Casual Maternity Outfit: Polka Dots and White Jeans

casual maternity look; pregnancy style; simple top knot

This is a casual, comfortable maternity look that I put together a couple of weeks ago.  For those curious, I was between 17-18 weeks pregnant in these shots.  My bump had definitely popped!

I am in love with Asos maternity t-shirts.  I have 3 so far, but I may have to purchase some others.  This polka dot one is a much bolder pattern than I typically wear, but once I put this maternity outfit together, I loved it.

 

maternity style; white jeans outfit

(This is my parents’ beautiful home. All photos are by Andi Perullo).

maternity style; white jeans and polka dots

 

The jeans are not maternity (I’ve been using the hair tie trick), but they are still really comfortable.  They were a J. Crew Factory find.  My mom found these shoes at the Gap outlet recently.  I listed some similar ones (at great prices) below.

casual maternity outfit; white jeans and polka dots

Let’s talk about this backpack… if I find something I love, I tend to use it over and over and over again.  This bag fits into that category!  I think I may have posted the link in a previous post, but I’ve added the link below as well.  Asos for the win! faux leather backpack; maternity look, white jeans and polka dotsfaux leather backpack; maternity white jeans outfit

And the details: Todd and Davis gave me this petite Daniel Wellington watch with rose gold for Mother’s Day, and it is perfect for casual, warm weather looks.  I know I’ve posted this bracelet before, but here is the link to the shop again.  Mine has my son’s birthday and name. My cuff is old from Forever 21, but I found an almost identical one.

daniel wellington watch, engraved name bracelet

A messy top-knot is a must for busy moms, especially in the humidity of the South!

brunette hair updo

 

polka dot maternity t-shirt | white jeans | sunglasses | backpack | shoes (similar, similar, similar) | watch | cuff (similar) | engraved bracelet | nail polish

 

 

 

 

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Dressing the Bump with Pink Blush + A Giveaway!

UPDATE: The winner of the Pink Blush giveaway is Stacie Meiburg! Congratulations, Stacie! A gift card will be emailed to you!!! Thank you all for commenting and participating! 

All of you mamas and soon-to-be mamas know how difficult it can be to stay stylish during pregnancy.  I have had my emotional moments, standing in our closet, without a clue what to wear – or what will even fit!  (Literally shedding tears…isn’t that absolutely ridiculous?!  I should just be thankful, but some days I am a hormonal mess!  Keeping it real around here.) Anyway…I am currently 18 weeks, but since this is my second, my bump is out!
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It was a relief to find Pink Blush Maternity, because they offer cute, chic, comfortable, stylish maternity AND nursing clothing that won’t break the bank.  For example, this ivory cutout tunic is swoon-worthy!  They also have non-maternity clothes that are really cute.  And I have some really great news…Pink Blush is offering one of my readers a $75 gift card!  I posted the giveaway details at the bottom of this post, as well as on instagram.

red maternity dress outfit; pregnancy style; 17 weeks pregnant bump
dressing the bump; red maternity dress; 17 weeks pregnant bumpred maternity dress outfit

The red is unexpected, but it immediately stood out to me!  As soon as I tried it on, I felt a confidence boost.  I will be able to wear it comfortably for months to come.  If you’re not a red person, it comes in 5 other colors.

For this outfit I wanted something that could work for spring, cooler summer nights, and even into fall.  This dress would be appropriate for church, as a wedding guest, for your baby shower, a night out with the girls, or a date night!  Every couple should go on a fancy date before the baby comes, in my humble opinion. Babymoon, anyone?!

I paired the red dress with a wooden bead necklace (similar), my favorite heeled sandals (similar, too), and an embroidered clutch that I borrowed from my mom’s closet (similar). My nails are my current favorite OPI polish.

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This post was brought to you in partnership with Pink Blush.  All opinions are my own. 

Giveaway details:

  • Follow me on instagram (you can also enter the giveaway there!) or follow Seven Layer Charlotte here or through bloglovin’
  • Leave a comment on my blog or instagram, and tag friends if you’d like
  • I will include everyone who comments and follows and will randomly choose a winner this Friday! Giveaway will close at noon on Friday. Stay tuned early next week for the news.
  • Those who have won a Pink Blush giveaway in the last 3 months are not eligible to win.

Thank you, everyone!!! I am excited to host this contest!

 

 

 

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Charleston Trip and Restaurant Recommendations

Thanks to my parents who kept Davis and Kenan, and our sweet friends and hosts, Patrick and Maureen, we were able to spend a wonderful weekend in Charleston!  Todd had been traveling for work since last Sunday.  First he went to Arizona, then to Charleston. I met him there on Friday, and we spent some time with our friends who we hadn’t seen in a while.  Todd’s co-worker’s wedding was there on Sunday, so it was a perfect weekend to combine that with a getaway.

