My Picks in Marsala: Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

It’s official: Pantone has named Marsala as the color of 2015. Think deep, juicy pomegranate fruit, warm Tuscan brick villas and the red wine that you can drink in a few months’ time. Here are a few of my favorite pieces that reflect this sartorial trend.

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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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FROCKSTAR: Eiman Hamza is a bump it up babe!

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:

LOOK 1
“Black dress with tan shoes on Abbot Kinney.  Simple, chic, with a bit of grunge. I like to add some edge to classic styles.”

Eiman Hamza Bump it up style

Dress-Topshop \\ Shoes- Topshop \\ Bag- Balenciaga \\ Flannel- Uniqlo \\ Sunglasses- Nasty Gal

LOOK 2
“Comfortable and cute.  Great for everyday- denim and brown are the perfect combination for fall.”

Eiman Hamza Bump it up style

Denim dress- Asos maternity \\ Bag- Balenciaga \\ Hat- Urban Outfitters \\ Shoes- Topshop

LOOK 3
“Casual yet chic.  Love subtle touches of red (on lips or bags) when wearing black.  Adds instant style!”

Eiman Hamza Bump it up style

Daisy Dress- Asos Maternity \\ Belt- Zara \\ Bag- Asos \\ Shoes- Alexander Wang \\ Hat- Kitson \\ Accessories- Rolex, Happiness bracelets


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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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Fitness On the Fly for Busy Moms

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.

Kim Kardashian steps out post-baby looking comfortable and casual

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

Preview the Fusion Bump DVD:

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