So many of you have been expressing interest in my “bump”/maternity style, and I thought I’d give you a peek into what I’ve been wearing lately! Right now, I’m in that awkward phase of not-quite-big enough to wear maternity clothes, but also growing out of more than half of my spring & summer wardrobe. Both a sweet and annoying problem to have ;).
So lately, I’ve been wearing the HECK out of my maternity jeans and shorts, and adding comfy, loose tops with them. Button downs are hit or miss right now, as school is still in session and my classroom is a pretty active environment!
I didn’t get a good sideways shot of the bump, but it really is there, I promise! There are days when I wake up and think that I grew overnight, and other days I barely look pregnant, never mind that I’m 5 months today (woohoo, halfway there!).
While I’m sure I will “bump out” pretty soon, I’ll try to look on the bright side in that I can still wear regular clothes…Because I’m pretty sure that come October, I will want to even think about getting dressed!
And for some reason, I have been really drawn to anything with stripes. I’ve worn this grey sweater over and over again, my striped t-shirts have been getting lots of love….No idea why, but I’m really loving stripes lately!
I’m currently working on a post to share with you all what I’ve been adding to my closet for the summer–I’ve had LOTS of dresses and flowy tops on my mind, especially with the growing bump! But don’t worry—none of it is actually maternity, so stay tuned!
As many of you saw on Instagram two weeks ago, EXCITING things are happening in the Schoop house! I was only 14 weeks along when we took these photos (let’s just say that the blog decided to crash on me), and I am showing MUCH more now! I promise I’ll share my pregnancy story, soon, what the first trimester was like, how 2nd trimester is SOO much better, etc.
But can we just focus on the colors in this outfit??? Pink and blue have always been my favorite colors, but I have never been so in love with the pastel shades until Pantone announced them as the Colors of the Year! Not to mention they go with just about everything–I’ve paired different shades of light pink with grey, navy, black, white…and the Serenity Blue is just as versatile. I have been adding so many pink-hued pieces to my closet lately, I could almost wear pink everyday :D.
And can we talk about the awesomeness of white denim???? I have no joke been living in these jeans each week–as in, I wear them two or three times in a week. I probably should buy a second pair before I completely wear out this pair.
So you know how you make plans and do everything in your power to stick with them, including telling everyone about your plans in hopes that it will help you follow through–And you know how life always seems to throw a wrench into your plans? Stepping away from blogging unexpectedly (again) is just a small indicator of how my life has been turned upside down over the last several months. Not just little things, but very real, difficult, life-changing things that I promise to share very soon. It’s been a very long time coming, and even now I am struggling with how to pay appropriate attention to each one without oversharing, or make it seem like I’m begging for attention.
I also don’t enjoy being vague because it also seems like I’m begging for attention…Right now, it just isn’t possible to share about what has happened over the last several months in such a short post–But I do plan on sharing in the near future. Just know that I will probably be going and coming, sometimes regularly posting, and sometimes with unplanned absences. But I have NOT quit blogging, nor do I intend to. It truly is something I enjoy, and I plan on sticking with it!
So I finally purchased a pair of faux leather leggings a couple months ago, and I have not looked back since! For the last two years I’ve looked for a pair, but was always met with a high price tag, or they had a wear way of fitting me (too baggy in the knees, too tight in the waist, too long, etc.). And then Nordstrom had a pair drastically marked down during Black Friday, and I nabbed them. They are AH-mazing!! Super comfy, and WARM (I wore them about town during an all-day shopping excursion in Germany), and they are super great quality! I’ve worn them to work (music teacher), and surprisingly, they are very versatile as a work piece! And since leggings tend to be my pant of choice in the winter months (hello comfort!), I wanted to up my leggings game with something a little dressier. Pair them with wedges, tall boots, or heels, and you’ve got yourself a pretty versatile pair of pants! The real pockets on the back help them look more like pants and less like a pair of leggings, making them more work appropriate. FYI, they do run small, so size up one size from your normal pant size.
