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You don't have to be a frump to rock that bump!

Finding out that you're pregnant is very exciting. In fact, in the beginning, you may exude that "pregnant glow" when you look and feel great, but sometimes very quickly thereafter, many women are plagued with morning sickness. Why they call it "morning sickness" has yet to be determined as feeling sick when pregnant, is not just a morning occurrence. Some women are sick all day long and some just at night. If you have no idea what morning sickness feels like, be very thankful. Many women have a hard time coping and staying true to their "inner goddess" when they are nauseous all day long for months.
It is quite common to feel differently when you are pregnant. You may have good days and not so good days. Times when you have a ton of energy, can run a flight of stairs, and other times when you have to drag yourself everywhere. The good news is, even if you feel like a train ran over you, you do not have to look that way. Let's face it, you are going through a ton of changes, you don't have to give up everything when pregnant. You can still wear heels, and dress like a diva. Yes, I said it! You don't have to wear, only flats. Don't believe me? Check out Rosie Pope, she made pregnant in heels all the rage. In fact, she even had a reality show and wrote a book about it. Sorry ladies, if this was your excuse to be extra comfy without judgment, I just ruined it. Thank goodness flats are super trendy now.
The reality is that wearing heels can throw off your balance and since being pregnant changes your center of gravity, it can make you unstable and you don't want to fall. If you feel unsteady wearing the heels, I would suggest, you wear your flats. And, as always, refer to your health care provider for further clarification.
Then there's the fact that until recently, pregnancy fashion had been a miss. Now, you can find everything from Spanx for pregnancy and leggings, to the Maxi dress, jeans, and even the sexiest maternity and nursing lingerie. You don't have to be a frump to rock that bump! In fact, looking like yourself probably has a lot to do with feeling good. Products like the belly band make it super easy to wear your own clothes longer. For many woman, it is the mid-section that grows the most, leaving just the zipper and buckle unable to fasten. The belly band is one of my top maternity picks, it's a great product to make sure you can still wear all of your trendy clothes longer. Very cool indeed. It can even be worn after giving birth while you are still waiting to get back into those skinny jeans.
This season is wild with the cutest spring dresses for pregnancy.

Casual dresses, both short and long, bright colors and stripes seem to be all the rage for dressing that baby bump, so throw out that Muu Muu dress and jazz things up a bit. Bring out the color and rock those heels. After all, you don't have to be a celeb to style your pregnancy.
Love & Hugs!
o Bianca Carter is a certified lactation counselor (CLC), and founder of Bun in the Oven. For more information, give us a call at 601-6977 or visit us at the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza, next to Starbucks. Follow us on facebook at babybunintheoven, email us at info@babybunintheoven.com, visit us at www.babybunintheoven.com.

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BTC CEO Geoff Houston addresses Rotary Club of East Nassau

Nassau, Bahamas - BTC CEO Geoff Houston addresses a packed Rotary Club of East Nassau meeting Friday as he begins to make the rounds just over a month after taking the reins of the newly-privatized telecommunications company. While more improvements are expected to be announced soon, the new BTChas already enjoyed a number of achievements including signing a major deal
with Sandals resorts in New Providence and Exuma, creating a single number call centre to handle all company-related business, and launching its restructuring, offering voluntary separation packages to help contain operating costs and lower rates...

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Fashion Forward Women: To Dress Well, You Must 'Underdress' Well

NASSAU, Bahamas - 
"It is an undisputed fact that Bahamian women dress to impress.  They
love the attention it gives and the way that perfect piece of clothing
makes them feel.  But an often disregarded fact is that no matter how
beautiful the dress or outfit, the wrong underwear can completely spoil
the look and the comfort a woman feels in beautiful clothing.  Perfect
clothing is not so perfect, without perfect underwear."

