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 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 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

 

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

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.

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?!