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Isabella Oliver Giveaway

In Giveaway, Maternity chic, Outfits on April 29, 2013 at 12:34 am

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Hello ladies! Mother’s Day is just around the corner! So we thought this would be the perfect time for a giveaway from one of our favorite brands. We’ve teamed up with Isabella Oliver to treat you to one of their most popular items! The lucky winner will receive the Isabella Oliver Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress in their preferred size and color. This contest is open to all residents of the UK, US, EU, and CAN. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative.

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ENTRY RULES:

MUST BE A MYCHICBUMP FOLLOWER VIA EMAIL TO ENTER

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!. Pick your favorite color of the Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress, and share it on Instagram. 

Tag @karenzaro #mychicbump #isabellaoliver. (If you have a private account, please let us know)

2. Share link of the giveaway on your Facebook wall.

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2. Leave a comment below.

Letting me know you’ve done all the above requirements, as well as your preferred size and color.

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ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

1. Tweet about giveaway.

Tag @karen_zaro and @isabellaoliver

2. Follow Mychibump on

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Contest ends Monday, May 6th at Midnight. Winner will be announced the following day.

Best of luck, ladies!

XOXO

** To find out if you won the Recherché mint statement necklace and exciting news for all Mychicbump readers, click here.

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5 Ways to Style Your Favorite Summer Maternity Dress

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits, Supermoms on April 1, 2013 at 12:13 am

I am so excited to be collaborating with the gorgeous blogger, Shannon Bird of Bird A La Mode, to show off 5 Different ways to dress up your bump! Mother of one (with another on the way),  Shannon always looks so put together and has a great eye for fashion. Did I mention that she is a former Utah Jazz NBA cheerleader? Talk about super woman!! Here are her 5 tips on how to style your favorite summer maternity dress. 

Dress: Felicity & Cocoa (similar here + here ), Shoes: Classiques Entier,(similar here) Necklace: Tiffany’s , Lips: YSL,

Top: JCrew Factory

Crop top, similar here

Cream Cardigan, similar here

Peach Blazer, similar Here

 Denim Jacket: on sale!!

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Neon & Stripes, Oh My!

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on March 28, 2013 at 2:00 am

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Photos by Jessica Bishop, Byjessphotography  |  Model: Melanie Yeats

Dress: Isabella Oliver  |  Hat: Target  |  Clutch: Target  |  Sandals: Prabal Gurung

Whether on the beach, running errands or chasing kids, this look brings easy comfort to your busy day. Full length ruching plays well on your growing belly and bends with you while accentuating your best curves! We are loving the Betty Striped Maternity Dress from Isabella Oliver!

Play with pops of color to add personality for a fun summer look. For added flare, think Neon! Combine with playful accessories for a casual, yet chic statement.

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**A special thanks to the gals from The Daily Dish for inviting us to the show on Monday and of course, to my beautiful models/moms-to-be/superwomen who came with me and allowed us to dressed them up!  I couldn’t have done it without each one of you!**

For a link to see video of the show, go to Features

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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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The Sweater Dress

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on March 8, 2013 at 2:28 am

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Photography by Heather Telford Photography

Coat: Similar style here | Dress: Old, similar style here | Maternity Leggings:  Topshop | Boots: Last seen here

Having to bundle up with too many layers of clothing can be uncomfortable and frustrating when you’re pregnant, especially during the cold winter months. So how do you you keep warm while staying chic and comfortable? Sweater dresses of course!

Sweater dresses are one of the most current trends in Winter wear because they not only keep you warm and cozy, but they look stunning as well!

Wearing a sweater dress is comfortable, but just as important, it’s fashionable. And since sweater dresses are already in the closets of women everywhere from before they were pregnant, why not take advantage of the stretchy comfort to complement your pregnant belly? You can find sweater dresses in any number of styles and designs that are made to provide a close but comfortable fit and a terrific look.  The best thing about sweater dresses is that its a way to wear sweaters without looking baggy and frumpy. Instead, a well fitting sweater dress hugs a woman’s curves and highlights her sexiness, always a plus when you may not feel your hottest while trying to dress up your baby bump.

Sweater dresses can be work for most occasions, including more formal looks with a tailored jacket or blazer, or a more casual style when paired with leggings. If you’re feeling adventurous, try wearing it with colored leggings for a casual, but cool look that gives colors from your dress some extra pop.

As far as accessories, try a fun scarf and dangly earrings to look extra put together for your date with your hubby. Your shoes will depend on the occasion but this outfit is flexible enough to work with a ballet flat (casual) or a pair of heels or pumps (formal/sexy) when you’re at work or out on the town. Boots can also give your outfit a chic touch just make sure they’re the right length so you elongate your legs as much as possible to look longer and leaner!

Wishing all of my ladies out there an amazing International Women’s Day today. Feel inspired!

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Nurse In Style

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits, Uncategorized on February 28, 2013 at 12:44 am

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Shawl: Seraphine Maternity | Dress: Victoria’s Secret Clothing | Shoes: Old, similar style here

As a new mamma or soon-to-be,  when nothing seems to fit, the idea of having to build a new wardrobe can be terribly overwhelming, not to mention stressful. While it may seem like stocking up on maternity clothes is the way to go, the key here is to invest in pieces that can be worn in many different ways, and most importantly, a piece that is sure to stay in your closet even after the bump disappears.

