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Blanqi Bodystyler {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

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.

Okabashi Shoes {Giveaways}–CLOSED

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When it comes to sandals, I have always owned the cheapest, thinnest, floppiest flip-flops. They’re usually cute and they match my outfits wonderfully, but they’re usually horribly uncomfortable. I have really flat feet so after wearing a thin pair of sandals all day, my feet and back will ache like crazy. So I’ve always wanted a great, supportive  pair of sandals, but all I could ever find were the sporty types that weren’t all that cute. But finally, I have found a pair that are not only cute but also comfortable and supportive!

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Okabashi shoes are so much more than regular sandals. They are 100% recyclable, 100% U.S. made, and they stand behind their products with a  two-year guarantee on any of their shoes. They’ve been around since 1984, and in 2009, the company launched a post-consumer recycling program, which allows customers to send in their shoes to the factory to be recycled. They have plenty of shoe styles to choose from, including men’s and women’s designs of sandals and flip-flops, so there’s sure to be a design that suits everyone’s tastes. The Classic Flip Flop features a classic design and comes in 16 colors, including Teal, Grass Green and Pomegranate:

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This design, the Women’s Wave, could easily transition from strolling in the sand to walking the boardwalk to eating in a beach-side restaurant with no problems:

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Okabashi also has a complete line of men’s shoes. This design, the Men’s Indigo, is my favorite:
mens indigoI was sent the Women’s Indigo in Black/Zebra. The Indigo is a new design this year and they have all sorts of cute combinations like Brown/Giraffe and Black/Yellow Stripe. I liked the Black/Zebra combo because they are neutral enough to go with anything, but the zebra pattern adds just a touch of fun to every outfit I wear them with.
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My favorite feature of these sandals, though, can’t be seen while I’m wearing them. Look at the detailing and support on these babies:
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They feel so good on my feet. I can actually wear them around all day, every day and not have a sore back or tired feet at the end of the day. I had to get used to them being heavier than my other flimsy sandals, but it’s been an easy process.  You can read all sorts of testimonials on their website, but I’ll add mine here: they’re supportive, comfortable, and fashionable, and they have definitely made a believer out of me!  Not to mention the price is great; $15.99-$22.99, and right now the Naples is on sale for $9.99! Go check them out on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

And then enter to win a pair of Okabashi sandals of your choice!

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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 24th 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 Okabashi, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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