REBECCA MINKOFF MATERNITY

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Rebecca Minkoff has been a favorite designer of mine for some time, and I’m excited that we at Destination Maternity have collaborated with her on a new maternity collection, exclusive to A Pea in the Pod and launching this week.

Rebecca is a mother herself and actually worked on this line during her second pregnancy this past year, so she definitely had maternity style on the mind! That’s what is great about this specific collaboration. Rebecca Minkoff is admired by celebrities, but now our customers have the chance to fall in love with true pregnancy fashion. Her globally recognized brand is accessible to you and I love proving that pregnant women do not need to lose their sense of style when they’re expecting!

This maternity collection brings Rebecca’s edgy, yet chic style sensibility to our brand, which I believe fits nicely amongst our other featured designers. Some of my favorite stands outs from the collection are the soft printed maternity pant, modern maternity camisole and fuchsia silk maternity dress. What’s great about these pieces and the complete assortment is how versatile they are. I always say it, I know, but for me being a busy working mom, having that ability to mix and match pieces to create different looks is crucial!  Rebecca’s ready-to-wear options make getting dressed easy (and fun) to do. -Olivia

Maternity BlazerSlim Leg Maternity Pants/ 2 Short Sleeve Maternity Dress/ 3 Rebecca Minkoff Clutch/ 4 Booties/ 5 Maternity Belt/ 6 Blazer, Tee, & Slim Leg Maternity Pants/ 7 Crew Neck Maternity Top/ 8 Ring/ 9 Diaper Bag

Shop our entire Rebecca Minkoff for A Pea in the Pod Maternity Collection today

 

MATERNITY DENIM: BLOGGER STYLE

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Some of my favorite bloggers and fashion influencers have recently announced their pregnancies these past few months. Bloggers like Samantha Wennerstrom of Could I Have That, Jennifer Rand of BelledeCouture and Irina Bond of Bond Girl Glam prove that your style certainly does not have to waiver while you are expecting.

What I love about each of these fashionistas is how they’ve been able to maintain their own personal sense of style during their transition into motherhood. Sam takes modern and minimal dressing to a new level with her clean lined looks and her sophisticated, chic accessories. Jennifer has a more classic feminine appeal with the way she accessorizes, always looking fresh and fun in pops of color. Irina is a true femme fatale who isn’t afraid to take fashion risks like pairing a wide brimmed hat with her casual downtown look.

It’s really no surprise that their maternity style is influencing other expecting women; who wouldn’t want to take a cue from these stylish moms-to-be? If you take a look at their fashion repertoire you’ll find each lady rocks the perfect maternity jean. Designer denim is key in my closet as well as for so many other women I know, so it’s no shock that all of these bloggers are choosing to wear their favorite designer maternity jeans now that they are pregnant.

At Destination Maternity we work with brands like AG Jeans, Hudson, DL1961, and 7 for All Mankind to bring the latest denim silhouettes and washes to expecting women. With the patented Secret Fit Belly® featured on many of the brands’ jeans, comfort with support and style are accessible. I still wear my designer Secret Fit Belly® jeans. So take a note from these well- dressed women who are sporting their favorite designer duds and stay true to you, during your pregnancy and beyond

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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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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I’ve been following blogger Laura from Initials-LA for a while now. She is a total fashion darling who looked amazing in one of her posts a few weeks back wearing pieces from our Wendy Bellissimo Collection for Destination Maternity. She has perfected a chic yet relaxed look and works the Wendy Bellissimo pieces into her wardrobe seamlessly. I just love, love, love how it all comes together- hope you do too! -Olivia

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Shop the full Wendy Bellissimo Collection at Destination Maternity today!

Q+A WITH WENDY BELLISSIMO

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I’m so excited about our new collaboration with Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity! As a successful and stylish mom of four, Wendy is a true inspiration. What I love the most about the collection is how her relaxed, effortless style comes through in each of the pieces. It’s not surprising that the collection instantly became a favorite of style influencers, bloggers and expecting moms alike. I had a chance to chat with Wendy and wanted to share what she had to say with all of you. I think you’ll agree Wendy is pretty fabulous, just like her collection. -Olivia
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wendybellissimoO Myers: How would you explain your own personal style and how has that influenced your collection with Destination Maternity?
W Bellissimo: My signature look from home decor to apparel is uncomplicated yet chic and my style is definitely rooted in nature with a certain sense of comfort and ease. This design aesthetic translates perfectly to my collections for Destination Maternity, because looking great and feeling comfortable during pregnancy helps with all the changes a woman is experiencing. Getting dressed shouldn’t be a chore, especially when you are pregnant!

O Myers: Why did you decide to partner with Destination Maternity for your maternity collection?
W Bellissimo: I feel like I was nonstop pregnant – I had 4 babies in 5 years, so I personally know the challenges women face. Destination Maternity is the leader and they understood my vision and passion to create beautiful, comfortable clothing that women want to wear during pregnancy and even after. Their experience and understanding of my vision made this a perfect partnership.

