Maternity Style: 5 Tips for Dressing Your Baby Bump {First Trimester Edition}

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‘They’ say it’s pretty easy to hide your pregnancy during the first trimester but if you’re anything like me, you might’ve been super bloated with difficulty buttoning your pants. I’m not ashamed. It is what it is. If you are looking for some ideas as to what to wear during your first trimester, here are a few options and things to keep in mind.

1. Consider the season that you’re first trimester is in. You’ll have a much easier time hiding any growth, whether it be baby or bloat, in the cooler months since you’ll be able to wear scarves, jackets, and other loose fitting yet figure flattering items.

2. This particular suggestion may work for some of you which is why I’m mentioning this, but it didn’t work for me. Those belly bands. Girl, no. Even if my pant couldn’t buckle, I simply cannot wear this belly band and leave my zipper unzipped for the world to see. The one I got was from Target and It didn’t do a great job of holding everything up and together. I’ve tried both sizes and even the smallest wasn’t small enough to do the job. Another option is the hair tie through the button look trick, as seen below.

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3. Wear loose but flattering tops. If you’re going through your first trimester in the warmer months, throw on a maxi dress (those will come in handy later on). If you’re going through your first trimester in the cooler months, throw on a tunic and some leggings.

4. This tip is sort of a continuation from #3. Leggings. In the cool months, leggings will be your BFF. It doesn’t hug to tightly and it has stretch to accommodate your growing parts. In the cooler months, you can easily throw on some leggings + a tunic, leggings + a dress, leggings + and an oversized sweater; do you get the picture?

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5. Maxi dresses. Mid-length dresses. Dresses. These can pretty much work year round. In the warmer months, throw on a maxi dress and you’re good to go. In the cooler months, throw on your maxi dress with…..leggings. Yep, you got it! You can wear dresses with boots and leggings. Add your jacket and a scarf and not only will you be warm and cozy, but you’ll be comfortable to.

For many women, the first trimester can come with much tiredness, nausea, and other really fun stuff so be gentle with yourself and make the process of getting dressed simple. Trust me, it’ll be a lot more fun when you’re really showing!

TJ Maxx.com…?

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TJ Maxx is one of my favorite stores because I can get a shirt, a pair of shoes, and new shower curtains in the same place. I frequent TJ Maxx, not because I’m always buying something, but they have a quick turnover on their merchandise so I like to take a looky-loo pretty regularly.

Well, if you’re blissfully unaware like me, you probably didn’t know that TJ Maxx now has an online store! I know, I know. Finally! This is the one time those extremely annoying YouTube commercials was actually helpful.

Their online store has womenswear, menswear, handbags, jewelry, home goods, and shoes. I don’t see that they sell children’s clothing but while perusing the site, I noticed that they even have some wedding attire and special occasion dresses.

I just wanted to help spread the word.

4 Ways to Care For Color-Treated Natural Hair

I think many natural women freak out at the sound of the words ‘hair color’ or ‘bleach.’ I completely understand the reservation behind it. You may be afraid that your hair will fall out; it’s too permanent; you are afraid of the unknowns of applying lightener to your hair.

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Here are 5 ways to care for your color-treated natural hair.

1. Go to a professional for your color. If you want to avoid a potential color disaster, you may want to consider going to a professional in the first place. They have specific training on what is necessary for a healthy color processing session. As professionals, they have licensed access to products that the general public doesn’t have access to.

2.Use products that are specifically formulated for color-treated hair. These products will not only keep your hair in the healthiest possible condition, but they will allow for the longevity of your color.

3. Wash your hair in cooler temperature water and finish with a cool water rinse. This will also help with the longevity of your color as well as helping to close the hair cuticle.

4. Deep condition. It’s no secret that color-treated hair may be prone to dryness. To help keep a lot of the dryness at bay, use deep conditioners and hair masks to further infuse your hair with moisture.

Don’t be afraid of color! If you need a little sumthin sumthin to add a little pizazz, you can always consider coloring a small fragment of your hair instead of committing to the color on your entire head.

Happy Coloring!

Mannequin Mondays

Here’s the deal, I need to do whatever I have to do in order to motivate myself; which is why I’ve decided to do this series that I’m calling ‘Mannequin Mondays.’ The purpose of this is to inspire myself as I am completing the last 1/3 of my cosmetology program. Sooooo, I’ll be posting photos of styles that I create on mannequins. Got it? If hair isn’t your thing, cool. I get it. If it is, please share styles, articles, videos, etc., of hair things that are inspirational to you.

Here’s a throwback style that I did. I was inspired by the GlamSquad’s Kristina Maccaro on Instagram. I loved how you couldn’t tell where their style began or where it ended so I created my own version.

This was her version:

This was my version:

Origami Updo inspired by @glamsquadnyc #updo #hairstylist #cosmetologyschool

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If you happen to be on Instagram anytime soon, why don’t you go on ahead and follow me @satoyafoster, GlamSquad (@glamsquad), and Kristina Maccaro (@kristinamaccaro). Let them know I sent you!