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Boston Area Bump Style + Beauty Event!

Next week I’m heading to the Boston area to visit our stores for a Style and Beauty Event! On Friday, August 21st, I’ll be at A Pea in the Pod on Newbury Street and Saturday at Destination Maternity in Natick offering one-on-one style sessions. Plus, one lucky mama at each location will have the opportunity to stock her closet with maternity must-haves by entering to win a $300 wardrobe!

During my visit, a specialist from Mama Mio will be offering mini massages and sharing tips for dealing with common pregnancy skincare issues.

It has been a few years since I’ve visited Boston so I’d love your suggestions on where to play, stay and eat! You can schedule a complimentary appointment by emailing events@destinationmaternity.com. I hope to see you there!  xoxo –OliviaNatick_BostonCombo Aug BLOG v1*No Purchase Necessary; See Entry Form For Details.

Lady&Prince on Family, Marriage and Baby No.3

Guest Editor: Marissa Kraxberger, Creative Director and Blogger at Lady & Prince

When I tell people that we are pregnant with baby #3 the response is always the same–wow, you must be crazy. I work full time as a creative director in the fashion industry in NYC and my husband is a full time photographer. We may be a little crazy, but ultimately we are crazy in love with each other and with being parents. Our daughter, Alexa, is 5 and our son, Hayden, is 4 and we live in Brooklyn–DUMBO to be specific.  It helps that both of us are passionate about all that we do–including raising our kids in this crazy city!ladyandprince-x-nathankraxphoto-1When Nate and I were getting married–11 years ago this September–we always knew that we wanted to have 2-3 kids. When we moved to New York City and started having kids we weren’t so sure about the idea of a third. The rational side of us said, we don’t have enough money… we will be outnumbered… we can’t all fit in one taxi–for a while that was an actual deal breaker! However, over time we just kept feeling the itch and one day we –pretty unexpectedly–found out we were pregnant! I was in an initial state of shock, but Nate was grinning ear to ear. Now we couldn’t be more excited. The kids are over the moon and want to kiss and hug my belly all the time. They are always talking about what they are going to teach the baby when he or she is born. We know it will be mayhem, but our life is already mayhem and amidst the mayhem the best part is that we have these two beautiful children that we adore so we are so excited to add one more to our every crazy life.ladyandprince-x-nathankraxphoto-2One thing that Nate and I committed to since the day we found out we were pregnant with Alexa was to continually work on our relationship. We believe that when we are happy, connected, and in love that our children will be happier and grow up to understand what real love looks like. This takes work no matter how much you love someone. We make an effort to take a short trip together every year and always have since the kids were born. It is hard to leave the kids, but once we get away we always realize how necessary it is to have alone time together. We have once a week date nights… even when we are too busy and we feel like it’s a luxury that maybe we should cut back on, we always realize once we are out the tremendous value it adds to our relationship. The one thing we never did was imagine that it would be easy, we have always been realistic that as we grow we change and the most important thing is that we grow and change together.ladyandprince-x-nathankraxphoto-3I’ve been having a lot more fun dressing for maternity this time around. I am fully embracing the bump and love wearing tight dresses (like the Isabella Oliver floral elbow sleeve shirt dress or this Nicole Miller Cap Sleeve Dress). I think being pregnant is such an amazing blessing in life and truly a time to embrace all aspects of your femininity. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel like this everyday and some days I feel larger and heavier than I would like, but I always try to remember that this time is so fleeting and I want to enjoy as much of it as possible. On the weekends I tend to dress a bit more casual. I love simple maternity tank tops with maternity jeans by AG–they are so comfortable!

Momspiration Monday // Kourtney Kardashian on Being a Mom

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Mama Mio Co-Founder Sian Sutherland’s Top 5 Travel Must-haves

Mother and Co-founder of Mama Mio, Sian Sutherland, is always on the go! Her passion for fitness, family and pregnancy safe skincare keeps her traveling across the globe promoting her passions throughout the year. Today she shares the essentials she can’t live without when traveling. Read on for her top picks:Untitled-1My Kindle Paper White: How did we survive without this? Amazing when jet lagged and I can read a little with the tiny glow from the screen. This invention has totally reintroduced me to reading after losing the habit with kids!

