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  • Maternity Clothes For All Body Types

    When you are pregnant, suddenly your shape and size are changing daily. What looks used to work well and flatter your figure may suddenly look ridiculous or unflattering on your evolving frame. This can be particularly challenging around the Holiday Season or for more dress-up occasions when you really want to look your best and not let pregnancy get in the way. Here are some general guidelines to dressing when pregnant according to you shape.

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    When you are pregnant don't be afraid to show some skin. A pregnant body can be very sensual and you still have great assets. So don't be shy about showing off great legs or pretty arms, shoulders or going strapless. Be sure to define your shape the way your like it. You want some definition to you pregnant belly without going uncomfortably skin tight. Grecian can be flattering as it can drape over your curves to show off the gist of your belly without showing your belly button in detail. However, too big equates to baggy which only makes you look bigger. An empire waist looks that are more contained look great on almost any pregnant body type. Belting dresses beneath the bust can create this look. Deep shades like teal and plum that are popular this season are flattering on pregnant shapes, particularly if you are further along than busy patterns or metallics

    Busty

    Maternal America Flutter SkirtIf you are the busty type you are probably three times more busty when you are expecting. Your body has taken on new dimensions and everything you try on seems to be accentuated by your pronounced cleavage. A good look to try to de-emphasize the chest is a flirty dress in one shade. By sticking to one shade of color your figure becomes elongated and you look much leaner and slimmer.

    Also going with a more tailored or structured dress that gives you a clear silhouette, you better define your shape. For example, instead of going hippie chic, go with better bust support and strong vertical pleats. A hemmed and pleated knee length flirty dress with a structured chest and wide straps will do wonders for your figure. Finally, always look to support and lift. Forget strapless or backless dresses as you will never find the level of support you need. Always look for a dress or top with wide enough shoulder straps for a supportive bra.

    Hippy

    Maternal_America_Embellished_DressA skirt or dress with inverted pleats keeps hips looking narrower. An A-line skirt is also a good choice for camouflaging hips. Even just a flared hem de-emphasizes the hips. Again choose structure in defining your silhouette so you show off a small empire waist and don't get swallowed in something loose and baggy. Remember to show off your best assets, so if you have pretty shoulders, flaunt them with a sleeveless bodice dress, strapless or one shoulder style. Draw attention to your best body parts up high - look for a jeweled neckline or brighter colors around the face or neck. Even wearing some bling jewelry will keep the gaze upwards.

    Petite

    If you are petite and you don't want to tower in platform shoes or stilettos when you are pregnant, there are some other tricks to add some length to your frame. If you have great legs, then show them off. Go for shorter hems and sheerer hose to elongate your shape. Show off some skin somewhere- arms and necklines are a great place to start. Pleats and bubble hem can work well if its not overdone - you want to add some volume without looking like a powder puff. Accessorize smartly. A few well chosen pieces that don't weigh you down is all you need to add some height.

    Tall

    If you are tall, then you have a lot of choices. Tall frames can get away with prints and patterns, horizontal stripes and all the usual hazards most women need to avoid can actually be more flattering when tall. Do make sure your clothing fits you well. Beware of cuts that tent out and make you appear bigger than you are or that miss your curves. Sleek and fitted always looks better no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy. Do be careful with super short hemlines and minis as they can make you look like a giant whose clothes got shrunk in the dryer. Otherwise, have fun with accessories as you can get away with more to wear as you have more space to fill!

    So whatever your shape, find some maternity clothes that fit and flatter your figure and make you feel as beautiful and sexy and as you truly are. Bottom line, if you feel great in the clothes you are in, then you will project that to those around you.

  • Water babies 'have better balance and grasping skills' than non-swimmers

    The following article was posted at the Daily Mail:

    Teaching babies to swim from just a few months old helps them to develop impressive physical skills later in life.

    A university study found baby swimmers balance better and grasped objects more easily than non-swimmers.

