TREND ALERT: THE LUXE SWEATSHIRT

Chic sweatshirts are hot for fall, but they aren’t the bulky, college logoed, gym kind.  These are embellished, printed, leather detailed & crafted from luxe fabrics. These are the new fashion-forward sweatshirts that add a polished appeal to any look. Designed with the bump in mind, these sweats are great before and after baby.  Dress them up; dress them down- they’re the versatile piece for mamas that I love. -Olivia

 

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1/ Textured Sweatshirt, Motherhood Maternity 2/Jewel Neck Sweatshirt, Motherhood Maternity, 3/ Jacquard Sweatshirt BCBG, A Pea in the Pod, 4/ Jewel Sweatshirt Madison Marcus, A Pea in the Pod 5/Cheetah Print Sweatshirt, Motherhood Maternity

Get The Look: Kourtney Kardashian

By: Olivia Capone Meyers

Kourtney Kardashion is expecting baby number 3 so I thought we’d take a look back at some of her most fashionable mom-to-be looks! Here are some of my favorites:

 

  1. The White Maxi dress is a summer essential and I love how Kourtney accessorized this look! The oversized sunglasses, bun and gladiator sandals make this dress even more fabulous!*EXCLUSIVE* Kourtney Kardashian and Mason : Two Peas in a Pond(Photo Credit: http://www.celebritybabyscoop.com/)
  2. Kourtney is always seen wearing leggings during her pregnancies and always makes them look chic! The striped top, blazer and fierce bag takes this look to another level. It is edgy yet feminine and cool.KK3(Photo Credit: www.whataretheywearing.com)
  3. Kourtney gives the basic black maxi dress a complete make-over with a breezy cardi, tote and her signature oversized frames.KK2(Photo Credit: www.usmagazine.com)

Get the look with these Destination Maternity pieces:

  1. Spaghetti Strap Tiered Maternity Maxi Dress
  2. Sleeveless Scoop Neck Lightweight Maternity Tank Top
    Secret Fit Belly® Jersey Knit Maternity Leggings
    Lace Trim Novelty Stitch Maternity Jacket
  3. Long Sleeve Open Front Maternity Cardigan
    Feel The Piece Short Sleeve Maternity Maxi Dress

Get Grilling!

Having a Father’s Day barbeque this weekend? Here’s an appetizer you can throw on the grill & feel good about eating. Delish.com gives you another way to prepare seasonal vegetables like red peppers & eggplant, plus some delicious feta cheese for a flavorful kick.

All you need is the following:

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 8 slice(s) eggplant, 1/2-inch thick
  • 3 tablespoon(s) olive oil, plus more, for grilling
  • 1 tablespoon(s) red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) crumbled feta
  • Salt and pepper

 

If your grill is already hot from burgers & hot dogs, you are good to go. If not, then preheat the grill, coat your cut vegetables with olive oil, cook them until tender or you see some grill marks, & finally arrange on a platter. Then simply sprinkle them with 3 tablespoons olive oil, and red wine vinegar; add oregano and feta. Lastly, season to taste with salt and pepper.


It is no secret that vegetables are filled with valuable nutrition benefits for everyone, but especially for pregnant women! The grilling takes these vegetables to richer level. Grill, serve & enjoy!

A Wardrobe of White

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White has many different connotations- pure, clean, bright. Then there is that statement, “white hot.” What does it all mean when trying to add white into your wardrobe? You have probably heard the rule about not wearing white after Labor Day. It is crazy to think that so much time is dedicated to this color, that some argue is only a shade.

Well, call us crazy, because we are about to dedicate a little more time to the color that crisps up any outfit, lightens any look & potentially just may be the chicest shade.

White acts a canvas for you to style with jewelry, belts, scarves and other colored accessories. Take a basic white dress, which alone looks summery & sleek, now add a nude bag, gladiator sandals & brown sun glasses- you are the epitome of a Grecian Goddess. Or, pop on some yellow high heels, a pink purse & green bangles for a look that is sure to draw attention & compliments. White makes color pop.

White is known as the summer staple because unlike it’s opposite, black, it actually reflects the sun & thus the heat. Throw on white shorts to keep your legs looking cool or a white cover-up over your bathing suit to keep the baby bump protected.

The white-on-white trend is the classiest fashion statement since, well, black-on-black. The difference? It is uniform, but also unexpected. It is the most mod, mommy-in-the-making monochromatic look!

The plain white-tee has become a cult classic at this point, & white sweaters, summer sweatshirts, blouses & tanks are following suit. White is the look of the season- there is no doubt about that & no question that white will always look pure, clean & bright.

Shop our white trend today!

Four Things

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[Sigh] Can you feel  the sun on your skin? Can you smell the flowers? Can you taste the barbequed food? Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us! We hope that our May Four Things will help you celebrate the launch of summer and invigorate all your senses including your sense of style!

EAT: Bring these Chile-Lime Grilled Veggie Skewers to that backyard BBQ. The colors alone will draw you in, but the taste & nutritious value is what will make you take seconds (& possibly thirds!)

WEAR: Eyelet accents are a summer staple. The lightweight fabric of this top will keep you cool while the peplum shape will perfectly define your growing baby belly. Scoop it up in both blue and white.

DO: We have a style that will have you channeling our favorite royal mom in minutes! May is the #1 month for weddings so skip the salon & try this super easy up-do.

