Guest Editor: Actress, Odette Annable
New mama Odette Annable recently welcomed little girl Charlie Mae into the world along with husband and fellow actor Dave Annable. The Banshee and The Astronaut Wives Club actress gives us the dish on her pregnancy, including her workout and tips for nailing Cali-cool maternity style, plus her must haves for both her and baby. Read on!
My Pregnancy Fitness Routine:
Photo: Courtesy of Odette Annable
Let me start by saying that I may be the laziest human alive. No joke. I really truly hate working out. It is not something that comes naturally to me so the thought of working out during pregnancy made me angry. But, I found that I was craving a balance between the (not so) occasional treats and wanting to stay active to keep my mind and body in a calm and happy place. I knew the gym was not going to do that for me and hiking didn’t work out either. Prenatal yoga was the perfect fit. As a suggestion by Dr. Berlin my fantastic Chiropractor and pretty much the best life coach, I sought out Liberation Yoga on La Brea. Cassie Cherney is the instructor and I fell in LOVE. Cassie has a wicked sense of humor, is super educated in all things baby and also made it such a fun environment to be in. Not only was I surrounded by other moms-to-be, I really loved the actual work out. A perfect mix of getting a little sweaty and stretching your entire body, without becoming overwhelming. An hour and a half of focusing on my body and my baby surrounded by inspiring moms was amazing. I always felt like a million bucks after leaving the class.
My Pregnancy Style:
Splendid Maternity T
Janessa Leone Klint hat
Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses
Soludos Dali Espadrilles
Photos: Instagram / @odetteannable
I feel both blessed and cursed by being pregnant predominately during the summer. On one hand, being in flowy summer dresses and showing off my bump in cute bathing suits really made me happy. On the other, the SoCal humidity made my poor hands and feet puff up quick. I quickly had to find ways to still stay stylish yet comfortable. I am very much a tomboy; I love that easy laid back California style. My uniform became jeans, a soft tee, with a cute button up top that you can tie around your waist or throw over your shoulders. Pull the look together with cute espadrilles or sneaks and minimal accessories like round sunglasses and a cool Panama hat. I became a total fan of A Pea in the Pod’s amazing variety of maternity jeans, shorts and tees. You will find that most of your favorite brands like J brand, DL1961 or Splendid have great maternity lines. Genius. You don’t have to sacrifice your pre-pregnancy style for pregnancy comfort. You get both!
Splendid Maternity Tee // Janessa Leone Klint Hat // DL1961 Fray Hem Shorts // Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses // SUNDRY Button Up // Soludos Espadrilles
My Must-Haves:Let me start by saying that you will receive a TON of advice from EVERYONE whether you welcome it or not. Some of it is great and some you can just tune out. You ultimately will choose what feels right for you and your baby. Some awesome tips I got from a friend of mine is a website called Lucie’s List. This site will give you the real on all things baby: from registry basics to weekly emails that are very informative yet not overwhelming. I used her registry suggestions as an overall guide when I was putting together my own must-haves. A trusty stroller system, a compact playard and some goodies to ease mama’s tummy and skin were on the top of my list.
Mega food prenatal // Earth Mama angel baby 3rd trimester tea // Baby Bjorn Cradle // aden and anais Bamboo swaddles // Orbit baby travel system // Earth Mama angel baby 3rd trimester tea // 4moms Breeze Playard
Hope this helps and happy pregnancy!
Posted by Editor on September 16, 2015
Posted by Editor on September 5, 2015
A dark ankle jean paired with a simple maternity tank or maternity maxi like this Rachel Zoe bandana-print dress can both be styled to perfection for a Labor Day BBQ or party! For either look, just layer on gold accessories, a tortoise shade and a pop of deep red for a touch of Americana. Even with summer coming to a close, navy, reds and metallic touches work well any season, so you’ll get mileage out of these pieces moving into fall.
How will you be styling your bump for the unofficial last weekend of summer? -Olivia
Rachel Zoe Maternity Maxi Dress // Patterned Scarf // Maternity Tank Top // Chloe Bracelet // Erickson Beamon Earrings // GIVENCHY Bag // butter LONDON Nail Polish // Gold Cuff // Vince Camuto sandals // Barton Perreira sunglasses // Rachel Zoe Zip Skinny Maternity Jean
Posted by Editor on August 25, 2015
Next week I’m heading to the Boston area to visit our stores for a Style and Beauty Event! On Friday, August 21st, I’ll be at A Pea in the Pod on Newbury Street and Saturday at Destination Maternity in Natick offering one-on-one style sessions. Plus, one lucky mama at each location will have the opportunity to stock her closet with maternity must-haves by entering to win a $300 wardrobe!*
During my visit, a specialist from Mama Mio will be offering mini massages and sharing tips for dealing with common pregnancy skincare issues.
It has been a few years since I’ve visited Boston so I’d love your suggestions on where to play, stay and eat! You can schedule a complimentary appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you there! xoxo –Olivia*No Purchase Necessary; See Entry Form For Details.
Posted by Editor on August 14, 2015
The last few months of pregnancy can be the most exciting AND the most challenging. However, dressing in your third-trimester doesn’t have to be a struggle! I recently had a style session with Jill and Kristen, who are both now in the last stage of their pregnancies and who you’ll recognize from We’re Expecting Too and last month’s Gender Reveal post. I was excited to help the girls choose some new pieces and share some styling tips for dressing in the last trimester. Check out the looks we chose and get some style inspo!
