Make Your Nine Months Safe, Organic + Beautiful

BLOG-BeautyNineNaturals v2While searching for safe, chemical-free beauty options and tirelessly scanning ingredient labels during her first pregnancy, Nine Naturals founder Grace Lee, who is currently pregnant with her second!, noticed that many products presented as “natural” actually weren’t, and those that were didn’t match the high-performance standards that she valued. Wanting to fill this void in the market, she created Nine Naturals on the principle that beauty should be simple, smart, and safe for moms and moms-to-be.

All Nine Naturals product formulations use 100% naturally-derived ingredients that are pre-screened for health and safety during pregnancy and nursing. They are free of dangerous toxins including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, DEA, synthetic fragrances, and artificial preservatives. I am so excited that we’ve partnered with Grace to bring this amazing line of products to expecting women and new moms!

The Nine Naturals collection includes Replenishing Belly Butter, Natural Sunscreen, Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner and Soothing Body Wash.Often times, a harsh fragrance will deter me from a product, especially when I was pregnant. However, these products have a soft scent. I love the gentle formulas and can see why so many expecting women are fans! PLUS the sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner are a must before during and after pregnancy, to keep your tresses soft and glossy. They are my new favorites! I think you’ll love the whole line so head to our stores or over to www.destinationmaternity.com to shop them. -Olivia

Currently Craving


SLYFOXstylishlymeAPIP_Sum15_26_2021_RT-flt_300IMG_6805RZ_Spr15_Flat_12-flt_300Here’s what I’m currently craving right now: Sly Fox Threads has the coolest kidswear! //  Maya Brenner’s Letter Necklace has been on my wishlist for awhile- great for Mother’s Day // This Linen Cargo Jacket from A Pea in the Pod is the perfect Spring jacket, preggers or not // Nine Naturals all natural skincare products for pregnancy and beyond has finally hit our stores- yay! // This A-line Top from our Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod is such an easy silhouette and I love the breezy blue color- Olivia

 

Did You Know? There’s a Sweet Way to Ease Morning Sickness

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Preggie Pops are naturally flavored lollipops made especially for pregnant women to help ease morning sickness in the sweetest way possible! Keep licking them right into labor to help you relieve some of the discomfort. Guess what else? They’re gluten free too! -Olivia

Q+A with Beyond Yoga

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If you’re like me, you need some serious motivation to exercise (pregnant or not!). Beyond the Bump, a luxurious collection of active maternity wear from Beyond Yoga, launched at A Pea in the Pod earlier this year and with its incredibly soft, supportive and flattering pieces makes a fitness regime instantly more enticing. I sat down with founder Michelle Wahler, to talk about the line which couldn’t have been more timely– she’s currently expecting her first!  -OliviaQA_BeyondYoga_2-608x364

O Myers: What was your inspiration for Beyond the Bump?
M Wahler: My inspiration for Beyond the Bump came as I was shopping for active wear with my best friend Lauren during her first pregnancy. Her doctor told her to keep active, to continue running, try prenatal yoga etc., and she was having such a tough time finding anything athletic to wear that was designed for pregnancy. She wanted to wear Beyond Yoga and just size up, but wearing a size bigger was just making her look like she was wearing clothing that was too big for her. I then realized how underserved this demographic of women was, and started designing our first collection!

O Myers: What are some of your favorite maternity essentials?
M Wahler: The Scoop Neck Ruched Maternity Tank Top, Adjustable Belly Maternity Leggings and Long Sleeve Drape Front Maternity Cardigan

O Myers: What are your tips for staying active during pregnancy?
M Wahler: Just keep doing what you’ve been doing. I am a big fan of Pilates and go at least three times a week. Since I’ve been pregnant it has been the best thing I do for myself. Of course, I modify some of the moves, but it feels great to have one hour where I keep in motion, and maintain some normality. As the months have gone on, new people come up to me every week (who are not pregnant) and tell me I am their motivation to get through the class, that if I can do something pregnant, they feel like they should push through it. It feels really nice to have my actions inspire others.
I also feel like staying active and strong will help with labor and delivery, so my Pilates class makes me feel like I’m a little more in control of this unknown event we are building up to.
My other favorite way to stay active is walking. My doctor recommended walking two miles a day, so many nights after dinner my husband and our two dogs go on a nice long walk around the neighborhood. Its great bonding time for all of us and I know it’s good for them too.

