Bump Style: Getting Cozy

As we race headlong toward winter’s official arrival, I’ve been having fun figuring out how to bundle up the ever-growing bump. While I could never really describe Bay Area weather as “cold” – I’m sorry but I require freezing temps and the occasional cameo of snow for that – I do love the opportunity to wear super comfy sweaters and other wintry favorites. I’m just a layer-loving kind of girl!

Since knits aren’t always terribly maternity friendly {at 25 weeks I’ve popped enough now that length starts to become an issue!}, I’ve been reaching for all things oversized. So when I spied this Old Navy Fair Isle Cardigan – borrowed from the boys no less – I fell in love immediately! A men’s cardigan is the perfect way to wear a seasonally festive piece and feel completely comfy and cozy at the same time. It’s also nice and long, super stretchy and when I do get to the point that I can no longer button it up, it’ll still look really cute worn open. Thankfully, the mild San Francisco temps let me rock it as my “jacket” right now.

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In case you didn’t already notice, I’m a big fan of the navy + orange color palette. It feels very cozy without having to revert to traditional Christmas colors {sorry red & green!}. Boyfriend jeans are also a staple these days – they’re how I’m avoiding having to buy maternity jeans! Thankfully, the trend has yet to wane. Combined with my trusty ankle boots, a pair fingerless gloves & a bad hair day favorite – a slouchy beanie – and I’ve pretty much set my uniform for last second Christmas gift shopping, coffee dates or a weekend brunch for two with the husband. Cramming in that just us time is essential this time of year btw!

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The best part about this look? I could simply swap some chic sweats and be totally ready for Christmas morning. It’s all about getting the most out of increasingly limited wardrobe my friends!

Are you getting into the holiday spirit with your looks? If you need some additional holiday outfit inspiration check this and this out {I’m also pregnant this post & this post too fyi!}.

Here’s to enjoying the holiday season while it lasts!

GET YOUR SHOP ON: What I’m Wearing

> Old Navy Fair Isle Cardigan {men’s, women’s similar}
> Boyfriend jeans {similar}
​original photography for apartment 34 by emily scott

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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!

How To Transition Your Closet for Fall

It’s that time of year- time to send shorts to the back of the closet and air out fall pieces. We officially got the memo this past week when the rain started and we had to dig out the booties and light jacket from the backseat of our car. While San Francisco may still have a few Indian Summer days ahead of us, it’s time to transition our wardrobe from summer to fall because truthfully, we are SO ready for trench coats and sweaters!

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Purges and building out a classic wardrobe are key to making your transitions between seasons seamless. The great thing about having quality pieces is that the same cotton blend striped tee that you were all summer long with shorts is still your go to casual top – because let’s be honest, it looks ah-mazing on you- it’s just now layered under a lightweight sweater or jacket!

But we all know it isn’t easy to find pieces that really makes us feel good. It’s ok though, because good things take time. Here are some tips we follow when shopping for transitional and timeless pieces:

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7 Wardrobe Rules to Follow: 

1.) Quality over Quantity. We can’t stress enough how much you’ll benefit from a scaled down closet. Be honest, you only wear a handful of favorites right now, anyway! Donate the other 2/3rds of your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in the last six months and start off with a fresh fall start. Seriously, you’ll thank us.

2.) Fit Matters. Actually, that should read, fit is everything. No matter how amazing a piece is, if it doesn’t fit, it will never make you feel good. That said, also remember to keep your tailor in mind. The extra $20 bucks could make a piece look like it was made JUST for you.

3.) The Devil is in the Details. Cool hem lines or intricate stitching can quickly take a basic from boring to bold. You don’t have to dress like Liberace to make a statement- it’s the elevated details that really make a piece.

4.) One Word: Wait. You don’t have to buy something just because you dragged your husband out to the mall and “wasted” 5 hours of your life sifting through racks of clothes. Sometimes it can take weeks, months, seasons even, to find that perfect piece! Be picky and patient!

5.) Try Two Trends. This will force you to really think about your overall style aesthetic goals and the trends you want to try each season. Plus, it will stop you from throwing away loads of money on fashion’s best selling “of the moment” must-have that’ll you’ll never wear come next spring.

6.) When in Doubt, Stay Neutral. Grey, black, tan, white, stripes, navy. These are always good color choices! A good rule of thumb to follow: an item should “go” with at least five other pieces already in your wardrobe.

7.) Buy What You LUV. If you don’t like it, you’ll never feel 100% in comfortable wearing it. So if you don’t love it, or feel like you have to convince yourself you’ll wear it, leave it!

Here are some pieces you should definitely have in your closet if you don’t already!

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Get Your Shop On:

> MIH Jeans Striped Top
> Brass Twin Cuff 
> Short Tan Trench Coat
> Gap Destructed Straight Skimmer Jeans
> Clare V. Leopard Sadrine Bag 
> J.Crew Rory Ankle Boots

While we harp on buying basics, we’re not above trying a few trends. But these are usually the pieces in the closet that transition OUT season after season. So, our rule of thumb with trends is to stay as neutral as possible- in every sense of the word.

Take summer’s uber popular culotte. Try it in a classic navy rather than the trendy leather variety and you have a gorgeous piece to pari with a sweater. That goes for all shorts- you can still wear them with a trench and chunky knit until temps really drop. Think about layering light summer sweaters with a chambray shirt and the cutout booties you wore with your favorite dress in August still look great with a pair of cuffed jeans and a scarf!

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Get Your Shop On:

> French Connection Knit Jumper 
> Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses 
> Sicily Print Scarf
> Acne Studios Culottes 
> Madewell Cities Pouch 
> Pia Bootie 

Overall, transitioning your wardrobe for the new season is all about layers. A lot of the pieces can still work through the coming months, especially if you’ve been building your closet on basics. Now it’s time to dust off the sweaters and pound those boots to the pavement – yay! Who’s ready??

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