Every mom-to-be has the same question. It's not how to survive childbirth, or what to do with a newborn — it's how on Earth to get dressed in the morning with a burgeoning baby bump! As it turns out, there's not a single foolproof trick to the trade, but instead a number of styling secrets that you can incorporate into your maternity wardrobe. From Liz Lange to Rosie Pope, we've got the inside scoop from some of our favorite designers and celebs — all of whom have been there themselves, might we add — on how they mastered the art of chic pregnancy style.
It's not all about the kiddos during the holidays. They may not be toys you can buy at the local toy store, but moms have a few wants of their own this time of year. So listen up dads! We're turning to some of the busiest and savviest mamas we know — moms who've started businesses catering to other moms (and moms-to-be) — to see what's made its way onto their wish lists.
Rosie Pope's a mom of many hats. On TV she's the maternity concierge to some demanding parents-to-be. In her store she's the designer of a high-end line of eponymous maternity clothes and the founder of MomPrep, an education center for moms and expectant moms. In between, she's the author of Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy. And at home, she's wife to Daron and mom to sons James and Wellington and baby daughter Vivienne. To say Rosie's got a lot going on is an understatement, but when it comes to thinking of herself, she's looking to mix the practical with the fun. Check out what's on Rosie's holiday wish list this year.
Rosie Pope is quickly positioning herself as the maternity guru for an entire generation of moms-to-be. With a successful Bravo show — Rosie is waiting to hear if the show will be back for a third season — an eponymous maternity clothing store packed with beautifully designed pieces, and a preparation for pregnancy class held in the store, Rosie's popping up in many pregnant women's worlds. Her latest effort is Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy, a fun but informative resource book about pregnancy packed with personal anecdotes, doctors' notes, and input about what men are thinking in each part of the story.
Following the book's launch at Destination Maternity, I spoke with Rosie about hot-button pregnancy issues, the myth of doing it all, and some advice for couples dealing with infertility.
LilSugar: Why did you decide to write the book now?
Rosie Pope: I've had access to such amazing experts over the years and I've learned so much myself that I wanted to put it all in one place so people could buy just one book that had all of the science and all of the candid mom advice. I have these amazing clients and people, but I think the information should be available for everybody. The book is really my first opportunity to reach all of the people I always wanted to reach that we don't necessarily reach with our clothes.
LS: What's the first question you get from the new moms who come to the shop?
RP: How do you juggle everything? [My answer] varies from day to day! [I try to] remember this is what I asked for. I wanted a successful business and I wanted a big family. I'm really living what I dreamed.
Also know that you can't do it all in one day. There's no way I can dedicate myself to my work, and my kids, and my husband in one day. I know if I look over a long period of time — like a week — that I've spent quality time with my kids, and with him and my work, and I can fit it all in. A lot less pressure if you don't try to do it all in one day.
LS: You've experienced both infertility treatments and a natural pregnancy. What's the best piece of advice you can give parents having trouble conceiving?
RP: Have faith that you will get your family here somehow. Even if it's not the way that you had imagined.
LS: Let's go through some hot-button pregnancy issues. Give me your take on the following.
LS: Drinking while pregnant?
RP: No, No.
LS: Deli meat?
RP: Yes, if the doctor says it's OK.
LS: Who's in the delivery room?
RP: As few people as possible!
It really is looking like this is the Summer of the British Invasion. With British boy bands burning up the charts, the London Olympics just a few months away, and the Queen's jubilee celebration about to begin, we can't turn around without spotting the Union Jack! Now the maternity world is set to be conquered by none other than Pregnant in Heels star and British expat Rosie Pope. As we told you earlier this year, Rosie Pope is creating a capsule collection for A Pea in the Pod filled with designs similar to her own high-end boutique pieces, but at a fraction of the price (pieces from the collection will start at $85).
