Seraphine Event Recap

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We had a great styling event last week at our Beverly Hills A Pea in the Pod store! Clients came and spent time with Seraphine Maternity designer Cecile.  We sipped on mocktails and enjoyed macarons from Bottega Louie- YUM! The Spring Line from our Seraphine Collection, which is now available in stores and online, features pretty dresses, tops and even cute swimwear. I look forward to our next event! Hope to see you there. Xoxo- Olivia

WINTER FAMILY FUN

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Every year my family and I get away to the Pennsylvania Poconos for a fun ski weekend. My husband is an avid snow boarder and my 20-month old son loves being outdoors, so it was a perfect trip for all of us! Hot cocoa by the fire and ski-in, ski-out accommodations were my only specifications.

Since getting away with a toddler can be challenging, we had our extended family with us so everyone spent time with Greyson, leaving a little free time for my husband and I. Luckily, we had some extra hands, but in case you get the chance to take a family trip without grandparents, aunts or uncles, here are some tips on a worry (less) weekend with little ones.

Keep consistency; we packed Greyson’s favorite toys and had them set up for him just as he would at home. I also brought tons of his favorite snacks, and tried my best to keep to his normal nap schedule. Vacations are for special moments and tons of fun, but trust me, letting your toddler off to his own devices and sleep schedule can lead to major (but preventable) melt downs

Of course, packing for a whole family can be a challenge too, but I’ve learned to keep it simple. Lots of layers, if you are expecting or not, are super important! I always carry my favorite Chapstick and moisturizers to keep me hydrated in the cold weather too.  -Olivia

1 Honest Skincare/ 2 Ski Mask/ 3 Scarf/ 4 Maternity Sports Bra/ 5 Naturopathica Skincare/ 6 Maternity Camisole/ 7 Bundle Me Combo Pack

COCO ROCHA GOES GLAM

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Today is the start of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. As a designer and stylist, Fashion Week is always an exciting time for me. The predictions, the buzz and the celeb-sightings are all part of the fun.  But, seeing what comes down the runways is the best part.

A Pea in the Pod® Maternity Collection carries premier and designer brands like BCBG and Nicole Miller, so we get a first glimpse of the runway designs and start working to decipher which will translate the best for a bump!  I also love seeing what everyone is wearing to the shows. I get inspired from style on the streets, from fellow stylists, fashion editors and bloggers too, because they are always on point.

I was especially excited yesterday when I saw photos of the ever-glamourous model, Coco Rocha, who is pregnant with her first baby. Coco looks stunning in a custom gown designed by her friend Zac Posen. Seeing this was a great way to jump start fashion week for me! She also tweeted: “Looking forward to kicking off #NYFW with @amfAR! Proud to be supporting the fight to end #AIDS.”

That’s a true model-citizen; how gorgeous, right? -Olivia

STYLE SESSION: CALIFORNIA EDITION

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It has been a busy few weeks for me with traveling for work, lots of fun events and new posts running on the blog! I was out in sunny California for not one, but two, separate photo shoots (exciting details on these coming soon.) While there, I booked some styling sessions during my visit! It was nice to get a break from the cold northeastern weather and soak in the California sun during the trip.

I also love getting to visit our associates and spend time in our stores! The team and I share such a passion for helping expecting women look and feel their best; it’s nice to collaborate, even for just a few hours. Plus, it’s great to see what’s trending in fashion in each part of the country. The Cali-girls are all about destructed denim!

I worked with clients ranging from 13 weeks pregnant to those late in their 3rd trimester. One of my clients, Flaminia, was looking for essential starter pieces that she could wear throughout her whole pregnancy. She went home with a great assortment of Secret Fit Belly® leggings, AG Maternity Jeans and a variety of A Pea in the Pod side-ruched tees.

It’s also fun to watch women find the perfect shower dress, which I helped another client do. With so many silhouettes and colors, I always ask about my clients’ preferences and start there. I love when they end up choosing something they didn’t expect, like a bright printed dress.

I can’t wait to get back to California for another visit, but check back in soon for an update on my next style session. And please reach out and email me at Olivia@destinationmaternity.com! I may be in your area to set up a time for your personal session too! -Olivia

1st TRIMESTER MUST-HAVES

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There have been a lot of new pregnancy announcements the past few weeks: Ashley Simpson, Hilaria Baldwin, Tamara Mowry-Housley and Zooey Deschanel to name a few celebrities. AND also just as exciting, a bunch of my girlfriends came out with the big news too! The texts and emails are flying in from my girls, “What do I need”? “Where do I start?” “My boobs are sooooo big…I need new bras _ stat!”  So, in honor of the latest Hollywood pregnant fashionistas, as well as the lovely ladies in my life who are still in their 1st trimesters or just got through those first 12 weeks of baby bump bliss, I thought I’d talk 1st trimester MUST-HAVES.

