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Posted by Olivia C Myers on October 5, 2015
A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity’s creative team recently hosted a baby shower for our marketing coordinator and mom-to-be Jackie, who is expecting a little girl! The team chose an autumnal theme and our photo studio, an open space with lots of natural light, as the venue for the early morning brunch.
For the décor, topiaries, wood serving pieces, and naturally toned linens were simple accents to play up the rustic feel, while a hand scripted mural and clothesline stocked with brightly hued baby clothes added whimsical touches. The gifts were wrapped in homemade polka dot wrap. Starbucks lattes, muffins and sandwiches were also wrapped in brown paper to compliment the theme.
Congratulations to Jackie on her baby girl and to our team for pulling off the surprise fete! –Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on October 3, 2015
Hello from Los Angeles! I’m out in sunny California on day 3 of my style session tour at A Pea in the Pod. Yesterday I had an amazing day in Beverly Hills and got to hang with some fabulous mamas and help #stylethebump!Our fall collection is full of pieces taking influence from the 70’s like the poncho, flare jeans, maxi dresses, vests and plaid everywhere! LA is also on to this trend in a big way! Walking down the streets of Beverly Hills, the windows are lined with vintage flares, floppy hats, peasant tops and chunky platform heels.
If you are a LA mom-to-be, make sure to stop by our Beverly Hills store to the get look specifically designed for a growing bump! Nearby Intermix and Club Monaco have great accessories to polish off your look.Head over to Instagram #oliviastylesesh to follow the rest of my travels and see what’s hot in Cali! xoxo Olivia
Maternity Poncho Sweater // Saint Laurent Platform Sandals // Splendid Woven Maternity Vest // Jessica Simpson Boho Maternity Maxi // Luxe Essentials Denim Chelsea Flared Bootcut Maternity Jean // Maison Michel Felt Hat // Lanvin Tassel Belt
Posted by Olivia C Myers on October 2, 2015
NYFW wrapped up leaving behind a bevy of fresh new trends on the horizon for Spring 2016. Stylist, Designer and Editor, Rachel Zoe, gives us a behind the scenes look at her latest runway collection, taking inspiration from one of the biggest trends of the season.
Zoe’s Spring 2016 Collection is a modern take on the romantic gypset. The glamour of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s comes through via hand-frayed edges, exaggerated ruffles and off-the-shoulder lace. Inspired by some of the great supermodels of that time period – Gia Carangi, Lauren Hutton and Jerry Hall – Rachel created a collection that lends itself to the cultural nomads, which are the busy, sophisticated women of today. Romantic, classic and subtly sexy, this collection is meant to inspire women to live boldly and have fun with style.
“This season is romantic in a really modern way. I envision these clothes to be what women want to wear and live an effortlessly glamorous and inspired life in.” –Rachel ZoeWith a new show Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe that just aired this past week, I am excited to see what this ultra-successful modern mom will bring us next! The Holiday 2015 Rachel Zoe Maternity Collection for A Pea in Pod delivers next month so make sure to mark your calendars. –Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on September 28, 2015
Posted by Olivia C Myers on September 28, 2015
Now that he’s two, Greyson has started to cutely request, “Do iPad!” Between mine and my husband’s tablets, iPhones, and laptops, limiting screen time can be somewhat of a challenge; I’m sure you can relate! We both work in design fields so it’s important to us that our son finds creativity not just through technology. Here are a few tips we’ve found to keep balance:
Keeping the tablet out of eye sight. It sounds simple, but out of sight really is out of mind especially in the case of a toddler.
Trying to limit use to once a day. Sometimes there is a mom-needs-to-get-out-the-door-in-5-minutes emergency but we make our best effort to stick to this rule and play games or watch short videos WITH Greyson. Toddlers will go from app to app and video to video endlessly without supervision! When we watch with him, we choose ONE and we talk him through each game or show.
Being selective about content. Grey could watch his favorites Peppa Pig and Caillou on repeat but I’ve also narrowed in on what I think are the best educational apps for toddlers that I like to weave in; Phonics Island, Abby Monkey Basic Skills, and Lego Duplo Train are learning and motor-skill apps that he also really enjoys.
Do you set screen time limits with your tot and which are your favorite apps? -Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on September 27, 2015
The DL1961 team took over our Instagram and gave us a sneak peek into a day in the life of the DL tribe. They showed us around their new NYC showroom where they had an impromptu style sesh with Marissa of Lady&Prince, featuring their new maternity styles exclusive to A Pea in the Pod. Check out more behind the scene images below.
