6.26.2015

"Healthy" Breakfast Cookie Bars

My kids like cookies for breakfast. 
And when I mean cookies, I mean bars. Of the Cliff, Kind, and Luna variety.
 These are in our house not for them, but for the big people that need food on the go because little people make it hard to eat breakfast. 
But they have been discovered and are now begged for at least a couple mornings a week. 
After seeing that the sugar content was a little scary for them, I hunted for a slightly healthier version that would also still make them think they are eating cookies and getting away with it. 


So I tried a couple, and have landed on this one. It is easy, uses ingredients that you might already have, and you can switch things up based on your tastes. It still has sugar in it, but a whole lot less than the packaged bars. I make a batch and we eat them all week. They go great with my morning tea and early morning play doh parties. 

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Imperfect Polish 2015
Makes about 16 bars (you can cut them any size)

2 1/2 cups rolled oats 
1/3 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup milk (cow, soy, almond, whatever you want)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 bananas mashed until almost liquid, the riper the better
1/3 cup peanut butter (any nut butter is cool)
1/4 cup chocolate chips 
1/4 cup raisins 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking pan (8x8 or 9x9) with cooking spray. Set aside. 

In a large bowl, mix the oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until well combined. 

In another smaller bowl (I like to even just use a large measuring cup), mix the milk, vanilla, and egg together. Add it to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour in the bananas, peanut butter, chips, and raisins. Mix the batter really well until completely combined. Pour into the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool a bit, then cut and enjoy! 

xo
Erin 

6.19.2015

Homemade Pizza for Dummies

While I love to cook, I do not love to bake. For the most part I loathe the exact amounts and extended list of instructions. Including that some things need to just hang out for a day or two. That is annoying. And my other, possibly bigger problem, is that I cannot resist anything made from flour and baked in an oven. Be it bread or cookies or cake, that batch will be taken down in a day. Not kidding. 

But, given the amount of times we order pizza and how much I love a good thin crust fresh from the oven (I miss you Piece), I thought pizza dough is really something I want to master. And while the jury is still out, I think I have found the perfect recipe for the absolute novice baker/cook. Seriously people, there are minimal steps and it is fool proof. This coming from someone that always forgets an ingredient and has zero patience for things not coming out right. The best part about this recipe is that you can make the day ahead, the morning of, or a few hours before. It can work into your schedule, not the other way around. 


Lazy Pizza Dough 
Makes Two 9x13 rectangular pies, feeds about 4 people

Options:
  • Overnight Dough Schedule: Begin between 8 and 9 p.m the evening before for dinner between 6 to 8 p.m. (approx. 22-hour dough)
  • All-Day Dough Schedule: Begin between 6 and 8 a.m that day for dinner between 6 to 8 p.m. (approx. 12-hour dough)
  • Part-Day Dough Schedule: Begin around noon that day for dinner between 6 to 8 p.m. (approx. 6-hour dough)
3 cups (375 grams) all-purpose flour (bread flour works too)
Slightly heaped 1/8, 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast (for OvernightAll-Day, orPart-Day Schedules respectively, above)
1 1/2 teaspoons sea or kosher salt
1 1/4 cup water, plus an additional tablespoon or two if needed 

In a very large bowl, mix all ingredients with a spoon. The dough will be craggy and rough; this is fine (see above left picture), but if it feels excessively so, add another spoonful or even two of water. (See Note up top about altered water level/flour heaviness.) Cover bowl with plastic and keep at room temperature for approximately 22 (for Overnight schedule), 12 (for All-Day schedule) or 6 (for Part-Day schedule) hours, or until the dough has more than doubled(see above right picture). This takes longer in a chilly room and less in a very warm one, but don’t fret too much over this, as the dough is generally forgiving of a loosened schedule.

Spray an old baking sheet very lightly with a nonstick cooking spray before sprinkling it with cornmeal (if you do not have cornmeal, just spray heavier. Heat oven to its highest temperature, usually between 500 and 550 degrees F. 

Flour your counter very well. Scrape dough out of bowl onto floured counter; in the time it has risen it should change from that craggy rough ball to something very loose, soft, sticky and stretchy. Flour the top of the dough, and divide dough in half (or more pieces, if you’re making smaller pizzas. see bottom left picture). Form them into ball-like shapes. Grab first round with floured hands and let the loose, soft dough stretch and fall away from your hands a few times before landing the dough on your prepared baking sheet/paddle. Use floured fingers to press and nudge dough into a roughly round or rectangular shape. Add desired fixings and bake pizza for 10 to 15 minutes, rotating if it’s baking unevenly, until the top is blistered and the crust is golden. Repeat with remaining dough.

