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Flaunt Your Bump: Maternity Style Picks from Robin Otto


As resident maternity fashion expert at zulily, Robin Otto knows a thing or two about helping women look and feel wonderful at this special time in their lives. Robin’s advice? “Don’t hide it! Flaunt your bump with side ruching and horizontal stripes!”

Check out Robin’s picks this week for getting the look:


Breton Stripe Wrap Top from JoJo Maman Bébé, $34.99 (zulily); $64 (retail)

“The low wrap matched with the stripes gives this top some extra style and accentuates the bump in all the right ways.”


Halterneck Swimsuit from JoJo Maman Bébé, $32.99 (zulily); $64.00 (retail)

“Horizontal stripes are also great in a swimsuit, making the bump pop with some nautical style.”


Navy & White Stripe Maternity Crewneck Tunic & Belt, Can’t Wait Maternity, $32.99 (zulily) $50.00 (retail)

“I love matching tunics with tights for a comfortable maternity look that’s ready to go pretty much anywhere. Get this look in stripes with a belt that ties it all together.”


Coral Tie-Dye Maternity Sleeveless Top, Anticipation, $17.99 (zulily), $34.00 (retail)

“This tank is perfect for summer with a bright coral color, and the side ruching pulls everything together around the belly.”


Ocean Gathered Maternity Faux Wrap Dress, $109.99 (zulily) $175.00 (retail)

 “This dress is perfect for a spring soiree or work wear. The faux wrap creates a ruching effect that’s flattering and sophisticated.”

Tips on the Best Gifts For Dad

Scott Ruf, Merchandising Manager

Stuck in a Father’s Day gifting rut? One too many ties gifted, then never to be worn again? Well we’ve got some ideas! Hooray! With Father’s Day a month away, we sat down with Merchandising Manager Scott Ruf to get the scoop on what men really want—as gifts.

Finding gifts for men can be so hard, what makes you so qualified to give us advice?

I work with our teams to find great deals on products to deliver to mom every day. My specialty is finding footwear and apparel that our moms buy for the men in their life. And, I’m a father of two—a girl and a boy.

So, let’s get down to it, what do guys really want for Father’s Day?

Hobby-based gifts. Barbeque sets. Entertaining gifts. We want stuff that we can use and that has a purpose — stuff that does things.

And for the man who has everything?
He can always use an extra pair of sneakers.

What are your top five picks for Father’s Day gifts?

For the entertainer, either something for the bar or BBQ.

For the gadget head, a nice tablet cover or other tech accessory.

For the athlete, a new pair of sneakers, of course.

For the sport-enthusiast, anything from his favorite sports team.

And for the family man, plan an experience that he can enjoy with the whole family like a day out on a boat. 

Slumber Party Essentials


After making it through the initial anxiety of leaving your family for a whole night, you enter into a world where there is no bedtime, no limit to the amount of popcorn and Pringles you can consume, and no end to the hysteric giggling. Slumber parties are pretty much the best part about being a kid. Whether it’s getting the family together for a living room sleep-out or having girlfriends over for pampering and a chick flick, these picks will help create the perfect magical night.

Have a primp and pamper party with these delights.

Bring the magic of movies into playtime with this make-believe Mickey Mouse Clubhouse book.


Whether wrangling stallions in the Wild West or opening off-limits doors to the land of monsters, there’s an array of slipper selections to help set the stage.


And Help little ones get in the movie mood with supersoft superhero character-inspired pjs.

Build a nest in the living room with cuddle-worthy sleeping bags, blankets and more.


Snuggle up in intimate fashion inside this Monster University-themed tent of dreams.

And when it’s all over, don’t forget to tuck them in and turn on a warm-glowing night light for sweet dreams.

Summer Wedding Essentials

While summer is about to be in full swing, wedding season is already well underway. Today we’ve got a few of our favorite picks to help you out—whether you’re shopping for a few last-minute touches, going to a wedding or preparing for next year’s nuptials. One last thing—do you have your ‘something blue’?


Create the perfect atmosphere with rustic accents and décor that sets a homey, celebratory mood. This vintage-inspired Cotton Muslin Pennant Banner is ready to hang up as-is, but can also be easily personalized with a few dabs of fabric paint.


If you’re looking for a sun-kissed glow without trips to the tanning bed, sweep on bareMinerals Faux Tan All-Over Face Color to highlight your natural radiance.


Channel vintage-chic with these Crystal & Silver Teardrop Earrings showcasing a stunning cubic zirconia stone and swirling silver embellishments worthy of a bride.


