All the Velvet Kimonos

Morning, all!

Well, here in Raleigh we had a bit of a tease this past week.  It felt like fall was approaching and it was glorious.  There was a gorgeous breeze, the leaves began to fall off some of the trees and the temperature hovered between 70 and 75 degrees.  You better believe that the layers and booties were brought out with fervor!

Cut to yesterday…it was in the mid-80’s.  Now, the forecast calls for temperatures in the 80’s through the foreseeable future.  This 34 week pregnant lady would like to protest.

Speaking of approaching the end of my pregnancy, I refuse to spend any money on maternity clothes at this point.  It’s such an investment for a brief period of time so I tried my best to only purchase pieces in maternity wear that were absolutely needed, i.e. jeans and long tanks.  My new go-to looks consist of tunics, tanks with cardigans and now a kimono with a concert tee.  This is quickly becoming my favorite look…one that I’ll continue to wear often post-baby.  So many of these tees come in a tunic length currently, making it easy to wear even with a big ol’ bump.  The kimono is the perfect layering piece because it doesn’t add bulk to my already plumped up figure.  My love for kimonos is growing strong and I find myself gravitating particularly towards velvet ones.  There are so many gorgeous velvet options so I am sharing those with you.

 

 

xoxo

Lindsey

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Not Quite Ready to Say Goodbye to Summer

Hi friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  While the weather here in Charlotte was close to perfection, I constantly stop to think of those who are facing the devastation of Irma.  I can’t even begin to understand what families are dealing with as Irma literally destroys their lives; my heart just breaks.  I continue to pray for everyone’s safety over the coming days, weeks and months as I know recovery will not happen quickly.

While I love fall and all of the layers, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to tank tops and flip flops.  For some reason, I’m wanting to hold onto warmer temps for a bit longer this year. Every time I go into my closet I reach for my white or blush jeans and then quickly remind myself we are almost half way through September.  As I was getting dressed for a gathering yesterday, I opted to wear my blush jeans, this beautiful black lace top and my denim jacket; I think I can absolutely get away with this during fall.

While my exact outfit is no longer available, I’ve linked some cute lace tops for you below.  You can shop by clicking on icon.

By the way, this is another Stitch Fix outfit…so cute, right?  Cannott wait to get my first fall box in October!

 

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Monochromatic Look

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Admittedly, I typed that and then had to glance over at my calendar to make sure that it is in fact Wednesday.  My brain has officially turned to mush.  I don’t think I can blame it on pregnancy brain.  If you watch our Instastories, you may have seen me mention that Ryan is now waking closer to 5am rather than his usual 615/630am.  This had been going on for over a month and it has officially taken a toll on me…that coupled with the fact that I lay awake with my mind spinning each night around 230am.  We used a sleep consultant to help us train Ryan how to sleep through the night when he was 10 months old.  Yep, he was still waking 2-4 times each night.  Once we trained him, he became a perfect little sleeper.  Well, a perfect little sleeper for a year and half anyway.  I contacted the sleep consultant a couple of weeks ago and she assured me that what I am doing to correct the early rising is appropriate but we still aren’t seeing much of a change.  Fingers crossed that he starts sleeping in soon.  I would happily take a 6am waking!  (Words I never thought i would utter…or type.)

Moving on to a more positive subject…fall is on the horizon!  Woohoo!  I look forward to this time starting in June.  I have mentioned before that I could happily live without summer.  Let’s just say that the heat and I are not friends.  Fall is my favorite time of year for several reasons.  David and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in the fall, the change in foliage makes my heart pitter-patter, feeling the breeze on my face brings me pure joy, Ryan and I can comfortably play outside for hours, and finally, the least emotional reason of all, layers!

Who else feels insanely excited about being able to wear layers?  I swear that I am giddy at the thought.  This season, long cardigans and dusters are everywhere.  It’s exciting because they make the perfect layering pieces.  They are incredibly  versatile as they can be worn with jean or dresses and can be dressed up or dressed down.  They are perfect for both the workplace as well as a girls’ night out.

One of my favorite looks to wear in the fall is a layering combination consisting of a monochromatic color palette.  More specifically, I love pairing various shades of gray together to create a muted look.  In this particular case, I threw on a long cardigan which has several shades of gray ranging from a soft gray to a dark charcoal.  A simple off-white tank and faded gray jeans helped to keep the look clean and simple while a pair of tan booties added just a bit of warmth.

Unfortunately, this exact sweater just sold out but I have linked several other options that will easily work to create a monochromatic look!

 

 

 

xoxo

Lindsey