    This difference persists even when children are five years old, according to the research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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    Three-month-old babies can hold a standing balanced position in the water, scientists reported

    Professor Hermundur Sigmundsson from NTNU and Professor Brian Hopkins from Lancaster University, compared 19 baby swimmers against a control group of 19 children who had not participated in baby swimming.

    The only factor that separated baby swimmers from the control group was swimming. All other factors, such as the parents' education and economic status, were the same.

    The baby swimmers had participated in swimming classes for two hours a week from the age of 2-3 months until they were about 7 months old.

    A typical session might involve helping the baby do a somersault on a floating mat, having the baby dive under water, jump from the pool edge, and balance on the hand of a parent while reaching to pick up floating objects.

    When they were five the two groups were tested with a number of exercises such as balancing on one foot, skipping rope and catching a beanbag.

    The researchers said the results were startling.

    'We saw very clearly that baby swimmers were the best in exercises that related to balance and the ability to reach for things,' says Professor Sigmundsson.

    Professor Sigmundsson says he was simply overwhelmed by what the instructor was able to get the babies to do.

    'The instructor was able to bring three-month-old babies right up to a balanced position, standing on his palm. The babies locked joints - it was amazing to watch,' he said.

    He believes that the survey shows that specific training in young children gives results.

    'It's incredibly exciting that specific training for young babies has an effect later in life. Development is a dynamic interplay between maturation, growth, experience and learning.

    'Our study shows that we must never underestimate the learning aspect.'

    The study was published in the May 2010 issue of Child: Care Health and Development.

  • Sexy Nursing Dresses for Spring and Summer

    I love when the warm weather starts each spring and summer season because it means I can finally bring out my favorite fashion staple: the dress. Whether it is a sundress, a maxi-dress, or a cute LBD, I wear dresses every chance I get. For a variety of reasons they have become my favorite fashion staple. Dresses are effortless, comfortable, and easily create a fashionable outfit with just one piece of clothing. They can be dressed up or dressed down, worn for a night out on the town or for a day at the beach. When nursing, dresses are a great staple to pepper your wardrobe with, as you will find comfort, practicality, and fashion all in one. Nursing dresses are stylish yet functional, and the variety available ensures that every nursing mom will find something to fit her needs.

    OV181_5Maxi dresses are huge this season, as they are a stylish and comfortable option for expectant and nursing mothers. A hugely popular option this year is the Beach Maternity/Nursing Dress from 1 in the Oven. Effortlessly classic chic yet trendy at the same time, this gauze fabric dress will keep you comfortable all day long. The light-weight fabric makes this perfect for the beach, a lunch around town, or running errands. When paired with cute strappy sandals or flip-flops, an entire look is instantly created. The gorgeous neckline and empire waist are incredibly flattering, and the flowing fabric creates a sophisticated look. Easy nursing access is designed with a four-button closure, making this dress both a practical and stylish option.

    Another maxi dress which is a great stylish option for your spring and summer wardrobe is the Maternity & Nursing Maxi Dress from Japanese Weekend. A v-neck design creates a long and slimming look and the empire-waist highlights the smallest part of your body. A geometric tribal pattern highlights one of the biggest trends this season and creates an allover cohesive look. With easy and discreet nursing access, this nursing maxi dress is perfect for a day or night out on the town.

    0MA-D8049_2When the weather is warm, throwing on a cute sundress is a quick and easy way for a busy mother to instantly put together an entire outfit. One of my favorite dresses is Maternal America’s Nursing Dress. This sexy and sophisticated dress can easily be worn dressed down with gladiator sandals and a big bag, or dressed up as the perfect LBD with heels and a shiny clutch. The crossover design with wide shoulder straps provides support for the nursing mother while also creating easy and discreet nursing access. The super-soft fabric drapes stylishly over your belly if you choose to wear this as a maternity dress, or gently hides your postpartum baby weight. Effortlessly stylish yet practical, this nursing dress is a fantastic option for nursing mothers.

