Perfect Work Pants

banana republic perfect pants

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.

mom boss book signing

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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Perfect pants for work. Check out the latest options from Banana Republic

How is your work wardrobe looking this spring? Let me know if I can help!

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How to Style a Long Cardigan

how to style a cardigan

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.

How to Style a Long Cardigan

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.

Style Long Cardigan

Cabi Spring 2017

These are just two pieces from the latest cabi collection. You can see the full runway show  and get lots of ideas for spring in the video, here: https://www.cabionline.com/video/spring-2017-runway-video/follow

Head here to find out more about cabi and to find a local stylist. Cabi is a brand that brings the stylists to you. Your stylist will not only outfit you, she’ll show you how to reinvent your look. Once you go cabi, you’ll never go back to the mall.

How to Style a Long Cardigan--Tips for Looking great for mom life or any casual setting

Hope you like my tips and come on back next Monday for more fashion fun. Until then, please leave a comment about what other trends you want me to take on.

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Styling a Bomber Jacket

Styling a Bomber Jacket

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

Well, Francesca’s sold out of this one long ago, but they do have other well-priced options in the bomber style. If your heart is set on silver, I found a few places to refer you. ASOS has this one and there’s one more I found at Macy’s that looks really similar to the one I’m styling here.

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:

  • Opt for a slight heel. A bootie will do nicely. I’m loving the new Leila Bootie from TOMS.
  • 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

Styling a Bomber Jacket

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.

cabi earrings

Cabi Spring 2017

These are just two pieces from the latest cabi collection. You can see the full runway show  and get lots of ideas for spring in the video, here: https://www.cabionline.com/video/spring-2017-runway-video/. You can see more pieces styled for spring here.

Head here to find out more about cabi and to find a local stylist. Cabi is a brand that brings the stylists to you. Your stylist will not only outfit you, she’ll show you how to reinvent your look. Once you go cabi, you’ll never go back to the mall.

Styling a Bomber Jacket: Styling tips for fun fashion

What do you think? Is this a trend you’ll try? Let me know if you do and where you find a bomber that you love.

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Chic Knits

Styling spring knits to look fabulous at work or play

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.

Chic Knits

Chic Knits

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

  1. Monochromatic knits will elongate your body.
  2. Go with a bold accessory. This lucite necklace helps modernize the outfit.
  3. Metallics are in. Jazz up this outfit for date night with a shiny shoe.
  4. Watch the jewelry. Knits can snag so be careful with clasps!
  5. Keep things smooth. My favorite panties are from Soma. You can also go for spanx.

Cabi Spring 2017

These are just two pieces from the latest cabi collection. You can see the full runway show  and get lots of ideas for spring in the video, here: https://www.cabionline.com/video/spring-2017-runway-video/

Head here to find out more about cabi and to find a local stylist. Cabi is a brand that brings the stylists to you. Your stylist will not only outfit you, she’ll show you how to reinvent your look. Once you go cabi, you’ll never go back to the mall.

Fashion your life: spring knit styling tips

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Ancolie New York

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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.

Ancolie 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.

healthy eats in nyc, visit Ancolie New York
Ancolie is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or snacks. Please tell them Momtrends sent you.

Ancolie New York

Ancolie
58 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
(646) 524-5929
http://www.ancolie.co/

Other NYC ideas for foodie fun for Two Hands Soho and Stylish Tea Time in Soho and Murray’s Cheese.

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Visit to Murray’s Cheese

Visit to Murray's Cheese

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.

Visit to Murray's Cheese

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.

Visit to Murray's Cheese

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
(212)243.3289

Get the scoop on Murray’s www.murrayscheese.com

Other NYC ideas for foodie fun for Two Hands Soho and Stylish Tea Time in Soho

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Stylish Tea Time in New York

Stylish Tea Time in New York

February’s fashion features are all about things I love. I’m combining fashion and food and my city. Today I’m talking about having a stylish tea time in New York. If you didn’t know it already, I am a huge tea lover. I sip tea all day long. I have a few favorite brands, but I’m always on the hunt for new flavors and new spots to discover.

This month I’m inviting you along to the Harney Tea Salon in Soho. For the outing, I’m wearing a few things I love. Remember the theme of the year is wearing what you love? I shopped my closet for most of this outfit and am sharing one new top from J.Crew.

perfect outfit for nycI tossed on my favorite frayed jeans, my gold loafers and this new striped Merino wool Tippi Sweater from J.Crew.

striped sweater from J.Crew

Here’s a closer shot of the sweater. It’s got bold stripes and a Kelly green tie at the neck. It’s a nice mix of girly and sporty and can be paired with a pencil skirt or a pair of jeans.

The bag is from Longchamp called the ‘Le Pliage’ tote—I have had it for years and it’s the perfect weight and size for walking around NYC and doing a bit of shopping. It’s light and so very packable.

Favorite spots for sipping tea in NYC, Harney and Sons Soho

When I travel, I love popping into food shops. I find eating and drinking my way through cities like Paris and London help me get connected to the culture. In London, you simply can’t miss tea time. NYC certainly has a few spots for fancy tea times. this is a bit more relaxed. It’s not about loading up on sweets and treats, it’s about sipping something marvelous.

Harney & Sons Tea has been around for more than 30 years. The brand started in Salisbury, Connecticut, and that’s where I discovered it the first time. The company remains family owned and operated, but the reach of the tea has really grown in the 10 years I’ve know them. You’ll get a good sense of what the brand is all about when you visit the Harney & Sons spot in Soho.

