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It’s probably a good thing I’m super pregnant right now because summer clothing season is in full force and my natural instinct to buy new clothing is in full bloom. Madewell is having a seize-the-day sale today only with 40% off some of their summer must-haves. It’s definitely worth checking out -plus free shipping! Here are a few pieces that caught my eye:

Madewell Summer Must Have Sale

easy tee in dots & stripes $29.50
mini-bow ring $9.50
han kjøbenhavn timeless sunglasses $80.50
etchstamp studs $10.50

What pregnant mom-to-be doesn’t want a super stylish diaper bag? Sure, I might look like a complete mess for the first six months, but hey if my “mom accessories” are chic, then I might just look put together when I finally do get brave enough to leave the house with two babies, right? (Okay, maybe I live in delusion-land…)

My present to myself this mother’s day (among the other baby things still on my list) is a practical, chic, black diaper bag. I researched several options, both in-store and online, and landed on this Lesportsac Ryan Diaper Baby Bag in Black. It looks big enough to hold all the necessities for twins, it’s made of nylon with canvas trim (super durable and easy to wash),  and has options for dual shoulder straps or an attachable crossbody strap. It’s not the cheapest option at $128 on Zappos, but I definitely think it’s worth the investment if it will last through the craziness of my life for the next few years!
Lesportsac Ryan Black Diaper Baby bagIn addition to those perks, my husband Mike wanted to make sure I didn’t get a diaper bag that looked too much like a purse. Let’s face it, with two little ones, he might be carrying around the bag on outings. Understandable. I won’t take away his man card that quick. I thought the Lesportsac bag was a nice compromise of modern style + practical needs.

Of course, a girl can dream right? While certainly not in my budget, I discovered this to-die-for Preppy Nylon Printed Eliz-A-Baby by Marc by Marc Jacobs. My good friend Cristin pointed it out on Instagram and I’ve been in love ever since. It’s pretty enough to carry whether you’re a mom or not! At $348 on Piperlime, it’s certainly tempting but just not in my reality right now.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Printed Elizababy Diaper BagJen Signature

Today marks 25 weeks for me – although not technically in my third trimester according to the “singleton” calendar, I kind of am because I won’t be going longer than 37/38 weeks. Ah! To say the least, my skinny jeans aren’t exactly fitting these days. Fortunately, I have been beyond lucky to work from home in leggings during the majority of my pregnancy so I really haven’t had a need to go out and buy a ton of new clothing. I’ve just been working with what I’ve got that fits (meaning stretchy shirts and leggings…and that’s about it.) I have definitely been breaking the “Am I Wearing Pants?” rule.

I finally gave in and went to my first maternity store last month, Destination Maternity, and bought a pair of nice Hudson jeans on super-sale. Best investment ever! I wear them with everything on the weekends and can dress them up or down – a definite plus for a limited wardrobe. I highly recommend making one investment purchase of nice jeans during pregnancy.

I also made a stop by Old Navy for some larger shirts to fit over my growing belly. I picked up tops in larger sizes that are stretchy and can accommodate the growth I continue to experience – I kid you not – on a daily basis. The photo below is from last week (24 weeks) and I’ve already grown what seems like a ton since then.


Above: Black and white striped t-shirt from Old Navy (one of my favorites & on sale right now for $10!) paired with a printed chambray shirt from Target (similar to this one).

Last but not least, while I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, I did a little shopping at Gap. Seriously one of the best places to go for maternity clothes! Lots of items on sale right now, too.


Above: Gap 1969 Floral Legging Jeans and this Gap Printed Pintuck Top (both bought in-store at 40% off!)

More maternity style shots to come soon hopefully. For whatever style I can still pull off during the next 12-13 weeks! I’m still trying to keep some sense of fashion in my life – even though some days leggings and a huge t-shirt just seem so right…

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

How cute is this fashion collaboration? Keds for Kate Spade. Considering I’m not wearing heels these days, these polka-dot shoes are looking pretty appealing for summer kicks. If you’re as in love as I am, you should hurry though because these are already sold out on (tip: it looks like you can still order through or

Since I don’t exactly have $75 to spend on these right now, I see a fun DIY on these in my near future. The ones below could be fun to re-imagine, too!

Source: Jen on Pinterest

It seems there is a new fashion app coming out every week nowadays to make shopping and style spotting even easier – and I mean that in the best way possible.  A few tools have caught my eye recently and it’s exciting to see how shopping is evolving with new technology. Oh, and did I mention some of these have some kick-ass, smart female founders? Here are a few on my radar right now:

1. Hukkster

Do you wish that expensive coat you’ve been lusting after was on sale? Co-founders and former buyers at J.Crew, Erica Bell and Katie Finnegan, developed a way to tell you the minute that coat drops in price! Hukkster is a browser bookmarklet (like Pinterest’s “pin it” button). When you find a product you love, (say on, you simply “hukk it” and you’ll receive a notification by email or text when the price on that specific item drops. Genius, right? I just signed up and am testing it out now. I’ll let you know if it’s a keeper, but I have a feeling it’s a new fashion staple. Here’s a quick video explaining how it works:

2. Poshmark

My friend Kerry recently got me hooked to this iPhone app which allows users to buy and sell clothing. Sure you could do this on E-bay or in person at Plato’s Closet, but this app is uber-simple and has some social components built right into the app . PLUS, Poshmark handles all the transactions and shipping! It’s a great way to constantly refresh your closet and get brand-name, gently-used items at bargain prices. You can visit my Poshmark closet here or by clicking the icon on the right-hand sidebar on my blog 🙂 I’m always adding new items, so if you don’t see something you like, check back again soon.

poshmark3. Bloglovin

Okay this one is not new, but I definitely have a new found love for it! Who can keep track of all their favorite blogs and visit them every day? Not me. Unless you subscribe via email to every one (that’s a lot of email), it’s hard to keep up with all the great blogs out there. Enter Bloglovin, a reader that allows you to follow your favorite blogs and browse through posts all in one place. View it online or on your iPhone!

Bloglovin App

4. Snapette

Snapette is a location-based mobile shopping app for finding and sharing fashion products in stores near you. You can browse photos posted by other users as well as brands and retailers. There are a million online shopping resources, but the unique part about Snapette is that is allows you to see what is at your local Forever21 store or Nordstrom Rack. The app was launched by Harvard alumni Sarah Paiji and Jinhee Ahn Kim in 2011 and most recently has tapped actress Emma Roberts as its new fashion adviser. I’ve dabbled a little bit in this app and it has great potential. It definitely needs more users and local shops in smaller cities (Like Kansas City) sharing great photos in order to for it to become really powerful – which is where you come in : )


What are your favorite fashion-focused tools/apps?

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