O Myers: What is your favorite Beyond the Bump item to wear and why?
M Wahler: It’s a toss-up. The piece I’ve probably gotten the most use out of is the Long Sleeve Drape Front Maternity Cardigan. I have two (one black and one grey) and I wear one almost every day. It’s made from the softest fleece so it’s super cozy, it dresses up a lot of my outfits, and with my constantly fluctuating temperature its easy take on and off quickly versus something that goes over my head.
Every day, I wear a pair of the Adjustable Belly Maternity Leggings and a Scoop Neck Ruched Maternity Tank Top. I love the waistband on the leggings. I have worn them though my entire pregnancy and today I am eight months pregnant and these two styles have stretched to fit perfectly as my body has changed and my bump has grown.
Because we fit test all of our fabrics and designs before they go into the collection, our product development team had special “bumped” leggings created in all of our new fabrics so I could still work out in everything before we approved the fabrics. I have had a blast getting all the fun new styles and fabrics in maternity silhouettes. Because I am testing all our new fabrics, I probably have the largest selection maternity work out pants of any woman! The best was when I got to test our sexy mesh trim leggings paired with my bump.

Such great insight from this successful and fashionable expecting mom! Shop the full collection in stores or online at Destination Maternity or A Pea in the Pod Maternity

 

TOP 3 STRETCH MARK CREAMS

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Yay, you made it to the second trimester! Now is the time to ensure that you’re keeping your skin hydrated with safe and effective products, plus preventing stretch marks. I have a few favorites:

Basq Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter: packed with moisturizers and oils, this luxurious treatment prevents stretch marks and repairs skin. I still use this daily because I really love the scent!

Mustela Ultimate Hydration: I am a fan of avocado anything and this cream calls on avocado peptides to moisturize and soothe very dry skin. I actually used it on my whole body!

Honest Organic Belly Balm: It’s all about balms these days and this one really is “The Balm.” Completely odor free- a little goes a long way!

Whichever you choose, your skin is in for a treat! –Olivia

HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS

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Are you ready for baby? Well, it may be time to start thinking about packing up that hospital bag now.  I have come up with some essentials that I think you’ll want with you. I over-packed my hospital bag, thinking I would use my straightening iron and leave in my normal clothes. The truth is, I craved comfort. So, with that in mind, I made sure to include lots of cozy and stretchy options for both you and baby.

Start with a really large bag; we have really amazing Wendy Bellissimo ones. They are stylish, so they look like a chic purse. You can load this up now with all your baby needs. Throw in one of our super soft blankies and a going home outfit for baby too. Don’t forget Sophie the Giraffe- it’s safe for teething and small hands. (My son loved this toy so much!) You may as well throw in a soft pair of slippers you for too. It’s all about comfort!

Stock up on comfortable base layers, like the perfect panties, our seamless support bras and shapers. There is a new line to look for that is already being sold in our Motherhood Maternity stores called Bounce Back, featuring patent pending technology. It is made for new moms, post-partum, who are thinking about helping their skin rebound to pre-pregnancy. It features a tummy transformer that helps with refining and reduction.

Think about your going home outfit too. You are going to want casual and practical, trust me. Our yoga pants are perfect because they have a fold-over top that transitions from pregnancy to motherhood. You can wear them down for under the bump comfort, or up, after pregnancy, for some smoothing and a little support. Finish with an active-leisure top and a cozy cardi. Don’t forget nursing bras, which are so cute and obviously made in many styles: clip down, pull down, etc.

