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Fall Maternity Fashion | Agnes & Dora Giveaway

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You know those ideas that seem like really great ideas until you are in the middle of them, and then you think, “Why the heck am I doing this again?”  This is one of those ideas.  I thought it would be so fun to show you some fall maternity fashion ideas using some of my favorite, go to pieces.  The problem came when I was taking the pictures at 9 months pregnant. HA!  Trust me when I say if I can wear these outfits while I am this pregnant, anyone can!  Also, if you make it to the end of this post, you could win some Agnes and Dora goodness for yourself!

Agnes & Dora Maxi

When I am pregnant, I want an outfit that makes me feel like I look a million bucks without that price tag, and without being a “fussy” outfit.  I don’t want to have to constantly be adjusting or making sure my belly isn’t showing on the underside (classic sign of a woman in her final weeks of pregnancy.)  I put together 3 outfits to give you some ideas that you can use whenever you find yourself needing them.

Agnes & Dora Maxi 2

One thing that I love is wearing clothing that will work for me while pregnant, and then postpartum while I am trying to lose that baby weight.  This is where Agnes & Dora come into the mix.  Have you guys ever tried their leggings?  What about their skirts?  They are thick, creamy, soft, and just what my pregnant body loves.  This first outfit, I am wearing an Agnes & Dora maxi skirt.  There is nothing, I repeat, NOTHING better than wearing a maxi skirt while pregnant.  It is soft and comfortable and you can snuggle up while wearing it.  As a serious bonus, you don’t have to worry about keeping your legs together while sitting down.  (It’s a real problem) I love that you can dress it up or down.  The shirt came from Pink Blush Maternity.  They have so many CUTE maternity items that you will love.

Agnes & Dora Leggings 2

This second outfit, I am wearing olive colored Agnes & Dora leggings, black shirt from Pink Blush Maternity, and the cardigan, boots and necklace are from from Maurices.  This one might be my favorite outfit of the bunch.  There is something about getting ready for the day that makes me feel like I could take on the world.  I am making a baby for goodness sake, I can do anything!  Even if getting ready just means making sure that I have a pretty necklace on to go along with my hair being in a bun, it makes me feel more confident in the way that I look.

Agnes & Dora Leggings

This last outfit, I really love for Sundays or days that I am supposed to dress up for something.  The Agnes & Dora skirt is stretchy and comfortable, and the striped top from Pink Blush Maternity is so comfortable.  I paired it with a necklace I picked up from a boutique and some royal blue shoes I got from Forever Young Shoes. I love the subtle pops of color.

Agnes & Dora pencil skirt

Frankly there, are so many things that you can wear while pregnant.  It doesn’t always have to be a t-shirt and yoga pants.  You can be pregnant plus look and feel like a million bucks.  REALLY!  Here are my tips of things to avoid while pregnant.

  • If you are 9 months pregnant, you should NOT try to wear your pre-pregnancy clothes.  Just don’t.  They are too small and even if you can squeeze yourself into them, you shouldn’t do it.  You will be pulling that shirt down over your belly and those pants will fall down over and over again.  It isn’t worth the work!
  • If you are wearing leggings, make sure your shirt is long enough to cover not only your stomach, but also your lady parts.  No one wants to see that.
  • Wearing clothing with words on your stomach.  Why?  Need I say more?  You don’t need to draw more attention to your stomach.  Everyone can already see it.
  • Make sure your belly is covered.  It is not attractive to see the bottom of your stomach hanging out from under your shirt.

There are some tips for you.  Take them for whatever they are worth.  I am definitely no expert, and sometimes it is all you can do to get dressed in the morning while pregnant.  I get that.  But, maybe getting ready for the day is going to be that extra little push to make you feel better and ready to take on the day.

Agnes and Dora are teaming up with Just Between Friends and are giving one of you the chance to pick ANYTHING from their site!  You heard me right.  One of you will be able to pick your very favorite item.  They have so many cute things, you are sure to find something you love.  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and you will be entered to win!  The giveaway will run from today (10/13) through Friday (10/17) and the winner will be emailed on Saturday.  Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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DIY Wood Crate | Flourish & Blotts

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The other day I told my husband that there were specific things that needed to be done before this baby could come.  One of those was that I NEEDED my porch to look like fall.  I know, it’s totally irrational, but I know that if it doesn’t get done before he is here it will never get done.  Anyway, I got to work last week and decided I needed a wooden crate to hold some flowers. This DIY wood crate is the perfect addition to any porch because it isn’t holiday specific.  I may have actually started having contractions 6 minutes apart because of this project, but it was TOTALLY worth it!  (I have since been banned from using power tools by my dr.  Oops. :( )

Flourish & Blotts DIY

This project was made entirely of scrap wood that I had in my garage making it totally free!  I used a 1X8 and 1X4 piece of wood to put this all together.  The 1X8 are the front and back as well as one piece in the bottom of the crate.  The 1X4 was used everywhere else.

wooden crate tutorial

I used my chop saw to cut the wood to size, and then used a staple gun to put the pieces together.  If you make a crate like this, remember to leave spaces between the wood in the bottom, or drill holes for drainage purposes.  It will help to keep your wood from warping.  After it was put together, I used a stain on the wood.  The 1X8 turned a darker color than the 1X4 and I LOVE the contrast of the dark and light wood together.

flourish & blotts stencil

To finish off the crate, I wanted to stencil something on the front of it to make it look like shipping crate of some kind.  Here is where you will get bonus points if you know where Flourish & Blotts comes from without me telling you.  If you don’t already know, it is from Harry Potter and is the name of the bookstore.  I really liked the name and I also liked the idea of using the name for the crate so that it is kind of Halloween-ish but not glaringly in-your-face Halloween so that I can use it whenever I want.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut out some vinyl and stenciled it onto the box using acrylic paint.  After the lettering dried, I sanded it a little bit and then sprayed it with a clear coat to make it resistant to water.

DIY Wooden Crate

I love the way it looks all together on my porch!  Having my porch look like fall is officially checked off of my list of things that I would like to happen before the baby comes.  :)

DIY wood crate

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