A Whimsical Woodland Baby Shower

A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity’s creative team recently hosted a baby shower for our marketing coordinator and mom-to-be Jackie, who is expecting a little girl! The team chose an autumnal theme and our photo studio, an open space with lots of natural light, as the venue for the early morning brunch.
448A6487[2]454448A64904For the décor, topiaries, wood serving pieces, and naturally toned linens were simple accents to play up the rustic feel, while a hand scripted mural and clothesline stocked with brightly hued baby clothes added whimsical touches. The gifts were wrapped in homemade polka dot wrap. Starbucks lattes, muffins and sandwiches were also wrapped in brown paper to compliment the theme.
448A6487[2]Congratulations to Jackie on her baby girl and to our team for pulling off the surprise fete!  –Olivia

LA Vibes

Hello from Los Angeles! I’m out in sunny California on day 3 of my style session tour at A Pea in the Pod. Yesterday I had an amazing day in Beverly Hills and got to hang with some fabulous mamas and help #stylethebump!IMG_9509Our fall collection is full of pieces taking influence from the 70’s like the poncho, flare jeans, maxi dresses, vests and plaid everywhere! LA is also on to this trend in a big way! Walking down the streets of Beverly Hills, the windows are lined with vintage flares, floppy hats, peasant tops and chunky platform heels.
ponchoIf you are a LA mom-to-be, make sure to stop by our Beverly Hills store to the get look specifically designed for a growing bump! Nearby Intermix and Club Monaco have great accessories to polish off your look.IMG_9552Head over to Instagram #oliviastylesesh to follow the rest of my travels and see what’s hot in Cali! xoxo Olivia

Maternity Poncho Sweater // Saint Laurent Platform Sandals // Splendid Woven Maternity Vest // Jessica Simpson Boho Maternity Maxi // Luxe Essentials Denim Chelsea Flared Bootcut Maternity Jean // Maison Michel Felt Hat // Lanvin Tassel Belt

Trend Alert // The LBD Every Mama Needs

TrendAlert-LBD 2Every woman needs a little black dress in her wardrobe that works for any and every occasion, from a wedding to the office. For moms-to-be, I suggest opting for a softly structured sheath or swing dress that can be styled down for day or up for a night out, easily adjusts to your growing bump and works post-baby.
TrendAlert-LBD collageI also love an LBD with a flirty tulip hem, a sleek maxi, and something more sexy and form fitting like these Isabella Oliver maternity styles.

My favorite way to style my LBD is with strappy heels, a red lip, chunky gold cuff, clutch and retro shades! -Olivia

Seraphine Long Sleeve Maternity Dress // Aquazzura Bel Air Pumps // Seraphine 3/4 Sleeve Maternity Dress // Dita Gold Temptation Sunglasses // Saint Laurent Bracelet // NARS Jungle Red Lipstick // Oliveve Oversized Clutch

Staying True To Your Style During Pregnancy

Guest Editor: Kaycee Sogard of Cordially, Kaycee

People constantly ask me if anything has been different with my current pregnancy than with my first. My husband and I aren’t finding out the gender of this baby *gasp*, so everyone and their mother wants to try and figure it out! While I wasn’t quite as sick this time around, and I may be carrying a little lower, the one thing that has truly been different with this pregnancy has been my maternity style.

When I was carrying my daughter Saydee, I was so excited to wear maternity clothes! I wanted maternity pants, shirts with the “scrunchy-sides” as I called them, and anything with an empire waist. Why? Because I was pregnant and that’s what pregnant people wear, obviously. While I never chose anything that looked bad on me, per say, I didn’t stay true to my own personal style.

With this baby I still wear maternity pants, shirts with the “scrunchy-sides” and so many maternity dresses that I sometimes forget I’m pregnant and supposed to be uncomfortable. The difference with all of these clothes this time around is that everything is 100% true to my style. I chose denim brands that I love like AG Jeans and Paige, tees that reflect my modern taste and dresses with a cool-girl vibe.

You may not be able to control how your body is growing, how much weight you gain, or how big your belly gets, but you can control how you dress that beautiful bump! For me, my maternity style has given me even a small sense of normalcy through the never-ending changes my body has gone through. It’s so important to remain genuine and true to your personal style by wearing clothes that make you feel great on the outside as well as on the inside, pregnant or not!

Behind the Scenes @NYFW with Rachel Zoe

NYFW wrapped up leaving behind a bevy of fresh new trends on the horizon for Spring 2016. Stylist, Designer and Editor, Rachel Zoe, gives us a behind the scenes look at her latest runway collection, taking inspiration from one of the biggest trends of the season.
Rachel Zoe NYFW Mood BoardZoe’s Spring 2016 Collection is a modern take on the romantic gypset.  The glamour of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s comes through via hand-frayed edges, exaggerated ruffles and off-the-shoulder lace. Inspired by some of the great supermodels of that time period – Gia Carangi, Lauren Hutton and Jerry Hall – Rachel created a collection that lends itself to the cultural nomads, which are the busy, sophisticated women of today. Romantic, classic and subtly sexy, this collection is meant to inspire women to live boldly and have fun with style.
Rachel Zoe NYFW Runway 1“This season is romantic in a really modern way.  I envision these clothes to be what women want to wear and live an effortlessly glamorous and inspired life in.” –Rachel ZoeRachel Zoe NYFW Runway 2Rachel Zoe NYFW Runway 3Rachel Zoe NYFW Runway 4With a new show Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe that just aired this past week, I am excited to see what this ultra-successful modern mom will bring us next! The Holiday 2015 Rachel Zoe Maternity Collection for A Pea in Pod delivers next month so make sure to mark your calendars. –Olivia

