Iffy by Melissa

Button-up: Madewell (similar) | T-shirt: Shade Clothing | Skirt: Madewell (similar) | Shoes: J.Crew (very similar!)
To be honest, I am not quite sure what I was thinking here. Was it “How many patterns can I fit in ONE outfit?” or “I am going to pick blindly from the closet and just put it on.” Maybe it was “I am going to be wearing camo for the next month – get in all other patterns while you still can.” Whatever it was, I still thought it was pretty fantastic till about half way through the day. Then it was more like, “What am I wearing?!?” Anyone else feel iffy about their outfit choices as the day ends?

27 Weeks: Baby Mamas

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black geometric necklace c/o Very JaneShade Clothing striped shirt, $16 (similar); Shade Clothing maternity t-shirt, $8 (similar); Forever 21 pants, $14 (similar); Target clog sandals (similar)

Not liking the harem-pant-look I’m getting from these pants.. If I hike it up any higher, Baby will protest and angrily kick all day so I had to low-ride them. Already, Baby = 1, Elaine = 0…..

I’ve been really into layering t-shirts since most of my shirts are too short. I liked seeing the looseness of the t-shirt under the shorter “fitted” shirt…though I don’t have any more “fitted” shirts…so…there’s that..

Anyway, I wore this a couple weekends ago when Chase and I met up with a reader/fellow baby mama and her adorable family. She offered to donate some clothes and toys to us!!! It was so nice to meet up with her and chat about all things baby-related, especially since she and her husband are more experienced than us! More importantly, they had a MASSAGE CHAIR. I could’ve sat there forever…
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Thank you, Shelia!!
Very Jane and I are giving away the exact necklace I’m wearing here! Two winners!!

How to Look Good in Mom-Shorts

Despite my past endeavor in trying knee-length shorts, I didn’t want it to be a one-time thing since I’m all about modesty or something. Here are three more looks with my mom-shorts:

I paired my gray shorts with my yellow striped top. I always thought gray and yellow looked great together. Then I added my blue sequin flats…because blue and yellow go together too. At the last minute, I threw on my pearl necklaces that you can’t see here but I really am wearing them.

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Gap Outlet tee, $7; Gap shorts, $11; Report sequin flats, $14; faux pearl necklace, $5; secondhand white necklace, $.75

That sweet husband of mine sure knows how to capture me at my prettiest. This is my favorite look of the three. The trick is to make sure the shirt is fitted to offset the loose shorts. I could have rolled up my sleeves but I thought with that and the shorts rolled up would make me look like I was on Gilligan’s Island. I added some black and gold to the mix to make it a classic look.

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secondhand NY&C shirt; F21 necklace, $8; thrifted belt, $1; Gap shorts, $11; flats from the Philippines, $7

I wore this yesterday. I like teals and blues with gray hues. I also like yellow with teals/blues. And you know I had to add sequins in…

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secondhand F21 tee, $7; yellow bauble necklace; Gap shorts, $11; F21 sequin flats, $5
Tips
  • Try shorts with a looser fit and roll up the hems.
  • Wear fitted tops.
  • Make it feminine – I added necklaces and sequins. Make sure your necklaces complement the neckline of your top too. For instance, you don’t want to wear a choker necklace with a top with a low neckline. Or if you do, that’s cool.
  • Pair your shorts with complementary colors…especially if you don’t want the focus to be on your bottom half. Need some help? Try Academichic’s color wheel for starters.

