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.






One of my Favorite Maternity Looks

Hope you all are having a fantastic week so far!

David left town again on Monday but came back on Wednesday so we have been elated to have him home .  He opened up another Rise Biscuits Donuts up in Richmond last weekend so he has been gone quite a bit in recent weeks.  Thankfully, things seem to be running smoothly so his travel will begin decreasing over the next month.

This week seems to have passed incredibly quickly but I am struggling to even remember what has been keeping us so busy.  I wish I could blame it on pregnancy brain but I think it’s just the way my brain now operates.  My memory is terrible…just awful.

I have now reached week 31 of pregnancy and putting together outfits each day is becoming slightly more difficult.  My goal during this pregnancy was to purchase less maternity pieces than I did last time around.  It just seems to crazy to spend all that money on articles of clothing that will no longer fit properly in just a matter of months.  There are so many amazing non-maternity options out there that you can wear with your growing belly.  I find that most longer tops and dresses from both Free People and Anthropologie can be worn during the full length of a pregnancy.

Despite my best efforts, there are some maternity pieces that I have purchased…the main two being jeans and a few skirts and dresses.  This black and white striped dress is one of those pieces and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  It is such a high quality piece and can easily be dressed up a bit for a bridal shower or worn with flip flops while strolling around on vacation.  I opted to pair it with an olive green vest as black and white stripes and olive green are one of my all-time favorite combinations!




Hello, Third Trimester | 28 Week Bump Update

I had to double check before typing this out because it didn’t seem possible but today marks the official start of the third trimester for this pregnancy.  It seems like I should only be a few months in at this point but I think that’s primarily because I was so sick from Weeks 4 to 18 that they were a total wash.  It was impossible to settle into the pregnancy at that point.  Add to that the fact that with such a tough journey previously, I wouldn’t have been able to feel emotionally comfortable anyway.  With Ryan, I was unable to relax during the entire pregnancy and couldn’t believe that we were actually having a baby until he entered the world.  Oh, the joys of being emotionally damaged with regards to pregnancy.  I have to admit that I tend to feel a bit robbed that I can’t just sit back and enjoy my pregnancy like so many can.  I am scarred.  Those scars run incredibly deep and while I am unbelievably happy to be carrying this baby, I despise the fact that I am always waiting for something to happen.  I have vowed to try my absolute best to focus on the positive for these last several weeks.

How far along?  28 weeks today | Officially in the third trimester (whaaaaat?!)

How am I feeling?  Physically, feeling really well.  Sleep isn’t a major issue yet with the exception of some crazy pregnancy-induced dreams.  I had forgotten all about that madness!  Also, my hips are starting to ache during the night but the pain subsides as soon as I switch sides.  Besides that, no big issues.

Aversions?  Thankfully, still no major aversions.  As I have mentioned previously, my love of cheese has waned a little…let’s not get crazy though.  I still eat it constantly but don’t have quite the love affair going on as I did prior to this pregnancy.

Cravings?  Cravings continue to be mild but the one that I hope sticks around post-pregnancy is my desire for fruit.  I have never in my life craved fruit on any level.  While I would happily eat it at a friend’s house or social event, the fruit in my own fridge would always go to waste.  During this last couple of months, I have found myself reaching for cold fruits daily…especially strawberries and grapes.

Body Changes?  The weight gain just went into full effect.  I remember gaining most of my weight with Ryan the last two months or so and it seems that I am starting a little earlier with this little one.  While I have the advantage of being tall, I am not the type of girl who stays leans during pregnancy.  My hips take on a life of their own and substantial weight gain is inevitable.  It’s just the way I roll.  I gained approximately fifty lbs. with Ry and I’m on track to gain that this time around…cough, cough, at minimum.  Prior to this pregnancy, I was not in good shape.  I hadn’t worked out in years so my muscle tone was already pathetic and I had never come close to losing my baby weight from Ryan.  Kudos to all the mamas who work hard and drop that weight post-baby…I did the opposite.  Not to mention the fact that my husband opened a donut and biscuit shop during that time so let’s jus say that I lost quite a bit of weight initially but put it back on once I had access to all of that yumminess.  Future goal?  Dedicate myself to a workout program after the time around.  Not for me, but for my kids.  “Kids”…whoa.

Now that I have completed this post, it has sent me into panic mode.  She is going to arrive in the blink of an eye and there is still SO much to do at home.  I have to have every inch of this home organized before she gets here because I know myself and, if it’s not, it’s a slippery slope and soon the Hoarders film crew will be knocking on our door.

| You can shop the post below by clicking on individual images…this dress is currently on sale for under $80! |


Hope you are all having a wonderful week!