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!

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.

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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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

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,

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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.

Dressing from the Inside Out: The Right Underwear for Maternity Clothes

 

The Cache Coeur Illusion Brief. Featured in Carry Maternity's blog post on choosing the right maternity underwear.

What you wear underneath is the first step in creating any great fashion look, but especially so when you’re pregnant. As your body changes and grows, you need to have the right support that flatters and shapes you in all the right places. That will give you the confidence to sport even the most figure-hugging maternity fashion and to really accentuate your growing baby bump. Plus you’ll feel more comfortable with undergarments that fit well. There’s nothing worse than underwear that rides up, pinches or sags.

In a past post we looked at tips for finding the perfect bra. Now, let’s sort out the underwear situation and what your options are for achieving a streamlined, gorgeous silhouette that creates comfort and confidence.

There has been a lot of talk lately about trends in underwear – some say the thong is out and granny panties, or those panties that provide more generous coverage, are in. When it comes to underwear, you do have a few options. Let’s take a look.

Go Commando!

The challenge with a very fitted dress is that unsightly panty lines show through the stretchy fabric. Going commando (without underwear) is okay; just opt to wear a Spanx (Power Mama is especially made for pregnancy) or hose instead. This will provide a bit of coverage without the lines.

Thong

As baby grows, your pelvic bones are shifting and you may find your hips becoming a bit fleshier. While wearing a thong usually avoids panty lines, these changes in pregnancy can make wearing a thong uncomfortable and actually create more visible lines under clothing. If you want to go with a thong, be sure to check out how the dress looks overtop – are there any lines? And choose the right size, it may be necessary to go up a size during pregnancy.

Seamless High-Waisted Underwear

This option, often called “granny panties,” is really hot right now. They may not be the most flattering when undressing for your beau, but they are your best bet for wearing underwear that doesn’t create lines. Be careful to select a pair with give at the tummy. If not specifically made for maternity (here’s a great pick that is), you want to be sure there is enough stretch at the top of the panty so as not to restrict or pinch the skin.

Seamless Low-Waisted Underwear

This type of underwear – bikini or boyshorts, or a panty with lace – is best worn under jeans or flowy dresses that do not hug the hips or bum. You can get away with a lower panty line, or a textured fabric, when wearing looser clothing.

Other Things to Consider When Choosing Your Underwear

Smoothing garments also help to create a streamlined silhouette. Spanx has created a product called Power Mama that provides the support and smoothness they are known for, including at the rear and hip, but with a soft mesh panel in the front so there is no compression on the baby.

Angel Care Maternity Support Band is a support garment that is also effective for diminishing muffin top when paired with low waisted jeans. It can be quite comfortable and soothing, as it provides back and under belly support with the added benefit of a smoothing effect.

For light coverage and support, a well-made tank top will smooth out curves and provide back and belly support. Try Blanqi tank tops for your separates and A-line dresses.

It is important to keep in mind that well-fitting undergarments will not only improve your look, and make you feel more comfortable, but make your clothes fit better as well. When shopping for maternity clothing, have your undergarments on hand or in mind for the best look and fit (this is especially important when buying dresses for more formal occasions).

Here’s a good tip to live by: Pretty on the outside starts with functional on the inside. So get your pretty on – inside and out!

Shop our lingerie and support garments.

Or chat with us for more options.

Shown: The Cache Coeur Illusion Brief.

How to Find The Perfect Bra During Pregnancy (And Why You Need One)

How to Pick the Right Bra - A blog post for expectant mothers by Carry Maternity

Undergarments are wardrobe staples and everyday essentials, and yet, are the clothing pieces most women pay very little attention to. We often find ourselves guilty of wearing underwear and bras that have been stretched past their natural life, and not the right fit for our bodies. Why? We may feel that investing money in good foundation pieces is a waste, as you can’t see them, or we may feel it is too hard to get the right fit anyway.

In this 2-part blog series, we want to talk about the importance of proper fitting undergarments for the expectant mother. A good fitting bra (which post 1 will find for you), and the right underwear for your wardrobe (post 2’s topic), will transform your confidence, comfortably hug your body  and compliment your silhouette for the best looks in maternity fashion. Let’s begin.

