WHAT TO WHERE/ WEAR: NYE

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If you are anything like me, then you are already probably thinking about what you’ll be wearing for your New Year‘s Eve plans. My husband and I have come to the decision that it might be nice to switch off every year going forward between celebrating with family and date night alone. That means this year we are spending the night out in the city just the two of us while our son stays with Mimi and Poppi. That also means I need to find an outfit. I thought this would be the perfect time to give you guys some ideas too!


For New Year’s Eve I love a clean palette of black, white, gold, nudes and even a pop of red to salute the end of the holiday season. A LB(M)D, aka the Little Black Maternity Dress, is an easy option that is always appropriate. I love ones with special details like a jewel neckline for added sparkle. Plus, the detail at the neckline highlights your bust-line and keeps the bling away from the bump, unlike a non-maternity style.


If you are going black tie, a sleek black maternity gown can be gorgeous. Or, for a fashion-forward look, choose the silk pant, which is the silhouette of the season. Pair it with a simple silk maternity top and black blazer to create a chic alternative to a dress.

 

Pile on the style with the right extras too. I always start with a fresh face, and that means making sure you have the right foundation. A little self-tanner or bronzer also enhances your pregnancy glow, brightening you right up. Finish off your face with a smoky- eye and mascara. Now, make sure to add some sparkle to the rest of your look!


A shimmer heel, cocktail ring or (sigh) Chanel classic earrings are the perfect additions. I also suggest, especially when expecting, to choose your accessories wisely. Pick one area to highlight to keep your look chic and effortless. If you go with a sparkly heel, keep the rest of your jewelry small or minimal. Maybe add a red lip, but then down-play your eyes. If you’re showing a little leg, then keep your neckline on the modest side. 


Hope you preggonistas find some great style ideas for your New Year’s plans. And if you are staying in, there’s always next year! -Olivia

For more ideas on what to wear and how to style your bump this holiday check out my video collaborations with Lucky Magazine, featuring holiday maternity styling tips.

1 Laundry by Shelli Segal Maternity Dress / 2 Rebecca Minkoff Long Sleeve Maternity Shirt / 3 Rebecca Minkoff Maternity Blazer, A-Line Maternity Tank Top, and Maternity Pants/ 4 Ring/ 5 Butter London Nail Lacquer/ 6 Sparkly Heels/ 7 Maternity Bra/ 8 Clutch/ 9 Mascara/ 10 McQueen Cuff/ 11 Design History Maternity Dress/ 12 Chanel Earrings/ 13 St Tropez Self Tanner

 

FAMILY FUN: THE POLAR EXPRESS

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We had another fun family day this season! My husband and I always try to find opportunities to do something new with our son. Greyson loves trains, as a lot of toddlers do, so when we realized a local train was running A Polar Express in December we took full advantage! The New Hope And Ivy Railroad in New Hope, PA runs seasonal lines throughout the year that are fun for the whole family.

The ride was an hour and a half long, plus it was full of entertainment that kept the kids engaged! Note, if you have a rambunctious toddler like I do, it’s the perfect setting. We met Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoyed hot cocoa, pretzels and live holiday music during the entire train ride. Grey had a blast! Most importantly we got to spend quality time with him and his grandparents. This is definitely something we’ll always remember and hope to start a nice tradition of doing each year.

I’ll keep the posts coming with more family fun ideas each month, so please continue to check in for lots of outdoor and seasonal plans for you and your little ones to enjoy!

Check out a list of all of the Santa Train Rides in the US for a station near you. Most of them run through January! xoxo + Happy Holidays -Olivia

WINTER NEWBORN PHOTO IDEAS

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Many new moms, myself included, have professional photos of their newborns taken to commemorate the occasion and capture the cuteness! I have my son’s newborn photos hung throughout the house, but I wanted to share them with all of you.

Greyson was born on May 28th, which is actually my birthday. However, if you look at these photos, you’d think it was the middle of winter, which is why I wanted to share them. For all of you mamas who are due in the next few months, consider using cozy wraps, blankets and hats for your baby’s props. I chose them for Grey because the colors worked perfectly in our neutral home and I knew I wanted to put them up around the house.

Cozy sweater knit blankets, scarves and hats make for fabulous photo props. I mean, how cute does Grey look all bundled up in the softness? Plus it gives loads of great texture and makes for a nice photo. We had these taken professionally by a wonderful South Jersey photographer, but you can always invest in a nice digital camera yourself. With the right light, additional adult help and lots of patience, you could take your own. Good luck and congrats! – Olivia

1 Digital Camera/ 2 Cable Knit Blanket/ 3 Cable Knit Teddy Bear

WHAT TO WEAR/WHERE: PARTY LOOKS


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It’s time to talk about what to wear to your holiday office party… family reunion…date night out… everywhere this season! It’s a busy time for most of us mamas and worrying about “what you’ll wear” shouldn’t be an issue, definitely not if you are expecting!

