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As summer is winding down we are already getting ready for fall here at Destination Maternity. Everyone loves these great transitional nudes and cosmetic pink shades by Butter London. This cosmetic palette is a huge trend for fall and we love it!  Butter London’s lacquers are carcinogen and formaldehyde free so these are perfect for expecting and new moms. You can find these butter london colors and more available online and in stores at Destination Maternity.

 

 

Activewear for Every Workout

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Working out while expecting can be beneficial for both you and your baby and can help relieve those pregnancy symptoms!  Parents.com features a great list of safe and easy workouts for pregnancy that can help you create a pregnancy exercise routine that keeps you healthy and happy! If you plan to work out, we have some great options for every activity!

  1. Walking

If you didn’t exercise before pregnancy, walking is a great place to start!  Parents advises, “You’ll get a cardiovascular workout without too much impact on your knees and ankles, and you can do it almost anywhere and at any time throughout the entire nine months.” Wear something comfy and casual like a great pair of lounge or maternity yoga pants and a maternity jacket.

  1. Swimming

“Exercising in water gives you better range of motion without putting pressure on your joints.” No matter how big your bump is, you will love feeling weightless in the water!  A maternity swimsuit will give you the support you need and comfort around your belly.

  1. Yoga

“Prenatal yoga classes keep your joints limber and help you maintain flexibility.” It’s also a great way to meet other moms-to-be!  A breezy maternity tank and a slim pair of maternity yoga pants are the perfect yoga outfit.  Don’t forget to wear a maternity sports bra that offers enough support for all the moves!

  1. Weight Training

“Lifting weights is a great way to prepare your body for all the heavy lifting you’ll be doing once your baby is here. Plus, it helps counteract the risk of injury during pregnancy by strengthening the muscles surrounding your joints.” A lightweight maternity workout tank and cropped maternity yoga pants will accommodate for this sweat-induced workout!

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and to listen to your body! Shop all our activewear styles online at Destination Maternity today!

What to Wear in your First Trimester: Summer Edition!

You may be wondering what to wear during the beginning weeks and months of your pregnancy while staying comfortable and cool during the summer months.    No need to fret; here are our top 3 must have summer styles for the new mom-to-be!

  1. Maternity Jeans

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Pants are the first piece of clothing to feel snug.  Invest in great fitting maternity jeans to keep you feeling comfortable right from the start!  We suggest a jean with our patented Secret Fit Belly® which keeps your belly looking smooth and provides support throughout all stages of your pregnancy.   Try our top rated maternity jeans, like the Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans and the 7 For All Mankind Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity Jeans.

 

  1. Light-weight tanks and tees

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Basic tees and tanks with side ruching are perfect to wear in the summer weather to show off your newest accessory: your bump! Whether you are wearing them with jeans, a maxi skirt, or under a blazer or jean jacket, you’ll love the comfort and versatility.  We love the Reversible Side Ruched Maternity Tank Top , which comes in many colors and can be worn as either a v-neck or scoop neck.   Our Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity T Shirt is a go-to summer basic for every occasion.

  1. Leggings and Yoga Pants

 

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Whether you’re taking prenatal yoga, going for a run or running errands, leggings and yoga pants are perfect for when you are on the move and are maternity staples.  The Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® Jersey Knit Cropped Maternity Yoga Leggings and the Under Belly Jersey Knit V Waist Slim Boot Maternity Yoga Pants are great options!

 

Build a bump-flattering wardrobe without sacrificing your personal style by shopping all these looks and more at Destination Maternity!

 

What’s In Her Bag?! basq NYC cofounder Kelli Kenny Edition

We are excited to launch a new feature on our blog where we give you a peek inside the bags of our favorite beauty mavens, fashionistas and designers! Read along to find out what must haves basq NYC cofounder Kelli Kenny carries with her every day. Kelli, along with Lauren Parisier, co-founded basq NYC, a luxury skin care line for repairing and revitalizing the skin.   Made with natural oils, antioxidant-rich plant extracts and advanced repair ingredients, basq NYC products are sure to keep moms-to-be feeling radiant throughout pregnancy and beyond.  You can shop the line both in stores and online at A Pea in the Pod®, Destination Maternity® and Motherhood Maternity®.  The brand also recently collaborated with Destination Maternity to do a line exclusively for Motherhood Maternity, called Body Boost.