And let’s not forget about this cozy tunic sweater! Winter tends to be looong in the Bluegrass, and most days I prefer comfort to trendy. However, chic yet cozy sweaters are in abundance right now, and I’ve been stocking up like crazy! You can my favorites below.
Favorite Cozy Sweaters
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Thanks for stopping by, and for my friends that still read this blog of mine–you guys have been awesome in encouraging me to not quit. I always need the reminder that if I love what I do, then I should keep doing it, no matter what. It’s hard not to worry about what other people think. Will you think I’m stupid for trying to blog here and there? Does it look silly that I’m trying to teach and write a blog at the same time? What if my coworkers found out I write a fashion blog on the side, will they think I’m shallow?
If there’s one resolution I would commit to this year (January 30th, better late than never!), it’s to STOP WORRYING about what other people think. MAJOR. major. Humongous flaw of mine. I get so consumed with worry about what other people think, that I keep myself from trying new things, or continuing with something but still plagued by doubt. Not exactly a great way to live, always worried and filled with self-doubt!
I am so thankful for a husband who continually supports me, and encourages me to not worry about what other people think. I am very blessed to be surrounded by friends and family who support me in the same way.
So here we go, 2016, no more allowing people’s opinions to plague me with self-doubt. And yes, I am posting this here, in hopes that it will help me follow through. 🙂
What to do, what to do when it’s pushing 70 in the middle of December, but you want to stay festive? Break out the shorts…The tweed shorts. About every few years, the Bluegrass experiences a few days in December with unusually warm temperatures. I almost didn’t purchase this pair of shorts a few year ago, but I’m glad I did! I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of them, when the weather is on the chilly side, but too warm for full winter clothes. For my friends who are in warmer states like Florida and Texas, this outfit would be perfect for your warmer winter months!
This H&M plaid shirt is probably one of my favorites (H&M always has the best holiday plaid!). Unfortunately it’s sold out, but I did find a lookalike for under $40 here!
That’s all I have for now, but I’ve got more holiday outfits coming up this week so stay tuned!
Happy Last Workday of the week, everyone! I am very thankful that I have the rest of the week off this week, it’s one of the many perks of being a teacher! If you haven’t checked out the blog in awhile, be sure to take a peek at yesterday’s post–lots of sparkly holiday inspo for you!
I’m not sure about you, but I have been on a MAJOR white denim kick this fall! I’ve worn paired these jeans with a chunky gray poncho, festive Christmas sweater and plaid button down, riding boots, etc., And when I’m not wearing bright pops of red, I’ve been wearing a lot of soft neutrals like blush pinks and grays. This blush pink turtleneck was a no brainer when I tried it on in the store, it’s SO comfy!. I liked it so much, that I ended up purchasing also purchasing it in bright orchid! I just might pair it with pops of red for Valentines Day :D.
And can we talk about these ankle booties for a second?? As a teacher, comfortable shoes that I can move around in for eight hours is a MUST. Usually I avoid heels in favor of comfortable flats or my riding boots, but I decided to give the low-heeled ankle boots a try. I had read great reviews on this particular pair, and at under $60, they were too good to pass up! I wore them to work the day after receiving them, and I was comfortable the entire day. No pain, completely comfortable the entire day, and I received many compliments.
Fair warning, this outfit, or a variation of it, will be making lots of appearances in my Instagram feed–I am loving blush pink and white this season!
Happy Thanksgiving Week, friends! Cannot believe Thanksgiving is already upon us, and that Christmas is right around the corner. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing with you some holiday looks to help get you inspired this festive season. Lots of sparkles, plaid, and red to follow!
Sequins are always a classic holiday staple, whether it be for Christmas or New Year’s, I cannot resist having something sparkly in my outfit. Normally I lean towards gold sequins, but this silver sequin skirt really caught my eye. And if you all have been following along on Instagram, you all know I’ve been crushing hard on red this season! Aaaaand fair isle just so happens to be my Christmas pattern of choice, so it was a no-brainer to pair the skirt with this festive sweater I picked up last year from H&M. I think I might pair it with this light pink turtleneck for New Year’s Eve….
Stay tuned for more festive wear coming up, and as always,