WHAT TO WEAR/WHERE: PARTY LOOKS


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It’s time to talk about what to wear to your holiday office party… family reunion…date night out… everywhere this season! It’s a busy time for most of us mamas and worrying about “what you’ll wear” shouldn’t be an issue, definitely not if you are expecting!

Luckily, there is no better reason than the holidays to add on the glam! A little red maternity dress is totally chic and party appropriate, but so are dressy separates. If you are choosing a dress, I love the idea staying seasonal, or mixing it up with a nice jewel tone like teal. The key to getting a fun colored dress to work with your bump is keeping the silhouette simple. Choosing a clean shape with a chic detail like a ruffle or necklace trim gives you a flattering and modern look that works for your figure. You can’t go wrong with a classic black peep-toe heel or bootie when wearing a bold color.

If you aren’t drawn to a dress for your holiday soiree, then go glam in a maternity skinny and blazer. A classic black skinny Secret Fit Belly® jean paired with an embellished blouse and blazer is super chic. The great thing about these pieces is that with the right accessories, like a d’orsay heel, metallic clutch, or gold cuff, your outfit instantly becomes cocktail ready. PLUS you’ll get style mileage out of these pieces and can dress them down with denim for a more casual look. A tuxedo blazer or maternity lace pant does the same thing. When paired together- POW, completely polished! Or, wear them separately with a tee and jean for a cool casual downtown look.

Lastly, if you’re going black tie this season, an elegant solid colored maternity gown should be your go-to. Again a simple silhouette like an asymmetric column paired with the right accessories is flattering for your bump and remains fashion-forward. Classic accessories like a fabulous cocktail ring, strappy gold heel, red lip or nail will complete this look. Happy styling and hope you all enjoy every holiday affair!- Olivia

1 Laundry by Shelli Segal Maternity Dress / 2 Motherhood Maternity Red Ruffle Dress / 3 Motherhood Maternity Teal Dress / 4 A Pea in the Pod Maternity Tuxedo Jacket, Lace Maternity Pant, Black Camisole / 5 A Pea in the Pod Maternity Blazer, Sequin Camisole, AG Skinny Maternity Jean / 6 Motherhood Lace Bra / 7 Cocktail Ring / 8 MAC Red Lipstick / 9 Dolce and Gabbana Pressed Powder / 10 Gold Heels / 11 Motherhood Maternity Red Dress / 12 Butter London Nail Lacquer

HOLIDAY COOKIES

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Now that I’m a wife and mom the holidays are even more fun because I get to share the spirit of the season with my husband and little one! We’ve been busy planning, playing (look for an upcoming post on our trip to The Polar Express), decorating and baking this month! Growing up I took comfort and found so much joy in the family traditions we shared. I’m sure you, like me, have holiday traditions that you remember fondly. My friend Melissa remembers the excitement of opening a special gift for every night of Hanukkah. My husband’s family gave toys to needy children in their community. My twin brother Tom and I decorated the tree every Christmas Eve with our parents. The fun of the holidays is in continuing the traditions we loved from our childhood, but also starting new ones.

Coming from a large Italian-American family, spending time with aunts, uncles, and neighbors was the best part! And of course there was fabulous food that always overflowed in our home during this time.  I looked forward to baking cookies with my mom and aunts, because it gave us a chance to be together, share stories, but also eat! We’d bake all day and all varieties of cookies, from traditional Italian recipes from my grandfather’s family like pizzelles, to classic chocolate chip, lace and spritz (the S cookies!) for a “dash of color.”

The ladies in my family are such good bakers that they’d always share these lovelies with their friends and neighbors. We’d gift out pretty spreads of them on simple dishes wrapped in cellophane, and then tie them up with a bow. It’s such a great gift, especially for those who aren’t bakers, because then they get to enjoy homemade sweets during the holidays! I’m excited to continue this tradition with my own son! At least I’d love for him to see the spectacle of a fun day of holiday baking in his own home. And I also wanted to share this fun and simple gift idea with you and yours. Enjoy and Happy Holidays! xoxo Olivia

