Summer is here!!!!!!

Sorry, I got carried away there for a moment. In lieu of a time machine, I am posting this a week behind, which means that this week’s outfits are merely a spring preview. Stay tuned next week for a recap on today’s +30 Celsius heatwave, and resulting clothing challenges.

For anyone interested in such minutiae, this Remix Challenge week also marked the 22nd week of my pregnancy. It’s pretty safe to say that the cat is out of the bag now, and my bump fully popped. If that doesn’t always seem to be the case in photos, rest assured that it’s probably a trick of the angle and my posture. Also, the fact that I hate maternity wear and avoid it at all costs, which leads me to wear most of my regular clothes as long as possible, usually hiked up past my natural waist to accommodate the extra, ahem, volume. [Remember: mum’s the word on Facebook, my peeps!]

Sunday, April 28, 2013: family outing

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Tunic, BCBG (consignment); jacket, Esprit (swap); leggings, maternity; scarf, consignment; boots, Hunter; bag, Longchamps; earrings, Swarovski

We finally had some nice weekend weather, so we decided to take full advantage of it with a visit to Whitemud ravine. The boys did not come prepared, however, for the trail conditions – still fairly mushy after so many months of snow – so it was not a long walk. [I was had my trusty Hunter boots on, so I was set ]. Nonetheless, it was fun to be out and about in the sunshine. And we weren’t the only ones.

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Interrupted mid-snack…

Monday, April 29, 2013: work

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Pants, maternity; top, Gilmour (swap); cardigan, Winners; shoes, Stuart Weitzman; necklace, Swarovski

What I said about maternity clothes sadly doesn’t apply to pants. I had to cave in a few weeks ago and buy this wide-legged atrocity; my choices were limited because maternity stores seem to pride themselves on selling only ugly, plastic clothes. Besides being too baggy in the legs, these pants are also made of polyester, which makes me shudder when thinking about the summer months. Anyway, if you happened to be wondering why I would be caught dead wearing such poor fitting pants, now you know.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013: work

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Skirt, J. Crew Factory; shirt, no label (consignment); belt, J. Crew; shoes, Nine West; necklace, J. Crew; ring, Swarovski; bag. Mulberry (second-hand)

This skirt reminds me a bit of the classic Chanel boucle suits, so of course I had to buy it. It was also a steal, on clearance sale at J. Crew Factory (can’t remember the exact price, but under $30). It has threads of various colours woven through, which always helps to increase the remixing options. It’s also a large-ish size for my usual frame (call it a “relaxed fit” pencil skirt), so it’s quite perfect for this stage of pregnancy.

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That awkward stage when acquaintances are not sure whether it’s a fetus or a big lunch…

Here’s a close-up of my bling:

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Why do I look like a lollipop head in this photo?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013: work

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Dress, Diane von Furstenberg; ring and necklace, Swarovski; shoes, Stuart Weitzman; bag, Marc Jacobs (consignment)

Second time for my new DVF wrap dress, and mixing things up with some blue accessories. I have always loved this particular colour combo of cobalt blue and purple.

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Cobalt blue + purple

Thursday, May 2, 2013: work

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Dress, Calvin Klein; shoes, Jimmy Choo (thrifted); necklace, J. Crew Factory; bag, Louis Vuitton (consignment)

As I mentioned, I am trying to hang on as long as I can to my pre-maternity wardrobe. This CK dress has some stretch to it, making it a decent choice for the transition. On the other hand, I am starting to have second thoughts about the bubble necklace; I really loved it last fall, but I find myself reaching for it less and less. I think I may have been spoiled by all the pretty vintage jewelry I’ve been acquiring lately.

Friday, May 3, 2013: work and friend’s birthday party

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Jeans, maternity; top, Jacob (consignment); wrap, Winners; shoes, Bloch; bracelet, Links of London; bag, YSL (second hand)

I had a friend’s birthday party to run to after work, so I knew it was going to be a longer day than usual – and a comfortable outfit a must. As an aside, The Next Act turns out to be a great place to grab a burger (portabella mushroom, in my case) and fries – definitely a worthy pit stop just off Whyte.


6 Comments on Remix Challenge: week 33

  1. Here it’s been summer for the past week and a half already. Spring lasted 4 days!!

    I liked all your outfits, but specially the dresses (I loved your combination purple/blue). I also loved how you played with your nail color on Tuesday. At first I thought you were wearing two necklaces until I saw it on the close up; very nice!

    I remember hating shopping for maternity cloths. They’re too expensive, the fabric is not nice and, generally, ugly. I ended up finding two stores that sell very nice maternity cloths but the prices were ridiculous: 100+ for a pyjama; 75+ for a blouse. Granted, it was not only nice, but good material and it was breast feeding friendly, but ridiculous nonetheless!! Good luck on that endeavor =)

    • Totally agree! And yeah, I don’t think I will be doing much shopping at maternity stores.
      Today was +30, but tomorrow it’s supposed to be only +14. So this will likely be a very, very short heatwave. It’s been fun while it lasted though.
      Hope you’re enjoying that weather!

  2. Everything this week looks so nice! I really like the top in the first picture – and I don’t think the pants are that bad. I like how they’re wide and swingy, and then you have the red shoes peeping out of the bottom. The tweedy pencil skirt is another fave – think I need to head out to the J. Crew outlet soon. And I really like Thursday’s red dress. It has a lovely pattern and a nice neckline.

    • Thanks Laura! I think the pants make me look more bottom-heavy than I really am, but c’est la vie!
      You should totally check out J. Crew outlet! This past Saturday they had a 40% off everything in store event, including clearance, so I made out like a bandit 😉

  3. I know you will laugh, but I’m pretty sure that I have the same (or insanely similar) red dress (CK, too). I’ll have to check tonight. (That makes it …what…almost 10 items now?).
    I love Tuesday and Wednesday, I love everything about these two outfits, every little detail.
    I do, however, have a problem with your Sunday outfit. I think you might have jinxed the summer we were starting to have. Ditch the boots, go back to cute dresses and sandals and redeem yourself 😉

    • In my defence, that was the previous week (technically) and we had, like, 6 or 7 warm days after that. So no jinx involved! Additionally, the ravine was still icy/muddy, so the boots were functional.
      But, I take your point … and I am definitely excited about wearing summer stuff again!

      As for the dress, I am sure we have the same one – or at least in the same material. I will take that as a compliment 😛