GLOWING THANKSGIVING DECOR

Thanksgiving DecorThanksgiving DecorThanksgiving DecorThanksgiving DecorThanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the change in the weather, harvest colors, and that it becomes the official start of the holiday season. I also love to entertain (as you may have read.)  I always make my home decor and table settings match the mood of the season. For me it’s all about the little things, whether it’s a great personal accessory or a small accent; the little touches bring big results.

This year I am all about white and gold since they flow so seamlessly from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, past Christmas and into New Years. White pumpkins are so easy to find this time of year and make such an elegant and easy centerpiece or accent for Thanksgiving. I put some mini-pumpkins in a metallic bowl on my dining room table and filled them in vases around my home. It’s super simple, but people always compliment me on them.

I also love the idea of using gold paint to create an even more chic table-scape. Add some mercury glass votives and you have a simple way to decorate your holiday table. Flowers or even pinecones can also complete the look. You don’t have to go far for these items; they are at the grocery store this time of year.

Gold and metallic touches are also everywhere right now, even in our maternity collections at A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity. Metallic polish, blush, and pretty undergarments will get you in the [very pretty] holiday spirit.  You’ll find some great metallic tops too that are about to make your holidays glow.  Happy Thanksgiving! – Olivia

1 Maternity Sweater / 2 Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Maternity Tee & Short Sleeve V-neck Maternity T Shirt / 3 Butter London Nail Polish / 4 Cute Clutch / 5 Nars Pencil / 6 Maternity Nursing Bra / 7 Mug / 8 Loafers    

MATERNITY COATS YOU’LL LOVE

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‘Tis the season to bundle up! Here in the North East a cold chill has definitely descended upon us and winter coats have been calling. I even visited Georgia two weeks ago for our new Destination Maternity store opening at the Avalon Mall and it was freezing! Winter is one of my favorite seasons for fashion though because layering up is a must, giving even more reason to add stylish pieces to an outfit. Our Destination Maternity outerwear, this season in particular, is designed to do more than just keep you warm. Coats and jackets make a real style statement. During these cold months, they are the item that everyone has the chance to see!

Investing in a maternity coat will give you a great fit throughout your entire pregnancy, since our outerwear is made with your growing bump in mind. With drawstring waistlines, essential seaming, and elastic insets, you can get a great fit over your bump as well as in your shoulders and sleeves. Opting to size up in a non-maternity coat can leave you with a larger fit throughout your body, which doesn’t accommodate your bump and ends up not looking cute at all. They are not flattering and too slouchy in my opinion. A maternity coat is a good investment that is made for pregnancy. Plus, a cute maternity puffer or parka can complete a look.

Some of my favorites are our printed Jessica Simpson Maternity belted puffer, A Pea in the Pod wool plaid coat and Wendy Bellissimo Maternity parka. We have a great selection of maternity jackets in stores and online so check them all out. -Olivia

CHIC HOLIDAY ACCESSORIES

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I am an accessory lover! I am constantly looking to add the latest it-items and jewelry pieces into my style cache! This obsession really took its hold on me when I was pregnant, because a fun accessory truly completes a mom-to-be look. One of the things I am currently craving is anything shiny and gold for the holidays! Check out one of my latest posts featuring gold in home decor (link to nurseries to crave). Metal embellishments, chunky gold jewelry and matte gold nail polish are my go-to accents for this party season. I suggest wearing gold with black basics, maybe a novel sweater, and a pop of red for a stand-out yet sophisticated look.

Butter London’s nail lacquers are a great way to introduce a pop of color or to get a metallic finish. Did you know that Butter London’s polishes are carcinogen and formaldehyde free? It’s a product line that is perfect for expecting and new moms. I love that the nail foundation keeps your nails smooth and chip-free too! The signature lotion and hand balm by Butter London are extremely useful for moms on the go (like me!) I always keep the hydrating hand balm in my diaper bag. -Olivia

1 Butter London Nail Lacquer / 2 AG Secret Fit Belly Jeans / 3 Rayban Clubmasters / 4 Gold Chain Cuff / 5 Butter London Nail Lacquer / 6 Butter London Hand Balm / 7 Maternity Sweater / 8 Maternity Scarf / 9 Butter London Nail Foundation / 10 Butter London Signature Lotion

MAD FOR PLAID

 

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Checks and buffalo plaids are everywhere right now! I love them in maternity wear, especially since they camouflage the bump, making them super flattering. They definitely add a cool edge to a maternity outfit. Plaids totally give any accessory a fresh new focus during these cooler months. Jackets, bags, booties and even umbrellas make great gifts that tie in the trend. And the plaid shirt and menswear inspired coat are two maternity essentials this season. We have a lot of options at Destination Maternity so check us out online and in-stores – Olivia

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HOLIDAY PARTY STYLING TIPS PART II

I excitedly bring you part two of my video series with Lucky Magazine and Style Expert Jackie Miranne. In this clip we show you how to get two different holiday maternity looks that are both polished and bump friendly!  Whether you are having dinner with family or visiting friends during the holidays, finding the right balance between not-too-casual and not-too-dressy can be tricky. I love the tuxedo jacket with novel skinny jeans and I hope that you’ll love working these pieces into your own maternity style this season. Take a peek at the video and be sure to check out the full holiday collection at www.destinationmaternity.com. -Olivia

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NURSERY DECOR: GO FOR THE GOLD

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Well before my son came into my life I was forever switching up my interior décor. It’s a favorite past time of mine, maybe because I am a designer at heart. I constantly am keeping up with the latest in-home decor and always changing something. I absolutely loved decorating Grey’s nursery and since he’s now a toddler, I am still changing up the space to suit him. I did a Safari Theme for his nursery featuring giraffes and elephants, but I recently came across another nursery decor idea that I love just as much. Gold is a big element in the latest nursery design. I absolutely love how it can work for either a boy or girl too!