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1). Saint Laurent Black Sac de Jour Bag I love this bag as a purse and briefcase plus it looks great with any attire. 2). COACH patent wallet My favorite wallet because it has tons of room and fits everything. 3)Blackberry Torch The key pad is a must!  4) Bronzer with big brush Summer is here and this bronzer is a must have to look healthy and glowing!  5) Chanel shadow pack and Mac lipsticks I like to blend eye shadows and mix MAC lipsticks with a top gloss. 6) Jour d’ Hermes Eau de Parfum Totally addicted to this scent and is the perfect travel size. 7) Red resistance band I’m a runner working through injuries so I fit recovery exercises in whenever I can 8) Basq NYC Cucumber Tea Eye Gel Refreshes eyes in an instant. When I am traveling I use it as face moisturizer, too. 9) World’s Greatest Mom keychain A gift from my son, and convenient for keeping my Juice Press card at the ready! I eat raw 5 days a week so Juice Press is a regular stop.  10) Prada Sunglasses I love this classic, sophisticated style. 11) MacBook Air Makes my days so efficient especially when traveling.

How to Get Savannah Guthrie’s Maternity Look

Stylish TODAY Correspondent Savannah Guthrie effortlessly dresses her baby bump, often incorporating vibrant patterns and bright summer colors. Savannah is a prime example of how expecting mothers can also enjoy the season’s most sought after looks. We especially love how her style choices are professional for work but easily transition to evening— a must for all working moms-to-be!

 

 

Keep it simple and easy. As shown in theclip above, Savannah Guthrie opts for a no fuss, classic wrap dress. With this purple and orange Donna Morgan Maternity Wrap Dress (available in select Destination Maternity stores), Savannah is able to get down to business on-air while donning a professional yet stylish ensemble. To get Savannah’s look, we compiled a few tips and tricks along with clothing recommendations below, courtesy of Olivia Capone Myers, Destination Maternity’s Style Director.

 

  1. Embrace bold colors!  As seen on Savannah, you can shine in cheerful summer brights!  Warm summery tones that pop in a classic silhouette like this Donna Morgan 3/4 Sleeve Chevron Stripe Maternity Dress shown below work for the office and make a statement:

 

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  1. Wrap it up! A classic wrap dress is one of the greatest investments to carry you through every stage of pregnancy and even beyond. Try this BCBGMAXAZRIA 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Maternity Dress shown below:BCBG
  1. Experiment with patterns! From colorful chevrons to prominent polka dots, fun patterns can be a great way to show off your growing bump. For an all-over print similar to Savannah’s look, try Destination Maternity’s  TAYLOR 3/4 Sleeve Maternity Dress.Taylor
    For a camera-worthy look every day, check out the variety of summer dress styles Destination Maternity has to offer.

Get Grilling!

Having a Father’s Day barbeque this weekend? Here’s an appetizer you can throw on the grill & feel good about eating. Delish.com gives you another way to prepare seasonal vegetables like red peppers & eggplant, plus some delicious feta cheese for a flavorful kick.

All you need is the following:

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 8 slice(s) eggplant, 1/2-inch thick
  • 3 tablespoon(s) olive oil, plus more, for grilling
  • 1 tablespoon(s) red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) crumbled feta
  • Salt and pepper

 

If your grill is already hot from burgers & hot dogs, you are good to go. If not, then preheat the grill, coat your cut vegetables with olive oil, cook them until tender or you see some grill marks, & finally arrange on a platter. Then simply sprinkle them with 3 tablespoons olive oil, and red wine vinegar; add oregano and feta. Lastly, season to taste with salt and pepper.


It is no secret that vegetables are filled with valuable nutrition benefits for everyone, but especially for pregnant women! The grilling takes these vegetables to richer level. Grill, serve & enjoy!

Four Things: (Almost!) June Addition

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You made it past May & are on the way into June. The flowers have bloomed & outside fun has begun. Keep these sweet times rolling as you enter the summer. Speaking of sweet, did you know that May 31st is National Macaroon Day? This Four Things edition provides you with the recipes for both belly & beauty, come what may… (or June for that matter!)

EAT: Coconuts are the fruit of summer. Take a look at the different, delicious ways coconut pieces become masterpieces. Are you on dessert duty for the next party? Try these easy & irresistible macaroon cookies. You will be buying extra ingredients once you realize you ate the first batch before the party.

WEAR: Baseball may be America’s pastime, but it will be your excuse to show off your pride in your team, while showing off your baby belly. We have the best maternity sportswear clothes to get you through baseball season while it is in full-swing (pun intended.)

DO: Drew Barrymore is a mommy & a movie star, but did you know she is also a makeup maven? She has her own line called Flower Beauty. Keep the flowers blooming all throughout June by checking out her makeup tutorials often geared toward new moms & women on the move.

CREATE: Stitch your way into becoming the best baby shower gift-giver. This easy DIY Baby Name Embroidery idea is a great way to get creative & stay in budget. Name your price, because according to the directions, the embroidery hoop was only $1!

Memorial Day Weekend Barbeque Recipes

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What is red, white & blue all over?  Hopefully it’s your diet this upcoming Memorial Day!  Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer & whether you’re celebrating it by hosting a barbeque, going to a friend’s, family’s or just spending time with your loved ones, we’ve got you covered on some delicious (& pregnancy friendly!) recipes you can serve up so everyone can enjoy.

