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WR in LA: Nicole Neves

Guess’ director of PR and events shows off her West Coast style with pregnancy #2.

WR in LA: Nicole Neves

When you work at a fashion company that’s one of the biggest names in women’s jeans, having a growing belly can be a blessing and a curse. The bummer part? Most of those cool denim styles are off-limits for a big part of your 9-month stretch. The exciting part is there’s endless inspiration for dressing your bump in ways most of your pregnant friends never dreamt about. Nicole Neves is case in point. As director of PR and events at Guess, this LA mama makes maternity style look effortless on her blog (and Instagram feed) My Sequin Life. From casual weekend wear to a night on the town, her blooming belly is just another one of her creative accessories. Here she dishes on life in LA as she prepares for her second son, and shows off some of her greatest fashion hits while pregnant. (Note: Nicole gave birth to baby boy Nixon earlier this month. Congratulations!) How would you describe your maternity style? My maternity style is really no different than my personal style when I’m not pregnant. I love anything from a great bohemian dress to an edgier leather piece. To me, it’s about making it look effortless and feeling great in whatever I’m wearing. Some days that could mean throwing on sexy heels. Other days, it’s comfy Nike sneakers. Both can be stylish in different ways. How does working in the fashion world contributes to your pregnancy style? I'm inspired every day. I'm working with fashion designers, editors and bloggers who are adventurous and ahead of all the trends. Social media like Instagram and Pinterest has also helped me to follow great fashion influencers from around the world. All of these great motivators push me to be creative with my own fashion. Even though I'm pregnant, I still want to look and feel great, and this comes out in my personal style. What are your favorite “belly-friendly” brands--maternity or not? What have been some of your staples throughout your pregnancy? I try to stick to belly-friendly brands only--no “maternity” pieces. I want to be able to wear the clothes after I’m pregnant. The best way to accomplish this is to go for dresses and pants with a stretchy waist. Some of my favorite brands are: ASOS, Zara, Forever 21, For Love and Lemons, Lovers + Friends and TopShop. I'm also obsessed with sneakers and wear them with dresses, shorts or leggings. A few of my faves are: these Nikes, these Nikes, and these Steve Madden Slip-ons. How have you balanced this pregnancy with motherhood and your full-time job? It’s a challenge, no doubt, but all bring such joy to my life that I make it work. I have a supportive and hands-on husband who understands that my career is important to me. We’re a great team and support each other, and in the end we always find a way to make our schedules work (while carving out plenty of quality family time, of course). What are you plans for work post-baby? How was your re-entry into the work world the first time, and what are your expectations this time around? Plans for work post-baby are to go back and start the juggling act all over again. My re-entry into the work world the first time around was difficult, but I made a conscious effort to focus on the quality of time with my son--since quantity wasn’t necessarily an option. Right now it’s tough to imagine the craziness of going back to work having two kids. Mornings are going to be the most challenging. Trying to get two kids dressed and fed, plus get myself ready--not to mention a “stylish” ready--YIKES!!! Having done it once, what's your advice for women planning to return to work after baby? Don’t feel bad about having career ambitions … and cut yourself some slack! I felt like a tightly wound ball of guilt when I went back to work. I felt like I was letting everyone down--family, friends, coworkers, etc. All you can do is try your best in all that you do. Everyone else around you will love and support you through it all. What are you most nervous or excited for when baby arrives? I can’t wait to see how my first son is going to react when we bring a baby home with us. It will definitely be a special moment that I’ll never forget. Tell us about an indulgent pregnancy day in LA.

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  • Breakfast at Superba Food + Bread. I'd sit outside with a delicious pastry, homemade granola with Greek yogurt, or their Kaya toast.
  • Stop by Eggy. It has cool brands for boys like Munster Kids and NuNuNu.
  • Then a manicure at Mars. I LOVE nail art and this is a beautiful nail salon that creates amazing designs.
  • Lunch or dinner at Gjelina. Try to land a spot on the back patio and order any of their wood-roasted vegetable dishes (MUSHROOM TOAST!) ... and probably a pizza. Because I deserve it.
  • Next would be a spa afternoon at Burke Williams. I'd get the Relaxation Bubble Bath and Pregnancy Massage.
  • And finally, I'd make these shopping stops in Santa Monica: Zara for Mommy; Kitson for some funny and stylish kid’s clothes; Firefly and Kid Firefly .The adult Firefly is filled with great books, home décor, clothes and much, much more, and the kid Firefly is a great place for kids’ clothes and toys.

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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