Monday, September 24, 2012

Outfit: Orange, Pink, and Leopard

Happy Monday everyone! This weekend was pretty uneventful. The hubby and I just caught up on our favorite TV shows on DVR: The Boss, Hell On Wheels, Sons of Anarchy, and Boardwalk Empire. If you have never seen any of these shows, then you don't know what you are missing.

I love the weather this time of year, not too hot with a hint of a breeze.  I was able to convince my husband to be my photographer today, after he came home from his Kung Fu class. He did a pretty good job. He did a whole lot of patting himself on the back while we were looking at the pictures on the computer. He was deep in character, standing on the bench and lying on the ground. That man always makes me laugh.

As you can also see, Bella insisted on getting in at least one shot!

I know I will probably get a few questions about this Isabella Oliver Ruched Tank Dress, so I will give you the story behind why I am wearing a maternity dress while not pregnant. Two years ago when I was researching maternity fashion after reading Amy Tara Koch's book, Bump it Up, I stumbled across Isabella Oliver. Their collection was like nothing I had ever seen in maternity fashion. I loved the idea of "displaying" the bump instead of "hiding" the bump. The side ruching accentuates the bump, making the pregnant woman look slimmer and sexy. 

I signed up for their mailing list, just so I could dream of the maternity wardrobe that I would never be able to afford, as they are a little on the pricey side. To my disbelief, I opened an email advertising an end of season sale for up 70% off. I placed an order and received my package 3 days later. When I tried on several of the items, I was elated to discover that I would wear everything I ordered whether I was pregnant or not. This was one of my best clothing investments. I have many other  Isabella Oliver pieces that I will be sharing with you.

I am linked to Marionberry Style trend of the month.

Thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

blazer: Express (similar here)
shoes: BCBG (old) (similar here and here)
accessories: clutch Express (similar here), sunglasses Target (similar here), 
earrings Betsy Johnson (similar here), watch Michael Kors
bracelets Target (similar here and here), 
necklace Michael Kors (similar here), 

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  1. that dress is beautiful!! love the color and the leopard clutch!! and my husband watches sons of anarchy and loves it but I have yet to see it!

  2. Fabulous dress color and fit! Love the accessory touch of leopard! Now following you too :)

  3. Serena! You are so beautiful! Love the outfit! Following you now! P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog too:)!

  4. Gorgeous Serena! I love the orange and pink combo. :)

    Thanks for the follow and the sweet comment! I'm your newest follower via GFC. :)

    xo - Sheila

  5. I would NEVER have thought to pair those colors together, but you look fantastic! Your dog, Bella, is a cutie too! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. Thanks for linking up to the GtKY blog hop! :)

  6. WOW! You look gorgeous!

    Hi! I'm a new follower of your lovely blog.
    Have a nice day!

  7. OMG those pinks are fabulous on you! I am so obsessed with your clutch! Thank you for commenting, i will be following you now!


  8. Hey Serena! You are just adorable! and so is little Bella! I have two fur babies as well, but they're a touch bigger. Raleigh is around 50 pounds. and Titus is about 125, though in his mind, he's no bigger than Bella. He thinks he's a lap dog. :o)

  9. Thanks for the comment, Serena! Bella is so adorable, I love yorkies! And I love your outfit, I would totally wear this to work with the blazer and the dress could double as a great date-night dress too.


  10. I love the first photo of this post the best- you're gorgeous and look so confident!


  11. First off, you look gorgeous!! And I adore Isabella Oliver and honestly don't think they work soley as maternity wear. I don't even think most women would know that it was a maternity's just beautiful!
    Thanks so much for linking up Serena!!
    XO - Marion

  12. Girl, first of all, that dress is hott {yeah, with two T's}!

    Second, I'm obsessed with your clutch!

    Style to Stage

  13. I love the bright colors, and I never would have guessed that was a maternity dress!

  14. Wow, I love that dress!!

  15. Thank you for visiting my blog! I love this outfit-the colors are GORGEOUS on you. I have a few maternity items that I still wear while not pregnant, you can't tell with this dress at all!

  16. Hi Serena! You recently began following my blog 1camera1mom, so I'm returning the favor. You asked for advice and I would say your blog looks great for your niche. That pink dress is fabulous and what a great idea to create maternity wear that shows off the bump and makes the woman still look beautiful. :)

    Oh, I almost forgot!...Your Twitter button at the top didn't link. You'll have to look into that.

    Tina - mom of 4 and author of 5 blogs

  17. Your curves are outta this world. That is all!


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