CREATE: Are you having a girl? These darling skirts will make any baby into a mini-fashionista AND they look as easy to make as they are cute.

 

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!

Séraphine Launches At Destination Maternity!

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Launched in 2002 in London, Séraphine offers innovative maternity styles for pregnant women seeking stylish, high quality maternity fashion. Offering style as well as practicality, the full line includes casual to formal maternity wear, nursing clothes, maternity evening dresses and accessories. With an impressive list of A-list followers, Séraphine has recently dressed the Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Phillips, Gwen Stefani, Halle Berry and Kate Winslet and celeb fans include Angelina Jolie, January Jones, Claudia Schiffer, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson and Sienna Miller.

The UK based maternity line has recently launched at over 100 Destination Maternity® and A Pea in the Pod® stores nationwide and online at destinationmaternity.com and apeainthepod.com. Destination Maternity offers select pieces from the Séraphine Spring/Summer 2014 collection including separates and dresses. Destination Maternity will also exclusively sell Séraphine’s signature Jolene Dressthe very same dress that was worn by The Duchess of Cambridge in her famous family portrait.

On Friday April 4th and Saturday April 5th, founder and head designer, Cecile Reinaud, visited Destination Maternity Madison Avenue and Paramus for two great events. Guests were able meet Cecile and shop the gorgeous new collection while enjoying mocktails and light bites from PICNIC Catering and Events. Mama Mio provided pampering hand and arm massages with their updated collection of products and butter LONDON™ provided mini manicures with our newest assortment of on-trend shades.

In honor of the launch of Séraphine at Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, Cecile answers five questions about her brand, style and inspiration:

Describe your brand in three words.

Parisian-chic pregnancy.

What inspires you when designing?

I take inspiration from my native city of Paris to create the overall feeling of my collections, then I look at catwalk shows, trends and styles I see on the street to hone my ideas. First and foremost, I’m always inspired by the beautiful curves of the pregnant figure. I love to design styles that will grow and adapt to a woman’s changing shape, and can be worn before, during and after pregnancy.

What are the three key pieces every mom-to-be should own?

A flattering pair of maternity jeans, A little black maternity dress, and a stylish scarf for accessorizing.

How would you style your favorite piece from the collection?

My favorite piece is the Short Sleeve V-neck Twist Front Maternity Shirt – it’s so versatile! I’d wear it with skinny jeans for a casual look, or with leather pants and heels for a more vamped up evening look.

What celebrity mom or mom-to-be do you admire for their fashion choices?

We’ve been honored to dress a number of super stylish celebrity moms in Séraphine and it’s always a pleasure to see how they each wear our clothes differently to suit their own style. I loved seeing Gwen Stefani in our clothes recently – as a designer herself, she really nailed her pregnancy style.

 

Designer Profile: Rebecca Taylor

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Originally from New Zealand, Rebecca Taylor and business partner Elizabeth Bugdaycay came to New York City and launched the Rebecca Taylor brand for the contemporary, evolving modern woman.  Her clothes are most known for their flattering silhouettes, impressive embellishments and details, and unique color combinations and prints that allow you to add  your own individual style.  With celebrity customers including Rashida Jones, Reese Witherspoon, and Duchess Catherine Middleton, the brand has established itself as feminine and refined.  Destination Maternity offers a variety of Rebecca Taylor’s bump-flattering tunics, blouses and tops that can be worn both during and after pregnancy. The sophisticated color palette of neutral white, navy, black and grey can easily take you from desk to dinner.

Here, Rebecca answers five questions about her brand, style and inspiration:

Describe your brand in three words.

“Modern, feminine, refined.”

What inspires you when designing?

“I am inspired by so many things every day – New York, music, art, film.”

What are the three key pieces every mom-to-be should own?

“Can’t go wrong with the basics: comfortable yet cool sneakers, striped tees, and a great pair of jeans. “

We are loving your Sleeveless Embellished Maternity Blouse. Tell us how you would style it.

“Just a simple bottom to let the top take center stage.”

What celebrity mom or mom-to-be do you admire for their fashion choices?

“Gwen Stefani – she always looks amazing!”

Shop the Rebecca Taylor collection at Destination Maternity.

Looks of Love

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite pieces inspired by this day of unconditional love. From red-hot hues and soft and pretty pinks to romantic patterns and messages of adoration, we can’t get enough of these day-and-night styles that bring out your gorgeous glow.

Shop these Valentine’s Day styles at Motherhood Maternity!

Inspiration Behind the Design: Our Fabulous Holiday Collection!

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This season, our Holiday Collection is a mix of luxe styles that are high on drama. From jewels to beading to lustrous fabrics rendered in sexy silhouettes primed to show off your shape, the A Pea in the Pod Design Team drew on all things glam for this season’s collection:

“For the holiday season, we focused on the Baroque period, a time known for exquisite detail and ornamentation. Through the use of lace, shine and luxurious fabrics in black, gold and a beautiful Bordeaux red, each style creates a perfect ensemble for holiday parties and events.”

Key pieces include a cozy cable knit maternity sweater in shimmering black lurex; fashion’s current “it” look, faux leather trim maternity leggings; and a party-perfect jersey knit embellished maternity dress.

Shop all of these must-have holiday maternity clothes at A Pea in the Pod!

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