Rachel Zoe’s Desk to Dinner Essentials

Guest Editor: Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor and Designer

As a mom who’s constantly on the go, time-saving techniques are essential, especially during the holiday season! With so many events to attend with little time to prep, I asked the ultimate style maven, Rachel Zoe, for her secrets to taking a look from the office to after-hours in no time flat!Rachel-Zoe-Job-Interview-600x600

Photo: Instagram / @TheZoeReport

From Rachel

Taking your look from desk to dinner doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Whether it’s an elegant clutch, the perfect pair of pumps, an edgy biker jacket or a bold red lip and topknot, you can effortlessly elevate your look without having to completely overhaul your original outfit. It’s simple with just a few tips!

Give your basic blouse and tailored trousers an edgy update by adding interesting outerwear. Simply tie your hair up in a topknot and throw a black biker jacket, faux fur shrug or feather vest over your shoulders.

Sometimes all you need is a bold lip, smoky eye and a piece of statement jewelry to feel confident and ready for a night out. Find the shade of red that’s right for you, an eye-shadow palette you can keep in your handbag and dust off your favorite pendant necklace or cocktail ring.

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I also suggest keeping a sleek pair of pumps or heeled booties at your desk so you can swap out your sophisticated loafers in a pinch. Whether you prefer a classic or playful style, you’ll feel instantly sexy and not to mention, tall, without any effort at all.

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A Holiday Q+A with Womanista’s Cassie Kelley

The holidays are an exciting time of year for anyone, but a little bit more-so for a mom-to-be with her first on the way! In honor of our #MotherhoodHoliday contest, Cassie Kelley, founder of Womanista, is giving us a peak at her favorite maternity looks plus the fun holiday traditions she and husband Charles Kelley (yes of Lady Antebellum!) can’t wait to share with their little one.IMG_5583

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How are you getting ready for the holiday season? We just put up our Christmas tree, which is always fun to do. We make apple cider, put on Christmas music and decorate the tree. It’s a festive and fun evening. I am also getting some shopping done, and I always like to plan a little cocktail party for my girlfriends.

What is your favorite holiday tradition? On Christmas Eve my mom gives everyone in our family a set of Christmas pajamas, and we all get together to have a nice meal in our pjs and just hang out. That’s my favorite time during the holidays.

What is the one present you are hoping for this year? I have such wanderlust, so I always hope for a cool experience somewhere, whether that’s a trip to a fabulous locale or a gift card to a great new restaurant. I love creating those kind of memories.

How are the holidays different for you this year now that you are expecting? It’s so fun to think about different traditions that we will share with our son once he’s here. Christmas feels different this year just because we have such anticipation for his arrival and we have so much to be thankful for. I thought it would be fun to hang a Christmas stocking for him this year but I can’t decide if that’s weird to do before he’s even born! ha ha.

Jaime King’s Holiday Capsule Collection for A Pea in the Pod

Introducing Jaime King's New Collection: Love, JaimeActress, designer and mother of two, Jaime King, has collaborated with A Pea in the Pod® on a 11-piece-denim capsule now in stores and online! LOVE, JAIME for Luxe Essentials Denim® is a feminine, yet edgy collection that completely captures Jaime’s own innate style. If you follow Jaime on Instagram, you’ve gotten a glimpse into her life with her adorable boys, James Knight and Leo Thames, and her on-point style.

The line includes flare, girlfriend and skinny jeans in a range of washes, along with statement pieces like a trench, bustier dress and chambray top. Check out the complete collection at your local store or online. I think you’ll LOVE IT! -Olivia

Be The First To Shop Rosie Pope Maternity Nursing Bras!

Rosie Pope has launched a nursing collection and A Pea in the Pod® is the first to have it! The designer, author, educator and mom of four, truly understands what new moms need, so you’ll completely appreciate this expertly designed line of nursing bras.RPM_f15_2_0014 Headshot 2

Photo: Rosie Pope Maternity

“Who doesn’t want a little bit of pretty when you haven’t had a chance to wash your hair in days?” asks Rosie. “After having four babies, I know breastfeeding is not always easy and the more support you can get, the better chance of success.  I designed a nursing collection that supports your choice, in the most practical, comfortable and flattering way, because as moms I think we deserve the best!”

Rosie Pope Maternity Nursing Bras each contain a clip down nursing feature, smoothing technology and feminine detailing, combining both pretty and practical together.  With additional hooks, eyes and moisture-wicking fabric that dries quickly, these bras can do it ALL from accommodating your ever-changing breast size and weight change, to minimizing leak marks. Adding these bras into your new mom arsenal is a must!

You’ll find the full collection in select stores and online. I think you’ll love them. -Olivia

#TBT Jessica Simpson’s Mummy-to-be Announcement

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Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Simpson

We’re throwing it back to the memorable and creative way Jessica Simpson shared her big news in 2011. The designer exclaimed, “I am going to be a mummy!” in her Halloween-themed post and welcomed Daughter Maxwell Drew in May 2012. The pregnancy also inspired her to expand her collection to include maternity. Jessica said at the time, “I’m so excited to partner with Destination Maternity to design a collection of fashionable styles that make you look and feel great! You want to wear clothes that are flattering to your baby bump; you want to show your bump off.” Take a cue from Jessica and work that bump on Halloween and every day! –Olivia

Rachel Zoe On What You Need In Your Bag + Closet Right Now

Guest Editor: Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor and Designer

The fall season is in full swing and with it, tons of new trends and must-haves. I reached out to the ultimate fab mom, Rachel Zoe, for her top picks that every stylish mama needs in both her handbag and closet right now.Rachel Zoe Fall Fashion Must Haves

Photo: Instagram / @RachelZoe

From Rachel

Every mom and mom-to-be needs an arsenal of separates that are classic and versatile, and a handbag stocked with the essentials.  Check out some of my fall favorites for everyday beauty tips and style that’s effortlessly glamorous!RZ Essentials BLOGThe Honest Company hand sanitizer spray is perfect for moms on the go. I have one in every bag, in every room in my house and office – it’s with me everywhere I go!

