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Why Isabella Oliver is a Boss Maternity Brand {Video Review}

I’ve blogged about in the past how much I really like Isabella Oliver maternity here, here and here!

I am a fan  and have been for a while and so much so that I joined as an affiliate and brand ambassador. It’s also a popular brand among celebrities.

It’s having a big holiday sale of up to 50% OFF and FREE Shipping on orders over $149 so I decided to do a quick YouTube video to plug why particularly I love this fashionable brand of maternity clothing. 

If you Want to cop some of this brand’s stuff! Happy Shopping!

7 Maternity Fall Looks from Isabella Oliver to Rock This Season

Fall season is all about holiday dresses, sweaters and jackets. For the fashionable mom-to-be who sometimes get overheated, these cooler weather clothing season may spell trouble. The key is to layer, and wear clothing made of breathable fabric. In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with Isabella Oliver.

I’ve loved the brand since I was first starting my family. The price point is moderate and the majority of the clothing is made with ruching on the side so you can grow with it and wear the brand all 40 weeks and well into the 4th trimester as you deal with life with a new baby.  It is a style that is well known and liked by several of the celebrity moms featured on this blog.

Style may be the last thing on your mind so having a few quality IO pieces in the solid colors the brand is known for like greys, black, and navy, and you can do no wrong. I curated 7 looks based on Fashion bloggers and Instagrammers that have rocked IO well while pregnant and after.  Here is the rundown:

Blogger Clarissa Alvarado does HBIC chic excellent. This Isabella Oliver Layering Tank for $37 (down from $74) is long so you can layer it under sweaters and jackets. It comes with an internal shelf bra for extra support and can be worn during pregnant and after. It’s made of soft premium jersey material. You can get the boohoo Maternity Waterfall Belted Jacket for $28.  Carissa is wearing Top Shop’s Side Pipe Joggers ($60) which is sold out but can be substituted for Duo Maternity’s  Overbelly Straight-Leg Trouser Pants ($23). Not sure what quilted bag she’s carrying but I’d go witMichael Kors Whitney Mini Leather Satchel  for $142 and I think Tom Ford shades would work.

I love London-based Beatriz’s look. She rocked a cropped leather jacket. Andrew Marc Bowne Faux Leather Moto Jacket ($89) would work. Isabella Oliver’s Caia Maternity Strip shirt ($63)  I’d connect the look with a black polka dot scarf from Tie Bar ($10). J Brand skinny maternity jeans are tops. ($198). Hoof it in a pair of black Chuck Taylor ($55) high top tennis shoes. I’m digging her quilted Chanel Caviar Classic Jumbo Double Flap Bag. ($4K)

It’s fall but you could still wear Isabella Oliver’s Brunswick Maternity dress for any Holiday party this season! Love it and it is just $149! Fashion Blogger Shay Sweeney rocket it when she was expecting with gladiator sandals and a box bag for the day look. While Megan Christine worked it as an evening look with a black clutch. I’d go with Sole Society‘s faux leather clutch ($45)

It’s officially sweater weather so I’m loving Aubrey Ballard in Isabella Oliver Annora Maternity Intarsia Knit sweater.  Her Pumas ($50) are red hot too!

Postpartum moms can do no wrong by sticking with wrap dresses, A-line dresses and dresses with empire waist tops after baby like Vintage and Grace blogger did in this Isabella Oliver Elisha Maternity Dress ($168) that she paired with black pumps.

Just because you’re preggers doesn’t mean you cannot rock skinny jeans either. Several brands sell the style to accommodate expecting women like Good American’s Honeymoon low rise jeans ($149) or Asos’s brand for much less at $23. I love how expecting Australian blogger Sharday Engel looks in this post from her Instagram.

Yay for Preginistas, Ruching Is A 2018 Fashion Trend

According to Elle magazine and other fashion onlookers, Ruching is among the trending styles this Spring and Summer 2018. The style and tastemakers take into account the pieces that strutted across the runways at various Fashion Week expos across the globe.

Luckily for you expecting ladies out there, this means you’re already in style! Many maternity likes like our partners at Isabella Oliver, for example, incorporate ruching in a lot of their clothing.

The design effect allows room for a growing belly. The Ruching flatters and gives. We selected a few of our fave IO’s pieces, for you to explore, for example.