    An incredibly cute and stylish LBD is the Lucy Maternity/Nursing Dress from 1 in the Oven. Hitting just above the knee and designed with a flattering scoop neck, this dress is incredibly versatile. Easily dressed down with flats or sandals during the day or dressed up at night with some funky heels, it can be worn in a variety of different settings. Made of super soft Modal fabric and designed with a flattering empire waist, you will be comfortable and stunning. Easy and discreet nursing access is created by simply lifting the top layer at the empire line to access two nursing slits. One of the best features of this dress is the gentle pleating at the belly, which helps to hide and postpartum baby weight. This LBD is comfy, stylish, and will fulfill your nursing mom needs!

    Overall, adding several go-to dresses to your spring and summer wardrobes is a great idea for the busy nursing mother. A dress creates a quick, stylish, and comfortable outfit very easily, leaving you feeling and looking beautiful. Whether you choose to dress it up or down, a nursing dress is a perfect staple for the busy mother.

  • Kourney Kardashian’s Belly Bandit

    Kourtney_Kardashian1After pregnancy and the excitement of the newest addition to your family, all mothers deal with the reality of the postpartum belly. As one transitions out of pregnancy, the additional weight can be a bit frustrating to deal with. Exercise and healthy eating are important, but with the busy and hectic schedule of having a new baby in the home, this can be difficult. Anything to help the process along and get one back to one’s pre-pregnancy shape is amazing, and mothers are constantly on the look-out for tools and tricks that will help them feel and look great. The Belly Bandit, an abdominal compression wrap, is hugely popular with new mothers and has worked wonders for celebrity moms, including the beautiful . Kourtney who loved it so much that she collaborated with its designers to make one that has her own signature sassy and sexy style.

    The Belly Bandit is an abdominal compression wrap which helps bring you back to your pre-pregnancy body. It has a variety of benefits, the most obvious being that it helps you regain your pre-pregnancy shape. However, it also helps to decrease bloating caused by water retention, give added leg and back support, and reduce the swelling of the uterus. While you are nursing, it has the added benefit of helping you with your posture so that your back pain is reduced. These benefits explain why the Belly Bandit is so popular with moms everywhere.

    The Belly Bandit assists you in regaining your pre-pregnancy shape and is incredibly easy to use. This abdominal compression wrap simply wraps around your belly and uses Velcro to fasten itself. It is smooth with no tags so that it is very comfortable to wear. The lightweight and tagless design is made so as not to irritate your skin. As you wear it throughout the day, you will be comfortable and at ease while paying extra attention to your posture. Worn underneath your top, your confidence will be boosted as you subtly regain your pre-pregnancy shape.

    Kourtney_Kardashian-2The Belly Bandit is being worn by moms everywhere, including tons of new celebrity mothers. From Minnie Driver to Julie Bowen to Brooke Muller, it has helped celebrity mothers regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. Kourtney Kardashian is no exception. After using it and falling in love with the way it made her feel and the results she got, Kourtney decided to team up with the Belly Bandit team and create her own design. Her new band is sexy and stylish, just like she is. This Limited Edition design is a must have for all new mothers, as you will feel stunning and sexy when you wear it! A silky tan fabric lines the inside while a beautiful faux lace design is on the outside. What makes Kourtney’s design extra special is that it is so stylish that it is the first design that can be worn over one’s clothing. To help you regain your shape and still feel sexy, try Kourtney Kardashian’s Limited Edition Belly Bandit. Its style and results will truly surprise you!

    When buying your Belly Bandit, there are a few helpful hints to keep in mind when trying to decide on the correct size. If you are purchasing it early on in your pregnancy, buy one to two sizes up from your pre-pregnancy size. When purchasing towards the end of your pregnancy, measure your belly at about eight months pregnant, as this will generally be your size directly post-partum. If you are purchasing it just prior to pregnancy, subtract three to five inches from your waist for the correct size. Choosing the correct size is important so that it works correctly and is comfortable as you wear it.

