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5 pieces 1 outfit: fancy valentines day

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a outfit for a fancy valentines day!

 

I’ve always thought myself to be a little curvy for a jumpsuit especially in the tummy area. But lately I’ve really been wanting to try one out, and I figured cupcakes and cashmere is a great brand to start with. Especially on valentines day in a sleek black color. Black thins you out so it must be perfect for something that might accentuate your tummy troubles, right!? Pair it with some red accessories along with a bright red lip, and it’s perfect for a fancy valentines day dinner out with your boo or your ladies.

jumpsuit . pumps . earrings . clutchlipstick

5 pieces 1 outfit: a simple scarf

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a simple scarf. Sometimes it’s cold and you need that warm scarf, but you still don’t need more than 5 pieces.

pants . scarf . white tee . booties . earrings

5 pieces 1 outfit: Christmas tee

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a casual outfit perfect for any holiday outing featuring a Christmas tee.

christmas-tee

graphic tee . jeans . booties . earrings . tote

the one with a vacation capsule

When I booked our flights to go home I reserved 1 large checked bag and 1 carry on bag. I figured that plus backpacks for under our seats would be plenty.  We can buy diapers once we’re in Indiana and we’re breastfeeding. So other than clothes, Jack only adds a noise machine, a breast pump, and a carrier. The car seat will not be packed, and we’re not taking the stroller (maybe I should tho?). But I forgot about presents. I have to somehow get our presents home. So we’re all going to be on a capsule wardrobe. Especially mama and daddy whose clothes take up quite a lot of room.

I’ve done the capsule wardrobe many times, but never for a vacation. So I was little lost. After some research and some pinteresting, I came up on the 5,4,3,2,1 idea and decided to make it my own for this vacation capsule. With the 5,4,3,2,1 idea, you take 5 of the main item and go down from there. For me the main items were tops, bottoms, shoes, and jackets (since we’re going North). Then I just needed accessories. So my list looks like this 5 tops and 5 earrings. 4 bottoms/dresses and 4 shoes. 3 jackets and 3 bags. 2 sunglasses and 2 necklaces. 1 hat and 1 watch. vacation-capsule

split neck top . navy v neck . chambray . button upgraphic tee . amethyst studs . black studs . tear drop earrings . cluster earrings . tassel earrings . jeans . black jeans . striped dress . green dress

leopard flats . riding boots . booties . sperry’s . jean jacket . northface jacket . cardigan . clutch . crossbody . tote . initial necklace . statement necklace

 hexagon sunglasses . coach sunglasses . hat . watch

Most of the time I’ll need to be dressy, casual so jeans and nicer tops were the way to go. The dresses are for when I need to be dressed up. I chose some dainty jewelry to wear during the day and a few statement pieces for the dressier times. The jackets I chose are mostly for warmth and to add over the simple shirts I’m bringing. Jackets are great finisher pieces  when you need a simple, warm outfit. I almost didn’t bring 3 bags. Jack will be with me the whole time as far as I know so I’ll always need the diaper bag. There is a chance we’ll go see a movie after he goes to bed (while grandma stays with him), and the clutch doesn’t take much room.

The rest  I think is pretty self explanatory! Have you ever done a vacation capsule?

5 pieces 1 outfit: Holiday Party

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a fun dress for that holiday party you have to go to but don’t want to. If you have to go then you should look good while you’re there.

5pieces1outfitholidayfancy

dress . shoes . earrings . trench . gloves

5 pieces 1 outfit: nursing friendly

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is nursing friendly because nursing in public is hard ya’ll!

nursingfriendly

tunic . leggings . hunter boots . hat . earrings

Let me start by saying – however you feed you child is your business. I have no judgments. Jack and I are breastfeeding. It’s time consuming, and it’s not easy. But (knock on all the wood) we’ve gotten a good little thing going so far. I’m extremely grateful for this. However, breast feeding in public is not working out for us. Mostly, it’s just that I don’t feel comfortable uncovered. Just my personal preference, again no judgments. There’s a part of me that actually wishes I could feel more comfortable, and in an effort to work on that – I’m trying to find nursing friendly clothes. Clothes that keep me relatively covered – my tummy and the top of my breast. The only thing I’ve found so far that I really enjoy is a tunic and leggings.

