Mixed Prints + New York Baby Show

This week it’s all about mixing up the prints!!! Floral, stripes, color block, swirls. You name it; I’m on it! Looking through lots of maternity images, pregnancy blogs, and shopping sites all I saw was black, grey, navy and soooo much stripe! I’m doing all I can to not get lured into this trap. Also, I must admit my first trimester I had the mindset of eating for two and the scale reflects that, so some camouflage is a reason as well here.

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I took a button up shirt and added a bit twist by tying it up at the waist. I love Dries, but the price point always keeps me away from the brand. However,  I was able to find these wide leg drawstring pants during the Saks Off Fifth Designer event and jumped on the extra 30% off promotion. I wanted to keep my bag simple and small, since this outfit was already a bit loud. I choose to wear a mini Raffia tote I picked up at the Edun sample sale last month. For shoes I wore clear PVC sandals with a blocked heeled. My balance has been a bit off lately, so comfort is key. I love a tortoise frame and completed my look with a pair of Gucci shades I found in Nordstrom Rack in the winter. This store is great for off-price sunnies in your favorite designers.

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This is my second time slipping these pants on already for the season, as I threw them on about 2 Sundays ago. I attended the New York Baby show, which prides itself on being a must attend event for planning, expecting or new parents ( yes give me all the help!!!!) . The event ran over the course of two days and included seminars, demonstrations and over 75+ exhibitors. I only attended on Sunday with the husband in tow and a 3hr time limit based on his patience for shopping 😹😹😹. 

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The focus for us was looking at products that were small and lightweight, because we live in a one bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. We also gravitated to those brands who were looking to solve a need and could really explain to us how they differed to similar products being shown. At this point we were not looking to buy, but gathering research of what products were out there, the brands that do it well, and ideas for additions to the baby registry. 

A few key takeaways on how to make a baby expo successful:

  • It you can touch and try it, do it! The expo here included a stroller test course, with various terrains and flooring scenarios. Eye opener on how different each felt on the course.
  • Ask lots of questions! When I say this I don't only mean to the sale reps. There are so many parents here who are more than enthused to share they experience; good or bad with a product or business. 
  • Function and novelty- there is definitely a difference in the arena, learn how to spot.
  • As a FTM ( first time mom) in the making it is overwhelming. I recommend looking at the list of vendors prior to going for awareness.
  • Take pictures of items you liked. Yes there are handouts and business cards, but pictures and videos help you remember what you saw and what the products actually do. 
  LÍLLÉbaby®  baby carriers

LÍLLÉbaby® baby carriers

 Bugaboo strollers

Bugaboo strollers

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This event will be held in Chicago and LA this year. Click your state for details: Chicago and L.A.

Look Details: 

J. Crew Gingham classic button-down shirt in boy fit from J.Crew factory
Dries Van Noten Printed Wide-Leg Pants from Saks Off Fifth
Jeffrey Campbell PVC heels from Nordstrom Rack
Edun Raffia Mini Tote from a sample sale

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