10 MOM-TO-BE ESSENTIALS

Lucky for me, during my pregnancy I had the fashion maternity world at my fingertips. I had the opportunity to try a lot of products, apparel and remedies for everything from stretch marks, to evening dresses. Although for many of us pregnancy has its downsides like nausea, aching back and swollen feet, it was a wonderful time for me, in part, because of some essential products that made my life easier. These are the things I couldn’t live without during those 9 months of pregnancy.

First, I absolutely adored the patented Secret Fit Belly® panel, with its seamless and comfy support. So, I lived in skinny jeans and ponte leggings! I also noticed that my skin became excessively dry during my pregnancy, and with normally very “dewy” skin, I needed hydration stat!  Mustela’s Ultimate Hydration moisturizer worked wonders for me. I also religiously used Mustela’s Stretch Mark cream.

I snacked on Kind Bars at work throughout the day, and could only wear super soft and stretchy bras and camis since my skin was so sensitive. I wanted that soft supportive layer under everything I wore! At the office, a little knit dress was my go-to since I could style it so many ways. I always suggest these pieces for any first time mom-to-be!

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1. Secret Fit Belly Maternity Leggings / 2. Mustela Stretch Mark Cream / 3. Mustela Ultimate Hydration Moisturizer / 4. Secret Fit Belly Skinny Jean / 5. Layering Tanks / 6. Jersey Knit Maternity Dress /  7. From The Hips / 8. Seamless Bra / 9. Kind Bars / 10. Seamless Cami

VON FOLLIES BY DITA VON TEESE

Dita Von Teese is a lingerie expert, burlesque bombshell and fashion icon who knows a thing or two about feeling both sexy and beautiful underneath it all. I thought immediately that collaborating with her on intimates and nursing lingerie was a fabulous idea!

Since women still want to look and feel pretty during pregnancy and especially after, a vintage lacy collection was a perfect addition to our current assortment at Destination Maternity. What I love about Dita’s line is that not only do all of the pieces have a feminine boudoir feel, but the bras are nursing friendly and have coordinating panties to match.

Von Follies is already online and in stores, but we are hosting a special launch party with Dita herself on September 23rd at our Madison Avenue Destination Maternity store in NYC. Come early, because the first 200 guests to arrive can meet Dita and receive a gift bag!  You can shop the exclusive collection while enjoying sips, sweets and Dita-inspired makeup touch-ups from Vensette, NYC’s and LA’s premier on-demand beauty service.  Plus, receive 20% off your purchase. See you there!- Olivia

Shop the full Dita Von Teese Nursing Bra collection today

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DATE NIGHT DRESS DILEMMA?

Fall is my favorite time to try new restaurants with my husband or catch up with the girls, because the weather is perfect for a stroll in the city. Plus,  it’s a great opportunity to layer up a look.

Choosing a restaurant should be the hardest part, not figuring out what you’re going to wear! When I was pregnant I lived in draped dresses, so I can speak from experience that they are comfortable, versatile, flattering and still an important silhouette this fall. This style of maternity dress is my fashionista pick for a night out.

This new version from A Pea in the Pod is super chic since it’s in silk and has a sweet leather collar.  It’s also in a great deep green color, which isn’t that typical, which is what I really like about it. I also suggest layering a seamless maternity cami underneath to keep you smooth and supported- I lived in cami’s! Pair it with a biker jacket, leopard clutch, a nude nail and a not too high heel… bam, you have date night dressing solved!

