Totes Magotes

That talk of neutrals yesterday got my own neutral juices flowing, which inspired today’s outfit.  This black dress is about 5-6 years old, and just when I think it’s time to put it to rest I find new inspiration to wear it.  I mean, can you really go wrong with a black dress?  Especially one that feels like pajamas AND fits you well when you’re pregnant AND when you’re not?  Sorry I ever tried to betray you, little dress.  Shame on me.

Let’s talk about this tote for a sec.  I got it thanks to Fran (who, if you don’t follow by now, you really, really should).  I can’t tell you how long I’ve been drooling over the cognac Madewell tote.  Whenever I pass by a Madewell I walk in to creepily stroke the tote in admiration…and then wince at the $168 price tag.  Every time.  It’s our little dance.

But one glorious day Fran linked to this tote from Nordstrom that’s only $48 instead of $168.  AND, it’s reversible!  Cognac on one side and black on the other, and you can switch between them as your mood or outfit dictates.  It’s faux leather and pretty soft.  I’m definitely going to order a base shaper for it since heavily loading my old tote stretched it out and ruined it.  I’ve only tried it with a fairly light load so far, since I don’t have a base shaper yet, so hopefully it holds up with more stuff in it…aka my laptop.  If not, I’ll be more careful with it than I was with my last tote and use it for normal day-to-day things.  Either way, I’m glad to have a tote again, and especially one that’s reversible!

Everything below is either Target or Old Navy and half of them are on clearance.

Links to Shop:
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four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (similar, similar, similar–Target on clearance)
Jacket: Target (similar, similarsimilar)
Shoes: Target (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact, splurge)

*Bump status: 36 weeks

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