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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Stylish Sweatshirts to Live In

You know what’s not cool?

A 55-degree June day.

Yeah, that’s the temperature my car told me today when I went to pick up my son from preschool. Certainly not cold by objective measures, but downright “freezing” for this late spring day.

Good thing I had a stylish oversized sweatshirt to throw on. Seriously, I feel like I’ve been relying on my hoodie collection a lot these past few weeks. The weather has been positively unseasonable…

The school pick-up line is far from a sartorial runway show, but it’s definitely chock-full of busy Mamas who dress to impress, and want to try to look, at minimum, somewhat put together. But, because my days are generally spent at home taking care of two kiddos, working, cleaning, and running errands, I want to be cozy and comfortable too… especially when it’s going to be 50-something degrees in June!

My answer to that fashion conundrum: stylish athleisure items… and cool sweatshirts have become a staple in my closet and car (hey, I’m an on the go gal!).

I love these Project 360 sweatshirts. They’re equal parts comfortable and cute. Slouchy, soft, and stylish… the ideal trifecta! Plus, they support important causes.

Hopefully, I won’t be needing a sweatshirt for much longer (come on, Mother Nature!). Still, they can add a comfy and chic layer this summer when it cools down in the backyard, at the beach, or even at the school (or camp!) drop-off and pick-up lines.

Top left to bottom right: 1. Ragdoll Lounge Hoodie, $169 / 2. Knowlita Montauk or Nowhere Sweatshirt, $115/ 3. Caslon Lace-Up Hooded Sweatshirt, $30/ 4. Topshop Longline Hoodie, $50/ 5. Wildfox Lace Sweatshirt, $123/ 6. Adidas Originals Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt, $55/ 7. Forever 21 Contemporary Longline Hoodie, $20/ 8. Ivy Park Logo Sweatshirt Hoodie, $33/ 9. H&M Hooded Sweatshirt Jacket, $35

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New Feed Flagship Store in Brooklyn

Strolling in DUMBO Brooklyn

I’m excited to share some pictures of the new FEED flagship store in Brooklyn. It’s bound to be a community hub and it’s already become my go-to spot for something cool and refreshing this summer. Lauren Bush has thrown her heart and soul into this new spot that is both boutique and café and I’m giving it rave reviews.

tour the feed store in DUMBO

It’s a big deal, this is part of a big rehabilitation of the Empire Stores in my neighborhood. When I moved in 11 years ago, this building was derelict. Now, it’s thriving. And FEED fits right in. Grab your favorite caffeine and pop open your laptop or meet a girlfriend to catch up and do a little shopping. This is a spot where you can linger.

A few days ago I stopped in to take some pictures with Suzanne Cohen. I wanted to share how cool this space is—it’s got all the FEED bags I love as well as freshly brewed iced tea (get the jasmine flavor) and java that will appeal to even the biggest coffee snobs.

The FEED blend is roasted in partnership with La Colombe. There’s also a yummy mix of pastries and sweets there from a local NYC bakery.

I wanted you to get a sense of the space…it’s amazing how my neighborhood has changed in a decade. I’m so excited to see small, powerful, female-owned brands as part of the future.

What I’m Wearing

sleeveless colovos stripes

Let’s talk about what I’m wearing. The warmer weather is here, and this outfit is perfect. This stripe sleeveless shirt is from Colovos. It has a drawstring ruched detail on the neck, and is so breezy. This top is playful. You can use the tie in the front or back. I’ll be experimenting with the length throughout the summer and this will be paired with shorts as well as pants.

colovos collection

I’ve talked about Colovos before, the duo behind the brand are parents at my girl’s school. Not only are they likely the coolest parents at the school, they are amazingly talented. Nicole and Michael Colovos won the CFDA’s first emerging designer prize for their line Habitual. In 2015 they launched Colovos, and I’m hooked. You can get some of the line at Nordstrom or you can visit the duo’s website.

I paired the top with a black jogger from Splendid—these are great travel pants and slouchy and comfy. I’ve had these for years and they are on heavy rotation.

Poma sandals from Robert ClergerieBy now you know I love shoes, I also have to walk a lot. When I find a pair that’s trendy and comfortable—I’m in. I found this pair of blue leather and suede Poma sandals from Robert Clergerie at a local Brooklyn Boutique. Aren’t they chic!

And, of course, we have to talk about the bags. That’s how it all started. Lauren started FEED bags to help families in dire situations. She used her fashion connections to come up with a practical bag that is perfect for any mom on the go.