I like to top mine with a thin coat of pizza sauce (the mario batali one is pretty darn good), fresh mozzarella (do not use the one they store in water), thinly sliced onion, and good quality pepperoni. A sprinkling of parm doesn't hurt. Working the dough to a thin layer on the pan is the hardest part. If it is tough, let it hang out a bit and try again. I also found that doing it on top of the slightly warm stove makes it easier. My pizzas tend to take more time then above, closer to 15 minutes. When the dough is starting to brown on the edges, it is done. Let it sit and cool for a bit and set up. This has become a bit of a weekly tradition, so I hope it can be in your house too! 

xo
Erin 

6.17.2015

Blocked Out


There is something about a good hand block print right now. A little bohemian, a little beachy, a little preppy. All great things to be. It is one of those prints that works just as well with clothes as it does in your home. 

1. Pretty duvets with in lots of colors from Rikshaw Designs
2. This would be perfect on the end of a bed. Furbish $225
3. Cannot resist a good pineapple print Tuckernuck $78
4. Darling little dress from Carousel $59 (on sale)
5. A soft scarf for chilly evenings World Market $10
6. Obsessed with this pillow John Robshaw $95
7. I usually like white, but this navy comforter set would be fun. Target $90
8. Pretty napkins for your table Stitch & Shuttle $25 for set of 5
9. This would be so great for al fresco dinners. Calypso $179 (on sale)
10. Love the gold detail of this shirt  J. Crew $69
11. Perfect table cloth for the Summer Pomegranate $88
12. Love a great shear, and this leaf print is sweet Serena & Lily $50
13. For cute little tushies J. Crew $25


xo
Erin 



6.15.2015

Maxed Out


Warm breezy days call for something long and flowing. Not just because it looks great, but function plays a role as well. I learned this the hard way on a windy day at the park. That lightweight sun dress I love was suddenly showing way more than was appropriate. But aside from function, the maxi dress can elevate a look simply by having a longer hemline. Somehow that makes it fancier, more grown up. And let's get serious, some of us are not into showing leg all summer long. Especially pale, extra sun screened ones. 

You cannot go wrong with black or white. Especially loving the look of a white dress right now. 

1. Love an off the shoulder First & I $50 / 2. And in white even better Madewell $158 / 3. Pleats and swing shape for days when anything tight just will not do Asos $118 / 4. I love this tasseled, sweet number so much Asos $118 / 5. Soft and slinky, this has got to be so comfy Velvet $139

This Summer, cobalt blue and soft pink are having their moment. 

1. Your favorite t-shirt turned into a flattering dress Soft Joie $124 / 2. Love the moire waist and roomy skirt Rachel Pally $166 / 3. This is the perfect shade of blue and could go day to night Madewell $148/ 4. This dress has a great drape and I love a drawstring Velvet $128 / 5. This can be feel dressed up with minimal effort Felicity & Coco $98

Whether soft or loud, a print is essential for the warmer months. 

1. Obsessed with this floral print. Not too sweet. Asos $182 / 2. Girlie and fun BB Dakota $56/ 3. Strapless with a defined waist is my jam  Joie $198 / 4. I like the slightly shorter hem of this. And that I can add my own belt Soft Joie $168/ 5. She knows her prints and this one is perfection Mara Hoffman $240

A shirt dress style lends more sophistication to a maxi. Depending on where you work, this could be a go to option for the office. 

1. You would where this dress forever. Love the navy. Vince $191 (on sale) / 2. Love the neckline and the included slip  Splendid $270 (also comes in black) / 3. Such an ease to this dress. And would make a great cover up for the pool. Everlane $65 (also comes in white) / 4. Add your favorite belt to this.  BB Dakota $88

And then the always in my heart, striped dress. I literally always try one on every time I shop. It is a problem. 

