Tuesday, December 8, 2009
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Friday, July 24, 2009
Pickles & Ice Cream in Plano is having their First Annual (Indoor) Tent Sale This Weekend!
*In Store Discount Applies to Dallas & Plano locations Only. See Dallas & Plano Stores for Details as Some Exclusions Apply.
Friday, June 19, 2009
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.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This Saturday, May 30th at the Plano store from 10am to 2pm, Toni will be offering Mini Mod Sessions for you, your babies, hubby…whoever! For 15 minutes, she will take some great shots of you and you get to see proofs right there! She is also offering multiple packages for $100! If any of you have had professional photos taken and printed for you, you know that most charge more than 100 bucks just for the sitting fee…no pics included! She really is fantastic! Young, fresh and modern photography in short 15 minutes!
There is a $25.00 deposit to hold your space, since there’s only 16, but it’s goes towards your photo package! This is Pickles’ first photo session event and I believe it’s Toni’s first too! And we’re excited to see how it all turns out! I mean really, if you’ve wanted to capture your pregnancy professionally but have been scared of the moolah it would cost, this really is the perfect opportunity to get them done!
To book your spot, call the Plano location at 972.781.1898 today! Spots are filling up!
See More of Toni Elmer's fine work at UrbanPhotoStudio.com
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Just now available for maternity, the Jimmy Jimmy Boyfriend jean from Paige Premium Denim is finally here! A bestseller in the regular women’s line, the Jimmy Jimmy is selling out in maternity too. Aside from the cool distressed and beat-up condition of the actual denim, the Rebel wash is knitty soft and unbelievably stretchy! Produced with the Westbourne maternity waistband treatment, the Jimmy’s have a completely finished front and hidden elastic for tightening or loosening for all the stages of pregnancy. We also love that the jeans come cuffed but can be rolled down for a full-length jean. Great to wear in the summer and transition into Fall! Our rounder-bottomed mommies have loved these jeans because they can wear the Jimmy as a regular jean instead of the looser and more relaxed look of Boyfriend cut.
Our mommies are buying their pre-pregnancy size in these jeans. If the jeans are a little looser in the early stages, that’s ok because that’s the way they are designed to look. When the same mommy gets bigger in the later stages, the jeans will just fit less and less boyfriendy and more like a regular pair of jeans. You will really feel like your are wearing your boyfriend’s jeans! They really are THAT comfortable! The celebs are wearing them cuffed and down….and we know how tall their denim stack is to choose from!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
WFAA is holding their Best of the WFAA-List contest to honor Dallas / Ft. Worth businesses in 117 different categories. Pickles & Ice Cream has been nominated for Best Maternity Apparel in DFW! Cast your ballot and vote for us by June 3rd.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
We love our mommies and thank every one of them(or you) that have given us a chance to make them feel special during their pregnancy. We hope all of you have a wonderful Mother’s Day. As a mom myself, I can honestly say that nothing changes your life (for the better, of course) than having your bab(ies) call you Mommy.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I am proud to offer two great lengths in Pickles & Ice Cream maternity shorts in multiple color ways. The Pickles & Ice Cream Bermudas are made of the uber-stretchy, never-fade bengaline that just gives and gives and gives! This short was designed with a soft knit panel that can be worn up on the belly or under. We love this short because it’s sassy and super easy to dress up. It’s slimming and so flattering. This maternity short is offered in black, stone, and dark brown. This short should hit the knee or anywhere above the knee. Our really petite mommies who are 5’1 or less should try the shorter pinwhale cotton ribbed shorts.
The pinwhale cotton shorts are equally as comfortable and has an under-the-belly fit. They are so stinkin’ cute, I am actively searching for a non-maternity version just like it! These have a 5 ½ inch inseam which is a perfect length for the shorter short without being Cheekers (shorts that reveal the under side of your butt cheeks). Some want that look…woo hoo…but most usually don’t when they are prego . So with our prego mommies in mind, these were designed out a weightier fabric so that it’s not see through and a cute side vent for sassiness! These shorts are offered in black, khaki, and white!
We hope you like them as much as we do. Our mommies in the boutiques LOVE them and are buying them in multiple colors. Oh, one more thing…they are machine wash because seriously, who wants to dry clean shorts?
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Song Pardue, owner, Pickles & Ice Cream, opened her first Pickles store in Dallas in 2002 and became the Pickles & Ice Cream Franchise Owner in 2005. Soon after, she launched their online store and hasn't looked back since.Song's must-haves include the Belly Bandit, Juicy Couture Cali Maternity Jeans and the Olian Ruffle Sleeveless Poplin Blouse.
by Erin Bransford, Courtesy of Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, April 2009.
