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5 pieces 1 outfit: the perfect green top

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 is something I do in real life quite often, and sometime I like to show you guys. This week’s theme is this perfect green top! Of course, you’ll notice I have on more than 5 items . . . that’s because this was an outfit I wore to church and you can’t wear sunglasses inside. So they don’t count!

top . jeans . boots . earrings . bracelet . watch

the one about 2nd pregnancy insecurities

When I was pregnant with Jack, I would read all the things. I felt totally prepared for everything that would happen to my body. And honestly, not much was surprising to me. There were some and I wrote a post about it. But even postpartum I felt prepared. It wasn’t that I didn’t have insecurities, I mean everything lays differently now and there is some breastfeeding weight I didn’t get rid of before I got pregnant again. But I knew it would happen, and I knew Jack would be worth. And mostly I knew with some hard work I’d be able to fix most of it. To give credit where credit is due, I also have an amazing supportive husband who is really good at making me feel beautiful. He always helps to keep my insecurities in check.

But with Ben’s pregnancy, I was not as prepared. None of the symptoms surprised me; although I was a little at how hard they hit this time. But mostly it’s that my body changed . . . even more. Not only did the symptoms hit harder and faster, but I’m showing earlier and lower and bigger. Oh lord, bigger. There are clothes I was wearing a week before I gave birth to Jack, that I know won’t fit much longer. I’m not gaining more weight so that’s not it. The only difference is Ben sits lower.

But you know what, it’s ok. For some reason, God gave me the blessing to carry these babies with little problems and I won’t take that for granted. There are women, some of you reading this probably, who have terrible pregnancies or can’t get pregnant at all. I count my blessings, and a changing body because it is growing healthy baby boys is one of them. Plus, with a little hard work I can get it mostly back to normal 🙂 And what is physically harder than giving birth . . . certainly not working out.

This outfit is perfect for those girls like me. It has lots of room for growth, lots of room to hide those things you’re insecure about, and it’s incredibly comfortable. On second thought, this a great outfit for all girls.

dress is Carly by Lu la Roe (if you need a consultant email me!) . cardigan . necklace via . sunglasses . booties

 

the one with our halloween costumes 2017

Our Halloween costumes are quite simple this year – except for Jackers. We decided quite awhile ago we wanted him to be Chucky Finster from Rugrats. Chucky is the funniest character – especially when you’re older. Plus he has red hair like Jack!

Daddy and I weren’t going to dress up. But we were going to a party so we threw together a couple more 90’s cartoon character get ups! Scott is Doug Funny and I am Ashley Spinelli. I did decide too late to get the perfect tights so my costume isn’t perfect! I never thought we would do a family costume. Scott and I could never get it together for a couple’s costume so why would it change with kids!?! But family costumes may officially be part of our thing now! It was so much fun! Pictures were hard to come by because he was on the move the whole time. He also hates wearing glasses 🙂 So I added a couple pictures of our pumpkin this year as well!

Jack’s costume chuck taylors . glasses are old sunglasses I popped out and painted purple . shirt and shorts

dress is Lu la Roe Carly – boots . similar jacket . hat

the one with the sanderson sisters

My go to style so far this pregnancy has been leggings or jeans with a cute t-shirt. It’s cute and comfy and you can style it so many different ways. But the best part is of course how easy it is. With my first pregnancy I tried to be a little more fashionable on a daily basis, but now that I’ve got one out of the belly and one in the belly – I just don’t have the energy. Last time I also had a full capsule wardrobe that I found it hard to not buy anything else for. I wanted to be trendy and cute and on point. But this time around I’m finding that I’m buying more quality i.e. expensive pieces – just not as many. I have about half of a maternity capsule wardrobe and I rock it every day.

Hopefully that and my little built in heater will help in the coming winter months. But this shirt unfortunately won’t be worn after October 31st. I’ll probably be squeezing myself into it that day.

 

top . jeans . similar sunglasses . flats . earrings via . 

the one with off shoulder in fall

This black off shoulder top was one of my favorites all summer long while living in Florida. Now that we’re in ‘fall’ I’m going to transition it through and keep on wearing it. It’s so breezy and flowy that my little bump is comfortable. It’s one of the only non maternity shirts that fits me well still. Is it normal to show earlier with your second baby? I hear it’s muscle memory. My muscles memory is real good. I am glad to have enough energy back to look nice on a fairly regular basis.So I guess it’s time to get some fall and winter maternity clothes!

top . similar top . jeans . flats . necklace

the one with glory

This Summer it’s all about the 5 pieces 1 outfit in real life. 5 pieces 1 outfit is the first series here on the blog every other Friday. It stemmed from my love of classic yet modern, easy to wear, chic and simple fashion. This Summer will be one of the busiest ever for me, and I live in Florida so it’s gonna be hot. I don’t want to have a lot on, and getting ready can’t take a lot of time. It’s the perfect time to do a ton of 5 pieces 1 outfit real life posts! I have a formula when I do these in real life – top, bottom, shoes, earrings, finisher. My finisher depends on what I’m doing and it also means I might actually photograph 6 or more pieces, but I’ll explain each outfit so you’ll understand why.