A piece that I personally love was given to me by Seraphine Maternity and its fast becoming one of my favorite items! Say hello to where fashion meets functionality! The Breastfeeding Bamboo Shawl not only serves as a nursing cover, but get this, it also works as a beautifully draped shawl and scarf! And the best part is that it will work for you during pregnancy, post-pregnancy, nursing and beyond!

  • As a shawl, it oozes elegance and grace.
  • As a nursing cover,  it provides stylish functionality and privacy.
  • As a scarf, it finishes off any outfit with a classy touch.

You’ll love snuggling up your baby under this soft and delicate wrap. And because it comes in this gorgeous latte color, it can work as a neutral and go with almost any ensemble!

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The Every Day Wave

In Go-to Look, Tutorials on February 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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The Perfect White Blouse

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits on November 5, 2012 at 12:17 am

Photographs taken by Lizzy Jean Photography

Top: Isabella Oliver, Pants: Previously seen here (similar style here, Maternity skinny jeans here), Necklace: Hello Fab!, Shoes: Last seen here

The world of pregnancy style can feel overwhelming, especially to first timers. But if you ever find yourself borrowing one of your husband’s white dress shirts, DON’T DO IT, put it back, and step away from his closet. No matter what you may have heard, you can’t actually turn that into an empire-waist dress shirt, and it will not turn out as flattering as you want it to. That being said, when you do find a real empire-waisted top, it fits right, looks incredibly feminine and can do wonders for dressing up your growing bump. So instead of that baggy man shirt, let’s go with a beautiful white blouse that’s meant for you!

But where can you find that perfectly fitting piece to keep you looking great through maternity? Look no further than the Isabella Oliver collection. They have a broad assortment of great items designed specifically for fashion-conscious women, that happen to be pregnant. I love their attention to detail, high quality material and flattering tailored fit. It makes for an effortless, chic look. Making an investment in a beautiful, well fitted white blouse like this one is a smart choice. You should be looking for one that is versatile and has a classic look, like with an empire waist, that can last you through multiple pregnancies. A white blouse is a pregnancy wardrobe essential, no matter the season.

What I love about this specific piece is that it’s high-quality, simple and yet elegant. You can see the great attention to details in the open structured collar, additional working buttons on the sleeves, the perfect extra length in front and back (to accommodate your little bundle) and especially the delicate looking but sturdy sash around the waist. The super functional sash was a great surprise when I tried it on as it is spaced just right on my torso, slightly wider than expected and can handle being pulled tight to highlight my shape in all the right ways.  It helps because it allows you to tweak the already great fit slightly to accentuate your upper chest and make your rib cage appear as though it’s smaller than it really is. All this makes for a distinctly feminine look that works great on a pregnant body.

Bonus Styling Tips:

  • Wear it with a pair of dark trousers or tailored pants for the office
  • For a more casual look try it with jeggings or maternity jeans
  • Date night deserves heels and a statement necklace like this fabulous find from Hello Fab

*Don’t forget to enter our Mommy & Me Matching Bracelets Giveaway!!*

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Peek-a-Bump!

In Maternity chic, Outfits on October 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm

(photographs taken by Lizzy Jean Photography)

Top: H & M, Belt: Last seen here, Pants: Last seen here, Shoes: old, Payless

Boy do I have some exciting news for you today!

First of all … Hooray! I’m officially 35 weeks pregnant. That means only two more weeks until baby is full term! Apparently baby can’t wait to make her debut because people are starting to say hi to my bump before me. She’s already stealing the spotlight! Haha

Next, for all of my fabulous readers who have been messaging me asking if I’ll be continuing the blog after I give birth, I am delighted to announce that I will continue the blog even after my little bun is out of the oven. I’ll be expanding the scope a bit to include post pregnancy life.

You can follow my journey getting back into shape, building a healthy lifestyle and of course, more fabulous styling tips. Feel free to send feedback and ideas on what else you’d like to see more of in the coming months. You can send me an email at  karen (at) mychicbump (dot) com. I can’t wait to share this upcoming adventure with you!

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The Shacket (Shirt/jacket)

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on October 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm

(Photographs by Lizzy Jean Photography, special discount on your Maternity/Newborn pictures for all Mychicbump followers!)

Denim Shirt:  JCrew (Maternity style here). Last seen here  |  Striped Top: Similar style here  |  Pants: Papaya Co (Maternity style here)

One of the most versatile pieces you can have in your wardrobe is a chambray top, or mostly known as the denim shirt. This simple piece can be worn in half a dozen different ways (depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy). For example, you can wear it as your basic tee shirt. Layer it with a cardigan over the top and your favorite pair or jeans. Denim on denim? Yep! Just make sure you pair them with washes that aren’t identical. Add  a pop of color with either a bold colored belt or jewelry.

If you’re like me, 8 months pregnant, and can no longer button up a blouse for the life of me then the best way to wear a denim top is by using it as a  jacket. What I love about wearing it as a jacket is that I can wear it with basically anything! I can wear it under or over a dress (see here), a striped skirt, colored jeans or jeggings, fun patterns like a leopard print, under a sweater as a layering piece, and many, many more! Talk about versatility!

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