Final Stretch

January 7, 2015 — 33 Comments

Vintage blazer, knitted toque, riding boots // We So Thrifty

Vintage blazer, knitted toque, riding boots // We So Thrifty

Vintage blazer, knitted toque, riding boots // We So Thrifty

Vintage blazer, knitted toque, riding boots // We So Thrifty

Vintage blazer, knitted toque // We So Thrifty

Happy 2015 friends! We’re all but a week into January, and the weather has finally decided to go all “Canada” on us at at last – it is cold and it is terrible. The above photos are not at all indicative of what it presently looks like outside, nor what one needs to wear in order to GO outside (never forget).

Since I’ve now granted all of you your customary blogger weather update, we can talk about the more obvious things on the agenda: I’m havin’ a baby soon!Β  Relatively speaking, of course. As you can see, the baby is bigger. It’s also incredibly comfortable in its cozy uterine apartment, and will most likely stay a few days passed its eviction notice (January 13). SO FAR, I’m ok with that. There are still things I’d like to get done, and I’m really enjoying this time to squeeze in a few more dinners with friends and daytime errands, etc.

I think they also say this is about the time I’m supposed to enter hyperactive “nesting” mode, which I’m not sure actually exists. Oh, I organized the heck out f my kitchen yesterday, but that’s because I’m usually not home enough to truly look at my kitchen/the general disarray of our abode. It’s not so much “nesting” as it is “you have to live in this mess now so maybe you should clean it you slob?” Also, my iMac is broken, so that too has contributed to my willingness to clean.

Annnyshways, seeing as this could be the last maternity outfit you see, I think it’s actually a fitting summary of what’s got me through these past few months. Nearly everyday for the last 5 months or so, I’ve worn the same H&M stretchy tank dress (which is now a tank top), with either black leggings or stretchy black pants It’s the under armour to all my attire. I hardly wear any of the three “maternity” pieces I bought, so my advice is avoid that overpriced, boring stuff as much as you can. Instead, I’ve managed to have some good luck buying big, buying stretchy, and buying vintage or secondhand when I can. I bought this stretchy tunic from the Salvation Army a few weeks ago, and it sits alongside many similar items in my closet. It’s not “maternity” – it’s just XXL and contains a decent amount of lyrca.

If that sounds incredibly boring (it does, doesn’t it?) keep the fun stuff to items you know you’ll wear post-pregnancy, like my big-ass pop-pom toque! I got the last one from The Edit’s stash from last winter. It’s glorious and warm (but impossible to wear inside a low-ceiling vehicle). It also balances out the giant beach ball I’m smuggling. Symmetry!

That’s about all I have to offer in terms of advice, and I’m coming close to the end of my patience with using a track pad laptop that’s not mine, so that’s where I’ll end it today. If I don’t pop in before I...pop (#nailedit), thank you truly for kind comments and well-wishes on this blog and instagram over these past few months! Everyone has just been a total peach – both in real and internet-life. You guys rule!

Blazer: Salvation Army | $3.50
Tunic: Salvation Army | $5.99
Toque: The Edit | $40
Boots: Hudson’s Bay | On sale $130
Handmade leather tote: Gift from Mom that she got for FREE from one of her thrifting spots! She’s still the champ.

33 responses to Final Stretch


    You are looking lovely till the end. Can’t wait to see the new edition.



    You have managed to stay stylish and looking good the whole pregnancy…I love your posts , best of luck with baby delivery..can’t wait to get a look at the little darling…stay warm and happy new year ..Louise



    You look absolutely beautiful. Best of luck with your delivery.



    Aw I remember those days! Best to you and your new little family!



    This is a great maternity outfit! Very pinterest worthy. And I agree with your advice on what to wear during pregnancy, I also preferred really large non-maternity clothes. Wishing you all the best for the days to come. And if you notice that getting dressed becomes more difficult with a little one in the future, don’t worry, we will wait for you! Susanne



    Julie you look amazing and kudos to your fantastic photographer. And i LOVE the big ass pom pom hat πŸ˜‰ Hope everything goes well and we can’t wait to meet your little one. Love.



    Looking gorgeous in that beautiful cranberry hue! Wishing you all the best for the last leg of your pregnancy!



    I read your blog but I never leave a comment! I love your pregnancy style. Although I don’t think babies are for me, if I ever change my mind in the future, I’m definitely going to dive into your archives for advice πŸ™‚
    AndrΓ©a Christine
    Latest Blog Post: Wardrobe Basics feat. Yinishang



    You look absolutely gorgeous Julie! That blazer is amazing, I miss wearing blazers and jackets and beanies (living in Australia and all) so I’m very envious of your horrible Canadian weather. Good luck for the next few weeks

    xxx Hannah


      Julie Van Huizen January 15, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Oh thank you Hannah! It will never cease to amaze that people can be ENVIOUS of our lousy weather! I’d happily raise this baby in Aussie-land for a bit πŸ˜‰



    You are so cute! Can’t wait to see what little thrifty finds you put together for baby πŸ™‚ xo!



    Just discovered your blog – I’m in Oakville πŸ™‚ Not far from you! Wish I had been a thrifter when I was pregnant – wasted so much money although I did have more options at the time with Gap and Old Navy – and my maternity clothes have been passed to 2 others (so far)… anyway – you are about to discover another awesome part of thrifting – buying kids stuff! I started thrifting when my son was about 1 and never looked back. Rarely buy new stuff now, except the Old Navy fleece-lined jeans that is all he will wear in winter that I never find used. It’s so excited to score Ralph Lauren stuff for him super cheap, and also for my niece (girl stuff is the best!). Good luck with the upcoming birth. Can’t wait to read more. (Feel like we are similar except I have NO TIME to blog about all of my awesome thrift finds – I do brag about them on facebook regularly ha ha).


      Julie Van Huizen January 15, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Love hearing from new readers, especially local ones! You’re so right – I’m sure a brave new world of thrift-opportunities awaits me with a little one in tow!



    You look adorable! That bag is amazing; your mom is definitely the champ! Getting to the end – can’t wait to see all the pictures of the little one!



    You look amazing and stylish. The big chain maternity stores should definitely snap you up as a stylist.

    Best wishes in your upcoming adventure in motherhood!!!



    I have been reading your blog and Jens blog for a long time now and really enjoy each post.I just happened to be in Hamilton after Christmas and popped into Jens shop and to my delight you were there as well.It made my day and I can tell you I was a little starstruck!


      Julie Van Huizen January 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Tracy, I recall meeting you at the store! And you made a fun purchase that day too, right? As you’ll have heard, Yen’s store is about to get even bigger – perhaps I’ll see you in there with the new babe this year πŸ˜‰



        I am so excited for you, my daughter is due with her first and my first grandbaby in 2 weeks too! and yes I did get something,she has some great stuff as you know.



    Sorry it is Yen not Jen oops



    You look great for only being a few days away from delivery! I really like the hat and thought the same thing about the symetry of it all : )


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