Pizzelles:
Yield: 2dozen
Ingredients
3 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Directions
In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Stir in the melted butter and vanilla. Sift together the flour and baking powder, and blend into the batter until smooth.
Heat the pizzelle iron, and brush with oil. Drop about one tablespoon of batter onto each circle on the iron. You may need to experiment with the amount of batter and baking time depending on the iron. Bake for 20 to 45 seconds, or until steam is no longer coming out of the iron. Carefully remove cookies from the iron. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Italian Wedding Cookies:
Yield: 6 dozen
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus 1/3 cup, for rolling
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups finely ground blanched almonds
5 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream butter in a bowl. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Add almonds and vanilla. Blend in flour gradually and mix well. Shape into crescents using about 1 teaspoon for each cookie. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Do not brown. Cool slightly, then roll in the extra confectioners’ sugar.

Lace Cookies:

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

pinch of salt

1/4 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

Directions

Heat oven to 375° F.
In a medium saucepan, heat the butter, sugars, corn syrup, and salt over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove from heat and mix in the flour and almonds just until incorporated.
Drop level teaspoons of the batter onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 4 inches apart. Bake until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
Cool on the baking sheets until firm, 8 to 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

WINTER SKIN TIPS FOR PREGNANCY

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The cold winter weather can really take its toll on your beauty routine. As an expectant mama you have specific beauty challenges, like dry and itchy skin, that need special care. Dry skin, cracked heels and elbows, a washed-out complexion and an itchy scalp (all things I dealt with during my pregnancy) can be combatted with the right products.

 

 It’s important to look and feel good during your pregnancy. Your current beauty routine may need some tweaks now that you are expecting. Not only does the texture of your skin change during pregnancy with your hormones working over-time, but that baby bump is growing and stretching your skin every day. I want to talk about some of the latest products that I love for new and expecting mothers. These keep you soft and moisturized during a cold spell, plus many of them are designed with pregnant women in mind. They are gentle on your skin, made without harsh chemicals AND still give great results.

 

Finding some pampering time during pregnancy and as a new mom is vital. I try to take some “me time” once a week… (Ok- maybe every two weeks.) I spend a Friday night or Saturday morning alone with my beauty routine. For me that can be as simple as a nice bath, exfoliation, face mask or a mini-mani and pedi.  I throw on my soft robe, slippers and spend an hour alone to decompress and take care of myself. When you have kids, it’s obviously hard to find that alone time. Sometimes, that means taking an hour after my son has gone to bed on a Friday night, or letting my husband do Saturday morning breakfast while I do-ME. It’s worth it!

 

A great place to start is with a nice body scrub. BASQ skincare has a fabulous Citrus Sugar Body Polish that I swear by! It’s great for before and after baby to slough off and smooth dry skin. I use it every other day. A gentle facial cleanser and moisturizer are also key! JUICE BEAUTY, makes a great cleansing milk and super silky moisturizer that are not only effective, but also organic. Another essential mom-to-be product is body oil. BASQ skincare’s calming oils are great for protection against stretching and are packed with natural oils and omegas. Use it after the shower or even at night before bed. I love the lavender oil because it’s calming, which helps with headaches in the evenings.

 

If you are like me, then a little additional glow always seems to help during the fall and winter. I extend my tan with ST. TROPEZ NATURALS SELF RADIANCE TAN. This self-tanner is 100% natural with vegan ingredients and gives a nice real-looking glow. Lastly, I think it’s important to take care of your hands and feet when you are pregnant, especially in this dryer season. A pumice stone for a little at-home pedicure does the trick. Butter London Hardwear offers a nice topcoat, without harmful chemicals. I hope you can find a little time for yourself to try some of these fabulous beauty products! -Olivia

 

1 Motherhood Maternity Cable Knit Pom Pom Slippers / 2 Hardwear by Butter London / 3 Basq Skincare Citrus Body Polish / 4 Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk / 5 Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer / 6 St Tropez Naturals Self Radiance Tan / 7 Pumice Stone / 8 Maternity Robe / 9 Share Body and Massage Oil by Basq 

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE PARKA

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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

DESTINATION MATERNITY IN THE PRESS

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November was another busy month for us here at Destination Maternity! I’m most excited about working with some of my favorite new bloggers and celebs who have announced that they are expecting! The accomplished actress, model, humanitarian and hip mom Molly Sims recently announced she is pregnant with her 2nd baby and has been showing her support for our brands wearing our styles well, especially from A Pea in the Pod!

