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Devon’s Discoveries: Diaper Bag Organization

The day finally arrived— Baby #2 was born about a week and a half ago and we couldn’t be more excited!  Baby G is a delight: happy, sleepy, and cuddly… and Bean is slowly but surely adjusting to big sisterhood.  I guess we’re all adjusting to becoming a family of four and we’ve already instituted some changes to make things run a little more smoothly.  One of my first orders of business was to get my diaper bag in order.  Juggling diapers, wipes, spare clothes and all of the other stuff you have to cart around with a newborn and a 21-month old is no laughing matter.  So I turned to zulily for some help in getting my diaper bag in tip-top shape.  I ordered two different bags, one for each girl’s diapers and wipes.

I also ordered this cool wet bag, which I’m using to store a change of clothes for each girl.  I love this bag because you can store wet clothes in here, which will come in handy when we have the inevitable accident.

My diaper bag may be a complete disaster in a few weeks, but right now it looks like a shining example of organization.  And hopefully it’ll keep me and my sleep-deprived brain from putting newborn-sized diapers on Bean!

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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.

Get The Look: Our Hottest Spring Trends

Spring has sprung! And it’s brought along the must-have trends that you’ll love. We dialed in during this season’s New York Fashion Week to bring you our top four favorite trends ripping the runways. Shop these haute spring and summer styles today. 

Baroque:

 

The party print of the season has to be baroque. Originating from Europe, its ornate design is synonymous with opulence, making it an ideal choice for special occasions. Dress the part of a fashion goddess when incorporating this regal trend into your look. From the desk to dinner, it is a style do!

The lust-worthy print gives a modern moto jacket a regal edge and looks great on a classic shift, but if you’re looking for a leisurely-luxe version of the trend, pair a blinged out baroque-inspired bijoux with a simple tee. Get the look starting April 3.

Nautical:

 

Nautical notes made a stylish splash on the runways. Expect contemporary styles that never fail, like Brenton striped crewnecks, navy skimmers, crisp white linen blouses and sailor-inspired trousers. This trend’s effortless style makes it a spring favorite and ideal for lunches with the girls, family trips to the lake house and even a casual evening out.

Get the look on April 5th with the premiere of Vecceli Italy on zulily.comKnown for their sea-side-inspired apparel and luxurious jewelry, the brand delivers a casually-chic ensemble from head to toe!

Floral:

 

Get ready for a floral flush. This season, bountiful blooms live on in tropical tones, Hawaiian-inspired prints and metallic tinges. Tory Burch perfected the trend with a high-shine drop-waist dress covered in blossoms, while Elie Saab serenaded us in sweet style notes with her petal trimmed shift. 

Shop our signature In the Garden collection on April 8th for your next botanical ensemble. With floral inspired accessory and apparel, the options are endless!

Ruffles and Lace:

 

This trend is no longer limited to little divas - it’s time for Mom to have fun with ruffles and lace, and with these flirty styles, we’re sure you will! Feminine ruffles and diaphanous lace accents have taken over women’s wardrobe. By far one of the most popular trends of the season, when ruffles and lace are worn right, they make a mighty fine duo. Keep in mind less is more, so don the fancy flourishes in moderation – a sheer lace pant or tiered ruffle shift will do the trick!

Boasting an ethereal vibe that’s perfect for spring, dive into our pastel hued Ruffles and Lace collection going live April 16th. Enjoy tousled layers, decadent lace embroidery and even slinky fringe finishes that will have you swooning.  

From Celebrity Baby Scoop: 5 Celebrity Moms With a Brood of Boys

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Aren’t little guys the cutest? Our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop recently took at some celebrities with broods of boys.

With the recent arrival of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s third son – Apollo Bowie Flynn – let’s take a look at four more Hollywood moms whom have all boys in their brood.

Gwen Stefani:

Rocker couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale welcomed their third son - Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale – on February 28, 2014.

In January, the Cool singer – already mom to sons Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5 – revealed that she was expecting another boy. Wearing a blue shirt and crown, Gwen captioned an Instagram photo: “I was ready to hand over the crown. But I guess I am still queen of the house. #itsaboy #surroundedbyboys.”

In 2010, the No Doubt frontwoman admitted that her brood of boys is a bit “weird.”

“I mean, it does seem weird that I don’t have a girl, but I feel like I’m running out of time,” Gwen shared. “I also don’t want to spread myself so thin that I can’t even be good for them… Poor Zuma, he’d be the middle guy. I’m not focusing on it right now, but it’s not up to me anyway, you know? These things are miracles, so we’ll see. Otherwise, the clothes are probably going to go to some girlfriend of Kingston’s!”

Melissa Joan Hart:

Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart and husband, musician Mark Wilkerson, are parents to three boys: Mason, 8, Brady, 6, and Tucker, 18 months.

“I was actually relieved it was a boy,” Melissa told Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She added: “It makes life a little easier. I wasn’t prepared for the ‘girly’ toys and accessories. I couldn’t be more happy with the family I have surrounding me but I’m not ready to say I’m done having kids just yet.”

