Winter Pregnancy Skincare Secrets from a Pro

Guest Editor: Kelli Kenny, basq NYC Co-Founder

Boosting your skin care routine to banish dry Winter skin is a must. Kelli Kenny, Mom and Co-Founder of basq NYC, whose high quality pregnancy skin care products have earned a devoted following, gave us some of her best tips for maintaining a healthy, hydrated glow during the coldest months of the year.WinterEssentials BLOGFrom Kelli

My top priority in winter during and after pregnancy is to beat the itchies! As a mom always on the go, my skin tends to get a lot dryer in the Winter, especially living in NYC. The same can be true during pregnancy, especially with hormonal skin changes happening. As the temps start dipping, my heating system goes full throttle, sapping all the moisture from my skin. Here are some secrets for combating dry and itchy winter skin.

Exfoliate: I use our Sugar Body Polish to exfoliate in the shower at least once a week. A gentle scrub in a warm shower is the best quick fix for dry itchy skin. Remember, it is best to keep your shower temps lower as hot water actually saps skin moisture by stripping your natural moisture barriers. I’m in love with our new Skin Perfecting Sugar Scrub in Lavender Pear. Originally used in our Calming Oil, this aroma has been a customer and team favorite for a long time. It’s great to finally enjoy it in the shower. We only use sugar in our scrubs, no salts or seeds that can irritate and dry skin; so, your skin will be left really soft!

Rough Edges: For extra dry elbows and heels, a dry scrub down works wonders. Before turning on the shower, use a little sugar scrub and rub in a circular motion. Let it set for a couple of minutes. The natural glycolic acids help release dry, tough skin. Wash off and reveal a soft and smooth finish!

Rich Moisture: After a shower, my dry skin must-have is our Mega Moisture Butter since it’s rich and creamy without being heavy. Plus, it absorbs incredibly well. I love that I can get dressed right away. If I’m feeling extra dry, I put it on right before bed for an overnight treatment effect.

Tint & Glow: During the winter months I switch to a slightly tinted moisturizer in the mornings.  Just the small touch of color makes me appear healthier and energized. It also helps even skin tone so I can avoid wearing a heavy foundation during the day. I gravitate toward the L’Oreal BB Tinted Moisturizer – it is really light, absorbs quickly and gives a great finish. Even better… it has a 15 SPF built in so I get sun protection without thinking about it.

The Eyes Have It: An eye cream is important year round – the under eye area is ultra-delicate and prone to puffiness and lines. Extra hydration in the winter is a must! I use our Cucumber Tea Gel daily; it’s great for long-term toning and tightening, plus I love how it takes care of morning puffiness and fatigue lines.

Steam to Dewy:  As I child I would watch my mom open the dishwasher during the dry cycle and steam her face! It sounds extreme, but steaming really works to open pores and deeply saturate the skin with moisture. In the evenings, I place a washcloth in hot water with a few drops of our Lavender Calming Oil, squeeze out excess water and place on my face to open pores. I follow with a very light moisturizer like Olay Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin. Then, once a week, I use a light coating of the Lavender Calming Oil; it’s my perfect nighttime treatment. My skin looks great in the morning and I always sleep better with a little lavender. Remember, lavender is amazing for clearing blemishes, tightening pores and for overall better sleep and relaxation.

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. The views expressed on this post represent those of the blogger and not of Destination Maternity.

ICYMI: Our Top Posts of 2015

We’ve covered a lot this year from pregnancy-perfect recipes to the latest maternity fashion, so we’re rounding up our top posts in case you missed them! If you aren’t already subscribed, enter your email address in the box at the right to be among the first to get all the latest posts and style secrets just for you!

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Here’s to an exciting 2016 for Cravings! -Olivia

Wendy Bellissimo’s Favorite Holiday Drinks for the Whole Family

Guest Editor: Wendy Bellissimo, Designer

Entertaining during the holidays is one of my favorite ways to enjoy the season! In need of some tried and true recipes that wow the whole family, I went right to Wendy Bellissimo. In addition to designing a maternity collection available exclusively at Motherhood Maternity, Wendy has a passion for entertaining at home. For the holidays, the mother of four serves up three signature beverages as a special treat for family and friends. Read along for her tips on how to put a special spin on the season’s most festive drinks!5

Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Bellissimo

From Wendy

I love to serve up cozy non- alcoholic drinks specifically for the holiday season. My whole family enjoys these seasonal party favorites PLUS they make any holiday gathering more festive! Here are three of my favorite recipes along with some party outfit ideas perfect for the holidays.Cider-A

Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Bellissimo

Hot Apple Cider – Garnished with cinnamon sticks, apple slices with cloves, star anise & fresh cranberries

Heat the apple cider and water mix; I like William Sonoma Cider Concentrate. Slice apples and cut a “V” in the bottom of the slice to fit snugly onto mugs. Be sure to slice thick enough for the clove application. Gently insert whole cloves on entire apple edge and place apple slice on edge of glass along with cinnamon stick.