Tom Ford Carrie round sunglasses; I always have a pair of oversized sunnies on me at all times, and I’m obsessed with Tom Ford’s Carrie frame. That man can do no wrong.

Lancome’s AUDA(CITY) in Paris eye shadow palette creates the perfect smoky eye in a range of warm, saturated tones. I always love an eye shadow palette, because you can go light for day and dark for night.

Mac Diva Antics lipstick is a rich, reddish burgundy. It’s my perfect autumn shade!

Long sleeve side slit maxi dress; I love the idea of a side slit maxi dress for fall. Styled with over the knee boots or platform sandals, it’s endlessly versatile.

Ponte vest; A sleek vest is essential to every wardrobe.  It’s the one piece you’ll throw on when you’re looking to polish off any ensemble.

Behind the Scenes @NYFW with Rachel Zoe

NYFW wrapped up leaving behind a bevy of fresh new trends on the horizon for Spring 2016. Stylist, Designer and Editor, Rachel Zoe, gives us a behind the scenes look at her latest runway collection, taking inspiration from one of the biggest trends of the season.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rachel Zoe

Zoe’s Spring 2016 Collection is a modern take on the romantic gypset.  The glamour of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s comes through via hand-frayed edges, exaggerated ruffles and off-the-shoulder lace. Inspired by some of the great supermodels of that time period – Gia Carangi, Lauren Hutton and Jerry Hall – Rachel created a collection that lends itself to the cultural nomads, which are the busy, sophisticated women of today. Romantic, classic and subtly sexy, this collection is meant to inspire women to live boldly and have fun with style.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rachel Zoe

“This season is romantic in a really modern way.  I envision these clothes to be what women want to wear and live an effortlessly glamorous and inspired life in.” –Rachel ZoeRachel Zoe NYFW Runway 2

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With a new show Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe that just aired this past week, I am excited to see what this ultra-successful modern mom will bring us next! The Holiday 2015 Rachel Zoe Maternity Collection for A Pea in Pod delivers next month so make sure to mark your calendars. –Olivia

In The Press August 2015

InThePress August v3August was an exciting month for our brands!

I shared My Fall Style Tips with About.com just last week so be sure to check out the feature for a break down of the top maternity trends for the season.  I also did a guest feature for Style Within Reach (one of my favorite lifestyle blogs) on motherhood which was super fun!  Gorgeous momma of two Jaime King, A Pea in the Pod’s Fall Brand Ambassador, shared a pic of her in our new Luxe Essentials Denim collection, which you can shop now. Plus, Baby London Magazine buzzed about our new A Pea in the Pod shop at Harrod’s London.

Jessica Simpson 10th Anniversary Celebration

New York Fashion Week finally arrived last Thursday along side a bevy of exciting parties and red carpet events! I had the pleasure of attending Jessica Simpson’s 10th Anniversary Celebration last Wednesday night to kick off the festivities!Jessica Simpson Tenth AnniversaryNEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Jessica Simpson attends the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Jessica Simpson Collection at Tavern on the Green on September 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Jessica Simpson Collection) *** Local Caption *** Jessica Simpson

Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Jessica Simpson Collection

In honor of a decade of Jessica’s namesake lifestyle brand— including her maternity collection available at Motherhood Maternity stores— she hosted a fabulous black, white and gold bash at the iconic Tavern on the Green in New York City.

Gorgeous as ever, Jessica walked the red carpet, posed for photographs and gave interviews to the press including Entertainment Tonight and Catt Sadler of E! News.

Jessica’s signature ultra-feminine glam aesthetic was infused in the decor, complete with plush chaise lounges, vintage candles, strung lights, roses and chicly framed personal photos! An extra special touch was the sugar laced champagne cocktails given out by servers to guests upon arrival.

Photo of Tina + Jessica: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Jessica Simpson Collection

Cheers to one of my #bossgirl idols, Jessica Simpson!

And if you’re expecting, make sure to shop the looks from Jessica Simpson Maternity Tenth Anniversary Capsule Collection! -Olivia

Get The Look // DeAnna Pappas Stagliano

You may recognize DeAnna Pappas Stagliano from her time on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Currently mom to 19-month-old Addison Marie, she is expecting her second child—a boy!— in February. DeAnna has been sharing all of the details of her second pregnancy on her People.com blog, including a snap of her wearing a sleek sheath from A Pea in the Pod.

I can’t get enough of a simple sheath dress for Fall! A flattering silhouette for a mom-to-be, look for options with a simple print and side tie like this TAYLOR maternity dress Deanna chose for a look that works perfectly day or night. -OliviaTaylor dress

Photo: Instagram / @deannastag
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