One year ago I set a goal for myself to start a blog and keep it active for a full year. I’m happy to be able to say I met that goal. I wasn’t sure what the blog would turn into, but several followers, tweets, likes and pins, it turned into a bigger success than I had ever anticipated. When I found out I was pregnant I instantly thought I would transform the blog to a maternity clothing focus. I think I managed to post a couple of times since then. I am loving pregnancy and loving my new collection of maternity fashion, but the blog process is a bit exhausting. I would usually take pictures when I got home from work and before I changed into my comfy clothes for the night. Lately I change the second I get home into workout clothes or lounge clothes and then I realize I forgot to take any photos. Pregnancy brain! That said, I have decided that accomplishing my goal was a great feat and I have some new goals for 2014 that I want to focus on. Putting the blog on hold is a good decision for me (although I will likely come back to it post baby). Thank you to everyone who has continued to read and contact me through the past 12 months. I really appreciate your interest and I hope to be back on here in the near future!
It has been beyond freezing in Calgary for the past 2 weeks. Staying warm with a bun in the oven requires lots of layers and I love the look of a poncho & a pregnant belly. Mixing a solid with a pattern underneath helps to add a bit of interest. I also like the look (and feel) of something a bit tighter underneath a bulky sweater. I’ve also converted 100% to maternity bottoms now. Black tights are a staple for me and so easy and comfortable to wear. For really cold days, look for ones that have a bit of fleece lining to keep your legs warm. I haven’t had too much ankle swelling yet, but comfy warm boots like these ones by Pajar or a pair of classic Uggs will be well worn by me in the months to come.
On another maternity fashion note (not shown here) – outerwear became a problem for me pretty quickly as my warmest parka just wouldn’t do up over the boobs and belly. Maternity stores don’t have the best options for really warm jackets so I went to one of my favourite spots and just bought a large size with lots of room to grow. I plan on consigning items like this post-baby so the investment can be recouped (to some degree).
Burnt orange poncho: Pea in the Pod
Striped tshirt: Pea in the Pod
Black maternity tights: David Lerner
Winter moccasin boots: Pajar Canada
Well if you can believe it, I had to layer up in Phoenix. We’ve been here for about a month now and the first 3 weeks were warm and beautiful. Overnight, the weather changed and we saw rain and low temps. (By the way, rain in Phoenix is a top news story here….they go into total shock when they see water falling from the sky for 2 days). While at a Pearl Jam concert, we were lucky enough to win a draw for hockey tickets to see the PHX Coyotes. That meant a cozy and comfy outfit. I layered up starting with my new favourite maternity tights paired with a striped sweatshirt from Target. (Target in the States has way better maternity selection and is very reasonably priced). I layered with my pre-pregnancy jean jacket, a warm infinity scarf and some Chuck Taylors to complete the look. This is how I do casual maternity 🙂
Black maternity tights: David Lerner
Striped maternity sweatshirt: Liz Lange Maternity for Target
Jean jacket: J.Crew
Infinity scarf: J.Crew
Runners: Converse Chuck Taylors
I want to thank my readers for your questions and comments about where I’ve been hiding. I do have an explanation for my slight disappearance over the last month (and a bit). After some hard work 🙂 , my husband and I are finally pregnant and so thrilled! I had been working with my existing wardrobe for as far as I could take it without it looking too obvious, but I started showing quite early on and have recently made the leap into the world of maternity clothes. That said, the blog will be switching gears slightly and focussing on how to dress this ever changing body. So far, I’m loving being pregnant and have been pretty lucky in terms of avoiding too many terrible symptoms. Up until this point, I have been wearing a lot of tights, boots and sweaters. I’ve been using belly bands to still wear my pre-pregnancy jeans but they’re not always the most comfortable. I don’t like clothes you have to fuss too much with, which is why I’m starting to invest in some great maternity pieces. I feel that a pregnant body is a beautiful body and fashion does not need to be sacrificed. We are spending some time in the States right now which means GOOD SHOPPING. Stay tuned for an evolution of Wear to From Here over the next few months. Thanks for sticking around.