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

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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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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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Subscription Workout Gear

Subscription box fitness gear

You know this mama is fueled by her workouts. I rely on them to keep me sane. I don’t feel remorse or guilt about how much I spend on workout gear, but I often don’t have the time to shop. I was intrigued by the idea of subscription workout gear, so I tried out Wantable.

Wantable is a personal styling service that is delivered right to your door (and it’s not just workout gear, they also offer apparel, as well as intimates and makeup). But I was most interested in the fitness gear, so that’s what I tested.

I know I’m not alone in the need for this. A bunch of my girlfriends complain about old leggings and not having cute tops to wear. These gals have the money to shop, they just don’t have the time to hunt things down.

Subscription Workout Gear

That’s how this subscription box craze took off. Brands like GlossyBox and Ipsy saw a need and started curating goodies. Fitness is no different.

Subscription Workout Gear from Wantable

How Wantable Works:

  1. Choose a category (fitness, beauty, apparel) and take a short style quiz
  2. Receive an assortment of items handpicked just for you. The fee is just $20. For this fee you get free shipping and  5-7 curated items, shipped directly to your door.
  3. You can cancel or skip a month at any time. It’s pretty easy to update your profile.
  4. Get your box and dig in right away. You only get 5 days to make your picks.
  5. Keep what you love, return what you don’t need. Wantable will bill you for what you keep. Your styling fee is applied to your final purchase.
  6. Shipping is free both ways.
  7. Pack up what you don’t love in and pop it into the prepaid Wantable.

DONE!

Subscription Workout Gear

What I liked: The quality was EXCELLENT. Better than Stitchfix for sure. The gear was high-end and trendy. I loved these “mermaid leggings” and the matching top. I also kept a tank top and this hoodie. My total bill was $200 for the 4 pieces.

Subscription Workout Gear from Wantable

What I did’t love: The prices were a little higher than what I expected. They say, “individual fitness items typically fall into the $30-$70 range.” The leggings I loved and kept were $82 and the hoodie for $82. The sports bra I liked was $45 and the tank was $32. This is a bit more than I usually spend for workout gear. But, hey, I didn’t have to battle for a dressing room or travel anywhere. I’m sold on the convenience!

Sign up for your first edit here. And let me know if you try this service. 

Subscription Workout Gear from Wantable Boxes

This is not a sponsored post, I did receive a credit to facilitate this review

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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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May the Fourth Be With You

My new neighbor came over this past weekend to give my kids some toys. Her children had outgrown them. Little did this well-intentioned lady know—we already own #allthetoys. Still, my son’s eyes lit up when he saw a lightsaber in the stack of superfluous gadgets and games and trinkets.

He didn’t know what it was, or what it was called, or what it did… He just knew that he wanted it. And just like that my four year old felt the force.

I was trying to wait a little bit longer until I introduced my kiddies to Star Wars… alas, the dark side was calling… as was the stylish side!

Gap just launched a Star Wars capsule collection that includes tees, denim jackets, leggings, sweatshirts, shorts, skirts, and accessories with prices that range from $5 for socks to $98 for a men’s jacket. Of course, the kid and baby looks are my favorite! (Aren’t they always?)

gap starwars

This Gap Star Wars raglan sweatshirt is so simple and stylish for little ones—it’s a perfect layering piece and a fun unisex option for both kiddos. The only thing that’s missing from this adorable duo is that lightsaber—which got confiscated. (Shocking, right?)

star wars gap

Of course, I had to get in on the action on this Star Wars family affair—and so I’m wearing this sassy Princess Leia tank top. Because, well, I am, indeed, a force to be reckoned with… And May the Fourth be with you, too!

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

 

 

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