    The Original Belly Bandit has been hailed by mothers as a must have tool for getting your body back to its pre-pregnancy size, and Kourtney Kardashian’s Limited Edition version simply makes a great product even better. The stylish and sexy design leaves you feeling stunning and confident. To regain your pre-pregnancy shape and feel sexy while doing it, try adding Kourtney’s new design to your post-pregnancy wardrobe. You will look and feel great!

  • Plan Your Babymoon!

    Whether you are expecting your first child or your third, the anticipation leading up to the arrival of the newest member of your family can be a busy time, with preparations and adjustments in full swing. As a way to diffuse the stress and to spend some special one-on-one time with your partner, a new trend has recently taken off: the Babymoon! A Babymoon is a trip designed for expectant parents to relax and rejuvenate before the newest member of the family arrives. To eliminate the stress and bring you and your partner even closer together, a Babymoon is a great way to prepare for the birth of your child. Choosing the right Babymoon for you is important, and with a few quick tips you will be enjoying a relaxing vacation in no time!

    One Day Getaway

    The One Day Getaway Babymoon is a great option if you do not have a lot of free time, but still want to rejuvenate and relax with your partner. Although in all likelihood you will not be able to go to a tropical beach for the day, you can book a full day at a wonderful spa where you and your partner will be pampered. There are many upscale spas that specialize in pre-pregnancy treatments, such as special massages or belly facials. The maternity massages are relaxing and comfortable, as many spas use adjustable beds and add special cushions to ensure you are comfortable. These one day spa getaways are romantic as well, as they offer couples massages and treatments. Simply being able to relax and not worry about anything will bring you and your partner closer together.

    Extended Escape

    The Extended Escape Babymoon is perfect for those couples who have several free days that they can use to sneak off on a special vacation. When choosing where to go, it is important to choose what is most relaxing to you. Whether that is going to a tropical paradise where you can relax at the beach or finding a luxurious hotel in the middle of your favorite city, there are plenty of Babymoon options to suit every couple’s tastes. It is truly about bonding with your partner and rejuvenating yourselves in preparation for the birth of your child.

    There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your Babymoon destination. If you will be flying or travelling for longer distances, consult with your doctor beforehand and make sure that there is good medical care at whichever destination you choose. Also, try to plan your Babymoon during the second trimester of your pregnancy, as doctors have recommended the time between eighteen and twenty-four weeks as being the safest time to travel.

    Keep in mind is that while any relaxing trip as a couple is perfect for a Babymoon, many resorts offer packages designed specifically for an expectant couple. With pre-pregnancy massages for the expectant mother as well as spa services designed specifically for men, these resort package deals are a great option when looking for a Babymoon that will require little planning and truly provide relaxation.

    If you are going to a beach destination spot, or even one where there is an inviting pool where you will be lounging. Shop for your maternity swimsuit well in advance so you won’t be stressed out trying to find one at your vacation destination when you find your pre-pregnancy bikini no longer fits. Also, not all local maternity stores carry maternity swimwear. If you do order online, order well in advance so you have chance to try on your suit and make sure you like it in case you want to order a different color or size. You want your vacation to be as stress free as possible, so have your bag packed with all essentials well in advance!

    A Babymoon, whether one day or one week, is a great way to bond with your partner and prepare mentally and physically for the birth of your child. Such an exciting time in your life calls for celebration, and relaxing and pampering yourself with your spouse. From a spa visit to relaxing on the beach, there is the perfect Babymoon option for every couple. You will feel close, connected and refreshed, and ready for the newest addition to your family.

