JESSICA SIMPSON MATERNITY

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The Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection, available at Motherhood Maternity and Destination Maternity, looks fabulous for the holiday season! Dreamy dresses, soft florals and pretty pieces create an ultra-feminine look which really appeals to all women, especially [I think] those who are expecting.  What I love about the line is that it also boasts a great assortment of everyday maternity essentials.

Right now with the colder weather the maternity puffer coat is a staple and Jessica’s version is warm and geared toward women in a soft neutral print. I think the belt really adds the perfect maternity touch and helps create a great shape. I also recommend pieces like the Secret Fit Belly® dark skinny maternity jean, maternity blazer and side-ruched tee since these are all silhouettes that can be worn throughout your whole pregnancy. You can mix and match all of these essentials for multiple outfit options in order to really get mileage out of your maternity wardrobe.

A soft and supportive bra is a must too.  The Jessica Simpson seamless nursing version is a customer favorite, since it’s so comfy and easy to use for breastfeeding. Don’t forget some classically chic accessories and a great maternity denim jacket, since these can really add some personality to your look and be worn after baby arrives as well! To see the full Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection check your local store for availability or visit us online. -Olivia

1 Jessica Simpson Puffer Maternity Coat/ 2 Jessica Simpson Maternity Blazer, Jessica Simpson Maternity Blouse, Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® dark skinny maternity jean/ 3 Jessica Simpson Nursing Bra/    4 Jessica Simpson Maternity Tee/ 5 Accessories/ 6 Jessica Simpson Maternity Jean Jacket

Well Rounded

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I’m excited to share a piece that Well Rounded NY featured today called “A Day in the Life” of yours truly! It follows me through a typical work day. Well Rounded NY helps women come to “terms” with their pregnancy and then of course being a new mom! This awesome online destination for expecting women features topics on maternity style, beauty, wellness and baby. We talked about the daily struggle to find balance and what inspires my design strategy. I’m sure you can relate to finding daily solutions for a hectic schedule! Check out the article and the rest of the site for some great ideas! -Olivia

THE LUXE SWEATSHIRT

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I seriously can’t get enough luxe shimmer and shine this holiday season! One of my favorite ways I’m seeing it done is on the sweatshirt. This refreshing new twist makes them a top style contender. The balance of this classically casual silhouette with some metallic shine is über-cool. The added details give this maternity essential a fun pop, plus it’s perfect for this month of parties! Pair one with your favorite Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans or dress it up with a leather-esque maternity legging. Either way it’s a great piece for now! -Olivia

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BABY BATH-TIME ESSENTIALS

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I’ve got the whole bath-time routine with my son finally down! Now that he’s 18 months old, he loves taking a bath, so it’s way easier. But as a first time mom, I was pretty clueless in the beginning. So, I thought I’d share our favorite products that got us through the first year, as well as some helpful tips for making bath-time your best time.

When your little one is a newborn you won’t bathe him or her every day and for the first few months you’ll be using a bath support of some variety. Once Greyson was a few months old we started giving him baths in the tub with a nice arched bath lounger that he stopped using once he could sit up (about 7-8 months old.)

You’ll need baby wash and shampoo, obviously. Many times you’ll be gifted different varieties at your baby shower, which is great, because you can try them out and decide which you like best before investing. We landed on Aveeno Baby Wash and lotion since Grey’s skin was and is pretty sensitive. I definitely recommend The Honest Company’s shampoo and body wash since they are both great for baby’s sensitive skin as well. Baby towels and wash cloths are a no-brainer too. However, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve gotten him in the tub and forgot to bring them with me! Our linen closet is just outside the bathroom, so make sure to bring everything with you to the bath and have it RIGHT NEXT TO YOU as you are bathing baby. You don’t want to have to reach for anything since you must be attending the babe at all times!

Make sure to have bath toys ready for their little hands. It seems silly, but look for toys that have a spout since some don’t and as baby gets bigger he’ll gravitate toward the ones that sprinkle water. Grey loves his ducky and Sophie the Giraffe Bath Toy.

