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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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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How to Style a Long Cardigan

how to style a cardigan

I simply love cardigans. Here’s a little fashion secret. It’s like wearing your bathrobe, but getting style points. A great cardigan adds drama, it adds length and it can hide a multitude of sins. The trick is not to LOOK like you are wearing your favorite robe from home, so I’ve rounded up some style tips to share with you on  hot to style a long cardigan

I’m wearing the Victory Sweater from cabi. It’s a little nautical and a little boho at the same time. Navy and white are incredibly easy to wear.  Now, let’s talk about how to style it.

How to Style a Long Cardigan

Four Tips for Styling a Long Cardigan

1. Opt for a fabric that flows, you want a cardi that moves with you and doesn’t add bulk or cling to your hips and backside. Look for something that achieves a skimming quality.
2. Keep the pieces underneath simple and fitted. A fitted tea works nicely (and ladies if you’ve got dêcolletage y all means show it off under the sweater with a v-neck)
3. Make a statement with your shoes. You can wear a heeled bootie, a pump or some snazzy sneakers. Be playful and yes, it’s great to be a little sexy too.
4. Keep the long theme going. I wore a long necklace that played off the boho vibe and continued with the long, lean theme.

My shoes have been featured before, they are the popular Sunset Strip Sneaker  from Seavees. These nappa leather sneakers are in heavy rotation around here. When the snow gives me a break and things warm up, I love these.

I am also wearing old Ralph Lauren jeans, an old vintage belt (and necklace that’s quite old) and a super soft and versatile tank. The navy Easy Tank is also from cabi. Wear it untucked or just tucked in the front to continue the unfussy look.

Style Long Cardigan

Cabi Spring 2017

These are just two pieces 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/follow

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 Long Cardigan--Tips for Looking great for mom life or any casual setting

Hope you like my tips and come on back next Monday for more fashion fun. Until then, please leave a comment about what other trends you want me to take on.

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Styling a Bomber Jacket

Styling a Bomber Jacket

A great jacket can take you far during the transition season. I picked this shiny silver one up last fall when I was on Mom Boss Book tour in Denver. I spotted it in Francesca’s and loved it–very disco chic. This week, I decided to talk about styling a bomber jacket

Well, Francesca’s sold out of this one long ago, but they do have other well-priced options in the bomber style. If your heart is set on silver, I found a few places to refer you. ASOS has this one and there’s one more I found at Macy’s that looks really similar to the one I’m styling here.

When it comes to trends, this one probably won’t be around for too many years. I bought this jacket for less than $50–and I highly recommend you stick in the same price range. Once you see the trend dying out, you can pass it along to a thrift store and someone will nab it for a 50’s costume!

Styling a Bomber Jacket

For now, styling it is pretty easy. I see lots of women pairing a bomber with jeans and athletic shoes. That works for sure. For something a bit more sophisticated try this:

  • Opt for a slight heel. A bootie will do nicely. I’m loving the new Leila Bootie from TOMS.
  • Since the jacket is baggy, keep it slim on the bottom.
  • When you are first experimenting with this, try a monochromatic palette underneath.
  • Keep the accessories up by the ears or on your wrist. I’m wearing a pair from cabi.
  • Skip the scarf. I tried one but it looked too fussy.

I opted to wear all black under the jacket. Let’s be honest, the jacket brings a whole lot of fashion to the outfit. I didn’t have to try to hard with everything else. On the bottom, I wanted a nice sleek line. I’m wearing the cabi clothing Pencil Trouser. It sits high on the waist and has a side zip. It’s almost tight enough to be a legging, but has the structure of a pant. It’s great for travel. A sleek and skinny high-rise fit with comfortable stretch fabric that fits like a dream, the Pencil Trouser has a wide elastic panel at the waist for a streamlined silhouette

Styling a Bomber Jacket

Under the jacket, I’m wearing the cabi clothing Indulgence Top. It’s a 3/4 sleeve black top with “floaty layers”–it’s just body-conscious enough to work under the jacket. That’s about it. Two black staples underneath and I let the bomber jacket take the spotlight.

cabi earrings

Cabi Spring 2017

These are just two pieces 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/. You can see more pieces styled for spring here.

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.

Styling a Bomber Jacket: Styling tips for fun fashion

What do you think? Is this a trend you’ll try? Let me know if you do and where you find a bomber that you love.

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Chic Knits

Styling spring knits to look fabulous at work or play

The weather warmed up last week and I got to take these chic knits our for a spin in Battery Park City in New York. I’d been eyeing these new pieces from the cabi spring collection–they looked so good on the runway, and I’m thrilled to say they feel even better on.

