Third Trimester Maternity Faves

Happy Friday!

I'm super happy to be cranking out a third post in a week which can only mean two things: I'm caught up on the holiday rush and our amazing production assistant Christiana is back from maternity leave! Man we missed her, but she has the cutest new little baby boy to snuggle, so we're happy to share her!

I honestly thought nobody read here anymore since I've so shamefully neglected it, but you ladies sent me the nicest emails and messages about last week's second trimester round up that I was so pleasantly surprised! Since maternity style is no joke and we can all use all the tips we can get, I thought I'd share a few of my favorites that have been serving me well so far in the third trimester.

The third trimester for me is all about comfort, trying to retain some semblance of myself, and adding in a few pieces that will hopefully be useful in that saggy, awkward postpartum period.

I've already sung the praises of my two pairs of maternity jeans, both dark and distressed. They're both Liz Lange brand from Target and both full panel. I don't waste my time with anything that's a half panel...they just give me a muffin top and I'm really not interested in adding any more lumps and bumps than I need to. They're also my favorite for helping smooth things out and hold things in after baby is born and getting back into my regular jeans is many weeks out.


This was a date night outfit from a couple weeks ago and I had completely forgotten about this old H&M tunic stuffed in the back of my closet. It's a stretchy ribbed knit, generously sized, and I'm sure that there are several current versions floating around the store now. This is a perfect example of something I'll reach for after baby is born. It will have plenty of room and cover my bum when I just want to wear maternity leggings. This is a perfect example of how some comfy heels can really change up an outfit...I was running around all day in this with some nude flats and it was super easy to take to date night.


This is what I'll wear for drop off and a coffee date with a friend. Pregnancy is one of the only times I think fitted tees and tanks are flattering on me, so I really embrace them while I've got the cute baby bump.

Flats are my friend right now (not like I was a huge stiletto wearer before!) but my Tory Burch flats are on heavy rotation for both their comfort and versatility. They're a splurge for sure, but I wear them constantly and also love this dressy version that I snagged last year for slightly more formal occasions when I just can't bring myself to wear heels.

Speaking of flats, I recently ordered two pairs from Asos. One with cute bows on the toes and another with a gem detail mini heel that I'm super excited to try! New clothes during the third tri aren't my favorite thing to purchase, but new accessories do wonders for my outfits and state of mind!

Old Navy Cardigan | Old Anthropologie Scarf

Last week I sung the praises of the duster cardigan and I'm wishing I had more every day. They are just the perfect finishing touch to my basic  (and reliable) outfit  of a fitted tank and leggings. Toss on a cardigan and a scarf and suddenly you've got an outfit, not just sleepwear. I'll use these like crazy after delivery too. I'll just be swapping the fitted tank for a boyfriend fit tee! This particular style is out of stock at Old Navy but you can find them everywhere and Nordstrom Rack in particular has lots to choose from lately.


This right here is what I like to call a "panic purchase". I had a baby shower, no dresses that fit and were appropriate, and I found myself suddenly very grateful for the two day shipping option. Mercifully it fit and despite being maternity, I'm planning on wearing this when I've got my pre-baby figure (as much as that can happen) back. It's such a classic wrap silhouette and it's crazy comfortable. 

I'm also wishing I'd discovered this brand earlier, because their maternity options are really gorgeous.

So there you have it. Nothing earth shattering, but truly, comfy tanks, tops, and cardigans with leggings and full panel pants are what I'm looking at these days. I've gained ten pounds so far with this pregnancy and while I haven't gained as much as with Olivia, I'm starting out heavier (gotta love that emotional eating post-miscarraige), so I think it kind of evens out. I've also never been a teeny tiny pregnant woman...my belly pops out early and large so no more shift dresses for me until Spring!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with holiday fun!
xo




Current Christmas Playlist

Whether you're someone who secretly starts listening to holiday music during October or have a staunch post-Thanksgiving only rule, there's no denying the festiveness and fun of good Christmas music. My phone is chock full of everything from classic Andy Williams to the kid versions of nearly every classic Christmas carol as well as everything in between. I love them all. 

