A Gift for Baby from Your Wedding Dress

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Meet Jen Bowers, the Divisional Merchandise Manager for A Pea in the Pod!  A stylish mama herself, she is in charge of the team of buyers that keeps our stores filled with trendy maternity pieces for mothers-to-be!

Instead of shopping for a special occasion dress for her daughter Kendall, Jen had the sweet idea of designing something special using fabric from her wedding dress. “My wedding dress was an all-over lace Monique Lhuillier gown.  I wanted to incorporate the lace from my dress so she had a piece of me on her special day.”

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With creative and design expertise from Brittany West, A Pea in the Pod’s assistant designer, they created a beautiful dress for a beautiful girl!

 

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We love the idea of repurposing your wedding dress for baby.  You could also make a beautiful bassinet skirt, a necklace with the fabric embedded in it, or turn your wedding dress into something smaller, like a pillow.  What great hand-me-down pieces for your baby!

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Four Things

Spring is finally here and there are so many reasons to celebrate. It’s time to leave behind the soups, sweaters and scarves to engage in these FOUR season-changing favorites. Pull up your hair, hop into a dress and get creative in this season of growth.

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EAT: A roasted banana boat is the perfect snack to satisfy cravings and stay healthy! Add in some walnuts for a dose of good-for-you omegas and dark chocolate chips for antioxidants. Haylie Duff and her sister Hilary sweeten up the warm, campfire snack with marshmallows- a welcome twist on the classic S’more.

WEAR: Nothing screams spring like a flirty little dress. Our Sleeveless Fit and Flare Maternity Dress with an empire waist and scoop neck will have you looking sweeter than jelly beans this holiday.

DO: As the temperatures go up, you may wish your hair does as well. These 6 Easy Braided Hair Styles will keep you cool and comfortable while staying on-trend.

CREATE: Like flowers in the spring, babies seem to boom and bloom around this season. Try something different for your next baby shower gift and create these adorable numbered baby bodysuits, or keep them for you and your baby!

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With the Big Game finally upon us, we’re looking forward to eating delicious food, wearing comfortable (but) cute clothes and a few other little odds and ends on this first weekend in February. From lusciously flowing locks to adding the final touch to the nursery, here are our picks to eat, wear, do and create!

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Easy to devour and as decadent as you’re craving, these Handheld Desserts are the perfect accessory for game day.

Pretty in print and flowing in fit, this Convertible Sleeve Button Detail Maternity Shirt is an easy, breezy look, day or night.

Gorgeously tousled and surprisingly easy to achieve, these Top 10 Beautiful Wavy Long Hairstyles are must-have additions to your styling arsenal.

  The furniture is in and the paint is up; just add this last DIY Nursery Wall Art detail that is sure to bring it all together.

Four Things

Though the weather outside may be dreary, we have spring on our minds! Signifying the rebirth of all things beautiful, from colorful flowers and lush leaves to the influx of newborns this time of year always brings, we are looking forward to warm weather baby showers and the newest little arrivals in our lives – be it our own, our family’s or our friends’. Get inspired this weekend by the four things we are longing to eat, wear, do and create!

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Gorgeously rosy shades in a trendy design make this mouthwatering Pink Ombre Vanilla Cake the perfect slice of heaven we can’t wait to dig our forks into.

 This Jessica Simpson Hanky Hem Maternity Dress, in trendy pastels, is the ultimate party go-to primed for a baby shower, afternoon wedding or birthday celebration.

 Take a cue from the beautiful Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Hudson by pairing the aforementioned dress with a luscious matte lip.

 Made for your own little one or as a sweet gift, these DIY Pacifier Clips are just the right mix of function and adorableness, with a side of super easy to do!

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With the holiday season coming to a close and 2014 just around the corner, we look forward to a weekend of celebrating all that’s to come! Whether picking out a dress for a festive party or creating something special for your New Year’s arrival, these four things have us inspired and excited about the year ahead.