I always make sure to lay out what he’s wearing on his dresser well before we get into the tub. You’ll find that when you have an infant or toddler, you want everything available so you aren’t scrambling with a delicate newborn or squirmy kid. We lay out his pjs and when he was an infant we always had his swaddle ready too. My favorites are the Aden + Anais swaddle blankets that are made in delicate cotton. I’d love to hear some of your favorite bath time baby products too! Splish Splash! –Olivia

1 Rubber Ducky/ 2 Swaddles/ 3 Baby Pajamas/ 4 Baby Towel/ 5 Comb/ 6 Honest Shampoo & Body Wash/ 7 Honest Bubble Bath/ 8 Sophie the Giraffe Bath Toy

OLIVIA’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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It’s that time of year when shopping and gift lists take over! Whether you are shopping for an expecting woman in your life or need ideas to give to your family for yourself as a chic preggonista, I have the perfect gift-able pieces! I know my husband always appreciates “hints” of things I may like and as a guy he definitely wants his gifts for me to be special. Keeping that in mind, I made sure to include some luxe and special items as well as maternity essentials. Plus I included some awesome stocking stuffer ideas as well!

I also absolutely love the idea of gifting each other items for baby-to-be. So sweet, right? When I was pregnant with my son, I gave my husband cozy sherpa baby booties and a beanie hat since he loves being outdoors in the winter. Try to keep the gift daddy-specific, so it’s fun for him. If your guy is into sports, think a bib or tee for baby with his favorite team. My husband gave me a beautiful ring to commemorate our soon-to-be baby. Maya Brenner jewelry makes beautiful mini-letter necklaces that you’ll love! Certainly if you already have baby’s name chosen, then this is a really great idea!

The other items on my list make fabulous gifts without a doubt. Our Wendy Bellissimo diaper bags are super chic and can be filled with lots of goodies! Designer Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans, essential layering camis, a great scarf and some silky skincare from Naturopathica make perfect mom-to-be gifts to fill it up with. We also have such feminine lingerie; I’d even make the suggestion that pretty bras and maternity panties make great gifts as well. For the woman who has everything, a fabulous maternity little black dress, stand-out sweater or leather jacket also makes for super special surprises. Throw in some comfy slippers, Butter London nail polishes or even Sophie the Giraffe for the babe as stocking stuffers.

I hope my guide helps you in your holiday shopping this year! Make sure to forward this to your man, family or friends who have been asking what they can get for you! Here’s to getting into the holiday spirit. -Olivia

CHIC THIS WEEK: FAUX FUR VEST

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The faux fur vest is a blogger favorite and a super chic addition to a maternity wardrobe for the winter! I love that you can style it so many different ways: pair with your maternity skinny jeans, maternity sweater and even a belt it for loads of style. Obviously it’s a great layering piece that keeps you cozy and warm… but the best part is that it can easily be taken off without jeopardizing your look. I know many mamas-in-the-making get warm easily when they are pregnant! Wear it this weekend when you are celebrating the start of the holiday season- and of course, Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Here’s to hoping you all are enjoying delicious meals with your families.  xoxo- Olivia

‘TIS THE SEASON OF SHOPPING

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This year the holidays really crept up on me! I’ve been so busy with writing the blog, attending events and spending time with my husband and son that I somehow lost a whole week! Talk about total mommy-brain. I honestly thought there was an extra weekend before Thanksgiving and that I would get everything on my do-list completed. But then I was reminded by my brother-in-law who texted me last week talking about our plans for Thanksgiving dinner. Life is just speeding by! I promptly reevaluated my schedule and luckily got back on course. This means holiday shopping moves to the top of my list, because I always get started the weekend after Thanksgiving- hello Black Friday!

