With being a new mom, I have been forced to cut back my “get ready time” to just minutes now.   When it comes to getting dressed I have found the most time saving formula is to have a few go-to “uniforms”.  Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel everyday with a fabulous new look, I simply repeat a version of an outfit I most likely wore earlier in the week.  This week, I stuck to black and white.

black & white

This uniform consists of leggings (worn as tights), a fitted jersey mini skirt, an over-sized sweater, infinity scarf, flats or ankle boots (I’m obsessed with these cute little striped flats from The Gap..WANT!), a cross-body bag (so I can be hands free), a pair of pretty stud earrings, and my fancy little Alice & Olivia Starbucks mug (Momma needs some caffeine).   It’s an easy palette to mix and match. Adding  little gold or silver touches helps add a bit of shine to your look.

You don’t have to be a Mom to create a uniform for yourself.  You gals on a budget…this is a great cost effective way to maximize your wardrobe.

I’ve always loved winter white.  Now that we are into November, my thoughts go to cozy nights by the fire and crisp evening walks wearing layers of knits.  Being wrapped up in comfort is essential this time of year.  Adding bits of luxe, like gold accessories, is an easy way to keep chic in your winter cozies.

Mossimo Twisted Neck Scarf : Target $21
Over-sized Gold Twist Earrings: TNUCK.com $105
Knitted Beret: H&M $12
Winter Bangle Bracelet: Annie Fensterstock $20,540 (an “If-I-Won-The-Lottery pick…clearly this pick is inspiration only)
East Cowl Neck Sweater: HouseOfFraser.CO.UK $150
Wonderland IPhone 5 Case: Fossil $36 (sold out)
Mini Cross Body Bag: CharlotteRusse.com $16
Fossilized Walrus Ivory & Diamond ring: Barneys.com Monique Pean $7055 (another “In-My-Dreams pick and more inspiration)
Astoria Ballet Flats: Cole Haan $155

 

 

 

I adore pouring over the glossy pages of my newest fall issues to see what treasures are in store.  What colours are being shown?  What are the silhouettes?  Have skirt lengths finally gotten longer? (one can only hope)  A new season brings new fashion, shopping, and a frenzy of trying to be the It-Girl with the latest of everything.  Rather than trying to reinvent myself every season, common sense  has me infusing small bits of trends into my closet all while reworking what I already have.

My Fall New-Mom Look inspiration.  I’m planning on items with casual comfort and wash-ability.    I’m thinking soft jersey’s, embellished sweatshirts, flats, denim, tees, and cozy layers.

Perhaps it’s shopping maturity, having other financial responsibilities, my age, or the strain on my wallet that has me now more concerned with dressing for myself instead of for others.  Dressing for others often resulted in strange purchases of items that would get worn once due to feeling ridiculous in them.   It was easy to over shop as one piece purchased would need multiple other components, that I of course didn’t own, to make it work.  Now, I first turn to my already existing wardrobe where I edit, purge, and discover all my wardrobe can offer me.  Of course there is always a missing item (or five) that need to be purchased and added in for an update.  However, my shopping choices are now made with practicality, budget, and my lifestyle in mind.   Can’t say I’ll be rocking the very cute Miu Miu polka dot dresses to breastfeed in.  (Although they do don a half zipper right at the bust.  Hmm??)

Freeing myself of the one-up-manship of  trying to look cuter than everyone else in the mandatory blogger Zara skort and JCrew sequin tee…is well, just that.  Freeing.  I do not live by the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality.  I’m more of a why try and  beat ‘em, just do something different.  With an ever changing figure this season, I’m not exactly sure what my personal style will look like in the upcoming months.  The only think I do know, I plan to look like me and feel good doing it.

Photos sourced from some of my favorites: Motherhood Maternity, Old Navy, Nicole Bridger, Sam Edelman, J Crew, Joe Fresh, and H&M

 

 

In the summer months I pretty much live in dresses.  They are so simple, comfortable, and cool to wear.  I’ve been wanting a denim dress for a while now and was so excited when I found this one at H&M in their (very teeny) maternity section.  It’s still a bit big on me, but growing room is essential these days.  Plus, the roomier fit keeps it feeling cooler on our hot, sunny days.  It’s been perfect to wear working at home, for coffee (or tea) dates, and out running errands.  I love when I make smart purchases!

Almost 22 weeks

Dress: H&M (maternity), Bag: Scoop Pop-Up shop, Shoes: Army & Navy, Bracelets: Bfrend & Forever 21,  Necklaces: c/o Filou & The Cross and custom made gift

 

It’s taken me a while to find the perfect pair of printed pants…especially now with my new physique.  I have found most to be cut very slim through the hip giving me a not so flattering silhouette.  This pair I found at Asos.com in there maternity section.  They are so unbelievably comfortable.  So comfy in fact, I wore them on my roadtrip last Thursday.

Needless to say, our roadtrip was a bust.  With the devastating floods in Calgary and surrounding area, there was no way to make it to our final destination.  My heart goes out to all of those affected by the Alberta floods.  xo

Top: H&M maternity,  Pants: Asos maternity, Bag: Co-Lab, Necklace: Forever 21, Sandals: Steve Madden 

Photos by Melissa 

 

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