Must-haves for the City Chic Mama

Guest Editor: Blogger and Stylist Staci Acquasanta of Leather&Leops

Fashion blogger and new mom to baby Dylan, Staci is one of the most stylish NYC mamas I know! I kept up with her maternity style and her interior design skills (baby Dylan’s nursery is gorge!) during her pregnancy, so I knew she’d have some amazing must-haves for her little man. I was so excited when she agreed to share her city-perfect picks as Guest Editor for today’s post!IMG_0942Hi! My name is Staci and I have a 5 week old precious baby boy named Dylan. I live in SoHo, New York City and so far have loved raising a baby in the city. While there are some things that can be challenging, I love the energy of the city and all that if offers! Walks outside have become a part of our daily routine and Dylan is already acclimated  to the loud noises and hustle and bustle. Here are a few items that are my must-haves for a chic mom in the city!City Mom v2StrollerBugaboo Cameleon– Hands down, this is the perfect city stroller. It is chic, yet versatile. It has many useful and multi-purpose features like the bassinet, chair and car seat attachment options. It makes for a smooth stroll on even the bumpiest of NYC sidewalks.

Diaper Bag: Prada Baby Bag– When choosing a diaper bag, I wanted something that would match my style and taste, but also be functional! This one is the ultimate combination. It’s chic but can be easily cleaned, compact but has tons of pockets, and includes a changing pad for a quick diaper refresh anywhere. I can stash my favorite Aden & Anais swaddles in there too!

High Chair: Peg Perego Siesta– I took the advice of all of my friends and sprung for this high chair! How could I not? It’s portable, easily cleanable, and will grow with my little one. Bonus: it folds up to half of its size, so it is perfect for small city spaces.

Car Seat: Nuna Pipa– I wouldn’t trust any other car seat to keep my little one safe on the crazy city streets. It is super lightweight for carrying and has the easiest installation. The awesome seat belt/no base needed installation is perfect for in and out of taxis.

Carrier: Ergo 360– I do a lot of walking, so a good carrier is essential! This one is easy to put on, lightweight, and provides the best support and comfort for both me and Dylan.

Bonus Must-Haves: Fisher Price Rock’N’Play // Purell Hand Sanitizer // Sleep Sheep // Skip*Hop Central Park Outdoor Blanket 

The Honest Company Loves Destination Maternity!

Team members from The Honest Company, including Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Christopher Gavigan, came to visit Destination Maternity’s headquarters last week, bringing along some fun surprises! Christopher and team started the day bright and early to decorate our lobby with balloons and flowers.

Christopher hosted several meet-and-greets with our associates throughout the day, sharing the backstory of some of Honest’s best-selling products, many of which were created as a result of customer feedback. Each Destination Maternity team member received a tote bag filled with goodies including a trio of Honest’s lip balm, hand sanitizer spray and the healing balm- my personal favorite which has also received Allure’s Best of Beauty award. Head over to our Instagram for more photos from this most exciting and memorable day!

Have you ever used The Honest Company’s products? If so, share your favorites in the comments section below. – OliviaIMG_96792IMG_97243IMG_9688IMG_9718IMG_9701IMG_9704IMG_9685

Sun, Sand + Toddler: Beach Survival Guide

My son Greyson is full of energy and has a loving and cheerful personality. Being a toddler though, meltdowns, rants and toy throwing are all becoming a normal state of affairs in my house. So now, going ANYWHERE with him takes careful preparation and planning. If you’re already a mom and have been through this stage, you get it. If not, you’ll soon come to see exactly what I’m talking about.

A few weeks ago we took our first beach trip this year. Before baby, my husband and I would drive to the beach without a moment’s notice and with no thought at all other than what bikini or bathing suit we should bring; how times have-a-changed! With a two year old in tow, a beach day takes not only more planning but many, many, many more bags! We quickly realized things we are going to do differently the next time.  Read on for some of my tips (that we will surely be using next time) for a trip to the beach with your kiddos.246Prepare the night before: Even though we talked about going to the beach the night before, we waited to pack until the morning. Fools! Grey woke up late (thus so did we). Secondly, everything inevitably takes longer than expected. I had to pack our beach bag(s) including changes of clothes and towels, organize our beach chairs and toys, prep snacks, and get myself ready. Sorry hubs, but a mismatched bathing suit and cover-up is just not going to happen! Mama needed some glam time before hitting the beach. Lesson: Definitely pack the night before and even load chairs and toys in the car to save even more time.

Bring baggies, many baggies: An hour late, we did finally get out the door to meet up with friends. We had a full day of fun soaking in the sun, playing in the sand and taking dips in the ocean. As we started to pack up to call it day, I realized I forgot to pack plastic baggies and I had nothing to throw our wet suits or left over snacks in.

Don’t forget the baby powderMy girlfriend who has two older children shared a little secret with me as she watched as I struggled on a small beach towel covered in sand to get my son out of his diaper and still wet swimsuit: baby powder helps to easily remove sand from squirmy tots! We will definitely be including that in our beach bag for our next trip.

