Favorite Summer Fashion Trends for Moms

Summer Style for Moms

This mom is excited to wear all the summer trends—from boho chic to embroidery, I’m ready for them! Today, I’m excited to share a new favorite summer fashion trends for moms—great bags from Shwetha.

Shopping Tips

But first more about the outfit. Not too long ago, I shared this rant about Zara on Instagram. I have a love-hate relationship with the place. I did pick up this great pair of jeans there (it took forever), and on a previous trip a few years ago, I scored the top.

Here’s the tip…I bought the top in the kid’s section. If you wear a 2 or a 4 you can fit into a large kids’ size at Zara. The top was under $10!

Shwetha Bags

The bag… well, that’s not $10. But it’s also a statement piece and it’s got a story. You know I love to support the Mom Boss community.

Johanna Bag by Swetha designs

Shwetha Ringel is a new-to-Brooklyn mom. She grew up in India and her bags have an international flair. I’m wearing the Johanna tote (named after Shwetha’s sister-in-law and my neighbor in Brooklyn).

This is the ultimate chic mom tote. The bag is made of super-soft suede and will fit your busy mom life to a T—without a hint of frumpiness. This carryall can go to the office to a dinner out with your BFF’s in style.

Don’t you love the bright tassels?! I think they go perfectly with my Zara denim (a score for $39!). Yes, the bag is more expensive than the jeans, but that’s because of the craftsmanship. Each bag is hand-crafted and these bags stand out in a crowd.

zara embroidered denim

Let’s Talk about Shoes

I’ve styled the look two ways—with higher heels (for a date night) and then with flats. Which one do you like better?

The flat sandals are from the cabi summer collection and the heels are from a splurge nearly a decade ago!

Favorite Summer Fashion Trends for Moms

Favorite Summer Fashion Trends for Moms

Great shoes, a great bag and cheap denim…that’s the way I plan to tackle summer travel. Not everything needs to be precious and pricey. Mix the high and the low ladies. Splurge a little here (on bags) and save a little there (on denim) and you’ll be building a wardrobe that works for you!

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Cute Striped Summer Dresses

Cute Striped Summer Dresses

I’m always on the hunt for cute striped summer dresses — they are easy to dress up and a great way to get ready in a flash this summer. With a summer dress like this one (which is under $100!), you can head to just about any party. Add just a few accessories and you’ve turned one piece into an outfit.

Cute Striped Summer Dresses

Let’s start with the cabi dress. It’s a light weight silky fabric in a cut that fits every figure (and it looks especially good if you have a lot of curves). The Knot Dress is fully lined and hits just above the knee–and guess what? Pockets!

Roberta Roller Rabbit Paola Big Fold Over Clutch

I added a fun new striped bag from Roberta Roller Rabbit. Fringe is a big trend right now and this fuzzy bag is loads of fun. The safe way to wear it is with a white t-shirt and jean shorts, but I’m pushing the boundaries a bit and pairing stripes with stripes.  The Paola Big Fold Over Clutch could be the perfect party bag for your summer. And unlike dinky little clutches, this one can hold a lot more than just a lip gloss and your phone.

Here it is all pulled together. This striped dress is ready to go out on the town.

And the shoes, oh the shoes. Cabi introduced shoes this year and I am loving the Isla Wedge — it is right on-trend. I love the wedge heel, that I can dance in and walk in. It’s a shoe that I’m giving lots of “play time” right now.

cabi wedge shoes

Cabi Spring 2017

This is just one piece 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.

Cute Striped Summer Dresses style tips for how to wear them

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Checks for Spring

Checks for Spring

Sure, lots of people are loving the ruffles of spring, but what about the checks of spring! I found a top from Zara that combines all the trends: the big sleeve, the ruffle and the checks. It’s all fabulous and I took this fashionable top out to one of my favorite places–Maman.

