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How To Dress For NYE When You’re Pregnant

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photo credit: Gia Canali Photography

This New Year’s Eve, I’m not just pregnant. I’m about to literally pop a cork like the champagne bottle itself.

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t feel the most beautiful right now. I’m not comfortable. My back hurts and I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions for the past week. The last thing I feel like doing is slipping into something festive to attend a party. But, this occasion only comes once a year so you better believe I’m going to celebrate!

Some of you mommas-to-be may be in the same boat so I want to help you out. As much as you want to sit at home with a hot cup of cocoa and watch the ball drop, I’m here to drag you out of the house.

Here are my 5 bump-friendly tips for a glamorous look this New Years Eve:

Tip #1: It’s All About The Accessories 

You don’t even need to buy a new outfit. Raid your closet and pick a solid-colored dress that you’ve loved over your pregnancy. Layer on a few statement accessories and voila! You’ve got yourself a stylish look that you already feel comfortable in.

If you’re not a jewelry person, spice up your look with a pop of color from a bag or clutch.

My Picks:

Tip #2: The More You Accentuate The Bump, The Better The Look

When I wore this sequin bump-hugging dress to the Baby2Baby gala last month, I wasn’t sure if I’d arrive looking festive or like a disco ball. I’m not going to lie–I was pretty pleased with the results. It made me realize an important tip: the more you accentuate the bump, the better the look.

I’m not saying you have to go all sequins. Just don’t try to hide under shapeless layers of fabric. A close-fitting dress is beautiful on baby bumps and looks great in photos, too.

My Picks:

Tip #3: Don’t Feel Forced To Wear Heels 

There comes a time in everyone’s pregnancy when they realize a stiletto heel may not be the safest form of footwear. My moment came a few weeks ago when I stumbled (and tumbled) out of a car going to a Christmas party. I about gave Scott a literal heart attack. At that moment, this momma realized she needed to retire the 5-inch Gianvito Rossi ankle-strap heels she’s been obsessed with.

Luckily, you can still feel glamorous in a pair of flats. And if ditching the heels will make you feel more comfortable and get you out of the house…then do it.

My Picks:

Tip #4: Spice Up Your Beauty Routine

Always remember: when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you look good. Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra time on your hair and makeup before the party. Maybe even test-drive a few new looks before the night of the party. For example, a glitter eye or a plum lip. Sometimes that’s all it takes for a much-needed boost of confidence! See below for a few of my favorite tutorials and looks to try out:

Monika Blunder’s Sugarplum Eye // Into The Gloss’ 5 Glitter Makeup Looks To Try // Refinery 29’s Old Hollywood Glam Waves // Byrdie Beauty’s Luminous Holiday Look // Highbrow’s Smokey Eye Berry Lip // Violet Grey’s The Lush Lash  // Kandee Johnson’s Red Velvet Lips

Tip #5: When All Else Fails, Wear Black

This applies to everyone, pregnant or not. Black is slimming, black is comfortable, black is your best friend.

My Picks:

Cheers to 2017! 

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A Pregnancy Look That Takes You From Day To Night

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So, I’m officially in my third trimester…and I’m exhausted. When I’m not craving sweets, I’m plotting where I can take my next nap.

Since pregnancy comes with a slew of weird cravings and symptoms, the last thing a momma needs is to stress about her maternity wardrobe. I’ve learned it’s about buying the basics, being prepared, and making it all look and feel effortless.

Even when I’m not pregnant, I love wearing looks that will take me from day to night. There’s truly nothing better. This black stripe and trench combo is definitely becoming my go-to for the remainder of my pregnancy.  I can wear the dress to a morning meeting, run some errands, take my son to soccer, and then dress it up with the trench when I’m headed out to dinner. Casual to chic in five seconds flat! Also, anything monochromatic is instantly more slimming and streamlined. It’s a good look all around.

From Day:

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To Night:

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For more simplified maternity looks, check out these links: 

How To Dress From Day To Night With Zero Effort | Who What Wear // 15 Inspiring Mama-To-Be Looks | Mother Mag // How To Simplify Your Maternity Wardrobe | Mom.Me // 7 Style Bloggers Who Helped Me With My Maternity Wear | Babble

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1 Dress, 4 Ways For Pregnancy

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When you’re pregnant, it can be a struggle to find something that fits comfortably. It’s even more of a struggle to find something you feel good in. During my first pregnancy, I was definitely not prepared when it came to maternity fashion. When I tried to just throw something on, I’d feel (and look) terrible. A total meltdown or cancelled plans usually followed.

