Styling the Bump for the Holidays

Wives tales about pregnancy run rampant. Certain food cravings can determine the sex. If you’re having a girl you’re supposed to carry wider, less out front. Boys make you glow, girls “suck the life out of you.” The list goes on and on and on. Unsurprisingly, I paid very little attention to any of these stories until they were suddenly relevant. One tale that appears to be true, at least for me, is that first pregnancies take a very long time to “pop.” It wasn’t until just the last few weeks that my bump made its appearance, but now that it has, it’s growing quickly and it’s forcing me to have to rethink my holiday wardrobe. I’m not at the point where I’m ready to overly accentuate my new curves, so my secret weapon is going to be all things oversized!

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While I don’t usually wear a lot of pastels, an understated neutral palette is feeling so fresh this season. I have a feeling I’m going to be living in this uber cozy Equipment cashmere sweater that I scored at Nordstrom Rack all winter long.

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I’m also loving a return to classic accessories. Sure, rings on every finger and piles of jumbo necklaces are fun, but not so practical when trying to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal. It all kinda gets in the way! In this case, an understatement can make quite a statement, don’t you think? I picked up a sweet and simple pearl & chain necklace at the Rack too. I would toss it on with a tee just as quickly as I would a dressier look. And I couldn’t help but think it would make a great holiday gift for my sister or my bestie!

When I’m sticking to the basics, I do like to add in a few unexpected moments – in this case with shapes. I love my neoprene cocoon coat, a crazy good find at Nordstrom from a few years back. It adds a dramatic silhouette.

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And I swear no matter what size I get to, I’m not going to give up my statement shoes! They are the perfect way to kick classic pieces up a notch for the holiday season. I’m going to keep my heels on regular rotation for as long as I possibly can!

The best part about this festive dressing strategy: it’s definitely friendly to big holiday meals! While I might be missing a speciality cocktail this year, I’m going to make up for it in pumpkin pie!

Happy Thanksgiving my dears!!

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> Equipment Cashmere Sweater {similar}
> Pearl & Chain Necklace
> Statement Coat {similar}
> Comme des Garcons pant {similar}
> Walter Stieger booties {similar}

original photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick 

This post is in partnership with Nordstrom Rack. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting parnterships we’re excited about and collaborations that help keep Apartment 34’s doors open!

Fall Closet Must-Have: Plaid!

Having grown up in Seattle, I’m no stranger to plaid. Be it lumberjack-style buffalo, or grunge-eque {and tied around your waist!}, there was once a long string of plaid in my wardrobe. That’s probably why I was a little hesitant with the latest plaid trend…until Old Navy asked me to put the Apartment 34 spin on it {for a feature on their website that’s going live today- eek!} and I actually tried some on. I was immediately converted! Who knew, plaid is rad again. We ended up having a serious plaid party on set during our shoot – so I thought it’d be fun to share a little of the behind-the-scenes action with you!

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It’s a pretty sweet work day when you get to play with purdy outfits and a plethora of shoes! While I still kinda can’t believe the looks we styled are going to be on Old Navy.com today, there were quite a few outtakes that didn’t quite make the final cut – maybe because I attempted to get my sass face on!

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After our dream job inspired look last week, I love the idea of upping the ante on day-to-day outfits. Yes, they can be elevated, but still super easy to wear. A plaid pencil skirt is the perfect way to put a spin a classic professional look. All you need is that subtle pop of the print peeking out from under a timeless camel coat! And I would wear that uber cozy sweater straight from a meeting and into bed – it’s that comfy.

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I’ve always admired the plaid-on-plaid various fashion mavens show off in street style images, but it wasn’t until I actually gave it a go myself that I realized not only how fun, but how easy it is to rock the look! Prints make you feel mighty powerful. Keeping the lower half more neutral is figure-friendly and lets you wear a major statement color on top. That brightly hued Old Navy Plaid Popover just might be my new favorite shirt! For a girl whose closet is color averse, that’s saying a lot!

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And I think I found proof positive that you can take plaid from its grunge roots to the heart of downtown! All you need is a little leather and a hot heel {rolled up sleeves, a popped collar and a red lip help too!}.

So if you’ve yet to dive into one of the season’s hottest trends – what are you waiting for?! Even with memories of seventh grade still dancing in the back of my mind, I’m head over heels for plaid again. There may actually already be more than one plaid piece in my closet right now!

I want to thank Old Navy for giving us the chance to have so much fun with this shoot. Head over to OldNavy.com today to check out the final result! And I’d love to know if you’re into plaid this season too.

images 1-4 by @afabchallenge & @victrver // original photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick // makeup by bareMinerals // shot on location at lux-sf studios 

 

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Thoughts and opinions 100% our own. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com. Thanks for being supportive of partnerships we’re excited about and that help keep Apartment 34’s doors open!


The iPhone Case That Everyone Wants for Christmas

First we started with the problem: there are just not enough cute iPhone case options in the world to go ‘round. It seems like every year, the new iPhone comes out and everyone is all excited- duh!- but then it takes AT LEAST six months until a case {that is remotely stylish!} trickles into production. We hate that! Don’t you?? So with our new iPhones in hand and nothing to protect them, we teamed up with the artist whose graphics are always. On. Point: Julia Kostreva.

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Julia is an artist based right here, out of San Francisco and whose work we have long admired. We guarantee you’ve seen her pieces all over Pinterest. They’re all gorgeous. Simple yet impactful, Julia’s wall art, notebooks and calendars and phone cases are all teh definition of restrained, minimalist but beautifully impactul design. But what we really love most is that Julia has created super affordable pieces of art while collaborating with some of the finest in the biz, brands like Need Supply Co. and OfaKind.

Dying to find a way to work together, we knew this holiday season would be our opportunity. With one goal in mind; to come up with an iPhone case everyone would want on their phone, Julia took a picture of the sunset’s reflection on water and transformed it onto a slim hardcover. Here’s the original picture:

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She simply flipped it upside down to create a chic ombre design. The movement from light to dark, sunlight to night, practically looks like it’s brushstroked by hand on each case. We couldn’t be more obsessed with it! Finally, a phone case that is neutral, simple and truly beautiful. This is the perfect gift for anybody on your Christmas list with an iPhone. It’s available in 6/6 plus/5 and 5s! So what are you waiting for??

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Head on over to the shop and snag this exclusive design before they’re all gone. Your phone will be the talk of the Thanksgiving dinner table. I have mine on my iPhone 6 and people are stopping me asking where to get it!

image 1 + 4 original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // image 2 c/o Julia Kostreva photography by Loren Crosier // image 3 via @juliakostreva