Celebrities Expecting in 2017

Celebrities Expecting in 2017

2017, the year of the Rooster brings loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and top-notch appearances as just some of the characteristics that will be rewarded this year. Another reward that follows with 2017 is the birth of new babies and we have the scoop on the latest celebrities expecting in 2017!

 

Lauren Conrad – The star of the reality series The Hills and fashion designer, posted back in January with a sonogram on her Instagram “Happy New Year! I have a feeling 2017 is going to be the best year yet . . .”. Lauren and husband William Tell have been married since 2014 and this will be the first child for the couple.

 

Amal Clooney – The 39 year old human rights lawyer and activist looked stunning while showing off her bump with husband George Clooney in Paris at the Cesar Awards. After weeks of speculation Julie Chen, host of The Talk, made the announcement on her February 9th show that the couple is having twins: “Beyoncé is not the only superstar expecting twins. Congratulations are in order for George and Amal Clooney!”

 

Amanda Seyfried – The actress is expecting her first child with fiancé Thomas Sadoski. People reported that Seyfried confirmed the news at a Givenchy press launch on November 29, where she showed off her baby bump in a sheer minidress. The couple got engaged back in September and we are thrilled for their expectant news!

 

Whitney-Eve Port – The reality co-star of the The Hills announced in February on her Instagram “Oh hey! Just standing by the window in my underwear, with a BABY in my belly! DM me if you know what I’m supposed to do with this thing for how ever many years I’m supposed to be in charge.” Husband Tim Rosenman  and Whitney have been married since November. Are we seeing future besties between Whitney’s and Lauren’s babies…?

 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – The 29 year old model posed in a bikini and held her baby bump in the announcement on her Instagram with the caption, “Very happy to share that Jason and I are expecting!! Lots of love Rosie x ????? Photo by @jasonstatham.” This will be the first child for Rosie and Jason, who have been together since 2010.

 

Laura Prepon – The Orange Is the New Black and former That ’70s Show star, is expecting her first child with fiancé Ben Foster. The announcement came in January, a few months after the announcement of their engagement back in October.

 

Ciara – The singer announced on Instagram back in October with a beautiful picture of her and husband Russel Wilson that they are expecting their first child together. Ciara also has a 2 year old son with her former husband Future.

 

Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z are having their second and third bundles of joy this year! The announcement was made in February on Beyonce’s Instagram with a beautiful maternity shot of her. We are sure that Blue Ivy is thrilled to be a big sister and we cannot wait for their arrival.

 

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on how to get the look of our featured celebrities expecting in 2017!

Glow On Your Babymoon

Glow On Your Babymoon photo: @indrabogie
photo: @indrabogie

February – the depth of winter. The cold weather pushes many of us into vacation mode and this is why February is often called cruise season. It’s also the perfect time for a Babymoon!

Interestingly enough, the term Babymoon was originally coined by Sheila Kitzinger in her 1996 book The Year after Childbirth. She referred to it as family time with mom, dad and new baby. Now the concept has evolved and Babymoon is defined in the Oxford dictionary as “a relaxing or romantic holiday taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.’’

There is a lot of advice on the web on how to plan your babymoon. The expertise that we can offer is how to dress while on vacation:

Signature Floral Wrap Dress - Carry
Sophia Floral Wrap Dress – Carry

 

 

 

The perfect date starts with a feminine dress. A floral wrap dress with vintage blooms is as radiant for a romantic dinner as it is for a walk on the beach.

 

 

 

 

Striped Maxi Tank Dress - Ripe Maternity
Striped Maxi Tank Dress – Ripe Maternity

 

 

 

 

The striped maxi – easy to wear with strappy heels or sandals, this resort favourite will take you from the poolside to dinner under the stars.

 

 

 

 

 

Chambray Cuffed Shirtdress - Jules & Jim
Chambray Cuffed Shirtdress – Jules & Jim

 

 

 

 

The denim tunic, paired with leggings and runners. An effortless look for strolling, whether you’re discovering the city or admiring the local scenery.

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you go to a exotic resort or choose to explore your hometown, cherishing these moments of heightened intimacy is an important part of your pregnancy. Take this as an opportunity to prepare for the next adventure that you are taking together. Go on your Babymoon and fall in love all over again!

Support – The Key to Breastfeeding Success

 

A new year, new happenings! During 2017, Carry Maternity will host a variety of events to bring you information and support you during your process of becoming a parent. We are pleased to say that the first event is a monthly breastfeeding cafe, run by lactation consultant Taya Griffin, who we met through the Healthy Moms Toronto networking group. The cafe will run the 2nd Thursday of every month until June and will feature a variety of speakers brought in by Taya. — Carry Maternity

The March cafe will be on Thursday, March 9th and will feature guest speaker Gina McCubbin from My Smart Hands. She will be talking about Infant Sign Language.

