Personalized New Mom Necklace

I wear a lot of hats. I define myself in many ways, as a Mom Boss, I try to balance it all, work, family and a personal life. Some days I do better at keeping everything in check, and I feel like I am winning on so many levels. Other days, I feel like I am losing this motherhood gig. I forget to sign the permission slip or pack a personal note on a big day at school or have to miss a school performance because of work. I am most certainly not WINNING every day. That’s where my personalized new mom necklace comes in.

Months ago I met Melisssa, the Founder of Tiny Tags. We connected on social media and I started to look at her designs. I immediately connected with the sweetness of them. I love pieces that I can wear everyday.

Some days I want to just put on some favorites and go. I don’t want to accessorize. This necklace isn’t an accessory, it’s a part of me. My Tiny Tags are a reminder of all the good things in my life and all the ways my girls have made me more of who I truly am.

wearing my tiny tags

Personalized New Mom Necklace

Unboxing your Tiny Tags is a treat. The packaging is adorable. I got my brown box and couldn’t wait to untie the ribbon. Inside was my sweet surprise.

Personalized New Mom Necklace Tiny Tags

I got a sweet note inside and then I couldn’t wait to slip my Tiny Tags Personalized New Mom Necklace on.

unboxing tiny tags

I picked the Mini Dog Charm Necklace. It’s available in 14k yellow gold, 14k rose gold and 14k white gold. I love the delicate size for everyday wear. The charms hang on a on 14k gold diamond cut chain. Personalize it with your child’s name – up to 8 characters maximum per charm. Sorry Thelonius. You will have to have your mom order something else.

The holidays will be here sooner than you know it. Tiny Tags personalized, custom-made jewelry is perfect for new moms. These pieces are meant to be worn every day – it’s a way of counting your blessings. And we can all do a little more of that.

Personalized New Mom Necklace

This is not s sponsored post. We were sent samples for this Personalized New Mom Necklace review.

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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

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own.

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DIY: Polka Dot Jeans

DIY: Polka Dot Jeans

While we loved everyone’s look from the inspiring Fashion Forward Conference (check out our full recap here and here), one look that kept the crowd buzzing with Brooke’s (Power Moms Media) stellar polka dot jeans.

Designed by Clorox, the look is a simple and fun way to enhance your jeans or transform an old pair into a fabulous new look! Guests at the conference were instructions on how to rock this trendy fashion statement, and in case you missed it here are the DIY tips to create a fashionable new look this fall.

DIY: Polka Dot Jeans

1.     Line the inside of the jeans with plastic (such as a cut open plastic shopping bag) to protect the gel from bleeding through from one side to the other.

2.     Shake the Clorox® Bleach Pen® Gel with the cap on.

3.     Begin applying the gel: using the fine point tip, gently squeeze out a 1/4 inch dot.

4.     Continue applying gel dots in a polka dot pattern, working in one direction (such as waist to hem) with the dots you have already applied always away from you.

5.     Allow the dots to sit for 2 hours.

6.     Keeping the jeans flat on the counter/work surface, gently remove the plastic liners from inside the pant legs.

7.     Pour 3% hydrogen peroxide directly onto each of the dots, allowing it to soak into the fabric. This stops the bleaching action, and prevents any gel from lightening other parts of the blue jeans during rinsing.

8.     When all the dots have hydrogen peroxide on them, slide them into the sink a little at a time, scraping and rinsing away the gel dots as you go with warm water.

9.     Squeeze the pants dry using old towels.

10.  Air dry the jeans completely before repeating the treatment on the other side of the jeans.

11.  After rinsing the second round of gel polka dots, run the jeans through a gentle cycle using cool water and a little detergent.

For more ideas on styling denim, check out this post.

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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

This Mom Style for Early Fall is not a sponsored post.

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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.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own.

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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

This is not a sponsored post. It may contain affiliate links. All opinions are our own.

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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.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own.

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Bohemian-Inspired Maxi Dresses

Throughout most of the year I’m a jeans kinda gal. Jeans and a bulky sweater in the winter. Jeans and a tee in the spring. Jeans and light layers in the fall… But in the summer, I trade out my beloved denim almost entirely for maxi dresses. I love a good maxi dress because it’s fitted and loose in all the right places, and effortlessly stylish.

Right now, my favorite Maxi dress is this bohemian-inspired number from Wayf. It’s got a hippie-chic vibe that’s equal parts easy going and prettily polished. This peach hue and floral print is feminine, the bottom pleats fall beautifully, and the bell sleeves make it ideal for rooftop nights in NYC.

Better yet, a maxi like this requires minimal accessories. I let the dress speak for itself, and kept it simple with stud earrings and simple wedge platform shoes. My favorite accessory? The delicious glass of rosé wine!

I’ve rounded up a few more bohemian-inspired maxi dresses to live in all summer… From backyard cookouts to evening rooftop soirees, these styles will keep you looking and feeling breezy and cool.

 

  1. Billabong Linger Here Off the Shoulder Maxi Dress, $65/ 2. Eliza J. Blouson Dress, $168/ 3. Hinge Print Off the Shoulder Maxi Dress, $79/ 4. Wayf Lace Maxi Dress, $109/ 5. Felicity & Coco Tie Dye Jersey Halter Maxi Dress, $78/ 6. Charles Henry Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress, $89

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own.

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Masala Baby: Global Style for Summer’s Adventures

Hippie meets preppy. That’s how I’d describe the Masala Baby summer collection. It’s colorful, cute, playful, trendy, and stylish. Beachy-chic and totally adorable.

Masala Baby is a baby and kids lifestyle brand that combines the rich cultural influences of India with a contemporary aesthetic that crosses borders effortlessly. With tasseled coverups and caftans, seersucker linen shorts and dresses, and bold bubble, the line looks and feels global, and every style manages to strike the perfect balance between inspirational and practical; functional and fashionable.

I dressed my littles in Masala Baby this past weekend on our strawberry picking adventure and our first seasonal beach outing, and they looked breezy and cool.

How handsome does my boy look in this Sumba Organic Tee? He looks ready for the islands when paired with a pair of turquoise Old Navy shorts and matching slip-on sneakers.

Here he is again in a Neat Shirt Gajah  and striped seersucker shorts?

My babe is a beachy keen vision in the Baby Sanur One-Piece. The look is ever sweeter with this Masala Baby beach hat, but girlfriend has a mind of her own and wouldn’t wear it.

We’re loving the entire collection. Nicole’s daughter recently rocked a Masala Baby caftan too…. and we’re thrilled to learn they’re expanding their mommy and me options! We can’t wait to twin at the pool soon!

This is not a sponsored post. We received samples for review. All opinions are our own.

 

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