1. Extra soft with a biased stripe. Soft Joie $198 / 2. Probably not every one's favorite, but I digging the colors. Felicity & Coco $58 (on sale) / 3. I usually loathe a high low, but I really love this Faithful $155/ 4. The perfect color combo Sundry $138

xo
Erin 


6.03.2015

Brussels Sprout & Almond Salad

Life has gotten busy. And unfortunately this little blog suffers first.
  Work has picked up, with closings and new clients. The season truly has brought out the buyers and people are ready for fresh starts in new homes. Lucky me. 
And then there are the little people. I thought I was busy when they were babies, but toddlers require much more attention (I basically walk around with four arms wrapped around my two legs). And with nap time disappearing with one of them (in serious mourning), the days longer. 
SO, free time for writing, reading a magazine, and watching garbage has gotten harder. And I hate to say that plowing through a Vogue in my half hour of "quiet time" with a diet coke feels really great. 
I have still been putting cooking on my priority list, so that gives me something to share with you besides great ways to entertain toddlers (combine this & this for hours of fun) and this salad is a real winner. Just a few ingredients with plenty of crunch and the perfect side for outdoor BBQs. 


Brussels Sprout & Toasted Almond Salad
Imperfect Polish 2015
serves 4

1/2 cup almonds chopped, slivered or sliced (marcona are best if you have them)
1/3 cup light mayo
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil 
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, stems removed and thinly sliced
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper

Scatter almonds on a pan over medium heat on the stove. Toast, tossing every minute or so, until lightly toasted on all sides. Remove from heat and let almonds cool on a plate. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, mustard, honey, and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste and whisk in the oil slowly until combined. Taste and adjust for seasoning. 

In a large salad bowl, add the Brussels sprouts, almonds, and cheese. Dress with desired amount of vinaigrette (you may have more than you need, use on any other salad that week) and toss to coat. 

Enjoy! 
xo
Erin 

5.22.2015

Hello Weekend

What do you have planned for the long weekend? I am hoping the weather stays decent and that I get a nap at some point. Big goals! ha Actually, we have some fun plans with friends a couple of days and maybe a trip to the pool if the kids are up for freezing water and chicken fingers. Meanwhile, here is some randomness you might enjoy… 

1. Kind of digging this packable sun hat with the big bow. So preppy Tuckernuck $60
2. Funny and so very true, these cartoons on how smart phones are ruining our lives. Helps me to remember to enjoy the weekend with the family sans phone. 
3. About to reorder this truffle salt. It is by far the best one I have tried for the price. True truffle flavor with just a small amount. I use it on popcorn, eggs, and risotto. 
4. Pizza night tonight and I am trying this dough recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I will let you know how it turns out. 
5. Looking at runners for the kids hallway. Something that can stand up to wet feet from the bath and possibly markers. Need a very long one and this gray stripe and blue stripe are the top contenders. Which one do you like? (dark floors, white walls)

Have a great Memorial Day friends. xo
Erin 

5.21.2015

New Suit

Though I am not ready to give up the bikini entirely, chasing after two small people at the pool has made for many almost wardrobe malfunctions that no one needs to see. So a new suit with less string and more coverage is a necessity and actually on trend.

I might try for a new two piece that has the ability to move with with me and not away from me. One a little sassy and the other a little sporty. 

Left: L Space Top $73 Bottom  $66 / Right: Bikyni Top & Bottom $50 each 

I have not ventured into one piece territory since middle school, but I am loving the look and the fact you can throw on a pair of shorts or skirt and head out the door. 

A little black suit sounds about right. Feels very French Riviera to me. 


1. Size up in this great v neck from  J. Crew $118 / 2. I love the simplicity of this one Gap $59 / 3. This is the throwback suit that you probably owned in the 90s. Love J. Crew $88 (on sale & comes in tons of colors)

Something in a blue or gray would be fun too. 

1. A classic tank in a fun color  Solid & Striped $148 / 2. The blocking of this suit would be so flattering Tory Burch $225 / 3. This is one of my favorites Marc Jacobs $148 / 4. Great suit if you like to show off some leg, but not your tummy L Space $132

Stripes and patterns can make it even more fun and even flattering. 

1. Another one of my top faves  J. Crew $98 (on sale and lots of color options) / 2. Gingham is so hot right now Solid & Striped $158 / 3. Kind of 80s/beetlejuice, and I like it Wildfox $150 / 4. The banding on this is so flattering Nanette Lepore $148

And I am always a sucker for a little ruffle action. 
1. This has a nice low back too Shoshanna $138 / 2. A little retro and I bet comfortable Toni Praver $149 / 3. The peplum comes on and off and it comes with straps. Zinke $136

You think you might take the one piece plunge? Join me! ha

xo
Erin 


5.19.2015

Tips on Meal Planning


We all have the best intentions. 
We go to the grocery store, we try and get what we think we need for that day/days/week, we make a list, we scan the aisles, we unpack the bags, we know what is there. 
But then the week gets in the way, the kids are a nightmare, traffic is a joke, a meeting runs late, you need wine more than food. And spaghetti it is and groceries go bad in the fridge. 
This scenario is not only common, but also totally fine. 
We cannot all have it together and get a meal on the table each night. I certainly do not and I am one of the fortunate ones who actually have minor skills in the kitchen. It is even harder for those that are dipping their toes into the wide and overwhelming world that is cooking. 
But, there is hope and a few ways to make your kitchen a safe haven (experience or not) and not a stress and sweat induced room that gives you anxiety around mid day. 