Lately we've had a few on heavier rotation than others and I thought I'd share them today! 


Olivia's current favorite is Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy (and she LOVES the Pentatonix's version of Let it Go as well) and Ryan has added Nutrocker as a favorite, which gives Jose Felciano a nice break for once. I'm always discovering new ones too, so tell me your favorites so I can make sure to download them!!

Second Trimester Wrap Up

Well so much for blogging semi regularly. Whoops.

There's so much I want to sit down and chat with you all about in terms of this pregnancy so far, but there are never enough hours in the day and with the busiest retail season of the year in full swing, WC is eating up more of my time than ever!

So I thought I'd drop in with one big round up, including some favorite maternity pieces and products at the moment, and spill all the riveting details of my second trimester with baby girl!


I'm well into the third tri as of this week (though I started drafting this at 27 weeks) and hitting the third trimester felt like a huge milestone! Honestly, every week has felt momentous in its own way, with each week bringing us closer to the end of what's been an anxious time for us. I'd really like to take the time to dedicate a post to pregnancy after a loss (or losses) and hope I'll follow through after she's born because it's really been a unique experience for Ryan and me. We've grown a lot but can honestly say we want to fast forward and just have her here safely.

In the meantime though, staying busy is a huge help and we've had no problem doing that!

Physically:

As of my most recent doctors appointment, I'm up 10.5 lbs in 31 weeks and baby is measuring a healthy 3 lbs, 12 oz. Sciatic pain has finally said it's (hopefully final) farewell, and heartburn and sleepless nights are the name of the game right now. Morning sickness really stuck around until 24 weeks and is making the occassional comback, but otherwise I'm feeling really well, just BIG. I've told Ryan and Olivia that from now on, whatever gets dropped on the floor is staying there. The end.

Maternity Wear:

I actually love maternity clothes.

I am especially fond of two words: FULL. PANEL.

It's full panel pants or nothing at all around here, my friends. If I can't pull the waistband clear up to my bra line, I walk away. A couple pairs of maternity pants are really the anchor of my maternity wardrobe, and since I'm not working in a professional environment like my pregnancy with Olivia, I've been able to work a lot of my existing tops into bump friendly wardrobe (with my trusty full panel jeans of course). I don't plan on buying a ton of things, just rotating my tried and true pieces with different shoes and other accessories.



The two pairs of jeans you're seeing in these very high quality selfies are both from Target and super comfy. Just like in my non-pregnant life, I think a distressed pair of denim and a dark pair are staples.   I'm wearing them with older non-maternity tops, though I have ordered this pink sweater and this star elbow patch sweater from Asos!

Also being heavily rotated, is leggings and swing dresses. I'm wearing a couple pairs of leggings from pre-pregnancy under the bump as well as any full panel pair I find (I'm not picky).


I'm still singing the praises of the Old Navy jersey swing dresses. Short sleeve with a long duster or long sleeve on its own. As winter finally arrives in Texas I'll wear these with booties and sweaters and tights (assuming I can get someone to help me get them on).


I'll rely heavily on these postpartum as well because the price can't be beat, they're always coming out with new colors, and they're really flattering and versatile.

Products:

Since lathering myself with every oil, butter, and cream under the sun last time didn't seem to help me prevent any stretch marks, I've basically given up on those. Outside of regular moisturizing, I'm not swearing by a stretch mark prevention product, but AM swearing by some other goodies!


I didn't have one with Olivia and didn't know what I was missing. I'm not sleeping super well to start, and when I don't drag the snoogle out, I sleep even more poorly. 


Since this little lady (and all gestating babes) take everything you eat, drink, and put on your skin, my skin has been a little parched despite the 100+ oz of water I'm chugging daily. It's been tough to find skin care products that meet my two requirements of being pregnancy safe and non-time consuming to work into my very short evening routine (I'm tired!), but this is both.

