Make Every Day a Good Hair Day This Summer

Dealing with high humidity and heat during the summer throws me into a hair tizzy! I have naturally curly hair that I prefer blown out straight, so summer weather is always problematic for me. I know that pregnancy hormones can also affect the texture of hair, so I am always telling my clients and girlfriends about quick styles. Since becoming a mom my beauty time has been cut in half, so I always look for simple yet chic hairstyles I too can easily achieve at home.

At our summer photo shoot we worked with Los Angeles’ hair stylist David Cox, who styled the models with some of the hottest dos of the season! I love that these looks are not only totally of-the-moment, but so easy to achieve too. Simplicity is crucial when you’re trying to wrangle a toddler or get out of the house to make it to that early meeting!coprdThe Messy Pony // This is one of my faves since getting this look is usually better if your hair hasn’t been freshly washed (hello! a fresh blow-out is so not the mommy norm anymore.) Just tease the crown of your hair, apply hairspray and pull into a mid to high ponytail. Finish with some spray on the sides of your head to keep it looking sleek.SIDE BRAIDThe Side Braid // I love this style for a laid back casual look, but it could also tone down a polished outfit as well. Pull your hair in a low pony to one side and braid. Keep this look a bit messy- NOT perfect, by adding some hairspray and tousle before you braid.adfg

The Top Bun // The higher the bun… the better! Simply pull all of your hair up and smooth into a high ponytail; then, twist until it starts to coil around itself. Wrap hair around the base of the pony and secure with a hair tie. Gently pull on pieces of the bun for a fuller look. Keep flyaways at bay with some hairspray to lock in this posh do.HALFHalf Up // This is one of the freshest looks I’m seeing right now. Grab the sections above your ears and bring them towards the back of your head. Secure into a pony for a traditional half-up hairstyle or mix it up by braiding or twisting into a bun.HATThe Panama Hat // When all else fails, opt for the IT accessory of the season: The Panama Hat. The best part? No hairstyle required!

What are some of your favorite no-fuss summer hair styles? -Olivia

How Working Moms Make It Work: Life After Maternity Leave

Heading back to work after maternity leave is over can be a challenge! For me, the right support system of people is so important. Having a supportive husband and mom that help me balance work, family and play time with my son is the key for me. Try to find someone to help support your schedule, whether it’s your nanny, day care center, neighbors or family members.

I reached out to a few of the most career driven moms I know to offer their best tips to help ease your transition back into the working world after having a baby.003.NIVOn What to WearYou’ll want to breeze into the office after maternity leave feeling comfortable & confident. My advice is to look through your maternity clothes –  all those stylish pieces you bought for work while you were expecting will flatter your figure perfectly now, skimming stylishly over your curves. Wrap dresses like the Seraphine Britney Geo dress are perfect – they’ll highlight your empire waist, drawing attention to your slimmest point. And don’t forget your maternity pants – the Seraphine Cressida white pants pair perfectly with our Jolie Black draped shirt. Plus, that comfy over-the-bump fit which stretched out through your 9 months, will snap back to provide the perfect tummy controlling support while you’re working to regain your regular shape.

Cecile Reinaud, Founder and Designer of Seraphine Maternity

On Managing Your Time: Mornings with a little one and trying to get out the door on time can be brutal. My saving grace has been prepping each night for the next work day as much as possible. This limits rushing and allows a little extra mommy and me time with my little girl. When exhaustion from the work week kicks in, I try to steal quick naps while V is sleeping to help get me through. As crazy as it all can be, I keep a picture of V on my desk, making the moments until I get home to her (to do it all over again) a little bit easier.

Klaudia Vitale, Graphic Designer, Destination Maternity

On Making Time For Fun: Going back to work after maternity leave can definitely be a difficult transition, but I try to remind myself that there is no such thing as getting everything right! I manage two kids, a husband, a career and a household by planning ahead and making time for fun to relieve some stress. It may take some trial and error, but I suggest sticking to a schedule and developing a routine. Remember to ditch the laundry every once in a while for a spontaneous adventure with your kids!

Nicole Boucher, Web Merchandiser, Destination Maternity

On Maximizing Mommy Time: Kids grow so fast, so it’s important to live in the moment when you are with them. My biggest advice is to make those moments together count. That way, I’m not as sad when I’m away from her at work. My mornings have become much more hectic; being as organized as possible helps! I get all Carlota’s day care items packed the night before and determine what I will wear too. If you are breastfeeding, I would make sure to have some extra milk pumped prior to starting work if possible.  Pumping for me has been stressful, but having extra breast milk in the freezer helps me keep up with her need in daycare as my supply is increasing.

