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Valentine's Special: Maternity Boudoir Shoot Tips & Tricks!

Put the sizzle back in your relationship with a Valentine's gift guaranteed to delight the man in your life! Boudoir photography is gaining popularity, and what better way to celebrate your gorgeous pregnant, or post-pregnancy body? Your partner will be sure to love his unique Valentine's Day gift, as well! Not only will a boudoir photography shoot produce titillating images for both of you to enjoy, but, also, it provides a wonderful keepsake of this special time in your lives.

Who can forget Demi Moore's iconic cover of Vanity Fair circa 1991? There's something so sexy about a mama celebrating her sensual body. Whether you're pregnant, or have a new baby, embrace your curves, flaunt your changing body, and love yourself. With the right photographer and lighting, you can have a fun boudoir shoot that leaves you feeling empowered, beautiful, and sexy.

Deciding what to wear can be a challenge. It's always tricky picking something when your body is so different from what you're used to. The secret lies in finding what makes you feel your best! While Demi chose to go naked for her shoot, you can certainly choose how much you feel comfortable revealing. Here are 5 boudoir photography looks for mamas and pregnant women, to make you look and feel your best.

Look 1: Girl Next Door

An old t-shirt can be just as sexy as 'traditional' boudoir lingerie. A snug tank top over classic panties will highlight your curves to perfection, while leaving plenty to the imagination. After all, boudoir photography is as much about what you don't see, as it is about what's revealed!

Maternity Budoir Photography Wardrobe Option: Tank Top with Panties

Look 2: Pin-Up Girl

Teddies are a favorite lingerie staple, which work great for maternity boudoir shoots! Teddies with underwires will help define your shape flatteringly, while not revealing too much. With plenty of sheer variations with strategically placed slits, teddies are a fantastic choice to highlight your curves.

Maternity Budoir Photography Wardrobe Option: Teddies

Look 3: Bold

You could decide to go all out and bare it all! Of course, most photographers use strategic lighting and posing to provide that illusion, while, in reality, you're wearing something. But your partner will never be able to tell!

Maternity Budoir Photography Wardrobe Option: Bare it All

Look 4: Modest

You only need to be as naked as you're comfortable being. Cover up with a sheer blouse, flowing skirt, or whatever else you'd like. Layer with robes or chemises to provide exciting glimpses of what's underneath. And, of course, the old favorite pairing of underwear under a button down boyfriend shirt never goes out of style! Choosing one of your partner's shirts will definitely amp the racy element.

Maternity Budoir Photography Wardrobe Option: Boyfriend Shirt

Look 5: Just Be You

Your preferred maternity bra and panty set is a great place to start. It's safe, it's comfortable, and it has the added advantage of your partner remembering these pics every time he sees you in them! Lace topped panties and a supportive bra make for seductive pictures.

Maternity Budoir Photography Wardrobe Option: Bra and Panty Set

Whatever option you pick, the goal should be to showcase your belly and show off your curves. Pick tops that conform to your body, without being too tight. When you feel great, you look even better!

Pre-shoot tips for your maternity boudoir photography session

Take your time finding a photographer whose style speaks to you. Schedule lots of time for the shoot, so you have time to warm up. Practice in front of the mirror before the shoot, if you'd like a sneak preview... or trust in your photographer to capture you at your best. Props can feel cheesy, but small bits of fabric or lace can provide fantastic peeks into what lies beneath!

On the day of the boudoir shoot

Try to wear loose clothing before the shoot, to avoid imprints or patterns on your skin when you do the big reveal. Take along music that makes you comfortable, and choose a spot that makes you feel confident. Having your hair and make-up done professionally can make a huge difference to how good you feel. Splurge and indulge yourself, boudoir photography can make for a Valentine's Day gift for both you and your partner!

Are you ready to take the plunge? Let us know what you'll be wearing (or not!) at your Valentine's Day boudoir shoot. 

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10 Steps to Reclaim Your Health Post-Pregnancy

Whether you're expecting soon, just had a baby, or have been a new mom for
a few months, your New Years resolution likely included a vow to be
healthy. The top New Years resolution people made at the beginning of 2017
was to lose weight and eat better. By the end of the month, statistics say
2/3rd would have given up on this resolution. As a new mom, the temptation
to give up is greater than ever. After all, with very little time to even
sleep, who has the will to exercise? Yet, as a mom, or a to-be-mom, your
health is more important than ever.

