Category Archives: Waters Wears

Waters Wears: Fourth of July

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I wore this outfit on the Fourth of July, which is also my husband’s birthday. His mom and stepdad took us out for lunch, and it was a lot of fun.

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This is a new necklace. It was a birthday gift from my best friend, Kelsey. It’s lovely and sparkly, and it’s my favorite, a butterfly.

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My husband took a few days off for vacation after his birthday, and the kiddo and I definitely enjoyed having him home with us for an extended holiday.

If you’re from the US, I sincerely hope you had a good Fourth. Much love, and God bless!

Wardrobe Plans

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There are these things called capsule wardrobes (you’ve probably heard about them, as keeping one is a pretty popular thing right now), where you basically pare down your wardrobe into a set number of pieces of clothing, and sometimes accessories, that coordinate. The idea is that these pieces can mix and match and all work together, all while keeping you from buying items that don’t coordinate with anything else you own and/or may never be worn. While I don’t have a capsule wardrobe, I was inspired to sit down and figure out what colors, patterns, and types of items I like. I made the visual list you see above over a year ago. It’s proven handy when considering clothing items to buy, and also helped inspire the colors and patterns I use in my crochet designs.

To start, I listed colors that I like and gravitate towards/want to own more clothing in. Then, I listed a few colors that either I look good in or others tell me I look good in but don’t wear as often. After that, I listed patterns I like – florals, stripes, paisley – and a few specific items of clothing or accessories I’d like to wear more often but never think to, or want to have on my “to buy” list when I budget money for clothing.

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Before my baby was born, I furthered this by making a plan for outfits I would wear after having the baby. It helped, and still helps, me to more carefully consider items when I’m out shopping, instead of just buying things because I like them.

As a work-from-home mom, for me, specifically, all items needed to fit the following criteria:

– easy to wear as a nursing mom
– comfortable for wearing around the house
– dressy enough that I could easily wear out to lunch with a friend/to look like an actual outfit and not just pjs

I started with a quick list of items that would work as a work/mom “uniform”, thenI made lists of items I had already and items I could be on the lookout for when shopping. I divided them by seasons (basically cold weather/warm weather).

Winter:
– longer sleeved tops
– leggings
– nice pajama/lounge pants
– socks
– nice houseshoes
– nursing-friendly sweaters and cardigans

Summer:
– tank tops, tees – some long and loose-fitting
– nice lounge shorts – loose, comfortable, nice enough to wear out
– sweatshorts
– lighter socks

Look For:
– v-neck tees, long-sleeved
– v-neck tees, short-sleeved (all long and loose)
– long, stretchy tank tops, lower necklines
– comfy, discreet nursing tops
– nice houseshoes
– lounge pants and shorts with pockets
– nursing bras and camisoles

Breaking things down like this really helped me to not be overwhelmed when shopping for nursing-friendly, postpartum clothing and still helps me when shopping now and am deciding on whether items are worth it by reminding me of colors and patterns I like. I’m starting to develop a wardrobe that I really like, with items that I pull out of my closet to wear often. I’d definitely encourage anyone to sit down and make their own lists.

Waters Wears: Flowy Blue

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It’s been a WHILE since I’ve done an outfit post. ‘Bout time I get back to them. I love this top, and the other day I was able to wear it again since we had a colder day in the midst of summery temperatures.

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It’s a pretty great shirt for breastfeeding, and can even kind of double as a cover, but I also just like how flowy and relaxed it is.

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After having these Minnetonka boots and really liking them, I got these softsole ankle boots from them, and I think I might love them. I just love the way they look, and seeing what I can wear them with. I’ve not really been a fan of ankle height boots before once they’re on me, but these are super comfortable. Since they’re softsole, you do have to be careful wearing them if it’s raining, even if you’ve weatherproofed them, but I haven’t had any problems yet.

Waters Wears: Easy Summer

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Sometimes, you get a piece of clothing, and when you wear it, you realize how you love it. This top is one of those pieces.

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From Motherhood Maternity, I ordered it when they were having an online clearance sale. Right now, I’m trying to get maternity items that will fit me until the end of my pregnancy. I ordered this in a medium based on Motherhood’s sizing chart, but almost got a large, since I had never gotten any tops from them before and was worried a medium might be too small to wear all the way through these last few months. But the size medium is fine, with plenty of space and length to grow into! On top of that, it’s comfortable, and I’ll probably wear it because of that after the baby is here, too.

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I know I wear this necklace and ring a lot lately, but the necklace pendant has always been a favorite of mine, and I’m just on a kick of wearing this ring lately. Maybe part of it has to do with the fact that I can’t wear my wedding band right now due to swelling and my husband bought me this ring, so it’s kind of a compromise, I don’t know.

I also love wearing this style of tennis shoes with about anything. Although they don’t have a lot of support.

This outfit is just an easy summer style – really laidback, really comfortable and cool for the heat.

Top: Motherhood Maternity
Shorts: Liz Lange Maternity
Shoes: Faded Glory
Necklace: vintage Sarah Coventry
Ring: from a shop at a festival

Waters Wears: Tied T-Shirt

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I had intentions of getting outdoor pictures of this outfit since it’s been a LONG time since I’ve had outfit pictures outside of my house on this blog, but alas, we’ve had rain since this morning.