Andrea, Lifestyle Blogger of WithLoveAndrea and Dental Hygienist

Are you already a mom and if so, do you have some of your own tips for getting back to work after baby? Please share them with me! -Olivia

Danielle Walker’s Favorite Recipes for Pregnancy

Guest Editor, Danielle Walker, Author and Photographer of Against All Grain

We are all about satisfying cravings; after all, it is the name of our blog! So we were especially excited when Danielle Walker, whose cookbooks Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple, both New York Times bestsellers, agreed to be a guest editor this month and share some of her favorite recipes with us. Danielle is currently expecting her third child. Keep reading for the delicious snacks she makes to satisfy her own cravings and feed her growing family!

For DMAT blogI am a mom to a beautiful son Asher who is almost 5, my angel-daughter Aila, and a new sweet one that is expected to arrive in August.

Eating a healthy diet during my current pregnancy is so important to me so I can be present for my son and my husband, and have the most energy for after the baby arrives. It has become a lifestyle shift for the entire family, and we all feel better for it.

As a pregnant momma, crave-worthy foods are important, so I commit my free time to recreating recipes so we can still experience the joy that comes with favorite foods. If you’re looking to change up your eating habits, even 50% of the time, you can try some of these recipes with your family and they are sure to love them. I have found that the more my son gets involved in the kitchen, the more likely he is to try out new recipes. Take a look at this new recipe we made together- breakfast cookies!

My two cookbooks, Against all Grain and Meals Made Simple are also packed with over 300 combined healthy, family-friendly recipes. My new recipe app Cookery also allows you to have over 100 recipes from my blog and even create grocery lists on your mobile device!

Here’s a few of my favorite recipes that are perfect craving satisfiers, and also give your little ones a special treat!

Homemade Fruit by the Foot

Watermelon Pineapple Ice Pops

Banana Muffins with Chocolate Streusel Topping

Low Carb Pizza

Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs

Nut-free Chicken Nuggets

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked mate¬rials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. The views expressed on this post represent those of the blogger and not of Destination Maternity.

Trend Alert // White Haute Mama

TrendAlert-WHITEWhite is having a major fashion moment this summer. White is classic yet modern, whether a sleek silhouette or added as an accessory. A white maternity dress and jean are essentials for the season and both are versatile enough to be styled up or down. I also love clean white accessories to freshen up a summer look. Mixing white and blue denim staples you already have in your closet such as a short, boyfriend jean or jacket is also a summer must. Happy styling! -Olivia

Splendid Sleeveless Dress / AG Jeans / Marc Jacobs Peggy Watch / Proenza Schouler Small Lunch Bag / Floppy Sun Hat / Studded Slip-on Flat Sandals / Oliver Peoples Emmy 55 Sunglasses

Surprise! It’s a….Gender Reveal Party You’ll Love!

We recently threw a Gender Reveal party for three of our preggonistas here at Destination Maternity. We went with traditional pink and blue, but also added a pop of yellow in honor of Alicia, who is choosing to keep the gender of her baby a surprise. I love the addition of the black balloons and chocolate cupcakes, since they add a more modern look.gr5GR3DM-GenderReveal_025gr7DM-GenderReveal_041gr8DM-GenderReveal_051DM-GenderReveal_058gr6DM-GenderReveal_055

As it turns out, Jill is expecting a boy and Kristen is expecting a girl! Our fourth featured mama, Rebecca, already knew prior to the party that she is having a baby girl! As you can see, the ladies popped a balloon to reveal the gender, while the party guests noshed on creamy cupcakes and other sweet treats.  Keep following their journeys and style diaries on the We’re Expecting Too page! For now, here are a couple things our first time mamas in the making had to say about pregnancy and starting a family.

This whole process thus far has been amazing, yet overwhelming at the same time. So many things are changing … but it is all to prepare for our little one. I’m most excited to continue family traditions that my husband and I have been raised with. Coming from big families, these mean so much to us. Also, I’m looking forward to establishing our own traditions as a new little family of three.  Plus an added bonus… the clothes are so cute, so I can’t wait to dress him each day! – Jill

In addition to looking forward to the overall joy children can bring to your life, I’m really excited to find out if I’m having a boy or girl! – Alicia

Alicia, so are we! Congratulations to all our mamas-to-be. –Olivia

Grey’s Frog-tastic 2nd Birthday Party

IMG_9231IMG_9236IMG_9232IMG_92942IMG_9272IMG_9276IMG_9278Last weekend we celebrated Greyson’s second birthday with a frog-themed party at our home. Grey loves being outdoors and has a special affinity for frogs, so I decided it would make for party-perfect decor! We had a green candy bar, balloons and froggie cupcakes. Grey had a ball playing outdoor games like bobbin’ for toy frogs and bean-bag toss. PLUS his favorite part was devouring his cupcakes and feeding mommy. How do you plan to celebrate your toddler’s birthday? -Olivia


2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash was a Smash!

