Party Décor Idea: The Little Red Wagon

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I can’t believe it has been a year already! I have heard so many moms say just the same thing when their baby’s 1st birthday was approaching! Time flies and while juggling work, hobbies, family and friends, I also had to start planning Greyson’s 1st birthday party. We chose to have “A Little Red Wagon” theme for Grey since he has a red radio flyer wagon that he loves. With Pinterest and so many other great websites to be inspired by, figuring out decorations and planning was easy! Grey’s radio flyer was the centerpiece of the party so I kept everything in black, red and white. I also added a little vintage feel with galvanized steel serving dishes and burlap touches; I think it worked nicely.  I am so happy with how Grey’s party turned out. I hope this provides you with a little inspiration for your next party or event! –Olivia

 

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The Perfect Summer Salad

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This is a quick and simple salad that is a perfect summer dish. Serve as a healthy side or add grilled chicken for a delicious meal for you and your family.

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon honey

1 small shallot, minced

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, preferably Banyuls

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salt

Freshly ground pepper

12 cups packed assorted baby lettuces (about 6 ounces)

1 quart strawberries, hulled—small berries halved, large ones quartered

4 ounces feta (preferably French), crumbled (1 cup)

1 cup smoked almonds, chopped

 

Recipe taken from www.foodandwine.com

Jessica Simpson New Mom Collection

Transition from mom-to-be to new mommy with the Jessica Simpson New Mom Collection

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Mom of two and our own maternity fashion maven, Jessica Simpson is the ultimate momspiration!  We are so excited to announce that she will be expanding her clothing empire at Destination Maternity with her New Mom Collection!

The Jessica Simpson New Mom Collection offers postpartum and nursing essentials that are both fashionable and functional and made in comfortable fabrics.  The collection features clip down camis, cardigans and tunics with nursing accessibility.  The most exciting addition is the postpartum bottoms, a legging and lounge pant, which are made with a built-in control shaper tummy panel to give support and smoothing to New Moms.

Enjoy being a new mom and be stylish while doing it!  Check out the Jessica Simpson New Mom Shop at DestinationMaternity.com!

Fit Pregnancy Sweepstakes

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When the weather changes from summer to fall, we all want to grab our purses and go shopping! We’ve paired up with Fit Pregnancy to bring you the ultimate shopping giveaway! What better way to kick off a new season and style your bump than a new wardrobe?!

Prize:

One winner will receive a $500 gift card & a styling session with Destination Maternity’s Style Director, Olivia Capone Myers.  You’re styling session will be taped and you’ll have a chance to be featured on the Cravings blog!

How to Enter:

Go to FitPregnancy.com to enter and for official giveaway rules.  The sweepstakes will run from August 1st -September 30th,. The lucky winner will be selected in October and can begin their maternity shopping spree!

What to Wear in your Third Trimester: Summer Edition!

Now that you’ve reached the third trimester, you’re in the home stretch of your pregnancy! The third trimester of pregnancy can be physically challenging so it’s important to stay as comfortable as possible with your wardrobe as you prepare for baby’s arrival!  Here are our top 3 must-have maternity summer styles for the third trimester!

  1. Dresses

1 Whether it’s your baby shower, a day of shopping, or going out for mocktails, wearing a dress is a perfect way to flatter your bump this summer.  Maxi dresses are a summer staple and look effortlessly chic without risking your comfort.  Try a bright maxi like the Spaghetti Strap Twist Front Maternity Maxi Dress in white to add to your mom-to-be glow.  For your baby shower, stand out in a printed dress, like our Sleeveless Shift Dress Maternity Dress in paisley print.

  1. Sleepwear

2 Getting a good night sleep is so important and can be difficult during your last trimester.  Make sure to stay relaxed by choosing sleepwear in lightweight fabrics.  Our Baby Love Striped Maternity Sleep Shirt is a cute and comfy way to stay cool in the humid summer nights and allows for a whole lot of baby bump room! The Racerback Nursing 2 Piece Set can be worn throughout your pregnancy and beyond and is also functional for nursing.

