JESSICA SIMPSON MATERNITY

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As you know the Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection, available at Motherhood Maternity® and Destination Maternity®, is one of my favorites! I think Jessica’s holiday styles truly evoke her feminine sensibility as a woman and mother. She echoed this sentiment in a quote that I love, “I feel stronger than ever, and Eric’s unconditional love has been a reminder of the love I should give myself.” Loving yourself while you are pregnant is important and looking good is part of that, right?  So here’s a few looks that can get you looking and feeling pretty and feminine for the holidays.

Floaty dresses or femme floral sheaths are great maternity options for a special occasion. Or, get a similar look from a chiffon top, maternity skinny and tweed jacket, all from the Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection. It’s important not to forget the details either. With the right “foundation” like a seamless bra and lace panty, you can start off feeling comfortable and in control. All of the Jessica Simpson bras and panties are designed to offer simple, soft support for expecting and new moms. They also still provide a pretty touch.

Complete your holiday look with some daring accessories that definitely would be Jessica Simpson approved: a dramatic bracelet, cheetah clutch and a sweet heel to give you a little glam while you are expecting.  -Olivia

1 Jessica Simpson Chiffon Maternity Dress / 2 Jessica Simpson Floral Maternity Dress / 3 Jessica Simpson Zipper Pocket Maternity Jacket, Uneven Hem Maternity Blouse, Secret Fit Belly® Jean / 4 Jessica Simpson Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra / 5 Jessica Simpson Lace Maternity Bikini / 6 Cuff / 7 Heel / 8 Bracelet

PAM & GELA FOR A PEA IN THE POD

Pam And GelaPam & Gela For A Pea in the Pod Maternity We’ve teamed up with Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor to offer an exclusive collection from the legendary designer duo’s Pam & Gela label. Tailored specifically for expecting moms, the five-piece collection consists of statement sweatshirts and jogger pants in a sophisticated palette of gray and black prints. Fabrics including French terry and velour make this collection both chic and cozy, perfect for your winter wardrobe and beyond. Take it from the women who designed it, “The Pam and Gela High-Low sweatshirt is not only a chic fashion staple, but a must-have item for the season! Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look totally Cali-cool and on trend!… We wear these track pants from day into night – you can pair them with your favorite T shirt and a leather jacket for the ultimate California Cool look that’s super comfortable, but so chic.”

I’ve been a fan of their signature laid-back, luxury style that always boasts a rock & roll yet boho feel. The successful pair is the original co-founders of Juicy Couture, but actually started in maternity wear: “It’s so fun to return to our beginnings; not many people know that we started our first business with maternity jeans. We’re really excited to partner with A Pea in the Pod® this season and to offer our sexy, California cool style to women who want to keep their fashion A-game going during pregnancy!”

The pieces can be worn together or separately for a casual yet glam look, and range in price from $98 to $225. It is high-fashion, but also accessible, plus Hollywood IT girls and famous moms like Naomi Watts, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon have been spotted in these styles. Even Jennifer Lawrence loves the line! You can wear these pieces long after (or before) pregnancy. The collection is available in select A Pea in the Pod® and Destination Maternity® stores and also online at apeainthepod.com and destinationmaternity.com. The amazing creators have this final sentiment for our fans, “We’re excited to share our love of comfort and cool with you exclusively available at Pea In The Pod! Forever #pamandgela.” – Olivia

Shop our Pam & Gela Maternity Collection today

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

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 

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

 

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE PARKA

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Winter is here so it’s time to bundle-up that bump! I am loving the maternity parka, especially for pregnancy! It has the best silhouette, plus it’s a hot piece of outerwear for the cold weather. With a great drawstring waist to define your figure, lots of pockets and tons of style, you’ll get mileage out of the parka. Bonus: you can wear it after baby too, which makes it even more of a must-have! Stay warm. -Olivia

Shop all of our maternity outerwear today online & in-stores!

TREND ALERT: SHINE ON

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This holiday season touches of shimmer and shine are everywhere from accessories, to home décor, to apparel. A maternity top with some sequins, metallic finish or a decorative neckline can add a little life to a basic jean or legging look. Try this A Pea in the Pod embellished maternity cami, Motherhood necklace trim sweatshirt or long sleeve scoop neck maternity tee.  Then, add some silver and gold accessories for an extra pop. Whether it’s a gold nail lacquer like this one from Butter London, a shimmery heel, or an embellished evening belt, the shiny addition makes an average outfit completely holiday appropriate. -Olivia

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

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