Posts tagged "Pregnancy"
A Conversation with :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Apr 21, 2015
NYC facialist Joanna Vargas has amassed a loyal following over the years due to her effective treatments that leave clients with glowing skin and clear complexions. And, even if you don’t live in New York, you can still reap the benefits of her work with her line of all-natural skincare products. We had the opportunity to chat with Joanna on her beauty and skincare tips while pregnant, new mom must-haves, and her favorite parts about motherhood. Bonus: we’ve teamed up with the Joanna Vargas salon for the ultimate Mother’s Day giveaway – enter here for your chance to win a facial and Joanna’s entire skincare line for mom and an Estella bamboo baby romper, hat, and two organic toys for baby!
1. Are there any beauty products/ingredients/treatments that women should avoid and/or seek out when they’re pregnant?
I would stick to basics- doing gentle cleansing facials with lots of oxygen always feels right when you are pregnant.
2. A day at the spa can be such a treat for a new mom. What would you recommend?
I think a great exfoliation is both cleansing and relaxing. I love recommending a full body microdermabrasion because it thoroughly removes dead cells and surface dirt while helps to restore ones elasticity and nothing is better for a new mom! I also would recommend a nice oxygen facial to help cleanse the pores and soothe and hydrate the skin.
3. Are there any common skin concerns you see in pregnancy women or new moms that can be prevented or easily treated?
Common concerns deal with the sensitivity that pregnant women face with their skin and the hormonal breakouts. It’s really hard to prevent a hormonal breakout but you can easily keep it under control with the right regimen. I love using Eminence Organics on my pregnant clients because everything smells wonderful and is very safe for the baby.
4. What were some of your favorite ways to treat yourself during pregnancy?
Yoga was always a great way to treat myself during both pregnancies. I loved how it made me feel more energized and during my second pregnancy I found that plus Pilates made me sleep better, keep my lymphatic system working properly (so I didn’t have swollen feet) and my back felt great. My delivery was amazing and quick the second time around too because my body was so much stronger from the Pilates!
5. When you were a new mom, were there any must-haves (for you and baby!) that you always had on hand?
My must haves for both babies was Mustella Face Cloths. The smell is incredible and nothing quite takes away the smell of baby vomit like those. I also couldn’t live without Jurlique Calendula Cream for both kids’ skin. It keeps away baby eczema really well and is a great secondary diaper cream.
6. There’s so much talk about the work-life balance – as a mom and business owner, what has worked for you?
I think forgiving yourself for not being perfect is big. I don’t make a big deal about it if I mess up sometimes. I am very strict about my schedule and I always explain it to clients if I am unavailable because of a kid thing. No one ever begrudges you for needing to be at your kids school play. And I am pretty good about not bringing my work home. Once I cross the threshold, I’m just mom.
7. What is one thing nobody told you about parenthood?
How wonderful it is and how it enhanced my whole life. I feel like I love my work so much more because it’s only a part of my life instead of my whole life.
8. Lastly, spring has finally arrived in NYC! What are some of your favorite kid-friendly spots or activities this time of year?
My son takes Parkour classes in Central Park- it’s the best city park I have ever been to!
Thanks, Joanna! P.S. Enter our Mother’s Day giveaway here.
(Images via Joanna Vargas Salon)
Tags Interviews, Joanna Vargas, NYC Facialist, Pregnancy
Category Interviews, Joanna Vargas, NYC Facialist, Pregnancy
A Conversation with :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Apr 1, 2015
Meet Courtney Klein, the San Francisco-based entrepreneur and founder of maternity label Storq! Courtney founded the brand with the belief that your wardrobe and sense of style shouldn’t have to change during your pregnancy. The brand debuted with four pieces (leggings, a skirt, tank top, and midi-dress) that can be purchased as a bundle and worn for all nine months. Each garment is available in a luxuriously soft black or white modal fabric (although the spring dress just launched in three new colors!), designed and manufactured in California, and meant to be mixed and matched with your current wardrobe. All-natural, pregnancy-safe creams and beauty items have also been added into the mix. We caught up with Courtney recently to ask her all about life with her baby Nell, newborn and maternity must-haves, and what’s coming next for Storq. Thanks, Courtney!
1. First off, congrats on your new baby! How has motherhood been so far?
Like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It’s unreal. One of my favorite parts of being a parent thus far is getting to experience everything again for the first time through my daughter Nell.
2. What have been your go-to newborn essentials so far? Any favorite baby brands?
White onesies, Aden + Anais swaddle blankets, and the Baby K’tan wrap. As for baby brands, there are so many good ones. Obviously Estella bamboo baby clothes but also Makie, Bobo Chooses, Little Hip Squeaks, Moon et Miel, Wolfechild, Mini Rodini, Tane, Misha and Puff, Goat-Milk Kidware, Nature Baby… I could go on and on.
