Name: Casey Burry-Joseph

Neighborhood: Brooklyn

Occupation: Art Consultant

Baby’s Gender: Girl

How would you describe your pregnant style?

In my first two trimesters, I got to use much of my existing wardrobe, for example a boxy top/dress paired with leggings or a stretch knit jumpsuit paired with a drapey cape. By the end of the second, comfort became priority. I found maternity clothes overpriced and not sustainable, so I bought a few key pieces to mix and match -- a large gray cashmere dress and gray cashmere leggings (both from Century21), a super comfy and cute jumper and fur-pocket cardigan (both from Asos), and another few oversized sweater dresses with tights from Zara and H&M. For shoes, I mainly chose from my selection of Nike Blazers, but they've started feeling too flat for my growing, aching feet, so a bootie with a short heel has become easier, believe it or not.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during pregnancy?

Yes, definitely. I was looking forward to wearing things that 'showed off' my belly, but I suspect winter is a tougher time than summer to be free with fashion. I ended up wearing lots of medium - large sized long dresses with tights.

So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

How happy I am! There were certainly ebbs and flows of hormone challenges throughout, but overall, I was pretty calm, chill, pleasant and happy.

What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?

There's so much. My husband and I are excited to share everything with her: stories, lessons, time out on the beach where we have a home, travel, art, our bed...

What’s your 5 registry essentials? I'll have a better answer to what is essential in a few weeks. What I love that we got are:

1. The 7am Enfant Bunting Bag and matching muffs,

2. The coolest clothes and accessories from the one and only Alex Gisela of Cabbages and Kings,

3. Honest diaper backpack,

4. Oeuf Rhea Crib,

5. Land of Nod Activity Gym and Animal Rattles (also love and have already started using Ikea LED night light)

Casey is wearing:

1) Kimchi Blue dress; H&M Maternity Tights

Photography by Caroll Taveras, shot in her studio

2) Electric Feathers Dress

Photography by Caroll Taveras, shot in her studio

3) Vintage Leopard dress

Photography by Caroll Taveras, shot in her studio

4) c21 Pink Bodysuit; Barney's cashmere pants (similar style); Gray Wool Cape (similar style); Nike Blazers

Photography by Adam Joseph in a Chelsea gallery.

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