Cate Blanchett:

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett and husband, screenwriter Andrew Upton, have three sons: Dashiell, 12, Roman nearly 10, and Ignatius, nearly 6.

“Having boys is great,” the Elizabeth star said. “It’s a neat position to be in and I love the high energy that comes along in raising boys. It’s fun.”

Julie Bowen:

Modern Family star Julie Bowen and husband Scott Phillips are proud parents to three sons: Oliver, nearly 7, and 4 1/2-year-old twins John and Gus.

What’s life like in her all-boy household?

“I have three boys, so my house is … rowdy!” she joked with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She added: “They are close in age, so they really do like playing with one another, and so far, get along very well. I hope that continues.”

Britney Spears:

While she loves her boys, pop superstar Britney Spears says she’d love to give her sons —Sean Preston, 8, and Jayden James, 7 — a baby sister.

“I would like to be busy the first couple of years, but then I would really like to have another baby, a girl,” Britney admitted.

She added: “I think she would be like a mini-me. I think it’s going to be crazy. I’m not going to feel as alone in the world anymore. I’m going to feel like I have a second person, like, that’s me.”

More Hollywood mom & baby news:

Kellie Martin: “Nobody Tells You How Much You Multitask As A Parent”

Craig Morgan: “I’ve Always Appreciated Where I Am At”

Heidi Klum: “I Try To Live My Bucket List”

Kendra Wilkinson: “I Feel Like I Am The Perfect Teacher For A Young Girl”

 

CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on CelebrityBabyScoop.com

Celebrate the newness of Spring with zulily Debuts

With temperatures on the up and up and flowers in full bloom, we here at zulily have officially shed our Winter coats for the vibrant hues of Spring. With so much new all around, we couldn’t wait to share the fresh additions to our brand family with you. From an iconic photographer to some sun in a bottle to get you ready for your next seaside getaway, we’ve searched high and low to bring you some of our favorite new brands and give you the scoop on these zulily debuts!  Check them out all week long.

LIGHTHEAD BEDS (3/25)

Igniting bitty imaginations when it’s time to cuddle up for bedtime bliss, Lighthead Beds has taken the classic night light and created a bed frame that lights up the night in technicolor brilliance. Displaying interchangeable images from iconic character pals to far off magical lands, their signature beds grow with kids as their interests change for endless illuminated dreaming.

HUDIEFLY (3/29)

Bringing modern twists to classic silhouettes, Hudiefly curates apparel that is more than just apparel it’s ‘design for the person who dresses and lives without boundaries’. From architectural dresses and flowing knits to classic graphic tees and eclectic prints, each piece is crafted with unique and timeless fashion in mind for looks that are ready to set the trends and globe trot with leisure and style.

ANNE GEDDES (3/30)

Born in Queensland, Australia, Anne Geddes has spent her life creating whimsical photographs featuring the purity and beauty of children while making sure they are nurtured and loved. Known across the globe for setting little loves in the cabbage patch or transforming them into fluttering butterflies, her work has propelled Geddes to new heights with her success allowing her to found the The Geddes Philanthropic Trust to prevent child abuse and neglect all over the world.

COMODYNES (3/30)

From sunless tanners to gentle make-up removers, Comodynes strives to make beauty simple with their go anywhere and use anywhere products. Featured in Oprah’s O Magazine and winning the ‘Prix d’Excellence’ from Marie Claire Magazine, they have gained traction in studio and on the set fast becoming a staple in Hollywood dressing rooms.


Maternity Fashion Passport Week: Motherhood Around the World

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It’s Maternity Passport week at zulily, where we’re featuring maternity brands from various countries around the world.  Motherhood is a universally cherished experience, but each country has its own unique customs to celebrating the arrival of a new baby. We’ve taken a look at some of these customs from countries featured during Maternity Passport week all this week.

France:  In France it is not customary to have a baby shower before the baby is born. The French prefer to shower a new mom with gifts after the baby is born, often times waiting until the first birthday to celebrate and give gifts to both the mother and baby.

Turkey:  In Turkey, mothers stay at home for the first 20 days after the birth. During this time, friends drop by and drink a special beverage called lohusa serbeti. Once 20 days pass, the mother and child make return visits to gift-givers’ homes, where they are given a handkerchief filled with a single egg (signifying a healthy baby) and candy (representing a good-natured baby).

They also rub flour on the baby’s eyebrows and hairline, which is supposed to grant him a long life.

New Zealand: Pregnancy is a very special time in Maori culture. It is believed that both mom & Baby should remain relaxed and calm throughout pregnancy because the baby is fully aware of its surroundings and stresses.

Singapore:  Many people believe that it is unlucky to throw a baby shower before the baby is born. Parties are often held up to 100 days after the baby is born. Mothers also turn to natural medicine such as strong herbal teas to ease the pain of labor and help purify themselves while pregnant. As in a lot of cultures, it is believed that the baby is very sensitive to external forces.

