Eva Amurri Martino’s Los Angeles Adventuring Guide

Guest Editor: Eva Amurri Martino, Actress and Lifestyle + Parenting Blogger at Happily Eva AfterEVA MAIN PHOTOAs a self-employed working Mom who works primarily from home, I feel like I am constantly struggling with my own work/life balance.  Marlowe is at the age now (almost ONE!) where she is very aware of where Mommy is at any given moment, especially when I’m working in my home office.  I can hear the shuffle of her crawl as she makes her way around the corner to my office every hour or so.  I end up feeling guilty to have to literally shut Marlowe out for hours of the day while she knows I’m right behind the door, but I also feel so lucky that I get to walk in to the next room and see my little baby if I ever need a squeeze.  This dynamic has really encouraged me to make the most of my time with my daughter on the weekends and free days, and I have especially loved taking her on mother-daughter adventures.  I find Los Angeles to be so wonderfully baby-friendly.  With the excellent year-round weather, healthy food trends, and laid-back vibe, Marlowe and I are able to go on little outings that we both enjoy.  Here are my greatest hits for baby-friendly adventuring in Los Angeles:pea in the pod granville 2FOOD

Granville Café:  This restaurant features healthy Californian fare at its best.  I love how spacious and easygoing this restaurant is.  Your kid can drop food and cutlery on the floor and nobody bats an eye, and it’s way classier than McDonald’s! Marlowe loves the hummus appetizer.

Ink Sack:  This place has hands-down the yummiest sandwiches around.  There’s something for everyone, including super delicious home made Maryland crab chips! My favorite sandwich is the Pork Banh mi– it’s outstanding. You can eat here, but I prefer picking up some bagged lunches to go for our more far-flung adventures.

Pitfire Pizza: Great pizza, excellent wine and beer on hand, and an extremely family-friendly vibe.  Everyone I know brings their kids here for a last minute meal.Pea in the pod The Coop 2PLAY

The COOP: This indoor play place is fun, easy, and cool.  There is a ball pit and climbing structure with a slide, as well as a bouncy house, craft room, and outdoor play area that features a teepee reading nook.  The hang area for parents even has magazines, a coffee bar, and wifi!

The Butterfly Pavilion @ The Natural History Museum:  This extraordinary experience is a must-do!  Running until September 7th, buying tickets to this exhibit grants you and your little ones access to a stunning butterfly habitat!  Once inside, you are surrounded by more than 53 different butterfly species.   Some may even land on you, making for an frame-worthy photo-op!

Underwood Family Farms: This farm is my pick for a more outside the box adventure.  With a petting zoo, train town, hayrides, as well as pick-your-own fruit and vegetable fields, it is a family friendly activity for multiple age groups.  They even have a farmer’s market to get your grocery shopping done on the run!Pea in the pod Eggy 1SHOPPING

Earth Baby:  This little local gem is my pic for earth-friendly and organic-loving Mamas!  They have the largest selection of cloth diapering accessories in town, and lots of all-natural toys and bath products. I purchased Marlowe’s amber teething necklace here.  Organic vending machines are on-site for a little afternoon sweet treat.

Eggy:  Ask any stylish LA Mommy which local kids stores she loves and she is sure to include Eggy.  The clothes and accessories in this boutique are so chic and beautiful that you’ll wish they made them in your size.  I’ve found some sweet hair clips for Marlowe here, and it is also a perfect store for gifting!

Firefly Kids:  This west side staple carries super cute, modern pieces for babies and kids as well as an impressive toy selection.  I love going here to find unusual and adorable books.Pea In The Pod adventuring essentialsMY LA ADVENTURING ESSENTIALS:

  1. UPPAbaby Vista Stroller: I use this stroller with Marlowe and love how sturdy it is as well as having an excellently smooth ride.  The basket is the largest of any stroller I’ve used and perfect for picking up souvenirs on your adventures with baby!
  2. Lollacup: This is my favorite sippy cup to tote around. It’s made of BPA free plastic, and features a straw with a sliding cap to cover and keep it clean! Plus, it looks super cute.
  3. Inglesina Fast Table Chair: If you get nothing else, get this! This was a random gift that I didn’t even register for, and it has been one of my favorite baby items ever.  It changes the game when it comes to dining out with baby, since it puts them level with the table in a totally safe and secure position.  They feel like they’re a part of the action and end up being much better behaved.  This can be used as a regular high chair for space-challenged families, too!
  4. Snack Container: I love this one from Weestructed, and fill it with lots of puffs and crackers in case we hit traffic and the baby starts to have a meltdown.
  5. Tokidoki x Ju.Ju.Be Diaper Bag: This bag has it all.  It’s machine washable, wipeable, and has tons of pockets and partitions.  It also looks super graphic and cool which is extra Mama-friendly.  We’re the ones who have to carry it around!

