Review: Pink Blush Maternity clothes (and nursing too!)

When I was pregnant with Baby J, I bought a fairly extensive maternity wardrobe. Well, maybe it wasn’t. What’s extensive? But many of my friends seem to get by with yoga pants, a pair of jeans or two, and some tops. I, however, had to buy clothes appropriate for work (I was teaching full time), church (played in the church orchestra every Sunday), and the rest of the time. It was difficult to find things that were flattering and appropriate. Okay, some of what I bought wasn’t flattering. *sigh* I recently heard about Pink Blush Maternity (formerly Sweet Pea Maternity). It’s a company I wish I’d known about when pregnant. We do plan on having at least two more children, so next time, I know where to look!

Pink Blush contacted me about reviewing one of their tops or dresses.¬†They offer¬†trendy, cute, and affordable¬†maternity clothing.¬†Although I’m not currently pregnant, many of their clothes function as¬†nursing wear, so¬†I chose the¬†Aqua Scrunchy Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress to review. The dress appears to currently be sold out on their website. ūüôĀ

Sorry about the overexposed photos! We didn’t have a good photo-taking opportunity.

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My Experiences:

The dress is lovely with plenty of room to expand in the waist. I don’t think it looks like a “maternity dress” at all. I was planning on nursing my son in this dress, but go figure…he weaned a few days before the dress arrived! If you can tell in the photo above, the bra cups can actually be scrunched down. They will go all the way down if you want, completely exposing your breast, which is exactly what you need for nursing.

For reference, I’m 5’10,” 159 lbs., and wearing a size large. I think I could wear a medium though, because the bust wasn’t at all tight on the size large. I was a little concerned that “the girls” would fall out when I leaned over, but it wasn’t too risque. I wasn’t flashing a nip, anyway. My chest isn’t well-endowed anymore, and when I pulled on the cups, there was plenty of room for bigger “girls.”

The dress is lightweight and feels like nice quality…not cheap. I’ve washed the dress on cold, and hung it to dry without any issues. I wore it to the park and playground when it was at least 90 degrees outside, and I think it’s also the perfect dress for the beach. The only downside is if you uhm “glow” a lot like me, it could potentially show “glow” stains. I didn’t have any issues when I was walking briskly around the lake even though my body temperature was up from exercising. When I sat in my car, however, it took a while for my body to cool down. In the meantime, the back of my dress that was pressed against the car seat…well, there were “glow” marks on my lower back. ūüôĀ No sweat marks on the front though (away from the seat and towards the A/C vents), so that’s a plus!

As I mentioned above, I’m really excited about this company and look forward to wearing trendy maternity clothes during my next pregnancy! Seriously, where were these cute clothes when I was lumbering around town?

If my dress shows a little too much skin for your taste, Pink Blush has plenty of modest dresses and other maternity clothes.¬†They have¬†an awesome sale section, I’ve noticed. And standard shipping is $5 with free shipping on orders over $50. They also ship to Canada and other locations.

Note: I received a complimentary dress by Pink Blush Maternity to review. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are mine and may differ from yours.

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Cleava Review

Since I prefer to dress modestly, I was excited to have the chance to review the Cleava! The Cleava is a snap-to-bra mock camisole. It gives the wearer coverage but also the versatility to add or remove at a moment’s notice. The Cleava was invented by a woman for women, and it’s still a woman-run business. I love that!

Since I’m a nursing mother, I’m very, very happy with the Cleava!¬†My friends and my husband can attest to my complaints regarding nursing tops or tops suitable for nursing: it always seems like they’re made for your boobs to hang out. Yes, you want easy access for nursing, but that shouldn’t have to mean looking hoochie! I tried wearing tank tops underneath, but if it was a nursing tank, then I’d have to deal with dropping two cups while holding a squirmy baby. If it was a regular tank, then I’d have to either yank it down under my boob, or pull the entire thing up to my neck.

Enter the Cleava. Now I wear the Cleava with my nursing bra and nursing tops to get coverage. Most importantly, I can nurse my son without having to remove or really mess with the Cleava! Whatever side I’m nursing on, I just slide the strap of the Cleava up above my nursing bra clasp, then let the clasp go and drop my bra cup. Easy peasy! When I’m finished nursing my son, I snap the bra cup back up, and slide the Cleava strap down.

BEFORE
(I didn’t want a “crack” photo on the Web, so thanks to my SIL for blurring it out!)
AFTER
Me with my Cleava, dressing confidently and ready to breastfeed my baby!

I wish I’d known about the Cleava when I was teaching! Before my son was born, I taught high school English in Florida. I used to wear tank tops underneath whatever shirt I was wearing, just to keep teenage boys from looking down my shirt when I was leaning over their desks (Yes, this happens). Unfortunately, the tank top obviously added an extra layer, and in 80 and 90+ degree weather, an extra clothing layer can equal misery…even in an air conditioned classroom (A/C in public schools is often an iffy thing). The Cleava would’ve given me the coverage I needed with very little extra fabric.

On a side note, wearing a tank top underneath a shirt adds more straps in addition to your bra. That can be really annoying sometimes if they are digging in or sliding off, depending on what you’re doing. I don’t have this problem with the Cleava!

Another way Cleava trumps tank top or camisole, in my opinion: DRESSES. Have you ever tried to wear a tank top under a dress? Maybe you had a good experience, but I rarely did. My tank top usually started to ride up or gather and bunch around my waist, which sends me running for the church bathroom to immodestly lift my dress and yank the tank top down. Again…the Cleava is great for this situation!

The Cleava is available in assorted styles and colors and is one size fits most. In my photos, I’m wearing the Original Classic style in White that retails for $19.95. The holidays are just around the corner, and the Cleava would make a great gift for any reason (or season).

Here are some of the currently available styles and colors:

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Rhinestone Splash- Black
Original Classic- Aqua Blue
Black Lace Edge Trim Fina- Gray
Lady Lace Corso- Black on Nude

To receive the ultimate exclusive inside information and deals, follow Cleava on Twitter, Pinterest ¬†and Facebook and enroll at Cleava’s website through the¬†Stay Informed Enrollment¬†tab.¬†They’ll send out information on new colors and styles, news releases and sale announcements.

Michelle De Sousa, the inventor of Cleava, is so confident that you’re going to love your Cleava that she is offering FREE SHIPPING on any orders over $50.00. Use code: FSLWP. Code expires Oct. 22, 2012.¬†You also have¬†The 30 Day Guarantee. If for any reason you are not happy with your Cleava, you can return it within 30 days. You have nothing to lose, so¬†click here to order or call 1-888-692-5328.

One reader is going to win a free Cleava to add to their wardrobe! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter (open to U.S. and Canada).

Note: I received the sample reviewed above for review purposes only. I was requested to write an honest and sincere review. I was not requested to write a positive review. The opinions are my own, and others may differ. I was not compensated for this review or giveaway.

Winner:
Entry #167Mendy N.

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