Casual Coffee Date


At about week 7 of this third pregnancy I developed a strong coffee aversion. Like, the thought of drinking it was instantly nauseating. I gave it up practically cold turkey. That coupled with complete and utter exhaustion for those first several weeks meant I was a zombie. I had never been that tired in my LIFE.

Now that I’m into my second trimester, I’ve added iced coffee drinks into my routine in the morning. Hot coffee still sounds repulsive, but since the temperatures have turned colder I’ve ventured into Chai tea and lattes. Justin almost never drinks coffee but when he’s sick he likes to get a “no water chai” from Starbucks. I tried a sip of his recently and was pleasantly surprised that it tasted good!

We dropped the kids off at school the other day and the popped down to a local coffee shop so I could pick up a chai latte for myself. This place has the best chai, much better than Starbucks in my opinion!

We didn’t stay too long, but it was nice to have a little time together that morning after dropping off the kids but before we both secluded ourselves in our home offices!

On a completely separate note, I’m in an “in-between” stage with my purse right now. I rarely carry a full diaper bag around, though it’s always in the car if I’m out with the boys. The most I need on me, in terms of what the boys may need, are wipes, tissues and a diaper for Luke. I have a pretty good amount of small to medium size crossbody bags but I needed something a little bit larger that didn’t feel like a big tote that was heavy to lug around.

My sister mentioned this bag to me and I was immediately smitten. I’ve loved my Madewell Transport Crossbody for months and months (and it only gets better with age) so I knew this would be a perfect alternative. I ordered it online at Nordstrom because their shipping is so fast!

As it turns out, it is the BEST size. It feels like a purse, gives me room for extra things if I need it, but isn’t too large to carry. I love the large outer pocket too. I usually slip my phone into it whenever I carry it into a store.

I’ve also been living in these Sam Edelman Penny boots since the day I picked them up. I found them to run narrow in the foot so I ended up ordering “wide,” which I never have to do – just keep that in mind if you order these! I used the Buy Online Pick Up In Store feature that Nordstrom offers on their website. I do almost all my shopping online these days, so being able to browse the site in the comfort of my robe and slippers, and then just pick up the items when they are ready is so convenient.


My sweatshirt is also from Nordstrom and is not maternity. It’s lightweight and has a slight boat neck collar. It’s one of those things that I can re-wear a few times before I need to wash it, so I basically live in this thing! I love that the tie makes it feel slightly more put together than just a simple sweatshirt.

I can’t wrap up this post without tell you about the amazing suede jacket I got from Nordstrom as well. I wore it here and received so many questions about it! It’s the PERFECT jacket to wear over dresses, a basic tee, or a silky camisole. Basically, anytime you think you want to grab a cardigan for an extra layer of warmth over your outfit, think of this jacket instead. I included it, as well as similar options, in the “Shop the Post” graphic below! Just click on the picture!

For more recent style posts, check out here and here!

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  1. Cindy says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    I noticed in your instastory you had an organizer in your bag. Could you share which one? It seemed to fit the Madewell tote perfectly.

    • Caitlen says
      Posted November 27, 2017

      Wondering the same thing πŸ˜€

    • Lindsay says
      Posted November 27, 2017

      YES!!! my babe is now 1.5 yrs old and I think I can ditch the big bulky diaper bag for a smaller option. The organizer looked so great to just pop into the bag! We need more details on that tote organizer!!!!

    • Kate says
      Posted November 27, 2017

      It’s from Mochithings

  2. Jennifer says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    I’d love to know the coffee shop…I’m local…Apex, and LOVE chai tea but not a big fan of Starbucks. Thanks!

    • Lindsay says
      Posted November 27, 2017

      ME TOO! Also local and looking for a good coffee shop that isn’t Starbucks!! πŸ™‚

      • Kate says
        Posted November 27, 2017

        It’s called Thanks A Latte in Holly Springs

  3. Katharine says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    You look very nice in this outfit!

  4. Posted November 27, 2017

    Super cute! I generally look like a troll when I’m out grabbing coffee, so I’m very impressed πŸ™‚

    I recently have been making my own chai lattes at home and they’re awesome! 2 tea bags instead of 1, plus a milk frother I got for $40 on Amazon. A few drops of Stevia and I’m basically in heaven every morning!

  5. Posted November 27, 2017

    Brrr, iced coffee in the winter! But hey, better than no coffee!

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  6. Lindsay says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    Kate, does the tote work if you use the smaller straps over your shoulder?

    • Kate says
      Posted November 27, 2017

      Yes it does!

  7. Erinn says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    So I need that bag! You are seriously so adorable πŸ™‚

  8. Kim says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    I lovee that sweater! The tie up detail is so cute!

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  9. angela says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    Hi Kate,
    Would you mind sharing your due date? I am 16 weeks pregnant, due 05/11/18, so I am watching what you wear closely!

    • Kate says
      Posted November 27, 2017

      I will have a c section the first week of May πŸ™‚

      • angela says
        Posted November 27, 2017

        Thanks! This is my first, so we don’t have any of that planned yet.

  10. Eva says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    Glad you’re feeling less tired! I always prefer coffee from places other than Starbucks – they add a lot of sugar and it’s usually better if you can have something locally made. There’s a guy in our town that makes a “Yogic Chai” mix that all the cafes use. It’s less sweet, more spicy, but it gives you that warm kick without as much caffeine. You look great!

  11. Deanna says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    I have those boots in a black leather/suede combo and I adore them! You can throw them on with pretty much anything. I got them for a steal at Nordstrom Rack and I’ve seen them there in different colors…I’ve been tempted! Sam Edelman shoes are such nice quality πŸ‘πŸΌ

    Love the jacket on you!

  12. Desiree says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    I always love your recommendations! Thank you!

  13. Olga says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    These boots look so amazing!

  14. Allie says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    Local coffee shops are the best! I love your sweater – it looks so comfy and I love the knot detail. xAllie

  15. DG says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    I love the dirty chai latte from Starbucks. It’s a chai latte with a shot of espresso! Yummy for fall/winter!

  16. Kaylah says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    I love your pregnancy style, very chic and classy!

  17. Kristen says
    Posted November 27, 2017

    What is the name of the purse organizer you use? I saw it on stories the other day and forgot to save the link! LOVE this bag.

    • Kristen says
      Posted November 27, 2017

      Jk- I see you said it was from mochithings!

  18. Rebecca says
    Posted November 28, 2017

    I feel you on the coffee!! I’ve been an avid hot black tea drinker since high school and by week 6 of this pregnancy I couldn’t even consider looking at my kettle and had to put it away in a cabinet! At week 22, I’m starting to be able to drink flavored black teas occasionally, but my usual strong stuff is still out. Mind boggling and life changing for sure!

  19. Meghan says
    Posted January 28, 2018

    You are making maternity-wear SO stylish and cute <3. Love the bow detail on your sweater.