WHAT TO WEAR/WHERE: LABOR DAY

Summer is winding down and I’m getting ready for the long Labor Day weekend ahead. I’ll probably head to the beach or pool with my boys during the day and maybe even make my way into the city too. Playing holiday weekends by ear seems to suit my family best, so I always have versatile outfits in mind when I start thinking about what to wear. Layering pieces, a great skinny and the right accessories are the key for the perfect Labor Day weekend look. -Olivia

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Scarf A Pea in the Pod / Petunia Pickle Bottom Bag Destination Maternity /
Nail Polish Butter Nail Polish / Espadrilles Soludos /
Dolce & Gabbana Pressed Powder / Sunglasses Round Sunnies /
Light Weight Cardi Maternity Cardigan / Cropped Skinnys Destination Maternity / Striped Tee Motherhood Maternity / Statement Cuff

Q+A WITH WENDY BELLISSIMO

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I’m so excited about our new collaboration with Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity! As a successful and stylish mom of four, Wendy is a true inspiration. What I love the most about the collection is how her relaxed, effortless style comes through in each of the pieces. It’s not surprising that the collection instantly became a favorite of style influencers, bloggers and expecting moms alike. I had a chance to chat with Wendy and wanted to share what she had to say with all of you. I think you’ll agree Wendy is pretty fabulous, just like her collection. -Olivia
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wendybellissimoO Myers: How would you explain your own personal style and how has that influenced your collection with Destination Maternity?
W Bellissimo: My signature look from home decor to apparel is uncomplicated yet chic and my style is definitely rooted in nature with a certain sense of comfort and ease. This design aesthetic translates perfectly to my collections for Destination Maternity, because looking great and feeling comfortable during pregnancy helps with all the changes a woman is experiencing. Getting dressed shouldn’t be a chore, especially when you are pregnant!

O Myers: Why did you decide to partner with Destination Maternity for your maternity collection?
W Bellissimo: I feel like I was nonstop pregnant – I had 4 babies in 5 years, so I personally know the challenges women face. Destination Maternity is the leader and they understood my vision and passion to create beautiful, comfortable clothing that women want to wear during pregnancy and even after. Their experience and understanding of my vision made this a perfect partnership.

O Myers: Tell us about your design process and how you create from concept to completion?
W Bellissimo: From concept to completion I always think about the woman. I want her to feel put-together without looking like she is trying too hard. Offering her style that she feels good about is important to me. It’s about creating a balance of sophistication, comfort and down to earth luxury. Next come color and pattern. The WB brand is known for rich colors and signature prints that grab attention, yet still speak softly. I try to develop looks that can easily move from casual to a night out just by changing a few accessories. Seasonless style is a meaningful part of the process and each collection is approached from that point of view. Most women run very hot when they are pregnant; therefore, layering pieces are a must. We also design the styles so that they can be worn after pregnancy, becoming a part of a woman’s everyday wardrobe. This is an important part of the design process as it allows women to make smart purchases that last. When we hit all of these goals I know that we have created a successful collection.

O Myers: Being so successful and working on so many projects, how do you juggle having a family and a career?
W Bellissimo: To be completely honest the juggling is a big personal struggle for me. Every day I fall short somewhere. Nothing will ever be perfect. You have to work extra hard at being the best mommy you can be and the best wife you can be while still managing a demanding career. Luckily, my husband is my business partner so we get to work together and after we had our 4th child we transitioned our business to work from home.

O Myers: What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
W Bellissimo: The simple things – the hugs, smiles and love from my little girls. Just knowing they are happy and healthy is the best! I have to pinch myself every day just looking at them and my husband. They are all my dream come true.

O Myers: What is the one piece of fashion advice you have for expecting moms?
W Bellissimo: Be prepared! Every pregnant woman eventually realizes she can’t squeeze in to regular clothes for her whole pregnancy. That is why I am so passionate about creating amazing maternity clothing that women want to wear. Being pregnant is a gift and dressing your bump should feel like a blessing, not a curse!

We are celebrating this exciting collaboration with Wendy at our NYC flagship Destination Maternity store on August 26th, so please join us!  The collection is currently in stores and online at DestinationMaternity.

