ROYAL STYLE: UK TO US

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up their visit to NYC this week. All eyes were on everyone’s favorite royals, but especially Kate to see how she’d dress her regal bump. She met with Hilary Clinton, J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, then Beyoncé and Jay Z at the Nets Game. They ended their visit to a dinner at the MET.

As always she chose elegant lady-like looks that flattered her figure and her beautiful baby bump. One of my favorite looks was the Seraphine maternity coat she wore during her first day here. She seems to be a minimalist mama when it comes to style, so her suede accessories, booties and quintessential clutch completed this simple yet statement-making look. I love how she always chooses chic and understated accessories!  Can’t wait to see more great looks from the duchess! – Olivia

1 Perfume/ 2 Maya Brenner Jewelry/ 3 Butter London Nail Polish/ 4 Maternity Scarf/ 5 Coco Chanel Perfume/ 6 Butter London Balm/ 7 Chic Booties

 

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE PARKA

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Winter is here so it’s time to bundle-up that bump! I am loving the maternity parka, especially for pregnancy! It has the best silhouette, plus it’s a hot piece of outerwear for the cold weather. With a great drawstring waist to define your figure, lots of pockets and tons of style, you’ll get mileage out of the parka. Bonus: you can wear it after baby too, which makes it even more of a must-have! Stay warm. -Olivia

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TREND ALERT: SHINE ON

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This holiday season touches of shimmer and shine are everywhere from accessories, to home décor, to apparel. A maternity top with some sequins, metallic finish or a decorative neckline can add a little life to a basic jean or legging look. Try this A Pea in the Pod embellished maternity cami, Motherhood necklace trim sweatshirt or long sleeve scoop neck maternity tee.  Then, add some silver and gold accessories for an extra pop. Whether it’s a gold nail lacquer like this one from Butter London, a shimmery heel, or an embellished evening belt, the shiny addition makes an average outfit completely holiday appropriate. -Olivia

Well Rounded

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I’m excited to share a piece that Well Rounded NY featured today called “A Day in the Life” of yours truly! It follows me through a typical work day. Well Rounded NY helps women come to “terms” with their pregnancy and then of course being a new mom! This awesome online destination for expecting women features topics on maternity style, beauty, wellness and baby. We talked about the daily struggle to find balance and what inspires my design strategy. I’m sure you can relate to finding daily solutions for a hectic schedule! Check out the article and the rest of the site for some great ideas! -Olivia

THE LUXE SWEATSHIRT

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I seriously can’t get enough luxe shimmer and shine this holiday season! One of my favorite ways I’m seeing it done is on the sweatshirt. This refreshing new twist makes them a top style contender. The balance of this classically casual silhouette with some metallic shine is über-cool. The added details give this maternity essential a fun pop, plus it’s perfect for this month of parties! Pair one with your favorite Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans or dress it up with a leather-esque maternity legging. Either way it’s a great piece for now! -Olivia

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OLIVIA’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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It’s that time of year when shopping and gift lists take over! Whether you are shopping for an expecting woman in your life or need ideas to give to your family for yourself as a chic preggonista, I have the perfect gift-able pieces! I know my husband always appreciates “hints” of things I may like and as a guy he definitely wants his gifts for me to be special. Keeping that in mind, I made sure to include some luxe and special items as well as maternity essentials. Plus I included some awesome stocking stuffer ideas as well!

I also absolutely love the idea of gifting each other items for baby-to-be. So sweet, right? When I was pregnant with my son, I gave my husband cozy sherpa baby booties and a beanie hat since he loves being outdoors in the winter. Try to keep the gift daddy-specific, so it’s fun for him. If your guy is into sports, think a bib or tee for baby with his favorite team. My husband gave me a beautiful ring to commemorate our soon-to-be baby. Maya Brenner jewelry makes beautiful mini-letter necklaces that you’ll love! Certainly if you already have baby’s name chosen, then this is a really great idea!

The other items on my list make fabulous gifts without a doubt. Our Wendy Bellissimo diaper bags are super chic and can be filled with lots of goodies! Designer Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans, essential layering camis, a great scarf and some silky skincare from Naturopathica make perfect mom-to-be gifts to fill it up with. We also have such feminine lingerie; I’d even make the suggestion that pretty bras and maternity panties make great gifts as well. For the woman who has everything, a fabulous maternity little black dress, stand-out sweater or leather jacket also makes for super special surprises. Throw in some comfy slippers, Butter London nail polishes or even Sophie the Giraffe for the babe as stocking stuffers.

