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MaternitySale.com.au {Review & Discount}

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Well, this baby keeps a-growin’ and I keep finding myself going through my maternity box of clothes and thinking, “I wore THIS?!”  I know that the first time I was pregnant four and a half years ago, I was willing to take almost anything ‘maternity’, but I have higher standards this time around!  I’m on the hunt for cute, versatile, and comfortable classics that I’ll want to wear all 9 months, after baby, and even with the next pregnancy!  I’ve found some great maternity clothes at a site called MaternitySale.com.au, and if you’re also in the belly-growing stage of motherhood, look no further for some great finds!

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This time around, I’ve really been looking for staples, like this white shirt and jeans.  This is the Ruched White Maternity T-shirt and Straight Dusty Blue Maternity Jeans.  I was instantly pleased with this shirt from the moment I put it on.  It is not thin or transparent in the least, and I love not having to wear a cami underneath it.  The V-neck is flattering and not too low-cut, and as with any good maternity shirt, it has great length to allow for a belly of all sizes.  The side ruching is a subtle detail, but is great at showing off the bump while creating some interest visually.  The cap sleeves are comfortable, and the shirt feels very breathable, due to the 95% cotton component.  It is also available in black, charcoal, and purple-toned stripes.  This is a size 6 (AUS 10), and I think it is a perfect fit.  I’ll be wearing the heck out of this!

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The jeans are also a favorite.  These are also a size 6 (AUS 10), and as you can see, they are a little baggy and very long, so perhaps going a size smaller would be a good recommendation.  They are still as comfortable as ever, and I love the wash.  Now, the reason I wanted these exact jeans are because they do NOT have a panel.  I’m a jeans-panel hater.  I can’t stand that huge spandex wrap that squishes all your insides even more and is supposed to keep your pants up at the same time.  No way.  Hate em.  I needed to find something under-belly with a very adjustable width, and these are just what I was hoping for.

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Lastly, I’m excited to show you this killer Blue Striped Nursing Dress!  Yes, its true.  Its not just a maternity dress, and I’ll be wearing this throughout this pregnancy, and for much of the upcoming Spring/Summer as strictly a nursing dress!  Like I keep saying, you gotta love the versatility of these clothes.  This I ordered in a size 8 (AUS 12), and the larger size felt great.  Since it is so elastic and will shrink back to its original shape after washing, you don’t have to worry about your belly stretching it out, or the dress keeping its shape post-baby.

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Besides being flattering, extremely comfortable, cute for Fall/Winter/Spring, and so easy to accessorize, could you even tell from the look of it that it has these ‘secret’ overlapping areas, where you can have easy access when breastfeeding?!  I’m so tickled about an outfit where I’ll be able to stay warm, concealed, and decently covered while nursing.

Buy it:

Ruched White Maternity T-shirt ($37)

Straight Dusty Blue Maternity Jeans ($73)

Blue Striped Nursing Dress ($63)

Be sure to check out their HUGE selection of adorable dresses, tops, leggings, skirts, swimwear, evening wear, nursing bras, belly bands, etc…

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And now its time for that discount, as promised!  You can use the code DANDY2014 to receive a $10 discount on orders over $60.  It will expire Dec. 31st, 2014, and is one use per customer.

Make sure you follow Maternity Sale in order to keep up on sales and news!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Milan Maternity {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Think about your wardrobe: do you have at least one top that is so comfortable and so flattering that you can put it on with anything–dress pants, jeans, a skirt, sweat pants–and instantly feel glamorous, even if your hair is a mess and you have no makeup on? I found one of those tops from Milan Maternity, and to feel that way while also being pregnant is no small feat!

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Milan Maternity is an online maternity boutique whose mission is “to provide designer style that flatters your new shape at prices you can be happy about.” And boy, have they got some cute styles! They have gorgeous tops–some that are dressy and some that are more casual–and don’t even get me started on the dresses! Super adorable. Most of their clothes can be worn before and after pregnancy, making them even more of a great deal! Here’s just a sampling of their cute collection:

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The shirt I chose to review was the Adriana in Bordeaux. This top is one of their “transitional” pieces that can be worn before and after pregnancy, and while nursing! There are hidden snaps and a shelf bra-type insert in the top that allow for convenient, discreet nursing while wearing the top. So much better than exposing my entire back and flabby middle while trying to feed a fussy baby! I can’t wait to wear this top with a tiny belly and try out the snazzy nursing feature.

