HOW TO STYLE YOUR BOYFRIEND

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Here’s part II of my collaboration with Lucky Magazine and Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam featuring one of my favorites, the boyfriend jean.  I wore this silhouette all throughout my pregnancy, because it was so easy to style in multiple ways. Watch and find out how you can create different looks with your boyfriend jean for a completely versatile wardrobe!–Olivia

WATERMELON ICE POPS

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So, we have an ongoing “sweets battle” in my house. While we try to eat mainly healthy on average, my husband and I are a bit at odds on letting my 15 month old eat sweets after meals. I’m a big ol’ softie who loves indulging Greyson with ice cream cones and cookies. However, Grey’s dad is always the voice of reason, suggesting we limit his sugar intake primarily to special occasions. When I came across this recipe I thought it would make us all happy! It’s a simple recipe that’s 100% natural AND was a hit with Grey. Just take a look at that adorable messy face! It’s also a perfect end-of-summer treat. Hope you all enjoy this Labor Day weekend! -Olivia

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon

Directions:

  1. Place coconut water, lime juice, and honey in blender, then mix to combine.
  2. Place the watermelon into the syrup. Blend until smooth.
  3. Carefully fill popsicle molds and insert sticks. Freeze until firm.

Makes 10 servings.

Find the recipe here

STYLEFILE: INITIALS LA

I’ve been following blogger Laura from Initials-LA for a while now. She is a total fashion darling who looked amazing in one of her posts a few weeks back wearing pieces from our Wendy Bellissimo Collection for Destination Maternity. She has perfected a chic yet relaxed look and works the Wendy Bellissimo pieces into her wardrobe seamlessly. I just love, love, love how it all comes together- hope you do too! -Olivia

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Shop the full Wendy Bellissimo Collection at Destination Maternity today!

WHAT TO WEAR/WHERE: LABOR DAY

Summer is winding down and I’m getting ready for the long Labor Day weekend ahead. I’ll probably head to the beach or pool with my boys during the day and maybe even make my way into the city too. Playing holiday weekends by ear seems to suit my family best, so I always have versatile outfits in mind when I start thinking about what to wear. Layering pieces, a great skinny and the right accessories are the key for the perfect Labor Day weekend look. -Olivia

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Scarf A Pea in the Pod / Petunia Pickle Bottom Bag Destination Maternity /
Nail Polish Butter Nail Polish / Espadrilles Soludos /
Dolce & Gabbana Pressed Powder / Sunglasses Round Sunnies /
Light Weight Cardi Maternity Cardigan / Cropped Skinnys Destination Maternity / Striped Tee Motherhood Maternity / Statement Cuff

CHIC THIS WEEK: DOUBLE DENIM

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I seriously can’t get enough of denim this season! So of course one of my favorite looks is wearing a denim shirt with jeans. Getting the denim on denim look right is key. It’s as simple as making sure the washes are either very different OR only a slight shade off. Voila….double denim done right! xoxo- Olivia

 

Shop our maternity jean and maternity chambray shirt styles today.

A PEA IN THE POD FALL LOOKBOOK

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I am in love with our new Fall Collection for A Pea in the Pod! Chic essentials like the denim shirt, parka and biker jacket are great perennial pieces. Plus, fabulous stand-outs like the cheetah print sweater and asymmetric dress capture the ultra-modern attitude of the fall season. I hope you love the collection as much as I do! -Olivia

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Shop all of our new trends by visiting A Pea In The Pod

Q+A WITH WENDY BELLISSIMO

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I’m so excited about our new collaboration with Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity! As a successful and stylish mom of four, Wendy is a true inspiration. What I love the most about the collection is how her relaxed, effortless style comes through in each of the pieces. It’s not surprising that the collection instantly became a favorite of style influencers, bloggers and expecting moms alike. I had a chance to chat with Wendy and wanted to share what she had to say with all of you. I think you’ll agree Wendy is pretty fabulous, just like her collection. -Olivia
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wendybellissimoO Myers: How would you explain your own personal style and how has that influenced your collection with Destination Maternity?
W Bellissimo: My signature look from home decor to apparel is uncomplicated yet chic and my style is definitely rooted in nature with a certain sense of comfort and ease. This design aesthetic translates perfectly to my collections for Destination Maternity, because looking great and feeling comfortable during pregnancy helps with all the changes a woman is experiencing. Getting dressed shouldn’t be a chore, especially when you are pregnant!