That’s when I realized I was making it WAY harder than it needed to be. To make it easier on myself, I began mapping out my outfits in advance and getting just the basics. I was able to find some key pieces that fit me perfectly which I could mix and match my regular clothes with.

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This simple black dress can be found anywhere–at any store, at any price. I would definitely call it my biggest pregnancy must-have when it comes to clothing (some cute options: here, here, & here). It can be dressed up or dressed down plus it’s super slimming (which always helps!) It doesn’t even need to be purchased at a maternity store. If you find one you like, just buy a couple sizes up.

Here’s how I’ve been styling my simple black dress throughout my pregnancy: 

FOR SOMETHING CASUAL…

LOOK #1: A CARDIGAN

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This is the epitome of comfort. I like to throw on boots with it for

LOOK #2:  A FLANNEL

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I love a good flannel. Tie in the front or leave unbuttoned. I prefer to tie mine–it’s a cute way to display your growing baby bump!

FOR A NIGHT OUT…

LOOK #3: A Black Bomber Or Leather Jacket

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The perfect date night look. It looks sleek and chic yet took no effort at all. Simply amazing.

 

LOOK #4: A SILK KIMONO

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A dressed up version of the cardigan. Pair with black heels for a streamlined look.

For more tips on pregnancy fashion, check out more of my tips here

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Watch: How To Make A DIY Choker

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photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

I think it’s safe to say that chokers are BACK!!! And cuter than ever. They are also super easy to make. All you need is string, clasps, pliers, and a pendant.

Get the steps here on my YouTube channel: 

Supplies:

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photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

  • ½ yard of suede lace
  • 2 jewelry clasps
  • 2 pendants
  • pliers

The Steps:

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photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

1. Attach a jewelry clasp on each of the suede lace ends with pliers.
2. Attach a pendant on each of the clasps.
3. Wrap around your neck like a scarf, with the two long ends dangling.
4. Tie the long ends together.

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photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

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My Love Of French Blue

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Color has always been powerful to me. When I surround myself with shades that keep the vibe bright and cheery–it can truly change my mood.

french blue

French blue is that color for me. Not only does it make me happy but this deep azure hue also pairs perfectly with a bronzed tan–which makes it great for summer.

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From dresses to swimsuits to accessories, I can’t get enough! I’m officially naming it my “color of the summer.”

Shop the shade here: 

1. Tory Burch Laurita Swimsuit (pictured)

2. Westward Leaning Atlas Sunglasses 

3. Lemlem Selina Split Tunic (pictured)

4. Adidas By Stella McCartney Run 3/4 Capri Legging 

5. Matiko Delilah Sandal 

6. Solid And Striped Anne-Marie Swimsuit 

7. Equipment Slim Signature Silk Button Up 

8. Illesteva Leonard II 50mm Round Mirrored Sunglasses 

9. Miguelina Tabitha Beach Dress

10. Ale By Alessandra Calistoga Tote Bag 

11. Melissa Odabash Fleur Embroidered Voile Kaftan

12. Dirty Ballerina Perforated Faux Leather Saddle Bag 

13. Heartloom Oria Dress 

14. Line & Dot Amelie Pleat Dress 

15. Rese Mia Capri Legging 

16. Scotch & Soda Summer Caftan 

17. Shashi Jamie Bracelet 

18. Manebi La Havana Espadrille 

19. Forever 21 Scalloped Cropped Cami 

20. Stela 9 Coco Beach Blanket 

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#TrendAlert: One-Piece Swimsuits

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Bye bye, bikini! Hello, one-piece suits. I am absolutely thrilled this style is trending again–it’s like a 90s throwback! I can’t get enough. Recently, my family and I spent a day on the beach building sand castles and playing in the waves. This black suit that I just purchased from Cooperativa (pictured) was perfect for playing around with the little ones.

This season, designers and brands alike are giving us some major one-piece options. Once reserved for the more “body-conscious” or sporty in the bunch, one-piece suits are becoming sexier than ever. From lace-up fronts to neon brights, there’s something for everyone.

