Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Maternity Clothes....Temporary but NOT disposable!

A halloween costume, a prom dress, and really anything from Forever 21 are considered disposable. You wear them once or twice and you're pretty much done with them. Buying ready-to-wear slacks 2 sizes bigger than you normally wear when you are more than 17 weeks pregnant is pretty much a wear it once or twice "investment" as well...therefore disposable. I put investment in quotation marks because so many mommies (yours truly included), think "I can wear it after I have the baby" or "it's on clearance and it works"....so you think but only for a wear or two. But the reality (for most but not all) is that you won't be two sizes bigger in ready-to-wear after you have the baby and/or it will be the wrong season. And with all that aside, it's just down right uncomfortable and you run the risk of looking like a hot mess with the pant crotch hanging mid-thigh.

Well-made maternity clothes should NOT be considered disposable. Yes, there will be pieces you will despise once you have your baby but there will be some that you absolutely love and will remain in your wardrobe for a very long time! Instead maternity clothes should be in the Temporary category. They are clothes you really need to hold up during many many wears during your pregnancy....and for a few months postpartum too. So let me stress WELL-MADE. Cheap maternity clothes are actually considered more disposable because they likely won't last after one or two spin cycles. A much better investment is a well-made pair of maternity slacks for 59 or 69 bucks that you can start wearing earlier on, machine wash, and be comfortable. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing all inexpensive maternity clothes. Tank tops for 10 bucks, shorts for 20 and sundresses for 30....they are fine. Those are all supplemental pieces compared to your staple black pants, a great pencil or a-line skirt, and denim which should all be built for a lot of wear and designed to grow with your belly. That's what determines the difference between temporary and disposable. Temporary...built strong. Disposable...overall bad investment.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Pickles & Ice Cream® has Expanded to Charlotte, North Carolina

Pickles & Ice Cream Maternity Apparel gives expectant mothers the best of both worlds, New York style with Southern hospitality.

Charlotte, NC maternity clothing storeCharlotte, NC (May 1, 2010) – Pickles & Ice Cream has once again expanded, this time into the Carolinas, with its latest boutique opening this Mother’s Day weekend in the SouthPark area of Charlotte. Well-known for bringing fun and fashion to expectant moms across Texas and the South, the first North Carolina location looks forward to introducing Charlotte and greater North Carolina area mommies to the best of both worlds: New York style with Southern charm and hospitality. This Charlotte location is joining nine other Pickles & Ice Cream boutiques, including an online boutique, to deliver designer maternity apparel and nursing essentials to moms-to-be. This Charlotte location is the fourth Corporate-operated Pickles & Ice Cream in the company, and the first corporate store located outside the state of Texas. Pickles & Ice Cream is more than a clothing store…it’s a one-of-a-kind boutique shopping experience for pregnant women where fashion, selection and personal service collide.

The largest maternity clothing franchise and second largest chain in the US, Dallas-based Pickles & Ice Cream knows what pregnant women need and what they want. Our stores feature all the casual and comfortable clothing that moms-to-be need and the latest fashions and trends they crave. Every Pickles location has its own distinct personality, tailored to its market. Each boutique features affordable, high quality maternity clothing, fashionable accessories, nursing necessities, diaper bags, gift items and so much more. Some of that ‘more’ includes personalized customer service and an area where kids can watch cartoons while their mommies are shopping.
At Pickles & Ice Cream, understanding pregnancy is the culture. The owners are all women who have been pregnant, given birth and are now helping the next group of expectant mothers in any way they can. They realize that they can’t keep your back from hurting or your feet from swelling, but they can listen to mommies’ needs and offer real-experience advice. They’ll share a snack with you, sit and talk about how excited you are, and most importantly, help find an outfit that looks so fabulous and feels so good that back pains and swollen feet are easily forgotten!

You’ll find the newest Pickles & Ice Cream in the Southpark area of Charlotte at the stunning Specialty Shops on the Park at 6401 Morrison Blvd. neighboring other upscale retail tenants like Williams Sonoma, Talbots, and Nesting and landmark restaurants like BrickTops and Toscana. Check our website, www.picklesandicecream.com, for the latest details. Or, drop us a line at charlotte@picklesandicecream.com. We look forward to pampering Charlotte and greater North Carolina mommies-to-be!

Contact Info: Song Pardue


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

We've discovered the Perfect Pant!

The Perfect Pant by dressPickles & Ice Cream Maternity Apparel has discovered the Perfect Pant by dress.  The Perfect Pant was designed by Yvette Pasco in 1999 because she wanted to offer the customers of her San Francisco store comfortable, great fitting pants with style. We love, love, LOVE The Perfect Pant!  This pant has quickly become an essential wardrobe piece for mommies who want a pant that will help her complete many different looks ranging from professional to play. 

The Perfect pant is made of a super soft and stretchy black fabric which comfortably accommodates the growing body for all nine months.  The pant is cut with a slightly flared leg which flatters every body type and is appropriate for both work and play. The fabric is machine washable and wrinkle free making it perfect for travel!  Did I mention that we LOVE this pant? 

Come find your Perfect Pant at the Pickles &  Ice Cream Maternity Store nearest you.