Apparel –Women’s & Plus

Whether you’re an attendee or actually in the wedding (lucky you!) we’ve got some fabulous apparel choices. This Caribbean Strapless Empire-Waist Dress has a streamlined silhouette, while the lovely Dusty Pink Ruffle Strapless Dress flaunts some playful texture.




Neutrals are in, and this pump proves it. The classic Nude Bow Kentia Slingback features a flirty peep toe to show off your fresh pedicure in a shade that complements wedding colors of any kind.



Find the perfect outfit and accessories for the flower girl, ring bearer and other tiny wedding attendees. This White Tier Dress & Shawl is a perfect all-in-one ensemble for the little petal-pusher. 

Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and there’s no time to buy something on zulily, so we asked around the office to get some creative ideas of what you could do for your Mom this Mother’s Day. 

Frame your "My Mom Is…" photo. It’s the best way to your mother’s heart (and to one-up your siblings, if you have any.)

Bake her a cake. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cake? It’s a thoughtful gift for her and a treat that you and everyone else can also enjoy… talk about a win/win.

Huge balloons. I’m talking HUGE, like borderline ridiculous. These will last weeks, if not months, so it will be a constant reminder of how big your love is for her.

A puppy or kitten. Because… why not? “You’re welcome/sorry, Mom!”

A coupon book. She loves spending time with you, right? Make a book with coupons for free breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, movie night, a foot rub or maybe do her laundry for a change.

A portrait. She loved your artwork when you were younger… channel your inner Picasso and draw or paint something, anything! Maybe she will even hang it on the fridge.

Do an activity together. Paint pottery, go kayaking, check out the Tulip Fields, get manicures and pedicures, have a picnic, get ice cream or froyo, get professional photos on the beach in matching outfits, rent a tandem bike, go rock climbing or check out a spa. So many options out there…

Put your phone down. Just… put it away while you are spending time with her. Give her the gift of time. Unless you’re taking a photo with or of her and uploading it to our “My Mom Is…” page. Then, that’s okay.

Flowers and a card. Obviously. Don’t forget about those “Bacon Bouquets…”

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Mother’s out there and thanks for all that you do.

Devon’s Discoveries: Nursing Gear

Now that Baby G has been here for a whole month (!), we’re finally settling into our routines. We’ve figured out our wake-up routine with two kids, who gets the night shift and who gets the morning shift, how to do one-on-one activities with each girl, how to get Baby G to take a nap… you get the picture.  

One thing I was worried about was how nursing would go with our almost-two year old running around. There were times that I nursed Bean for hours on end—but I knew that wasn’t going to fly this time around.  Luckily, Baby G is a great nurser and we didn’t have any of the issues we had with Bean when it came to latch and let-down.  But it’s still not easy to keep track of Bean or to keep her occupied while I’m feeding her sister… so convenience has become the key.  

I just bought three nursing tops made by Momzelle that I absolutely love!  The material is so soft and strong, it seems to hold in all of the new lumps and bumps I’ve acquired, and the tops make nursing a cinch.  Unlike the nursing tanks with the strap clasps and built-in bras, you can wear your own bra underneath these shirts (I recommend the Le Mystere nursing bras—pretty and functional!), which seems to work better for my new-mom body.  

Next challenge: getting Baby G to sleep better at night.  Wish us luck!


Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother two, former History professor, and lifelong shopper.  She grew up with a self-proclaimed shop-aholic and sale-aholic mom, so she’s been in training for discovering cool stuff and great deals since she can remember.  Devon lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is mostly okay with the rain but sometimes pines for her hometown in Southern California.  With a little one at home and a crazy life, Devon is all about doing her shopping on the internet and zulily has been a dream come true for her with its variety, value, and quality.

Meet the zulily Buyers: Toys, Spring Style, Home Decor Trends and More!

Trying to find that perfect toy that will keep your kids entertained all summer long? At a loss when it comes to keeping your little guy stylish? Our buyers are here with some answers including the must-have item for spring fashion. Meet some of our fabulous zulily buyers: Lindsey Michael (toys), Leah Ochoa (kids’ apparel), Briana Fletcher (women’s apparel) and Amanda Christie (home).


Lindsey Michael, Toy Buyer

What makes a good toy design? 

For me, good design is eye-catching and engaging in a way that allows a person to envision that product in their lives. That combination of quality, functionality and timelessness ensures that the product will last and is worth bringing into your home. For toys specifically, the product must be safe and offer hours of play value.     