Here are my top picks for every style:

Black & Sleek: 

 

Marysia Swim Palm Springs Maillot // Karla Colletto Rick Rack Halter Monokini // Prism St. Barts Waves Swimsuit // Karla Colletto Skinny Scoop Swimsuit // Travelin’ Band Mesh Swimsuit // DVF Newport Swimsuit // Mystical One-Piece Swimsuit // Blanca Caged Strapped One-Piece 

Simple & White:

 

HAHp On It Eyelet Swimsuit // Ties That Bind Lace Up Swimsuit // Kate Spade “Playa De Palma” One-Piece Swimsuit // Thapelo Paris Halter Neck Swimsuit // She Made Me Laharia Crochet Cotton Swimsuit // Topshop Chain Shoulders One-Piece Suit // Marysia Swim Mott One-Piece

Lace Ups & Zip Downs: 

 

Emma Pake Whipstiched Halterneck Swimsuit // Topshop Lattice Front Halter One-Piece Swimsuit // Blush Deep End Swimsuit // Lisa Marie Fernandez Jasmine Denim Maillot // Hayden Lace Up Swimsuit // Lovers + Friends Vis-Tie One-Piece // Rachel Pally La Jolla Swimsuit // De Lacy Willow One-Piece // She Made Me Hira One-Piece Swimsuit  

Neon & Bright: 

 

Tory Burch Laurito Swimsuit // Topshop Strappy Cross Back One-Piece Swimsuit // Lolli Swim Kisses Shirred One Piece // T Back High Leg Plunge Swimsuit // Boohoo Watermelon Swimsuit // Solid & Striped Alexandra V-Neck Swimsuit // Private Party Rose All Day Swimsuit // Blossom Party One-Piece // Vitamin A Rayna Preforated One-Piece Swimsuit 

Fun & Trendy Prints

 

Biondi Eva Floral-Print Swimsuit // DVF Capri Swimsuit // Athena Procopiou Long Hot Summer V Neck Swimsuit // Mara Hoffman Lattice Ladder Cut-Out Swimsuit // Minimale Animale Star Night Swimsuit // Buds Out Lace-Up Swimsuit // Billabong Indigo Dreams One-Piece Swimsuit // Vix Swimwear Ice One-Piece // Minimale Animale The Tyler One-Piece // Les Coquines Kaila Reversible One-Piece

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Co-ordinate Sets To Wear This Summer

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Sometimes it’s fun to mix prints. Other times, it’s fun to match them! I’ve always loved a coordinate set ever since I was a little girl. They are fun, effortless, and give you an instant look. I mean—the outfit is already put together!

During a recent trip to NYC, I picked up this navy blue matching set from Reformation. I’m OBSESSED! For a busy day on the run, I paired with a blazer and espadrilles in similar tones. When it comes to coordinates, I always, always, always stick to the same color scheme. I love how chic it looks.

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Adding coordinates to your wardrobe can also help save you money. Instead of spending that extra money on a dress or a jumpsuit—buy separates. You’ll always get more use out of them because they’re more versatile and can be repurposed.

Here are some of my favorite matching sets to add to your wardrobe this summer:

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Day-To-Night White Dresses For Summer

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Happy Memorial Day! For me, this day always marks the beginning of the summer season. The weather gets sunnier, the parties become frequent, and I start pulling out all my summer whites. Now don’t get me wrong—I wear white all year long. I’ve never applied the “don’t wear white after labor day” rule to my wardrobe. But there’s something about long summer days that make a crisp, white dress seem almost essential.

I love a good white dress for a variety of reasons but mainly it’s just…easy. It’s my go-to summer staple for just about any occasion. I’ll normally throw one on while heading to the beach but can also stop by a backyard BBQ later that night. I just apply a red lip  and I’m good to go! It’s versatile yet always classic—just like it’s Little Black Dress (LBD) counterpart!

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I tend to wear my favorites season after season but this year I decided to add a couple more to the collection (like this Natalie Martin dress I’m wearing, for example!) Here are some of my other favorite looks that will take you from day-to-night all summer long:

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7 Ways To Be Fashionable AND Frugal

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I still have the first designer piece I ever purchased. I had saved up a little money from modeling and bought this Missoni dress I’m wearing in the picture above. At the time, it was a small fortune. But Missoni is timeless–and guess what? I still wear it. Yes, it’s a little tight. But that point is–it still almost fits!

With that said, I believe in spending money on your core wardrobe (aka core’drobe) and investing in forever fashion that you’ll wear over and over again. But I also love a good deal and sale as much as anybody. Luckily, there are ways to buy forever fashion at a reasonable price.