~ Kelsey in Oklahoma City

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pickles & Ice Cream Maternity Apparel Grand Re-Opening benefits the Texas Children’s Hospital in support of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

September 25-26, 2009. Pickles & Ice Cream® kicks off their new location in the chic Blvd Place on Post Oak Boulevard with a trunk show featuring Stella & Dot Jewelry, in-store promotions on the best selection of maternity fashions, and PIC Gift Certificate giveaways with a portion of the weekend’s sales going directly to the Texas Children’s Hospital in honor of sweet Nicole Lee.

Pickles & Ice Cream is one of 8 other Pickles & Ice Cream boutiques throughout Texas, Oklahoma & the Southeast to deliver not only designer but moderate maternity apparel to moms-to-be. Well-known for bringing fun and fashion to expectant moms, Pickles & Ice Cream is more than a clothing store…it’s an experience. It’s a one-of-a-kind boutique shopping experience for pregnant women where fashion, selection and personal service collide.

And on this particular weekend, it’s about so much more than just craving the clothes and savoring the service. Owner, Dawn Wilson, didn’t want just any grand opening. “I wanted to take this opportunity to make our Grand Re-Opening meaningful not only to our Houston area mommies but to my family as well,” says Wilson. “My 8 year-old daughter lost her friend to cancer and I want to show her how we can continue to honor her life and spirit with awareness,” Wilson adds. Nicole Lee lost her fight with brain cancer at the tender age of seven on September 2, 2009. Wilson and Nicole’s mom, Althea, both wanted this weekend event to be a tribute to Nicole as well as philanthropic.

True to Pickles & Ice Cream’s inherent desire for balance, this Grand Re-Opening will not only be extremely meaningful, it also promises lots of energetic fun, maternity style ideas, giveaways, and an awesome trunk show featuring the designers of Stella & Dot. Stella & Dot offers stunning and cutting edge jewelry design at not-so-designer prices. Their jewelry prices range from $24-$248. Wear the jewelry the celebrities wear and love but at prices real people can afford.

Pickles & Ice Cream is also offering 15% off all the new Fall maternity fashions as well as Basics and nursing lingerie and sleepwear. Pickles & Ice Cream carries designer lines like JBrand, Paige, Citizens, Maternal America, and Michael Stars as well as great moderate-priced lines like Born Naked, Bellyssima, Olian and Noppies.

You’ll find Pickles & Ice Cream at the brand new BLVD Place at 1800 Post Oak Blvd, next to R.D.G. Bar Annie and New Balance. Check our website for the latest details at www.picklesandicecream.com. Or, drop us a line at houston@picklesandicecream.com. We look forward to having a great time for a great cause for Houston’s mommies-to-be!

Contact Info: Dawn Wilson at 713.623.2229 or Houston@picklesandicecream.com

Friday, August 7, 2009

Pregnancy & Newborn Magazines' Readers Choice Awards are In...

Picklesandicecream.com was named as one of the Best Online Maternity Clothing Shops by their readers!  Thank you to everyone who voted for us.  It makes us all at Pickles & Ice Cream very happy to know that our mommies are being so well serviced! We appreciate your support! A list of the winners in all of the categories is available at Pregnancy & Newborn's website.

Picklesandicecream.com Picked as one of the top Online Maternity Clothing Sites.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Pickles & Ice Cream's First Annual (Indoor) Tent Sale!!

Pickles & Ice Cream in Plano is having their First Annual (Indoor) Tent Sale This Weekend!

Featuring Huge Shipments From Maternity’s Top Designers in Australia, California & Canada. Designer Pieces for a Fraction of the Cost! Everything is $5 to $50!!  Everything From Summer and Fall Fashions To Suiting, Basics, Gifts & Diaper Bags. INSIDE the Plano and Dallas Stores you can Receive 15% Off New Fall Arrivals & Designer Denim*

Pickles & Ice Creams (indoor) Tent Sale in Plano

*In Store Discount Applies to Dallas & Plano locations Only. See Dallas & Plano Stores for Details as Some Exclusions Apply.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Get Energized...

Basq Sincare at Pickles & Ice Cream

Here's a great chance for you to do something good for your body.  While supplies last, you can get a FREE Full-Size Energizing Body Lotion from Basq Skincare when you buy $40 of Basq products at www.picklesandicecream.com.  You don't need a coupon, and you don't even have to add it to your cart!  Pickles & Ice Cream will do all the heavy lifting, just for you.

This lightweight quick absorbing Basq Energizing Body Lotion gel nourishes and revives skin. Its cooling, invigorating feel instantly soothes fatigued, tired muscles while the replenishing hydrators leave skin feeling soft and velvety. Basq's antioxidant rich blend has Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Green Tea, Lavender and Eucalyptus to soothe and replenish skin for a vibrant, healthy look and feel. The incredibly fresh, uplifting scent awakens and energizes the senses. Perfect for soothing tired legs and feet; relaxing muscles pre & post workouts; cooling hot flashes or sunburn. Formula is paraben free and absorbs quickly. Clinically tested for No Skin Irritancy or Allergy.