Gingham &Wine

Fall is here, and Houston is started to finally cool down.  Whenever fall finally arrives one of my favorite Pantone’s to use is wine.  Wine has been a consistent favorite for the past few years and I always get excited to incorporate it into my ward robe.

   

A great way to transition this dress into fall is to add a cute scarf/jacket, and pair it with some black tights.


  
I originally got this dress at Zara when I went to Germany in early September and I absolutely love it; it leaves me a lot of room for the growing baby bump. 🙂  Below I switched out my heels for some Tory Burch flats for extra comfort.



Thank you Charming Charlie for sponsoring this post.

Dress: Zara (Bought in Germany) Similar Here Heels: Cristian Siriano Similar Here Flats: Tory Burch Handbag: Charming Charlie Bracelet: Charming Charlie Necklace: Charming Charlie Similar Here

First Trimester Looks

Since finding out I was pregnant my body and emotions have definitely been on a roller coast ride.  There are days that I feel completely normal and others I feel like I am a whale and can’t fit into any of my normal clothes.  I remember freaking out and telling my husband, “This cannot be normal, do you think I am having twins, why do I look 5 months pregnant?”.  It wasn’t until I joined The Bump and Baby Center that I realized I was 100% not alone and what I was going through was completely normal.  Thank goodness!! 🙂

Below are some of the looks I would put together when I was out and about in my first trimester to help make the baby bump less noticeable.  One of the hardest parts is trying to keep it a secret for as long as you can because I literally didn’t want to tell any one, other than our families, the good news until I saw our doctor and got the “OK” after my 12 week checkup.  Not only is that hard, but it is almost impossible sometimes, especially at work lol.  Your co-workers see you 8+ hours a day, so I will always be thankful that have my own office so I can hid away when I wasn’t feeling my absolute best.

My Top 4 Pieces for the First Trimester

  1. Flowy Shirts
  2. Boyfriend Denim
  3. Shift/ Swing Dresses
  4. Maxi Skirts

 Flowy Shirt- These are completely essential during your entire pregnancy and I am so thankful that the loose flowy tops are all the rage right now.  Thankfully, I own so many that I won’t have to shop for many more of them.

Boyfriend Denim- The boyfriend denim allows you to still dress like your self, but give you the extra wiggle room in your jeans to be comfortable. 

  

Shift/Swing Dress- These are my absolute favorite because not only are they super comfortable and soft, they perfectly hide the little baby bump that continues to grow.

Maxi Skirt-  All hail the maxi skirt because it is always a crowd pleaser!! A recommendation is to get one that has tiny stripes/ prints going vertically; they really hid the look of a baby bump.      Be sure to look out for my Style The Baby series were I will have different ways to Style The Baby Bump from month to month. 🙂

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Elaine Turner 15th Anniversary Party

On Tuesday September 15th I was lucky enough to attend the 15th anniversary party for Elaine Turner.  Elaine Turner and her husband Jim co-founded Elaine Turner and launched the eponymous lifestyle brand in April 2000, starting with handbags. The goal was simple: use the language of design to create elegant, yet affordable, accessories that make women feel beautiful inside and out.

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The event was filed with great appetizers, wine, and mixed drinks for everyone who attended..luckily I was able to get some juice drinks instead. 😉IMG_3120 IMG_3128 IMG_3130

The product was gorgeous absolutely gorgeous!!! My favorite is below which is called the Celeste Top Handle/Backpack that you will read later on as a top trend focus for Elaine.  Not only does it come in 4 gorgeous styles/ fabrics and colors, but the versatility of the purse is amazing.

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Mid way through the evening we were then lucky enough to have Elaine Turner speak to us about her four key looks for the fall season.

  1. Modern Muse- Focusing on capes, fringe boots and black and white clutches
  2. Clad in Classic- All about the shift dress, over the knew boos and the most absolutely fabulous Celeste top handle/backpack that everyone was obsessed it
  3. Casually Cool- Tunics, booties and super cute satchels
  4. Femme Fatale- Bringing sexy to fall with fur, peep toe pumps and midi shoulder bags

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Thank you so much for having us Elaine and congratulations on an amazing 15 years!!IMG_4285 IMG_4288

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