Tuesday, November 24, 2009

SPANX Bra-llelujah

I struggled with finding a supportive yet comfortable bra that could be worn throughout my pregnancy.  I made the rookie mistake by going to Victoria's Secret and just sized up in cup and bra size in my favorite style. However, I found that my 'boobalines' outgrew my bra within weeks and caused major discomfort and restricted breathing (not to mention a huge waste of money).  After making this mistake twice, I did my research and found the SPANX Bra-llelujah Maternity Bra with no wire at destinationmaternity.com, and literally, it was a "bra-llelujah" experience. The SPANX brand is infamous for masking unwanted excess weight, which, in this instance, this bra eliminated my back rolls that I got when my bra got tighter . Made of nylon, this bra stretches as your chest measurements grow and the no wire and molded cup give you that extra comfort and support.  This bra survived with me through 2nd trimester growth spurts throughout the time where my milk came in post-partum, so Amen to SPANX!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Leggings + Belly Band = Sublime Comfort

Liz Lange for Target has combined two essentials for every growing belly: leggings and the belly band. Leggings are every woman's comfort alternative (pregnant or not), and now united with the belly band for that extra support, makes this style the ultimate pregnant bottom.  What is an additional appeal is the price that Target is offering: $24.99 for a pair of 2 in black and charcoal colors.

Lauren Moshi's Swing Tees

Lauren Moshi's Swing Tees are a great fix for your casual chic wear.  Worn over your favorite pair of leggings or denim, the A- line cut of these tee-shirts drape nicely over your growing bump. I wore various versions of this tee-shirt from pre-pregnancy to the day I was released from the hospital (and still to this day).  Lauren Moshi is also a celeb favorite as seen on Nicky Hilton, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lauren Conrad.  The designer's unique graphic prints and luxe cotton comes in various sleeve lengths from tank top to long sleeve.

Lauren Moshi can be found at singer22.com or shopmanhattanite.com

Friday, November 20, 2009

Time for some Hanky Panky

Body changes such as weight gain, widening hips, and butt growth are all unfortunate occurrences in pregnancy that can make a girl feel less sexy.  I certainly experienced this and recall having nightmares of my husband cheating on me (I researched this on babycenter - totally normal to have these type of dreams!).  What is a girl's quick fix to this? Fun and sexy panties! Hanky Panky panties are the best underwear to wear throughout pregnancy. Not only are they 'one size fits all' (always a conscience booster to not be reminded your body is growing) but they are so comfortable. The lace and low rise fit is definitely a good anecdote to embracing your sexiness!

Hanky Panky lingerie can be found on shopbop.com:

As a lesser-expensive alternative, since Hanky Panky can get pricey when you need coverage through out the week, I also bought Gap Body's low rise lacey thong. The look and feel is very close to Hanky Panky's at a lower retail!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

J Brand Maternity Pencil Jeans

Of all the maternity jeans that I have purchased, the J Brand Maternity 12" Pencil Jeans are my UTMOST favorite. Found on shopbop.com, I found that these jeans were the most forgiving and I still felt fashionably chic. The best design detail about these jeans are the elastic gore insets on the sides. While other maternity jeans have an excessive band of fabric at the waist - the elastic gussets hug your body so you don't have that extra bulk lying at the waist side. Thus, it makes outfitting the top easier and you have the option to wear more fitted tops rather than tents.

The dark rinse wash and the fitted leg opening also make this a versatile pair of jeans - I wore these at work, weekend errands, and happy 'sober' hours.

Although they are on the pricier side, it is all worth the investment. I wore these throughout my 2nd & 3rd trimester. I suggest buying one size bigger than your pre-pregnancy size and keep in mind, there is a lot of elasterell stretch to these jeans so it grows with you!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thank you for Smocking

Smocking is a fabulous design detail to have on tops, dresses and pants as your body starts growing up top and down bottom. The great thing about smocking is that it is a prettier form of elastic - so you can stretch into it! Smocked tops are also very supportive up top as we all know those 'boob-alines' (as Liv Tyler refers to them) grow and grow through out your pregnancy.

Here is a smocked dress that I wore throughout my second and third trimester - I found this at my fave fashionable / yet affordable boutique Anat B.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Jean-ius Bella Band

The must-have that every pregnant fashionista should own for the first trimester is the Bella Band.  This is the best invention to maximize every moment  in those pre-pregnancy jeans! Using the Bella Band can help hoist that waistband with out having to button your jeans. The great thing about investing in a Bella Band is it can be used throughout your pregnancy as your belly grows.

As an alternative, for those early weeks where you just need an extra 2-3 inch extender on your waistband, you can also just loop a rubber band (I used a hair tie) looped through the button hole and wrapped around the button.

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