What to Wear/Where: Baby Shower

W2WW-BabyShowerDreses_1-608x200 W2WW-BabyShowerDreses_2-608x1064 W2WW-BabyShowerDreses_3-608x612Is your baby shower approaching? Don’t panic! I’ve got you covered with some totally chic options that are perfect for a spring shower.

Coral is trending right now and I love it for a baby shower, especially if you’re expecting a girl! The pleating on this dress is feminine without being too frilly which works perfectly with a bump. Pair with metallic accessories for a fresh modern finish. And I suggest going with a wedge since it gives you some height without being too high! Head over www.destinationmaternity.com for the full assortment of shower-perfect dresses! Congrats! -Olivia

Trend Alert // Blues Hues

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Shades of indigo from breezy blues to chambray are in for spring. The denim on denim look truly ushered in this trend, but jeans look equally good when paired with a soft or even bright blue. In a maternity maxi, silk top or a fun accessory, we love this color for moms-to-be for spring! -Olivia

Daniel Rainn Blouse / 2 Isabella Oliver Maxi Dress / 3 Destructed Maternity Jeans / 4 Iphone Case / 5 Blue Cuff / 6 Jessica Simpson Denim Jacket / 7 Blue Leather Bucket Bag / 8 Rachel Zoe Collection Top

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

Chic This Week // The Jogger

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Move over skinnies, Joggers are on the scene! The jogger is the perfect trend for expecting mamas who want the comfort of an easy silhouette. It can so easily be styled up with a jacket and heel or styled down with chic flats and a tee. Wear it before and after baby, too, for tons of wardrobe mileage! -Olivia

Styled & Inspired // AG Jeans

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Some of our favorite bloggers and fashion influencers have recently been donning maternity styles from one of our most-loved denim brands: AG Jeans– and we’re obsessed with each of their looks!

A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity both offer the latest styles and washes from AG Jeans translated specifically for a baby bump. With the Secret Fit Belly®, you can wear some of their iconic styles like The Stilt, The Legging or The Ballad and feel comfortable throughout your whole pregnancy and beyond.

I lived in my favorite AG Jeans when I was pregnant (and still wear them!) since the Secret Fit Belly® panel is comfortable and supportive even after baby.

So take a nod from an expecting fashionistas like Staci from Leather & Leops,  who paired her Destructed Skinny AG’s with an easy silk blouse, heels and a fringe bag. Keep it chic like Andrea from With Love… Andrea, who paired The Stilt with a fun top, flat, hat and cardigan. Go totally preppy like Connie who nailed the look with The Stilt Crop, striped tee and pretty ballet flat. We love them all, don’t you? -Olivia

Bohemian Beauty // Wendy Bellissimo Spring 2015

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The Spring 2015 edition of this Cali-cool collection comes in a chic neutral color palette. The breezy maxis and laid-back looks will get you excited for the warm weather, whether you are expecting or not! The Wendy Bellissimo maternity line is known for its relaxed vibe with lifestyle pieces that are just as perfect for before baby as they are for after baby! -Olivia

Q+A with Beyond Yoga

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If you’re like me, you need some serious motivation to exercise (pregnant or not!). Beyond the Bump, a luxurious collection of active maternity wear from Beyond Yoga, launched at A Pea in the Pod earlier this year and with its incredibly soft, supportive and flattering pieces makes a fitness regime instantly more enticing. I sat down with founder Michelle Wahler, to talk about the line which couldn’t have been more timely– she’s currently expecting her first!  -OliviaQA_BeyondYoga_2-608x364

O Myers: What was your inspiration for Beyond the Bump?
M Wahler: My inspiration for Beyond the Bump came as I was shopping for active wear with my best friend Lauren during her first pregnancy. Her doctor told her to keep active, to continue running, try prenatal yoga etc., and she was having such a tough time finding anything athletic to wear that was designed for pregnancy. She wanted to wear Beyond Yoga and just size up, but wearing a size bigger was just making her look like she was wearing clothing that was too big for her. I then realized how underserved this demographic of women was, and started designing our first collection!

O Myers: What are some of your favorite maternity essentials?
M Wahler: The Scoop Neck Ruched Maternity Tank Top, Adjustable Belly Maternity Leggings and Long Sleeve Drape Front Maternity Cardigan

O Myers: What are your tips for staying active during pregnancy?
M Wahler: Just keep doing what you’ve been doing. I am a big fan of Pilates and go at least three times a week. Since I’ve been pregnant it has been the best thing I do for myself. Of course, I modify some of the moves, but it feels great to have one hour where I keep in motion, and maintain some normality. As the months have gone on, new people come up to me every week (who are not pregnant) and tell me I am their motivation to get through the class, that if I can do something pregnant, they feel like they should push through it. It feels really nice to have my actions inspire others.
I also feel like staying active and strong will help with labor and delivery, so my Pilates class makes me feel like I’m a little more in control of this unknown event we are building up to.
My other favorite way to stay active is walking. My doctor recommended walking two miles a day, so many nights after dinner my husband and our two dogs go on a nice long walk around the neighborhood. Its great bonding time for all of us and I know it’s good for them too.

