10 MOM-TO-BE ESSENTIALS

Lucky for me, during my pregnancy I had the fashion maternity world at my fingertips. I had the opportunity to try a lot of products, apparel and remedies for everything from stretch marks, to evening dresses. Although for many of us pregnancy has its downsides like nausea, aching back and swollen feet, it was a wonderful time for me, in part, because of some essential products that made my life easier. These are the things I couldn’t live without during those 9 months of pregnancy.

First, I absolutely adored the patented Secret Fit Belly® panel, with its seamless and comfy support. So, I lived in skinny jeans and ponte leggings! I also noticed that my skin became excessively dry during my pregnancy, and with normally very “dewy” skin, I needed hydration stat!  Mustela’s Ultimate Hydration moisturizer worked wonders for me. I also religiously used Mustela’s Stretch Mark cream.

I snacked on Kind Bars at work throughout the day, and could only wear super soft and stretchy bras and camis since my skin was so sensitive. I wanted that soft supportive layer under everything I wore! At the office, a little knit dress was my go-to since I could style it so many ways. I always suggest these pieces for any first time mom-to-be!

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1. Secret Fit Belly Maternity Leggings / 2. Mustela Stretch Mark Cream / 3. Mustela Ultimate Hydration Moisturizer / 4. Secret Fit Belly Skinny Jean / 5. Layering Tanks / 6. Jersey Knit Maternity Dress /  7. From The Hips / 8. Seamless Bra / 9. Kind Bars / 10. Seamless Cami

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE WRAP DRESS

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The wrap dress is a classic in my wardrobe that never goes out of style. I also loved the silhouette when I was pregnant, since it’s a really figure-flattering maternity piece. Having the ability to adjust the comfort and belt it closed accentuates in all the right places, especially when you have a bump. In a chic animal print, it’s perfection.

Shop our maternity wrap dresses today

VON FOLLIES BY DITA VON TEESE

Dita Von Teese is a lingerie expert, burlesque bombshell and fashion icon who knows a thing or two about feeling both sexy and beautiful underneath it all. I thought immediately that collaborating with her on intimates and nursing lingerie was a fabulous idea!

Since women still want to look and feel pretty during pregnancy and especially after, a vintage lacy collection was a perfect addition to our current assortment at Destination Maternity. What I love about Dita’s line is that not only do all of the pieces have a feminine boudoir feel, but the bras are nursing friendly and have coordinating panties to match.

Von Follies is already online and in stores, but we are hosting a special launch party with Dita herself on September 23rd at our Madison Avenue Destination Maternity store in NYC. Come early, because the first 200 guests to arrive can meet Dita and receive a gift bag!  You can shop the exclusive collection while enjoying sips, sweets and Dita-inspired makeup touch-ups from Vensette, NYC’s and LA’s premier on-demand beauty service.  Plus, receive 20% off your purchase. See you there!- Olivia

Shop the full Dita Von Teese Nursing Bra collection today

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DATE NIGHT DRESS DILEMMA?

Fall is my favorite time to try new restaurants with my husband or catch up with the girls, because the weather is perfect for a stroll in the city. Plus,  it’s a great opportunity to layer up a look.

Choosing a restaurant should be the hardest part, not figuring out what you’re going to wear! When I was pregnant I lived in draped dresses, so I can speak from experience that they are comfortable, versatile, flattering and still an important silhouette this fall. This style of maternity dress is my fashionista pick for a night out.

This new version from A Pea in the Pod is super chic since it’s in silk and has a sweet leather collar.  It’s also in a great deep green color, which isn’t that typical, which is what I really like about it. I also suggest layering a seamless maternity cami underneath to keep you smooth and supported- I lived in cami’s! Pair it with a biker jacket, leopard clutch, a nude nail and a not too high heel… bam, you have date night dressing solved!

