THE GREAT KATE WAIT: HOW TO CHANNEL A ROYAL DELIVERY

As we all eagerly wait the arrival of the royal baby, one thing we know for sure. Kate will be prepped to the nines with every comfort possible for her special delivery. So, what does every woman need to channel the creature comforts of a royal delivery?

A due date is an educated guess. To be completely prepared for D Day, have your hospital bag packed and ready by week 32. it will give you a semblance of order and control. consider your needs: The room will be freezing and dry. The food will be gross. There will be no Ritz-Carlton amenities in the bathroom. And you might be there longer than you think. Make your quarters and yourself comfortable with little touches from home. A cozy cashmere shawl or blanket is soothing for the hours of labor you may endure. Thick socks are a must. Your feet will be exposed in the stirrups and can get really cold. A robe that smells like home for the day after delivery is comforting. have a great-smelling cream on hand for after the delivery; it will feel great and minimize the antiseptic smell of the hospital. Make a delivery-specific playlist for your iPod or burn a few CDs with your favorite chill-out music. it’s fun to be able to remember the exact song that was playing when you gave birth. A nice neutral lip gloss instantly prettifies a tired postpartum visage.

• A printed list of who to call from the hospital with big news. if you want to e-mail pics, have e-mail addresses already loaded into your computer.
• A cozy cashmere shawl or blanket from home to snuggle in during the early stages of labor and after delivery. Delivery rooms are freezing.
• Bottled water and snacks for post-delivery.
• Tootsie pops help with delivery. You cannot eat or drink once delivery starts, so a few sucks in between contractions supply the body with enough sugar to keep pushing.
• Makeup.
• Lip balm.
• Moisturizer for your face and body. Did i mention that the room is super-dry?
• Make two cds, one for each stage of delivery: dilation and delivery. Ambient yoga music and soft-rock for dilation and classic rock for pushing.
• Camera.
• Granny undies (to house the diaper-like pads you will be sporting on the drive home).
• Loose outfit to wear home.
• Gifts for your nurses. They work hard and really appreciate the gesture. (Like Vosges chocolate)

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WHY KATE MIDDLETON WILL LOOK DIVINE IN THE DELIVERY ROOM

Kate Middleton always looks good. But, how will she look for the post delivery shots boomeranged round the world? FABULOUS! Here’s how you can channel royal radiance from the delivery room.

Month 9 is all about preparation to look thoroughly divine in the delivery room. With the proliferation of Skype, YouTube, and Facebook, all the world’s a stage. Even the birthing room. Do you want your gorgeous new baby overshadowed by your talons, unibrow, and frizzy tresses? Delivery pics will be posted moments after the cord is cut and sent to your online address book. Then Mom, Grandma, sister, and in-laws will get to work forwarding images to your friends, colleagues, and every last acquaintance until your sleepover-camp bunk mate (whose bed you short-sheeted) ends the cycle. Since your image will live in perpetuity on the World Wide Web, a month 9 rendevous with your glam squad is essential.

Grooming checklist:

• Keep your brows groomed. Nothing looks and feels more glam than perfectly manicured brows. Remember the words of the sagacious brow queen Anastasia: “Everyone in Hollywood knows that great brows make your hips look smaller!”
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• Have a Brazilian wax. After two kids and extensive research, I can say with confidence that doctors and nurses appreciate a shrub-free zone.
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• Get a mani and pedi. Beautifully polished hands and feet just make you feel better.
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• Keep your hair styled. Due dates are never a sure thing, so be prepared by scheduling a blowout each week leading up to D Day.
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• Keep makeup—especially blush and under-eye concealer—on hand to freshen up frazzled features after an arduous delivery

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How to be a pregnantista

Can one really be a pregnantista? Absolutely. All you need is creativity, confidence and a whole lot of accessories. Armed with basic silhouettes and a flair for the dramatic, pregnant women can create maximum style without forfeiting their pre-preggo fashion identity.  Style is about impactful touches. And, a dose of confidence.
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MATERNITY MOXIE 101
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1. GET HIGH!
A heel visually lengthens your silhouette. With the watermelon in your belly, some extra height will balance out the bulge, elongate your body and add that soupcon of glamour that transforms dumpy to diva. Ditch loafers, lace ups or any rubber soled shoes that could double as your octogenarian grandmother’s orthotics. Obviously I am not recommending five inch Carrie Bradshaw stilettos. A mid range stacked heels, wedge or kitten heels offers height, stability and comfort. DV by Dolce Vita Joust Boot $39.97 \\ Sole Society Bristol Wedge $59.95
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2. ELONGATE
Add verticality with a longer, open cardigan or dangly scarf. Long necklaces are a lengthening tool. They visually create a longer (chokers make one look squat)  torso and give the illusion of a longer neck.  If you favor blousy, oversized tops or dresses, you can streamline the silhouette by layering a few longer necklaces (they can be different lengths but the same metal) together. This will reign in the extra fabric and deliver a more polished look. Nordstrom Rachel Stone Pendant $22 \\ Theodora & Callum Acid Multi Luxor Scarf $175
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3. CREATE A FOCAL POINT
Bold, beautiful baubles define and refine a look. They also draw your audience’s attention away from your cellulite ridden rump to your incredible eye for detail. Translation? They are a pregnant woman’s secret weapon to bring attention to body parts that she likes. And, camouflage the parts she is not so fond of If you are bottom heavy, bring the focus up with a neck grazing statement earring. It creates a focal point in the one place pregnancy weight never manifests-the slope of the shoulder-and will elongate your neck. Henri Bendel Lexington Ave Fringe Earring $78 \\ Sole Society Dalia Colorblock Tote $59.95 \\ Forever 21 Animal Print Bangle Set $9.80
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Larger, chunkier cuff bracelets or a few stacked bangles will slim the appearance of the arm. Especially when worn with a wider, flowy  kimono style sleeve versus a tight sleeve. Scarves are the ultimate layering piece. Aside from adding color and contrast, a strategically draped scarf flows elegantly over the midsection creating verticality and camouflaging a bulging belly. A large statement making BAG packs preggo punch. Why? The sheer size balances out your proportion and will make you appear smaller.
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4. DON’T FORFEIT YOUR FASHION IDENTITY

Stay on-trend with accessories and streamlined silhouettes

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