Cheek.y Intimate Apparel Boutique was launched to answer this need.
This niche market operation seeks to provide serious and reliable
answers to the problems women face in finding the right undergarments. 
The store's manager notes that the new lingerie boutique

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Red Dress Soiree -- a fashion-related event with a charitable backbone

In red gowns designed by 10 local designers, 10 leading ladies will take the runway on Saturday, February 11 at The Red Dress Soirée, for a fashion related event with a charitable backbone.
Janet Bostwick, Joann Callender, Sandra Dean-Patterson, Karen Goodfellow, Maria Govan, Tanya McCartney, Arlene Nash-Ferguson, Elaine Pinder, Tonique Williams-Darling and Sharon Wilson will be featured in a runway presentation in their specially designed gown, for the fashion-related event with a charitable backbone.
Presented by The Bahamas AIDS Foundation and Primadona, the event highlights the trailblazing women representing various industries. The Red Dress Soiree will be held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit The Bahamas AIDS Foundation, specifically their work with adolescents infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
"The foundation is delighted to partner with Primadona to host this unique event which combines the creativity of the local designers with recognition of some of the leading ladies in our country. All of this while at the same time raising funds for a very worthy cause," said Lady Camille Barnett, president of the Bahamas AIDS Foundation.
Creating one-of-a-kind gowns for each leading lady will be Javotte Bethel, Apryl Burrows, Phylicia Ellis, Sabrina Francis, Patrice Lockhart, duo Cardell McClam and Christopher John, Indira Moss, David Rolle and Theodore Sealy.
The Bahamas AIDS Foundation has recently started to work with adolescents infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Five days a week after school, the adolescents are provided with educational tutoring, psychosocial intervention, peer support, job training and placement, a snack and a hot meal, referral services, and individual and group counseling, all of which are directed to enable the adolescents to lead long, productive, healthy lives. For more event information email rdsbahamas@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page facebook.com/RedDressSoiree.

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Red Dress Soiree uses fashion to spotlight many causes

Fashion designers and events have always taken causes under their wings, using their influence in popular culture to raise awareness of often-overlooked serious issues in their communities. Now Bahamians can have a similar event to look forward to locally that not only celebrates fashion but takes a serious look at influential women as well as the widespread effect of AIDS and HIV in the Bahamian adolescent population.
Though this is its first year, the Red Dress Soiree is set to become an annual charity event, said its founder and organizer, Tyrina Neely. With a cocktail reception, silent auction and runway show that highlights 10 Bahamian leading ladies in one-of-a-kind red dresses envisioned by 10 local fashion designers, the event promises to be not only fun but educational as well.
"We're such a fashion-conscious country and community so I thought it would be something people would get excited about," said Neely. "I wanted to do something different and I wanted to kind of give a fresh spin to fundraising. I wanted to be able to celebrate local designers and what they do. Who doesn't love fashion, who doesn't love getting dressed up and seeing beautiful art?"
For Neely, whose background in fashion comes not only from her degree in advertising and marketing specific to the fashion industry, but also her work with various fashion institutions and magazines in New York City, Europe and at home in The Bahamas, the charity event is a chance to bring her passions together to help the community.
The event is being hosted by The Bahamas AIDS Foundation and Neely's fashion-centered company, Primadona. The Bahamas AIDS Foundation institutes after school programs for adolescents infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS that provide them with educational tutoring, psychosocial intervention, peer support, job training and placement, referral services, and counseling as well as a snack and a hot meal.
With AIDS being the leading cause of death for the 15-49 year-old margin, said Neely, the support that the foundation provides this group is needed more than ever to help them lead healthy and productive lives.
"I wanted to bring more awareness to the fact that so many of our adolescents are affected by this whether they themselves have HIV/AIDS or someone in their family," she said. "It's still something that has such a negative stigma; we don't have a space for it, and I think it's important for people to get involved in this cause."
The Red Dress Soiree will directly support the efforts by The Bahamas AIDS Foundation, said Neely. She always wanted to host a fashion event like a runway show, but decided to put a fundraising spin on it after her experience with a young HIV-positive man with whom she kept in touch.
"His parents passed away, and when I found that out I said I really want to combine both of these desires of mine to support the AIDS Foundation and their work with adolescents directly affected by HIV/AIDS like this child," she said.
"My love of fashion also gives me a desire to promote designers locally and really just put on an event that celebrates not only amazing women who are the matriarchs and nurturers of society, but also fashion designers who I think don't always get as much support and praise as they should locally."
Indeed the charity event will touch many lives and worthy causes - by asking local designers to make 10 one-of-a-kind red dresses for their runway show, they support and showcase local artists, and by selecting 10 outstanding women from all aspects of Bahamian society to be the "leading ladies" modeling the creations, they spotlight strong female heroes for adolescents to admire.
"They do amazing work to give back," said Neely. "These women were selected based on their professional achievements and we wanted to have women from different sectors of society - so we have people from law, politics, farming, the arts, film.
"These are women who have achieved greatness in their careers; they're amazing businesswomen, but they are also women who have given back to the community," she continues. "This is just the first 10 - we look forward to doing this event and highlighting many, many, many other women over the years."
This year the ten Leading Ladies include Janet Bostwick, Joann Callender, Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson, Karin Goodfellow, Maria Govan, Janet Johnson, Tanya McCartney, Elaine Pinder, Tonique Williams-Darling and Sharon Wilson. They will model the designs on Javotte Bethel, Apryl Burrows, Phylicia Ellis, Sabrina Francis, Brynda Knowles, Patrice Lockhart, duo Cardell McClam and Christopher John, Indira Moss, David Rolle and Theodore Elyett.
Indeed, the evening will be a chance for guests to not only admire the visions and talent by local artists, but learn about how they too can help those affected with HIV and AIDS, striking inspiration in the Bahamian community.
"Obviously I want people to have a good time; I want it to be an event people talk about for weeks after it happens," said Neely. "But apart from that, the real underlying reason here is we want to support the AIDS Foundation and what they do."
"I want people to just have a heightened sense of awareness - to say they know what they can do to help, to mobilize and actually get started in doing something."
The Red Dress Soiree will be held Saturday, March 3 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Casino. The Red Carpet Experience will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Runway Show at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets to the event are $100 per person which includes complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres at the cocktail reception. They can be purchased at La Rose Boutique on West Bay Street and Goodfellow Farms in Mount Pleasant.
 
