11/13/2012 at 10:00 AM EST
It's been a year of new joys for Beyoncé
with daughter Blue Ivy.
Now, though, she seems to be reconnecting with her first love – music.
The singer, 31, who is already schedule to perform at the Super Bowl
in February, posted some personal photos online
this week, including one from the studio – in which she's seen rocking black-and-white leather pants and a matching top.
She shows off the outfit in more detail in another group of photos: the Rag & Bone pants and the abstract Nicholas Kirkwood shoes with what look like two faces staring at each other.
In another photo, she tries out a long-sleeve, collared silk shift dress with a colorful baroque print.
Beyoncé has been connecting with fans online more often this year, both through her Tumblr
– part of the recently redesigned Beyonce.com – and now on Instagram
She has returned to performing sporadically this year, including a few shows over Memorial Day weekend
and an appearance with husband Jay-Z
in October. But the Super Bowl show will mark her grand return to the stage.