I wore this outfit way back on Easter because glory and Jesus. It was super comfortable tho, and seeing it again reminds me to wear it again! Do you ever have outfits like that?

skirt . skirt . necklace . shoes . purse (vintage) . sunnies

the one with a casual black dress

This Summer it’s all about the 5 pieces 1 outfit in real life. 5 pieces 1 outfit is the first series here on the blog every other Friday. It stemmed from my love of classic yet modern, easy to wear, chic and simple fashion. This Summer will be one of the busiest ever for me, and I live in Florida so it’s gonna be hot. I don’t want to have a lot on, and getting ready can’t take a lot of time. It’s the perfect time to do a ton of 5 pieces 1 outfit real life posts! I have a formula when I do these in real life – top, bottom, shoes, earrings, finisher. My finisher depends on what I’m doing and it also means I might actually photograph 6 or more pieces, but I’ll explain each outfit so you’ll understand why.

This casual black dress is actually a maternity dress. I love it for pregnancy because it’s so stretchy. When I’m pregnant I feel so beautiful and honestly sexy. So a tight dress to show off my figure is right up my ally. Currently though, I’m 9 months postpartum. I’ve lost all the baby weight, but everything sits differently. I could do some exercises and tighten it up, lose the weight I needed to lose pre pregnancy. But it’s in our plan to have another baby. So for now I’m embracing it. That means I still look pregnant in this dress. But it’s fine because it’s comfortable and keeps me cool!

 

tee . dress . sperry’s . sunglasses . earrings

the one about Florida

This Summer it’s all about the 5 pieces 1 outfit in real life. 5 pieces 1 outfit is the first series here on the blog every other Friday. It stemmed from my love of classic yet modern, easy to wear, chic and simple fashion. This Summer will be one of the busiest ever for me, and I live in Florida so it’s gonna be hot. I don’t want to have a lot on, and getting ready can’t take a lot of time. It’s the perfect time to do a ton of 5 pieces 1 outfit real life posts! I have a formula when I do these in real life – top, bottom, shoes, earrings, finisher. My finisher depends on what I’m doing and it also means I might actually photograph 6 or more pieces, but I’ll explain each outfit so you’ll understand why.

I’m from Indiana, but we live in Florida. It truly feels like home so when I saw this shirt I had to snatch it up. That’s all because we have such wonderful friends. I knew we’d need to find a church to find friends down here so we jumped in as soon as we felt ready. Guys, they are my family now. I love this little church and this little beach town of mine more than I thought was possible 2.5 years ago. Indiana was my home for 29 years and my family is there. But now I have 2 homes.

hat . shorts . earrings . sandals . shirt

 

the one with a floral dress

This Summer it’s all about the 5 pieces 1 outfit in real life. 5 pieces 1 outfit is the first series here on the blog every other Friday. It stemmed from my love of classic yet modern, easy to wear, chic and simple fashion. This Summer will be one of the busiest ever for me, and I live in Florida so it’s gonna be hot. I don’t want to have a lot on, and getting ready can’t take a lot of time. It’s the perfect time to do a ton of 5 pieces 1 outfit real life posts! I have a formula when I do these in real life – top, bottom, shoes, earrings, finisher. My finisher depends on what I’m doing and it also means I might actually photograph 6 or more pieces, but I’ll explain each outfit so you’ll understand why.

This floral dress is 4 years old, but it’s still one of my favorites. I bought it for my bridal shower from old navy. Now I wear it to other showers and to church quite often. I’ve linked a couple very similar dresses. Old navy has the style still, but no florals this year!

dress . dress . espadrilles . earrings . clutch . belt

the one with fall transition

The weather is pretty different here in Indiana than it was in Florida. It’s hot and wet in Florida but in Indiana right now it’s actually quite pleasant. That changes quite a few things when it comes to my wardrobe, especially when you add in that Fall is right around the corner. So today I want to share 5 outfits that are perfect for that transition to fall. And those cooler summer days. Since we’re in the summer of 5 pieces 1 outfit, all of them are 3 or 4 pieces. Lots of the pieces come from Tobi, which I’ve talked about my love for on the blog before! All you have to do is add a purse and some easy accessories to make it your own. I, of course, will tell you what I would add.

An easy maxi dress with a jean jacket and some sandals, how much better could it be!? I’d grab a crossbody purse and some fun earrings to make it perfect.  – Margot Contrast Maxi Dress . sandals old from old navy . jean jacket

This might be my favorite of them all. Take those off the shoulder tops to fall by covering your legs and your feet! I’d put my hair in a top knot, grab a clutch, some bright lipstick, and add some tassel earrings.  – jeans . top .   flats . 

This beautiful mni dress from Tobi can be worn in the fall by simply adding your favorite pair of leggings! Some booties, a crossobdy purse to match, and simple earrings finish this look off.- leggings . palm springs dress . booties

Plaid will always be fall to me so for the transition period some shorts leave with that summer feeling. A backpack and some gold studs will finish this look off perfectly. – booties . top old from target. shorts

This long cardigan from Tobi is seriously my favorite thing for this fall! Some shorts and simple flats make it perfect to wear now. – shorts . top old from shopbop . leopard flats . nikki cardigan