STYLING THE SKINNY

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I had a great opportunity to partner with Lucky Magazine and the lovely Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam on a denim style session last month. Jordan is such a beauty and has a great sense of style, so I was really excited to work with her and the Lucky team on the shoot. Watch and find out how we styled skinny jeans to create two completely different looks, both featuring the ultra-comfy patented Secret Fit Belly® panel. Look for part II of our collaboration featuring the boyfriend jean coming soon. –Olivia

 

Find Jordan at www.ramshackleglam.com and visit www.luckymag.com for more fashion and style advice.

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE DENIM SHIRT

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The denim shirt has always been a classic favorite of mine and it also happens to be a key piece for the season. With so many different styling options, I always seemed to repurpose my denim shirt throughout my pregnancy and beyond.

PS. It’s awesome for after baby too for easy nursing access!

Shop our maternity denim looks today!

Party Décor Idea: The Little Red Wagon

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I can’t believe it has been a year already! I have heard so many moms say just the same thing when their baby’s 1st birthday was approaching! Time flies and while juggling work, hobbies, family and friends, I also had to start planning Greyson’s 1st birthday party. We chose to have “A Little Red Wagon” theme for Grey since he has a red radio flyer wagon that he loves. With Pinterest and so many other great websites to be inspired by, figuring out decorations and planning was easy! Grey’s radio flyer was the centerpiece of the party so I kept everything in black, red and white. I also added a little vintage feel with galvanized steel serving dishes and burlap touches; I think it worked nicely.  I am so happy with how Grey’s party turned out. I hope this provides you with a little inspiration for your next party or event! –Olivia

 

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Chic This Week: The Destructed Skinny

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Destructed denim is hot for fall and we love this version from 7 for all Mankind.  Pair with a tank, blazer and scarf for a chic casual look!

Shop all of our destructed maternity denim today online and in stores!

Butter London

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As summer is winding down we are already getting ready for fall here at Destination Maternity. Everyone loves these great transitional nudes and cosmetic pink shades by Butter London. This cosmetic palette is a huge trend for fall and we love it!  Butter London’s lacquers are carcinogen and formaldehyde free so these are perfect for expecting and new moms. You can find these butter london colors and more available online and in stores at Destination Maternity.

 

 

The Perfect Summer Salad

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This is a quick and simple salad that is a perfect summer dish. Serve as a healthy side or add grilled chicken for a delicious meal for you and your family.

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon honey

1 small shallot, minced

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, preferably Banyuls

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salt

Freshly ground pepper

12 cups packed assorted baby lettuces (about 6 ounces)

1 quart strawberries, hulled—small berries halved, large ones quartered

4 ounces feta (preferably French), crumbled (1 cup)

1 cup smoked almonds, chopped

 

Recipe taken from www.foodandwine.com

Every Mother Counts

One of our favorite bloggers,  Jennifer Rand from Belle De Couture took part in A Pea in the Pod and Citizens of Humanity’s partnership with Every Mother Counts. Founded by Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Jennifer styled the signature tee and Citizens of Humanity jeans to perfection and boasted how comfortable she found the jeans!  We love how she accessorized her look with Saint Laurent sunglasses, vintage Moschino clutch and nude heels.

For each jean sold, A Pea in the Pod will donate $15.00 and Citizens of Humanity will donate $25.00 to EMC to support its efforts to improve global maternal health and reduce maternal mortality worldwide. A Pea in the Pod will also donate $5 from the purchase of every Every Mother Counts t-shirt to the charity.

Many thanks to Jennifer for supporting such a great cause with us here at Destination Maternity!

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Shop our Every Mother Counts & Citizens for Humanity collection today!

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Jessica Simpson New Mom Collection

Transition from mom-to-be to new mommy with the Jessica Simpson New Mom Collection

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Mom of two and our own maternity fashion maven, Jessica Simpson is the ultimate momspiration!  We are so excited to announce that she will be expanding her clothing empire at Destination Maternity with her New Mom Collection!

The Jessica Simpson New Mom Collection offers postpartum and nursing essentials that are both fashionable and functional and made in comfortable fabrics.  The collection features clip down camis, cardigans and tunics with nursing accessibility.  The most exciting addition is the postpartum bottoms, a legging and lounge pant, which are made with a built-in control shaper tummy panel to give support and smoothing to New Moms.

Enjoy being a new mom and be stylish while doing it!  Check out the Jessica Simpson New Mom Shop at DestinationMaternity.com!

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