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Isabella Oliver Maternity Favorites and Promo Code

In Giveaway, Maternity chic, Outfits on May 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

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To celebrate all of our beautiful mamas out there,  Isabella Oliver and the gals from Mychicbump are bringing you yet another amazing treat. (Check our ongoing IO Ruched Maternity T-shirt dress giveaway).  From May 1st – May 12th (Mother’s day), you can purchase your favorite Isabella Oliver pieces from their new Spring Summer 2013 collection at 15% off!  Just use our exclusive promo code: ‘ChicBump15’  at checkout and stock up on classy maternity wardrobe pieces for that effortless, chic look.  Here are a couple of my favorites:

Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress (Check ongoing giveaway!)

Betty Stripe Maternity Dress

Vivien Print Maternity Dress

Sateen Cargo Maternity Pants

Ruth Crop Maternity Cardigan

Mae Drape Maternity Trench

Una Maternity Summer Dress

The Everyday Maternity Blazer

The Ruched Maternity Wrap Dress

Eva Knit Maternity Cardigan

Tie Front Maternity Blouse

Lucille Maternity Dress


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Post Pregnancy Fitness Journey & Wellness Tips

In Fitness, Supermoms on March 23, 2013 at 12:40 am

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My Pregnancy

During the long and lovely 9 months of pregnancy I somehow managed to gain almost 70 pounds!!!  I’m only 5”1 so for someone my size, that is A LOT! In addition to almost being 2 weeks over due, I found out I had Pre-eclampsia right after delivery.  That did not help with the weight because you gain water weight like a whale!!! I was forced to have an emergency c-section which also puts a damper on quick weight loss after baby.

I was always a petite girl and so naturally EVERYONE and their mom told me the lies of advice that I wish I had never heard, “you will be back to your skinny self in no time… you will be one of those girls who can wear her skinny jeans home from the hospital… I bet you won’t gain any baby weight at all!”  Never say that to anyone!  I had it in my mind that I would have no problem shedding the weight.  Towards the end of my pregnancy I was starting to worry about how much weight I was putting on.  The doctors said it was normal, but I could not for the life of me stay full! (I swear that my baby was going to be a sumo wrestler or 20lbs, although he was over 9 pounds!!!) If I could go back I would definitely start an exercise routine from the beginning and be more aware of the food I was putting in my body. I have learned a lot more now about what foods are healthy AND keep you full.

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Now to the diet….

I knew how to eat healthy, but I wanted something extreme to kick start my body.  After a few weeks of not losing much and getting discouraged, I went and stayed with my sister-in-law while our husbands were away for work.  She knows a lot about health and has done many juice fasts and raw eating.  We cut out sugar, dairy, and gluten for 5 weeks.  I’m not going to lie, it was hard for the first few days to be off sugar.  I didn’t realize how much of it I ate until I couldn’t! Every morning we would start with a green drink.  (A blended drink with fruit and spinach, my baby loves them too!) There are lots of recipes you can try, but we would just throw together whatever fruit we had.  If you are scared of spinach, just start with a few pieces and add more each drink!   We ate a lot of drive thru salads, bananas with peanut butter, and scrambled egg mixtures.  I ended up losing about 15 pounds in those 5 weeks!  During that time I felt so good!  My body felt very clean and like it was running at my best! There are so many people eating healthy right now that it is easy to get recipes and ideas from other people, you just have to look!

I definitely lost the most weight between 5-7 months post baby.  I think a lot of it had to do with being more active and nursing!  My 22 pound baby was eating and eating, which helped me burn more calories.  I committed to go on more walks outside or even around malls or grocery stores.  I wanted to be moving more than sitting!  It hasn’t been the easiest to stick to that strict diet.  On most days I still try to cut out sugar and gluten, and fill my meals with lean meats and vegetables.  If I do eat bad, I try to just stay positive and do my very best.  Nobody is perfect!  You have to find what works for you and what makes YOU feel good. After the weight slowed down I started going to the gym to lose those last 10 pounds!  My favorite for cardio is the stair stepper or the bike.  If I had my choice, I would attend a Yoga class every day.  It definitely makes me feel so relaxed and ready to take on a new day! Bottom line… GET MOVING!

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My favorite healthy snacks

  • Carrots with individual packs of hummus (from Costco)
  • Greek yogurt with healthy granola
  • Apples with organic peanut butter or cheese stick
  • Avacado with ANYTHING
  • Trail mix, and throw out the M&M’s if you are brave J

My favorite things to make a healthy meal

  • Quinoa (there are so many good recipes, I add it to all my salads too)
  • Pesto tilapia
  • Plain oatmeal with cinnamon, vanilla, and fresh peaches- or any fruit
  • Asparagus baked in the oven with olive oil (soooo good)
  • Fruit salad and chicken (any fruit and veggies you have, mix chicken in some plain greek yogurt, salt –pepper, then lettuce and yum!)

