This year the holidays really crept up on me! I’ve been so busy with writing the blog, attending events and spending time with my husband and son that I somehow lost a whole week! Talk about total mommy-brain. I honestly thought there was an extra weekend before Thanksgiving and that I would get everything on my do-list completed. But then I was reminded by my brother-in-law who texted me last week talking about our plans for Thanksgiving dinner. Life is just speeding by! I promptly reevaluated my schedule and luckily got back on course. This means holiday shopping moves to the top of my list, because I always get started the weekend after Thanksgiving- hello Black Friday!
If you know any moms-to-be or need some help giving others ideas of what to get you, here’s a quick snapshot of some of my favorite holiday pieces (look for a full gift-guide for moms-to-be later this week.) A fun novel maternity sweater, Secret Fit Belly® jeans, diaper bags and special gifts for baby can make for the perfect present or a quick pick up this weekend (and for all season long.)
We have an exciting holiday assortment at Destination Maternity PLUS some really appealing offers. You need to check out our store giveaway. There is nothing more sweet than receiving a FREE Simple Sugars Scrub with purchase! I hope you enjoy spending time with your loved ones this weekend AND are able to get started on your holiday shopping list. Best wishes to you and good luck! -Olivia
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Posted by destinationmaternity on November 24, 2014
I am an accessory lover! I am constantly looking to add the latest it-items and jewelry pieces into my style cache! This obsession really took its hold on me when I was pregnant, because a fun accessory truly completes a mom-to-be look. One of the things I am currently craving is anything shiny and gold for the holidays! Check out one of my latest posts featuring gold in home decor (link to nurseries to crave). Metal embellishments, chunky gold jewelry and matte gold nail polish are my go-to accents for this party season. I suggest wearing gold with black basics, maybe a novel sweater, and a pop of red for a stand-out yet sophisticated look.
Butter London’s nail lacquers are a great way to introduce a pop of color or to get a metallic finish. Did you know that Butter London’s polishes are carcinogen and formaldehyde free? It’s a product line that is perfect for expecting and new moms. I love that the nail foundation keeps your nails smooth and chip-free too! The signature lotion and hand balm by Butter London are extremely useful for moms on the go (like me!) I always keep the hydrating hand balm in my diaper bag. -Olivia
1 Butter London Nail Lacquer / 2 AG Secret Fit Belly Jeans / 3 Rayban Clubmasters / 4 Gold Chain Cuff / 5 Butter London Nail Lacquer / 6 Butter London Hand Balm / 7 Maternity Sweater / 8 Maternity Scarf / 9 Butter London Nail Foundation / 10 Butter London Signature Lotion
Posted by destinationmaternity on November 20, 2014
I excitedly bring you part two of my video series with Lucky Magazine and Style Expert Jackie Miranne. In this clip we show you how to get two different holiday maternity looks that are both polished and bump friendly! Whether you are having dinner with family or visiting friends during the holidays, finding the right balance between not-too-casual and not-too-dressy can be tricky. I love the tuxedo jacket with novel skinny jeans and I hope that you’ll love working these pieces into your own maternity style this season. Take a peek at the video and be sure to check out the full holiday collection at www.destinationmaternity.com. -Olivia
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Posted by destinationmaternity on November 17, 2014
Well before my son came into my life I was forever switching up my interior décor. It’s a favorite past time of mine, maybe because I am a designer at heart. I constantly am keeping up with the latest in-home decor and always changing something. I absolutely loved decorating Grey’s nursery and since he’s now a toddler, I am still changing up the space to suit him. I did a Safari Theme for his nursery featuring giraffes and elephants, but I recently came across another nursery decor idea that I love just as much. Gold is a big element in the latest nursery design. I absolutely love how it can work for either a boy or girl too!
Gold is quite chic against neutral colors like ivory and grey, plus it looks amazing with lighter shades like mint green or blush pink. To get the look just add gold frames, maybe a pillow, and sunburst mirror. If you aren’t finding the perfect gold mirror or picture frame, you can always purchase gold spray paint at your local hardware store and get a fabulous look at a fraction of the price. I also love the idea of putting a pair of baby booties in a picture box for an easy and cute wall art idea. Freshly Picked has some of the cutest moccasins for showcasing, baby wearing, or for gifting.
A great glider in your nursery is another must. I love the grey velvet one featured. It is similar to the glider we had for Greyson’s nursery. Now that he’s grown out of rocking time with mommy, we relocated the glider to my husband’s office and it works perfectly since it’s so neutral and doesn’t scream “BABY!”
To round out the nursery I also featured some of my favorite items for baby as well. My picks are a cute baby coverall by Wendy Bellissimo, Aden + Anais Swaddles, plush blanket and of course Sophie the Giraffe. I hope you enjoy decorating your baby’s nursery as much as I did.- Olivia
Posted by destinationmaternity on November 15, 2014
I’m excited to finally bring you a project that I worked on with Lucky Magazine! Along with one of Lucky’s resident style experts, Jackie Miranne, we present the first video in a series featuring fabulous holiday party maternity outfits and the tricks to getting them right for a long, lean look!
It was fun to work with Jackie who is a host, model and amazing stylist! She is so energetic and was really excited to help show you how the hottest holiday looks translate into maternity style this season. Take a peek at the video and you’ll see how you can go totally glam or ultra-feminine in pieces from our Rebecca Minkoff, A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity lines. Hope you love the fashions and tips! Look for part 2 of the series, featuring more casual holiday pregnancy options on the blog soon! -Olivia
All of the pieces are available online and in stores at www.destinationmaternity.com
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Posted by destinationmaternity on November 14, 2014
Going out to brunch on the weekend is a favorite outing of mine. Many times my husband and I will take Greyson to his favorite 1950’s diner in our neighborhood, The Pop Shop. It has a kid-friendly atmosphere with an awesome home-style brunch menu featuring gourmet pancakes and inventive sandwiches. If I’m not with the boys I love to head out with my girlfriends on the weekend for a ladies’ brunch. A cappuccino and croissant are the perfect start (or end) to a weekend catching up with friends and family.
