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Here is the Forever 21 Model wearing the frugal and fab navy moto jacket that I fell in love with.

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I love how she rocks it casually with a pair of jeans and a tee.  Moto jackets are so on trend these days so I couldn’t help but add to my collection when I saw the sale on Forever 21.  Here I show you how I styled it with 3 different dresses.

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For a preppy look, I wore my Sans Souci nautical dress with my Jcrew necklace and shoes.  Click  here to see the dress, originally bought at Marshalls for just $19.99 styled 5 other ways. And for more inspiration on how to style a striped dress like this one, click here.

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These Fergie shoes were worn with a Guess purse and American Rag Cie dress from Macy’s. I loved this dress when I was pregnant.  the high low bottom was so cute with a pregnant bump.

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I couldn’t believe how these new Forever 21 thong sandals matched this coral dress so perfectly.  The dress is by Crystal Candy (bought in Hong Kong) and the tote is Gucci.  The outfit without the bag costed me just under $60.  It’s so great for a mom on-the-go.  You can walk a mile around the city comfortably without anyone knowing you’ve stashed vomit-splattered baby clothes, diapers and formula on you.

For more style tips and girly glam inspiration, click through my style diaries here!

 

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After 2 days of non-stop packing (I’m moving back to Manhattan!), I had to treat myself with a little online shopping.  Zara was having its end of season sale and I had to fill my shopping cart with all the items still on my spring/summer wishlist.  I love Zara!

Below, you’ll find a Zara blazer worn over my Forever 21 yellow dress (also worn here). The accessories are a travel find from my trip to Thailand.

The snakeskin tote was a freebie from NY Fashion Week, and the snakeskin heels, I’ve had forever. This outfit was one of the last outfits that I wore to work at Saks.  I’ve left the company to pursue another great opportunity and also to deal with this move.  Currently, I’m living in work out gear now that all my fashions have been packed away.  I crave the day when I can unpack, organize my new closet and dress up for work again!

 

Guess what ladies, I’m running a Fab Freebie with Sweet Fashion Deals!  All you have to do is share any of my blog posts on FB and tag it with @FabGabBlog so I can track your entry.  Click here for all the details.

 

 

 

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My mom still hangs our old Christmas stockings on the fireplace mantle -the ones that she made for me and my brother when we were in grade school.  I love them.  They’re hand-crafted with love and they carry with them years of stocking stuffer memories.  What’s hilarious about my brother’s is that when she embroidered his name Christopher, she ran out of room and his stocking for the longest time read “Christ.”  You know, as in the chosen one.   Figures.  So fitting given he was the spoiled baby of the family.  For heaven’s sake…

Now that Christmas is around the corner, many of you must be hunting around trying to cross everyone off your list.  Well if stocking stuffer ideas are what you need, here’s a holiday gift guide full of fab finds from FabGab and Forever 21! 

This adorable pearl clutch bag will be perfect for any special occasion and only runs $14.80.  The receiver will think you spent a fortune on it too!

Place either of these cutesy rings in a nice velvety ring box and instantly they’ll look like one-of-a-kind finds

If bunnies and bows aren’t your thing, how about this Chanel lookalike clutch? You can’t go wrong for just $10.80.

If you love nerds like I do, you’ll love this nerdy Forever 21 version of Domo.  He had me at hello.

Or how about this glam but affordable necklace?  Who can resist all this bling?   Can you believe it’s just $12.80?

Finally, make the everyday special with these key fobs.  They’re sure to brighten even the most mundane morning.  $6.80

And there you go!  Stocking stuffers at a steal!  Holiday gift-hunting doesn’t have to break the bank after all.

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As a huge fan of Forever 21, I was super excited to receive the invite above.  I think I’ve already proven through my blog and outfit posts that I’m forever a Forever 21 girl.  I just love that you can get such trendy pieces at such affordable prices!  And the brand name suits me for even though I’m in my 30s, I feel Forever 21 (as evidenced by my silly hello kitty purse in the picture below)!  Ok so here are the pics from the Forever 21 Spring 2012 Fashion Presentation.

My yellow poof dress is from Forever 21 (had to wear something from the brand to the party now didn’t I?).  I winterized  the summer dress with my new Cynthia Steffe cardigan from Marshall’s, charcoal textured tights, and accessorized with my Hello Kitty purse and necklace from Off 5th.  Also pictured to the far left is Courtney Henley-Anderson, from blog “That Girl At The Party” and my dear friend Kate who is wearing her signature legging look – sexy!

The spring 2012 presentation was in this beautiful loft space with the most amazing view of NYC but I was so enthralled by the fashion preview that I couldn’t take my eyes off the clothes.  They had cute little vignettes setup shown below.

I wanted the Tiffany blue pumps, tan tie blouse on the left mannequin and necklace from the front and center mannequin.  Speaking of jewelry, my fellow blogging friends told me that we were instructed to take whatever jewelry we loved HOME.  I couldn’t believe my ears and actually had to check twice and then ask another person to double-check I was understanding correctly.  I could take any jewelry that I wanted?  Really??