Gotchu Pants

tweeted these pants like a million years ago and they’re finally making their debut on the blog! Yes, they’re pants!!! Imagine my surprise when I tried on a “midi camel skirt” backwards and was about to turn it around until realizing the crotch wasn’t going anywhere. And that’s when I fell in love. They’re so outrageous I had to have them. I’ve been having an internal battle of whether I should hem them a couple inches or not.. Somebody tell me what to do!!!!!!1 Life or death!!!!!!!!1

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As well as a new fake-out skirt, I got new shoes. They remind me of Chloe’s bow pumps. I love the thick heel and the stitched detail on the back that you can’t see. They were a bit narrow for me when I got it so I wore them around our apartment with some thick slipper socks until I couldn’t feel my toes any more. If you try it, you may lose all feeling in your legs for a couple of days afterward, but it’s okay. I think it’s normal.
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Smile
Nothing is more classy than stripes and camel. Add red lipstick and you’re timeless…just like me. I followed the ol’ rule of wearing something fitted on top if it’s loose on the bottom. I don’t know if I can break that rule with these fake-out pants… What else could you wear with these?
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Love this picture
I’m wearing an Old Navy shirt ($12), vintage Anne Klein cropped pants ($6), and JCPeney beige pumps (free) with a vintage bag ($15).

Good Morning, America!

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…as my friend told me when I wore this to church on the 4th of July…vintage black earrings ($1), Old Navy striped shirt ($12), vintage red skirt ($6), and thrifted Nine West black heels ($3) with a vintage brown bag ($15). Did you wear the red, white, and blue on the 4th? You wore the Old Navy 4th of July shirts like everyone else, didn’t you? Because nothing is more patriotic than mass-produced 4th of July t-shirts that can and will only be worn once until tossed in the Goodwill pile.
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I’d also like to officially introduce my new bag to the five people who still read this blog. The tweet from my Twitter didn’t count. Isn’t it a beaut? I’m pretty sure I heard angels sing when I found it. If angels sound like screaming kids running around the thrift store, then yes. It’s not a famous or expensive brand or anything like that. Don’t worry. Chase already checked on eBay. I’m not even sure it was worth $15. I’m not sure if it’s even a bag.
There’s still a couple days left to enter to win this modest red dress! And there’s only one winner so better fight for it. Cookie bribes are acceptable as well. OMG, I almost typed brides.

Just got out of the slammer…

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I’m wearing a H&M sunglasses ($1), H&M striped shirt ($6), fringe necklace (c/o The Little Tiny), Forever 21 striped skirt ($7 – buy it!), and Fitzwell black flats ($75 – buy it!) with a vintage Gucci bucket bag ($3).

The debut of my “new” skirt! This is how I would dress if I were in prison. Fashionably and with some fringe. Oh, you like my necklace? This girl made it for me! We go waaaay back…like last year in Salt Lake City at church. I’ve been blog-stalking her ever since.. It’s not creepy because she has a cute baby. Or is it more creepy? I forget. What’s even more awesome than me being creepy is you can make your own fringe necklace!!! Check it.

P.S. What? Modest swimsuit giveaway?

Copy that Maxi, Cat

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My interpretation of this pin.

I’ll tell you my secret…
gray maxi skirt + loose striped shirt + long pendant necklace + brown belt + one foot peeking out = perfect Madewell maxi skirt copycat outfit

..but I’d still rather wear hers! ..especially with that gorgeous Belladona skirt!

Smiling is my favorite (except in the last picture)

My shoes came!!!! They’re a little tight and I think I’ll have to cut a toe off but they’re so worth it. The shirt fit like a grandma shirt and I don’t have time to go to the mall to return it so I guess I’ll just throw it away.

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Don’t you love that I wore blue and teal together? Chase didn’t. I think it makes my red shoes pop even more. That or my pasty Asian legs. Gotta represent.
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I’m wearing a JCPenney trenchcoat (free with gift cards), Old Navy shirt ($4), Tulle skirt (c/o Tulle), JCPenney shoes (free with gift cards), and JCPenney bag (free with gift cards).
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This outfit is like whatever

Mmm, didn’t really like this outfit. It may have to do with the fact that I had to untie my scarf-belt every time I went to the bathroom which is like every hour so it got pretty annoying fast. I’ve got to the point of just letting it hang loose. The scarf, sickos.

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And just in case you wanted to know weird and random and embarrassing stuff about me… Like this blog isn’t enough.

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I’m wearing secondhand Old Navy shirt (from Annie), yellow scarf (gift from Melissa), Anthropologie pants (free with gift cards), and Target clogs (gift from my in-laws).