OLIVIA’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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It’s that time of year when shopping and gift lists take over! Whether you are shopping for an expecting woman in your life or need ideas to give to your family for yourself as a chic preggonista, I have the perfect gift-able pieces! I know my husband always appreciates “hints” of things I may like and as a guy he definitely wants his gifts for me to be special. Keeping that in mind, I made sure to include some luxe and special items as well as maternity essentials. Plus I included some awesome stocking stuffer ideas as well!

I also absolutely love the idea of gifting each other items for baby-to-be. So sweet, right? When I was pregnant with my son, I gave my husband cozy sherpa baby booties and a beanie hat since he loves being outdoors in the winter. Try to keep the gift daddy-specific, so it’s fun for him. If your guy is into sports, think a bib or tee for baby with his favorite team. My husband gave me a beautiful ring to commemorate our soon-to-be baby. Maya Brenner jewelry makes beautiful mini-letter necklaces that you’ll love! Certainly if you already have baby’s name chosen, then this is a really great idea!

The other items on my list make fabulous gifts without a doubt. Our Wendy Bellissimo diaper bags are super chic and can be filled with lots of goodies! Designer Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans, essential layering camis, a great scarf and some silky skincare from Naturopathica make perfect mom-to-be gifts to fill it up with. We also have such feminine lingerie; I’d even make the suggestion that pretty bras and maternity panties make great gifts as well. For the woman who has everything, a fabulous maternity little black dress, stand-out sweater or leather jacket also makes for super special surprises. Throw in some comfy slippers, Butter London nail polishes or even Sophie the Giraffe for the babe as stocking stuffers.

I hope my guide helps you in your holiday shopping this year! Make sure to forward this to your man, family or friends who have been asking what they can get for you! Here’s to getting into the holiday spirit. -Olivia

‘TIS THE SEASON OF SHOPPING

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This year the holidays really crept up on me! I’ve been so busy with writing the blog, attending events and spending time with my husband and son that I somehow lost a whole week! Talk about total mommy-brain. I honestly thought there was an extra weekend before Thanksgiving and that I would get everything on my do-list completed. But then I was reminded by my brother-in-law who texted me last week talking about our plans for Thanksgiving dinner. Life is just speeding by! I promptly reevaluated my schedule and luckily got back on course. This means holiday shopping moves to the top of my list, because I always get started the weekend after Thanksgiving- hello Black Friday!

If you know any moms-to-be or need some help giving others ideas of what to get you, here’s a quick snapshot of some of my favorite holiday pieces (look for a full gift-guide for moms-to-be later this week.) A fun novel maternity sweater, Secret Fit Belly® jeans, diaper bags and special gifts for baby can make for the perfect present or a quick pick up this weekend (and for all season long.)

We have an exciting holiday assortment at Destination Maternity PLUS some really appealing offers. You need to check out our store giveaway. There is nothing more sweet than receiving a FREE Simple Sugars Scrub with purchase! I hope you enjoy spending time with your loved ones this weekend AND are able to get started on your holiday shopping list. Best wishes to you and good luck! -Olivia

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TREND ALERT: PARTY PANTS

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Novel skinny maternity jeans and maternity pants are hot for the holidays! Coated jeans, animal prints, leather and lacey looks are keeping skinnies fresh and fun for the season. The trick to getting this look right is to keep the pant silhouette simple, pair it with a monochromatic top or sweater, and keep accessories down to a minimal. In other words… make the pant the signature piece in your look.

If you are opting for a print, try a maternity bottom in a bi-color or neutral pattern that comes in a smaller scale. The pair featured by Rebecca Minkoff Maternity and Pam and Gela for A Pea in the Pod (they created Juicy Couture!) are great options. And to get a luxe leather look opt for DL1961’s coated maternity jeans. Pair those with a chunky sweater, maybe a bootie and you have a great holiday look. -Olivia

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BABY SHOWER DECOR


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One of the prettiest new themes I’ve been seeing in party and baby shower decor is a take on Parisian-Chic. I actually just threw a wedding shower for my girlfriend and we used hints of French flair with lots of black and white accessories, macarons and beautiful blooms. What’s great about this theme is that it translates for a baby shower so well, since you can choose any accent color you like. We chose pink for her shower, which is traditional, but I am also seeing soft blues, gold and mint green as upcoming color trends in party decor. You only need to focus on a few essentials when decorating for a party, whether that be for a birthday, shower or even wedding.

Flowers, linens and baked goods are always the foundation of a party, so I suggest starting there. For my friend’s shower, we had tons of pink floral arrangements, pink macarons, plus black and white linens. Just those simple elements had a huge effect in bringing the Parisian-Chic theme to life. We also added in paper tassels, which are another fun decor trend hot on Pinterest right now. They make for a great table display. Last, but not least, don’t forget to dress the part for the shower! A manicure, pretty maternity dress, comfortable maternity innerwear and cute accessories will complete your party look. -Olivia

1 Butter London Nail Polish/ 2 Necklace/ 3 Maternity Dress/ 4 Nursing Bra/ 5 YSL Tote

 

FALL FAMILY FUN: PUMPKIN PICKING

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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! It’s the perfect jacket weather, best for being outdoors with my boys and taking weekend day trips. It seems like everyone heads over to their local farmer’s market or pumpkin patch for a hayride and some family fun as soon as the first leaf changes. It always makes for a perfect family photo-op too, right? So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share our family photos with you! (Share yours with us on our Instagram pages!)

My husband and I have a great routine of switching and taking turns snapping photos of each other with our son to capture our memories. A great tip he actually taught me was to takes lots of shots, and to keep them candid. We always take photos when the other is in motion and try not to set up every shot with us mugging in the camera. Capturing more candid photos make for more natural pictures, many times really capturing the true expression of the moment as opposed to a forced smile. Now don’t get me wrong, we always get some nice portraits, but more natural photos usually make for better images, especially if you want to hang them in your home.

Knowing that we would get some great photos during our trip to the pumpkin patch, I had to wear something befitting. In my usual style, I opted for a cool jacket, destructed jean, (yes, these are still maternity jeans! Just fold over the Secret Fit Belly® panel) pullover sweater, and dark shades – simple pieces that offer mucho style- perfect for our fall family day! -Olivia

Secret Fit Belly® Maternity Jeans/ 2 Cute Sunglasses/ 3 Maternity Sweater/ 4 Leather Maternity Jacket

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CHIC THIS WEEK: THE TUXEDO JACKET

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The tuxedo jacket is a new silhouette for fall that I know I am going to love incorporating into the holidays. A great tuxedo style maternity jacket is a quintessential piece in any woman’s wardrobe, BUT it looks especially chic on a pregnant woman. Why you ask? Well, menswear styling is the perfect balance with a baby bump. The tailored look, mixed with the sharp cut and slight flare accent, define and yet camouflage the belly. It’s also a great layering item that can be dressed up with black maternity skinnies or dressed down with your favorite Secret Fit Belly® maternity denim. The options are endless.- 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

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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

 

 

 

CHIC THIS WEEK: THE WRAP DRESS

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The wrap dress is a classic in my wardrobe that never goes out of style. I also loved the silhouette when I was pregnant, since it’s a really figure-flattering maternity piece. Having the ability to adjust the comfort and belt it closed accentuates in all the right places, especially when you have a bump. In a chic animal print, it’s perfection.

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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

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