On Friday our friends took us to dinner at Red Drum in Mt. Pleasant.  We each had fish dishes, and they were delicious!  Maureen and I are both 18-19 weeks pregnant, so we called it an early night. :)

Patrick took us kayaking and paddle boarding on Saturday morning.  Those are some of mine and Todd’s favorite activities, so we were in heaven!  The weather and conditions were beautiful, and it was such a relaxing time.  I spent a few minutes silently talking to God and thanking Him for allowing us this life that we love so much.

kayaking in Charleston, SC

So far, bikinis are more comfortable than one-piece bathing suits, so I’m just rocking the bump! 

Later that day we grabbed lunch and headed to the beach!  It was plenty hot to sit on the beach, and we even swam in the water.

weekend trip to Charleston, SC

He may not appreciate me posting this, but it’s too good not to. ;) 

That night Todd and I went on a date to The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island, and then out on King St for ice cream at Jeni’s (our first time) and a cocktail (water for me) at Macintosh.  I will never ever be bored with dating my husband!

Flash-Fried Shishito Peppers with Chipotle Dip; Brussels with Farro (I skipped the farro); (gluten free) Short Rib Pasta – all so delicious!

Jeni's Ice Cream

From left-right: Salty Caramel; Brown Butter Almond Brittle; Bourbon Salted Pecan; Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk

Sunday morning involved brunch at Poogan’s Porch, and a walk around downtown Charleston and the Battery.  It was our first time eating at Poogan’s Porch, and it was a fun experience.  The restaurant is charming, and overall the food and drinks were yummy!  I had a vegetable frittata with fennel topped with a baby kale salad, with a side of grits.  Todd had the chicken and waffles, which looked amazing.

18 weeks pregnant bump picture; brunch in Charleston

18 weeks pregnant; Charleston trip

We couldn’t stop mentioning how perfect the weather felt!

Todd’s co-worker was getting married that afternoon, which is one of the main reasons we made the trip.  Her wedding was outside beside the water, and it was very picturesque.  If you’re looking for a wedding or event venue around Charleston, it was the Creek Club at I’On in Mt. Pleasant.

wedding attire for wedding; 18 weeks pregnant

my dress (only $52, and also comes in patterns and a creamy white)

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I also wore this ring from Asos all weekend – I’m kind of obsessed

wedding at Cross Creek Club in Charleston, SC

wedding at Cross Creek Club in Charleston

We arrived back home around midnight last night, and finally got to see our favorite boy bright and early this morning!  As much as we loved the time away together, we truly missed Davis!

Wish List / In My Cart

Thank the lord for online shopping.  Am I right?!  I currently have some wish list items for the home, gifts, and my closet, plus some items I’ve recently purchased that I wanted to share. This is quite a random list!

First of all, how cute is this front door mat?  I love it, and am planning to purchase it soon. We don’t have a mat for our front door, and we wanted something welcoming and whimsical.

front door mat from West Elm

I have to confess, I am really not ready to purchase too many maternity clothing items.  But I can barely fit into my jeans and shorts.  So my plan is to wear dresses all summer!  This plan may not work, but I am going to attempt it for now.  Old Navy had half off all of their dresses over the weekend, and I purchased several in a size up.  Most of their dresses are marked down, plus you can take an additional 30% off your purchase!

white flutter sleeve dresswhite dress from Old Navyshort sleeve chambray shirt dress

I am really crushing on these bags from Asos.  They could make cute Mother’s Day or birthday gifts, too!  The back pack is one that I may have to pull the trigger on.  I am currently using a purse from about 3 years ago that is seriously worn out!  How cute would that pineapple pouch be to add to a beach bag?  It would be perfect for keys, lip gloss, and your phone! The floral embroidered one is more than I would pay, but it is just so pretty that I had to include it. I LOVE the pom pom detail on the colorful bag – fitting for the beach or pool.

back pack | pineapple clutch | tassel clutch | floral clutch | beach bag

I am on the hunt for a statement ring to wear on my right hand.  That isn’t terribly expensive. I tend to wear the same jewelry repeatedly, and something like this would give me some nice variety.  Plus it’s only $35.

gold and stone statement ring

This sweater from LOFT immediately stuck out to me recently.  I, along with my mom and my cousin, are just drawn to fringe.  Especially in this color.  It could be dressed up or down.  This is an extra 60% off right now!!!

short sleeve fringe sweater

Don’t worry – I will certainly not buy everything on this list.  But sometimes it’s fun to “window shop” and add things to your shopping cart!

