GAME DAY RECIPES

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Like I have said before, my favorite part of football Sunday, especially the Super Bowl, is hosting! I love getting everyone together. Having guests over should be fun, not stressful. Plus, it shouldn’t break the bank! These ideas for a football-themed party are easy, inexpensive and will make a lasting impression.

Chocolate makes everything better. Take some apples and cut them up into “football” shaped wedges. Dip them in chocolate, add some frosted laces, and there you go- the cutest desserts. Do the same to some pretzel rods for even more chocolaty-good options. If you are a chocolate lover like me, and you have kids like I do, then the easiest one to make is probably those adorable football cupcakes. Do as you normally would, let the little ones join in, and then once baked and cooled, add the chocolate frosting with the white pigskin icing.

For some healthier options, choose your team’s color palette for cups and plates; then fill them with veggies and fruits that are dip-able and delicious. Make your own football cones with brown paper to hold popcorn or even grapes for another health-conscious choice. Mason jars add a cute, homey feel too. Finish with the touch-down tacos recipe! All of these are easy, amazing and everyone will be rooting for them. Happy hosting! – Olivia

STYLE SESSION: CALIFORNIA EDITION

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It has been a busy few weeks for me with traveling for work, lots of fun events and new posts running on the blog! I was out in sunny California for not one, but two, separate photo shoots (exciting details on these coming soon.) While there, I booked some styling sessions during my visit! It was nice to get a break from the cold northeastern weather and soak in the California sun during the trip.

I also love getting to visit our associates and spend time in our stores! The team and I share such a passion for helping expecting women look and feel their best; it’s nice to collaborate, even for just a few hours. Plus, it’s great to see what’s trending in fashion in each part of the country. The Cali-girls are all about destructed denim!

I worked with clients ranging from 13 weeks pregnant to those late in their 3rd trimester. One of my clients, Flaminia, was looking for essential starter pieces that she could wear throughout her whole pregnancy. She went home with a great assortment of Secret Fit Belly® leggings, AG Maternity Jeans and a variety of A Pea in the Pod side-ruched tees.

It’s also fun to watch women find the perfect shower dress, which I helped another client do. With so many silhouettes and colors, I always ask about my clients’ preferences and start there. I love when they end up choosing something they didn’t expect, like a bright printed dress.

I can’t wait to get back to California for another visit, but check back in soon for an update on my next style session. And please reach out and email me at Olivia@destinationmaternity.com! I may be in your area to set up a time for your personal session too! -Olivia

SUPERBOWL STYLE

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The best part about the Super Bowl or any Sunday football game, for me, is having family and friends over for some good times and good food. Even though I am not a huge sports fan, I like to get in the spirit; some friendly competition is fun, which is why I love that we sell NFL maternity tees, because they help all the mamas represent their teams and get in the cheering spirit, while staying comfortable.

For a low key look that is definitely winning, try pairing one of our team maternity tops with a skinny jean, in any wash, featuring the Secret Fit Belly® panel. It keeps you secure, in control, and doesn’t slide down, so you can entertain without worry. I love destructed denim right now, which adds a little edge. Then add a layering element like a tank, possibly some sporty accessories and there you have it… a super cute Super Bowl look! Enjoy the game, the food, the socializing. – Olivia

1 New England Patriots Maternity Tee/ 2 Seattle Seahawks Maternity Tee/ 3 Beanie/ 4 Teeshirt Bra/ 5 Sneakers/ 6 Secret Fit Belly® Maternity Jeans/ 7 Maternity Cami/ 8 Water Bottle/ 9 Butter London Nail Polish/ 10 Fitbit/ 11 Black Bag/ 12 Bracelet

NURSERY DECOR: NAUTICAL

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A friend of mine just decorated her little boy’s nursery in an adorable nautical theme! She loves the beach and ocean, so she brought those earth and water tones into the room where she can spend time with her little one. I love the results and the theme! Nautical is a trend in interior and nursery design, in particular, that never gets old. It’s continually being updated with new elements.

