The girls were off for Easter break last week and I wanted to squeeze in a little culture and a mommy outing. First on our agenda was a trip to see a new sculpture on Wall Street called “Fearless Girl.”
Artist Kristen Visbal created the bronze sculpture—the proximity is what really adds meaning. The strong little girl looks to be facing down the well-known Charging Bull statue. It was installed on March 7, 2017, and you can check it out at Morris and Broadway. You can read my thoughts about it here. I think the sculpture is loaded with meaning and it’s an important conversation to have with your kids—both boys and girls.
To make the most of the day, we got a little dressed up in new Zara goodies. I’m wearing the printed Embroidered Blouse. I love the flowing top and the bold bright color. I paired it with Miraclebody Jeans and my Vionic suede boots.
The girls are wearing Zara girls—I love the sweet dresses and that they’re only $40! They wore these for the photos AND for Easter. As for me, I know I’ll wear this top a ton this spring.
Since the top is a pretty big statement, I keep everything else simple. A gold tote (also Zara) and a great pair of white jeans. Ladies, trust me—get your Clorox bleach pens and your white jeans ready—it’s time to play with color.
Are you ready for florals? Let me know and I hope you are having a great spring.
When it comes to easy spring style, you can’t beat a dress. This is an easy shirt-style dress minus the sleeves that looks good on a lot of shapes—from curvy to straight up and down. All you need is a great western belt and some cowboy boots, and you are ready to go! I put together this cowboy boots spring style to give you an alternative to heels or flats. I promise you can wear this look even if you aren’t a Dallas cheerleader.
No, I’m not kidding, even folks in NY can pull off spring cowboy boots. If you live in Dallas you know cowboy boots go with everything—from jeans to skirts to shorts. The rest of us might have some catching up to do.
Western chic doesn’t have to be contrived. It is fresh, youthful and colorful. To put this look together, I started with a dress from cabi. The Camilla shirtdress is super easy to style. The dress is mostly white with a touch of turquoise. I added a denim jacket to finish it off.
Cowboy Boots Spring Style Tips
Some people love cowboy boots for fall, I love them for spring, with skirts and dresses. This pair is from Ariat and I found them on Zappos. The Ariat Heritage Rancher is perfect for spring with the hints of coral on the trim.
Show some leg—don’t be afraid to wear skirts, dresses and shorts.
Look for spring colors. Lots of boots have turquoise or coral which make them easy to accessorize for spring.
Keep your bag simple. I added a neutral tote, there’s enough going on in this outfit—I don’t need competition.
I wore this outfit to our Blogger Lunch at Grayson Social in Dallas—we gathered some great social-media mavens to talk about 2017 opportunities.
Where do you plan to wear your cowboy boots this spring? Leave a comment and let me know!
Hello April! It’s time to get ready to layer smart and layer chic. The weirdness and wonderfulness of April weather means we need to be prepared for anything from sunny skies to sudden storms—hey, that’s what makes the daffodils bloom. This is why you need a navy blazer for spring.
I like clean lines and pops of color. For me, the red flats make sense. Plus these travel really well. My jeans are narrow, but this navy blazer for spring would also work with a fuller leg. And moving into the summer months, I will start wearing the blazer with white or yellow denim.
I’m wearing really simple jewelry here—a few thin rose gold necklaces (which you can barely see) and rose gold rings. Definitely have fun with the accessories! No need to worry about clashing.
Navy Blazer for Spring
I think I found the perfect pick—a knit blazer from cabi clothing. This is the Grand Slam Blazer from the 2016 cabi Spring Collection. Don’t you love the contrast floral lining?! Yes, it’s classic. It’s got gold buttons and it’s double breasted, but it’s also modern, because it nips in at the waist and get this, the ribbed sweater cuffs are detachable! When the warm weather comes it’s a 3/4 sleeve cover up. Ideal for spring and summer trips.
Working moms, I know it’s not easy to pull your look together. When I can find a style resource to share, I try to share. That’s why I teamed up with Banana Republic–they have perfect work pants and I want you to look great.
