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Summer trip wardrobe capsule: Aqua

Aqua summer - trip wardrobe capsule

We’re packing up and heading out! This summer has been rough for us. The temperatures in Florida are insane and the kids are still little — and wild — so it’s still hard to do much. So we’re on our way to Indiana to see my family and escape our everyday non-routine routine.

Aqua tunic: Marshalls  |  Lace tank: Forever 21  |  Gray T-shirt: Target  |  Hat: Target  |  Green shorts: Target  |  Ankle jeans: Forever 21  |  Cover up: Marshalls  |  Swim suit: Marshalls  |  Flutter sleeve dress: Old Navy  |  Coin necklace: World Market  |  Sunglasses: Dollar Tree

Two confessions: 1) I packed more than this. A lot more than this. We’re gone for longer than normal and I got my own bag this time, so I filled it. Not proud, but I did. 2) I did not pack the hat. I wanted to, but was afraid it would get squished. It will have to be for road trips and the beach.

And now a few travel tips:

Travel tip - bring empty water bottles and fill them up after security

One way to save money is to take empty water bottles and fill them up at the water fountain after you pass security.

Travel tip - Keep the bags sheets come in and use them for packing. Everything is visable and organized.

Another travel tip is to keep the plastic bags sheets come in and use them to pack. They’re sturdy and keep things organized, yet still visible. I love them too much.

And we’re off! Wish me luck traveling with three, five and under. I’m cringing a little just thinking about it.

For more style posts, go here.
For packing checklists, go here.

Building an affordable maternity wardrobe

Looking online I see so many beautiful maternity clothing options! There’s just one problem — my budget.

If you’re like me, you don’t want to invest a lot in clothes you’ll wear for about six months, so we gotta have a plan. I’m looking for stylish maternity basics that will mostly work in any season and interchange easily. Here’s my plan:

An affordable maternity wardrobe

I found all of these at Old Navy and Target, which seem to be the most affordable options — especially if you can grab some sales. Plus, who wants to pay shipping from four different places? I hit a recent online sale at Old Navy and bought three tops, three pairs of pants, and a dress for $85. Pretty good.

Tops

Affordable maternity tops

White tank |  Black T |  Striped top or similar  |  Cambray shirt or similar  |  Jersey swing top

These are great for layering or by themselves. You can borrow one of your husband’s collared shirts to save one purchase. And your pre-pregnancy collared shirts are great at hiding the first-trimester bulge when you can still fit in them. I also wear this top (similar to the jersey swing top) quite a bit that is nice and loose for the beginning, but it also works well now that I’m bigger too.

Bottoms

Basic maternity bottoms

Black leggings |  Yoga capris  |  Jeans  |  Ankle pants

It seems you can get more creative with tops that you already have, but pants end up being a necessity to buy. My last two pregnancies I avoided buying leggings and yoga pants because I didn’t want to spend the money, but this time around I know better. Regular leggings just won’t stretch enough and I spend a lot of time in yoga pants! Jeans can be expensive, but are usually worth the investment to buy some that fit well. I threw in some fun red, dressier pants just for fun. You can’t have black and gray everything!

And a word about underwear: Don’t feel guilty about going to the store and buying a pack of cotton Hanes granny panties in a size bigger to get you through. It’s worth the $8 comfort in this girl’s opinion.

Dresses

Affordable maternity dresses

Sleeveless dress  |  Striped dress  |  Smocked dress  |  Maxi dress

My favorite pieces of maternity clothing are dresses. Actually at the end of my first pregnancy, they were the only thing I could fit into! Maxi dresses in particular are my best friend. They flow and drape and feel free on a growing baby bump. You don’t have to look in the maternity department to find options either. Two of my favorite maxis are from Target’s juniors section (sorry, apparently no longer available).

Accessories

Maternity accessories

Jean jacket  |  Necklace  |  Tote  |  Flats  |  Scarf

Colorful scarfs, statement necklaces, sweaters, handbags, and belts can all dress up maternity basics. Obviously you can use what you already have in your closet for these. I included a maternity jean jacket here, but I use my pre-pregnancy jacket — it just doesn’t even come close to buttoning.

I hope these ideas help you come up your own pregnancy wardrobe. Don’t forget to shop your own closet first (and your husbands, if he’ll let you!). You might be surprised at some options you already have.

Preppy summer travel clothes

I guess I was feeling patriotic when I was packing for our summer trip up north to visit my family. Sticking with a red, white, and blue color palette made it easy to mix and match everything.

I planned my suitcase carefully to avoid wearing those random clothes left in my dresser at my parents’ house from decades past. But don’t you know I still spent every morning in giant purple fleece sweatpants and random over-sized T-shirts of my Dad’s. Does anyone else have this problem when visiting home?

Skipping the PJs, here was my daywear:

Preppy red white and blue mix and match travel clothes

Red top: Forever 21  |  Embroidered top: Forever 21  |  Striped tank: Ann Taylor
White capris: Evereve  |  Denim capris: Forever 21 or similar
Oxford shirt: Target  |  Navy and white dress: Ross Dress for Less, similar
Jean jacket: Old Navy  |  Pearl earrings: Charming Charlies  |  Bracelet: Charming Charlies
Sandals: Target  |  Belt: Amazon  |  Handbag: Kenneth Cole (affiliate links)

My apologies on the availability of some of the items. I was a good girl and used what I already had in my closet to pack!