Monday, August 29, 2016

Versatile Neutral Cardigan: Summer and Fall Staple

Lately I’ve been the cardigan queen. Whether it’s been scorching hot like it has been most of the summer, or muggy and rainy like recent days, it’s the perfect lightweight layer to toss in my bag and pull out when I need it. Plus, they fit me no matter how big this bump gets…

I recently picked up this slouchy oatmeal-hued one when Gap was having a sale, and it’s been on pretty frequent rotation. The color is a great go-with-everything neutral, and I love the thin fabric that will work both now and later with layers this fall. It’s the perfect piece to complete this simple jeans + stripes look, which is an easy outfit to grab when I feel like giving my dresses a break.

I love cardigans so much that I just scooped up 3 in a recent ThredUp order. What have you been shopping for lately?

Late summer / early fall outfit idea - neutral cardigan, striped top, jeans, and colorful necklace |

Cardigan: Gap | striped tank: Bumpstart, borrowed (similar, non-maternity) | jeans: Old Navy | necklace: c/o Uncommon Goods | shoes: Target (similar)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Best Ice Cream in Kansas City: 5 Must-Visit Shops

I mentioned in previous posts that I was on a mission this summer to explore Kansas City’s best ice cream, and I think I’ve finally made my rounds. While I’m sure there are places I missed, today I’m sharing 5 ice cream shops worth visiting if you’re in Kansas City. (This was, hands down, the most fun I’ve had doing research for a blog post.)

{5 Don’t Miss Ice Cream Shops in Kansas City}

Kansas City has some excellent food, ice cream included. Here are 5 ice cream shops worth visiting if you're ever in the Kansas City area.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 31 Weeks and Third Trimester Checklist

I'm officially in my third trimester now, which seems a little unbelievable. This pregnancy has sped by, and when I think about all I still need to do before little Violet arrives I panic a little. However, I'm getting more and more excited to meet her. Here's an update on how things are at 31 weeks.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Easy Fall Transition Outfit Idea: Dress + Vest

Dresses have been my go-to this summer, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I look forward to layering them this fall, although I do hope that the weather will stay nice enough that I don’t have to venture too far into the world of maternity tights.

For now though, I’ll keep wearing my summery dresses with sandals or espadrilles, but add little hints of fall when the weather is right. Since we’ve gotten a little break from the sweltering heat, I added my old but much-loved cargo vest (and since it was actually chilly yesterday morning before church, a cardigan too). This vest has been a favorite of mine since I bought it several years ago; I love how it is the perfect completer piece for a look that’s otherwise simple. I keep seeing new versions of this vest come out, so I’m glad to know that the rest of the world still loves the cargo vest as much as I still do.

Do you have an item in your closet that is several years old but still going strong?

Cardigan: Target (similar) | vest: Old Navy (similar) | dress: Old Navy Maternity (similar, non-maternity) | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Nordstrom (similar) | espadrilles: Loft (similar)