Mio The Activist Firming Active Body Oil: I always have a travel size of this incredible all purpose oil. Trebles up as a facial oil and an overnight hair treatment.  Packed with vitamins, Omegas and antioxidants, it is based on our infamous Mama Mio the Tummy Rub that we created for my first son (Charlie, now 6’5”!) so the experience is even more special as the essential oil fragrance takes me back to such a special time (with FREE rose coloured spectacles thrown in!).

Training Gear: I love any kind of fitness, and travel often introduces me to new things – like aerial yoga in New York recently! So I always have a tiny bundle of tanks and pants that take up no space, but remind me to find a class somewhere; wherever I am.

Mama Mio Lucky Legs: When I was pregnant, my legs swelled up and were really uncomfortable, especially during warmer weather.  We created Lucky Legs cooling serum for exactly this issue and I still use it today. Brilliant on planes to keep circulation flowing in lower legs and feet; perfect to help recover post a high heel event and just spot on to give instant refreshment and relief using on pulse points and temples to stop tension headaches and jet lag.

My Gold Top: Made of some strange leatherette fabric, this instantly adds a pop to any outfit!

 

What’s in My Bag // Vacation Beauty Essentials

2Next week we leave for our family vacation so I thought I would share some of my travel essentials! I am looking forward to spending quality time with my boys, relaxing by the pool and getting in lots of beach time. All that time in the sun means that sunscreen is a must! Everyone in our family uses Honest Company’s organic healing balm to keep our skin hydrated along with Nine Naturals Body Wash, which saves room and makes packing easier! My make up routine is super simple, too; I use Dior Airflash spray foundation  since it’s quick and easy to apply. For the beach, I’m bringing a good book, and accessorizing with a bright pedi, flip flops, a panama hat and my favorite shades.

What are some of your summer vacation must-haves? –Olivia

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen / Slim Havaianas in Gold / Nine Naturals SPF 32 SunscreenNine Naturals Body Wash / Ray-Ban Clubmaster / Honest Organic Healing Balm / Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation / Butter London Nail Lacquer in Come to Bed Red / Biltmore Panama Hat

Cecile Reinaud’s Favorite London Hotspots

Guest Editor: Cecile Reinaud, Seraphine Maternity

You may have heard that A Pea in the Pod is now available at Harrods in London! To celebrate the occasion, we thought we would check in with one of our favorite brands to hail from the UK, Seraphine. We’re not the only fans of this stylish collection; Cecile Reinaud, CEO and Founder of the brand, was recently awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015. Cecile shares more about this great honor along with some of her favorite London spots to check out!

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Photo Courtesy of Cecile Reinaud

From Cecile:

It is a huge honor to receive The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 and a tribute to how Britain nurtures and encourages entrepreneurship and international trade. We love being able to dress women during this momentous time in their lives,  and we can’t wait to continue in years to come. Another important moment for our brand this summer that we are so delighted about is that we are now available at the new A Pea in the Pod store at Harrods.  I am so happy that one of the world’s most iconic department stores is putting such a focus on maternity!

It just so happens that my favourite patisserie, Ladurée, is right by Harrods! I love to picnic at Kensington Gardens right by the palace as well. The view of London on top of The Shard Tower is spectacular; plus, there is a great restaurant there too.

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Photo Courtesy of Cecile Reinaud

Congratulations Cecile!

Seraphine is available at our shop in Harrods and in select stores carrying A Pea in the Pod in the US. You can also shop the brand online.

 

In The Press July 2015

Summer 2015 has been extremely exciting for A Pea in the Pod! We announced our Fall campaign featuring Jaime King, who models our new Luxe Essentials Denim collection, and opened our first ever European shop in shop at the iconic Harrods. Check out some of these exciting mentions from the last month in case you missed them.

