I love when a piece of clothing has multiple purposes. Not in the “what is this?” kind of way, but in the truly versatile way. (I have a really strict aversion to items that I literally cannot tell what it is, but this isn’t one of those!) I got this dress a long time ago and it has served me well. Originally, I bought it as a little off the shoulder summer dress, but have also used it as a beach coverup and a loose top, both with jeans and skirts alike. It is insanely comfortable and oh-so-breezy on hot Texas summer days. I think the hubby mayyy have shrunk it a little in the dryer accidentally, so it’s a tad shorter than when originally bought, but hey, it’s so versatile it hasn’t lost its place in my closet! Worn here as a true mini dress with classic summer wedges, this is such a simple look, but has high impact at whatever event you’re at!
Woo, no joke, pregnancy can catch me off guard. I’ve been really lucky, and feel like I have more energy than a lot of women talk about, but no joke, lately, I’ve gotten home and if I can muster up the energy to workout, I do that, but then it’s straight to the couch. So I end up forgetting to do things like clean my house, or put away my clothes, but oh well, it is what it is!
This post features the last hoorah of the green mini skirt pre-baby. The struggle is real and there’s no more fitting into it. *breathes deeply* So as inspiration and proof I did fit into it at one point, here are the pictures of it on its last run. I paired it back with my off the shoulder dress, but kind of tucked it in to make a blouse. All about that tuck, y’all. I kept it a little slick by doing a knotted bun and statement tribal earrings. Oh, and a red lip thanks to MAC’s Lady Danger, duh! Only thing this outfit is missing is a tan, which I’m working on. #hellosummer
Wowza, has 2017 been a doozy! Since finding out I was pregnant, it has been a whirlwind, full of emotions and realizations. To say this has been a surprise would be quite the understatement.
After being healed of severe intestinal issues in 2015, I decided to get off of my birth control early 2016, after being on the medicine for almost 10 years. I had always suffered from severe acne and migraines, so the thought was to override the hormones and make them do what was deemed best. Now, without going into the very aggressive feelings I have about this as an adult, I had to deal with some of the long term effects that were attacking my body. Overall, I seemed super healthy, and after healing the intestinal issues, I definitely felt 100x better, but wanted to just honor my body from the inside out, which is why I decided to get off the medicine. Unfortunately, my poor body just didn’t know what to do without it, so I started seeing a natural holistic, woman focused doctor in fall 2016. After seeing some improvement through December, we were excited of my progress and I was able to feel and see the difference! How wonderful is the body when we allow it to be as it should! What we weren’t expecting was for me to make such a rapid recovery that I went from barren to pregnant in all about 4 months. HOLY SMOKING ROCKETS.
So when on February 18, as I was taking my very routine test, I saw a second line start to appear, there was a lot of denial and shock. My husband graduates from law school this May and we will be married 3 years in July, so this wasn’t exactly in our “right now” to do list, but we do feel incredibly blessed and are excited to meet our little bug, regardless of the scary feelings that we do experience (which I’m hoping is totally normal…!)
As I march into the second trimester, I have to say that I have had an amazing first trimester experience. Apart from being incredibly sick before I even found out I was pregnant, and then cracking my rib because I ended up getting so sick, I have had it pretty good. I have been super fortunate and morning sickness free. As long as I eat frequently (and I mean frequently y’all, like 10x a day frequently), I keep from getting light headed and it helps with the exhaustion. After letting my cracked rib heal, I was able to start working out again, but not to the level I’d like. I’ve been doing barre classes so I can easily modify for my injury and as it heals, will add back my regular workouts. So glad that since I worked out before, I can work out during, because that is my lifeline. I can tell differences though, it’s amazing how much your body reacts, even in the beginning. The workouts I normally did, are more taxing, there are strange pulls when you stand too fast, and you can get lightheaded just from simply sitting up. It’s all very insane! But it’s also insanely cool. It doesn’t always feel real, which sounds so stupid, but it’s the truth. So when something little happens that reminds you, it helps reassure you in what you’re feeling, especially in the beginning when you haven’t heard the little heart beat yet or don’t have the obvious bump.
All that to say, 2017 will be our craziest yet. We truly are so excited and feel beyond blessed to have this opportunity and just pray we can parent in the best way and be role models and leaders for the little bambino growing inside me. I announced on Easter Sunday and wanted to share some of the other beautiful images my gal @emilywhitener took, because I just think they are so adorable. For the announcement, I opted to go classic Obviously Elizabeth with an oversized white button down and my fave Stans, and got a mini sized pair to share our news. No matter boy or girl, this kid is going to be rockin some Stans and oh my goodness are they cute!!
To everyone who has congratulated us on social media after our announcement, thank you! We feel so loved and it really does make us more excited when everyone else is excited, too. Can’t wait to share this journey as we go! xoxo – elizabeth
So confession, this dress is not something I would normally pick up. But during a desperate shopping trip, my mom found it in the sale section of Gap and I figured I’d give it a shot. The reality is that, even at 10 weeks pregnant, which is what I was when I bought it, my clothes do not fit the same. I haven’t gained any significant amount of weight and I certainly don’t look pregnant to anyone besides me (a lot of that is in my mind I think), but I feel pregnant and after about 12pm and snack #4, my high waisted, very skinny jeans do not fly anymore. So 2 weeks ago my mom and I ventured on what has to be the most depressing shopping trip I’ve ever taken. I’ve kind of fought with the fact I even needed different pants already, but the reality is, I’m growing a human being and it needs room. My body needs the room. I can’t eat 3 regular meals, anymore but rather 8-10 (y’all I’m not kidding, it’s savage) small snacks throughout the day. This definitely helps the bloating that happens (KEEPING IT REAL Y’ALL) but things are already changing in my body and girl needs some breathing room!All that to say, this dress answered so many prayers. I don’t want to sacrifice all my style during the remaining months but I do want to be comfortable. This dress has a fabulous elastic drop waist that makes it an adorable mini now and will likely be a fun tunic with shorts or jeans later. It is so very comfortable and still makes me feel pretty, which is something I’ve struggled with so far. That may seem dramatic coming from someone who is only 12 weeks pregnant, but it is hard because I don’t really look it right now, and I’m ready to have the cute little bump and just it be VERY obvious what’s going on vs. damnn homegirl been eating a lot of food lately… you get me? I love the loose, flowing fabric and the small pleated mini skirt. It is playful and just a little sexy in an understated way, but practical enough to transition for work or play. If only everything fit the bill like this little dress!
Also yes, that is a sports bra sticking out in some photos… struggle is real, y’all.
All photos @emilywhitener
“You’ve got me seeing stars…” ahh BORNS why are you so good?! Helped my main girl @emilywhitener shoot some of her vintage purses (which she is making an Etsy shop for BTW, OMG!) and LOVED how these shots turned out. Girl has a seriously style flare and let me wear this Realisation Par dress. So so stunning! Love being introduced to new brands and how can you not love a mini wrap dress with a little ruffle detail in a darling star print?!
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All photos by @emilywhitener