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According to our resident maternity fashion expert Robin Otto, “Pregnancy is the perfect time to explore your style.” In the spirit of our Maternity Fashion Week kicking off today, we took a look at some of the celebs with the best pregnancy style.
From rocker Gwen Stefani’s edgy attire to Princess Kate’s timeless charm, moms-to-be everywhere will find inspiration for their own personal look from these always well-dressed ladies.
Here are zulily’s top 10 Stylish Pregnant Celebrities:
- Kate Middleton: She was as stylish as ever during her pregnancy, making maternity fashion a huge buzz around the world.
- Heidi Klum: We loved all the fabulous looks Heidi wore during her pregnancies. Of course being a supermodel is an added bonus to making maternity fashion look effortless.
- Olivia Wilde: Actress Olivia Wilde looks as chic as ever with her pregnant style and we love that she is never afraid to show off her bump.
- Reese Witherspoon: The beautiful Southern belle always looked sweet and elegant throughout her three pregnancies. We loved her sense of style and how she was never afraid to wear color.
- Ciara: Singer Ciara does a great job of balancing fitted items with larger overcoats and cardigans to maintain a modern, polished look.
- Jessica Alba: Known for a modified maternity style, Jessica preferred elegant and timeless looks to spandex and loud prints.
- Kourtney Kardashian: Kourtney’s usual effortless bohemian chic style was executed perfectly throughout her pregnancy, even with the non-stop presence of camera crews.
- Kate Hudson: We love that Kate maintained her free spirited fashion sense during her pregnancy.
- Gwen Stefani: This rocker was able to remain edgy and cool while pregnant. We love that she wears true maternity wear, like HATCH maternity, and not regular clothes a few sizes up.
- Halle Berry: Whether Halle was rocking a baldhead or a baby bump, she constantly radiated beauty while carrying.
So how did all of these pregnant stars remain looking runway ready? Robin tells us that, “Despite having drastically different styles, all of these fashionable moms were able to encompass a few key styling tips while dressing for maternity.”
Here are her top tips for expecting mothers to follow:
- Explore your Style: You have an excuse to build a new wardrobe that you will continue to wear three to six months after the baby. Try exploring new concepts, such as a tunic and leggings or a form-fitting top with a maxi skirt.
- Try Color: When you’re pregnant, there is nothing better than to show off your new glow that pops of color so work with your skin tone to find colors that suit you. Corals and tones of purple look best on all skin tones.
- Show off your Assets: V-necks, or other low necklines, are flattering on expecting mothers. They can also help you feel sexier in your skin if you feel like you’re swimming in baggy maternity wear. Also, don’t be afraid to draw attention to your most fabulous asset, the baby bump! Confidence in your new body is the best accessory to flaunt.
You know you’re a pet lover when…
- Buying treats for your pet is almost as exciting as buying treats for yourself. Cheese and crackers or organic dog biscuits….it’s a tough decision.
- You refer to your pets as your “fur children” and talk about them like they’re people… "She got so mad at me because I was home so late, but I told her it wasn’t my fault!”
- You spend more time/money grooming your pet than you do grooming yourself.
- You own at least one item of clothing that says, “I love my [insert pet breed here]. ”
- Your pet’s wardrobe is about as big as yours…maybe just one more sweater, in case they get cold.
- You sleep in uncomfortable positions so you don’t disturb your pet during the night..
- Your pet has a stocking hung with their name on it come Christmas time.
- They can never have too many toys. Besides, their playthings enhance your décor anyway.
- You spend more time planning their birthday celebration than you do your own.
- Your favorite moments include pet cuddles.
Here’s a Q&A with Rishi P. Dhakal, founder and owner of Rising International. We’ve featured their unique products countless times, showcasing their bright and handcrafted apparel and accessories made by local artisans in Nepal. Today, we’re featuring them on our site and you can view their event here.
1. What’s the big idea behind Rising international?
Rising International Inc. is a US-based company trying its best to create a brand name for Nepalese handmade clothing. This company has flourished, using traditional arts and creativity on clothing, focusing on a new era of fashion. Rising International also promotes job opportunities for local Nepalese women, providing work at home while supporting the local community’s financial growth.
2. What makes your apparel unique?
Our apparel is handcrafted and based on the ethnic and cultural values of Nepal. We study the market and create new designs on regular basis. Our products are made by people in the community using local resources. Moreover, we naturalize the color of our fabric with stone washing and add artistic symbols that reflect local values.
3. What was the inspiration behind the brand and the clothing design?
The main concept was to reflect the diversity of fashion and creativity in Nepal. We wanted to showcase the local arts and support the economic growth of Nepal with Rising International’s business plan. The source of inspiration for our clothing design and brand continues to be Nepal’s artistic community.
4. Can you tell us the best Rising International success story so far?
Our products are unique—as they are handcrafted—and vibrant. We have continuously focused on market research and the demand for new fashion. Based on the need and demand of people, we are continually striving to create new and unique designs. We focus on high quality products with perfect sizing in a variety of colors. Moreover, we’ve established a good marketing network and are committed to having the best customer service. Recently, we were awarded Commercially Important Person from the government of Nepal for our contribution to the fashion market. I personally attended that ceremony.
