NEW MOM MUSTS

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So I’ve been talking a lot lately about being a new mom and some of the pieces that are essential in the days and months after you bring baby home. Check out the post I did earlier this month: What to Wear: New Mom Edition, where I gave my picks for some great new mom pieces. All this new mom talk got me reminiscing to when Grey was just an infant. I’ve been going through all of the photos from those first few days home from the hospital up until today. I am in awe at how big my little boy is getting and how time flies!

I will always cherish those moments, and they definitely reminded me that I have to get on top of that scrap-book I’ve been meaning to put together for Greyson. Flipping through those photos made me think about you guys, so I thought I’d share some photos and some of my personal favorite maternity pieces and pregnancy products I needed as a new mom! All of these items I still use today, almost 17 months after bringing my little man home- so that’s proof that you’ll get mileage out of these!

For Greyson, his two favorites were and still are his swaddles and Sophie the Giraffe. These super soft cotton swaddles do triple duty. They act as a swaddle, burp cloth, and nursing cover. I love them!  Sophie is a teether that Grey used as an infant and still does. This adorable giraffe also acts as a sense stimulator for babies, due to its soft texture, contrasting spots, the smell of the natural made rubber, the distinct light squeak it makes and of course its ability to be chewed!

As for me, a quintessential leather maternity jacket, diaper bag or tote, and maternity or post pregnancy tee are essential in my wardrobe! And please, please, please, do not store away or GIVE away your Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans. They make for a great postpartum pant…you know I still wear mine! Another easy style tip for moms on the go looking for that cool-factor: opt for a sneaker since they have great support for when you are on your feet with the kiddos all day. Choose a slip on or high-top. I live in Converse and Vans on the weekend, as opposed to my running kicks, since they add a little life and coolness to a denim look.  For my night time routine I keep my skin soft and hydrated (check out our beauty products, featuring high end brands, naturally made skincare and amazingly moisturizing ingredients); I also try my best to get some zzz’s when I can. Who am I kidding? I may never have a good night sleep again, but I’m not complaining!  Being a new mom means more to me. -Olivia

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CHIC THIS WEEK: WINTER FLORALS

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Florals are fresh for fall and add warmth to winter style. Look for abstract flower patterns with a color palette that works for your personality, and the maternity basics you already own. Since florals are a fashion staple, they’ll live on into a new season, which I love. Deep blooms work well at camouflaging and flattering the bump. Another trick to keep in mind when styling a floral is pairing this feminine print with something edgier, like a dark legging or destructed jean. It balances out the sweetness of the print and makes for a cooler maternity look. Happy styling -Olivia

Shop our maternity floral styles today!

TREND ALERT: STATEMENT SWEATERS

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Maternity SweaterStatement maternity sweaters are hot for the cool months ahead. Luxe embellishments, chunky cables and fun graphic prints (like lips, stars and hearts) take maternity sweaters to the next level. I love that you can dress up a fun sweater with heels and leather leggings or go completely downtown chic with destructed denim and booties. I always invest in statement pieces every season, since they’re fun to build outfits with, and they become a reflection of my own personality.

I think maternity basics are a necessary foundation in any woman’s pregnancy wardrobe. With that said, I also believe that investing in stand-out pieces make your style more personalized. Like their name suggests, they make a statement! You’ll get mileage out of a great maternity sweater too, since they’re designed with the bump in mind, look great layered AND will look just as cute later, sans baby bump. You know I’m all about reinventing my favorite pieces each season! And, you can too. -Olivia

 

 

 

REBECCA MINKOFF MATERNITY

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Rebecca Minkoff has been a favorite designer of mine for some time, and I’m excited that we at Destination Maternity have collaborated with her on a new maternity collection, exclusive to A Pea in the Pod and launching this week.

Rebecca is a mother herself and actually worked on this line during her second pregnancy this past year, so she definitely had maternity style on the mind! That’s what is great about this specific collaboration. Rebecca Minkoff is admired by celebrities, but now our customers have the chance to fall in love with true pregnancy fashion. Her globally recognized brand is accessible to you and I love proving that pregnant women do not need to lose their sense of style when they’re expecting!

This maternity collection brings Rebecca’s edgy, yet chic style sensibility to our brand, which I believe fits nicely amongst our other featured designers. Some of my favorite stands outs from the collection are the soft printed maternity pant, modern maternity camisole and fuchsia silk maternity dress. What’s great about these pieces and the complete assortment is how versatile they are. I always say it, I know, but for me being a busy working mom, having that ability to mix and match pieces to create different looks is crucial!  Rebecca’s ready-to-wear options make getting dressed easy (and fun) to do. -Olivia

Maternity BlazerSlim Leg Maternity Pants/ 2 Short Sleeve Maternity Dress/ 3 Rebecca Minkoff Clutch/ 4 Booties/ 5 Maternity Belt/ 6 Blazer, Tee, & Slim Leg Maternity Pants/ 7 Crew Neck Maternity Top/ 8 Ring/ 9 Diaper Bag

Shop our entire Rebecca Minkoff for A Pea in the Pod Maternity Collection today

 

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!

