Nursing mom style: the DKNY Cozy Sweater

nursing mom styleIf you follow my writing on, you’ve probably recognized that nursing tops annoy me. Although they may be very convenient for extricating a boob, they also rarely come with a cut and style that fits a normal, non-pregnant body. Losing baby weight is hard but no one carries a full-term bump around for months and months after baby is born. Long story short: I’ve been continually on the hunt for nursing-friendly non-nursing clothing to complete my fabulous (or so I say) nursing mom style. One of my absolute favorites is the DKNY Cozy SweaterContinue reading

Stella and Dot Rory is Here

rory1After our short Central Texas ice storm yesterday, I assumed UPS would be running late, if at all. Not so. My order showed up on time. There were oodles of cool jewelry pieces in there, and I’ll certainly show them off soon, but the Stella and Dot Rory necklace was my most anticipated piece. I was happy to see that it is truly more of a medium-size statement necklace style. It’s a spring/summer piece, after all. I can’t stand huge necklaces when the temperature reaches into the 100s down here. This is doable for now and later.

As a general rule, I’m never a huge fan of goldtoned jewelry. That being said, the Rory’s metal is almost an antique finish. It isn’t bright, gleaming, polished gold. As you will see below, I went totally against my usual style today and wore a chambray shirt. Between the three colors of stones, it plays really well with denim. I’ll be more excited to try pairing it with something more “me” (ie: a black sweater, a Breton striped top, or a modern, lacy ivory or white top). Oh, and I would be remiss to forget mentioning it’s price: $59. It’s not pocket change, but it isn’t staggering either. It’s a spring and summer must-have in my book.

What do you think? Love it, like it, or not really your style?


Pack Your Bags: Stella & Dot’s New Line of Bags is TDF

stella and dotI go through phases. First it was make-up, next it was handbags, it’s always been shoes, and now I’m a little obsessed with jewelry. Although I’ve been aware of Stella & Dot for a couple of years, I really never paid attention until (1) I started my jewelry phase and (2) a cousin became a Stella & Dot stylist. I was holding out pretty well on not making my first SD purchase until the bags launched a week or two ago. Another favorite of mine, ikat emblazons so many of the styles. It was all over. I caved and ordered the ‘How Does She Do It‘ tote. It came today, along with another little bauble: the Gilded Arrow Bangle in silver.

Uh, oh. I really, really like both pieces…as in I want more “like” both pieces. I plan to use the bag as an overnight bag when the baby is born, but it’s a manageable size for carrying just as a handbag/purse too. The fact that it snaps down to collapse in size also makes it pretty terrific for every day. I don’t think the handles are real leather, which is kind of a bummer, but it kept the price reasonable. I guess that also means it should clean easily. And although it really doesn’t matter much in the scheme of things, the interior is really pretty.

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The Gilded Arrow Bangle was a total impulse buy but it’s pretty amazing too. I’ve tried a few other arrow cuffs and bangles that have actually scratched me. If it scratches me, you know it’s going to maim a child who brushes up against it. This bangle has nice sharp-looking edges but feels very rounded.

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Overall, thumbs up for both pieces. I probably will go back and order the Travel Case later. If the bags are as durable as they seem, it will be nice to have some coordinating companion pieces for the future.

Verdict: Buy!

They’re Here…Hello Kitty Baby Swaddling Blankets from Aden + Anais

hk boxhk in cribSo, I learned something interesting about myself last week. I actually like Hello Kitty. This comes as a complete surprise to me because I really never wanted anything from Sanrio as a kid, I’ve never really loved pink, and I certainly don’t have anything (correction: didn’t have anything) Hello Kitty as an adult. Then my favorite brand for baby linens, Aden+Anais, launched their limited edition Hello Kitty collection. I do think the entire collection is sweet but these muslin swaddling blankets are just too cute to resist. Baby Harper’s set came just this morning.

Adorable prints and colors aside, the Aden+Anais muslin and bamboo products are going to be perfect for my summer baby. I may be a new Texan but it’s already clear to me that this state is hot…like volcano hot. Of course that means we run air conditioners constantly 3/4 of the year. Light layering is going to be key for keeping this baby comfortable whether we’re out in the heat or in a cold building. I’m already fully stocked on Aden+Anais swaddling blankets because I just think they’ll be my best bet for all conditions. And, frankly, I think I may wind up using the Pyara Swaddles myself as casual scarves and wraps after we’re finished with baby stuff. They’re just that chic.