3. What about for you? Anything new-mom items you can’t live without?
My Fjallraven Backpack in lieu of a diaper bag, a wide brim palm-leaf hat for shading the babe when we’re out and about, Storq tanks and leggings for getting comfy around the house, Portland Apothecary New Mom Tea to keep things running smoothly, Fat & The Moon Face Spray when I need a quick refresh, and WhatsApp to keep far away friends and family up to date on all things Nell.
4. Switching gears, tell us how Storq was created. When, why, and how did you put your idea into action?
The idea for Storq came about after listening to pregnant friend after pregnant friend passionately discuss maternity fashion, or the lack thereof. There’s a real desire to preserve a sense of identity and style while pregnant and not a lot of options out there for doing so.
5. How would you describe the Storq aesthetic? What is the spirit of the brand?
We believe pregnant ladies are human, too. Our aesthetic is clean and minimal, the ideal canvas for a women to express her own sense of style.
6. You also offer a body bundle and a beauty bundle. Why did you think it was important to offer these options, and how did you decide on the particular items to include?
Pregnant women have a unique set of concerns when it comes to what they can put on their skin and it can take valuable time to wade through everything out there to find great products. We’ve tested them all and selected our beauty and body favorites that are not only safe for moms-to-be, but also effective and luxurious.
7. Many women struggle with getting dressed and feeling like themselves while pregnant. Others don’t even think purchasing maternity wear is a worthwhile investment. What advice do you have for them?
To the women who make it through pregnancy without buying a single maternity item, more power. And for the most part, they’re right, you’re not really making an investment, per se. We focused on the pieces that help to fill in the gaps in your wardrobe so you can make the most of what you’ve already got and still feel like yourself, just more comfortable.
8. What is your favorite part of designing & producing maternity apparel?
Empowering women who are pregnant, who are doing this mind-blowing thing, to look and feel amazing.
9. For moms (or any women, really) starting their own businesses, what advice would give?
The hardest part is taking the plunge. I say just jump!
10. What’s next for Storq? Are there any upcoming projects in the works?
More chic essentials from your friends at Storq. Stay tuned.
11. Your talent speaks for itself through everything you’ve already accomplished with Storq. Is there anything you don’t do well that you wish you could?
You are way too kind! Seriously. There are so many things I wish I was better at, but I’d be pretty excited if I was a great chess player.
P.S. – Here’s a picture of Courtney with baby Nell in our baby bamboo!
(Images via Mother Magazine, Racked, & Storq)
Tags Interviews, Maternity Clothing, Pregnancy
Category Interviews, Maternity Clothing, Pregnancy
Guest Post :
By Melissa Willets - POSTED Dec 4, 2014
She has the baby swing. She’s stocked with newborn basics like onesies and hats. Maybe she’s about to become a second, or third time mom. Or perhaps she’s a new soon-to-be mom with really generous friends and family! No matter the reason, a Boppy won’t do for a baby gift for this super-prepared mama.
Sigh. What can you possibly get for the mom-to-be who has everything? You don’t want to phone it in with another hooded ducky towel. No, you need a unique present, something that prompts her to demand, “Where did you find this?”
Don’t worry. It’s not an impossible mission. We got you covered with these awesomely adorable gift ideas for the mom-to-be who has it all, except…
Hand Knit Baby Rattles. Impress the mom who already has every baby toy on Earth on standby with these cute Estella cotton baby toys. We dare any pregnant mama not to chuckle with surprise and glee when she unwraps a salted pretzel, a purse with a sweet little bow, or a mustache rattle. Don’t forget to check out the coordinating nursery pillows!
The Best Swaddles. Your mom friend owns a stack of receiving blankets, but breathable muslin swaddles by Aden and Anais are where it’s at! The size and weight of the fabric makes wrapping a wee one worry-free and easy. Um, plus they’re cute. Yup, she’ll love cradling her cutie in these soft styles. You’re a whiz at this finding the perfect gift thing!
Handprint Canvas Set. Give the gift of a memory with a create-a-keepsake canvas kit from Red Envelope. Upon baby’s arrival, the new family can capture the moment by stamping their hand or foot prints on a piece of wall art, which can be customized by color, design, and the option to add text.
Superhero Knit Dolls. Your mommy friend may have a nursery full of stuffed animals and dolls, but she hasn’t seen Estella’s superhero inspired knit dolls! Kat is sporty yet sweet, Trixie has confidence and style to spare, and Red is one capable cookie. Dolls who offer life lessons to little ones? Can you say gift giving genius?
Giant Personalized Tote. An over-sized Lands End tote bag makes the perfect hospital bag, weekend getaway bag, and bedding, clothing, and toy storage bag. It’s a gift that keeps on giving long after baby is born; from the first sleepover, to sleep-away camp, to college! How many other gifts can boast of being useful for life?
Told you we could help!