Oh how I love a great café and Maman checks all the boxes (pun intended). Normally when I pop into Maman, it’s too catch up with friends or work from a booth as I nosh on a delicious baked goodie. But if you have time, stay for lunch or dinner. Isn’t the setting swank.

maman tribeca

Let me tell you, curling up with your email and a pistachio croissant in this setting is pretty swell. The vibe is all Paris and I think you’ll love this spot.

maman treats

Back to the clothes. This Zara tops was $39.95 the fuchsia gingham check caught my eye and I loved the easy fit. Yes, it’s got a deep v-neck, but it also has a strap in back that helps the top stay up (I don’t like fussy fashion or tops that have to be constantly adjusted. The swank ruffle sleeve, is all over the editorial pages and I’ve finally relented and tried it on. And I fell in love.

Checks for Spring–How to Wear It

Pair it with cropped jeans in white, traditional navy or black. It’s easy to work with this top or this trend. Don’t be afraid of color–this bright pink is on trend.

As for the shoes, the pompoms are the thing. This pair is also from Zara (sigh, I wish the lines would get shorter there!). The chunky heel is made for walking all over my city. And I intend to wear these all spring long.

trend alert: checks for spring. How to wear them and how to pair them.

What trends are you loving for spring? Let me know if you are trying on checks for spring!

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How to Wear Spring Stripes and Navy

How to Wear Spring Stripes and Navy. Styling tips on how to wear this classic spring style.

I feel fashion needs to work for me. I need clothes that are equal parts form and function. That’s why I want to give you tips on how to wear spring stripes and navy–it’s easy to put together outfits and you’ll feel pulled together. Let’s go!

I was at our Momtrends NY529 plan event at the ICE event space in Brookfield Place when I spotted this gorgeous installation by Pinaree Sanpitak, she had draped the grand space in white linen that hung beneath the canopy of palm trees, the effect was dreamy and playful. The kids that interacted with it acted as if they were in a gigantic fort–which they were.

The installation will be up in NYC until July 5th at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, you can get more information about the art experiences here.

perfect spring outfit

How to Wear Spring Stripes and Navy

For spring, you can’t go wrong with navy. The color is crisp, classic and works with whites, brights, stripes and florals, which gives you so many options. This top is from LOFT. I bought it only a week or two ago in store, but I can’t seem to find it online, so I am linking to these matching eyelet shorts in navy.

White jeans are also a must for the season (and a good Clorox bleach pen to keep them clean). Since I wear what I own, I am sharing jeans that have had many seasons of love. These are from www.miraclebody.com and they have held their shape really well after MANY washings.

The shoes are from Sofft and I get asked about them all the time. I got these about 5 years ago and they still look great (which goes to show you animal skin is always a solid investment). You can’f find this specific pair anymore, but you can get some similar styles over at Zappos. I think the Renita heel is a excellent pick for spring. Sofft is known for having a generously padded footbed and stacked heels. TIP: Don’t be afraid to add a printed shoe to your outfit with stripes.

“Hi, my name is Nicole and I have a problem…” I cannot downsize my bag. I have to carry enormous totes because I am always on the go. My latest is from Zara and I love that it is gold and white and reversible. 

cabi maritime trench

Since spring weather is unpredictable, at best, in NYC, I usually have a few transitional coats in my closet like this terrific find from cabi clothing. The Maritime Trench adds a touch of warm and loads of style to my spring outfits. It’s also a very “packable” item since it’s a fabulous knit blend. You can find out more about cabi’s spring collection here.

How to Wear Spring Stripes and Navy Tips for Styling spring

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Be Still T-Shirt

Be Still T-shirt

Oh, how I need this reminder to be still. My Be Still T-shirt from Cents of Style is a fashionable reminder that I can’t do everything, nor do I even need to try this impossible feat.

Graphic tees are so on trend. Seems like messaging is just what we need to set us straight. In a world where we are bombarded with where to go and what to do, sometimes you need to wear your heart on your sleeve.

I know I need to slow down, that’s why I picked this t-shirt. Meditating? I’ve tried it. Just couldn’t wrap my head around it. Maybe fashion messaging is the answer.

