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May 2015

BLANQI City Spotlight

Top places to visit in NYC
Rachel Blumenthal’s insider tips

Meet Rachel – mom, wife, entrepreneur, and your new best friend.  Why, you ask? Because she is the founder and CEO of Cricket’s Circle, and because she and her dedicated team of  parents and editors have seen and tested nearly every baby and pregnancy-related product on the market, choosing only the best of the best and sharing them with you, expecting and new moms, so that you can save your much-valued time and energy!.  The resident of Manhattan, wife of the co-founder of Warby Parker, and natural curator of all things excellent, Rachel has shared with us her favorite go-to spots in the big apple.  Considering her knack for discovering the cool, we’ll be hitting these spots up!

xx Sabina & Valerie

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Best Reading Nook

Soho House NYC or Trump Soho Library – both are cozy and have great snacks!

Favorite Eats

Snowdays in the East Village for the best ice cream “snow cones” around, the gourmet snow cones outside Bubby’s Meatpacking in the summer, cotton candy at Handsome Dan’s in the East Village and Sockerbit in the West Village for the best gummy candies from Scandinavia – can you tell I have a sweet tooth?!

Coolest Kids’ Spot

The water park (it’s really a glorified playground with water fountains) on the West Side Highway in the West Village, Children’s Museum of the Arts in Soho for arts and crafts, Children’s Museum of Manhattan for interactive science learning and pretend play, Make Meaning for making and decorating fondant cakes, and the Chelsea Piers ball pit for little ones.

Local Haunt

The roof at the NoMad hotel for dinner or drinks, bagels at Murray’s, Jeffrey’s and Bergdorf Goodman for shopping, Cleo Spa on 28th and Park for the best cheap and fast manicure in the city.

Must-see Market

There is nothing like the flower market on 28th street between 6th and 7th. You have to get there super early because by7:30am all of the best flowers are gone for the day.

Valerie's Life

A babybump update from Valerie // 28 weeks

I seriously cannot believe that I am 28 weeks pregnant already!! I’m due August 15th, which feels wayyy closer than I need it to be right about now. I thought for sure baby #4 was going to be a breeze, but that hasn’t been the case. This pregnancy started off with some complications, so that added stress and twice weekly progesterone shots, along with a crazy production and design schedule at BLANQI, has kept me busy and solely focused on getting this babe to the safe zone.

So now that I have a legit baby bump, it’s time to share how I’m styling it. I’m looking forward to taking you into my daily, real life looks. I have 3 kids with adventurous spirits and courageous hearts, whom I love deeply, but they live life at a high pace. My stylist-turned-pilot husband has a crazy travel schedule, so the routine I crave is never normal. As in, he plans to be based out-of-town for 10 weeks starting 9-9-15, which is 3.5 weeks after my due date. Queue the tears now.

Here is a look back from week 10 until now from the few casual photos I’ve taken on my personal Instagram. Make sure you follow @BLANQIgirls on Instagram and sign up for the BLANQI blog newsletter so you don’t miss any of the babybump updates!

xxValerie

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Favorite Finds

Sun protection for little sun lovers – our top rash guard picks

We can’t tell you how excited we are about these adorable rash guards!  Not only are they super cute, but they’re also incredible time-savers –  greasing up little wriggly toddlers can be quite the exercise in patience and time management!  These triple threats make a fashion statement, save your time & sanity, and most importantly, save lives:

Zebra print by GAP – your future zoologist will love this monochromatic geo print.

Nautical stripes by Hanna Andersson – faux elbow reinforcement for your little bruiser.

Taylor 3D Sea Print by Stella McCartney – does she makes this in adult sizes?  Love!

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Sunny stripes by Hanna Andersson – she’ll light up the beach in this bright top.

Sharks by Boden – understated, yet fun for your little swim shark.

Neptune Swimming Tigers by Molo – for the kiddo who wants to make a serious entrance to the pool.

“Bon Voyage” by Osh Kosh – sweet and simple.

Racing Stripes by J Crew – for your minimalist with an edge.

 

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Going from one to four children: Emily’s triplet pregnancy journey

This is Emily’s story.  Beautiful mother of one, wife, entrepreneur, photographer, blogger, and pregnant with triplets.  We asked her to share some of her experiences to shed some light on a multiple pregnancy!   xx Sabina & Valerie

I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband (of six years) Rob, our almost 2 year-old son Xavier (aka Zee!) and our fur baby River (the Golden Retriever)! It’s about to get a little crazy in our house! Our family is about to double in size when our triplets arrive in a few weeks. They’re due in early June at around 34 – 35 weeks, which is considered “full-term” for triplets.

Before having Zee, I was a National Marketing Manager and worked ridiculous hours! I knew as soon as I got pregnant that I couldn’t return to doing what I was doing as I didn’t want to have a baby just to put them into full time care. So, I wanted to start a business where I could work hard in my own time, and not be dictated to working 9 – 5 hours.

