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

TREND ALERT: DISTRESSED DENIM

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Distressed, destroyed, ripped and torn- denim, with lots of love, is looking fresh for spring ’15 in a sea of clean indigo. I personally think “blown-out” jeans (yes, that’s the technical term for indigo cotton that’s been ripped and torn) are an American staple. I always keep a distressed medium-wash easy fit jean in my wardrobe and have for years, as do so many other fashion icons and bloggers. They know that it is the ultimate style maker for a done/undone look.

Pair a crisp white shirt and pointy pump with a boyfriend jean, or a black tuxedo jacket and strappy heels with a destructed skinny to instantly raise your style status. Simply put, a distressed jean can be styled up or down. In an easy boyfriend fit or a super soft stretch skinny, the comfortable factor is why I love the maternity version. Plus, the Secret Fit Belly® panel gives you added support too. With so many ways to wear this this look, the distressed maternity jean is a maternity must-have in my book. -Olivia

THE DENIM DRESS

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Spring assortments are hitting stores this month full of new neutrals, soft colors with bright pops, plus DENIM! If you are anything like me, then I know you are looking forward to updating your wardrobe, so look for lots of destructed washes and silhouettes. Denim is so hot right now, ever since the chambray shirt became a staple in any woman’s closet, especially in the maternity fashion world.

The denim dress is also new on the scene and what’s great about this piece is that you can wear it now or later when the weather gets warmer. Here’s how: since indigo looks great with colors and neutrals alike, I personally pair mine with classic shades. For instance, against a black tight and chic blazer, the indigo denim really pops. Add in some cool winter accessories like a cashmere hat, infinity scarf and booties to make a look that is edgy and cool. Finish with a statement bag and dark polish.

For later, I love playing up the denim dress with a chic nude and metallic palette. Start with a nude seamless maternity camisole for smoothing support; add an oversized straw hat and metallic thong sandal. Keep your accessories minimal with a metallic ring, nude nail and bag. Of course, I always suggest a signature frame to complete the look. If you are newly expecting, this new LBD (little blue dress) is a great investment piece since you can wear it through the rest of the winter season, through the summer and even after baby. Happy styling! -Olivia

WHAT TO WEAR/WHERE: BABYMOON

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Are you planning on taking some time to yourself before the baby arrives? The babymoon has become so popular lately, helping expecting moms (and dads) relax before their little bundles of joy enter the world. If you’re planning on getting away, or maybe just taking a day to yourself, these items on my list will make your time away that much more amazing.

First, you need to get down to the basics- comfortable bras and camisoles not only add support, but they are the first layer that touches your skin. Ours are specifically made to help smooth you out, with your new figure in mind. Once your foundations are packed, then you can start adding the styles that speak to you.

Beautiful and bold blouses are fun, flirty and they transition from shorts to jeans or pants. They work day to night, so you can pack light, but still look good. I recommend sandals or flip flops for a more relaxed feel. You’re on vacation! (Even if only for the day.) Soft peachy pastels and cool blues are a way to ease into spring, yet they still are refreshing mixed into your winter wardrobe. From tropical paradise to everyday reality, I like clothes that are versatile.

Don’t forget the sun essentials like glasses, a towel and lip balm. Adding some sunless tanner is a great and safe option, but remember to slather on SPF and keep hydrated. I love Naturopathica moisturizers, because they keep skin plump and healthy, especially after catching some rays.

Last but not least, make sure you capture this time with your honey before the baby comes through pictures. Throw all of your essentials into a large tote and you are good to go. Happy travels! – Olivia

1 St. Tropez Self Tanner/ 2 Maternity Bra/ 3 Maternity Blouse / 4 Rayban Sunglasses/ 5 Naturopathica Moisturizer/ 6 Bobbi Brown Lotion/ 7 Beach Tote/ 8 Maternity Cami/ 9 Bobbi Brown Lip Balm/ 10 Digital Camera/ 11 Sandals/ 12 Beach Towel

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