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The quality of this top is top-notch. The fabric is soft and stretchy and the ruching along the sides is long enough to to stretch over my growing belly (with plenty of room to spare!). It is well made and the style of the top is classic–I’m a total sucker for the faux-shrug style. My only complaint is that the “hidden” snaps for nursing end up showing more than I’d like them to. The fabric that is supposed to cover them gets bunched up, revealing the snaps most of the time. Surely a small snap on the outside to hold the extra fabric down over the snaps would solve this problem quickly, but it is one thing to be aware of.

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This beautiful top sells for $39, which is a deal when you consider that you can wear this shirt for years and years to come, not just 6 months of pregnancy.

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I am super impressed with Milan Maternity’s selection of maternity and post-maternity clothes and would totally recommend their clothes to anyone! You can only buy their clothes online, but they have excellent shipping methods and great rates. And one lucky reader will get to choose a maternity top of your own for FREE!

Win a Top of Your Choice from Milan Maternity!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of April 8, 2014, 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 Milan Maternity, but all opinions are strictly my own. The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

MommyLicious Maternity {Giveaway}

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If you missed my maternity review yesterday, you also missed the fact that I said that because I am pregnant, I am focusing on maternity companies for my giveaways for the next few weeks. So if you’re pregnant, hold your bladders, because I’ve got several amazing maternity giveaways headed your way! Here’s the first of many maternity giveaways to come: MommyLicious Maternity!

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MommyLicious Maternity is a site dedicated to pregnant and nursing mothers. They carry affordable and stylish maternity tops, bottoms and dresses in regular sizes as well as plus sizes. Plus they offer nursing clothing, nursing pajamas, maternity bras, and maternity lingerie! These ladies are dedicated to helping you look and feel good while you’re pregnant and beyond! And their customer service staff is available to help you with any questions you have about their clothes, sizes, styles, etc. Check out some of the cute tops they carry below:

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I had a hard time picking just one top to review because there were so many different styles to choose from! I eventually decided to review the Yacht Bound Maternity Top in Teal/Banana. I love stripes, so this one immediately caught my eye. The teal/banana combo is so summery and since I will be pregnant all summer long I thought it would be perfect. The top also comes in peach/banana striped (also summery and cute!) and black/white striped.

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I love the fabric of this shirt. It’s thin and lightweight, perfect for hot summer days. The material (100% Rayon) is soft and stretchy and glides smoothly over my big belly. The length is pretty long and can stretch down to my mid-hips, but because it’s a thinner material it usually creeps its way back up to the top of my hips after a few minutes.

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The neckline is a generous scoop but I didn’t feel it was too low to show off too much cleavage. In terms of size, I feel like it ran a little small. I was a medium pre-pregnancy, but since my chest has grown considerably in the last few months, the medium was a bit tight and I would probably feel more comfortable in a large. The good news is because it’s so stretchy, I will be able to wear it post-pregnancy and no one will know it was ever a maternity top (except those people who saw me in it every week for the past 6 months!).

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This top is only $19.99, and most of their tops run about $20-$30. These clothes really are pretty affordable and should last you through a few pregnancies, so go ahead and check out their collection of maternity pants, skirts, sleepwear and dresses–including bridesmaid and wedding dresses! One lucky winner will get $25 to spend on anything at MommyLicious Maternity!

Win $25 to spend at MommyLicious Maternity!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of March 11, 2014, 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 Mommylicious Maternity, but all opinions are strictly my own. The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Blanqi Bodystyler {Review}

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I believe I’ve mentioned before that I’m pregnant–17 weeks to be exact! So if you’re also pregnant, you’re in luck, because I’ve got a whole slew of maternity reviews and giveaways up my sleeve for the next few weeks! The first of many is from a company called BLANQI, and you ladies who are “in the family way” are going to love their Bodystyler!

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BLANQI was started by Valerie (great name!) and Sabina, two moms who were so frustrated by the lack of stylish and supportive pregnancy garments on the market that they decided to launch their own line! They designed their Bodystyler and took to the streets of NYC to sell it. Today, their products are sold online as well as in retailers such as Nordstrom, Target and A Pea in the Pod.