Plan out your week, then plan out your meals. 
Take the time to get every one's schedule together for the week. Throw out the nights you know that dinner will be a struggle (take out! leftovers! scrambled eggs!) and focus on the nights you know that cooking is possible and plan around the prep time you have. Once you know how many dinners you have to put together, you can make a grocery list, and know exactly how your week is (most likely) going to go. 

Keep it healthy and work by the numbers. 
On the weekends we tend to have a diet free-for-all, so during the week I try to stick to a protein and veggie heavy menu. So especially for those weeks when I want to keep things simple, I buy one protein, one veggie, and ingredients for a salad for each night I cook. Proteins can always be grilled or roasted and veggies can always be roasted or steamed. It is simple and when a new recipe sounds like more work than any fun, this is the perfect plan. 

Designate each night as a certain dish. 
I recently read this on Cup of Jo and thought it was genius. To keep meals super simple, you make the same type of dish each night of the week. Example: Monday is stir fry, Tuesday is tacos, Wednesday is pasta, Thursday is soup and salad, and Friday is burgers. Then you just switch up the ingredients for those dishes each week so it does not get stale. 

Go to the market the least amount you can. 
Errands, ugh. The ultimate time suck. Plan your week, make a list, and get everything you need for the week. This makes you plan ahead and then you will be more motivated to execute your menus if the food is already sitting in your fridge. 

If you are up for an adventure, just try one new recipe a week. 
No one is judging you in the kitchen except yourself and whoever you may be feeding. Who by the way are lucky to have you and anything you make. So don't pressure yourself to go off your already well beaten cooking path if it keeps you sane. But if you are up for something new, pick one meal or even just dish a week. Low pressure equals better success and more fun. If you are looking for any new ideas look here or my previous cooking site

Do you have any tricks you use to get dinner on the table? I would love to hear them! 

xo
Erin 


5.13.2015

The Summer Day Dress: Under $100

 Some of you are already well into Summer, other of us are still patiently waiting. We have been teased every other week with a glimpse, but soon I know it will be blazing hot and it will be time to finally ditch the jeans and lulu leggings and put on something breezy. By far the best thing about Summer is that one piece dressing is a reality. So a few day dresses that look as good for errands and summer camp pick ups, as they do for casual al fresco dinners and brunch with your babe makes getting dressed effortless. I am ready to stock up and I found plenty of options under one hundred dollars so we can have some fun. 

It is fun to play up some pattern with little dresses... 
1. Gingham is on point right now and so cute. Glamourous $72 / 2.  Poppy's look perfect on a shift dress Asos $68 / 3. Love this navy palm print. Glamorous $72 / 4. Sucker for a paisley Asos $40

Stripes are kind of always a good idea. I want them all. 
1. This dress is so sweet Loft $49  / 2. Breezy shift from Asos $54 / 3. I could pretty much live in this Asos $54 / 4. I like the bolder stripe and swing of this Asos $46

 Nothing like the feeling that you are wearing a t shirt all day. 
From Left: Gap $49 / Asos $27 / Asos $61 / Asos $45

(Clearly I am a fan of Asos. Specifically for every day prices like these dresses)

And when it gets nice and warm, a tank dress is essential
1. The drawstring is flattering Cheap Monday $70 / 2. Huge fan of the jean dress BB Dakota $75  / 3. Classic and comes in other colors Madewell $78  / 4. A little 60s nod Asos $40 / 5. Love this color Asos $33

And for those that need more day to night...
1. This color is stunning Madewell $74 / 2. The lace is so sweet Topshop $68  / 3. This has a fun split back Topshop $55 / 4. This has a cute scalloped back Asos $50

Pair any of these with a leather sandal or even a white tennie and you are set for your day. 

xo
Erin 

5.06.2015

Wedding Season

These days there is not a whole lot of dressing up happening. I like to get it together for date night, but it certainly does not involve a cocktail dress. So for some of us, that wedding invitation or fundraising party are the best excuses to do a little shopping and put a unique and refined look together. And though my wedding wardrobe for this weekend (can't wait!) includes a bridesmaid dress, these are the looks that would look so great for your Summer line up. 

