Monday Mingle: Styling Denim Shorts for Spring

spring capsule wardrobe

I styled my denim shorts (a part of my capsule wardrobe) with easy pieces for spring. Yes, there’s a whole lot of denim in this outfit, but I think I managed to look both grown up and put together thanks to a few key accessories.

White Denim Shorts | White Sweater | White Sandals | Denim Jacket | Bee Pin | Rebecca Minkoff Bag | Rebecca Minkoff Tassel

styling spring denim

My white denim shorts are a warm weather staple and the perfect thing to wear for my first lobster roll of the season at Luke’s Lobster in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Luke’s is a Brooklyn Bridge Park treasure. It’s packed with juicy Maine lobster on a buttery roll. DELISH! And they let the lobster sing, There’s not heaps of mayo on it to mask inferior lobster.

Luke's Lobster roll

That wasn’t the only treat. There is also a bag involved. For a Mother’s Day gift, I gave myself this new Rebecca Minkoff Feed Bag. I accessorized it with the Tassel Key Fob. The bag is buttery soft with a gorgeous pebbly texture. The silver studs make it edgy and cool. And the color is so sweet. I can’t wait to pair it with more things in my closet.

rebecca minkoff tassel

I was really happy with my purchase for about a day. But then I found out that our Creative Director had the same tassel that she found at Target for $5! Needless to say, I returned the $45. That seemed silly to pay so much more. Here they are side by side. Can you tell the difference?

handbag tassel

Here’s one more little touch–adding some pins to my denim jacket. I found this bee pin at Banana Republic and added a onesie-earring. I saw an article in Redbook about adding lone earrings to a lapel. It’s fun way to give those earrings a new life and adding jewelry can be an easy way to become an expert at styling denim.

denim jacket with pins

I’m working with a capsule wardrobe to come up with outfits that are easy to style for spring. There’s lots of denim in this spring style package. You can see the full capsule wardrobe in this video I created for MODE:

And here are the links to the 10 easy pieces:

1. Distressed Jeans
2. Olive Tank
3. AG denim A-line skirt
4. Hoodie cardigan
5. Splendid tie-dye tee
6. Splendid Black t-shirt
7. LOFT olive vest
8. White denim shorts 
9. Cabi Fresco Dress
10. Cabi white sweater

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Monday Mingle: Spring Fashion Finds

must have accessories for spring

These spring fashion finds for moms make great Mother’s Day gifts. While I won’t discourage anyone from giving mom flowers for Mother’s Day, I think spring fashion accessories are going to be well received and loved.

I’m sharing three favorite accessories that are extremely giftable. And I’m also proving a point that I make time and time again, accessories are the #1 way to make what you already own look new again.

Last year’s cabi sweater with the split back, looks fresh as a spring tulip thanks to the new white hanbag from Rosetti and the bangles from Lagos. And my boyfriend jeans (of which I am pretty confident everyone owns a pair by now) are freshened up thanks to the new gold flats from eight fifteen.

fun spring fashion finds

I’ve got a spring in my step thanks to the new goodies!

First, let’s talk about this bag. Mesh and perforation continue to be trendy this spring. The Rosetti bag is beautifully constructed with loads of pockets. Mr.Momtrends laments that I can never find my keys, in my handbag. True enough, there’s a reason I call my totes “the great abyss!

The problem is, most bags only have one opening. This Rosetti bag is organized with tons of pockets and zippers–there’s a place for everything. Sadly, I can’t find the exact bag to link to, but this white satchel on the Kohl’s site is pretty close. Most Rosetti bags are priced around $40 or less–making them a really affordable and great gift.

white leather handbag

You know I love my arm candy. On my wish list are these iconic “Caviar” bracelets from Lagos. The brand is known for the “caviar” texture on jewelry. It look so sparkly. And yummy like caviar.

rose gold bracelets

I loaded my arm with three White Caviar ceramic beaded bracelets with rose gold accents. The prices start at $450 and go up. I love the caviar bracelet with the rose gold bars added in don’t you? I felt like Cinderella for the shoot–Lagos loaned these to me, at midnight, I had to pack them up to send them home. Sigh. Maybe Prince Charming (Mr. Momtrends) will come to my rescue, or maybe I’ll rescue myself when I finish this book!