I chose these two looks first because the silhouettes are simple, flattering and comfortable- all essential in the third-trimester! This A-line Rachel Zoe dress that Jill is wearing skims the body and is lightweight and breezy, perfect for this time of year. For Kristen, a maternity tunic paired with a denim legging is polished but uber comfy, too, since both pieces are stretchy and breathable.
Finding an outfit with a slight cinched-in waist creates a nice shape, especially with a bump. We opted for this Jessica Simpson maternity top with a drawstring tie to give Jill added definition. This trick works throughout your whole pregnancy, but even more so toward the end, when the bump is at its biggest!
A peasant top and maternity jean short are perfect for summer, as well as when you are further along. Look for a short with a little spandex and a Secret Fit Belly®, like this cut-off version, so it’s soft on your tender belly. A maxi dress, like the one Kristen is wearing by Baily 44, is another essential summer piece that gives you a complete, yet comfortable look and feel.
A breezy blouse and kimono kaftan are also must-haves in my book once your bump has popped! I opted for this airy Sjobeck blouse paired with cropped maternity AG jean for Jill and kimono kaftan, maternity top and short for Kristen. These work so well, since again it’s about style AND comfort. Keep the silhouette short or slim on the bottom when wearing a flowy top.
Lastly, accessorizing is an easy and simplistic way to accentuate a maternity look. Try a hat, scarf, cross-body bag, necklaces and stacked bracelets to complete your outfit. These additions help speak to your own signature style.
Are you in your third-trimester? Tell me some of your favorite maternity pieces! –Olivia
Posted by Editor on July 15, 2015
Floral, lace and pretty pastel colors are key trends for summer! When incorporating them into your look, the trick is balancing the ultra-feminine pieces and colors with edgier accessories. For example, pairing this A Pea in the Pod floral maternity dress with a clutch featuring sleek hardware or layering in metallic jewelry. That fresh combination keeps the trend modern, without being too girly. While perfect for a summer soiree, these pretty pieces can find multiple uses and complement the rest of your maternity wardrobe. Looking for a fun way to embrace the trend and get together with friends? Throw a glam garden party and you’ll already know what to wear! Happy styling! –Olivia
TAYLOR Floral Shift Dress // Clyde Hat // L. Erikson Ring // Spaghetti Strap Lace Dress // Sluiz Ibiza Bag // Similar: Chambray Tank // Similar: Dark Wash Short // Barton Perreira Sunglasses // Sophie Hulme Bag // Chloé Bracelet // Valentino Rockstud Slingbacks
Posted by Editor on July 13, 2015
With a new show and a baby on the way, Odette Annable is having quite the summer! The Astronaut Wives Club actress is expecting her first child, a girl, with husband and fellow actor, Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters, 666 Park Avenue, Red Band Society). Odette is a client of A Pea in the Pod and was most recently spotted at our Beverly Hills store picking out some summer maternity essentials. Check out some photos from her Instagram below to see how she styled our pieces including a DL1961 short, A Pea in the Pod tank, and SUNDRY shirt. -Olivia
Photos: Instagram / @odetteannable
Posted by Editor on July 9, 2015
I’m not your typical matchy-matchy mama, but I do love to show my holiday spirt by dressing for a festive weekend. I’m seeing star motifs everywhere this summer and since they are a chic nod to Independence Day, I think they are completely apropos. We usually watch fireworks on the 4th in Philadelphia or at the Jersey shore after attending a BBQ or two, so it’s easy for me to work in some stars and stripes. Here’s a little outfit inspo for your own holiday weekend, including a look for your mini! What are your plans for the 4th? -Olivia
Rachel Zoe Metal Detail Top // Rachel Zoe White Flares // Gorjana Super Star Necklace // Rachel Zoe Striped Dress // Honest Nursing Cover + Scarf // Isapera Yialos Sandal // Honest Carryall Diaper Bag // Mini Me Striped Dress // Mini Me Criss-Cross Sandal // Tom Ford Juliet Sunglasses // Crystal Streets Star Rings
Posted by Editor on June 27, 2015
White is having a major fashion moment this summer. White is classic yet modern, whether a sleek silhouette or added as an accessory. A white maternity dress and jean are essentials for the season and both are versatile enough to be styled up or down. I also love clean white accessories to freshen up a summer look. Mixing white and blue denim staples you already have in your closet such as a short, boyfriend jean or jacket is also a summer must. Happy styling! -Olivia
Splendid Sleeveless Dress / AG Jeans / Marc Jacobs Peggy Watch / Proenza Schouler Small Lunch Bag / Floppy Sun Hat / Studded Slip-on Flat Sandals / Oliver Peoples Emmy 55 Sunglasses
Posted by Editor on June 15, 2015
It’s been an exciting Spring season for all of our great brands here at Destination Maternity! We are so thrilled to work with amazing designers and personalities, many of whom are moms and moms-to-be that inspire us each day. Check out a few of the exciting mentions from the past few months in case you missed them:
Molly Sims, Brand Ambassador for A Pea in the Pod, featured on mollysims.com / Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod featured on StrollerTraffic / Jessica Simpson Maternity Soul Mate Tee featured on People.com / Jaime King featured in US Weekly wearing Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod / Olivia Capone Myers featured in The Wall Street Journal for her summer maternity style tips / Personal Style Blogger Leanne Barlow in Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod
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Posted by Editor on May 21, 2015