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

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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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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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Zulily $15 Mom Referral Program

Zulily $15 Mom Referral Program

Sharing can get you free store credit at zulily! Did you know – if you share products and events with friends on Facebook, Pinterest or email, you can get $15 in credit when they make their first purchase? There are no limits to how many credits you can earn. Shop and share!

Zulily $15 Mom Referral Program

Head here to learn more. Once you sign up it’s so easy to refer friends. Here’s how it works.

1. Head to the “my account” drop down menu.
2. Select: INVITES & CREDITS
3. Connect to your email and find out how much shopping credit you can earn!

You can connect with your friends from your gmail, yahoo or outlook accounts. Shopping credit is applied when the new member’s first qualifying order ships (not when they join). The more you share the more $15 credits you earn—there’s no limit.

The best “word of mom” marketing comes when you wear zulily and all your friends ask you where you got your cute clothes. Show them the app on your phone and then send them and email invite to join zulily. No pressure, just fun. That’s the way we roll at Momtrends.

What to see more of the fashions? This week I’m hosting a special zulily event—(hurry! the sale ends Saturday and things are selling out!). At zulily the collections are put together just for busy women like us. They have sales that last six days with all the brands you love. I like the trendy clothes and the fact that I can save up to 70% on my purchases. I whip out the app on my iPhone and check to see what’s new, like this: See the entire collection here: www.zulily.com

It’s not just mom style, it’s for kids and your home too. Every day a new sale goes live, so I try to pop in often. Now is a great time to shop for Mother’s Day and all those graduation gifts coming up. You never know what you will find.

Sharing can get you free store credit at zulily! Did you know - if you share products and events with friends on Facebook, Pinterest or email, you can get $15 in credit when they make their first purchase? There are no limits to how many credits you can earn. Shop and share!

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Gingham Styles for Little Girls

Don’t mind us… We’ll be egg hunting well into May at this rate. My little people discovered the joy of the Easter egg hunt this past holiday weekend, and they’re totally committed to making this a daily occurrence. Ha… Imma have to get very creative with my hiding spots at this rate!

Ah, spring… I’ll happily take on the task of daily egg hunts if it means we’re outside breathing in the fresh floral spring air. I’m so glad the sunshine and warm weather has finally arrived. We’re finally shedding the jackets and layers, and opting for spring-ready styles!

First up on the spring style must list: gingham. The classic checkered print has been getting an update for women lately with a trendier edge. And while I might be coveting THIS and THIS and THIS for my own closet, I’ve already splurged on a few pieces for my princess.

This two-piece from the Victoria Beckham for Target collection was too cute to pass on. How cute is this ensemble of hers? It’s like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz meets the iconic outdoor tablecloth. It is picnic season, after all!

I’ve rounded up a few more adorable gingham pieces perfect for spring days… and endless non-Easter egg hunts.

  1. Pink Chicken Apron Dress, $15/ 2. Luli & Me Gingham Check Smocked Dress, $54/ 3. Florence Eieman Seersucker Set, $75/ 4. Carter’s 2-Piece, $12/ 5. Gap Gingham Flutter Top and Shorts, $25/ 6. Carter’s Gingham Poplin Shirt Dress, $17

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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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Stylish Rain Gear

April showers bring May flowers… or, you know, so the saying goes.

We’re only a few days into the month, and we’ve already seen some seriously wet weather. And the 10-day forecast? Well, it calls for rain. Lots of it. Bucket loads.

Ugh. After a brutal winter, I’m ready for sunshine and blue skies, but I get that all these showers are an essential ingredient to making spring so colorful, bright, and picture perfect. At least we can brighten up those cloudy afternoons with some chic rainy day essentials. Am I right?

Fashionable and functional—those are two equally important adjectives when shopping for foul-weather gear. A sleek slicker, slim boots that can pass with any outfit, a sturdy and stylish one-button umbrella, a waterproof hat to protect that beloved blowout, and even a designated poncho for your expensive handbag (I mean, you don’t want to ruin that distressed leather!). There’s some evidence that wearing polarized shades in the rain will help you see better whilst driving—though not everyone backs up this theory, but an oversize pair of Tory Burch sunnies are never a bad choice! A rainbow phone case will brighten spirits and some waterproof mascara will hep you face the day regardless of what the weatherman says.

These pieces will keep you dry and keep you looking good until May’s blooms finally arrives…

  1. Eric Javits Kaya Rain Hat, $200/ 2. Halifax Color-Block Rain Jacket, $118/ 3. Handbag Raincoat, $25 / 4. Tory Burch 54 mm Polarized Sunglasses, $154 / 5. Shedrain WindPro Auto Open & Close Umbrella, $28/ 6. Kate Spade “Rain Check” Umbrella, $38 / 7. Posh Wellies Kyanite Rain Boot, $99/ 8. Stella McCartney Rainbow iPhone 6/6s Case, $85
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