As far as weight goes… it took me about 7-8 months to get back to my pre-baby weight and lose almost 60 pounds.  My body is still not where I want it to be, I’m quite sure it never will be.  I just keep reminding myself that I had a baby, a giant one at that.   It is definitely embarrassing to post pictures of my lovely baby body for lots of people to see, but I hope that it can give at least one person motivation!

In today’s world it is very hard for women to have any self esteem.  There is such a large shoe to fill for moms to be so skinny and perfect after a baby.  I got very discouraged and self conscience for a long time, thinking that I would just be a chubby mom forever.  I wish that I had someone’s story to read and tell me that it is normal to look the way I did, and that not everyone has such an easy time losing the weight.  I know that some people take even longer than me to lose it! Don’t ever quit trying!!! If you eat a donut and feel like giving up, just eat it with a smile and start fresh in the morning. Babies are a blessing and our bodies go through so many miracles and changes to make them!  It’s a reminder to me each day that my body made a human being.

My wish is that if you are reading this, love your babies and your body!  You are wonder woman and can do anything you set your mind to!

– XOXO Megan Crane

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The Fur Vest Statement

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on March 14, 2013 at 12:38 am

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Photography by Heather Telford Photography

Vest: H&M, similar style here (Last seen here)  |  Denim shirt: JCrew (Last seen here + here)| Leather leggings: Topshop . (Last seen here) |  Boots: Last seen here

For this trendy look,  I really wanted to go for a fun and bolder style.   As I’m sure you know by now, just because you are expecting doesn’t mean you have to wear ‘mommy jeans’ and baggy, unflattering clothes. Leather pants add a sophisticated edge to a pregnant woman’s outfit.  We’re all about finding ways to help you look spectacular throughout your pregnancy, and leather is one of the hottest trends this season (As previously seen under The leather jacket‘)

A faux fur is a fashion “do” no matter what the occasion (Last seen under ‘Stripes Made Simple’) In fact, you could wear this piece at the office, on the weekend or even as the finishing touch on your most glamorous of looks.  There are lots of fun ways you can wear a fur vest, and it will be the focal point of your outfit so keep the rest of the outfit a little more basic and fitted.  You can wear a fur vest with Leather pants, leggings, a maxi dress, a pencil skirt, a dress, or even shorts.  Since the vest will be drawing most of your outfit’s attention, avoid wearing too many accessories and different patterns so that you don’t overwhelm the look.  My personal favorite look is wearing it under a denim shirt (Last seen under ‘The Shacket’)

This outfit may feel a little outside your comfort zone but it’s easy, comfortable and cozy if you just give it a try.  Show us how you would wear a fur vest if you have one and post your picture on Instagram (Tag @karenzaro #mychicbump).  We can’t wait to see your own personal style on this fabulous trend!

Loving this quote today:

“A mother’s joy begins when new life is
stirring inside…
when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the
very first time,
and a playful kick reminds her that she
is never alone”

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Xtend Barre Challenge Results

In Fitness on March 6, 2013 at 1:31 am


I have never been especially good at exercising regularly, and the gym was never really appealing to me. So when I heard about Xtend Barre combining dance (which I LOVE) and Pilates (which I had heard great things about) I wanted to give it a try. I was just coming off of my second pregnancy and getting back into shape was top priority for me. But even though I was committed to working hard, I was worried. I was out of shape and didn’t want to get hurt or look silly in front of other people who looked like they knew what they were doing. But Nicole  came to the rescue and helped me get started with a 1 month Xtend Barre Challenge.

You may have seen my post talking about the Xtend Barre Challenge and my first impressions working out there. In short, it was awesome! Beautiful facilities, great atmosphere, friendly teachers who really want to help you succeed, and even an adorable child care service that I could barely get my daughter to leave, she was having so much fun.

One of my favorite things in my experience with Xtend Barre was the close personal instruction you get, even in a 20 person class. Everyone knows the instructor by name, and they are right there with you every step of the way helping you reach your goals and learn the moves. Xtend really feels like a “Lady’s workout” because everything is focused on toning, chiseling and lengthening your whole body. The small, controlled motions are great for hitting specific areas hard and make it much easier to jump in and follow along right away. There’s no choreography to memorize or steps to worry about missing, just a killer workout using your own body weight and ability level. That was a really big deal for the women in the class who were still pregnant too. The instructors had modifications to ever exercise to make it safe for them, while still getting the workout they were looking for. On a side note, huge props to all the pregnant women in the class that were so on the ball and seriously took less breaks than I did! You rock!