Monday, March 30, 2009
OOH LA LA, MAMA! Maternity Wear Meets The Designer Challenge. Pickles & Ice Cream's CEO and resident fashion expert, Song Pardue, offers her expert opinion on maternity trends in Women's Wear Daily. For an insightful look into the latest fashion cravings of Moms-2-Be, read the article at Women's Wear Daily (it's on page 2). Here are a couple of Song's pearls of wisdom:
...Song Pardue, founder and CEO of Pickles & Ice Cream, a maternity boutique chain and online store, says there has been a lot of growth in casual and business-casual attire. “Our mommies are passing on suits and building their maternity wardrobe with separates, and then mixing-and-matching those pieces to create several new looks,” says Pardue. “In this economy, our customers want pieces that can be worn multiple ways.”
...Pardue adds that sales in her better and designer bottoms have increased in the last two years. “Fashion is where mommies are willing to spend... even in a battered economy,” she notes. “We offer these higher price-point pieces to pair with lower-priced basics. Women justify the expensive jeans [because] they’ll get tons of wear and look hip.”
...Pardue says Pickles & Ice Cream’s key players are seamless knits, tissue jerseys and supima cottons. Fit2BMom yoga wear is hot, as are tops featuring candy colors, ruffles, side-ruching or banded-bottoms that accentuate the growing belly.
excerpts from the Lifestyle Monitor weekly feature in WWD March 26, 2009.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Ok, truth be told, I am a big fan of JBrand, but my opinions about their maternity version is not biased… I promise. I’m actually wearing a pair of them right now. Besides the facts that they are dark, which equals slimming, and so comfortable….. I love that I don’t have to categorize my JBrands as “PMS jeans” or “too much pasta last night jeans” or “I wonder if I can fit those” jeans. They have so much stretchy Elasterell in them that they give or don’t give as your body fluctuates. So, when I found out JBrand was doing MamaJ, I had a really good feeling it would be the near perfect ounce of denim because less cotton and more Elasterell would theoretically mean great maternity jeans too! I had to see the waist treatment though to be completely sold on the promise of this jean. Under-the-Belly fitting, finished waistband, and hipslung are all great for a lot of mommies who prefer nothing touch their belly, but it can also feel like your pants are falling off if they aren’t fitted properly. And we have seen a higher demand for Over-the-Belly jeans and pants over the past two years…and probably as a direct result of mommies who wore UTB but prefer OTB’s the stay-put factor.
Monday, February 9, 2009
All the respect in the world goes out to M.I.A. for getting out there on her Due Date to perform at the Grammys! Most of us know what a fully-cooked belly feels like walking from the bedroom to the kitchen. I can’t imagine what it feels like to bounce and hip hop around on a stage in front of millions of people! So big props to her for a performance very well done. BUT….what in the world was she wearing???? I kid you not, I thought she was in costume as Toad from the Mario Nintendo games (see image). The polka dots on her belly, derriere, and each of her breasts did not look good. Does she not have a stylist? Move over Bjork....M.I.A. is here.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Today I was delightfully surprised to see a very special person walk through my store’s doors. I didn’t recognize her at first because her hair color was different and for goodness sake, it’s been 7 years since I've seen her last! It was Jessica, my SBA loan officer for my very first Pickles store in Dallas. I know this doesn’t sound too exhilarating but she really IS one of the reasons Pickles is here today. I was always dressed in a suit, my business plan in hand, and sometimes my infant with me, as I went to all the big banks asking, begging, for a business loan. You know which banks I’m talking about…BofA, Chase, Wells Fargo, etc. And one by one, I got rejected by each of those banks because I wasn’t able to check “YES” to one of their 5 criteria. I soon realized that I was just another business plan at each of these big banks. I had no choice but to broaden my search for moolah. I decided to try some smaller neighborhood banks and banks that were in the business of lending for small businesses. Heck, I didn’t have anything to lose and by this time, my skin had gotten really thick.
Dressed in a suit, my business plan in hand, and sometimes my infant in tow, I planned on hitting all 3 banks in one day but ended up rescheduling the latter 2 because the first one actually took more than 20 minutes! Each of these smaller banks had people who actually wanted to talk to me about my business plan and what my vision was for Pickles. And as a direct result of this face time, I was able to ooze my enthusiasm and passion for my business. These 3 interviews were by far the most intriguing to me, and apparently to them too because 2 of the 3 banks offered me SBA lending. Jessica was the first of the 3 smaller bank loan officers I met. She was also the first woman…that might not mean anything but I can’t help but to think she “understood” the need for a maternity store like Pickles in Dallas. She genuinely seemed interested and instantly sold on my concept. I found out today that she fought for my SBA loan and Pickles. I am so grateful to her because I really felt my dream slipping away with every funding rejection. So, remember to SELL your concept, SELL your business plan, and SELL yourself!! It goes further than you can imagine AND I promise, someone will listen and believe!