Kid Style: The Not-So-Mellow Yellow Fall Fashion Trend

When my son walked into his classroom on the first day of school this year wearing these pants, his teacher smiled a big, broad Kindergarten-teacher smile and said, “Look at you! You look like a fresh new pencil, ready to work!”

Indeed, his yellow pants are a statement piece and a sight for color-deprived eyes. And even though they might seem difficult to wear repeatedly, they’ve been a staple in his weekly wardrobe rotation. That’s because bright mustard yellows are having a major moment. We’ve found lots of tee-shirts that have slight pops of yellow, and coordinate perfectly with this punchy pair.

When I took the kids apple picking this weekend at Fishkill Farms in upstate New York, I dressed them both in their matching yellow pants (toddler girls’ skinny cords HERE). My littles were one with the sunflowers! There is something so spritely and joyous about this color, and these were the perfect ensembles for a picturesque autumn adventure. (And, FYI, the farm still has an abundance of apples of all varietals to be picked off the trees!) 

Want to add some mustard to your kiddos’ wardrobes? Here are a few ways to style your favorite pair of trendy mustard-yellow pants.

For BOYS

From top left to bottom right: French Rib Crew Neck Sweater, $10/ Run Wild Tee, $10/ Be Your Best Tee, $10/ Young and Brave Tee, $12

For GIRLS

Top Left to Bottom Right: Printed Floral Thermal, $10/ Navy Blue Babydoll Top, $12 / Embellished Sleeve Tunic, $14 / Pintuck Tunic, $13

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Cute Game Day College Outfit

Cute Game Day College Outfit

I’m heading to my Vanderbilt Homecoming game this weekend. That means wearing black and gold with pride. I love a cute game day college outfit and the new “Spirit” collection from Draper James and Reese Witherspoon includes the perfect things to pack for this Commodore (our school mascot).

Reese Witherspoon is a Nashville native. While she didn’t go to Vanderbilt, she does have a store in Nashville and I’m sure she knows how gung-ho the students are about Vandy. I’ve got a big reunion this year. I graduated in 1992 (you do the math) and can’t wait to get back on campus.

According to the Princeton Review, Vanderbilt has the happiest students in the United States! I’m not surprised. I loved my four years there at the A&S School (fun fact: I graduated as an English Literature Major focused on 19th century British Literature, but can’t spell).

Of course I’ll be wearing black and gold! When I was at the Draper James showroom in NYC this summer I loved this collection that is ideal for college pride. At the time, I picked out a cherry summer dress (you can read about that dress here), but I filed the fall fashion feature away in my brain.

Cute Game Day College Outfit

I called up my friends at the PR agency when I was putting together this game day story. They sent over these pieces which are most certainly ready for tailgating in Nashville!

draper james college spirit

This soft merino wool black and gold sweater is ideal for SEC football.  It has contrast tipping and a cute “Go Y’all” pom pom pin. Spirit Sweater comes in black and gold and five other college colors.

When I went to Vanderbilt, the students got dressed up for football games. Even though we were horrible at football (we are better now) all the students got involved. My sorority AOII often had mixers with the fraternities on campus and girls wore cure outfits and the boys blazers and ties. It was southern preppy thru and thru in the 1990s.

As an alumna, I still like to be fashionable on campus, and I will be carefully picking and packing for this trip.

Go Y'all mittens

For night games, or those of you who went to school in the north, add on these Spirit Mittens (but since they say “Go Y’All” I’m guessing better for SEC schools!) and the Spirit Poncho Sweater. 

Thankfully, the weather in Nashville is pretty warm so there’s no need to get too bundled up. When I went to school there, I just needed a fairly light coat to get through winter.

Cute Game Day College Outfit Vanderbilt

I’m 100% a poncho girl. I love the drape and the coziness of them. This look is perfect to layer over jeans with black boots for the chillier game nights. The merino wool is super-soft and cozy.

This is a piece that can take you through the winter in Nashville. It’s a savvy purchase for locals.

Tell me friends, do you go to your reunions and homecoming games? Do you wear school colors with pride? And definitely let me know if you are a Commodore or AOII!

College Spirit Fashion from Draper James

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Mom Style for Early Fall

Mom Style for Early Fall

This weekend I headed out of the city to rural Pennsylvania to get out into the woods on our annual business retreat. And it was all too apparent that fall is coming. It’s time to talk about mom style for early fall.