That’s a Wrap: The Isabella Oliver Maternity Wrap Tee

Several weeks ago, the sample/flash sale site Zulily featured Isabella Oliver styles at some excellent prices. Earlier in my pregnancy, I ordered an Isabella Oliver maternity t-shirt that I’ve worn constantly, so I jumped on this wrap top. After a lengthy wait (like over a month), it finally showed up last week. By and large, the reviews for all Isabella Oliver wrap tops are great. That being said, there is a faction (sounds so evil, huh?) of women who complained there was a huge learning curve. I can see how the top can be intimidating. Basically it is like a 3/4 sleeve vest with ties longer than I am tall…and I’m pretty tall. Like some surreal type of origami, you wrap and knot the whole shebang into a tee that should cover with a body conscious fit.

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Maternity Outfit of the Day: Styling Asos Maternity Track Pants

Sport and athletic-inspired looks have been so big for the past few seasons. I didn’t really gravitate toward the look pre-pregnancy, but then I saw these studded track pants from Asos. Over the top? A bit, maybe. Comfortable? Yes. Easy to style? Well, I thought they would be, yet I’ve had a really hard time with them. No matter what I’ve paired the pants with, nothing has felt natural and easy. We’re having a cool, rainy Texas day today, so I made it my mission to wear the darned pants that have been pining to see the light of day for a couple of months.

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Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Review Part I

During my first pregnancy, I got through the first two trimesters with my pre-pregnancy jeans, pants, and skirts paired with Bellabands from Ingrid & Isabel. I loved them, so why I never thought to look at the company’s other maternity styles is completely beyond me. This time around, I’ve been a major Ingrid & Isabel devotee…like three orders in three weeks devotee. I’ve largely been guessing the sizes I needed because I’ve found very few Ingrid & Isabel reviews out there. Honestly, I think it may be hard to go wrong with their sizing for the most part. It’s often forgiving. Nevertheless, I thought it might be helpful to review the products I’ve purchased. It may help one of you when the time comes. I’m also going to break this up into several posts.  Continue reading

Maternity Stylemint (?)

After being a member of Jewelmint for nearly two years, I finally–finally–gave Stylemint a try. Let me be clear: there’s nothing maternity in the Stylemint brand. I just like to complicate my life by buying without trying for my growing midsection. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Jewelmint and Stylemint (along with several other “mints”) are part of BeachMint, a subscription-style monthly fashion, accessory, and beauty club. In the case of Jewelmint and Stylemint, nearly everything is $29.99.

After carefully looking at the size chart, I pegged myself on the border of a 2 or 3 pre-pregnancy (they use numeric sizing ranging from 1 to 4 and fit sizes 2/4 up to 14/16). Given that I’m already showing, I chose to size up one size based upon the look of each tee. That meant that for the loose, billowy Moore T, I went with a size 3 and for the more body conscious Nora T, I chose a size 4. And then I waited…about 2 weeks…for my prizes to arrive.

My tees showed up via USPS on Saturday, and while only one fit, I was more than satisfied with the quality and style. In fact, I have every intention of buying more while pregnant and after the baby is born. The weight of each was great–perfectly drapey. I used a coupon code that was floating around the ‘net and wound up only paying $30 for both tees.

Moore T
This was the one that didn’t fit. As you can see in the picture, it practically hangs off me. True, it’s supposed to be loose and flowy but I could’ve fit at least another 1/2 of my pregnant self into it. I had every intention of exchanging this for a size 2, yet it was sold out in both colors by the time I got through to customer service this morning. I absolutely will stalk the Stylemint site, waiting for new stock or returns. The shirt was just luxurious on.

Stylemint Moore T, size 3

Stylemint Moore T, size 3

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Stylemint Moore T

Nora T
Can I just say that pictures don’t do this top justice. The slight iridescence on the sleeve is really subtle but lovely. Gold and silver are so big for spring, I know I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this. As you can see, it’s a bit big but nothing a “mullet tuck” won’t take care of (tucked in the front, loose in the back). Right now, I could have worn the size 3 but I’m glad I went up to the 4 just for bump growing room. I’ll admit that I look a little square in it from the front but I guess that’s to be expected when you’re 16 weeks and looking fat more than pregnant. This style is on sale at the moment for $15. Once I’ve washed it, I may go back and get the size 3 for post-pregnancy. Yes, I like it that much.

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Stylemint Nora T, size 4

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Stylemint Nora T