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  • Advice to New Moms -Be Yourself!

    link to Art Docent Program Home PageIf you are about to become a first time mom or if you are a new mom, here is my hand me down mom advice for you. Don’t cringe, because it’s advice you’re going to like, not critical unsolicited advice that by virtue of being a mother you will be sure to get a lot of anyway. Here’s my advice, do things your way. Don’t crumble to the pressure to be perfect, or try to be your own mother re-incarnated. You may not be wired to be just like that neighbor or friend who “seems” to do it all perfectly while sewing her kids’ clothes and posting cute Pinterest quality DIY birthday invite, party favors and everything in between. It’s easy to drive yourself crazy from pregnancy onwards trying to figure out how to live up to what you perceive is the perfect mom because, really, no one really is. We can only be our own best version and that’s usually much better than copying somebody else’s version.

    My advice to you and my younger self of 10-12 years ago is try to simply be the best mom you can be without driving yourself crazy. Being the best mom for you might mean that you splurge on a biweekly housekeeper to help you keep your sanity. It also might mean that your husband is the main cook in the house and you all do not fall in the traditional role criteria for Mom and Dad – that’s just fine too. Maybe you are the main breadwinner and both you and your husband work fulltime, so you child is in fulltime daycare. There are many excellent daycares our there that work out wonderfully for families (just be sure to vet them and be willing to pull the plug and change if for any reason you feel you should). It might mean that you hire a babysitter on your day off so you can recuperate and feel human again.

    Yes, being a mom takes sacrifices that 95% of the time you are glad to make. The hard part I find (and in talking with other mom friends it seems to be a theme), is feeling the need to live up to all of the mom standards that seem to be imposed upon us. As your kids get older to preschool and elementary school age, you will find there is tremendous pressure to volunteer. Now volunteering is a good thing and a tremendous benefit to not only your child but other children and can be very fulfilling. But if volunteering becomes an obligation that crowds our calendar out of other priorities and the energy we need to be a good mom at home with our own children, then the balance has tipped too far. Sometimes as moms we feel that it’s okay to sacrifice ourselves to the breaking point and the truth is that when we are totally burnt out and spent and even ill, we are of no use to anyone, including our families. So, it is okay to say no and to ignore the guilt when we feel we do not need to give more if we are not going to giving cheerfully.

    Also, you might find there are certain areas that you enjoy volunteering (and perhaps more gifted at) than others. I have found I enjoy teaching my kid’s reader’s workshop and some art classes, but I get antsy chaperoning for every field trip. My kids whine and complain when I don’t go on many of these field trips, but I tell them there are other moms that do that type of volunteering, but I do the other sort of volunteering in their art classes or reading workshops. The opportunities are endless for volunteering in the class, on the playground, on the soccer teams and for playdates of course. Don’t overcommit yourself or you will become bitter and there’s nothing worse than an unhappy volunteer or an unhappy mom. Choose how you can best contribute and leave your guilt on the doorstep.

    In addition to busyness the other area we need to stand up for as moms (this goes for moms of older kids too), is the right to embrace our own identity. Once a mom, always a mom and that is beautiful thing. In the beginning it’s a new and novel identity that we can revel in or sometimes feel we haven’t quite deserved (don’t worry, that feeling will pass soon!) But, as we give more of our time and selves to our children and families, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle and forget that we have needs too. So, it is important, no matter how silly it may seem, to set a discipline early of not only taking couple time with our partners, and girl time with some friends, but also time alone to do something we really want to do even if it’s read a magazine and have a cup of coffee somewhere where no one will bother us for an hour or taking a little time out each day to walk or hit the gym. By doing this on a regular basis we will reconnect with our inner selves and have a renewed enthusiasm for our family and loved ones.

    Fashion is also a way to connect to our inner selves and something that we can choose to express who we are. A famous fashion icon (can’t remember who) once said something truly revolutionary- it was “if we change the way we dress, we can change the way we think.” The gist of the message was that if we truly dress to express our identity, not necessarily the trend or please our partners (which is not always a bad thing from time to time on a date night), but play with and develop a style that suits our personalities, than that fashion statement becomes a means to expressing our unique personalities in our lives. This is why actors and actresses wear a costume or dress the part for a play or a movie, because not only does it communicate to the audience who they are in their role, but it allows them to fully embody the identity they are portraying. It is the same with fashion and quite liberating and fun as well to experiment with our style and give ourselves permission to change our style, until we find something that truly makes us feel alive and show our truth.

