From pre- to postpartum and beyond, Sabina Melarti and Valerie Caron’s BLANQI is there to support.
On a playground, watching their respective 1-year-olds, best friends Sabina Melarti and Valerie Caron sat in distress—one pregnant with her second and the other sporting a post-baby body. The two young Atlanta mothers longed for comfortable, supportive maternity pieces for all stages of pregnancy that you’d see on the runway rather than on the pages of some medical guide. Melarti and Caron set out on a journey to revolutionize maternity clothes and solve the pitfalls of other brands that tried to do so in the past—too snug, too bulky and poor quality—creating a support system and community of mothers in the process. “We had the mindset of ‘go big or go home,’” Melarti says. “We wanted to change the world.” Aft er months of research and honing their product, Nordstrom picked up BLANQI Supportwear (blanqi.com)—the game-changing supportwear made for maternity, postpartum and beyond. Here, the two women round up their must-have mothering products.
“I never leave the house without water. S’well is fantastic, and keeps the contents ice cold for hours on end!” swell.com
“My absolute favorite skincare splurge, this small package packs a big punch, fights free radicals, reduces oxidative damage and brightens my complexion.” SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic vitamin C serum, skinceuticals.com
From Left: Melarti, Caron
“Game changer—what started BLANQI, and has been providing unrivaled support for baby bumps ever since. Our original tank top is designed with an invisible built-in belly support band that alleviates heaviness and decreases pressure on the pelvic floor to ease abdominal pain.” blanqi.com
“I always say, once postpartum, always postpartum. BLANQI hipster leggings make that transition easier.” blanqi.com
“Motherhood has made me sentimental. I love meaningful jewelry stacks from Becket Quill.” becketandquill.com
“I’ve learned as a mom of six that accessibility is everything; I love that Wash with Water is in a tub and not a tube.” Wash with Water diaper protection cream, washwithwatercare.com
Photography by: Melarti and Caron photo by Britt Ney Jacox, all other photos courtesy of brands