How to Wear Layers in the Summer + First Trimester Update

June 22, 2016

How to wear layers in the summer? And why? Well, if you are anything like me, once you actually get inside, most places are freezing! My work being a primary example. Doctor’s offices, movie theaters, church, I could go on and on. But you also don’t want to be dying when you are outside in the heat. My go-to formula of how to wear layers in the summer is a tank (or sleeveless dress) with a lighter top layer. It’s easy to take off the outer layer if needed, and when you have something like this pink lightweight cardigan (only $45), you’re never too hot. I love the duster length of this cardi too. Other great layering options are a summer fabric blazer or utility jacket. I added distressed denim, a go-with-anything necklace, and flatforms. I wore this to dinner one night and also to work on a casual Friday with different jeans.

PSA: the adorable little white dress I shared last week is on a flash 50% off sale! Snag it now. Also, all the sale items at Shopbop are currently an additional 25% off! Whoa. My favorite blush midi dress is just one of the things on major sale.

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How to Wear Layers in the Summer

Duster Cardigan c/o Goodnight Macaroon // Cami: Express // Jeans: Blank c/o Shopbop // Necklace c/o Kendra Scott // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop // Flatforms c/o Sole Society // Sunglasses: Karen Walker

I thought it would be fun to do a little first trimester update. I love it when life affords me the opportunity to share more about who I am with you all, and pregnancy seems like a natural way to do that. In case you missed it, you can read about our infertility journey here and the pregnancy announcement and continuation of our story here. If you’re not into the baby stuff, there is plenty of fashion around here.

How Far Along: 13 weeks today! I cannot believe it.

Gender: Russ and I do not plan to find out the baby’s gender. I never thought I would be a person who would wait because I am a planner by nature. However, we had several friends who waited, and even from an outsider perspective, it was so much fun. It already feels like it is going to be the best surprise of my life (outside of when Russ proposed). I get emotional just thinking about the moment in the hospital. Hello hormones.

Name: Because we aren’t finding out the gender, we are going to keep these to ourselves. We have several we like with a strong boy and girl contender. It feels like such a monumental decision!

How I am feeling emotionally: Hormonal. Just kidding, kind of. Honestly, I am so excited and thankful. Those are my two overriding emotions. Announcing our pregnancy was a really special time for me. Going through infertility really became a communal thing, so the joy Russ and I feel over this little life also feels communal. With you, with our close friends and family, with our church. I have days where I am overwhelmed by God’s goodness. I also have days where I am tired of feeling bad and am irrational. Just keeping it real.

How I’m feeling physically: I have been incredibly lucky to have a great first trimester. I was nauseous, but never threw up. I have been pretty tired and not sleeping too well, but I think that is to be expected. As an IVF patient, I have been on progesterone shots/supplements the whole time. I’m really excited to end those both because I am ready to be done with shots and medication but also because it means we have a healthy baby!

Physical changes: This has been another surprise for me. While I knew I was growing a human (hello) and a bump and weight gain were part of this, seeing the scale go up rapidly has been somewhat difficult for me. I’m not overly concerned about the number, but I do want to have a healthy pregnancy. I’m just so glad I am able to be pregnant and carry a child. Most of my jeans are high rise (my personal preference) and got tight quickly. I have some low rise and boyfriend pairs that still fit as evidenced by today’s post. For the most part, the majority of my pants are just uncomfortable and not worth it. I tried the belly band and rubber band tricks but just ended up annoyed every time I went to the restroom, which is often. I have a couple maternity options I am trying and will keep you posted. My dresses and skirts have been my best friends.

Cravings/Aversions: I have been shocked at how hungry I have been! Eating has helped the nausea, so I have tried to eat smaller, healthy options throughout the day. I won’t lie, I’ve had my fair share of hamburgers and fries. I’d say in general I have craved protein and carbs more than anything and haven’t had any major aversions.

Nursery: I have always wanted a more neutral nursery which is great since we aren’t finding out the gender. We actually have the crib and dresser/changing table already. It turns out wanting a baby for over two years makes you stupid excited and you do things like take professional announcement photos and order furniture at 8 weeks.

Highlight: We have been lucky enough to have ultrasounds at 8, 10, and 12 weeks with another one tomorrow. They have all been so special. Hearing the heartbeat at 8 weeks was like nothing I could have ever imagined. At 10 weeks, our little baby was moving and you could see its arms and legs. At 12 weeks, he/she had grown so much. Each time, I am amazed at the miracle of life and reminded what all this is about.

