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Shopping for Maternity Clothes Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Stitch Fix maternity

When I was pregnant, I was eager to stay stylish, but was frankly pretty overwhelmed with the whole wardrobe shopping process. Carrying multiples, I was in no position to simply buy a size up in non-maternity gear. I collected a bunch of pregnancy staples from the likes of Old Navy and the Gap, but I didn’t feel they really expressed my personal style. And the truly stylish maternity pieces that I did have were sometimes budget busters. Womp womp.

But now there’s good news for stylish expecting mamas out there!

Just launched this week, online personal styling retailer Stitch Fix is adding maternity clothing to its offerings. The way it works is you go online, fill out a quiz about your personal style and your budget preferences, and you get regular shipments of clothes in just your tastes. (And you’re obvi only charged for what you keep, so you can send back anything you don’t like or that doesn’t quite flatter your bump.)

The retailer found that three percent of its clientele is pregnant at a given time—so the move makes business sense. But it’s also a coup for mamas-to-be who are both too busy to handle what can be the time-consuming task of maternity wardrobe shopping (can I get an amen?) as well as plenty confused about how to go about it.

The company, which has more than 1,000 personal stylists across the country to select pieces and shop for clients, will offer maternity in the same sizes it currently carries (0 to 14, XS to XL), with brands such as Tart, Daniel Rainn, DL1961, and Mavi. That’s welcome news for moms-to-be of all sizes!

(BTW, in addition to maternity, the company is also adding petites to its services—making for the first expansion into new product categories.)

How cool, right? Now if only the service had been around when I was pregnant!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Rachel Zoe Launches a Maternity Line: Here’s How to Get It!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Rachel Zoe

Attention all pregnant mamas! Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe is launching her first ever maternity line for A Pea in the Pod. In honor of the occasion, Parents’ Ruthie Fierberg caught up with the mommy of two—Skyler, 3, Kaius, 1—about her inspiration for the line, must-have maternity fashion items, and how she handled her pregnancies. Plus, we’ve got a treat for you readers: Access to the special pre-sale of Rachel Zoe for a Pea in the Pod beginning March 3.

Parents: What made you want to design a maternity line at this point in your life?

Rachel Zoe: Women kept asking me about it and I wanted to translate my collection into a maternity language, so to speak. Pregnant or not, women should always have the ability to enjoy clothes. For me, it made sense to work with A Pea in The Pod—they’re making dressing well accessible to a market that didn’t always have that.

P: What are you hoping moms will love about Rachel Zoe maternity that’s different from other maternity clothes?

RZ: It doesn’t feel like clothes you only wear when you’re pregnant. It looks like clothes that work into your life before, during, and after pregnancy. It’s fun—with prints and stripes it feels modern and fresh.

P: What was your biggest fashion woe during your pregnancies?

RZ: That awkward phase when you transition from looking like you put on a lot of weight versus actually looking pregnant. And not being able to wear some of my favorite clothes…mostly anything that had a waist.

P: What’s the one fashion item all expecting mamas must have?

RZ: A great pair of leggings and a great jersey dress. Whether it’s a black tunic or maxi, jersey basics are staples you can layer under a great jacket, cardigan, trench, anything!

P: What was your craziest pregnancy craving

RZ: I had reverse cravings—things that I loved, I couldn’t stand. And instead of sweet berries, I just wanted tart and sour…tons of grapefruit.

P: Did you have any strange pregnancy symptoms with Skyler or Kaius? If so, how did you cope?

RZ: Skyler was really easy. Kaius was tough for the first three month. I was really sick and tired. I tried everything, but nothing really helped.

P: Overall, how would you describe your pregnancies? Did you enjoy them or were they more challenging times?

RZ: I loved being pregnant! I actually envy pregnant women. I feel so healthy and happy. I think pregnancy is the most amazing and mind-blowing thing in the world.

Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she’s practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is our resident theater aficionado and can be found constantly running around New York City to find the best new show, the most awesome dance party, or the hottest Bikram yoga studio. Follow her on on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.