As a mom, or a to-be-mom, your health is more important than ever. Here are 10 steps to reclaiming your health post pregnancy.
1. Why bother? Post natal blues, faster recovery especially in conjunction
with prenatal yoga etc. Besides helping you with your weight loss after
delivery, a brisk walk with the baby in a nearby park or playground is a
great way to meet other moms who are no doubt on the same weight loss
mission as you are. Team up. You need all the support you can get — so get
your partner on board.

2. Set realistic expectations. Took 9 months to get here, will take as
long to lose it. A steady regime of exercise and balanced eating is a
great thing for overall health. it can take a full year to lose baby
weight in a sustained, healthy fashion.

It can take a full year to lose baby weight in a sustained, healthy fashion; but the results are worth it.
3. You're unique, so is your exercise plan. what you could do pre baby
isnt necessarily what you can do after. Speak to doctor about exercise
plan beforehand. Also check in later if anything feels off. Find an
activity you enjoy — jogging, yoga, cycling, swimming, walking — and plan
it into your week. he nice thing about swimming is that it is gentle on
the joints and pelvic floor, and is great for strengthening the core and
back muscles.

4. Don't get put down by the myths. Exercise won't affect your breast
milk. Quantity, taste, and supply are completely unaffected by low-to-
moderate impact exercise regimes including walking, yoga, and Pilates. Get
yourself fitted for a good, supportive bra, and remember to stay hydrated
- then go ahead and burn up those calories.

5. Plan ahead - much lesser time now; stock refrigerator and pantry with
healthy stuff; cook for the week. Get a well fitting bra.

Mamas, stock your pantry with fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry and fish
6. Eat well. stock up on fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy
products, lean meats, poultry and fish

7. Include the baby! Take for walk or jog, let them watch you do yoga, or,
Dancing provides a light cardiovascular workout that involves all the
major muscle groups and improves balance and coordination. It's also sure
to elevate your mood, no matter how tired and stressed you might be. don't
discount walking as a gentle cardiovascular exercise.

Dancing with your baby provides all the major muscle groups a cardiovascular workout!
8. Give yourself outs. Live by the 80/20 rule… where 80% of the time you eat
only real food that is nutrient dense and 20% of the time you can do whatever
you want.

9. Stay positive, treat yourself. Focus on what you've accomplished so far
and the weight you've already lost. If your skinny clothes are still too
skinny, buy a couple of fun things that you'll enjoy wearing, get a new
haircut or try new makeup to perk you up as you slim down. body different
now after all.

10. including a few moments to simply relax post-workout can really help
replenish you. If you are feeling rested and restored, you will have so
much more to offer to those that need you.

Self-care isn't selfish! A healthy mother is a happy mother, who can better care for her baby.
Remember: self-care isn't selfish! A healthy mom is a happy mom, who can
better care for her baby. Share your progress with us so we can support
you on your journey! Here's to a happy, healthy 2017.

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Tree of Life 'Brelfies’: Make Yours in 5 Steps!

 

Make your own #TreeofLife breastfeeding selfies or #brelfie with the Picsart app in 5 easy steps!

Mothers across the globe are celebrating the beauty of breastfeeding with the help of a Picsart app. Hashtagged #TreeofLife, breastfeeding selfies, or ‘brelfies,’ created with the app have gone viral, and are all over social media! If you’re on Insta, you’ve definitely seen at least one by now. With vibrant colours and an ethereal beauty, these stunning photos will inspire even the most camera-averse moms to get clicking!

Commonly hashtagged #normalizebreastfeeding as well as #brelfie, these photos are often accompanied by moving personal stories about each mom’s breastfeeding journey. Are you ready to create yours? It’s a lot easier than it may seem to create one of those gorgeous masterpieces!

The secret lies in the app, PicsArt. A couple of weeks back, you would have needed to download images and layer them (who has the time?!) Thankfully, PicsArt saw how popular the Tree of Life photos were getting, and quickly added their own sticker pack. Now, it really is as simple as just downloading the app (it works on Apple as well as Android), and choosing your effects! Here’s a quick walk-through:

 

  1. Registration is free, and you can login through Facebook, which saves you the trouble of keeping track of yet another password.
  2. Choose a photo to edit. You may decide to crop yourself out, and highlight the oh-so-cute expression on your baby… or you could include yourself in all your Mother Goddess glory.
  3. Add the tree sticker of your choice, and rotate/resize/adjust it till it works. You could go old school and upload a Tree of Life image instead of using one of the pre-set stickers if you want to use one you found online.
  4. Now for the magic! Add effects to make your photo come to life. Midnight and Rainbow are the most popular filters for the #TreeofLife trend. You can also combine them for an effect that’s all yours.
  5. Share away! Popular hashtags on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter include #brelfie #TreeofLife and #normalizebreastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is an intimate bond; and many mothers wish there was a way to capture the emotion it evokes. Thanks to Picsart, you can now create this very special memento of your journey. It’s hard not to tear up at the beautiful imagery of the tree of life connecting your child to the breast. It conjures up all the magic breastfeeding provides – nurture, nourishment, health. Cassandra (@keeponboobin), one of the early pioneers of this trend, created it as a way to celebrate breast milk being a living organism that sustained life.