    Pregnancy is wonderful opportunity to experiment with our style and go outside our comfort zone. The pressure is off because when you are pregnant, people are excited for you and your growing bump. The pressure to be thin becomes irrelevant (and should be). Also, you suddenly need to shop for a wardrobe of maternity clothes because you have outgrown everything in your closet. As your body changes, we can suddenly experiment with enhanced cleavage styles and empire waist designs that you might have never tried before. Have fun with it and play dress up on your new form with new styles and colors! Try out that maxi maternity dress or bold prints that were out of your former fashion comfort zone.

    Motherhood is a wonderful time in life but it can also be busy. Focus on the beauty of your children and don’t second guess your instincts. Follow your gut in making smart choices for your child and for yourself. But remember to embrace your unique identity and have fun expressing yourself in your maternity fashion choices.

  • Feature Product - Maternal America's Convertible Maternity Dress/Skirt

    TummyStyle’s product of the week is Maternal America Convertible Maternity Dress / Skirt . This beautiful strapless maternity dress is super flattering and super versatile! It features layered ruffle crocheted detailing that hugs your curves while not being clingy and providing some mystique. It can be worn as a skirt of varying lengths depending on how high over the belly you would like to wear it.

     

    This super stylish maternity dress can also be casual chic and worn as a swimsuit coverup. It is breezy and easy to wear, and you may find yourself grabbing it months or years after you have your baby. It also comes in a variety colors including turquoise, olive and black. Grab this one while you can!

     

    Bella Bank Ruched Maternity Tank

     

    The Bella Band Ruched Tank is a great maternity tank to pair with this item when it is worn as a ruffle maternity skirt. The Bella Band Ruched Tank is a seamless maternity tank made from an ultra-soft two layer knit blend that will easily stretch over your belly throughout your pregnancy and can be worn postpartum as well. The pleats in this tank are perfect for camouflaging a recovering post maternity belly without being too loose or too tight!

     

    This tank provides subtle pleating around your belly in early pregnancy and it provides a smooth, supportive silhouette on a full term belly which you will love. It is also cut extra-long to allow plenty of room for you to grow and recover with a seamless look. This tank is available in both white and black which make for perfect year-round staples in your maternity clothes wardrobe!

    It's worth it to invest in some good maternity pieces that you truly love, especially if they are versatile. You can't beat a dress that can be a skirt that can also be a maternity swimsuit coverup. You also can't beat a perfect ruched white or black maternity tank that can also be worn after pregnancy. So choose wisely and choose well to make the most of your maternity clothes wardrobe!

     

     

  • Spring Maternity Trend -- Floral Prints

    As the weather heats up and Spring approaches it is time for a maternity wardrobe shift into lighter fabrics, lighter colors and spring themed prints. One print that never goes out of style for the Spring Season is florals. The floral design is a perfect addition to your ensemble whether worn as an addition or accessory to your outfit such as a shoe, purse or light scarf or as the main statement as in a gorgeous floor length maxi dress, florals are designed to bring a light hearted positive mood to all you represent.

    Maternal America Asymetric Ruffle Dress

    Pregnancy is the perfect time to experiment with fashion and prints that you might not normally wear in your everyday life. Florals patterns also happen to be in style and in full bloom this spring, just as you are in your pregnancy! Now is a great time to try out a fluttery floral blouse or Babydoll dress. Check out the beautiful maternity swimwear floral patterns that are a great way to add some flowers to your wardrobe.

     

    Here are a few tips to keep in mind when selecting a floral print:

    1) Choosing the right size is most important when it comes to maternity clothes, especially when dealing with floral prints. A simple rule to remember is to keep the size of the print in proportion with the size of your body, allowing a little room to bloom when you are expecting. 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 you can go larger on your floral prints and look great.