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Which Celeb Mom-to-Be Is More Stylish Than Kate Middleton?!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Keira Knightley pregnancy fashionIs there any more stylish pregnant lady in the world than Kate Middleton? According to a recent poll, yes, there is.

The new poll from U.K. baby brand My1styears.com crowned Keira Knightley as the most stylish celebrity mum-to-be. The star, who announced her pregnancy with her first child just last month, took 26 percent of the total votes cast, outpacing the Duchess of Cambridge, who came in a close second with 20 percent.

Last night at the SAG Awards, Keira wore a flowing purple lace gown that stunned red carpet bump watchers—and seemed somehow appropriately comfortable, true to her fashion aesthetic, and totally showstopping all at once. And for the Golden Globes, she chose a riskier Chanel frock with lace at the neckline and three-tiered hem, and a print of butterflies and bugs. Fearless and fun, plus romantic and chic—an inspired choice, if you ask me.

I’ll admit that both gowns won me over, as has Keira’s other recent maternity fashion. But is it better than Kate’s?

Absolutely no way. To my eye, Kate wins the maternity fashion game hands down, from her perfectly pulled-together coats to her always elegant dresses, to her even-while-pregnant heels and fascinators. Kate’s maternity fashion is perfection, and you just can’t get better than that.

What do you think?

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Why We’ll Miss Blake Lively Being Pregnant

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Blake Lively pregnantIf you blinked, you might have missed Blake Lively’s pregnancy. Between her announcement in October, and her delivery before the new year, there were just a few short months in which the public got to share in the joy of the star’s burgeoning bump. And now that her baby with hubby Ryan Reynolds is on the outside, I’m going to miss the pregnancy phase!

Here’s why: Blake totally won the maternity fashion game. From daring red carpet looks, like the now-famous pale yellow Gucci down with the plunging neckline, to everyday street style, she nailed it every single time.

And sure, maybe some of those looks weren’t exactly budget friendly or otherwise attainable for us mere mortals. But plenty of the maternity style concepts she strutted were accessible and imitation-worthy in the real world. For instance, the mixed-pattern outfit she wore when she revealed her pregnancy on her website, Preserve (pictured here): breezy, chic, comfy, totally doable.

And the ways she worked accessories—like trimmed capes and statement jewelry—set an example for how we can all express ourselves through fashion, no matter our stage of pregnancy, and no matter our budget and taste preferences.

In short, I loved watching Blake parade around in her pregnancy style chicness, and I’m sad that phase is over. Fortunately, she’s made clear she wants many more kids—so hopefully we’ll see it again before too long!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Holiday Gift Guide! 16 Fab Finds for Preggos

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Holiday gifts for pregnant womenLast holiday season, I’d just crossed the second-trimester threshold, my pregnancy was public, and I was feeling so full of joy and promise at such a festive time of the year.

This year, help the mama-to-be in your life celebrate such a momentous and special time. From pregnancy pampering products and services, to maternity fashion, to thoughtful ideas for the baby-on-the-way, I put together my (unscientific, but real-mom tested!) list of amazing holiday gifts for the pregnant mama. Even if—or especially if—that fab mama you’re buying for is you!

Bellybuds
Let family members record messages that you can play to the baby-on-the-way with Bellybuds, which also offers a bunch of new music releases including meditations for expecting moms, and instrumental versions of Motown hits. (The first song my babies listened to with Bellybuds was Snoop Lion’s “Fruit Juice.” Future reggae fans—and Caribbean travelers—in the fam!)

Noodle & Boo
The great thing about the Noodle & Boo line (beyond the cute packaging) is that it includes tons of great products for babies and expecting mamas alike. I used the Perfecting Crème on my bump during pregnancy and even now for stretch marks.

