Holiday Wish List: The Most Stylish Mamas We Know Reveal Their Most Wanted Gifts

Us mamas usually make the holiday gift wishes of our families come true, but we also have wish lists of our own! I asked some of the most stylish moms we know what they wanted this holiday season, so read along and get ready to put the finishing touches on your list!
Jessica Alba

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“Pouches are everything–organizer, makeup kit, chic accessory, and more. I love the mix of modern style and traditional craft in this hand-loomed, brightly embroidered leather pouch [by Mercado Global]. It’s a little gift that gives back in a big way: each purchase supports female artisan collectives in rural Guatemala. Bea & Izzy makes the cutest dresses and classic rag dolls dressed to match. They’re perfect for sisters–like my girls–and they do good, too. Each doll is handmade from organic cotton in Mozambique in collaboration with Novo Algodoeira, a foundation providing sustainable economy and funding housing, education and healthcare projects in the local community.”

-Jessica Alba, Founder of The Honest Company

Rachel Zoe

Photo: Instagram / @rachelzoe

“All I want this holiday season is to spend time with my husband and our two boys!  Being with them somewhere on a beach would be an absolute dream.  And of course, if Rodger wants to give me something…a piece of jewelry from Jenn Meyer, Anita Ko or Tiffany’s engraved with our boy’s names, is always so special.”

Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor + Designer

Rachel Blumenthal of Cricket's Circle

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“After missing last year’s ski season because I was pregnant with my daughter Gemma, I can’t wait to get back out skiing this year wearing a new outfit. I’m into this pretty slick looking jacket and pants. I dream about manicures and pedicures at tenoverten in SoHo. You’ll never experience more peaceful and thoughtful services than you’ll get there. They also have the most incredible selection of polishes from every major luxury beauty brand!”

-Rachel Blumenthal, CEO of Cricket’s Circle

Jaime King

Photo: Courtesy of Jaime King

“This Winter Box from Simone Le Blanc is something that is so me- filled with cozy blankets, chocolate, tea and all the beautiful things, perfectly curated by one of my favorite “artists”. I always have my gifts for others made by Simone. I would love to receive a fun version that captures her brilliant & loving way of making one feel special. Another gift that I would really love is a day with The Home Edit. Basically, I would love to have them come organize my home so I can cuddle with my two babies and sip hot chocolate. A mama can dream, right?!”

-Jaime King, Actress + Designer, Love, Jaime

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Photo: Instagram / @deannastag

“This holiday season, I am craving a new iPad! We play movies and games for Addison when we travel, plus I am constantly on Pinterest looking at easy dinner recipes because I do not have a lot of time or energy these days! My hands are full with one child, I can’t imagine what it will be like come February when we have two! I am definitely looking forward to relaxing over the holidays; I’d love some comfy maternity tees, Bio Oil, and a massage gift certificate!”

DeAnna Stagliano, Bachelor and Bachelorette Alum + TV host

As for me, I’m looking forward to spending quality time at home with my family for the holidays. I’d love to cozy up in a rag & bone sweater, pom hat like this Eugenia Kim beanie, with some Jo Malone candles (pomegrate noir is my fave) and my boys. -Olivia

Rachel Zoe’s Vacation Essentials

Guest Editor: Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor and Designer

Whether it’s a parents-only weekend trip to Positano or a family excursion to The Hamptons, Rachel Zoe travels in style and clearly knows how to pack. She shared her list of vacation essentials for the mom-to-be with us exclusively so keep reading!

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From Rachel:

For me, summer is synonymous with the beach – Malibu, The Hamptons, St. Barths.  Some of my favorite memories are from the Hamptons with my family; we go to local farm stands for organic produce. My husband and I like to dine at Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor and The Palm in East Hampton. Plus, we have evening bonfires with friends on the most beautiful beaches.  It’s a home away from home for us and I love watching my boys grow up there. I pack all my must-haves when traveling, but easy styles were my go-to when pregnant. So, here are some of my vacation essentials for a mom-to-be:RachelZoe_SummerHigh to Low Maternity Dress: When it comes to personal style, everything has to have an effortless glamour about it.  I always want to be comfortable…never wearing anything too fitted, so I can move around with my kids.  I think that’s why every woman, pregnant or not, should have a dress like the printed high-low maternity dress from my A Pea in the Pod summer collection.  It needs nothing more than a pair of ankle-wrap flat sandals, sunnies for daytime and a little denim jacket for a warm summer night.

Ruched Maternity Maxi Dress: It’s no secret that every woman needs a little black dress in her wardrobe.  Whether you prefer mini, midi or maxi, embrace your bump and show off your figure in a dress that is ruched at the waist.  With its open neck and tassel detail, this dress is effortlessly elegant all on its own.  Complete your ensemble for the perfect date night by adding a pair of block-heeled sandals and leather biker jacket.

Secret Fit Belly Zip Maternity Jeans: Stretch indigo denim is timeless and transitions seamlessly from season to season.  Being a mom means juggling a million and one things at once, so versatility is key.  For everyday casual cool, pair them with flat loafers, a white tee and a tailored blazer; they are the perfect accessories for daytime around town.  For a bit of bohemian glamour, opt for an airy tunic, long pendant necklace and metallic sandals to give your otherwise casual denim a punch of free-spirited edge.

