DATE NIGHT DRESS DILEMMA?

Fall is my favorite time to try new restaurants with my husband or catch up with the girls, because the weather is perfect for a stroll in the city. Plus,  it’s a great opportunity to layer up a look.

Choosing a restaurant should be the hardest part, not figuring out what you’re going to wear! When I was pregnant I lived in draped dresses, so I can speak from experience that they are comfortable, versatile, flattering and still an important silhouette this fall. This style of maternity dress is my fashionista pick for a night out.

This new version from A Pea in the Pod is super chic since it’s in silk and has a sweet leather collar.  It’s also in a great deep green color, which isn’t that typical, which is what I really like about it. I also suggest layering a seamless maternity cami underneath to keep you smooth and supported- I lived in cami’s! Pair it with a biker jacket, leopard clutch, a nude nail and a not too high heel… bam, you have date night dressing solved!

Shop our maternity dresses for date nights and all nights (and days!) today

Date Night Dilemma

Date Night Dilemma

1. Michael Kors Chain Cuff / 2. Lock Halfcalf Clutch / 3. YSL Lipstick / 4. Motherhood Maternity Seamless Camisole / 5. A Pea in the Pod Leather Jacket / 6. Butter London Nail Lacquer / 7. Strappy Heel / 8. Lancome Mascara / 9. A Pea in the Pod Faux Leather Trim Maternity Dress / 10. Vida Fede Mini Titan Bracelet

WATERMELON ICE POPS

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So, we have an ongoing “sweets battle” in my house. While we try to eat mainly healthy on average, my husband and I are a bit at odds on letting my 15 month old eat sweets after meals. I’m a big ol’ softie who loves indulging Greyson with ice cream cones and cookies. However, Grey’s dad is always the voice of reason, suggesting we limit his sugar intake primarily to special occasions. When I came across this recipe I thought it would make us all happy! It’s a simple recipe that’s 100% natural AND was a hit with Grey. Just take a look at that adorable messy face! It’s also a perfect end-of-summer treat. Hope you all enjoy this Labor Day weekend! -Olivia

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon

Directions:

  1. Place coconut water, lime juice, and honey in blender, then mix to combine.
  2. Place the watermelon into the syrup. Blend until smooth.
  3. Carefully fill popsicle molds and insert sticks. Freeze until firm.

Makes 10 servings.

Find the recipe here

Get The Look: Alyssa Milano

One of our favorite TV actresses has us coveting her  simple, chic and flattering maternity style! Alyssa’s looks can be easily mimicked with some key pieces from A Pea in the Pod.

A Pea In The Pod Sleeveless Black Maternity Dress

Alyssa keeps it classic in a little black number that accentuates her bump. Our version, this sleeveless maternity dress with a scoop neck, is perfect for any occasion, whether it be a more formal party or an evening out with the girls. You can recreate the look also with two of our must-have pieces, like our adjustable maternity cami (which comes in 6 different colors!) & our Secret Fit Belly® high-to-low hem maternity skirt. Throw on a blazer and this look is perfect for taking you from the office to a dinner date after.

Seraphine Color Block Maternity Dress

Alyssa proves the colorblock trend is a pregnancy style must.  Try our colorblock maternity dresses! The black bottom part gives a slimming effect while a lighter-hued top draws the attention to your face and helps to play up your pregnancy glow. Try these similar Seraphine maternity dresses.

Spaghetti Strap Keyhole Detail Maternity Dress

Embrace summer by opting for bright colors. Alyssa radiates in this feminine frock that makes a statement. Our poppy spaghetti strap maternity dress with keyhole details features a drawstring belt for personal comfort to adjust as the baby grows and is perfect for a more casual waiting or a summer picnic!
Alyssa Milano provides style inspiration & we provide all the ways to GET THE LOOK at A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity!

Five Ways To Wear the WILDFOX Maternity Tees From A Pea In The Pod

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Whether you’re a mom-to-be, or shopping for a friend who is expecting, the vintage-inspired Wildfox tees at A Pea in the Pod® are the perfect summer staples.  The exclusive collection will keep you cool from day to night with styles you can wear both during and after pregnancy.

Here are our five favorite ways to wear these ultra-soft cotton tees this summer:

  1. Throw on as a comfy cover-up over your bathing suit while you’re headed to the beach.
  2. Add a jean jacket or a blazer for a casual but polished look.
  3. Pair with a great pair of jeans while you’re shopping or running errands.  Try one of our best sellers like the AG Jeans Stella Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity Jeans.
  4. Add some feminine flair with a flowy maternity skirt.
  5. Relax around the house and wear to bed! You can shop the collection’s exclusive styles, which are available for purchase in select stores and online!

Four Things: (Almost!) June Addition

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You made it past May & are on the way into June. The flowers have bloomed & outside fun has begun. Keep these sweet times rolling as you enter the summer. Speaking of sweet, did you know that May 31st is National Macaroon Day? This Four Things edition provides you with the recipes for both belly & beauty, come what may… (or June for that matter!)

EAT: Coconuts are the fruit of summer. Take a look at the different, delicious ways coconut pieces become masterpieces. Are you on dessert duty for the next party? Try these easy & irresistible macaroon cookies. You will be buying extra ingredients once you realize you ate the first batch before the party.

WEAR: Baseball may be America’s pastime, but it will be your excuse to show off your pride in your team, while showing off your baby belly. We have the best maternity sportswear clothes to get you through baseball season while it is in full-swing (pun intended.)