Fill mug with Hot Apple Cider and add the star anise to float in the mug. For added color, you can place some fresh whole cranberries in the mug too. I love this touch of festive red cranberry floating with the natural star anise.sparkling-A

Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Bellissimo

Sparkling Apple Cider – With a touch of cherry juice for color and topped with a strawberry and raspberry

Add a drop of cherry juice to the sparkling apple cider from a maraschino cherry jar. Garnish the glass edge with a strawberry and a raspberry. I like to add a few raspberries directly to the cider too, because they float to the bottom and make the presentation more special.hot-chocolate-A

Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Bellissimo

Hot Chocolate – topped with a cocoa powder and cinnamon-blend tree

Top hot chocolate with frothed milk. I make the milk in my Breville frother and it comes out perfect every time! Then mix equal parts pure cocoa powder and cinnamon in a small metal baker’s sifter/shaker. Gently position your plastic tree stencil on the frothed milk and sprinkle until you have a full layer of the cocoa and cinnamon blend. Carefully lift the tree stencil off of the frothed milk.

Crush your candy canes in a soft cloth on a cutting board, pounding very gently with a meat tenderizer. Place them on the frothed milk around your tree stencil.

Sprinkle your saucer with the cocoa powder and cinnamon blend and then place the mug in the saucer. Last, sprinkle the crushed candy canes around the bottom of the mug and add cookies to the plate for a perfect finish!

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Photos: Courtesy of Wendy Bellissimo

Need some extra outfit inspo for your next holiday occasion? Opt for some pieces from my Wendy Bellissimo maternity collection: a little black dress to style any way you like, a fairisle top for a cute and comfy at-home gathering or keep it festive with red for your next holiday party. Happy Holidays! Love, Wendy

Family Fun Holiday Baking with Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Foodstirs

As a mom, I always find myself in the kitchen. Whether I’m preparing a quick week night meal or an impromptu sweet snack for my toddler, it is honestly one of my favorite places to unwind. My two year old, Greyson, also loves helping in the kitchen. When I was introduced to the healthy, creative and kid-friendly baking kits from Foodstirs, a brand co-founded by mama of two Sarah Michelle Gellar, I was immediately excited to try one with him for the holidays.
1We received the Brownie Snowflake and Holiday Tree Cookie Kit in the mail and I was impressed immediately with the super cute eco-friendly packaging and easy-to-read labeling. The bonus… no artificial colors, and non-GMO ingredients are used. Cookie cutters came with both kits, and all of the basic items needed to create the treats were already in my kitchen, so it took almost zero prep time. My helper and I got right to work, mixing our brownie batter and cookie dough.
4a3The recipe cards were simple to follow, making it easy for Grey to keep up, and me to spare the extra consideration and patience a toddler in the kitchen requires. To keep Grey entertained, I split the cookie dough so he had his own to mold and let him decorate some cookies and brownies on his own while I finished the rest.

The end result? A slightly messy kitchen, delicious cookies, one happy boy and mama, which means definitely a new holiday tradition for us! The set also makes a great gift to give, and the finished goodies makes a wonderful host or hostess gift! -Olivia

Foodstirs was awesome to offer a 20% off discount to our readers! Use the coupon code Pod20 for 20% off your cart. This offer expires 12/31/15.

What’s In Her Bag // Olivia’s Party-Perfect Beauty Picks

It’s holiday party season and that means your beauty game needs to be on point! You can take a look from desk to dinner and add a little drama with the right makeup and accessories.
party beauty picksFirst, I always rely on a statement clutch to instantly elevate a look with little effort. Then I glam up my makeup routine! Think old school Hollywood or downtown chic; both are classic looks for the season.  To go old school, do a red lip (liner and a moisturized mouth are the key to getting a sleek red lip that lasts) then add a soft winged eye and an illuminating powder over your cheekbones. A shiny glossy lip (Nars gloss in Sweet Dreams is a nice option) and a smoky cat-eye (Chanel’s duo eyeliner in Noir) make for a dramatic party look.

I keep Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm in my bag for my hands and legs, add shimmery bangles and my favorite scent, Stella McCartney, for a perfect finish. At the end of the night, taking it all your make up off doesn’t have to be a chore. Just stash The Honest Company’s 3-in-1 Facial Towelettes in your medicine cabinet.

What are some of your favorite party beauty secrets? –Olivia

BCBGMAXAZRIA Clutch // Chanel Powder Blush // Stella Perfume by Stella McCartney // Alexis Bittar Mirrored Brake Hinged Bracelet // Chanel Duo Eyeliner in Noir // Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm // Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder // Mac Lip Pencil in Ruby Woo // Revlon Lipstick in Red Lacquer // Nars Lip Gloss // The Honest Company Lip Balm

Danielle Walker’s Favorite Holiday Treat

Guest Editor: Danielle Walker, Author and Photographer of Against All Grain

We love holiday sweets, especially when they are guilt-free and pregnancy friendly! So, we were especially excited when Danielle Walker, mom and New York Times bestselling author, agreed to be Guest Editor again and this time share her favorite seasonal cookie recipe with us from her new e-cookbook, Joyful. Keep reading for a simple recipe that is not only delicious, but makes a perfect holiday gift for family and friends as well.JoyfulCover2