O Myers: Why did you decide to partner with Destination Maternity for your maternity collection?
W Bellissimo: I feel like I was nonstop pregnant – I had 4 babies in 5 years, so I personally know the challenges women face. Destination Maternity is the leader and they understood my vision and passion to create beautiful, comfortable clothing that women want to wear during pregnancy and even after. Their experience and understanding of my vision made this a perfect partnership.

O Myers: Tell us about your design process and how you create from concept to completion?
W Bellissimo: From concept to completion I always think about the woman. I want her to feel put-together without looking like she is trying too hard. Offering her style that she feels good about is important to me. It’s about creating a balance of sophistication, comfort and down to earth luxury. Next come color and pattern. The WB brand is known for rich colors and signature prints that grab attention, yet still speak softly. I try to develop looks that can easily move from casual to a night out just by changing a few accessories. Seasonless style is a meaningful part of the process and each collection is approached from that point of view. Most women run very hot when they are pregnant; therefore, layering pieces are a must. We also design the styles so that they can be worn after pregnancy, becoming a part of a woman’s everyday wardrobe. This is an important part of the design process as it allows women to make smart purchases that last. When we hit all of these goals I know that we have created a successful collection.

O Myers: Being so successful and working on so many projects, how do you juggle having a family and a career?
W Bellissimo: To be completely honest the juggling is a big personal struggle for me. Every day I fall short somewhere. Nothing will ever be perfect. You have to work extra hard at being the best mommy you can be and the best wife you can be while still managing a demanding career. Luckily, my husband is my business partner so we get to work together and after we had our 4th child we transitioned our business to work from home.

O Myers: What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
W Bellissimo: The simple things – the hugs, smiles and love from my little girls. Just knowing they are happy and healthy is the best! I have to pinch myself every day just looking at them and my husband. They are all my dream come true.

O Myers: What is the one piece of fashion advice you have for expecting moms?
W Bellissimo: Be prepared! Every pregnant woman eventually realizes she can’t squeeze in to regular clothes for her whole pregnancy. That is why I am so passionate about creating amazing maternity clothing that women want to wear. Being pregnant is a gift and dressing your bump should feel like a blessing, not a curse!

We are celebrating this exciting collaboration with Wendy at our NYC flagship Destination Maternity store on August 26th, so please join us!  The collection is currently in stores and online at DestinationMaternity.

STYLING THE SKINNY

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I had a great opportunity to partner with Lucky Magazine and the lovely Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam on a denim style session last month. Jordan is such a beauty and has a great sense of style, so I was really excited to work with her and the Lucky team on the shoot. Watch and find out how we styled skinny jeans to create two completely different looks, both featuring the ultra-comfy patented Secret Fit Belly® panel. Look for part II of our collaboration featuring the boyfriend jean coming soon. –Olivia

 

Find Jordan at www.ramshackleglam.com and visit www.luckymag.com for more fashion and style advice.

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE DENIM SHIRT

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The denim shirt has always been a classic favorite of mine and it also happens to be a key piece for the season. With so many different styling options, I always seemed to repurpose my denim shirt throughout my pregnancy and beyond.

PS. It’s awesome for after baby too for easy nursing access!

Shop our maternity denim looks today!

Recipe: Orange Ginger Mint Soda Mocktail

This is a refreshing summer mocktail that is perfect if you’re expecting, since it has a hint of ginger. The citrus and mint give this drink its zing, while the ginger helps keep nausea at bay. It’s perfect for your next summer soiree or to sip at home anytime:

 

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Serves 6-8

  • 2oranges
  • 1 1/2cup demara [raw] sugar
  • 1 1/2cup water
  • 81-inch pieces ginger
  • 1bunch fresh mint
  • 1liter club soda
  • crushed ice
  1. Use a vegetable peeler to peel rind from oranges in thin pieces, taking care not to get white pith on rind. Cut oranges in half and squeeze juice into a 3-quart saucepan.
  2. Add sugar and water to saucepan and place over medium high heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium. Add orange rind, ginger, and mint; simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain syrup, discarding solids. Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up 1 week.
  3. To make sodas, fill a tall glass halfway with crushed ice. Add 1/4 cup of orange-ginger-mint syrup to glass and top off with club soda. If desired, add a splash of orange-flavored vodka or spiced rum to glass before topping with club soda. Garnish with thin slice of orange and a couple of mint leaves.

Recipe from: www.food52.com

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