What’s In Her Bag // Olivia’s Vacation Beauty Essentials

Next week we leave for our family vacation so I thought I would share some of my travel essentials! I am looking forward to spending quality time with my boys, relaxing by the pool and getting in lots of beach time. All that time in the sun means that sunscreen is a must!2Everyone in our family uses Honest Company’s organic healing balm to keep our skin hydrated along with Nine Naturals Body Wash, which saves room and makes packing easier! My make up routine is super simple, too; I use Dior Airflash spray foundation  since it’s quick and easy to apply. For the beach, I’m bringing a good book, and accessorizing with a bright pedi, flip flops, a panama hat and my favorite shades.

What are some of your summer vacation must-haves? –Olivia

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen / Slim Havaianas in Gold / Nine Naturals SPF 32 Sunscreen / Nine Naturals Body Wash / Ray-Ban Clubmaster / Honest Organic Healing Balm / Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation / Butter London Nail Lacquer in Come to Bed Red / Biltmore Panama Hat

2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash was a Smash!

Earlier this month I attended New York City’s largest annual family charity event: Baby Buggy’s Bedtime Bash. It was a perfectly cool and sunny spring afternoon for the carnival-themed gathering, which raised a record $535,000 to benefit families in need across the country!

I was honored to serve on the host committee alongside Jessica Seinfeld, who founded the charity in 2001. New York Times Bestselling author, co-host of ABC’s hit lifestyle series “The Chew” and Mom-to-be Daphne Oz, as well as Rachel Blumenthal, Founder and CEO of one of my favorite sites, Cricket’s Circle, were also on the host committee and both wore denim from A Pea in the Pod!

As a brand focused on dressing moms-to- be, we brainstormed over what activities to host in our booth that would be fun for the whole family, and I am proud to say ours were a hit with parents and children alike! Attendees were able to get a hand-drawn fashion sketch of themselves done by an illustrator to take home, as well as make their own sketches, taking a turn as a designer. Guests were also treated to mini-manicures, courtesy of one of our newest safe-for-mom-to-be skincare brands, Nine Naturals. Check out a few of my favorite photos from the day below!

If you want to support Baby Buggy and its national network of families, you can purchase one of our super soft and super cute Jessica Simpson Maternity Soul Mate tees. For more information about Baby Buggy, visit www.babybuggy.org. –Olivia

attends the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.Jessica Seinfeld and I. Photo: Jaime McCarthy/Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Event Host Jerry Seinfeld and Baby Buggy Founder, Event Host Jessica Seinfeld attends the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)Event hosts Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld. Photo: Brian Bedder/Getty Images for Baby BuggyNEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Daphne Oz attends the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)Daphne Oz attends wearing Genetic Jeans from A Pea in the Pod. Photo: Brian Bedder/Getty Images for Baby Buggy
475769640.283602557Destination Maternity’s booth featuring Nine Naturals. Photo: Jaime McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby BuggyNEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: A general view of atmosphere at the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)We had an amazing artist at our booth doing fashion illustrations for the kids! Photo: Jaime McCarthy by Getty ImagesNEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: The 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)Mini mani’s courtesy of Nine Naturals. Photo: Jaime McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby Buggy
475789816.283614341Designer Stacey Bendet and Cricket Circle Founder Rachel Blumenthal wearing Paige Jeans from A Pea in the Pod. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Baby Buggy475932164.283813926The Host Committee of the 2015 Bedtime Bash. Photo: Getty Images

Memorial Day Getaway Essentials for Mom-To-Be

Memorial DayMemorial Day means a long weekend filled with family, fun, and food! This year, my husband and I decided on taking a few day trips; we will be checking out the Frida Khalo: Art, Garden, Life Exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden and then heading to Margate, NJ for a relaxing beach day. There will definitely be a requisite BBQ (or two!) in between. Whether you are getting out of town, heading off to the beach or planning to lounge pool side, it’s important to look great AND feel comfortable. With just a few maternity pieces like a caftan maxi, boyfriend jean and tankini, you can have a holiday weekend wardrobe that is versatile and totally on trend. Don’t forget the suncreen! -Olivia

Robert Clergerie Tote // Rachel Zoe Blue Top // A Pea in the Pod Tankini // Nine Naturals Sunscreen // Rachel Zoe Maxi // Moreau Pochette // Karen Walker Sunglasses //  Eugenia Kim Donda Hat // Harper Wedge // DL1961 Boyfriend Jeans

Make Your Nine Months Safe, Organic + Beautiful

BLOG-BeautyNineNaturals v2While searching for safe, chemical-free beauty options and tirelessly scanning ingredient labels during her first pregnancy, Nine Naturals founder Grace Lee, who is currently pregnant with her second!, noticed that many products presented as “natural” actually weren’t, and those that were didn’t match the high-performance standards that she valued. Wanting to fill this void in the market, she created Nine Naturals on the principle that beauty should be simple, smart, and safe for moms and moms-to-be.

All Nine Naturals product formulations use 100% naturally-derived ingredients that are pre-screened for health and safety during pregnancy and nursing. They are free of dangerous toxins including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, DEA, synthetic fragrances, and artificial preservatives. I am so excited that we’ve partnered with Grace to bring this amazing line of products to expecting women and new moms!

The Nine Naturals collection includes Replenishing Belly Butter, Natural Sunscreen, Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner and Soothing Body Wash. Often times, a harsh fragrance will deter me from a product, especially when I was pregnant. However, these products have a soft scent. I love the gentle formulas and can see why so many expecting women are fans! PLUS the sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner are a must before during and after pregnancy, to keep your tresses soft and glossy. They are my new favorites! I think you’ll love the whole line so head to our stores or over to www.apeainthepod.com to shop them. -Olivia

Currently Craving // Cool Kidswear + Spring Essentials

SLYFOXstylishlymeAPIP_Sum15_26_2021_RT-flt_300IMG_6805rachel zoe tankHere’s what I’m currently craving right now: Sly Fox Threads has the coolest kidswear! //  Maya Brenner’s Letter Necklace has been on my wishlist for awhile- great for Mother’s Day // This Linen Cargo Jacket from A Pea in the Pod is the perfect Spring jacket, preggers or not // Nine Naturals all natural skincare products for pregnancy and beyond has finally hit our stores- yay! // This A-line Top from our Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod is such an easy silhouette and I love the breezy blue color- Olivia

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