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

 

TREND ALERT: ANIMAL PRINTS

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

Shop our animal print maternity styles today

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10 MOM-TO-BE ESSENTIALS

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!

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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

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE WRAP DRESS

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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.

Shop our maternity wrap dresses today

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE JOGGER PANT

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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

Shop our maternity jogger pant today!

HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS

I always get asked from women, especially first time mamas-to-be, what are the hospital bag must haves. I need to admit that I had a huge hospital bag fail when I had my son- I majorly over packed! My mom still jokes with me that not only did I think I would be blowing out my hair the day after having a C-section, but I also thought I’d be using my straightening iron as well. However, as clueless I was, I did hear from my nurses that I had the cutest hospital ensemble, plus I was totally prepared with the right bras, layering clothes and beauty products! With that, I give you my edited version of the essentials you’ll need to get you through your hospital or birth center stay:

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1. Hospital Bag / 2. Nursing Cami / 3. Maternity Hoodie / 4. Chapstick / 5. DSL Camera / 6. Naturopathica Moisturizer / 7. Naturopathica Mist  / 8. Cell / 9. Luna Bar / 10. Nursing Seamless Bra / 11+12. Baby Outfit / 13. Maternity Slippers / 14. Baby Beanie / 15. Swaddles

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE BIKER

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The biker jacket is a classic for all women, expecting or not. I know that it has become a staple in my closet. This season it’s all in the details: trapunto quilt-like stitching, asymmetric exposed zippers and true moto styling make it the fall must-have. -Olivia

Shop the look today at A Pea in the Pod

HOW TO STYLE YOUR BOYFRIEND

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Here’s part II of my collaboration with Lucky Magazine and Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam featuring one of my favorites, the boyfriend jean.  I wore this silhouette all throughout my pregnancy, because it was so easy to style in multiple ways. Watch and find out how you can create different looks with your boyfriend jean for a completely versatile wardrobe!–Olivia

STYLEFILE: INITIALS LA

I’ve been following blogger Laura from Initials-LA for a while now. She is a total fashion darling who looked amazing in one of her posts a few weeks back wearing pieces from our Wendy Bellissimo Collection for Destination Maternity. She has perfected a chic yet relaxed look and works the Wendy Bellissimo pieces into her wardrobe seamlessly. I just love, love, love how it all comes together- hope you do too! -Olivia

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Shop the full Wendy Bellissimo Collection at Destination Maternity today!

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