FEED bags

This is the original Feed Bag. When you purchase it, you will provide 185 school meals for children around the world. It’s ideal for any busy New Yorker or multi-tasking mama.

New Feed Flagship Store in Brooklyn

There it is…grab a bag, sip your FEED Heritage coffee blend and enjoy my neighborhood!

New Feed Flagship Store in Brooklyn Tour

Plan your visit:
FEED Shop & Cafe
55 WATER ST, BROOKLYN, NY
929-397-2716

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Pretty Peony-Inspired Styles and Pieces

Peony season is fleeting. The gorgeous pretty-in-pink flowers will probably only be around for another week or so. Ah, but it was a gorgeous month of big, beautiful blooms. Le sigh.

I was in the North Fork of Long Island this past weekend, and stopped at a farm stand that was selling nothing but pink bunches of peonies. Of course, I had to have a bouquet. Just $12 for the quintessential spring flower. My Instagram feed needed it. Ha!  Yes, I’m a “basic” cliché.

I’ll be scooping up some more bunches the next few days and enjoying them while I can. Wouldn’t it be nice it could perpetually be peony season? I can’t make that happen, but I can snatch up a few fun styles and accessories featuring my favorite flower.

To celebrate peony season in all its glory (and extend it yea-rround!), I’ve highlighted some fun finds to add to your wardrobe and home. These will stick around long after the last peony petal has fallen.

Reformation Peony Maxi Dress, $288

Natori Peony Wrap Robe, $96

Dee Elly Peony Dress, $59

Peony & Moss Striped Peony-Print Sock Liners, $12

DENY Designs Peony Throw Pillow, $50

Oliver Gal Peony Art Print, $229

Soho Brights Peony Petals Candle, $7

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Why I Love Draper James

Why I love Draper James

Oh Reese Witherspoon, you charm me so. First there are your movies (Sweet Home Alabama, anyone?). Then there are your adorable kids you seem to be raising nicely and now you have me hooked on your fashions. Classy, colorful and feminine, you have created a clothing line that’s found a place in my heart and my closet…this is why I love Draper James.

This week I got to try on my first Draper James dress at a fashion preview in NYC at the Alison Brod PR offices. I was smitten with the collections. Reese and her design team have come up with fashion that’s playful and quite wearable.

cheerful cherry dress

When I saw this cherry dress, I asked to borrow it for a big BJ’s segment I taped in Boston. I loved it so and knew it would look great on camera.

Definitely southern in influence and inspiration, the lines have loads of prints and whimsy. While I was attracted to lots of the patterns, the cherries were my favorite. Reese named the company after her grandparents and I’m so glad she took this leap.

Officially called the Cherry Orchard Love Circle Dress — I call it a great dress looking for a summer party. It’s a classic fit and flare cut, making it really flattering on most figures. The fabric has a bit of stretch and I love the knee-skimming length and the POCKETS!

Reese must know practical girls love pockets as much as they love fashion.

red wedge heel

Since the dress is a statement in itself, I didn’t add much, just a great pair of red wedge heels from Ralph Lauren (these are old, but you can see some cool wedge heels over at zappos).

This fall I’m looking forward to my first visit to a Draper James store when I head to Nashville for my Vanderbilt reunion. I bet it’s just oozing charm. I feel like these stores will replace C. Wonder in my heart.

Why I love Draper James--the dresses are very friendly

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Organize Your Closet and Curate Your Wardrobe

“Sherri never thought to combine black with navy, but they go perfectly together like peanut butter and chocolate. It’s a rich combo that compliments one another well.” Sage sartorial advice from the one and only Lindsay Brooke Weiss, a NYC-based stylist and the founder of  a “closet and wardrobe editing” service. She recently ransacked the closet of Momtrends’ own Sherri Schubert to help her organize, consolidate, curate, and accessorize. Lindsay has developed a unique multi-step styling system that shifts the focus away from superfluous shopping and, instead, zones in on reinventing her clients’ existing pieces. Interested in learning more? Lindsay is sharing how you can do this for yourself at home! Read on for her tips, tricks, and inspiration.