Isabella Oliver Maternity Sale








Which Valentine’s Day Look Are You? CHOOSE!

Valentine’s Day is coming up. Thinking of what to wear? You only have a few days to get it together. Go with what fits your mood if you’re going on a date with your honey or out for a post Galentine’s Day frollick with your girlfriends.

You can get sexy and show off some leg like Style Pantry blogger Folake Kuye Huntoon or Kylie Jenner or be more covered and rock lace or a massive frock Victorian lady like current mom-to-be Chrissy Teigen wore recently.

Valentine’s Day is the day before the much-anticipated Black Panther movie premieres and African wear is in order. Pair two different prints and center them all with a big and bold black belt. You can do the Sex Kitten or Vixen look in a body con dress like the one Taraji P. Henson sizzled in on the red carpet or keep it HBIC (Head Bitch In Charge) with an insanely fierce Victoria Beckham dress. 

For moms-to-be, a fave of ours, Isabella Oliver, sells a pretty cute Red one-shoulder ruched dress that Bethenny Frankel, Sienna Miller, Ali Larter and Brit stars Danielle Lloyd and Myleene Klass others have worn and loved the one shoulder ruched dress in crimson or the Burlington  Maternity dress. 

We hand selected some red dresses and looks to draw some inspiration from using tools from our friends at Shopstyle Collective. Good luck and do enjoy your day!

Our Pick Of Our Fave Fall Isabella Oliver Looks

We are always on the lookout for cute ways to style your maternity wardrobe and have always found great ideas from Fashion bloggers and Instagram.  We thought given the new season, it is a good idea to refresh one of our more popular posts, Our Pick of the Best Spring/Summer Maternity Looks from Fashion Bloggers.

This round, we’re taking a look at those who did a superb job at accessorizing the designs of one of our and many celebrity faves, Isabella Oliver.


Marionberry Style

Arlington Striped Turtleneck

Bay Maternity Dress

Caia Maternity Stripe Top 

The Signature Nursing Panel Leggings

Super Stretch Maternity Skinny Jeans

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For Small Business Saturday, I am encouraging all of the readers, followers and fans of this blog to patronize my affiliate partners because they help me deliver quality content, news and information every day.

Your patronage of these brands will support a small business which just doesn’t include mom and pop brick and mortar stores but the thousands of people who have products, services and platforms, like this one, online.

Check them out and if you’re in the need of any product, your purchase today will keep this blog running. I thank you in advance!

Isabella Oliver

Isabella Oliver is a celebrity fave maternity designer. When I was expecting, I wore some of these designs and found the signature ruching on the size forgiving and breathable. The aesthetic is simple and they stick to clean lines. I love this brand because you can wear the pieces under a denim or casual jacket or pair them with pearls and heels and the clothes work either way. IO also sells shoes, belts and other accessories.

Isabella Oliver


I know from first hand experience that the quality of the clothing is superior. They last in the wash and the colors do not fade. The brand is known for selling very well coordinated pieces with whimsical characters or in solids, neutrals and other long-lasting hues. The clothing is made of natural materials mostly, and they look really cute. I’ve blogged about this brand often before because I am a believer in it. It’s the brand all the affluent suburban moms outfit their kids in so you know it’s top stuff. (smile).  Gymboree sells from baby to tween.

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Umi Shoes

Umi makes shoes with technology and comfort in mind.  Each shoe is lightweight and ergonomically fit for your child’s growing feet. They come in packaging made of 100% recycleable materials. The price point is reasonable and these shoes are durable and can stand the test of playground time and rough and tumble.

UMI Children's Shoes


Since your baby will be spending most of her time (up to 18 hours a day) in her crib, it is important to get the right mattress and not go cheap. Get the best you can.  An eco-friendly foam and innerspring mattresses like the ones sold by Naturpedic tend to be made with fewer chemicals, plastics, and PVC (vinyl), and a greater percentage of renewable and sustainable materials, such as cotton, fast-growing bamboo, coir, plant-based foam, and natural latex (rubber from tree sap that’s been injected with air). Also, the manufacturing process for some eco-friendly crib mattresses tends to produce fewer carbon emissions. The Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Cotton Classic 150 crib mattress shown here has a “U.S.-grown organic cotton filling” and a polyethylene plastic waterproof surface that, the manufacturer says, is free of vinyl/ PVC, phthalates, lead, or antimicrobial biocides. It sells for $260. The outer cover of this mattress might limit the exposure to toxins.

