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January 2016

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“Blanqi helped me find my confidence” // adapting to the pregnant body

Lauren Hartmann is a wife, mama of 2, soon-to-be 3, stylist and blogger living in Portland, Oregon.  She is the author of the blog The Little Things We Doand frequently contributes to Babble.com .  Although she’s been through two previous pregnancies, this one has shaken her confidence.  As she puts it, “things are certainly more squishy and stretched now, and while I know it comes with the territory, it’s still sometimes difficult adapting to a rapidly changing pregnant body.”  

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Pretty much all I’ve wanted to wear this time around has been maternity jeans and super loose tops to hide rather than accentuate my growing belly. For some reason I just hadn’t felt very cute or comfortable in my own skin this time around.

Thankfully Blanqi saved the day with some of their new products that made me feel so cute that I finally let my friend document my growing belly this past weekend. It only took 23 weeks, but Blanqi helped me find my confidence.

I actually wore Blanqi toward the end of my last pregnancy as well (the maternity underbust support tank) and really loved it (the support is seriously INSANE – so good!), but wanted to try something different this time and went with their belly support tanktop and belly support leggings. Can you tell I like my belly to be well supported? Ha! I love the support that both give individually, but wearing both the leggings and the tank together is like magic for a tired belly. I wore this after a full two days on my feet – shopping for props and then styling for a photo shoot. My belly and back were so sore and aching and I was about to fly home which means lots of walking around airports. This pants/tank combo seriously saved me! Also I fully intend to wear Blanqi leggings forever now (they have non-maternity high waist ones too!) because they are so soft and comfy and FLATTERING. Praise Jesus! The material and the perfectly placed seams smooth out all those little lumps and bumps and lift everything just the right amount.

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I’m also rocking a t-shirt from their new graphic tee line and I am in love with it. I love the empowering phrase “MOTHERHOOD IS MY MUSE” because this is what motherhood truly means to me.

Be sure to stop by Lauren’s blog and check her out on Instagram

 

 

Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After, BLANQI girl, Ways To Wear

7 ways to wear // BLANQI maternity support

We love seeing all these different ways to wear our BLANQI maternity support!  We always wanted to create something that was not only supportive, beautiful and high-quality, but pieces that were versatile – pieces that once you made the investment, you could wear everyday if you wanted to – dress them up, dress them down, go to yoga then slip on some boots for lunch with the girlfriends.  All the while being lifted, supported, and held in.  There’s nothing worse than splurging on that beautiful top you’ve been eyeing for the past 2 months, only to be able to wear it on special occasions.  You end up with a closet full of pretty, once-in-a-blue-moon kind of clothes.  That’s not what we need.  We need pieces that work for us, over and over again!  Keila of Mommy in the City shows how she wears her maternity support 7 different ways:

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BLANQI maternity pregnancy support mommy in milwaukee

“Since having our second son Cristian my abdominal area was affected the most. I found it very hard finding support that I didn’t feel was suffocating and restricting to my range of motion postpartum. When I became pregnant with our baby girl my abdominal muscles were still tightening and I wanted something that would help smooth out my growing bump and allow me enough comfort to feel confident in my clothes.

BLANQI maternity pregnancy support mommy in milwaukee

BLANQI maternity pregnancy support mommy in milwaukee

BLANQI maternity support pregnancy mommy in milwaukee

When I received my Blanqi support tank I knew I had exactly what I needed. It provided the smoothening aspect I craved while my bump continues to grow and it gives me the added back support I find I need more of now that I’m running after my two toddlers!”

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Wearing – BLANQI maternity High Performance Belly Lift and Support leggings

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BLANQI girl of the week // Shannon

Congratulations Shannon!  The gorgeous gal behind Itsy Bitsy Indulgences just brought home tiny new addition to the family, and is living in her Highwaist Support leggings to keep up with the demands of postpartum life:

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“Just like I had to adapt to my changing body during pregnancy, I realized I would need to adapt to it post-delivery as well. Enter these BlANQI leggings. They are literally the most comfortable pair I own, with the perfect amount of stretch and amazingly soft material. They accommodate to my post-pregnancy body, but I also plan on simply rolling down the belly band once my stomach no longer needs the extra stretch. I’ve ben wearing them non-stop since returning home from the hospital and decided to share the three ways I have been styling them lately!”

