Mad About Maxis

Do you ever have one of those mornings where no matter what you try on, it’s just not working? The room goes from clean to looking like a tornado came through it in seconds. Well with the change in season comes a change in trends. They change faster than a blink of an eye. Luckily, there is one style that moves with the tides of fashion and is our constant savior on days like those. The maternity maxi skirt and maternity maxi dress are our best friends, especially as days grow warmer and longer and the last thing we want is a hot and heavy jean. Versatile enough to dress up or down, this effortless trend will help you survive your pregnancy with comfort and grace.

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Our love for everything maxi is never ending and always growing. With the introduction of bold prints, we can mix and match graphics and solid maternity tops for a knockout look with no effort. Maternity maxi skirts with a vibrant hue and intricate design give you a freedom to express your style personality in a comfortable and simple way which we love.

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Feeling blue? Lighten it up with a playfully printed maxi must-have like this maxi maternity cardigan and maternity maxi dress!

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When it comes to solid, you can literally never go wrong. Solid maternity maxi dresses are perfect for any occasion and instantly can be dressed up with a statement necklace or down with a sandal and lightweight maternity cardigan. From feminine flirty to having an edgy flair, you can now dress to your mood with only a couple pieces.

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The best part about these breezy styles is that they work not only for your pregnancy, stretching to accommodate your growing bump, but also snap back to fit after pregnancy. If we can save and have something to last us through every season and every one of life’s transitions, why not?!

We’d love to hear how you rock your maxi this summer! #prettyinpinkblush and show off your unique maxi style!

Our Favorite Date Night Looks

Life is busy enough as it is, and with a new baby on the way, you know that soon enough, there will be even less free time for you and your significant other to enjoy a night out. So go ahead and call your babysitter, get dressed up, and have some fun. But, while you are deciding where you want to go, switch it up by trying this fun and spontaneous new way. When we first read about the Penny Date, we had so many questions: does it include freeways or highways? What if we are in a residential area? What if we end up in the middle of nowhere? Luckily, when gave it a try, we didn’t run into any problems but if you and your spouse do, you can alter the rules a bit.

  1. Find a coin or any object that has two sides.
  2. Pink a number (it can be as low or high as you want it to be. The higher the number, the further you drive.)
  3. Decide which end (heads or tails) represents ‘left’ or ‘right’
  4. Get in your car

Every time you arrive at an intersection, flip the coin (we suggest flipping it in advance to give the driver some heads up!). Whichever side it lands on, you turn in that direction. So, if you decided to make heads ‘right’, then if the coin lands on heads, you turn right. Do this for every intersection until you have reached the number that you chose before you began. Wherever you end up, this is where you will have a spontaneous date night.

Of course, a change of clothes may be necessary but casual maternity jeans, maternity blouse or a comfortable maternity dress with ankle boots is so versatile that you can do just about anything and be comfortable in this. Our favorite, however, is a maternity maxi skirt and maternity cardigan which is always chic and easily dressed up or down ensemble.

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A distressed maternity skinny jean and striped maternity top in a cozy knit to keep you warm for a casual and cool night out. Accessorize with a printed scarf and you’re set!

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A maternity nursing dress to keep you comfortable in style. Pair with a strappy ankle boot and belt and it’s that simple. For a dressier look, throw on a statement necklace to instantly add some sparkle.

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Mixing prints with a casual striped maternity dress perfect for a warm day-date and a lightweight scarf. Bring along a cardigan if it gets cool.

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Maternity maxi skirt and a lightweight maternity cardigan will give you the ultra-feminine, versatile look for anything.

We know, this idea sounds crazy and unpredictable, but if anything, it leads to one great story- and we would love to hear your story!

Back to Basics

Finally! Maternity clothes that we can wear every day, everywhere, for every occasion! A solid hue, both vibrant and muted for every season plus an incredibly soft material? I’m in. There’s nothing we like more than a comfortable wear while we’re pregnant and these are the most stylish live-in pieces that we can definitely get on board with! Some maternity basics and why we LOVE:

 

Dresses. We love them and we hate them. Too short, too long, awkward fitting, and sometimes unflattering. It’s hard to find the right one to really make you look as beautiful as you feel during pregnancy. These maternity dresses are designed with you in mind, catering to every change your body goes through during this transition and adjusts to you as you grow from one week to the next! With these solids, the possibilities are endless. Printed maternity cardigan, scarf, statement necklace…you name it! It’s so incredibly versatile and with a cinched under bust style, how could you go wrong? Perfectly accenting your bump while keeping you comfy cozy all day, you’ll want to wear it everyday.

