A few of our very own are expecting! These stylish moms-to-be work in the corporate office of Destination Maternity, bringing the latest trends and best accessories to our Motherhood and Destination Maternity stores and online. Whether they are dressing for work, the weekend or a special event, or are a first, second, or third time mom-to-be, they each have a signature style. Follow their journey online along with me as they share their beauty, fashion and styling tips! -Olivia
Jill, Bottoms + Dress Buyer WEARING: Chambray Shirt Dress
Kristen, Lingerie + Accessories Buyer WEARING: Ponte Blazer + White Destructed Jeans
Alicia, Activewear Buyer WEARING: Scoop Neck Tunic and Jeans
Rebecca, VP Motherhood Maternity WEARING Plaid Shirt and Skinny Jeans
Posted by Olivia C Myers on June 7, 2015
Posted by Olivia C Myers on March 29, 2015
We’ve got the skinny on the must read books for moms-to-be. Our office is filled with new and expecting moms so we took a poll to bring you an edited list of the best pregnancy reads from empowering to practical to humorous!
REAL+A GOOD LAUGH
From the Hips by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris
This book gives it to you straight, filled with advice and stories from pregnant women, moms, doctors and midwives who have been through and seen it all! Light and funny, it feels like dishing over lunch with your girlfriends!
What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
Everyone knows this book because well, it’s the classic #1 Best Selling pregnancy book and for good reason. Easy to read, easy to understand and full of relevant information, it’s on its 4th edition!
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Ina May Gaskin has over 30 years of experience as a midwife helping women give birth naturally. This book acts as an information guide for expectant mothers on establishing a mind-to- body connection before conceiving.
BEST FOR THOSE WHO PLAN TO BREASTFEED:
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman
A great guide for first-time mothers who plan on breastfeeding, the information is provided by internationally respected La Leche League, known for setting the standard for educating and empowering mothers who want to nurse.
KEEP MOM AND BABY HAPPY:
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp
Read this if you don’t read any other baby books! Dr. Harvey Karp teaches you about an “off-switch” for your baby’s crying. Need we say more?
Posted by Olivia C Myers on March 28, 2015
Between being preggers myself and working with so many mamas-to-be, I have quite a few insider secrets to share that will help you nail your maternity look and feel your best for nine months and beyond. Read on for some of my favorite “hacks” and essentials every expecting women needs to know!
When it comes to maternity essentials, a side-ruched tee, cardigan, Secret Fit Belly® jeans and leggings, and maxi dresses are your best friends and for good reason! Not only are they the foundation of a great maternity wardrobe, you’ll be able to wear them after baby, too. They can also easily be mixed and matched together for looks that get you through any season.
A tummy belt is another secret to help you in those first few weeks, when you may want to keep your baby bump a secret. The little piece of elastic and button helps you adjust your jeans for the right fit. Alternatively, a tummy tube or tummy sleeve can be worn low on your waist, over your pants to smooth and support your bump.
For a universal bra with tons of room to grow, look for a maternity sports bra. Of course you’ll want to work in your favorite maternity bra styles throughout your pregnancy, but if you’re looking for a versatile no fuss fit- try a sports bra and try it early.
Did you know that keeping hydrated is paramount when you are pregnant? Staying hydrated also helps with nausea. For even better hydration and extra electrolytes, snack on pineapples. To beat nausea, pop some SweetTarts®. Trust me, they do the job like all of these tips and tricks! Xoxo, Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on March 27, 2015
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
Posted by Olivia C Myers on March 26, 2015
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
Posted by Olivia C Myers on March 20, 2015
What is every little girl’s favorite movie? If you don’t know, here’s a hint… LET IT GO! Frozen’s Elsa and Anna are trending as baby names in 2015, as well as other Disney character favorites including Tiana, Giselle, Anastacia and Aurora. The movie, The Fault in Our Stars, has earned both Gus and Hazel popular baby name status. Arya—calling all Game of Thrones fans– as well as its other spelling Aria, from Pretty Little Liars, and Piper, from Orange is the New Black, are TV–inspired baby names. Other pop Culture influenced names give a nod to literature, like Harper; Harper Lee is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Our favorite royals William and Kate have given us a new love of the name George, while their own monikers continue to be popular choices. No doubt if they have a girl and decide to pay homage to Diana, we will be seeing that name rise in popularity. In fact, the United Kingdom is proving to be quite a source for baby names in the US, with “Fiona, Flora, Fenella, Greer, Isla and Elspeth, and for the boys, Finlay, Angus, Duncan, Ewan and Lachlan” making their way across the ocean according to The Huffington Post.
Your favorite color might just make the perfect baby name as well! In addition to Hazel, Scarlet, Lavender, Indigo, Magenta, Lilac– the list goes on—could be the just the way to make a bold statement with your name choice. Names with an X at the end or in the middle are becoming popular like Lennox or Axel as well. To round out our list of names, Titan, of Greek Mythology is strong, memorable and makes a Big Statement!
Congratulations and good luck! –Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on March 19, 2015
Yay, you made it to the second trimester! Now is the time to ensure that you’re keeping your skin hydrated with safe and effective products, plus preventing stretch marks. I have a few favorites:
Basq Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter: packed with moisturizers and oils, this luxurious treatment prevents stretch marks and repairs skin. I still use this daily because I really love the scent!
Mustela Ultimate Hydration: I am a fan of avocado anything and this cream calls on avocado peptides to moisturize and soothe very dry skin. I actually used it on my whole body!
Honest Organic Belly Balm: It’s all about balms these days and this one really is “The Balm.” Completely odor free- a little goes a long way!
Whichever you choose, your skin is in for a treat! –Olivia
Posted by destinationmaternity on March 4, 2015
We have reached 10k followers on our Motherhood Maternity Instagram account! Thanks for showing your support. To show our love, we are giving away a $200 Destination Maternity gift card to one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is follow the blog and comment on this post telling us how you’ll spend your gift! Xoxo- Olivia
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Posted by destinationmaternity on February 26, 2015
The maternity boyfriend jean is a fashion favorite of mine! I love it because it’s slightly slouchy, but also fitted, can be styled up, styled down and looks amazing with just about any accessory. Our additional patented Secret Fit Belly® panel makes it super comfy and supportive, so you will want to live in these jeans. It’s very versatile, so I figured I would show you 3 ways to wear this look.
Finding an outfit for date night can be daunting, but the boyfriend jean is so cool on its own, that adding the right additions is all you need for the perfect evening. Try working it with a Henley, button up, or a pretty blouse. Add some bling, heels or booties, a great bag and finish with a classic red lip.
The boyfriend jean IS your weekend wardrobe, so making your Saturday and Sunday stylish is easy. Try your boyfriends with a graphic ruched tee, some easy sneaks and bright accessories. The fun colors make for a downtown vibe; the most put together, yet relaxed street style.
The third way to rock your boyfriend jeans is for a casual Friday ensemble. Adding some control with the right bras and camis makes the workday a comfortable one. Top off your look with a moto jacket or a maternity blazer, a structured bag and a sophisticated flat.
The boyfriend jean takes you from work, to dinner, to the weekend and beyond. There are countless ways to wear this style. I lived in mine during my pregnancy and I still wear them now. I love the belly panel. I just fold mine down now that I am no longer pregnant. On days I want a little control under my tops, I wear it as normal! They are that amazing. Happy styling. – Olivia
Posted by destinationmaternity on February 22, 2015