Photo: Courtesy of Danielle Walker

From Danielle

So many of my fondest memories are tied to the holiday season and many of those are woven into the food we enjoy during this time of the year. With a crisp outside and a chewy inside, these Mint Chocolate Macaroons have a rich chocolate taste and leave just a hint of festive peppermint lingering on the tongue. They come together easily and you likely already have the majority of the ingredients in your pantry. Stack a few up and wrap them in some cellophane tied with a ribbon for the perfect Christmas treat or gift this holiday season! MintMacrooons 2

Photo: Courtesy of Danielle Walker

Serves 2 dozen

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using an electric mixer, beat the egg white with a small pinch of salt. Beat for 1-2 minutes until soft peaks form when you lift the mixer out.
  4. Fold the egg white into the coconut mixture and mix gently until fully combined.
  5. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out balls of dough and pack them together tightly either by lightly knocking the scoop onto the side of the bowl or pushing it down with your fingers.
  6. Place the dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, rotating the tray half way through.
  7. Cool on a wire cooling rack for 1 hour. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  8. Optional – dip the bottoms of the macaroons in melted dark chocolate mixed with ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract for an even more decadent treat!

Courtesy of New York Times bestselling author Danielle Walker’s e-cookbook, Joyful, a collection of more than 25 Paleo, Grain-free and Gluten-free Holiday recipes perfect for Christmas and the holidays.

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. The views expressed on this post represent those of the blogger and not of Destination Maternity.

15 Great Gifts For The Stylish Mama

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!BlackFriday Essentials BLOG 3A 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.

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

A Fresh + Festive Mocktail for Mamas-To-Be

Cranberry Basil Non-Alcoholic SpritzerI 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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Strain syrup and let cool for at least 1 hour. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, unsweetened cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice.
  3. 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

Rachel Zoe On What You Need In Your Bag + Closet Right Now

Guest Editor: Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor and Designer

The fall season is in full swing and with it, tons of new trends and must-haves. I reached out to the ultimate fab mom, Rachel Zoe, for her top picks that every stylish mama needs in both her handbag and closet right now.Rachel Zoe Fall Fashion Must Haves

Photo: Instagram / @RachelZoe

From Rachel

Every mom and mom-to-be needs an arsenal of separates that are classic and versatile, and a handbag stocked with the essentials.  Check out some of my fall favorites for everyday beauty tips and style that’s effortlessly glamorous!RZ Essentials BLOGThe Honest Company hand sanitizer spray is perfect for moms on the go. I have one in every bag, in every room in my house and office – it’s with me everywhere I go!

Tom Ford Carrie round sunglasses; I always have a pair of oversized sunnies on me at all times, and I’m obsessed with Tom Ford’s Carrie frame. That man can do no wrong.

Lancome’s AUDA(CITY) in Paris eye shadow palette creates the perfect smoky eye in a range of warm, saturated tones. I always love an eye shadow palette, because you can go light for day and dark for night.

Mac Diva Antics lipstick is a rich, reddish burgundy. It’s my perfect autumn shade!

Long sleeve side slit maxi dress; I love the idea of a side slit maxi dress for fall. Styled with over the knee boots or platform sandals, it’s endlessly versatile.

Ponte vest; A sleek vest is essential to every wardrobe.  It’s the one piece you’ll throw on when you’re looking to polish off any ensemble.

Wendy Bellissimo’s Halloween Tips

Guest Editor: Wendy Bellissimo, Designer

I’m all about simple yet chic holiday décor, especially now that I’m a mom myself and have so little time! With Halloween approaching, I enlisted the help of Wendy Bellissimo, designer behind her namesake maternity collection, to share some tips on decorating for Halloween made simple.front-door3f

Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Bellissimo

From Wendy

As a designer and mom of four I am completely in love with holidays and the tradition of them all!  For our family, Halloween kicks off a 6 month run of non-stop decorating. Here are some of my secrets for starting the season off in a fun and festive way:

First, I use bales of hay to create a festive look and to build different layers and heights for decorations.  Hay bales transition perfectly to Thanksgiving décor, so you can get two holidays out of them. Spider webs are another perfect Halloween touch. You can turn a wood pile into Halloween décor like I did here by covering it with webs and adding giant spiders.IMG_2160

Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Bellissimo

Next, to add some interest, layer in different colored pumpkins in varied sizes. You can never have too many pumpkins for Halloween!
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Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Bellissimo

Don’t forget the twinkle lights in orange or white to go around the hay bales and wood piles or simply wrap them around your decorations. Once Halloween is almost here, we carve the jack-o-lanterns and light them all up on the front steps. Sometimes the battery operated candles work out best for that.
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Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Bellissimo

For the big day try our Bellissimo Original and yummy Halloween Party “Brain” Dip.  It’s delicious and the kids will love it.

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween! Love, Wendy

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