Eiman Hamza, founder of Happiness Clothing, is not sacrificing an ounce of her fashion sense to pregnancy. From airy shirt dresses to form fitting frock and fedora combos, this LA based designer creatively channels her flirty, free wheeling style in a way that defines her as a true Bump It up Babe.
Here are three looks (and how to get them) that spotlight her singular fashion sense:
“Black dress with tan shoes on Abbot Kinney. Simple, chic, with a bit of grunge. I like to add some edge to classic styles.”
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.
Curves should be celebrated. But, to maximize their wow factor, they also need to be reigned in. At her publicists’ wedding, Jessica Simpson was radiant in a blue bridesmaid dress. But, an ill fitting bra gave the new mom a case of the sags. Luckily, in fashion, small tweaks make a huge difference.
The fix? Jessica needs a new post pregnancy bra. SOMA’s Vanishing Back Minimizer Bra will center her breasts and give her transformative lift and stability. Built in compression will also smooth visible bra fat. The right foundation garments are a silhouette game changer.
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.
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
Prest-o, Change-o. How can a mom transform easily from drab to fab? Its all about props. Simply stash a style emergency satchel in the car. Must haves: bronzer, lipstick, mascara, a scarf, glammifying earrings and few other freshening-up factors. Pull over to the side of the road and voila!!
Recent issues of celeb tabloids feature a Kim Kardashian who refuses to leave her house until she has reclaimed her “bikini body.” This puts enormous pressure on Kim and the legions of other new moms that cannot wait to be rid of the post delivery deflated tire-in-the belly. Well, the old adage that it takes 9 months to put it on and 9 months to take it off is true. Though getting to the gym may prove to be a challenge for most new moms, there are 2 very do-able workouts available to everyone—the two that I developed for at home and in the playground.
Exercise is a big deal. It is that energizing force that makes you look good. It makes you feel good. It is that chunk of private time that allows you to turn off that twitter feed crashing through your brain and just tune out. Or, get creative. But, for most moms, such decompression is a distant memory. As a mom on kid duty, physically getting to a gym is the challenge. It’s impossible to go first thing in the morning. It’s impossible to go at the end of the day. If you are a stay at home mom with help, this may not be an issue for you, But for the working mom and mom without help, gym time is one of those things that gets moved to the bottom of the to-do list.
As my once pert body parts started to flabbify, I made a resolution to stage my return to the gym. But–how? My time crunch was not going to change. So, I needed to find a way to boost my metabolism within the constraints of my lifestyle. What I discovered is that a gym is not actually required to get a good schvitz going. If you are creative, you can craft an effective workout anywhere and at any time. All you need is a door frame, a chair, a playground ball, hand weights, and resistance bands. Oh, and dose of determination.
JUST DO IT: Fitness on the fly!
PLAYGROUND–Monkey Bars: Try chin-ups: Hang with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart with your palms facing toward your body. Pull your body up until your head is above the bar, then slowly lower to the starting position. This works your core and upper body.
PLAYGROUND–Bench: Try lunges. Place your right foot on a bench about knee height. Step up and tap your left foot on the bench while fully extending your right leg. Slowly step back down with the left leg and repeat.
NOTE: If you have an infant, simply strap him into an infant carrier and carry on!
AT HOME–Workout videos: The Fusion Bump DVD follows the “shock your body” mentality that is uniquely designed with body resistance strength training, toning, barre disciplines, power yoga, cardio kickboxing, Pilates, and circuit training. Pair the Bump DVD with Fusion’s Booty equipment bag and create a total home workout system.
AT HOME–All you need is a chair, resistance bands, magic circle, soft rubber ball, jump rope and great music. Do series of plies while holding back of chair. Do sit ups while crunching your core with the magic circle. Work out triceps and biceps w/ resistance band. Strengthen inner thighs with soft rubber ball. Do push ups, too.
MOM TIP: Jumping robe for ten minutes is a mega calorie burner
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.
• 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.
• Granny undies (to house the diaper-like pads you will be sporting on the drive home).
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.
• 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!”
• Have a Brazilian wax. After two kids and extensive research, I can say with confidence that doctors and nurses appreciate a shrub-free zone.
• Get a mani and pedi. Beautifully polished hands and feet just make you feel better.
• 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.
• Keep makeup—especially blush and under-eye concealer—on hand to freshen up frazzled features after an arduous delivery