It’s no surprise that my early fall outfit involves denim. It’s a mom staple and a easy style to work with. I started with a pair of jeans from Berenice (a French brand – posted about them not too long ago) that I found two years ago. I love the silver trim on them and the fit. I did have problems with the pocket linings popping out (ruining the look) so I took them to our local dry cleaner and had the pockets sewed up.

denim we love for fall

TIP: If you can make a quick fashion fix with a trip to the tailor, DO IT! The $10 I spent means I will wear these jeans more and LOVE them.

The jeans are now a favorite and I love the way they look with sneakers and flats.

easy fall style for moms

Mom Style for Early Fall

Let’s talk the accessories I used to pulled this outfit together. I started with my rose gold GEOX sneakers (old and beloved). Then I added a floral tote from Talbots (I like big bags and I can not lie) cause I always need a massive amount of stuff to get me through these busy fall days. The kids have so many activities and I’m on the go getting them all around Brooklyn. Plus I am started to pile on the work meetings this month. I need good shoes and a good bag.

LOFT sunglasses

I’m also wearing these great sunglasses from LOFT. I scored them on a sale day and love the retro look of these. Very LA circa 1940. I have been wearing them a ton and everyone thinks they are some crazy-expensive brand. Nope, just LOFT.

tiny tags

My final little detail is the new Tiny Tags necklace. My friend Melissa from Tiny Tags made this just for me. The gorgeous necklace has my two girls’ names and birthdays on them and is such a treasure.

I’m wearing the rose gold Mini Dog Charm Necklace from Tiny Tags. As my girls get older, I admit I am struggling a bit. Part of me wants to keep them little forever and protect them fiercely. Part of me knows they are young girls ready for responsibility and some freedom. A mama’s heart is torn! Wearing this is a symbol of my constant connection to them. I don’t have to be physically on top of them to be a good mom.

Do you have a special piece of jewelry that represents motherhood? I adore this piece and think all mamas deserve them.

great denim trends for fall

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We’re Still Wearing Sandals—And This Pair Is Our Fave!

When it comes to personal style, I’m not a big believer in “rules.” If anything, we, at Momtrends, encourage our readers to be trend-setters, sartorial rule breakers, and stylish risk takers. (If you’re going to wear leggings as pants, we fully support you! Just please, PLEASE make sure your tee at least skims the top of your bum.)

Seriously though, we wear what we love and want to encourage you to do the same. That means, go ahead and rock white after Labor Day (it’s an outdated mandate anyway!), mix denims, pair two supposedly “clashing colors,” and march to the beat of your own fashion-forward drum.

Wear what feels good and looks good, that’s my motto—and don’t worry that it’s September 8 and you haven’t yet put away your flip-flop and espadrille collection.

So what if you’re sipping a pumpkin spice latte in a pair of sandal slides!?! Who cares if you’re apple picking in thong sandals?! What’s wrong with attending a football game in wedges?! Call these oxymorons, I say they’re a style statements. I vote for banning booties for another few weeks, and wearing those beloved sandals until your exposed toes feel the nip of crisp fall air. We, the ladies of MT, salute you… Heck, we’ll join you!

Truth is: We just discovered a new favorite sandal brand; and we intend on squeezing in every possible last “wear”  in these versatile puppies.

Cousin Sandals was launched by, you guessed it, a pair of cousins. Not only is each style is named after a cuz (must be a big family!), they’re all made of 100% cowhide leather, and feature an extended back for heel comfort and a solid rubber sole for heavy walking. They’re truly the ideal pair of sandals for NYC mamas on the move. So you better believe we’ll be wearing them well past the autumn equinox. We’ll even wear ’em with our “legging pants.” That’s just how we roll around here.

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Graphic Tees for the First Day of School

My little guy starts Kindergarten in two and a half weeks. We actually just got the school district calendar in the mail, and my husband and I spent a good thirty minutes geeking out over all the elementary activities and family picnics and extracurricular activities at the beginning of the year. Kindergarten Barbecue?!? Annual Carnival?! Circus Day?! Family Bowling Night?!?! Parents’ Night Out!?! Sign. Us. Up. Especially for that last one. Of course, my big man on campus needs to have a fitting wardrobe for all these awesome academic events!

Good thing I’ve found a few adorable options that are perfect for the first day of school, the homecoming parade, picture-day and beyond! Paired with jeans or khakis, these Instagrammable graphic tee-shirts are perfect additions to your incoming Kindergartner’s collection. Better yet, they’re all super affordable–so you can snag ’em all.

Sorry, no sneak peek at my little guy in his big first-day outfit! I’m a strict believer that the first-day outfit has to be saved for the real deal! But check our Instagram on Sept. 6 for the final reveal.