Done and done.
I got to help the fabulous Banana Republic at the Westfield Mall in Brookfield Place host a pant-fitting event. I brought the books–Mom Boss–Banana supplied the fashion.
I had so much fun at the store talking about clothes that make you feel confident and fabulous and about shooting for the stars with your career. Talking to other entrepreneurs and helping them set goals feels fantastic. And one thing I know, when you look good you feel more confident.
Mom Boss, my business book just for moms, is all about creating a life to love. A life full of purpose and passion. In the book, I give moms a step-by-step method toward success. It’s a toolkit for creating a life to love–a life where there is time for a deep connection to family.
Banana does the same thing. They give women clothes to love. This season, the pants are noteworthy–they have great fit options for women who love style. I picked the Avery. It’s a cropped pant for spring with a trouser fit. There are a ton or fabrics and prints in this cut. But if you don’t think this fit will flatter, don’t sweat it, there are other options. Check out what I found at Banana Republic:
I tried the pants with both flats and heels and it works with both. My Tieks ballet slipper is perfect as were these nude pumps from Stuart Weitzman.
As for the top, skip the accessories and try and embellished blouse. This top from Banana Republic is sewn with gemstones along the neckline so you’ll have all the sparkle you need.
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Fashion Friday Story is here…and it’s time to talk about how to style a tunic. If mom life is your reality, you are probably all too familiar with tunics. They are very flattering, when you are first expecting, right after baby and then beyond into motherhood. Why? Because a great tunic shows off your assets–your neckline, your chest and your arms. Tunics are great because they don’t hug the middle of your body or your backside. Yes, areas that most moms are consider “a work in progress.”
I styled mine with slim jeans, a cuff bracelet and flats. This outfit can go anywhere in comfort and style. The flats are a new pair from Vionic called the Valeri--they come in a bunch of colors. And unlike most espadrilles, they offer support.
This outfit came along with me on spring break. It’s easy to pack and easy to wear. I just love the drape of this fabric.
As I shared, Cents of Style has to versions. Though I’m kind of in love with both of them, I focused on the keyhole–mostly because I think it’s the more flattering version for women with smaller chests. Here are some style tips in this video for body types other than mine:
How to Style a Tunic:
Date Night! Dress up with skinny jeans and heels, carry your favorite clutch and you are ready for a night out!
Saturday Sports! Pair with your go-to boyfriend jeans and a light jacket, throw on your favorite hat, and head to out to watch the game in style.
Errands/Carpool/PTA: Your favorite distressed jeans need a comfy companion as you run around town. Pair with your most comfortable sneakers and look darling all day long.
Sunday Brunch/Lunch with the Girls: Your favorite sandals & cardigan for a light layer will finish this outfit in style.
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I simply love cardigans. Here’s a little fashion secret. It’s like wearing your bathrobe, but getting style points. A great cardigan adds drama, it adds length and it can hide a multitude of sins. The trick is not to LOOK like you are wearing your favorite robe from home, so I’ve rounded up some style tips to share with you on hot to style a long cardigan
I’m wearing the Victory Sweater from cabi. It’s a little nautical and a little boho at the same time. Navy and white are incredibly easy to wear. Now, let’s talk about how to style it.
Four Tips for Styling a Long Cardigan
1. Opt for a fabric that flows, you want a cardi that moves with you and doesn’t add bulk or cling to your hips and backside. Look for something that achieves a skimming quality.
2. Keep the pieces underneath simple and fitted. A fitted tea works nicely (and ladies if you’ve got dêcolletage y all means show it off under the sweater with a v-neck)
3. Make a statement with your shoes. You can wear a heeled bootie, a pump or some snazzy sneakers. Be playful and yes, it’s great to be a little sexy too.
4. Keep the long theme going. I wore a long necklace that played off the boho vibe and continued with the long, lean theme.
My shoes have been featured before, they are the popular Sunset Strip Sneaker from Seavees. These nappa leather sneakers are in heavy rotation around here. When the snow gives me a break and things warm up, I love these.