    Prego Maternity Betsy Swimwear

    2) When choosing to wear a floral print dress, top, or skirt, keep the accessories simple to keep the look balanced. A floral maternity maxi dress looks stunning when paired with simple sandals or espadrille and non flashy jewelry. You can pull your favorite color from the dress and find a great necklace, bracelet, or shoe in that color. If you choose to wear a colorful floral maternity top, pair it with a neutral bottom or vice versa. By keeping the pattern only on the clothing and accessorizing with complimentary colors, a polished sleek look is created.

     

    3) If you are really concerted about looking frumpy in florals or can't get Kim Kardashian's infamous Met Gala maternity dress out of your mind, then go for the more abstract paisley patterns. This also gives a fresh look for spring while sure to be modern and a far cry from your mother's curtains or your grandmother's wardrobe.


    Japanese Weekend Red Sun Maternity Dress4) Break it up with the flowers. You can make florals edgy by your shoe and jewelry choice and simply by pairing a floral top with a pair of solid leggings. 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 maternity outfit if you want to go light with the flowers while giving a nod to the flowers.

    Most important is to follow your personal style. Choose a floral print that is truly you and that represents your personality. It can be a dainty abstract pastel floral pattern to a large statement floral maxi skirt with strong fuchsia colors and black contrast.

    Find and wear what makes you happy and have some fun with your maternity fashion this Spring!

  • Try a Splash of Marsala, Color of the Year, for Your Maternity Wardrobe

    The official color of 2015 is Marsala, according to the Pantone Color Institute. In case you are wondering, Marsala is a rich red-brown burgundy color much like the fortified wine that its name is derived from. This hearty warm earth color is flattering against many skin tones which make it a great choice for fashion. Its rich and sophisticated shade also complement a palette of other hues such as camel, pumpkin, shades of blue, brown and black which allows it to coordinate well with many other colors in your wardrobe.

    Marsala also makes a great nail color, makeup blush for the cheeks, lipstick and clothing. Its stylish tone works well for home furnishings and interiors and even industrial design. Yet our favorite use of the Marsala color is its beauty in maternity fashion. This color works for all seasons. In winter pair marsala with jewel tones for a statement color. When springtime comes, try marsala with cool pastels for a fresh look.

    A number of maternity clothes at TummyStyle incorporate this yummy earth hue in both prints and solids. Here are a couple favorites:

    Maternal America’s Wine Scoop Neck Dress.

    Maternity America Wine Scoop Neck Dress

    This chic maternity dress is fitted on the top with the black lycra scoop neck design and elbow length sleeves. The sash and skirt of this pretty empire waist style is wine colored shade of Marsala. The mid-thigh dress length is youthful and fresh.

    Another take on the Marsala shade is Maternal America’s Nursing and Maternity Cami-Cardigan.

    Maternal America Cami-Cardigan

    This very versatile two piece cardigan sweater is made for both nursing and maternity. Its rich color, in the Marsala family hue, is sure to be a hit this season. Pair it with jeans, black slacks or a skirt for a dressier look. Ultra comfy and pretty with all skin tones and hair colors, you are sure to love this nursing cardigan for days to come.

    So add some variety to your maternity wardrobe and add a splash of Marsala (the color not the wine that is!) to enjoy this year’s special color and you are sure to be on-trend.

  • Maternal America Cut Out Yolk Maternity Dress

    Every now and then there's a print that comes out that is so unique we wonder how long it will stay on our racks. The Maternal America Yolk Maternity Dress is just one such item.

    The pattern is made up of red, navy, and white storks over layed upon each other in an Escher-esk manner. It is very subtle and in now way obnoxious. In fact, most people will look at it and enjoy a stylish looking print but will soon realize that there are storks mixed into the pattern!

    The shoulders are sleeveless with a wide red strip to stay on you and provide comfortable support. The front of has a V-neck to reveal enough skin and still have sexiness.

    This maternity dress is definitely a classic and well made by Maternal America.

  • Kim Kardashian Wore Her “Maternity Clothes” The Best!

    Ok, so we know Kim Kardashian has been getting a lot of flack for her maternity fashion choices. However, I must say, I am secretly becoming a bit of a fan. I am actually motivated to see what she wore to the latest event whether it be a striking off the runway black Prada dress to an intimate dinner date with Anna Wintour or her Riccardo Tisci designed floral print gown which she wore to the Givenchy Met Ball the following night (with built-in matching gloves).