Tags Baby Gifts, Baby Rattles, Eco-Friendly Gifts, Eco-Friendly Toys, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Hand-Knit Toys, Kids' Accessories & Toys, Mom Gifts, Pregnancy, Soft Baby Toys
Category Baby Gifts, Baby Rattles, Eco-Friendly Gifts, Eco-Friendly Toys, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Hand-Knit Toys, Kids' Accessories & Toys, Mom Gifts, Pregnancy, Soft Baby Toys
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.
Tags For Mom, Mom Styling Tips, Pregnancy
(Image via Hitha on the Go)
Category For Mom, Mom Styling Tips, Pregnancy
A Conversation With :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Sep 11, 2014
We’ve been avid reader’s of San Diego-based Natalie’s blog Thoughts by Natalie – “a community for women dedicated to honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life” – for a while now, so we were excited to chat with the contributing editor to Glitter Guide & soon to be mom to baby Jack about her pregnancy must-haves, favorite maternity clothes, & lovely advice to fellow first time moms-to-be. Enjoy!
1. You only have a few more weeks before Jack arrives! What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve received since you’ve been pregnant?
Rest, rest, rest—and I’ve absolutely taken that advice to heart! Each day I have all kinds of things on my to-do list, but I always schedule down time to sit down and do nothing for a while. Also, I’ve been going to bed early to make sure I get as much sleep as possible. Growing a person can be quite exhausting!
2. What have you enjoyed most about your pregnancy? Any major surprises?
Admittedly, pregnancy is not my favorite thing in the world—but feeling the little guy move will be one thing I absolutely will miss once he arrives! It’s always reassuring to feel his kicks and know he’s doing well in there—even when he jabs me in the ribs ;)
3. What are some of your pregnancy beauty & fashion must-haves?
I’ve stuck to a very minimalist items during this pregnancy, so I rely heavily on accessories to keep my simple wardrobe feeling fresh—my fedora hat, lightweight scarves and pendant necklaces are just a few favorites. As far as makeup goes, I love CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion in brown for a natural, bright-eyed look, and I always sweep on some bronzer and my Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick to reinforce that pregnancy glow.
4. Are there any pieces are you relying on to get you through these last few weeks?
It’s all about black for me in these final weeks—specifically I have a black swing dress and a black maternity dress that I wear every single week (if not multiple times!).
5. What’s been your biggest indulgence while pregnant? Any foods/drinks you’re looking forward to having after the baby arrives?
Cheese!! Before getting pregnant, I ate cheese very rarely—mostly as a salad topper or when I went out to eat. But now I can’t remember a day this year when I didn’t eat any cheese! It’s just so appealing. Post-baby, I’m looking forward to finally drinking a glass of champagne as well as indulging in some spicy tuna rolls.
6. Do you have any style tips for other moms-to-be?
Keep it comfortable, and keep it YOU. The comfort part seems obvious, but I found myself trying to wear several things at the beginning that looked good but were really not working comfort-wise. Soft fabrics are a must, as well as LOTS of stretch. Also, so many of the maternity options out there are really unattractive, and I think a lot of women feel stuck in a style rut during pregnancy as a result. But it doesn’t have to be that way—I’ve found that by getting a couple sizes up in non-maternity clothes I can be comfortable and stay true to my pre-pregnancy style.
7. Have you started shopping for baby? Any favorite brands for baby boys?
I honestly haven’t done a ton of shopping for Jack yet, mostly because our friends and family have been so generous with their gifts! As far as brands for good baby boy items go, though, I really love KicKee Pants, Carter’s, H&M and Freshly Picked!
8. What about the nursery?
The nursery is coming along slowly but surely. I knew right away that I wanted the Babyletto Hudson crib in white, so that’s been in the room for a while. Also, I found a dreamy wingback chair from IKEA and a sleek, modern changing table from Land of Nod that keep the room looking masculine, modern and cozy. Now, we’re just searching for the perfect white dresser and some frames to hang the adorable Sharon Montrose baby animal photos I couldn’t resist buying.
9. Finally, what advice would you give to fellow first time moms-to-be who are in the earlier stages of pregnancy?
Remember: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!! The hardest part of my pregnancy was the emotional side of things—handling weight gain and skin and hair changes that were less than glamorous. I felt insecure about myself for the first half of my pregnancy and wish I could’ve just seen in the mirror what other people see in pregnant women: a beautiful, radiant person who is growing a life inside her! Also, know that it’s okay to not enjoy pregnancy (it doesn’t make you a bad person or a bad mom), and that it’s temporary. It feels like eternity, I know, but soon enough you’ll have a sweet baby in your arms and it’ll make it all worth it.
Thank you, Natalie! Some additional Thoughts by Natalie posts you may enjoy:
What to pack in your hospital bag.
Second & third trimester essentials.
The entire Bump Style series!
(Images via Joyful Steps Photography)
Tags Maternity Clothing, Pregnancy
Category Maternity Clothing, Pregnancy