 This grilled guacamole is a new take on an old classic!  Aside from being delicious, avocados are loaded with folic acid, potassium, vitamin C & vitamin B6 which are all great for that growing baby inside of you.  It’s the perfect starter for both you & your guests this Memorial Weekend, as well as the best way to get that grill fired up!

 Pasta Salad is always a good choice when having guests.  This healthy version, made with whole wheat pasta & lots of veggies is the perfect side dish to burgers, grilled chicken & more!

 What is a barbeque without a burger?  This recipe is a different spin on the seasonal staple.  It’s made with chipotle chili pepper & cilantro, which are sure to satisfy those spicy cravings.

 It is easy for everyone to save room for dessert when they see these bite-sized treats, sure to gratify, without any of the guilt!  These mini blueberry-lemon cheesecakes are made with Greek yogurt, making them a little lighter without losing all of the taste!

Inside The Learning Studio

Did you know select Destination Maternity superstores have Learning Studios inside? (Find a location near you.) Our Learning Studios offer a great selection of pre- and postnatal fitness and educational classes for moms and moms-to-be.

Meet Christy Bunting-Hill at our Dallas, Texas A Pea in the Pod & Destination Maternity.  We recently chatted with Christy about where her interests as a Postpartum Parent Educator began & why she loves working with moms-to-be in our Learning Studio as part of Belly & Beans Associates.

1. What do you love most about teaching classes to prenatal & postnatal moms?

It’s such an honor to empower expecting & new parents with confidence, support, encouragement, sleep & parenting tools. I love to see parents well rested & ready to tackle whatever may happen, feeling confidently supported by their inner strength developed through learning & postpartum support.

2. How did you come to teach this type of program & what is your background?

In 1994 as a university student, I began supporting executive families in Seattle by providing in-home postpartum care to help balance their parenting, home life, career expectations & social obligations.

After championing & supporting families for 15 years, I felt it was time to yield a BIGGER difference. The culmination of my studies, teaching background, curriculum development skills, postpartum experience & years of working with top executive leaders, cultivated my desire to develop a communicative, quality based continuity care program through a postpartum practice. Today, 21 years later as the Founder/CEO of Belly & Beans Associates, a Certified Advanced Newborn Care Specialist & Infant Sleep Consultant, I’ve provided thousands of hours of hands-on postpartum care, parent coaching, baby sleep coaching, teach & speak at countless locations & continue to write for parenting publications.

Our Belly & Beans Associates team & I are looking forward to witnessing the benefits our parenting program will create for expecting, new parents & caregivers through our partnership with Destination Maternity Corporation.

3. We understand that one of the major focuses of Belly & Beans Associates postpartum care practice is on sleep coaching. What do moms & moms-to-be enjoy most about the Healthy Sleep Teaching curriculum you offer?

Sleeping through the night & thriving during the day! We believe sleep teaching is the process of first securing a baby’s & family’s wellbeing. Next we teach parents effective bond supportive sleep teaching tools & responses. Then we begin teaching your baby life-long sleep based sensory processing & motor skills for the support of their unique personality & temperament.

4. What makes the Belly & Beans classes at Destination Maternity different than other classes offered in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?

Our goal is for your family to thrive, not just survive your postpartum experience. We witnessed a HUGE void in most parenting education: generally they are only centered on day classes, which up to 80% of parents can’t attend due to work commitments. In addition, these classes offer out of date curriculum, which has not been updated in the last 20 years… while our home lives have changed dramatically.

We asked ourselves: aren’t classes supposed to be fun, engaging & relevant? Shouldn’t I want to go to a class I paid for? Shouldn’t a class produce results? Shouldn’t class materials be egalitarian in 2014? We crafted our “BABYVERSITY” program with a resounding: “YES!”

Find a Destination Maternity Learning Studio location near you!

Christy Bunting-Hill

 

 

Four Things

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[Sigh] Can you feel  the sun on your skin? Can you smell the flowers? Can you taste the barbequed food? Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us! We hope that our May Four Things will help you celebrate the launch of summer and invigorate all your senses including your sense of style!

EAT: Bring these Chile-Lime Grilled Veggie Skewers to that backyard BBQ. The colors alone will draw you in, but the taste & nutritious value is what will make you take seconds (& possibly thirds!)

WEAR: Eyelet accents are a summer staple. The lightweight fabric of this top will keep you cool while the peplum shape will perfectly define your growing baby belly. Scoop it up in both blue and white.

DO: We have a style that will have you channeling our favorite royal mom in minutes! May is the #1 month for weddings so skip the salon & try this super easy up-do.

CREATE: Are you having a girl? These darling skirts will make any baby into a mini-fashionista AND they look as easy to make as they are cute.

 

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