Holiday Dress Poll

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Luxe lace, sweet stripes, exotic embellishments or attractive animal print: Which dress tops your list this holiday season?

Whether worn to your office celebration or to a family gathering, dresses are a must this season. With intricate detailing and exquisite embellishments, there’s a lot to lust over when it comes to our assortment of special occasion dresses. A wardrobe staple all year round, dresses keep you both comfortable and stylish for all of your festivities. In a variety of colors, styles and fabrics to choose from, you’ll certainly want one on your wish list.

Which style is YOUR favorite?

Shop our beautiful selection of maternity dresses from A Pea in the Pod.

Delicious Potato Galette

We all know and love potatoes. From rich and creamy mashed goodness to salty and savory roasted bites, they are an ideal vehicle for a variety of flavors, cooking methods and best of all, condiments! But for those times when you want to up the elegance of the humble potato, take a stab at this galette from Cook’s Illustrated, which was tried, tested and devoured by Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere. Though requiring a smidge of patience and a bit of time, the resulting crispy gorgeousness is so worth it, especially during the holidays! Photo source: cucpcakesandcashmere.compotato-main

Ingredients:

  • 2½ pounds (5 to 6 large) Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves (optional)

Tips:

  • A pound of dried beans, rice, or coins can be substituted for the pie weights.
  • In order for the potato cake to hold together, it is important to slice the potatoes no more than 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick and to make sure the slices are thoroughly dried before assembling the cake.
  • Use a mandoline slicer or the slicing attachment of a food processor to slice the potatoes uniformly thin.

Directions:

  • Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Place potatoes in large bowl and fill with cold water. Using hands, swirl to remove excess starch, then drain in colander. Spread potatoes onto kitchen towels and thoroughly dry.
  • Whisk 4 tablespoons butter, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and rosemary (if using) together in large bowl.
  • Add dried potatoes and toss until thoroughly coated.
  • Place remaining tablespoon butter in heavy bottomed 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet and swirl to coat.
  • Place 1 potato slice in center of skillet then overlap slices in circle around center slice, -followed by outer circle of overlapping slices. Gently place remaining sliced potatoes on top of first layer, arranging so they form even thickness.
  • Place skillet over medium-high heat and cook until sizzling and potatoes around edge of skillet start to turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Spray 12-inch square of foil with nonstick cooking spray. Place foil, sprayed side down, on top of potatoes.
  • Place 9-inch cake pan on top of foil and fill with 2 cups pie weights. Firmly press down on cake pan to compress potatoes.
  • Transfer skillet to oven and bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove cake pan and foil from skillet.
  • Continue to cook until potatoes are tender when paring knife is inserted in center, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Return skillet to medium heat on stovetop and cook, gently shaking pan (use potholder—handle will be hot), until galette releases from sides of pan, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Off heat, place cutting board over skillet. With hands protected by oven mitts or potholders, using 1 hand to hold cutting board in place and 1 hand on skillet handle, carefully invert skillet and cutting board together. Lift skillet off galette.
  • Using serrated knife, gently cut into wedges and serve immediately. Recipe from Cook’s Illustrated:

Color Crush: Berry Red

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Is there anything as spectacular as the site of luscious red roses? Deeply saturated yet full of vibrancy, we absolutely adore this berry-kissed shade, especially in the form of this gorgeous, party-ready sleeveless maternity dress by Velvet by Graham & Spencer!

Looks We Love

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Skinny pants paired with a long and flowing top is the perfect daytime look for year-round wear. We adore how the bright red hue of these Secret Fit Belly® 5 pocket skinny leg maternity pants pops against the contrast of blue in our long sleeve convertible sleeve maternity top. Both available in alternate colors, mix and match these maternity wardrobe must-haves for a fabulous array of looks you are sure to love.

From Us to You…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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We’re Thankful For…

As we prepare the turkey, decorate the house and welcome in loved ones from near and far, it’s so easy to forget the simple meaning behind Thanksgiving.

So, in honor of all the good things in our lives, we asked Destination Maternity employees what they’re most thankful for this season. From families to jobs to the simple things in life, it’s beautiful to see what our peers are most grateful for this season.

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Cowl On

maternity topsWhether formfitting or flowing, many of our tops and dresses have one thing in common this season: notable necklines, mainly in the form of cowls. Much like a turtleneck, yet with room to breathe, we love how this neckline frames your face and draws the onlooker’s eye upwards. Whether solid, striped or a soft cable knit, we encourage you to change up your neckline into a style that aims to flatter.

Shop maternity clothes with notable necklines!

Holiday Looks for Now & Later: Part 3

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For our third and final installment of holiday looks for now and later, Online Marketing Manager Michelle Scarpato and Copywriter Leigh Calarco, both slip into an anything-but-basic LBD that is primed for a fabulous holiday or New Year’s Eve party.

Luxe lace adds major drama to the otherwise simple silhouette of this Willow and Clay Elbow Sleeve Maternity Dress with a sexy low scoop back, which Michelle tops with a Drape Front maternity Jacket by Velvet by Graham & Spencer. Chunky gold bangles, gold hoops and super soft Sueded Opaque Tights complete Leigh’s ensemble, while both finish it off black heels.

Fashion Cravings

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Chevron-like stripes in a classically sharp black and cream palette provide a stunning base to this Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique short sleeve maternity dress.  The breathable cotton-nylon-spandex combination is detailed with a bump-defining belt and all-over lace that provides gorgeous texture and luxe femininity. We think it’s the perfect piece to don to any one (or all) or your holiday gatherings, and only needs a simple black pump, delicate jewels and a sleek clutch.

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