What do you wear when you know you’ll be breast feeding in public? I need all the inspiration!

the one with a maternity capsule

Hey friends! Before I officially, officially leave for a couple weeks of full maternity leave I wanted to tell you all about my maternity capsule. I figured it was best to do so while it was fresh on my mind. I’ll try to keep this under 1000 words. Here we go . .  .

I love fashion and am more of a fashion blogger than anything else ( i consider myself a lifestyle blogger). But I did not want to spend a ton of money on pregnancy clothes. Nor did I want to completely replace my closet. So doing a maternity capsule was the obvious option. I really only had 1 concern – how much weight would I gain and where would I gain it? There were three things I did to prepare for that . . .

1. I did not just buy bigger sizes. I bought real maternity clothes with full panels, stretchy sides, and elastics waists.

2. I waited until the second trimester (when the belly came)  to start my capsule. I used the belly band, hair tie trick, and long tanks to stretch my pre pregnancy wardrobe until I just couldn’t.

3.   I took some risks with sizing up and embraced side ruching as soon as possible.  you can find all the tips and tricks I used to make one big purchase of maternity pictures last in my favorites posts ( 1st, 2nd, 3rd).

Once I had my plan to combat the weight gain, I needed the plan for what clothes and the rules. The factors I took into consideration were the climate while I would be pregnant, my job, and my fun activities. The answers for me are spring and summer – I live in Florida, I work from home for myself and can wear what I want every day, we go to church once a week, have dinner with friends 1 or 2 times a week, go to the beach, and have dates once a week. Anything other than that was going to be a special occasion.

As for the rules, 36 pieces that are my entire wardrobe. A lot of times with other capsules not repeating outfits is important, but since mine lasted 6ish months I wasn’t worried about that. The 36 pieces do not include workout, leisure, shoes, or accessories. Since I live in Florida and don’t have to worry about dressing for an office, I wanted easy, casual pieces that I could dress up easily. Those pieces needed to be modest and good for cooler weather. A lot of them also needed to cover me completely because of the bugs in Florida. Now the fun part . . . what I chose . . .

 

maternity capsule

growing tiny humans graphic tee . napping for two tank . orange off the shoulder dress/tunic . beige lace bell sleeved dress . black tank top . black dress . grey striped lace top . blazer . cardigan . military jacket . kimono . shirred tanks (navy,stripes) . floral gauze tank . chiffon hem top . teal maxi dress . yellow tank dress . olive shorts . full panel short shorts . full panel bermuda shorts .  black pants .  leggings . full panel jeans

*As of October 1st these are still available (just maybe not in the color I chose).*

Changes I’d make if . . . 

I worked a full time job: I have had a job before where there was a dress code. so I know the changes I’d make. Instead of 3 pair of shorts, I’d exchange one of the shorter pair for another pair of dressier pants or a skirt. I’d also exchange 2 of the plain tank tops for plain t shirts. Cotton ones with ruching on the sides that can be easily accessorized with dress pants or over a dress. I’d do 4 dressier tops, 2 plain tanks, 2 plain t shirts, 2 graphic tees. The black graphic tee with black pants could have been worn to my old desk jobs. But if you can’t I’d have 3 plain t shirts and 1 graphic tee.

I needed clothes for fall or lived in a cooler climate: I’ve only lived in Florida for 2 years and the rest of my life was spent in Indiana. We saw the depths of all 4 seasons there. So I do know what would be needed. Maybe not for like Colorado in the winter, but I have an idea. If I lived somewhere that the end of my pregnancy would be in cooler temps here’s what I’d exchange. (think second trimester summer, 3rd trimester fall in a place that gets cool) 2 pair of jeans, 2 pair of shorts, 2 pair of dressier pants. For tops, I would have 4 dressier tops – with sleeves, 2 plain tanks, 2 plain t shirts, and 2 graphic tees.

