When I stumbled upon Heritwine Maternity I was thrilled. A boutique that offered a trendy, fun and fashionable maternity line, that you can wear throughout pregnancy and beyond. Hand-picked by the owner, she has found dresses, tops, pants and shorts that can be worn as maternity or traditional, a motto we live by here at Bikini Mama's.
A little about Heritwine...
Pronounced as Heri-Twine, where the heritage of two people intertwine as one. Here at Heritwine, we believe that being pregnant should not mean that your style should be compromised based on lack of choices and cost. If you haven’t noticed by now, a lot of the maternity clothes aren’t very stylish and the ones that are, are way too expensive. So, with style and cost in mind, it is important for us to find outfits that are both cute and affordable, whether it is exclusively maternity wear or just maternity friendly.
Some of our favorite picks are...(click on images to shop)
This week Lainne gets comfortably uncomfortable with the gorgeous Terri-Lynne, owner and creator of Bikini Mama Swimwear, designed to make pregnant women feel their sexiest at the beach. “I actually came up with the line while I was pregnant because I was really disappointed when I went swimwear shopping and I couldn’t find anything that made me feel beautiful or sexy,” she explains. Bikini Mama's swimsuits are a patented design that offers the ultimate support to women’s best assets- lifting, sculpting, separating for maximum hotness! “We just wanted everyone, whether your pregnant or not, we wanted to make everybody feel beautiful in their own skin.” Terri Lynne tells Lainne how motherhood has made her feel much sexier and that’s it’s taught her to love her flaws, and embrace the aging process.
Lingerie looking swimwear has taken the beachwear industry by storm. Bikini Mama's has incorporated that look into our Tankini Wrap. Introducing the Teddy Tankini Wrap. Add a little modesty while also adding a whole lot of SEXY.
Our Teddy Tankini Wrap converts a bikini into a sexy tankini by simply tying it around the front or back of rib cage, under one of our bikini tops (traditional or maternity or nursing). You now get two swimsuits in one.
Want the peek-a-boo effect, just tie it around the front.
The options don't stops there. You can use our tankini wrap as a skirt.
Our solid tankini wrap can also be used as a nursing cover for the breastfeeding mama's out there.
See all the options you get with our tankini wrap with the following video…
I wouldn't be a momprenuer if it wasn't for my little girl. If I had never been pregnant with my little bundle of joy, I would have never been so frustrated after shopping for maternity swimwear, thus starting my own swimwear line.
I gotta say, I was hugely disappointed with the selection of maternity swimwear out there. I was proud of my baby bump (well definitely in the beginning months) and I wanted to show it off. I also needed a bathing suit that would offer support and comfort, while making me feel sexy. I found the maternity swimwear out there was out-dated and mostly one-piece or tankinis with no breast support. Well all you pregnant and breastfeeding Mamas out there know how swollen, big & engorged your breasts get during pregnancy - breast support is of huge importance. I tried wearing my regular string bikinis and found the string around the neck was painful and extremely uncomfortable. My breasts were just too heavy and created such pressure on the back of my neck & back.
As my bump grew, I wished I had a cute tankini look, for the days I didn't feel like showing off my bump. I wanted a comfortable, fully adjustable bikini with a tankini option.
Well...Bikini Mama's was born. I started designing, drawing, looking at patterns and fabrics. I was so excited to offer something I had myself been looking for.
Shortly thereafter another certain something was born. I gave birth to my baby girl - the most amazing experience of my life. I breastfed my little one (which also help me shed the baby weight) and living in California, was in swimsuit weather not long thereafter. Again, everyone said to use a regular string bikini by sliding the one side over to nurse, then sliding back when finished. Well the problem with this, Moms, is the padding gets all bunched up. I'd end up having to visit the bathroom to take the whole top off and re-adjust. What a pain in the neck. And speaking of pains in the neck…again the neck string dug into the back of my neck, causing not only neck pain but back pain.
Back to the drawing board I went. I then incorporated a nursing option into my swimwear line. By adding one-handed nursing clips with a supportive inner frame on the bikini tops, Moms could easily and discreetly breastfeed baby with confidence.
Anything I had been looking for during pregnancy and after, I incorporated into the Bikini Mama's swimwear line.
