Look: 90s Layers, the second time around…








Two piece layered dress: Topshop via Nordstrom | Denim Jacket: Topshop |Mirrored sunnies: Wildfox Couture |Sneakers: Adidas via ASOS |Choker: Forever 21 |Black leather bag: Saint Laurent

I’ve heard the “fashion advice” that “if you wore it the first time it was IN, you should not be wearing it when it comes ‘back'”.  Well.  I say, some rules, especially when it comes to fashion and personal style, are made to be broken.

One of my favorite “styling tricks” from oh, say, 4th -7th grade, was to layer a skinny, spaghetti strap dress or tank over a “baby tee”– my mom was also fully supportive of this trend, because in her words, “spaghetti straps look trashy on their own” (thanks mom!).  So imagine my delight when I came across this (again, non-maternity, but is stretchy enough to make it over my 8 month bump) awesome 90s inspired dress by Topshop at Nordstrom! It’s my current fave length– midi– and is plain and simple on its own, but begs to be dressed up with a denim jacket like I did here, or a moto or a fur or a silk bomber (all future topper options!) and is totally perfect with these Adidas shelltops, another 90s throwback.  I added two chokers– a black cord one and a gold clasp one– and mirrored sunnies to keep things current.  It turned out to be one of my favorite looks to date!

All of my exact pieces are shop-able and linked above– head on over now!

xo, ❤


Look: Ribbed Turtleneck Dress & Suede on Suede








Ribbed Turtleneck dress: Topshop via Nordstrom (on sale!) and similar ones here and here |Suede moto jacket: Forever 21 (sold out, but similar options here, here and here| Tan Suede Fringe booties: Saint Laurent (my exact boots on sale here!) (and similar ones at lower price points here and here)

Fashion’s obsession with all things suede is going nowhere this spring and next fall season (meaning hold onto your suede pieces or pick up some new ones!)– the 70s / western trend is here to stay (for now).  I recently scored these Saint Laurent suede booties ON SALE !!! and I’ve had this real suede jacket from Forever 21 (proving that awesome suede pieces can be found at all price points!) since last fall.  With the warmer temps, I decided to pair these two transitional pieces with one of my fave dresses, this Topshop ribbed turtleneck number to create a fave combo of mine– the 90s/70s mix.  Again, this Topshop dress is simple, but the fit is spot on (and guyssss its NON-MATERNITY,  and ON SALE FOR $21 …WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!? shop it above…).  My current dress obsession is anything 90s inspired, mock or full turtleneck, ribbed and either short like this one or a midi length.  I totally want to encourage you guys to rethink how you wear dresses in your closet– pair the simple, sporty ones with booties and sneaks, and play around with different textured jackets to top them off! My basic outfit rotation, (currently 8 months pregnant!) is : Basic dress in neutral(ish) color + interesting topper in suede, leather, fur or a varsity jacket + pointed toe booties or simple sneaks= you have a current, easy, girly/tomboyish, go anywhere look! Try it, you’ll be hooked, I promise!

Shop my exact pieces through the links above, in addition to some similar pieces at varying price points!


xo, ❤




Look: Lace Trimmed Dress and 8 Month Update!







Lace Trimmed Dress: BCBG (Non-maternity) |Pointed ankle boots: Zara (sold out, similar herehere and here) |Suede Jacket: Forever 21 (sold out, but I like this one and this one) | Bag: Saint Laurent Betty or this striped consignment option

Just got home from my 8 month checkup– excited to update you guys!


The outfit details, because THIS DRESS IS EVERYTHING!

If you’ve been reading the blog over the past 8 months, you’ll already know that my strategy for dressing the ever growing bump has been to avoid actual “maternity clothes”, for a couple reasons– expensive, not a huge selection, often too “girly” or matronly- and just size up or buy stretchy dresses in my normal size and from my pre-pregnancy lines and stores.  This dress, from BCBG, called the “Livi Dress”, I got to wear to NYFW events, with combat boots and a shearling coat.  I LOVE the lace trim– it’s really the reason I bought this dress to begin with.  I love layering cozy sweaters over a lace trimmed, slip-inspired dress in the wintertime with tights and boots– kinda grungy-chic.  Once the weather warmed up this week, I remixed the dress with this light suede moto jacket and went bare-legged with black ankle boots.  The best part is– THIS DRESS ISN’T MATERNITY! So botH YOU mamas to be and non-pregs gals out there need to pick this number up ASAP! Priced under $150 and pretty classic while still having visual interest, this long sleeved dress can work for a wedding or cocktail party, work (in a creative environment like mine) or even with, you guessed it, sneaks for errands, shopping and brunch.  Beyond versatile!

Sidenote, but not really– I recently scored a major wishlist item for myself, kinda as a “wow you are doing GREAT with this pregnancy” reward to myself– the Saint Laurent “Betty” bag 🙂  I love the simple, clean, sharp lines; the medium size and light weight leather are perfection.  The strap can be worn double and short or single and long– I’m seriously obsessed.  I linked her above, at both NEW and CONSIGNMENT prices!

Ok, now for the pregnancy update!

At officially 8 months now, two notions sum up this first timer’s pregnancy:

1)It was not as bad as I thought it would be.