  1. Hospital Needs

3 Packing your bag ahead of time can help you feel prepared.  A nightgown and robe set like the Bump In The Night™ Decorative Trim Nursing Nightgown And Robe is a great essential for after the baby’s arrival.  Make sure to have an unlined sleep bra, such as the Jessica Simpson Racerback Nursing Sleep Bra that is both comfortable and supportive. You can shop all these looks and more in store or online at DestinationMaternity.com!

What to Wear: How to Dress for a Maternity Portrait Session

Maternity portraits are the perfect way to document your pregnancy.   When it comes to your maternity photos, your wardrobe has to be just right!  Choose styles that make you feel beautiful and comfortable while showing your baby bump proudly.  Here are some stylish options that will show off your glow and your bump!

Form Fitting Maxi Dress: 

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1. Maternity Maxi Dress 2. Jessica Simpson Strapless Empire Waist Maternity Maxi Dress 3. Seraphine Sleeveless Knot Front Maternity Maxi Dress 4. Weston Wear Sleeveless Bust Ruching Maternity Maxi Dress

 

Short Dress With High Waist:

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1. Sleeveless Shift Dress Maternity Dress 2. Spaghetti Strap Maternity Swing Dress

 

Skinny Jeans or Leggings with a Loose Top or Tunic:

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1. A Pea In The Pod Jeans Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans 2. Indigo Blue Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans 3. Sleeveless Ruffle Front Maternity Blouse 4. MISOKA Convertible Sleeve Button Front Maternity Blouse 5. Secret Fit Belly® Jersey Knit Maternity Leggings 6. Secret Fit Belly® Jersey Knit Maternity Crop Leggings 7. Short Sleeve V-neck Hanky Hem Maternity Tunic

 

 

What to Wear in your Second Trimester: Summer Edition!

When it comes to dressing during pregnancy, comfort and style are key.  By your second trimester you’ll notice that what feels right in week 10, may not fit right in week 20.  As your belly grows, you’ll want styles that stretch and move with your body and for the summer months, you’ll want choices that keep you feeling light and breezy.  Here are our top 3 must have summer styles for the growing mom-to-be.

  1. Fashion tops

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It’s time to flaunt and be proud of your belly!  Choose tops and blouses that fit comfortably over your bump with some room for your growing belly.  Show off your bump in the season’s top trends, like a colorful maternity kimono over a slim fit maternity tshirt.  Or style a beautiful maternity blouse, like our best-selling MISOKA Convertible Sleeve Button Front Maternity Blouse with a great pair of Secret Fit Belly® jeans.

  1. Maternity bras

 

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If you haven’t already, now’s the time to invest in some new great maternity bras. During pregnancy, your bust size will fluctuate and the size that you wore pre-pregnancy may not be the same during your pregnancy or after your baby is born. Sleep and seamless bras are essential purchases and can be worn throughout your entire pregnancy and beyond.  Our A Pea in the Pod® Unlined Nursing Sleep Bra and our Motherhood Maternity® Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra are both soft and stretchy and offer light support.   Invest in an every-day bra like the Full Coverage Underwire Maternity Nursing Bra for added support.

  1. Loungewear

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For the days you would rather throw on a tee, we recommend the Wildfox tees at A Pea in the Pod®.  This exclusive collection of tees can be worn many ways (check out our blog post on it!), including paired with the lightweight Nation LTD Jersey Knit Drawstring Maternity Lounge Pants, available in bright colors for summer.

 

You can shop all these looks and more in store or online at DestinationMaternity.com!

What to Wear in your First Trimester: Summer Edition!

You may be wondering what to wear during the beginning weeks and months of your pregnancy while staying comfortable and cool during the summer months.    No need to fret; here are our top 3 must have summer styles for the new mom-to-be!

  1. Maternity Jeans

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Pants are the first piece of clothing to feel snug.  Invest in great fitting maternity jeans to keep you feeling comfortable right from the start!  We suggest a jean with our patented Secret Fit Belly® which keeps your belly looking smooth and provides support throughout all stages of your pregnancy.   Try our top rated maternity jeans, like the Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans and the 7 For All Mankind Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity Jeans.

 

  1. Light-weight tanks and tees

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Basic tees and tanks with side ruching are perfect to wear in the summer weather to show off your newest accessory: your bump! Whether you are wearing them with jeans, a maxi skirt, or under a blazer or jean jacket, you’ll love the comfort and versatility.  We love the Reversible Side Ruched Maternity Tank Top , which comes in many colors and can be worn as either a v-neck or scoop neck.   Our Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity T Shirt is a go-to summer basic for every occasion.

