Hi, everyone! :) I hope everyone is having a fab weekend. I am recovering from my week of teaching the girls. It is ridiculous that I need to recover, but by Friday I could tell my pregnant body was not taking the constant up and down and running around as well as I had hoped. I think it would have been easier had I, upon returning home, not had young kids to take care of, but I know that is what I signed up for. LOL. Mr. Dina has been great, though, letting me sleep more and in general just allowing me to take my time and relax. (Yay!)
Okay, so I totally am smooshing day four and five together, but for a good reason. One, I don't want to bother with two posts and two, I sort of was disappointed by day four's look, so I want to start with a more positive note, which is my look for day five.
My day four look appears okay in the photos, but trust me when I say it wasn't exactly pregnancy friendly. By the end of the day I was actually in pain. I suffered for fashion. Chortle.
Day five was far more pregnant friendly AND it was high fashion enough and comfortable enough to allow me to make it through the crazy that runway day entails.
So we will start there, okay?
Stella Dress, which I did a review of here (and if you use in conjunction with my current sidebar coupon you can get sent to you with free ship--no 15% off sale items, but free ship and returns nonetheless). I was super glad that I had this dress in the house because the dress I had intended to wear, the Anthropologie Flickering Slip Dress did not do up at the bustline. Turns out Gus riding so high has messed up the measurement of my underbust, so instead of that being my smallest measurement, it is now an inch bigger and means that the baby doll frocks won't work until he decides to "drop." I am stoked that it fit over the belly, but if I can't do the zipper all the way up, it ain't happening for school. ;) Next year, though, you had better believe I am going to wear it.
The boots are the Charley Shearling Wedge boots. Really, these are sort of insane for me to own, but the unusual look combined with wedge heels and the added warmth of shearling drew me in. The 30% off deal I got when purchasing them also helped, to be honest. Worth it at the 30% off, not so much at the full price. Those of you who read this blog post know that I had initial issues doing up the back of the boot (where the zipper is). I am glad to report that after wearing them multiple hours on Friday, they do up perfectly, and have stretched exactly to the right size.
The necklace is a Diana P. original. I reviewed the handmade piece in this blog post. The colors worked exactly right with the dress.
The boots are a size 9.5, which is my exact size in J. Crew shoes. Remember if you need extended calves on your boots, these will probably not work for you unless you take them to a cobbler and have him or her stretch the calves for you.
I rarely wear boots with dresses, but I am glad I did that day. The boots held up well, looked chic, and were pretty darn comfortable. I also loved being able to pet the suede of the boot. Super soft.
Now onto the fashion folly of the fertile.
Dress: J. Crew Factory Madeline Dress in hot pink. This was a wonderful dress in fall 2008 that the factory stores replicated in 2009. I was super-excited to find it at Mint Condition, our local consignment shop. I also am psyched because if it fits at 7 months pregnant in a size 8, it will for sure fit at not pregnant. ;)
Shoes: J. Crew Coralie Patterned Heels. Um, ow. Ow. By the end of the day not only did the dress feel wrong, but these shoes WERE KILLING me. They are a 9.5 and fit, but the toe box is not especially pliant, so I have a feeling others probably have the same experience. Misery loves company. ;)
Turtleneck: J. Crew Tissue Turtleneck, Size Medium (few years old version). Best part of the outfit, hands down.
Tights: Assets, Size 3. Also fairly comfortable.
Okay, all that's it for my week as a fashion teacher. It was a lot of fun, and recovery has been fantastic. ;)
Later today or tonight I will publish a post with my picks from Boden's spring line that I hadn't noticed the first time Boden sent out their spring preview. Lots to love!