Annee Matthew Bamboo Drawstring Hoodie:Review + GIVEAWAY

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Some women just look gorgeous while pregnant.

You know the type: their taut limbs and firm behinds scream, I DO YOGA DAILY, HAHAHA!!

Their bellies are perfectly soccer-ball round, faces glow. Their hair? Mervelously arranged in a loose, “I don’t care but I’m still stunning” way. And you – with sweat clinging to your slightly greasy hair, your butt hanging out of the casings of your pre-maternity underwear, your belly wildly distended and your limbs flapping tribute to the Stars and Stripes, why you are torn between wanting to roll your eyes at that lady or find an incancantation spell that will slip you into her (fragrant) skin.

Or maybe it’s not you. Maybe it’s just me.


I’ll tell you this: I don’t feel gorgeous while pregnant. I don’t feel gorgeous while I’m a nursing Mama either. I feel big and fleshy, like those Venus of Willendorf dolls.

Oh sure, objectively speaking, I know all the bits about how I’m basically a sacred earth-mother-goddess now – my body is creating another human being, after all! And then (post-birth), my body will be nurturing and sustaining a tiny baby into near-self subsistence!

But frankly, I’m too hormonal to be objective. I just want to look good. I want to feel good. I want to not cry – as I literally do sometimes – when I look in the mirror or look at photos of myself right here, right now.

31 weeks pregnant. Massive Mama.


A Mother’s Boutique sent me an Annee Matthew Bamboo Drawstring Hoodie to review. I was excited and yet a little nervous about it because on the site, the fit of the hoodie looks like it’s for those Slim-Hipped Yoga Moms. And the stripes are horizontal which everyone in the 80‘s said makes us look bigger. Like I need to look bigger, thank you very much.

The actual hoodie though – when I received it, was baby-skin soft. Luxurious. I mean, LUXURIOUS. This bamboo stuff feels like the finest, softest cloth, it just rubs right and somehow the texture of that automatically made me feel *that* much better.

Then I slipped it on. Went and looked at myself and.. fell in love. Not with myself silly; with the hoodie!

The fit does flatter – even if I’m a wide-hipped celto-teutonic peasant breed and no slim-hipped taut Yoga-Mom. I look as good I possibly can in this. And more, when I fiddled with the top part, it’s clear to see that nursing in this is going to be breeze – it just slips right over to the side and you can pop your boob discreetly out.

IN A HOODIE!! How cool is that?!

The colour is also really handy. Grey/black basically goes with everything and with stripes being trendy, you don’t even have to bother really with matching the bottoms. Oh, and clearly “they” were wrong about horizontal stripes making you look bigger. Those 80’s… guess you can’t trust a decade that also told you big frosted hair was rad.

A Mother’s Boutique – and Annee Matthew –  I owe you a personal note of thanks. I really needed something that made me feel good, and made me feel as if I’m looking good. Thank you.


As a token of their singular awesomeness, they will also give away one of the same right here, right now:

 To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter (1. Mandatory: visit A Mother’s Boutique and leave a comment here on which item you like best. Extra entry: “like” A Mother’s Boutique on facebook).

Winner selected randomly on Sept. 7th, Winner announced on Sept. 8th. A new winner will be selected if original winner does not respond in 3 days.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you’d rather go straight to the source and not chance a giveaway, you can buy yours – or similar hoodies or awesome shirts and other items on their sites:

Annee Matthew: http://www.anneematthew.net/bamboohoodie.html

A Mother’s Boutique: http://www.mothersboutique.com/bamboohoodie.html – A Mother’s Boutique is where you can find the ENTIRE  Annee Matthew collection of maternity and  nursing wear: http://www.mothersboutique.com/anneematthew.html (check out my fave: the “Milk Factory” tee!! )

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  1. Love this boutique!  I think my favorite is the mommy necklace…or the Prima nursing top….no, the mommy necklace for sure.  I need something to stop the boob scratching!

    The hoodie is awesome! I feel pretty great pregnant, but nursing just has me feeling flabby.  🙁

  2. I love the bamboo hoodie. It is very pretty and ooks to be very flattering and practical!

  3. Oh man! So many good things!! I love the hands free nursing carrier…and of course, I love this hoodie! Thanks for the chance to win! 

  4. I really love this store, thanks for sharing it with us! I adore the hands free carrier for nursing!

  5. I really like the hoodie (ever since getting pregnant, I LOVE those horizontal stripes)! The Koalakin nursing pouch is pretty cool too. 🙂

  6. Ooohh I am a sucker for a great hoodie! I think after checking out the side that is my favortie item. Followed by the mommy-necklace teether ring. THat was pretty cool too.


  7. Thank you for showing me this site.  I've been looking for a site were I can buy plus size clothing that is nice.  I love the baby and momma pajama set.  I hate they are sold out!!  Hopefully by Feb 2013 when my baby is due they will have more in and Im hoping they are available in plus size.  I also love the nursing tops. That was so hard for me to find with my last 3 preg especially being plus size.  I know I will love that hoodie. 

  8. christina barnes Reply

    CommentLove the hoodie,Bianca maxi dress and the mommy necklace..

  9. Danielle S Reply

    Wow! I've never heard of this boutique until now– I LOVE IT!! My favorite item is the Diana Rouche Top in Bamboo for nursing!


    dscorziello @ gmail

  10. Katie Rose Reply

    So it's not just me?!?!? You made me laugh and I am totally feeling you (I'm 27 weeks with my third and hot mama I am not…unless you just mean sweaty?) I love their selection of nursing dresses, I've been looking all over for a few good options for my sister's upcoming wedding when I'll only be a few months postpartum and still nursing frequently.  I particularly like their City Chic dress.

  11. Darlene Ysaguirre Reply

    The Bamboo Hoodie  is super cute thanxs for the giveaway


  12. Jill Myrick Reply

    I love the Best For Babies Nursing Tee.



  13. Laurie Emerson Reply

    I love the Sara Smocked Tunic.

    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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