Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bring in the Spring Flowers

I bought this dress on Etsy when I found out I was pregnant.  At the time, I thought the empire waist would sort of hide my belly when I started to show.  Wow, was I wrong.  This dress completely makes me look pregnant.  I am OK with that now since everyone knows my good news.  I wore this work hoping to somehow bring on Spring.  It didn't work.  It was still about 48 degrees outside and cloudy.  So, I had to wear my boots with it. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Momma Style: Modcloth Maternity Part II

It's funny how some days I feel gigantic with the belly and have to resort to looser fitting clothing and then other days, my regular clothing works just fine for me.  Tuesday was a gigantor day.  I opted for this cute little sheer navy dress that I got off Modcloth.  It is a great piece for the way my body is working right now because it has an empire wast and it a dark color so I don't look super big in it.  I had to wear a cardigan though, because it was cold but, the sleeves on this dress are adorable.  they are all lacey and girly which works out really great right now because I feel so girly all the time (hormones!).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Momma Style: Lace knit and leggings

This outfit was actually form yesterday but, I didn't get a chance to post it last night because it was both Music Mondays on my blog and it was also my husband's birthday.  We went to the local pub and had $4 burgers.  It was a good time to sit and talk, which we don't get to do sometimes on week nights because as an architect in the city, he works pretty long hours. 

I got this little lace knit tunic at the local resale shop called Spree.  For whatever reason, I have amazing luck there.  A lot of the thrift and resale shops around here can be pretty sketchy and a lot of the times, finding something good is a matter or either good timing or consistent checking back.  But it seems every time I go to Spree, I end up coming home with a whole bag of finds.  Not to mention, I donate there and when you donate, they give you a  coupon for the store for $3 off your purchase.  Not bad when most of the items (including this tunic) are under $5.  It also was cute to wear because it showed off the obvious preggo bump I am not sporting!

Cardigan: Target
Tunic: Trifted
Leggings: Gift from Mom
Heels: Thrifted Steve Madden
Necklace: Gift from a friend
Ring: Charming Charlie's uber clearance

Monday, March 14, 2011

Music Monday: Two Door Cinema Club

This fabulous Irish band is playing in Chicago on April 7th and I am trying to get someone to go with me!

The Weekend Toms

There are one pair of shoes that I think that I could never live without (especially on the weekends) and those are my Toms.  I was reading one some of the blogs in my reader this past weekend and there are a few girls who were talking about how they don't always dress like their fancy blog photos every second they walk out the door and I have to agree.  Most of my pictures that I post are outfits for work; where dressing cute is just part of the deal when you work in the fashion/beauty industry.  However, I definitely do not wear those types of outfits out to grocery store on a errand-running Saturday or to the local cafe for brunch on a lazy Sunday.  I usually sport the following types of outfits with my Toms...


Cardigan: Thrifted
Tank: Target
Jeggings: Target
Shoes: Toms
Necklace: Charming Charlie's


Tunic: Thrifted Converse
Jeggings: Target
Camera Necklace: Charming Charlie's
Shoes: Toms

Friday, March 11, 2011

Modcloth Maternity?

I am not going to lie  I love Modcloth.  And when it came to the moment that I needed to buy some looser fitting clothing, it was the first place I looked.  Most of my clothing is from resale and second hand shops but, when I do buy new clothing, 80% of the time it is from Modcloth.  Whether it is something I buy myself or something put on a birthday/Christmas list.  My mom actually got me this top after she asked me if I needed any flowy clothing since my belly was getting bigger and I love it.  The color and floral is great and if will grow with me until I am fairly large with baby!
Then, I got to thinking.  Modcloth should have a maternity section. It would be this Momma-to-be's dream site.  But, to be honest, they do have a lot of clothing that could be used as maternity wear, which I like.  There are a lot of women like me out there who love fashion and vintage-style clothing that get into a fashion rut when they are pregnant.  Most maternity clothing is horrid...really not good.  Modcloth Maternity would be the best solution!

And Modcloth, if  you need an advocate blogger for maternity wear or clothing that you carry that could be maternity wear, I am your girl!

Blouse: Modcloth
Beret: I honestly don't remember!
Jeggings: Zara
Socks: JCP
Boots: Target 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Momma Style: With Noir and Lace

Today I woke up to snow on the ground.  Yes, SNOW!  I am never a fan of snow in March because in my opinion March equates to Spring and Spring doesn't not (or at least should not) encompass snow.  So, on went the warm tights.  I was going to wear a gray dress to fit my mood after realizing how cold it was outside but, I decided to wear my new dress from Modcloth.  I bought this for my sister-in-law's baby shower that is coming up in early April but, I felt it was just the right amount of bright color to enhance my crabby morning mood.

The details on this dress amaze me.  I think there are like 4 different types of lace and the little buttons up the front are adorable.  I paired them with my ever-so-pretty heeled oxfords.  These shoes are actually comfy despite not looking like it.  And of course, I do not look even remotely pregnant in this dress!

Cardigan: Thrifted
Dress: Modcloth
Fleur de Lys necklace: gift from my mom
Tights: Target
Oxfords: I can't remember but I think Rampage

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Momma Style: Florals and brown oxfords

Tragically, I ended up changing out of my new oxfords.  It was just too cold and rainy out to go the day wearing small shows and leggings.  So I opted for my brown boots instead.  But, I love these new shoes.  they aren't vintage.  I picked them up at DSW with a giftcard I had received for Christmas and never used.  I actually managed to pick up 4 pairs of shoes with a $100 giftcard.  I guess my thriftiness doesn't just enter the actual thrift stores.  I never could understand spending so much many on shoes.  I always end up ruining them in the end which doesn't bother me if they cost $25 and last a year.

And don't be fooled by this outfit and think, "Lara, where's the baby bump?".  The bump is still there but, easily hidden by a belt and strategically placed pleats due to said belt.  Although, I don't have to hide my pregnancy at work anymore (almost everyone knows), I still feel like I just look chubby as opposed to pregnant.  I am just at the in between point.  I am sure in a few more weeks, the bump will make me look more pregnant than as if I just ate 100 twinkies.

Jacket: Thrifted Cynthia Steffe
Dress: I heart Ronson
Belt: Thrifted
Leggings: DKNY
Oxfords: No Report

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Green for Spring

I am sure I am not the only one out there that is just impatiently awaiting Spring.  Especially if you live up north like I do.  Spring is my favorite season...Ok, technically it is equally considered my favorite along with Autumn.  I am just a fan of mild weather and seeing all the flowers and plants reemerge as living. 

Needless to say, my impatience has found its way into my wardrobe.  I have been recently wearing a lot of brighter colors which, to be honest, it extremely hard given baby!  Most of my clothing from last spring is fairly fitted and I am now in that in between stage of being too small for maternity clothing and too large for my normal size 4s.  So I have opted for basically forgetting to belt (and for anyone who knows me, I love to belt pretty much anything). 

Dress: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: Thrifted
Finch Necklace: ModCloth
Bead Necklace: Thrifted
Leggings: DKNY
Boots: JCP

In other news (and in pretty much baby news since, that is what I spend my money on these days), I finally got a package for some books I ordered on Etsy.  Of course, and I am sure you all could guess if you had to, I am doing the nursery all vintage.  Its pretty hard!  People have actually asked me why I am starting to collect the decor so early (I am almost 13 weeks) but, to be honest, how could I not?  This isn't m just registering at Buy Buy Baby.  This is actual hunting out finds which, I have fun doing but, it is time consuming!