STYLEFILE: INITIALS LA

I’ve been following blogger Laura from Initials-LA for a while now. She is a total fashion darling who looked amazing in one of her posts a few weeks back wearing pieces from our Wendy Bellissimo Collection for Destination Maternity. She has perfected a chic yet relaxed look and works the Wendy Bellissimo pieces into her wardrobe seamlessly. I just love, love, love how it all comes together- hope you do too! -Olivia

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Shop the full Wendy Bellissimo Collection at Destination Maternity today!

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!

 

Get The Look: Alyssa Milano

One of our favorite TV actresses has us coveting her  simple, chic and flattering maternity style! Alyssa’s looks can be easily mimicked with some key pieces from A Pea in the Pod.

A Pea In The Pod Sleeveless Black Maternity Dress

Alyssa keeps it classic in a little black number that accentuates her bump. Our version, this sleeveless maternity dress with a scoop neck, is perfect for any occasion, whether it be a more formal party or an evening out with the girls. You can recreate the look also with two of our must-have pieces, like our adjustable maternity cami (which comes in 6 different colors!) & our Secret Fit Belly® high-to-low hem maternity skirt. Throw on a blazer and this look is perfect for taking you from the office to a dinner date after.

Seraphine Color Block Maternity Dress

Alyssa proves the colorblock trend is a pregnancy style must.  Try our colorblock maternity dresses! The black bottom part gives a slimming effect while a lighter-hued top draws the attention to your face and helps to play up your pregnancy glow. Try these similar Seraphine maternity dresses.

Spaghetti Strap Keyhole Detail Maternity Dress

Embrace summer by opting for bright colors. Alyssa radiates in this feminine frock that makes a statement. Our poppy spaghetti strap maternity dress with keyhole details features a drawstring belt for personal comfort to adjust as the baby grows and is perfect for a more casual waiting or a summer picnic!
Alyssa Milano provides style inspiration & we provide all the ways to GET THE LOOK at A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity!

Trends We Love: American In Paris

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Ordering french fries to cure your craving the closest you have been getting to being “Paris-Chic”? Well, put down the fry & pick up French fashion à la Motherhood Maternity.

Parisian women have this ability to be both stylish & yet uncomplicated. Simple items like this BumpStart black cardigan can crisp up any t-shirt & jeans… voila you look European effortless!

Our Indigo Blue White Jeans with Secret Fit Belly® go with any striped, solid, polka dotted top you throw with it, plus the slimming legs & 5 pocket additions add flair that the French may call soigné.

Pregnancy poses a problem for plane-hopping, so if you can’t go to Paris, then stop by your local coffee shop or “café” wearing our Secret Fit Belly® tiered maternity skirt (in blue or white) & this scoop neck top, which comes in red or blue stripes. Layer it with the Jessica Simpson Maternity denim jacket & order your café au lait with Parisian pride.
If you want to take a less subtle approach & flaunt full-on French fashion this “la mesure d’aimer c’est d’aimer sans mesure” t-shirt is perfect. It translates to, “the measure of love is to love without measure.” Do you know what else you will “aimer”? This “Ooh La La” white & red striped tee, which will have you saying, “oui, oui- too cute!”

So, mademoiselle, throw on this infinity scarf- throw out the fries & hop aboard for a journey towards Paris-Chic, where your first stop for style is here!

Get The Look: Ciara

From chilling out to an evening out, Ciara’s pregnancy attire is a great example of how women do not need to lose their individuality or fashion-sense with a baby on board. Ciara proves that her maternity style-choices are edgy, elegant & luckily attainable by you! We have all the pieces you need to get her look!

A white shirt dress is a fundamental fashion piece. Ciara achieves the easygoing look by pairing it with adorable colored sneakers. Her dress features buttons, ¾ sleeves & a v-neck… so does our Isabella Oliver look-a-like.

Isabella Oliver Elbow Sleeve Belted Maternity Shirt Dress

Ciara stuns in this feminine and elegant maxi. Our Isabella Oliver dress also comes in a simple shade, as to not take away from its sophisticated charm. Ciara wears her hair in lose waves & adds strappy heels. Show up & show off in our version of an evening-wear maxi.

Isabella Oliver Long Sleeve Embellished Maternity Dress

Ciara turns even the simplest tank top into a fashion moment. She accessorizes hers with a beanie hat & long necklace. Try our sleeveless tank top. Pair with your own favorite accessories and you are ready to go!

Sleeveless Scoop Neck Maternity Tank Top

Ciara tops her Isabella Oliver sleeveless, cross front maxi dress off with a little white jacket & sneakers. Master her look of casual meets chic with our version of this dress!

Isabella Oliver Sleeveless Cross Front Maternity Dress

Make sure you stay true to yourself as Ciara has done throughout her pregnancy. And remember… it is easy to GET THE LOOK.

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