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Tank tops just in time for summer! Pair with printed or distressed maternity jeans for a casual any day occasion with a cute pair of booties and you’re set. Scrape off a whole 15 minutes of your morning routine trying to find just the right outfit with just a quick basic maternity tank top and a printed scarf for the ultimate summer look. It’s laid back, stylish, simple, and SO easy (did we already mention that?).

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Weather is cooling down and the sleeves are getting longer so a basic 3/4 sleeve maternity top is just the thing to ease that transition. Throw it with a printed maternity maxi skirt for a casual date night with your husband or out with the girls. Plus, a little chiffon accent gives it a breezy and beautiful accent.

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Maternity maxi skirts are the best! We could write a whole blog dedicated to how much we love this trend. It is the most comfortable article of clothing you will wear during pregnancy, and we all know comfort never goes out of style. An elastic waistband to adjust during every stage of your pregnancy and classic solid hue gives you the opportunity to show your creative style with a variety of things from graphics, printed maternity blouses, and a combination of a maternity cami and cardigan during and after pregnancy!

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Back to basics just in time for summer with only the latest and greatest styles in your favorite vibrant hues:) Check new arrivals for daily updates for your summer wardrobe!

A Day At The Beach

Summer is on our minds with thoughts of warm weather and best of all, beach days.

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We all know the perfect beach bag includes sunscreen, sunglasses, sandals, a towel, hat, and snacks. But now that you’re all packed and ready to go, the difficult decision of what to wear still lingers. What’s important is that you are comfortable throughout the warm day and stylish beach wear is just a plus!

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A maternity maxi dress or maternity maxi skirt offers a free flowing option for the perfect on and off wear. Easily removed and doubled as a perfect bathing suit cover-up, a maternity maxi dress or skirt gives you a perfect transition into night as well. There are so many options for such a versatile piece. Our favorite part about a hectic day at the beach is a simple wardrobe to make us feel comfortable as we relax. Karlee can transition from date night dinner to a casual walk on the beach on a warm summer’s night or enjoy a day at the beach with this printed maternity maxi skirt, adding just the right bold statement and easy, breezy style that screams beach babe.

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Maternity tank tops keep you cool all day and layer easily under a maternity cardigan as night falls. Whether it’s a loose, fitted, or printed style, you get the best out of every top. Doubling as a beach cover-up, you can wear this piece as a dress or paired with solid maternity shorts. The ultimate beach and summer wardrobe essentials, this dynamic duo will keep you cool with a comfortable, stretchy and elastic material. A beach day is uncomfortable enough with sand somehow getting everywhere no matter how hard we try to keep it off. Make it simple and care free like it’s meant to be with a classic summer look.

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Need to cover up and you just don’t feel like wearing your shorts over a wet bathing suit? We totally get it, no one wants that. A long maternity tank top or maternity tunic is ideal for these situations so you can relax without feeling too exposed. Karlee opted for a nautical inspired look perfect for a day by the sea with this anchor print maternity tank top.

 

So many warm weather essentials, don’t miss out on all of the new arrivals that will give you a comfortable and cool look this summer and the many beach days ahead.

In Full Bloom

With spring in full swing, flowers blooming, air crisp, and sun shining (most days) we want to make sure to get out there and enjoy every second of it. Spring pregnancy is amazing because you can enjoy all of the feminine, flirty, and fun styles of the season while you’re glowing. Embrace the warm weather days while we have them and look to maternity max skirts, maternity tank tops, and maternity dresses in all lengths to show off your growing bump in style.

 

With that, we absolutely love how Kat from Fresh Squeezed Fashionista celebrates this colorful season in style. Putting on her PinkBlush spring maternity essentials, she takes a stroll outside to enjoy the fresh air. A look so simple, yet so stylish. With every piece, you are sure to feel comfortable and look gorgeous at the same time. Proof that you don’t have to sacrifice your individual style when you’re pregnant. Kat styled her solid Maternity Maxi Dress with a rose printed Maternity Kimono for a bohemian chic look that is keeps her comfy and cool  during the second trimester.

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No look is complete without the right accessories! She perfectly paired a long, delicate tassel necklace with a bold, white cutout sandal for a standout accent.

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Kat’s photographer, Lizzy (@erenfrow) of  Ra-haus (@rahaus) captured the grace and beauty of pregnancy in these few shots and perfectly caught the essence of spring. The season is finally in full bloom and now you can get out there in your playful florals and must-have maxis! PinkBlush has all of your spring to summer wardrobe necessities from maternity maxi dresses and maternity kimonos to maternity shorts and maternity tank tops. Also, your look is never complete without the right accessories.

