Fashion's Night Out with Laila Ali


This year’s kickoff to New York Fashion Week was just a teensy bit different than how I celebrated last year. As it turns out, being nearly 7 months pregnant will make you stick out like a sore thumb on a night that is filled with lanky models and super chic fashionistas.  One thing I have made sure of is that I don’t lose my sense of style (much) during this pregnancy.  I even made a pact with myself that I would go as long as possible without purchasing a single item of maternity wear, and I’m happy to report that I lasted almost 7 months.

On Fashion’s Night Out, I headed over to Destination Maternity‘s flagship store to celebrate the launch of “Celebrities 4 Maternity Denim,” an online auction to support the March of Dimes. Destination Maternity provided celebrity moms Laila Ali, Heidi Klum, Naomi Watts, Jewel, Nicole Sullivan, Diane Farr, Camila Alves, Busy Philipps, and Kaitlin Olson each with a pair of its exclusive designer maternity jeans to embellish.  These one-of-a kind denim jeans can be viewed and bid on from August 25 to September 22 at

The auction is an initiative between Destination Maternity and the March of Dimes to raise awareness about the importance of preventing preterm birth so more babies can get a healthy start in life. Bidding began at $300 per pair of jeans.  All proceeds will support the March of Dimes.

I was able to meet and chat with the super gorgeous mama, Laila Ali, and I even picked up some new clothes at A Pea in the Pod:  JBrand Jeans, a Splendid tank and even a pair of preggo Spanx.  Let’s just say I’m very, very happy with my decision to give in to my pride and buy some big girl clothes. They are very comfortable, and I was even able to get a decent deal.

I have to finally admit how nice it is to feel good in maternity clothing. I have always detested wearing-and buying-maternity clothing, but the comfort and style options make all the difference in the way that I feel (and afterwards, it’s pretty easy to sell these pieces on EBay so that the investment is minimal).