  • Paula Patton's Red Carpet Pregnancy Style

    At the Academy Awards this past weekend, expectant mother Paula Patton looked absolutely stunning. Co-starring in the Oscar winning film "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire", in which Paula demonstrates her incredible acting abilities; she rocked the red carpet at seven months pregnant. Married to her high school sweetheart, singer and songwriter Robin Thicke, they are expecting their first child (a boy to be named Julian!) in May. This entire awards season Paula has looked gorgeous in every gown she chose, with her maternity red carpet style being impeccable at every event.

    At the "Keep a Child Alive" gala in November, Paula wore a gorgeous and modern cocktail dress. Still at the beginning months of her pregnancy, she chose a visually interesting abstract dress. The abstract design makes an otherwise simple dress modern, and the shape of the dress fit her beautifully. The longer sleeve is sophisticated and also draws the attention upwards. With a simple, pulled back updo, Paula truly looks stunning. For a similar look that can be dressed up or down, try the Beaded Print Dress from Maternal America. The abstract pattern and ¾ length sleeve mirror Paula's flattering look. A v-neckline elongates the neck and frames the face beautifully, while the bead detailing at the bust creates a great shape and visual interest. From day to night, this dress works for many occasions.

    In January, Paula was seen at many red carpet events, looking equally gorgeous at every one. At the People's Choice Awards she wore a gorgeous LBD (little black dress) which was very figure flattering and a great choice for expectant mothers. The deep v-neck creates a longer and leaner look, while the gathering underneath the bust accentuates the smallest part of the body while still flattering the baby bump. For a similar style but more casual look try the Organic D&A Maternity/Nursing Dress from Japanese Weekend. A v-neck and empire waist is figure flattering. Like Paula's dress, small cap sleeves are cute and trendy (and great for those with smaller shoulders, as they balance out the body). For a great night out look, Maternal America's Beaded Diamond Dress provides the same great neck and bust line, creating an elegant yet sexy look.

    One of my favorite looks of Paula's many gorgeous red carpet appearances was at the Golden Globes in mid-January. Her dress absolutely wowed me! The strapless gown accentuated her shoulders and created a beautiful neckline. The cinched empire waist drew attention to the smallest part of the body, above the natural waist, and then gracefully skimmed her body, creating a long and lean look. The sparkling of the dress, combined with the gorgeous jewelry she wore, really made a statement. A similar red carpet look is the Sleeveless Maxi Maternity Dress from Olian. Although not strapless, the intricate strapped design draws the attention upwards, creating a beautiful neckline. A delicate empire waist gathers just underneath the bust and drapes beautifully to the ground. Adding bold sparkling earrings and a great bracelet create the jeweled look of Paula's Golden Globe worthy gown.

    At the Academy Awards just last week, Paula hit another high style note with her beautiful red gown. At seven months pregnant, she looked radiant and stunning, celebrating her baby bump and accentuating all her best features. A wide v-neck elongates the neck and shows off her gorgeous shoulders. With the added ruffle at the neck (a hot spring trend!) a visually interesting neckline is created. Since there is more skin showing on top, a longer dress is the perfect way to go, as it balances out the entire look. I love that Paula chose to wear red. It makes a statement, looking classy and subtly sexy in one. Paula has her hair pulled back, which is always a great option when wearing a dress with an intricate neckline. Also, if your shoulders or collarbone are one of your favorite features, it is a great way to show them off.

    Throughout all stages of her pregnancy, Paula has looked stunning on the red carpet. With her growing baby bump, she demonstrates great ways to wear maternity fashions. Although most of us will not be walking the red carpet, certain aspects of her gowns work well for any occasion. A gorgeous neckline, an empire waist, or some funky jewelry looks great for many maternity clothes. Congratulations Paula and Robin! We can't wait to see baby Julian!

