Mixing Harem Pants + Baby Bumps

Making the Harem Pant Trend work during Pregnancy // FashionableHostess.com

Sometimes it is so damn hard to be trendy while pregnant. My “go-to” style when slim, as can be seen in my “Dress on Trend” section, is a loose top with skinny jeans {envision the Conway Top from A.L.C. with J Brand skinnies}, but wearing too loose of a top when pregnant can just make you look huge. So buh-bye to silk flowy blouses! On the other hand, wearing a tight top with tight bottoms, I feel like I am being too risqué, not to mention way off trend {unless I am going for the Miley Cyrus look, NOT!}. So what’s a girl in my situation todo? One answer: Harem Pants. Time to loosen it up down below and tighten it up on top… taking this girl right out of her comfort zone! So how do I pull off this look and still feel great? See some tips below!

Fashionable Hostess in Old Navy Tank, Levis Denim Jacket and Zara Harem PantsPink Balenciaga // FashionableHostess.comStrolling in NYC in Harem Pants // FashionableHostess.com

Tips to making this trend work…

1. Wear the pants below the bump… or sans bump, just wear them low at your hip bone.

2. Make sure they are loose! Harem pants should not be giving you any form… if they are clinging to your thighs, then they are too small. If they are giving you a camel toe, then they are too high. If they don’t look semi-like pajama pants, shop for a less tailored style!

3. Worried you just look huge? I love ones that have a gathering or cuff at the ankle; this helps to visually slim out the leg.

4. Think they are too casual and want to wear for work? A. Get ones in a print and B. Get ones that button at the clasp rather than ones with a drawstring.

5. Pair them with a fitted top. If you go loose and loose you will be beyond Man-Repeller and look overall just larger.

6. If you are uncomfortable in a tight tank, throw on a denim vest or denim jacket over top. Just make sure the vest or jacket is short {the bottom of your jacket should not reach the top of your harem pants!}.

7. Have fun with accessories! I love the pairing of my pop color Balenciaga Classic Mini City Bag, and I dressed up the look with my metallic pointy flats!

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Shop some of my Harem Pants Picks at AMAZING prices:

Balenciaga Pink Bag for Spring // FashionableHostess.comNYC Spring ready in Harem Pants by Zara // FashionableHostess.com

Note: This shoot took place when I was 25 weeks pregnant. Follow along with my Bump Fashion on Instagram with Hashtag #FHBUMP

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Roxy Te of ‘Society Social’ Shares Her “6 Easy Entertaining Tips”

Society Social Bar Cart & Chair // FashionableHostess.comSociety Social Bar Cart // FashionableHostess.com

Roxy Te, the gorgeous Founder & Designer behind bar-cart haven and Southern prep must-shop E-Commerce site Society Social, knows entertaining. From her successful website selling one-of-a-kind furniture items to adorable hostess-friendly gifts {my favorites include the Cruiser Cocktail Napkins, the Madison Mixer Bar Cart {featured in this post}, and the Darling Set Chairs in gold}, I immediately became obsessed with her Instagram and Website’s Blog. Roxy was kind enough to share 6 of her “Easy Entertaining Tips” and they are so in line with FH readers that I was swooning and had to share! Thanks Roxy!!

Roxy:

Here are a few of my easy entertaining tips that will have you hosting in effortless style even if you’re short on time and/or have taken the party al fresco!

Entertaining al fresco by Society Social // FashionableHostess.com

1. Don’t be afraid to take indoor furniture out for the night! Because you’ve already invested in multi-functional furniture, like one of my bar carts (duh), load that mobile beauty up with all your table setting essentials then stock it up with priorities, in my case booze, and simply roll it to the scene of the social, set the table, then style the cart. You won’t have to keep going back and forth and guests are encouraged to gather round and mingle while partaking in your party offerings. **Of course I love my bar carts the best, but if you’re going to stray, make sure to find a sturdy cart on wheels with super functional upgrades to get the most bang for your dollar. I didn’t use them below, but had I hosted a larger party the wine and glassware racks would’ve prevented frolic-interrupting trips to the kitchen. And don’t forget to bring her back in! She’s not meant to hang out for more than a few hours!