Lucky for me, I got to comprise this list with help from style maven and fellow blogger Brooke from Somewhere, Lately. Brooke and her friend Meggan came together to create their awesome blog that documents their love of fashion, beauty and all things cool! It’s one of my favorite destinations for outfit and beauty inspiration. Brooke’s got the cool-girl style thing down! She has an amazing eye and always looks effortlessly chic. She’s a big fan of A Pea in the Pod Maternity and has been choosing pieces from the fall line throughout her whole pregnancy; fortunately I had the chance to ask her what some of her favorite pieces are. She’s sported Paige and DL1961 maternity jeans and tops from our namesake line, just to name a few!

 

To begin, let’s discuss how those first few weeks are full of emotions, excitement, expanding breasts and bumps! For many women it is also a time where you may not want to share your big news yet. Many women wait that first trimester, limiting the big news to just family and very close friends. So in the beginning as your body is just getting adjusted to pregnancy, you are trying to look and feel your best AND maybe conceal your changing figure.  

 

Now’s a good time to start investing in versatile side-ruched tees, plus easy everyday maternity leggings- Brooke agrees! These are two essentials that will take you through your entire pregnancy, so I suggest adding them to your arsenal early on. I also hate to see women struggling to fit into their pre-pregnancy jeans. There is nothing more uncomfortable than trying to bulge your new waistline into non-stretchy denim. The beauty of the Secret Fit Belly® panel is that it’s invisible. I recommend transitioning into at least one or two new pairs while your pregnancy news is fresh. The fabrics and materials that the designers choose have awesome stretch and recovery so they will fit well throughout those 9 months. The panel is easily covered with your top, so if you aren’t ready to let the secret out, there is no need to worry. Brooke loves the designer ones, but there are so many choices from both Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod.

Keeping comfortable is key! So is having a wardrobe that can transition with you through the trimesters. Maternity yoga pants are another great idea to keep you looking cute and comfortable. For bloggers like Brooke, this cosiness is necessary, since sitting down for long periods of time can be so uncomfortable, especially when expecting! A luxe maternity sweater is another good choice that is soft, has an easy fit, can grow with you and is super chic in any wardrobe. Together, this look works year round.

 

Maternity bras are critical additions. Your bust-line may continue to grow and perhaps will become sensitive, so switching to super soft seamless styles and sleep bras in the beginning can be a life saver. AGAIN comfort is KEY!

 

Brooke and I both agree on these last 3 important pieces. Keeping hydrated by drinking lots of H2O is extremely vital for you and baby. Throw a Tummy Tube in your wardrobe to help smooth out your waistline, if you aren’t wearing the Secret Fit Belly® panel. It’s great for added bump support too. And lastly, keep cozy in comfy maternity maternity pajamas. You may feel tired during that first trimester due to the changes that your bodies (and hormones) are creating! So try to relax, put your feet up, and feel the best you can while looking amazing too.

 

Congrats to my girls and to anyone who is newly pregnant! xoxo- Olivia

 

1 Beyond The Bump By Beyond Yoga for A Pea in the Pod / 2 Water Bottle/ 3 Secret Fit Belly® Maternity Denim/ 4 Maternity Bra/ 5 Maternity Pajamas/ 6 Maternity Sweater/ 7 Yoga Mat

Q+A WITH LOVEJOOKIM

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Fashion blogger, foodie and mom-to-be Joo Kim of lovejookim.com has been in my fashion line-up of style influencers for some time. I love her casual downtown vibe and could totally live in her closet. She is a serious foodie too, so it’s just as much fun following her food travels as well as her outfits! 

 

Now that she’s expecting, she’s been working pieces from A Pea in the Pod, Motherhood Maternity and Jessica Simpson Maternity into her wardrobe. The results are amazing! Joo is a huge fan of our Secret Fit Belly® jeans; she chose our DL1961 maternity jeans to style in her 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Now that she’s nearing the end of her pregnancy, I had the chance to ask her a few questions about how she’s been maintaining her effortless look. -Olivia

 

O Myers: What are some of your favorite maternity essentials now that you are in your 3rd trimester?

J Kim: My favorite maternity essential is a good pair of jeans and a comfy cardigan; they are literally my everyday go-to pieces. Accessories are really important during this pregnancy, since my outfits are more basic, and then I accessorize to give my outfit that little oomph it needs!  

 

O Myers: How did you keep your sense of style throughout your pregnancy?

J Kim: I think the important thing is to try wearing things you would normally wear when you’re not pregnant. I stuck to a lot of basic dresses and paired them with chunky scarves and booties – accessorize your look and get more mileage out of your outfit! 

 

O Myers: How has your beauty routine changed now that you are expecting?

J Kim: It’s pretty much the same. I’ve added a couple more steps like applying my belly cream and oils after my face routine. I don’t do face packs anymore, just to be safe. I would say the most important thing I do is try to hydrate myself a lot more by remembering to drink water.

 

O Myers: Since wearing your Secret Fit Belly® jeans, tell us why you love the fit and if you plan on wearing them later after baby.

J Kim: I absolutely loooove the fit. Secret Fit Belly® jeans are amazing; I never knew there was such a thing for pregnant women – serious lifesaver. Especially during the colder months, a good pair of jeans is so important! The color and wash of the jeans are so chic that I probably will continue to wear them after my pregnancy for as long as I can.

