WINTER FAMILY FUN

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Every year my family and I get away to the Pennsylvania Poconos for a fun ski weekend. My husband is an avid snow boarder and my 20-month old son loves being outdoors, so it was a perfect trip for all of us! Hot cocoa by the fire and ski-in, ski-out accommodations were my only specifications.

Since getting away with a toddler can be challenging, we had our extended family with us so everyone spent time with Greyson, leaving a little free time for my husband and I. Luckily, we had some extra hands, but in case you get the chance to take a family trip without grandparents, aunts or uncles, here are some tips on a worry (less) weekend with little ones.

Keep consistency; we packed Greyson’s favorite toys and had them set up for him just as he would at home. I also brought tons of his favorite snacks, and tried my best to keep to his normal nap schedule. Vacations are for special moments and tons of fun, but trust me, letting your toddler off to his own devices and sleep schedule can lead to major (but preventable) melt downs

Of course, packing for a whole family can be a challenge too, but I’ve learned to keep it simple. Lots of layers, if you are expecting or not, are super important! I always carry my favorite Chapstick and moisturizers to keep me hydrated in the cold weather too.  -Olivia

1 Honest Skincare/ 2 Ski Mask/ 3 Scarf/ 4 Maternity Sports Bra/ 5 Naturopathica Skincare/ 6 Maternity Camisole/ 7 Bundle Me Combo Pack

MATERNITY MUST-HAVES

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Welcome to the 3rd trimester; this is the homestretch. I have been there, not too long ago, so I figured I would comprise a short list of must-haves for these next few weeks. The key is staying comfortable, feeling good and preparing for your final step… motherhood! (Side note, if you are newly pregnant or halfway through, make sure you check back at our first two posts in this series geared toward 1st  trimester and 2nd trimester musts!) During the 3rd trimester, however, many women will be attending their shower or sprinkle, so a comfortable, yet chic dress is essential.  All eyes will be on you, but you want to be able to enjoy the day without fussing around with your outfit.  This concept of staying comfortable is the name of the game through the rest of your pregnancy.

Start with trying cozy pajamas and soft sleepwear for maternity, because they travel from pregnancy to post-pregnancy seamlessly. This holds true for our maternity panties as well. Stock up on ruched tops, nursing camis and nursing bras now. They offer a lot of stretch, so they will continue to grow with you, plus they double as parts of a comfortable outfit for leaving the hospital after baby.  The Secret Fit Belly® jean is amazing because the panel is supportive, yet stretchy and adds control. You will continue to love these after baby, because you still will crave the support and comfort they provide.

Start thinking about packing those hospital and baby bags now. You are going to want to keep hydrated, so remember to moisturize the remainder of your pregnancy and afterward too. Think about bringing the softest blankets in your bag, so you can wrap baby up and start your new life. You are almost there! -Olivia

1 Maternity Cardi, Maternity Tee, Maternity Jogger Pant/ 2 Maternity Nursing Bra/ 3 Maternity Panty/ 4 Elastin Skincare/ 5 Secret Fit Belly® Jean/ 6 I Love You More Ruched Tee/ 7 Nursing Cami/ 8 Animal Bath Wrap/ 9 Baby Blanket/ 10 Baby Bag

ROYAL BABYMOON

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Our favorite royal just came back from her babymoon, probably looking totally glam in nautical blues and whites. From across the pond to a tropical island, Kate Middleton always looks amazing.  Are you planning on taking that last trip before the baby comes too? Take a look back at our blog post What2Wear/Where The Babymoon edition for inspiration on what to pack!

Luckily, you do not need to be a resident of a kingdom to achieve The Duchess’ fashion-forward and sophisticated style. A Pea in the Pod sells the luxury line, Seraphine Maternity, Kate’s go-to maternity brand!  With inspiration from the most classic and classiest European cities, Seraphine helps makes moms-to-be feel and look their best, whether on a babymoon or at work! Stay tuned for more posts about this regal brand with celebrity and royalty following!

Whether away or here to stay … happy shopping! –Olivia

COCO ROCHA GOES GLAM

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Today is the start of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. As a designer and stylist, Fashion Week is always an exciting time for me. The predictions, the buzz and the celeb-sightings are all part of the fun.  But, seeing what comes down the runways is the best part.

