CHIC THIS WEEK: PAM+GELA

Pam and Gela for A Pea in the Pod

Since Pam and Gela for A Pea in the Pod launched in stores and online, I’ve been obsessed with the maternity collection. You don’t even need to be pregnant to wear it- example, I live in chic sweatshirts and soft joggers on the weekends (sometimes even style them for work!) and the separates from the line are just bananas! My favorite is the cold shoulder sweatshirt since it does double duty. Take it out with leather leggings and a stand-out heel. I really do love all of the pieces for expecting mamas (and new moms too!) Check out the full collection available online and in stores at A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity. – Olivia

NEW THINGS TO COME

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I’ve taken some time off from work and blogging to spend the holidays with my family, but now I’m back in the swing of social media and maternity styling! Getting started off in the New Year is always exciting; it’s also a time of personal reflection, as I’m sure it is for so many of you.

In just 365 days so much has happened in my life, and really when I think back to even a few years ago, things have changed drastically. All the changes, even the challenges, have been for the better. All of you new and expecting moms, I am sure you understand that feeling! It seems like just yesterday that I got married, and then not before long, I was pregnant with my son. Then, soon after that I left my design position here at Destination Maternity to focus solely on social media, marketing and blogging. So basically, there were three huge life changes in quite a short amount of time.

Being a multi-tasking mother didn’t come naturally, but sharing the passion for my work, enjoying my family, and watching my baby grow into a toddler has. The rest has been a huge learning curve and I’m lucky to have friends, family, colleagues and fellow bloggers to share my journey with. I expected seamless transitions with each endeavor, but quickly learned you can’t be or do everything, and to think you can is just plain silly. So, relinquishing that notion that everything should feel and come easy, especially when you are juggling so much, was my biggest take-away of 2014. It actually helped lift a weight off my shoulders and made me feel OKAY about asking and accepting help from others.

I’m looking forward to more “firsts” this year. I have new travel plans with my husband, new styling sessions on the horizon and a brand new office in a different state at our corporate headquarters to look forward to! Oh… and a 2nd birthday to start planning for my little boy! As an expecting or new mom, I hope that you will be gentle with yourself in 2015. Enjoy your little ones and let me know if there are any special topics you’d like me cover in the coming months!

Warm wishes for a happy and healthy year to all of you and your families! xoxo-Olivia

1 Sneakers/ 2 Mac Lipstick/ 3 Sophie The Giraffe/ 4 Baby Love Maternity Sweatshirt/ 5 Leather Maternity Jacket/ 6 Naturopathica Cleansing Gel/ 7 Ray-Ban Sunnies

CELEBRITY MATERNITY STYLE OF 2014

 

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2014 was an exciting year for expecting celebrities! Baby bumps in Hollywood were everywhere (fabulously dressed ones, may I just add!) From glamorous designer maternity gowns to cool and casual pregnancy fashion, I’m giving you a round-up of my favorite celebrity looks, including pieces from Destination Maternity!

I am in love with this monochromatic look that Vanessa Lachey wore on the December cover of Fit Pregnancy Magazine, featured in our Joes Jeans. Vanessa also rocked AG Jeans for A Pea in the Pod, creating a timeless look with a simple sweater and booties. She proved that denim is a maternity must-have! (CREDIT: Fit Pregnancy)

All eyes have been on The Duchess of Cambridge, (Kate Middleton), and her royal pregnancy style since she announced she is expecting her second child earlier this year. My favorite look of hers has been the Seraphine coat she wore during her visit to NYC. Kate’s ladylike style with minimalist accessories is always on point. (CREDIT: ok.co.uk.com)

Blake Lively’s maternity style has been the one to watch! She makes pregnancy look glamorous even in a cape and jeans. Love it! The soft yellow Gucci gown Blake wore to a charity event this fall was fabulous too! She is such a natural beauty and mama-to-be. (CREDIT: dailymail.co.uk.com & eonline)

Kourtney Kardashian’s bi-coastal style never disappoints. She makes a casual dress, plus the right accessories look polished by pairing her look with a cool-girl trench coat. (CREDIT: dailymail.co.uk)

Alicia Keys is part rocker-chic, part glam-mom. Seen out and about in AG camo-skinnies, a white shirt and a ridiculously cool hat, she stays true to her style even throughout pregnancy.

Kerry Washington creates perfect pregnancy looks. She was radiant in a custom Balenciaga gown at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards this year. The beautiful petals flattered her bump and the ivory color was a great choice for her glowing complexion. Kerry followed up the Golden Globes with a Jason Wu lilac gown for the 2014 Oscars.  Another beautiful color for her and with the soft draping, it gave her an ethereal look that was maternity gold. (CREDIT: mtv.com & dailymail.co.uk.com)

Kelly Rowland showed off her baby bump at the 2014 VMAs in a soft pink sequined gown. The feminine color, romantic up-do and dramatic jewels put her in the best dressed list for the year. Kelly also had some fun weekend looks during her pregnancy with Titan. The maternity boyfriend jeans from A Pea in the Pod, tank top and bandana showed off her fashionably fun R&B side. (CREDIT: justjared.com)

I loved watching Stacy Keibler style her beautiful bump in pieces from our A Pea in the Pod Collection. Here she chose a fabulous tangerine Rachel Pally maternity dress and Isabella Oliver maternity jacket, proving you can wear color when you are pregnant!

