September 09, 2012
Consolation Date Night
The Friday before Labor Day, Chris and I decided to make the best out of a long weekend with canceled plans. We were originally headed to New Orleans for a conference and for one last hurrah. The trip would have functioned as our babymoon as well as the last scheduled flight prior to the point when I become too big to fly comfortably. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas. The conference was canceled and thankfully, we were able to be refunded for every aspect of the trip. I am glad we didn't try to go despite the weather because I would have hated to be a strain on the already-strained city resources during recovery.
Instead we made use of the time at home. And Chris suggested we go on a fancy date, Pittsburgh style. As a consolation for canceled reservations at Herbsaint, we went to Cure in Lawrenceville and ate like kings. I decided to debut a dress from an indie designer, Madeleine Maternity. Sadly, it was just too dark to get good outdoor photos so I snapped some from indoors. But this stylish frock promises to be all over my fall wardrobe.
I love the knot at the bust, as it can be flattering to many shapes. The fabric is functional, wrinkle resistant, and has just enough stretch to allow room to grow. For reference, I am wearing a size 3. The body conscious silhouette made me feel sexy and stylish and proud to be visibly pregnant. But the design is also beautifully modest, elegant, and professionally appropriate. I know this dress will be great for the classroom, the faculty meeting, the back-to-school soirée, or the fancy dinner date.
Madeleine Maternity is a brand based in California and designed by an extremely glamorous Swedish woman named Madeleine Simon. The dress I'm wearing is called the Adina and it is currently on sale! I also am in love with the Capri, the Jackie, and well... everything on the website! It's been great to discover new lines that offer options that are off the beaten path from mass maternity retail. As a lover of clothes with unique, feminine details these designs are right up my alley.
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Madeleine Maternity Adina dress (c/o)
Marc Jacobs Stam Hobo bag (similar)
Bracelets: KJL, Target
Nine West pumps; tights