GOLDEN GLOBES 2015 STYLE

Old Hollywood glamour, metallic and white all night! Those were some of my favorite trends from the red carpet at the 2015 Golden Globes. It’s always fun predicting what will be trending for the night and as always there are some hits and misses! All eyes were on every celebrity mom and mom-to-be!

Rosamund Pike, from Gone Girl fame, scored in a stunning white gown just 5 weeks after welcoming her baby girl. Keira Knightly took a fashion risk in a feminine custom Chanel [maternity] gown that apparently took 30 people to make! Whether you swooned over the dress or not, I have to say I admire her for staying true to her ultra-femme gamine appeal in the ruffled piece.

Chrissy Teigan, while not a mama (yet), was another of my faves in Zuhair Murad. She chose a beautiful soft pink, while so many others went even lighter in white or silver metallic, making it a trend that’s here to stay for spring. Julianne Moore went totally glam in an ombre-sequin Givenchy Couture gown. Plus, did you see Naomi Watts in that yellow Gucci gown with that divine necklace? PERFECTION.

Scroll through my round-up for the rest of my picks of the night. -Olivia

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NEW THINGS TO COME

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I’ve taken some time off from work and blogging to spend the holidays with my family, but now I’m back in the swing of social media and maternity styling! Getting started off in the New Year is always exciting; it’s also a time of personal reflection, as I’m sure it is for so many of you.

In just 365 days so much has happened in my life, and really when I think back to even a few years ago, things have changed drastically. All the changes, even the challenges, have been for the better. All of you new and expecting moms, I am sure you understand that feeling! It seems like just yesterday that I got married, and then not before long, I was pregnant with my son. Then, soon after that I left my design position here at Destination Maternity to focus solely on social media, marketing and blogging. So basically, there were three huge life changes in quite a short amount of time.

Being a multi-tasking mother didn’t come naturally, but sharing the passion for my work, enjoying my family, and watching my baby grow into a toddler has. The rest has been a huge learning curve and I’m lucky to have friends, family, colleagues and fellow bloggers to share my journey with. I expected seamless transitions with each endeavor, but quickly learned you can’t be or do everything, and to think you can is just plain silly. So, relinquishing that notion that everything should feel and come easy, especially when you are juggling so much, was my biggest take-away of 2014. It actually helped lift a weight off my shoulders and made me feel OKAY about asking and accepting help from others.

I’m looking forward to more “firsts” this year. I have new travel plans with my husband, new styling sessions on the horizon and a brand new office in a different state at our corporate headquarters to look forward to! Oh… and a 2nd birthday to start planning for my little boy! As an expecting or new mom, I hope that you will be gentle with yourself in 2015. Enjoy your little ones and let me know if there are any special topics you’d like me cover in the coming months!

Warm wishes for a happy and healthy year to all of you and your families! xoxo-Olivia

1 Sneakers/ 2 Mac Lipstick/ 3 Sophie The Giraffe/ 4 Baby Love Maternity Sweatshirt/ 5 Leather Maternity Jacket/ 6 Naturopathica Cleansing Gel/ 7 Ray-Ban Sunnies

FAMILY FUN: THE POLAR EXPRESS

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We had another fun family day this season! My husband and I always try to find opportunities to do something new with our son. Greyson loves trains, as a lot of toddlers do, so when we realized a local train was running A Polar Express in December we took full advantage! The New Hope And Ivy Railroad in New Hope, PA runs seasonal lines throughout the year that are fun for the whole family.

The ride was an hour and a half long, plus it was full of entertainment that kept the kids engaged! Note, if you have a rambunctious toddler like I do, it’s the perfect setting. We met Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoyed hot cocoa, pretzels and live holiday music during the entire train ride. Grey had a blast! Most importantly we got to spend quality time with him and his grandparents. This is definitely something we’ll always remember and hope to start a nice tradition of doing each year.

I’ll keep the posts coming with more family fun ideas each month, so please continue to check in for lots of outdoor and seasonal plans for you and your little ones to enjoy!

Check out a list of all of the Santa Train Rides in the US for a station near you. Most of them run through January! xoxo + Happy Holidays -Olivia

WINTER NEWBORN PHOTO IDEAS

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Many new moms, myself included, have professional photos of their newborns taken to commemorate the occasion and capture the cuteness! I have my son’s newborn photos hung throughout the house, but I wanted to share them with all of you.

Greyson was born on May 28th, which is actually my birthday. However, if you look at these photos, you’d think it was the middle of winter, which is why I wanted to share them. For all of you mamas who are due in the next few months, consider using cozy wraps, blankets and hats for your baby’s props. I chose them for Grey because the colors worked perfectly in our neutral home and I knew I wanted to put them up around the house.

Cozy sweater knit blankets, scarves and hats make for fabulous photo props. I mean, how cute does Grey look all bundled up in the softness? Plus it gives loads of great texture and makes for a nice photo. We had these taken professionally by a wonderful South Jersey photographer, but you can always invest in a nice digital camera yourself. With the right light, additional adult help and lots of patience, you could take your own. Good luck and congrats! – Olivia

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