A Pea in the Pod Goes to London!

Harrods_02_hi_res Photo courtesy of Tim Griffiths for A Pea in the Pod

Photo courtesy of Tim Griffiths for A Pea in the Pod

Are you ready for some exciting news? You can now shop A Pea in the Pod at Harrods! Along with our A Pea in the Pod collection, our shop in the iconic department store will also house exclusive pieces from British maternity labels Séraphine, Isabella Oliver and Madderson London along with the Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod. We are so excited that now even more moms-to-be can spend their nine months is style! –Olivia

Read more from WWD here.

 

Rachel Zoe’s Vacation Essentials

Guest Editor: Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor and Designer

Whether it’s a parents-only weekend trip to Positano or a family excursion to The Hamptons, Rachel Zoe travels in style and clearly knows how to pack. She shared her list of vacation essentials for the mom-to-be with us exclusively so keep reading!
From Rachel:

For me, summer is synonymous with the beach – Malibu, The Hamptons, St. Barths.  Some of my favorite memories are from the Hamptons with my family; we go to local farm stands for organic produce. My husband and I like to dine at Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor and The Palm in East Hampton. Plus, we have evening bonfires with friends on the most beautiful beaches.  It’s a home away from home for us and I love watching my boys grow up there. I pack all my must-haves when traveling, but easy styles were my go-to when pregnant. So, here are some of my vacation essentials for a mom-to-be:RachelZoe_SummerHigh to Low Maternity Dress: When it comes to personal style, everything has to have an effortless glamour about it.  I always want to be comfortable…never wearing anything too fitted, so I can move around with my kids.  I think that’s why every woman, pregnant or not, should have a dress like the printed high-low maternity dress from my A Pea in the Pod summer collection.  It needs nothing more than a pair of ankle-wrap flat sandals, sunnies for daytime and a little denim jacket for a warm summer night.

Ruched Maternity Maxi Dress: It’s no secret that every woman needs a little black dress in her wardrobe.  Whether you prefer mini, midi or maxi, embrace your bump and show off your figure in a dress that is ruched at the waist.  With its open neck and tassel detail, this dress is effortlessly elegant all on its own.  Complete your ensemble for the perfect date night by adding a pair of block-heeled sandals and leather biker jacket.

Secret Fit Belly Zip Maternity Jeans: Stretch indigo denim is timeless and transitions seamlessly from season to season.  Being a mom means juggling a million and one things at once, so versatility is key.  For everyday casual cool, pair them with flat loafers, a white tee and a tailored blazer; they are the perfect accessories for daytime around town.  For a bit of bohemian glamour, opt for an airy tunic, long pendant necklace and metallic sandals to give your otherwise casual denim a punch of free-spirited edge.

South Jersey Bumpstyle + Beauty Event

I’m so excited to be hosting a Summer Style and Beauty Event! On Friday, July 31st, I’ll be at our Cherry Hill, New Jersey Destination Maternity from 12 pm to 4 pm offering one-on-one style sessions. Plus, one lucky mama will have the opportunity to stock her closet with maternity must-haves by entering to win a $300 maternity wardrobe!

During my visit, a specialist from Mama Mio will be offering mini massages and sharing tips for dealing with common pregnancy skincare issues.

You can schedule a complimentary appointment by emailing events@destinationmaternity.com. I hope to see you there!  xoxo –Olivia

 

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Summer Pregnancy Skincare Secrets from a Pro

Guest Editor: Kristen Diamond, Beauty and Lingerie Buyer

Warmer weather means manis, pedis and lots of moisturizing so I reached out to Kristen, our resident beauty guru, to get the round-up of her favorite products that are safe for moms-to-be. You may recognize Kristen from We’re Expecting Too; she is currently pregnant with her second child, a girl!GRAs told by Kristen:

I am so excited to have another baby! I have a three-year-old son, Ryan, so when we found out I was having a girl, we were ecstatic; I have had so much fun decorating her room and picking out her little outfits already!