1. “Color Outside the Lines” Tee, $12 / 2. Printed Raglan-Sleeve Tee, $12/ 3. “Invent the Future” Tee, $12/ 4. “Create More” Tee, $12/ Genius Tee, $12/ Graphic Football Tee, $12

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Shopping Trip: Berenice Fashion in Paris

Berenice Fashion in Paris

It’s pretty special to be writing this post from Paris, my second favorite city after my home of NYC. I’m wrapping up a weeklong trip to France – with a Parisian fashion story. This is all about a trip to my favorite European shop, Berenice fashion in Paris.

Last year on my annual trip to Paris I discovered the brand. I found so many things to love at this boutique, from the helpful sales staff to the boho chic clothes, to the relatively friendly pricing (this girl can drool over Dior, but cannot afford it). This year on a visit sponsored by Open Skies, I made sure to pop in to see what was new. IMHO a trip to Paris isn’t complete without a little shopping.

berenice camila dress fall 2017

Shopping Berenice Paris

The new fall line was in store – with loads of this leafy green color. I’m wearing the Camila dress – you can see it online, but I don’t believe they ship to the US yet. I’m ready to petition to get a store in Brooklyn, this shop is totally my vibe. Apparently, the stores are all over France and Europe, but sadly haven’t made their way across the pond yet.

I adore the length and the sheer sleeves and the botanic print (can you spot the birds in there?). It was just the perfect thing to wear on a date with Mr.Momtrends. We saved our fanciest meal for last.

Hotel Saint James Paris

Berenice Fashion in Paris

We’re staying at the exquisite Hotel Saint James in the 16th arrondissement. This area is very posh and residential and borders the lush Bois de Boulogne. From our hotel it’s easy to get just about everywhere.

Berenice outposts are all over Paris, but on Sunday the only shop that is open is the one in the Marais (the Marais was a Jewish district in Paris, though now it is much more diverse). I popped on the metro to shop. I really wanted a new dress to wear to dinner!

Dress Debut

The sales staff was lovely. I tried on a dozen things and came home with five new pieces and a little damage to our credit card! But I believe in the power of fashion, so I feel no guilt. We had someplace special to go.

Mr. Momtrends always is on the hunt for new restaurants for us to visit. He did a stellar job in Bordeaux (more on that later), and spoke to a French business acquaintance to get an idea for out last night in Paris.

The Peninsula Paris is a 20-minute walk from the Saint James. The Peninsula is known for being an international gastronomical destination. We made a reservation for 7:30 at L’Oiseau Blanc. Parisians usually eat a bit later, but it’s the best these two tourists could do!

Peninsula Hotel Paris

We started the night on the panoramic terrace with BIllecart rosé champagne. Divine! The night was perfect. 75 and not a hint of humidity. Here’s the view from our seats at the bar.

The shot also shows you my Bauble Bar earrings. I am loving the tassel trend. And these are lighter than you’d think. I always bring too much jewelry on my trips, but a girl needs her accessories!

Yes, there was champagne and a lovely view of the Eiffel Tower. I cannot wait to plan my next trip! Which I suppose is ok, sometimes it’s nice to have something special that you won’t see on anyone else back home. I love fashion souvenirs don’t you?

berenice dress fall 2017 paris

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I Found the Perfect Dress from Evereve

rooftop ace hotel

I found the perfect dress from Evereve – it’s one that’s going to be flattering on just about EVERY figure. A few months ago I discovered the store on a trip to Minneapolis, now I’m hooked on the brand.

Ace hotel Los Angeles

I worked with Kate Haus, a local Los Angeles photographer to capture these great photos. Since I was staying at a hipster hotel, I wanted to make the most of my stay. We headed to the roof to take in the downtown views and the elegant architecture.

I’m not sure how I would recommend the Ace Hotel. The service is laid-back awesome, a plus, but the rooms are quirky. Some have guitars in them, the decor is edgy and cool, but on the cold side.

evereve dress

I bought the dress for the Biggest Family Shower in LA. I was there letting new moms know that Momtrends was there for them in the journey of motherhood. I wanted something comfortable and stylish and well-priced.

Evereve stores were conceived (and I picked that word intentionally), just for women like me. We’re busy, we want great style and we want great service. Founded by a mom, Megan Tamte, Evereve is all about making great clothes accessible.

While I would highly recommend shopping in the store, the website is easy to navigate. TIP: Head to the “just in” section to get all the latest trends. My one criticism would be that when you order online, there should be a return label included with your shipment. I picked three outfits (one more is coming, be patient) and returned one, I had to do some sleuthing, but figured out I had to take the package to the post office to do the return.

I’m really happy with what I kept. The dress is super for travel – the wrinkles fall out easily – and has loads of style.