If you are thinking about trying this theme, remember to include lots of white to keep the room looking fresh and airy. Navy is a great neutral too; plus, it will transition well into a big kid’s room. Stripes, whales, anchors and sail boats make for perfect touches for this motif, whether on a pillow, wall mural or mobile. AND… for the final finisher, try choosing an accent color of light blue, yellow or even green for some fun and freshness. Baby’s layette and clothing will also go perfectly with this color palette, so it all works together. Happy decorating! -Olivia

Wendy Bellissimo Wraparound Coverall And Hat Set/ 2 Teddy Bear/ 3 Sophie The Giraffe/ 4 Sitting Pouf / 5 Mirror / 6 Toy Boat/ 7 Anchor Pillow/ 8 Nautical/ 9 Seahorse Toys/ 10 Whale

NURSING BRA CHECKLIST

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Looking for the perfect nursing bra and not sure where to start? Well, I have just the checklist for you! As a breastfeeding mother myself and former nursing bra designer, I’m going to give you the breakdown on the different types of nursing bras, describing whether or not they will work specifically for you. I also have a few recommendations of my own, so read on for all the juicy deets!

First, a few things to keep in mind as you go through your pregnancy…. OBVIOUSLY, your breasts may continue to grow and then again once you begin breastfeeding. For that reason, I recommend shopping for new bras each trimester before baby, then again after. Seriously, please do not try and make-do with a bulging bra for 9 months for the sake of your pocketbook, ESPECIALLY when Destination Maternity has great offers like BUY 3 GET ONE FREE on all bras right now.

When it comes to nursing it is all about the fit AND the clip down nursing feature. The bra style is your preference (demi, full coverage, seamless) but the fit is designed for your growing bust, and that’s on us. The fancy clip down feature offers easy single handed nursing access and has a modesty panel underneath. So, rather than pulling down your whole bra strap and cup, our bras clip down from the cup and don’t leave you completely exposed.

Now on to the basic styles; since not all nursing bras are made alike, please take note of their differences.

-Sleep: This super soft, unlined bra usually comes in a wrap style. It offers light support at night (although many women choose to wear this during the day too) and has an easy pull over nursing feature. This type is perfect for night time feedings in the dark, a must-have starting in the 1st trimester for light bed time support.

-Sports: Great for working out, since it is a supportive bra with light cups and straps that don’t dig in.

-Full Coverage: These bras come in wireless and underwire, but all offer more coverage for a fuller cup size. This style is also available in a molded cup, which offers smoothing support.

-Seamless: My favorite! Made in super supportive and seamless fabric, this style is lightly lined and extremely comfortable. It’s a great everyday or night time bra. Also, it is smart to stock up on these early in the 1st or 2nd trimester since they are extremely forgiving and soft on sensitive skin.

-Convertible: This bra is just like its non-nursing counterpart, the demi bra, plus it is crafted with a great convertible strap feature… a must have for wedding season!

-Wireless: I was a wireless girl before I got preggers and went with this wire-free style throughout trimesters 1 through 4. Some women are so sensitive that prior wire lovers go wireless during pregnancy and while nursing. This style is also available in a molded cup.

-Demi: No need for full-coverage? Go with a demi nursing bra. Available in different fabrics and colors, the demi is a customer favorite and makes for a great everyday bra.

Keep in mind the rule of 4! Always have 4 bras on hand at any time: one to wear, one to wash, and two at-the-ready. I hope you find the perfect nursing bras for you! -Olivia

TREND ALERT: SPORT STYLE

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Active apparel is a big trend right now that is inspiring both ready-to-wear and designer style alike.  In maternity, the trend is giving a fresh take to work-out wear with comfort crafted right in. Active separates are designed in supportive and soft fabrics that are not only perfect for the gym, but cool enough for an everyday maternity look.

Whether you are a pilates guru, runner or spinning lover, layering maternity tanks, jackets, leggings and yoga pants is a maternity must. I always had a few black yoga pants in different leg shapes in my closet when I was pregnant; I would layer up with an array of tops and sweatshirts. As a yoga lover, I wish we carried our Beyond the Bump by Beyond Yoga line when I was pregnant. Available on-line and in-stores at Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, this yoga collection is crafted from great fabrics and made in a multitude of colors that can be worn before and after baby.