Ciara was stunning at the 2014 Grammy Awards in Emilio Pucci. The metallic gold gown hugged her bump, was an amazing shade for her, and her easy LOB hairstyle was perfection. (CREDIT: popsugar.com)

Hayden Panettiere really surprised me with her choice for the 2014 Emmy Awards, but in a really good way! The petite star chose a glamorous sequined dress with a plunging neckline from Lorena Sarbu. The daring silhouette and shimmer totally worked for her, accentuating her bump… this was a total win in my book! (CREDIT: glamour.com)

The Valentino gown Olivia Wilde wore to the 2014 Oscar Awards was one of my favorites of the year. I love an elegant black gown. The white peekaboo back was a chic surprise too! (CREDIT: eonline)

These are my picks for the best dressed mamas of the year. Who’s yours? Let us know!- Olivia

WHAT TO WHERE/ WEAR: NYE

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If you are anything like me, then you are already probably thinking about what you’ll be wearing for your New Year‘s Eve plans. My husband and I have come to the decision that it might be nice to switch off every year going forward between celebrating with family and date night alone. That means this year we are spending the night out in the city just the two of us while our son stays with Mimi and Poppi. That also means I need to find an outfit. I thought this would be the perfect time to give you guys some ideas too!


For New Year’s Eve I love a clean palette of black, white, gold, nudes and even a pop of red to salute the end of the holiday season. A LB(M)D, aka the Little Black Maternity Dress, is an easy option that is always appropriate. I love ones with special details like a jewel neckline for added sparkle. Plus, the detail at the neckline highlights your bust-line and keeps the bling away from the bump, unlike a non-maternity style.


If you are going black tie, a sleek black maternity gown can be gorgeous. Or, for a fashion-forward look, choose the silk pant, which is the silhouette of the season. Pair it with a simple silk maternity top and black blazer to create a chic alternative to a dress.

 

Pile on the style with the right extras too. I always start with a fresh face, and that means making sure you have the right foundation. A little self-tanner or bronzer also enhances your pregnancy glow, brightening you right up. Finish off your face with a smoky- eye and mascara. Now, make sure to add some sparkle to the rest of your look!


A shimmer heel, cocktail ring or (sigh) Chanel classic earrings are the perfect additions. I also suggest, especially when expecting, to choose your accessories wisely. Pick one area to highlight to keep your look chic and effortless. If you go with a sparkly heel, keep the rest of your jewelry small or minimal. Maybe add a red lip, but then down-play your eyes. If you’re showing a little leg, then keep your neckline on the modest side. 


Hope you preggonistas find some great style ideas for your New Year’s plans. And if you are staying in, there’s always next year! -Olivia

For more ideas on what to wear and how to style your bump this holiday check out my video collaborations with Lucky Magazine, featuring holiday maternity styling tips.

1 Laundry by Shelli Segal Maternity Dress / 2 Rebecca Minkoff Long Sleeve Maternity Shirt / 3 Rebecca Minkoff Maternity Blazer, A-Line Maternity Tank Top, and Maternity Pants/ 4 Ring/ 5 Butter London Nail Lacquer/ 6 Sparkly Heels/ 7 Maternity Bra/ 8 Clutch/ 9 Mascara/ 10 McQueen Cuff/ 11 Design History Maternity Dress/ 12 Chanel Earrings/ 13 St Tropez Self Tanner

 

TREND ALERT: BLACK&WHITE

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Pairing black with white is a fashion classic and done in the right way, it’s perfectly posh. For maternity it means you get tons of style mileage out of each of the pieces. But, when worn together, this pairing gives a chic graphic effect that camouflages and dresses up the bump.

 

Wearing white on top with a black bottom creates a slimming silhouette. Choose the statement blazer of the season, the Maternity Tuxedo Jacket and wear it over a black tee to get the perfect proportion while keeping you looking long and lean. The maternity tuxedo, when buttoned up above your bump, offers a nice shape; worn open, it creates a vertical slimming effect, especially when paired with all black.

Similarly, choosing a white embellished top, like the one shown from our Rebecca Minkoff Maternity line, flatters your bump. The black trim highlights your neckline and is perfect with a graphic printed maternity pant or skirt. Throw a black blazer over the look, even pair with a basic skinny and again, you have a nice long and lean maternity look.


The proportion is key when you are dressing your bump! Always look for maternity pieces since they are designed with your new shape in mind. They are created at the right length or cut-away shape to work with your figure!  Last, as always, accessorizing can be a fun way to hit on the latest trends to complete a look. I am loving the graphic black and white palette happening in the extras right now! A dark nail (like our Butter London Nail Polish), embellished heel or colorblock bag are statement makers on their own, but easily can be worked into your existing wardrobe. Happy styling! -Olivia

TREND ALERT: BUNDLE UP YOUR BUMP

Trend Alert: Warm & CozyTrendAlert_WarmCozy_2-600x862When cold weather hits, it’s time to bundle up your bump! Super soft and comfy cable knit sweaters are hot (quite literally!) this season and perfect for wrapping you and the babe up. Layering your maternity look not only keeps you warm, but allows you to peel off a piece if your temperature rises!  Being pregnant means shifting from hot and cold quickly, so I always recommend wearing lots of layers. A draped stitched sweater can be worn over a seamless cami, plaid shirt over a light-weight sweatshirt, or layer on chunky scarves and hats for a fun look. Stay nice and cozy indoors or take your layered look outside for some fun in the frosty air. -Olivia

Shop out favorite warm & cozy maternity styles today

 

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

Maternity Parka

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

Shop all of our maternity outerwear today online & in-stores!

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

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