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.

maternity outfit; red maternity dress; embroidered clutchmaternity dress outfit; maternity style; 17 weeks pregnant

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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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!)

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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.

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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!

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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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Our Weekend and a Tiny Pregnancy Update

My mind is all over the place lately.  My neighbor texted me this morning and asked what we had going on this Monday morning.  I said “I’m trying to focus and work on about a million projects.”  She said “Focus?  What’s that?” Haha, exactly!  If I wasn’t expecting, I think I’d over-do it on coffee today.

At least our weekend was productive!  We spent a lot of time working in the yard and made a couple of home decor decisions.  Home improvements are always so rewarding.

I am not planning to do bump/pregnancy updates, but I did snap a picture before running errands on Friday.  I looked rough, but this does show my bump.  This is kind of an embarrassing picture…keeping it real around here!  I was 15 weeks on Friday. And this is deceiving – by the time I go to bed, I look huge!

We will find out if we are having a boy or girl in a few weeks!  Eek!

15 weeks pregnant bump picture

Though I still have some “morning” aka afternoon/night sickness, I am feeling much more energetic lately!  I am not craving my typical diet, but I have loved salads lately.  And I have been buying and eating fruit in bulk.

We’ve been eating fewer grains and dairy, but I’ve had some days when I just couldn’t do that.  If I’m nauseous, sometimes vegetables and chicken just won’t cut it.  I rarely eat dairy, unless burrata is an option, and I haven’t been cooking with any butter – baby steps! I’ve also tried making some paleo alternatives to foods we love.  I will post those recipes and details later this week.

salmon salad

Todd brought home these flowers the other day, just because!

flowers from my husband

On Saturday, we were finally able to celebrate my sweet sister-in-law, Ginna.  She turned 30 recently, so Davis and I made her a “29 Again” cake!  I wish we had gotten a picture while we were out with them!

29 again birthday candles

That’s all for now!  I’m off to work on that never-ending to-do list, and do my best to make this my Monday mantra.

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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.”

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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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