Pregnancy Essentials: Jacqueline Weppner
Jacqueline Weppner is the founder and creative director of Merci New York, a boutique styling house that offers fashion and prop styling and production services for special events and editorial projects. Expecting a baby girl any day now, Weppner fills us in on her must-haves for her first pregnancy.
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Maternity jeans: "I spent my entire first trimester in skinny James Jeans in a dark wash. They are so cute! I’ll secretly be wearing them post-baby this fall as well—along with a belly band!"
Pregnancy book: "I’m an app girl—been loving my Sprout Daily Check Ins!"
Snack or drink for fighting morning sickness nausea: "Banana smoothies from Juice Generation. I like a good potassium fix when I get pesky leg muscle spasms at night. So not fun, but they say bananas help."
Comfy and chic pregnancy shoes: "While I still manage to squeeze myself into my Jimmy Choo heels for special occasions, my 'NYC street' go-tos are a chic little pair of nude Bloch ballet flats. Not only do they go with everything, but their tonal color draws attention away from my ankles and keeps my legs looking (somewhat) slimmer—or so I hope."
Maternity fancy dress: "I haven’t been doing maternity for formal dresses. Instead I’ve had a lot of luck sizing up on maxi dresses for formal summer events. I’ve either rented them from Rent The Runway (you just describe your baby bump size and drop it to their customer service team) or I’ve bought styles I love and know I can have taken in for next summer."
Maternity every day dress: "My amazing styling clients at Donna Morgan gifted me with a pink and coral Missoni-esque chevron maternity dress that I wore for my shower. It’s super chic and colorful—the perfect throw-on-and-go dress for when I’m running from appointment to appointment in the city."
Maternity sleepwear: "A relieving little secret that most girls don’t know is that your cute Hanky Panky panties and boy shorts can get you through your pregnancy just fine. They don’t say “one size fits all” for nothing."
Diaper bag you’re planning on using: "Ah! I splurged on a Louis Vuitton Shopper Bag with my initials screen-printed in both pink and blue before I knew we were having a girl. It can carry a small army of necessities and easily clip on the back of our Bugaboo."
Crib you’re planning on buying: "We went with the Pottery Barn Larkin Crib and placed it against a hand stenciled trellis wall in grey and white—I’m in love with it!"
Favorite stretch mark-fighting cream/ belly oil: "Don’t want to jinx myself, but my belly’s made it 37 weeks stretch mark-free, so far. This is most likely due to Basq body oil. It has a really soothing scent for bedtime too."
Name some items you are planning on bringing to the hospital: "My somewhat silly, somewhat necessary favorite is the delivery gown I bought on Etsy. Call me crazy, but I didn’t want to welcome my baby into the world wearing a hospital gown a bunch of sick people wore before me. And two other little tips I received from mommy-friends: a pair of flip-flops for the hospital shower and individually wrapped chocolates to stay on your nurses’ sweet side!"
Music you’ve been playing for your baby: "'Rock A Bye Baby Madonna!' Who knew how melodic Material Girl sounds could be on a xylophone?"
Favorite maternity store: "ASOS maternity online, hands down. They have great trend-focused styles that don’t break the bank and still fit well."
Top pregnancy food cravings: "Totally gross, but I craved Chinese egg drop soup from one UWS delivery spot the entire first trimester and peanut M&M’s."
Favorite maternity swimwear: "I loved my Top Shop maternity one-piece suit in a cute blue and white sailor stripe. I rocked it throughout my baby-moon without feeling a bit self-conscious."
Favorite body pillow: "I bought a few, but ultimately preferred to make a fortress of my own pillows at night. Not sure if my husband appreciated that very much..."
Are you planning on taking a baby-moon? "We went to La Samanna in St Martin. It was idyllic—so serene and beautiful. It was a perfect baby-moon location."
Registry item you're most excited about: "I have a strange obsession with this adorable rocking sheep from Pottery Barn Kids. My sister bought it for my shower and I immediately carved out a place for it in her nursery. Can’t wait for our little girl to enjoy it!"
Baby present you would love from your husband: "Ah, the push present—touchy topic! I think I’ll keep him on his toes."
Nursery colors: "Pink and grey with hints of ivory. Grey was a super hard shade to hit. I spent so much time painting samples and they always looked too blue or too white. But maybe that was just my crazy hormones and nesting instincts. If you’re thinking of doing grey in the nursery, you can dodge the insanity and head straight to Stonington Grey by Benjamin Moore. It’s the perfect grey in all lights, and I promise you will thank me later."