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Mikarose for Maternity/Nursing Wear {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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.

When I found out that I was expecting our first son a little over five years ago, one of my very first thoughts (after “Holy cow, it finally worked after trying for one year!” and “Oh, my goodness, it has to come out of me…”) was that I would get to buy a new wardrobe!  I was so excited to find all these incredibly cute clothes that would highlight my growing baby bump and to have something new to wear everyday!

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Although I did a pretty good job of frequenting a good number of stores and boutiques that specialized in maternity and nursing clothing, I was surprised to find that most of my clothes were from some of my favorite pre-pregnancy stores and could be worn comfortably throughout my entire pregnancy and even during post-partum and nursing without any alterations!  Tara featured Mikarose a couple of weeks ago here on Dandy Giveaway and More, and I’m excited to have the chance to highlight how the Mikarose dresses can be used in all stages of pregnancy and even through post-partum and nursing!

 Pregnancy:

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Makenna Maxi — So far, I just can’t get enough of these maxi dresses!  I love that you only have to put on the one piece of (incredibly comfortable!) clothing and a statement necklace, and VOILA!  You can run to do your grocery shopping on your way to meeting some friends for lunch and then to see your husband be promoted all in the same outfit, and all while you’re sporting a baby bump and feeling like you’re wearing pajamas!

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Bailey — A friend of mine who is due just one month earlier than I am bought this dress when she was just a few weeks along.  I saw her wearing it at church and immediately asked where she got it because I could see the potential to wear this dress comfortably through an entire pregnancy and again when not carrying a baby.  She’s due next month (with twin girls!) and wore it again last week; it didn’t look tight and wasn’t tugging anywhere, and she could move without immodestly showing halfway up her thigh or all the way down the front of her.

Nursing:

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Valerie — I loved the thick ruching around the middle that can cover that inevitable post-baby pouch and the criss-cross design that makes nursing easier and more modest in public.  This half-sleeve length is my absolute favorite, as it’s versatile through most seasons/weather while also covering upper arms that may not have seen the gym in a couple of months.

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Avery — How classy is this dress??!  I love the wide belt (again, to draw attention away from the middle and to accentuate a waist) while the button top provides easy, discreet access for nursing moms.  And, while I’m not usually one to choose pink, this shade caught my eye from the beginning, and I imagine that it would work even with my blonde hair.

Transitional:

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Serena — I love the flowy nature of this dress, which makes it a perfect transitional dress in my mind!  It can be worn pre-pregnancy without looking like a maternity dress, during pregnancy with lots of material to move and grow into, and after pregnancy for nursing and hiding changing bodies.

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Rebecca — I chose this dress to review, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it!  The gathered material in the middle makes it possible for me to still fit in it at 27 weeks pregnant with some room to grow, while also providing a way to cover my pouch after the baby is born.  The V-cross top makes it easier to nurse in the next few months while also accommodating the constant changing size of my bust.  My favorite part of this dress is the sleeves — there are cap sleeves sewn in underneath, and the detail fancies up the dress so I can wear it to the Marine Corps Ball with my husband in November!  I was also very pleased with the color, which is a deeper red than I was expecting and a much better color than a bright red would be on my very pale skin.

Enter below to win a $50 Gift Certificate to Mikarose!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada entries.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning of Friday, July 6th, 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 Mikarose, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Milan Maternity {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have to admit that my absolute favorite stage of pregnancy is RIGHT NOW — I’m 26 weeks along, meaning that I’m not too huge but actually look pregnant, my morning sickness is completely gone, and I have tons of energy.  **So sorry to those of you who are still throwing up around the clock or already have swollen ankles — I really lucked out this time!**

My favorite part of pregnancy, though, is having the baby bump.  I hate to think of it as an accessory, but I really feel like I look cute in just about anything I wear because I have a baby bump!  I’m more willing to try new styles because I figure that if I can’t pull it off, people will just think, “Oh, too bad — it’s hard to be pregnant and try to find clothes that fit you” and not “Yikes.  No sense of style on that one.”

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I discovered Milan Maternity about a month ago when I was looking for a few pieces that would work for all stages of pregnancy and maybe even for the postpartum bulge and nursing “trimester” (that lasts about a year…).  I immediately fell in love with the pieces from Milan Maternity because they’re cute and stylish, appropriate for a variety of seasons, transitional, and completely affordable!

“Pregnancy is a time to be celebrated and every woman deserves to have a great wardrobe during this special nine months!  However, most of us don’t have $80 to slap down for a single designer maternity top, and also don’t want to settle for frumpy, unflattering styles either.  Our mission is to provide designer style that flatters your new shape at prices you can be happy about.”

Adelina

Adelina Powder Blue

Luciana

Luciana Watermelon Dot

Vittoria

Vittoria Mocha

Evalina

Evalina Caramel

Gabriella

Gabriella Vintage Blue

I’m not kidding when I say that I literally took hours to select an item to review!  I looked through everything, decided that I wanted it all, tried to pare down my list, went through my closet to see if I was missing a certain color/style, etc.  I am serious when I say that I could have gotten anything (or everything!) from Milan Maternity and been completely happy!  I decided on this top to use in the fall/winter time when I will be nursing:

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Julietta French Roast

I tried it on immediately and it fit so well, even on top of my growing belly!  The fabric is high-quality, and I’m sure it could last quite a while and could easily be used past maternity and nursing stages.  I especially loved that the bottom part of this shirt didn’t flare like other empire-waist maternity tops do; this certainly makes this top a “transitional” piece that doesn’t scream “MATERNITY!” when worn.

Can you find a favorite?  Enter below to win any top of your choice from Milan Maternity!

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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 Friday, June 28th, 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 Milan Maternity, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

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