And yet, as powerful as the bond of breastfeeding can be, it’s important to remember that other forms of nurture are just as magical. Moms who don’t breastfeed took to the internet, adding their images of pumping and bottle feeding to the gorgeous mix of photos sweeping across the internet. What’s common between all these #TreeofLife photos? The blissful smiles on satiated children; and the joy of a beautiful parenting moment captured forever.

 It’s lovely to see moms who may not have had the confidence to share a breastfeeding photo now doing so, and feeling so positive about it. Often, it’s the first time they’re sharing such a photo online. Many are opening up about the challenges they face when they breastfeed, or just sharing how strong the experience makes them feel. These are conversations we need to have. When we know better, we do better. The #TreeofLife trend has started this key dialogue, and united moms from different walks of life into a strong, vibrant online community. 


If you decide to take the plunge and create your photo, do tag us on IG @you_lingerie

We’d love to be a part of your journey.

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OH MOMMY + OH BABY GIVEAWAY (November)

Are you ready Mamas? You should be!!! We can't contain our excitement because today marks the start of our BIGGEST giveaway so far! In this month's "Oh Mommy + Oh Baby" Giveaway, you can win BIG with You! Lingerie and 16 AH-Mazing brands. Yes you heard it right! Total of 17 Mommy and Baby brands you love collaborated this month to giveaway OVER $1,200 IN PRIZES. Whoa!!!!

Better try your luck because you might be the luckiest mama who will win HUGE treats for herself and her baby this month. ONE winner takes all!! We're sure you'll LOVE our partners and we're whooping with so much excitement!!!

See below for all the juicy deets. Don't forget to share the love, remember sharing is caring. HA!

 

This Month's Participating Generous Brands and Prizes:

 

Woot! Are You Ready?

Ready to be a fashionista mom and pamper yourself with pregnancy skin care? How about spoiling your little one? Let’s get this HUGE giveaway started! Join our email newsletter, share (we bet your friends will be excited to know about this giveaway, too) and FOLLOW the participating brands' social media sites for MORE chances of winning!

Oh Mommy + Oh Baby Giveaway - November 2016

Open to all mamas. Contest winner will be announced on November 21, 2016 at 12pm EST. Be sure to check back to find out if you are a winner and remember our basic rules apply. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are chosen as a winner, we will send you an email alerting you of your winnings. If we do not hear back from you within 48 hours, we will pick another lucky winner.

*PLEASE NOTE that participants will be added to the newsletters of all the partner brands.

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OH MOMMY + OH BABY GIVEAWAY (September)

It's the start of "Ber" months... why not make your September more exciting? In this month's "Oh Mommy + Oh Baby" Giveaway, you can win BIG with You! Lingerie and 13 AH-Mazing brands. And when we say BIG, we mean OVER $1,000 IN PRIZES. Whoa!!!! We are squealing with so much excitement!!!

Try your luck coz you might be the luckiest mama who will win lovely treats for herself and her baby this month. Yes, ONE winner takes all!! And we partnered with some of your and our favorite Mommy and Baby brands. We're sure you'll LOVE them.

Sounds AWESOME? Well, see below for all the juicy deets. Don't forget to share the love, remember sharing is caring. HA!

 

This Month's Participating Brands and Prizes:

 

Woot! Are You Ready?


Let’s get this HUGE giveaway started… Join our email newsletter, share (we bet your friends will be excited to know about this giveaway, too) and FOLLOW the participating brands' social media sites for MORE chances of winning!

Oh Mommy + Oh Baby Giveaway - September 2016

Open to all mamas. Contest winner will be announced on September 26, 2016 at 12pm EST. Be sure to check back to find out if you are a winner and remember our basic rules apply. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are chosen as a winner, we will send you an email alerting you of your winnings. If we do not hear back from you within 48 hours, we will pick another lucky winner.

*PLEASE NOTE that participants will be added to the newsletters of all the partner brands.

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