Support – The Key to Breastfeeding Success

by Taya Griffin

“We rise by lifting others” – Robert Ingersoll

As I began my journey to becoming an expert in all things breastfeeding, I was witness to the reality that mothers who felt supported and nurtured by those around them were more likely to persevere through breastfeeding (and mothering) difficulties to reach their breastfeeding (and mothering!) goals. Partners, mothers, mothers in law, other family members and all kinds of friends play a key role in lifting a mother up. Equally midwives, doctors and other “experts” can make or break mothering confidence and breastfeeding success depending on their education, expertise or personal experience and opinion.

The anticipation of the wild ride of motherhood can be overwhelming.  Beginning the most astounding, mind-blowing adventure of your life, often without a map of any sort, can be both exciting and frightening at the same time.

You may find that your un-babied friends won’t quite get it. Your veteran parent friends may have forgotten all the early challenges and sleepless nights. You may also be all alone without support of either kind feeling isolated in your mothering experience.

Let’s admit it, it takes a supportive village to raise a newborn baby.

Our Central Toronto Breastfeeding Café will now be held at Carry Maternity and will support moms with all kinds of breastfeeding goals. Mothers are welcome to share their unique parenting battles and triumphs, ask questions and socialize with mothers going through the same struggles.  Topics change from month to month and guest speakers will be invited.  No matter your breastfeeding goals or what direction your breastfeeding journey has taken you this group will be a safe space for all participants.

Remember that you are not alone in this breastfeeding and mothering journey! Let’s create the village we all need!

Taya Griffin is a Lactation Consultant, Yoga and Pilates Instructor and a Mother.  She teaches prenatal breastfeeding classes and runs a private practice in Toronto helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. RSVP for the Breastfeeding Cafe with Taya at taya_vw@hotmail.com.

Catch Carry Maternity On CTV News

Just before the holidays, CTV News anchor Michelle Dubé announced that she is expecting her second child in the summer of 2017. We are thrilled that Michelle chose Carry Maternity to provide her on-air wardrobe during her pregnancy.

You’ll find Michelle co-anchoring CTV News at noon and 6 p.m. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook to see our favourites as Michelle beautifully showcases our wide selection of maternity fashions.

 

Cold weather is coming – what are your options for staying cosy?

Being pregnant can have its challenges, but how to keep warm in chilly (or downright frigid) weather does not have to be one of them. Maternity designers have created coats that you can wear throughout pregnancy and after. Or if you already have a favourite winter coat, some innovative Canadian companies have have come up with products that will extend your coat to keep you cosy throughout your pregnancy

Winter coats: the investment piece

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The MCoat

The MCoat 

The Mcoat was one of the first winter coats developed for pregnant women. This coat, insulated with pure Canadian down, is popular because of its adaptability. A zip out triangular panel  faces down when you are pregnant and is flipped over for baby carrying, and then can be removed completely. The MCoat can be worn for years to come.

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Modern Eternity 3-in-1 Parka

Modern Eternity

This 3-in-1 maternity coat by Modern Eternity is a casual, cotton twill parka that is down filled and water resistant. Popular for its extended length and weekend styling, this coat is great for being outdoors and active. The removable panel means that it is easily worn for maternity, baby carrying and after.


Coat panels: the practical solution

Make My Belly Fit

Make My Belly Fit

The BellyFit coat extender uses the zippers on your existing coat and their patented panel to create space where you need it most. It has a sleek look that features snaps along the panel so that you can tailor your coat both during pregnancy and for baby carrying. Their zipper is the most commonly used one by outwear manufacturers (like Canada Goose) so that it will fit into as many coats as possible. If your coat features a different zip, worry not! There are 16 zipper adapters available that will match the BellyFit to your coat. The panel is made with two layers of windproof/water repellent outerwear material with a layer of cosy microfleece in between.

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Bridge the Bump

Bridge the Bump

This coat extender system also comes in two lengths which allows you to choose the fit and style you want for your coat. Snaps and an adjustable belt create an empire waist or show-off-your-bump look. The Bridge the Bump system is made with a water repellent/windproof outerwear material and quilted microfibre insulation. And of course, the insert can be worn for baby carrying as well. Panel colours are specifically chosen to match Canada Goose coats.

 

With this range of practical options, you and your baby bump will be warm and cozy this winter. Come by the store or give us a call and we will help you figure out the coat solution that’s best for you.