Finish off your packing with a camera to capture those first few moments and days, because they will fly by. Keep yourself healthy and nourished with some protein and fast, yet efficient fuel, like nuts from Kind Bars. This is such a magical time for you. It is definitely important to be prepared. Happy packing! –Olivia

1 Hospital Bag / 2 Camera/ 3 Nursing Bra/ 4 Maternity Cami/ 5 Panties/ 6 Snacks/ 7 Graphic Tee/ 8 Yoga Pants/ 9 Slippers/ 10 Bra/ 11 Maternity Shapewear/ 12 Seamless Cami/ 13 Pictures/ 14 Baby Outfit/ 15 Blankie/ 16 Sophie The Giraffe

CULINARY CRAVINGS

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I know so many women who are excited when pregnant, because they feel like they can eat whatever they want. The truth is that you need to eat healthy, especially when you’re expecting! I mean, of course, the occasional treat is okay… that is why they call them pregnancy cravings! My family and I try to eat the best we can. I always tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but definitely when I was expecting my son Greyson. It seems that the hardest part for women, especially pregnant women who are always on-the-go, is finding the time to eat healthy. Fortunately fruit and veggie smoothies are simple, super healthy and filled with amazing nutrients, but only take a couple minutes to make.

Our Graphic Designer, Klaudia, who has a two year old daughter, swears by this creamy avocado, berry and spinach smoothie. It’s so delicious, even her toddler enjoys it! All you need to do is stock up on some power-food produce and take out your blender, bullet, Ninja or whatever mixer you have.

If even this seems like too much to handle, Bundle Organics makes amazing juices for mommies-to-be. They are prenatal blends, perfect for the development of that growing baby in your belly! Whatever way you want, try to get your daily intake of fruits and veggies. Your skin, body, bump and baby will thank you. – Olivia

Recipe:

Half of an avocado

1.5 cup strawberries/blueberries/raspberries

A Handful of spinach leaves

1 pear or apple

Mix in a Bullet and Voila!

TREND ALERT // SPORT STYLE

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Active apparel is a big trend right now that is inspiring both ready-to-wear and designer style alike.  In maternity, the trend is giving a fresh take to work-out wear with comfort crafted right in. Active separates are designed in supportive and soft fabrics that are not only perfect for the gym, but cool enough for an everyday maternity look.

Whether you are a pilates guru, runner or spinning lover, layering maternity tanks, jackets, leggings and yoga pants is a maternity must. I always had a few black yoga pants in different leg shapes in my closet when I was pregnant; I would layer up with an array of tops and sweatshirts. As a yoga lover, I wish we carried our Beyond the Bump by Beyond Yoga line when I was pregnant. Available on-line and in-stores at Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, this yoga collection is crafted from great fabrics and made in a multitude of colors that can be worn before and after baby.

I also suggest adding in pops of brightness to your maternity fitness wardrobe too; it makes working out more fun when you look good, thus feel good. In our Motherhood Maternity collection, the soft neon palette is totally of-the-moment! AND remember to start with the right foundations. A seamless maternity sports bra and panty offer added support and comfort. Complete your sporty look with a pair of Nike trainers and you are working out in style. -Olivia

NURSING TOPS YOU NEED

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After I brought my son home from the hospital, there were so many things I wasn’t prepared for. I was a first time new mom experiencing pure joy mixed with a flood of emotions and sleepless nights. And really, you can’t truly prepare or predict how having a baby will change you. But, having girlfriends and family to help prepare you for the what-ifs, as well as having your arsenal of baby products and apparel on-the-ready, is obviously a great place to start.

If you choose to breastfeed, as I did, I think it’s also important to do some research beforehand. While the web is a great place and there are so many informative books to choose, I went right to my local online La Leche League. Knowing information can help ease your mind, although again, nothing prepares you like being thrown into the fire… with a hungry newborn! Nursing bras, pads and a great lanolin cream for soreness are no-brainers. I also found that having my favorite nursing tops in multiples was clutch!

I thought I’d spend some time talking about the various nursing top styles that I love, so you can also get an idea of what may work for you. First and foremost, you need to be comfortable while nursing. Choose soft, stretchy styles. Also look for tops that offer some modesty with a clip down feature or a secret panel as a second layer designed right into the top. The nursing tops our team designs here at Destination Maternity are specifically crafted with these special features; they are also cut in flattering silhouettes that are forgiving over your new mom midsection.