When you pop into the tasting bar and lounge be sure to talk to the knowledgeable staff. They will set you up with a sample or two or three. With 250 varieties of tea to pick from, be sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy the process.

tea tasting bar

I tried some delicious Ceylon tea and learned that I have been using too-hot water to steep my white teas. I am sure you will pick up some insider knowledge too. This place is a treasure trove of teas and also a great spot to pick up gifts for your tea-loving friends.

Plan your visit to Harney Tea
433 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 933-4853
https://www.harney.com/pages/the-soho-shop

Other NYC ideas for foodie fun for Two Hands Soho

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Mom Style: Ski Mama T-Shirt

Ski Mama

One of my favorite roles is that of a Ski Mama. Sure, I’m a wife, and a mom and a mom boss, but I relish my time on the slopes. I came to skiing late, I learned at 31 (thanks to Mr. Momtrends) and at the time I didn’t know what a big part of my life it would become. Now we are raising two little skiers and spend a ton of our family time on the slopes. That’s why I started the Digital Family Ski Guide and why I am a semi-professional snow chaser.

To celebrate the launch of our 2016/17 Ski Guide, my co-publisher Kim-Marie of Luxury Travel Mom and I designed these cute Ski Mama t-shirts. They come in sizes XS-L and are just the thing for layering under your ski gear or to wear on any winter outing.

Ski Mama

Extra Small // Small // Medium // Large

To show you how to style it off the slopes, Kim-Marie and I headed to Bryant Park to do some skating. Sure, you probably know about the Rockefeller Rink, but if you don’t live in NYC you might not have heard of this other skating spot. It’s FREE! All you need to pay for are skates. It’s in a great location, right near the NYC Public Library and very family friendly.

I paired the Ski Mama t-shirt with my favorite cabi denim and a fur vest. I also added my favorite winter hat from Mitscoots.com.

I picked up the cream beanie hat in Austin when I went to visit the Mitscoots headquarters. The sweetest couple founded the company. They were looking for a way to do some good and employ homeless people. The mission is to help to outfit and employ the transitioning homeless. All the hats and socks are 100% made in the USA.

The couple behind the brand volunteered helping the homeless. They studied the problem and found that clean, warm socks were a big deal to men living on the streets. The company was founded with the mission to give a pair of socks away with each purchase. They’ve stayed true to the mission and added cute hats along the way. This brand embodies everything I’m trying to focus on this year. Doing more, but not buying more.

Here’s my way of giving back, when you purchase a Ski Mama t-shirt I’m going to donate $1 to the US Olympic Ski Team to help fund the next dream. Hope you’ll get a t-shirt, wear it a ton and fall in love with this sport and time with family outdoors.

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Monday Mingle: Style a Jumpsuit

Style a Jumpsuit

Want an easy holiday party look? I suggest you style a jumpsuit, like this one from cabi. It’s got a fit that hugs the right curves–plus my favorite feature POCKETS!

I love the idea of having an outfit that is as simple as a dress but has the comfort of pants. The Grace Jumpsuit ($139) fits the bill.

Style a Jumpsuit

The one and only downside? Of course it’s the inevitable bathroom trip. Ladies, a little more time in the powder room is worth the flawless look you can put together. I added on a furry (faux that is) jacket and this look was ready for our holiday party.

Ready to jump on the trend? Here are my style tips. But remember, I think fashion is personal and fun, so don’t feel like I’m bossing you around.

Style a Jumpsuit

1. Go for statement earrings or bracelets–the zipper is a strong feature of the neckline, it almost looks like a necklace.
2. Add a heel. This dresses up the look.
3. Watch the VPL (visible panty lines)–not classy. I love the SOMA vanishing edge.

Let’s talk about the bling. The asymmetrical Saga earring set ($36) from Bauble Bar is so trendy and cool, it makes a great gift for the lady on your list that sparkles. Pinch the “crawler” earring onto your lobe to attach–like the jumpsuit this requires a bit of maintenance, but so worth it.

Statement rings like this one also are ideal for playing dress up. This Arrowhead Ring ($42) is adjustable and a great way to dress up your black dresses and jumpsuits.

Need more ideas on gifts to give and get? We’ve got a gift guide meant to save you tons of time searching for the perfect presents.

Monday Mingle is the stylish collaboration between Kristin from TakeTimeForStyle.com and Cheryl from Oh to Be a Muse and Momtrends. Each week we post about our personal style and then invite our friends to join in the fun. We love it when you join us and share your style.

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Monday Mingle: Style Plaid For the Holidays

Style Plaid For the Holidays

Time for holiday fun. For me it meant a trip to the Union Square Market to shop small and style plaid for the holidays. Plaid is so festive–in such a classic way. This cape will be your signature piece for the season. Talbots has this one and a black and white check cape too.

I’m a fan of outdoor markets. The Union Square Market in NYC has such a great collection of handmade items and small vendors. Head to 14th St & Union Square West and bring and appetite–the gingerbread men from Breezy Hill Orchard I found were delicious. People were also scooping up the doughnuts and cider.

how-to-style-plaid

You can get a listing of all the vendors and the hours here http://urbanspacenyc.com/union-square-holiday-market/–it’s a wonderful place to bring the kids–there are so many cute ornaments and decor items there.

talbots-cape

Style Plaid For the Holidays

1. Only one piece of plaid per outfit.
2. Mix with denim for a casual look.
3. Have fun and embrace the season.

Though you could make this cape more serious by wearing it with all black and boots, why not make it more playful with jeans and sneakers?

Seavees Laguna

Since I was doing a ton of walking, I paired the cape with these cute new shoes from Seavees. These are the Laguna Chelsea Boot–but they are really a sneaker that tries to look like a boot.

This is my first pair of Seavees–they are sized on the large side, but extremely comfortable. Slip them on like a boot with the heel pull tab.

union-square-market

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