Share the Warmth Coat Drive 2016

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As I write this, it definitely does not feel like fall. But, before you know it, the chilly weather will become a daily routine. And if the meteorologists are on track, the fall chill is going to quickly give way to a very cold winter. Many of us are lucky and have a choice of coats to wear through the varying levels of cold a Canadian winter brings.

Some young mothers are not fortunate enough to have one coat, much less a choice of which one to wear. It has become an October tradition for us here at Carry Maternity to collect coats for the Swap Shop at Jessie’s – The June Callwood Centre for Young Women. Jessie’s Centre provides much needed services to empower pregnant teenagers, young parents and their children. Attendance in their programs is high throughout most of the year, but it drops with cold temperatures. Young moms want to get to Jessie’s Centre but accessing services can be difficult without appropriate outerwear.

Our Share the Warmth coat drive will run through Sunday, November 14th. You can donate gently-used, clean women’s coats (both maternity and non-maternity) as well as coats for children under 5 years old. In addition to your coat donations, Carry Maternity will donate 5% of our fall coat sales to the Well Woman and Well Baby Clinic. We hope that our Share the Warmth campaign will support young women to access all the incredible programs that Jessie’s Centre offers.

As a thank you for your coat donation, we will give you $10 Baby Bonus credit, which you can use for anything you’ll need for delivery or after. And if you need to find a coat for yourself, our Fall Coat Sale is on until Sunday, October 30th. You’ll get 15% off beautiful and practical winter coats from MCoat, Modern Eternity, Seraphine and Noppies. We also carry coat panels from Make My Belly Fit and Bridge the Bump (coming soon).

With gratitude for your help,

Pat, Sarah, Kshama, Kavya and Kat
The Carry Maternity Team

Bump Goes to a Garden Party

Bump age: 34 weeks 3 days

It is our annual tradition to invite friends and neighbours to celebrate summer’s arrival and this was the fifth anniversary of our little garden party. Having a garden party is our motivation to spend springtime making sure the backyard is party ready. But this year, while the backyard was ready to shine, the weather was not; so we set up indoors instead.

IMG_2534When I first saw the Carry Watercolour Grecian Dress, it  immediately channeled my inner Renoir and I knew it was the perfect garden party dress. I felt that the soft, dreamy watercolour print would look nice with the greenery and blooming flowers outdoors, which proved true once the rain stopped and we could move the party outside. I must admit that at this point in my pregnancy, comfort trumps style. Luckily with this watercolour dress, I did not have to compromise on either. With a simple thin belt that ties behind the back, the slip-on design does not get easier to put on. The fabric is light and breezy, which, given Toronto’s humidity, is always a bonus. The just-above-the-knee hemline is the perfect length for any mama-to-be. As pretty and comfortable as I felt in this dress, I was not at all surprised when Bump and I received lots of compliments from our guests.

Despite the weather not co-operating, the party was a blast, fun was had by all, and Mr. Fantastic and I were not stressed in our hosting duties (hint – hiring a couple of helping hands = less stress!) Good fun, good food, good people in a good neighbourhood … that’s why we plan to continue our family tradition next year.

xoxo,

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Enjoying the afternoon with my good friend Sarah

Bay_and_Bloor

Bump Goes to a Wedding

Bump age: 33 weeks 2 days

Anticipation has been building up for Sarah and Cris’s big day. Weddings are always heart-warming events, and for me, #SarahandCrisSayIDo is especially so because it’s the first I’ve been invited to since Mr. Fantastic and I got married and it’s the first in my friend circle since my big move to Toronto.

IMG_0001We, the Carry Maternity team, decided to go with a shades of blue theme. Pat hand-picked the Carry Ruched Cocktail Dress for me since the cut and fit looked so good as my holiday party dress (in red) during my first pregnancy. Colours available this season are black, blue, red and rose, which pretty much covers all your needs for any upcoming parties, baby showers, bridal showers and of course weddings.

 

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Now, about this dress and why it is my go-to party dress – not only does it look fabulous but it’s hella comfy! Pardon my French, but both occasions I wore this piece, I was in my last trimester. At this stage, breathing can be a bit more challenging as my lungs are sharing space with an ever-growing Sesame. The secret to this gorgeous dress is the ruching. It not only accommodates the bump, giving ample breathing room, but it also creates a flattering big bump/slim legs effect. The v neckline is cut perfectly to show off “the girls” in a conservative yet sexy way and the straps are not overly thick nor overly thin – just right for a classy event. Pair this with the right necklace and some dressy heels, voila! On that note, while I was getting ready I had a slight wardrobe malfunction – the bra I was wearing was not enough support for my ever-growing, ready-to-nurse boobs and it had more coverage than I needed for this dress. Luckily, I was meeting my crew at Carry Maternity, so I was able to make a switch to a better bra. Lesson learned – always make sure you have the right bra and underwear for your outfit! If any of my readers are seeking a very supportive, smooth finish yet smaller coverage (so it doesn’t peep out of the neckline) nursing bra, ask for the Anita – let’s just say it does wonders!