Sweden:  An interesting invention called ‘Breast Warmers’ are popular in Sweden. Described as a cross between a baby elephant’s ear and a shoulder pad, the breast warmer is meant to be placed into a bra to hold in body heat. Swedes believe that nursing mothers should keep their breasts warm to increase milk flow and prevent blocked ducts. 

Spotlight on Contemporary Style Shoppe

Today on zulily we’re launching a very special kind of event that you can come find every month, the Contemporary Style Shoppe. We’ve talked with one of the buyers, Brittany Schooley, about what the Shoppe is all about and got some insight on her favorite style of the season.

Tell us what Contemporary Style Shoppe is?

The Contemporary Style Shoppe is a one-stop destination, to find high-end, fashion-forward, styles to give your wardrobe that extra “WOW” factor! It will offer amazing discounts on high-quality pieces that will transition seamlessly from season to season.

Why did you decide to launch it?

We wanted to offer our customer a place where she can go to find specialty pieces and contemporary styles as seen on ready-to-wear runways, fashion blogs, and magazines! It’s a place to go to find that special dress, bag, jacket, etc.!

What can the zulily customer expect to find from the Shoppe?

We are offering quality dresses, separates, bags, jewelry and more that she don’t see in your regular retail stores. The styles we’re offering enhance the wardrobe and take it to the next level. Brands include Dolce Vita, Goddis, Frankie B, CXL by Christian Lacroix and more!

What’s one of your favorite styles for this season?

One of my favorite trends right now combines a beautiful printed maxi dress with this edgy moto jacket. It’s super easy to wear, looks great on everyone and combines a bright, feminine piece with an edgy, masculine style, which gives it that trend-setting look. In addition, both garments can be mixed and matched easily into any wardrobe and each piece is still unique on its own.

Q&A with Arianna Huffington on Thrive

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Arianna Huffington’s memoir, Thrive, is out today and we were able to talk with her about her inspiration for the book, tips for finding balance and what she thinks is the real key to success in life. Check out zulily today for a great deal on the book and a selection of Arianna’s must-haves to find rest, relaxation and balance in life. 

What inspired you to write Thrive? Tell us a bit about its message.

I had my personal wakeup call on April 6, 2007, when I found myself on the floor in a pool of blood. I had collapsed on the floor from exhaustion and lack of sleep, breaking my cheekbone and cutting my eye. I was working eighteen-hour days to build The Huffington Post, joining the ranks of the more than 30% of Americans who are sleep deprived. This painful wakeup call taught me that while I might have been considered successful by our society’s misguided definition, I was not living a successful life by any truly healthy, productive — and sane — definition of success.

Over time our society’s notion of success has been reduced to money and power. In fact, at this point, success, money, and power have practically become synonymous in the minds of many. This idea of success can work— or at least appear to work— in the short term. But over the long term, money and power by themselves are like a two-legged stool— you can balance on them for a while, but eventually you’re going to topple over. And more and more people— very successful people— are toppling over. Thrive’smessage is that, to live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a Third Metric, a third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well- being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.

What is your definition of success in life?

My wakeup call taught me that a sane definition of success has to go beyond how much money we can make, how big a house we can buy, and how high we can climb up the career ladder. Jobs and financial security will always be important, but when we fall into the trap of chasing only the successes build on money, fame and power, we miss out on the happiness, purpose and meaning that come from reaching out to others, pausing to wonder, and connecting to that place from which everything is possible.

How do you balance being a successful business woman, a mom and a healthy person?

Nothing brings me joy like spending time with my daughters. It puts everything else into perspective. And I have worked to integrate certain practices into my day—meditation, walking, exercise— and the connection that conscious breathing gives me is something I can return to hundreds of times during the day in an instant. Finally, I strive to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, and I make sure I have my iPhone and BlackBerrys (yes, plural!) charging far, far away from my bed, to help me avoid the middle-of-the-night temptation to check the latest news or latest emails.

You often say, “sleep your way to the top,” what do you mean by that?

Our creativity, ingenuity, confidence, leadership, and decision making can all be enhanced simply by getting enough sleep. By sleeping more we, in fact, become more competent and in control of our lives. It gives new meaning to the old canard of women sleeping our way to the top. Women have already broken glass ceilings in Congress, space travel, sports, business, and the media— imagine what we can do when we’re all fully awake.

When you’re a mom, usually the first thing to go is your sleep. What advice would you give to our moms for getting a good night’s rest?

The sleep experts I have consulted with have provided me a number of additional sleep tips. Here are some of the ones I found the most useful:

- Get a new pillow. And a new pillowcase.

- Make your bedroom darker and keep it cool.

- Practice deep breathing before bed.

- Take a warm bath before bed.

- Exercise or at least walk every day.

- Banish all LCD screens (computer, smart phones, Blackberry, TV) at night.

- Cut down on coffee after 2 p.m.