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Thursday, October 29, 2015

#Momlife Style That's Modern

#Mom Life Style

For some reason, there's this assumption that because you're a mom that you should throw your sense of self to the wayside, and that ponytails and sweatpants become your uniform. While I can attest that your uniform will have an occasion spit-up stain on it, I can attest that I take pride in looking like a mom who gives a diaper about what she looks like. Pulled together and polished is the name of my #momlife game. And in this day and age of modern mamas, there really isn't any excuse why a stylish #momlife slogan tee, skinny jeans and a designer diaper bag can't be the norm for you as a new mother.

My nails are panted. My heels are high... and my accessories coordinate with my little guys to let the world know I'm a stylish mom, and I'm proud of it.

If you're stuck in the routine of messy hair and leggings as a new mother, take some inspiration from my picks by optioning to still go casual, but stylish. I just nabbed the I Am Modern Motherhood Sunglasses from The LB Brand after obsessing over them on Instagram. Plus, Gwen Stefani rocks them, too. Yes, the EXACT same pair. You can be like Gwen, or me, and nab a pair for yourself on the LB Brand website! (*I am not paid or endorsed by the brand to give them love. This is my personal opinion, but if the LB Brand wants to show me some love, I ain't mad at it).

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Lovely Happenings Event Recap

Living so close to New York City means I get the opportunity to hop on a train for quick trips at my leisure... Or, with some careful planning and a babysitter.

It's been a while since I attended an event to reconnect with fellow fashionistas, bloggers, and artists in the community that motivate me to create more, dream bigger. When I heard from one of my blogger besties, Suma of The Fashion Beauty Junkie, about her amazing experience attending the Lovely Happenings earlier this year as a presenter, I knew I wanted to attend the October event. A combination of panels on fashion, careers, lifestyle and art, this was definitely what I needed to open my eyes to new experiences and perspectives.

Kicking off the event was a panel on fall fashion featuring NYC bloggers Dana of Pink Champagne Problems, Hallie of Sleepless in Sequins, Cara of The Style Phile and Katie of Katie's Bliss. Some of the trends they loved were plaids, knee-high boots and leather. Um, yes, please!

In between panels, guests has the opportunity to network, craft with Pietro Handbags and Anna Osgoodby, indulge in a manicure, customize cupakes and shop .I brought home a chic pyramid stud cuff bracelet from Bleeker + Spring, and made new connections with some of the nicest, sweetest bloggers who were all so friendly. 

It was really refreshing to talk to women who weren't competing with one another and all felt the sense of community blogging has that drew many of us in. All the women on the fall fashion panel, as well as Erika of Retro Flame, were absolutely lovely to chat with, which really renewed my faith in blogging that there are down-to-earth women wanted to help one another and grow the community.

Plus, it was like a mini reunion to see my girl Suma, who is one of the first bloggers I became friends with about 3 years ago. Love this girl!

If you have the chance to attend a Lovely Happenings Event, do it! The sisters who created this fabulous event, Jaclyn and Rachael, put together an amazing assortment of speakers and services that will truly inspire you. Plus, it's a great way to get together with your friends and have a day out filled with fun, food and fashion!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Uptown Punk: Fall in Love with Plaid

Fall in Love with Plaid

Plaid has long been a staple for Fall. A classic print that is versatile due to its variations in textile, colors and presentation, wearing plaid is a right of passage once the bitter chill of fall kicks in. Whether you smell like Teen Spirit because you love the 90s grunge look, or want to channel your inner royal, styling plaid is easy... as long as you know what you're looking for.

Tartans are bold and regal, but a classic check offers the ability to play up its typical two-tone features with accessories. No wardrobe is complete, in my opinion, without a red lumberjack button up shirt or jacket. Wear it with jeans, a leather mini and a pair of caged heels and you can be a fashionista at the office and happy hour. What's better - dark plaids lend themselves to being worn with dark makeup like burgundy, red and wines, or a basic lip nude is the perfect polished touch. My favorite way to rock plaid is with a deep lip and statement jewelry. The turtleneck and skirt combo has a punk-rock feel, but it still very feminine... best of both worlds if you ask me.

Plaids can also be played down with loafers, Converse and a simple blazer. You don't have to go all-out punk, if you want to experiment with edgy style - plaid is the way to go!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Coral Crush

Well, there's no getting around it: Fall is officially here. The season for denim, leather jackets and darker nail polish. I used to really dread this time of year, but I think I've finally nailed down my style during the season that truly has an identity crisis. One day it's warmer than usual, the next you feel like you're in a hurricane. I try to do my best to stay warm but not look like a total Eskimo on chilly days. Luckily, New Jessey dodged Hurricane Joaquin, and I can still get away without wearing a jacket most days.

This time last year, I was pregnant, which meant that I wasn't buying that many new clothes, but was learning the woes that is maternity clothing shopping (which you can read about here). I did not hide the fact that finding maternity jeans was a b%^&@, and considering I dropped some serious dosh on em, I might as well get the most out of my maternity pants, right?

So, yes, the jeans I'm wearing are Gap Maternity jeans. While I am down to my normal pre-pregnancy size, these skinnies fit me perfectly in the legs, and the waist has a insert that gives, which comes in handy when my friend Flow visits and brings her nasty sister Bloat with her. I know, TMI - but since I'm all about giving you something you can relate to... you might as well get the most out of your denim - pregnant or not.

Ladies, don't count those maternity pants out. Get a belt, take them to the tailor - do whatever you can to salvage them. If they fit you well while you were preggers, you can still rock em.