Maternity Fall & Winter Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe concept is, for the most part, easy for a pregnant woman :) like me because I have basically relied on leggings and long sweaters for two months now (and probably will for the next few). Man I love winter! There’s something seriously cozy about soft, non skin revealing clothes that makes it the kindest season to go through pregnant.

As I round the home stretch of this pregnancy, it’s easy for me to look back at a few classics that I have relied on again and again to get me through those droll days (you know, the ones where you’re feeling twice your weight, when you can’t see your toes and you almost want to carry your belly with both hands up stairs and such). I’m sorting clothes to store in our garage as we prepare for the master bedroom remodel and it’s been an easy chore as I basically box up everything past the first ten or so items hanging in my closet. Those are now my only go-tos.

I wish I could be one of those adorable Instagram mommas who at 40 weeks are sporting button up white oxford shirts and colorful cardigans like it ain’t no thang, but what I most want is a dark, near mono chromatic wardrobe full of soft cottons and really no patterns. I love to mix and match the whole batch so keeping colors in the same family is helpful.

Fall & Winter Maternity Capsule Wardrobe | PepperDesignBlog.com

long merino sweaters | blue crossover sweater | casual, over-sized tanks (similar)
striped henley (similar) | dolman tops (similar) | striped tank (similar) | boatneck sweater
basic tee | v-neck sweater | awesome black leggings | asos maternity jeans | seamless tank
black nursing tank | boxy jersey dressv-neck cotton dress | maxi dress | lace shift dress
plaid scarf | skinny leather belt (similar) | wool hat (similar) | black suede booties (similar)
floral scarf (similar) | black ugg boots | black leather booties (similar) | dove suede oxfords
grey riding boots | comfiest ballet flats

A couple of details on some of my favorites:

J Crew’s long merino sweaters are amazing. I bought 4 in a size too big (over the course of this pregnancy and the previous, snatch them up when they offer their 40% discounts) and I wear them every day. I think I will forever (just don’t dry them! eek!). I own a few pairs of leggings (two by Motherhood and one by Storq) and the latter is by far the comfiest black legging in the whole wide world. Wow.

Because we’re in San Diego we often have high 60’s/low 70 degree weather in the winter, so I’ve found that layering super soft and baggy tanks (something like this one) with a cardigan is a win-win to go from office to outside to home. I don’t take off the cardigan but I do love the single layer without having to actually wear a single layer. I also love a basic long tank to go under sweaters, tees, everything – black (even better if it doubles as a nursing tank), white (so soft), striped (this guy’s on sale for $3, though I found mine at a consignment store). That blue crossover sweater is from Anthropologie and while it’s prone to small snags it has been a life saver.

I am using a few of my summer dresses as tunics these days (you’ll recognize a few from here and here) and I found this maxi back near Halloween and love it so. Though I cut it short because I’m very short and maxis swallow me whole while pregnant. Most of my oversized long sleeve tops are from a seconds shop like Buffalo Exchange, but my go-to for boatneck sweaters has been Nordstroms and J Crew. I also buy big because roomie is oh-so cozy pregnant or not.

On the shoes front, I’m sporting my riding boots with wool socks or these super soft ballet flats most days. My Uggs see their fair share of time because they’re, well, amazing.

For fancier events, this lace shift dress and a pair of suede booties has pulled through time and again (mine are also by Sam Edelman but can’t seem to find them in stores any longer, I’m wearing them at my baby shower here and the shift dress here). And what to do if you only own 5-6 tops and a few cardigans that fit you this late in the prego game? Rely on scarves. Lots and lots of scarves :).

Do you have any pregnancy favorites? Oh do share if you do!

PS Twice is a great online second’s shop and Hautelook is a Nordstrom online daily deals site that is similar to The Rack (those are both referral links). My other pregnancy favorites are ASOS – their maternity section is amazing!, J Crew, Banana and Target. More style board posts right here.

PPS Flash backs to what this moment felt like while waiting for Taylor…

Happy 4th Birthday, Liv :)

Happy birthday to my beautiful, sweet and spunky four-year-old! This little one has such a zeal for life and is such a blessing to our family. Her high spirits, beautiful smile and sweet demeanor is contagious. She’s a compassionate care taker for her little sister, a helpful assistant who’s always at the ready, and a quick learn (with a stellar memory) whether she’s absorbing letters and numbers or how to ride a bike.

Happy 4th Birthday, Liv! An Infographic | PepperDesignBlog.com

I designed one of these little infographics for Taylor for her 1st birthday and I loved it, so I thought I’d take the same template and mix it up for Olivia. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the finished products but perhaps they’ll get their own album one day as the girls grow up…

We are celebrating Liv’s birthday with a little ‘sparkly star’ party tomorrow, but for today I’m reveling in this lil’ daughter of mine’s actual birth day. Can’t believe that four years has gone by so fast! Love you, sweet Livy girl!

Olivia posts, a collage documenting my first pregnancy, memory books and boxes for the girlsLiv-isms and favorite baby products (I ought to update this for a preschooler!).

Liv’s ‘Sparkly Star Party’ 4th Birthday Inspiration

We packed up Christmas a little early this year (I have a teensy fear that labor will get in the way and we’ll end up having our tree proudly lit through President’s Day), and it was a little sobering to say goodbye to such a warm and joyful holiday season.

But… there is a little known perk to having a January baby and that is that planning something amazing for a special little someone gets you right back into the spirit! We have an awesome sparkly party up our sleeves for Liv’s 4th birthday and the giddiness has set right back in.

Liv’s requests were broad this year. We started with: sparkles, snow, mermaids and even a consideration for her little boy friends (that far out number her girl friends right now) with Bob the Builder. After gentle persuasion and much consideration at the craft store, we narrowed our sites a bit and settled on a sparkly star party with bits of Frozen elements, like serving hot chocolate and building marshmallow snowmen. Our color theme was going to be a lot less Frozen-ish (ahhh commercialism, you kill me) with more pink, gold, silver and white.

Liv's Sparkly Star 4th Birthday Party Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

I love an inspiration board because it helps to capture the magic and feel of what we’re aiming for – not so much to work as a checklist of what must get done. Full Pinterest board right here. Plenty of glitter and sparkle is making me so excited for this birthday, and as usual I’m pulling it together days before the party. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone but it’s all part of the fun :).

Inspiration sources:
Bronze, pink , silver & gold glitter stars
Star drink stirrers
Star appetizer ornaments
Star shaped kid’s sandwiches
Glitter drink bottles
Star marshmallow wands
Chocolate dipped spoons
Glitter gold hot chocolate bar accessories
Star cake topper

Glittered gold, pink and bronze craft paper – check. Birthday cake waiting in freezer – check (Livy and I baked it together on Sunday). Food, favors, drinks and other decor to be determined…

Looking forward to sharing the after photos with you!

PS Liv’s circus/carnival 1st birthday, flowery pink 2nd birthday and camping/outdoor movie night 3rd birthday.

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