An Expectant Mother’s Guide to the Perfect Bra:

Subtle, or sometimes dramatic, changes happen to the body during the first trimester. The breasts begin to swell and a pre-pregnancy bra can become uncomfortable, too small and unflattering. When women first come in to shop for their expectant frame, one of the first things we want to check is if their bra is properly fitting. An ill-fitting bra can make you look heavier, and make you feel heavier, because your bust is sitting too low. It can also exacerbate already sore breasts.

How to shop for the perfect pregnancy bra

Unless you are experienced with bra-fitting, it can be very easy to get it wrong. Here are some things to consider when evaluating whether a bra (new or the one you currently have) is right for you,

  • Is the band of your bra level or horizontal to the ground?

The band should not ride up the back. It should also not be too large for your ribcage.

A band that is too big, and that rides up the back will cause the breasts to sag.

  • Are the shoulder straps too loose and can easily fall or be pushed off your shoulders?

Adjust the straps until your bust point sits midway between your shoulder and elbow.

  • Has your current bra reached the end of its life span? Is the elastic frayed, broken or poor in elasticity?

The average lifespan of a bra is one year.

  • Is the cup the right shape and size for your body?

Your bust should not bulge over the top of the cup.

There should be enough side coverage so your breast does not spill out.

With a moulded cup, there should be no empty space, especially at the breast point.

  • Does the bra leave marks on the body?

A well-fitted bra will not leave indentation marks on the skin. This is a sign that the bra (back or shoulder strap) is ill-fitting.

You will find that different brands and styles will offer a different fit. Which bra is right for you will only be determined by trying on a variety of styles, and it can be very helpful to work with a style expert who knows how to properly fit a bra (a service we can certainly provide). A last check of whether the bra is right for you always involves throwing a fitted tee over top to see how the bra looks.

Whether your clothing fits well, and compliments your frame, will depend on your undergarments. Take care and spend a little extra time on finding a bra that makes you look and feel great. Dressing well really does start from the inside out.

You might find this video from Cake helpful.
Stay tuned for our next post when we discuss the right underwear for pregnancy.

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Maternity Fashion for Every Body Type

While you love what’s happening inside of your body, you may not always love what is happening to your body. Growing as baby grows can leave you feeling anxious about how to dress your pregnant frame.  Clothes should accentuate the gorgeous body you have, and looking and feeling fabulous depends on finding the fashions that suit you best.

Most of us obsess about certain parts of our body, whether it’s our arms, hips, or in my case, knees. Because we don’t like that particular aspect of our body, we think everyone else only sees that “fault” too. It’s really about bringing proportion and balance to your body and seeing yourself as a whole, not just parts.

The best place to start is to identify your pre-pregnancy body type. Below you will find three common body types. Don’t worry if it is not a perfect match, it is just a starting point.

The Petite Body: Maternity Fashions that Fit

This Isabella Oliver Richmond Dress Available at Carry Maternity is great for a petite frame.

Petite definition:

Any body shape under 5’4′. Petite clothing addresses the issue of shorter proportions.

Tips:

  1. Wear figure-conscious clothing. This does not mean skin tight. The clothing should skim your body, showing your figure, but not tight enough to stress the fabric. Too much fabric will swallow up your body.
  2. Dresses elongate the body, especially smaller prints and solids.
  3. When wearing separates, keep colours tonal.
  4. When wearing colour, use the 1/3 rule. Put the brighter colour on the top 1/3 of your body to bring the eye up and to not chop your body in half.
  5. Heels, even a 1/2 inch one, are better than flats.

A few  style picks for you ….

 

The Curvy Body: Maternity Fashions that Fit

Our Carry Maternity Wrap Dress is perfect for a curvy frame. See blog for style tips.

Curvy definition:

Rounder bust and hips with a small waist

Tips:

  1. Fit is extremely important for a curvy gal. Look for fitted clothes that accentuate curves; oversized or baggy clothing will add the appearance of weight.
  2. Emphasize your small waist with a belt or pieces that nip in at the waist.
  3. Keep necklines open without being overly revealing.
  4. Darker wash denim is recommended to create a slimmer, longer-legged look.
  5. Don’t avoid colour and prints. Prints are great to camouflage areas that can get fuller with pregnancy.
  6. Seamless underwear and well-fitting bras will create a smooth silhouette..