For more information, e-mail rdsbahamas@gmail.com.
 

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Wedding Dress Designer Chloe Dao gets Married in a Bahamas Beach Wedding

Wedding dress designer Chloe Dao was married in a Bahamas beach wedding recently in one of her own,

Chloe designs. The Houston based fashion designer and second season winner of
the fashion reality show "Project Runway" reportedly married her
longtime fiancée Kenneth Pursley in a private beach wedding in the
Bahamas.

And after years of designing wedding dresses for brides, Chloe
finally got the opportunity to design her own wedding gown. And how did
she approach her dress, Dao said

"I didn't want to over think my dress. I thought about my best..."

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Wedding Dress Designer Chloe Dao gets Married in a Bahamas Beach Wedding

Wedding dress designer Chloe Dao was married in a Bahamas beach wedding recently in one of her own,

Chloe designs. The Houston based fashion designer and second season winner of
the fashion reality show "Project Runway" reportedly married her
longtime fiancée Kenneth Pursley in a private beach wedding in the
Bahamas.

And after years of designing wedding dresses for brides, Chloe
finally got the opportunity to design her own wedding gown. And how did
she approach her dress, Dao said

"I didn't want to over think my dress. I thought about my best..."

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Say Yes to Your Bridesmaids' Dress

Scooting out on Saturday afternoons always involves passing the Cable Beach Strip and at least several wedding parties vying for a beautiful backdrop to their summer wedding.

I always slow down to take a quick look at what the bridal party is wearing. For many brides outfitting their bridal party can be more stressful than saying yes to their own wedding dress. Balancing
pleasing your bridal party and choosing styles that are flattering to
them while  staying true to your vision for your special day can become overwhelming for even the most zen bride. Here are some hot trends in bridesmaids dresses...

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Say Yes to Your Bridesmaids' Dress

Scooting out on Saturday afternoons always involves passing the Cable Beach Strip and at least several wedding parties vying for a beautiful backdrop to their summer wedding.

I always slow down to take a quick look at what the bridal party is wearing. For many brides outfitting their bridal party can be more stressful than saying yes to their own wedding dress.

Balancing
pleasing your bridal party and choosing styles that are flattering to
them while  staying true to your vision for your special day can become
overwhelming for even the most zen bride. Here are some hot trends in
bridesmaids dresses...

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