Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ocean hues

white jeans, tan cardi, aqua shell, cognac booties 1

I'm not really sure this this light aqua/mint/pool drapey tank is considered a true neutral, but for me this outfit has a soft, neutral - almost oceany- feel. Fitting for a Florida coastal winter. :) To add a little bit of edge to an otherwise soft look, I threw on a pair of cognac booties to anchor the outfit. I'm not 100% sure this outfit feels like "me" but for a girl who resisted the white jean trend, I sure have fully embraced them in the past year and a half.

As an alternative to white jeans, I think this drapey tank would also look super cute tucked into a skirt (obsessed with this scalloped mini) and paired with a cardigan or blazer or worn by itself with white jeans and sandals come summertime. If you can't already tell, I'm a big fan of this top and may just have my eye on the bright pink and lilac. A girl can never have too many tops, right? Though my husband (and groaning closet) might beg to differ. :)

white jeans, tan cardi, aqua shell, cognac booties 3 top: Banana Republic (exact)  |  cardigan: Banana Republic (exact)  |  jeans: J. Crew Factory (exact) last worn here  |  booties: Vince Camuto (similar) last worn herenecklace: Stella and Dot (exact) last worn here  |  bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact pearl, similar aqau)  |  watch: Michael Kors (two-tone version)  |  earrings: The Pearl Shop (similar)

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//  Sharing on Hello Monday, Mix it Monday and The Style File.  //

Sunday, February 18, 2018

thoughts and whatnots 2.18.18

2.18.18 thoughts and whatnots
pink duster cardigan: one  |  two  |  three

blog love:

on teal and polka dots:
  • on the blog: All about the color pink this week, with a midi dress post, and duster cardigan two ways - with a dress and with pencil pants.
  • on instagram: The cutest little Valentine.
  • on pinterest: While my daughter's birthday isn't until May, I've been searching for party ideas - my favorite is all the adorable unicorn things - just look at this darling cake!
  • I bit the bullet so to speak I got a proper, grown up .com! Teal and Polka Dots feels so official. :) I figured it was about time already since I’ve been on here for about three and a half years - how time flies! 

favorite sales:

whatnots:
  • what I'm reading: "Coming Home" by Rosamunde Pilcher.
  • what I'm watching: Still all about watching cookie decorating videos on YouTube. I've gotten my daughter completely obsessed with it as well! :)
  • what I'm crushing on: All the pretty lilac things - like this stunning lace midi dress, these jacquard stain tassel loafers and this insanely expensive - but on so pretty - wingtip bag.
  • what I'm looking forward to: All the spring-like weather we're having right now!

Friday, February 16, 2018

same cardigan, different day

long rose cardigan, navy floral top, navy pencil pants, teal flats 3

Today I'm showing a different way to wear Wednesday's pink duster cardigan with a loose fit top and pencil pants. This is actually, kind of, an outfit of accidents: I started with the top, then added the cardigan because it matched the stamen in the top, then threw on some pants (because I didn't feel like wearing a skirt) and added the teal shoes...because, well they were one of the few pairs that still fit me.

I'm I the only one who has chub scout feet post-pregnancy? My feet have grown a half size after baby. Same thing happened after I had my daughter, I went up a half shoe size, then about a year later I (finally) lost the baby weight and my foot went back down to my pre-pregnancy size. So I realize my shoes don't exactly match, but I actually ended up kinda of liking how they looked anyway. A happy accident. :)

long rose cardigan, navy floral top, navy pencil pants, teal flats 4
cardigan: Forever21 (similar|  top: Modcloth (exact in other patterns)  |  pants: Loft (exact)  |  shoes: J. Crew (exact in other colors, similar)  |  necklace: Loft (cute alternative)  |  watch: Michael Kors (two-tone version)

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

happy valentine's day

long pink cardigan, black swing dress, mushroom booties 4

Happy Valentine's Day friends! Are you doing something special to celebrate the day? Valentine's isn't really the biggest deal for me - Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are more my jam - however, I do love any excuse to wear pink and eat chocolate. :) So no big plans here, just lunch with my husband and hanging out with my little Valentines tonight.