Momspiration Monday // Keira Knightley

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The Mom Diaries: Toddlers + Tablets

Now that he’s two, Greyson has started to cutely request, “Do iPad!” Between mine and my husband’s tablets, iPhones, and laptops, limiting screen time can be somewhat of a challenge; I’m sure you can relate! We both work in design fields so it’s important to us that our son finds creativity not just through technology. Here are a few tips we’ve found to keep balance:
IMG_9110Keeping the tablet out of eye sight. It sounds simple, but out of sight really is out of mind especially in the case of a toddler.

Trying to limit use to once a day. Sometimes there is a mom-needs-to-get-out-the-door-in-5-minutes emergency but we make our best effort to stick to this rule and play games or watch short videos WITH Greyson. Toddlers will go from app to app and video to video endlessly without supervision! When we watch with him, we choose ONE and we talk him through each game or show.

Being selective about content. Grey could watch his favorites Peppa Pig and Caillou on repeat but I’ve also narrowed in on what I think are the best educational apps for toddlers that I like to weave in; Phonics IslandAbby Monkey Basic Skills, and Lego Duplo Train are learning and motor-skill apps that he also really enjoys.
Grayson_TabletDo you set screen time limits with your tot and which are your favorite apps? -Olivia

Behind the Scenes with DL1961 + Lady&Prince

The DL1961 team took over our Instagram and gave us a sneak peek into a day in the life of the DL tribe. They showed us around their new NYC showroom where they had an impromptu style sesh with Marissa of Lady&Prince, featuring their new maternity styles exclusive to A Pea in the Pod. Check out more behind the scene images below.
Showroom-119Marissa’s first pick was our newest style, Erin, an exclusive leg lengthening skinny fit with exceptional comfort and shape retention. Available in either the Secret Fit Belly® band or elasticated side panels, both are designed to grow with you during your pregnancy.Showroom-084WhiteWall_129I love how Marissa paired the Erin in moscow wash with this gorgeous mocha rib-knit sweater by Sweet Romeo. With delicate jewelry and chunky booties, this mama sure knows how to turn heads.

We were so excited to have the chance to go behind the scenes with DL1961! Shop the full collection online and in A Pea in the Pod stores.

5 Best Fall Skincare Products for Pregnancy

Guest Editor: Kristen Diamond, Beauty and Lingerie Buyer

Cooler temperatures can bring newfound skincare dilemmas— especially if you are expecting! Who better to dish on the best Fall beauty picks that are safe for momma and baby than our resident guru Kristen? Kristen just happens to be getting ready for the arrival of her second baby— a little girl, due any day—so read along for the products getting her through the final stretch and the rest of the season!KRISTEN BEAUTYAs Told by Kristen:

I’ve been planning and preparing for my little girl’s impending arrival and I am so excited that the wait is almost over! Now that we are moving into Fall, I’ve naturally switched up my beauty routine and only use pregnancy-safe products that are free of harsh chemicals but still effective. Here are my favorites:KristenEssentials BLOGTreatment: Mama Mio’s Pregnancy Boob Tube soothes, hydrates and even firms. I use it after the shower and will continue doing so after baby arrives. It’s worth noting that this cream is safe for moms to continue using if they plan to breastfeed.

Body Oil: Body oils are a great way to nourish and maintain moisture throughout pregnancy and beyond. I’m a fan of both the eucalyptus and lavender oils from Basq. I plan on packing both in my hospital bag to keep me calm and relaxed!

Lip Balm: I always have an Honest Lip Balm on hand, especially in the Fall when chapped lips can be problematic. Oh and I’m also obsessed with Honest’s Hand Sanitizing Spray since it’s just as hydrating and is perfect for on-the-go to keep germs at bay.

Body Scrub: Exfoliation is key when the weather cools PLUS your skin takes a toll during pregnancy. I recommend a body scrub like Basq’s Sugar Body Polish to slough away dry skin before moisturizing with an all over body lotion like Basq’s Mega Moisture Cream.

Nail Polish: I love all of the dark nail colors for fall. Butter London’s Nail Lacquer in Posh Bird is one of my favorites!

West Coast Style Sessions

Next stop Cali! I’ll be at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego on Wednesday, September 30th and at A Pea in the Pod in Beverly Hills on Thursday, October 1st. I can’t wait to help you stock your closet with all the latest maternity must haves for Fall!

And because I like to leave a little love wherever I go, one lucky mama at each location can enter to win a $300 wardrobe!

We’ve also partnered up with The Honest Company who will be offering skincare tips and free goodies during my visit.

You can schedule your complimentary appointment by emailing events@destinationmaternity.com. If you have any suggestions on places to check out while I am in the San Diego and LA areas, please pass them my way!
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