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  • Fall Maternity Fashion Trends

    Any woman who’s been pregnant knows it can be hard to balance style and comfort as your body changes during pregnancy. Lucky for us, maternity fashion is taken just as seriously as style trends for everyone else. There’s no reason not to follow along with the latest trends, no matter how far along you are. Plus, almost everything looks cuter with a baby bump and glowing mama-to-be. Here are the fall maternity fashion trends to follow so that you, and your bump, are fully on-point.

    Leggings and boots are essential this fall. This is the look that even non-pregnant women everywhere boasting when the seasons change and the weather gets chilly. Find comfortable, breathable materials for the leggings and match them with this autumn's’ killer selection of ankle, calf, and knee boots. Stick to basic colors for the leggings, but be adventurous with tops and footwear.

    Pick a sweet, short dress for a night out.  This season, knee-length dresses are in style for expectant mothers, replacing floor-length, high-waisted maternity dresses. This fall’s dresses have straight cuts, A-shaped designs, and flared skirts and are gorgeously flattering, even after the baby is born. Lack of style choices aren’t an issue anymore for a night out when you’re expecting, as long as you’re up for it!

    Fall florals are in style for expectant moms, too. This fall, runways everywhere are showcasing bold, beautiful florals. Maternity clothes are no exception. Shopping for florals in maternity wear can be tricky, as some patterns can end up looking dowdy or too old-fashioned. Look out for autumnal tones, trendy rosy shades of pink, large prints, and cute accessories like belts and tassels to wrap up the look.

    Delicate lace brings out the maternal blush. Lacy tops, leggings, pants, and sweaters add a feminine, yet trendy, edge to any maternity outfit. Lace accents on a tunic or sweater can be matched with denim or other harder fabrics to create a warm look. You can also find lace in darker shades on evening wear to add a dramatic touch. Lace is beautiful in any color, so match according to your outfit for a polished and refined look.

    Easy layering is essential for chilly expectant days. When you’re expecting, you can go from chilled to sweating in a matter of moments. It’s important to be prepared when you’re out and about, but you don’t want a pile of random sweaters adding a frumpy look to your outfit. Find a few lighter layers that mesh together, which you can add or subtract as needed.

    Pick soft whites and creams in your color scheme. Light colors work well with a growing bump and can really flatter your changing body. Pair cream sweaters with dark neutral leggings and pants for a stunning contrast, or layer white underneath deeper shades for a pop of brightness.

    Checks, plaids, and stripes add touches of boldness to your bump. But not all three together! Look for simple and streamlined patterns that stand out on their own against neutral colors. As you shop, find cuts that are slightly fitted to maintain shape against a growing belly. Keep accessories light, or stick to one or two complimentary pieces that let your clothing shine.

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  • Baby Fashion (0-6mos.) Fall Edition

    Leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Fall is here, and it’s the very first one for your new baby! You’ve probably already begun collecting cold-weather coats, hats, and snuggly blankets for the change of season. Once you’ve covered the bases, it’s time to get fun with your baby’s clothing. Why not make your baby’s first autumn extra-special by dressing her in the season’s latest fashion? Trips to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch are even better when you and your baby are enjoying autumn in style. Girl or boy, there are a collection of trends to follow this fall. Make sure your baby’s clothes are thoroughly on-point!  

    Ruffle your baby up. The most stylish infant clothes are adorned with frilly ruffles this autumn. Dainty dresses are always adorable on a brand-new baby girl, but don’t stop at a ruffled dress. Look for delicate decorative ruffles on sleeves, collars, and down pants legs. Jackets and sweaters with ruffles are perfect for keeping baby cozy as the temperature drops, while keeping her up on the current trends. Bonus points for snatching up a ruffled receiving blanket for chilly evening stroller rides.

    ruffle it up

     Look for lace all over the place. Lacy accents are normally found on special-occasion-only baby clothing. This fall, seek out lace on everyday wear, like bodysuits, leggings, sweaters, and baby accessories. Decorative lace overlays are lovely for autumn, but so are lace trimmings on hemlines and delicate lace headbands. When you shop for lacy babywear, run the fabric over the back of your hand to be certain that it won’t be too itchy or irritating against you little one’s sensitive skin.