If you know any moms-to-be or need some help giving others ideas of what to get you, here’s a quick snapshot of some of my favorite holiday pieces (look for a full gift-guide for moms-to-be later this week.) A fun novel maternity sweater, Secret Fit Belly® jeans, diaper bags and special gifts for baby can make for the perfect present or a quick pick up this weekend (and for all season long.)

We have an exciting holiday assortment at Destination Maternity PLUS some really appealing offers. You need to check out our store giveaway. There is nothing more sweet than receiving a FREE Simple Sugars Scrub with purchase! I hope you enjoy spending time with your loved ones this weekend AND are able to get started on your holiday shopping list. Best wishes to you and good luck! -Olivia

Shop all of our holiday looks today at Destination Maternity

TREND ALERT: PARTY PANTS

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Novel skinny maternity jeans and maternity pants are hot for the holidays! Coated jeans, animal prints, leather and lacey looks are keeping skinnies fresh and fun for the season. The trick to getting this look right is to keep the pant silhouette simple, pair it with a monochromatic top or sweater, and keep accessories down to a minimal. In other words… make the pant the signature piece in your look.

If you are opting for a print, try a maternity bottom in a bi-color or neutral pattern that comes in a smaller scale. The pair featured by Rebecca Minkoff Maternity and Pam and Gela for A Pea in the Pod (they created Juicy Couture!) are great options. And to get a luxe leather look opt for DL1961’s coated maternity jeans. Pair those with a chunky sweater, maybe a bootie and you have a great holiday look. -Olivia

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GLOWING THANKSGIVING DECOR

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This year I am all about white and gold since they flow so seamlessly from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, past Christmas and into New Years. White pumpkins are so easy to find this time of year and make such an elegant and easy centerpiece or accent for Thanksgiving. I put some mini-pumpkins in a metallic bowl on my dining room table and filled them in vases around my home. It’s super simple, but people always compliment me on them.

I also love the idea of using gold paint to create an even more chic table-scape. Add some mercury glass votives and you have a simple way to decorate your holiday table. Flowers or even pinecones can also complete the look. You don’t have to go far for these items; they are at the grocery store this time of year.

Gold and metallic touches are also everywhere right now, even in our maternity collections at A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity. Metallic polish, blush, and pretty undergarments will get you in the [very pretty] holiday spirit.  You’ll find some great metallic tops too that are about to make your holidays glow.  Happy Thanksgiving! – Olivia

1 Maternity Sweater / 2 Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Maternity Tee & Short Sleeve V-neck Maternity T Shirt / 3 Butter London Nail Polish / 4 Cute Clutch / 5 Nars Pencil / 6 Maternity Nursing Bra / 7 Mug / 8 Loafers    

MATERNITY COATS YOU’LL LOVE

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‘Tis the season to bundle up! Here in the North East a cold chill has definitely descended upon us and winter coats have been calling. I even visited Georgia two weeks ago for our new Destination Maternity store opening at the Avalon Mall and it was freezing! Winter is one of my favorite seasons for fashion though because layering up is a must, giving even more reason to add stylish pieces to an outfit. Our Destination Maternity outerwear, this season in particular, is designed to do more than just keep you warm. Coats and jackets make a real style statement. During these cold months, they are the item that everyone has the chance to see!

Investing in a maternity coat will give you a great fit throughout your entire pregnancy, since our outerwear is made with your growing bump in mind. With drawstring waistlines, essential seaming, and elastic insets, you can get a great fit over your bump as well as in your shoulders and sleeves. Opting to size up in a non-maternity coat can leave you with a larger fit throughout your body, which doesn’t accommodate your bump and ends up not looking cute at all. They are not flattering and too slouchy in my opinion. A maternity coat is a good investment that is made for pregnancy. Plus, a cute maternity puffer or parka can complete a look.

Some of my favorites are our printed Jessica Simpson Maternity belted puffer, A Pea in the Pod wool plaid coat and Wendy Bellissimo Maternity parka. We have a great selection of maternity jackets in stores and online so check them all out. -Olivia

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