I am also wearing old Ralph Lauren jeans, an old vintage belt (and necklace that’s quite old) and a super soft and versatile tank. The navy Easy Tank is also from cabi. Wear it untucked or just tucked in the front to continue the unfussy look.
A great jacket can take you far during the transition season. I picked this shiny silver one up last fall when I was on Mom Boss Book tour in Denver. I spotted it in Francesca’s and loved it–very disco chic. This week, I decided to talk about styling a bomber jacket
When it comes to trends, this one probably won’t be around for too many years. I bought this jacket for less than $50–and I highly recommend you stick in the same price range. Once you see the trend dying out, you can pass it along to a thrift store and someone will nab it for a 50’s costume!
Styling a Bomber Jacket
For now, styling it is pretty easy. I see lots of women pairing a bomber with jeans and athletic shoes. That works for sure. For something a bit more sophisticated try this:
Since the jacket is baggy, keep it slim on the bottom.
When you are first experimenting with this, try a monochromatic palette underneath.
Keep the accessories up by the ears or on your wrist. I’m wearing a pair from cabi.
Skip the scarf. I tried one but it looked too fussy.
I opted to wear all black under the jacket. Let’s be honest, the jacket brings a whole lot of fashion to the outfit. I didn’t have to try to hard with everything else. On the bottom, I wanted a nice sleek line. I’m wearing the cabi clothing Pencil Trouser. It sits high on the waist and has a side zip. It’s almost tight enough to be a legging, but has the structure of a pant. It’s great for travel. A sleek and skinny high-rise fit with comfortable stretch fabric that fits like a dream, the Pencil Trouser has a wide elastic panel at the waist for a streamlined silhouette
Under the jacket, I’m wearing the cabi clothing Indulgence Top. It’s a 3/4 sleeve black top with “floaty layers”–it’s just body-conscious enough to work under the jacket. That’s about it. Two black staples underneath and I let the bomber jacket take the spotlight.
The weather warmed up last week and I got to take these chic knits our for a spin in Battery Park City in New York. I’d been eyeing these new pieces from the cabi spring collection–they looked so good on the runway, and I’m thrilled to say they feel even better on.
I was traveling in the city for a little “staycation” at the Conrad Hotel with my daughter. We wanted to dress up and I wanted to be chic and comfortable, hence the knits. I think knits are perfect for work or play–and I was going to do a bit of both.
First let’s talk about this Dame Skirt. It’s a knee-skimming length with a bit of swirl. It could go to an office or out to dinner without missing a beat. I am glad to see waistlines on the move back upwards. This skirt will sit on your actual waist.
You could wear it with flats or go dressier, as I did, with a pump. I picked out these metallic pumps from Nine West. Fancy for sure.
I paired it with a navy top (I will say the colors are 95% of a match but not 100–but it doesn’t matter). I just love this top. It’s so easy to slip on–it feels like a favorite t-shirt (and, in fact, can be worn under a blazer too!) but has structure enough to look super professional.
It’s called the Hampton Shell and the stripes are perfectly places to accentuate your positives.
Spring Knit Fashion Tips
Monochromatic knits will elongate your body.
Go with a bold accessory. This lucite necklace helps modernize the outfit.
Metallics are in. Jazz up this outfit for date night with a shiny shoe.
Watch the jewelry. Knits can snag so be careful with clasps!
Keep things smooth. My favorite panties are from Soma. You can also go for spanx.
It’s the fourth installment of what we love to eat in NYC. Today I’m wearing ALL things I’ve owned and adored, and heading to a favorite lunch spot. Ancolie was introduced to me by a friend. Isn’t that the way we find the gems? We listen to our friends. Well, that’s my job, sharing with my friends. When you are hungry and want to do your body a favor, head to Ancolie in New York.
The idea is to offer great food that is ready to go. Start with a fantastic layered salad, then get a perfect coffee and don’t forget a sweet treat. Chloe (shown above), is the mastermind behind the brand. Thank you, Chloe, for giving us better lunch options.