Naturepedic Organic Baby Mattresses

ABC Mouse

I’ve boasted plenty about this online learning platform for kids. I purchased a subscription for my daughter when she was 4 and she followed the curriculum through the end. Today, she is a top reader, tests in the 99% for reading and gets all As in school. I credit her early start from this program which is having a sale through Cyber Monday of 63% off its annual fee. This is perfect equalizer for those who cannot afford to pay a tutor for their child like some of the most affluent amnong us. ABC Mouse is used in schools and many early learning centers around the nation and globe!

Pittman and Davis

This Holiday season, consider giving a gift of food! Fruit baskets, cakes, candy and other assorted food items are great for giving employees, teachers, vendors, a boss, colleagues, clients and the like. Also, order a few small gift baskets to give as host gifts when you go over people’s homes for parties, gatherings, dinners and other social gatherings this holiday season. Pittman and Davis have been shipping orchard  orchard fresh fruit, smoked meats, cheeses, pastries, candies and other scrumptious gift food items for over 80 yeas. The family owned company is based in Texas. All items are shipped and delivered fresh with a money-back guarantee for deliveries that do not meet up to company standards. Shipping food items can be a very quick and relatively inexpensive way to knock out your holiday gifting for distant and extended family and business relationships in one fell swoop.

Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit, Orange, Pear and Apple Gifts


Baukjen is the sister brand to Isabella Oliver. Because it is by the same designer, you can expect to find similar clean simple styling and lines. Quality constructed soft, stretchable and breathable all natural materials.


B2C Jewels

In the market for an anniversary or renewal band? Want to get a pair of diamond studs to add to your classic collection of jewelry. You can get top quality jewelry and diamonds at a reasonable price compared to going to a jewelry store by shopping B2C Jewels.

B2C Jewels


If you love to travel or can afford to take a family trip during the winter, you can save a ton on your flight through ExploreTrip.com. In fact, this winter, you can save up to 80% on Worldwide flights  and Get up to $15 OFF with promo code WINTER.  And ExploreTrip is also having a Cyber Monday Sale! Get an EXTRA $15 Off on your booking + Save up to 60% Off on all Flights. Promo Code: CMONDAY. Book Now!

Cyber Monday Sale! Get an EXTRA $15 Off on your booking + Save up to 60% Off on all Flights. Promo Code: CMONDAY. Book Now!

Janie and Jack

This is the slightly more upscale sister brand to Gymboree. The clothing looks for posh to me. The price point is higher.

Crazy 8

And Crazy 8 is the less upscale sister brand to Gymboree. Clothing is still top quality but you can get insane deals starting at $4 for tops. They have a large variety of options and are great for stacking on on play clothes.

Crazy 8 Sale On Now!

Le Tote

Le Tote is the best subscription box for preginistas who are new moms-to-be and don’t have time any longer to figure out their clothes. Members get sjo[[ed unlimited number of apparel and accessories each month. It just recently entered the maternity wear business and it just recently started offering maternity wear. We love it so much, we’ve partnered with Le Tote as affiliates. It is having a Cyber Week Sale! Take 85% off First Month of Le Tote Rental! Ends 12/1

Wild Dill

I love Wild Dill because it combines commerce with conscious shopping. They source their goods direct from the creators in Africa, South America, Israel and all over the world and sell them online for a fair share of the profit which is different from what a lot of companies do: they steal the concept, create duplicates in China made of sub par material and market them as authentic.

Nested Bean

The latest on our radar is a swaddle blanket that takes the guess work out of swaddling a new born and adds technology of “touch” so baby can feel even more secure when sleep. It’s called The Zen Swaddle and it was created by a desperate mom who came up with an ingenious solution for some long sleepless nights.

Urth Box

Urthbox specializes in sending healthy, delicious and tasty new snacks from local stores and vendors.  Delivered each month, the curated collection is designed to serve as an alternative to unhealthy snacking in the face of stress, busy schedules, and other life struggles and to complement a healthy, fit lifestyle.

Creation Crate

STEM (Science, Techonology, Engineering and Math) is a big deal these days and getting kids interested in this discipline of topics can be tough. With a subscription box from Creation Crate, your kid gets a project to make each time. It’s more than software though, the projects include a building component to it.

