Day in the Life: Olivia Capone Myers

Destination Maternity’s style director lets us in on her work, play and everything in between.

Day in the Life: Olivia Capone Myers

If you’ve been pregnant some time during the last 14 years, there’s a good chance Olivia Capone Myers helped build your wardrobe. She’s worked her way up at Destination Maternity from a design assistant to design director at A Pea in the Pod and now serves as style director for all three of the company's brands (Motherhood Maternity, Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod). Suffice it to say, she knew a whole lot about pregnancy style well before her 18-month-old son Greyson was ever in the picture.

These days, her little one plays a big role in her day-to-day, whether she’s at home or in her office in the Northern Liberties neighborhood in Philadelphia. Being a mom (and having experienced pregnancy relatively recently) certainly inspires her design strategy, and her content and direction as Editor-in-Chief of the Destination Maternity blog.

But it's also impacted her workflow. Balance, Capone Myers says, is still “day to day,” but it helps that she’s pared down to what’s really important and cut out the clutter. “I’m a perfectionist, so in order for me to continue to work and be really passionate about what I do, I had to simplify things once I had Greyson. And I had to learn to ask people for help.”

Another saving grace? Staying organized. "Having a schedule helps me be the best mom I can be and the best at my job that I can be."

Below, the style maven gives WRNY a glimpse of her day-to-day, from Greyson’s first sleepy smile to the last instagram check just before bed.

Some days, if I have an event or an early meeting, I get out of bed before my son rises to get myself ready first. Other days, like today, I awake to hearing Greyson chatting in his crib. He is always such a happy baby and seeing his big smile as he’s staring back at me just makes my day. I always give Grey his breakfast in the morning. It’s a nice routine for both of us. He’s just starting to use a fork and spoon so our mornings can be pretty messy!

After Grey’s breakfast, I usually have a quick granola bar and coffee to hold me until I get in the office while I check in on emails and our social media channels. That morning, we were focused on announcing some exciting launches including A Pea in the Pod®’s collaboration with Rebecca Minkoff ®, and a collection of necklaces from Maya Brenner, available now at Destination Maternity® Madison Avenue.

Since I am keeping up with the social feeds of all three of our brands Destination Maternity, Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod and the latest celebrity, blogger and mom-to-be happenings, it’s important for me to get a handle on what’s going on first thing!

I usually take a few minutes after emails to hang with Grey. We read lots of books and play in our living room. Grey is totally into our vintage record player, too, so today he’s especially interested in listening to some vinyl before I head to the office. He’ll pick out a record all by himself; today Sly and the Family Stone are serenading us! Grey shakes his finger and body to the music and it’s pretty awesome. I have to say, moments like this make a hectic morning worth it.

Today I had a photo shoot scheduled for some new head shots, so I headed right to the studio. It’s pretty sweet that one of my favorite local photographers, Trevor Dixon, has a studio not far from our offices. We had some fun!

We took a couple shots using natural and artificial light and got some nice images. Many people don’t know, but I studied dance and theatre for years before becoming a designer and now style director, which has helped me loosen up in front of the camera.

After my shoot, I actually stayed on set for a Motherhood Maternity® Spring photo shoot to help with styling. One of the things that I love about my position with Destination Maternity is that we offer clothing that ranges in price points so I get to put together looks that work for any and every budget. Helping pregnant women and new moms look and feel their best is always our focus and I love how I am able to share tips and tricks in new and creative ways each day.

Lunch is at a local coffee bar and café near our offices. Usually its a salad with lots of greens and some protein. Since breakfast is always quick and light, I fuel up at lunch. Today I got to meet up with my husband since he works in Philly as well. Always nice to have a day date with your husband I think, and he makes for a good photographer!

Back to the office to pick out my top picks for a blog post on our collaboration with Rebecca Minkoff. Rebecca Minkoff ® is one of my favorite designers and a mom herself. I love that the collection offers her chic and edgy style sensibility to expecting women and that our clients can continue wearing a brand they loved before pregnancy. Another reason: I love collaborating on maternity collections!

Home from the office. I make it a habit of being home to spend time with Greyson and my husband as much as possible. Grey goes down for the night at 7:30 pm so we have a short window to hang, but it’s always quality time together. Tonight we hung outside and played for a bit.

After dinner, the three of us always have snuggles in our room before Greyson goes down for the night. It’s my favorite time of day. Then another last look at my iPhone before I unwind for the evening. It’s tough to get away from the news feeds and email but I like to check in one last time and make a to-do list for the next day or week.

Photography by Bob Myers

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!

A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.