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  • Reply Florentina Scusi July 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Such a great comfy look!

  • Reply Happinessatmidlife June 28, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I am with you that I always need a light layer for indoors. Love the duster!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


  • Reply ADA June 28, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    First of all I always love how you look in blush. Great cardigan and shoes. Cute necklace, too.

    Secondly, so happy and excited to hear a pregnancy update from you. In your latest OOTD you don’t look pregnant at all but then again dresses and skirts hide a pregnancy well. I never tried the belly band but I only started wearing pregnancy bottoms after I was 4 and a half months pregnant. As far as the nursery, I love neutral-gender ones. I am thinking a Black and White nursery with pops of bright colors splashed through the pictures and toys sounds perfect!

  • Reply PetiteSilverVixen @petitevix June 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Love the long length cardigan and the colour pink against the blue of the jeans! Pink and blue – covering both bases I see!
    Lovely reading about the update. Are you going to be doing any ante natal Pilates or yoga during your pregnancy? I can highly recommend ante natal Pilates – yup totally biased there, being someone who actually teaches it! It’s my favourite class of the week! If you want any advice, ping me an email or dm via twitter. xx

  • Reply LIN+LIN June 26, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Such a pretty shade of pink for the cardigan – love the cami, too!

    xo, I

  • Reply Dana Ivy June 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Such a blessing that you haven’t been terribly sick!!!! You are going to make the best mama…. it’s probably the best role you’ll ever have in life {at least I know it is for me!} Xox

  • Reply Heidi D. June 24, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this update Amy Ann! I’m just so happy and excited for you. It’s funny how you start to feel connected to people through blogging! Loving these layers. Hang in there girlie!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  • Reply Dawn Lucy June 24, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Awww … I love hearing all about your happy journey and bundle of joy on the way! You’re such lovely sweet lady and deserve all the very best. Boy or girl, it will be one lucky baby … and well dressed too, no doubt!


    Dawn Lucy

  • Reply Mary Murnane June 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    So wonderful reading about this joyous time in your life, especially after everything you’ve been through. God is good!

    Loved your layered look! I’m always caught in the same dilemma, comfortable outside, freezing inside. I’m forever borrowing my husband’s jacket to the point where I’ve kind of taken ownership of. Lucky for me, he’s more than happy to share 🙂

  • Reply Annie Abbey June 24, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Oh my goodness congratulations! This is such an exciting time! I cannot wait to see how you rock maternity style! 🙂
    xx Annie

  • Reply bojanakrienke June 24, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Hi there. I stopped by via Threads of Thomas link up. First of all, congrats on your baby news. Just by reading your words and sharing your story, I can understand how much a miracle this baby is and they are on any journey that you take. There will be ups and downs but as I am sure many have said, it’s part of the journey. As for the weight gain, I will say that with both of my girls I gained a fair amount of my weight in the first tri-master, probably a good 1/3, but overall only gained 20-23 lbs.
    Love the long dust pink cardigan. Just yesterday I was on a hunt for light summer layers for the exact same reason, hot outside, AC inside the office. 🙂 Have a great day.

  • Reply Jo-Lynne Shane June 24, 2016 at 8:22 am

    This is all so exciting. SO SO SO happy for you! xoxo

  • Reply thevelvetrunway June 24, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Love the long pink cardi – you look fabulous and I love reading you pregnancy update! We decided not to find out the gender of our children either, so we picked names for either eventuality! Either is perfect!
    Julia xx

  • Reply Abby Castro June 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Love that light long line cardi! The color is gorgeous!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  • Reply Linda Z June 23, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Cute outfit! Definitely something I’d love to wear! Good job keeping your baby names a secret! We were glad we did that with our boys!!

  • Reply Adri Cisneros June 23, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Love hearing about your updates! You would think I would be tired of hearing about baby’s and pregnancies since I work on a parenting site, but I enjoy your story!
    xo Adri |

  • Reply Whitney 'Nic' James June 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    You look so cute and I definitely see the glow! 🙂


  • Reply Lauryn Lasko June 23, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I want your shoes so badly!!! I think you styled this perfectly.

    xo, Lauryn

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