As a soon-to-be second time mom and the beauty and skincare buyer for Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, I have a lot of experience with pregnancy-safe products. The brands we carry offer formulas that are free of all of the harsh chemicals and effective, which is why I use them even when I am not pregnant. Here are my must-haves:Pregnancy Skin Care EssentialsNail Polish: Maintaining a mani and pedi is a must in the summer! I do my own and love the Butter London Nail Lacquer since it’s 3-Free. A great summer shade is “Poole.” Their top coat also works really well and because it lacks many of the harsh chemicals other nail polishes have, the scent is not strong.

Body Scrub: Exfoliate! I am currently obsessed with the Honest Sea Salt and Sugar Body Scrub. It is amazing and I use it all of the time! It smells great and leaves you super soft.

Body Oil: Keeping your skin hydrated during the summer is important! I go back and forth between the Basq Lavender Oil and The Honest Company Body Oil. They both soak in really well and have a nice scent. I always drink tons of water, too, to keep hydrated.

Lip Balm: I love The Honest Company Lip Balm Trio and I keep them everywhere because I am a fanatic about using lip balm. No one wants dry lips, especially when pregnant!

Sun Block: I am crazy about using sun block on my son and myself. The Nine Natural Sunscreen is a great option, as is the Honest sun stick that we carry, which makes it so easy to lotion tiny faces on-the-go!

Facial Wipes: I can’t get enough of facial wipes! I keep the Honest 3-in-1 Facial Towelettes and Mama Mio Gorgeous Glow Swipes in my beach bag so I always feel fresh. I use them on Ryan all of the time too! The Honest ones also take off eye makeup really well.

For Some Extra Pampering: Mama Mio Lucky Legs  instantly cools and relaxes your legs; great for after a long day at the beach or pool and chasing after a toddler!

Glamorous Baby Sprinkle

Sprinkles are becoming increasingly popular to celebrate moms-to-be who are expecting their second (or third or fourth!) baby. Sprinkles are a great way to welcome a new addition and gift mom with a few necessities. I recently attended my girlfriend Michele’s fabulous sprinkle and thought I would share some highlights of the day and decor for those of you considering hosting or having one of your own!

Michele’s family and friends opted to throw a low-key yet completely glam white and gold sprinkle to celebrate Baby No. 2. The first thing I noticed upon entering the venue (a glamorous old world home in Lansdale, PA) was the lovely white and gold candy bar. Candy bars are a simple way to bring a party theme to life and this one was no exception!

245IMG_9750Before indulging in the sweets, guests noshed on hors d’oeuvres and sipped on sparkling grape juice. White and gold straws, plus mason jars and a beautiful apothecary drink dispenser added to the gorgeous vintage feel of the occasion.3I knew Michele wanted to wear white, so I suggested a Motherhood Maternity goddess maxi dress. I think she looked amazing for her special day and a maxi is the perfect baby sprinkle or baby shower dress that can be dressed up or down depending on your theme. This similar white maternity maxi dress is another great option.
65Michele’s whole family took part in the festivities, including her adorable four year old, Reia. I think incorporating your kids in the celebration of baby’s impending arrival is a great way to get them excited for becoming a sibling!
IMG_9746Are you planning on having a sprinkle or throwing one for a friend? I’d love to hear your party decor ideas! xoxo, Olivia

Jaime King For A Pea in the Pod!

I am excited to announce that actress, designer and soon-to-be mother of two Jaime King is appearing in A Pea in the Pod’s Fall campaign! If you follow Jaime on Instagram, you’ve gotten a glimpse at her life which includes her adorable son James Knight, many exciting projects including a baby line, and some seriously stylish fashion—definitely a mom we can’t get enough of!

Jaime may have been the model, but it was the very animated James Knight who stole the show when he, along with Jaime’s husband Kyle, made a surprise visit to the set. The shoot, which took place at a studio in Los Angeles, features Jaime wearing styles from a new collection of jeans, Luxe Essentials Denim (LED) by A Pea in the Pod.PP_JK_Fall15_07_135_RT-fltDesigned for maximum comfort for the mom-to-be, LED jeans utilize upgraded premium denim with industry recognized stretch technology to better accommodate her changing body- comfort and style! The collection offers go-to leg silhouettes like a skinny, legging and boyfriend in a range of washes, with several styles available in petite, so she can find the perfect fit.You can try on a pair of LED in stores in August or shop the pre-sale now. -Olivia