2)The time FLEW BY!

I do count myself lucky, because one of the most surprising aspects of this pregnancy for me as been how normal (for the most part- I’d say 90% of the time) and like myself I’ve felt.  Now I don’t want to attribute this to those old wives tales of having a boy or anything– I think, as my husband says, I just happen to be a) a lucky person and b) a “fast healer” .


The first few months were tough in terms of eating– I wasn’t hungry at all, and felt full after a few bites…I couldn’t stand the thought/sight/smell/taste of melted cheese or pizza, that being my biggest aversion.  My one and only real “craving” has been lemonade or orange juice– anything citrusy really, which won’t surprise those of you who know me lol.  Once I hit about 3-4 months, I started getting a somewhat normal appetite back, although I def feel fuller more quickly– I attribute this to being “full of baby” lol.

Weight Gain:

I’ve always tended to be a pretty healthy eater in general, and I’ve also never been one to fluctuate weight wise– pre-pregnancy, I’d hit the gym once or twice a week, and stay active in other fun ways like bike riding or just plain walking around exploring.  Once I got pregnant, I really haven’t gymmed it (at all!) …as a teacher, running around my school building in my normal way and not letting people dote on or do physical things for me (my mom is making the tsk tsk sound as you read this and wagging a finger at me!), which I really think has kept me from over gaining.  At 32 weeks, I’ve gained 18 pounds, and my doc says I’ll prob have gained around 25 total by the end- again, I’ve never been one to obsess, or really ever keep track of my weight– as long as my clothes fit and I feel healthy, I’m happy!


Again, (hate me) but sleeping really hasn’t been that bad– around 5 months, I started creating what Tim lovingly calls “the pillow nest” in the bed — one in front and one in back of me as I sleep on my side– and these have really been fine in terms of keeping me and the bump happy and comfy– out of pure stubbornness, I refused to buy a “pregnancy pillow”, just because sometimes I’m a jerk like that and like to challenge myself lol.  As a person who drinks a lot of water/liquids, I was shocked to not be getting up really more than once to use the bathroom at night!

Skin/Hair/Nails/Boobs/other bodily changes:

My skin has been extra clear and easy to deal with during this pregnancy (thank god!)– no blemishes or dark spots like I’ve heard can appear.  I def feel that my hair is thicker and holds a wave better though– an awesome pregnancy perk! Nails are growing faster, which is annoying, because I actually hate sitting for manicures lol.  My boobs HAVEN’T gotten bigger (insert hands up emoji here!), which is fabulous for me, as a petite person with a 34 D pre pregnancy, I’m happy to report no growth– they even seem a bit smaller! All regular bras still fit.  Also, no swelling yet in hands or feet (ew I’m starting to hate myself just reading this over– I almost (almost) feel guilty that I haven’t had really any negative effects so far!)


Pretty much the same; I think I’ve had two or three crying sessions that seemed uncharacteristic of me- nothing major.  In fact, I was just saying to Tim the other day how I feel like I have MORE energy now– waking up isn’t hard and I’m not passing out on the couch at 9 pm like before– weird, right?

Let’s hope my symptoms stay this way guys! Fingers crossed!

Feel free to share your pregnancy experiences below in the comments! I’d love to hear what your different journeys have been like!

Have a great weekend!

xo, ❤





Our Golden Baby Shower <3







(Sister-Sister <3)








Gold dress: Zara (I also like this one, this one, this one, this one, this maxi one and this one) | Nude and gold heels: Manolo Blahnik (similar here, here ,here and here)

I consider myself to be a Bridal & Baby Shower throwing/organizing expert, as I’ve worked/planned/attended about 8475975340 of them already…and I truly enjoy each and every one– I love making my family and friends feel extra special for the momentous and memorable occasions and milestones in their lives.  So needless to say, it was pretty cool when it came time last weekend for ours! Having all my favorite people in one place, sharing food, drinks, stories, girl talk and love is literally my happiest zone–  I wish I could see and hug all of my family and friends every day (also wouldn’t it be nice to be served a delicious gourmet brunch courtesy of The Garden City Hotel on a daily basis as well?!). I am beyond fortunate to have so many amazing people, women on this particular day, in my life– so many amazing role models, colleagues, supporters, lifelong friends and soul  sisters.

As far as the aesthetics went, I knew I didn’t want a traditional “boy themed” shower with blue– nothing against blue or tradition, but neutrals in gold, grey and white were so more up my alley! And when I stumbled upon this gold midi dress at Zara the weekend before, (imaginary) trumpets went off and in slow motion we ran into each other’s arms (that is, the dress and I).  Obsessed with the slight 70s vibe and front and back slits! Plus, for those of you who aren’t into traditional pink/blue polka dot/floral print/put-a-bow-on-the-bump dresses, disco gold is a great option lol.  I paired it with nude and gold trimmed Manolo Blahniks and sparkly chandelier earrings– I felt super glamorous and so ME 🙂   I know for sure that I’ll get plenty of use out of this dress in the future– I already plan on wearing it this Friday for a friend’s wedding, and since it’s non-maternity, I’ll be able to wear it long after the pregnancy.

Have a great week guys!

xo, ❤