outfit: block-print dress

Sep 23, 2014

minimal lace-up heel Free People 
tribal print purse (similar here, here and here) & cardigan (similar) F21 
necklace H&M 
rings & bracelets Modern Primitive, Byward Market, Hilary Druxman 
jacket Aritzia 
(34 weeks pregnant)

A dress that cannot remain unwrinkled, despite being ironed right before each wear, a stack of my favourite bracelets and a combination of tribal prints make up this outfit that somehow works despite all the different patterns in it.

During this pregnancy I've been able to wear most of my regular clothes which wasn't the case last time. It's weird because I've gained the same amount of weight so far (33 pounds... ahhhhhhhh!!!!) but I'm carrying it all differently. Maybe because this baby is in breech? In theory having more wardrobe options should make getting dressed easier, but every morning I stare at my closet blankly when trying to decide what to wear. I find myself reaching for my favourite things over and over and have to make a conscious effort to mix things up. 

On a more positive note, only a few more weeks to go! 

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!

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