Luckily, there is no better reason than the holidays to add on the glam! A little red maternity dress is totally chic and party appropriate, but so are dressy separates. If you are choosing a dress, I love the idea staying seasonal, or mixing it up with a nice jewel tone like teal. The key to getting a fun colored dress to work with your bump is keeping the silhouette simple. Choosing a clean shape with a chic detail like a ruffle or necklace trim gives you a flattering and modern look that works for your figure. You can’t go wrong with a classic black peep-toe heel or bootie when wearing a bold color.

If you aren’t drawn to a dress for your holiday soiree, then go glam in a maternity skinny and blazer. A classic black skinny Secret Fit Belly® jean paired with an embellished blouse and blazer is super chic. The great thing about these pieces is that with the right accessories, like a d’orsay heel, metallic clutch, or gold cuff, your outfit instantly becomes cocktail ready. PLUS you’ll get style mileage out of these pieces and can dress them down with denim for a more casual look. A tuxedo blazer or maternity lace pant does the same thing. When paired together- POW, completely polished! Or, wear them separately with a tee and jean for a cool casual downtown look.

Lastly, if you’re going black tie this season, an elegant solid colored maternity gown should be your go-to. Again a simple silhouette like an asymmetric column paired with the right accessories is flattering for your bump and remains fashion-forward. Classic accessories like a fabulous cocktail ring, strappy gold heel, red lip or nail will complete this look. Happy styling and hope you all enjoy every holiday affair!- Olivia

1 Laundry by Shelli Segal Maternity Dress / 2 Motherhood Maternity Red Ruffle Dress / 3 Motherhood Maternity Teal Dress / 4 A Pea in the Pod Maternity Tuxedo Jacket, Lace Maternity Pant, Black Camisole / 5 A Pea in the Pod Maternity Blazer, Sequin Camisole, AG Skinny Maternity Jean / 6 Motherhood Lace Bra / 7 Cocktail Ring / 8 MAC Red Lipstick / 9 Dolce and Gabbana Pressed Powder / 10 Gold Heels / 11 Motherhood Maternity Red Dress / 12 Butter London Nail Lacquer

ROYAL STYLE: UK TO US

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up their visit to NYC this week. All eyes were on everyone’s favorite royals, but especially Kate to see how she’d dress her regal bump. She met with Hilary Clinton, J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, then Beyoncé and Jay Z at the Nets Game. They ended their visit to a dinner at the MET.

As always she chose elegant lady-like looks that flattered her figure and her beautiful baby bump. One of my favorite looks was the Seraphine maternity coat she wore during her first day here. She seems to be a minimalist mama when it comes to style, so her suede accessories, booties and quintessential clutch completed this simple yet statement-making look. I love how she always chooses chic and understated accessories!  Can’t wait to see more great looks from the duchess! – Olivia

1 Perfume/ 2 Maya Brenner Jewelry/ 3 Butter London Nail Polish/ 4 Maternity Scarf/ 5 Coco Chanel Perfume/ 6 Butter London Balm/ 7 Chic Booties

 

DESTINATION MATERNITY IN THE PRESS

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November was another busy month for us here at Destination Maternity! I’m most excited about working with some of my favorite new bloggers and celebs who have announced that they are expecting! The accomplished actress, model, humanitarian and hip mom Molly Sims recently announced she is pregnant with her 2nd baby and has been showing her support for our brands wearing our styles well, especially from A Pea in the Pod!

I’ve also been working with the super stylist, digital influencer and blogger Chriselle Lim. She’s featured many of our pieces on her own blog, and has been making quite an impression in the maternity fashion world.

With a baby on board for Joo Kim, proving maternity style is accessible style seems to be her mission by sporting pieces from all of our brands, including Jessica Simpson Maternity.

Some other fabulous highlights from the month include our feature in Fit Pregnancy and Lucky Magazine. A Pea in the Pod’s leather maternity jacket was styled in Fit Pregnancy’s holiday article, while Lucky Magazine shared Rebecca Minkoff’s holiday picks from her namesake Maternity Collection available at Destination Maternity.  Look for more news updates next month! -Olivia

HOLIDAY BABY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Announcing your pregnancy can be super fun for all involved. People always ask me for new ideas on how they can announce that they are expecting.  The holiday season is already such a special time of year that it can also make for the perfect time to share the news with family and friends.

If you are looking for a classic way to spread the news, Etsy has some great cards that are perfect for the holiday or New Years. Sending out a card is always nice, because people expect them this time of year and enjoy them as well.  Since it’s the season for giving gifts, you can surprise your family with items that mention being a new aunt, uncle, grandma or grandpa. You can present you or the father with some adorable baby booties too! But my favorite idea is taking a cute winter themed photo of you and your bump.