5. Why sell your products on zulily?
We connected with zulily in a trade show. We approached them to sell our products. As our products reflect unique fashion, zulily wanted to tryout our product once. We followed zulily’s business terms and conditions and offered quality products. They were impressed with the positive responses from their customers and gradually started selling varieties of Rising’s products. Now Zulily has been selling huge quantity of our products as zulily is a well-recognized company with good customer relations and professional ideas of selling.
As we prepare for Baby #2’s arrival at the end of March, my nesting mode has definitely kicked in. I’ve been organizing and rearranging like you wouldn’t believe and my project has been to go through all of the bins of “stuff Bean grew out of.” This is the second of many blog posts where I’ll talk about those gems that got us through Bean’s first year successfully, alongside the staples we’re still using.
This week, I have been unpacking and cleaning the “big-ticket” items and moving them upstairs to baby’s room. Ah, the fond memories of the things that got us through those first six months…
I know there are mixed reviews on baby swings, but I have to say that although we only used our baby swing for about 2 months, it was worth every penny. There was a period of time when Bean would only nap in the swing and, let me tell you, I was willing to pay top dollar for just one of those naps. And then there were the times where I needed to have two hands for just a second, or needed to rest my back for a spell—the swing was there for me in my time of need.
The vibrating seat was another product that we loved. Bean was a colicky baby, so anything that could soothe her for a period of time was a welcome addition to our home! We used this Patchberry Park Cradling Bouncer constantly.
Finally, the the Infantino Twist & Fold Baby Gym was Bean’s favorite toy from birth until about ten months old. She loved laying on the mat and looking at the dangling toys; and when she was old enough to start really moving those legs, she would spend hours (okay, minutes—but it’s baby time!) kicking at the bendy arms of the baby gym. She strengthened her core and leg muscles so much that she was walking by ten months! We can’t wait to introduce Baby #2 to the Gym.
It’s hard to believe that Baby #2 will be here so soon, and while we are so excited to meet her and introduce her to Bean, I’ll admit to being a little nervous too. But I’m so glad to have all of these tried and true products under my belt to help make her entrance into this world a little easier!
Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother of a one-year old (“Bean”), 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.
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6 Shore Road was inspired by the lifestyle of the Hamptons, NY and launched in 2010 by designer Pooja Kharbanda. The line is meant to be worn while enjoying life and captures the spirit of carefree days and dancing with friends as the sun goes down. We had the opportunity to chat with designer and founder Pooja about her inspirations and passion for fighting cancer through fashion.
Be sure to check out all the great 6 Shore Road looks at today’s event running through Feb. 10.
Why did you start 6 Shore Road ?
I wanted fashion forward and comfortable looks that I could wear from the beach to bar or day to night.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs?
The carefree ethos of the brand comes from the Hamptons. I was born in India and grew up in Hong Kong & Panama, where I take a lot of design details from, whether it be the color palettes and/or embroideries. I love to travel and choose a specific place that represents the collection for the season.
What makes 6 Shore Road unique?
It’s transitional lifestyle. Many of the individual pieces can be worn to the beach or at the pool bar with just a swap of shoes! Or you can take them from day to night from a casual lunch to an evening out.
Tell us about Fashion Fights Cancer and why you are involved.
My mom was diagnosed with cancer of the mouth in 2011. It was a life-changing event and as part of the fashion industry, it’s important for me and my brand to support this cause. I’m on the board of the Fashion Fights Cancer organization, which conducts fashion classes for children affected by cancer. We help them get their mind off the illness and focus on something positive.
Why feature your products on zulily?
zulily’s customer base sets itself apart from many of our current retailers. 6 Shore Road is such a versatile brand and can really be transformed to any style.
What’s your number one piece of style advice for women?
Wear color! It’s flattering to your skin color and attracts positivity.
Are you one of the lucky ones with a mid-Winter break? Or perhaps you are just fantasizing about Spring Break already and heading to some place a bit warmer? Before you head off for your big adventure with kids in tow, check out these handy tips to get you there smoothly! Also, be sure to check out our three day event starting today with everything you’ll need for the trip.
- Arrive early to board first. Many airlines allow people traveling with strollers or small children to board first. For example, JetBlue Airways lets travelers with children under age 2 on board first, while Virgin America, Delta Air Lines and US Airways allow anyone with small children have first place. Check your airline’s website ahead of time to see what their practices are.
- Research the airline you are flying beforehand to see if your stroller will count as an additional bag. Many of them have you check it at the gate right as you board.
- Check car seats at the gate rather than with luggage to ensure it arrives in still-working.
- Put essentials in a small enough carry-on that it won’t ever need to be checked at a gate. We’ve heard horror tales of parents who stashed all their essentials in a carry-on bag only to have it checked to the final destination upon boarding. The same trip found them stranded overnight at a mid-stop airport without even a diaper bag! Be prepared, stay prepared.
- Pack all liquids and gels, like formula and diaper cream, in a clear, zippered bag. Tuck it into an outside pouch of your carry-on bag so you can plop it easily in the bin next to your purse and shoes when going through security.
- Pack yummy snacks in compressible containers so you can flatten them neatly once your hungry vacationer has gobbled her way through all three bowls of cereal.
- Pack a few new books or toys and pace introducing them to keep your tot engaged.
- Take along a few $5 gift cards for a coffee shop to hand out to nearby passengers if fussing.
What are some of your best-kept travel tips for flying with little ones?