As for my results, I was pretty sure I’d see a difference, but I really didn’t expect to see as quick or dramatic a change as I did. But the instructors did such an amazing job I was able to reach my goals even while missing almost a week with two terribly sick kiddos (#bronchitissucks #lifehappens).

My goal when I started out was to lose some of my baby weight and to tone up my body as I got into exercising regularly, really for the first time in my life. Let me just say, I am hooked! Not only was I able to reach my basic goals, but I feel healthier than I have in years. I lost 5.5 lbs already and dropped from a pant size of 4 back to between a 2 and a 0 (depending on the brand) like I was back before my FIRST baby! But more than getting back to a smaller size, I am amazed at how much stronger I already feel. I was never aware of my posture before but with my new and improved core muscles I find myself standing taller and feeling more balanced than ever before. My legs are physically and visibly more toned and with their focus on tightening your “challenge zone” my whole body feels more tight and dialed in. Plus, an unexpected but VERY welcome bonus was the huge boost in energy I feel. Whether taking care of sick kids late at night, or packing up the kids and going to the doctor and back too many times, I just have so much more energy and stamina than before that I can better deal with the craziness of life.

I’ve still got a ways to go before I reach my long term goals but if my already tighter, perkier booty is any indication I’ll be able to reach them in no time!

Huge thanks to Nicole and and the Xtend Barre instructors for making it such a wonderful experience and for helping me not only learn the exercises, but to do them right and experience my body moving in the right direction!

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Color Me Pregnant

In Maternity chic, Outfits on February 25, 2013 at 12:20 am

Blazer: Forever21 | Top: Forever21 | Pants: Seraphine Maternity | Shoes: Kate Spade (Last seen here) | Bag: Old, similar style here

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Stylin’ Mommies Feature

In Maternity chic, Outfits on January 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

We are so thrilled to be featured on one of our favorite lifestyle + fashion blogs, Stylin’ Mommies, today! Head over to learn a little bit more about me and my family, additional styling tips (for all my mommies-to-be), and outfit details (pictured below). Pink Stripe-1 (1)Pink Stripe-3Pink Stripe-7Pink Stripe-9pink Stripe-8

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Announcing Baby Break …

In Maternity chic, Outfits on November 20, 2012 at 12:41 am

To all my beautiful followers, mommies and soon-to-be-mommies, I want to thank you all for following me throughout this whole journey! Thank you for all your super sweet comments, emails, and encouraging words! You are the reason I continued to post even after watching over a super energetic 2 year old with my very pregnant, achy body. Now that baby #2 will be arriving soon (any day now! woohoo!!) and with the holidays fast approaching, I will be taking a little break until after New Years. We wouldn’t want to miss a moment with our new little angel, and besides, this tired mama needs a break.

Be on the watch for new updates as it gets closer to the end of the year. I’m excited to keep sharing this new adventure with you through style, fitness and fashion. Be sure to keep emailing your ideas about what you’d like to see in the future, it’s been great to hear from each of you! For now I am looking forward to finally meeting and holding my newest little one. Here’s hoping for a  healthy and strong baby, and a smooth delivery (Eek!). Wish me luck!

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Pictures taken by Lizzy Jean Photography

Stripes Made Simple

In Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on November 14, 2012 at 12:03 am

Pictures taken by Lizzy Jean Photography

Dress:  ModCloth, Fur vest: H&M (similar style here), Boots: DSW

“Unlike the nimble zebras camouflaging pattern this diagonally striped dress allows you to stand out in a crowd! The lines of black and beige create quirky angles on this flattering cotton-blend dress while the sleeves feature button tacks which you can adjust as you wish. Wear this dress with a long golden necklace and knee-high boots to create a fiercely fashionable ensemble.” The store description of the dress sums it up pretty good, doesn’t it?

When it comes to stripes, it’s all about choosing the right cut and style. Stripes can make you look wider on your pregnant body if you’re not careful. So opt for skinny stripes, preferably in a basic neutral color to give you that flattering silhouette we all look for. Trust me, when you’re balancing around a 9 month old belly, stripes can and will become your best friend! I already own 8 different kinds of striped apparel to get me through this last month! (So be on the lookout for more striped outfits coming up!)

Still nervous about stripes? Tone it down by layering it with a structured blazer or cardigan, or a fabulous fur vest, like this one. It doesn’t get any trendier than a faux fur vest this Fall.