I also suggest adding in pops of brightness to your maternity fitness wardrobe too; it makes working out more fun when you look good, thus feel good. In our Motherhood Maternity collection, the soft neon palette is totally of-the-moment! AND remember to start with the right foundations. A seamless maternity sports bra and panty offer added support and comfort. Complete your sporty look with a pair of Nike trainers and you are working out in style. -Olivia

NURSING TOPS YOU NEED

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After I brought my son home from the hospital, there were so many things I wasn’t prepared for. I was a first time new mom experiencing pure joy mixed with a flood of emotions and sleepless nights. And really, you can’t truly prepare or predict how having a baby will change you. But, having girlfriends and family to help prepare you for the what-ifs, as well as having your arsenal of baby products and apparel on-the-ready, is obviously a great place to start.

If you choose to breastfeed, as I did, I think it’s also important to do some research beforehand. While the web is a great place and there are so many informative books to choose, I went right to my local online La Leche League. Knowing information can help ease your mind, although again, nothing prepares you like being thrown into the fire… with a hungry newborn! Nursing bras, pads and a great lanolin cream for soreness are no-brainers. I also found that having my favorite nursing tops in multiples was clutch!

I thought I’d spend some time talking about the various nursing top styles that I love, so you can also get an idea of what may work for you. First and foremost, you need to be comfortable while nursing. Choose soft, stretchy styles. Also look for tops that offer some modesty with a clip down feature or a secret panel as a second layer designed right into the top. The nursing tops our team designs here at Destination Maternity are specifically crafted with these special features; they are also cut in flattering silhouettes that are forgiving over your new mom midsection.

Wearing a second layer is also a nice option when you are nursing on the go. I wore a chic knit cardigan over our clip down nursing camisole, making pumping at work easier. I always suggest stocking up on the clip-down camisole in a few colors to have, ready to go. So many of my girlfriends and clients love these because the clips easily unlock with one hand, freeing the other up for baby. If you’ve nursed before, I know you GET IT! Being able to work your wardrobe one-handed is important.

It’s was also so important to me to be able to maintain a chic look while nursing. I mean, looking cute is a must, right? That’s why I love a double drape nursing top or lightweight poncho. Both silhouettes are pretty sophisticated and can be paired with a legging or jean for a completely polished look. Remember, you want your own personal style to shine through. That’s what’s great about each of these pieces. You can incorporate them into your own wardrobe and look like the fabulous new mom that you are! Enjoy your babes -Olivia

1 Nursing Top & Maternity Yoga Pants/ 2 Clip Down Nursing CamiStriped Maternity Sleep Pant/ 3 Maternity Cardigan, Clip Down Nursing Cami & Maternity Yoga Pants/ 4 Clip Down Maternity Cami/
Nursing Poncho/ 6 Swaddle/ 7 Nursing Bra/ 8 Medela Tender Care Lotion/ 9 Lily Padz Nursing Pads/ 10 Teddy Bear

1st TRIMESTER MUST-HAVES

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There have been a lot of new pregnancy announcements the past few weeks: Ashley Simpson, Hilaria Baldwin, Tamara Mowry-Housley and Zooey Deschanel to name a few celebrities. AND also just as exciting, a bunch of my girlfriends came out with the big news too! The texts and emails are flying in from my girls, “What do I need”? “Where do I start?” “My boobs are sooooo big…I need new bras _ stat!”  So, in honor of the latest Hollywood pregnant fashionistas, as well as the lovely ladies in my life who are still in their 1st trimesters or just got through those first 12 weeks of baby bump bliss, I thought I’d talk 1st trimester MUST-HAVES.

Lucky for me, I got to comprise this list with help from style maven and fellow blogger Brooke from Somewhere, Lately. Brooke and her friend Meggan came together to create their awesome blog that documents their love of fashion, beauty and all things cool! It’s one of my favorite destinations for outfit and beauty inspiration. Brooke’s got the cool-girl style thing down! She has an amazing eye and always looks effortlessly chic. She’s a big fan of A Pea in the Pod Maternity and has been choosing pieces from the fall line throughout her whole pregnancy; fortunately I had the chance to ask her what some of her favorite pieces are. She’s sported Paige and DL1961 maternity jeans and tops from our namesake line, just to name a few!

 

To begin, let’s discuss how those first few weeks are full of emotions, excitement, expanding breasts and bumps! For many women it is also a time where you may not want to share your big news yet. Many women wait that first trimester, limiting the big news to just family and very close friends. So in the beginning as your body is just getting adjusted to pregnancy, you are trying to look and feel your best AND maybe conceal your changing figure.  