lagos whited caviar bracelets

Spring means tons of walking in NY. The nice weather has me walking all my errands and avoiding the subway at all costs. In fact, the other night I walked home over the Manhattan Bridge when there were subway delays. A good pair of shoes is essential. I went to the Seychelles preview last week and found a new-to-me brand called eight fifteen. The site features this great quote from Coco Chanel–Luxury must be comfortable or it’s not a luxury,” true enough Coco!

gold flats eight fifteen

Eight fifteen features an innovative Ortholite® padding system previously only found in performance athletic shoes to support feet in the most vulnerable places.  Plus the leather is buttery, I can’t find this gold flat online for a link yet, but I did see a few pair of the shoes on the Anthropolgie website. I am going to be looking for this brand in the future. They also make some gorgeous heels.

coco chanel quote

Ladies, there’s no need to start from scratch this spring. Wear what you’ve got and make it look fresh with accessories. Now, I want to know, have I inspired you? Are you giving mom something fashionable? Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is May 8th!

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Monday Mingle: Spring Capsule Wardrobe

spring style

I’ve created 10 fresh spring outfits out of 10 pieces of spring clothing to create a capsule wardrobe. Most of the clothing is under $100 and some of it I already owned. The idea is to build a wardrobe the mixes and matches and works for you. Today’s outfit features:

AG denim skirtOlive Tank | hoodie cardigan | boots 

To review, here are the ten pieces:

10 pieces spring capsule wardrobe

Here are the 10 pieces with links:

1. Distressed Jeans 
2. Olive Tank
3. AG denim A-line skirt 
4. Calypso St. Barth hoodie cardigan
5. Splendid tie-dye tee
6. Splendid Black t-shirt
7. LOFT olive vest
8. White denim shorts 
9. Cabi Fresco Dress
10. Cabi white sweater

Do you already own some of these? I bet you do. I tried to make denim a big part of this capsule, thinking that most women already own these pieces. Last week, outfit #1 used the same tank plus the black jeans. 

This week, I’m introducing the perfect denim skirt from AG. Denim is very practical for me–I need clothes that are versatile and sturdy–motherhood is messy at times. It’s not too long and not too short. It’s got a bit of an a-line to make it easy to walk in (and also flattering on the backside). I added a cardigan that I found at Calypso to the outfit because spring in NYC means wildly fluctuating weather.

cool cardigans for spring

The pom-poms on this top make it young and fresh. Since I’m always cold inside it’s a must have for me.

The fun part of capsule dressing is the ease and then the chance to play with accessories. I added my favorite booties and a cool belt to make this a little more trendy. The booties are everywhere this season, I hope you jump on this trend. As for the belt, this one I found in Paris a while back, but I do find great belts at Anthropologie too. I like buying belts when I travel since they have memories attached and are easy to bring home.

favorite belts with jeans

Are you loving this more is less trend? Do you want to create a capsule of your own? It’s ideal for simplifying things in the morning and for travel.

easy outfits for spring

And to recap, here are all 10 looks:

10 spring outfits

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Monday Mingle: Fun New Way to Wear a Scarf for Spring

transition to spring outfit

I’ve started to build a capsule wardrobe for spring. The “big reveal” video is being produced by Mode Media, and should be ready soon, but until it is, I’ll be dropping in outfits from the project to get you thinking about a dressing system for spring.

Scarf | BootiesDistressed Jeans | Olive Tank

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Many of my working friends don’t like to shop. They find clothing shops stressful and are always asking me,”What 5 pieces do I need for spring.” I listened and I’m here to help. I’m starting with this spring. I broke it down to 10 pieces that can create 10 outfits.
capsule dressing capsule outfits

Let’s start with the first outfit. Tank + jeans. What could be easier? Not much. The olive tank can work right now all the way through summer. Distressed jeans are so trendy and I love the youthful energy of them.

