Wow have these past few weeks been a whirlwind! Between our baby moon in Palm Springs last weekend to my baby shower this weekend, I have been one busy lady! Not to mention all the amazing weddings and photo shoots we have on the horizon! I have so many exciting things to share with you, I barely know where to begin!
Let's start with our guest post over at the Collection Event Studio. As you will see from my posts this week, I love me some Valentine's Day! I was writing my guest post about fabulous Valentine's Day frocks when I started to get jealous! As much as I love my baby bump, I do miss being able to wear dresses with fitted waists that I can find anywhere! There are definitely great maternity options out there, but it is certainly harder to find. So that got me inspired to find some gorgeous, versatile maternity dresses for us pregnant gals to wear wear on Valentine's Day and beyond. When I'm looking for maternity clothes I have very specific criteria. Here are a few of the questions I ask myself when buying something to dress my precious baby bump.
1) Does this item make me feel like a million... no a gazillion trillion bucks! Dressing a bump is a whole different ball game then anything else out there. You want to show it off in the most flattering way possible! It is SO important to feel great in what you wear when you are going through such a huge change. I think a lot of women opt for comfort and then don't feel great about themselves. And while I agree that you need to be comfortable, wearing that comfy maxi dress instead of sweats you are choosing to present yourself in a way that will do wonders for your self esteem. Promise!
2) "Does this look like a great dress? Or a great maternity dress?" Just because it's called "maternity" doesn't mean it has to look like it. I want it to flatter me like a maternity dress but look like it's just a great dress. This will make you feel like you are still retaining your pre pregnancy style as well as give you the opportunity to wear it after the baby is born.
3) Can I accessorize it? Accessories are a pregnant girl's best friend. A good accessory can completely make a look shine. Don't forget, accessories can be worn after the pregnancy is over so you don't have to feel like their life span is limited.
4) Does it have longevity and versatility? Let's be honest, as much as I believe in buying maternity clothes during your pregnancy, I also think these items need to be worn again and again. It's important that each item you purchase can be worn several times in different ways so you get the most out of it. The bump is the statement, so I suggest staying away from bold prints or items that can only be worn once in awhile. By getting a solid colored dress you can wear it with a scarf and hat one day and a cardigan and great pair of flats 4 days later and not feel like you are repeating your outfit.
With all that said and done, I say you use this Valentine's Day as an excuse to put on your favorite outfit and have a romantic night out with your Partner-in-Crime. Since it's my last Valentine's Day before the baby comes I am sure going to make the most of it!
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow afternoon for an exciting blog feature! I have been itching to share this photo shoot with you for ages. Believe me, it's a doozy and you do NOT want to miss it!