For a more modern feel...
Dress: Blessed are the Meek $230 / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff $95 / Shoes: Alive + Olivia $325

I am obsessed with the zipper lined envelope clutch. Comes in a bunch of colors too!  

This could work for any wedding, even black tie...
Dress: Notte by Marchesa $340 (on sale) / Bag: Santi $145 / Shoes: Sam Edelman $109

When the dress code is more casual...
Dress: Parker $192 (on sale) / Bag: Oliveve $130 / Shoes: Vince $395

Love a pop in a shoe...
Dress: Black Halo $390 / Bag: Inge Christopher $178  / Shoes: Pour la Victoire $195 

Can't stop thinking about this look...
Dress: Asos $235 / Shoes: L.K. Bennet $395 / Bag: Michael Kors $138 (on sale)


Because pink is always a great idea and this embroidery, love...
Dress: Asos $172 / Bag: Ted Baker $170 (obsessed) / Shoes: BCBG $325

Love a little preppy look...
Dress: Asos $118 / Bag: Lauren Merkin $175 / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman $398 

Love all these so much. Any of them your favorite? 
xo
Erin 

5.05.2015

Met Gala 2015: Best & Worst Dressed

Vogue prom is what it is called and it is by far the best red carpet of the year. People take risks (some that pay off, some that horrifically do not), which always makes it more entertaining than the Oscars and everyone goes. At least everyone on Anna's good list. Oh how I covet a spot on that. Until then, I can shamelessly critique from afar. 

The theme this year was a nod to Chinese culture. So there was a lot of red, which can be so hard on a RED carpet. ha Some pulled it off, including a few of my top of the top Best list. 

From Left: Jessica Hart gives a nod to the theme in such a gorgeous way. Bee Shaffer is so elegant in this garnet. The cherry blossoms are so pretty. Kate, always the golden girl, killing it in Michael Kors. And I know you might hate it, but I love Sienna's suit. The tassels, the cut, only she could do it. 

More after the break! 
And the other ladies that I thought looked great…

Maggie rarely gets it right, and this is a bit off, but somehow I love it. Amanda looks gorg in Givenchy. This Donna Karen on Lizzy Caplan is so regal. And while Rosie's dress is a bit severe, she looks insane. In a good way. 

Kristen has really never worn anything so feminine. This yellow is pretty on her. This green feathered Altuzarra on Keri really belongs at the top. It is stunning on her. Kendall looks pretty in this green, which is actually a strange color. Emily Blunt brings the perfect chinoiserie in Parda. 

There was little black, but I thought these were all great options in a sea of red. 

There were some dramatic entrances… 
Such a sucker for blue and white on Ivanka. And I have been dying for someone to wear this silhouette from the Giambatista Valli show. Love it on Allison. Kerry's bubble gum dress, not my fav. 

And lastly, some other good ladies in red...
I think Vanessa's shoes are what sell me on this look the most. Hailee looks like she did her own hair, but I like the dress. Helen slays it. I want to borrow that dress. And there are few people that could pull off Rita's dress, but she carries it so well. 

There were some good looking couples there. Olivia Munn's sleeve kind of bugs, but I like the dress. The Firth's look insane, per usual. And Chrissy and John look elegant and cool. 


Let's begin the not so great looks with this one.. 

Every time I see the Olson twins (who I admire and actually like their style so much) it reminds of the ballroom scene on the Haunted House ride at Disneyland. Right? They never look happy, they dress so frumpy, and the weirdly matching component is not good. Like they are being paid to scare us a little bit. Ashley (?) on the right, her dress could be stunning solo. 

And then there is the ever ending quest as to who can show up the most naked to an event. When will this end??? 

This is not a dress for the Met. It is a Vegas show girl costume. She had to show up last, she had to show up naked, do we really need to see this much of someone? Save it for your show, lady! 

So there were some ladies that really went for it. 
And while I admire it. I really do, none of these hit the mark for me. SJP's dress looks cheap (it is H&M, so maybe it is?! insert cringe face). Anne's hood is like half on and a weird shape. Solange. Where do I being? She looks like a dress up ray at Sea World. And the shape of Gaga's dress is all around bad. Love me some volume, but not everywhere. 