I’ve also been working with the super stylist, digital influencer and blogger Chriselle Lim. She’s featured many of our pieces on her own blog, and has been making quite an impression in the maternity fashion world.

With a baby on board for Joo Kim, proving maternity style is accessible style seems to be her mission by sporting pieces from all of our brands, including Jessica Simpson Maternity.

Some other fabulous highlights from the month include our feature in Fit Pregnancy and Lucky Magazine. A Pea in the Pod’s leather maternity jacket was styled in Fit Pregnancy’s holiday article, while Lucky Magazine shared Rebecca Minkoff’s holiday picks from her namesake Maternity Collection available at Destination Maternity.  Look for more news updates next month! -Olivia

HOLIDAY BABY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Announcing your pregnancy can be super fun for all involved. People always ask me for new ideas on how they can announce that they are expecting.  The holiday season is already such a special time of year that it can also make for the perfect time to share the news with family and friends.

If you are looking for a classic way to spread the news, Etsy has some great cards that are perfect for the holiday or New Years. Sending out a card is always nice, because people expect them this time of year and enjoy them as well.  Since it’s the season for giving gifts, you can surprise your family with items that mention being a new aunt, uncle, grandma or grandpa. You can present you or the father with some adorable baby booties too! But my favorite idea is taking a cute winter themed photo of you and your bump.

I found some cool ideas on Pinterest of couples who used the season as a great photo-op to announce they are expecting. Really all you need is a digital camera (camera phones work too!), a nice festive background, and a cute outfit. Our Motherhood Maternity baby love tees and some red accessories can make for a fun photo-ready ensemble. I love the idea of keeping it simple, then popping your photo into a holiday card to be sent to your family and friends. Congrats to all of you who are newly expecting! Hope you have fun announcing this holiday. I’d love to hear how you shared the news! -Olivia

1 Hot Chocolate/ 2 Love Joy Baby Maternity Tee/ 3 Canon Digital Camera/ 4 Baby Love Tee/ 5 Maternity Scarf/ 6 Ring/ 7 Festive Heels

JESSICA SIMPSON MATERNITY

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The Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection, available at Motherhood Maternity and Destination Maternity, looks fabulous for the holiday season! Dreamy dresses, soft florals and pretty pieces create an ultra-feminine look which really appeals to all women, especially [I think] those who are expecting.  What I love about the line is that it also boasts a great assortment of everyday maternity essentials.

Right now with the colder weather the maternity puffer coat is a staple and Jessica’s version is warm and geared toward women in a soft neutral print. I think the belt really adds the perfect maternity touch and helps create a great shape. I also recommend pieces like the Secret Fit Belly® dark skinny maternity jean, maternity blazer and side-ruched tee since these are all silhouettes that can be worn throughout your whole pregnancy. You can mix and match all of these essentials for multiple outfit options in order to really get mileage out of your maternity wardrobe.

A soft and supportive bra is a must too.  The Jessica Simpson seamless nursing version is a customer favorite, since it’s so comfy and easy to use for breastfeeding. Don’t forget some classically chic accessories and a great maternity denim jacket, since these can really add some personality to your look and be worn after baby arrives as well! To see the full Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection check your local store for availability or visit us online. -Olivia

1 Jessica Simpson Puffer Maternity Coat/ 2 Jessica Simpson Maternity Blazer, Jessica Simpson Maternity Blouse, Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® dark skinny maternity jean/ 3 Jessica Simpson Nursing Bra/    4 Jessica Simpson Maternity Tee/ 5 Accessories/ 6 Jessica Simpson Maternity Jean Jacket

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

THE LUXE SWEATSHIRT

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I seriously can’t get enough luxe shimmer and shine this holiday season! One of my favorite ways I’m seeing it done is on the sweatshirt. This refreshing new twist makes them a top style contender. The balance of this classically casual silhouette with some metallic shine is über-cool. The added details give this maternity essential a fun pop, plus it’s perfect for this month of parties! Pair one with your favorite Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans or dress it up with a leather-esque maternity legging. Either way it’s a great piece for now! -Olivia

Shop all of our luxe maternity sweatshirts today!

 

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