DO: Drew Barrymore is a mommy & a movie star, but did you know she is also a makeup maven? She has her own line called Flower Beauty. Keep the flowers blooming all throughout June by checking out her makeup tutorials often geared toward new moms & women on the move.

CREATE: Stitch your way into becoming the best baby shower gift-giver. This easy DIY Baby Name Embroidery idea is a great way to get creative & stay in budget. Name your price, because according to the directions, the embroidery hoop was only $1!

Summer Smart Skin With Guest Blogger- basq

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This summer give your skin an instant boost with a little gentle exfoliation. Light skin polishing acts as a voice telling the skin to begin a natural rebuilding process that forms collagen and elastin, the fibers that keep skin strong and flexible.  Sloughing off dead skin cells jump-starts cellular turnover, pushing damage up and out for stronger, suppler skin needed for the big stretch and rebound during pregnancy.  It’s the best natural trick to keeping skin resilient and healthy.

Think before you buff, because what you use does matter!  At skin care line basq, we love sugar!  This is one sweet treat your body will love. Salt dehydrates skin, as does caffeine, which is often found in scrubs, but they leave the skin feeling tight for the wrong reasons.  Sugar is perfect!  The rich natural glycolic acids in sugar help release dry, top skin to trigger turnover and damage repair.  Our basq Citrus Sugar Polish is loaded with shea and jojoba butters plus omega rich grapeseed and rosehip oils.

Smooth away the dry, dull surface layer in the warmth of the shower and your skin will be ready to drink in rich omegas, vitamins and nutrients that fuel the renewal process. You’ll love how silky smooth it feels and you’ll be surprised at how healthy your skin looks!  The process of an exfoliating massage in the shower can help with water retention, common during and post-pregnancy. basq’s fresh orange neroli aroma is perfectly blended for an energy boost for mind and body.

For smart skin this summer try this  little exfoliation massage once or twice a week.  It’s the one step you can add to your routine that is guaranteed to make an instant glow and long-term difference!

Shop for basq Sugar Polish and the rest of the collection for basq skincare here!

Four Things: Goddess Edition

Olivia Wilde was recently quoted saying, “I’m a woman! Look at me making a human! I am a goddess!” Although you may not always feel like one during the ups and downs of your pregnancy, we hope that these four things will help to bring out the goddess in you!

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EAT: This Avocado Goddess Dip is both delicious and nutritious!  Avocados are packed with nutrients and vitamins that are good for both you and your growing baby.  Cut up some carrots, celery and cucumber for dipping and enjoy this snack that will help you feel divine on the inside and out!

WEAR: Project an air of elegance and grace in our Sleeveless Braided-Strap Maternity Maxi Dress with a scoop neck and cross back.  Nothing screams goddess-couture like a flowy full-length dress!

DO: Sometimes you just want to do something different with your hair!  These 14 goddess-inspired hairstyles will keep you looking glamorous all throughout your pregnancy.

CREATE: These creative closet dividers can help you keep an organized closet for your little one!  Whether you’re looking for a creative baby shower gift or are looking for a way to divide up an overloaded closet, these color coded dividers can help!

Rachel Pally Designer Profile Q & A

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Describe your brand in three words.
EASY. SEXY. RELAXED.

When designing, what inspires you?
WOMEN!  I am inspired by women I know, women I meet, women I see in magazines and films.  I try to design a line that can appeal to all women, regardless of size, shape or age.

What are the three “key pieces” every mom-to-be should own?
Long black dress, Long black skirt, Maternity jeans

How would you style your favorite piece from the collection?
The striped cape top with a pair of black skinny jeans, black booties, a leather jacket and a statement necklace is casual and cute!

What celebrity mom or mom-to-be do you admire for their fashion choices?
I love how Nicole Richie dresses. She always looks so casual and yet so put together; she looks just as natural in a pair of flat sandals chasing after her little ones, as she does out on the town in sexy stilettos!

Shop the collection here!

HONESTy: Earth Day’s Best Policy

A few months ago, The Honest Company co-founded by celebrity mom Jessica Alba made its debut at Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod.  The Honest Company is committed to making products without harming people or the planet. So, what could be a better way to celebrate Earth Day than by using sustainable, eco-friendly products that are safe for both you and your baby?! 

Earth Day is a day to remember just how important it is to treat Mother Earth well. Do the same for yourself! Celebrate today (and every day) by trying five of their naturally nourishing products made just for mom that can be found at A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity: Organic Belly BalmBody OilFace + Body Lotion,Organic Nipple Balm, and Shampoo + Body Wash.

View and shop our collection of Honest, available at both A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity!

Get the Look: Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis looks casual, comfortable, sophisticated and cool by combining a cropped denim jacket with a simple tee and an on-trend maxi skirt. Demonstrating that casual-chic style works so well for moms-to-be, Mila adds aviator sunnies and a bright scarf to complete her ensemble. Steal Mila’s cool, California look by pairing our L by JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT Self Belly Crossover Waistband Maternity Skirt with our classic BELLA DAHL 3/4 Sleeve Button Front Maternity Blouse. Multi-seasonal and versatile enough to be worn before and after baby, our Mavi Button Front Plain Weave Denim Maternity Jacket provides the perfect finishing touch.

Get this maternity look at A Pea in the Pod!

 

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