Wearing a second layer is also a nice option when you are nursing on the go. I wore a chic knit cardigan over our clip down nursing camisole, making pumping at work easier. I always suggest stocking up on the clip-down camisole in a few colors to have, ready to go. So many of my girlfriends and clients love these because the clips easily unlock with one hand, freeing the other up for baby. If you’ve nursed before, I know you GET IT! Being able to work your wardrobe one-handed is important.

It’s was also so important to me to be able to maintain a chic look while nursing. I mean, looking cute is a must, right? That’s why I love a double drape nursing top or lightweight poncho. Both silhouettes are pretty sophisticated and can be paired with a legging or jean for a completely polished look. Remember, you want your own personal style to shine through. That’s what’s great about each of these pieces. You can incorporate them into your own wardrobe and look like the fabulous new mom that you are! Enjoy your babes -Olivia

1 Nursing Top & Maternity Yoga Pants/ 2 Clip Down Nursing CamiStriped Maternity Sleep Pant/ 3 Maternity Cardigan, Clip Down Nursing Cami & Maternity Yoga Pants/ 4 Clip Down Maternity Cami/
Nursing Poncho/ 6 Swaddle/ 7 Nursing Bra/ 8 Medela Tender Care Lotion/ 9 Lily Padz Nursing Pads/ 10 Teddy Bear

WINTER SKIN TIPS FOR PREGNANCY

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The cold winter weather can really take its toll on your beauty routine. As an expectant mama you have specific beauty challenges, like dry and itchy skin, that need special care. Dry skin, cracked heels and elbows, a washed-out complexion and an itchy scalp (all things I dealt with during my pregnancy) can be combatted with the right products.

 

 It’s important to look and feel good during your pregnancy. Your current beauty routine may need some tweaks now that you are expecting. Not only does the texture of your skin change during pregnancy with your hormones working over-time, but that baby bump is growing and stretching your skin every day. I want to talk about some of the latest products that I love for new and expecting mothers. These keep you soft and moisturized during a cold spell, plus many of them are designed with pregnant women in mind. They are gentle on your skin, made without harsh chemicals AND still give great results.

 

Finding some pampering time during pregnancy and as a new mom is vital. I try to take some “me time” once a week… (Ok- maybe every two weeks.) I spend a Friday night or Saturday morning alone with my beauty routine. For me that can be as simple as a nice bath, exfoliation, face mask or a mini-mani and pedi.  I throw on my soft robe, slippers and spend an hour alone to decompress and take care of myself. When you have kids, it’s obviously hard to find that alone time. Sometimes, that means taking an hour after my son has gone to bed on a Friday night, or letting my husband do Saturday morning breakfast while I do-ME. It’s worth it!

 

A great place to start is with a nice body scrub. BASQ skincare has a fabulous Citrus Sugar Body Polish that I swear by! It’s great for before and after baby to slough off and smooth dry skin. I use it every other day. A gentle facial cleanser and moisturizer are also key! JUICE BEAUTY, makes a great cleansing milk and super silky moisturizer that are not only effective, but also organic. Another essential mom-to-be product is body oil. BASQ skincare’s calming oils are great for protection against stretching and are packed with natural oils and omegas. Use it after the shower or even at night before bed. I love the lavender oil because it’s calming, which helps with headaches in the evenings.

 

If you are like me, then a little additional glow always seems to help during the fall and winter. I extend my tan with ST. TROPEZ NATURALS SELF RADIANCE TAN. This self-tanner is 100% natural with vegan ingredients and gives a nice real-looking glow. Lastly, I think it’s important to take care of your hands and feet when you are pregnant, especially in this dryer season. A pumice stone for a little at-home pedicure does the trick. Butter London Hardwear offers a nice topcoat, without harmful chemicals. I hope you can find a little time for yourself to try some of these fabulous beauty products! -Olivia

 

1 Motherhood Maternity Cable Knit Pom Pom Slippers / 2 Hardwear by Butter London / 3 Basq Skincare Citrus Body Polish / 4 Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk / 5 Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer / 6 St Tropez Naturals Self Radiance Tan / 7 Pumice Stone / 8 Maternity Robe / 9 Share Body and Massage Oil by Basq 

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