Style Spotlight: Kelli Murray and her Urban Bohemian Maternity Style

Sep 20, 2014

During her second pregnancy artist Kelli Murray has once again maintained her urban bohemian style, managing to look comfortable yet stylish in her signature way. With over-sized hats, long flowing dresses and a killer collection of ankle boots Kelli mixes maternity pieces with free-spirited ones to create outfits that are interesting and true to her pre-pregnancy style.

Kelli's maternity wardrobe staples seem to be unstructured dresses, fitted jeans and eye-catching accessories. Hats and heavy boots balance out light-weight fabrics while over-sized kimonos and button-up shirts balance out shorter dresses. 

Although her blog is primarily a fashion blog, Kelli shares bits and pieces of her life; photos of her daughter and husband, her home, her art and personal experiences. Although she has written about some tough things on her blog, it is a happy and up-lifting space, one that I look forward to reading every week.

It's nice to see that while pregnancy obviously changes your body, it's possible to adapt your wardrobe so your sense of style is remains intact!

outfit: another nightgown-ish dress

Sep 16, 2014

cardigan Urban Outfitters
fringed bucket bag ASOS (similar)
studded boots Town Shoes

 As much as I love a good over-sized maxi dress, lately I find myself missing short dresses and fitted clothing, all the stuff that isn't comfortable once the third trimester comes around. I also miss regular everyday things like being comfortable, sleeping through the night, having normal sized feet, eating spicy foods and not having to take iron pills multiple times a day. But since this is primarily a style blog I'll stick to the topic at hand!

I like the heavy feeling this dress has with it's stiff cotton lining and thick crocheted lace. These details makes it feel fall appropriate, something better suited for cool fall days rather than hot summer ones. 

Sunday Series/Family Life

Sep 14, 2014

I'm so excited, probably a little too much but I can't help it! This afternoon we're having family photos (technically a maternity photo shoot?) done by a talented local photographer, it'll be the first time we've had our picture taken as a family outside a portrait studio. Yesterday it was gloomy and rainy, but today it's overcast and bright, my fingers are crossed the rain holds off until tomorrow.

We've had this shoot planned for a long time, and I've slowly been gathering things that I think would look good together, adding to the pile over time. Tiny little gold ballet flats for Tavi to match the beautiful block print dress my mom gave her on her first birthday. Flats that also happen to match the back-up dress I'm bringing because she's 17 months and wearing white outdoors means it won't be white for long! Beautiful gold and mustard coloured accessories; a flower crown for me and tiny paper rosettes (thank you Bleu Gardens) to pin in Tavi's blonde curls. I have a couple dresses picked out for myself and Jay will be coordinating right along with us. Everything sort of just goes together, it came together nicely.

It's hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that in just a few short months we will be a family of four, when not too long ago it seemed like we would always be a family of two. So far I have enjoyed every stage of being a mama, even the sleep deprived newborn stage! I have to say though I think this age is my favourite. To a toddler everything is new and exciting and I've found this to be such a joyous time. 

outfit: bounty of goodness

Sep 10, 2014

knit poncho - Jen's Pirate Booty
pants Thyme Maternity 
fringed purse Zara 
trapper moccasins Manitobah Mukluks 
arrowhead necklace Etsy, middle Vintage bottom Club Monaco 
(32 weeks) 

There is absolutely nothing better to wear than a poncho when the weather starts to cool down. The key is it has to be made just right - too heavy of a knit and you end up looking like a shape-less blob, too light-weight and your poncho ends up stretching out into an ill-fitting tent. This beautiful poncho is just right, not surprising since it's from Jen's Pirate Booty. What can I say? I'm a sucker for anything over-sized with a tribal print!

Sunday Series/Family Life

Sep 7, 2014

(32 weeks)

After years of using the same phone with less and less functionality I finally admitted to myself that it was time to get a new one...because it stopped working. I replaced my old beloved iPhone with a newer model and what a difference having a functioning phone makes! 

Its so easy to grab your phone and snap a picture without losing the moment, and once again I find myself taking snapshots of all the little things; freezing memories that would otherwise end up fading with the passage of time. From recording the progress of my first garden (I'm happy to say only I only managed to kill one plant), to Tavi's constant changes, to Jay's contagious smile, I'm so happy to have the ability to record the small things that make up the whole of one's life. I hadn't realized until today just how much I missed taking photos.

A few pictures from this week:

my happy little girl/ivy in an antique drawer/green door goodness/a new lace jacket/who, me? face/a ripe tomato from our balcony garden

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