Rachel Pally Designer Profile Q & A

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Describe your brand in three words.
EASY. SEXY. RELAXED.

When designing, what inspires you?
WOMEN!  I am inspired by women I know, women I meet, women I see in magazines and films.  I try to design a line that can appeal to all women, regardless of size, shape or age.

What are the three “key pieces” every mom-to-be should own?
Long black dress, Long black skirt, Maternity jeans

How would you style your favorite piece from the collection?
The striped cape top with a pair of black skinny jeans, black booties, a leather jacket and a statement necklace is casual and cute!

What celebrity mom or mom-to-be do you admire for their fashion choices?
I love how Nicole Richie dresses. She always looks so casual and yet so put together; she looks just as natural in a pair of flat sandals chasing after her little ones, as she does out on the town in sexy stilettos!

Shop the collection here!

HONESTy: Earth Day’s Best Policy

A few months ago, The Honest Company co-founded by celebrity mom Jessica Alba made its debut at Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod.  The Honest Company is committed to making products without harming people or the planet. So, what could be a better way to celebrate Earth Day than by using sustainable, eco-friendly products that are safe for both you and your baby?! 

Earth Day is a day to remember just how important it is to treat Mother Earth well. Do the same for yourself! Celebrate today (and every day) by trying five of their naturally nourishing products made just for mom that can be found at A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity: Organic Belly BalmBody OilFace + Body Lotion,Organic Nipple Balm, and Shampoo + Body Wash.

View and shop our collection of Honest, available at both A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity!

Get the Look: Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis looks casual, comfortable, sophisticated and cool by combining a cropped denim jacket with a simple tee and an on-trend maxi skirt. Demonstrating that casual-chic style works so well for moms-to-be, Mila adds aviator sunnies and a bright scarf to complete her ensemble. Steal Mila’s cool, California look by pairing our L by JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT Self Belly Crossover Waistband Maternity Skirt with our classic BELLA DAHL 3/4 Sleeve Button Front Maternity Blouse. Multi-seasonal and versatile enough to be worn before and after baby, our Mavi Button Front Plain Weave Denim Maternity Jacket provides the perfect finishing touch.

Get this maternity look at A Pea in the Pod!

 

Four Things

Spring is finally here and there are so many reasons to celebrate. It’s time to leave behind the soups, sweaters and scarves to engage in these FOUR season-changing favorites. Pull up your hair, hop into a dress and get creative in this season of growth.

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EAT: A roasted banana boat is the perfect snack to satisfy cravings and stay healthy! Add in some walnuts for a dose of good-for-you omegas and dark chocolate chips for antioxidants. Haylie Duff and her sister Hilary sweeten up the warm, campfire snack with marshmallows- a welcome twist on the classic S’more.

WEAR: Nothing screams spring like a flirty little dress. Our Sleeveless Fit and Flare Maternity Dress with an empire waist and scoop neck will have you looking sweeter than jelly beans this holiday.

DO: As the temperatures go up, you may wish your hair does as well. These 6 Easy Braided Hair Styles will keep you cool and comfortable while staying on-trend.

CREATE: Like flowers in the spring, babies seem to boom and bloom around this season. Try something different for your next baby shower gift and create these adorable numbered baby bodysuits, or keep them for you and your baby!

The Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity® Collection to Launch in September!

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Wendy Bellissimo, the celebrated family lifestyle expert and designer. Known for her expertise in chic and sophisticated nursery décor and apparel that has garnered a loyal following of celebrity moms along with her established baby and children’s clothing collections, Wendy marks her first foray into maternity wear with The Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity® Collection. The clothing and accessories line, offering a relaxed, California vibe inspired by the place Wendy and her family call home, is set to launch September 2014 at Destination Maternity® and Motherhood Maternity® stores nationwide.

Wendy’s signature boho-chic aesthetic and own wardrobe staples inform the collection which is designed to offer both comfort and style for moms-to-be. The collection features everyday, easy-wearing essentials like billowy maxi-dresses, layering tops, on-trend denim with double zipper front pockets, tribal-inspired sweaters, moto jackets and scarves. The pieces can be worn together for a head-to-toe look that is fresh and fashion forward or used as accent pieces that can be layered into both mom-to-be’s maternity and existing wardrobes.

Wendy Bellissimo has defined the idea that becoming a mom is an opportunity to enhance your own sense of style, not leave it behind. Stemming from her California family lifestyle, and built upon her traditional Connecticut roots, Wendy has cultivated a look that is a balance of chic, eclectic style with a certain sense of comfort and ease.This collection, created exclusively for Destination Maternity®, is a true extension of that spirit. Wendy weighs in on her unique design aesthetic: “In all of my designs, from home décor to clothing, I find a way to incorporate relaxed, approachable style elements without over-complicating a look.”

The 26-piece apparel and accessories collection will be available beginning September 2014 at Destination Maternity® and Motherhood Maternity® stores and online at www.DestinationMaternity.com and www.motherhood.com.

Here is a sneak peek of the fabulous fashion to come:

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“Dress” Your Best this Spring!

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It’s finally starting to feel like spring and we are ready to throw on some lovely dresses to brighten any occasion.  Long, short, flowing or straight- we’ve got the look to flatter your bump. These spring maternity dresses exude delicacy and femininity that will keep you fashionable for work, brunch, or Easter Sunday.  Just add the right pair of sunnies & killer wedges and you are ready to go!