Gold is quite chic against neutral colors like ivory and grey, plus it looks amazing with lighter shades like mint green or blush pink. To get the look just add gold frames, maybe a pillow, and sunburst mirror. If you aren’t finding the perfect gold mirror or picture frame, you can always purchase gold spray paint at your local hardware store and get a fabulous look at a fraction of the price. I also love the idea of putting a pair of baby booties in a picture box for an easy and cute wall art idea.  Freshly Picked has some of the cutest moccasins for showcasing, baby wearing, or for gifting.

A great glider in your nursery is another must. I love the grey velvet one featured. It is similar to the glider we had for Greyson’s nursery. Now that he’s grown out of rocking time with mommy, we relocated the glider to my husband’s office and it works perfectly since it’s so neutral and doesn’t scream “BABY!”

To round out the nursery I also featured some of my favorite items for baby as well.  My picks are a cute baby coverall by Wendy Bellissimo, Aden + Anais Swaddles, plush blanket and of course Sophie the Giraffe. I hope you enjoy decorating your baby’s nursery as much as I did.- Olivia

HOLIDAY PARTY STYLING TIPS

I’m excited to finally bring you a project that I worked on with Lucky Magazine! Along with one of Lucky’s resident style experts, Jackie Miranne, we present the first video in a series featuring fabulous holiday party maternity outfits and the tricks to getting them right for a long, lean look!

It was fun to work with Jackie who is a host, model and amazing stylist! She is so energetic and was really excited to help show you how the hottest holiday looks translate into maternity style this season. Take a peek at the video and you’ll see how you can go totally glam or ultra-feminine in pieces from our Rebecca Minkoff, A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity lines. Hope you love the fashions and tips! Look for part 2 of the series, featuring more casual holiday pregnancy options on the blog soon! -Olivia

All of the pieces are available online and in stores at www.destinationmaternity.com
For more on Lucky Style Expert visit Jackie at www.jackiemiranne.com

HOLIDAY LOOKS

So Holiday Motherhood Maternity Holiday LookbookMotherhood Maternity Holiday Lookbook Motherhood Maternity Holiday LookbookA Pea in the Pod Maternity Holiday Lookbook LookBk_Holiday14-7-APeaInThePod-600x633A Pea in the Pod Maternity Holiday LookbookThanksgiving is just around the corner, ready to kick off the holiday season. There are so many festive occasions that come with it! If you are expecting, then this season is even more special and dressing up is more fun for two! Both our Destination Maternity brands: Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, offer something stylish for every mama-to-be.

This holiday is all about sparkle, shine and ultra-feminine silhouettes. And it isn’t just about the dress this season either! Separates and two-piece styles are great fashion alternatives to a dress. Special items like the statement maternity sweater and novel skinny jean can be just as glamorous as a cocktail dress. Lace touches and tuxedos are the pregnancy fashion yin and yang (I love that we mix both in our holiday collection!) For full lines visit us in stores or online at DestinationMaternity.com. Happy Holidays & Happy Shopping! -Olivia

TREND ALERT: GRAPHIC KNITS

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Graphic printed and messaged tees are hot now, trending into the winter season. Add a baby bump to a cool graphic maternity top and you’ll definitely turn heads! From French inspired Parisian-Chic sayings to heart motifs, showing your baby love is actually a fresh and fun fashion message to send.

Take a look at some of my favorites and keep in mind that these cuties are designed with your growing bump in mind. Side ruching, plus added length and room make these maternity sweaters and tees perfect to grow into, giving you a great fit throughout pregnancy to go along with your fun attitude. -Olivia

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WHAT TO WEAR/WHERE: BRUNCH

What To Wear To Brunch What To Wear To Brunch What To Wear To BrunchGoing out to brunch on the weekend is a favorite outing of mine. Many times my husband and I will take Greyson to his favorite 1950′s diner in our neighborhood, The Pop Shop. It has a kid-friendly atmosphere with an awesome home-style brunch menu featuring gourmet pancakes and inventive sandwiches. If I’m not with the boys I love to head out with my girlfriends on the weekend for a ladies’ brunch. A cappuccino and croissant are the perfect start (or end) to a weekend catching up with friends and family.

I think an early Sunday brunch is easier for my friends and me now that we have children. Or at least, we try harder to attend them now, especially since we have such full lives- it’s great to relax a little. We leave the babes with their daddies and still make it home early enough to enjoy a full day of family fun. Choosing what to wear is always an important element, because brunch lends itself to being not too dressy, not too casual. It can be a difficult balance to strike for all women, but definitely expecting women.

This time of year a great maternity skinny jean and leather jacket are perfect pieces for expecting mamas for an early afternoon away from home.  A fun novel maternity top with a smoothing seamless maternity camisole offer a cheeky look with some maternity jeans and jacket. A stocky heel or even a cool platform bootie, plus a cute midsize messenger bag and chunky ring also dress up this downtown look. And don’t forget to throw your mama moisturizer in your bag before heading out! Keeping hydrated during pregnancy is important, so I always recommend keeping your favorite lotion with you at all times. Try Vitamin C Revitalizing Lotion By Naturopathica. Here’s to a stylish Sunday Brunch! -Olivia

1 Maternity Leather Jacket/ Maternity Sweater/ Maternity Jeans/ 2 Maternity Camisole/ 3 Cute Bag/ 4 Ring/ 5 Naturopathica Lotion/ 6 Booties

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