Perfect Dress from Evereve

This is what I call, the perfect dress from Evereve its also known as the Ruffle Sleeve Dress. It’s just $68 and is lined with a slip. I love the big flowing sleeves with 3/4 length. It’s a wearable trend and the length looks great on most women (not too short, not too long)

fabulous tassel necklace

I paired it with the Miranda Tassel Necklace. Tassels are so on trend right now (remember this cover up I just featured?) and the price is right on this one.

Tell me friends, have you tried Evereve? I think the concept is genius, and I’ve got an interview coming up with the founder very soon.

Perfect Dress from Evereve

This is not a sponsored post. I was given a gift card from Evereve which covered part of the purchase.

 

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Masala Baby Swim Styles

Summer is in full swing. Pool days, beach trips, park visits—it’s all become a big blur at this point in time; and we still have another month and a half to go! But it’s true what they say—time flies when you’re having fun. And we’ve definitely been having fun and making the most of the sun, sand, surf, green grass, and cool pool. The season is fleeting, and we want to enjoy every hot, humid, and muggy moment.

I tease, but we’ve also been getting a LOT of use out of our Masala Baby fashion finds. You may remember that we wrote about this incredible collection just a few short weeks ago—and we’re so beyond obsessed with their bohemian kiddie styles, we just had to give them even more love. Made in India, featuring a medley of colors, textures and motifs, Masala Baby’s styles seamlessly blend modern comfort and style.

With a global aesthetic and modern feel, Masala’s kiddie caftans are so gorgeous and equally effortless. This one is soft (100 percent cotton) and easy to throw on when you’re little girlfriend is done splashing around the pool. The beautifully intricate embroidery and pompom detailing makes a simple, playful, and stylish statement.

Likewise, Masala’s swimsuits are intricately designed with fashion and functionality at the forefront. Made with comfort and coverage in mind, they hold up to typical summer wear and tear, and look good by the pool, at the beach, balancing on an oversize flamingo, or even doing somersaults in the backyard. Carefree and vivacious—because that’s what Masala Baby, is all about.

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Emoji Styles Worth Having Heart-Eyes Over

I’m not sure who deemed today “National Emoji Day,” but apparently it’s a thing. And whether you’re feeling happy, sad, embarrassed, or enamored, it’s a celebration we’re totally on board with getting behind. The emoji trend is going strong–with those yellow circles coming to a big screen near you!

Besides starring in a movie, emoji’s have become a major part of our vernacular–often replacing real words and emotional language with, well, heart eyes. Well, at least in text messages. They’re popping up on pillows, fashion, accessories, toys, and more.

We’ve rounded up a few fun emoji picks for kids of all ages… Because who doesn’t want a best girlfriends’ necklace?!

  1. 15-inch emoji happy ball, $10/ 2. Happy Thoughts Emoji Necklace, $10/ 3. Emoji Watch, $18/ 4. Emoji Earrings, $12/ 5. Emoji Satchel, $26/ 6. Emoji Hair Clips, $11/ 7.Steve Madden Emoji High Top Sneaker, $65

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4 Rules of Wearing Florals

Did you catch my peony post a few weeks ago?… I rounded up a bunch of peony-printed dresses and accessories and home decor for your spring-shopping pleasure. What I didn’t share though, are the rules to wearing floral fashions.

I like to wear beautiful bloom prints all throughout spring and summer, but I admit that styling them can be a bit of a challenge. Sometimes florals are too, well, flowery… (Does that even make sense?! I think it does!)

The key to the seasonal floral look is keeping it fresh (get it?), and styling it in a subtle way. That’s why I always abide by these “rules.”

Keep It Muted and Understated: I’m not saying bright florals are a no-go. But if you’re tentative about testing the waters with floral frocks and skirts and tops, I’d suggest dipping your toes with more muted hues. This Wayf dress called my name because it’s subtle and soft and feminine without being too girlie. I like that it’s pink, but not too pink, and neutral but still colorful. The midi length is on trend and the cut is flattering and slimming.

Less Is More: Keep the accessories to a minimum. Let the floral pattern speak volumes, and avoid too many other visual distractions. A few bracelets, a simple pendant, a ring, and delicate earrings–pick one or two and then practice discretion.

Blend Feminine and Edgy: The slight flutter sleeve on this dress is my favorite detail because it’s lovely, and provides slight movement. Balance out the daintiness with a leather bomber or denim jacket to keep it modern and edgy.

Mix and Match: Don’t like a full floral look? Try mixing and matching patterns. A floral skirt on bottom and a striped shirt on top. It’s unexpected and totally trendy.

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