 I started my business – Sourcey Marketing – when I was about 30 weeks pregnant with Zee. I’d worked in Publishing, Advertising and Marketing for about 12 years before I got pregnant, and I haven’t looked back. Running my own business gives me flexibility, a creative outlet and financial security that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Besides, I love working and being busy, so even though it’s been hard work and felt impossible at times, I’ve loved every crazy minute.  Running my own business also gives me flexibility to do the things I’m really passionate about and pick up things that I had left behind – particularly writing and photography.

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 (Emily wears her BLANQI high performance maternity belly lift & support leggings and maternity belly support tank)

After finding out we were having triplets, I also started a blog. Zee Plus Three – is about all the things I love… Family, Health & Fitness, Fashion, Food, Design, Photography and Business. I originally started the blog to share with family and friends about our journey, but its quickly spread beyond that. I’ve loved meeting other amazing mums of multiples and successful mums running their own businesses through social media and I cant wait to see where it takes me.

Q: On receiving news you were pregnant with triplets…

Honestly, when I first heard the news, all I could do was cry, which is totally unlike me. I think it was just so overwhelming I just didn’t know how else to react. I was lucky that Rob had come with me to the appointment. We actually went in for an early scan as I thought something may have gone wrong with the pregnancy, so Rob came, just in case we were going to receive bad news. Walking in with the thought of loosing one baby and walking out with the knowledge that there were actually three hearts beating was just too much to take in. After the initial shock, we have just grown more and more in love with these babies in my belly everyday and cant wait to meet them and watch them grow.

Q: On going from one to four children…

It’s funny, when we were pregnant with Zee, everyone kept telling me that ‘life as I knew it would be over’ and I was ‘never going to sleep again’… but I just didn’t have that experience.

 Sure, life changed. Rob and I now spend Friday nights at home making home made pizza now instead of going out partying, but I’m still me, and Rob is still Rob and life has just evolved. And evolved for the better. Every night we sneak in to Zee’s room and kiss him good night and tell him how much we love him. I love reading him books and going out for baby cinos with him and River… I think you’re idea of fun just changes.

 Don’t get me wrong, in the beginning the sleep depravation and not being able to understand why he was crying got to me, but I just kept remembering something else people had kept telling me. “They grow up too quick”. And they do. Zee is almost 2 and it feels like yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital. The crying won’t last forever. The 3 hourly feeds won’t last forever. The sleepless nights won’t last forever. The never-ending cycle of nappies won’t last forever. The needing their mummy 24/7 won’t last forever. And when it does stop, I know I’ll miss it (well parts of it anyway – maybe not the changing nappies part!)

 I used to think people who had four or more kids were crazy, but if having four children is four times as amazing as having one, I think we’re going to be the luckiest people in the world.

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Q: On life adjustments (work, home, car, travel, etc.)

I’m a big believer in whatever you put out in the universe will come back to you.

 You really need to be careful what you wish for in life as it often comes true. As long as I can remember I have thought that I would love to have twins. I had twin cousins growing up and I thought it was so special and amazing to be a twin, and I thought it would be great to bring 2 people into the world that would have a bond like-no-other.

 I think subconsciously we must have known that our family was going to get bigger (quite quickly) as when we found out about the triplets, almost everything was already in place. My business is running along smoothly with the help of 2 wonderful women who I can trust and know that they have it covered while I need to take some time off. Our Home is perfectly suited for a family of 6 with enough room for all the craziness and enough distance between the office and the play room! We had bought a 7-seater car 2 years ago with no plans to ever use the back row of seats. I think we’ve been planning for this for a long time without even realizing we were.

 There are definitely things that we will have to adjust to, like we wont be moving bayside anytime soon, we certainly wont be heading to Europe next year like we’d planned, the kids may not get to go to the best private schools in the country and I may not get to drive a Range Rover or buy that LV bag and Prada shoes I’ve been lusting after, but hey, we’re pretty damn lucky.

 

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( BLANQI maternity support tank and leggings)

Q; On difference between a triplet and single pregnancy

I think people assume that having triplets would be three times harder than a single pregnancy, and from what I hear I think for a lot of people it can be, sometimes harder.

 There are lots of risks involved in having multiples which can cause added stress which multiplies the extra weight and pain caused from carrying more than one baby. I have been one of the extremely lucky ones. I think partly because I’ve been lucky and partly because I haven’t let things stress me out. I haven’t spent time thinking about all the possibilities, I have been focused that the babies would be healthy and born on time.

 The amazing bits of carrying three babies… Feeling each baby at different times and getting to know their personalities. I know our girl is quiet and calm but knows how to pack a punch when she needs to. I know our boys are very different; one is very calm and gentle while the other is going to be our little wild child and most likely a professional football player.

