Garnet Hill Cotton Skirt

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This post is sponsored by Garnet Hill.

To know me is to know that I’m always wearing some form of denim. It’s just the southwest girl in me. Dress it up or down, it’s what makes me feel most comfortable. But, just like anything, I can tire of the same old thing. I have dresses that I’ll throw on from time to time, but skirts? Yeah, that’s not really something I have much of. When I saw this cotton black skirt by Garnet Hill I was intrigued by it. There’s a casual quality to it that I love, but the asymmetric hem and the chicness of black made me see this skirt as much more than a regular cotton tube skirt.

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So, I took a chance on it, and I’m loving it. I especially love wearing it with a cotton t-shirt and sneakers. It’s exactly what spring style is all about. The length is great as well because it’s modest for a woman in her mid-thirties, but the design is very fresh. You can also snag the skirt in gray.

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If you’re in the market for some new spring basics, be sure to check out some other cotton pieces on their site. You can always be assured you will get top-notch textiles from Garnet Hill. Their linen selection is exceptional.

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Photos by Rennai Hoefer.

Third Trimester Maternity Style

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28 weeks has arrived and so has 114 degree weather. Oh my gosh it's so flippin' hot here! I wish I didn't even have to get dressed right now because the struggle is REAL my friends. Forget wearing jeans in this heat with a giant elastic band that goes over your stomach...No, thank you! I'll stick to light-weight, soft, cotton maxi dresses thank you very much.

This white and black striped dress from ZARA is perfect for the summer. It's machine washable, and  the low back is just low enough to add some style, but not too low that I can't wear a bra. You do have to wear a nude slip with it, but other than that it's easy, breezy. It's not maternity either, so I love that I will be able to wear this dress post baby, and not look crazy.

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I paired it with my boho bag from Anthropologie and some reflective shades from Lulu*s.

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Side note, I have realized that there are some fairly uncomfortable things about third trimester that every woman should know:

1. You will develop a waddle. Forget being able to walk with one foot in front of the other.

2. Your belly can touch your legs when you sit down.

3. Your boobs can touch your stomach depending on their size.

4. You breathe heavier.

So much has to get done before this little guy is here, but man, I'm starting to feel ready to get back to my normal body. I just need to focus on the really cool thing about this trimester, which is that I can really feel him move more than ever.

Photos by Gina Meola.

Kokoon

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There's nothing more simple than a cotton dress. In the summer all I want to wear are dresses, especially breathable, soft ones like this Kokoon Regatta Stripe dress. Throw it over your bathing suit or add a light weight cardigan and wear it to brunch - this is the easiest, stylish way to dress for the heat.

Kokoon is a boutique without borders because you can shop all of their amazing knits online. They specialize in contemporary basics for women and care all about the quality of their fabrics. I would seriously sleep in my cotton dress if I could because it's that soft. So, they aren't kidding when it comes to quality. Something that I also love about this online boutique is that they offer "underpinnings" because they know that sometimes camisoles and leggings are needed for modesty and comfort. All in all, Kokoon understands women. Go check them out!

Photos by Alyssa Hodson

Clothes Speak First

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Saying "hello" to someone is usually how we start our conversations. Although, my toddler prefers to yell "Mama" when she has something to say. But, in all actuality, our clothes usually get the first "word" in. So, I love the idea of wearing a tee that simply says, "Hello," like this one from Frances Vintage. In my head it seems like it would start any conversation off on the right foot and give the appearance that you're a welcoming person.

This tee can be found at Frances Vintage and is locally made by Hello Apparel. I love the floral pattern on the letters. If you're a print minimalist, this is the perfect way to incorporate the spring floral trend. Not to mention, the shirt is 100% cotton, which means I can throw it in the washing machine and it's incredibly comfortable.

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I styled the t-shirt with a pleated maxi skirt and glitter belt to add a feminine flair. However, there's nothing more classic than jeans and a t-shirt.

Photo by Kym Ventola.

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The T

What is more comfortable and easier to throw on that a plain t-shirt? NOTHING. Soft, sweet cotton that goes with everything...BUT the last word you would use to describe this apparel comfort is "STYLISH." I mean, I'll be honest, I actually only own one plain t-shirt, and I probably own only 10 t-shirts total. I suppose I'm more quick to pick a silk blouse or cotton oxford because I feel like it's more stylish, but the truth is I'm wrong.

Now that cotton has become the only fabric that my body wants to wear in 100+ degree weather and 8 months pregnant, I am quickly rethinking my process. AND, after seeing these examples of a t-shirt well styled, I'm excited to stock up on some solid basics!