 Shop our stylish selection of  maternity dresses at Destination Maternity.

Get the Look: Jenna Fischer

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As the arrival of Jenna’s newest addition is anxiously awaited by all, she continues to shine in casual-chic ensembles that are as on-trend as they are comfortable. Wearing a light-weight cardigan paired with a simple striped tee and accented with ultra-cool cropped cargo pants, Jenna’s style epitomizes spring maternity wear that works for every day. Get the look by layering our new Isabella Oliver Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Ruched Maternity T Shirt under our Autumn Cashmere Long Sleeve Cascade Maternity Sweater. Complete the picture with our Secret Fit Belly® Cargo Pocket Maternity Pants and you’ll be fashionably ready for whatever your day brings.

Get this maternity look at A Pea in the Pod.

Séraphine Launches At Destination Maternity!

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Launched in 2002 in London, Séraphine offers innovative maternity styles for pregnant women seeking stylish, high quality maternity fashion. Offering style as well as practicality, the full line includes casual to formal maternity wear, nursing clothes, maternity evening dresses and accessories. With an impressive list of A-list followers, Séraphine has recently dressed the Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Phillips, Gwen Stefani, Halle Berry and Kate Winslet and celeb fans include Angelina Jolie, January Jones, Claudia Schiffer, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson and Sienna Miller.

The UK based maternity line has recently launched at over 100 Destination Maternity® and A Pea in the Pod® stores nationwide and online at destinationmaternity.com and apeainthepod.com. Destination Maternity offers select pieces from the Séraphine Spring/Summer 2014 collection including separates and dresses. Destination Maternity will also exclusively sell Séraphine’s signature Jolene Dressthe very same dress that was worn by The Duchess of Cambridge in her famous family portrait.

On Friday April 4th and Saturday April 5th, founder and head designer, Cecile Reinaud, visited Destination Maternity Madison Avenue and Paramus for two great events. Guests were able meet Cecile and shop the gorgeous new collection while enjoying mocktails and light bites from PICNIC Catering and Events. Mama Mio provided pampering hand and arm massages with their updated collection of products and butter LONDON™ provided mini manicures with our newest assortment of on-trend shades.

In honor of the launch of Séraphine at Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, Cecile answers five questions about her brand, style and inspiration:

Describe your brand in three words.

Parisian-chic pregnancy.

What inspires you when designing?

I take inspiration from my native city of Paris to create the overall feeling of my collections, then I look at catwalk shows, trends and styles I see on the street to hone my ideas. First and foremost, I’m always inspired by the beautiful curves of the pregnant figure. I love to design styles that will grow and adapt to a woman’s changing shape, and can be worn before, during and after pregnancy.

What are the three key pieces every mom-to-be should own?

A flattering pair of maternity jeans, A little black maternity dress, and a stylish scarf for accessorizing.

How would you style your favorite piece from the collection?

My favorite piece is the Short Sleeve V-neck Twist Front Maternity Shirt – it’s so versatile! I’d wear it with skinny jeans for a casual look, or with leather pants and heels for a more vamped up evening look.

What celebrity mom or mom-to-be do you admire for their fashion choices?

We’ve been honored to dress a number of super stylish celebrity moms in Séraphine and it’s always a pleasure to see how they each wear our clothes differently to suit their own style. I loved seeing Gwen Stefani in our clothes recently – as a designer herself, she really nailed her pregnancy style.

 

Most Craved Monday

maternity swimsuit

Whether whisking away to your babymoon destination or taking a day trip to the beach or pool, this white-hot, halter-style maternity tankini will keep you stylish all season long. Longer in length, the tankini top flatters your baby bump both in and out of the water. Intricate beading and delicate crochet fabric make this swimsuit an on-trend option for all of your plans involving sand, sun and sea.

Shop this best-selling maternity tankini swimsuit at Motherhood Maternity!

 

Real Moms-to-Be: Jacky’s Baby Shower

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Meet Jacky: Our Senior Online Marketing Manager! Jacky graciously allowed us to take a peek inside her super-adorable baby shower and told us a little bit about the process:

Tell us about your shower outfit! What did you love most about it?

I’m very petite, so I wanted to wear something fitted that showed off my baby bump. I loved this Laundry by Shelli Segal Dress right away because it was comfortable and stylish, which is very important to me at this point in my pregnancy. To add in a pop of color, I paired the dress with a bright statement necklace. I made sure to wear a maternity shaper underneath, which helped to give me a smooth, sleek look and also helped to relieve some back pain I’ve been experiencing.

Q: How did you decide on your location and theme? Who helped to plan the shower?

The town I live in is very rich in history, so I really wanted to take advantage of that. The shower was held at a charming, old hotel that was built in the 1700’s with beautiful antique features. Since my husband and I are keeping the gender of the baby a secret, the theme was “What Will it Bee?” My family coordinated everything around the theme from the honey jar favors to the bee hive shaped cake. My mother-in-law even baked all the sweet treats that also fit into the theme. It was truly perfect!

Q: What was the most memorable gift you received?

We received a lot of amazing and thoughtful gifts. One of the gifts that stood out to me is from my mother-in-law. She crocheted a replica of an alphabet picture that my husband had in his room as a baby; that was very special to me. Passing on these traditions are very important in building our family together.

 

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