Congratulations to the beautiful bride, Sarah and the handsome groom, Cris – may you have all the love and happiness in the world!

Xoxo,

Bay_and_Bloor

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And for more tips on surviving wedding season, check the blog at Toronto Family Doulas

Bump Goes to a Bridal Shower

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Bump age: 29 weeks and 1 day

May is a busy month for Bump and I simply because everything awesome happens around this time of the year. Last week was my birthday and then Mother’s Day – thanks to Squishy, I am now entitled to celebrate! It’s also wedding season and my dear soon-to-be-married friend Sarah had her bridal shower this past weekend (psst, that’s a hint that there is a how-to-dress-your-bump for wedding post coming soon).

Sarah’s bridal shower was held at Symposium Cafe, a Mississauga restaurant that has a private room big enough to comfortably fit all her family and friends. It was a chilly, windy and rainy day but for such a cheerful event, I choose to wear this Carry Floral Tube Dress. To stay warm, I wore my go-to Noppies 40 denier tights and kept a short black cardi handy. This Carry dress has side ruching which hugs in and flatters my almost 30-week-old bump. The print is playful yet printed on a black canvas, which is en pointe. The verdict – not only comfortable, this piece is definitely a must-have, staple piece, great for bridal shower, baby shower or any event with flowers. And to my style delight, my dress perfectly complemented Sarah’s lovely floral headpiece.

The shower went on through the afternoon and, of course, there were games. My favorite one was “Find Your Mate.” Each of us had a secret celebrity name tagged on our backs and we not only had to figure out who we were by asking questions about our secret celebrity, but we also had to find our current “partner-in-crime.” Brilliant and fun, it was a great way to meet everyone in the room. After lunch, there was a simple yet very delicious vanilla and strawberry cake which was heavenly. I managed to curb my cake enthusiasm and not over-consume, knowing that later that evening was Pat’s surprise birthday dinner party. But shhh … I would never tell.

xoxo,

Bay_and_Bloor

Only a Mother Knows

 Bump age: 28 weeks day 0

We all love our mothers. They are warm, loving, kind and our safe haven. But do we really love our mothers the way they love us? Only a mother knows…

…  the inconceivable joy that lights up her heart and face when she sees those two little red lines on her pregnancy test.

…  the regimen of prenatal pills and essential vitamins that will help her baby’s in-utero development. Before she became life bearing, she would often forget to even eat on busy days.

… the feeling of anticipation of her first ultrasound, when she gets to see her little angel for the very first time. To her, that ultrasound picture is perfect beauty, even though to the rest of world, it just looks like black matter with a small white dot.

…  the feeling of life when she experiences her baby’s first kick. Even though it was very faint, she can describe the moment over and over again with the same sparkle in her eyes.

…  the journey as she watches her body transform day by day to accommodate the growing needs of her baby bump. She readily trades in her Louboutins for Tod’s and her Hervé dresses for Tees by Tina.

… the definition of perseverance when she thinks she has no strength left inside her and she can’t push any more, when her delivery team is encouraging her with  “One last big push and you’ll get to meet your baby!” She bites her teeth, clenches the bedsheets once more and gives it her 120%, one more time.

…  the feeling of exhaustion from waking up at night for feedings, making sure her baby is sleeping soundly – then not being able to go  back to sleep in case her baby cries for help again.

…  the meaning of sacrifice when she gives up her warm mitts on a cold day so her baby’s little hands won’t freeze  

Only a Mother knows the feeling of fulfilment when all the blood, toil, tears and sweat are met with her baby’s first words “Mama, I lub you!” and a heart-melting hug.

Only a Mother knows that even though her baby loves her, she loves her baby to the moon and back.

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Mamas-to-be out there!

Xoxo,

Bay_and_Bloor

Happy Mother's Day with matching mother daughter dresses

 

Celebrating Easter in Easy Style

IMG_1766Bump age: 24 weeks 2 days

Happy Easter everyone! Traditionally, our family attends the annual Easter Brunch at the Ritz. This year, seeing as we just got back from spring break, I thought we would take it down a notch and check out the Boulevard Club’s Easter brunch instead. Not saying we did not dress up for the occasion; I decided on a maroon/burgundy theme to stand out from all the pastel colours one would expect for Easter. Here, I am wearing the Tees by Tina Lattice Dress in berry colour, with burgundy Mulberry boots, bonnet from The Saucy Milliner, and Gucci sunnies.

