Being a new mom, things can get pretty hectic with the inclusion of a baby! This especially rings true if you are a first time mom, like I was, because everything is brand new: baby, schedule, body! It can be overwhelming. I know it was for me! Whether you are breastfeeding, or bottle feeding, have help, or are doing this new-mom thing on your own… I found it helpful to have a routine.
Having some control over a (semi) set schedule helped me, if nothing else! Since my son was a handful those first few months (a cranky breast feeder with absolutely no sleep schedule for at least 4-5 months) it helped me stay sane having a personal routine and an easily accessible arsenal of clothing, skincare and household products on hand. Seriously, I stocked my house with necessities like paper towels, tide and toilet paper, as well as comfy maternity layering pieces for myself. They were lifesavers, because I could mix them, match them and leave the house looking put-together on little to no sleep.
When I brought Greyson home, I lived in nursing camis, maternity leggings and maternity cardis. I continued to wear my Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans and maternity pants because I loved the support (and still do!) I honestly just fold the panel down and it smooths and supports me in all the right places. Easy tunics and draped cardigans, like the ones from our Jessica Simpson Maternity Line, are also perfect since as a new mom I still wanted pieces that were fashionable, not just comfortable. And if you breast feed, you’ll love our easy clip down nursing feature on all of our bras and camis.
Congratulations on being a new mom & welcome to my world! – xoxo Olivia
Products:1. Motherhood Leggings/ 2. Jessica Simpson Cardi/ 3. Tunic/4. Jessica Simpson Maternity Top/ 5. Nursing Bra/ 6. Nursing Sleep Gown & Robe/ 7. London Butter Balm/ 8. Nursing Camisole/ 9. Sleep Set
Posted by destinationmaternity on October 3, 2014
Last week Dita Von Teese, our Destination Maternity team, and I met up at our flagship store in New York City to celebrate our collaboration with Dita on her Von Follies Maternity Lingerie Collection for new moms.
Besides admiring her sexy separates, we enjoyed sipping on “Dita-tini” mocktails, savored sweet treats and received Dita-inspired retro touch-ups by Vensette, the premier on-demand beauty service. Guests were treated to Dita’s signature cat-eye and her classic red lip.
So many people ask me about the collaboration; they wonder, why Dita? For me, it’s simple: Dita is known for her retro-inspired beauty and femininity AND THAT is something that being a new mom is truly all about. She understands fashion and how looking good goes hand in hand with feeling good. She wore a Carolina Herrera dress, Christian Louboutin (sigh) shoes and Bijoux Heart earrings. I rocked my A Pea in the Pod maternity dress, further proving how versatile it is! I’m no longer pregnant, but continue to find uses for this gorgeous style. Dita and I complimented each other on our chosen lipstick shades and got to talk about what makes new moms really glow.
So many devoted fans came to the event to meet the bombshell. A true beauty- Dita spoke to each and every guest while also signing autographs. The response to the retro-inspired maternity lingerie was overwhelming. It’s no surprise, because the pieces are not only soft and supportive, but ultra-feminine. It was an altogether great night in NYC -xoxo Olivia
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Posted by destinationmaternity on September 30, 2014
When I became pregnant with my son it became super important for me to watch what I put into and onto my body. Things I had never even considered before, like harsh chemicals and certain anti-aging products, were now all off limits. I began looking for products that were carcinogen, paraben, phthalate and formaldehyde free. My beauty routine didn’t change much, but the products I used did. In fact, I still continue to use most of them.
I highly suggest being aware of what is in the beauty products you use, especially when you’re pregnant in order to make smarter decisions for you and your baby. The products I recommend are all some of my favorites because they are more natural, gentle and effective.
Brands like Naturopathica, Burt’s Bees and Mustela not only give great results, but are perfect for sensitive skin that expecting and new moms may begin to get. Another important factor for me was and still is protecting not only my own, but also my son’s skin. During pregnancy and even now, we use sunscreen every day and when I’m looking for a little glow I go to Naturals St. Tropez Self Tanner.
1. Naturals St. Tropez Self Tanner / 2. Cosmetic Bag / 3. Butter London Top Coat / 4. Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum / 5. Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel / 6. Chanel Pressed Powder / 7. Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm / 8. Badger Sunscreen / 9. Mustela Stretch Mark Cream
Posted by destinationmaternity on September 26, 2014
Classic suiting pieces get an update this season. They are perfect for expecting moms who want a chic office look. Designed to flatter and enhance your new shape, a tailored cut-away blazer, suiting pant and soft top are not only polished, but comfortable maternity essentials.
