This dress is everything! As soon as it arrived via FedEx I tore it from the box, threw it on, and basically didn't take it off for a few days. I wanted to wear it everywhere! My Kelly green cardigan was a perfect match for the belt, too! The fabric on the dress is way different than I imagined. For some reason I was expecting a cotton dress but it's 100% polyester. While it may not be the best choice for the humidity in Tennessee this Summer, I was so pleasantly surprised at how nice it felt. And it's fully lined which is always a good thing. It's super lightweight and I don't feel bogged down by it at all. While it was totally a courtesy of dress, I would definitely buy it if it hadn't been. I'm a little bit obsessed with it. I don't care how trendy fruit prints are right now, I'm a huge fan! I also really love how the black background and white polka dots help give definition to the fruit. I love the illustration style. The cut and fit of this dress is so flattering too, even at almost 7 months pregnant. Though if we're being honest, I'm starting to notice a huge difference in the girth of my natural waist these days haha As this baby gets bigger and bigger, everything is getting pushed higher up on the internal side of things and my fit and flare dresses are starting to get a wee bit tighter. I know you can't really tell how big my bump is in this outfit, but this photo should give you an idea haha! I have a feeling I'll be living in those Liz Lange and Old Navy dresses during the warmer months anyway. You know, when I'm not submerged in the pool to escape the heat.
And now a little diddy on "maternity style"... I've tried writing this like three times but every time it comes out like I'm whining so I apologize! Totally not my intention as I really just wanted to open up a discussion about things haha It's been brought up that many of my maternity style posts are really just regular ol' outfit posts with the word "maternity" added in, and that's totally true. I've been thinking about writing a post about "maternity" style and things like that, but honestly I couldn't really wrap my thoughts up into a nice little package, so instead you'll get a paragraph or two instead haha! I can't speak for any other pregnant lady, but I know that when I first found out I was expecting, I was incredibly nervous about how I was going to be able to dress my growing figure. I mean, my current wardrobe has supported weight gain in the past, that's no problem. But dressing myself while one particular area of my body is growing at a much more rapid pace than the rest of it... yow, that sounded scary! I was afraid I'd be left with a closet full of clothes that I couldn't wear, and I'd have to shell out mad cash for a whole new wardrobe I'd only wear for a few months. Luckily I've been able to transition a lot of my clothing into this new phase, even if it is getting harder and harder to do. (Shoutout to fit and flare dresses!) And the pieces of maternity clothing that I have purchased have all been very in line with my personal aesthetic and style. I mean, why would I all of a sudden do a 180 with my style in order to dress my bump? Granted I've tried new silhouettes (and totally loved them!), but all in all I'm still a dresses and cardigan kind of girl.
When I did a thorough Pinterest search for maternity-friendly outfits, most of the results were jeans and a blouse, or something that really wouldn't flatter my figure (pregnant or otherwise!). When you're already curvy, adding a basketball under your top can be intimidating haha. Again, I can't speak for all pregnant women, but I'm so glad I haven't had to give up my personal style just for the sake of this bump (at least so far). Isn't that something a lot of us hope for? To be able to stay true to our styles and likes while experiencing something so rad, yet new? Eh, I don't know! Maybe my brain was just over thinking it - that tends to happen a lot haha What do y'all think? Is it fair to label something "maternity style" if it's really just an extension of your everyday style, but you just happen to be pregnant? And do you aim to retain your own personal style while you've got a baby on board? I think it's an interesting discussion to have and I'd love your input!
In other news... we got Toby all registered for kindergarten this week! It's so crazy to me that he'll be transitioning into the elementary school in just a couple of months. Where did my teensy little 3 year old go?! Tonight he has a double header baseball game and I'm crossing my fingers they do as well as they did on Tuesday. Toby got two amazing base hits (a double and a single!) and even scored two runs. Don't tell Mike I told you this, but he totally teared up when Toby crossed home plate. It was his first time making it all the way around the bases and it was definitely one of "those" moments for dear ol' Dad. My heart swells when I see Mike interact with Toby. I feel so incredibly fortunate to share my days with that sweet fella. I love that our boys are going to grow up with such a strong male influence to look up to. Annnnd that's my mushy bit for this post! I can sometimes get carried away...
We're getting started on planting our herbs and veggies this weekend and I'm so excited. I just need to track down a cilantro plant somewhere. Homemade salsa, here I come! We're spending the day gallavanting around Nashville tomorrow in hopes of finding some stuff for the nursery, and maybe even some outdoor furniture or accessories to help set the mood of our back deck. It's so crazy to me that we're already having weeks in the mid-80s around here! I mean, that's totally normal for Tennessee, but it feels like just yesterday I was whining about how cold it was haha I'm also crossing my fingers that I'll see a few of my favorite lady friends tomorrow, too! I hope y'all have a great start to your weekend. Be sure to pop back by tomorrow for a super fun Rad Gal, Rad Gig! If you're a Harry Potter fan, you won't want to miss it! xo
Fresh Farmer's Market dress c/o ModCloth
Charter School cardigan c/o ModCloth
Body Central necklace
Urban Expressions purse (via WWDMAGIC)
ShoeMint flats (c/o - last year)