Our swimwear line offers…
Trendy maternity swimwear that adjusts to your evolving pregnant body
Made of comfortable, quick drying and high quality material for long term wear
Adjustable cups support and flatter the breasts; in fact, many non-pregnant women choose to wear Bikini Mamas suits for their comfort, support and good looks
Convenience of a nursing bra: strong clips can be fastened and unfastened with an easy one hand operation, for discreet nursing
Bikini tops are super supportive and easily accessible to nurse your baby
Bra never bunches when re-clipped after breastfeeding
Shoulder straps offer a wide range of adjustment to make prolonged use comfortable
Reshapes to your post-pregnancy silhouette, and can be worn as a traditional bathing suit
To complement our swimwear line, we offer a Tankini wrap that acts as a totally adjustable skirt to cover your belly or stretch marks when you might want some modesty. The tankini wrap can also be used as a skirt or nursing cover.
Traditional line that offers all the same benefits of the maternity line, replacing nursing clips with rings on the bikini tops
Not only did my little girl, alone, make me the happiest woman in the world, but she also inspired me to help other women/Moms out there to feel comfortable in their own skin - to offer them support, comfort, ease & confidence while making them feel sexy.
Rock it Ladies. Be Beautiful!!
My little fashionista - Following Mama's footsteps?
We came up with the tankini wrap with pregnant mama's in mind, so that they had the choice to wear their swimwear as a bikini or a tankini, during pregnancy and afterwards. The whole point was to offer modesty for pregnant Mama's who weren't feeling as comfortable showing of their bellies, especially during the end of pregnancy. It was also designed for after pregnancy to cover stretch marks or scars. After designing the product and putting it on the market, we were so overwhelmed by the number of women buying this item. It really is for every women out there, not just the pregnant and new moms. It's for anyone who loves the baby doll tankini look (as it is super cute), or for those who are just looking for a bit more modesty. I, personally, used it the other day because I was feeling bloated and didn't feel comfortable showing off my tummy.
How amazing to have the option to wear your swimsuit as a bikini or a tankini. You decide. It's really having two swimsuits in one.
It can also be worn as a skirt, in which we like to tie it up on the side, to keep a little thigh showing - super sexy. And it can be used as a nursing cover for those breastfeeding Mama's out there. Check out the options on the video below.
We're currently giving one of our tankini wraps away for free on 4/14/14 - Check out this link and follow steps for a chance to win.
When I was breastfeeding my daughter (what feels like forever ago) I was so shocked at the limited variety of swimwear that offered a nursing option. I was also shocked to find the swimwear that did offer the nursing option was out-dated and ill-fitting. I tried wearing my traditional string bikinis, by pulling one side over to nurse, then sliding it back into place when finished. The only problem with this, ladies, is the padding gets all bunched up. I'd end up having to visit the ladies room to take the whole top off to re-position and re-adjust. So annoying. I wanted to find a swimsuit that offered the accessibility and ease of a nursing bra that was still trendy and fashionable. I decided to take matters into my own hands. Bikini Mama's was born. By adding nursing clips and cleavage enhancing features onto trendy and flattering designs, women could still feel sexy during and after pregnancy. We also wanted to make a swimsuit that would last throughout pregnancy and beyond, that no one would be able to tell was a maternity swimsuit. By adding adjustable straps and strings, the swimsuit adjusts to weight gain and weight loss - a maternity swimsuit that offered it all. Finally Ladies…trendy maternity/nursing swimwear. Rock it Moms…Be Beaufitul!
Being pregnant is an amazing experience but adapting to an ever changing/evolving body can be challenging, especially if you want to stay fashionable. Here are a few tips to keep you looking fun and trendy throughout your pregnancy...
1. Add a little pop of color
We tend to wear a lot of dark colors to look thinner, especially during the last 2 months of pregnancy (when we're feeling huge and can't even bend to tie our shoes LOL) but you can even add color with accessories and jewelry. Adding a fun, bright-colored or printed scarf can do wonders.
2. Show off your assets
As we all know cleavage, during pregnancy, tends to pop along with belly, why not show that off with a scoop neck or v-neck shirt
3. Maxi Dresses
We love the maxi dress on pregnant women - so flattering and sexy. You can also add a cute jacket to dress it up or jean jacket to dress it down.
4. Add a belt right under your breasts
This is a cute way to dress up a solid colored blouse/shirt or even a dress and show off your bump.
5. Skip the busy prints
Single-block colors or solid colors tend to make us look thinner and taller
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing - Why not show it off.