Currently Craving

minixstyle-cred FP-credmargorobbie-credSWADDLE-credhat lbdjacketHere’s what I am currently craving right now: MiniXstyle, one of my favorite children’s wear lines. They have the cutest clothing for kids!// A celebrity favorite, Freshly Picked Moccasins, have been seen on some of the cutest of Hollywood kids. // Margot Robbie’s side swept bob and pouty red lip equals perfection!  // Loving these adorable swaddle scarves by Coveted Things . // The LBD looks even better with a chic hat and heels!

Seraphine Event Recap

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We had a great styling event last week at our Beverly Hills A Pea in the Pod store! Clients came and spent time with Seraphine Maternity designer Cecile.  We sipped on mocktails and enjoyed macarons from Bottega Louie- YUM! The Spring Line from our Seraphine Collection, which is now available in stores and online, features pretty dresses, tops and even cute swimwear. I look forward to our next event! Hope to see you there. Xoxo- Olivia

Rachel Zoe Maternity Collection

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Now that we’ve officially announced our new line with Rachel Zoe, I am so excited to fill you in on what happened behind-the-scenes at our shoot at Smashbox Studios in LA back in January! I met the always glamorous Rachel (who did not disappoint in a classic black fur vest and 70’s flares!) and chatted with her about her first-ever maternity collection.

Rachel Zoe for A Pea in the PodRachel’s outfit seemed especially fitting when she let us know that the ’70s were her inspiration in designing the maternity collection for A Pea in the Pod. The effortless chic and glamour that categorized the era is sure to resonate with moms-to-be like Rachel who have to do it all with not a lot of time.

My son Greyson is close in age to Rachel’s two children so we had a few stories about our lovable and energetic boys to share. As another working mom in the fashion industry, I am especially inspired by Rachel’s ability to balance her work and love of fashion with motherhood….plus did I mention she’s a blast to hang out with?


Rachel Zoe for A Pea in the PodTake a look for yourself and watch the video and then head over to our site to sign up to be among the first to shop her collection, available this March. –Olivia

2015 Oscars Best Dressed

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Did you tune in to the Oscars last night? While I am sorry to see award season come to a close, the fashion choices ended it on a “haute” note. Mom-to-be Keira Knightley opted for a baby-doll Valentino gown, her go-to silhouette this season, while Sophie Hunter, who is also expecting, chose Lanvin. It only took one shade, red, for  Dakota Johnson to stop the show in Saint Laurent and THAT ponytail! Lupita Nyong’o, who I am convinced can do no wrong, chose a white beaded Calvin Klein dress. Zoe Saldana, new mom to twins, looked amazing in blush, while Jennifer Lopez glowed in a flesh-toned Elie Saab gown.  My personal favorite of the night was Margot Robbie who stunned in a black Saint Laurent gown, a perfectly coiffed blonde lob and pouty red lip, a refreshing take on old Hollywood glam. -Olivia

Style 3 Ways: The Boyfriend Jean

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The maternity boyfriend jean is a fashion favorite of mine! I love it because it’s slightly slouchy, but also fitted, can be styled up, styled down and looks amazing with just about any accessory. Our additional patented Secret Fit Belly® panel makes it super comfy and supportive, so you will want to live in these jeans. It’s very versatile, so I figured I would show you 3 ways to wear this look.

Finding an outfit for date night can be daunting, but the boyfriend jean is so cool on its own, that adding the right additions is all you need for the perfect evening. Try working it with a Henley, button up, or a pretty blouse. Add some bling, heels or booties, a great bag and finish with a classic red lip.

The boyfriend jean IS your weekend wardrobe, so making your Saturday and Sunday stylish is easy. Try your boyfriends with a graphic ruched tee, some easy sneaks and bright accessories. The fun colors make for a downtown vibe; the most put together, yet relaxed street style.

The third way to rock your boyfriend jeans is for a casual Friday ensemble. Adding some control with the right bras and camis makes the workday a comfortable one. Top off your look with a moto jacket or a maternity blazer, a structured bag and a sophisticated flat.

The boyfriend jean takes you from work, to dinner, to the weekend and beyond. There are countless ways to wear this style. I lived in mine during my pregnancy and I still wear them now. I love the belly panel. I just fold mine down now that I am no longer pregnant. On days I want a little control under my tops, I wear it as normal! They are that amazing. Happy styling. – Olivia

Hollywood Maternity Style

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In years past the ultimate red carpet, The Oscars Red Carpet, has been graced with some fabulous expecting stars.  I can’t wait to watch The Oscars this Sunday for the nominations, the dresses and of course to bump watch. Benedict Cumberbatch’s wife, Sophie Hunter, is expecting, as well as Jessica Biel and Kiera Knightley! In honor of The Oscars, here’s a look back at some of my favorite red carpet styles of the past – Olivia

NYFW Best Shows

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Today is the last day of New York Fashion Week. Designers showed chic long and lean silhouettes, retro glamour and sophisticated minimalism. A few of my faves were Altuzarra, Zimmermann and Nicholas K. Best in Show: Jason Wu…that fur stole! Expecting or not, keeping up with the runways is a MUST! – Olivia