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We’d love to see how you all are styling your BLANQIs!  Share with us and we’ll be sure to add you to our BLANQI girl gallery!  xx Sabina & Valerie

Images:  Shannon Pulsifier

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BLANQI girl gallery // the importance of pregnancy support

Keila of Mommy in Milwaukee on BLANQI – I pretty much wear this tank multiple times a week!…It has become an essential for me and it’s worth its weight in gold.”

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“Now that I’m expecting our third little one I’ve realized that there are staples that every mommy-to-be needs in their wardrobe.  I didn’t realize what a huge difference it makes to have the right support during pregnancy until I used it. I always figured it was more important postpartum, however, when I ordered my first pair of Blanqi leggings I realized how much more comfortable I felt with the right amount of support. So when the ladies over at Blanqi generously sent me a maternity tank I was so excited to use and style it!

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Love Keila’s maternity style and beautiful smile!  Be sure to stop by her blog for more!

Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After

Get the maternity look – Chrissy Teigen

Black-on-black.  Chrissy Teigen does a comfy, chic, from-the-gym-to-lunch look, topped with cool shades and a knot.  (For a super tutorial on different styles on top-knots, click here .)  Scroll down for details, and how you can achieve this celebrity maternity look.

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Moto jacket:  This real leather jacket by Madewell  Gorgeous

Or this more budget friendly (and stretchy) ponte moto jacket by Two by Vince Camuto   If feeling a bit restricted isn’t your thing, this sweatshirt/moto hybrid is the way to go.

Leggings:  BLANQI maternity support leggings.  Super comfy seamless leggings. Opaque coverage smooths the hips, back and legs for secure fit. Built-in belly and back support alleviates pressure.

Tank:  BLANQI maternity support tank.  Not just a layering piece, this one stands on it’s own. Provides full coverage and the belly is opaque. The knit-in belly support belt and supportive knit features are subtle, giving a streamlined effect. Instantly feel the difference as soon as you put it on

Sneakers:  Nike Flyknit Roshe Run.  Super chic, comfy, and high-tech – these bad boys are perfect for swollen, sweaty, and achy pregnancy feet!  According to Nike, “The innovative Flyknit upper is specially stitched to conform to your foot with a snug, comfortable fit feels custom-made and offers support that won’t weigh you down.”  Yep, we definitely don’t need anything extra weighing us down! 😉

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image:  daily mail uk

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BLANQI girl of the week // Karla Reed

Karla Reed – stylist, treasure hunter, mother…an incredibly sweet mama-to-be for a second time around.  We love they way she mixes her BLANQI pieces with her non-maternity fashion finds.  Her thoughts on BLANQI supportwear?  “I only wish I would’ve been wearing these all along! 

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“Don’t be fooled by some of my straight on pictures…this bump is REAL. And I’m as big at 8 months as I was full term with my other two. When @blanqigirls reached out to me to try some of their maternity shape wear I was beyond excited. I’ve been following them and their journey to make amazing, well made, supportive shape wear for pregnant mommas since I was pregnant with Charlotte! And their pieces did not disappoint! I’ve literally been living in their black leggings and tank top. It’s become my second skin. They are not only comfortable but they give my belly and back so much support… For those pregnant or soon to be pregnant mommas out there I would highly recommend looking into these. It’s absolutely worth investing in your comfort and support especially in the last few months!”

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“Last night I spent 45 minutes trying on every dress in my closet trying to figure out what to wear to church today. Of course nothing fit. Why did I even bother?? I finally came to the realization that my black pencil skirt (or leggings) and @blanqigirls tank is my uniform for the next 3 weeks until the end. And I’m totally ok with that :)”

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“…you have to think of these as support wear…like investing in a really good bra. You will wear them everyday. I’m not kidding! If you break it down to cost per wear we should be spending the most on items like this (bras, jeans, leather shoes, ect). These are very well made and will last you your pregnancy.”
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Karla, with her firstborn Charlotte, anxiously awaiting Santa and the newest addition to the family 🙂  For more style advice and beautiful photos , be sure to check out Karla’s instagram, @karlareed