  • Oscar Red Carpet Fashion Trends

    From the stunning stars walking the red carpet to the hilarious hosts, the incredible array of movies honored to the thoughtful acceptance speeches, the Academy Awards this year was a night to remember. With Kathryn Bigelow's historic night as the first female to win the award for Best Director and the array of talented women honored in the Best Actress category, the ladies truly made a statement. Their amazing performances, directorial prowess, and all over impact were felt the entire night. However, as they arrived on the red carpet all eyes were tuned to what designers and trends would be worn. From Sandra Bullock's gorgeous metallic dress to Gabourey Sidebe's deep blue gown, one could see that the stars went all out for the evening and several hot trends became apparent.

    Metallic

    The metallic trend was huge this year, seen on stars such as Cameron Diaz, Sandra Bullock, and Kate Winslet. Metallic dresses look great on the red carpet, as they ensure one will stand out and not get lost in the crowd. Both the gold and silver metallic look is stunning, with some designers even starting to blend gold and silver tones together. When wearing a statement metallic dress, it is important to keep the rest of your look simple. By wearing little to no jewelry with a simple hairdo, an elegant look is created. These actors got it just right!

    One Shoulder

    The one shoulder dress was popular on the red carpet, and for good reason. It creates a beautiful neckline, drawing the attention upwards, and provides plenty of bust support. Sigourney Weaver looked stunning in her red asymmetrical gown while Kate Beckinsale rocked the one shoulder look (in a metallic!) at an after party. For a modern yet comfortable look, the one shoulder dress is a great way to go.

    Neutral/Nude

    Shades of nude were seen throughout the evening as stars arrived, with each dress looking equally as stunning as the one before it. Anna Kendrick looked beautiful in her pale pink draped gown and Demi Moore was flawless in a nude strapless ruffled dress. Shades of nude, whether a cocoa color or a light pink, are fashionable and gorgeous! By choosing a dress with some draping or ruffles, a beautiful silhouette is created. To really showcase a nude dress, pair it with neutral colored accessories, such as black or brown, so that the dress becomes the focal point.

    Slits

    Whether cut high or low, obvious or hidden, slit dresses were a popular trend at the Oscars. To showcase your legs in a sexy yet fashionable way, a slit dress is the way to go. From Meryl Streep's demure slit to Zoe Saldana's ruffled slit, a beautiful look is created. Slits are feminine and flirty and truly make a statement. If doing a high slit, make sure your dress does not have a low neckline. When showing more skin on the bottom you can be a bit more conservative on top, and vice versa.

    Deep Blue

    Gorgeous shades of jewel toned and deep blue were seen on the red carpet, taking the place of the usual go-to black dress. Kristin Stewart wore a beautiful midnight blue while Gabourey Sidebe had a lighter but equally rich blue gown, adorned with stunning jewels. These rich shades of blue look great on all skin tones and make a strong statement. Easily paired with gold or silver accessories, a deep blue is a great change if you want to switch up the black.

    All of these trends are fun and pretty, and a great way to spice up your wardrobe. Even though the majority of us will not be walking the red carpet anytime soon, we can still wear these looks in our daily life. Whether it is a casual maternity maxi dress with a slit or a one shoulder strap cocktail dress (in a rich blue) there are many fun ways to apply these red carpet trends to your daily life.

  • Bethenny Frankel’s “Real” Maternity Style

    With The Real Housewives of New York starting its new season this week, Bethenny Frankel will once again be showing off her great style and fun personality each Thursday evening. A trained natural foods chef, author, television star, and weekly contributor in many health and fitness magazines, Bethenny’s schedule seems incredibly busy and fulfilling. However, at thirty nine, she is gearing up for the most important moment of her life: becoming a mother. Expecting her first child in June with fiancé Jason Hoppy, Bethenny looks happy and healthy. As her baby bump grows, I cannot help but notice her great maternity style. From cute work out gear to gorgeous dresses, her pregnancy looks combine comfort with fashion. She knows how to rock that baby bump!