 

 

 

 

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Friday Favorites

Holy moly.  It has been one hell of a week!  And I am honestly glad it’s coming to an end.  If you saw my post yesterday, you already know that we had a yucky house problem occur on Monday.  It isn’t fixed yet, but we have gotten some answers, and we have calmed down about it.  Trying to dwell on happier things!  Like lots of beauty tips and lovely things, apparently.
Today I am linking up with April, Natasha, and Christina; Karli; Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Five on Friday, Oh Hey Friday!, and Friday Favorites.  I am also linking up with the group from High Five for Friday.  Thank you for inviting me, Bright on a Budget!

I’ve got 6 things today…had to throw in that great find from H&M at the last minute!

ONE: I found some new goodies at Sephora recently, and had to share of course! Truth be told, I do not wear make up every day.  Who has time, right?!  But I do feel better when I love my makeup. I had been using the same eye pencil for a good 6 months and wanted a change.  This Sephora brand eyeliner is far better than any eyeliner I’ve bought in a while. It is a saturated color, easy to apply, and it stays put.  I bought it in Deep Brown. I also really love this finishing powder.  I was advised to buy the Laura Mercier brand, but this is a much more affordable alternative, and I’ve really enjoyed it.  It keeps your face from looking too shiny by the end of the day.  I also was in need of some new perfume, and decided to use a gift card that my in-laws gave me for my birthday.  In December. :)  I picked Tocca Simone mainly because the scent was described as beachy and light.  The pretty bottle, and the fact that it wasn’t crazy expensive helped convince me.  The perfumes on my wish list are over $100, but I wasn’t ready to spend that!

Tocca perfumeSephora eyeliner

 

Sephora setting powder

 

 

TWO: I tend to get my waves too curly, and they typically look better the next day.  But with this Flat Iron Wave Trick from The Beauty Dept., I think I can make them look more natural the first time I try!  I like to add waves to my hair with a curling iron, and this trick suggests that, but then going over it slightly with a flat iron.  If you read the tutorial and try it, too, let me know!

THREE: This necklace from Tealhouse Collection is on my wish list.  I rarely go for statement necklaces, but this one immediately caught my eye!

red and aqua stone statement necklace from Teahouse Collection

FOUR: I know I mentioned this recently, but did y’all know that Ray Bans are still on sale?! Oh how I wish I’d known when I bought mine (for full price, bummer!).  I have grown to really love my aviators, and am so pleased with the purchase.  If you’ve been wanting some for Summer, now is the time!  Plus Mother’s Day is in a few weeks…hint hint, husbands!

Ray Bans aviators

FIVE: Today is Earth Day!  I am not the greatest at being environmentally conscious with everything, but I do love buying from local farms.  And you all know how much I enjoy cooking with plenty of vegetables!  Today and tomorrow are great times to seek out some local produce at your neighborhood farmers market.  I have recently purchased eggs, produce, and plants from the Waxhaw Farmer’s Market, at well as the Kings Drive Farmer’s Market.  Here is a list of markets in and around Charlotte.  These are the ferns I bought for our front porch this week.

large ferns on front porch

SIX: A few weeks ago my mom was placing an order from H&M, and she asked if I wanted anything.  We were aiming for a large joint order and free shipping!  I ordered an off the shoulder blouse and this t-shirt.  I have worn it twice this week with white jeans, and I have gotten several compliments and people asking me where it is from!  It is a simple, loose-fitting, long black t-shirt, but it’s great!  I bought a size up to fit my bump for a while, but ordinarily I would’ve bought my regular size.  For $9.99, I highly recommend it!

black t-shirt tunic from H and M

 

Have a great weekend!  Thank you for stopping by!  I am off to the gym with my neighbor bright and early today.  She is a former personal trainer and has been keeping me active lately – when I truthfully haven’t felt like it.  So thankful for her!

 

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Randoms: Our Weekend, Maternity Clothes, Pregnancy Skin Solutions…

This post may give you a glimpse into how my brain is working lately!  Scattered and random. Lol!  Some of my favorite posts from other bloggers are the ones like this, with an assortment of thoughts, tips, and wish list items.

Also, I promise this space is not going to turn into a pregnancy blog.  I am not planning to do regular updates, but I do have some clothing wish list items, and some skin tips to share!  Since we just made our news public, I’ve been holding onto these thoughts.  