Here are the 10 pieces with links:

1. Distressed Jeans 
2. Olive Tank
3. AG denim A-line skirt 
4. Calypso St. Barth hoodie cardigan
5. Splendid tie-dye tee
6. Splendid Black t-shirt
7. LOFT olive vest
8. White denim shorts 
9. Cabi Fresco Dress
10. Cabi white sweater

distressed jeans for spring

With the jeans I added a western style belt and some black booties. Both are more than a few years old. I do believe in investing in good shoes and belts, because they last and last.

 

scarf tied as a vest

To make it a little grown up, I used a HUGE scarf from Theodora & Callum (current styles are available at Anthropologie, mine is a few years old) and tied it as a scarf. This style also makes a great beach cover-up. Once you know how to do this tie, you will be inspired to get your old scarves out this spring and reinvent them.

Scarf for spring

Because it would take me about 10,000 words to explain how to do this, I made a video instead. Here are the video instructions:

 

Crystal clear on the instructions? If not, let me know. I’d also love to know if you are into the capsule trend! So glad you’ve joined me once again for Monday Mingle, the stylish collaboration between Bon Bon Rose Girls, 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.

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Spring Outfits that are Easy to Wear

Spring Outfits that are Easy to Wear

Spring Outfits that are Easy to Wear: I’m so ready to wear dresses again–it’s the easiest way to put and outfit together for spring. This one went along for my trip to Costa Rica and I “hired” a very special photographer to capture the photos at the El Mangroove hotel.

Fresco Dress | Sophia Sweater | Bracelets | Tieks Slippers

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perfect white sweater

Not only did this outfit travel well, it also has loads of style. Let’s take a look at the perfect spring dress the Fresco Dress from cabi. First, let’s start with this feature: The dress has pockets. Oh, I love a dress with pockets. It’s light with a trendy floral print and is perfect for the warm days ahead. The length is flattering and the dress can be belted to make it slightly shorter.

how to dress for spring

Over top I’ve layered on the Sophia Sweater. This top is also from cabi. It’s lace on the back and knit on the front. I wore it with white denim shorts for a white on white look, but I also layered it over the dress. I plan to wear the lace with all sorts of denim this spring.

fashion for moms

The outfit was relatively simple to put together. I slipped on my Tieks flats and some bangles and was ready to go. I didn’t even bother to dry my hair. It was all air dry and go. Well I have to admit, everything looks better with this light and a sun tan. I barely touch my hair in the summer, I can’t wait to get to the warmer weather.

leather bracelet from costa rica

How do you accessorize a dress? For me, it’s all about bracelets, this spring. You know I’ve got a thing for bracelets. This set I picked up from a recent trip to Costa Rica.

how to style an outfit for springThank you to my little photographer! She did a great job and I’m so proud of how she sees the world. She took all these photos.

little photographer

 

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Holiday Shopping Haul: Children’s Place

children's place shopping haul

We’re ready for the holidays thanks to a recent trip to Children’s Place. Check out all the things we found for a total of $75. This fun video offers a look at what is trendy and cool for kids to wear this holiday. I share tips on how to get ready for the holidays in style.

What do you think of our picks? I think my girls are going to flip. Don’t miss our favorite fuzzy boots.

Children's Place Boots

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Fashion Friday: Vintage Denim and Rustic Boots

perfect weekend outfit

It’s the official Momtrends denim report this week I’ve shared a outfit every day from the new MiracleBody Jeans collection. . My mission has been to show how easy it is to find denim that flatters. Things shift after the kids arrive. That doesn’t mean we have to relegate ourselves to “mom jeans” nor do we have to stuff ourselves into skinny jeans meant for 20 year olds.

This week has been about the fashion sweet spot–where style and comfort intersect beautifully. Today’s look is perfect for the weekend. I could happily wear this apple picking or to a lunch with friends. The jeans are the Katie Straight Leg Edinburgh Jeans. They’ve got a vintage look about them and a fit that’s SO EASY. The waist has the built-in slimming panel to keep things in line up top. Speaking of top–you won’t get a muffin top. The waist sits a little higher–but don’t worry–it’s not uncool.

Sweater Wrap

I paired it with my favorite weekend top–this would be perfect for the sidelines of a soccer game, football game or a walk in the woods. The drape is fun and the Cozy Cocoon Sweater Wrap can be worn open or closed–have fun with it.