My eyes widened as I tried to control my excited, thumping heart and search the room for my favorite finds.  I looked around to see whether others were doing the same and indeed they were!  This gave me the final liberty to select my new finds.

My friend, Kate and I both fell in love with the floral bow rings so we each picked up one and felt like screaming “wonder twins, unite!”

I kind of felt like a clepto when I took the bow ring and the bracelet seen here but everyone around me kept re-assuring me that it was A-OK.  What a fun fashion party!  Who ever heard of one where you can go in and take what you like?  And if that wasn’t enough, we got to enjoy some free drinks and delectable treats served by models clad in head-to-toe Forever 21.  How cute are they?

Leave a comment here if you also love Forever 21!

 

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Don’t you love finding a designer look for less? I’m all about mixing the high and low.  For instance, I’ll wear my high-end designer purses with frugal but fab finds.  I’m no fashion snob.  I love vintage, I love discount retailers and I love stores like Zara, H&M and even Forever 21 that bring you looks for less.

I’m getting compliments left and right about this Balmain knockoff jacket that I found at Forever 21.  Everyone assumes its some famous designer and I’m always asked where i bought it.  With its quilted  black leather and silver chains you would think Karl Lagerfeld was all over this (maybe Balmain first copied Chanel?).  With a little research, I learned that the Balmain jacket pictured below (the obvious inspiration behind my F1 jacket) costs $10,770(choke).  Ehem, I only paid a mere 30some dollars.


Here I paired the F21 jacket with 2different dresses, and again with skinny pants and a tee.

Balmain knockoff quilted jacket – Forever 21, dress – Zara, purse – Chanel, studded shoes – Jlo

ruffle flower print spaghetti strap dress – Free People I think..bought it at TJ Maxx quilted Balmain knockoff jacket – Forever 21, black suede studded heels – JLo, black chain purse – Chanel

quilted Balmain knockoff jacket – Forever 21, tee shirt – Club Monaco, black pinstriped skinny pants – Zara, purse – Express

Which outfit is your favorite look?

Tell me how you would wear the jacket.  I love getting new outfit inspirations.

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If you’re a follower of my blog or Instagram account, you know I can’t resist a cute mommy and me matching outfit.  I love recording my toddler’s tiny body on camera and styling my baby so she coordinates next to me.  This way I can track her growth through the years while also getting to relish in her being my minime.  She’ll be 30 and I’ll be 70 and we’ll still be in matching outfits haha!  This style diary outfit began with Juliet’s Chanel-inspired cardigan by Kaven’s Nest.

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I paired it with cat shoes that I purchased on the sample site, Zulily, a cat quilted pleather skirt from H&M,  a Century 21 shirt, and a pleather bow from HaleyLynne. 

With a little searching at my favorite stores for cheap trends, I found a similar mustard colored cardi at Forever 21, which I wore with my bow blouse and pleather jeans from H&M and my leopard loafers from Zara.  You don’t have to spend a lot to look like a fortune 🙂

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matching mommy and me looks

This look of the day was matchy matchy without being exact which is the way I prefer our mommy and me outfits.

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We’re twinning!  Thanks for reading! Click here for more matching mommy and me minime looks and outfit inspiration!

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It was a wintery, snowy morning in NY when a fellow mommy friend and I trekked out to Brooklyn on a Little Swappies treasure hunt.  I rarely venture out to the outer Manhattan boroughs but the draw of kids fashion and the opportunity to trade-in some of Juliet’s gently worn items for a good cause compelled me to go.

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I’m so glad I did!  In addition to the sponsored goody bag filled with snacks and promotional discounts, I found 20 items (toys, books and fashion pieces) that were in great shape.  They must have increased the maximum take-home number because last time I went I only brought back 9 things.  Click here for that blog post which includes tips on what you should know before you go.

 

If you are familiar with my blog, you know that I love a good deal and enjoy mixing high and low brands.  Well the same goes for baby fashion.  Juliet’s closet is a mix of high-end designer, consignment/thrift/hand me downs, and everyday brands.  The below outfit is a prime example.

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The designer, mini-melissa shoes which I bought during an online sample sale are mixed with the free tank top that I scored at Little Swappies and a Baby Masala bottom from their Little Swappies sponsor sample sale.   I mixed it in with accessories already in Juliet’s closet and boom, new summer outfit for just $5!

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Also found at the same sample sale was this cute Baby Masala dress for $5 which I accessorized with a mustard scarf that I’m selling through my FB page, Fab kids and their stylish moms, Old Navy boots and a pair of sunglasses gifted from Love My Alannah whom I met at Kids Fashion Week.  (I wish I could remember the brand’s name so I could tag them here!)  The leather jacket is from Target’s sale and the rabbit, gifted from Kid Robot.