The Tees by Tina dress is a classic silhouette sleeveless. Like the majority of Tees by Tina pieces, this dress is designed to hug the figure and yet the pattern forgives all flaws. Although not a maternity piece by design, the stretchy fabric allows enough give without feeling too tight around the bump. No wonder all the Hollywood mama-to-be celebs have been are going gaga over this label.  The line comes in assorted playful bold colours, as well as your classic blacks and whites. What I like about this dress is not only its versatility for wear during and after pregnancy, but also its solid colour which makes it simple to style and pair with other layering pieces.

The luncheon selection was vast, with a carving station and a dessert table in addition to the main luncheon tables. Each table had the family’s surname in order to avoid confusion. Overall, I indulged in the carrot cake and probably the red velvet cake as well. But it was nothing short of Boulevard’s high standards, complete with attentive staff and circulating Easter Bunnies distributing chocolate eggs to the kids. Did I also mention that there was a petting zoo outdoors for kids and adults to enjoy as well? Squishy enjoyed petting touching the baa baas, as they enjoyed chasing her around. She was also definitely not shy in petting the bunnies, but became slightly wary of the horse and piglets. Easter came early this year in a chilly March, but we still managed to have a great lunch with family to celebrate. Thus concludes our happy Easter.    

Xoxo,

Bay_and_Bloor

 

Bump Goes on Vacation – London

Bump age: 23 weeks 4-6 days

If Tenerife was the do-nothing-but-relax vacation, then London was the explore-everywhere-down-to-the-last-minute holiday. I always find myself running out of time in London town so I listed a few spots as my must-sees and dos this time around: Harrods, high tea, Laduree and London Eye.

seraphine knot dressd wendyLuckily my good friend from Vancouver, The Lady and the Rose, was able to take the day off work and explore the city with us. We’ve decided to go to Harrods, since they have both afternoon tea and Laduree. Being in London, and naturally inspired by Duchess Kate’s pregnancy style, I wore the Jolene knot dress by UK designer Seraphine. This dress comes in two colours, fuchsia and peacock, and I proudly own both. Since the fuchsia was well-loved from my first pregnancy and the peacock from the new spring/summer collection, I decided to debut the peacock on this trip. Silky soft and flowing, the Jolene dress is stylishly knotted at the front, creating gentle gathers which drape effortlessly over the bump. This is not only suitable for maternity, but also for postpartum wear. (Just between you and me, it was perfect for the nursing times too!)  The Seraphine brand has also won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2015. Now that’s what I call royalty certified!

After Harrods, the Lady and I settled at the Georgian Cafe for our Easter high tea. For more about our afternoon high tea experience, please read the Lady and the Rose’s post, as she truly writes beautifully and authentically for the both of us.

Carry B&W palm print side tie WendyFor the ultimate London Eye experience, I wore a Carry side tie dress. The black and white pattern went well with my new sleek Londoner hair-do. Comfy, lightweight and half-sleeved, this dress has a tie that cinches the waist on the side and falls just above knee. This cut is also one of Carry’s signature dresses, so you may find it in other colours. Since it was quite chilly, I wore my Burberry signature trench coat outside as a wind breaker.

The public transport system issues expecting ladies a pin that reads “Baby on Board” with the Tube logo on it. Pregnant women may wear this during their transit journey, and other passengers must offer their seats to the ones wearing this badge. I thought this was a fabulous idea and would love to see  Toronto do something similar.

London Eye is definitely a must-do at attraction in London. You can see the city with a 360 degree view during the 30 minute rotation time. Surprisingly, Squishy enjoyed the entire ride and wasn’t afraid of the heights. We met some friends for dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill afterwards to top off the night.

This London trip was too short as always, but we shall be back!

Xoxo,

Bay_and_Bloor

Bump Goes on Vacation – The Doll Museum

Bump age: 23 weeks 2 days

J&J tee seraphine denim shorts wendyFollowing the excursion day, we decided to have a casual beach day to relax and simply eat seafood. I chose to wear a Jules & Jim simple grey tee with a knot detail, matching it with a pair of Seraphine denim shorts. This outfit was casual yet practical to walk the hilly streets of Tenerife and very suitable for the warm weather.

On our last day in Tenerife, we decided to rent a car and visit ArtLandya – a famous doll museum located near Icod de los Vinos. This museum is privately owned by a couple from Austria. The exhibition includes two sections: doll art and teddy bear exhibition. We went to see the doll art section first. The realistic facial expressions of the dolls from various global doll artists were astounding. The artists don’t try to make perfectly pretty looking dolls, but capture the different expressions and emotions of real people. The owner also took the time to explain the process of creating such an art piece, giving me a deeper appreciation of the craftsmanship that goes into creating porcelain dolls. The owner also disclosed that his most expensive doll cost up to 23,000 euros, and took one artist 3 months to make. The teddy bear collection was Squishy’s favourite, of course.

