JESSICA SIMPSON MATERNITY

Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection

 

Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection

Jessica Simpson is a fashion designing entrepreneur, recording artist, actress, mother and wife. I truly respect her business savvy and her take on motherhood. She is the true meaning of  a working mom. You know she has a singing career, a huge fashion company, a gorgeous husband AND beautiful children. Her posts, pictures and overall family upbringing ensure us she is an excellent mother… with excellent style. Many moms, as well as mommies-to-be, can relate to this notion that women do it all, while managing to look good.

Her Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection always reflects her feminine, hometown girl style. For this upcoming holiday season her line is full of beautiful dresses, watercolor florals, pretty knits and versatile denim styles. There’s also many great transitional pieces in soft shades that can work through to the warmer seasons. Getting mileage out of your maternity wardrobe is key, so I love her take on an every-season palette.

I especially love the cut of the dresses from her maternity collection and the fit of the jeans.  Being a mother herself, she understands a woman’s changing shape. She has faced many public challenges in regards to her figure and she looks amazing, at any size. Unlike many celebrities, Jessica is on the petite side, so her clothing sizes are varied for all body types. We’ve heard from so many expecting women on how fabulous her jeans fit and how flattering all of the pieces, especially the dresses, are. I can attest, since after trying multiple options, I actually chose a lace dress from the Jessica Simpson Spring 2014 collection to wear to my baby shower when I was pregnant.

The full Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection is now available online and in stores. Enjoy! And, happy maternity shopping! -Olivia

CULINARY CRAVINGS: APPLE CIDER DONUTS

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What comes to mind when you think of fall? It’s a sensory season filled with good food, crunchy leaves, rich colors, the sounds of nature… right down to the smell of fruits, nuts and spices! One of my fall favorite memories growing up was indulging in fresh, hot Apple Cider Donuts from the local farmer’s market. Now I get to introduce my little boy to this experience, hopefully making it a family tradition for seasons to come.

My family has been getting the same donuts and cider from the same market for generations. I can taste them now as I write this and while I wish I could share these scrumptious goodies with you, I did find a great recipe that will get you in the seasonal mood. Hopefully you and your children (or children-to-be!) can create a fall family tradition out of making them together. And I’m sure all of you expecting mamas could use a donut to curb your pregnancy cravings. With some cinnamon kisses – enjoy! Olivia

ROYAL MATERNITY STYLE

Seraphine is a fabulous line we carry as part of our Destination Maternity collection. The classic yet feminine pieces have become a favorite of mine! When I was pregnant I lived in chic knit maternity dresses, especially ones that I could style different ways. The “desk to dinner” versatility was extremely important to me, since I was (and still am) always on the go. What I love about the Seraphine line is that it’s a maternity collection with elegant appeal. The soft draping and no fuss prints will never really go out of style; plus, they work well to flatter the bump.  Since the silhouettes are so forgiving, they are also great transitional pieces for after baby is born. The Seraphine Collection has a royal look to it, much like when you see the Duchess’ fashion choices. She always portrays regal grace in fitted dresses, crisp lines and clean looks. She knows how to accessorize without overdoing it, always choosing simple clutches and ladylike heels. Like Seraphine, her noble style is timeless.  –OliviaSeraphine

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CHIC THIS WEEK: DRESS+JACKET

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Finally fall has arrived and the weather is cooling down. My go to for this season is a little dress and jacket. Popping on a jacket or blazer over a maternity dress is a hot look for these cool months. And bonus… it’s also a great way to get extra mileage out of your summer dresses. Proportion is key though, so make sure to look for maternity jackets and blazers that are designed with your new figure in mind. The jacket should hit just under your bump with a knee length dress and even longer if you are wearing a midi or maxi. This ensures you get a long and lean maternity look. Plus, this style takes you flawlessly from desk to dinner!

Shop our maternity dresses & maternity jackets today

MATERNITY DENIM: BLOGGER STYLE

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Some of my favorite bloggers and fashion influencers have recently announced their pregnancies these past few months. Bloggers like Samantha Wennerstrom of Could I Have That, Jennifer Rand of BelledeCouture and Irina Bond of Bond Girl Glam prove that your style certainly does not have to waiver while you are expecting.

What I love about each of these fashionistas is how they’ve been able to maintain their own personal sense of style during their transition into motherhood. Sam takes modern and minimal dressing to a new level with her clean lined looks and her sophisticated, chic accessories. Jennifer has a more classic feminine appeal with the way she accessorizes, always looking fresh and fun in pops of color. Irina is a true femme fatale who isn’t afraid to take fashion risks like pairing a wide brimmed hat with her casual downtown look.

It’s really no surprise that their maternity style is influencing other expecting women; who wouldn’t want to take a cue from these stylish moms-to-be? If you take a look at their fashion repertoire you’ll find each lady rocks the perfect maternity jean. Designer denim is key in my closet as well as for so many other women I know, so it’s no shock that all of these bloggers are choosing to wear their favorite designer maternity jeans now that they are pregnant.

At Destination Maternity we work with brands like AG Jeans, Hudson, DL1961, and 7 for All Mankind to bring the latest denim silhouettes and washes to expecting women. With the patented Secret Fit Belly® featured on many of the brands’ jeans, comfort with support and style are accessible. I still wear my designer Secret Fit Belly® jeans. So take a note from these well- dressed women who are sporting their favorite designer duds and stay true to you, during your pregnancy and beyond

GAME-DAY STYLE

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Sundays in my house are reserved for family time. In the fall that means walks in the park and downtime at home cooking for guests. Of course, Sundays in the fall also almost always include football. Someone will usually have the game on, and though while I’m not a huge football fan, I absolutely love the atmosphere of an autumn afternoon cheering, socializing and enjoying that time with family and friends. In fact, I really love that I have that opportunity to get in the spirit and dress the part with Grey. If you are like me, you can get in the spirit too, since Destination Maternity is now carrying NFL maternity tees! Moms-to-be can sport their bump and their NFL team pride in our specially designed maternity tees. Style them on game-day with a destructed skinny, cute hoodie, cap and some slip-on sneakers for a perfect fan-worthy look. -Olivia

1. Chicago Bears Maternity NFL Tee/ 2. New York Giants Maternity NFL Tee/ 3. Pittsburgh Steelers Maternity NFL Tee/ 4. Green Bay Packers Maternity NFL Tee/ 5. Baseball Cap/ 6. Fiji Water/ 7. Marc Jacobs Watch/ 8. Destructed Skinny Maternity Jean/ 9. Maternity Hoodie/ 10. Slip On Sneaker/ 11. Bracelet/ 12. Petunia Picklebottom Backpack

 

WHAT TO WEAR: NEW MOM EDITION

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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

DITA VON TEESE VON FOLLIES EVENT


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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

Shop the full Dita Von Teese nursing collection today

 

BEST BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR PREGNANCY

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.

 

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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

CHIC THIS WEEK: CAREER WEAR

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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.

Shop our maternity workwear today

 

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