Shop our maternity dresses for date nights and all nights (and days!) today

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1. Michael Kors Chain Cuff / 2. Lock Halfcalf Clutch / 3. YSL Lipstick / 4. Motherhood Maternity Seamless Camisole / 5. A Pea in the Pod Leather Jacket / 6. Butter London Nail Lacquer / 7. Strappy Heel / 8. Lancome Mascara / 9. A Pea in the Pod Faux Leather Trim Maternity Dress / 10. Vida Fede Mini Titan Bracelet

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE JOGGER PANT

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The Jogger is one of my favorite new spin on pants. It’s the fashionista’s new go-to item that is also perfect for preggonista’s since it’s über comfortable and super chic. To get the look right for maternity, you can either dress up the jogger with a fitted top and gladiators, or play it casually cool with a graphic tee and the shoe of the moment: the slip-on sneaker. This is a seriously stylish silhouette that is not only versatile, but easy to wear for expecting mamas. -Olivia

Shop our maternity jogger pant today!

HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS

I always get asked from women, especially first time mamas-to-be, what are the hospital bag must haves. I need to admit that I had a huge hospital bag fail when I had my son- I majorly over packed! My mom still jokes with me that not only did I think I would be blowing out my hair the day after having a C-section, but I also thought I’d be using my straightening iron as well. However, as clueless I was, I did hear from my nurses that I had the cutest hospital ensemble, plus I was totally prepared with the right bras, layering clothes and beauty products! With that, I give you my edited version of the essentials you’ll need to get you through your hospital or birth center stay:

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1. Hospital Bag / 2. Nursing Cami / 3. Maternity Hoodie / 4. Chapstick / 5. DSL Camera / 6. Naturopathica Moisturizer / 7. Naturopathica Mist  / 8. Cell / 9. Luna Bar / 10. Nursing Seamless Bra / 11+12. Baby Outfit / 13. Maternity Slippers / 14. Baby Beanie / 15. Swaddles

TREND ALERT: THE LUXE SWEATSHIRT

Chic sweatshirts are hot for fall, but they aren’t the bulky, college logoed, gym kind.  These are embellished, printed, leather detailed & crafted from luxe fabrics. These are the new fashion-forward sweatshirts that add a polished appeal to any look. Designed with the bump in mind, these sweats are great before and after baby.  Dress them up; dress them down- they’re the versatile piece for mamas that I love. -Olivia

 

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1/ Textured Sweatshirt, Motherhood Maternity 2/Jewel Neck Sweatshirt, Motherhood Maternity, 3/ Jacquard Sweatshirt BCBG, A Pea in the Pod, 4/ Jewel Sweatshirt Madison Marcus, A Pea in the Pod 5/Cheetah Print Sweatshirt, Motherhood Maternity

HOW TO STYLE YOUR BOYFRIEND

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Here’s part II of my collaboration with Lucky Magazine and Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam featuring one of my favorites, the boyfriend jean.  I wore this silhouette all throughout my pregnancy, because it was so easy to style in multiple ways. Watch and find out how you can create different looks with your boyfriend jean for a completely versatile wardrobe!–Olivia

WATERMELON ICE POPS

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So, we have an ongoing “sweets battle” in my house. While we try to eat mainly healthy on average, my husband and I are a bit at odds on letting my 15 month old eat sweets after meals. I’m a big ol’ softie who loves indulging Greyson with ice cream cones and cookies. However, Grey’s dad is always the voice of reason, suggesting we limit his sugar intake primarily to special occasions. When I came across this recipe I thought it would make us all happy! It’s a simple recipe that’s 100% natural AND was a hit with Grey. Just take a look at that adorable messy face! It’s also a perfect end-of-summer treat. Hope you all enjoy this Labor Day weekend! -Olivia

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon

Directions:

  1. Place coconut water, lime juice, and honey in blender, then mix to combine.
  2. Place the watermelon into the syrup. Blend until smooth.
  3. Carefully fill popsicle molds and insert sticks. Freeze until firm.

Makes 10 servings.

