Tag: pregnancy

Maternity workwear staples for spring. (A.K.A. no yoga pants for you!)

Finding beautiful and appropriate maternity clothing to wear to work when you’re pregnant can sometimes feel like a fruitless effort. There were many times during my pregnancies that I had to cobble together an office-appropriate outfit with items in my wardrobe that were really more suited for lounging around. But thanks to some clever designers and some new brands,I’ve put together a slew of cute maternity work clothes out there for the season. This knotted short sleeve dress (above) from the famous New York maternity boutique Veronique, is a comfy yet elegant essential for every working mama-to-be’s wardrobe. It’s...

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Keungzai designer maternity clothes gives pregnant women one more reason to glow

There has always been something so breathtaking to me about seeing a pregnant woman dressed to the nines.  It’s like she is stating to the world that being a mother-to-be is the most beautiful responsibility in the world. Keungzai, a UK online maternity boutique, just launched a gorgeous selection of maternity clothes this month–that are definitely not for those of us who’d rather live in yoga pants. In fact fans already include the gorgeous Sienna Miller.  You’ll find designer brands such as Peaks of London, Cake Lingerie and Hot Milk. But the one piece that really caught my eye...

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Hatch – The chic line of maternity fashion, now on sale

When I first saw the new maternity line, Hatch, I wanted to order every single piece in the collection. Now here’s the funny thing–I wasn’t even pregnant then. [don’t miss a great discount and a tie-in with one of our favorite charities after the jump] Hatch was born when designer Ariane Goldman, the founder of twobirds Bridesmaid, wanted to create a line that stylish women would wear before, during and after pregnancy. She totally got the fact that mamas–no matter how much money they did or didn’t have–loathe the idea of shelling out for something they can only wear...

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Once place to find Missoni for less, that isn’t Target

Maternity wear is a tricky thing. Looking like a slob for nine months is not what most of us want. On the other hand, spending a ton of cash on clothes with such a short shelf life can seem like a big old waste. The answer might be in a new online boutique offering designer maternity clothes on consignment–including everyone’s favorite designer of 2011, Missoni. Encore Maternity was founded by a celebrity stylist/mom who was faced with that same pregnancy fashion conundrum. She wanted to look chic during those nine months, but still wanted to save up for her...

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Embrace pregnancy one pretty page at a time

When I was assigned to check out a pregnancy journal for Cool Mom Picks, I jokingly responded that I’d do it as long as I didn’t have to get pregnant. Well, here I am (no, not pregnant!) flipping through Embrace: A Pregnancy Journal and suddenly I’m kind of longing to be. It’s just that the book, filled with Nikki McClure’s gorgeous paper cut illustrations and beautifully simple writing and drawing suggestions, is so darned romantic, it’s hard not to get caught up in the dreaminess of it all. With sweet and unique directions to draw or write about everything...

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Finally, you can register for anything, and we mean anything.

It was so empowering, the first time I held that price gun and started registering for baby stuff. I assumed that the store would have everything I needed. (Yes, you can laugh at me now.) As I now know, the best baby carriers, bibs, and swaddlers are generally found online, not in the big baby stores, and you can’t register for them. But wait–now you can! And it’s easy! BabyList is an idea a long time coming. This free service allows you to build a baby registry for anything at all that you can find online, including stuff on...

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Maternity and nursing lingerie you can live in

Having just had a baby three months ago, I know oh so well the need to be comfy during pregnancy–especially when you sleep. Forget about getting up to pee every 20 minutes, there’s also the issue of sleeping on your back or your side (I’m a tummy sleeper) and let’s not forget the muscle aches. So when I slipped into the ridiculously comfy–and yet stylish–maternity lingerie from Belabumbum, I yawned with excitement. I packed a set of Belabumbum’s lounge pants and a nursing camisole with me for my hospital stay and lived in the pants the entire time. I...

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Cool Mom Picks voted top Pregnancy Mom Blog on Babble.com!

How lovely to discover that Cool Mom Picks was voted the #10 best pregnancy blog on Babble.com. Let’s just say we’re blushing! We’re thrilled to be included in Babble’s Top 50 Pregnancy Mom Blogs list with some of our own faves, like Ohdeedoh, Postpartum Progress, and DaddyTypes, even though we’re pretty sure Greg is not a mom. (Though he’s definitely one cool dad). And before you think we’re paying off Babble.com with homemade cookies, just wait for their next list – “Super Ninja Baking Mom Blogs.” We’re pretty sure you won’t see us anywhere on that one. Thanks so much,...

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Quite possibly the most comfortable pants ever

There have been many times during my pregnancy that I’ve been tempted to leave the house naked. Not to flaunt my maternal form, but rather because wearing clothing during pregnancy can be so darn uncomfortable. Sure maternity jeans are forgiving, but until I stepped into B.D.A. Pants from Belly Bandit, I didn’t realize just how comfortable a pair of pants could be. Made from insanely soft bamboo, B.D.A. pants (which stands for Before, During and After) are literally the next best thing to going naked. Better actually, since they cover my half-shaven legs. The slim fold-over drawstring waist allows...

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A comfy maternity top that holds it all in

Pregnancy presents some interesting sartorial challenges. Wearing a bra can feel torturous, but keeping the girls supported is a necessity. Covering the belly can feel oppressive, but not keeping it sheathed is out of the question. So what’s a mama-to-be to do? A multitasking bra/tank combo is one of the best options out there. Sure, there are many tank tops on the market with built-in bras, but the new Maternity Bra Tank from Glamourmom was designed especially for the wardrobe challenges every pregnant woman (including me!) face. The ruched detail on both sides of the belly area allows for...