Carry sundress zigzag print WendyFor this occasion, I chose to wear a Carry sundress in a gorgeous zigzag print. It’s flowy and versatile, very easy and comfortable to travel in – very important since I would be sitting in a car for a couple of hours that day. It also comes with a tie belt that goes around the waistline to create some separation (not shown in this picture).

After the doll museum, we were famished, so we found a local restaurant in the small town which served the best and biggest “pulpo” octopus that I’ve ever experienced. By then, the weather had gotten chillier, so I put on my beige cardigan to pair with the patterned dress. Despite the coolness, I couldn’t resist (maybe it was Sesame’s influence) the award-winning Fragola ice-cream before heading back to the car. Overall, another excellent day.

xoxo,

Bay_and_Bloor

Bump Goes On Vacation – Excursion Day in Tenerife

Bump age: 23 weeks

We decided to do “el must de” Tenerife – Loro Parque. Before we got there, I imagined it would resemble Ripley’s Aquarium back home, with a main focus on ocean creatures, but I discovered “loro” is the Spanish word for parrots. We were in for a whole new adventure!

Queen Mum floral tank dressI handpicked the floral print tank dress by Queen Mum because I thought the multi-colour print would go well with the greenery as well as the colourful animals we were about to see. The sleeveless design was also suitable for a hot day out. Of course, never knowing what the weather may turn into, I took a cardigan in solid beige in case it got chilly, which would  pair but not compete with the beautiful consistent print of the dress. Queen Mum is one of my favourite maternity brands, whether it’s their dresses, shorts, or pants. I find myself drawn to their fabric, cut and design, so my maternity wardrobe is filling up mostly with their label. This floral dress is made out of high quality fabric that has quite a bit of stretch, but isn’t too clingy or conforming on the body. The ruching on the side allows additional room for a growing bump, but also creates the signature B silhouette for all expecting mamas.  It feels as comfy and playful as it looks.

An hour and a half bus ride later, we set foot on the biggest park in Tenerife. The first thing I saw were black swans! I have only heard of these majestic creatures in fairy tales so it was as if I was seeing a unicorn in real life for the first time.  

There were so many beautiful and exotic animals in Loro Parque, but my favorite were the pink flamingos. We also got to view the orca show, the sealion show and the loro show. It was exciting to watch Squishy’s expression on seeing these animals for the very first time in her life. While we were passing through the orchid garden, I thought to myself that the backdrop matched my Queen Mum dress – the perfect photo-op location. You know it’s the money shot when shortly after I posted, it was regrammed by Queen Mum’s official account! That just made my already perfect day even better.

Xoxo,

Bay_and_Bloor

Bump Goes On Vacation – Tenerife, Spain – Day 1

Bump age: 22 weeks 6 days

Mr. Fantastic suggested we go to somewhere warm for this year’s spring break; but with the recent Zika virus pandemic, it took us a while to come up with a safe yet tropical destination. After much research, we landed on Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. With the island having year-round temperatures in the mid-20Cs and being subtropical, thus no Zika mosquitoes, it almost seemed too good to be true. The only downside is there were no direct flights from Toronto to Tenerife. So we decided to fly in and out thru London, UK and tag on a few days at the end to make it an extended vacation.

After 12 hours flight time (with nasty head winds) and overnighting in London, we finally arrived at Coste Adeje,Tenerife! The little one was a trooper. Being an experienced traveler and having Mr. Fantastic to help out during the flight made mommy’s trip much easier.

wendy blue print dress vacationDay 1 – I decided to wear a Carry knot dress as the blue really accentuated our tropical vacation, as well it seemed to match the beautiful ocean view from our balcony. Anyways, I felt very inspired by this dress. The material is soft, yet it does not hug the body and it drapes down nicely and flows with the breezy wind. The dark floral pattern on the waist simulates the effect of ruching for the belly, so my new-found waistline is cinched  and still looks svelte. The V-neck shows off just the right amount of cleavage without being too suggestive in a naughty way – gotta show ‘em girls off before they get too engorged by Mother Nature.

Also in this  picture, I’m wearing a hand-crafted straw hat from Lilliput Hats, a local millinery and one of my favourites in Toronto. This was literally a last-minute purchase, especially with this trip in mind. If you know me, you know I can’t go on any trip without a fantastic hat (or two)!