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On Trend: The Treggings

In Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on November 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Pictures taken by Lizzy Jean Photography

Jacket: Kohls ,  Top: White House/Black Market (similar style here), Treggings: Seraphine Maternity, Necklace: Previously seen here

Leggings have become an essential part of every girl’s wardrobe recently and pregnancy is no exception. You’ve heard me talk about their comfort and style here, here, and here. But today I’m doing one better. Let me introduce you to the legging’s elegant upgrade, the Tregging!

So what’s the big difference between leggings and treggings, you might ask. What sets it apart is that Treggings lean more towards the trouser/pant end of the style spectrum than leggings. Whoa whoa whoa! You mean I can wear them as regular pants? That’s right! And not only that but it still gives you the benefit of the stretch and comfort fit of leggings.

With Winter fast approaching, having something slightly thicker (and much warmer) to wear is a lifesaver. Treggings are great for that but the right pair can provide much more than just warmth. The Seraphine Treggings I’m wearing here are a gorgeous combination of comfort, style and smart touches. They are made with really high quality material so it’s not only warmer, but it will last longer, look nicer and keep its shape better over time.

Having more styling flexibility while still keeping the comfort and stretch that made leggings so popular is amazing! Seraphine has added several nice touches that really sell the pant look and make all this possible. First, the line down the front of the leg is a really slick trick. It makes it obvious that there is some structure to the pant and gives it a stylish, tailored look. It also elongates the body and has a slimming effect because of the continuous line it creates down your legs.

Another great feature is the “under-bump’ cut, unlike maternity pants which wrap over your belly to stay in place. Both fits have their benefits but the under-bump cut definitely adds to the pant feeling. It is also what makes it possible to wear all types of tops and make it look great. In this outfit I’m wearing a normal cut shirt and layering it with this awesome tweed jacket for a stylish casual look. For an evening look, pair Treggings with an elegant top or tunic like the LUXE tunic worn here.

Something that may get overlooked if you’re not careful but that makes a big difference are the working, usable belt loops! It’s another nod to a trouser feature and opens up all kinds of possibilities with belts, scarves and other waist accessories. This lets you be creative with your belt placement and mix it up a bit with color and style.

So if you’re looking to upgrade your look heading into Winter and want to stay on trend, Treggings may be just the right fit for you.

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Mommy & Me Bracelets Giveaway

In Giveaway, Maternity chic, Outfits on October 31, 2012 at 12:09 am

Pictures taken by my wonderful sisters. I love you girls!

Stella & Dot is a fabulous jewelry line inspired by and created for strong women. Featured in top fashion magazines such as InStyle, Vogue, and O Magazine just to name a few! What sets them apart from other online boutique companies is not only the versatility and  affordability of their collection (with half of their line being under $50), but most importantly their mission to raise money for women’s organizations around the world. They do this to enable women to live bold and joyful lives and make positive changes with grace and style.

Introducing the Stella & Dot Foundation …

“In creating a foundation, we wanted its mission to mirror the same mission we pursue in our business every day. And so, the Stella & Dot Foundation is focused on creating positive change in women’s lives through the support of organizations that promote women through education or economic empowerment. ”

Stella & Dot works towards this goal in two main ways. First, by providing a flexible career option that lends itself to stay at home moms becoming entrepreneurs. And second, they support causes such as Accion USA, BuildOn and Girls, Inc. in order to strengthen communities and empower women.

One of my favorite items from the foundation is their Mommy & Me matching foundation bracelets! My husband will tell you how much Naomi and I love dressing up together! It’s so much fun as she grows up to see her copy little things I do and try to be a big girl. It makes me want to set a good example and hopefully through my actions, help her become a strong, interdependent woman who loves life and believes in herself. And so when Naomi Rosenstein, a Stella & Dot stylist, sent me these little beauties and information about the Stella & Dot Foundation, I could not wait to try them on and share them with all of you.

The bracelets feature semi-precious stones such as jade, citrine and prehinite. Each comes with a Stella & Dot Foundation coin, a briolette charm and a signature Stella & Dot dot disc.  If just 15,000 bracelets are sold, they can build two schools, help hundreds of girls apply to Girls Inc., or help tens of women start their own businesses in the U.S. and in impoverished countries around the world. If you’re looking to make an impact and score some beautiful accessories, I would encourage you to check out their collection.


Here comes the fun part! Naomi R. and I have come together to give you the chance to win these gorgeous bracelets for you and your little one.

** And the winner of the Mommy & Me Matching Bracelets from Stella & Dot is ….

Congrats Mary! **

Email me your address at karen @ mychicbump dot com

or leave me a comment on Facebook

Thank you to all who entered! Keep following MyChicBump for more awesome giveaways and styling tips!

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