What are the top toys this season? 

Right now, it is all about encouraging kids to be active and play outside. Gardening toys like pint-sized wheelbarrows and creature catchers have been popular.  They allows kids to participate and play outside while their parents are gardening next to them. 

What is the new and upcoming product that I should look out for? 

Lottie is an amazing line of 8 ½” dolls that are designed to be anatomically similar to the average nine-year-old girl. Teaching girls to have a healthy body image is front and center on the minds of parents and teachers – now there is finally a doll to model that during playtime.  The dolls are designed in the United Kingdom and just hit the US market this year!


Leah Ochoa, Kids’ Apparel Buyer

Who is your style icon and why? 

I take my inspiration from many different people in my life, my boys being at the top of that list. My 16-year-old came out of his room the other morning with his polo pj bottoms, camo bucket hat and a galaxy-print hoodie and he was ready to go to school. Anyone looking at him would think he just rolled out of bed and threw that together, but he really took the time to put all of these crazy prints together and at the end of the day it worked. He is breaking all the rules and I am loving it. 

How do you buy to please two people: parents and kids?

I am a mother of three unique boys. When I buy for zulily I always think of my boys and ask myself: would my kids wear this? Then I try to offer a happy medium so moms can feel confident buying themand at the same time I try to introduce them to some of the trends that are out there. 

What trends should I look out for?

You will see more and more bright florals and jogger pants for boys. Just like harem pants were hot for girls in spring now it’s come around to boys and it’s a huge trend for the fall season. Bieber watch out! 


Briana Fletcher, Apparel Buyer

What catches your eye when you’re looking for new items or labels? 

When I am looking for new labels, I look for quality combined with originality. That’s something our customers can’t find everywhere else.

What is the new and upcoming trend that I should look out for?  

A trend you can’t miss for spring is a pair of wide-leg trousers/pants. You don’t have to be tall to pull these off, there are so many cute styles out there for all heights. Throw these on with a pair of sandals and  a lightweight sweater or tank and you are all set!


Amanda Christie, Home Buyer

What is the top item for home goods this season?

Box signs with personality and vintage marquee lights continue to be top items in home décor. Small pieces that make a big impact are also a must. For example, a new vase to display your bright, colorful bouquet or a fun throw pillow to add a pop of color to your living room.

What is the new and upcoming trend that I should look out for?

The biggest trends to look out for in home décor are vintage chic, geometrics and bright patterns and mixing and matching material & textures.

Check out our Buyer’s Picks events running May 4-7 with our top picks for everything from baby gear to home decor.

Our Top Picks to Welcome Spring for May Day

From ancient Rome to our own homes, May Day celebrations have become one of our favorite ways to ring in Spring. And who could blame us? Whether dancing around the Maypole or kicking back at a backyard barbecue, we’ve picked some of our favorite bits to orchestrate the perfect outdoor party to say “Hello Spring”!

1. Terrific Tresses

Get dressed up with some fun floral head wear. It’s the perfect accessory to top off any ensemble with a bit of garden-fresh style.


2.  Not your average glassware

Every party deserves a signature drink and every signature drink deserves to get dressed up for budding festivities. Serve your refreshers from a beautiful, Spring-themed pitcher.


3. Games du jour

Get the kids outside and playing with some fun yard games.


4. Garden goddess

With everything in full bloom, it’s easy to want to stretch out your own green thumb. From classic planters to repurposed bird cages, the possibilities are endless.


5. Picnic perfect

For those who like to dabble in a little sun worship, there’s nothing like a stellar set of patio furniture that’s perfect for lounging pool side to help you shake off those winter worries.

Get the Look: Summer Trends Part #1

The temps are rising, and we know you’re hot on the social scene. From playdates and garden parties, to dinner soirees and island vacations, your schedule is jam packed! We totally get it. With that being said, you need styles that can hold up to an extensive agenda, (am workouts, breakfast for the kids, afternoon dance recitals, plus dinner with hubby).

This crop of warm-weather trends includes styles that are able to see you through the day in comfort, in addition to sultry numbers that can accompany you at night, for a versatile dawn till dusk look. Now how’s that for multi-faceted apparel!

Shop these looks below.

Color Trends: Shades of Melon and Water Hues


From fruity melons to cool blue hues, these two color trends are making a splashy appearance this season. Play up these signature tones with your accessories for peppy accents. Sport a peachy handbag and statement necklace with a sleek office ensemble to sweeten up a company merger, or don a mint scarf and sunhat for a day at the beach.