Looks We Love: Transitional Style

After a long, dry year, California has finally seen a little rain the past few days and it has us bundling up in our favorite maternity jeans and maternity sweaters. Searching for transition inspiration high and low, we decided to take note from Jessica Walters on Afternoon Style with her effortlessly chic transition from winter to spring with her maternity jeans, maternity kimono, and perfect play on patterns.

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All you need is a basic maternity skinny jean, maternity sweater, and a bit of sparkle and you have a comfortable, stylish look that will keep you warm during those cool winter months.

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Jessica has perfected the prints on prints trend for the ultimate transition look to bring her into spring with ease. What’s great is that with the elastic waistband, maternity jeans like these will adjust to accommodate your growing bump from season to season!

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Jessica really does know how to accessorize! Perfect for a cool layer, a printed maternity kimono adds a colorful accent to your spring look. We especially love the fringe trim detailing for a bit of texture.

It may be raining today, and sunny the next. Set up your wardrobe with some colorful transition pieces from PinkBlush with new arrivals coming in every day in only the latest styles.

Make A Statement

A statement necklace can do anything. It can dress up a simple tee, finish any look from bohemian to edgy, add some color to your dark winter, and make our eyes pop. We are so absolutely in love with this trend that we wanted to see just how versatile it was. We found so many ways to wear them but here are a few of our favorites🙂

 

With A Print

Hold on, a print. At first we thought no way, and as soon as we clasped that beauty on, we knew we had found our new favorite look. From day to date night, this will instantly transform your look from just a plain printed dress to can’t-take-their-eyes-off-you. A little bling goes a long way when layered over a bold hue and gorgeous design.

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Over Textures

Embroidered, lace, pleated chiffon, oh my! You name the fabric, statement necklaces are perfect for every look and this is proof. A combination of sparkle and texture gives your look dimension and undeniable character. Festival looks to classy date night, there is a statement necklace for every event.

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Last, but definitely not least, SOLIDS

We want to leave you with the most classic and gorgeous look that everyone can achieve. Super simple and super stylish at once, throw a statement necklace on over your basics. Just like a printed scarf, this look will turn your outfit from drab to fab in seconds. Any color, style, length, or jewel will work with every style. It’s one of those days, jeans and a t-shirt just aren’t cutting it. Swap out those beat up sneakers for ankle boots and throw on a bold necklace and you have yourself a casually chic look. Like the pictures below, color blocking works perfectly with this style too and adds the perfect touch to your date night ensemble!

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If I could wear a statement necklace to the gym, I would! Seriously our favorite pieces and so happy to see such amazing necklace/earring sets at PinkBlush so we can mix and match every day! Now if only we can get a bigger jewelry box…

A Fit Pregnancy

First things first, there are many scary and intimidating myths out there about fitness and exercise when you are pregnant. We recently read an article by Rebecca Scritchfield, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University who is a registered dietitian and fitness expert in the DC area. In her article, she discusses some of the main misconceptions about fitness during pregnancy and reassures us that the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are even more during your pregnancy. With that in mind, we broke out our workout gear to give you a simple at-home exercise routine to improve the health of you and your little one.

Equipment:

Yoga mat

Free weights

Exercise ball

Water

Before you begin, it’s extremely important that you ask your doctor what exercises you are cleared to do while pregnant. If you get the green light, you want to make sure that you are wearing comfortable active wear such as maternity leggings, maternity yoga pants and a comfortable maternity top. Also, always always always make sure to have a water bottle handy so you can stay hydrated!

Yoga can not only improve balance, flexibility, range of motion, and strength, but it can also reduce stress levels and manage pain. By doing specific poses such as the ones below, you stretch and strengthen areas to ease the delivery of your baby.

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Left : Warrior II Pose

  1. Make sure to keep your stance 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, palms down.
  2. Turn your right foot slightly to the right and your left foot out to the left 90 degrees. Align the left heel with the right heel.
  3. Exhale and bend your left knee over the left ankle so that your shin is perpendicular to the floor.
  4. Extend your arms outward, opening your shoulder blades, parallel to the floor. Keep your back straight and press the tailbone slightly toward the pubis. Turn your head to the left and look out over the fingers.
  5. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Inhale to come up. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time to the left.

Benefits

  • Strengthens and stretches the legs and ankles
  • Increases stamina
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Relieves backaches, especially through second trimester of pregnancy
  • Stretches the groins, chest and lungs, shoulders
  • Therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and sciatica

Top Right: Lotus Pose

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front.
  2. Using your hands to make it easier, draw your heel towards your abdomen, and place your right foot on the top of your left thigh.
  3. Pull your other heel up towards your navel and rest your left foot on the top of your right thigh.
  4. Hold the pose for several seconds. Breathe deeply and place your hands gently on your knees, with your palms towards the ceiling.