Q+A With Seraphine

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We love our designer collections at A Pea in the Pod® and are extremely happy with our partnership with London-Based Brand, Seraphine Maternity. I had the opportunity to speak with their Head Designer, Cecile, who has styled celebrities and has a royal fashion following. Seen on stars like Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani, Seraphine has also adorned the likes of The Duchess, the one and only Kate Middleton. Seraphine is known for having maternity fashion for every occasion. Luckily, we sell their products in both our A Pea in the Pod® stores and online. Check out our conversation on the hottest trends inspired by some of the most fashion-forward European cities!  -Olivia

Here is the Q+A

  1. A Pea in the Pod® is so happy to have Seraphine as part of our maternity collection. Can you tell us about the partnership and why you decided to launch your line with us in the US?
    A Pea in the Pod® is the best known global retailer specialized in fashionable maternity wear and Seraphine is delighted to showcase its collection within Pea’s 103 US stores nationwide. Our range complements perfectly the offering and is in good company with other big names like BCBGMaxazria, Nicole Miller and the huge choice of eponymous labels that A Pea in the Pod® offers.
  2. Where does your inspiration for the line come from?
    Our brand motto is “stay true to your pre-pregnancy style ” and so we find ideas in the latest fashion trends for our collections . Our strength is also from our in-house print design that produces signature patterns for our dress collection each year. We like to blend French chic, British heritage and American trends to create a unique range that allows everyone to find some pieces to suit their personal style.
  3. Why do you think the collection is a favorite for celebrities, like the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton?
    Dressing royals and rock stars alike is a testimony of the wide appeal of our range, thanks to our extensive collection that offers many different wardrobe solutions. The high quality of our fabrics and our expert cuts really flatter the pregnant curves and appeal to our famous clientele. Our luxe range of evening wear has been worn at many international red carpet events, which certainly helps create our glitzy and glamorous brand reputation.
  4. Since you are based in London, can you tell us some of the latest maternity trends happening across the pond?
    London is a vibrant city and a true melting pot of cultures, making it a real incubator for new fashion trends in Europe. The strong heritage of expert tailoring, mixed with a rock and roll vibe, gives an edge to classic styles. For Spring/Summer 2015 there is a strong trend of geometric prints in vibrant colours combined with original dress shapes. Our signature maxi dresses often seen on our famous clients are continuing to set a trend for maternity wear, internationally.

P.S. If you’re in the Beverly Hills area on Friday, February 20th, stop by to meet me and Cecile for some style tips, pampering and a chance to win $300 for a Seraphine wardrobe! RSVP at events@destinationamaternity.com

MATERNITY MUST-HAVES

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Welcome to the 3rd trimester; this is the homestretch. I have been there, not too long ago, so I figured I would comprise a short list of must-haves for these next few weeks. The key is staying comfortable, feeling good and preparing for your final step… motherhood! (Side note, if you are newly pregnant or halfway through, make sure you check back at our first two posts in this series geared toward 1st  trimester and 2nd trimester musts!) During the 3rd trimester, however, many women will be attending their shower or sprinkle, so a comfortable, yet chic dress is essential.  All eyes will be on you, but you want to be able to enjoy the day without fussing around with your outfit.  This concept of staying comfortable is the name of the game through the rest of your pregnancy.

Start with trying cozy pajamas and soft sleepwear for maternity, because they travel from pregnancy to post-pregnancy seamlessly. This holds true for our maternity panties as well. Stock up on ruched tops, nursing camis and nursing bras now. They offer a lot of stretch, so they will continue to grow with you, plus they double as parts of a comfortable outfit for leaving the hospital after baby.  The Secret Fit Belly® jean is amazing because the panel is supportive, yet stretchy and adds control. You will continue to love these after baby, because you still will crave the support and comfort they provide.

Start thinking about packing those hospital and baby bags now. You are going to want to keep hydrated, so remember to moisturize the remainder of your pregnancy and afterward too. Think about bringing the softest blankets in your bag, so you can wrap baby up and start your new life. You are almost there! -Olivia

1 Maternity Cardi, Maternity Tee, Maternity Jogger Pant/ 2 Maternity Nursing Bra/ 3 Maternity Panty/ 4 Elastin Skincare/ 5 Secret Fit Belly® Jean/ 6 I Love You More Ruched Tee/ 7 Nursing Cami/ 8 Animal Bath Wrap/ 9 Baby Blanket/ 10 Baby Bag

COCO ROCHA GOES GLAM

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Today is the start of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. As a designer and stylist, Fashion Week is always an exciting time for me. The predictions, the buzz and the celeb-sightings are all part of the fun.  But, seeing what comes down the runways is the best part.

A Pea in the Pod® Maternity Collection carries premier and designer brands like BCBG and Nicole Miller, so we get a first glimpse of the runway designs and start working to decipher which will translate the best for a bump!  I also love seeing what everyone is wearing to the shows. I get inspired from style on the streets, from fellow stylists, fashion editors and bloggers too, because they are always on point.

I was especially excited yesterday when I saw photos of the ever-glamourous model, Coco Rocha, who is pregnant with her first baby. Coco looks stunning in a custom gown designed by her friend Zac Posen. Seeing this was a great way to jump start fashion week for me! She also tweeted: “Looking forward to kicking off #NYFW with @amfAR! Proud to be supporting the fight to end #AIDS.”

That’s a true model-citizen; how gorgeous, right? -Olivia

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