We tried local Spanish tapas for lunch, where we accidentally ordered full portions instead and ended up with bellies full of four delicious dishes. For dinner, we went to an authentic Italian pizzeria and shared one gigantic pizza and caprese salad between the three of us. Since the pizza was so authentic, I couldn’t resist ordering the tiramisu for dessert. Overindulging in dinner totally busted the sugar meter, even for a pregnant lady. I had to roll myself, Sesame and my food baby back to the hotel; luckily the blue Carry dress I chose was still very flattering!

xoxo,

Bay_and_Bloor

Bump goes professional

Bump age: 21 weeks 6 days

Squishy was a Christmas baby, so last year when I attended the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) conference,  I’d already regained my form and fit into my regular suits and business attire. This year, I’m sporting a 21-week-old bump, which is harder to conceal. So of course, fitting into my old business suits is harder than mission impossible. Luckily, Carry Maternity makes professional clothes on top of the cute, casual and chic. My Carry Maternity Blazer, which I’ve worn for several occasions, features two buttons that close above the bump allowing spacious belly room, and still appears slim and fit from the back. Here I’m wearing it with the matching Carry Maternity Dress Pants, which have a sewn-in panel for growing room. Carry’s work wear is where professionalism meets comfort. The in-house designers truly understand the pregnant form and how carrying around that extra bump requires effort without compromising the overall look.

IMG_0830In the picture, believe it or not, I am holding a pure gold bar that is significantly heavier than I imagined it to be! (I had difficulty lifting it past my bump with two hands and I regularly work out). Underneath my Carry blazer, I was wearing the Tees by Tina Lattice Tank Top in Ink colour. At first I was skeptical whether this piece would make my professional look seem too casual; but as soon as I paired it with the black suit, the pop of colour really accentuated my bump and the length was perfect.  The entire look is fresh, crisp, yet projects a professional feeling.

IMG_0979The next day, I wore my Carry Ruched Tube Dress. What I like about this maternity LBD is its versatility. Pair it with a denim jacket, you have a casual look; pair it with a black blazer (like I did), you have an office lady look; pair it with a statement necklace, flashy heels and small clutch, you are then seamlessly transitioning into a night out on the town.

Throughout the conference, I’ve received so many complements from my peers, without once feeling out of place, nor too casual for the event. Who said bump can’t go professional?

xoxo,

Bay_and_Bloor

 

The Importance of Versatility

A conversation with designer Pat Gillespie


b&w series 2CM:
What’s new with your design work?

Pat: The latest is our black and white series. I designed these dresses because we’ve found that the most difficult thing for a woman, especially a woman with a career, is finding clothing that reflects her normal style – the kind of thing she would have worn to work when she wasn’t pregnant. As a result, I’ve been designing a series of work dresses over the past few years. I chose a black and white theme for this collection because black and white never goes out of style. It’s easy, clean styling.

CM: It seems like something uncomplicated that you can just throw on but still look polished for work or to go to an event.


b&w seriesPat:
That’s the thing. When I design, I remember something my mother taught me early in my career. She’d say a good design should be able to do more than one thing. That’s something I’ve really held onto as a designer. I don’t believe in filing your closet full of impulse buys. You want to build a wardrobe that has substance, that has quality, that you can go to time and time again and it always makes you feel good.

Going back to my mother, I learned that you don’t buy a dress or an outfit for just one purpose. When you buy something for work, it should be versatile. This is why many women own a little black dress (aka LBD); it’s easy to dress up or dress down. The black and white prints of this current series are a more eye-catching version of the LBD. For example, the shift, paired with a jacket, is a great dress for work. Then, wear it with pretty sandals and jewelry and it becomes the perfect dress for a baby shower. Often in the store, a customer is looking for clothes for work and she’ll say “You know, I also have an event coming up and I think this dress could work for both.” So, clothing being versatile is key to a good wardrobe and it’s even more important in a maternity wardrobe.

CM: Why is versatility so important in a maternity wardrobe?

Pat: In your regular wardrobe, where you have dozens of pieces to choose from, you might wear something once or twice a month. A maternity wardrobe has fewer items so it’s important to be able to mix them around to create different looks. With this versatility, you will wear your maternity clothes – like the shift dress or wrap dress – twice a week, if not more. Clothing that can be worn more than one way adds value to your wardrobe. Style with versatility and value – that’s what this collection from Carry Maternity delivers.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year dress

Bump age: 17 weeks 3 days

Happy Chinese New Year y’all! It’s officially Year of the Monkey. To start off the Lunar New Year right and ward off any evil spirits, most Chinese people opt to wear red during Chinese New Year’s Eve, and I was no exception.

