The Calm Before the Storm

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I hope you are all having a great week. This will likely be my last outfit post pre-baby as I have a feeling this little girl isn’t going to sit tight much longer! But if you don’t want to miss a beat, you can follow me on Instagram, as I’ll continue to post tidbits from my phone.

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A Lesson in Layering: Part 2


I was feeling double outerwear today. Sometimes it can seem a bit bulky, but this trench coat easily accommodates this medium weight denim jacket and the overall look benefits from the added color, different hemline, and texture. To top the outfit off with a little pizzazz, I added my super-glam/super-splurge “razor’s edge necklace” and some snakeskin details.

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Nomadic Prints


I’d like to preface this post by letting you know that everything I am wearing is quite old and no longer for sale (I hate nothing more than having my heart set on something only to find out that it’s sold out everywhere). This dress is an oldie-but-goodie from H&M and has an artsy-cool print with patches of embroidery and a scoop back with adjustable straps. Perfect piece to just throw on and go.

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I just ate two meals

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This little belly controls me. Last night I went home and cooked for 4 hours straight (I ended up making two meals because I couldn’t make up my mind!). Luckily this flowy dress comfortably accommodates my newly-found roundness and makes me feel… well… a little more glamorous!

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Road trip!

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A desert road trip calls for a comfy tank, flats, and shorts with just the right amount of give (luckily all maternity pants are stretchy around the waist!). All of these pieces were bargains, from the $29 sandals to the $25 shorts. The purse was a Wasteland find and the tank was another recent Anthro sale score.

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Pssst! I’ve got a secret to share…

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It has been very hard to keep this from you (think strategic posing, placement of accessories, and ruffles/oversized clothing) but I am embarking on a new chapter in my life… motherhood! Adam and I are expecting our first child at the end of November and I am so incredibly excited! (that puts me at 19 weeks if you’re trying to do the math).

Now, in case you’re wondering, this isn’t going to be the end of Catching Couture. Rather, it’s quite the opposite. I see this as a new challenge… or a temporary blog game perhaps. My goals is to hack my normal/existing wardrobe and make 80% of my non-maternity clothes work over the next five months with the addition of select, affordable, maternity bottoms (think Target, H&M, etc). Back to my “’til death do us part!” philosophy, I like to keep my clothes for a very long time, so I’m not so keen on spending $$$ on pieces that I can only wear for a few months. I’d rather spend my money on some hot outfits I can wear post-delivery when I get my normal body back!

So let’s see how this goes…
If you are also expecting, I hope my coming posts can bring you new ideas and inspiration (as well as some mutual commiseration!). And if you’re not, no worries… a lot of my outfits will be maternity-free so you can still shop the looks and get inspired.

Alright baby, let’s do this.


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