Chic This Week // The Must-Have Maxi + How to Wear It

6FGHSGFDHACSWith summer almost here, a wardrobe that keeps you cool and comfortable is a must, especially if you are expecting! The one item I tell every mom-to-be to invest in if they are expecting during the warmer months is a maxi! An instant outfit, a maxi is versatile enough to be worn throughout your whole pregnancy. This version from Isabella Oliver is one of my favorites. The simple knit print and side-ruching feature makes this dress extremely flattering. For an effortless and on trend weekend look, I suggest pairing a maxi with a thong sandal, panama hat and cuff. Dress things up for an evening out with a wedge, statement necklace and jacket. Happy styling -Olivia

Olivia’s Picks // Splendid Spring 2015

I am so excited about the new arrivals from Splendid! Hopefully you had a chance to visit our Splendid shops in select stores over the weekend to check out the latest collection and enjoy some sweet treats. Some of my favorite pieces are the ultra soft tanks, striped tees and effortlessly chic peasant tops that can easily update shorts or jeans; perfect if you are expecting this summer! You can shop the full collection at apeainthepod.com –Olivia

Sips, Sweets and Splendid

APIP_Sum15_18_1300_RT-flt_300Visit our Splendid shops this Saturday May 2! We are loving all of the new arrivals from Splendid so much that we’ve created a shop just for them! The brand, known for ultra-comfortable, effortlessly chic styles, is perfect for moms-to-be and is offering lots of must-haves just in time for the warmer weather! View the latest collection this Saturday in select stores and enjoy sweets from Dana’s bakery while you shop! -Olivia

Participating A Pea in the Pod Stores: Water Tower, Chicago IL / Lincoln Park, Dallas TX / Fashion Valley, San Diego CA / Town Center, Boca Raton FL / Clayton Lane, Denver CO / Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks, CA / Mall at Green Hills, Nashville TN / Fashion Show, Las Vegas, NV / Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA / King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, PA

Participating Destination Maternity Stores: Houston Galleria, Houston, TX / The Gardens, Palm Beach, FL / Somerset Collection, Troy, MI / LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX / The Source at White Plains, White Plains, NY / The Colonnade, San Antonio, TX / Sharon Corners, Charlotte, NC / Madison Avenue, New York, NY / Post Road, Westport, CT / Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace, IL / Chauncey Ranch, Phoenix, AZ / Livingston Town Center, Livingston, NJ / Millenia Crossing, Orlando, FL / International P, Tampa, FL / Country Glen Shopping Center, Carle Place, NY / Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek, CA / Mall of America, Bloomington, MN / Pacific Place, Seattle, WA / Regalia Center, Memphis, TN / Manahasset Mall, Manahasset, NY

Celebrating the Launch of Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod

Rachel_Zoe_Event_Recap_1-608x571 Rachel_Zoe_Event_Recap_2-608x529Last weekend, we celebrated our exclusive collection with style maven Rachel Zoe by throwing shopping celebrations in select A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity stores throughout the country. While shopping, guests enjoyed macarons from Dana’s Bakery personalized with our hashtag #RachelZoexAPIP in flavors like chocolate molten and jelly doughnut- YUM! Décor included all white floral arrangements with peeled back roses and hydrangeas (Rachel’s favorites).

I had the pleasure of hosting two of the events in sunny Aventura and Coral Gables, Florida.   It was so much fun to meet with clients and introduce them to the collection!  I was able to advise on the best ways to style the bump while helping the expecting moms-to-be shop for their maternity essentials and wardrobe.Rachel_Zoe_Event_RecapBottom_608x1100Los Angeles-based blogger Leanne Barlow hosted the event in Beverly Hills and looked GORGEOUS in the Rachel Zoe Printed Caftan Maternity Dress.

Bloggers Nicole Gonzalez of Lillies and Leon, who also donned the caftan, and Staci Acquasanta of Leather and Leops, who rocked the Rachel Zoe Exposed Zipper Maternity Mini Dress, hosted the event in New York.  Plus, DreamDry,the premier blowdry and styling salon co-founded by Rachel, held a braid bar to add even more boho-chic flair.

Don’t fret if you missed our events!  The collection is available online and in stores.

Hope to see you at our future shopping events!  Xoxo- Olivia

Did You Know? There’s a Sweet Way to Ease Morning Sickness

preggie pops - Google Search_2015-03-23_14-41-16Preggie Pops are naturally flavored lollipops made especially for pregnant women to help ease morning sickness in the sweetest way possible! Keep licking them right into labor to help you relieve some of the discomfort. Guess what else? They’re gluten free too! -Olivia

Currently Craving // Rachel Zoe Collection, Bugaboo + More

bugaboo andy warhol banana collection - Google Search_2015-03-19_14-19-17J'ai commandé des vernis chez Dior !_2015-03-19_14-35-53IMG_6257RZ_Sum15_04_0541_RT-flt-300rz dressHere’s what I am currently craving right now: Bugaboo’s Andy Warhol Stroller Collection, which is a fashion-set favorite for new moms.// Pastel colors are in for Spring. Love this Dior baby blue nail polish. // Nude is big in cosmetics and footwear. Obsessed over these Aquazzura and Schutz heels!  // Anything from our new Rachel Zoe Collection PLUS these flare leg jeans from McGuire are a maternity must-have this summer. // This tile-print sheath from Rachel Zoe Collection is perfection, if you’re expecting or not this summer! -Olivia

5 Must Reads for Mom’s to Be

parentsdish.co.ukWe’ve got the skinny on the must read books for moms-to-be. Our office is filled with new and expecting moms so we took a poll to bring you an edited list of the best pregnancy reads from empowering to practical to humorous!