Then the princess of drama… 
I cannot get behind this. It is just too much. The color, the fur, the head piece, the amount of fabric. It is hard to look at. Underneath this was a pretty red gown that I think was better looking. 

Jennifer Lawrence looks really pretty, but this dress bugs. Can't even put my finger on why, but it does. Elizabeth Banks also looks rocking, but cheesy for this event. Kim went for it, and honestly it is not that bad, just kind of over this dress since we have seen it before (right, Beyonce?). And Jennifer's dress looks like a suit of armor. If it was short sleeved I think I would love it. 

J. Lo had a dragon slithering up her body. While there is no denying her amazing bod, I think we have seen enough of it by now, right? I am just kind of over the "gravity defying" cut outs. Much like Miley's here. At first glance, I actually really liked Emma's, but that belt started to bug. But now maybe I like it again. Too confusing. Reese is such a snore fest. 

It is a gala girls. The MET GALA. Wear a freaking gown. ps: Miranda's sleeves and Chloe's choker might be the worst things at this event. 

There was also a street graffiti battle… 
Guess what? No one won. 

Diane Kruger is one of my style crushes and even though this is Chanel, I can't. Lace pants? No. Eddie and his wife have been killing it, but her Valentino is not doing it for me. Olivia Wilde's choice of gloves and is that a headband? It is so confusing. And I do not know who this girl is, but her dress is freaking me out. And R. Pats tie? Not a good look. 

What did you think? There were so many, I could not even include it all! Would love to know your thoughts. 

xo
Erin 


5.04.2015

Maternity Style

There are few things harder in life than having a baby. But what can seem almost as hard is clothing that growing bump and looking somewhat like your stylish self. And while your normal clothes can last you if they have some stretch, sometimes you have to break down and get the maternity versions. I pulled a bunch of options for a client recently that are great wardrobe staples you can wear throughout your pregnancy and that save you some money to buy clothes you really want post baby. 

Tops...

1. This blouse could be worn to work with a camp underneath. Asos $50
2. A classic black blouse with flattering tucking.  Rosie Pope $44 (final sale)
3. A comfy grey sweater that goes with everything. Asos $40
4. A silky tank good for day or night. Asos $36
5. This is more of an investment, but you can wear after as well. Hatch $248
6. This top has a split back that gives it a modern feel.  Topshop $58
7. A super soft tank great alone or layering. Monrow $58
8. Stripes are surprisingly flattering when pregnant. A classic Breton is so chic. Asos $36

*note many of these tops come in other colors. Click on links to see. 
 
Pants...
1. Paige makes the best maternity jeans. Whatever jean fit is most comfortable to you now is best for when you are pregnant. I would stick with just one pair in a dark wash. 
2. Love a draped pant and these are maternity. Olian $108
3. A skinny trouser is great for work or out at night. Rosie Pope $98

Casual Dresses...
1. Not a maternity dress, but perfect for a bump and summer walks in the city. Cheap Monday $70
2. I lived in this dress when I was pregnant. Add one of your own belts to lux it up. Asos $50
3. A maxi dress is a pregnant girls best friend. This one has a nice drape for your bump. Velvet $139
4. Another dress that I lived in. As you get bigger, this will be so nice and breezy in the summer months. Asos $22
5. The drape of this dress will grow with you, go up a size. ElevenParis $95
6. Super soft and great for layering or lounging. Splendid $70

For when you want to dress up...
1. The metallic and pleats of this dress is so fun. Add in your own skinny belt to lux it up. Asos $63
2. Not sure if you like this color, but mix in nude heels and a bright clutch or necklace and this is perfect. Hatch $144
3. This would be so cute for a shower or party with a white tank. Hem to a flattering length. Asos $36
4. This has a swing shape when you are not in the mood for something tight. Hatch $219
5. Probably one of the best cocktail maternity looks I have come across. Asos $172
6. If you like a floral, this non maternity would be great. Addison $208 

Dresses for day and night...

1. A white shirt dress is so chic. Invest in a slip to wear underneath. I like this brandAsos $63
2. A classic shift in a pretty color. Asos $45
3. This is non maternity, but if you go up a size can fit your bump for the first months. Madewell $138
4. Similar to the swing dress above, but add a statement necklace to dress it up. Asos $45
5. Non maternity, but roomy. Add a belt above your bump as you get bigger. Splendid $110
6. I love this. Chic but so comfortable. Add a bright bag or jewelry. Just female $136

The maternity struggle is real. I hope this helps you out. 
xo
Erin 


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