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The BLANQI Bodystyler is a seamless maternity support tank that is an absolute DREAM to wear! You may be looking at the tank in the picture above and thinking, “No way. That looks WAY too tiny to fit any pregnant woman and be comfortable.” But that’s the trick! It’s tight enough to be supportive and but it’s not in the least bit restricting. Just look at the layers of support in this baby!

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The front panel hugs my tummy–like, it literally feels like a happy, smooth, warm hug on my growing belly. The sides are tight and help smooth my love handles. The back support is wonderful and helps me to have better posture throughout the day. The straps are soft and stretchy and don’t dig into my shoulders at all. This would be awesome to wear while working out–I’m pretty sure I could even go running if I had this baby on!

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As you can see by the picture above, the tank actually goes below your boobs. Kind of strange, but it works. It also pushes your boobs up and helps support them as well. I don’t really feel like I need my boobs to be pushed up or emphasized any more right now, but I don’t think my hubby was complaining 😉 My only complaint would be that I usually wear tank tops under shirts so as to not show off my cleavage, so when I wear the Bodystyler with a low-cut top, I then have to wear another shirt/tank to keep me modest up top. Not necessarily a fault of the garment, just my own personal level of comfort.

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The length is long enough to act like a belly band, holding up loose maternity bottoms or keeping non-maternity jeans together when unbuttoned. It’s also long enough to wear as a tunic with leggings and really dress it up!

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I chose to review the mint color because I think it’s so fun and cheery, but the BLANQI Bodystylers also come in white and black. There is also an option to choose a Regular length and a Longer length tank. I was sent the regular length tank but I think the longer length would be better because the top tends to creep up throughout the day. The BLANQI Bodystyler is sold for $68.00, which seems pricey, but believe me when I say that it is worth the price. When you are pregnant and your (everything) hurts because you’re carrying an extra 30 pounds right in the front of your body, you will be so glad you spent the money on this amazing support tank!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Pink Blush Maternity {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I kid you not, someone a few weeks ago commented on my dress and asked me where I got it.  I told them, “You’ll never believe this, but its a maternity dress from Pink Blush Maternity!”
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I was wearing a PBM ivory lace dress that has become a favorite, especially this Fall with leggings, boots, and a sweater to accessorize it.
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Some of my favorite clothing pieces are maternity clothes, but only the ones from Pink Blush.  They are not at all the tenty, flowy, unflattering things you might be picturing.  What makes these maternity clothes so great for every day wear is their long lengths, stretchy fabric, and flattering styles and colors.  The busty girl always has trouble finding things that aren’t gaping in the bust and creeping up the waist.  Problems solved.
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I am head over heels in love with this incredible coat from Pink Blush Maternity!  Yes, its a maternity coat, but can you even tell??!  I am SO EXCITED to be able to wear this now AND during pregnancy down the road.  This is the Brown Maternity Coat, originally $86.99 but sold for $46.99.  I love button-up trenches!  This coat is heavy enough to be warm and feel like 100% wool.  The sash is meant to tie above your belly, helping to nip in your upper waist, and still button up around your cute lump of sugar.
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My favorite part of this coat is the collar!  Yes, it is intentionally unsymmetrical, which makes it look more high-end.  Fully lined, and in an easy-to-wear color, I can’t get over how great this coat is.
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What also makes maternity clothing great to have in your closet is that they are extremely versatile, and you don’t have a store boxes and boxes of maternity clothes while you’re not pregnant.  You can wear them before, during, and after baby!  If you’re renting a small space like we are, and dreaming of the day when you’ll have an attic, a basement, or atleast a hall closet, you understand the need for space-saving options!
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If you’re even thinking about getting pregnant, spend some of your holiday shopping cash on a wardrobe you can wear for the next decade, pregnant or not.  You’ll find some darling styles, in-trend colors, and extremely affordable trendy maternity clothes.
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One lucky girl will receive $25 to spend at Pink Blush Maternity!
*Entrants who have won a giveaway from us in the past 6 months, or have hosted a giveaway in the past 6 months, are not eligible to win a gift card again.

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Dec 7th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

PinkBlush Maternity {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Well, hello, summer!  We had an amazing Memorial Day weekend with gorgeous weather, a couple of barbeques, late nights outside eating popsicles and watching the boys play, and even a camping trip with some friends.

