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Skirts to Live in When You’re Expecting

The summer can be brutal when you’re pregnant.  The heat combined with shelves of barely there summer wear make the season particularly difficult.  Breezy skirts are modern day favorites for casual days and fancy gatherings.  Light weight material, beautiful patterns and flowy fabrics provide summery options which can accommodate women in all three trimesters.

joie no belly skirt

Joie No Belly Maternity Skirt by A Pea in the Pod features a summery blue print in a jersey knit.  The full length skirt helps hide your belly and the side slit shows off your sandals.

PinkBlush Print Maxi Maternity Skirt

A black and cream print feels extra fancy in a maxi design.  PinkBlush’s Print Maxi Maternity Skirt accommodates a growing belly with a stretchy waist band, perfect for a summer get together .

New Look Maternity Floral Maxi Skirt


New Look Maternity Floral Maxi Skirt is light and loose for those hot days.The floral design looks grown up in black and white and the soft jersey “over-the bump” band adds extra comfort.

Secret Fit Belly Mitered Stipe Maxi Skirt-Maternity

Oh Baby by Motherhood Secret Fit Belly Mitered Stipe Maxi Skirt-Maternity is your live-in easy comfortable skirt.  The grey and white striped pattern is simple and pretty and the seams add a modern appeal.

Now it’s easy to look effortlessly stylish even when the temperature soars.  Wear these skirts to picnics, softball games, days at the office, and on all your summer adventures.

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Floor-length Summer Maternity Style

Take your summer style to the max with an easy, breezy maxi dress – and a special version of it if you’re expecting. With a great number of stripes, geometric prints and bright colors you have plenty of options to cover that growing baby bump.


Motherhood Maternity’s Sleeveless Crochet Detail Maternity Maxi Dress is perfect for these warm summer months. With a v-neck and crochet detailing, this dress looks great from the front, but even better from the back! Comfort and style have never come together so seamlessly before!


Add a fun print to really stand out from the crowd. Maternal America’s Sunset Geo Maternity Maxi Dress is anything but boring. The flattering empire waist and cling-free silhouette are just begging to be worn out at a party or backyard barbecue!


Bring on summer with J-Mode Maternity’s Coral and Aqua Chevron Ruched Maternity Strapless Dress. The sorbet colors and chevron print are perfect for a day on the shore. Throw on a pair of flat sandals and head for the ocean.


Rock a bold print with a low price tag. Target’s Maternity Sleeveless Surplice Pieced Maxi Dress- Ma Cherie will be your new summer staple. This dress would look great anywhere and for less than $35 you really need not take our word for it. Dress it up with a pair of fancy earrings or a statement necklace or keep it casual with a large roomy daytime tote.

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How the ’70s Ruled the Runways

After seasons of skinny jeans and slim silhouettes, the funky prints and bell cuts are back, bringing with them the look of the 1970s. With super straight hair and sultry eyes, this season took an old school approach to beauty.


Lead stylist Anthony Turner for Bumble and Bumble, wanted the hair to mimic the feel of Creatures of the Wind’s Fall 2015 ’70s inspired collection, but still keep the hair fresh and relevant. “It’s almost ’70s hair through a very modern lens,”  Turner explains. “We’re taking nuances from ’70s hair and applying it to a very modern texture.”  Using Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray all throughout the hair with a little bit of water mixed in, He then dries the hair using his fingers rather than a brush. The whole time he’s pushing the hair down in the front and bending the corners of the hairline to create a “curtain effect through the front.” Turner shares, “Whenever I think of ’70s hair I think of this  being very closed in [referring to how straight the hair falls, covering part of the face.]”  He then brushes the hair giving it that soft ’70s feel and then completely destroys it. “Ultimately what I’m doing is taking this 1970s girl and then I’m deglamourizing [the hair] which is fun. It just feels really great.” “Using the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray all throughout saturating it and pushing it in with my fingers, keeping this little bend in the front but really mushing it in,” he’s able to get this modern nod to the past. “It feels very cool, very modern and downtown. It’s super skinny hair. One of the references was Sissy Spacek, but we’re making it feel a lot dirtier and modern.”


The 1970s in Paris were Pamella Roland’s inspiration. She complemented messy waves with dramatic eyes by Rick Dicecca for Artistry. DiCecca  created the look using Artistry Signature Color Eye Shadow Quad in Smoky (launching Fall 2015)  He used all four colors to make grey eyes that really popped. DiCecca first applied “Eye Shadow #1” over the entire eye area blending from the lash line up over the lid to the eyebrow. Next he took “Eye Shadow #3” and applied it from the lashline to just below the crease. He then took “Eye Shadow #2” and added it just below the crease and along the upper and lower lashes (joining them at the corner) using a small brush. Lastly, DiCecca lightly blended “Eye Shadow #4” over the outer corners of the eyes “sweeping toward the inner corner to create an ombre effect, then pulling shadow towards the outer corner of the eye to soften the wing.”  He completed the look with black liner smudged into the lower lash line and two coats of mascara for fullness. If you can’t wait for next fall to get runway worthy eyes, try Burberry’s Complete Eye Palette in “Smokey Grey.”  By numbering the colors (starting with the lightest color as 1) you can get a 1970’s Parisian eye today.