Winter:  I always thought being pregnant in winter would suck. But being pregnant in Florida in Summer . . . I’m open to winter right now. So if my pregnancy would be fall to winter or winter to spring here’s what I’d do. (2nd or 3rd trimester in December, January, February) For pants: 1 pair of shorts (just in case), 2 pair of jeans, 2 pair of dressier pants, 1 pair of leggings, 4 dresses (mostly shorter ones with tights). Instead of a kimono I’d probably add a heavier knit cardigan, but I feel torn on that. Tops 4 dressier – 2 long sleeves, 2 short sleeves – 2 heavy sweaters, 3 plain tops with short sleeves, and 1 graphic tee.

Now the important question . . . did it work? Amazingly well! I spent $200 on maternity clothes at around 14 weeks, and about $100 more on special items. I spent most of my days in shorts/leggings and a tank with some simple accessories admittedly. But if I had worked out of the home I would have spent most of my time in those easy dresses. Accessories were my best friends to change things up and keep my style in things. I never felt limited, and it was never my clothes that made me feel uncomfortable about anything.

I only have a little more than 100 words to go so I’m going to shut up now. If you have any questions let me know, and I’ll answer them as soon as I can. I’ll be back soon to tell you all about the best day of my life. And i’ll be sure to share his Halloween costume 🙂 1001 words, damn.

 

After baby : 5 pieces 1 outfit

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is the look I can’t wait to wear after baby!

after baby

hudson jeans madewell tee . boots . earrings . bag

I have loved being pregnant for the past 9 months. However, I am pretty excited now that I get to hold my baby boy, and selfishly, not share my body. My very favorite thing to wear has always been jeans and a loose t shirt. There are so many ways to accessorize and things add to it to make it anything you want it to be. It’ll probably be a few more weeks until my favorite skinny jeans fit again, but I’m anxiously waiting for the day. What was your favorite thing to wear once you had your first baby?

Today is the last day of September and I’m officially on maternity leave from the blog! I’ve got a few posts going up throughout the month and if I feel up to it I’ll be back once or twice to share our birth story and Jack’s first few weeks of life! The plan is to come back in time for Halloween because we all know my love of the Holidays! Thank you all for you love and support these past 9 months and I’m sure all you’ll give while I learn life with a baby! You are truly the best.

the one with accessories for new moms

Accessories can make or break an outfit, and they are some of my favorite parts to any and all outfits! I’ve been going through withdrawals already at the thought of losing dangly earrings, long necklaces, and purses. Instead of lingering on the negative, I’ve made a list of accessories for new moms I’m looking forward to trying out!

accessories for new moms

Loren Hope Sophia studs – I have awhile before he starts pulling on my jewelry, but I might as well get used to not wearing dangly things now. My first thought was studs in his birthstone. But October’s birthstone is rose. Orange reminds me of October.

bar necklace – Every new mom needs something sentimental. I feel like something with his name on it would also help save time.

Kate Spade leather wallet – It makes me sad that purses are a thing of the past. But now I need a bigger wallet to throw into the diaper bag. A cute one softens the blow.

teething necklace – For those times you have to wear a dangly necklace, make it one that’s helpful.

ring sling – I intend to wear baby boy a lot. So a ring sling is going to be an accessory. The first one I got was navy, and then I realized . . . what if I wear black!? I have 3 now. He’s not even here yet. It might be a problem.

All of you moms who’ve been through it before please share any others!! I’m all ears!!

5 pieces 1 outfit: maternity photo shoot

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is maternity photo shoot inspiration and accessorizing with lipsticks!

maternity photo shoot

flower crown . shoes . earrings . dress . lipstick

Since I’m a fashion blogger, I have lots of good quality pictures of myself pregnant. And all of them are varying sizes. So I’m not going to spend a lot of time (just a few minutes to get some of me and hubby together) or money (gonna have a friend do it) on a maternity photo shoot. I’ll save all of that for professional pictures of baby boy. BUT if I were and money on the outfit was not an option either, I’d buy this $230 dress and look like a Grecian goddess. I don’t want to wear shoes with it, but I’d have some simple sandals just in case.  Since I’m having a boy I’d have sapphire earrings complimented with a flower crown in purple and blue hues, and finish it all up with the perfect subtle pink lip and neutral makeup.

Ok, now I think might spend the money . . .

What about you friends? What did you wear for your maternity photo shoot or like me did you not have one?