Shop our maternity dresses for date nights and all nights (and days!) today

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1. Michael Kors Chain Cuff / 2. Lock Halfcalf Clutch / 3. YSL Lipstick / 4. Motherhood Maternity Seamless Camisole / 5. A Pea in the Pod Leather Jacket / 6. Butter London Nail Lacquer / 7. Strappy Heel / 8. Lancome Mascara / 9. A Pea in the Pod Faux Leather Trim Maternity Dress / 10. Vida Fede Mini Titan Bracelet

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE JOGGER PANT

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The Jogger is one of my favorite new spin on pants. It’s the fashionista’s new go-to item that is also perfect for preggonista’s since it’s über comfortable and super chic. To get the look right for maternity, you can either dress up the jogger with a fitted top and gladiators, or play it casually cool with a graphic tee and the shoe of the moment: the slip-on sneaker. This is a seriously stylish silhouette that is not only versatile, but easy to wear for expecting mamas. -Olivia

Shop our maternity jogger pant today!

WENDY BELLISSIMO MATERNITY COLLECTION LAUNCH 

Last week we launched our new Collection with Wendy Bellissimo on Madison Avenue in New York City. The store was buzzing! It really looked fabulous featuring the whole collection.

Wendy walked the guests through each of the coordinating pieces from the line while wearing one of her feather print chiffon tops. She looked amazing… as always! While we snacked on hummus toast and parmesan crostini, I honestly enjoyed just how much everyone seemed to love the sophisticated color palette & versatility of each piece, especially how all of the pieces could be worn during AND after baby. I think the hit of the night was the ruched tank dress and moto jacket; I know they’re two of my favorites!

I also got to meet so many new boggers and the talented Megan Hilty, who looked amazing in the cold-shoulder maternity top from the Collection and the highest heels I’ve seen on any woman- pregnant or not! Kudos to Megan and everyone else who made it out to our night of fashion, fun and friends.-xoxo Olivia

Shop the Wendy Bellissimo Maternity Collection at Destination Maternity today

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HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS

I always get asked from women, especially first time mamas-to-be, what are the hospital bag must haves. I need to admit that I had a huge hospital bag fail when I had my son- I majorly over packed! My mom still jokes with me that not only did I think I would be blowing out my hair the day after having a C-section, but I also thought I’d be using my straightening iron as well. However, as clueless I was, I did hear from my nurses that I had the cutest hospital ensemble, plus I was totally prepared with the right bras, layering clothes and beauty products! With that, I give you my edited version of the essentials you’ll need to get you through your hospital or birth center stay:

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1. Hospital Bag / 2. Nursing Cami / 3. Maternity Hoodie / 4. Chapstick / 5. DSL Camera / 6. Naturopathica Moisturizer / 7. Naturopathica Mist  / 8. Cell / 9. Luna Bar / 10. Nursing Seamless Bra / 11+12. Baby Outfit / 13. Maternity Slippers / 14. Baby Beanie / 15. Swaddles

TREND ALERT: THE LUXE SWEATSHIRT

Chic sweatshirts are hot for fall, but they aren’t the bulky, college logoed, gym kind.  These are embellished, printed, leather detailed & crafted from luxe fabrics. These are the new fashion-forward sweatshirts that add a polished appeal to any look. Designed with the bump in mind, these sweats are great before and after baby.  Dress them up; dress them down- they’re the versatile piece for mamas that I love. -Olivia

 

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1/ Textured Sweatshirt, Motherhood Maternity 2/Jewel Neck Sweatshirt, Motherhood Maternity, 3/ Jacquard Sweatshirt BCBG, A Pea in the Pod, 4/ Jewel Sweatshirt Madison Marcus, A Pea in the Pod 5/Cheetah Print Sweatshirt, Motherhood Maternity

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE BIKER

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The biker jacket is a classic for all women, expecting or not. I know that it has become a staple in my closet. This season it’s all in the details: trapunto quilt-like stitching, asymmetric exposed zippers and true moto styling make it the fall must-have. -Olivia

Shop the look today at A Pea in the Pod

HOW TO STYLE YOUR BOYFRIEND

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Here’s part II of my collaboration with Lucky Magazine and Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam featuring one of my favorites, the boyfriend jean.  I wore this silhouette all throughout my pregnancy, because it was so easy to style in multiple ways. Watch and find out how you can create different looks with your boyfriend jean for a completely versatile wardrobe!–Olivia

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