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I saw another pregnant lady wearing this style, and I thought it was great. Wear a skirt or dress and tie your pre-belly tees at empire waist level. Gives you a way to continue wearing them throughout even the later months of pregnancy.

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I’m still figuring out how to put together outfits as this pregnancy progresses, but though it feels a little rocky at points, I think I’m getting there. Trying to figure out ways to wear as much as I can from my normal wardrobe, while buying mostly maternity items that will also work after the baby is born.

Shirt: Faded Glory
Dress: old
Shoes: Faded Glory
Ring: gift from my husband
Necklace: several colors available here

Overalls: After

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Over a year ago, I made a post about patching these overalls and took some before pictures. Well…obviously my plan to fix them up didn’t happen as soon as I thought it would. But I finally patched them up enough to be satisfied the other day.

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The fabric I used is some I have leftover from making gifts for my bridesmaid for my wedding, nearly three years ago. I just glued it in using fabric adhesive

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I crocheted up some quick flowers and sewed them on.

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The hole in the back pocket, now patched! No catching my fingers in it while trying to use it anymore.

Sadly, I’m not able to wear these right now with the growing belly and hips, but at least they’ll be ready for me when I can.

Waters Wears: Brown Blouse

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Yay for loose, flowy/too-big blouses I already had in my wardrobe from before pregnancy! I love wearing fitted tops while pregnant, but this type of blouse gives a different look option. And it’s also pretty comfortable.

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I’ve worn basically this outfit, this blouse and these shorts, a couple times now.

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Still loving these shorts – I’ve mentioned before that maternity shorts tend to be looser at the cuff, and I also just like the length. And I always like the look of shorter shorts with longer, looser blouses.

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Look at that bump. The past few weeks, baby has had a major growth spurt, and I officially feel like I look pregnant; I mean I’ve felt that way for a while now, but I feel like now I’m at the point of, “There is no doubt she’s pregnant no matter what she wears.” kinda thing. Like before, it was like, yes my belly is bigger, but now I look like a full-blown pregnant lady.

I’m also finally feeling strong kicks and movements. Kinda’ crazy, kinda’ cool.

Blouse: Mossimo, but very old
Shorts: Liz Lange Maternity at Target
Flats: Faded Glory
Ring: unknown
Necklace: vintage Sarah Coventry locket and separate chain

Spring Green

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A quick confession of sorts – I originally wore this outfit a few weeks ago, when the belly was a bit smaller, but didn’t have time to get pictures then. I’m getting pictures now because it’s a type of outfit that I should be able to recreate with various pieces throughout my pregnancy. Basically a skirt with the waist positioned as an empire waist; above the belly, with a tank top or shirt underneath.

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Other than that, I was really pleasantly surprised with how the color combinations of this particular outfit wound up; the colors in the floral skirt seem to make the light green of the shirt pop, and all the colors compliment each other really well.

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Long, gathered skirts, it’s no surprise, work really well over a growing belly, as they give room and length, and so can be worn even as weeks progress and the belly gets bigger and bigger. And it’s a plus that it allows me to be able to wear a skirt, and probably some shirts, that I already had before being pregnant.

The weather has been pretty hot here most days, with blocks of heavy thunderstorms in between. Hope the weather has been kind wherever you are!

Tanktop: Liz Lange Maternity at Target
Skirt: old
Shoes: Faded Glory
Necklace: old, probably Sarah Coventry

Long Lost Outfit

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So I was pregnant in these pictures, but I didn’t know it yet. ;) These pictures never got uploaded back then, but I really liked this outfit, so I figured I’d go ahead and post them now.

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My husband got me this ring from a cool booth at a local Highlands festival a few years ago. I wish I could remember their company name, but I can’t.

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I love high-waisted things, and these jeans turned out to be pretty comfy.

Hope you have a beautiful day!

Top: given; old
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Faded Glory
Necklace: made by me, find it at Waters Wares
Ring: from a booth at a local festival several years ago.

Summer Attire

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Whew, long time no see to this little blog. Due to the fact that hubs and I are pregnant, and I basically sat out anything blog and social media related during the first trimester. I had no morning sickness, but the changing hormones exacerbated my hypoglycemia, and that along with the extreme tiredness led to those weeks being more about surviving, haha.

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This type of outfit, t-shirt, shorts, has already become a pretty typical outfit for summer, for me. There’s really nothing special about it, except that the pieces are maternity and that it’s pretty comfortable. Usually, I lean toward wearing tank tops in the summer, but while I do have a few of those, shirts with sleeves help protect against the sunburn that my skin is even more prone to while pregnant.

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I don’t know why, but I’ve also just always loved the look of maternity shorts; they tend to be a little bit looser at the cuffs. And I always like a nice striped shirt.

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I’m trying to get back into the swing of capturing outfits and posting things. It’s been interesting adjusting what I wear to the needs of a fast-growing belly, because it seems like the clothing that works well changes almost day to day. I’m trying to use items I already own in creative ways or for as long as I can and not buy too many clothes I’ll only wear for a few months, while giving in and buying several basics that will hopefully last me at least a good chunk of the way through my pregnancy. I guess we’ll see how it goes. :)

T-shirt: Liz Lange Maternity, at Target
Shorts: Liz Lange Maternity, at Target
Flats: old

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