Style Solutions for your Third Trimester

The last few months of pregnancy can be the most exciting AND the most challenging. However, dressing in your third-trimester doesn’t have to be a struggle! I recently had a style session with Jill and Kristen, who are both now in the last stage of their pregnancies and who you’ll recognize from We’re Expecting Too and last month’s Gender Reveal post. I was excited to help the girls choose some new pieces and share some styling tips for dressing in the last trimester. Check out the looks we chose and get some style inspo!
Shop Designer Maternity JeansRachel Zoe Sleeveless Printed High-low Maternity Dress Rachel Zoe Jersey Knit Striped Maternity TopI chose these two looks first because the silhouettes are simple, flattering and comfortable- all essential in the third-trimester! This A-line Rachel Zoe dress that Jill is wearing skims the body and is lightweight and breezy, perfect for this time of year. For Kristen, a maternity tunic paired with a denim legging is polished but uber comfy, too, since both pieces are stretchy and breathable.
Jessica Simpson 3/4 Sleeve Tie Front Maternity BlouseFinding an outfit with a slight cinched-in waist creates a nice shape, especially with a bump. We opted for this Jessica Simpson maternity top with a drawstring tie to give Jill added definition. This trick works throughout your whole pregnancy, but even more so toward the end, when the bump is at its biggest!
Bailey 44 Sleeveless Maternity DressA peasant top and maternity jean short are perfect for summer, as well as when you are further along. Look for a short with a little spandex and a Secret Fit Belly®, like this cut-off version, so it’s soft on your tender belly. A maxi dress, like the one Kristen is wearing by Baily 44, is another essential summer piece that gives you a complete, yet comfortable look and feel.
Shop Maternity Maxi DressesDaniel Rainn Short Sleeve Open Front Maternity KimonoA breezy blouse and kimono kaftan are also must-haves in my book once your bump has popped! I opted for this airy Sjobeck blouse paired with cropped maternity AG jeans for Jill and kimono kaftan, maternity top and short for Kristen. These work so well, since again it’s about style AND comfort. Keep the silhouette short or slim on the bottom when wearing a flowy top.
Sjobeck Cap Sleeve Back Interest Maternity BlouseSplendid Back Interest Maternity Tank TopLastly, accessorizing is an easy and simplistic way to accentuate a maternity look. Try a hat, scarf, cross-body bag, necklaces and stacked bracelets to complete your outfit. These additions help speak to your own signature style. 

Are you in your third-trimester? Tell me some of your favorite maternity pieces! –Olivia

Trend Alert // The Floral Dress + Garden Party Flair

TrendAlert-GardenFloral, lace and pretty pastel colors are key trends for summer! When incorporating them into your look, the trick is balancing the ultra-feminine pieces and colors with edgier accessories. For example, pairing this A Pea in the Pod floral maternity dress with a clutch featuring sleek hardware or layering in metallic jewelry. That fresh combination keeps the trend modern, without being too girly. While perfect for a summer soiree, these pretty pieces can find multiple uses and complement the rest of your maternity wardrobe. Looking for a fun way to embrace the trend and get together with friends? Throw a glam garden party and you’ll already know what to wear! Happy styling! –Olivia

TAYLOR Floral Shift Dress // Clyde Hat // L. Erikson Ring // Spaghetti Strap Lace Dress // Sluiz Ibiza Bag // Similar: Chambray Tank // Similar: Dark Wash Short // Barton Perreira Sunglasses // Sophie Hulme Bag // Chloé Bracelet // Valentino Rockstud Slingbacks

Simple Smoothie Pops For Summer

popciclesAs a health-conscious mom to a toddler, it’s important to me to find more nutritious ways to enjoy snacks and desserts. Our family has recently become obsessed with smoothies which are a refreshing treat for summer and Greyson especially LOVES them! We have a garden of strawberries ready for picking and in the mornings, we make smoothies for breakfast. For a more indulgent take, I decided to try popsicles! Just take your favorite smoothie recipe and freeze into a popsicle mold (or make your own.) These are good any time of the day and perfect for a mom-to-be and her family who craves something sweet but without the guilt. Enjoy! -Olivia

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Yogurt (Try Greek for a tangier taste!)
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice

Directions:

  • Blend strawberries, blueberries, banana, yogurt and juice until smooth.
  • Pour into popsicle mold; freeze until solid- between 5-10 hours or overnight.
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