For all of you expecting and new mommas, I’ve put together a holiday wish list just for you! So pass it along to those who may need a hint (or two!), or give yourself an extra treat that will help you savor this special time and the holiday season in style!A chic multi-purpose baby bag and designer maternity jeans are musts that you can use both before and after baby. The Honest Company’s Lavender and Vanilla sugar scrub and basq’s Essentials Kit are perfect for a little at-home pampering. Get cozy in UGG Australia slippers, cable socks or an ultra-luxe maternity sweater.
A pretty bra and Hanky Panky lace panties add a little femme while also being functional, especially when you will want to stock up on these items for the first few months at home with baby. Statement earrings or an edgy iPhone case make great stocking stuffers while a coffee table book by the ultimate style maker Rachel Zoe is a perfect gift for you and your home. Also for the home or even a nursery: a personalized photo; upload a photo on Shutterfly to create a special piece of wall art that will capture this special time. Last but not least on my list is a Motherhood or A Pea in the Pod gift card because who doesn’t love the idea of getting to pick out a few extra goodies after the holidays? Happy Holidays mamas! -Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on November 28, 2015
The holiday party season has arrived and a punched-up little black dress is the perfect piece for any occasion! In a simple silhouette with a sleek sleeve and woven hemline, this Rachel Zoe LBD can be styled up or down for either an office party or evening event. A seamless, supported start is essential for a mom-to-be, so opt for a great fitting bra and maternity shaper. Gold extras, fringe earrings, a sleek bootie and clutch keep this look elevated. Since reds and pinks are hot for holiday, try your makeup and nails in these feminine shades for a glam finish. –Olivia
Rachel Zoe Maternity Dress // Ring // Butter London Nail Polish // Natori Nursing Bra // Earrings // Bracelet // Lip Crayon // Booties // Clutch
Posted by Olivia C Myers on November 24, 2015
Posted by Olivia C Myers on November 23, 2015
I love entertaining even more during the holidays! Whenever I am hosting a gathering, I serve a signature cocktail that tastes just as good without alcohol. For Thanksgiving, this festive cranberry spritzer recipe is my go to. It’s delish, super simple to make and when displayed, adds a decorative touch to a holiday tablescape. I hope you enjoy! -Olivia
- 1 c. water
- 1 c. sugar
- ½ c. basil leaves
- 2 c. unsweetened cranberry juice
- ¼ c. fresh lime juice
- 1 L chilled club soda
- 4 slice lime
- 1 c. fresh cranberries
- ½ c. basil leaves
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add 1/2 cup basil leaves, remove pan from heat, and let steep for 20 minutes.
- Strain syrup and let cool for at least 1 hour. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, unsweetened cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice.
- Fill pitcher with chilled club soda, then add lime slices, fresh cranberries, and 1/2 cup basil leaves. To serve, pour spritzers over ice, top each with a splash more club soda, and garnish with basil.
The original recipe is from CountryLiving.com
Posted by Olivia C Myers on November 21, 2015
Actress, designer and mother of two, Jaime King, has collaborated with A Pea in the Pod® on a 11-piece-denim capsule now in stores and online! LOVE, JAIME for Luxe Essentials Denim® is a feminine, yet edgy collection that completely captures Jaime’s own innate style. If you follow Jaime on Instagram, you’ve gotten a glimpse into her life with her adorable boys, James Knight and Leo Thames, and her on-point style.
The line includes flare, girlfriend and skinny jeans in a range of washes, along with statement pieces like a trench, bustier dress and chambray top. Check out the complete collection at your local store or online. I think you’ll LOVE IT! -Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on November 19, 2015
Our new A Pea in the Pod store in Aventura Mall is now open and I spent a few days in Miami to mark the occasion. My first stop was a visit to 6 In the Mix for a fashion segment on holiday maternity looks. Anchor Roxanne Vargas, who is currently expecting her second child, and three local Miami mamas-to-be modeled some of the key trends for the season: the maternity maxi dress, tuxedo detailing, winter florals and sequins. Check out the segment below.
At our store opening celebration, moms-to-be shopped all these great looks and more, including AG Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, Splendid, BCBG, and Rachel Pally while enjoying mini cupcakes from Bunnie Cakes!If you are in the Philadelphia area, I hope you’ll join me for our next styling event at the Destination Maternity at Liberty Place. –Olivia
Video courtesy of NBC 6 In The Mix
Posted by Olivia C Myers on November 17, 2015
Posted by Olivia C Myers on November 16, 2015
Hanging with family, enjoying delicious food and snuggling up to watch football make Thanksgiving a holiday favorite. For a look that is chic, comfortable and works for any setting, start with a maternity skinny jean with the Secret Fit Belly® panel and a cozy cable sweater. A classic camel coat, metallic touches and a wine-hued nail are sophisticated extras that finish off the look. For an extra festive finish, go with a Thanksgiving themed or NFL tee! -Olivia
Shoulder Bag // Cable Knit Maternity Sweater // Eye-shadow // Luxe Essentials Denim Maternity Jean // Nail Polish // Isabella Oliver Maternity Coat // Suede Boots // Necklace // Earrings
Posted by Olivia C Myers on November 13, 2015
One of our favorite moms and Scandal actress Kerry Washington is being honored at The Baby2Baby Gala this Saturday! The L.A. based non-profit is presenting her with the Giving Tree Award for her exemplary commitment to bettering the livelihood of children and families in need.
In honor of Kerry, we are throwing it back to when she was pregnant with now 18 month old Isabelle and wore an A Pea in the Pod chic side tie denim dress to her baby shower.
Congrats to this amazing mama! –Olivia
Photo: FameFlynet, Inc
Posted by Olivia C Myers on November 12, 2015
You may think you should put off shopping until you are in your second trimester. However, in the earliest stage of pregnancy, you might struggle with trying to conceal your bump as you wait to announce the big news to friends, family and coworkers. But you don’t have to feel uncomfortable in your clothes! The key is to introduce new pieces to your wardrobe early on that will transition with you throughout EVERY trimester. Here are the pieces to help you through the first trimester and some styling secrets for getting through those first few months and beyond:
Easy Tops: Opt for tops and tees that have a flowing or A-line shape since the silhouette skims away from the body. Pair with skinny jeans or leggings and a cute boot.
Drapey Jackets + Vests: Long live the drapey jacket. It’s super chic when worn open over a 3rd trimester bump or totally works with a tiny belly too, concealing your midsection if you aren’t ready to announce yet. Not to mention, you’ll still be able to work a drapey jacket or vest after baby, too!
Flowing Dresses: Meet your new best friend! Loose dresses are not only an easy-to-wear silhouette, but they are uber comfy and an instant outfit maker. Tip: Choose a pattern for even more modesty.
Leggings: You’ll live in leggings, and since the Secret Fit Belly® stretches with your expanding bump, add them into your wardrobe early! Longer tops and tunics pair perfectly with a legging. Button down shirts do an especially good job of concealing a bump early on.
Long Cardigans: Cardis, especially in the Fall and Winter, are a total lifesaver if you are expecting. The long line look is completely flattering and works for every stage of pregnancy.
Which pieces will you add to your first trimester wardrobe? -Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on November 11, 2015