    lace accents are in

    Dress for the great outdoors - even if you’d rather stay inside. Wild woodland themes are all over baby clothes this fall, matched with wonderfully rich earthen tones. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been camping in your life, you can still dress your baby in this season’s mountain and forest motifs. Woodland critters like foxes, owls, fawns, and bears pop up in beautiful patterns, as well as designs evocative of late-night s’more roasting and hikes in autumnal woods. You know your baby is a little animal, so embrace that with the fall’s wilderness trend.

    dress for the great outdoors...even when staying in

    Red, orange, and yellow are autumnal staples, but don’t forget pink. Soft, dusty pink is everywhere this fall. The dusky hue matches well with the darker palette that shorter autumnal days invite. Find unexpected ways to dress your baby in this hot fall shade, like rosy booties to keep tiny toes warm or a pink bodysuit layered under a cardigan. When you’re out with infants, it’s crucial to keep a back-up outfit in the diaper bag (in case of spit-up, diaper issues, or food stains, just to name a few possible issues), so be sure to get an extra dusty pink shirt or two to carry with you if the first outfit fails.

    dusty pink is an autumnal staple color

    Pick bold patterns for your fierce little one. Fearless floral patterns are especially popular this autumn, but also find checks and plaids for your fashionable infant. Infant clothing usually tends toward gentle motifs and light colors, so choosing a piece with strong designs will make a major statement. Pair checked shirts with solid bottoms, or oversized polka dots with a simple onesie. These patterns are particularly well-suited to your little girl’s first tiny swing dress, when it’s time to get fancy, or a baby boy’s first dapper party shirt.

    pick bold print for your fierce little one

    Remember to bring layers to keep your baby cozy. When it comes to following fall baby trends, outerwear isn’t an exception. Faux-fur is popping up everywhere this autumn. Furry coats and vests will give your tiny trendsetter a polished look, especially in luxuriant cream or off-white shades. The details on these pieces really stand out, so pay attention for the cutest buttons, clasps, and toggles to complete the look. Faux-fur lined bunting and one-pieces are also perfect for the coldest autumn days, out and about.

    keep baby cozy in layers

    Baby clothing safety is always in style. As you piece together your infant’s perfect fall wardrobe, remember that it’s important to keep an eye out for possible safety risks. Remove drawstrings from baby’s clothing, as the strings can catch on cribs, seats, swings and other furniture. Also, be aware of tiny, detachable adornments on clothing items, like rhinestones, jewels, buttons, and other decorative pieces. These can fall off and become a choking hazard, so check the clothing to make sure that pieces are still attached.

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  • Nursing Recipes: Apple Cranberry Oat

    A lactation-friendly sweet treat that’s perfect for the fall.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Want to know something incredible about this apple crumble recipe? Not only is it seasonal and delicious, but there are even a couple ingredients that make it beneficial for breastfeeding. Now it’s in no way a pure lactation recipe, but oats and almonds are known to increase lactation so that’s the perfect excuse to make and consume this wonderful fall treat, right? Right!

    Ingredients

    Filling:
    6 medium honey crisp apples
    juice of 1 lemon
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ to ½ cup granulated sugar, depending on tartness of apples
    ½ cup dried cranberries

    Topping:
    ¾ cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
    ½ cup granulated sugar
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    ½ cup shaved almonds
    ½ cup melted butter

    Directions

    • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your baking dishes with pam. I used a pie dish as well as an 8” square dish.
    • In a large mixing bowl juice your lemon and add in your dried cranberries to soften.
    • Core apples and cut into 3/4 –inch pieces. Feel free to peel your apples or leave the skin on. I left the skin on mine. Mix into your large bowl with cranberries and lemon juice. The lemon juice will help your apples from turning brown. Add in cinnamon and sugar and mix.
    • In a separate bowl make your topping. Mix together your flour, oats, sugar, salt and almonds.
    • In a small sauce pan over medium heat melt down your butter. Mix into your topping.
    • Distribute your filling mixture into your baking dishes and cover with your topping.
    • Place into the oven and bake between 1 hour and 15 minutes and 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the juices are bubbling, apples are soft, and the crumble top is golden brown. Enjoy!