I hope my guide helps you in your holiday shopping this year! Make sure to forward this to your man, family or friends who have been asking what they can get for you! Here’s to getting into the holiday spirit. -Olivia

‘TIS THE SEASON OF SHOPPING

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This year the holidays really crept up on me! I’ve been so busy with writing the blog, attending events and spending time with my husband and son that I somehow lost a whole week! Talk about total mommy-brain. I honestly thought there was an extra weekend before Thanksgiving and that I would get everything on my do-list completed. But then I was reminded by my brother-in-law who texted me last week talking about our plans for Thanksgiving dinner. Life is just speeding by! I promptly reevaluated my schedule and luckily got back on course. This means holiday shopping moves to the top of my list, because I always get started the weekend after Thanksgiving- hello Black Friday!

If you know any moms-to-be or need some help giving others ideas of what to get you, here’s a quick snapshot of some of my favorite holiday pieces (look for a full gift-guide for moms-to-be later this week.) A fun novel maternity sweater, Secret Fit Belly® jeans, diaper bags and special gifts for baby can make for the perfect present or a quick pick up this weekend (and for all season long.)

We have an exciting holiday assortment at Destination Maternity PLUS some really appealing offers. You need to check out our store giveaway. There is nothing more sweet than receiving a FREE Simple Sugars Scrub with purchase! I hope you enjoy spending time with your loved ones this weekend AND are able to get started on your holiday shopping list. Best wishes to you and good luck! -Olivia

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TREND ALERT: PARTY PANTS

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Novel skinny maternity jeans and maternity pants are hot for the holidays! Coated jeans, animal prints, leather and lacey looks are keeping skinnies fresh and fun for the season. The trick to getting this look right is to keep the pant silhouette simple, pair it with a monochromatic top or sweater, and keep accessories down to a minimal. In other words… make the pant the signature piece in your look.

If you are opting for a print, try a maternity bottom in a bi-color or neutral pattern that comes in a smaller scale. The pair featured by Rebecca Minkoff Maternity and Pam and Gela for A Pea in the Pod (they created Juicy Couture!) are great options. And to get a luxe leather look opt for DL1961’s coated maternity jeans. Pair those with a chunky sweater, maybe a bootie and you have a great holiday look. -Olivia

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GLOWING THANKSGIVING DECOR

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This year I am all about white and gold since they flow so seamlessly from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, past Christmas and into New Years. White pumpkins are so easy to find this time of year and make such an elegant and easy centerpiece or accent for Thanksgiving. I put some mini-pumpkins in a metallic bowl on my dining room table and filled them in vases around my home. It’s super simple, but people always compliment me on them.

I also love the idea of using gold paint to create an even more chic table-scape. Add some mercury glass votives and you have a simple way to decorate your holiday table. Flowers or even pinecones can also complete the look. You don’t have to go far for these items; they are at the grocery store this time of year.

Gold and metallic touches are also everywhere right now, even in our maternity collections at A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity. Metallic polish, blush, and pretty undergarments will get you in the [very pretty] holiday spirit.  You’ll find some great metallic tops too that are about to make your holidays glow.  Happy Thanksgiving! – Olivia

1 Maternity Sweater / 2 Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Maternity Tee & Short Sleeve V-neck Maternity T Shirt / 3 Butter London Nail Polish / 4 Cute Clutch / 5 Nars Pencil / 6 Maternity Nursing Bra / 7 Mug / 8 Loafers    

BABY SHOWER DECOR


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One of the prettiest new themes I’ve been seeing in party and baby shower decor is a take on Parisian-Chic. I actually just threw a wedding shower for my girlfriend and we used hints of French flair with lots of black and white accessories, macarons and beautiful blooms. What’s great about this theme is that it translates for a baby shower so well, since you can choose any accent color you like. We chose pink for her shower, which is traditional, but I am also seeing soft blues, gold and mint green as upcoming color trends in party decor. You only need to focus on a few essentials when decorating for a party, whether that be for a birthday, shower or even wedding.

Flowers, linens and baked goods are always the foundation of a party, so I suggest starting there. For my friend’s shower, we had tons of pink floral arrangements, pink macarons, plus black and white linens. Just those simple elements had a huge effect in bringing the Parisian-Chic theme to life. We also added in paper tassels, which are another fun decor trend hot on Pinterest right now. They make for a great table display. Last, but not least, don’t forget to dress the part for the shower! A manicure, pretty maternity dress, comfortable maternity innerwear and cute accessories will complete your party look. -Olivia

1 Butter London Nail Polish/ 2 Necklace/ 3 Maternity Dress/ 4 Nursing Bra/ 5 YSL Tote

 

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