Disclosure: I received this box in exchange for my honest review
This is where it all starts…… Those two lines, or plus sign, or the words…positive….
Sigh, gulp, phew, hooray, finally, Thank God, omg, no way, but we used a condom…….
So many things go through the mind of a pregnant women. But at some point, after all of the concerns, worries, fears, and hopes quiet down, all of us get to the stage where you are now faced with the dilemma…
What am I going to wear?!?
Are you pregnant during 2 seasons? Can you fit into most of your stuff until the end and now you don’t want to buy stuff for 3-5 months? Or right off the bat do you need pregnancy clothes and are wondering how your budget can afford a whole new wardrobe?! Do you have an office job that requires professional attire and you’re looking at wearing the same 5 shirts for 9 months?
Or are you like me, and live on Maui where not one store sells maternity clothes? Not.one.store….. Ok I lied. I think Ross, Target and Walmart do. But don’t get me started on what they consider a maternity section. Wait, I will digress, Target if you are reading this then stretchy black pants do not constitute a maternity section!
Well, then here you go….
This is a pregnancy rental clothing subscription box!
**I want to let you know that I reached out to La Belle Bump to review their box. I found them on Cratejoy and really wanted to try them but could not find any blog reviews. They were kind enough to work with me and send me this box in exchange for a review!**
Here is their description:
Plus did I mention something that makes this Hawaii girls heart sing?!? FREE SHIPPING BOTH WAYS!!!!!
2. Next, Create a style profile in which you detailed sizing, lifestyle and clothing needs as well as any thing you want to avoid!
3. Then about a day later I received an email from La Belle Bump giving me a few options to chose from.
4. Three days later I had my box in hand!
5. Then you can wear and launder (According to label instructions) as you would your own clothing
6. Return when you are ready for new items within the month period.
7. They also include comment cards within the box to make sure they are sending you exactly what you want:
8. Say I had gotten something with leopard print in this box……. Not something I can rock preggo or not. I could easily use the mailer they include to send it back for another item!
I am currently pregnant with my second child. The first thing that happens to me is that my butt expands immediately. Magically overnight I can no longer fit into any of my pants or shorts (this happens around week 9-12). Then my fantastically flat chest expands to rival Pamela Anderson in BayWatch. So both times it has left me scrounging around trying to make anything work because I don’t want to buy maternity clothes!
Why rent maternity clothes?
If you have spent any time at all shopping for maternity clothes then you know how dismal the options can be, OR how expensive quality maternity clothing is!!!
Take The Gap as an example. A nice pair of versatile black pants could run you $59. For one pair. For 9 months. Ok maybe that is what you spend on pants regularly.
But you can’t wear only those pants for 9 whole months 24/7…….
Sigh, it gets expensive fast. So I was pretty excited to find this box. I am entering my third trimester and well folks… it ain’t pretty!
Enough chit chat! Lets look at the clothes!!
Ripe: Grey Pleated Dress with belt (65% Polyester 35% Viscose)
Pleats are kind to pregnant ladies!
Ripe: Black Top with Tie (100% polyester)
The tie really helps it look like a baby belly and not a beer belly
Olian Maxi Dress (95% Rayon 5% spandex)
I may never take this dress off. It feels like you are dressed in lotion.
So I had a helper (i.e my husband) taking photos of me. After we shot the clothes, I came back to my camera and found 25-30 of these photos…..
And now back to our scheduled programming
Olian Maxi Dress (95% polyester 5% spandex)
This dress has sent me into a time wasting online shopping spiral where I obsess over these dresses and look at several pages of Google results of online sellers. But, um, holy cow these dresses are not cheap!! They retail at $100-200 per dress!
Maternal America Blue Dress (95% Rayon 5% Spandex)
Holy hot mama! This dress makes the girls look awesome!
And now for some styling pics. I have to warn you that I may be the most un-photogenic person in the entire world. These photos below took many many attempts and have been heavily edited. I have included some outtakes so you can laugh as all my friends and family do at my ability to take a simple photo and turn it into something that looks not quite human….
And here you go….
Feel free to burst out laughing…pee your pants and generally just cheer yourself up over the fact that 99% of any photo I have ever taken look like the ones below…..
It is a running joke with my family and friends and why you pretty much always see me wearing sunglasses…
La Belle Bump is an a terrific option for pregnant ladies. It offers you the ability to have access to high end maternity clothing without having to buy it. For me, it is a really great treat as I enter my third trimester as you start to feel a less like yourself and more like a human blimp hosting a kung fu master. I highly recommend this box! The creator and CEO Anita Rajendra has amazing customer service and a business background to back up her company as well as being a mom of three herself.
Ok so my husband’s Christmas party is on the 9th (this Saturday). He likes the black and white Olian and I like the blue Maternal America because, well…its so sassy!
What dress should I wear?