I was traveling in the city for a little “staycation” at the Conrad Hotel with my daughter. We wanted to dress up and I wanted to be chic and comfortable, hence the knits. I think knits are perfect for work or play–and I was going to do a bit of both.

Chic Knits

Chic Knits

First let’s talk about this Dame Skirt. It’s a knee-skimming length with a bit of swirl. It could go to an office or out to dinner without missing a beat. I am glad to see waistlines on the move back upwards. This skirt will sit on your actual waist.

You could wear it with flats or go dressier, as I did, with a pump. I picked out these metallic pumps from Nine West. Fancy for sure.

I paired it with a navy top (I will say the colors are 95% of a match but not 100–but it doesn’t matter). I just love this top. It’s so easy to slip on–it feels like a favorite t-shirt (and, in fact, can be worn under a blazer too!) but has structure enough to look super professional.

It’s called the Hampton Shell and the stripes are perfectly places to accentuate your positives.

Spring Knit Fashion Tips

  1. Monochromatic knits will elongate your body.
  2. Go with a bold accessory. This lucite necklace helps modernize the outfit.
  3. Metallics are in. Jazz up this outfit for date night with a shiny shoe.
  4. Watch the jewelry. Knits can snag so be careful with clasps!
  5. Keep things smooth. My favorite panties are from Soma. You can also go for spanx.

Cabi Spring 2017

These are just two pieces 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.

Fashion your life: spring knit styling tips

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Ancolie New York

what to wear in nyc

It’s the fourth installment of what we love to eat in NYC. Today I’m wearing ALL things I’ve owned and adored, and heading to a favorite lunch spot. Ancolie was introduced to me by a friend. Isn’t that the way we find the gems? We listen to our friends. Well, that’s my job, sharing with my friends. When you are hungry and want to do your body a favor, head to Ancolie in New York.

Ancolie New York

The idea is to offer great food that is ready to go. Start with a fantastic layered salad, then get a perfect coffee and don’t forget a sweet treat. Chloe (shown above), is the mastermind behind the brand. Thank you, Chloe, for giving us better lunch options.

Before we jump to the eats, let’s talk about what I’m wearing. Everything is OLD! Don’t worry, I’ll start talking about spring clothing soon enough. For now I am wearing what I own. I’m embracing winter, and the season I’m in right now.

Most blogs are telling you to think about spring. But friends, it’s 30 degrees in NYC and we are still in sweaters and boots. And you still have to get dressed every day and you have to feel good. And you don’t have to spend any money.

I’m wearing cabi jeans, a vintage Ralph Lauren bomber jacket, a Talbots scarf and some great boots by Robert Clergierie. If you live in a cold climate, I know what you are feeling right now. I see all the pretty spring clothes I cannot wear until late April and I want them. And I want to feel better about my closet.

Ladies, clothes can’t change the weather. It took me decades to figure this out. We have to embrace the now. I do it with owning things I adore. This bomber jacket has been worn HUNDREDS of times. These boots have had to be resoled. The jeans barely can get washed, they are in such heavy rotation.

My fashion advice for the beginning of March: dig into your closet and have fun.

  • Wear some leather now–soon it will be too hot to wear it.
  • Pull out your scarves and figure out new ways to tie them.
  • A pair of boots with heels will always make you feel sassier and more fabulous.

Now back to the food. The presentation, looks so pretty, it’s alive with the colors of REAL FOOD. The containers are meant to show off the fresh ingredients. I tried the Ancolie Jar with walnuts, lentils and goat cheese. Delish! After one of these salads you’ll feel satisfied, not bloated. It’s a great midday spot.

I found everything I tasted to be super fresh and scrumptious. I hope they open a Brooklyn outpost soon, for now, I’ll keep heading into the Greenwich Village to pick up the perfect lunch. If you have a few minutes, order a tea or coffee to enjoy in store. Set up by the window and watch the world go by.

This part of New York is full of students, artists and tourists. You’ve literally got a window to the world. Why not slow down and enjoy the views.

healthy eats in nyc, visit Ancolie New York
Ancolie is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or snacks. Please tell them Momtrends sent you.

Ancolie New York

Ancolie
58 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
(646) 524-5929
http://www.ancolie.co/

Other NYC ideas for foodie fun for Two Hands Soho and Stylish Tea Time in Soho and Murray’s Cheese.

Photos by Laura Cardona, check her out on instagram here @cardonastudioo

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