Creation Crate

One of Our Fave Maternity Designers is Having a Big Up to 50% Off Sale


Are you a preginista planning out your wardrobe this Summer?

Heads up! One of our fave long-time maternity brand faves and partners Isabella Oliver is having a sale of up to 50% of its Spring-Summer 2017 collection.

Now is the perfect time then to invest in some of this label’s best-selling pieces including the Nia Ruched Dress in Red, The Caiti Off-The-Shoulder Top and the Dora Maternity Shirt in blue and white stripes.

If you have followed this blog then you know that our editors and staff have raved about it in the past. It is a celebrity fave as well and could be seen worn by the likes of Kourntey Kardashian, Ali Larter, Angelina Jolie, Bethenny Frankel and others.


Isabella Oliver Maternity
We lover Isabella Oliver dresses because they are one of the most accommodating for any woman, regardless of her shape and how she is carrying her pregnancy. The stylish dresses are functionally comfortable and flatter most shapes.


As you can see from the above collage the dresses look great on different body types.


I’ve worn the dresses and have a few that I still wear close to 5 years now even when not pregnant which says something about the quality construction and longevity of the garments.

The runching of fabric on each side snuggles your baby bump and has plenty give to accommodate an expanding waistline as you advance in your pregnancy.

So if you really are in the market for chic, comfy but stylish new maternity clothes, now is a good time to head on over to Isabella Oliver and score yourself a few pieces!

Your Late Fall/Early Winter Holiday Season Wardrobe Guide

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The late fall and early winter season is all about layering and comfort for moms-to-be. It’s very easy to get overheated so dressing your bump involves wearing items that you can peel off  and stay cool. Pants and dresses should be comfortable and contain scrunching on the sides to accommodate a growing belly.  Fabrics need breathable and soft yet made of all natural materials so not to irritate a pregnant women’s sensitive skin.

All of these characteristics can be found in one of my fave designers from my pregnancy, Isabella Oliver (which is having a mid-season sale). The line is a celebrity favorite, but I love it because it sells fashionable and chic clothing, but that at a modest price range that won’t break the bank.

I know for a fact and from my experience that when you put on an IO dress, it feels like second skin but has plenty give. I wore my pieces long after my pregnancy and even these days because many of them are timeless and classic.

This time of the year also involves plenty of holiday parties, visits to family and outdoor events and so a wardrobe should contain certain staple items.  I’d recommend making sure your wardrobe is stocked with the following:

  1. a Cardigan in a bright red, yellow or other mood-lifting color. Avoid prints bc solids are better for mixing and matching. Also, if you care about looking bigger, prints generally are a no-no in that regard.
  2. A pair of maternity jeans to wear to trips to the pumpkin patch, Christmas tree shopping or mall walking during Holiday shopping time. Get at least two pairs: a dressy pair that can be paired with a blazer and a more casual pair, perhaps distressed for an edgier weekend outing.
  3. LBDs – A few little black dresses are in order for Holiday parties. You can get an off-the-shoulder top to go with the trend or a turtleneck for the colder times of the year or if is raining or if the event will be outside.
  4. A chunky sweater – A thick sweater is ideal because they can be worn over top of several layers and serve as an alternative to a heavy coat because when you’re already feeling heavy, the last thing you want to throw on is a big ole coat!
  5. A Blazer – a blazer in a dark color is great for work functions,  cocktail hours, or chic lounge events meeting up with friends for a casual dinner or lunch.
  6. Jersey shirts – the feel of a jersey top is the best. They are also light enough that they can be layered. Get an assortment of muted and soft colors like pink, grey, tan and green. To mix it up and add a bit of flavor, you can pick up some striped tops as well.
  7. A festive dress – For Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, a dress with a cute pattern or nice cut will be perfect. You can also wear this dress in the family holiday photo or to a tree lighting or some other happy occasion.


Here is a selection of options to consider from our parenters at Isabella Oliver

Isabella Oliver Marlow Maternity Tab Dress 

With its cute Sixties vibe, this tunic is our workwear go-to. Cut from premium Ponte, it’s delightfully soft and stretchy yet still feels smart and tailored too. Pleat detailing accommodates growing bumps, while the gold button details satisfies our ‘I need something pretty’ craving. Pair with ballet pumps and wear from your 1st trimester to your 3rd – this dress will grow as you do. This style can be worn through every trimester of your pregnancy.

