COOL MATERNITY JEAN ALERT!

ITEM:  DL 1961 Angel Maternity Ankle Jean, $168

Denim Brand DL 1961 is known for its ability to magically shape and lift a woman’s most stubborn body parts. How? The jeans are infused with “4 way stretch” denim featuring a blend of supremely high quality pro modal fibers, lycra and American cotton. These “high performance” jeans are comfortable and easy to dress up or down. Yes, they are expensive. But, flattering jean are a maternity must-have.

And, since you very well may wear them 5 days out of 7, they are a solid investment.

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Spring Maternity Favorites

Sping is all about feminine florals, artsy prints, contrasting fabrics and sporty accents. Some good news: knocked up does not mean you can’t look au courant. Here are some great looks to keep you on trend and absolutely comfortable this spring.

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1. Floral Printed Clutch $44 at Topshop

2. Standout Bangle Set $9.80 at Forever21

3. Marios Maxi Dress $550 at Farfetch

4. Lily Tank $228 at Hatch Maternity

5. Moto Vintage Wash Denim Jacket $90 at Topshop

6. Aggy Sandal $160 at Dr. Marten

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Get your bump red carpet ready

Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington looked amazing on the Golden Globe red carpet. One way you can channel their sleek silhouettes while pregnant is through pregnancy specific shapewear. Zero (belly) compression shapewear will smooth lumps and bumps on the thighs and rump while celebrating a burgeoning belly.

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“Celebrities always look so fantastic because underneath their fabulous gowns are the perfect, foundational shapewear pieces,” says Olivia Capone Myers, Design Director of A Pea in the Pod. “Camouflaging seams and panty lines creates a more seamless look and having the added support of shapewear is especially important as your body transforms during and after your pregnancy.”

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Some of the brands that I love are  Spanx® and Belly Bandit®, Tummy Tube® by A Pea in the Pod, as well as a selection of seamless, adjustable strap and shelf-bra camis that are perfect to pair with any outfit. They are all available at Pea in the Pod.

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(From left to right) Belly Bandit Bamboo Post Partum Support Belt $69.95, The Tummy Tube by A Pea in the Pod $26 and Spanx Power Mama Shaper $38

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My Cheat Sheet for Eating Healthy and Working Out After Baby

Women fantasize about leaping back into their pre-pregnancy jeans right after giving birth. I mean, celebrities do it, so why cant the average woman? Seeing A Listers supersonically whittle their waists puts enormous pressure on new moms. Truth:  stars have an army of help: nannies, personal trainers and chefs to help them get back into shape. For real women, dropping the weight take some time. As January is always about fresh starts, I penned a story for What To Expect, a cheat sheet if you will, about realistic ways to bounce back after baby. There is no secret. Its all about smart, healthy choices. I offer up some fitness regimes, recipes and nutrition tips to get you looking and feeling your best. The old adage is true. It took nine months to put on and will take nine months to take off.

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Tunic for Two: Pregnant Black-Tie Style

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OK! Magazine Features ATK BUMP IT UP AWARDS 2013

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Pregnancy Style Prediction: Kerry Washington Stays Poised & Polished

Whether donning her Olivia Pope power persona or stepping out on the red carpet, one thing is for certain: Kerry Washington is always poised and polished. But, will she be able to maintain her pulled together style throughout nine months of pregnancy? My vote is a resounding “yes!”

Here’s what I predict: Kerry will wear a lot of dresses, some drapey and dramatic and, as her bump grows, some fitted. But, they will all be the picture of elegance. Since she is so petite, she will have the luxury of sporting flowy non maternity designers like Zero Maria Cornejo, Jenni Kayne, Haider Ackermann and Thakoon. When she opts for maternity pieces , she will turn to fashion forward brands like Isabella Oliver, Hatch and More of Me maternity. Jeans? I think not. When going casual, Kerry will opt for leggings paired with ladylike blouses that graze her belly. Or, you guessed it, a shirt dress. For the red carpet, she will turn to strapless empire waisted  gowns  accented with a gorgeous clutch and statement earrings. For footwear, she will stick you to heels (even if it is just a micro heel) until the bitter end.

kerry washington pregnancy style predictions

Ruched & Refined: Isabella Oliver Ruched Midi Maternity Dress $169 \\ Kara Ross Baby Shirt Cuff Bracelet in Green Ring Lizard $196 \\ Kate Spade New York Licorice Pump $298

Silky & Sleek: H&M Blouse with Beaded Trim $14.95 \\ Old Navy Maternity Leggings $12.50 \\ Ann Taylor Phoebe Chunky Heel Tall Boot $268

Draped & Dramatic: Vince Vintage Leather Scuba Jacket $995 \\ Zero + Maria Cornejo Milu Dress $1095 \\ Coach Dovelyn Bootie $275

Red Carpet Ready: Nine West Rock Starlet Clutch $69 \\ Monique Lhuillier Ombre Strapless Gown $3990 \\ Balenciaga Ankle Strap Glove Sandal $845

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BUMP IT UP BABE OF THE WEEK: GWEN STEFANI

Forty four year old mom-to-be Gwen Stefani knows how to rock her baby bump. Her secret? Balanced proportion. She pairs drapey tops with streamlined denim and adds a pop of color with fun footwear.

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Booby Prize: Kim Kardashian’s hyper revealing new mom ensembles

Kim’s attempt to channel Jennifer Lopez’s daring Grammy look in 2000 is an epic fashion fail. Moms can be sexy, sure. But, an overly revealing gown on a brand new mom is unflattering and depressing. Her boob baring “look at me!” Givenchy gown smacks of a desperate attempt to reignite her pre-mom sex kitten image. And, showcases post-pregnancy droopy breasts. The truth? Sexiness is not contingent upon a hyper plunging dress with boob spillage. Inherently sultry, Kim can project sexiness in a far more appropriate décolleté bearing ensemble. A chic Saint Laurent tux jacket with a silky tank or a not-so-deep V neck gown would deliver a sporty, chic silhouette that emanates a “modern mom” vibe.

To really improve her silhouette, Kim requires perfectly fitting foundation garments. A bra is non-negotiable. The right bra with tension and lift like this underwire one from Wacoal will give her the coveted pertness of pre-pregnancy.

Wacoal Lace Finesse Full Busted Underwire Bra $65

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scarves: tie one on!

Anyone who knows me can attest to my scarf obsession. Whether I’m in my office or out to dinner, I have a scarf artfully draped around my neck. Sometimes it is a print. Sometimes it is a hot color. During the winter, I favor a black cashmere scarf with subtle suede fringe. In the summer, It is all about crisp linens. Why? Whatever the season, a long drapey scarf is the ultimate layering piece that magically dresses everything up.  There are three basic ways to wear a scarf: the wrap and drape, loose drape and the loop. The goal is to achieve “thrown on glamour.”

MOM TIP: If you are feeling fat, a long scarf is a great way to hide the bloat

1. Nordstrom plaid wool blend scarf $48

2. Hinge eastern escape scarf $39

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs etta deco scarf $198

4. Forever21 nautical striped scarf $8.80

5. J.Crew checker-stripe scarf $68

6. Michael Stars folk art wrap $42

7. Forever21 retro polka dot scarf $10.80

8. Stella & Dot wild heart scarf $59

9. Vince Camuto pop leopard print scarf $38

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