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 Kate @ Green Fashionista June 22, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Yessss to all the layers this time of year (or all year here in FL), it’ll be so warm outside but freeeeezing inside. Loving that cardigan on you, such a gorgeous color. And YAY for 13 weeks! So glad to hear you had a great 1st trimester, and how exciting that you’re going to be surprised! Cannot wait to hear the news of a little prince or princess’ arrival <3
    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Jessica Lee Hart June 22, 2016 at 6:54 am

    This is so beautiful to read. What a blessing! I’m so happy for you and Russ. Love the updates, keep them coming 🙂


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  • Reply thefashionfolks June 22, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Such a lovely cardigan, love the length it adds to the outfit! Lovely example of layering! Xx

  • Reply Rachel June 22, 2016 at 6:50 am

    So glad to hear everything is going so well. I think that’s wonderful that you are waiting to find out the gender and keeping the name to yourself — there are so few surprises left in this world, it’s nice that this can be one! Also, I love this cardigan! It’s like an ice box in my office so I can totally relate!!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply Kelly Kalinkewicz June 22, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I absolutely ADORE that sweater–the color is just my favorite! And it was so fun reading your first trimester update! I think it’s awesome that y’all are going to wait to find out the gender–that makes it so exciting!!

  • Reply Lauren {Fizz & Frosting} June 22, 2016 at 6:45 am

    It was so great to read your update. I’m glad that you’re doing so well! Eating lots of small meals was key for me too to keep nausea at bay! And I love this outfit too. That pink cardi is perfect for Summer layers!
    Fizz and Frosting

  • Reply Victoria Fox June 22, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Aww this is too cute! I am so happy to hear that everything is going awesome! I am loving the idea of how you are going to find out the gender that is so fun! You look so gorgeous too! Love the way you layered this look! Happy Wednesday!

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine June 22, 2016 at 5:34 am

    You are so precious, I am soooo happy your pregnancy is going well..such a miracle, blessing and sweet moment in your life!! I love that you do not want to know the gender, I was the same; I’m a planner but oh the surprise is so special!! I am certain you are the cutest pregnant lady Evah!!!!! Like seriously excited to see your outfits during this sweet time. The color of that long cardi is perfect, everything abut this outfit is perfect!!

  • Reply TOUCH OF GUCCI June 22, 2016 at 5:03 am

    I just love your style! You look incredible as well x


  • Reply Rachelle June 22, 2016 at 4:58 am

    My best friend is having her second baby and she craves the same things, she is naturally thin like you. I’m so excited you decided to wait to find out the gender this is so awesome. Love this pink cardi, adore this look.


  • Reply Lady B June 22, 2016 at 4:54 am

    AMMYYYY!! Erm no I’m not crazy, I’ve just been out of the blogosphere building my new blog and now its up, I come to yr blog and see you are pregnant!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU, I remember the last post I read of yours where you bravely spoke about your conceiving struggles…Happy First Trimester! I know there is no such thing, but bear with me ( :
    Anyhoo you are looking fab as per usual! Have a gd wk ( :
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  • Reply ALY June 22, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Aww :3 Congrats Beautiful 🙂

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  • Reply Izabela Nair June 22, 2016 at 4:15 am

    You look really glowing. I enjoyed reading your pregnancy update and really look forward to seeing how you style the bump as it grows.

  • Reply theblackblush blog June 22, 2016 at 3:35 am

    You look so pretty and glowy in pink! Great layers!

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  • Reply Duchess of Fashion June 22, 2016 at 2:58 am

    OMG wow I had no idea you were pregnant! I know you had been trying for a long time with your husband but I must have missed the update! A huge CONGRATS!!!

  • Reply Marta C June 22, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Perfect summer layering, love this look!! Thanks for the update and glad it’s going so well for you! Waiting to find out the gender is the best in my opinion. I did it for both of mine & its the most exciting & special surprise you’ll ever have!

  • Reply Trang Do June 22, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Love your outfit! Looks so beautiful!!
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  • Reply C A M I June 22, 2016 at 1:37 am

    I love your outfit so much, as always! Reading about your pregnancy update makes me so happy for you, I bet you and your husband are super excited!

    Have a wonderful day!
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  • Reply Rosanna Briguglio June 22, 2016 at 1:33 am

    At the moment it’s freezing outside too in England! Love the colours together it looks so pretty and I enjoyed reading your update!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Reply Marisa Wij June 22, 2016 at 12:57 am

    nice! the pastel touch really suits you! <3


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