Isabella Oliver Maternity Scoop Top

This classic top has the power to revolutionise your maternity wardrobe. It’s simple, comfortable and features signature ruching for a smooth silhouette. Cut from our famous premium jersey it washes and wears brilliantly – great news considering it’s designed to be worn right throughout pregnancy (and for years afterwards too).

Isabella Oliver Maternity Layering Scoop Top

Simple, effortless and WORTH IT. This top is cut from our famous luxury jersey, so it washes and wears beautifully. Buy just one in ONE size and it’ll see you right through pregnancy, nursing and beyond. With a longer length and clean silhouette, you can style it in a myriad of ways: below a pencil skirt for work, over your trusty blues at the weekend, it goes on…you’ll swear by its quality and versatility. This ‘forever’ style can be worn

Isabella Oliver Eldon Maternity Midi Dress (28505)

With its understated shape, this bestselling dress allows you to connect with your inner style. Layer it under a leather jacket or cocoon coat, then add a scarf and pick any footwear – it works with everything. Crafted from our premium, addictively soft jersey you can wash it 1,000 times (then watch it bounce back). Pick one size and it’ll grow as you do – lasting the whole nine months. This isn’t just a luxury piece you’ll love. It will outlast

Isabella Oliver Heyford Print Maternity Dress

A little Sixties and a LOT of lovely, this tunic dress will get you everywhere – right through your 9 months. The front pleats give your bump room to bloom, while the side ties create a lovely shape and (it just gets better) the silky fabric feels super special too. Team with ballet pumps or ankle boots for a cutesy look you’ll love every day. This ‘forever’ style can be worn right through pregnancy and long after.

Isabella Oliver Zadie Stretch Maternity Skinny Jeans 

If you lived in your skinnies pre-pregnancy then you’ll love these maternity skinny jeans. They feature the same flattering fit and comfortable stretch denim as your favorite non-maternity pair, but with the additional benefit of a soft over-the-bump waistband. Dress them up for dinners or down for weekends at galleries. They’ll wash and wear over and over again and still retain their shape brilliantly. This style can be worn right through


This Celeb-Fave Designer’s Winter Collection is a Great Bet for The Holiday Party Season

isabella oliver celebrities

Party Season is just around the corner and now is the time to stock up with dresses that will fit and flatter your pregnant belly around the Holidays. A good bet is usually Isabella Oliver which makes stylish dresses that are also functionally comfortable and flatters most shapes.  It is a celeb fave and as you can see from the above collage the dresses look great on different body types.

I’ve worn the dresses and have a few that I still wear close to 5 years now even when not pregnant which says something about the quality construction and longevity of the garments. The runching of fabric on each side snuggles your baby bump and has plenty give to accommodate an expanding waistline as you advance in your pregnancy.

The Autumn/Winter 2015 collection is a good bet to check out as you line up your party season.

The  Ivybridge dress is the versatile desk to dance floor piece, ideal for the office party. After something a bit fancier? The black lace finish of our Kinross dress provides a chic cover up for arms as well as proving a seductive peek-a-boo detail, and the Wickham dress enhances curves to perfection. For all-out glamour, our Florence floor length dress is the showstopper of the collection. Prices are reasonable starting at $130 and you can watch it and maybe catch a sale.

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Burlington, IvyBride and Kimross Dresses by Isabella Oliver are Perfect for this upcoming Party season.


The Ivybridge


The Ruched T-Shirt Dress

The Florence Dress


The Kinross Dress


The Wickham Dress


The Burlington Dress



Get Hilaria Baldwin’s Isabella Oliver T-Shirt Maternity Dress

Mom-to-be yoga instructor and celebrity trainer Hilaria Baldwin loves Isabella Oliver. The gorgeous mom to 1 1/2 year old daughter Carmen Gabriela with husband actor Alec Baldwin. She’s been seen sporting the comfy yet stylish brand of maternity dresses at red carpet events, while out and about and other occasions. It’s a much loved brand of Bellyitch as well.

You can cop this elegant and forgiving Ruched T-Shirt Maternity dress for $159 and can wear it in a more formal setting as Hilaria is seen wearing at a March 10 charity event, the 6th Annual Bent On Learning Inspire! Gala at Capitale in New York City.

Check back in on this post later because I am going to see if I can score my readers a discount on this dress.

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