 The not so amazing bits are definitely the extra weight. I have almost doubled the amount of weight I put on this pregnancy compared with my last. It’s a lot for your body to deal with. It’s uncomfortable from a lot earlier on in the pregnancy.

 I think the sleepless nights are the real killer. I really think that anything is manageable if you’ve had a good nights sleep, but no sleep and no coffee really sucks.

Q; On multiple pregnancy specific issues not faced with during previous pregnancy

Any conditions that you’re prone to getting in pregnancy is basically tripled with a multiple pregnancy. Backache, bleeding, constipation, cramps, high blood-pressure and preclamsia, stretch marks, swelling etc is all part of the fun. I was lucky with my first pregnancy, I didn’t have any morning sickness, although I wanted to sleep all day in my first trimester, I really only struggled in the last few weeks when I got really big. This pregnancy I had terrible morning sickness for the first 14 weeks, and ended up in hospital twice due to kidney stones. Who knew you were supposed to double your intake of fluid while pregnant? Aside from that I’ve managed to skip a lot of the conditions (particularly the serious ones) but I’ve felt 40 weeks pregnant for the last month at least. I really can’t wait to get my body back.

Q; On the future

All I can focus on right now is getting these babies here safely, and home from the hospital (together). Once they’re home healthy and happy, I plan on having one hell of a party with my friends and having a glass (or two) of french champagne and eating all the prosciutto and d’afffinois that I can!

BLANQI Baby Bumps

Capturing the moment – Baby bump and spring blooms

There is no time of the year when nature is more alive than spring – all plants and animals awaken with a burst of energy and you can witness the transformation right in front of your eyes.  It’s also the perfect time for a maternity photo session.  The bright colors and clear skies make for a perfect backdrop for your bump, whether a garden, a field, or your blooming patio.  Pick your favorite place and have fun with it!   For more maternity photo tips, check out photographer Leah Cook’s great advice on how to create stunning images on Clicking Moms.  Follow her steps, and you’ll have professional looking photos to add to your memory album!

We love how Gaelyn of My Corner View used the cascading blooms to showcase her blossoming bump! Be sure to check out her blog for more inspiring maternity photos!

 Gaelyn wears BLANQI Maternity support tank in winter white.

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xx Sabina & Valerie

Support

An open letter of support

Unlike other companies, who focus on image and the eternal quest for the ultimate skinny, we focus on support – on supporting women when they need it the most.

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Our goal from the very beginning has always been to create a community of support for women, no matter what stage of motherhood they are in – a place where you can come, where you feel accepted as you are – a place that appreciates you and all your beautiful “flaws”.  We don’t see these “flaws” as being something that needs to be corrected or “shaped” into something else – we seem them as being what makes each one of us unique, and is what we love about our BLANQI girls. Each one of us has struggled, and will continue to do so, and we share this openly – Motherhood can be very isolating at times, and we want you to know that you are not alone in your struggles.

We created our products with the highest performance technology, not because we think you need it for a hot date or because you’re a superstar athlete, but because we want to provide women with the utmost quality products and superior support so that you can tackle the everyday challenges that life faces you with, so that you don’t have to worry about the strain of the weight of your pregnant bump, the back pain you live with, or protecting your modesty while nursing.  We take care of that part so that you can focus on the more important things in life.  BLANQI is your support network, physically and emotionally – We are supportwear, not shapewear – we are not here to shape or mold you into something else, but to lend a hand when you need it the most.

xx Sabina & Valerie

Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After

Motherhood – the fourth trimester

Before children, it was easy to look at the mamas who made motherhood look effortlessly stylish and think, “I’m totally going to be ‘that’ kind of mom”. Then, real life happened. Work emails pile up, kid activities have us dashing out the door, the baby has colic, dry clean only outfits get demoted to special occasions only, there are meals to be made, and then more meals (do kid’s ever stop eating?!), and that 4th trimester post-partum body- that nobody, not even your closest girlfriends, seem to talk about- suddenly makeas your old stylish self feel like a life lived a lifetime ago.

Ina Odak of RoseTaupe 

@inarosetaupe & @rosetaupe_baby

New mom Ina Odak of RoseTaupe styles a look that is as practical as it is fashionable.

– Ina wears the BLANQI Highwaist maternity/postpartum leggings

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A large scarf can double as a breastfeeding cover and large, oversized bags can fit those spare diaper and wipes, without feeling frumpy.

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 Black, grey and white always looks good together- perfect for concealing post-baby bumps.

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BLANQI HighWaist leggings keep you supported and stylish during those long 9 month- then keep them in rotation by wearing them after baby with the high-waist design that covers and conceals a postpartum belly.

Boots – Spurr Shoes Sabrina zip ankle boots

Jacket – Cabin and Cove The Fuse leather jacket

Bag – St. Agni