Bebe au Lait Celebrates Breastfeeding Awareness Month

 

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       Breastfeeding Awareness Month Giveaway

In recognition of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we are giving away one nursing cover every weekday (Monday thru Friday) in the month of August.  To enter our BAL/BAM Giveaway, all you have to do is head over to our Facebook Page (click here for a shortcut) and let us know your favorite Bebe au Lait or Hooter Hiders print!

Winners will be randomly selected and announced for each drawing!

For more information about World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st – 7th, 2013), please visit the official website: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

 

Fashion Friday – The Evolution of Maternity Style

We’ve come a long way, baby. From maternity gowns, to the days of the A-line maternity shirt, to today’s bump-hugging sophisticated styles, maternity wear has evolved from fashion to hide your growing belly, to fashion designed to show it off.

Even before I was pregnant (way back in 2009), I was envious of the cute maternity clothes in the windows of maternity stores. So, I was super excited when I finally got my chance to embrace my Mommy-style. At the time of my pregnancy, trendy little dresses were in- with crisscrossed v-neck necklines and ties around the waist to accentuate a growing Mommy’s curves. I also rocked the basic t-shirt and jeans look quite frequently- something that usually looks pretty standard to me, but maternity designers somehow made it look hip. I was so sad when I no longer needed my maternity clothes, and had to pack them away.

Trendy Maternity DressFast forward only 2 years later, and already maternity fashion has changed. Again, I’m envious of the trendy dresses that I see on the Mommies-to-be around town. It looks like “chic” is in now, whereas the trend was more casual during “my time”. Makes me think that when we’re ready for baby #2, the box of maternity clothes that I have in our attic will be too behind the times. I guess I’ll just have to go on another maternity shopping spree some day. I mean, come on- it’s not going to take a lot of arm twisting. And #1 on my list will be this adorable stripey maternity dress from Destination Maternity. That is, if the trends don’t change again by then.

Fashion Friday – Celebrity Mommy Style

Fashion never came that easy for me. Literally as far back as I can remember, I was wearing mismatched socks or pants that didn’t necessarily “go” with my shirt. Once I hit my teenage years, though, I started looking to others for “inspiration”, sometimes from friends, sometimes from celebrities or fashion magazines, which led to  more than a few fashion missteps – trends that I thought were cool, but now in hindsight, definitely were not.

Now that I’m someone’s Mom, it’s a bit of a conundrum– I know its important to me to look the part of a cool mom (at least once my girl starts going to school), but I’m SO SO busy, I don’t really have time to think about it. Kind of a dilemma right? And then I see celeb moms who just get it right, and make it look effortless, which makes me think- “I could do that… I could be that well put together, if I just planned a little bit”.  Well, this year I’m really going to try it.

Gwen Stefani Mommy StyleSo who’s going to be my celeb mom inspiration? There really are many to choose from. There’s Gwen Stefani- who has managed to remain the coolest chick around, even after two babies. She’s a rockstar in real life, and always looks the part- even when hanging with her kiddos at the park. As much as I wish I was that cool though, I’m not sure I could pull that off even with all the time in the world to plan.

Then there’s Katie Holmes, who manages to look sophisticated in literally every picture I’ve seen of her– perfectly tailored designer fashions, always in-season.

The more I think about it, I think that the celeb Mom style that would work the best for me, at least some of the time anyway, would be Jennifer Garner, or Jessica Alba. Always appropriate for the occasion, always well-put-together, even when going casual, always classic and classy. And, they look comfortable– which to me, is most important. Yes- I’ve settled on it then. And there’s my New Year’s resolution. To be as well put together as a celeb mom, 50% of the time… and to train for a 5K.

What’s your Mommy style? Do you have a favorite celebrity who inspires you, or do you do your own thing?