Find the recipe here

WHAT TO WEAR/WHERE: LABOR DAY

Summer is winding down and I’m getting ready for the long Labor Day weekend ahead. I’ll probably head to the beach or pool with my boys during the day and maybe even make my way into the city too. Playing holiday weekends by ear seems to suit my family best, so I always have versatile outfits in mind when I start thinking about what to wear. Layering pieces, a great skinny and the right accessories are the key for the perfect Labor Day weekend look. -Olivia

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Scarf A Pea in the Pod / Petunia Pickle Bottom Bag Destination Maternity /
Nail Polish Butter Nail Polish / Espadrilles Soludos /
Dolce & Gabbana Pressed Powder / Sunglasses Round Sunnies /
Light Weight Cardi Maternity Cardigan / Cropped Skinnys Destination Maternity / Striped Tee Motherhood Maternity / Statement Cuff

Q+A WITH WENDY BELLISSIMO

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I’m so excited about our new collaboration with Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity! As a successful and stylish mom of four, Wendy is a true inspiration. What I love the most about the collection is how her relaxed, effortless style comes through in each of the pieces. It’s not surprising that the collection instantly became a favorite of style influencers, bloggers and expecting moms alike. I had a chance to chat with Wendy and wanted to share what she had to say with all of you. I think you’ll agree Wendy is pretty fabulous, just like her collection. -Olivia
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wendybellissimoO Myers: How would you explain your own personal style and how has that influenced your collection with Destination Maternity?
W Bellissimo: My signature look from home decor to apparel is uncomplicated yet chic and my style is definitely rooted in nature with a certain sense of comfort and ease. This design aesthetic translates perfectly to my collections for Destination Maternity, because looking great and feeling comfortable during pregnancy helps with all the changes a woman is experiencing. Getting dressed shouldn’t be a chore, especially when you are pregnant!

O Myers: Why did you decide to partner with Destination Maternity for your maternity collection?
W Bellissimo: I feel like I was nonstop pregnant – I had 4 babies in 5 years, so I personally know the challenges women face. Destination Maternity is the leader and they understood my vision and passion to create beautiful, comfortable clothing that women want to wear during pregnancy and even after. Their experience and understanding of my vision made this a perfect partnership.

O Myers: Tell us about your design process and how you create from concept to completion?
W Bellissimo: From concept to completion I always think about the woman. I want her to feel put-together without looking like she is trying too hard. Offering her style that she feels good about is important to me. It’s about creating a balance of sophistication, comfort and down to earth luxury. Next come color and pattern. The WB brand is known for rich colors and signature prints that grab attention, yet still speak softly. I try to develop looks that can easily move from casual to a night out just by changing a few accessories. Seasonless style is a meaningful part of the process and each collection is approached from that point of view. Most women run very hot when they are pregnant; therefore, layering pieces are a must. We also design the styles so that they can be worn after pregnancy, becoming a part of a woman’s everyday wardrobe. This is an important part of the design process as it allows women to make smart purchases that last. When we hit all of these goals I know that we have created a successful collection.

O Myers: Being so successful and working on so many projects, how do you juggle having a family and a career?
W Bellissimo: To be completely honest the juggling is a big personal struggle for me. Every day I fall short somewhere. Nothing will ever be perfect. You have to work extra hard at being the best mommy you can be and the best wife you can be while still managing a demanding career. Luckily, my husband is my business partner so we get to work together and after we had our 4th child we transitioned our business to work from home.

O Myers: What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
W Bellissimo: The simple things – the hugs, smiles and love from my little girls. Just knowing they are happy and healthy is the best! I have to pinch myself every day just looking at them and my husband. They are all my dream come true.

O Myers: What is the one piece of fashion advice you have for expecting moms?
W Bellissimo: Be prepared! Every pregnant woman eventually realizes she can’t squeeze in to regular clothes for her whole pregnancy. That is why I am so passionate about creating amazing maternity clothing that women want to wear. Being pregnant is a gift and dressing your bump should feel like a blessing, not a curse!

We are celebrating this exciting collaboration with Wendy at our NYC flagship Destination Maternity store on August 26th, so please join us!  The collection is currently in stores and online at DestinationMaternity.

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