If you have any summer mommy secrets you’d like to share, please let me know… I’m all ears! -Olivia

 

Star Style for the 4th

TrendAlert-July4thI’m not your typical matchy-matchy mama, but I do love to show my holiday spirt by dressing for a festive weekend. I’m seeing star motifs everywhere this summer and since they are a chic nod to Independence Day, I think they are completely apropos. We usually watch fireworks on the 4th in Philadelphia or at the Jersey shore after attending a BBQ or two, so it’s easy for me to work in some stars and stripes. Here’s a little outfit inspo for your own holiday weekend, including a look for your mini! What are your plans for the 4th? -Olivia

Rachel Zoe Metal Detail Top // Rachel Zoe White Flares // Gorjana Super Star Necklace // Rachel Zoe Striped Dress // Honest Nursing Cover + Scarf // Isapera Yialos Sandal // Honest Carryall Diaper Bag // Mini Me Striped Dress // Mini Me Criss-Cross Sandal // Tom Ford Juliet Sunglasses // Crystal Streets Star Rings

Get the Look // Jessie James Decker’s Sexy Boyfriend Style

A pregnant Jessie James Decker spotted leaving Dairy Queen in NYC carrying a smoothie and a chocolate chip cookie while wearing jeans, high heels and a plaid shirt. Pictured: Jessie James Decker Ref: SPL1059994  220615   Picture by: Fortunata/Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles:	310-821-2666 New York:	212-619-2666 London:	870-934-2666 photodesk@splashnews.com You may know the gorgeous Jessie James Decker from her E! reality TV show Eric & Jessie: Game On. The singer and wife to the New York Jets Wide Receiver Eric Decker was spotted in our AG Jeans looking totally glam while enjoying a sweet treat last week in Los Angeles. Already a mama of one to daughter Vivianne Rose, she is expecting her second baby, a boy, this September. I’m loving that she styled up a destructed denim and button up with a sleek heel and a fabulous blowout! She’s killin’ the boy-meets-girl look as a 2nd time preggonista. Kudo’s Jessie! -Olivia

Photo by Fortunata/Splash News

 

The Potty Chronicles // Dare to be Diaper-free

Our potty training journey has finally begun! Grey’s 2nd birthday was last month, so we’ve already started preparing for THE POTTY! Along with his age, Parents Magazine’s 10 Things to Know About Potty Training also helped me recognize that Grey was ready to start his training. He has started to dislike being in diapers, is pretty regular and can stay dry for a few hours. Woot-woot!  Step one: Purchase the potty. He loves it; that is…..he loves pretending to use the potty. A good first step in my opinion!

Step two: Teach him how. My husband shows him what to do and we ask every time we think he’s ready. His usual answer: “NOOOOOOO,” in the cutest toddler voice EVER! On the few occasions we have gotten him to sit, like last weekend, the pee-pee didn’t actually end up in the potty; the first of many accidents I’m sure. We had a good laugh though!

Step 3: Keep trying. For his birthday Grey received The Boys’ Noisy Potty Book. It’s a super simple guide with fun noises explaining how to use the potty and there is one for girls, too. He loves the book so much, I’m thinking we might get him a potty that makes a noise, flushes or plays a song! Combined with a daily reading and a prompt for him to use the potty, I think we are on our way!

I’ll be posting updates, so follow us along on The Potty Chronicles, and if you have any tips for us, please pass them my way! –Olivia

Summer Vacation Essentials For Mom-to-Be!

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I’m planning my yearly beach vacation to Wildwood Crest, New Jersey this week (I’ll be posting our trip later this summer)! I always look forward to spending time with my family and we pack in tons of fun activities, so pre-planning my wardrobe is a must! Beach outings, boardwalk games and a seafood date night means lots of outfit options but since I hate over-packing, I choose versatile pieces I can mix and match! Here’s my vacation picks for mom-to-be that are just that: beachy and chic with tons of style mileage for different occasions. Let me know what you think!

Rachel Zoe Step Up Maternity Dress Embroidery Maternity Swim Cover-up / Antonello Foldover Clutch / Side Ruched Maternity Tankini / True Love Scarf by Love Quotes / The Honest Company Stick Sunblock / SUPER Sunglasses Gals / Indigo Blue Maternity Shorts Stripe Tee / Isapera Lemonia Sandal / House of Lafayette Panama Hat

 

Get a Gorgeous Glow with Mama Mio

I have crazy combination skin that has been sensitive for years, including while I was pregnant. I continue to steer clear from products that are too harsh so I was excited to try Mama Mio’s Gorgeous Glow System (YES- it’s awesome to work for a company where I have some of the safest beauty products at my fingertips!) As it turns out, I’m a total fan.ASDFGHere’s the deal: It’s a three step system consisting of a wash, moisturizer and eye cream that are safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, or ANY mom like me who wants softening and effective skincare, but without harsh chemicals!