Before we jump to the eats, let’s talk about what I’m wearing. Everything is OLD! Don’t worry, I’ll start talking about spring clothing soon enough. For now I am wearing what I own. I’m embracing winter, and the season I’m in right now.
Most blogs are telling you to think about spring. But friends, it’s 30 degrees in NYC and we are still in sweaters and boots. And you still have to get dressed every day and you have to feel good. And you don’t have to spend any money.
I’m wearing cabi jeans, a vintage Ralph Lauren bomber jacket, a Talbots scarf and some great boots by Robert Clergierie. If you live in a cold climate, I know what you are feeling right now. I see all the pretty spring clothes I cannot wear until late April and I want them. And I want to feel better about my closet.
Ladies, clothes can’t change the weather. It took me decades to figure this out. We have to embrace the now. I do it with owning things I adore. This bomber jacket has been worn HUNDREDS of times. These boots have had to be resoled. The jeans barely can get washed, they are in such heavy rotation.
My fashion advice for the beginning of March: dig into your closet and have fun.
Wear some leather now–soon it will be too hot to wear it.
Pull out your scarves and figure out new ways to tie them.
A pair of boots with heels will always make you feel sassier and more fabulous.
Now back to the food. The presentation, looks so pretty, it’s alive with the colors of REAL FOOD. The containers are meant to show off the fresh ingredients. I tried the Ancolie Jar with walnuts, lentils and goat cheese. Delish! After one of these salads you’ll feel satisfied, not bloated. It’s a great midday spot.
I found everything I tasted to be super fresh and scrumptious. I hope they open a Brooklyn outpost soon, for now, I’ll keep heading into the Greenwich Village to pick up the perfect lunch. If you have a few minutes, order a tea or coffee to enjoy in store. Set up by the window and watch the world go by.
This part of New York is full of students, artists and tourists. You’ve literally got a window to the world. Why not slow down and enjoy the views.
Ancolie is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or snacks. Please tell them Momtrends sent you.
This month I’ve been visiting my favorite foodie spots in NYC. And since I’m a cheese-lover, I couldn’t skip a visit to Murray’s Cheese. Since it’s NYC, it’s only fitting that we combine food and fashion. I’m wearing a NYC designer, Colovos, and visiting an iconic spot. It’s combining all the things I love.
Let’s start with the cheese. For me, Murray’s is right off the W4th subways stop. Greenwich Village is pretty close to Brooklyn, so easy—especially when you love cheese. Murray’s was founded in 1940 by Murray Greenberg. The shop has changed hands a few times over the years, now it’s owned by Rob Kaufelt. The street is super charming and home to some great Italian food (like the spot co-Founded by Mario Batali, Pó).
When you visit Murray’s come hungry. You can grab a melted cheese sandwich to start your visit. After you’ve taken the edge off, the real fun begins. Head over to the counter. The cheese experts will guide you. I like sheep and goat cheese and let the masters give me some samples. I bet you’ll discover something new every time you visit.
Since this is also the month of wearing what I already own, I want to share some friends of mine. The Founders of the Colovos brand are parents at our daughters’ school, and the couple started this label all about tailoring and clean lines.
I bought this leather piece this winter at a sample sale the couple offered. The craftmanship is just gorgeous and it’s as comfy as a sweatshirt, yet looks super chic.I paired it with my favorite cabi jeans and some booties. The great thing about the pieces from Colovos is that you want to reach for them again and again.
You can check out the full Colovos spring collection here. This is one of the more expensive pieces in my closet, but it’s exquisite and I feel fabulous when I wear it. That’s when you know it’s worth the splurge. I believe in getting fewer pieces that work well for me and my body type.
As I get older, I’m less likely to chase trends. I’m into chasing style. So glad you are here to enjoy the ride with me.
Fashion, cheese… it doesn’t get much better than that. This month has been incredibly fun for me to share. I hope you are enjoying the tour of all the places I pick to visit in NYC. Please let me know if you stop in to any of them.
Plan your visit to Murray’s Cheese
254 BLEECKER ST. (BETWEEN 6TH & 7TH AVE.)
NEW YORK, NY 10014