Currently Craving

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10K Giveaway

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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 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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2015 Oscars Best Dressed

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Did you tune in to the Oscars last night? While I am sorry to see award season come to a close, the fashion choices ended it on a “haute” note. Mom-to-be Keira Knightley opted for a baby-doll Valentino gown, her go-to silhouette this season, while Sophie Hunter, who is also expecting, chose Lanvin. It only took one shade, red, for  Dakota Johnson to stop the show in Saint Laurent and THAT ponytail! Lupita Nyong’o, who I am convinced can do no wrong, chose a white beaded Calvin Klein dress. Zoe Saldana, new mom to twins, looked amazing in blush, while Jennifer Lopez glowed in a flesh-toned Elie Saab gown.  My personal favorite of the night was Margot Robbie who stunned in a black Saint Laurent gown, a perfectly coiffed blonde lob and pouty red lip, a refreshing take on old Hollywood glam. -Olivia

Style 3 Ways: The Boyfriend Jean

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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

HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS

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Are you ready for baby? Well, it may be time to start thinking about packing up that hospital bag now.  I have come up with some essentials that I think you’ll want with you. I over-packed my hospital bag, thinking I would use my straightening iron and leave in my normal clothes. The truth is, I craved comfort. So, with that in mind, I made sure to include lots of cozy and stretchy options for both you and baby.

Start with a really large bag; we have really amazing Wendy Bellissimo ones. They are stylish, so they look like a chic purse. You can load this up now with all your baby needs. Throw in one of our super soft blankies and a going home outfit for baby too. Don’t forget Sophie the Giraffe- it’s safe for teething and small hands. (My son loved this toy so much!) You may as well throw in a soft pair of slippers you for too. It’s all about comfort!

Stock up on comfortable base layers, like the perfect panties, our seamless support bras and shapers. There is a new line to look for that is already being sold in our Motherhood Maternity stores called Bounce Back, featuring patent pending technology. It is made for new moms, post-partum, who are thinking about helping their skin rebound to pre-pregnancy. It features a tummy transformer that helps with refining and reduction.

Think about your going home outfit too. You are going to want casual and practical, trust me. Our yoga pants are perfect because they have a fold-over top that transitions from pregnancy to motherhood. You can wear them down for under the bump comfort, or up, after pregnancy, for some smoothing and a little support. Finish with an active-leisure top and a cozy cardi. Don’t forget nursing bras, which are so cute and obviously made in many styles: clip down, pull down, etc.

Finish off your packing with a camera to capture those first few moments and days, because they will fly by. Keep yourself healthy and nourished with some protein and fast, yet efficient fuel, like nuts from Kind Bars. This is such a magical time for you. It is definitely important to be prepared. Happy packing! –Olivia

1 Hospital Bag / 2 Camera/ 3 Nursing Bra/ 4 Maternity Cami/ 5 Panties/ 6 Snacks/ 7 Graphic Tee/ 8 Yoga Pants/ 9 Slippers/ 10 Bra/ 11 Maternity Shapewear/ 12 Seamless Cami/ 13 Pictures/ 14 Baby Outfit/ 15 Blankie/ 16 Sophie The Giraffe

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

CULINARY CRAVINGS

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I know so many women who are excited when pregnant, because they feel like they can eat whatever they want. The truth is that you need to eat healthy, especially when you’re expecting! I mean, of course, the occasional treat is okay… that is why they call them pregnancy cravings! My family and I try to eat the best we can. I always tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but definitely when I was expecting my son Greyson. It seems that the hardest part for women, especially pregnant women who are always on-the-go, is finding the time to eat healthy. Fortunately fruit and veggie smoothies are simple, super healthy and filled with amazing nutrients, but only take a couple minutes to make.

Our Graphic Designer, Klaudia, who has a two year old daughter, swears by this creamy avocado, berry and spinach smoothie. It’s so delicious, even her toddler enjoys it! All you need to do is stock up on some power-food produce and take out your blender, bullet, Ninja or whatever mixer you have.

If even this seems like too much to handle, Bundle Organics makes amazing juices for mommies-to-be. They are prenatal blends, perfect for the development of that growing baby in your belly! Whatever way you want, try to get your daily intake of fruits and veggies. Your skin, body, bump and baby will thank you. – Olivia

Recipe:

Half of an avocado

1.5 cup strawberries/blueberries/raspberries

A Handful of spinach leaves

1 pear or apple

Mix in a Bullet and Voila!

BIRTHDAY PARTY DÉCOR

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Klaudia, our Graphic Designer, who creates all of the art for the blog and our other social media channels, threw a fabulous birthday party for her two year old daughter, Vittoria, last weekend. Klaudia is not only a dedicated designer here at Destination Maternity, but a great mom who loves planning events for her little girl! I knew as soon as V’s birthday was approaching that Klaudia would have a super chic and fun idea for the party. Of course, she didn’t disappoint!

Since I’ll soon be planning my son’s second birthday party, I have been on the prowl for a venue and I happen to love the place that Klaudia chose. A fun indoor play area, My Little Adventures here in South Jersey, is an adventure play-land that accommodates toddlers and little kids. I know they have places like this in many other cities, so it’s worth looking into if you have a rambunctious toddler and party goers of a similar age-range.

The Safari Chic theme is adorable and perfect for a little girl or little boy, depending on the color story you choose to go with. Leopard paper goods, safari animal motifs, touches of pink and gold became her inspiration. She even painted toy safari animals in gold as centerpieces. White balloons were strung in gold ribbon, cake servers and even gold cupcake foils gave life to the stylish party décor.

The birthday girl had on an adorable gold crown and played with her guests until it was time for pizza and cake.  Animal crackers and monkey cupcakes made for the perfect desserts before a bubble dance party! I love that Klaud thought of every little detail and chose a fun age appropriate venue for her guests. Greyson and I had a blast at the party! -Olivia

OLIVIA’S VALENTINES DAY GIFT GUIDE

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While you’re waiting for the best gift of all to be born, you should make this Valentine’s Day all about you!  I put together a gift guide for you, so that you can adorn yourself with love, layers, comfort and color! You can share the love too; if you know any mamas-to-be, then pass this guide along, or gift her some of these mommy musts.

Show off the Baby Love this February. From your shirt, to your jewelry, we have it all for you. Our heart maternity sweater is a style standout, amazing as a layer, perfect with your favorite dark denim. The Baby Love sweatshirt is super cute with metallic wording. It can be worn casual or styled up by adding a little more glitz, like our gold Maya Brenner monogram necklace, Baby Love locket or Love inscribed bangles. Add your favorite pair of skinnies and finish it off with Butter London’s 3-free lacquer. I am loving their color Come to Bed Red; it’s classic-chic, especially this time of year.

Start and end your day in complete comfort. It’s important that you buy the right bras and underwear when pregnant. But, you don’t need to have unappealing lingerie; our nursing bras and panties have all the elements you want: control, fit, function PLUS a little lace. Finish your night time look with an embellished robe. For a more low-key night, bundle up in soft slippers, and the cutest pajama set.

Finish off your best Valentine’s Day ever by unwinding and hydrating. Basq makes a really soothing Body Oil that smells amazing, plus it helps with stretch marks, is safe on your skin and will ease you into total relaxation! Enjoy. XoXo – Olivia

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