A Pea in the Pod® Maternity Collection carries premier and designer brands like BCBG and Nicole Miller, so we get a first glimpse of the runway designs and start working to decipher which will translate the best for a bump!  I also love seeing what everyone is wearing to the shows. I get inspired from style on the streets, from fellow stylists, fashion editors and bloggers too, because they are always on point.

I was especially excited yesterday when I saw photos of the ever-glamourous model, Coco Rocha, who is pregnant with her first baby. Coco looks stunning in a custom gown designed by her friend Zac Posen. Seeing this was a great way to jump start fashion week for me! She also tweeted: “Looking forward to kicking off #NYFW with @amfAR! Proud to be supporting the fight to end #AIDS.”

That’s a true model-citizen; how gorgeous, right? -Olivia

CULINARY CRAVINGS

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I know so many women who are excited when pregnant, because they feel like they can eat whatever they want. The truth is that you need to eat healthy, especially when you’re expecting! I mean, of course, the occasional treat is okay… that is why they call them pregnancy cravings! My family and I try to eat the best we can. I always tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but definitely when I was expecting my son Greyson. It seems that the hardest part for women, especially pregnant women who are always on-the-go, is finding the time to eat healthy. Fortunately fruit and veggie smoothies are simple, super healthy and filled with amazing nutrients, but only take a couple minutes to make.

Our Graphic Designer, Klaudia, who has a two year old daughter, swears by this creamy avocado, berry and spinach smoothie. It’s so delicious, even her toddler enjoys it! All you need to do is stock up on some power-food produce and take out your blender, bullet, Ninja or whatever mixer you have.

If even this seems like too much to handle, Bundle Organics makes amazing juices for mommies-to-be. They are prenatal blends, perfect for the development of that growing baby in your belly! Whatever way you want, try to get your daily intake of fruits and veggies. Your skin, body, bump and baby will thank you. – Olivia

Recipe:

Half of an avocado

1.5 cup strawberries/blueberries/raspberries

A Handful of spinach leaves

1 pear or apple

Mix in a Bullet and Voila!

BIRTHDAY PARTY DÉCOR

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Klaudia, our Graphic Designer, who creates all of the art for the blog and our other social media channels, threw a fabulous birthday party for her two year old daughter, Vittoria, last weekend. Klaudia is not only a dedicated designer here at Destination Maternity, but a great mom who loves planning events for her little girl! I knew as soon as V’s birthday was approaching that Klaudia would have a super chic and fun idea for the party. Of course, she didn’t disappoint!

Since I’ll soon be planning my son’s second birthday party, I have been on the prowl for a venue and I happen to love the place that Klaudia chose. A fun indoor play area, My Little Adventures here in South Jersey, is an adventure play-land that accommodates toddlers and little kids. I know they have places like this in many other cities, so it’s worth looking into if you have a rambunctious toddler and party goers of a similar age-range.

The Safari Chic theme is adorable and perfect for a little girl or little boy, depending on the color story you choose to go with. Leopard paper goods, safari animal motifs, touches of pink and gold became her inspiration. She even painted toy safari animals in gold as centerpieces. White balloons were strung in gold ribbon, cake servers and even gold cupcake foils gave life to the stylish party décor.

The birthday girl had on an adorable gold crown and played with her guests until it was time for pizza and cake.  Animal crackers and monkey cupcakes made for the perfect desserts before a bubble dance party! I love that Klaud thought of every little detail and chose a fun age appropriate venue for her guests. Greyson and I had a blast at the party! -Olivia

OLIVIA’S VALENTINES DAY GIFT GUIDE

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While you’re waiting for the best gift of all to be born, you should make this Valentine’s Day all about you!  I put together a gift guide for you, so that you can adorn yourself with love, layers, comfort and color! You can share the love too; if you know any mamas-to-be, then pass this guide along, or gift her some of these mommy musts.

Show off the Baby Love this February. From your shirt, to your jewelry, we have it all for you. Our heart maternity sweater is a style standout, amazing as a layer, perfect with your favorite dark denim. The Baby Love sweatshirt is super cute with metallic wording. It can be worn casual or styled up by adding a little more glitz, like our gold Maya Brenner monogram necklace, Baby Love locket or Love inscribed bangles. Add your favorite pair of skinnies and finish it off with Butter London’s 3-free lacquer. I am loving their color Come to Bed Red; it’s classic-chic, especially this time of year.