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Thinking of the same leather jacket, I bought this Baby Masala dress for $5.  The brand is all organic by the way!  The boots are from Target, the book was gifted and the glasses are on sale at Fab kids and their stylish moms FB page. The flower crown is from H&M and altered to fit J.  If you see an elastic accessory outside of the kids section, remember that it can easily be altered to fit the little one!chanel baby

This Carter’s cardi was found at the Little Swappies event and styled with items already in Juliet’s closet, a black knit skirt, (fake) kids Chanel purse, shoes bought at a sample sale and head piece from Aldo.  So sophisticated, huh?spring dress

This sweet Laura Ashley dress caught my eye because I’m a sucker for Peter Pan collars and smocking detail.  I was psyched to find this at the Little Swappies event and styled it at home with Juliet’s Mini Melissa rhino boots (bought on sale), my cell phone cover and a flower crown from Forever 21.baby outfit

Anyone that follows my Instagram account, @fabgabblog knows that I love dressing Juliet in androgynous looks.  I mix boys clothes and accessories with girly pieces for a cute mix of masculine/feminine.  The above is a prime example.  Tee was free from Little Swappies and the Carters romper and hat are from TJMaxx.  She’s a Maxxinista like me after all!  The purse is from Target and the sneakers are boys shoes from a second hand store that I bought for $2. cute baby clothes

I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this classic, crisp white blouse at Little Swappies.  It was in perfect condition and featured the Peter Pan collar that I love so much!  It is such a versatile piece and I knew I could layer it and wear it a million different ways…oops I mean Juliet could.  I am living through her.  The mask is also a free find from there and it is paired with Baby Gap boots and raincoat along with a vintage short/bowtie set bought off of Etsy – one of my favorite sites for unique baby fashion.  Who says baby girls can’t wear bowties??how to style a tutu

This outfit would be so cute for a birthday party, wouldn’t it?  The hat is actually something Juliet wore on her first birthday.  Click here to find out how her birthday outfit inspired the entire party’s decor.

Right now is the season when Juliet’s social calendar gets crazy packed with birthday parties and I can totally imagine her bouncing around in this cute ensemble.  With this giant party hat though she might steal the spotlight…  Here, the monkey onesie was the freebie from LS and it is paired with a Zara cardigan also worn here, Joe Fresh tutu, scarf and socks that can be bought through me and my FB page. Shoes were from a sample sale and from a brand called Stella – gotta love that since that is my first name!catimini

The high-end Catimini fur vest and Tahari plum ruffled dress here is styled with a free flower crown from LS and Baby Gap boots.  The Harajuku – mini head is an applique from Etsy and the party animals are items I DIY-ed for Juliet’s upcoming party animal themed 2nd birthday.  Wait til you see the rest!

In addition to these fab fashion finds, I also picked up some books and a Mickey toy.  I think it’s safe to say that I SCORED!  Overall, it was a fun event and I even made some good contacts for my future party sponsor needs.  Did I tell you that I’m running sponsored kids events in Manhattan?  Like Fab Kids and their Stylish Moms on FB and follow @fab_kids on IG for invites and all the fun!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Check out these powerful, comic strip style fashions.  They’re sure to give your wardrobe the kick in the ass it needs to rescue it out of its doldrums.

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It seems everyone from Phillip Lim to Forever 21 are jumping on the superhero trend which has inspired me to create this themed inspiration board for a superhero Halloween or birthday party.

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For a truly super time, invite all the guests to show up as their favorite superhero or comic strip character!

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Set up a photo booth and encourage guests to zap a photo of themselves in power poses.  Provide props like capes, eye masks and lightning bolts.   If you want to serve more than desserts, your menu could include things like,  “power pasta,” “strengthening steak,” “flying fajitas” etc.  For more ideas and for all the printable items featured in the collage above, check out wants and wishes!

 

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I’m so glad I limited my maternity fashion spending spree because I’ve found that a lot of my regular wardrobe could stretch enough to fit the added 11″ to my waistline.  Take for example this Forever 21 bow cardigan.  It’s both long enough and stretchy enough to wear at 35 weeks with my pregnancy jeans.

These days, I’m enjoying all the pre-NYFW work, as grueling as the hours may sometimes be, I’ m reminded of why I love my job.

The other day when my hubby took me out to see the symphony at Lincoln Center, I couldn’t help but let out a huge smile at the sight of the NY Fashion Week Mercedes Benz sign.  The Lincoln Center temporary NYFW site is up!  And the countdown begins!

 

The Fashionista Momma

 

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 Cut 25 blazer with leather elbow patches, maternity leggings from Target, Bruno Magli boots, velvety tank from TJMaxx, accessories from Thailand

 Forever 21 top, maternity skirt from Target, Zara infinity scarf, Guy Laroche belt

W118 shirt, Charter Club cashmere cardigan, Prada purse, Target maternity leggings

I’m now officially in the 3rd trimester and can’t believe how fast it all went by! I’m frightened to think that I still have another 11 weeks of belly growth though.  I already feel like there is no room to breathe or eat with the baby taking up all this room and my skin not stretching fast enough.  help!

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