Style Content – The Pregnancy Files

It’s hard to get inspired with clothes these days with Spring only coming at us in short teasers, but I’m trying! I refuse to buy anything new until the weather turns and i can start getting some spring/summer items. I’m still doing prenatal yoga three times a week, swimming once a week, and in the last legs of getting the house ‘ready’. I’m dying to have my weekends back – as in no painting, no furniture assembly, no reason for a 7:30am alarm on a Saturday morning! I want some quality time with my husband. We live in the same house, sleep in the same bed, spend all weekend together working on the house – and I miss him! It’s just not the same as having ‘us time’. y’know? And the amount of weekends we have left where it’s just the two of us are decreasing rapidly, so I really want to make the most of it.

Whoa tangent, back on track; Yoga/Swimming/house etc = busy me who needs outfits that can take me through all the day time errands that need doing and are still comfortable. The bump is more of a mountain these days (11ish weeks left to go) and only getting bigger, this makes for some very uncomfortable waistbands in some of my regular go-to items. This week i rediscovered my harem pants – i know they are a hit or miss style with most folks but for this on-the-go-pregnant-yogi they were a key item this week. These exact ones were from the lululemon lab, so they were made in luxtreme which is a very soft flowy fabric and felt so comfortable around the bump.

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So this was me on Tuesday evening, heading off to Hypnobirthing with the Mister. I added one of my basic white maternity tshirts (from Thyme Maternity – great basics!), a scarf from lululemon (doubles as a shawl or a blanket in savasana), my husband’s sweatshirt and my good ‘ol denim jacket (levi’s).  Comfort to the max.

The next morning, for yoga – same pants but i added one of those extra long cool racerbacks I’ve told you about before.

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I had to give you a profile shot so you can see the bump is growing! (this is me at 28.5 weeks). So find your one piece that gives you your mojo and work it as many ways as possible, that’s my advice this week.

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Style Content – Analyzing KK

Ok so I’m the first to admit pregnancy is not all rainbows and unicorns – your body is completely out of your control from the very moment of conception (except you just don’t know it yet). And adapting to the roller coaster is a full time job, and then when your body starts to change – and rapidly at that, adapting your wardrobe and style to that is also a challenge. I can’t even begin to imagine how someone who lives (and thrives?) in the public eye and whose pre-pregnancy body was constantly under scrutiny. So kudos to Kim for really embracing her changing body and trying to maintain her personal style throughout her pregnancy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but the girl keeps trying and my hat is off to her for that.

When i first saw this photo my gut reaction was ‘What was she thinking?!’

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Another lesson from KK – leave the peplum for when we have our waists back, and prints/shine just draw the eye so be careful where you’re drawing that eye to. Now if the black top had little more coverage (so you couldn’t see her bra through it) and it went down to her hips and the peplum was attached to the top – it’s possible this could have worked. But as it stands, I’m learning from her mistakes, and so should you.

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Now this on the other hand… Why would you strategically put embroidery that increases in size, with the biggest size right over your chest? She’s already known for her curves, and if she’s anything like me her boobs started getting bigger the second she got pregnant (true story I noticed how painful my boobs were before i figured out i was four days late…). So this move is just questionable. And then adding more bulk to the mid section without actually giving you shape, I have to assume she has one of those mirrors at home that lengthens and thins. Kudos to her for putting pants on under the dress and not attempting to wear it as a dress. Points to you Kim for having that insight through those crazy pregnancy hormones.

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In my books this is her biggest miss yet, I personally find exposed skin/cutouts/mesh inserts around a baby bump inappropriate, but more than that it’s just unflattering. It makes her boobs look bigger than her head (which they may very well be but why highlight them?!) and the hem slit curves up at a very unflattering point of her body, and goes a wee bit too hight for my taste. This is my biggest fashion miss of the year.

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For all the risks she’s taken, and misses she’s endured, she’s had a few hits as well. White is a tricky colour when you’re growing in size but i believe this was a white party so what choice did she have? All in all I think she did pretty good! I love all the ruching and no defined waist, very slimming. The draping on the right draws the eye down and also cuts the body down in width. How she’s holding the girls up is anybody’s guess but they’re at the right height and not pouring out. And her hair and makeup? Perfection!