 Benefits

  • Calms the brain
  • Stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen, and bladder
  • Eases menstrual discomfort and sciatica
  • Stretches the ankles and knees
  • Consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.

Bottom Right: Downward-Facing Dog

  1. Get onto the floor on your hands and knees. Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread your palms, index fingers parallel or slightly turned out, and turn your toes under.
  2. Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. At first keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted away from the floor. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of your pelvis and press it lightly toward the pubis.
  3. Exhale and stretch your heels onto or down toward the floor. Straighten your knees but be sure not to lock them.
  4. Firm your arms and press the bases of your index fingers into the floor. Firm your shoulder blades against your back, then widen them and draw them toward the tailbone. Keep the head between the upper arms.
  5. Stay in this pose for 1 to 3 minutes.

Benefits

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Energizes the body
  • Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
  • Strengthens the arms and legs
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sinusitis

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Exercise Ball with Free Weights

  1. Sit gently on the exercise ball, feet firmly placed on the ground, two feet apart
  2. Inhale and slowly raise arms toward ceiling with weights in hand, palms in
  3. Exhale and lower arms out toward your eyes, rotating your palms forward, making your arms a right angle
  4. Bring weights together so that palms are facing each other in front of your face
  5. Repeat from Step 2

Even after your baby is born, you can incorporate him or her into your workout by using your child as your free weight. The up and down motion of squats will calm your baby and if you’re lucky, help them fall asleep. If you have a two story house, the stairs are your own personal at-home stair master. Our personal favorite, dancing, will get your energy level up while lowering stress.

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Pattern Play

Since we can’t go around sharing our joy of pregnancy with every single stranger we pass by on the street, we might as well at least show them. What better way to stand out in the crowd than in these bright, playful, and always classic prints. Not only grabbing the attention of everyone around you, but feeling and looking amazing while doing so. Soon enough, everyone’s eyes will be on you.

Some of our favorite prints have come in this season giving us some serious summer excitement. From maternity tank tops to maternity dresses, these beauties are making us wish it were sunny and 75 all year long.

 

Stripes are our favorite classic print because they are versatile, flattering, and just pair with just about everything. You know how you were too afraid to try that prints on prints trend? Well, with stripes, you can never go wrong. Throw on a lightweight floral scarf like Karlee below, and you have mastered that style with grace and confidence.The styles below can range from date night to beach days and anything in between. Active? No worries, maternity striped racer backs in every color!

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When it comes to damask, we are obsessed with the regal look in multi-color hues working flawlessly to give a smooth, feminine look. Maxi dresses are our favorite with this print because it just gives us more print to love!

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Finally, florals have everything you need for a bold look this season coming in vibrant colors and comfortable, flattering cuts. From maternity kimonos to maternity maxi dresses, this all time favorite print of ours gives us the always gorgeous pop of spring all year long.

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For more amazing printed maternity tops, maternity dress, and maternity skirts,  besides these three favorites, check out PinkBlush’s new arrivals for daily updates🙂

Style Your Summer Maternity Photoshoot

Capturing this beautiful time in your life is so important and PinkBlush wants to make sure you look as amazing as you feel. By now, you may already know you and your partner’s style and whether you want your photoshoot to be fun and playful or intimate and sophisticated. Luckily, there is a wide range of looks to accommodate every style. As the weather warms up, it’s important to stay cool with styles like these throughout the process.

Once you are far enough along (recommended 27-30 weeks so that your bump has grown but is not uncomfortable) you can schedule your shoot. The Golden Hour, which roughly takes place an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset will give you the is perfect glow in your photos. This effect will create a soft, serene look in your shots and eliminate the chances of you getting lost in dark shadows.

Shooting from the bump, down:

If your photographer is focusing on your baby bump, a printed maternity top or maternity maxi skirt would be the perfect stand out piece. Because the maxis have a fitted, stretchy fabric, it will hug your growing bump just right. With a classic printed top like the one below, you can feel feminine and comfortable while still looking stylish. Pair it with a statement necklace to add a bit of flare.

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Shooting from the bump, up:

A fun, playful printed maternity maxi dress, preferably fitted is ideal for this type of photoshoot. It will shape to your bump, showing off your baby’s growth. If you are looking for something more sophisticated, a chiffon dress or blouse will give you a stylishly chic look.

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Shooting at location:

Beach locations call for a lightweight, flowy maternity dress or maxi to give you a calm, relaxed look that will blow in the ocean breeze. In a more grassy area, a fun picnic setting with casual wear will give your shoot a laid back feel.

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Working out the small details of location, pose, and time can be the tricky part, but finding the perfect outfit should be easy. Find every type of style at PinkBlush and leave the hard parts to your photographer.  Besides, in the end, the main focus of the photo is the bond between your family and baby.