My Favorite Sweater for Fall

This morning, Ryan and I decided to channel the fall vibes and head out onto our deck in the early hours of the morning.  It is only a matter of hours before the sun is perched high in the sky and the temperatures are well into the 80’s again so being out there while the dew still covered the ground and while the air was still a touch cool was exactly what we both needed this morning.  While we were out there I giggled and thought, “I should wear my new favorite fall sweaters out here from 7am-8am every morning seeing as I won’t be wearing them much any time soon.”

This little venture outside while the sun was rising served two purposes.  The first reason simply being that it felt refreshing and was a nice little escape from our morning routine.  The second?  If you watch our Instastories, you may already know that Ryan has been waking close to 5am for the last two months.  After speaking with our sleep consultant several weeks ago, we made some changes in hopes of getting him back on track.  Well, nothing has helped so after speaking with her again yesterday, she suggested taking Ryan outside around 7am to try and help his circadian rhythm adjust.  Man, I cannot tell you how much I am praying that this works.  I don’t mind waking at 6am, but 5am is just exhausting.  Fingers crossed that these mornings spent outside help!

Who else is anxiously awaiting fall?  This 35 week pregnant lady cannot wait.  Sweaters, scarves, coats…I want them all.  Speaking of sweaters, I recently found this adorable (non-maternity) sweater dress and wanted to share it with you all.  The color is gorgeous and the statement sleeves sealed the deal.  As I mentioned, this is a sweater dress but I opted to style it as a sweater and pair it with jeans.  However, this will definitely be worn as a dress with cute tights and booties as well as paired with faux leather leggings and black over the knee boots once the weather becomes cooler.  There are so many styling options!

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xoxo

Lindsey

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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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