A few style picks for you …

 

The Straight Body: Maternity Fashions that Fit

This Carry Maternity Shift dress is perfect for the straight body type. Learn more on the blog.

Straight definition:

Bust and hips are approximately the same width and there is little or no waist definition.

Tips:

Pregnancy will give you some of the curves you did not have before.

  1. Can wear a wide variety of styles.
  2. Wear clothes that will create a waist – belts, wrap & side-tie dresses.
  3. Clothes with flow and some volume are good;  think pleats, tucks, and gathers.
  4. Emphasizing the bust can slim down the waist – scoop, sweetheart and v-shape necklines help achieve this.
  5. Enjoy wearing colours, patterns & details such ruffles, ruching and gathers

A few style picks for you …

The key principle, no matter your frame, is to bring balance to the figure. You know you’ve fitted the body right when you look in the mirror, happily and confidently, and see the whole body and not just a body part or two. Clothes are supposed to make you feel good; that is what is so fun about fashion! If you aren’t having fun with your maternity fashion, come and see us. You deserve to look your best.

We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to maternity fashion. Our job is to provide you with the designs that compliment your expectant frame, and our matchmaking service – bringing women like you in touch with the fashions that fit – is our specialty. Whether you are shopping online or in-store, shopping with your pre-pregnancy frame in mind will accentuate your best assets, giving you confidence in a time when you aren’t always feeling your best.

And if we might say, in closing, … bodies come in all gorgeous shapes and sizes.

Embrace yours.

 

Celebrity-Inspired Maternity Dresses to Suit Your Personality

No matter if you are a confessed celeb watcher, a closet admirer of the rich and famous or an occasional curious cat, celebrities can inspire our fashion choices. It can be fun – and even affordable! – to be led by the wardrobes of some of our favourite public personalities. So feel inspired! Match your personality with each of these expectant celebrities and find out what our designer Pat has created, just for you. That’s what makes us different at Carry Maternity; we help you to choose the clothes that say “you” best. Because clothes that express “you-ness” are the most fun to wear, fit the most comfortably and make you feel amazing – even with morning sickness, water retention and heartburn! Take a look at these celebrity inspired maternity dresses and match your style.

Celebrity Inspired Spring Fashion - Look 1 on Carry Maternity

 

Celebrity Inspired Style 1: A Pregnant Zooey Deschanel

Buzz-word: Retro-Chic

You are: Confident, quirky, with a fun and flirty style

You like: Prints, black and white

Pat has designed this gorgeous black and white print dress with twist knot detail at the waist to accentuate your feminine curves. It plays up your flirty style, while being breezy and effortlessly beautiful.

 

Celebrity Inspired Spring Fashion - Look #2 on Carry Maternity

Celebrity Inspired Style 2: A Pregnant Keira Knightley

Buzz-word: The New Romantic

You are: Graceful, old world with a new world, modern edge

You like: Florals, hand-crafted details like lace and ribbons

This floral dress brings a pop of colour into the romantic’s wardrobe and is perfect for the girl who straddles the old and new world of fashion; classic but with a modern refinement. This dress would soften the angular and waif-like character of Keira’s body, but looks stunning on any woman who loves feminine style in her wardrobe.

 

Celebrity Inspired Spring Fashion - Look #3 by Carry Maternity

Celebrity Inspired Style 3: A Pregnant Jessica Biel

Buzz-word:  Glamorous Leading Lady

You are: Sexy and polished. A classic hollywood beauty that belongs on the red carpet.

You like: Sophistication and sparkle, shape and sex appeal

Reach for this high-waisted, curve-flattering dress in the ultimate feminine shade of soft pink. The detail on this dress elevates it; a empire waist emphasizes the baby bump while offering a figure-flattering cinch. The ruching along the side draws the eye to the curve of the hip and is flattering on all body types. This look is glamorous, sexy and polished.

Let’s face it, celebrities inspire us. And sometimes it is fun to steal a little something from their style book and replicate it in our own wardrobe.

While celebrities make for great muses for our designer Pat, it really is the customers that determine the styles we end up creating. It can be a gorgeous dress to look at, but if it doesn’t fit your life, it just isn’t worth it. We work to match your personality with the clothes that bring you alive. A woman wearing the perfect dress is confident, happy and a celebrity in her own right.


So, which celebrity style best suits you? And where will you be wearing that perfect dress?!