Tie Wrap Top

March 14, 2017

How about that storm Stella? It's cold today in Dallas but I'm not about to complain when the east coast is being pounded with snow and seriously frigid temps. Stay warm, my friends! I kind of wish I had more of a bundled-up look to share on such a blustery day, but this wrap-tie top is a semi-new favorite that I've loved wearing and am excited to share.

 

I find tops that cross in the front to be super flattering. Fun fact: this style, where two halves of the front cross diagonally across the chest, is actually called a “surplice top.” Whether it’s a drape-y fit that ties at the side (like I have on here) or more of a fitted ballerina silhouette, the v-neck and wrap usually gives good definition to your waist and pretty, feminine neckline.

I’m into it…especially because I love outfits that have a “dressy casual” look and pairing tops with a little structure and finish with distressed jeans is a go-to.

More wrap-tie tops to love: this is such a pretty pale rose-colored silk, I have this one (seen here) and it’s so soft and like a great elevated t-shirt, this floral pattern is so moody yet pretty, love this fitted metallic sweater with tone-on-tone pink hues, the deep red of this one would look great with lighter wash jeans going into spring, and if you’re looking to up the feminine factor, the relaxed ruffle on this soft style is perfect.

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Hybrid Stripe Tee

March 13, 2017

Although I only invested in a few "nicer" maternity tops, I did buy a good amount more t-shirt type situations because those were the very first pieces that I outgrew. I still have some non-maternity flowier tops that fit me now, but my regular t-shirts are long since retired - mostly because they're too short. Aside from these basic white tees that I bought three of to layer under sweaters and have worn to death, I also picked up this grey/striped situation which I have loved and styled here!

I like that this particular top is striped – but not fully striped – making it a little bit different. A favorite way to wear it is layered under my favorite chunkier grey, fringed Madewell sweater (this one is similar, minus the fringe!) from last year. We had a random cold day here yesterday and it was perfect for our weather. Like the other maternity pieces I’ve bought, this one will definitely be wearable when I’m not pregnant, which makes me feel better about buying maternity!

It would be impossible not to note these fantastic and fun Frances Valentine flats…the furry pompoms are everything and more, and they were a perfect addition to take the tee to the next level. Also, Truffle just came out with a new navy collection which Molly and I have both been wearing as a neutral on the regular – (such a fresh non-black option for spring!). Their clutches are all I carry!

P.S. this striped tee is next on my list – the length is perfect for a bump!

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This + That // Sales + Steals

March 10, 2017

My husband is out of town this weekend and conveniently, I am in full nesting mode over here. I am taking advantage of his being gone and going to town on some serious filing and closet-cleaning because these are both things that he wouldn't quite enjoy on his two days off to relax. Also planning on catching up on countless recordings of This is Us and the first several episodes of Big Little Lies. I will probably eat one too many bowls of cereal, too, because what else does one eat for dinner when their spouse is out of town? Actually, lately those bowls of cereal have become my 4am "snacks" when I am so ravenously hungry that I have to get out of bed and feed myself, and this growing baby boy! (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: Extra 50% off all sale styles + 40% off full priced tops and sweaters. (How sweet is this?)
  • Banana Republic: Friends and family event! 50% off 5 regular priced items with code BRFAMILY. (The details on this are amazing – its no surprise its selling out fast! This would make for a perfect spring shower dress. I am in love with this and only wish it was long enough for my baby bump!)
  • BaubleBar: Pick a free treat with any $40+ order! (These are so good and come in great colors.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy an extra 70% off select sale styles!
  • CB2: For a limited time – up to 25% off select dining and entertaining! (These are so pretty and would be a nice contrast to a big white salad bowl.)
  • Crate & Barrel: Up to 30% off rugs!
  • Gap: Up to 50% off everything! Plus, extra 20% off your purchase with code MOREFUN. (I am super impressed by Gap’s button down offerings right now, which I have been wearing a lot of lately and know I will postpartum while breast feeding. Right now, I have thisthis, and this in my cart.)
  • H&M: Free shipping over $40 with code 0040! (How cute is this? Also obsessed with this, but it may already be too warm here for it!)
  • J.Crew: Up to 25% off women’s wear to work styles with code SHOPTOIT.
  • J.Crew Factory: In stores and online – 40-50% off everything! (This is super cute and easy for the spring! This is adorable in the grey version – wish they showed it on a model to see how long it is. Really love this twist on a classic white tee.)
  • kate spade new york: Enjoy a pretty pouch with your full priced bridal purchase of $200 or more! (Thisis such a pretty dress in the white version – beyond classic and timeless. Also obsessed with this and wishing it were around when I got married!!)
  • LOFT: Extra 40% off all sale styles.
  • Lou & Grey: Free shipping on every order! (There’s something about this that I really love – I think its the shape and pretty color combination that isn’t too loud or crazy.)
  • Old Navy: 30% off adult styles and more with code ENJOY. (Really like that this is a linen blend – it makes the top look that much nicer.)
  • Serena and Lily: Enjoy 20% off wallpaper with code SPRUCEUP. (How pretty are their grasscloth wallpapers? And how is this the first I’m seeing them?)
  • Steve Madden: Free shipping over $50 with code SMFREE50.
  • West Elm: The big bedroom sale – 20-30% off bedroom furniture.

Some Steals:

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Tippi + Britni

March 7, 2017

I mentioned in this Current Vibes post that I had recently scooped up not one but two of J.Crew's very basic but very great Tippi Sweater. Weeks have passed since then (nearly six to be exact) and I wear the merino wool sweaters so often it's slightly crazy that one of them is just now making an appearance in a post. Here you see "hthr smoke" - a wonderful grey - and "ivory" is the other hue I bought and wore just as regularly. Same sweater in two neutral colors...boring? Basic? I say "genius!" Nothing wrong with having a simple classic sweater in two tones that can be paired with colorful accessories. Like the Britni Pom Bon Earrings from The Loveliest I also can't stop wearing.

 

Note: the Tippi Sweater comes in a wide range of colors from the most perfect baby pink and olive to traditional black and a few neon hues, too. Many are on sale (as low as $40!) and I highly suggest trying one out. Warning…you might end up buying more than one like I did. The fit is just that nice.

Another Note: the selection of Pom Pon Earrings by Carter G. that The Loveliest carries is especially wonderful because many of the color combinations – like the Emerald, Mint, Salmon, and Ochre pair I have – are exclusive to the to The Loveliest. Kelsey and Britni have such a wonderful way of mixing colors and I could easily buy and wear every three and four tiered pair!

 

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Gingham + Ties

March 6, 2017

I mentioned last week that I was finally feeling the need to invest in a few maternity tops as most of the tops I was getting away with wearing are becoming too short. Truly, what I am waiting for, is weather warm enough to live in my favorite sleeveless tops and dresses from Mi Golondrina that I know will fit my bump until the veryyy end. In the meantime, I've found some pretty great transitional tops to get me through the back and forth weather that is Dallas at the moment. This gingham number from Topshop has been one of my absolute favorite (and the most worn!) maternity tops that I've bought.

Gingham is definitely having a moment this season, yet its also such a classic and timeless print, so I knew that this guy was going to be a good buy. I will be able to wear it even when I’m not pregnant and for future pregnancies as the print will never go out of style. Lately, I’ve been tucking this top in, but as time goes on and I fill it out more, I’ll probably go untucked;) I also think it would be pretty cute with jean shorts when the weather warms up – and lets be real, once I coat my legs in some sunless tanner.

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