabeth, Molly, & Malise. [flickr id=”5976630144″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”]

Clothes Hound {which just moved from online only to a boutique in N Raleigh} stayed open late just for us & even rolled out the pink carpet. It’s such a cute shop with so many fun party clothes & accessories. We all tried on a few things. My favorites {& what I brought home with me} were this $18 owl ring & the big center gold earrings which were only $12! [flickr id=”5976629942″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”]

Thanks Erin for inviting me. So much fun! Looking forward to hopefully seeing everyone again soon.

What I Wore Wednesday {version two}

Last week was so fun that I thought I’d try linking up with Lindsey‘s What I wore Wednesday again.

Last Wednesday I broke out a fall dress. I realized it was shorter than I remembered! [flickr id=”5952660475″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”]

dress: fall Vineyard Vines {on sale at belk}

shoes: gold Jack Rogers

jewelry: Ma’s necklace, DY ring, Swiss Army watch & DY bracelet.

You might’ve seen a preview of Thursday’s outfit in my project 365 post. [flickr id=”5952660411″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”]

top: Lilly Pulitzer

khaki skirt: Target

shoes: gold gladiators from belk

jewelry: Allora Handmade necklace, usual watch & DY bracelet, fake gold bracelet also passed down from Ma.

Saturday morning I went for a jog then took a quick shower before I had my hair cut & highlighted. I also planned my outfit around a chill date night ~ grabbed dinner at Jason’s Deli before the 10p showing of the last Harry Potter. My hair’s a little better in the right photos, yes? [flickr id=”5953214298″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”]

tanks: green from Lilly Pulitzer {from spring sale}; yellow from Old Navy

jeans: sweetheart style Old Navy

jewelry: Stella & Dot bracelet & Lia Sophia earrings.

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WIWW {first edition}

Two posts in one day! Be sure to read down to see Suzanne’s Going to BlogHer? guest post.

I’ve been seeing WIWW {what I wore Wednesday} posts popping up on some of my favorite bloggy places. I decided I’d attempt to join in with Lindsey from the Pleated Poppy. So far I’ve learned it’s hard to take a good self portrait in our house {we don’t have a long mirror in a well lit room} & Jason isn’t always home to be my photographer.

Thursday after work.
[flickr id=”5931937063″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”]cardigan: Lands End
tank: LOFT last year
skirt: Boden
jewelry: Tiffany heart necklace, random silver ball earring, DY ring.

Friday work & then dinner out with friends. Also learned these super comfy khakis are not flattering.
[flickr id=”5931907745″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”] [flickr id=”5931907821″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”]ruffle top: LOFT {real color is more like the bottom right}
khakis: Old Navy {changed into} jean skirt: Boden
flip flops: Lilly Pulitzer McKims {from Ruelala}
jewelry: swiss army watch, DY bracelet, random silver cuff, silver drop ball earrings
headband: 25 Design

Saturday dinner out with friends.
[flickr id=”5931853831″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”]top: LOFT last spring
under tank: Old Navy
jeans: Gap
flip flops: Jack Rogers {from}
jewelry: stella & dot coco bracelet, usual watch & DY bracelet, Belk gold studs, gold English coin necklace passed down from Ma.

Monday work & Target run.
[flickr id=”5931959681″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”] cardigan & tank: Lands End {yep, at $12, I bought it in two colors}
khaki capris: Loft {also looking frumpy at 6p}
flip flops: Jack Rogers

I liked my Tuesday outfit {light pink Lilly tank, black 3/4 length Loft cardi, black & white Target skirt}. But the 100+ degree temps made me look more drowned rat than cute Suz after work so no photo.

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