I found some cool ideas on Pinterest of couples who used the season as a great photo-op to announce they are expecting. Really all you need is a digital camera (camera phones work too!), a nice festive background, and a cute outfit. Our Motherhood Maternity baby love tees and some red accessories can make for a fun photo-ready ensemble. I love the idea of keeping it simple, then popping your photo into a holiday card to be sent to your family and friends. Congrats to all of you who are newly expecting! Hope you have fun announcing this holiday. I’d love to hear how you shared the news! -Olivia

1 Hot Chocolate/ 2 Love Joy Baby Maternity Tee/ 3 Canon Digital Camera/ 4 Baby Love Tee/ 5 Maternity Scarf/ 6 Ring/ 7 Festive Heels

MATERNITY DENIM: BLOGGER STYLE

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Here’s the latest round-up of some of my favorites expecting bloggers. This season it’s all about dark denim with cool coating or leather-like finishes and these ladies all rock the look perfectly with their bumps.

Bloggers Irina Bond of Bond Girl Glam, Ananda Saba of Super Fashionable and Andee Layne of The Honeybee all have such great style that it’s no surprise they continue to look completely chic throughout their pregnancies. Both Irina and Andee are sporting DL1961’s coated Secret Fit Belly® skinny jeans. I love that Irina totally tones them down with an easy tee and our chunky maternity cardi, and Andee goes rocker glam in an all-black ensemble with chic heels and a red felt hat. It goes to show that these jeans are versatile, especially since they can even be worn after baby too.

Another fashion-forward dark skinny look I love is on Ananda, who is wearing our Secret Fit Belly® AG black skinny maternity jeans. Here she styles them with a pretty pair of flats and chic leather jacket, totally nailing the desk to dinner look. Plus, her accessories are always on point with a fabulous red lip and cat eye shades.

Take a tip from the pros and get mileage out of your maternity jeans! Also make sure to check back soon for the next blogger style post! -Olivia

Well Rounded

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I’m excited to share a piece that Well Rounded NY featured today called “A Day in the Life” of yours truly! It follows me through a typical work day. Well Rounded NY helps women come to “terms” with their pregnancy and then of course being a new mom! This awesome online destination for expecting women features topics on maternity style, beauty, wellness and baby. We talked about the daily struggle to find balance and what inspires my design strategy. I’m sure you can relate to finding daily solutions for a hectic schedule! Check out the article and the rest of the site for some great ideas! -Olivia

BABY BATH-TIME ESSENTIALS

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I’ve got the whole bath-time routine with my son finally down! Now that he’s 18 months old, he loves taking a bath, so it’s way easier. But as a first time mom, I was pretty clueless in the beginning. So, I thought I’d share our favorite products that got us through the first year, as well as some helpful tips for making bath-time your best time.

When your little one is a newborn you won’t bathe him or her every day and for the first few months you’ll be using a bath support of some variety. Once Greyson was a few months old we started giving him baths in the tub with a nice arched bath lounger that he stopped using once he could sit up (about 7-8 months old.)

You’ll need baby wash and shampoo, obviously. Many times you’ll be gifted different varieties at your baby shower, which is great, because you can try them out and decide which you like best before investing. We landed on Aveeno Baby Wash and lotion since Grey’s skin was and is pretty sensitive. I definitely recommend The Honest Company’s shampoo and body wash since they are both great for baby’s sensitive skin as well. Baby towels and wash cloths are a no-brainer too. However, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve gotten him in the tub and forgot to bring them with me! Our linen closet is just outside the bathroom, so make sure to bring everything with you to the bath and have it RIGHT NEXT TO YOU as you are bathing baby. You don’t want to have to reach for anything since you must be attending the babe at all times!

Make sure to have bath toys ready for their little hands. It seems silly, but look for toys that have a spout since some don’t and as baby gets bigger he’ll gravitate toward the ones that sprinkle water. Grey loves his ducky and Sophie the Giraffe Bath Toy.

I always make sure to lay out what he’s wearing on his dresser well before we get into the tub. You’ll find that when you have an infant or toddler, you want everything available so you aren’t scrambling with a delicate newborn or squirmy kid. We lay out his pjs and when he was an infant we always had his swaddle ready too. My favorites are the Aden + Anais swaddle blankets that are made in delicate cotton. I’d love to hear some of your favorite bath time baby products too! Splish Splash! –Olivia

1 Rubber Ducky/ 2 Swaddles/ 3 Baby Pajamas/ 4 Baby Towel/ 5 Comb/ 6 Honest Shampoo & Body Wash/ 7 Honest Bubble Bath/ 8 Sophie the Giraffe Bath Toy

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