A few posts back, I mentioned how much I loved wearing this dress while pregnant and that I fully intended to wear it post maternity. Well, here it is, and I love it now just as much now as I did then! I originally wore it on its own with a pair of sandals, but I like how a long cardi and a pair of booties transition it for cooler weather. It's still available in limited sizes, and I also found a non-maternity option.

long pink cardigan, black swing dress, mushroom booties 5
cardigan: Forever 21 (similar) last worn here  |  dress: GAP maternity (exact, non-maternity option) last worn here  |  booties: Vince Camuto (exact) last worn here  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)   |  watch: Michael Kors (two-tone version)  |  bracelet: Kendra Scott (similar)

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In honor of Valentine's Day, here a look back at some of my favorite pink looks:

pink outfits
original posts: one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven  |  eight

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

pink midi dress

blush dress, cream cardigan, bow flats 1

I've been all about comfy jersey dresses lately, and this blush pink one is no exception. Leading up to Valentine's Day, I've been all about wearing pink, and I kinda doubt that's going to change after tomorrow. It's such a fun pre-spring color - though it's definitely spring weather here in Florida. 

While this was a comfy outfit, I can't say it's one of my favorite looks. Though this isn't my first go-around, it's been challenging figuring out how to dress postpartum. Things I do love about this outfit: the pretty pink color, the soft coziness of the jersey dress and my delicate gold layered necklace. I'm thinking if I had ditched the cardigan or maybe worn a heel I would have liked the execution of this outfit a lot better! But let's be real, cardigans are my jam and I very rarely wear heels these days, so at least this outfit is true to me. :)

blush dress, cream cardigan, bow flats 2
cardigan: Loft (exact in navy, similar)   |   dress: Journey Five via Jane  (exact)   |   shoes: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  necklace: Stella & Dot (exact)  |  watch: Michael Kors (two-tone version)

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

thoughts and whatnots 2.11.18

2.11.18 thoughts and whatnots
polka dots:  one  |  two  |  three

blog love:

teal and polka dots:

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whatnots:
  • what I'm watching: I just watched When We First Met on Netflix. It was pretty cute...or at least it seemed so at 3 a.m. when the baby woke up and decided it was time to party.
  • what I'm crushing on: Completely impractical, but LOVE these rose gold glitter Kate Spade Keds. I can't justify the $85 price tag, but Sperry makes a similar champagne sneaker that's super cute - and on sale for $35!
  • what I'm looking forward to: Feeling well. I mentioned last week that I've been under the weather. Wednesday I finally broke down, went to the doctor and found out I have walking pneumonia again (the first go-around with in November). So I'm now on antibiotics and trying to get what rest I can i.e. what the little man will let me get. I just know one of these days he's going to start sleeping through the night, or at least stop waking up every two hours to eat. :)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

dressing the bump: the third trimester

dressing the bump third trimester
original posts: one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six seven  |  eight

Okay, so I realize I'm waaaay behind in posting this. After all, little man is already 4-months-old (holy cow how times flies!) but I still wanted to wrap up my dressing the bump series and share with you what worked for me clothing-wise during the third trimester.


maternity jersey dresses:

Some of my favorite stores for maternity dresses are GAP, Old Navy and Motherhood Maternity. I quickly learned that the end of pregnancy in summer in Florida is no joke. By that point I wanted to be as cool and comfortable as possible, so I pretty much lived in soft stretchy dresses. One of my favorite purchases was this black t-shirt swing dress which I fully intend to wear post-baby.

full panel maternity pants:

By late pregnancy, a full-panel pant was a must. The demi panel and roll panels wouldn't sit at the right place on the bump and felt like they were digging into my belly. To be honest, I mostly preferred dresses, but some days the mere though of shaving my legs was enough to do me in, so I broke out the pants. I stuck with neutrals like black and white, so I could get more use out of them, but I think a pair in a bright color - like pink - would have been so much fun!

ruched maternity tees:

While I wore tunic and non-ruched tops during my first and second trimesters, by the third, I felt like I looked like a tent in them, so I stuck to ruched tops that accentuated the belly. I figure it's the only time you want to embrace your belly hanging out, so you might as well rock it! Some of my favorite stores for maternity tees are GAP, Old Navy and Target.

layering pieces:

I found a long cardigan or kimono really helped pull and outfit together. Even in the summer, I prefer to have something light to throw on in the air conditioned office. Bonus points since you can wear them post maternity as well.

sandals:

O.M.freaking Goodness how my feet and ankles swelled at the very end of pregnancy. The only thing that was going to (sort of) fit on those swollen piggies was sandals. I even had to go up a size just to have a more comfortable fit. My favorites were more of a thong style, or Birkenstocks. I avoided anything that hit on top of the ankle. My favorites where these Tory Burch knocks off from Rack Room Shoes. Super comfy for a fraction of the cost. 

And that's a wrap! For more maternity clothing inspiration, check out my dressing the bump: second trimester and dressing the bump: third trimester posts.