    This article is by Hailey Andresen, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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  • 6 Instagram Moms To Follow This Fall

    Jessica (@dearestdaughters)

    @dearestdaughters

    Mother of three, Jessica, makes taking flawless photos of her little ones look too easy. Whether it be completing afterschool homework or swinging on a tire, her daughters’ most precious moments spent laughing, playing, and loving each other–with occasional appearances from Dad and Fall foliage–will definitely inspire you to whip out that camera this season.

    Bri (@burtsbrisplease)

    @burtsbrisplease

    Minneapolis mama, Bri, has serious serious Instagram game. We love following the beautiful relationship between blue-eyed son Leo and cat Toby, which even has its own hashtag–#talesofleoandtoby. Her vibrant photos beautifully capture fall’s colors and flavors. If you’re looking to add an air of mischief and “aww” to your daily feed you can’t go without following this account!

    Casey Weigand (@caseyleighwiegand)

    @caseyleighwiegand

    We love Casey Weigand’s beautiful moments between her and her three children children. Her cozy, rustic-inspired, Dallas home is the backdrop of most of her photos, which often feature seasonal foods, Fall flowers, and candid sleeping shots of her kids.

    Mary Lauren (@marylauren)

    @marylauren

    After just giving birth to newborn son Ezra, Mary Lauren fills her page with photos of her two beautiful boys, their cozy home by the ocean, and seasonal eats. This mama inspires us in too many ways to count. For bump-style inspiration, wanderlust cravings, and a positive addition to your feed, check out her Instagram page and blog.

    Sharstin Miller (@sharstinm)

    @sharstinm

    When it comes to a combination of mommy and kid style, Sharstin Miller’s account is a hard to beat. With four beautiful kids, she still somehow has time to capture life, and especially this season’s, finest simple moments. From family trips to day-to-day outdoor play, you will be glad her updates grace your feed every now and then.

    Naomi Davis (@taza)

    @taza

    Close to our heart and home is Naomi, who shares her and her family’s beautiful urban adventures here in NYC. This season, her profile inspires us all to get out of our apartments and see the beautiful foliage the city–and its suburban attractions–has to offer. Let her gorgeous shots and three adorable little ones light up your Instagram feed.

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    • Fall Beauty For Moms-To-Be

      As you bid adieu to summer and welcome the arrival of fall–trading in sandals for slingbacks and bikinis for blazers–be sure to also swap out your featherweight summer skincare and cosmetics for rich products better suited for this transitional season.

      The crisp autumn air will feel inviting after enduring the summer heat with your own internal furnace cranked to high, so venture outdoors and partake in some of many fall activities, including visiting a harvest festival, picking apples at a nearby orchard, and taking in a football game with your partner. Protect your delicate skin from whipping winds by carrying a moisturizing body balm, such as Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm, which uses organic shea, cupuaçu and mango butters. To ensure that your pucker stays flake-free, toss the long-lasting Nine Naturals Simply Natural Lip Balm in your bag as well.

      Look the part on your fall adventures by borrowing beauty inspiration from the fall fashion runways, where the following trends ruled:

      • Ruby lips: No matter the hue—from cherry to burgundy—red lips are all the rage this fall. Choose from one of four red shades from Ilia Cosmetics, who offers certified-organic moisturizing lip products filled with bioactive botanicals.
      • Metallic shadows: Add a little shimmer and shine to your beauty routine by painting a wash of Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eye Shimmer in Firefly, which is formulated with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, all over your lids.
      • Flushed cheeks: A flawlessly flushed complexion can easily be achieved by dotting RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek (the Demure shade is perfection)—free of harmful chemicals, synthetic preservatives, synthetic vitamins, and genetically altered ingredients—on the apples of your cheeks.

      There’s no wrong way to rock your fall beauty style, so have fun playing around with different colors, textures, and finishes. Show us your best fall bump beauty by tagging @NineNaturals on Instagram!

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