Here are some of my tips for fashion-forward frugality straight from my book, The Everyday Supermodel:

  1. Shop Vintage, Consignment, & Thrift Stores: You have to be patient and you have to look, but you can find incredible finds and even core classics and expensive labels. This is a great way to secure signature or fun pieces that no one else will have and you will have acquired for a steal! You can often score gently worn designer handbags here at a fraction of the retail price.
Gia Canali Photography

Gia Canali Photography

  1. Clothes Swap: Get together with fashion-minded friends and have some fun. Trade items you are over for items they are over. You can refresh your wardrobe for the cost of a shared bottle of wine. Also, there are great swapping sites like Swap Style and Snob Swap. These are fab online places to swap pieces that aren’t designer.
  1. Cash Out When You Closet Clean: Using sites like Ebay and Etsy is a great way to sell directly to consumers. Poshmark and Tradesy are also excellent for cashing out your clothes. They are especially good with designer pieces. For mid-range pieces, try finding a store like Buffalo Exchange or Crossroads in your area.
  1. Flash Sites, Sales, Discount Retailers, & E-Tailers: This has become all the rage and you can get incredible deals. Warning: do not buy something just because it’s on sale. Even if you are getting a huge discount, you should still LOVE it. Whether it’s $10 or $1,000, don’t buy anything you don’t love. Think about it, all those “cheap” impulse purchases that you’ve never worn could have been that one designer piece you’ll have forever!
Gia Canali Photography

Gia Canali Photography

  1. Wake Up Your Wardrobe: If you have a nice-fitting blouse or coat that could be beautiful if it wasn’t for the cheap buttons—swap them out for nicer ones. Same goes for a skirt with a cheesy belt or poor-quality zipper—replace them with quality pieces and you’ll upgrade your look.
  1. Keep ‘Em Separated: Instead of buying a dress or jumpsuit—buy separates. You will always get more use out of them because separates are simply more versatile.
  1. Leasing Luxury: Websites and stores like Rent The Runway and Lending Luxury allow you to “lease” fancy designer pieces for a few days at affordable prices, usually around 5-15% percent of the retail cost. You can look like a million bucks without spending it. Another word of advice: Have social media savvy. If you know you are going to be photographed a lot, and splashed all over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram wearing something don’t spend a lot on it. You likely won’t want to wear it again. This is when a great knockoff, or rental dress comes into play.
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Sunglasses For Every Face Shape

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I love a good pair of sunglasses. Not only do they protect your eyes, they add an instant “cool-factor.” I always have my every day go-to but I’m also a huge fan of experimenting and switching them out depending on my outfit or mood. These blue Illesteva glasses are EVERYTHING to me right now!

Since I’m always on the hunt for new shades, I’ve learned what frames work for me. It can be extremely tough to find the perfect pair. Like lip shades, face shades aren’t one-size fits all.

The first step is finding your face shape. Have you ever noticed how a certain style looks great on a friend but unfortunately, not the best on you? Once you figure out your specific shape, shopping for sunnies becomes a lot easier.

If you’re looking for a new pair for summer, here’s a quick rundown of how to pointpoint + what style to shop:

ROUND: The width and length of your face are roughly the same.

To put it simply, round faces should stay away from frames that will make their faces appear more round. In other words, avoid circular frames. Go for a more square shape or wayfarers.

What to buy: rectangular frames, square shaped, or aviators. 

SQUARE: Strong jawline and broad forehead.

On the opposite spectrum, round frames balance and soften out a square face. With this shape, it’s flattering to buy frames that extend past the length of your face. Nothing boxy and angular!

What to buy: oval shaped frames, rounded frames, or cat-eye frames. 

OVAL: Long and thin with a slightly narrower chin than forehead.

If you have an oval-shaped face, congratulations. Shopping for sunnies happens to be a little easier for you! Most styles work on this shape so you’re able to mix it up. Cat-eye, aviators, round frames–whatever. Now, it just comes down to your features. If you have softer features, avoid thick frames. The point of a great pair of glasses is to accentuate, not overwhelm.

What to buy: cat-eye frames, rectangular frames, square frames, aviators, anything. Just try to avoid large frames if you have softer features. 

HEART: Forehead significantly wider than chin with high cheekbones. The chin also tends to come to a point or narrow. 

For heart-shaped, the goal is to broaden the appearance of jawline and minimize length of forehead. To balance, pick shades that are wider at the bottom. You definitely want to steer clear of any small frames or anything with embellishments.

What to buy: rimless frames, aviators, or round shaped frames. 

FYI: It is possible to be a mix of two. If that’s the case, try on both and leave it up to your own personal preference!