(Maternity) Mix Must: Pink Blush Cable & Lace Sweater Dress

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Being pregnant during the winter months hasn’t been the easiest style-wise…I’ve only found 2 pairs of maternity jeans that I really like and fit well, and there are only so many times you can make an “outfit” out of leggings (repeat– leggings are NOT pants!) Therefore, my go-to look has usually involved a dress and booties or sneakers.

When I found this cable knit sweater dress from Pink Blush Maternity  (available for preggos and non-preggos alike at www.shoppinkblush.com) I knew it would be a wardrobe staple during the colder months.  I’m usually not a huge fan of the sweater dress, because they can read as frumpy– but the lace trim detailing and funnel neck of this one made it love at first sight!  The fit is GREAT, stretchy to accommodate a growing bump (7 months this week!), the length is perfect for work and/or going out, and it’s the perfect shade of soft grey.  I love, love, love the lace detailing at the bottom– it kicks the styling up a notch.  I’ve worn the dress so far with these Rag and Bone booties and the grey menswear inspired coat I have on above, and alternately, with my white Stan Smith kicks and a black moto jacket– each gave the dress a different vibe– this is how you know a piece is super versatile!

Pink Blush has both maternity AND non-maternity options to shop– its great for flowy, feminine dresses, everyday staples, and event or special occasion worthy pieces (especially good source for mamas to be who need an outfit for a wedding or shower!) Shop my exact dress HERE, (size wise I ordered my normal pre-pregnancy size small), and a few other of my fave picks (both maternity and non) below!

All of the below items can be purchased in maternity or non-maternity sizing!:

Burgundy Lace Dress

“Love” Tee shirt

Striped Long Sleeve Tee

Grey Striped Short Sleeved Dress

Black Lace Evening dress

Grey sweater dress

xo,<3

Christine

 

 

 

Look: Casual Red for the Year of the Monkey

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Buffalo Plaid Shirt: Madewell (last year’s; similar here and here)| Black leather moto: Mango |Leather Combat Boots: Zara (sold out, cool Rag and Bone ones here and less pricey ones here)|Aviators: RayBan |Rose Gold Clutch: Gigi New York

Some of you guys might not know this, but I am half Chinese! My dad is Chinese, and my mom is a mixture of Irish and German.  My “halfie-ness” is actually part of the meaning behind the name of my blog “TheLittleGoldMix” (get it?!)…and it’s a part of me that I’ve really come to embrace, cherish and celebrate as I’ve gotten older (my younger self struggled at times with what box to check on the SAT forms and college apps… I guess I’m “other” :/  ).  As a kid, we would always celebrate Chinese New Year in some way as a family– eating moon cakes (yuck, I just watched), enjoying noodles together (symbolizing “long life”), and getting red envelopes ($!) from relatives.  Red is a symbolically celebratory, happy, and lucky color in Chinese culture, so I like to try and wear it in some way for the New Year. Red is not a color I normally wear though, as you guys probably have noticed by now…I actually love the way it looks on brunettes, I just don’t own that many red pieces for some reason.  At this point, in the last week of my second trimester, this red buffalo plaid shirt from Madewell is the only red piece in my closet that fit, so I used it as the base point for this casual Dim Sum brunch look– kinda grungy/tough, which I’ve been really digging over the course of this pregnancy.  I find that so many “maternity” items are super girly, feminine, floral etc…which are sweet for many, just not really my vibe.  Also, to go a little psycho-analytic for a min, I think my fear that becoming a mother means my younger days are over– meh– so maybe my affinity for all things rebellious and edgy style wise these days is a reaction to that?! WWFS (What Would Freud Say?) “Edgy Maternity” is really not a popular or easy look to find pieces for, but hey, its me, so I’m willing to put in the effort to stay true to myself!

Anyway, sidenote- 2016, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, is the year of the Monkey! For our little guy on the way, this is, to me, the PERFECT sign for him– personality wise, “Monkeys” are supposed to be crafty, witty, funny, and a little bit sneaky (in a cute, not criminal way)– traits that I really love in people in general.  So excited to meet our little Monkey ❤

Shop my look through the links above and have an awesome week guys! Stay tuned for NYFW posts coming next week!

xo,<3

Christine

 

Look: Rachel Zoe Striped Mini

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Striped Mini Tunic (worn as mini dress): Rachel Zoe Maternity (on sale!)| Faux Fur Jacket: Zara (sold out, similar one from H&M here!) | Pointed toe booties: Zara (sold out, similar here) |Skinny velvet scarf: Zara (similar one from ASOS here)|Lipstick: MAC Rebel

I wore this look to a friend’s gender reveal party this past weekend– I’ll tell ya, it def felt good to get dressed up after a long winter being pregnant and wear A LOT of “outfits” consisting of leggings/comfy clothes! I picked up this Rachel Zoe maternity tunic (petites like me can wear it as a mini dress!) recently, so I built the look around its kind of “mod” feel.  The dress itself is super high quality, stretchy and fitted in all the right places– it’s probably the most pricey “maternity” piece I’ve bought, at about $90 on sale (originally over $120), because I just cannot bring myself to spend money on expensive pieces that I’ll only wear a few more times! This dress, however, was def worth it, because I’ll pair it with (you guessed it) sneaks and loafers come spring, when I’m OUT TO HERE PREGNANT …anddddd it even works as a non-maternity dress (it fit well when I bought it at around 15 weeks, bumpless).

I decided to pair it with my fave faux fur jacket from Zara for a contrast in textures, black tights and pointed booties– and I added the skinny scarf (usually not a fan of scarves — I love how they look, but I always feel like I’m being choked lol) to keep with the 60s/mod feel.  I’m digging how the skinny black scarf kind of has the same style effect as a choker!

Shop this look by clicking on the links above– this outfit would work for pregs and non-pregs alike!

xo, ❤

Christine