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swimwear for moms-to-be

In the spirit of the nice weather, I enlisted the help of my pregs friend Sarah to tell us the bathing suits she’s been scoping out.  

Without further adieu, here is are her best recommendations!

Advantages and Disadvantages to a Summer Pregnancy: Think Swimwear

            Being pregnant in the summer time certainly has its advantages, especially for a teacher like myself.  I am due at the end of August and am definitely thankful to have three months to prepare for our first baby. 

            Another advantage is the ability to wear loose fitting flowy tops and dresses.  I swear I hardly have to buy maternity dresses and tops because most of the ones I own already will see me through the majority of the pregnancy.

            Personally, I do not mind being hot, not a big fan of sweating, but after the winter we have ALL endured I will welcome some sunshine and if it puts a little sweat on my brow so be it!

            Now the concern I have is in regards to swim wear.  What in the world will I wear on the Heekin family vacation to Longboat Key, to the pool, and the O’Neill family lake house all summer? Do I just go for showing the bump and all its glory in my usual bikini?  Do I opt for the rising in popularity one piece?  Should I go for an in between if you will, with the tankini?  I have spent lots of time scouring the Internet for “cute” maternity swimwear and I am just not so sure about the options out there.  Here is what I have come up with thus far and then I will share the route I am thinking of going….

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Find this suit HERE.

 While I think the bow and color are cute on this ASOS one piece I feel as though it does not even do the model any favors.  I am also not so sure I would opt for a color in a one piece.  I feel like color at least a light colored one piece will not be hiding any concern areas….perhaps magnifying would be a better word!

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Find this suit HERE.

This is from Nordstrom.com and is made my Maternal America.  I personally really like this option for the tankini route.  It is the always-flattering black, top is still kind of sexy with the low V, and it just looks comfortable.

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Find this suit HERE

 Another Nordstrom.com Maternal America option, I love the color.  I would like to think this would be flattering.  Not so sure I love the string halter, but definitely in the running.  Something about it seems bright and happy!

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Find this suit HERE.

Yet Another Nordstrom.com Maternal America option, I am a sucker for navy and nautical looks. I especially like the bottoms on this one.  For some reason I feel like the side tie is more slimming on the hips and lower tummy.  This one is one of my top choices for tankinis as well.

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NOW here is what I actually bought from Ann Taylor Loft.  I ordered this top and bottom in my size and a size up to just SEE if I could keep it real bearing the bump in a regular bikini.  We shall see how this little plan goes, but I will most likely be purchasing a tankini for security and those self-conscious moments that will be inevitable!  A tankini just seems to be the most flattering, forgiving, and comfortable.

Side note:  Ann Taylor Loft has really cute maternity

xo,

Sarah

loft swim

Am I the only one who didn’t know that LOFT had swimwear?  I swear this is a new thing and let me just say - I will absolutely be purchasing some ‘kinis from their online store.  They have great on trend styles and are very reasonably priced (especially since LOFT always has a sale).

[Check out some of my favorites & shop them here….]

[I am in need of a vacation ASAP.]

xo,

Hillary

weekly wears

Prepare yourself.  Lots of pics coming up.  We had a jam packed week and weekend that was full of celebrations!!  Take a look below :)

[I treated myself to a hefty bag of M&M’s to celebrate my 28 years without a cavity.]  

[Really struggled whether or not to purchase this bad from Nordstrom Rack.  I didn’t, but someone should!]

[Getting ready for the fashion show my sister, Mimi, co-chaired.  She did an incredible job!]

[My new jacket from Nordstrom Rack.]

[He’s not the only one who loves fresh linens!]

[Enjoying my favorite fruit]

[And my favorite birthday girl came in town!!!  So fun celebrating these two!]

[A beautiful bracelet my grandma gave my sister.  She was SO KIND to let me borrow it :)]

[and on Saturday my Aunt Nancy and I put a birthday party together for our favorite 30 year olds.  My cousin, Eric, and Jordan have been friends since high school and their birthdays are only a couple of weeks apart.  Naturally, Nanc and I wanted to do a party downtown at a bar - the boys?  They had different plans.  A backyard BBQ.]

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[We had a cookie/candy bar with their favorite treats]

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[and a boy’s birthday wouldn’t be complete without their favorite beer…as a cake]

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[To say getting up early for Easter mass was a struggle is an understatement.  But we made the best of it :) ]

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[Just sabering some champagne….]

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[Overall, one of the best weekends I’ve had in awhile!  LOVE celebrating my 2 favorite boys and spending so much time with family.  If you want to check out more pictures from the party…take a look at my cousin’s blog Sparkle Sense.  She wore an ADORABLE romper you’ll want to get your hands on and she has additional detail pics from the party!.]

xo,

Hillary

TGIF - 5 Things!

Hoppy, Hoppy Friday! (see what I did there?).  I am so happy that the sun is out and it is almost the weekend!  We have some major fun plans and I am sooooooooooo excited to start the weekend….

A few things that made my week so great…

[1. Nordstrom Rack is having an amazing sale.  If you live in Cincinnati, stop into the one at Rookwood.  Great stuff.  I bought this jacket (below) for only $26!]

[2.  I chatted with one of my sister’s friends last night at the Junior League Fashion show and she told me she looooves the Coordinates bracelets I blogged about earlier this week.  She is hinting for her husband to get it for her with the coordinates of where their daughter was born.  How adorable?  I cant express how good it makes me feel to hear a) that real people actually read this ‘ol thing and b) that she was just as excited as I was about the bracelet.]

[3. Tomorrow my aunt and I are having a 30th birthday party for Jordan & my cousin.  We have a few, fun little surprises but for the most part it will be exactly what they want - low key grill out with their friends.  Beer pong is a must.  Here is a piece of the invite….]

….and more importantly, here is the forecast….

[4.  It is EASTER!  I love this holiday so much and one of my besties posted this adorable pic of her sporting a bunny statement necklace. #necklaceenvyisarealthing]

[5.  I get to spend the weekend with friends & family! I have some of my favorites coming in town this weekend & my grandma will be in town from Wadsworth too.  Can’t beat the family time! (these pics were taken from Easter in 2011)]

I hope you all have a great weekend! XO!

Hillary