I’ve been using the wash in the morning and again at night, followed by the brightening day and night cream. I love that the wash leaves my skin soft, but also does a great job at removing my makeup. The cream has a fabulous natural spa-like scent and is super lightweight; I consider this a bonus, since I never want a greasy finish. I follow up my night time routine with the eye cream to combat morning puffiness. Have you tried this new system yet? I would love to hear your thoughts on it and any of your skincare musts! –Olivia

Inside Alicia’s Registry: Top Picks for the 1st Time Mom

One of our own, Alicia, is expecting later this summer and we’ve asked her to share her registry must haves as a first-time  mom. Have you used any of these items? Alicia and I would love to know what you think! Share your comments and the must-have items on your registry below! –Olivia Alicia's Registry WE2

Stroller:  BOB Revolution Flex Stroller

My stroller checklist is pretty simple: safe, comfortable, lightweight and foldable! That way, it can go in and out of the car, plus is easy to jog and run with. I settled on the BOB Revolution Stroller, as it hits all of my must haves. It doesn’t hurt that is has a lot of cool, techy features too!

Baby Carrier: ERGObaby 360 Carrier

I plan to be a mom-on-the-go, so I looked for a carrier with different holding positions (this one has 4,) one that has comfort and size customization for both me and the baby. I think it will be perfect for when my little one wants to be snug and held, but I need to be hands free.

Nursing Pillow: The Honest Company Nursing Pillow or The Boppy

A nursing pillow is great for all moms – nursing or not! It’s not only awesome for supporting your baby while breastfeeding, but also great for tummy time, learning to sit up and to help prop them up for the perfect photo. I plan on using the heck out of this thing!

Décor: Babyprints Deluxe Wall Frame

Babies change so much in their first year and I plan on capturing every cute moment! A photo frame is a special way to display the memories.  I also love a good photo-op and these age blocks are an awesome prop while documenting my growing babe.

Swaddles & Sleepsacks: Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle BlanketHalo Sleepsack

Swaddles are an awesome multi-use item.  The tight swaddles and sleepsacks are perfect for keeping baby cozy, hopefully resulting in a lot of sweet slumber (for the baby’s sake and mine!) And since I plan on nursing, they will make great covers and oversized burp cloths for a little boob and puke protection.

Diaper Bag: Honest Carryall Diaper Bag

A chic diaper bag is a must! I’m seriously craving this Honest Diaper bag; it’s super stylish yet functional. It has stroller hook options, a changing pad and tons of easy access pockets inside for keeping the craziness organized.

Summer Guide to Dressing Your Bump + Beating the Heat!

I hope you are all enjoying the day celebrating Father’s Day with the men in your life! Did you know today is also summer solstice? The summer season can be both a blessing and a curse for the mom-to-be! The warmer weather lends itself to breezy dresses and open-toe sandals, BUT with the rising temperatures, beating the heat can also be challenging! I was in my last trimester during the summer of 2013 and not only was my bump at its biggest, but I had a terrible case of edema. I lived in lightweight jersey maternity essentials and lots of layering pieces. Shorts, breezy skirts and maxi dresses were my go-to and for good reason: they were uber comfortable and easy to accessorize! Read on for some of my favorite looks that will keep you looking great and feeling cool this summer.THE MAXI: A jersey maxi dress is the perfect summer maternity essential. It’s lightweight and versatile enough to be styled up or down. Throw on a linen jacket and slides to create a totally chic weekend look. While having a few fun maxis in your wardrobe is smart, I always suggest adding at least one version that is in a simple silhouette and neutral color. Grey, navy or black can be worn so many ways and will give you tons of style mileage this summer.THE SOFT SHORT: Another warm weather must-have! Go with a classic jean short but also invest in a soft cotton short; just keep in mind the fabric should be lightweight and even have a little stretch. A short can always be paired with a tee or opt for a peasant top. Add a heel or espadrille for a more polished look. The combination is perfect for a summer party or even date night. Shot_08_0462THE KNIT SKIRT: How great is this updated maxi skirt? With a chic side slit (that’s not too high,) you have an effortless look that does double duty depending on how you accessorize. With a metallic wedge, simple stripe dolman tee and fedora, you have a city-chic look perfect for a summer night. Style TIP: For a leg lengthening look, opt for a side-ruched tee that contours to your bump. For an easier more bohemian take, pair a maxi skirt with a fitted tank and unbuttoned shirt.hjfghTHE SUMMER SHEATH: Wondering what to wear to the office this summer? The sheath dress is a fabulous option and can be worn from desk to dinner. PLUS, a great black and white graphic print seamlessly transitions into fall by updating your accessories and adding a blazer.

For additional summer styling tips check out my interview with The Wall Street Journal and if I haven’t covered any of your summer styling questions, email me! I’d love to help! -Olivia

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