A Conversation with :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Nov 19, 2014
We are so excited to be chatting with blogger/travel extraordinaire/mom-to-be Hitha Palepu today! In addition to running her popular site, Hitha on the Go (full of fashion posts, travel tips, and lifestyle content), this chic New Yorker is expecting her first baby next year. We asked Hitha a few questions how on her pregnancy is going so far, how to dress the bump, and the best gifts to give mamas-to-be. Enjoy!
1. Congrats on your pregnancy!! What have you loved most/least about being pregnant thus far?
Thank you! I was not a fan of pregnancy during my first trimester, which rendered me to an exhausted, nauseated mess. Feeling the baby move has definitely been the best part of it.
2. Any crazy cravings or major surprises?
We decided not to find out the gender of the baby, which was a HUGE surprise! I’m normally a control freak, so allowing ourselves to be surprised was a surprise itself. I crave spicy food more than I normally do, and have started to consume more milk and yogurt than I did before I was pregnant.
3. You are a travelling pro – any tips for other moms-to-be on how to make traveling as simple and pleasant as possible, especially for the holidays?
While maternity jeans are a godsend, they do stretch out faster than their non-maternity counterparts. Always pack enough bottoms (one for each day) and a Bella Band! I’m all about comfort, so I won’t leave home without lots of lightweight layers (long tanks, collared shirts and cozy sweaters, a luxuriously warm scarf) and my most comfortable lounge clothes – currently a pair of Old Navy yoga pants and a vintage Fleetwood Mac t-shirt. I only pack flats or low heels, and I never leave home without compression socks.
Also, pack plenty of snacks for your trip! You’ll never know when hunger strikes.
4. What are you top style “dos” for getting dressed while pregnant?
Embrace maternity pants early on – how I’ll go back to regular pants is unfathomable right now. I opt for comfort, but will opt for accessories that pack a style punch – over-the-knee boots to upgrade a jeans and a sweater combination, a giant blanket scarf in a cheery plaid print, sparkly jewelry with just about everything. Accessories are the best – they’ll always fit, they’re easy to care for, and they really make an outfit.
5. Have you started shopping for baby yet? Any favorite baby clothing or accessory brands?
I haven’t purchased any baby clothes yet, but I’ve definitely bookmarked a TON. We’ve decided to let the gender be a surprise, so I’m looking for a neutral-but-fun layette. I love some of the space-themed pieces from Winter Water Factory, separates from Imps & Elfs, and basically everything from crewcuts.
6. Let’s talk about the holidays – do you have any gift ideas or recommendations for fellow expectant moms?
Nothing beats a gift certificate to prenatal massage! A wool cape from Cuyana is on my list, and something that any mother-to-be would enjoy. The Anya Hindmarch baby essentials pouch is a splurge, but an ideal gift for the mother who’s opting out of a traditional diaper bag. Chances are your expectant friends have already read plenty of motherhood books, so get her a read that will inspire and entertain her. Amy Poehler’s Yes Please and Diane von Furstenberg’s The Woman I Wanted To Be are two books that I plan to give all the women in my life.
7. What’s at the top of your list?
The aforementioned Cuyana cape, for sure. I’m an avid reader, and would love the new Kindle Voyage (even though my Paperwhite is still in great condition). Other things I’d love are a monthly membership to DreamDry, a cashmere blanket, and for the Philadelphia Eagles to win the Super Bowl.
8. Favorite things to do in NYC this time of year?
I love having friends and family come visit and experience the city with them – the tree at Rockefeller Center, holiday decorations on Madison Avenue, delicious meals in cozy restaurants. I love bundling up, getting hot cocoa, and walking through one of the city’s many parks (Riverside Park and the High Line are two favorites). We’ve missed out on ice-skating for the past three years, but hopefully it’ll happen this year!
9. Finally, what’s been the best piece of advice you’ve received since you’ve become pregnant?
Pamper yourself regularly. I’ve been getting monthly prenatal massages and facials, twice-monthly pedicures and blowouts, and it’s gone a long way in making me feel my best. I didn’t read too many pregnancy books or join any forums, and it worked or me. I’m of the “I’ll figure it out when it happens” mentality, and I know reading too much about pregnancy and newborn care would freak me out. Spill the news to one family member or friend who’s a new mother – having someone who has been through it all recently and can pass on advice or just listen is really important, especially in the early days when you’re unsure of EVERYTHING. It sounds cliché, but enjoy every moment – even the ones when you’re feeling awful. It does go by way too fast.
Also, size down on maternity pants if you want to get more than one wear per wash. It’s the one piece of advice I WISH I had received!
Thank you, Hitha! Check out Hitha’s blog for more styling posts, pregnancy updates, & travel tips.
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(Image via Hitha on the Go)
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A Conversation with :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Oct 9, 2014
Natalie Adams, of the blog The Senses Five, was kind enough to answer some of our questions on motherhood, her favorite newborn essentials, and raising her baby boy, Oskar, in Michigan. Be sure to check out Natalie’s Dear Oskar & Made series, too, for lovely letters to her son and interviews with creative types and business owners. Enjoy!
