WHAT TO WEAR/WHERE: BABY SHOWER

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So many women come to me with the same question…what should I wear to my baby shower? A baby shower should be a celebratory time with family and friends, yet just the thought of a baby shower for so many women sends them into a tizzy. I understand though; I was there too! Since most showers are given during the last trimester, your bump is at its biggest and you may not be feeling so fabulous. If you are like I was with swollen ankles and bouts of Braxton Hicks, then you crave being comfortable AND looking good too. Hello- photo op!

First and foremost, I always suggest wearing a dress that is soft. Either a jersey knit maternity dress or an easy silk maternity shift is a great option for the last trimester. While I’m a big believer in neutrals colors and have a sea of black and greys in my closet, I always think wearing a color makes such a feminine statement. Plus, brighter colors pop in pictures, attracting the attention away from your bigger bump or the other insecurities you may be feeling. If you do go with a black dress, try to choose one that has a detail or textured fabric for some added interest. It’s also important to remember to have the right maternity underwear and outfit foundations, especially when you’ll be spending some time at your shower. Maternity camisoles and the right pregnancy bra can make all the difference. These seamless maternity styles will smooth and support you underneath while keeping you comfortable.

When shopping for your baby shower keep in mind that it’s also an excellent time to stock up on bras, especially if you will be breastfeeding when the baby arrives. Destination Maternity offers a great clip down nursing feature, but can also be worn as a supportive maternity bra. This way you won’t have to make a trip back to the store with a 10 day old baby. (Not going to happen!) Accessories can add some more interest to your look too. Accessorizing is a must to balance out your baby bump, but just remember to stash a pair of flats for when your feet need a rest. Happy dressing ladies and enjoy your day! -Olivia

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Real Moms-to-Be: Jacky’s Baby Shower

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Meet Jacky: Our Senior Online Marketing Manager! Jacky graciously allowed us to take a peek inside her super-adorable baby shower and told us a little bit about the process:

Tell us about your shower outfit! What did you love most about it?

I’m very petite, so I wanted to wear something fitted that showed off my baby bump. I loved this Laundry by Shelli Segal Dress right away because it was comfortable and stylish, which is very important to me at this point in my pregnancy. To add in a pop of color, I paired the dress with a bright statement necklace. I made sure to wear a maternity shaper underneath, which helped to give me a smooth, sleek look and also helped to relieve some back pain I’ve been experiencing.

Q: How did you decide on your location and theme? Who helped to plan the shower?

The town I live in is very rich in history, so I really wanted to take advantage of that. The shower was held at a charming, old hotel that was built in the 1700’s with beautiful antique features. Since my husband and I are keeping the gender of the baby a secret, the theme was “What Will it Bee?” My family coordinated everything around the theme from the honey jar favors to the bee hive shaped cake. My mother-in-law even baked all the sweet treats that also fit into the theme. It was truly perfect!

Q: What was the most memorable gift you received?

We received a lot of amazing and thoughtful gifts. One of the gifts that stood out to me is from my mother-in-law. She crocheted a replica of an alphabet picture that my husband had in his room as a baby; that was very special to me. Passing on these traditions are very important in building our family together.

 

Four Things

Though we’re still in the thick of winter, spring’s light colors and airy fabrics have us excited for the season ahead. From lightening up with healthier food to partaking in a more natural route when it comes to makeup, we hope these four things inspire you to look beyond the snow, slush and breezy temps in favor of the warmth ahead.

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A cinch to make and delicious to down, this healthy and naturally sweet strawberry smoothie is just the kick start we need morning, noon or night.

Floral is everywhere this spring, and this Jessica Simpson maternity blouse in pretty pastels is the perfect way to showcase the trend.

Exude your innate glow by utilizing these easy and effective natural beauty tips – the perfect way to refresh and renew your look.

Adorable, useful and perfectly DIY, these fabric coasters are a fabulous (and easy) way to add a touch of new to your spring décor.

Showers of Happiness: Giraffes!

A touch of modern and a whole lot of whimsy, a giraffe-themed shower can be just as sophisticated as it is adorable. By mixing in cool prints such as chevron and animal print, it’s relatively easy to create a baby shower that’s one for the books.

FABULOUS INVITATIONS

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PETITE CAKES

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REFRESHING DRINKS

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ADORABLE FAVORS

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Fashion Cravings

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Designed with flattering details galore, this beautiful lace trim maternity dress hits all of the high notes. From the double V-neckline (front and back) and ultra-stretch fabric, to the moody hues of grey and navy along with its prim and proper look, it’s primed for all of your year-round soirees. We adore the formfitting silhouette that effortlessly hugs the bump along with its sweet and sexy lace layers that add that coveted dose of polish.

Shop this sophisticated maternity dress at A Pea in the Pod!

Showers of Happiness: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Elegant and sophisticated with a heavy dose of sweet, a baby shower inspired by the classic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is an ideal setting for an afternoon gathering of ladies who lunch. The infamous blue hue effortlessly infuses itself into every aspect of the décor. Perfect for a chic mommy-to-be, it makes for a true shower of happiness.

SWEET INVITATION

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ELEGANT TABLE SETTING

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GORGEOUS CAKE

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TRUE BLUE PUNCH

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PERFECT FAVOR GOODIE BAGS

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Third Trimester Checklist: The Homestretch!

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You’re almost there! It’s the final stretch of your pregnancy and you are ready to get this baby out! But until that imminent day has arrived, there is still much to do, and many clothes to wear. From what to don at your upcoming baby shower to prepping for your postnatal needs with nursing bras and tops, both new items and mainstays are available to meet your needs.

Stay tuned for next month’s Maternity Checklist guide to see what to buy post pregnancy!

Cool Contrast: Stripes vs. Prints

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Evident in their lasting presence on all of the major runways, stripes are here to stay. Whether horizontal, vertical, wide or narrow, stripes are actually flattering to your bump. Perfect on anything from tops to accessories to this super flattering maternity dress, stripes are still high on our fashion radar.

In contrast, we also adore another classic, the animal print, when done right. For your baby shower or a night out with the girls, play up your sassy side in this animal print maternity dress. And if you dare to do both, mix and match stripes and animal prints together for a look that’s incredibly “now.”

Shop our striped and animal printed maternity clothes at A Pea in the Pod.

Showers of Happiness: About to Pop!

EAT:

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Sweet: A mouth-watering popcorn bar. Get the recipe here.

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Savory: Delectable dishes with a POP! Get the recipes here.

DECORATE:

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An adorably appropriate balloon wreath.

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Perfect pop décor!

GIVE:

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Thank your guests for popping by!

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Popcorn favors, but of course.

PLAY:

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A guessing game for your guests! Get a customized calendar for your bash here.

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A personalized pop quiz! Award a prize for the most correct answers.

DIY Wednesday: Baby Shower String Monogram

A cute and crafty addition to your shower décor, this string monogram project comes courtesy of eyeheartprettythings.com. We adore her use of unconventional colors and how she chose to display it on her dessert table. This super easy DIY only requires a few items which cost under $20 dollars – such a steal for such a sweet shower addition! See the easy pictorial directions below:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A piece of wood (you could use reclaimed wood or brand new from the hardware store)
  • Paper to trace letters
  • A ruler
  • An Xacto blade (or scissors)
  • Nails
  • Yarn
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