Totally Real: From the Hips by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris

This book gives it to you straight, filled with advice and stories from pregnant women, moms, doctors and midwives who have been through and seen it all! Light and funny, it feels like dishing over lunch with your girlfriends!

Completely Practical: What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

Everyone knows this book because well, it’s the classic #1 Best Selling pregnancy book and for good reason. Easy to read, easy to understand and full of relevant information, it’s on its 4th edition!

Empowering:  Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin has over 30 years of experience as a midwife helping women give birth naturally. This book acts as an information guide for expectant mothers on establishing a mind-to- body connection before conceiving.

Keep Mom AND Baby Happy: The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp

Read this if you don’t read any other baby books! Dr. Harvey Karp teaches you about an “off-switch” for your baby’s crying. Need we say more?

Best for Breasfeeding: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman

A great guide for first-time mothers who plan on breastfeeding, the information is provided by internationally respected La Leche League, known for setting the standard for educating and empowering mothers who want to nurse.

 

Maternity Hacks You Need To Know

Maternity Hacks Maternity_HACKS_2-608x1034Between being preggers myself and working with so many mamas-to-be, I have quite a few insider secrets to share that will help you nail your maternity look and feel your best for nine months and beyond. Read on for some of my favorite “hacks” and essentials every expecting women needs to know!

When it comes to maternity essentials, a side-ruched tee, cardigan, Secret Fit Belly® jeans and leggings, and maxi dresses are your best friends and for good reason! Not only are they the foundation of a great maternity wardrobe, you’ll be able to wear them after baby, too. They can also easily be mixed and matched together for looks that get you through any season.

A tummy belt is another secret to help you in those first few weeks, when you may want to keep your baby bump a secret. The little piece of elastic and button helps you adjust your jeans for the right fit. Alternatively, a tummy tube or tummy sleeve can be worn low on your waist, over your pants to smooth and support your bump.

For a universal bra with tons of room to grow, look for a maternity sports bra. Of course you’ll want to work in your favorite maternity bra styles throughout your pregnancy, but if you’re looking for a versatile no fuss fit- try a sports bra and try it early.

Did you know that keeping hydrated is paramount when you are pregnant?  Staying hydrated also helps with nausea. For even better hydration and extra electrolytes, snack on pineapples. To beat nausea, pop some SweetTarts. Trust me, they do the job like all of these tips and tricks! Xoxo, Olivia

Chic This Week // The Jogger

Chic_Jogger_608x400Move over skinnies, Joggers are on the scene! The jogger is the perfect trend for expecting mamas who want the comfort of an easy silhouette. It can so easily be styled up with a jacket and heel or styled down with chic flats and a tee. Wear it before and after baby, too, for tons of wardrobe mileage! -Olivia

A Night With Rachel Zoe

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Last week we celebrated A Pea in the Pod’s new and exclusive collection with Rachel Zoe in Los Angeles at The Chateau Marmont. The hotel is timeless and every bit glamourous, a perfect choice for the intimate gathering in honor of Rachel and her first ever maternity collection.

Upon arriving, Rachel, who donned a one shoulder black caftan, and husband Rodger excitedly shared photos taken earlier in the day of sons Skyler Morrison and Kaius Jagger. Hollywood mammas and mammas-to-be Jaime King, Casey Wilson, Vanessa Lachey, Tiffani Thiessen, Claire Coffee and Elizabeth Berkley joined the fete soon after. We all indulged in mocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres like pesto parmesan tortellini skewers and parmesan cups filled with mozzarella, tomato and basil.

Jaime, Casey, Tiffani and Claire all wore pieces from the Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod, opting for the Printed Caftan Maternity Dress, Exposed Zipper Maternity Mini Dress, Sleeveless Maternity Maxi Dress and Printed Shift Maternity Dress. I love how each made her outfit her own, really demonstrating the versatility of the collection and how flattering the pieces are on different figures. Casey chose a leopard printed open-toe high heel (totally glam!) while Claire added a denim jacket, for a more playful yet chic statement. Jaime, who wore her hair long and flowing, nailed the quintessential Bohemian aesthetic Rachel’s pieces are known for. Plus, she brought the best accessory of the night by far—her mom!

The party ended on a sweet note with to-go boxes from Dana’s Bakery which included birthday cake flavored macarons, a precursor to another party Rachel would be attending later in the week: son Skyler Morrison’s fourth birthday party!

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