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!

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!

 

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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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.

 

British Brands We Love: Hudson Jeans

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Hudson Jeans are known for their their body-conscious fit, high quality craftsmanship and signature triangle flap back pocket with the iconic Union Jack logo. With a “London edge meets L.A. glam” aesthetic, Hudson Jeans have become a celebrity favorite as well as a must-have for moms-to-be. With the addition of our patented Secret Fit Belly®, expecting moms can wear the same great styles from Hudson that  they loved pre-pregnancy.

In honor of our British Invasion, a celebration of the best in British Style, Hudson Jeans Denim Specialists will be coming to select A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity stores to help moms to be find the perfect fit! Try on a pair of Hudson Jeans and decorate your own British-themed baby bodysuit! Join us at the following locations:

Destination Maternity, Madison Avenue: 28 E. 57th Street * New York, NY 10022

Saturday April 5, 2014, 12pm-5pm

Find your perfect fit with a Hudson Jeans Denim Specialist and decorate a British-themed baby bodysuit for your little one.

*No purchase necessary. Limit one per customer.

Destination Maternity, Paramus: 35 Plaza *65 East Rte. 4 West * Paramus, NJ  07652

Friday April 4, 2014, 1pm-6pm

Find your perfect fit with a Hudson Jeans Denim Specialist and decorate a British-themed baby bodysuit for your little one.

*No purchase necessary. Limit one per customer.

Get the Look: Emily Blunt

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We can’t help but admire Emily Blunt’s effortlessly chic maternity style. During her pregnancy, Emily’s California-cool ensembles included relaxed fit tees and dark wash skinnies, perfectly balanced with neutral accessories. Get Emily’s look with casual pieces like our Three Dots Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Rib Knit Maternity Top; the flattering and comfortable jersey knit fabric will skim beautifully over your bump. Sleek and slimming in a dark wash, the fabulous stretch and seamless support provided by our AG Jeans Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity Jeans make this pair of blues an ideal pick for expectant moms with unparalleled style.

Shop Emily’s maternity look at A Pea in the Pod.

Oscars Report: Moms-to-Be Walk the Red Carpet!

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Celebrity moms-to-be, Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington and Elsa Pataky looked flawless at Sunday’s Academy Awards!

Olivia was the epitome of chic in a sleek and sophisticated black Valentino gown. The high neckline was perfectly complimented by her soft, romantic up-do and white drop earrings.

Kerry was gorgeous in a strapless, lavender Jason Wu dress. The draping and silhouette of the gown perfectly showed off her shape. With delicate jewelry, a wavy half up-do and an on-trend crimson lip, she certainly made a fashion statement.

Elsa Pataky was stunning in a beaded teal gown by Elie Saab. The sparkling frock enhanced her pregnancy glow and the drop waistline showed off her bump beautifully.

A Pea in the Pod® can help other moms-to-be look just as red-carpet ready!

Start with Glowing Skin:

The best accessory for a gorgeous gown is glowing skin. Start by using an exfoliator like Juice Beauty’s Exfoliating Cleanser to help renew the surface of your skin. After exfoliating, soothe and brighten tired eyes with Clark’s Botanicals Anti Puff Eye Cream. Maintain vibrancy and keep skin hydrated with Naturopathica’s Vitamin C Revitalizing Lotion. Finally, complete your routine with a manicure using one of our on-trend shades from Butter London! With these easy steps, your skin will look flawless for your special event.

Get a Seamless Look:

Shapewear will help you achieve the same sleek and beautiful silhouette for your own special and every day occasions. A Pea in the Pod® carries shapewear from brands including Spanx® and Belly Bandit®, Tummy Tube® by A Pea in the Pod, as well as a selection of seamless, adjustable strap and shelf-bra camis that are perfect to pair with any outfit. No matter the occasion, A Pea in the Pod has the shapewear that will give you the support you need along with a sleek silhouette.

Find the Perfect Dress:

Whether sleek or flowing, structured or textured, you can find a variety of red-carpet-ready looks at A Pea in the Pod that will fit, flatter and make you look and feel great. Shop our evening maternity dresses.

Get the Look: Kristin Cavallari

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Kristin Cavallari knows a thing or two about maternity style, especially now that baby number two is on the way! Kristin opts for chic ensembles that combine expertly tailored wardrobe essentials with trend-driven pieces. Kristin demonstrates this beautifully by pairing a flattering blazer with fashion-forward leather leggings. Pointy toe heels and simple jewelry pull the entire outfit together.

Get the look with our on-trend and super-sleek Citizens of Humanity coated jeans. Layer a bump-flattering side ruched tee under our Isabella Oliver’s maternity jacket to perfect your polished look. Add a pair of statement earrings and heels for a look that can easily go from desk to dinner.

Shop this maternity look at A Pea in the Pod.

Celebrity Style: Drew Barrymore

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Pregnant with her second bundle of joy, the eternally pretty Drew Barrymore looks effortlessly chic and glowing in all black. Dressed in a maxi-length shift that glides over her bump, Drew added a touch of structure care of a sharp blazer, sky-high pumps and a flattering long necklace. We adore her dressed-up style that exudes a casual edge thanks to the rolled sleeve cuffs, minimal makeup and shiny blowout worn simple and down.

Recreate her look in our CHARLIE JADE sleeveless keyhole maternity maxi dress that combines casual style with high-fashion appeal thanks to the gorgeous neckline. Topped off by a fitted shawl collar maternity blazer, simply add a pair of statement earrings and a sexy shoe for a sleek, sexy and sophisticated ensemble.

Get the look at Destination Maternity!

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