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Kate’s Camisoles {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Now that fall/winter is really starting to settle in, we’re all looking to layers, right? Even though I live in southern California where it still warms up to about 70 degrees during the day, I am still busting out my boots, sweaters and pretty undershirts. And I found some beautiful undershirts at Kate’s Camisoles!

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Kate started Kate’s Camisoles in 2004 as a way to help women stay modest while still wearing today’s fashions. She has dubbed this philosophy “fashion flexibility.” Kate has created more than 10 different styles of tops in dozens of colors that can be worn underneath sweaters, tank-tops, low-cut tops, or even on their own.

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Kate maintains that her fabrics are nicer than any other camisole on the market, and I can attest to that. I was sent a Lace Inset Camisole to review and the fabric is dreamy. It’s a polyester-spandex blend, but it’s like nothing I’ve ever worn. It’s soft and smooth and stretchy without being tight and restricting. I hardly feel like I’m wearing anything when I put it on! And yet, I feel warm, modest and smoothed out, all at the same time! Kate says she wanted to make a product that women can feel great in, and I think she’s done it!

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The Lace Inset comes in Ivory, White and Black as well, but I thought Nude would be the most versatile. According to the sizing chart, the camisoles have an “ample cut,” so you should order a size smaller than you normally would if you like a snug fit. I would normally order a Medium, so I ordered a Small. The fit was great, but maybe a little short. I think I could have gotten away with the Medium and been just fine. But maybe on a shirt that wasn’t so stretchy you would consider ordering a size down.

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She carries several other styles of shirts including lace-covered camis, bright-colored everyday camis, shiny Glam camis and lace-edged camis (note that she uses the word “camisole” to mean shirt, not tank top–these all have sleeves unless they specifically say “tank”).  Her tops are a little pricier than other similar-type undershirts, but I believe that the quality of the fabric is worth the extra money. She also sells some really cute Fashion Scarves for only $16.99, and has some really good Closeout sales! Kate’s Camisoles can all  be purchased on her online shop, but don’t worry–she has a great return/exchange policy if you’re not 100% satisfied with your purchase. And lucky for you, Kate is offering one reader a choice of one of her Camisoles for FREE!

Enter to Win a Camisole of Your Choice!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of December 7th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Kate’s Camisoles, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Cake Lingerie {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Yesterday was the day to end all pregnant days.  I was up all night the night before because I was uncomfortable, I could hardly clean my house or do laundry without feeling pain in my lower back and hips, and I swear that I had to go to the bathroom every half hour throughout the day.  I have had a fairly easy pregnancy so far, but yesterday was my “Welcome-to-the-third-trimester” wake-up call.

And, really, it’s not going to get much easier for several more months!  I’ll continue to get larger and larger and my body will ache more and more, only to have the baby and find that although my body is no longer as heavy as it had once been, my body shape has inevitably changed and will continue to change while we all figure out nursing.  Don’t get me wrong — I love pregnancy and I especially love the end result of welcoming a new baby into the world, but sometimes, this part of womanhood can be difficult to embrace.

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Cake Lingerie brings you delicious fabrics and indulgent details that give you a taste of your individual self. Within the practical world of pregnancy and breastfeeding we find the feminine in you. Although you may be a mother, here you are a woman first.  Feel confident knowing that each item has been innovatively engineered. From our flexible wire bras that mold perfectly to your changing body to technically constructed soft cups and seamless transition bras, each piece is as intricately unique as the different stages of your changing body.”

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the Toffee Clear Strapless Maternity Bra and Brief Set (which also happened to be last month’s Bra of the Month!) from Cake Lingerie, especially during this time when I’m not feeling especially feminine.  This maternity bra can also be used as a nursing bra, with cleverly hidden straps near the floral additions.  I really love that the fabric on the outside of the bra is a neutral tone that I can wear under light-colored clothing, but that the inside lining is a floral print material.  The bra straps can be worn in three different ways, which is helpful as I never quite know what set-up will feel comfortable from one day to the next.

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In addition to bras and briefs, Cake Lingerie also offers camisoles, robes, shorts, and pants that can be used through pregnancy and maternity months and well into the nursing stages.  I love that these pieces can be mixed and matched to work through all seasons, from the warm summer months when the shorts and camis are enough to cooler fall and winter months where a robe would come in handy.

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1. Choc Vanilla Short

2. Apple Crumble Robe

3. Choc Vanilla Camisole

4. Choc Vanilla Lounge Pant

Head on over to take a look at the number of classy pieces that are available through Cake Lingerie, then come back here and enter to win a Toffee Clear Strapless Maternity Bra!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning of Wednesday, July 31st, and emailed within 24 hours.   If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Cake Lingerie, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

BUMPED by BLANQI and a $25 Target Gift Card! {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Already, this pregnancy with baby number three has been quite the adventure.  While my morning sickness was off and on for only about six weeks (hallelujah!), my body started changing almost immediately.  By about six weeks along, my belly button was flat and a bump was emerging.  I had difficulty bending over by about eight weeks along, and I was firmly in maternity clothes by twelve weeks (though, let’s face it, I’m in love with stretchy maternity pants!).

This past month, though, one of the worst changes has been my muscles stretching and round ligament pain that I’ve never had before.  For some reason, I had it in my head that my muscles had already stretched twice before, so they knew exactly where to go and didn’t need to be stretched any further.  (Don’t laugh — no one writes the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Third Time”!)  Evidently, that’s not the case.

When I discovered that the Open Bust Maternity Support Cami from BUMPED by BLANQI was going to be released at Target.com this month, I was elated to be invited to review the product!

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Here are some of my favorite features for the Open Bust Maternity Support Cami from BUMPED by BLANQI:

Seamless, under-bust support — I like that this cami has a low scoop to avoid having to wear so many layers (especially during the hot summer months!).

Comfy, knit-in support belt — This is my saving grace!  I can notice a huge different when I’m wearing this belt, which seems to hold up my growing stomach and alleviate back aches.

Bottom bellyband – I have a couple of non-maternity capris that fit well everywhere else but can’t be buttoned.  This extra bellyband is tight enough to keep unbuttoned pants in place.

Moisture-wicking fabric — This feels great during some of our warmer days lately and is perfect to wear while working out.

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BUMPED by BLANQI also released a nursing cami for moms to use in the months after giving birth.

“The Postpartum & Nursing Smoothing Cami with Built-in Belly Band from Blanqi soothes and supports hips, back and sides. It features an open bust for easy access when nursing and provides perfect coverage for modesty. The bottom bellyband keeps unbuttoned and loose pants in place. Easy-care Nylon and Spandex ensure comfortable, long-lasting wear.”

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These two new BUMPED by BLANQI products are incredibly affordable ($34.99 through Target.com), and they both come in cream and black colors.

Enter to win a cami from BUMPED by BLANQI (maternity or postpartum, black or cream) and a $25 Target Gift Card!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 ** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 18th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by BUMPED by BLANQI, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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