The Many [Maternity] Layers of Kim Kardashian

All eyes have been on Kim Kardashian since she announced last week that she is expecting baby #2. Kim layers her looks to perfection, especially during her pregnancies! It’s clear as a mom-to-be, she understands that adding a crisp blazer, jacket or sweater can create the right proportion over a dress or pant, which really does flatter your shape.

51052057 Reality stars Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian stop by their mom's office in Los Angeles, California on March 29, 2013. FameFlynet, Inc - Beverly Hills, CA, USA - +1 (818) 307-4813This look from Kim’s first pregnancy, where she pairs an easy tee, flats and our Secret Fit Belly® leggings with a structured blazer, is the perfect example of a polished, yet comfortable, outfit for a mom-to-be. The blazer balances out the soft knit pieces since it hits just below her bump; when worn open, it really elongates her figure. All of these pieces are mom-to-be essentials and when worn together, create a chic desk-to-dinner look! Photo Credit: FameFlyNet

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Kim Kardashian is seen at LAX. on June 02, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)Last week in Los Angeles, she opted for a casual cargo jacket worn over a maxi dress, another maternity layering-DO!  She keeps the look monochromatic, pairing a mid-length jacket in the same shade over the longer dress– a sophisticated, yet easy to recreate outfit! Photo Credit: GVK/Bauer-GC Images

Kim knows what works best for her bump and I am excited to see even more classic looks, as well as some fashion risks, this time around! –Olivia

Chic this Week // The Perfect Summer Maternity Dress

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I am a huge fan of the tee-shirt dress. A simple knit dress is key in any Spring and Summer wardrobe but I especially loved it when I was pregnant since it was cute AND comfortable. If you are a mom-to-be and have the rest of the summer ahead of you, you definitely need a few tee shirt dresses in your arsenal! They are extremely versatile, too, especially this Splendid version! You can go for a totally casual look, pairing it with a summer slide and tote for a beach day, or opt for city chic, with strappy slides, tortoise shell shades, a panama hat and a simple clutch. Great Memorial Day BBQ option too! Hope you are enjoying the long weekend! -Olivia

Get The Look // Hilaria Baldwin’s Chic Stroller Style!

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Hilaria Baldwin is spotted again wearing A Pea in the Pod in New York City on what is a fashionable and fun day of errands! On the go with adorable daughter Carmen and baby number two due later this year, I love that she keeps her mom-to-be look casual yet chic. She’s sporting one of my favorite staples of the season, the soft pant! This version from Splendid, is trendy and in a soft chambray fabric, extremely comfortable! She’s paired it with a simple side ruched tee and cardigan, which I love for cooler weather. You can also opt for a breezy tank and wedges for a summer look that is more comfortable when the temperature gets warmer. Style and mom points both go to Hilaria for adding an edgy take on this trend with fabulous oversized frames and earrings, all while toting her tot, shopping bags and sippy cup! -Olivia

Photo by Ignat/Bauer-Griffin for GC Image

A Celebration of Style

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Last weekend, we celebrated our exclusive collection with style maven Rachel Zoe by throwing shopping celebrations in select A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity stores throughout the country. While shopping, guests enjoyed macarons from Dana’s Bakery personalized with our hashtag #RachelZoexAPIP in flavors like chocolate molten and jelly doughnut- YUM! Décor included all white floral arrangements with peeled back roses and hydrangeas (Rachel’s favorites).

I had the pleasure of hosting two of the events in sunny Aventura and Coral Gables, Florida.   It was so much fun to meet with clients and introduce them to the collection!  I was able to advise on the best ways to style the bump while helping the expecting moms-to-be shop for their maternity essentials and wardrobe.

 

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Los Angeles-based blogger Leanne Barlow hosted the event in Beverly Hills and looked GORGEOUS in the Rachel Zoe Printed Caftan Maternity Dress.

Bloggers Nicole Gonzalez of Lillies and Leon, who also donned the caftan, and Staci Acquasanta of Leather and Leops, who rocked the Rachel Zoe Exposed Zipper Maternity Mini Dress, hosted the event in New York.  Plus, DreamDry,the premier blowdry and styling salon co-founded by Rachel, held a braid bar to add even more boho-chic flair.

Don’t fret if you missed our events!  The collection is available online and in stores.

Hope to see you at our future shopping events!  Xoxo- Olivia

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

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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

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!

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!

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