This Weekend

This weekend was pretty hectic. Wonderful, but hectic.

Friday I worked form home the first part of the day. Then my husband and I headed to his aunt's house where she was hosting a lunch for his great aunts who were visiting from Minnesota. My husband had met them years ago at a family reunion but it was my first time meeting them. We had a really lovely time.

I do not have a picture of my outfit because I forgot; should have some later when other people's cameras develop the pics from the day. However I wore a dress from Ann Taylor Loft Maternity that was on clearance a few months ago – it's long sleeved matte jersey, black with a green and white pattern on it and a surplice neckline. With it I wore my black leather slingbacks from Banana Republic and had my hair curly. Very subtle makeup – fresh face, rosy cheeks to counteract the Crayola hair. 🙂

We then jetted from there to the Chesapeake Bay where my friend Candice was having her wedding rehearsal. I was to be officiant so I had to be on time! All went well, the site was gorgeous and the weather was perfect. We then headed to the rehearsal dinner and got home before 10pm.

The next day I got up early to take my mom to the airport for her trip to Massachusetts to celebrate her childhood friend's birthday. I then ran a few errands – the much needed brow wax, some returns, some groceries… the usual. Got home and had a little time to do laundry and cleaning and then got ready for the wedding.

Picture 007Again, no great pictures from the outfit as that we were running a bit late and my camera was already in the car. This is a picture my husband captured of me at the altar before the bridal party made their entrance. I wore my hair wavy, again fresh makeup but added a bit of liquid liner. Dress is Old Navy maternity – black matte jersey and actually the same exact cut and style as my go-to non-maternity Old Navy dress! I got it via eBay. With it I wore the Banana Republic slingbacks but in bronze, two pearl necklaces (choker and longer), diamond studs and a black crepe shawl with fringe and embroidery that I got at Express a decade ago. Black beaded vintage clutch.

The wedding was amazing – weather was perfect, the view was gorgeous (the Bay was right behind us during the ceremony), the bride was so beautiful, she did a great job planning the event with special touches and simple elegance. I know Candice from my old job so it was great to see a few of my old coworkers again and catch up.

Picture 011Sunday, my husband and I went to breakfast and then to the farmer's market and grocery.

I have found with my pregnancy that life is far easier with dresses so I have been throwing them on almost every day. It's great because I look very polished but feel comfy and take no time to get ready.

This dress is by Boob Design, which is a nursing and maternity company. I ADORE this dress, and also wore is Saturday morning when taking my mom to the airport.

It's a lightweight cotton jersey that has drawstrings at the empire waistline so it can really contour around my curves. Blouson sleeves are a fun touch and the dress is as comfortable as a nightgown, but with very feminine and stylish details. Paired it with my brown suede boots from Silhouettes, a gray print shawl from a boutique in Rehoboth Beach (worn as a scarf) and my new purse.

Picture 017Speaking of new purse… here's my fall splurge! This is the “Megan” by Junior Drake. I got it on eBay for an incredible price and really adore it. The whiskey color is gorgeous and works with black as well as brown. Lots of little pockets so I have a place for my cell, my notepad, my SmartTrip card, my keys, my lipstick… it's slouchy without being a black hole like my old Banana Republic hobo.

Often I get my bags from Banana Republic because I find the quality and style to far exceed the price of their leathergoods. That, on top of finding a piece on eBay means I get a good deal. I had not experienced a Junio Drake bag before, but have seen this bag on a few celebs and in Nordstrom and loved the shape and style. I decided on a whim to check eBay to see if I could find one in my pricerange. This one was new but without tags and without the shoulder strap, which meant they couldn't get a regular high price for it. No worries, the seller was reputable and offered returns so I took the plunge. Very happy with the result!

Picture 013This picture has nothing to do with fashion, but I saw it at the farmer's market and had to share…

little tomatoes as tasty as Johnny Depp?

Oh my! 😉

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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11 Comments

  1. September 24, 2008 / 7:54 pm

    Love love love that bag.

    I always dabble in looking for accessories on ebay but I am always nervous about buying….
    Can you do a how to on buying on ebay? That sounds weird bc I have bought other stuff on ebay before….

  2. Candy Heiress
    September 24, 2008 / 6:04 pm

    Dresses are def. the easiest way to go while pregnant and so much more comfortable too!

    You look MARVELOUS darling!

  3. September 23, 2008 / 5:03 am

    I love that bag!!
    You always look so put together. It’s great to see how well dressed you look even though pregnant and dealing with all kinds of changes to your body.

  4. September 23, 2008 / 1:38 am

    I love Junior Drake bags. I discovered the line two years ago at Loehmann’s. You look quite chic mommy to be 🙂

  5. September 23, 2008 / 12:04 am

    Allie – I love that bag.

    A good friend of mine owns a birthing apparel company and you might be interested in it. It’s a birthing skirt. http://www.birthinbinsi.com

    I hope I’m not spamming you with this comment but it just occurred to me that you would want to be fashionable and comfy while giving birth.

  6. September 22, 2008 / 5:30 pm

    Ooh, I adore your bag!! You look so lovely and autumnal( forgive me for attributing your look to a season, but I am so wishing I could dress for fall).

  7. September 22, 2008 / 3:40 pm

    Very cool about the officiating-that was a surprise to hear!
    LOVE the bag and your hair is cute!!!

  8. Anonymous
    September 22, 2008 / 3:24 pm

    Allie, you look wonderful and so very stylish — you are an inspiration to many! I wanted to let you know about a great accessories manufacturer I found in Canada called Matt&Nat — they make Vegan hand bags that are amazing. A little pricey, but they have great sales! Love their website — check them out sometime!

    Have a great week!

    Melissa Street

  9. Laura
    September 22, 2008 / 3:16 pm

    Hi Allie,
    You look so beautiful and fall-ish in the black dress with the suede boots. I also LOVE that Junior Drake bag. Have you had any other experiences with good-quality leather handbags that aren’t from the major well-known brands, like Cole Haan, Michael Kors, etc? I’m looking for something that is nice but not boring. Thanks!

    Laura

  10. September 22, 2008 / 3:11 pm

    I am ordained through the Universal Life church… the one where you can get ordained on the Internet. This was the second wedding I officiated. 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    September 22, 2008 / 3:02 pm

    Allie

    You look blooming and healthy.

    Just curious, are you a minister? Or were you literally standing in at the rehearsal?

    Hope it’s not too nosey!

    Anna

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