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!

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 – 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

Packing for Your Beach BabyMoon: 5 Tips for Jet Setting Without All the Baggage

Escaping the cold weather, snow and dark afternoons of winter is right on trend this time of year, and so is enjoying some time with your partner before 10 little fingers and 10 little toes change your lives forever.

When you are headed to a warm-weather destination for a beach babymoon, you want the simplicity of easy-breezy clothes that serve multiple purposes. And we’re here to help.

Here are our top tips for what to pack for your beach babymoon.

Always Pack Shoes First

Starting with your shoes first encourages you to think about what you will be doing on your vacation. How does your wardrobe need to perform? I say everyone needs to pack three pairs of shoes. You can’t really do it in less, and more makes you a slave to your luggage:

  • Pack the most fashionable walking shoe you have in your closet. This means you pair comfort, for those long trips into town or sightseeing, with something that has a bit more of a “look” than your dingy runners;
  • Because we are talking about a beach escape, also look for a shoe that can get wet. This is a shoe that is perfect for walking on the beach;
  • Pack something that can take you to dinner, something that you feel sexy in.

A Good Foundation: Pack Your Undies

Pack some good underpinnings. I recommend nude coloured silk seamless underwear that doesn’t create panty lines. Smooth camisoles are great layering pieces: if it is hot or cold, you can take off or add layers. Pack a black plus a light or fashion colour. This sounds so practical (my mother would be so proud), but you really need to make sense of how each piece will work.

Pack a Bathing Suit You Feel Confident In

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Invest in a good suit and a beautiful cover-up to go from beach to lunch.

Find a good maternity suit that accentuates your growing belly and gives you the coverage you want to hit the beach with confidence. Grab some colour, look for the support and coverage you need, but remember to pick one that makes you feel like a million bucks. Investing in a good maternity suit will help you to feel that confidence.

Don’t forget a cover-up. This will protect your sensitive belly skin, which is stretching thin with a growing baby and therefore highly exposed. Cover-ups are also great because they can help you dress up your suit for lunch. For example, a fashionable tankini looks great with a sarong.

Shown: Striped maxi skirt from Seraphine. Tankini from Indrid & Isabel.

 

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A few comfortable dresses make for easy wear and light packing.

Some Easy Wear Dresses

A Tees by Tina dress is a highly fashionable way to look great and be comfortable even in the heat. The fabric is not only moisture wicking but figure flattering as well. This amazing clothing line, loved by celebrities, is one-size fits most and packs easily. The dresses look great with sandals or runners, so you can move from beach, to dinner, to sightseeing.

You might want to pack two Tees by Tina dresses along with a flowy floral dress. Why focus on dresses? Dresses are comfortable to wear when you are pregnant; in hot weather this can be key.

Shown: Lattice maxi dress from Tees by Tina. Floral knot dress from Carry Maternity. Maxi sundress from Seraphine.

Shorts and Capris

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Pack shorts and capris to take your swimsuit around town.

Throw in a pair of shorts, and/or a pair of capris that take you from day to night and all around town. A pair of shorts over your bathing sit when heading for lunch makes for an easy outfit, and capris can be worn with a multi-functional shirt (acts as a bathing suit cover-up too).

Shown: Tank from Tees by Tina. T-shirt from Isabel Oliver. Khakis from Seraphine. Shorts (inquire in store).

 

There you have it! Five summer-y staples to take you from the cold of a Canadian winter to the warm sand of a beach destination. Not only will you be in love with the scenery, your partner and your growing belly, but you’ll be in love with the fit and feel of your clothes …. and the light ease of your suitcase as you haul it home. Enjoy your babymoon. Rest and be well.

 

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