Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Coordinated Black and Gold Zippers

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Coat: Zara | Sweater: J.Crew | Scarf: Banana Republic
| Pants: Thyme Maternity (here and on sale for 50% offsimilar) | Sneakers: Sketchers
| Purse: Steve Madden (similar) | Earrings: Forever 21

We were greeted with our city's first snow on this day. I attempted to take off my scarf to show the peter pan collar (also worn here), and then take off the coat to show the sweater, but had to quickly layer them all back on for warmth. Time to bring out the gloves and earmuffs!

I can't get enough of the black and gold zippers combination - they just look so good to me, even on maternity pants! And of course I had to coordinate it with the ones from the purse.

I had acquired quite a few maternity bottoms in various colors - but never in black, so this one from Thyme Maternity has completed my collection, and I couldn't be happier. This one was labelled "Career Pants" - definitely needed and appreciated by us 9 to 5 ers. I bought a few maternity shorts from Thyme Maternity during the summer, and even though I never got to show them on the blog, I remembered being in love with them quite a bit.  These pants simply fit like a dream - this and some of my other recent purchases (nursing bras and even jewelry!) together have convinced me that this store / brand is perfect! And did I mention how nice and helpful the customer service was when I had to pick the correct nursing bra sizes and styles?

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Double Stripes and Floral Print Sneakers

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T-Shirt: Reitmans | Cardigan: J.Crew (similar) | Khakis: H&M Maternity
| Shoes: Converse | Hat: Eddie Bauer
| Purse: Joe Fresh | Earrings: Betsey Johnson (similar)

No one has ever told me that I cannot layer a cardigan under a t-shirt, nor that I cannot wear stripes on stripes - so here it is. This was the outfit I wore after helping my husband (putting on frog tape counts as helping right?) finishing the striped accent wall in our little one's nursery, I loved the end result so much that I pulled out more stripes to wear on myself. 

With socks being extremely necessary these days, I've abandoned my ballet flats and started wearing sneakers instead. This pair was bought many years ago, and has proven that white sneakers just cannot go out of style, ever. I am still so in love with its abstract floral prints, I doubt I'll ever get tired of them.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Envy: Oversized Plaid Scarfs

I've developed a serious case of plaid scarf envy lately!  Specifically - those that are oversized, thick, cozy, and with classic and muted colours.

It also doesn't help that Pinterest has them all over the place.  Here are a few pins I added to my already-exploding "Cozy Fall and Winter" board

Whenever I find myself eyeing a trend, I tend to let it brew overtime to see whether it's something I'm genuinely interested in, or whether it's a temporary obsession that fizzles after a few days. When I was younger, I often made mistakes where I took them too seriously, acted too fast, and bought them too soon, resulting in shameful regret and obviously thinner wallets. Slowly I learned to let my cell phone cameras / Pinterest / Instagram / right-click-and-save-as-image methods help me. Now I'm adding these posts as another way to "think" about them. More help the better right? 

How do you deal with your wants and obsessions?

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gray Wool Coat with Floral Print and Cream Layers

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Jacket: Zara (same in green) | Blouse: Phillip Lim for Target (here)
| Sweater: Zara (similar) | Pants: H&M Maternity
| Boots: Winners (similar) | Purse: Kate Spade (same in black, similar)
| Scarf: Joe Fresh | Earrings: Joe Fresh

I can't say enough good things about this chunky knit sweater, (I've worn it countless times!) it's so warm and cozy - I easily could have just worn it alone with a thin jacket and be completely fine. And of course its cream color just makes it so easy to go with everything, such as this floral sleeveless blouse from Phillip Lim x Target (also worn here) and this Kate Spade purse.

Speaking of this purse - isn't it lovely? The full name and description is Kate Spade WKRU1743 Wellesley Alessa in Porcelain. I contemplated between this, black, and bright fuchsia for the longest time, and at the end decided that this would be the best complement to my fall and winter wardrobe. The look and size is perfect, and I especially appreciate how the zipper can be unzipped almost all the way to the bottom. 

Last but not least, I want to mention how obsessed I am with this gray coat. I originally popped into Zara to get ONE coat, but ended up scratching my head and emailing people asking their opinions on which of the TWO (this and the Camel coat from this post) I should purchase. At the end and after receiving conflicting opinions, I decided to make the safest choice - bringing both of them home with me. I must say, I have not regretted the decision yet. 

I deliberately went for a slightly oversized look to accommodate my belly. For a more fitted and tailored look, check out Elle's stylish pairings posted here and here. Aren't they just the cutest outfits? I wish I could bare my legs and pull off something similar. Maybe next year!

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