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Decadent and oh-so-pretty, mini black and white cookies are the perfect treat to bring to a New Year’s party.

cap sleeve tie detail maternity dress is a versatile and stylish option that can be worn both now AND later.

For an updated take on a classic style, skip the bun and try a messy side braid for a casual-chic look.

 A black and white mobile adds instant modern appeal to your little one’s space.

DIY Wednesday: Owl Bookends

A homemade item with both charm and practicality, these DIY Owl Bookends from The Little Appleseed are too cute for words. Customize them to your liking with any fabric of your choice; it’s a simple-to-do project with lasting appeal.

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Photo source: thelittleappleseed.com

Materials:

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Pattern for the owls

Scissors

Felt

Flannel

A Sewing Needle and Yarn

Rice

Step 1: Make a pattern for the owls.

Step 2: Cut out the fabric needed for the owls. Use flannel. felt and other fabric for the eyes and wings.

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Photo source: thelittleappleseed.com

Step 3: Hand embroider all of the pieces in place before sewing them together.

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Step 4: Leaving an opening at the top, stuff them and put rice at the bottom to weigh them down.

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Photo source: thelittleappleseed.com

DIY: Zig Zag Tray

A household can never have too many trays; useful for just about anything from books and magazines in your living room to delicate jewelry and a candle on your nightstand. Courtesy of Style Me Pretty, this fabulously chic gold and white zig zag tray is an ideal addition to your home décor or even to serve as a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table! We love how an everyday tray is revamped with a touch of glam color and design. With just a few items required to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, see the easy pictorial directions for the DIY below:

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Photo source: stylemepretty.com/living

Here’s what you’ll need:

White tray of your choice

Adhesive size

Gold leaf

Glue brush

1” Painter’s tape

Paint brush

Clear acrylic spray

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Photo source: stylemepretty.com/living

For addtional instructions for this project, visit Style Me Pretty.

Nurseries We Love: Gender Neutral

Whether you’re finding out if it’s a boy or girl while pregnant, or if you’re waiting for the big reveal during delivery, gender neutral nurseries are an everlasting trend. From cool shades to neutral palettes with pops of colors, we’ve rounded up some of the gender neutral spaces we absolutely adore.

Soothing and lush, this green and white nursery is heavenly.

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The ultimate space to dream a thousand beautiful dreams.

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Gorgeous, woodland-themed colors bring this neutral space alive.

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Yellow and gray are a perfect combo for a cheery nursery with a modern edge.

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Four Things

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you’re like us, you’re reading through recipes, rummaging through your closet and doing other odds and ends around your house to prep for the holidays. From a gorgeously ethereal beauty look to an adorable DIY for the nursery, these are the four things we’ll be eating, wearing, doing and creating this weekend.

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Go bold, daring and utterly delicious this Thanksgiving by stepping out of your pumpkin pie comfort zone and into White Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake heaven.

 Comfortable and classic, yet totally on-trend, this striped Long Sleeve Side Ruched Maternity Sweater is perfect for casual holiday gatherings.

 A soft and luscious makeup look like Kiera Knightley’s pretty pink lips, subtle rosy cheeks and dramatic black liquid liner is just the warmth this cold weather needs.

 Homemade, easy and ultra-sweet, this adorably whimsical wall hanging made out of something we all have – safety pins – is waiting to be hung in your little one’s nursery.

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At the end of this long week, it’s finally time to drop the normal day-to-day tasks and routines for a few things that are sure to brighten things up. With the ease of the weekend now here, take a minute (or a few) to do, eat, wear and create. Ready, set, go!

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Epitomizing the savory flavors of fall, we can’t wait to dip a chip into Roasted Sweet Potato and Toasted Sage Dip.

 Call it the perfect thing to wear to just about, well, anything, this Long Sleeve Sash Belt Maternity Tunic is sure to brighten up a chilly day.

 Chic and understated with a touch of glam, a ponytail is our idea of weekending; style your own in five ways not meant for the gym.

 A whimsical touch to your little one’s nursery, this DIY “Up Up and Away!” mobile is one of the cutest we’ve seen.

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