The Be Series is all about writing your dreams and goals on your sleeve…or across your chest. There are lots of shirts to pick from, be happy, be brave, be bold, be kind. If you need a passion project, why not wear it.

Be Series Graphic T-Shirts

The collection of crew-neck BE T-SHIRTS are super soft and perfect as the season heats up. Pair them with your favorite shorts or denim, or layer it under a blazer.

MOMTRENDS DISCOUNT CODE: The code is BESTORY and it will make each tee $15.95, with FREE SHIPPING! The code is valid 4/28 through 4/30.

Be Still T-shirt

This is my weekend fashion goal—jeans, t-shirt, hat and sneakers. I hear the sun is finally going to come out. I’m ready to go the park with the kids and some books and finally be still for a few minutes. How about you?

See more of the “Be Series” graphic tees:

Be Series graphic tees

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Zulily $15 Mom Referral Program

Zulily $15 Mom Referral Program

Sharing can get you free store credit at zulily! Did you know – if you share products and events with friends on Facebook, Pinterest or email, you can get $15 in credit when they make their first purchase? There are no limits to how many credits you can earn. Shop and share!

Zulily $15 Mom Referral Program

Head here to learn more. Once you sign up it’s so easy to refer friends. Here’s how it works.

1. Head to the “my account” drop down menu.
2. Select: INVITES & CREDITS
3. Connect to your email and find out how much shopping credit you can earn!

You can connect with your friends from your gmail, yahoo or outlook accounts. Shopping credit is applied when the new member’s first qualifying order ships (not when they join). The more you share the more $15 credits you earn—there’s no limit.

The best “word of mom” marketing comes when you wear zulily and all your friends ask you where you got your cute clothes. Show them the app on your phone and then send them and email invite to join zulily. No pressure, just fun. That’s the way we roll at Momtrends.

What to see more of the fashions? This week I’m hosting a special zulily event—(hurry! the sale ends Saturday and things are selling out!). At zulily the collections are put together just for busy women like us. They have sales that last six days with all the brands you love. I like the trendy clothes and the fact that I can save up to 70% on my purchases. I whip out the app on my iPhone and check to see what’s new, like this: See the entire collection here: www.zulily.com

It’s not just mom style, it’s for kids and your home too. Every day a new sale goes live, so I try to pop in often. Now is a great time to shop for Mother’s Day and all those graduation gifts coming up. You never know what you will find.

Sharing can get you free store credit at zulily! Did you know - if you share products and events with friends on Facebook, Pinterest or email, you can get $15 in credit when they make their first purchase? There are no limits to how many credits you can earn. Shop and share!

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Spring Florals From Zara

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.”

fearless girl statue

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.

spring zara

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.

zara girls dresses

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.

Spring Florals from Zara--get inspired to wear some flowers this spring

Are you ready for florals? Let me know and I hope you are having a great spring.

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Cowboy Boots Spring Style

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 boot styling tips

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!

Cabi Spring 2017

This is just one piece 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/followfollowfollow

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.

Cowboy Boots Spring Style Tips for moms

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You Need a Navy Blazer for Spring

navy blazer for spring

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.

how to style a navy blazer

How I styled it

This is pretty easy to pull off. All you need is a pair of great jeans and a fitted t-shirt. My cargo jeans are dark and easy to wear. I added the perfect tee from my friend Carly’s collection and my trusty cardinal red tieks. You could add a scarf to this outfit or swap the flats for heels. That’s the beauty of great basic clothing pieces—make them your own.

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.

cute cabi blazer lining

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.

Cabi Spring 2017

This is just one piece 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/followfollow

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 navy blazer for spring

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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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p.s. Have you signed up for LiketoKnow.It yet?  I’m using it more and more to tag my instagram photos so friends can shop from my picks. It’s an easy way to get my favorites delivered to your inbox. You like the photos on instagram, and you get an email with the shopable links of what you liked. Pretty easy. Get all the details here.

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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