    Staying active during pregnancy is important, and Bethenny does it in style. She combines a supportive tank top embellished with a cute logo on the front with a great pair of stretch workout pants. A top like this is great, as it will stretch to fit your changing body shape. Longer tank tops provide extra belly coverage. Wide shoulder straps or a t-shirt design is a good idea, since it will provide more bust support. For a similar look try the Boy or Girl Tank from Due and Sprout. A great pair of stretch work out pants is a good investment for expectant mothers. Whether worn for a walk or running errands, soft, stretchy pants will keep you feeling comfortable and looking stylish throughout your day. 1 in the Oven makes their Super Soft Ruched Foldover Pant, perfect for during and after pregnancy.

    In January, Bethenny was spotted in Miami looking every bit the fashionable expectant mother. Cute black leggings and a flowing red top looked stylish yet comfortable. Although Bethenny paired her outfit with a gorgeous wool coat and scarf, this look is adaptable to the upcoming warm weather by simply leaving the coat at home. Black leggings, such as Olian’s Maternity Leggings, are stretchy and comfortable. They allow room for the belly to expand while being trendy and stylish. When paired with a flowing top, the tightness of the leggings is balanced out by the looseness of the shirt. The Split Sleeve Bubble Maternity Top from Olian creates a beautiful shape while recreating the flowing shape. This is a great day looked when paired with flats and a more casual t-shirt, but can easily be worn at night with a longer embellished tank top and a cute blazer.

    One of my favorite looks of Bethenny’s is the red dress she wore to the Heart Truth Show this past month to kick off Fashion Week. Strutting the runway in a ruched knee length dress, she looked fit, trendy, and happily pregnant. One gorgeous aspect of this dress is the detailed neckline. With a wide, one-shoulder strap, a beautiful and interesting frame is created for the face. Ruching on a dress is not only trendy, it is also figure flattering. It camouflages any bloating you may feel while creating a gorgeous figure. If you are ready to show off your baby bump, this is a pretty and trendy way to do it.

    Throughout her pregnancy Bethenny has shown off her signature pregnancy style. Whether working out or walking the runway, she wears clothes that are both figure flattering and comfortable. By choosing pieces which are comfortable yet flatter your shape, you will look and feel great throughout the day. With the new season of The Real Housewives of New York starting this week, I am hoping to see some of Bethenny’s great maternity style on display!

  • Maternity Fashion Trend-Florals

    Olian V-Neck Maternity TopFloral prints, while always in style when warm weather approaches, are even more popular this season. From gorgeous maxi dresses to fluttery blouses, floral patterns are in bloom. Whether worn as an addition to an outfit on a purse or shoe or worn as an all over print on a dress, floral designs are making a big statement. A floral print will really bring a fresh feel to your spring and summer wardrobes.

    Pregnancy is a great time to experiment with florals as you really are in full bloom with your ever changing body. Match your glow with a floral that is just right for your style and personality. Floral patterns and styles are so diverse now, you can look fresh and fashionable in the right floral style. Keep a few tips in mind when wearing a floral print and you are sure to look beautiful and feel confident!

    1) Choosing the right size is always important when it comes to clothes, especially when dealing with floral prints. A simple rule to keep in mind (as Stacy and Clinton always reiterate on What Not to Wear) is to keep the size of the print in proportion with the size of your body. If you are petite, look for smaller flower sizes so that you will not look overpowered. If you are taller or have a larger build many sizes look good, but larger floral prints always look great.

    JW_Floral_Maxi_Maternity_Dress2) If choosing to wear a floral print dress, top, or skirt, keep the accessories simple. An all over maxi dress looks stunning when paired with simple sandals or espadrilles. You can easily pull your favorite color from the dress and find a great necklace, bracelet, or shoe in that color. If you choose to wear a great floral top, pair it with a neutral bottom, and vice versa. By keeping the pattern only on the clothing and accessorizing with complimentary colors, a polished look is created.

    3) If you are really worried about looking frumpy in florals or can't get the kitchen curtains out of your mind, then go for the more abstract paisley patterns. This also gives a refreshing crisp look for spring while sure to be modern and a far cry from curtains or your mother's wardrobe.

