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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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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