A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.


A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.


A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.


A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.


A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.


A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.


A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.


An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.


A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.


And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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9 products that will help baby sleep better (and longer!)

For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

How do I get my baby to sleep? This is one of the most commonly asked questions among new parents, and it makes sense, given that babies are born with their days and nights mixed up. For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

And while that might not exist (yet), we have found some of the best products out there that can help baby fall asleep faster and for longer durations. Because when baby is sleeping, so are you!

Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack and swaddle

Designed by a mama, parents swear by this weighted sleep sack. It mimics your hug to give your baby security and comfort that helps them get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. The detachable swaddle wing makes it easy to transition as they grow.

It's also super easy to get on and off, and includes a bottom-up zipper for late night changes, so you don't have to wake your baby in the process.


Yogasleep Hushh portable sound machine

Yogasleep hushh sound machine

With three soothing options, this is a perfect solution to help your baby settle when naps are on the go and during travel! I love how compact this noise machine is and that it can run all night with one charge.


Bebe au Lait muslin crib sheets

Burt's Bees Organic Crib Sheets

With a variety of print options to choose from, these breathable sheets are *so* soft and smooth, even through multiple washes. The luxury fabric keeps little ones warm without overheating—a formula that helps ensure more sleep for everyone.


The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

You know what's going to help baby have their best sleep ever? Some quality, super soft pajamas. The timeless (and aptly named!) Perfect Pajama from The Simple Folk are some of our favorites. They last forever and they're made from organic pima cotton that is safe on baby's precious skin. They come in a wide range of sizes so siblings can match and feature fold-over hand covers on sizes up to 12 months.


The Snoo bassinet


Designed by expert pediatrician and sleep guru Dr. Harvey Karp, the Snoo bassinet gently rocks your baby to sleep while snuggled up in the built-in swaddle. Not only does it come with sensors that adjust the white noise and movement based on your baby's needs, there is also an app that allows you to adjust the settings directly from your phone.

While this item is a bit on the expensive side, there is now an option to rent for $3.50 a day, which is a total game changer!


Hatch Baby Rest sound machine + nightlight

best baby sound machine

The Hatch Baby Rest is a dual sound machine and nightlight that will grow with your family. Many parents use this product with their infants as a white-noise machine and then as a "time to rise" solution for toddlers.

The thing I love most about this product is that the light it gives off isn't too bright, and you can even select different color preferences; giving your toddler choices at bedtime.


Crane humidifier

Crane Humidifier

The only thing worse than a sick baby is a baby who is sick and not sleeping well. The Crane humidifier helps take care of this by relieving congestion and helping your baby breathe better while sleeping.

Personally, I think the adorable design options alone are enough of a reason to purchase this product, and your child will love watching steam come out of the elephant's trunk!


Naturepedic organic crib mattress

Naturpedic Lightweight Organic Mattress

In the first few months of life, babies can spend up to 17 hours a day sleeping, so choosing a mattress that is safe (read: no chemicals!) and comfortable is incredibly important.

Naturepedic uses allergen-friendly and waterproof materials with babies and children in mind, making them easy to clean and giving you peace of mind.


Happiest Baby sleepea 5-second swaddle

best baby swaddle

There are baby swaddles and then there is Sleepea. Similar to the brand's swaddle that is built into the Snoo, the Sleepea is magic for multiple reasons. First, it's got mesh panels ensuring baby never overheats. Second, the zipper zips from the top or the bottom, so you can change the baby's diaper in the middle of the night without ever waking them. Third, it's hip safe. Fourth, the patterns are SO cute. And fifth, the interior swaddle wrap that keeps baby's ams down has a "quiet" velcro that won't wake baby if you need to readjust while they're asleep.


We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.


Mom rage is real—and it's a sign that mothers' needs aren't being met

The truth is, anger—real, fist-clenching, heart-racing, uncontrollable anger—is so much more common among mothers than many of us think.

Maternal anger takes most women who experience it by surprise. I'm not this person, we say, after feeling a shocking swell of rage during one of those inevitable moments of frustration we all face as a parent.

I never thought I'd be "that mom" who yells at her family, we say, after snapping and yelling at our toddler.

I don't recognize myself when I feel like this—and I feel like this more than I want to, we say, when we realize that our anger isn't a temporary, one-time thing but an undercurrent in our day-to-day, an undeniable presence like a shadow.

The truth is, anger—real, fist-clenching, heart-racing, uncontrollable anger—is so much more common among mothers than many of us think. And it's time to talk about what "mom rage" is, where it comes from, and what we can do about it.

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