Earlier this month I attended New York City’s largest annual family charity event: Baby Buggy’s Bedtime Bash. It was a perfectly cool and sunny spring afternoon for the carnival-themed gathering, which raised a record $535,000 to benefit families in need across the country!

I was honored to serve on the host committee alongside Jessica Seinfeld, who founded the charity in 2001. New York Times Bestselling author, co-host of ABC’s hit lifestyle series “The Chew” and Mom-to-be Daphne Oz,  as well as Rachel Blumenthal, Founder and CEO of one of my favorite sites, Cricket’s Circle, were also on the host committee and both wore denim from A Pea in the Pod!

As a brand focused on dressing moms-to- be, we brainstormed over what activities to host in our booth that would be fun for the whole family, and I am proud to say ours were a hit with parents and children alike! Attendees were able to get a hand-drawn fashion sketch of themselves done by an illustrator to take home, as well as make their own sketches, taking a turn as a designer. Guests were also treated to mini-manicures, courtesy of one of our newest safe-for-mom-to-be skincare brands, Nine Naturals. Check out a few of my favorite photos from the day below!

If you want to support Baby Buggy and its national network of families, you can purchase one of our super soft and super cute Jessica Simpson Maternity Soul Mate tees. For more information about Baby Buggy, visit www.babybuggy.org. –Oliviaattends the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.Jessica Seinfeld and I. Photo by Jaime McCarthy/Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03:  Event Host Jerry Seinfeld and Baby Buggy Founder, Event Host Jessica Seinfeld attends the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)Event hosts Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld. Photo by Brian Bedder/Getty Images for Baby BuggyNEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Daphne Oz attends the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)Daphne Oz attends wearing Genetic Jeans from A Pea in the Pod Photo by Brian Bedder/Getty Images for Baby Buggy
475769640.283602557Destination Maternity’s booth featuring Nine Naturals. Photo by Jaime McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby BuggyNEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03:  A general view of atmosphere at the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)We had an amazing artist at our booth doing fashion illustrations for the kids! Photo by Jaime McCarthy by Getty ImagesNEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03:  The 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)Mini mani’s courtesy of Nine Naturals. Photo by Jaime McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby Buggy
475789816.283614341Designer Stacey Bendet and Cricket Circle Founder Rachel Blumenthal wearing Paige Jeans from A Pea in the Pod. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Baby Buggy475932164.283813926

The Host Committee of the 2015 Bedtime Bash. Photo by Getty Images

Sneak Peak: Rachel Zoe Summer Maternity Collection

I am so excited to share that the Rachel Zoe Summer 2015 Collection for A Pea in the Pod is now available for pre-order! The exclusive collaboration has a nautical twist with a signature teardrop print, bringing a polished fluidity to the pieces. Bold stripes, golden metallic touches, stunning tassels and exposed zippers bring bits of glam to a classic color palette, infusing bohemia with South-of-France sophistication. Shop it now and remember to share what you wear using #rachelzoeXapip on instagram and twitter!” –OliviaRachelZoe_Summer

 

Father’s Day Gifts for Dad-to-be

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I love shopping for my husband for Father’s Day. He’s a totally tech savvy, athletic AND creative guy, so I always look for unique gifts that he’d actually use, but wouldn’t purchase himself! If you and your man have a babe on the way, I’d say it’s officially his first Father’s Day. So, I wanted to share some of my favorite gift ideas for the expecting dad who is as cool and original as my hubs.

The Guy’s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood // Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro Mid Shoe // I’m The Daddy Scrub Set // Apple Watch // SKIP*HOP Via Diaper Backpack Diaper Bag // Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker // Slyfox Threads Rollin with the Homies onesie

We’re Expecting Too!

A few of our very own are expecting! These stylish moms-to-be work in the corporate office of Destination Maternity, bringing the latest trends and best accessories to our Motherhood and Destination Maternity stores and online. Whether they are dressing for work, the weekend or a special event, or are a first, second, or third time mom-to-be, they each have a signature style. Follow their journey online along with me  as they share their beauty, fashion and styling tips! -OliviaJillian_Post1

Jill, Bottoms + Dress Buyer WEARING: Chambray Shirt Dress
Kristen_Post1-alt Kristen, Lingerie + Accessories Buyer WEARING: Ponte Blazer + White Destructed Jeans

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Alicia, Activewear Buyer WEARING: Scoop Neck Tunic and Jeans
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Rebecca, VP Motherhood Maternity WEARING Plaid Shirt and Skinny Jeans

 

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