O Myers: What is your favorite Beyond the Bump item to wear and why?
M Wahler: It’s a toss-up. The piece I’ve probably gotten the most use out of is the Long Sleeve Drape Front Maternity Cardigan. I have two (one black and one grey) and I wear one almost every day. It’s made from the softest fleece so it’s super cozy, it dresses up a lot of my outfits, and with my constantly fluctuating temperature its easy take on and off quickly versus something that goes over my head.
Every day, I wear a pair of the Adjustable Belly Maternity Leggings and a Scoop Neck Ruched Maternity Tank Top. I love the waistband on the leggings. I have worn them though my entire pregnancy and today I am eight months pregnant and these two styles have stretched to fit perfectly as my body has changed and my bump has grown.
Because we fit test all of our fabrics and designs before they go into the collection, our product development team had special “bumped” leggings created in all of our new fabrics so I could still work out in everything before we approved the fabrics. I have had a blast getting all the fun new styles and fabrics in maternity silhouettes. Because I am testing all our new fabrics, I probably have the largest selection maternity work out pants of any woman! The best was when I got to test our sexy mesh trim leggings paired with my bump.

Such great insight from this successful and fashionable expecting mom! Shop the full collection in stores or online at Destination Maternity or A Pea in the Pod Maternity

 

Currently Craving

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WINTER FAMILY FUN

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Every year my family and I get away to the Pennsylvania Poconos for a fun ski weekend. My husband is an avid snow boarder and my 20-month old son loves being outdoors, so it was a perfect trip for all of us! Hot cocoa by the fire and ski-in, ski-out accommodations were my only specifications.

Since getting away with a toddler can be challenging, we had our extended family with us so everyone spent time with Greyson, leaving a little free time for my husband and I. Luckily, we had some extra hands, but in case you get the chance to take a family trip without grandparents, aunts or uncles, here are some tips on a worry (less) weekend with little ones.

Keep consistency; we packed Greyson’s favorite toys and had them set up for him just as he would at home. I also brought tons of his favorite snacks, and tried my best to keep to his normal nap schedule. Vacations are for special moments and tons of fun, but trust me, letting your toddler off to his own devices and sleep schedule can lead to major (but preventable) melt downs

Of course, packing for a whole family can be a challenge too, but I’ve learned to keep it simple. Lots of layers, if you are expecting or not, are super important! I always carry my favorite Chapstick and moisturizers to keep me hydrated in the cold weather too.  -Olivia

1 Honest Skincare/ 2 Ski Mask/ 3 Scarf/ 4 Maternity Sports Bra/ 5 Naturopathica Skincare/ 6 Maternity Camisole/ 7 Bundle Me Combo Pack

MATERNITY MUST-HAVES

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Welcome to the 3rd trimester; this is the homestretch. I have been there, not too long ago, so I figured I would comprise a short list of must-haves for these next few weeks. The key is staying comfortable, feeling good and preparing for your final step… motherhood! (Side note, if you are newly pregnant or halfway through, make sure you check back at our first two posts in this series geared toward 1st  trimester and 2nd trimester musts!) During the 3rd trimester, however, many women will be attending their shower or sprinkle, so a comfortable, yet chic dress is essential.  All eyes will be on you, but you want to be able to enjoy the day without fussing around with your outfit.  This concept of staying comfortable is the name of the game through the rest of your pregnancy.

Start with trying cozy pajamas and soft sleepwear for maternity, because they travel from pregnancy to post-pregnancy seamlessly. This holds true for our maternity panties as well. Stock up on ruched tops, nursing camis and nursing bras now. They offer a lot of stretch, so they will continue to grow with you, plus they double as parts of a comfortable outfit for leaving the hospital after baby.  The Secret Fit Belly® jean is amazing because the panel is supportive, yet stretchy and adds control. You will continue to love these after baby, because you still will crave the support and comfort they provide.

Start thinking about packing those hospital and baby bags now. You are going to want to keep hydrated, so remember to moisturize the remainder of your pregnancy and afterward too. Think about bringing the softest blankets in your bag, so you can wrap baby up and start your new life. You are almost there! -Olivia

1 Maternity Cardi, Maternity Tee, Maternity Jogger Pant/ 2 Maternity Nursing Bra/ 3 Maternity Panty/ 4 Elastin Skincare/ 5 Secret Fit Belly® Jean/ 6 I Love You More Ruched Tee/ 7 Nursing Cami/ 8 Animal Bath Wrap/ 9 Baby Blanket/ 10 Baby Bag

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