What I Wore: Swan Lake

Over the weekend, my husband and I went to see a local ballet company’s performance of Swan Lake. Despite a decade of being a dancer myself, I had actually never seen Swan Lake before! It is a beautiful and sad story, and the performance was magnificent! The last time we went to the ballet was for The Nutcracker back in December. I’m always happy when I can catch a local dance performance!

What I Wore: Swan Lake

What I Wore: Swan Lake

On an outfit-related note – I went on a little shopping spree at H&M when I was traveling two weekends ago. I don’t have an H&M store anywhere nearby where I live, so it is always such a treat to pick up a few items when I do get a chance to shop there. I was drawn to these t-shirt dresses because a) they are stretchy and nicely contour to my baby bump, b) they are a decent length, and c) they were only $12.95. I ended up picking up two (the other one is green). A dress like this is super easy to dress up or dress down, while being incredibly comfy!

What I Wore: Swan Lake

Dress – H&M
Cardigan – Secondhand via a blog sale
Tights – Target
Boots – Aldo
Necklace – Charlotte Russe
Belt – Charlotte Russe
Nails – OPI, Big Apple Red

My Maternity Wardrobe Plan

I am nearly half way through my first pregnancy, and I do not own a stitch of maternity clothing. So far, I have been quite underwhelmed with the affordable options out there. Most of what I do like is well out of my budget, and I simply cannot justify spending more that I would on a regular dress, on something that I’ll wear for a few months tops. Despite my lack of success with maternity clothes shopping, I refuse to enter into sweatpants purgatory! I’ve come up with a little “plan” for how I am hoping to successfully conquer my newest style challenge – my growing belly!

1. Work with what I’ve got.

I have a good handful of clothing (primarily dresses) that I believe will work for the majority of my pregnancy. Empire waists and stretchy fabrics are my best friend right now. All of the dresses pictured below are items that I am hoping to get extended use from.

Baby Bump Friendly Dresses

2. Shop smart.

I have placed two shopping rules on myself for the time being – I can only purchase clothing that will either work with a baby bump, or that are nursing friendly. I recently picked up a number of articles of non-maternity clothing that can work around my growing belly (soon to be debuted). I am particularly loving the skater dress trend – they make great maternity tops, without looking matronly!

3. Thrift what I can.

So far, I haven’t had any success with the maternity-specific sections at my local thrift stores and secondhand shops. This of course does not mean I’ve given up on scouring the “regular” clothes sections for items that could work for me. I enjoyed this post about thrifting a killer maternity wardrobe. There are a lot of awesome tips!

4. DIY!

I’ve gotten a head start on some maternity friendly DIY projects. I’ve made two tank dresses (seen here and here) with my baby bump in mind so far, and hope to continue making some cute, budget-friendly additions for my closet.

DIY Maternity Dresses

5. If necessary, buy some maternity basics.

The maternity sections of my local stores have been disappointing, with a very small selection of shapeless, unexciting pieces. I had placed several online orders for maternity clothes which looked better, but I ended up returning everything. Sad face. I suspect that it will come to a point where I will need to buy some basic maternity items, such as tank tops, t-shirts, and leggings. That I can deal with. I do have a few items that I am willing to “sacrifice” by stretching them out, but I also don’t want to ruin items that I want to wear post-baby.

6. Seek out inspiration!

There have been plenty of style bloggers who have ventured into the world of maternity fashion before me. Thanks to them, I have quite a bit of inspiration to immerse myself in. Some blog archives I’ve enjoyed perusing are The Daybook, Snappy Casual, Knocked Up Fabulous, and Academichic, to name a few. I have been collecting my favorites on my maternity style inspiration board on Pinterest for future reminders of how to stay stylish while rocking a baby bump.

I’d love to hear the input of other mamas-to-be, or from those who have “been there, done that.” What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in regards to your maternity wardrobe? What is working or had worked for you?

DIY Gathered Floral Clutch

I am always up for a good crafty challenge, so when Linda and Holly announced that they were hosting a clutch party, I decided to join in on the fun! I wanted to create something cheery and spring-like – here’s what I made!

DIY Gathered Floral Clutch

I had a handful of bookmarked clutch tutorials, but I settled on this gathered clutch tutorial from Noodlehead. I’ve mentioned Noodlehead previously as a wonderful source for sewing tutorials. The instructions were fairly simple, and I was able to put this together in an afternoon.

DIY Gathered Floral Clutch

I used all thrifted fabric for my clutch, mostly from a bag sale earlier this year. I’m especially fond of the shimmery olive upholstery fabric I used for the stripe across the front. I buy my zippers in bulk from Zip It on Etsy – I like keeping a rainbow of colors on hand for spur of the moment projects like this!

DIY Gathered Floral Clutch

To further embellish and “springify” my new clutch, I made a small felt flower (like these, minus the pin back) which I simply attached with fabric glue.

DIY Gathered Floral Clutch

I’m quite pleased with my end product, and can’t wait to put my new clutch to good use!

Ham & Cheddar Frittata

I love breakfast for dinner. I especially love something breakfasty that is healthy and filling, and won’t leave me running to the kitchen for a snack shortly after (though, pregnancy has had a funny impact on my appetite – I am constantly hungry)! I recently cooked up a tasty ham & cheese fritatta, using this recipe from Annie’s Eats, one of my go-to food blogs.

Ham & Cheddar Fritatta

This tasty fritatta contains asparagus, scallions, and ham, in a base of eggs, milk, and cheddar cheese, which is seasoned with salt and pepper. This meal whips up quite fast – I think it is a happy medium between basic scrambled eggs and a more labor intensive quiche. It is partially cooked on the stove top and finished off in the broiler. I let my frittata get a wee bit too brown in the oven (oops), but it still tasted delicious!

Ham & Cheddar Fritatta

This fritatta was so, so good. The eggs had the perfect consistancy without being dry, and I got a bit of the mix-ins with each bite. The ham/asparagus combo was certainly tasty, but there is also a lot of room for adaption with this recipe. Substituting other meats, cheeses, or veggies could create an entirely different effect! I’m thinking of trying out a southwestern adaption with some black beans and jalapenos - mmm! Over the course of a few days, I ate the leftovers for breakfast and/or lunch. I will definitely be making this again!

What I Wore: Mint & Olive

I traveled to the Philadelphia area over the weekend to attend an engagement party for my cousin and her fiance. I don’t get to see that side of the family as much as I’d like, so it was well worth the long road trip!

What I Wore: Mint & Olive

This has been my occasion dress of choice for a few events this so far this spring. I’d worn it paired with some spring brights to a bridal shower in March, so this time around I went a little “earthier” with my color choices.

What I Wore: Mint & Olive

The next few weeks hold a lot of other events to dress up for – a 90th birthday party, a bachelorette party, a rehearsal dinner, and my best friend’s wedding! I of course like dressing up for no reason at all, but it always is extra fun to dress for special occasions!

What I Wore: Mint & Olive

Dress – thrifted (Newport News)
Cardigan – NYC boutique
Leggings – NYC boutique
Boots – Aldo
Earrings & Necklace – L.A. mall kiosk
Watch – Betsey Johnson
Nails – OPI, Bogota Blackberry