I think an early Sunday brunch is easier for my friends and me now that we have children. Or at least, we try harder to attend them now, especially since we have such full lives- it’s great to relax a little. We leave the babes with their daddies and still make it home early enough to enjoy a full day of family fun. Choosing what to wear is always an important element, because brunch lends itself to being not too dressy, not too casual. It can be a difficult balance to strike for all women, but definitely expecting women.
This time of year a great maternity skinny jean and leather jacket are perfect pieces for expecting mamas for an early afternoon away from home. A fun novel maternity top with a smoothing seamless maternity camisole offer a cheeky look with some maternity jeans and jacket. A stocky heel or even a cool platform bootie, plus a cute midsize messenger bag and chunky ring also dress up this downtown look. And don’t forget to throw your mama moisturizer in your bag before heading out! Keeping hydrated during pregnancy is important, so I always recommend keeping your favorite lotion with you at all times. Try Vitamin C Revitalizing Lotion By Naturopathica. Here’s to a stylish Sunday Brunch! -Olivia
1 Maternity Leather Jacket/ Maternity Sweater/ Maternity Jeans/ 2 Maternity Camisole/ 3 Cute Bag/ 4 Ring/ 5 Naturopathica Lotion/ 6 Booties
Posted by destinationmaternity on November 9, 2014
Being a mom of a 17-month old I learn something new every day. We are in the throes of toddler-hood and I am enjoying every minute. It’s been amazing to watch my little boy grow so quickly from an infant into a toddler! Greyson is a fun-loving active kid, who is a ball of energy! That said, this is also a stage where his attention span hits a wall and being a working mother, it’s important for me to get errands and chores done quickly and efficiently. One of the things that have made life a little easier is having healthy and easy to pack snacks on hand at all times for Grey when we are out. I need to choose snacks that he loves, but that also keep his little hands and mouth busy while I get done shopping or running back and forth.
My husband and I are conscious when it comes to our son’s snacks being as healthy as possible. I usually throw an apple or tangerine in my bag, but one of our favorite snacks is Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Cookies. They are alphabet shaped cookies baked with real fruits and veggies. The best part? They come in handy individual packs. Grey loves the Sweet Potato, Oatmeal and Raisin flavors. Having a sippy cup on hand is great too, since it can keep him busy for a few minutes. Yes- just minutes! If you are already a mom, you’ll know that’s a few golden moments! If you are expecting, I hope that you remember these tips in your near future. I try to always have a Kind Bar in my Buffalo Carry-All bag as well, in order to stave off mommy hunger! Handy on-the-go wipes and a chic (not-obvious) baby bag round out my arsenal of running-errand must haves. Happy outings! -Olivia
Checkout Bitsy’s Brainfood website for great games and kids activities
Posted by destinationmaternity on November 8, 2014
One of the prettiest new themes I’ve been seeing in party and baby shower decor is a take on Parisian-Chic. I actually just threw a wedding shower for my girlfriend and we used hints of French flair with lots of black and white accessories, macarons and beautiful blooms. What’s great about this theme is that it translates for a baby shower so well, since you can choose any accent color you like. We chose pink for her shower, which is traditional, but I am also seeing soft blues, gold and mint green as upcoming color trends in party decor. You only need to focus on a few essentials when decorating for a party, whether that be for a birthday, shower or even wedding.
Flowers, linens and baked goods are always the foundation of a party, so I suggest starting there. For my friend’s shower, we had tons of pink floral arrangements, pink macarons, plus black and white linens. Just those simple elements had a huge effect in bringing the Parisian-Chic theme to life. We also added in paper tassels, which are another fun decor trend hot on Pinterest right now. They make for a great table display. Last, but not least, don’t forget to dress the part for the shower! A manicure, pretty maternity dress, comfortable maternity innerwear and cute accessories will complete your party look. -Olivia
1 Butter London Nail Polish/ 2 Necklace/ 3 Maternity Dress/ 4 Nursing Bra/ 5 YSL Tote
Posted by destinationmaternity on November 6, 2014
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! It’s the perfect jacket weather, best for being outdoors with my boys and taking weekend day trips. It seems like everyone heads over to their local farmer’s market or pumpkin patch for a hayride and some family fun as soon as the first leaf changes. It always makes for a perfect family photo-op too, right? So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share our family photos with you! (Share yours with us on our Instagram pages!)
My husband and I have a great routine of switching and taking turns snapping photos of each other with our son to capture our memories. A great tip he actually taught me was to takes lots of shots, and to keep them candid. We always take photos when the other is in motion and try not to set up every shot with us mugging in the camera. Capturing more candid photos make for more natural pictures, many times really capturing the true expression of the moment as opposed to a forced smile. Now don’t get me wrong, we always get some nice portraits, but more natural photos usually make for better images, especially if you want to hang them in your home.
Knowing that we would get some great photos during our trip to the pumpkin patch, I had to wear something befitting. In my usual style, I opted for a cool jacket, destructed jean, (yes, these are still maternity jeans! Just fold over the Secret Fit Belly® panel) pullover sweater, and dark shades – simple pieces that offer mucho style- perfect for our fall family day! -Olivia
1 Secret Fit Belly® Maternity Jeans/ 2 Cute Sunglasses/ 3 Maternity Sweater/ 4 Leather Maternity Jacket
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Posted by destinationmaternity on October 30, 2014