May 4, 2009

Things I'm Noticing...

1. Warm weather is fabulous...totally worth the winter wait and just as wonderful as I'd hoped it would be. Thank you, sunshine! (I still need a top-secret contraband space heater under my desk at work, but I'll take chilly inside for chilly outside any day!)

2. So You Think You Can Dance is the only reality show I'm PROUD to watch. Now if whatever you people like to call American Idol would hurry on up off the air, I could get my SYTYCD fix ASAP. (That last sentence had three prepositions and two acronyms. What's up, writer girls?)

3. Hording clothes has never been so useful... My J. Crew addiction is finally paying off! At 16 weeks and just a little, um, thick in the waist-al region, I'm having a bit of trouble finding, you know, clothes to wear. Too small for maternity, too large for my favorite summer frocks. What's a girl to do?

Well, I've been sporting the same J. Crew outfits so often lately that I expect my coworkers will go blind any day now from the repetition. Had I never bought two and three of each style, however, I would have significantly fewer choices.

Can I get a shout-out for a-line dresses, empire waists and stretchy fabrics? (And my propensity to stock up when a good sale arrives?)

Take a look at my favorite three ensembles:

The Bella skirt in fog (gray), rhubarb (dark pink) and atlantic (royal blue). I love a creative color name. (And a puffy-ish skirt! Especially since it runs large!) I did forget that the gray, my last and least expensive acquisition of the trio, is a size smaller than the other two to make up for the sizing I just mentioned. So on the way to work today, upon realizing the snugness, I did what any classy lady does - pulled down my tank, unzipped my skirt a smidge and adjusted my cardigan accordingly. Shhh. Don't tell!

I have this dress in wild rose (self-explanatory) and truly appreciate the generous a-line cut. I also have it in white in a size smaller (from when I wised up about the sizing) but, um, that's not a flattering fit any longer. Add a cardigan and I'm off!

I bought this dress in papaya (coral) and black for our honeymoon and have been sporting it with a sleek tank underneath... It's a little longer and more flowy than it looks here - pretty much pajamas masquerading as a dress. (The recurring theme of many of my favorite clothing items!) Again, top it off with a cardigan for inside or a cute necklace for evenings and I'm off!

Are y'all bored yet? Because I'm sure anyone who's seen me lately sure is! I'll take any cute maternity clothing tips y'all have, because I'm fresh out of ideas once my in-between wardrobe stops working!!

4. Speaking of in-between wardrobe choices, I have a rehearsal dinner, post-rehearsal party, wedding brunch and two weddings in May, a rehearsal dinner, bridal brunch and wedding in June and (whew!) just one wedding in July. I've ordered this pretty Juliet cocktail dress from J. Crew for this month in a lovely tea rose. (I had their killer 25% off card so I ordered two sizes before the discount expire; I'll take back whichever doesn't fit when I need it in a few weeks. I keep hearing that I'll be amazed what a few weeks can do to a changing bump!)

I have this Juliet dress in black and love it - so forgiving for delicious shrimp and grits weddings! :) Hopefully I'll just scoot up a size to accomodate the changes between my collarbones and my hip bones....we'll see!

Please share any flowy, empire-waisted, all-around pretty frocks you've found lately! I'd love some inspiration and I have no shortage of occasions for them...though I may have to break down and buy maternity for the June and July events.

Bradley's always hoped I could curb my J. Crew addiction; I guess it just took a baby to do it! Keep me posted on your pretty purchases, even if I can only appreciate from afar this year!


The Doyle Family said...

Some advice that I learned AFTER I had Caroline - since you're in that "thick around the waist" stage and not the "small bump" stage, go ahead and buy regular clothes (just the basic necessities) in the next size (or two) up...that way you can use them post-pregnancy, too! I wish I had thought about that early in my pregnancy because now I don't fit in either my pregnancy clothes (too big) or my pre-pregnancy clothes (too small).

Paige said...

Congratulations Anne! I say go for maternity as soon as they fit. It is soooo much more comfortable and Destination Maternity has some cute stuff in Charlotte. Good advice on buying some larger sizes for now and after baby. Good Luck! Paige

Stephanie said...

I think we need to plan a maternity shopping trip! I have been ordering a few items from Destination Maternity and then also buying a few dresses from White House Black Market in that matte jersey material. Although you'll be surprised at how quickly you'll be ready for maternity clothes. They really are more comfortable. Miss you lots!

The Gaymons said...

I agree with The Doyle Family. The "transition" wardrobe not only comes in handy now, but it will later on when you aren't exactly fitting into your prepregnancy clothes yet. Which brings me may want to buy a few items in some colors that will go into fall so that the plan will work. Also, get a few sizes of jeans for the same purpose. And, good luck! Every girl has to go through this stage, and I know you are not letting the fashion police fine you for not looking top notch, miss thang!

Kathy said...

I got lucky at Gap Maternity online and scored a very pretty - for a very preggo lady - lilac, colored dress. Keep checking that site and see if they have anything similar this year!


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