I caught up with the expectant Rosie (she's less than two weeks away from delivering her third child and the second season of her show) to see the collection firsthand — and it's beautiful. The 15 "desk-to-dinner" pieces — including a shirt dress, shifts, silk tops, blazers, and cardigans — are designed to make moms-to-be feel more glamorous than ever before. And as for the design details, Rosie said she was inspired by what Kate Middleton wears. For all of the bending down the nonpregnant Duchess must do when greeting people, she chooses tops with higher necklines and lower backs, thus avoiding wardrobe malfunctions. Rosie employed the same principle for her new collection, hoping to keep pregnant women's growing assets covered up, but not in a frumpy way. When asked about an overall theme for the collection, she noted that it definitely has sex on its mind — just like many of her clients on the show this season! Check out some pieces from the Rosie Pope For A Pea in the Pod collection.
With Beyoncé obviously crazy in love with lil Blue, and Jessica Simpson anxiously awaiting her lil lady's arrival, it's no surprise the fashion-loving superstars have both announced they're working on maternity lines. And Rosie Pope, of Bravo's Pregnant in Heels is debuting a capsule collection (priced significantly lower than her namesake line) for A Pea in the Pod in June.
So which new celeb maternity line are you most excited about? Rosie definitely has the edge when it comes to maternity experience, but Jessica has already created a fashion empire by giving women what they want to wear, at affordable prices. Beyoncé, who's a partner in the House of Deréon with her mom, is never afraid to take a fashion risk and continued to push style boundaries while she was pregnant. It's a tough decision, but we know you'll have an opinion, so weigh in below!
But will there be heels? Rosie Pope, the NYC maternity concierge, high-end maternity designer, and star of Bravo's Pregnant in Heels, will be bringing her uptown style to moms-to-be everywhere this Summer. The Rosie Pope capsule collection for A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity will debut in June, shortly after she welcomes her third child. Pieces from the collection will start at $85, significantly less than her namesake line sold at her Madison Avenue boutique, where dresses run from $130 to $270.
Sometimes you just can't wait! After buying a home pregnancy test, some hopeful mamas-to-be just can't make it home before peeing on the stick. At a recent event introducing the new easy-to-handle Clearblue Plus Pregnancy Test, maternity concierge and BravoTV reality star Rosie Pope revealed that she discovered her third pregnancy at her oldest son's third birthday party. Saying she just couldn't wait to go home to take the test, she snuck into the bathroom and learned the exciting news.
Most LilSugar readers told us they took their tests at home, but we want to know — pregnant or not — where was the strangest place you took the test?
It takes a really good cause to get celebrity moms and dads to leave the comfort of their homes on a weekday night in the middle of the holiday season. Baby Buggy — the charity founded by Jessica Seinfeld that distributes new and gently used baby products to New York City families in need — is one such cause. The organization has given away more than 50 million baby products since it started, and for its 10th anniversary, Jessica organized a night of comedy featuring none other than her husband, Jerry Seinfeld, as well as Jon Stewart and Colin Quinn. The comedic lineup drew a crowd of celeb supporters including Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Bridget Moynahan, Chrissy and Nigel Barker, Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos, Rosie Pope, Kyle MacLachlan and Desiree Gruber, and Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness. I took my place on the red carpet and spoke to the stars as they entered the event, asking them about their own wish lists for the holiday season. See what they had to say!
Oh the trials and tribulations of wealthy moms-to-be! Last night's series premiere of Pregnant in Heels introduced us to the world of Rosie Pope – a baby concierge who helps rich New York women design their nurseries, hire nannies, improve relationships with husbands, and, apparently, select baby names. Mitch and Samantha are about to welcome their third child and are seeking help naming their baby-to-be. Rather than pore through books and websites, they have Rosie put together a focus group of academics (a poet, a magazine writer, a linguist, and a branding expert) to aid them in choosing a name that will "scream success." I won't spoil it with the name that is ultimately agreed upon, but let's just say it is – unexpected. The show definitely shines a light on extreme baby planning, but as a "been there, done that" mom, I found it to be a fun indulgence. Did you tune in? Dish with me in the comments below!