A Gift for Baby from Your Wedding Dress

jenMeet Jen Bowers, the Divisional Merchandise Manager for A Pea in the Pod!  A stylish mama herself, she is in charge of the team of buyers that keeps our stores filled with trendy maternity pieces for mothers-to-be!

Instead of shopping for a special occasion dress for her daughter Kendall, Jen had the sweet idea of designing something special using fabric from her wedding dress. “My wedding dress was an all-over lace Monique Lhuillier gown.  I wanted to incorporate the lace from my dress so she had a piece of me on her special day.”baby2With creative and design expertise from Brittany West, A Pea in the Pod’s assistant designer, they created a beautiful dress for a beautiful girl!baby3sketchWe love the idea of repurposing your wedding dress for baby.  You could also make a beautiful bassinet skirt, a necklace with the fabric embedded in it, or turn your wedding dress into something smaller, like a pillow.  What great hand-me-down pieces for your baby!

Inspiration Behind the Design: A Pea in the Pod’s Spring Collection

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A Pea in the Pod’s spring collection evokes a casual, nautical style that is perfect for warmer weather.  From chambray blues and preppy stripes to comfortable linen fabrics, the A Pea in the Pod Design Team focused on sea-inspired colors for this season’s collection:

“Our ‘Port of Call’ delivery for spring is based on sea faring islands with a soft vintage feel. The collection includes a wide array of bold stripes, crochet work, mixed media, mosaic and paisley prints paired with light wash denim. An indigo and chambray blue color story is the foundation of this group with pops of fuchsia and an increasing presence of white, which we will continue into the summer season.”

Key pieces include a flowy, 3/4 Sleeve Dress in a blue and white mosaic print, perfect for your spring baby shower. Spring’s must-have chambray convertible sleeve shirt creates a casual-chic look when paired with our Secret Fit Belly® Linen Cargo Pocket Maternity Crop Pants. Our bump-flattering Cap Sleeve Boat Neck Maternity T Shirt combined with our Secret Fit Belly® Cuffed Maternity Crop Jeans will keep you both comfortable and stylish throughout the season

Shop these spring maternity looks and more at A Pea in the Pod!

Four Things We Love // Early Spring 2014 Edit

Though we’re still in the thick of winter, spring’s light colors and airy fabrics have us excited for the season ahead. From lightening up with healthier food to partaking in a more natural route when it comes to makeup, we hope these four things inspire you to look beyond the snow, slush and breezy temps in favor of the warmth ahead.

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A cinch to make and delicious to down, this healthy and naturally sweet strawberry smoothie is just the kick start we need morning, noon or night.

Floral is everywhere this spring, and this Jessica Simpson maternity blouse in pretty pastels is the perfect way to showcase the trend.

Exude your innate glow by utilizing these easy and effective natural beauty tips – the perfect way to refresh and renew your look.

Adorable, useful and perfectly DIY, these fabric coasters are a fabulous (and easy) way to add a touch of new to your spring décor.

Nurseries We Love: Pop of Orange

Whether acting as an accent to an otherwise neutral décor or as a compliment to a mate on the color wheel, a pop of orange adds a sunny touch of happy to any nursery. Without being too harsh – say like a fire engine red – orange brings mellow warmth to a room that’s perfect for baby.

With a base of aqua and grey, small pops of orange bring a ray of cheer!

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Ultra-modern and clean lines are instantly brought to life with deep orange accents.

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A whimsical play on colors, orange acts as the standout hue in this fun space.

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Soothing and serene, it’s the rug that makes this nursery come alive.

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Four Things We Love // Winter 2014 Edit

With the long, cold days of winter remaining in the foreseeable forecast, weekends spent indoors are much to be adored. From comforting eats and cozy knits to adding a touch of brightness and nesting away, we hope you will find the following four things as fabulous as we do.

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Wake up to the sinfully delicious smell – and scrumptious taste – of Baked Cinnamon Raisin French Toast, hot out of the oven.

Wrap your bump in luxury by slipping into this Joie Maternity Sweater, the perfect topper for leggings, jeans or your coziest pajamas.

Put the dew back into your skin by dabbing on some highlighter for a refreshingly glowing look.

Bold, bright and beautiful, this orange and turquoise nursery is a fresh haven for your little one.

Nurseries We Love: A Lesson in Geometry

Bold and modern, geometric shapes add a fab element of cool to any nursery. Be it huge circles stamped on the wall to intricate hexagon patterns that accent one side of the room, this lesson in geometry has nursery decor going way outside of the box – and we love it!

CIRCLES

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TRIANGLES

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DIAMONDS

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SQUARES

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HEXAGONS

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Inspiration Behind the Design: Our Fabulous Holiday Collection!

sketchesThis season, our Holiday Collection is a mix of luxe styles that are high on drama. From jewels to beading to lustrous fabrics rendered in sexy silhouettes primed to show off your shape, the A Pea in the Pod Design Team drew on all things glam for this season’s collection:

“For the holiday season, we focused on the Baroque period, a time known for exquisite detail and ornamentation. Through the use of lace, shine and luxurious fabrics in black, gold and a beautiful Bordeaux red, each style creates a perfect ensemble for holiday parties and events.”

Key pieces include a cozy cable knit maternity sweater in shimmering black lurex; fashion’s current “it” look, faux leather trim maternity leggings; and a party-perfect jersey knit embellished maternity dress.

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Nurseries We Love: Gender Neutral

Whether you’re finding out if it’s a boy or girl while pregnant, or if you’re waiting for the big reveal during delivery, gender neutral nurseries are an everlasting trend. From cool shades to neutral palettes with pops of colors, we’ve rounded up some of the gender neutral spaces we absolutely adore.

Soothing and lush, this green and white nursery is heavenly.

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The ultimate space to dream a thousand beautiful dreams.

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Gorgeous, woodland-themed colors bring this neutral space alive.

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Yellow and gray are a perfect combo for a cheery nursery with a modern edge.

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Color Crush: Mixing with Magenta

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A striking statement in both the home and in fashion, magenta is so in. Deeply luxurious yet still exuding a playful touch, we adore this TAYLOR dress’ mix of magenta with touches of black, red and light pink.  It’s sexy and sophisticated all in one.

Designer Spotlight: Velvet by Graham & Spencer

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High quality basics punctuated by uncompromising style, velvet by GRAHAM & SPENCER is a go-to brand for this type of covetable dressing. We adore their ultra-soft fabrics and flattering cuts, especially for the mom-to-be. Without losing her sense of style, Velvet gives those expecting more-than-just-basics to live in. From amazing faux leather maternity leggings and a flowing yet structured maternity cardigan, to a fabulous animal print maternity dress and drape front maternity jacket, it’s pieces like these that keep the brand high on our fashion radar, and in the spotlight.

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