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And on a more casual note, this was a win for me;

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It’s had mixed reactions from the press and bloggers alike but I like it, in fact I’d like to borrow it. I love this type of blocking, the oversized repeat and the strategic princess seams that draw the eye in. The top ‘V’ appears to drop a little too low to offer much in the way of shape, but with a jacket on it’s hard to tell what it might look like on it’s own.

Pregnancy is hard kids, staying fashionable and pregnant – even harder. She’s got at least 2 if not 3 more months to go and I for one am anxious to see what else she attempts as she gets into what my mom so lovingly refers to as ‘the elephantitus stage’.

Style Content – Pastel Power

The forecast for last night & today was so miserable – I just refuse to let Spring think it can drag it’s butt any longer. So I did my best to pretend the warm sunny weather is on it’s way by opting for a pastel mani/pedi. I wish I had had the presence of mind to take note of the colour names – both are Essie. Obvi i went for mint green on the toes and a pretty soft coral on my hands, my sincerest apologies for not knowing exactly which colours they might be.

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A fresh mani/pedi will cheer any girl up – well at least it always cheers this girl up. Especially these days as I can barely manage to shave my legs, never mind paint my toes. It’s the one indulgence I’ve tried to maintain through my pregnancy – because when you look good, you feel good. And some days when the hormones are through the roof and you don’t know if you are happy or sad or coming or going – you need all the help you can get. A little pastel polish goes a long way.

Style Content – OOTD Shades of Grey

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New grey washed out jeans (maternity) from H&M ($40!), oversized black blouse  by hanni y that is a staple in my closet (I’ve had it for over a year). Oversized fuzzy grey w/ skulls scarf and of course my trusty black leather jacket both from Zara. Boots from  Fiorentini & Baker.

All that happened here was a new pair of inexpensive maternity jeans from H&M giving new life to some staples in my wardrobe. FYI I’m at 27 weeks here. We didn’t take a side profile pic but trust me there’s a large bump there. That’s why i had the big fuzzy scarf and gloves on, because there’s no way my jacket zips up.

Style Content – Leather Jacket Shopping

I ordered a leather jacket from Zara but it came in so slim in the shoulders I didn’t think that would be conducive to life as a new mom. So I headed to Zara to try on other sizes and also found an alternative style that I think I’m going to exchange for.

Here’s what I ordered (in a better fitting size) – and yes I plan to wear this open over the belly this Spring, possibly layering a lightweight hooded sweatshirt underneath. And also in the fall again – with a baby carrier underneath 🙂

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Today I’m wearing one of those extra long cool racerbacks underneath, with my favourite wunder unders – they are made of a textured looser knit fabric that is more comfortable around my belly than the regular luon. Both from lululemon. And also a lightweight wool cardigan from J Crew.

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I have to say I was a bit dissappointed that I couldn’t just exchange in the store – apparently if it’s the same style i could have but for a different style I can’t. So now i have to send the return back, wait for the refund, and then re-order. Much too complicated and time consuming Zara Canada!

The Style Files – Black is always a great idea

This was one of those days where I had a million things to do and the day started off with prenatal yoga (at Toronto Yoga Mamas) and continued from there. So at the base of it all is my tried, tested, and true lululemon items. I found that early in my second trimester my wunder unders were no longer comfortable around my waist and ended up picking up the Skinny Will Pant. I love love love how as I’ve grown the high waist (which I folded under my belly early in the third trimester) now supports my lower belly as I’ve increased in size. I wear the waistband all the way up and have cut out the drawstring (it just adds a strange bulge which no pregnant belly benefits from). And my other go-to is just a basic tank, i thrive on the Cool Racerback (sidenote: I can’t see the Long version of these online but in stores they are often available in black and white in a longer version, these are my preferred length right now because you get a little extra bum coverage).

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Layering is the key these days, it’s still cold here and my internal temp is all over the map. So today I tossed a chunky knit sweater from Zadig & Voltaire over top, and my go-to boots are always from Fiorentini & Baker. (They make everything better).

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I promise the quality of pics will improve! I don’t have a full length mirror and rely on the hubs for the full length shots – we’re working on it…

I just want to point out again that I have on Zero ‘maternity’ clothing, and I’m just about 24 weeks along here. This took me from yoga to coffee, through errands, home for a nap :), and then dinner with my husband in a trendy restaurant.