 

Now’s a good time to start investing in versatile side-ruched tees, plus easy everyday maternity leggings- Brooke agrees! These are two essentials that will take you through your entire pregnancy, so I suggest adding them to your arsenal early on. I also hate to see women struggling to fit into their pre-pregnancy jeans. There is nothing more uncomfortable than trying to bulge your new waistline into non-stretchy denim. The beauty of the Secret Fit Belly® panel is that it’s invisible. I recommend transitioning into at least one or two new pairs while your pregnancy news is fresh. The fabrics and materials that the designers choose have awesome stretch and recovery so they will fit well throughout those 9 months. The panel is easily covered with your top, so if you aren’t ready to let the secret out, there is no need to worry. Brooke loves the designer ones, but there are so many choices from both Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod.

Keeping comfortable is key! So is having a wardrobe that can transition with you through the trimesters. Maternity yoga pants are another great idea to keep you looking cute and comfortable. For bloggers like Brooke, this cosiness is necessary, since sitting down for long periods of time can be so uncomfortable, especially when expecting! A luxe maternity sweater is another good choice that is soft, has an easy fit, can grow with you and is super chic in any wardrobe. Together, this look works year round.

 

Maternity bras are critical additions. Your bust-line may continue to grow and perhaps will become sensitive, so switching to super soft seamless styles and sleep bras in the beginning can be a life saver. AGAIN comfort is KEY!

 

Brooke and I both agree on these last 3 important pieces. Keeping hydrated by drinking lots of H2O is extremely vital for you and baby. Throw a Tummy Tube in your wardrobe to help smooth out your waistline, if you aren’t wearing the Secret Fit Belly® panel. It’s great for added bump support too. And lastly, keep cozy in comfy maternity maternity pajamas. You may feel tired during that first trimester due to the changes that your bodies (and hormones) are creating! So try to relax, put your feet up, and feel the best you can while looking amazing too.

 

Congrats to my girls and to anyone who is newly pregnant! xoxo- Olivia

 

1 Beyond The Bump By Beyond Yoga for A Pea in the Pod / 2 Water Bottle/ 3 Secret Fit Belly® Maternity Denim/ 4 Maternity Bra/ 5 Maternity Pajamas/ 6 Maternity Sweater/ 7 Yoga Mat

GET THE LOOK: KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

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Who doesn’t love Keira Knightley and her always evolutionary style? From ultra-feminine to awesomely androgynous… her wardrobe is always chic.  She recently announced her pregnancy, so I took a look back at some of my favorite fashions that she’s worn this past year, including her most recent red carpet choice at the 2015 Golden Globes.

I am predicting we’ll see her continue a lady-like look with tons of waistline interest and A-Line silhouettes. Both are especially flattering with a bump! Cinching with a tie or belt at the empire line above your bump can really slim at the smallest part on your torso. A-Line and flared shapes on skirts and babydoll dresses are also perfect silhouettes to balance out a growing bump.

Keira sticks to classic neutral colors like black, white and nudes; then she adds in shots of soft colors. She chooses cuts that work for her with interesting details like ruffles, lace and embroidery to highlight her neck or hemline. Her style secret seems to be choosing classic, yet modern looks, which I love because it works so well for her. I think we’ll see her continue to wear lots of flare and A-Line shapes, belted dresses and soft details as she goes further along in her pregnancy. Take a cue from Keira and try femme-fashion while you’re expecting. – Olivia

1 Stilletos/ 2 Wendy Bellissimo Coverall/ 3 Maternity Bra/ 4 Seraphine Maternity Embellished Belt/ 5 Evening Bag

CHIC THIS WEEK: PAM+GELA

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Since Pam and Gela for A Pea in the Pod launched in stores and online, I’ve been obsessed with the maternity collection. You don’t even need to be pregnant to wear it- example, I live in chic sweatshirts and soft joggers on the weekends (sometimes even style them for work!) and the separates from the line are just bananas! My favorite is the cold shoulder sweatshirt since it does double duty. Take it out with leather leggings and a stand-out heel. I really do love all of the pieces for expecting mamas (and new moms too!) Check out the full collection available online and in stores at A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity. – Olivia

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