I stored and chilled the replenishments in this monogrammed ice bucket (Etsy!) on the bottom shelf of the bar cart while the smaller Palm Beach ice bucket (Society Social!) held the ready to pour supplies. This also made room for other essentials on the top, like food!!

Monogrammed Drink Bucket // FashionableHostess.com

2. As a big city small space dweller, this one is always at the top of my list. When maximizing limited counter and table space, choose vertically oriented serveware and individually plate some or all of the main dishes. We had several “mains” so this was necessary to fit all the food on the table!

Along with this tip, most people think of sweet treats when it comes to vertically oriented serveware and towers, try something different like a fruit and cheese “plate” for a memorable, not to mention healthier, presentation. I love this acrylic 4 tier “wedding cupcake stand.” It comes in 5, 6, and 7 tiers, too.

Tiered Server with Cheese, Fruit and Veggies // FashionableHostess.com

3. Always use name place cards, even for more casual parties. They may seem like a formal or old fashioned touch, but doesn’t it always feel special to see your name spelled out? Like the host planned the party especially with you in mind? A good hostess has this effect on their guests and a simple name place card is an easy way to achieve that.

Name Cards // FashionableHostess.com

4. Reusable (and usable aka edible!) tabletop decor can be easy on the eyes and the budget. A bright tablecloth and pretty placemats that can be used from party to party (ahem, these here!) are a quick way to add color without splurging on an elaborate tablescape. Also, try something other than flowers, for your centerpiece. 2 bags of lemons set me back a couple of dollars and we ended up using them right away at the table then later for lemonade and cocktails!

IMG_1925Society Social Dinner Party // FashionableHostess.com

5. Drape Turkish towels or throws over chairs for chilly nights. Spring weather can be fickle so when hosting an al fresco affair provide each guest with a turkish towel. They can wrap up in it when the festivities inevitably stretch into the evening (they did!) and they’ll be warm from the towel as well as the thoughtful touch! These towels are actually quite handy to have around as they also make the perfect beach or picnic blanket, bath sheet, sarong, tablecloth, and scarf.

Society Social Dinner Party // FashionableHostess.com

6. Just because you throw a last minute party– sometimes the best parties are the less orchestrated ones– doesn’t mean you have to trade the invite for an email or text. Order digital invites online that you can quickly print at home. This Etsy shop customized their “ombre watercolor bachelorette invite” to my spring social and they also sent my printable proof in less than 24 hours.

We had such a lovely evening! I hope you’re inspired to host a changing of the seasons social on your own because after all, spring is here! Cin cin y’all!

Written by Roxy Te of Society Social. Photography by Lawrence Te

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Summer Cheese Plate

Cheese Platter by Fashionable Hostess // FashionableHostess.comMichael Aram Molten Bowls, Crate & barrel Tray, Simply and Crisp, Asian Pear, Summer Cheese, Mozzarella Balls, Green Olives, Cheese Platter

Come Spring and Summer I love to make a few updates to my usual cheese platter, and this one is truly a hit. Rather than a heavy and creamy winter cheese, I chose light mozzarella balls marinated in olive oil, red pepper flakes, and fresh parsley. {These balls are great for sharing when served with toothpicks!} A sweet and juicy addition to the platter which are incredibly refreshing for a hot day are freshly sliced Asian Pears. Then for a healthy and weight-conscious crunch I love Simple & Crisps {dried fruit chips} over crackers; here I chose their apple flavor to tie in with my color scheme. And then no platter of mine is complete without green olives; just don’t forget to place a small glass dish alongside them for yours pits!

Mozzarella Balls, Green Olives, and Simple & Crisps Platter // FashionableHostess.comThe Perfect Summer Cheese Plate // FashionableHostess.com

To create this beautiful platter at home, I used my Mallorca Oval Marble Server from Crate and Barrel as my base. I then took one of my Michael Aram Molten Mini Snack Dishes and placed my olives in there, and then used a silver pedestal bowl {similar to this one by Julia Knight} for displaying my marinated mozzarella balls. On either side of the platter I laid out Simple & Crisps and fresh sliced Asian Pears. Lastly I arranged my toothpicks in both my cheese and olives. Tada, enjoy!

Cheese Platter is served // FashionableHostess.com

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