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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Friday Favorites

Working for the weekend – and it’s finally here!  Todd has been traveling the entire week, and we have missed him like crazy.

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, Bright on a Budget!

ONE: Peonies! Always a favorite.  My sweet husband gave me a beautiful bouquet including some for Mother’s Day, my mother-in-law brought me a mason jar of them from her yard (they smell amazing!) and my mom’s gift to me for Mother’s Day is to help me plant a peony garden in my yard!  Good things.  And I feel so loved by those 3 people.

peonies flowers from the garden

The now-everywhere OPI polish on my nails (loveitsomuch!)


TWO: Sneak peek for next week!  I am working on a collaboration with Pink Blush Maternity, with a giveaway…coming soon!!  If you are expecting, stay tuned for that, plus 3 other looks and outfit ideas.  Photo credit goes to Andi Perullo.

headshot in Pink Blush Maternity

THREE: Roasted Carrot Hummus.  If you are eating paleo or Whole 30, or avoiding legumes in general, I want to share this wonderful diet-friendly hummus with you!  It is made with a base of roasted carrots and roasted cauliflower, rather than chickpeas.  I added extra lemon juice, a little extra cauliflower, and some extra of the seasonings. The 3 of us really enjoyed this, and it was a great way to add more vegetable servings to Davis’ meals. We served ours with paleo BLT wraps and veggies.

paleo hummus recipeCarrot hummus recipe; paleo hummus recipe

FOUR: Some outfit details.  This light wash chambray shirt dress from Old Navy is a current favorite.  And on sale!  I wore it on Mother’s Day and I’m wearing it again today. I bought a size up to fit my bump, but it would be super cute in your normal size if you’re able to wear regular clothes.  The t-shirt in the casual outfit below is from Asos, and it is maternity.  I wore it two full days in a row this week!  I am also loving this nail polish on my toes (a really pretty dark green), and this watch from my boys for Mother’s Day!


maternity t-shirt from asos

simple details

This watch has rose gold, which makes it so pretty and feminine.  And the bracelet from Etsy is one I’ve had since the month my son was born.  I wear it daily. It says DAVIS with his birthday.   I hope to add another when baby #2 comes!

FIVE: If you missed it earlier this week, I posted a Charlotte Restaurant Review.  The list includes some awesome restaurants in and around our city that are perfect for date nights and foodies! I will have another post with some more casual spots next week.

best restaurants in Charlotte

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Friday Favorites

It was another doozy of a week.  But we are trying to shift our perspective and not dwell on the negative.  Anyway, I am grateful for another weekend with my family!  We have landscaping projects on the to-do list, and I am honestly looking forward to them!  I’m also helping my cousin get ready for her senior prom!

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!

ONE: If you are attempting to eat fewer grains, have to eat gluten free, paleo, or lactose free, really, I highly recommend this book by Danielle Walker.  I think I have mentioned it on here before, but I have pulled it back out recently.  I have a blog post planned with some of the recipes I have tried recently. Our internet cable was cut this week, so I’m a bit behind on blogging. I should be able to post that this weekend.

I wanted to share the link to the book today.  She also has some other cookbooks and a great blog!  Danielle changed her eating habits years ago because of an autoimmune disease and her life changed for the better.  Her full health story and transformation can be found on her blog in the FAQs section.

Against All Grain, by Danielle Walker

TWO: I am starting to gather some ideas and pieces for our nursery.  We will find out if we are decorating for a boy or girl soon, but I want the room to be relatively neutral either way.  I love this crib skirt (not the sheets) from Pottery Barn Kids!  And this rams head from etsy?  So adorable – especially because we are UNC alumni!  I originally saw it on Merrick White’s instagram.

neutral tassel crib skirt

upholstered rams head for children's room wall; etsy

I also have a Pinterest board with ideas for the new baby’s room.

THREE: Because of a change of plans, Todd and I were able to get away for a dinner date last night.  After a stressful week, it was needed! We tried CO (Vietnamese noodles and sushi) and we loved it!  I would highly recommend going.  They also have a separate gluten free menu with plenty of options!  I had shrimp spring rolls and beef pho.  Todd had steamed buns with pork belly and a ramen bowl.

CO Charlotte Noodles and SushiCO Charlotte noodles and Sushi restaurant

FOUR: These nail colors are on my wish list: Essie Off Tropic; Essie Hubby for Dessert; OPI Let’s Be Friends.  I searched for the OPI color last night, but I couldn’t find it.  I think it is one my cousin has used and I loved it, and I’ve also seen it several places on instagram. Ordering that one soon!  And I did purchase Off Tropic…I think it will be great for summer pedicures.  I included a picture of Hubby for Dessert that I found on Pinterest.  You can never have too many neutral nail polishes, right?

Essie Off Tropic spring 2016 nails

21pDO-hkJKLEssie neutral pink








FIVE: [excuse the language] This quote by Elizabeth Gilbert really motivates me and reminds me of some of the incredible women in my life who I admire.

One reason I love social media is because it is an avenue to see so many women doing amazing things – whether they are stay at home moms, moms with careers outside of the home, creative leaders, teachers, examples of health and fitness, women battling infertility and other health issues, women with children who have sicknesses or disabilities, Christian writers, and just women handling everyday problems with grace – there are numerous instagram accounts and blogs with women I admire.  They are handling problems when things go wrong, and overcoming daily obstacles.  I want to be more like this.  These words were exactly the reminder I needed this week.

Elizabeth Gilbert quote


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