    4) If wearing an all over floral print is not for you, try accessorizing with florals in a small but stylish way. A great pair of flats, a large ring in the shape of a flower, or a floral print scarf all make great additions to your favorite outfit and will really provide a stylish sense of spring.

    JW_2_Piece_ConvertibleFrom dainty flower necklaces to an abstract floral print skirt, there is a way to incorporate the floral style into your wardrobe. Most of all it is important that you feel comfortable in your choice of florals that match your sense of personal style. You can make florals edgy by your shoe and jewelry choice and simply by breaking it up a bit with a pair of leggings for a sleeker look. Feel confident and comfortable in your floral choice and anything you choose will look great!

  • Claudia Schiffer Stripes It Up With Her Maternity Style

    Supermodel Claudia Schiffer, 39, is expecting her third child with hubby Matthew Vaughn! The happy couple, who wed in 2002, is very excited for the birth of their child, telling the Daily Mail “We are delighted with the news and can't wait to add to our family.” They sure make one duo of stylish parents! Due this May, Claudia has already been spotted out and about in some super cute and comfortable outfits. From her day to evening wear, I cannot wait to see what the rest of her maternity and postpartum style will bring.

    One of my favorite outfits of hers exemplifies a hot trend for expectant mothers: stripes. We have always been told to not wear stripes, as they can widen our shape. When done correctly, however, stripes are chic and refreshing! Out in London this month, Claudia pairs a short black and white striped dress with leggings. Comfortable yet stylish, this look is great for daytime or for dressing up at night. Keeping stripes thinner provides a modern and flattering look, and pairing a colored stripe against white is fresh and hip. A striped dress made of wool works well for cooler months while a cotton alternative is great as summer approaches.

    Back in August, Ellen Pompeo was spotted on a day outing wearing a similar style. Her thinly striped dress looked comfy and trendy, perfect for going out to lunch or running errands. When paired with cute flats or sandals, an instant stylish outfit is created.

    While both Claudia and Ellen demonstrated a more casual look with stripes, Jenna Elfman showed how to take them from day to night on her January 4th appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Maintaining the same idea with a black and white striped dress paired with skinny jeans, she made it a nighttime look by choosing a dress with sparkle and pairing it with heels and a trendy coat. A structured blazer would look great with this outfit as well, and adding some gorgeous jewelry will take your look right into evening. These small touches can really change the look of an entire outfit. In another evening look which demonstrates a great way to wear stripes, Jenna rocked an asymmetrical striped sweater dress on the red carpet in October. The asymmetrical stripes provide a trendy look while elongating your upper body.

    As Claudia, Ellen, and Jenna demonstrate, stripes, when worn correctly, are fun and stylish. Doing an all over stripe is too much, but pairing a cute dress or great top with a neutral bottom is a flattering way to wear this trend. Whether you choose to wear your favorite pair of jeans or a comfy pair of leggings, a striped top or dress looks great.

    For a casual, comfortable, yet very flattering look try pairing the ¾ Sleeve Striped Nursing Henley from 1 in the Oven with a great pair of jeans. You will look gorgeous and feel comfortable. With spring coming, bright colors and fine stripes make a great combination for a refreshing new look. Maternal America’s Crochet Top with thin asymmetrical stripes creates visual interest and really adds style and flare to any outfit. Whether you pair it with jeans, khakis, or capris, a fresh look for spring is sure to be created. A good work appropriate look which demonstrates the stripe trend is the Side Cinch Maternity/Nursing Top with Cami from Japanese Weekend. The thin stripes look great paired with black slacks, creating a professional look that could also easily be taken into the evening.

    Whichever look you decide to wear, making sure that you are comfortable and confident is the number one priority. If you are confident and feel great, you will bring your own touch to any outfit. Congratulations again, Claudia and Matthew! We can’t wait to see your newest addition (as well as Claudia’s great maternity style)!

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