Now you need a great boot to work with this jean–the bottom has a slight flare and this jean would look strange with ballet flats or sneakers. Pair it with a rugged bootie. I picked the Tiana from Rack Room Shoes.

cool vintage bootie

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Pure Jill from J.Jill

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I bet you’ve got enough stress in your life. Fashion doesn’t need to add to the mix. Thankfully Pure Jill–a collection that epitomizes comfort and ease–can wrap you in both style and comfort.

When the weather gets crisper, we all want to be cozy. Don’t rely on styleless, schlumpy sweats to get you through the season. This collection from J.Jill offers gorgeous rich fall colors and cool textures. You get fashionable pieces that are right on trend while also being supremely comfortable.

Looks we love from the collection:

easy pieces for busy lives

 

Wear this look to work or play. Got a parent’s event at your school. This definitely works. Pure Jill also offers comfortable style for those of us who work in more relaxed settings. For this look I put the Crinkle Dress together with a pendant.  The dress is a soft double-knit jacquard dress. I love that it has pockets and is machine washable. Pair it withe the Artisanal Pendant Necklace–a metal pendant detailed with a whimsical nature scene.

weekend style

Running errands this weekend with maybe a soccer game thrown in the mix? Sure you could do jeans and a sweatshirt, but you’d be just as comfortable. The Ombre Sweater looks so chic and has a very flattering hemline that dips lower at the sides and offers great coverage. I like it with the Ankle-length Leggings–they aren’t too tight and offer excellent movement. Bye-bye jeans!

Pure Jill Look 1

Fall is the time to embrace rich colors. While black might be what you’ve got in your closet, I like the idea of adding in more gray and a few blue accents. Start with the Luxe Cardigan--the shawl collar is such a fresh silhouette. Add a deep blue Washed Texture Scarf with a fun crinkle texture. And the final touch is a pair of Birkenstock Amsterdam Clogs.  J.Jill teamed up with iconic Birkenstock to bring you these felt upper shoes that you’ll want to LIVE in this fall.

Now you’ve got three ways to liven up your look this fall without having to give an inch when comes to comfort. Don’t you just love style without sacrifice!

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Style News: Fall Fashion Accessories for Every Style and Budget

favorite fall accessories

Learn how to perfectly accessorize your fall outfits with this fashion tutorial from Nicole Feliciano a lifestyle expert. Tops picks for fall accessories–from the best lip gloss color to the shoes to make you look cool, we’ve got them all.

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shop vince shoes here: http://rstyle.me/~2CE9u

Pick the perfect shoes, handbag and jewelry. Looking great doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.

 

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Back to School Target Shopping Haul

Back to School Shopping Haul

What’s the key to a great school year? A good teacher. The perfect school? A 4.0 grade-point average. Perhaps. But here at Momtrends, I think a perfect backpack can go a long way to set the right tone for the year.

To kick off the back to school shopping season, I took the girls with me to my favorite Target to scoop up the perfects packs.  We needed the perfect size–not too big, not too small.  We needed style–not too sophisticated, definitely NOT boring. We wanted compartments. Boy did we head to the right spot.

We looked at hundreds of backpacks. From college kids to itty bitties just starting pre-k, there’s a pack for everyone at Target.

Target Backpacks

Finally we found the winners. Starpoint Backpack With Headphones Cats & Mustaches ($26.99) and the Starpoint Backpack With Headphones Rainbow Animal ($26.99). Both are on temporary price cuts! They were the perfect size for my grade-schoolers and the prints were fantastic. Plus, they got a set of headphones with each pack.

backpacks in target

But it wasn’t just backpacks, there was the gear we needed to put inside. Specifically, the lunches. My serving containers had seen better days, so I wanted to update the re-usable containers for sandwiches and veggies. Plus I wanted to find a few surprises to make the first week of school extra fun.

back to school backpacks

Here’s what we added to the cupboards for making the 180 required lunches this year. We got Rubbermaid containers, and refreezable packs (they keep sandwiches from getting yucky), two new re-usable drink containers and lots more.

Check out our recap video of the haul:

 

 

Every little thing is a really big deal. Head to Target to Shop Back to School.


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