The soft pastel tone of these colors makes them ideal as subtle touches or signature statements within a look, so feel free to go minimal or bold when experimenting with these shades.

Get the look with our Color Trends: Melon Accessories and Water Hues events premiering Wednesday, April 30th and May 7th.

Miami Heat

Get sultry and sassy with apparel that brings the Miami heat! We’re talking vibrant colors packed with passion, and styles that skim along curves. Hint: this is the trend to wear for that special dinner date with the hubby, or while vacationing in the tropics.


In addition to its bold accents, Miami is all about retro-inspired classics like tunics, wide leg pants and flowing sheaths full of decorative prints, so go wild with mod styles.

Find your flavor-filled counterparts in our upcoming Miami Heat collection premiering Friday, May 2nd.

Music Festival

Ditch the the heels and office frocks to embrace festival-infused pieces that are as leisurely as they are lovely. The ideal apparel for backyard bbq’s and other outdoor scenes, these styles go beyond festival season, for looks that fair well with everyday outings. From fringe focused accents and crochet top, to trendy cutoffs and gladiator sandals, expect to be cozy and look cool with this ever popular trend.


Our all-time favorite – in addition to breezy maxis – has to be haute-hippie sandals. A tried and true staple for spring and summer, this shoe is sure to go the distance, while seeing you to your destination in style. Shop this boho-inspired trend next Tuesday, May 6th with Music Festival.

From Celebrity Baby Scoop: 5 Celebrity Moms with all Daughters

Girl power!

Last time, our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop brought us 5 celebrity moms with a brood of boys. Now they are highlighting famous families with all girls in the mix.

Continue reading about 5 celebrity moms who have plenty of female energy in the house.

Jessica Alba:

Sin City star Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren are parents to two daughters: Honor, 5, and Haven, 2.

“Every day with my girls is a dream and just hanging out with them is the best thing ever,” Jessica gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop.

The eco-friendly mama added: “We do a lot of DIY crafts like using cardboard boxes to make airplanes and dollhouses—our creative playtime together similarly shows the girls about repurposing old items.”

Denise Richards:

Twisted star Denise Richards and ex-husband Charlie Sheen are parents to two girls: Sam, 10, and Lola, 8.

The actress adopted a third daughter, Eloise, as a single parent in June 2011.

“I’m definitely a hands-on mom,” Denise has said. “For me it’s about priorities, and my girls always come first. I look at it as having a harmonious house more than balancing – it’s never quite balanced!”

Demi Moore:

Ghost actress Demi Moore and ex-husband Bruce Willis are parents to three daughters: Rumer, 25, Scout, 22, and Tallulah, 20.

The Charlie’s Angels star actress admits that she constantly asks herself if she’s a good mother.

“There is no job in our life that you want less to make a mistake with,” she told E! News of motherhood. “And it is inevitable. The pain of that is deeper and more enormous than anything you could grasp because you spend most of your life as a mother wanting to save them from any pain at all. So to have to look at yourself as being the cause of their pain is excruciating.”

Alyson Hannigan:

How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan and husband, actor Alexis Denisof, are parents to two daughters: Satyana, 5, and Keeva, nearly 2.

The actress recently gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of motherhood.

“Being a mom is simply the best thing I have ever done,” she shared. “My kids make me laugh and smile every day.”

“Satyana is very into dressing herself and everything has to be bright pink or purple,” Alyson added of her girly-girl. “If it glows or is shiny that is even better. If you need sunglasses to look at her outfit, you know that’s a good outfit. Her choices are not always the fashion choices I would make, but they always make me smile!”

As for Keeva, it sounds like she’s Sati’s biggest fan.

“Keeva really wants to be like her big sister and follows Sati around — she’s always watching her,” Alyson shared. “At this point, they really get along and love being together which is great.”

Melanie Brown:

Girl power, indeed!

Spice Girls star Mel B, a.k.a. Scary Spice, is mom to four daughters: Phoenix, 15, Angel, 6, Madison, 2, and stepdaughter Giselle, 8.

“I do want a boy,” she revealed shortly after welcoming Madison. “But I’m enjoying my girls and my baby. She’s about to start crawling in Sydney and I’m like, ‘Don’t let her move until I get back!’ It would be nice to have a son, but it wouldn’t be straightaway.”

“The gap between Madison and Angel works brilliantly,” she continued. “I’ve just had them all on Skype and Phoenix is holding Madison and Angel’s playing with Phoenix’s hair. It’s beautiful.”

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