  1. Leggings and Yoga Pants

 

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Whether you’re taking prenatal yoga, going for a run or running errands, leggings and yoga pants are perfect for when you are on the move and are maternity staples.  The Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® Jersey Knit Cropped Maternity Yoga Leggings and the Under Belly Jersey Knit V Waist Slim Boot Maternity Yoga Pants are great options!

 

Build a bump-flattering wardrobe without sacrificing your personal style by shopping all these looks and more at Destination Maternity!

 

Ways To Document Your Pregnancy

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From celebrating the big news with friends and family to feeling baby’s first kick, pregnancy  is filled with moments you will want to remember.  Check out this compilation of creative ways to document your journey – from your growing belly and food cravings to ultimately your baby’s birth— so you can have these memories for years to come!

Weekly updates on chalkboardsThis is a fun and artistic way to keep track of how far along you are. Each week you can decorate a chalkboard with little notes and facts.  It’s a fun reminder and keepsake to display in your home and it’s a great way to see how you grow from week to week!

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Write letters to or create an email account for your baby: When your child gets older, he or she can take part in the experience by reading about your pregnancy.  Get even more creative (like this mama-to-be) and include a photo.  Wear one of these graphic maternity tee’s to show everyone your excitement!

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Complete a Pregnancy Journal: Keeping a pregnancy journal will help you express how you are feeling throughout pregnancy and can also be a wonderful keepsake to look back on. You can also share it with your child down the line and share the love you’ve felt from the beginning!

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Baby Album: Create a baby album where you can share everything with your family, friends and baby! My Baby Album With Sophie La Girafe is a charming album for capturing memories from birth through baby’s second birthday, with designated pages for parents to record all the milestones and details of baby’s life.

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Get big sister or brother involved:
 This is such a simple way to show off your big (and his or her ADORABLE) belly!  The soon-to-be-big sibling will love to get in on the fun!

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Take Selfies: No time for props? Grab a camera and take a #bumpselfie.  This is a simple way to chronicle your bump’s growth.  Don’t forget to Instagram and share how you wear us with #destinationmatstyle!

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Maternity Dresses for Summer Weddings

Summer weddings are upon us. With so many couples saying, “I do,” we are kicking the season off right with our favorite fashion looks and beauty tips. So, if those invitations have you at a loss for what to wear, then fret no more and get to celebrating in style!

Black Tie: The most formal of wedding dress codes, black tie is your chance to go glam!  Try our BCBGMAXAZRIA Sleeveless Bust Ruching Maternity Dress, which frames your face in a flattering way and comes in the cool color, Orient Blue. Add some sparkle with statement jewelry like a necklace or a colorful ring. Don’t forget to wear some maternity shapewear underneath for a seamless look and added support.

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Semi-Formal: When semi-formal dress is requested, we recommend erring on the side of formality and opting for a cocktail dress with clean lines.  Have some fun by picking a bright, summery option to go with the season like our Sleeveless Fit And Flare Maternity Dress in the color Pink.  The best accessory for a gorgeous dress is glowing skin. Enhance your pregnancy glow with St. Tropez Naturals Self Tan Milk which will give you a natural hint of color.

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Beach Formal: We love this velvet by GRAHAM & SPENCER Sleeveless Paisley Print Maternity Maxi Dress that will keep you cool under the sun. We recommend pairing it with some strappy flat sandals (no flip-flops!)  Embrace the seaside theme by painting your nails a sandy hue with Nail Lacquer By Butter London in the color Keene. Most importantly, don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen. Our Lavender Protective Cream Spf 17 by Naturopathica will keep you protected and hydrated.

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Casual: For a casual wedding, we recommend a dress with a simple silhouette, like Motherhood Maternity’s Short Sleeve Knot Front Maternity Dress. Don’t forget to put on some Lucky Legs By Mama Mio, a rescue remedy to help relieve your hard-working legs and feet; it leaves a super subtle sparkly-shimmer you’ll want to show off!

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Shop these looks and all of our maternity dresses at Destination Maternity® stores and online at DestinationMaternity.com.

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