I ❤️ Nautical

If you know me well, you might know this one thing about me.

I absolutely love nautical themed everything.

Actually, my favorite structured dress is a blue and white striped dress.  And because I recently squeezed myself into this somewhat tiny, prepregnancy dress, I wanted to share my thematic obsession.


This is the first time that I’m wearing this dress post pregnancy! I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to fit this *small* dress again. But ::whew::, I made it! Side note, Ava’s dress is striped as well, haha.


This dress is from Ann Taylor The Loft. I found a similar dress here. Shoes are Valentino and can be found here.  Similar shoes here, here, and here!


My favorite watch is a nautical themed watch.


This watch is by my fav watch company, La Mer. A good friend of mine introduced me to them. I like them because they specialize in wrap watches and take the guesswork out of how to stack your “armwear.” Similar watch here.

My favorite fitted blazer is…you guessed it…nautical themed.


This fitted blazer though…literally gives me life. And I love when it is chilly enough to wear it. Then I can bust out my ingrained NY combination: boots, blazer, jeans, & scarf. You just can’t lose. Jacket (kind of old) is from H&M. Similar blazers here, here, and here.

There is something so classic about a nautical inspired outfit. And there are so many ways to “nautical-ize” your outfit, from a watch, a jacket, or a pair of slacks. Usually bllue & white stripes will do the trick.

Now that I’ve shared my obsession, do you have your own style craze? What is your go-to theme?

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Faux leather maternity leggings

Being pregnant can really suck the energy out of me, even in the 2nd trimester (which is supposed to be better than the 1st trimester, but that’s pure lies!). Even getting out of bed or doing basic chores can feel like insurmountable tasks on some days. It goes without saying that my typical evening calendar has been quite light, consisting of doggy & hubby cuddle time on the couch, while watching episodes of Family Feud. 

But every so often, an event will inspire me to get off my tush and to find energy from the deepest reserves in my soul–to party like a pre-pregnant woman. One such event was the Beyoncé & Jay-Z “On the Run” concert.


Image from Beyonce.com

Now, you can’t just wear any old thing to a Beyoncé & Jay-Z concert.  Oh no, you need to find something that you can run upstage and be a backup dancer in (you know, just in case Beyoncé calls you up…).  A Bellaband wasn’t going to cut it this time. My friend and I debated outfits for weeks prior to the concert.  So this is what this pregnant mama (me) settled on for the concert.  

After a thorough search of my favorite maternity websites (favorite…a loose term), I settled on two items from Asos. A black top and faux leather leggings (both in maternity cuts).  


Images from US Asos website

The leggings were perfect.  The additional soft fabric that rose over my tummy (see pics below) allowed for extra breathing room and space for my bump.  The shirt, however, was a different story.  The top wasn’t flattering at all.  I didn’t return it though. I think that it will be a great shirt for the last months of pregnancy when my stomach is larger. 

Instead of wearing the top that I ordered, I settled for an old, pre-pregnancy flowy top that I got from Target (of all places).  It has two layers, one of which billows gently around my tummy. Add some heels & makeup, and I mentally transformed myself into Bey!  “I’m ready for you girl!”


Needless to say, the concert was fantastic.  I danced and sang along with my friends and husband.  But I must say that one of the most rewarding parts of the show was feeling my little baby girl kicking and moving around to the different songs (which in my mind, I interpret as in utero dancing).  That’s my little girl! 🙂

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A belt and a band


I really love clothes. And when I found out that I was pregnant, I have to be honest, I was super excited about buying a new wardrobe to show off my impending bump!

But my plan encountered a few hiccups…

First, I didn’t get a bump for a loooooooooooong time. Some semblance of a bump didn’t start to emerge until I reached five months (like two seconds ago). And even still, it just looks like I have awful gas or over ate (both of which might be true at any given moment). Even now, my bump still doesn’t really justify a new wardrobe.

Second, I don’t really like maternity clothes. They either look too matronly or are extremely costly.

Third, a lot of the cute stuff goes quickly! I really like Asos, but all the sassy stuff goes fast. When I look for clothes, I look for a certain amount of sexiness & style. But I’m hard-pressed to find those qualities in maternity clothing.

So what is a girl to do? Work with what I’ve got.

I started to look online for suggestions on repurposing pre-pregnancy clothing:

“When the tummy starts to pop and tops just don’t cut it, layer on a Bellaband to split the difference. The seamless knit band also hides unbuttoned pants or holds up those maternity jeans that are still a bit big.”


“As your waistline has at least temporarily migrated north your waistband should follow suit. Belt your dresses and skirts at the narrow empire valley. Dresses in stretch ready knits can follow the fluctuations of your form to birth and beyond.”


So before a night out with hubby, I grabbed a silky top & black jeans (from The Limited), a skinny belt, and a Bellaband. The last two were crucial. Without them, I looked like a tent with ill-fitting jeans. When I belted my shirt, I magically had a waist and added shape to my figure. With the Bellaband, I was able to still wear my favorite jeans that fit everywhere but the waist. The band helps keep jeans up when they don’t button (where were they when I wasn’t pregnant?).

A Bellaband, available at Ingridandisabel.com

The end result allowed me to wear my cute pre-pregnancy clothes, to maintain my sass, and to keep some money in my purse!