While I’m very much looking forward to trips to the beach, playing the swimming pool, and watching baseball games over the next few months, I’m definitely anxious for the hot, humid, summer heat from coastal North Carolina.  We’ve been through two summers here already, and I’m not sure if that prepares me or just scares me for what’s to come.  And, even worse, I’ll be in my third trimester expecting a September baby through the thick of it all.

I kept most of my summer maternity clothes that I wore when I lived in southern California (also in my third trimester expecting a September baby in the dry, 110+ degree Mojave Desert heat — remind me not to do this again!), but most of those clothes were dressy since I worked through my entire first pregnancy.  Literally.  As in, I started maternity leave on Monday and had my baby on Tuesday.

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I desperately needed a few new pieces of maternity clothing that would be more versatile for the mom-of-two-young-boys job that I have now, and I was thrilled at the chance to review for PinkBlush Maternity!  You might remember the maxi dress that Camille reviewed a couple of months ago?  Well, I’m also convinced that the stretchy maxi skirt material is perfect not just for maternity wear but for postpartum/nursing and even when I’m not pregnant at all!

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This Burgundy Striped Maternity Maxi Skirt is amazing!  I love the stretchy material that will no doubt fit in a couple of months when I’m bigger but that I could have easily worn a couple of months ago when I first found out I was expecting.  The panel is wide with great support, and it can be adjusted to make the skirt longer or shorter as needed.  Here are a few other pieces of trendy maternity clothes that I’ve had my eye on:

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Tops:  Brown Multi-Colored Fitted Maternity Top

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Dresses:  Basic Black Maternity/Nursing Dress

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Activewear:  Fuchsia Waistband Maternity Yoga Pants

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Bottoms:  Black Maternity Bermuda Shorts

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Nursingwear:  Light Grey Button Front Maternity/Nursing Tank Top

One Dandy Giveaway follower can win a $25 Gift Certificate to PinkBlush Maternity! 

(If you’ve won a PinkBlush Maternity gift certificate in the past six months, though, you are ineligible for this giveaway.)

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of June 8th 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 Pink Blush Maternity, but all opinions are strictly my  own.

Sweet Pea Maternity {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Oh maternity clothes.  I have a love-hate relationship for my “fat clothes”.  With each pregnancy, I pull out that box from the basement and shake out my frumpy stretched out shirts and tenty dresses that I’m already sick of.  I actually love being pregnant, but I get so sick of wearing the same maternity clothes over and over again for months and months.  For anyone who has seen me preggo, you’ll agree that I look full-term at 5 months along.  Woe is me.  Anyone who has seen me pregnant is nodding their head in agreement right now.

If there is any time in a woman’s life that she needs cute clothes that she feels great in, its during pregnancy!  But not only are trendy maternity clothes sometimes hard to come by, they’re also expensive!  How can anyone  afford an entire new wardrobe when you’re also forking out for new baby supplies and equipment!  I have found us all the perfect solution: Sweet Pea Maternity.  Look at these cute tops!

This color block dress is my favorite!   Maxi skirts and maternity skinny jeans!

Look at these cute AND cheap maternity clothes!   I feel like I could purchase twice as many clothes from their shop for what I’m spending at another retailer.

I had the opportunity to pick out this navy blue striped top, which I am absolutely so pleased about.  Its exactly what my maternity wardrobe needed (and priced at $19.19!!!).  I LOVE that the ruched sides make it a cute and fashion-friendly shirt that I would wear even without a baby bump.  And look at how long and stretchy it can be!  I feel like this would be suitable for all 3 trimesters!

 

The pregnant body is such a beautiful shape, one that I feel should be shown off and embraced!  Gone are the days of wearing such loose, upshapely, tent-like shirt-dresses.  These adorable maternity clothes from Sweet Pea Maternity are such good options.  Wouldn’t you love to be like “that cute pregnant girl” while dressing according to the seasons and latest trends?

I love the exciting turn-over of inventory.  Every time I visit the Sweet Pea Maternity website, there are new arrivals and seasonal sales.   In fact, by the time I picked out an item to review, it was out of stock, so I had to go with my 2nd choice, which turned out to be fantastic.  If you see something you love, get it fast!

One lucky winner will receive a $25 giftcard to spend at Sweet Pea Maternity!

 

 

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Friday, September 28st and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Sweet Pea Maternity, but all opinions are strictly my own

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