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A nursing dress that looks nothing like a nursing dress

Even though I’m still breastfeeding my six-month old every few hours, I somehow forget that little fact when I go shopping and want to buy all these adorable sundresses for myself. Lifting my dress up over my head every time the baby needs to eat is really not an option. But that’s all changed since finding this adorable, affordable nursing dress that I plan to live in all summer long. I’m once again impressed with the budget-friendly breastfeeding clothes from Milk Nursingwear, this time with their gorgeous, bright halter-style nursing dress that delivers in both fit and function. Unlike...

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Who says pregnancy can’t be sexy?

At 38 weeks pregnant, I can honestly say I feel about as unsexy as a sack of potatoes. But just like putting a smile on your face is supposed to make you feel happier, wearing sexy lingerie should do the same thing, right? That was my mindset when I tried on a set of aggressively saucy purple and black lace lingerie. We’ve all heard the term “hot mama” before, but You! Lingerie, a collection of nursing bras and maternity lingerie is taking the yummy mummy look to extremes. The Azalea Orchid (pictured), the set I was sent, is a...

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dearjohnnies – Hospital garb you’ll want to wear after your stay

I’m getting closer and closer to the pregnancy finish line and as I do, I’m starting to mentally pack my hospital bag. I remember from last time that I basically lived in a bathrobe and hospital gown for the duration of my stay. The thought of lounging around Hugh Hefner-style sounds appealing, if only it weren’t for those drab and dowdy (not to mention used) hospital gowns. This is where dearjohnnies comes in. We’ve praised the collection of designer hospital gowns when we first discovered them, and are excited to share that they have launched some lovely new prints along...

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A chic accessory for your growing bun

I’m in the final stretch of my third trimester and no matter what I put on, I have a tendency to feel like, well, someone who’s eight months pregnant. So when I spotted a recent pic a of a pregnant celeb with a multi-hued scarf from new accessories line Theodora & Callum effortlessly tied around her neck and covering her belly just so, I knew I had found what I was looking for–an accessory that actually made me look and feel less huge. Theodora & Callum is created by former Scoop owner Stefani Greenfield and co-creator/executive producer of Project...

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Boden launches maternity. Brilliant!

When I heard that Boden, my favorite clothing company from across the pond was launching maternity, I felt like doing cartwheels. But, being seven months pregnant, I opted for a fist pump instead. Not only am I fan of Boden’s women’s collection, but I’d say about 75% of my son’s wardrobe comes from Mini Boden, their affordable and ridiculously cute collection for babies and kids. (I mean, how adorable are these faded denim board shorts with a skull print?). The Boden maternity clothes have a slightly limited selection at the moment, but it’s still chock full of the staples...

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Maternity style tips from author and maternity stylista Amy Tara Koch

I only had one pregnancy that required winter clothes and boy, was that a challenge. Pants never seemed to fit me and sweaters always made me hot, so I found myself wearing the same few outfits over and over again. Too bad I didn’t have author and style expert Amy Tara Koch’s book Bump It Up back then. The book is chock full of amazing maternity style tips plus advice from some of the world’s most famous fashion designers and stylists. It’s definitely a must-have manual for any pregnant chica, regardless of what number kid you’re on. I recently...

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The maternity top that’s saving me from a thousand tiny breakdowns daily

I have discovered maternity top nirvana. Nirvana, I tell you. And I’m pretty sure I will not be taking this thing off until I have my baby. Finally, I’m spared the thousand daily tug-downs of a too-small top. Finally, the underside of my belly doesn’t have to get chilly when I’m out for an autumn walk. Finally, a top that actually fits in those last, gigantic –or maybe that’s just me?– weeks of pregnancy. My near-deliriously happy state is all thanks to a Bashful Bump maternity bodysuit. I know, I know. A bodysuit? How can that be comfortable? But...

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Piperlime goes pregnant

I admit that I’m a sucker for a fancy pair of jeans, mostly because I’ve found over the years that they just wear and fit better. And after almost four kids on an already hard to fit body, those things are really hard to find at budget prices. So I guess it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of designer maternity jeans, now available at Piperlime. With designer labels like Citizens of Humanity and James Jeans, you can stock up on hot maternity denim along with the plethora of other goodies Piperlime offers – like shoes, bags, and more...

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Hospital gowns get a (much needed) upgrade

I know none of us cared what we looked like during the moments our babies were born. The health of baby and mama were the most important things in the universe, and there was very little room for vanity. But when I think back to all the hours (many many hours) before and after that newborn snuggle came, I know I would have liked to feel a little bit less like a linebacker and a little more feminine. I would have loved to be wearing this Pretty Pushers delivery gown. It would have eliminated the inevitable cringe at that...

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Maternity shirts that keep on going, and going

I’m loathe to buy any new maternity clothes in the middle of my 3rd trimester, but it’s also the point in my pregnancy where all my favorite items start to get a little tight – except for my one all-time favorite piece, my trusty BumpStyle maternity shirt. I’ve raved about these amazing maternity shirts before, and I’m so pleased to see they’ve added a few new styles. A top pick: The lovely kimono sleeve maternity tunics that are perfect for Fall, and for covering my jiggly pregnancy arms. If you’re not familiar with BumpStyle t-shirts, they’re probably the most...

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