1. Oskar just turned 1 year old! How did you celebrate?
For Oskar’s birthday we spent the weekend at Wheatland, it is a folk festival in the middle of Michigan that has been going on for 41 years. We camped in a pinewood forest, stayed up past bedtime, took tent naps, made instruments, and got really dirty feet. It was a great time. Next weekend we’ll be having a birthday party with friends and family, so he can do the traditional cake thing.
2. What has surprised you the most this past year as you’ve raised him?
How easy it is. I know that sounds crazy. But I feel like when you are pregnant with your first you often hear about how hard it is. The sleepless nights, the crying, your marriage dies, your social life dies, etc. Don’t get me wrong, parenthood brings on challenges for sure, especially as he is entering the toddler phase. But it has truly been a joy and we haven’t felt like our marriage or social lives have been sacrificed. There were lots of times in the past year we would look at each other in disbelief that it was so easy. Maybe we’re just delusional with love for our baby boy. ;)
3. Is there anything you wish you knew before you became a mother that you know now?
There are a ton of things I know now that I didn’t know before I was a mother, but I don’t think I could have known them before Oskar. I’ve learned so much about myself, my husband, and about family. Part of the fun as been this learning and growing experience.
4. What are your favorite baby brands (clothes, toys, etc.) for boys?
For some reason I thought having a son would be less fun in the clothes department and boy was I wrong. There are so many good brands out there now. I really love Bobo Choses, NUNUNU, KicKee Pants, & Tea. Plus, I frequently comb the thrift store, the girls dept at Target & the clearance rack at Gap.
Our toy collection is pretty minimal; I try to stick to simple toys that are nicely made and stimulate the imagination. HaPe, Green Toys, Plan Toys, & Brio are great brands for that.
5. What activities do you and Oskar enjoy doing together? What’s a typical day like?
Oskar loves being out and about. We love to go on walks around the neighborhood, search through thrift stores and estate sales, visit the farmer’s market or even just a good ole Target run. In addition to The Senses Five, I work from home full-time as a digital marketer – so our days can be a little crazy at times. We always have morning nursing and snuggle in bed after dad leaves for work and fill the day with lots of books and mess making while I cram in as much work as I can during independent play and naps. And then go on an adventure when we get stir crazy, which happens often these days.
6. What are some of your favorite parts of living & raising a family in Ann Arbor?
Ann Arbor is insanely family friendly and laid back. So no one bats an eye when you have your baby out late and strapped to you while drinking a nice stout at the local beer garden. We live on an acre just 3 miles from downtown Ann Arbor, but frequently visit my beloved Detroit and the westside of the state where my husband is from. I’m excited to raise Oskar in an environment where he is equally exposed to city and country.
7. Do you have any favorite parenting/motherhood blogs/websites that you look to for inspiration?
The Littlest - Elizabeth’s take on motherhood is so beautiful. A Cup of Jo – Joanna has great motherhood posts not only from her personal life, but really makes efforts to show other parent’s perspectives. I’ve been enjoying the newly launched Mother Mag. And a bunch of Instagram mamas, which has been a great space for inspiration and support.
8. You have one of the most comprehensive baby registry guides we’ve seen! What were some of your pregnancy & newborn must-haves that you found yourself reaching for over and over again?
Honestly my pregnancy was pretty easy and we were quickly renovating our house before the birth so I was often distracted. I did love using a nice body oil on my growing belly, I don’t know if it helped with stretch marks, but it did curb the itchiness and just felt good.
Oh newborn must haves, there are quite a few. I think don’t think we would have made it without our solly wrap, good pajamas, and friends and family… oh and nipple cream :)
(Images via The Senses Five)
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Style Spotlight :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Jul 25, 2013
Diaper bags are a must for any new mom, but finding one that is chic and functional isn’t always the easiest task. Luckily, many designers have caught on and are introducing options that are cute, light, and most importantly big enough to hold everything but the baby’s crib. Which one is your favorite?
1. Simone Camille Zadar Bag 2. 7 A.M. Enfant Roma Diaper Bag 3. Marc By Marc Jacobs Diaper Bag 4. Kate Spade New York Cabana Baby Bag 5. Kate Spade New York Nylon Baby Bag 6. Kate Spade New York Nylon Tote
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Style Spotlight :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Jul 16, 2013
It’s so exciting to see so many wonderful maternity brands out there! Gone are the days when it was next to impossible to find beautiful and chic clothes made specifically for future moms’ changing bodies. Our three favorites at the moment are HATCH (the line even has a Hatch-to Hospital Box that’s full of cozy and practical goodies. It’s a great gift for an expecting friend, or yourself!), Isabella Oliver (clothes stylish enough to wear pregnant or not!), and Ingrid & Isabel (have you heard about the Bellaband yet?).
Do you have a favorite maternity line?
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By Estella Editor - POSTED Oct 21, 2008
Issey Miyake has been a leader in Japanese fashion for the past two decades by creating innovative and technology-driven, yet still very fashionable and functional, pieces that challenge the norm. Pleats Please by Issey Miyake is a line that was introduced in 1993 featuring garments cut and sewn with pre-pleated fabric to create interesting effects.
The Pleated Scarf by Pleats Please Issey Miyake is an absolute must-have for those with a discerning eye for style (and makes a great gift for mom!). The soft pleats in conjunction with the sheer fabric look great when layered and the length of the scarf allows you to tie it up in countless ways. Now that’s true versatility.
The Pleats Please scarf is also available in other colors.
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