Marissa’s first pick was our newest style, Erin, an exclusive leg lengthening skinny fit with exceptional comfort and shape retention. Available in either the Secret Fit Belly® band or elasticated side panels, both are designed to grow with you during your pregnancy.I love how Marissa paired the Erin in moscow wash with this gorgeous mocha rib-knit sweater by Sweet Romeo. With delicate jewelry and chunky booties, this mama sure knows how to turn heads.
Posted by Olivia C Myers on September 25, 2015
Next stop Cali! I’ll be at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego on Wednesday, September 30th and at A Pea in the Pod in Beverly Hills on Thursday, October 1st. I can’t wait to help you stock your closet with all the latest maternity must haves for Fall!
And because I like to leave a little love wherever I go, one lucky mama at each location can enter to win a $300 wardrobe!
We’ve also partnered up with The Honest Company who will be offering skincare tips and free goodies during my visit.
You can schedule your complimentary appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any suggestions on places to check out while I am in the San Diego and LA areas, please pass them my way!
Posted by Olivia C Myers on September 22, 2015
Guest Editor: Lori Bregman, Celebrity Doula, Life Coach + Author
As a birth doula and coach I have taken and supported thousands of women through their pregnancy journey. As amazing as this special time is, it can also come with its fair share of stress, especially for the first time mama.Here are a few ways to make your journey into motherhood a more peaceful experience:
Focus on yourself – In all my years, I have never experienced the same circumstances in a woman, relationship, pregnancy, birth or baby – each one has had a very UNIQUE journey. When you focus on the way someone else did it, how much weight they gained, or how their partner is showing up for them, you will disconnect with your own individuality and truth of who you are and what authentically feels right for you and your unique family. They are not you; we all have different strengths, weaknesses and ways of doing things. Focus on yourself, find what feels right for you and do it your way.
Be present – I have always loved this quote, “99% of the things we worry about never happen.” Watch the what- ifs; if you find yourself focusing on what MIGHT be, then bring your attention back into the present moment. When we worry about the future we are worrying about something that might not ever happen. The only thing that is real is this present moment; the past is gone and the future hasn’t happened yet. It is in what you do here and now that is building a path to your future. We waste so much precious energy worrying about what might go wrong, but an easy way to shift this is by catching your thoughts and changing them to what could go right.
It’s ok to set boundaries – During pregnancy EVERYONE will be projecting their views and ways onto you about the way they did it or think it should be done. Protect yourself from the projections and horror stories that others will love to tell you about. Remember what I said above about no two women are the same. Just because they had that experience or knew of someone who did, doesn’t mean that will be your experience. You have every right to set boundaries and say, “I know you mean well, but I’m trying to stay in a good healthy head space. So unless you have something positive to say that will help inspire me about birth or motherhood, I would prefer not to hear it.” Setting boundaries can be challenging at first, but it gets easier once you start feeling better after setting them.Create a morning and bedtime ritual for yourself – The way you go to sleep and the way you start your day sets the pace for how well you will sleep through this time as well as how your day will unfold once you wake. As a parent you naturally transition your child to sleep by feeding them a healthy dinner, giving them a soothing bath or reading them a book. In the morning you might want to give them a bit of down time to ease your child into their day. Be mindful about the food you give them and how they react to it. It’s a no brainer and easy to do for your kids so they succeed and thrive. I invite you now to do the same for YOURSELF.
Breathe, meditate, exercise and do yoga – These are all great ways to release endorphins (the feel good hormone,) help you de-stress, calm the nervous system, ground your energy and promote relaxation.
Clean up your diet – Eating a diet rich in Non-GMO, hormone free and organic whole foods is an instant game changer. Your food can have an effect on your mood, energy and of course overall wellbeing. If you regularly consume sugars, white flours, sodas, fried and processed foods, your body will be working overtime spending priceless energy to digest and detoxify. You have a choice with what you put in your body. The cleaner you eat, the more you will start to feel better, less stressed and thus thrive. Most importantly, the foundation on which you build your baby from will be solid and healthy.
Stay off the internet – If you are looking for a problem, you can be sure to find one online. I once went onto some of the pregnancy chat rooms to see why so many of my clients were spinning in fear and I was even freaked out after reading all the scary stories people were talking about. There are amazing books out there; find the ones that keep it real and don’t promote fear. I love Ina May’s – Guide to Childbirth, Sarah Buckley’s – Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering…, Dr. Hakakha and Dr. Brown’s – Expecting 411, and of course my book – The Mindful Mom-To-Be… :)
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Posted by Olivia C Myers on September 22, 2015
Posted by Olivia C Myers on September 21, 2015