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Posted by destinationmaternity on September 24, 2014
One of the hottest pattern trends of the season is animal prints! From leopard, to cheetah, to snake and zebra, anything goes for fall! In maternity, animal prints can look chic and work best for the bump. Whether in neutral colors or placed layouts, they work great to camouflage, further flattering your new figure. Even a small touch of animal print in a belt or scarf can bring freshness to your mom-to-be look. -Olivia
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Posted by destinationmaternity on September 22, 2014
Lucky for me, during my pregnancy I had the fashion maternity world at my fingertips. I had the opportunity to try a lot of products, apparel and remedies for everything from stretch marks, to evening dresses. Although for many of us pregnancy has its downsides like nausea, aching back and swollen feet, it was a wonderful time for me, in part, because of some essential products that made my life easier. These are the things I couldn’t live without during those 9 months of pregnancy.
First, I absolutely adored the patented Secret Fit Belly® panel, with its seamless and comfy support. So, I lived in skinny jeans and ponte leggings! I also noticed that my skin became excessively dry during my pregnancy, and with normally very “dewy” skin, I needed hydration stat! Mustela’s Ultimate Hydration moisturizer worked wonders for me. I also religiously used Mustela’s Stretch Mark cream.
I snacked on Kind Bars at work throughout the day, and could only wear super soft and stretchy bras and camis since my skin was so sensitive. I wanted that soft supportive layer under everything I wore! At the office, a little knit dress was my go-to since I could style it so many ways. I always suggest these pieces for any first time mom-to-be!
1. Secret Fit Belly Maternity Leggings / 2. Mustela Stretch Mark Cream / 3. Mustela Ultimate Hydration Moisturizer / 4. Secret Fit Belly Skinny Jean / 5. Layering Tanks / 6. Jersey Knit Maternity Dress / 7. From The Hips / 8. Seamless Bra / 9. Kind Bars / 10. Seamless Cami
Posted by destinationmaternity on September 19, 2014
The wrap dress is a classic in my wardrobe that never goes out of style. I also loved the silhouette when I was pregnant, since it’s a really figure-flattering maternity piece. Having the ability to adjust the comfort and belt it closed accentuates in all the right places, especially when you have a bump. In a chic animal print, it’s perfection.
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Posted by destinationmaternity on September 17, 2014
Dita Von Teese is a lingerie expert, burlesque bombshell and fashion icon who knows a thing or two about feeling both sexy and beautiful underneath it all. I thought immediately that collaborating with her on intimates and nursing lingerie was a fabulous idea!
Since women still want to look and feel pretty during pregnancy and especially after, a vintage lacy collection was a perfect addition to our current assortment at Destination Maternity. What I love about Dita’s line is that not only do all of the pieces have a feminine boudoir feel, but the bras are nursing friendly and have coordinating panties to match.
Von Follies is already online and in stores, but we are hosting a special launch party with Dita herself on September 23rd at our Madison Avenue Destination Maternity store in NYC. Come early, because the first 200 guests to arrive can meet Dita and receive a gift bag! You can shop the exclusive collection while enjoying sips, sweets and Dita-inspired makeup touch-ups from Vensette, NYC’s and LA’s premier on-demand beauty service. Plus, receive 20% off your purchase. See you there!- Olivia
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Posted by destinationmaternity on September 12, 2014
Fall is my favorite time to try new restaurants with my husband or catch up with the girls, because the weather is perfect for a stroll in the city. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to layer up a look.
Choosing a restaurant should be the hardest part, not figuring out what you’re going to wear! When I was pregnant I lived in draped dresses, so I can speak from experience that they are comfortable, versatile, flattering and still an important silhouette this fall. This style of maternity dress is my fashionista pick for a night out.
This new version from A Pea in the Pod is super chic since it’s in silk and has a sweet leather collar. It’s also in a great deep green color, which isn’t that typical, which is what I really like about it. I also suggest layering a seamless maternity cami underneath to keep you smooth and supported- I lived in cami’s! Pair it with a biker jacket, leopard clutch, a nude nail and a not too high heel… bam, you have date night dressing solved!
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1. Michael Kors Chain Cuff / 2. Lock Halfcalf Clutch / 3. YSL Lipstick / 4. Motherhood Maternity Seamless Camisole / 5. A Pea in the Pod Leather Jacket / 6. Butter London Nail Lacquer / 7. Strappy Heel / 8. Lancome Mascara / 9. A Pea in the Pod Faux Leather Trim Maternity Dress / 10. Vida Fede Mini Titan Bracelet
Posted by destinationmaternity on September 11, 2014
The Jogger is one of my favorite new spin on pants. It’s the fashionista’s new go-to item that is also perfect for preggonista’s since it’s über comfortable and super chic. To get the look right for maternity, you can either dress up the jogger with a fitted top and gladiators, or play it casually cool with a graphic tee and the shoe of the moment: the slip-on sneaker. This is a seriously stylish silhouette that is not only versatile, but easy to wear for expecting mamas. -Olivia
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Posted by destinationmaternity on September 10, 2014