Monday, December 29, 2014

Dressing the Bump: New Year's Eve Style.

Since becoming a mom in January 2013, my life and style have changed a lot. At the same time my blog has become more than a Style Blog. My daughter makes a lot of appearances and I guess you could say we do a lot of "Mommy and Me" style posts together. That is why I also changed the name of the blog to "Elegance and Mommyhood" because mommyhood is a huge part of my life. At the same time, I also am attracted to more and more Mommy Bloggers who just like me like to stay put-together and chic as much as they can, while taking care of their kids and their homes and being a wife at the same time. Trust me it isn't easy doing it all. I also enjoy seeing how some of my favorite bloggers I follow, approach pregnancy for the first time and see how they dress their bumps, for all the different events in their lives.

I also love to do special posts involving other moms and giving them Guest Honors in my blog. Even more so for a Holiday or a Special Occasion, Back in May in honor of Mother's Day I did a similar post featuring two of my Most Favorite Fashionistas. Today I asked three of my favorite bloggers - all of whom I only discovered this year - to share what they would wear for New Year's Eve. What they have in common is that they are all Mothers-to-be: Katie and Lindsay for the first time while Brooke for the second time.
I asked all of these ladies the same questions in order for you to get to know them a little bit and see how they styled their bumps for New Year's Eve so read below and get a better glimpse at each outfit, as well. Here are the four questions they all answered.
1. When are you due, boy or girl?
2. How has your style changed since becoming pregnant?
3. What is something a woman must wear or have on during New Year's Eve and why?
4. What are you looking forward to this NY Eve? Doing anything special?

A1. I am due on March 16th with our second baby boy! 
A2.  Everything is stretchier! When I'm not pregnant you can find me in a lot of pencil skirts and pumps, but with baby on board, I'm more likely to opt for flats and some leggings. 
A3. Just a little bit of sparkle! You must bring in the new year with a little glam, even if you're not dressing to the nines, which is the case for me this year, you can add a little sparkle in your accessories and be New Year ready. 
A4. Our NY Eve is going to be pretty low key but full of lots of friends and family. Two of our friends are throwing parties so we are going to split our night between the two. I'm really excited our celebration is casual this year so I can get away with being warm and comfortable! I am planning to add just a little bit of glam in my accessories and probably bold lipstick, but other than that, with staying up past midnight, I need comfort! 

A1. We are expecting a boy in April 2015!
A2. In the beginning, my style didn't change very much, except that I stayed away from the cropped top trend and anything too tight. It's starting to get a little bit more challenging getting dressed now that my bump is getting bigger. I am tending to veer towards more casual looks lately - pretty much living in in my maternity jeans and layers.  Comfort is key!
A3. Something that makes you feel good! It's the last night of the year and it's a night to celebrate the past year and welcome the new one.  I'm usually in heels and something sparkly whether we are going out or staying in!
A4. I'm looking forward to a quiet New Year's Eve this year. I'll have a nice dinner with my husband and then we'll visit with some friends and family. It's my favorite way to ring in the new year!

A1.  I am due May 21, 2015 and we just found out on the 19th that we will be having a baby GIRL! I couldn't be more excited!
A2. My style actually has not really changed at all yet, except for the addition of maternity jeans/pants. My style is pretty casual to begin with, and I am having a lot of fun dressing my bump. I am still trying to wear most of my same tops and sweaters, which has worked out so far! They are a bit tighter now than they were pre-pregnancy, but I do like how they show off my bump more! I am slowly adding more and more maternity items, and am hoping that Santa brought me a few for Christmas.
A3.  I am always a fan of three main things for New Years Eve - a sparkly manicure, a bold lipstick shade, and a piece of statement jewelry! You can really dress up any outfit with these two additions. Last year I wore a pair of black pants, black heels, and a cream/black top, which is generally a pretty basic outfit. By adding a fun DIY manicure, a red lip, and a stack of gold bracelets, I feel like I was able to dress up my outfit just enough for the occasion. These additions are also perfect for more dressed up attire, as well as a super casual night in with jeans and a sweater. 
A4. This year will actually be the first year in awhile that my husband and I plan to stay in. We usually love dressing up and going out with our friends for New Year's Eve, but this year feels so different to me. Considering that this will be our last NYE without a baby, I am looking forward to some quiet time, as well as cozy slippers and PJ pants if I am being totally honest. I hope that whatever you do, you have a safe and happy New Year's!

As you can see from their answers their styles are quite different however they all look stylish and put-together for one of the most special nights of the year. Brooke's Outfit is a typical Winter uniform of sorts for me, especially while I was pregnant and since I love wedge oxford booties I approve of it 100%. Lindsay couldn't go wrong in head to toe black which is always elegant, classy and in style. Love the sparkly silver sleeves and I love her idea of a fun manicure for the evening. Last but not least I love Dresses+Skirts plus Red is my favorite color so Katie's Outfit is something I would most likely wear on New Year's Eve. I also noticed they all choose pretty purses to accessorize with. 3 Beautiful Mommies-to-be for a casual, laid-back New Year's Eve.

I wanted to end this Special Baby Bump New Year's Eve Post with a flash-back picture by yours truly. This is how I dressed my bump on NY Eve 2012. I had just reached 36 weeks a couple of days before, so I was full-term. Vivian was born less than 3 weeks later. Though we had a family dinner at home with my in-laws I still wanted to welcome the New Year feeling pretty so I wore a Silver Polka Dot Dress with this Teal Cardigan that has Silver Zipper-teeth detail on the shoulders. I accessorized with a Silver Necklace+Earrings set (worn most recently just in yesterday's post, actually). I did wear Ballet Flats (not pictured), too. This outfit never made it to the blog before now.

Happy Monday Everyone - the last of 2014 and the start of a week that ends in 2015! Thanks for stopping by today and check out the blogs of my 3 Guests Featured.