Show Me Your Mumu
People can joke all they want about pregnant women and mumus—but I dare anyone to find cooler maternity-friendly gear than the L.A.-based (non-maternity) line Show Me Your Mumu. Its trapeze dresses and tunics look great on a bump, as well as in that tricky fourth trimester — and beyond! (There are open kimono-esque options to dress even the biggest bump ever, aka mine.) I’m hooked.

Tart Collections
I love the cool, breezy aesthetic of Tart Collections. A gift like the geometric black-and-white printed “Tatum” maternity dress will give her a ton of versatility (not to mention attention-grabbing style) throughout pregnancy.

Soothe
By the end of my pregnancy, I felt like I was getting hit by the same truck every day. Pregnancy can be painful: Give the gift of a massage she doesn’t even have to leave the house for. Soothe dispatches therapists in various cities around the country in as little as an hour.

Stylisted
Along those lines, Stylisted sends hair and makeup stylists right to your door in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles (as of a recent launch) so that the mom-to-be can feel glam for a holiday party, family photo, or just a special treat. Who deserves it more than a gorgeous preggo (who may not be feeling quite so gorgeous)?

Stella & Dot
I toss around the word “obsessed” too often, but I’m truly obsesed (mean it!) with the fashion jewelry line Stella & Dot. I love the engravable series, just right for a mom who has already made her baby name public. Alternatively, with a gift card she can scoop up something for herself after the delivery, engraved with the birthdate.

Choopie
For a mom-to-be who’s determined to maintain her chic style after baby comes, give a pulled-together quilted diaper bag from Choopie… which also happens to open with the touch of a button. That’s an important thing for the never-enough-hands set. Also a cool gift: a just-debuted stroller organizer that doubles as a cross-body purse. Neat! Sarah Jessica Parker and Pink are among the celeb-mama fans of the brand.

When We Became Three
Traditional baby books aren’t my style—I don’t generally color within the lines. But I love Jill Caryl Weiner’s modern version, When We Became Three. Expecting moms can start filling it out in pregnancy, with details like the love story between parents. It’s a great way to involve the dad too, and a super romantic holiday nesting activity.

Tkees
In my third trimester, it was all I could do to slide a pair of flip-flops over my feet—I lived in them. (Granted, it was summertime in L.A.) Give a mom-to-be a gift of comfortable shoes that look more pulled together, like the Charlie style from Tkees. “Cocobutter” and “Sunkissed” are nude colors that go with everything. Her aching dogs will thank you

Earth Mama Angel Baby
The Earth Mama Angel Baby line has mom covered from pregnancy through postpartum and breastfeeding. The new Calming Lavender Angel Baby Lotion is made with organic ingredients, super safe and gentle, and smells so relaxingly like lavender and vanilla.

Milestone Cards
In the age of Instagram, give a gift that lets an expecting mama keep track of special milestones, and share them too. Milestone Cards come in pregnancy and baby versions—get both for a fun gift that keeps on giving after delivery.

PopSugar Must Have Box
PopSugar editors are behind the picks in the Must Have boxes, which contain classic and new fave gifts to welcome baby. Pick a box for either a girl or a boy. (The metallic piggy bank from Lunares is the coolest thing!)

Cake Lingerie
Cake Lingerie has launched soft and comfy “Fashion Panty Packs,” a set of four cotton briefs with lace trim. They offer more coverage and a wider lined gusset—but she’ll want to wear them after pregnancy too! Plus, they come in pretty decorated gift boxes that make for a lovely (fuss-free) gift.

Citrus Lane
Talk about a gift that keeps on giving: Give her a subscription to Citrus Lane, and she’ll get a monthly delivery of a box containing curated new age-approriate gifts for baby.

Operation ResCUTE
I’m throwing this one in the mix as an animal lover and shelter pet mom! Nonprofit Operation ResCUTE provides books and stuffed animals that educate children about adopting from shelters, and gives 100 percent of profits to shelters in support of adoption efforts. It’s a gift that gives back—and sets a great example for the future pet lover in the family!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom, as well as a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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