You can use this morning or night for just 10-20 minutes as a mask or leave overnight as a heavy duty moisturizer and it has been a game changer that I'll continue to swear by post-pregnancy. It gives my skin this fabulous glowy quality and I'm all about that. 

I also like to toss on a pair of these amazing gel patches in the mornings I'm feeling extra sleep deprived...those don't hurt either.


Since my break out prone skin tends to get even testier when you throw buckets of hormones at it, I'm loving the La Roche Posay Effaclar cleanser for telling it to calm the hell down. It's salicylic acid free ,so safe for pregnancy, and with consistent use does a good job of kicking the breakouts to the curb.

4. Probiotics

Wanna talk about something sexy? Pregnancy obviously brings all kinds of digestive delights and when all my usual tricks (Colace, how I love you) weren't doing the job, adding a daily probiotic made a huge difference. There's no need to discuss this at length, just trust me.


Again, not something that needs discussing at length, but the girls grow, ok? I loathe bra shopping, don't have the patience for trying a hundred styles, and I'm so touched out by my 4 year old on a daily basis that I'm not about to let some stranger at Victoria's Secret start measuring my ever growing girth. Enter Amazon.

These seamless bras are nursing bras so they pull double duty for after the babe is born and they are so stretchy and comfy that they can handle a little growth here and there.  Don't trust me? The reviews don't lie.  Neither does the price...3 for $25? Sign me up. Again.

Anything I'm missing?

Now that the Black Friday rush is over, I'm hoping to snap a few photos of her finished nursery and share them here, as well as some of the holiday fun we've got planned! Thanks for hanging in there with me during this crazy time!

p.s. this post does contain affiliate links, but only to things I love and own. Promise.

Annual Macaron by Patisse Pop Up

One of my very favorite Willow Crowns related things to do is pop up shops. There's something so fun about getting out from behind the website, meeting customers, hanging with other small business owners (especially when they happen to be friends), and introducing your products to a new audience!


This Saturday was what is quickly becoming our annual pop up at Macaron by Patisse with my friend Esther from Cuteheads! The venue is chic and gorgeous, the company is great, the atmosphere is relaxed, and we got to hang with some of our favorite customers and their kiddos!















I also want to send another big THANK YOU to everyone who shopped our holiday collection last week! I am always so overwhelmed by your support...I know shopping small isn't always the most convenient but it means so much to me and you're all just the best.



Willow Crowns Winter 2016 Collection

Hey Friends!

So excited to pop in today with a look at the full winter collection that's launching at 10 am CST tomorrow on the Willow Crowns site! I always love to give you a full day to look the collection over, make your wish list, and hopefully make launch day a smooth experience for everyone!

We've been working literally for months on this collection, trying to strike that perfect balance between holiday, winter in general, and feeling festive without going into over the top territory. We've included more sibling set options than ever before and inventory is an all time high. I'm so happy with how this collection turned out with our classic tartan, gorgeous taffeta, and versatile leathers and I hope you love it too!






















Don't forget to use the code FREESHIP50 for free shipping on orders over $50 when the collection drops at 10 am CST (11 am EST, 9 am MST, 8 am PST) tomorrow!

p.s. I promise I'm not done blogging quite yet - I've got a second trimester recap drafted and hope to have it live early next week!!

Willow Crowns Halloween 2016 Capsule

Thank you all so much for the very warm welcome back to blogging! I'm hoping to be back next week with a few maternity clothing must haves and another little update, but for now it's time for our Halloween capsule and I'm so excited!

This collection is launching tomorrow, Thursday September 29th at 10 am CST (11 EST, 9 MST, 8 PST) and is our take on Halloween. We kept it classic with a sweet print to center it all, shades of gray, and some fun printed leathers. We usually try to avoid being too "themey" with our holiday collections in the hopes that the items you purchase can be worn long after the season has passed and I think that's especially true of this capsule!









We'll also be restocking our sold out Stella headband and Antique clip set which went like gangbusters during our Fall launch! 

You can shop the full collection at 10 AM CST tomorrow at www.willowcrowns.com

Hope you love it like we do!




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