    Really, we do need some comic relief from Kate Middleton’s never misses and perfect pregnancy body perfection (although I am a huge fan of the Duchess and admire her picture perfect pregnancy and fashion choices). I am, however, more intrigued by Kardashian’s maternity fashion “hit” or supposed “misses” because, really, isn’t that what fashion is all about- not conforming, making a statement, showing your mood and style in the body you are currently living in?

    I credit Kim Kardashian for making maternity fashion a lot more interesting, expressive, unexpected, sometimes humorous and controversial. I agree that pregnancy should be a time to embrace the bump however demurely or flamboyantly as we please. It’s a time to celebrate our bodies and the body forming in us. It is not a time to be ashamed of a few added pounds in places other than the bump, which for most of us is perfectly natural (unless you are the Duchess of Cambridge!)

    With that said, I do have to laugh along with Robin William’s “who wore it best” taunt at Kim’s dress choice to the Met Gala and more of less accusation of her channeling his character as Mrs. Doubtfire in his 1990’s film. Kardashian’s dress is strangely reminiscent of that once upon a time comedy fashion display with the same busy head to toe floral pattern. However, without a doubt, Kim did wear it best, complete with the built-in flowered print gloves!

  • Maternal America’s Stork Print Dress –Perfect for Mother’s Day and Beyond!

    Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day Maternity Dress or Baby Shower Dress? Look no further than Maternal America’s Cut Out Yolk Maternity Dress, AKA “The Stork Dress.” This go-anywhere versatile and lightweight Spring-Summer Maternity Dress is a must-have for your warm weather maternity clothes wardrobe.

    Although not immediately apparent, the navy red and white print is actually small storks that converge for a beautiful patterned look. The empire waist design is slimming and flattering on all expecting body types. The V-neck sleeveless style is cool for summer and can even be worn as a nursing dress with the elastic cross-over front design.

    If ever there was a good-luck dress to be worn during pregnancy, this maternity dress from Maternal America is the one!

  • Maternal America Stork Pattern Maternity Dress

    Here's a new fun and sexy maternity dress from Maternal America called the Stork Maternity Dress. It has an oragne, navy, and white striped pattern with storks blended throughout the pattern. In fact, if you don't really look, you many not even recognize them. That is the beauty of this maternity dress. It's so subtle that it looks elegant and rich.

    The shoulders are wide and move down into a V-neck pattern for a level of sexiness. Wear it with heels or flats. Put on a long gold necklace with some dangling earrings and you create a style that really says wow.

    The fabric is soft and feels really smooth against skin and will be keep you comfortable all day long.

  • Kate Rocks Her Bump!

    In her first public engagement since announcing her pregnancy in December, Kate Middleton visited the Action on Addiction center Hope House yesterday in South London. During her visit the Duchess of Cambridge opened up about her difficult morning sickness and bonded with one expectant mother, Natalie, who was receiving treatment at the center.

    Natalie, 28, who is expecting her second child in July, just like the Duchess, shared her conversation with Kate with The Mirror. Natalie said: "We're due about the same time. She's been unwell and feeling better now and I felt pretty much the same the first time."

    Speaking to the Duchess she said: "This is my road to recovery. When I was in addiction, my life was in complete darkness and then gets a lot brighter."

    With Kate replying: "Well done to you for getting sober."

    Afterwards Natalie said: "I've got to say I'm sober and clean. When I was in the darkness I never thought that would happen."

    Kate’s visit was to raise awareness for the charity, of which the Duchess is patron, but the Kate’s beautiful appearance with her growing baby bump in a Max Mara wrap dress stole the show.

    Chief Executive of the charity, Nick Barton said Kate was very well received by the women at the Center: "She was wonderful with the clients. They fell in love with her. They opened up to her.

    "She's such an easy person that they were talking to her in a very comfortable way, and I think surprised themselves at how easy that she made it for them. She seemed in good spirits, in good health, and very comfortable."

  • Save An Extra 35% OFF ALL Maternity Dresses

    For a limited time only, save an extra 35% off all Maternity Dresses at TummyStyle.com! There are great new styles available from Maternal America, Olian and Japanese Weekend. Find one for that holiday occasion or just a casual dress. Buy already marked down spring/summer dresses now and save them for a few months when the weather starts to turn.

    But hurry. The sale ends soon!

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