O Myers: Tell us about your design process and how you create from concept to completion?
W Bellissimo: From concept to completion I always think about the woman. I want her to feel put-together without looking like she is trying too hard. Offering her style that she feels good about is important to me. It’s about creating a balance of sophistication, comfort and down to earth luxury. Next come color and pattern. The WB brand is known for rich colors and signature prints that grab attention, yet still speak softly. I try to develop looks that can easily move from casual to a night out just by changing a few accessories. Seasonless style is a meaningful part of the process and each collection is approached from that point of view. Most women run very hot when they are pregnant; therefore, layering pieces are a must. We also design the styles so that they can be worn after pregnancy, becoming a part of a woman’s everyday wardrobe. This is an important part of the design process as it allows women to make smart purchases that last. When we hit all of these goals I know that we have created a successful collection.

O Myers: Being so successful and working on so many projects, how do you juggle having a family and a career?
W Bellissimo: To be completely honest the juggling is a big personal struggle for me. Every day I fall short somewhere. Nothing will ever be perfect. You have to work extra hard at being the best mommy you can be and the best wife you can be while still managing a demanding career. Luckily, my husband is my business partner so we get to work together and after we had our 4th child we transitioned our business to work from home.

O Myers: What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
W Bellissimo: The simple things – the hugs, smiles and love from my little girls. Just knowing they are happy and healthy is the best! I have to pinch myself every day just looking at them and my husband. They are all my dream come true.

O Myers: What is the one piece of fashion advice you have for expecting moms?
W Bellissimo: Be prepared! Every pregnant woman eventually realizes she can’t squeeze in to regular clothes for her whole pregnancy. That is why I am so passionate about creating amazing maternity clothing that women want to wear. Being pregnant is a gift and dressing your bump should feel like a blessing, not a curse!

We are celebrating this exciting collaboration with Wendy at our NYC flagship Destination Maternity store on August 26th, so please join us!  The collection is currently in stores and online at DestinationMaternity.

STYLING THE SKINNY

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I had a great opportunity to partner with Lucky Magazine and the lovely Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam on a denim style session last month. Jordan is such a beauty and has a great sense of style, so I was really excited to work with her and the Lucky team on the shoot. Watch and find out how we styled skinny jeans to create two completely different looks, both featuring the ultra-comfy patented Secret Fit Belly® panel. Look for part II of our collaboration featuring the boyfriend jean coming soon. –Olivia

 

Find Jordan at www.ramshackleglam.com and visit www.luckymag.com for more fashion and style advice.

Party Décor Idea: The Little Red Wagon

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I can’t believe it has been a year already! I have heard so many moms say just the same thing when their baby’s 1st birthday was approaching! Time flies and while juggling work, hobbies, family and friends, I also had to start planning Greyson’s 1st birthday party. We chose to have “A Little Red Wagon” theme for Grey since he has a red radio flyer wagon that he loves. With Pinterest and so many other great websites to be inspired by, figuring out decorations and planning was easy! Grey’s radio flyer was the centerpiece of the party so I kept everything in black, red and white. I also added a little vintage feel with galvanized steel serving dishes and burlap touches; I think it worked nicely.  I am so happy with how Grey’s party turned out. I hope this provides you with a little inspiration for your next party or event! –Olivia

 

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Every Mother Counts

One of our favorite bloggers,  Jennifer Rand from Belle De Couture took part in A Pea in the Pod and Citizens of Humanity’s partnership with Every Mother Counts. Founded by Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Jennifer styled the signature tee and Citizens of Humanity jeans to perfection and boasted how comfortable she found the jeans!  We love how she accessorized her look with Saint Laurent sunglasses, vintage Moschino clutch and nude heels.

For each jean sold, A Pea in the Pod will donate $15.00 and Citizens of Humanity will donate $25.00 to EMC to support its efforts to improve global maternal health and reduce maternal mortality worldwide. A Pea in the Pod will also donate $5 from the purchase of every Every Mother Counts t-shirt to the charity.

Many thanks to Jennifer for supporting such a great cause with us here at Destination Maternity!

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Shop our Every Mother Counts & Citizens for Humanity collection today!

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A Gift for Baby from Your Wedding Dress

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Meet Jen Bowers, the Divisional Merchandise Manager for A Pea in the Pod!  A stylish mama herself, she is in charge of the team of buyers that keeps our stores filled with trendy maternity pieces for mothers-to-be!

Instead of shopping for a special occasion dress for her daughter Kendall, Jen had the sweet idea of designing something special using fabric from her wedding dress. “My wedding dress was an all-over lace Monique Lhuillier gown.  I wanted to incorporate the lace from my dress so she had a piece of me on her special day.”

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With creative and design expertise from Brittany West, A Pea in the Pod’s assistant designer, they created a beautiful dress for a beautiful girl!

 

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We love the idea of repurposing your wedding dress for baby.  You could also make a beautiful bassinet skirt, a necklace with the fabric embedded in it, or turn your wedding dress into something smaller, like a pillow.  What great hand-me-down pieces for your baby!

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