Jaime King, Brand Ambassador for A Pea in the Pod, featured on People.com / Model Mama: Jaime King, featured on Parents.com / A Pea in the Pod launches Harrods, featured on WWD.com / Against All Grain, featuring A Pea in the Pod denim short

The Perfect Summer Shower: Throw A BabyQ!

Jill, who you’ll recognize from our Style Solutions for Your First Trimester post and We’re Expecting Too, threw an adorably themed BabyQ for her co-ed baby shower.  Co-ed baby showers are becoming a trend and are a great way to include your partner and even more family and friends in the celebration. Read on for her tips for throwing a shower that is perfect for the season and that EVERYONE is sure to enjoy!
20035753732_307cb02332_oFrom Jill:

Since I planned to have my baby shower in July and outdoors, the BabyQ theme was a perfect fit! Getting to celebrate with Ryan, my husband, who is so excited for our little guy’s impending arrival, was extremely special. Plus, having our closest friends and family together to celebrate was an amazing feeling! We received parenting tips and advice from our loved ones, in addition to many awesome gifts, and we feel more ready than ever for the arrival of our little man!19855488128_59fca3a18c_kDSC0137319422569183_dc1f707792_kTips for throwing a great co-ed party:

Keep it Casual: For an outdoor party, having a low key atmosphere is key especially during the summer! A tent to keep cool, plus plenty of outdoor seating so guests can relax in the shade is a must. Also, scrap the traditional baby games and offer more casual games, such as horse shoes, and KanJam. Good music is essential too! A playlist suitable for all ages with a variety of music genres keeps everyone happy!

Go with Simple Backyard Barbeque Food + Decor: Nothing says BBQ more than gingham tables cloths and brisket! Our table linens were a mix of red and blue gingham with a few bandanas thrown in for good measure. We kept to a simple menu of brisket, bbq chicken, and pulled pork and presented appetizers and desserts on galvanized serve wear in keeping with the rustic theme. Sunflower arrangements completed the rustic chic feel of the decor.

Add a Memorable Touch: We displayed photos of my husband and I as children on a vintage wooden screen we found at an antique store and had vintage letter blocks scattered throughout the tables. Guests really enjoyed this touch and we had a blast taking the time to look through and select the photos!

Pregnancy Skin Care: The Power Of Peptides

The following post is sponsored by our friends at basq NYC

The beauty world is buzzing about peptides in pregnancy skin care products and for good reason.  They may be the key to faster, smarter skin repair.  As you can imagine, anything that can make a real difference in the battle to prevent and repair stretch marks gets our attention.  Not to mention, smart repair means a better post-pregnancy bounce back for your changing skin.  Here’s a little overview on the ingredients and why they may work for you.BestInBeautyBLOGWhat We Know: The building blocks of skin strength and stretch come from collagen & elastin fibers.  When stretched too far, these fibers can break down.  As that damage surfaces, it shows up as a stretch mark.  Enter peptides and amino acids that act as messengers.  Long chain peptides direct skin to build collagen, while short chain peptides address skin’s inflammatory response, which helps speed tissue regeneration. Put these two powerhouses together and you have a serious strategy for fixing stretched, damaged skin.

The Catch:  You can’t rely on peptides alone.  Messengers need something to communicate.  So this means that peptides need to work within the context of other ingredients, so they can “tell” the skin how to put everything to work.  You need a mix of ingredients that nourish, hydrate, strengthen and build skin resiliency.  Peptides will make that blend work harder and more effectively, directing skin response so you get the results you want.

basq Peptides Picks:  For stretch mark prevention and repair we use BioPeptides, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. Featured in our New Stretch Mark Vanishing Serum and Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter, these power peptides help fix damage at a whole new level.

The Extras:  Shea Butter has always been the better butter for marks; it’s the one with some real proof in clinical studies.  Add in omega rich oils and nutrient rich plant extracts and you have the perfect base to activate peptides.

After 9 months of skin stretching, the body needs the power of peptides.  Boost your results with smart ingredients that tell your skin to build core strength and fix damage faster. Peptides may just be the key to making stretch marks a faded memory.

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