Star Style for the 4th

TrendAlert-July4th 2I’m not your typical matchy-matchy mama, but I do love to show my holiday spirt by dressing for a festive weekend. I’m seeing star motifs everywhere this summer and since they are a chic nod to Independence Day, I think they are completely apropos. We usually watch fireworks on the 4th in Philadelphia or at the Jersey shore after attending a BBQ or two, so it’s easy for me to work in some stars and stripes. Here’s a little outfit inspo for your own holiday weekend, including a look for your mini! What are your plans for the 4th? -Olivia

Rachel Zoe Metal Detail Top // Rachel Zoe White Flares // Gorjana Super Star Necklace // Rachel Zoe Striped Dress // Honest Nursing Cover + Scarf // Isapera Yialos Sandal // Honest Carryall Diaper Bag // Mini Me Striped Dress // Mini Me Criss-Cross Sandal // Tom Ford Juliet Sunglasses // Crystal Streets Star Rings

Sneak Peak: Rachel Zoe Summer Maternity Collection

I am so excited to share that the Rachel Zoe Summer 2015 Collection for A Pea in the Pod is now available for pre-order! The exclusive collaboration has a nautical twist with a signature teardrop print, bringing a polished fluidity to the pieces. Bold stripes, golden metallic touches, stunning tassels and exposed zippers bring bits of glam to a classic color palette, infusing bohemia with South-of-France sophistication. Shop it now and remember to share what you wear using #rachelzoeXapip on instagram and twitter!” –OliviaRachelZoe_Summer

 

Rachel Zoe’s Spring Picks for Mom-to-be

Rachel_Zoe_APIP_Spring_Picks_1-608x742The exclusive Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod has finally arrived online and in stores! Following a fabulous launch party in West Hollywood and store events across the US celebrating the new collaboration, we sat down with Rachel to talk about the Spring line.

Rachel’s trademark bohemian style is woven throughout the collection, which balances timeless silhouettes with tailored classics. Excluding a polished glamour while remaining effortless and functional, the Spring collection includes carefree caftans and tunics and flowing dresses juxtaposed with structured jackets.Rachel_Zoe_APIP_Spring_Picks_2-608x884Rachel_Zoe_APIP_Spring_Picks_3-608x1216Rachel admits, “I lived in draped maxi dresses and structured jackets during my pregnancy. Whether you’re in your first or third trimester, these are two silhouettes you can mix and match into your wardrobe throughout your pregnancy.  Give your maxi a little daytime glamour and layer on the jewelry, add a pair of sunnies and opt for metallic sandals. When it comes to your favorite LBD, add an edge with a cool black biker jacket”.

Rachel’s iconic style truly comes through in this collection. Filled with must-have items and statement makers, we think you’ll love the line! -Olivia

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

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!

Sips, Tips and Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe Launch For A Pea in the PodCelebrity style maven, author and mom of two, Rachel Zoe, is known for her on-trend and glamorous style. In honor of our exclusive collection with the chic designer, now available, we are hosting a shopping celebration in select A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity stores.  I hope you can celebrate the exciting launch with us and enjoy sweet treats, shopping and the chance to win Rachel’s favorite pieces!*

Please RSVP to events@destinationmaternity.com and share what you wear with #RachelZoexAPIP

Join us at the following locations:

Friday, March 27th – 4pm

 A Pea in the Pod, 350 Ave San Lorenzo Coral Gables, FL 33146

Celebrate the launch with Style Director Olivia Capone Myers.

 Destination Maternity, 28 East 57th Street New York, NY 10022

Celebrate the launch with hosts Nicole Gonzalez of Lillies and Leon and Staci Acquasanta of Leather and Leops.

 Saturday, March 28th –  10am

A Pea in the Pod, 7700 W Northwest Highway Dallas, TX 75225

 Saturday, March 28th – 1pm

 Destination Maternity, 19575 Biscayne Blvd Aventura, FL 33180

Celebrate the launch with Style Director Olivia Capone Myers.

 A Pea in the Pod, 835 N Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60661

 Destination Maternity, 65 East Rt. 4 West Paramus, NJ 07652

 A Pea in the Pod, 7007 Friars San Diego, CA 92108

 A Pea in the Pod, 10 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116

Saturday, March 28th – 3pm

A Pea in the Pod, 352 N Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Celebrate the launch with host Leanne Barlow.

I hope to see you there!

-xo Olivia

*No Purchase Necessary, See Entry Form for Details.

On Location with Molly Sims

A Pea in the Pod is excited to announce Molly Sims as our first ever brand ambassador! Molly, who is expecting her second child, a girl due this Spring, will appear in our Summer 2015 campaign, modeling the latest trends and most-wanted brands arriving in stores and online at A Pea in the Pod beginning this March. A mother, model, actress, and now author, Molly exemplifies the A Pea in the Pod mom-to-be who does it all with exceptional styleMollySims_APeaInThePod_1-608x290MollySims_APeaInThePod_4-608x506MollySims_APeaInThePod-2_608x974The campaign shoot was photographed by famed and talented photographer Justin Coit back in January. A private home in Tarzana on a quintessential LA warm and sunny day was the perfect backdrop to capture the feel of the cool summer collection. Mariel Haenn of styling dream team Rob and Mariel, whose clients also include other stylish mommas Jennifer Lopez and Charlize Theron, infused Mediterranean glamour with LA chic with her chosen accessories (the wide-brimmed hat is perfection!).

After spending only a short time with Molly, it is easy to see why her first book, The Everyday Supermodel, is a best-seller: she is full of amazing tips you can actually put to work on your own. She instantly made me feel like we’d known each other for years—I wish! To inject a bit of glamour in to your every day, check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video filled with a few of Molly’s style and beauty secrets and check back to grab these new must-have pieces coming soon to our website! -OliviaMollySims_APeaInThePod_3-608x922

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