The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and we’ve picked out some of our favorite red, white and blue items to help get you in a patriotic state of mind! Whether you’re headed to a backyard BBQ or plan to watch the fireworks at a swanky rooftop party, we’ve got you covered.
Oh, how we love stripes in the summer! They just make us feel all nautical inside! From dresses to swimsuits to accessories, these are some of our favorite stripey pieces.
We could rock this Kristin Cavallari look every day. It’s chic and casual–and super easy to replicate. Start with our NOM Hailey Dress and add a structured denim blazer, classic handbag, and, for a little punch of color, these comfy Yosi Samra Neon Patent Flip Flops. p.s. The Hailey Dress also looks great all dressed up for a night on the town, too!
This Maternal America Halter Tie Dress is a Belly Dance favorite. The perfect Little Red Dress, it goes from day to night with just a simple swap of your accessories! For a lunch date or a day of shopping, we’d pair it with these cute Oxfords and a contrasting handbag. To take this dress out to dinner we love a pair of classic black pumps and an eye-catching clutch.
1. Vulli Lazare The Cat 2. Kissy Kissy Grey Essentials Stripe Footie 3. Angel Dear Flower Bunny Blankie 4. Aden & Anais Monster Mash Swaddling Blankets 5. Vulli So Pure Balls 6. Trumpette Ka-Pow Assorted Socks
If you’re searching for the perfect gift for the new baby in your life, look no further! These are some of our absolute favorites and Belly Dance best sellers.
From shopping to eating to photography, these days you can literally find, buy, or track whatever you need right from the palm of your hand. Luckily for pregnant women, there are a variety of great apps to guide you through the next nine months.
There are apps that offer tools like weekly trackers that let you know what to expect each week of pregnancy and places to store information from your doctors’ visits such as your weight, ultrasound photographs, and fetal heart rate. Some apps focus on health information like drug safety lists, prenatal exercise, and nutrition guides, while others focus on practical matters like planning for the baby and packing a hospital bag. And then there are apps just for fun—think shower games you can play on your cell phone!
In addition to the pregnancy apps, we’re excited to see some new apps emerging for women trying to conceive. One such app, called Glow, currently pending approval in the Apple App Store, is designed to be a fertility tracker slash financial tool for would-be parents.
We love ABC News’ recent list of the 12 best apps covering conception to birth and beyond!
Just remember; most apps aren’t approved or monitored by medical professionals, so always check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy.
What are your favorite pregnancy apps?
This trend is here to stay. No complaining here! Who doesn’t love mixing and matching? Color blocking is a great way to add spice up your outfit. You can wear it head-to-toe or separately. This NOM Orange Gigi Maxi Dress is an easy way to complete this trend. Its light weight fabric makes it great to wear all summer long, every day or to a special occasion. Try the NOM Black Liz Colorblock Tunic with a pair of jeans or shorts and flats for a cute summer outfit. For something a tad bit more formal try the Jules & Jim Color Combo Dress.
“Can you really prevent stretch marks?”
We’ve all been there. Pregnant and terrified of that moment the first stretch mark will appear, we wonder if we should just buy the entire shelf lined with the lotions and crèmes that promise to keep them at bay.
The truth is, while there’s no magic lotion that can guarantee you won’t ever see a stretch mark during your pregnancy (they’re hereditary, after all, and whether you get them depends on a whole host of factors), using a stretch mark cream or oil does have benefits. Keeping your belly ultra-moisturized from the beginning of your pregnancy helps skin stay pliant and can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks. It can also reduce itching caused by ever-stretching skin.
Finding products that are safe and effective is key. Here are some of our favorites:
A Belly Dance best-seller, Belli’s Elasticity Belly Oil is packed with Vitamin E, Gotu Kola extract, and cocoa butter to hydrate your belly and decrease the risk and severity of stretch marks. Lavender and sweet almond oil calm the senses and nourish and moisturize the skin.
We love Matter Company’s holistic approach to skincare, and many of their ingredients are certified organic. This soothing balm is made up of six essential oils—including shea butter, lavender, and evening primrose—rich in Vitamin E, which promote skin elasticity and help stop itching.
Loaded with omega rich oils, essential fatty acids, shea, and jojoba, Basq’s buttery stretch mark cream can help heal existing stretch marks while preventing new ones from forming.
This light, fresh butter is full of cocoa and shea butter and aloe vera to soothe itching. Bonus: many of the ingredients are organic!
Check out our in house brand NOM. Pregnant Fashionista recently did a review of our NOM Mabel Tunic and described it as “the perfect basic piece for all of the colorful skinny maternity jeans and shorts out there this season.” We couldn’t agree more. Check out the full post here.
Check out iVillage’s post 17 Ultra-Flattering (Really) Maternity Swimsuits featured in March. Three of our lovely swimsuits made the list. If you want a classic bikini check out this sweet and sassy number by Ingrid & Isabel. For more coverage try the tankini with demure dots by Ingrid & Isabel. Want a classic bikini with a little extra flare (and coverage on bottom)? Try the Ingrid & Isabel ruffle bikini bottoms with a hater style top.
1. NOM Cobalt Stripe Maternity/Nursing Snap Tank 2. Belli Cosmetics All Day Body Lotion & Elasticity Belly Oil
3. Boulevard Sunday Bag (Call us at 888-802-1133 to ask about monogramming!) 4. Hanky Panky Thong & Boy Shorts 5. Belabumbum Lotus Lace Pink Kimono Robe 6. RGB Natural & Non-toxic Nail Color
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you’re wondering what to get the new mom or mom-to-be in your life, you’re in luck! Here’s a roundup of our favorite Mother’s Day gifts! (Pssssst…don’t forget – you can always stop by one of our NYC or Chicago boutiques, and our personal shoppers will help you find the perfect gift.)
Check out Daily Candy’s post – Avoid A Pregnant Pause: 15 Things You Should Tell Your Pregnant Friends, Over and Over. We love their quick-witted writing and that they featured us twice in the post. Comfortable and stylish Yosi Samra flats were featured on one page and non-toxic RGB nail polish on the other.
Fit Pregnancy rated the Paige Maternity Union Laurel Canyon Jean as the best fit for all body types in their Jean Therapy blog post. We couldn’t agree more. The leg is perfectly flared and the pocket panels are comfortable yet look like your non-maternity jeans. This isn’t our first time being recognized for our denim collection. Parents.com featured us twice in their blog post: Best Maternity Jeans. Check out our stellar denim collection here.