Dennis Basso also opted for a disco feel with winged eyes and stand out glossy lips.   Lauren Andersen created the perfect pout by dabbing Avon’s Ultra Color Indulgence Lipstick in “Chocolate Rose” for a hint of color. Then to get them super glossy, Andersen generously applied Avon’s Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss in “Clear.”

Keep the 1970’s alive with these modern takes on classic beauty techniques.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Manicures

Grey has got our attention, and no, we’re not just talking about the smoldering stare of Jamie Dornan.  The color, a mix of black and white, has flooded the fingertips of models at New York Fashion Week. “Grey is the new neutral; it really is,” Danielle Candido, lead artist for Morgan Taylor shares.


At Sally LaPointe, Candido went for a light grey.  By mixing together Morgan Taylor’s “Scene Queen” (a grey-beige with subtle shimmer) and a hint of “Sweater Weather” (a creamy grey also used at Angel Sanchez) she created a custom, dove grey manicure, perfect for fall.

gunmetal nails

To highlight the sequins and beadings of Carmen Marc Valvo’s collection, Candido created a gunmetal mani with a black stripe.  This silvery grey creation was made by mixing Morgan Taylor’s “Metaling Around” and “Mattes a Wrap.”  By mixing the two polishes together rather than layering, Candido explains that it keeps the reflective quality of the polish but  adds a muted background.  An off-set black line was then drawn on the nail in “Little Black Dress” and highlighted with “Make it Last” top coat to add shine only to the black polish.  This two-toned mani really makes everyone look twice because of the different textures, “it’s not just simply a black line on a grey nail, it really adds dimension.”

Angel Sanchez grey nails

Angel Sanchez knew the power of a grey nail and enlisted lead artist Gina Edwards to create “Le Smoking” nails.   To complement Sanchez’ designs, she brushed on “Sweater Weather” by Morgan Taylor and “Need For Speed” top coat, layered under “Make It Last” for a high-gloss finish.  This super shiny dark charcoal nail perfectly complemented Sanchez’ ’70s glam, vintage YSL esthetic.  The collection transported the audience back to Studio 54; however, the mani’s look trendy and relevant.  While we can’t wait for spring, this cozy named polish has us excited to bundle up for fall!

From dark steels to lighter shades, grey is a color anyone can pull off; proving that for fall 2015, orange isn’t the new black, grey is.

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Festival Flare!

It’s festival season, so now is the perfect time to bring on the fringe, floppy hats, and crop tops. No matter if you’re off to Coachella or simply ready for the beach, these fun summery pieces will be your new best friend. We’ve scoured the best stores to find you our favorite pieces, best part is, they’re all under $50!

Lace Dress with trumpet style sleeves with wrap style patterned Jumpsuit


H&M LOVES COACHELLA collection has cute pieces perfect for a day in the desert for a steal. Our favorites include this black Skirt with Fringe for $9.95, a coral Lace Dress with trumpet style sleeves for $19.95, and a wrap style patterned Jumpsuit with Fringe for $34.95.

Mossimo Supply Women Dip Dye Macrame Crossbody Handbag with Xhiliration Boxy Printed Kimon


Over the years, Target has really stepped up it’s style game!  Try the Boxy Crochet Tee by Xhilaration for a cool girl vibe for only $22.99. Rock a crossbody bag such as Mossimo Supply Co.’s Women’s Dip Dye Macrame Crossbody Handbag in yellow, or step out in Xhiliration’s Boxy Printed Kimono for $24.99.

Wrap Back Bardot Top with Scallop Crochet Shorts


British shopping staple Topshop has made it’s way into the U.S. with trendy pieces at a reasonable price. Our festival favorites include the Suedette Fringe Crop Top for $48.00, the Wrap Back Bardot Top for $40.00, and Topshop’s Scallop Crochet Shorts for $48.00.

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Summer Maternity Dresses by Tiffany Rose

Inspired by Kate Middleton’s style?  Tiffany Rose is Britain’s go-to special occasion maternity outfitters. Whether you’re attending a summer wedding, a spring time garden affair, a costume-y occasion featuring a Smiffys fancy dress or two, or just looking for something stylish which can accommodate your growing baby bump, Tiffany Rose has got you covered. Don’t believe us? Check out below some our favorites for every mommy-to-be.

Lizzy Maxi Dress in Monochrome Forest

The Lizzy Maxi Dress in Monochrome Forest is every Southern Belle’s dream.  The dark under bodice trim adds interest to the dress and draws the eye upward. Floaty sleeves, a deep v-neck and a streamlined silhouette will make you the belle of the ball (or backyard barbecue).


To add a little drama and style to your pregnancy, might we suggest the Lola Maxi Dress in Mirage Blue.  We love the elegant neckline of this long dress and the thick straps are perfect for hiding your maternity lingerie.  The rich color combined with a touch of shimmer will look good on any complexion, at any stage of pregnancy.


Dress like a star in the Daisy Gown Long in Black and Silver.  This lace dress boasts being worn on the red carpet at Britain’s BAFTA awards.  No matter if you’re attending a premier or watching as someone else walks down the aisle, you’re sure to wow as shimmery silver fabric peaks out of daisy detailed lace.  With a black sash to emphasize a “demure bodice” and just the right amount of swish, this dress is perfect for any dressy occasion.

Check out to see more maternity gowns for all four seasons!

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