Seeing Stripes

Blissful Outfits - 10 Blissful Outfits - 11 Blissful Outfits - 13 photos via Kelsey Erin Photography | [shirt] Audrey from Mimi & Red [tank] Lizard Thicket [jeans] JBrand maternity [scarf] Urban Outfitter [loafers] old Shoemint, I'm digging this pair!

I am the strange type of person who loves fashion yet craves comfort. It's a delicate balance… And now that not much of my clothing denim fits, thanks Baby, I am finding it more complicated to dress stylishly without resorting to exclusively wearing yoga pants. I refuse! So here's one things folks don't tell you about being preggs. You think oh, I'll just wear my normal clothes until BAM I'm a cute little mama rocking maxi dresses and friggin' elastic waistbands. Lies. There's the dreaded in-between where it just looks like straight up muffin top! You can still mostly button your skinny jeans, but as the hours pass they get tighter and tighter, by noon you have to unbutton them to eat and by 4pm, forget that shit, you are having to unbutton your pants just to stand. TO STAND. WTF!!?! So I found that at around the 3 month mark, I had given up on about 90% of my pants/shorts. Note: I can still rock my Paige Jimmy Jimmy boyfriend jeans[they are on sale], I love them!! They say you can tie a hair tie around your button and keep your wardrobe longer… I couldn't do it. They also make something called a belly band, but I haven't read overwhelmingly positive reviews on any of them. Honestly, I'm like, dude, give it up, your pants don' t fit. You're growing a human, it's allowed! Buy a pair of maternity jeans** already!

I find that dealing with the is she pregnant or did she just eat a MASSIVE burrito stage is to wear huge flowy tops, see here, here, here, and here. Luckily, I adore baggy tops, so I am hoping to get through the majority of pregnancy without purchasing many "maternity" items. Much like everyday, if you are going to wear baggy loose tops, you MUST pair them with a skinny bottom! Those proportions will keep you from feeling frumpy!

Blissful Outfits - 16 Blissful Outfits - 17**I gave in and bought a pair of J Brand maternity skinnies and I think they are brilliant. I was looking into the side cutout maternity pants, but found that I really preferred the full panel. It feels like it's sucking everything in which I love! It's all personal preference. They are astronomically expensive so definitely check out eBay before your fork over so much $$$. I am looking at them as an investment, I will live in these jeans for nearly 9 months and hell, I now have a solid pair of Thanksgiving pants for LIFE. #Winning

Vintage Love

vintage-leather-style-fashion-shoemint-midiskirt-skirt-midi-gold-chambrayvintage-leather-style-fashion-shoemint-midiskirt-skirt-midi-gold-chambray vintage-leather-style-fashion-shoemint-midiskirt-skirt-midi-gold-chambrayHow brilliant is the skirt!? It's my first "vintage" piece of clothing and it couldn't be more on trend. I can't wait to rock it at a holiday party, but for now I will just enjoy it with two of my favorite basics! Chambray and silver pumps, BOOM! If you are in San Diego you must check out G Street Gypsy in the East Village downtown. Totally worth the trip and bonus, they have a pet pig!! I'm also a little obsessed with my new rings from Etsy, one of them is from the seller Betsy and Iya and I am in love, everything down to the packaging is just fabulous!! Can't say enough great things! They have interesting pieces at great prices!! I will definitely be a repeat customer. I'm currently digging this piece and this one... these too.

vintage-leather-style-fashion-shoemint-midiskirt-skirt-midi-gold-chambray vintage-leather-style-fashion-shoemint-midiskirt-skirt-midi-gold-chambrayPhotos courtesy of Kelsey Erin Photography |[chambray] banana [skirt] vintage, similar [shoes] shoemint, similar [rings]  midi -  middle

Gold Spray Paint Makes the World Go 'Round

DIY-Coasters-prettyI have this friend, Emily, who thinks you can fix any unsightly home good with gold spray paint. And you know what? I can't argue with that. Gold is the tits. I wanted a new coaster set because the picture coasters [you know you have at least one set hiding in your house] from my wedding weren't quite meshing with my 2013 design sensibilities. Cue Em, "Spray paint that shit gold?" Okay, she didn't say that at all, but it's funnier that way. So she took my coaster holder thingy and sprayed it a matte gold. In my mind she keeps a secret locker full of gold spray paint so she's always prepared just in case something needs a quick spraying. DIY-Paper-Coaster-GoldI removed the beer bottle labels that The Captain had lovingly removed from the picture inserts and added super cute scraps of paper I had in my paper box. Yes, yes. I have a paper box. I have a weakness for expensive and pretty paper. Such a weird obsession because honestly what do you do with a stack of pretty paper? Well I put it in my picture coasters. BOOM. 10 points to Gryffindor for using shit you already have in your house! I'm a virtual budget diy pioneer. Okay, I'm getting carried away. I shouldn't have had that 2nd chai latte. Well here's the finished product! Super easy, super cheap, and  looks tres chic.