When it comes to working in a client’s closet, especially a new one, it’s like unwrapping a mystery gift. I never know what I’m going to get… which is what I love!  It’s fun finding pieces somebody may have previously discarded and also uncovering some hidden gems. I recently had the privilege of getting to edit Momtrends Events Director, Sherri Schubert’s closet in lower Manhattan, and boy did we have fun! You may ask, “how did I get started in this business?”  Well, I was the former Fashion and Accessories Editor of various publications and, hands down, my strong suit and passion was styling the covers and editorial stories inside each magazine. I took my skills to the street and started styling models, look-books for brands as well as women (and men!) who reside in New York City, New Jersey and Westchester.  There’s something cathartic about editing and redoing a closet as well as empowering—few things make me happier than when my clients have labeled looks and can easily get dressed in the morning or for a night out.  Here are some steps I go through to edit a client’s closet:

Purging: This is extremely important. You should start with a clean base that consists of only what you wear. This may entail lots of trying on, but it’s worth it in the end!

Switching Hangers: It’s important to maximize your closet, especially the Manhattan kind. Switch all of your hangers to the velvet variation that are thin and won’t leave marks on the shoulders of your blouses or sweaters.

Organizing By Style: The next step is to group all of the jackets together, long sleeve shirts, button downs, you get the idea. Grouping by category keeps everything separated in its own way and organized.

Organizing By Color: Once everything’s grouped I then create subgroups by color.  This makes a closet visually appealing and easy to find what you’re looking for.

Labeling: One of the last steps is labeling each hanger.  This shows my client what gets paired with what, down to their jewelry and accessories.

Filling In: As I go through a client’s closet I make a list of what needs to be supplemented. Sometimes it’s that perfect basic white tissue tank that’s missing from a wardrobe or a pair of slouch boyfriend jeans that can be pegged. Whatever it is, I’ve got you covered!  I shop for my clients and/or send them links of what they should purchase. I’m a firm believer in high/low when it comes to dressing, so whatever the budget is that somebody has in mind, I adhere to it. In Sherri’s case, I sent her a detailed list of what to buy to complete the looks in her closet, based on comfort. One of our favorite finds are these dressy flats in rose gold that can go from day to night. J.Crew makes the best tissue-tees which come in v-neck, scoop neck and the tank variety.  Of course everybody needs a military jacket. H&M’s is inexpensive and more than does the trick. I love it paired with white skinny jeans, shorts or even over an evening gown.  It’s a fun juxtaposition!

Something I preach to my clients that if they don’t wear something, give it away. Your closet should only consist of what you actually wear. Don’t be afraid to give stuff away so that you will actually be able to see what’s in your closet. Simple, sleek and streamlined is my mantra!

You can contact Lindsay regarding her styling services at lindsay@cocoincashmere.com.

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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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5 Ways to Embrace Mommy-and-Me Style

If you’re a regular here at Momtrends, then you’ve probably already gathered that we’re big believers in the Mommy-and-me school of fashion. Coordinating with our littles is one of our great sartorial joys—it really is the little things. (Plus, it always makes a great Intagram opp!)

While I like to go all out in our matchy-matchiness, there are a few other ways to coordinate your mother-daughter looks without totally twinning—from the subtle to the, well, not-so subtle. Here are our five fave ways to pull off the mommy-and-me look. Get your phone-camera ready!

Color-Coordinate Your Outfits: No need to scour the stores for exact matches—finding pieces in Mom and Baby sizes can be a challenge (not that I’m not always up for it!). But snagging something in the same color or in complementary hues is a much easier style assignment.

Jump for Joy and Go for a Romp: I love a good one-piece. For Baby. For me… What’s not to like? It’s an instant outfit. Skip the separates, and put your little in a bubble romper and yourself in a jumpsuit! Voilá—a simple and subtle way to mommy and me. (Also, mah Baby is so grown up now! I forgot what it feels like to hold a nugget tight in my arms.)

Pick a Pattern—Any Pattern—Or, Go With a Matching Print: Find fun patterns that play off each other or work well together, or rock the same graphic design. Hearts are always easy to find in big and little fashion sizes.

Go Graphic: Seriously though, who is that baby?! Then again, P wasn’t even a whole year old in this photo. She may have changed a lot, but one thing that hasn’t: our love of graphic tees and onesies. I especially enjoy them when the two phrases coordinate.

Be Twinsies and Go All Out: Okay, I have to admit something here… My top is a girls’ size XL. (That’s one secret tip for finding mommy-and-me looks!) But there are other brands that specialize in coordinating styles—Joules, Masala Baby, and even Old Navy are just a couple of companies that do a great job at designing matching  looks for moms and their littles.

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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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