Start and end your day in complete comfort. It’s important that you buy the right bras and underwear when pregnant. But, you don’t need to have unappealing lingerie; our nursing bras and panties have all the elements you want: control, fit, function PLUS a little lace. Finish your night time look with an embellished robe. For a more low-key night, bundle up in soft slippers, and the cutest pajama set.

Finish off your best Valentine’s Day ever by unwinding and hydrating. Basq makes a really soothing Body Oil that smells amazing, plus it helps with stretch marks, is safe on your skin and will ease you into total relaxation! Enjoy. XoXo – Olivia

TREND ALERT: DISTRESSED DENIM

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Distressed, destroyed, ripped and torn- denim, with lots of love, is looking fresh for spring ’15 in a sea of clean indigo. I personally think “blown-out” jeans (yes, that’s the technical term for indigo cotton that’s been ripped and torn) are an American staple. I always keep a distressed medium-wash easy fit jean in my wardrobe and have for years, as do so many other fashion icons and bloggers. They know that it is the ultimate style maker for a done/undone look.

Pair a crisp white shirt and pointy pump with a boyfriend jean, or a black tuxedo jacket and strappy heels with a destructed skinny to instantly raise your style status. Simply put, a distressed jean can be styled up or down. In an easy boyfriend fit or a super soft stretch skinny, the comfortable factor is why I love the maternity version. Plus, the Secret Fit Belly® panel gives you added support too. With so many ways to wear this this look, the distressed maternity jean is a maternity must-have in my book. -Olivia

THE DENIM DRESS

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Spring assortments are hitting stores this month full of new neutrals, soft colors with bright pops, plus DENIM! If you are anything like me, then I know you are looking forward to updating your wardrobe, so look for lots of destructed washes and silhouettes. Denim is so hot right now, ever since the chambray shirt became a staple in any woman’s closet, especially in the maternity fashion world.

The denim dress is also new on the scene and what’s great about this piece is that you can wear it now or later when the weather gets warmer. Here’s how: since indigo looks great with colors and neutrals alike, I personally pair mine with classic shades. For instance, against a black tight and chic blazer, the indigo denim really pops. Add in some cool winter accessories like a cashmere hat, infinity scarf and booties to make a look that is edgy and cool. Finish with a statement bag and dark polish.

For later, I love playing up the denim dress with a chic nude and metallic palette. Start with a nude seamless maternity camisole for smoothing support; add an oversized straw hat and metallic thong sandal. Keep your accessories minimal with a metallic ring, nude nail and bag. Of course, I always suggest a signature frame to complete the look. If you are newly expecting, this new LBD (little blue dress) is a great investment piece since you can wear it through the rest of the winter season, through the summer and even after baby. Happy styling! -Olivia

WHAT TO WEAR/WHERE: BABYMOON

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Are you planning on taking some time to yourself before the baby arrives? The babymoon has become so popular lately, helping expecting moms (and dads) relax before their little bundles of joy enter the world. If you’re planning on getting away, or maybe just taking a day to yourself, these items on my list will make your time away that much more amazing.

First, you need to get down to the basics- comfortable bras and camisoles not only add support, but they are the first layer that touches your skin. Ours are specifically made to help smooth you out, with your new figure in mind. Once your foundations are packed, then you can start adding the styles that speak to you.

Beautiful and bold blouses are fun, flirty and they transition from shorts to jeans or pants. They work day to night, so you can pack light, but still look good. I recommend sandals or flip flops for a more relaxed feel. You’re on vacation! (Even if only for the day.) Soft peachy pastels and cool blues are a way to ease into spring, yet they still are refreshing mixed into your winter wardrobe. From tropical paradise to everyday reality, I like clothes that are versatile.

Don’t forget the sun essentials like glasses, a towel and lip balm. Adding some sunless tanner is a great and safe option, but remember to slather on SPF and keep hydrated. I love Naturopathica moisturizers, because they keep skin plump and healthy, especially after catching some rays.

Last but not least, make sure you capture this time with your honey before the baby comes through pictures. Throw all of your essentials into a large tote and you are good to go. Happy travels! – Olivia

1 St. Tropez Self Tanner/ 2 Maternity Bra/ 3 Maternity Blouse / 4 Rayban Sunglasses/ 5 Naturopathica Moisturizer/ 6 Bobbi Brown Lotion/ 7 Beach Tote/ 8 Maternity Cami/ 9 Bobbi Brown Lip Balm/ 10 Digital Camera/ 11 Sandals/ 12 Beach Towel

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