Let’s talk fashion first. What I’m wearing – this ruched T-shirt dress from Isabella Oliver in wine colour (purchased here), form fitting and accentuates the body, shows off the bump. The side ruching allows extra space as the bump grows bigger throughout the term, and also hides any love handles from the baby weight gain. My favourite type of maternity dress – that’s what I call a win-win situation. The material is breathable and comfy, suitable for all-day wear, and can be dressed up or dressed down. It’s a must-have piece for versatile day to evening transition.

The tights I’m wearing are the Noppies 40 denier tights in black (purchased here). With tights, there’s always the million dollar question: do they really stay up? Noppies, in my opinion as a veteran preggo lady, makes the BEST tights and leggings that the maternity clothing industry has to offer, hands down! They not only stay up all day long, but they also don’t catch easily, which means longevity for your tights. They also make equally excellent tights in 15 denier (for summer) and 60 denier (for the cold Canadian winters) if you are looking for a pair to suit different climates. How Noppies maternity tights differ than regular tights is that they allow extra material where the bump lives, so Sesame doesn’t feel “squished” throughout the day (see packaging picture below). One key to selecting tights that don’t fall is to purchase the right size. Noppies comes in 2 sizes S/M and L/XL. As a petite woman I take the S/M, which fit like a glove. Now I think I must get the same ones in nude!

The pearl necklace is a wedding gift from my maid of honour; it was my “something old” since it’s vintage. It also comes with an equally gorgeous matching bracelet, which I shall debut here some other occasion. The clasp is a wing-shaped closure, encrusted with baguette diamonds. It’s exquisitely unique and I love that it has a story behind it before I took ownership.

The leather bracelet I’m wearing is from Mulburry with a gold twist lock hardware and my shoes are red Kitty flats by Charlotte Olympia, both in colours perfectly suited for this festive occasion. All to accompany the red envelopes and I’m ready for a prosperous Year of the Monkey!

Xoxo,

Bay_and_Bloor

The Holiday Wish List Contest

Holiday wish listBuying gifts for others can be difficult; finding just the right gift takes serious time and thought. Hence, the wish list.

When you’re pregnant, your holiday wish list is often filled with things for your little bundle of joy. While that’s a great idea, your family and friends will want to spoil you too. So we asked a few of our customers to share their wish lists and we hope you find inspiration to put together a wish list, just for you.

 

Jasmine + Lee | Candace Berry Photography (www.candaceberry.com)

Jasmine, due in May 2016, works in a government and corporate affairs role for a multinational company and spends about a third of her time on business travel. Now that she’s in her second trimester and has a renewed sense of energy, she’s looking for maternity clothes that are comfortable but polished and professional.

 

Isabelle MaynardIsabelle found her pregnancy to be an incredible experience and loved watching her body change month by month. Anticipating her baby’s arrival in mid-December, she can’t wait to experience all the “first” moments and to see Baby smile as he/she recognizes Mom. Her wish list is a combination of comfort and style.

 

Allison ArkellAllie, a fitness instructor, loves to stay active, which she currently does by taking long walks with her boy, four-month-old Emmett, in his carrier. As a first-time mom who teaches yoga and spin classes part-time, she likes her clothes to be versatile, durable and flattering.

 

Now, what’s on your holiday wish list? For a chance to win a $100 gift card, share your list in the comments section below or on our Facebook page. Winner will be drawn on December 14th and will be contacted via email or Facebook.

Share the Warmth with New Moms

Autumn is here. Like turning on a light switch, the leaves change colour and a chill creeps into the air.

The annual ritual of rummaging through closets for fall and winter jackets has begun. Luckily we usually find them exactly where they were packed away, ready to be of service again. Canadian weather can hand you almost anything, so most of us own several coats. We hang the ones useful for fickle fall weather in the hall closet, waiting for a nippy morning.

Some young mothers aren’t fortunate enough to have one coat, much less a choice of which one to wear, and are left struggling in the cold. For the past two years, we have collected gently used coats for the Swap Shop at Jessie’s – The June Callwood Centre for Young Women. Jessie’s Centre provides much needed services to help empower pregnant teenagers, young parents and their children. Their programs are well attended throughout most of the year, but attendance drops with cold temperatures. Travelling through winter weather to access services can be difficult without appropriate outerwear.

This year, we’ve decided to support Jessie’s further by donating 5% of our fall coat sales to the Well Woman and Well Baby Clinic. You can also help us not only by bringing a coat to donate but by telling your friends about our Share the Warmth campaign and encouraging them to donate as well. Along with women’s coats (non-maternity as well as maternity coats), we can also take coats for children under 5 years old. As a thank you for your donation, we will give you $25 off a new maternity/baby-carrying coat. We currently have beautiful and practical winter coats from MCoat, Modern Eternity, Seraphine and Noppies.

With gratitude for your help,

Pat, Sarah and Kshama
Carry Maternity