First, our weekend was pretty wonderful!  We had a family date night on Friday, which involved dinner at Ilios Noche (delicious!) and a trip to Lowe’s.  On Saturday I went to our town’s farmers’ market, we worked in the yard, and we helped celebrate one of my college roommates’ birthdays.  I have zero pictures with my girlfriends, unfortunately, but it was  a fun night!  On Sunday we went to church, worked on some home improvements, and we had several of our sweet neighbors over for dinner.  Since we are attempting to eat healthier and have fewer cheat meals, that fruit tray was our “dessert.”

Greek restaurant in CharlotteIMG_6585farmers market findsfruit dessert; healthy dessert idea; clean eating

Maternity clothes…well, a few months ago, I gave away all of my maternity clothes and pregnancy books.  I honestly thought I would never need them again!  So I am trying to re-stock some of the basics!  Asos was my go-to when I was pregnant with Davis, and I found some great options from there again.  I just ordered the black swimsuit, in 2 sizes, because they offer free shipping and free returns! $43 for a bathing suit is not a bad price at all.

ripped white jeans | white dress | blue bathing suit | black bathing suit | red off-shoulder dress

Let’s talk about skin.  Once I found out I was expecting, I had to stop using some of my skincare items.  I researched safe skincare lines, and Juice Beauty is one that had wonderful reviews!  Thank the lord for their blemish clearing peel, because my skin has been rough the last week!  I’ve also been relying on jojoba oil to remove my makeup.  Bonus!…it seems to help keep my eyelashes a good length, now that I’m scared to use my favorite Neulash.

Juice Beauty organic peel

Before, I loved using the Rodan & Fields microdermabrasion paste, and the Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads for skin boosts.

I wish I could find the original source of this hilarious and oh-so-true quote!

Monday quote

That’s all of my brain dump…for now.  ;)

 

 

 

Five on Friday

Happy weekend, everyone!

Today I am linking up with April, Natasha, and Christina; Karli; Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Five on Friday, Oh Hey Friday!, and Friday Favorites.

ONE: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my blog and on instagram, and sent me texts and emails after we shared our news yesterday!  We are thrilled and feel beyond blessed and grateful!  I seriously could not have been happier yesterday!  We should find out whether we are having a boy or a girl in a little over a month, and we will definitely share!  Either way, I can’t wait to see our sweet Davis become a big brother!

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TWO: Speaking of Davis, sort of, do you all like country music?  If you love it like I do, or even if it’s not your favorite, you should listen to Tim McGraw’s new song “Humble and Kind.”  We heard it in the car the other day, and I just can’t help but pray those things for our children.  It’s a great message, and I don’t know if it’s my pregnancy hormones, or just because I’m a mom, but it about makes me teary every time I hear it!

new Ray Bans sunglasses

Also….I finally bought some Ray Bans!  They have been on my wish list for a very long time, but since I have never owned nice sunglasses, I was hesitant to purchase.  I saved up gift cards from Christmas and my birthday, and bought this pair!  I love them! PLUS, they are currently on SALE!

Don’t worry – my car was completely stopped when I took this. 

THREE: Todd and I are working on eating closer to a paleo diet, and I wanted something new for dinner this week.  We are not doing it strictly by any means, and we are adjusting to no grains/sugar/dairy slowly.  I do have to say, not eating dairy the past few days has been great!  We will “cheat” every now and then, and if I feel like I need to eat something off the ‘diet’ I will!  I just want to eat much cleaner.  Anyway, I made a version of these turkey sweet potato burgers from Dashing Dish, and they were delicious!  My changes:  I added about 1 Tbsp worcestershire, and left out the garlic powder.  I grilled them, served them over baby spinach, topped them with tomato and avocado mashed with salt and lime.  Davis loved them as well!!

paleo meal; sweet potato turkey burger

P.S. Costco sells organic ground turkey!

FOUR: Honor Roll Designs has some new looks!!! One is dedicated to the Summer Olympics, specifically the gymnastics team!  When you all were younger, did you watch the Olympics?  I remember that Sarah and I were so into watching gymnastics!  Remember these names from the 1996 USA Gymnastics team?…Kerri Strug, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden, Jaycie Phelps, Dominique Moceanu!  This shirt is in honor of them!  Also, I recently bought the Gap shorts pictured (in a size up) for the warmer weather.

Olympics gymnasticsSummer Olympics gymnastics shirt; Magnificent 7 shirt

FIVE: We were able to go down to Topsail Island last week with some of our family.  It was a weekend dedicated to improving and cleaning my grandparents’ beach house, but we also had a little fun on the beach.  Davis LOVES the beach, and it makes my heart so so happy!

Topsail Beach, NC

Also, if you need any more convincing to visit my favorite place, read this article by my cousin, Allie!  9 Reasons Why Topsail is the Best Beach in NC

 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thank you again for all of the amazing support!

 

 

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