Chanel

Here are 3 outfits inspired by Chanel, all for my minifashionista who just turned 2.  chanel baby outfits

tights- Old Navy, Cardigan and skirt- Lydia Jane (purchased at TJ Maxx), purse from an Instagram shop, shoes – Sstongnian (a Korean brand), crocheted Karl Lagerfeld – Cookie Chanel IMG_5644
dress – sold by me through Fab Kids, Coco Chanel doll –Cookie Chanel , chain headand – Aldo, studded shoes – QQ Girls, tights – Century 21
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Cardigan- kavens nest, black tutu – hand me down from Once Upon a Child, black knee-highs – from one of Fab Kid’s wholesalers, shoes – Mini Melissa, mask – Little Swappies, headband and pearls, my own.

If you’re looking to build your own Chanel-inspired wardrobe, look out for these details:

  • quilting
  • black and white
  • chain links with leather straps woven through
  • pearls
  • cardigans with black trim details

Follow @fabgabblog and @Fab_Kids on Instagram for daily outfit photos and more 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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My new mommy lifestyle has caused me to re-evaluate my wardrobe.  What was once perfect for my fashion career no longer seems relevant for my push-the-stroller-around-town days.  Take for instance my suits.  I have no occasions on my calendar for which I need to wear any of these anymore.  I decided I needed to add more casual pieces to tone down my mostly work-related pieces and I knew I could make  individual pieces from my closet still work and look more casual.  First on my list of shopping to dos was to find myself some stylish tees.  Cotton is great because it is so low-maintenance.  If baby drools or spits on it, I can simply throw it in the wash and forgo dry cleaning bills.

I then ran into Uniqlo’s new collaborative effort with MOMA where artists famous works were printed onto easy-to-wear tees.  I loved the 5th ave window displays and felt compelled to go in.  Wouldn’t you??

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The collection consists of 200 items inspired by artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.  The Keith Haring tee with “New York” printed on it caught my eye and was one of the ones I came home with that day.  Below I styled it with a simple mini skirt from Daffy’s (a now defunct discount retailer in NYC) and booties from TJMaxx.

 

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I have a bunch of pencil skirts that I needed to make more casual (this one has a damask pattern and texture which you can’t really see here) so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to pair it with a tee.  Below I styled it with a crystal necklace from Off 5th and a hat from TJ Maxx.   The shoes were bought at Saks while an employee there and therefore bought with my employee discount.ootd new york tee ootd new york tee1

And lastly, I created a super casual look with some Joe Fresh leggings that I found on clearance for $1.50 and an old newsboy cap from my closet.  The high-heeled sneakers were purchased from this great discount shoe site my husband of all people found called 6pm.com.  ootd new york tee2

All outfits on this post were $100 or less (not including the Chanel purse of course) and go to show you that you don’t have to spend a lot to have a lot of variety in your outfits and achieve totally different looks.

I’ll try to post another time about the other tee I bought while at Uniqlo next!

Thanks for reading!  And follow @fabgabblog on Instagram and Facebook if you aren’t already.
This post has been included in a fashion link-up here

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This Calvin Klein sheath bought on sale at Marshall’s, has a conservative, work-friendly cut and a simple color-palette that makes it a modern addition to any wardrobe.   Above, I styled it with a Sinclaire trench, Chanel shoes and Nine West heels (with added bow clips from Aldo).

I paired the dress again with my JLo studded heels and Forever 21 jacket (a Chanel copy) worn 3 ways here.

These days, now that most of my stuff is still in boxes, I feel so uninspired when getting dressed.  It’s so hard to find things!  I can’t wait for California Closets to get here and build me new closets in this new apartment!

 

 

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I fell in love with this Zara blazer at first sight so much so that I actually stopped a fellow New Yorker on the street just to ask her where she bought her blazer. I didn’t care that she must have thought I was crazy. I just needed to have that blazer!

It’s the perfect work piece because it’s cool yet a professional topper over dresses and slacks.  And it makes for a chic casual topper on the weekends as well!  Which outfit is your favorite?

Here, I’m wearing the blazer with my new summer-weight, black slacks from BCBG, and a tote bag that is inspired from Olivia Palermo’s tote bag featured here.   The bow-tie blouse, is stolen from my mom’s closet.

In the next post, I paired the same blazer with cream pants, tank blouse, Chanel purse, and BCBG shoes.

The below is a mish mash of brands ranging from Prada to Ann Taylor and Chanel to H&M.  For the full outfit details, click here.

The below outfit consists of a Zara blouse, Express necklace, leather skirt, Chanel shoes and 9west heels.

Lastly, here’s a casual outfit worn with my AG fuschia jeans, Forever 21 tee and JCrew necklace.

Have you guys been to Zara lately?  I am loving their latest collection in stores now.  I wanted to wear everything!!  Here are some of my favorites, pinned onto my pinterest account!

 

 

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I last posted an outfit show with this beloved blazer here.  Below, I’m wearing it with a girly nude-colored H&M dress, Prada purse, a necklace from Express, bracelet from Ann Taylor Loft and a Chanel watch. Talk about mixing high and low!

Think about how you too can convert a daytime dress into a work-appropriate outfit simply with the addition of a smart blazer.  Zara makes some of my favorite tailored versions at a super affordable price.  I love this one for its Chanel inspired look. For more ideas on what to wear to work, click here!

 

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Here’s an inspiration board for those who love purple!


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I love my BCBG Bow blouse. It’s convertible! It has a bit of a peplum waist and a long bow tie that you can wear on or off. See here for how I’ve worn it in the past.  It’s also great for work – see below for a couple of work outfits.  (nine west shoes, Chanel purse, Charlotte Russe skirt)

Banana Republic shoes, Esprit tote, Theory skirt.

Above, the shirt is worn tucked in with a feminine pair of shorts that I found while traveling through Thailand.  I love the vintage feel and the fact that no one else will have one like it in the States!

Thanks for reading and remember to enter my goody bag giveaway if you haven’t already!

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I’m watching “What Not to Wear” and enjoying all the makeovers.  I love a good transformation.

 

So many times leopard is featured as a don’t.  But it’s not a general rule.  Leopard can be chic if done right.  I think it’s all in the fabric, and amount shown.  Little touches of leopard can be fun and fabulous and dresses with the right scale and fabric can be very stylish.  See here for my style diary entry with one of my leopard dresses.

Here’s another leopard dress of mine, this time with more of a metallic finish. I love it because it has pockets!  This is what I wore to work.

Dress is by Jessica Howard.  tuxedo blazer by Bebe, Prada handbag, Zara heels, Kate Spade earrings, Chanel sunglasses

For more style diary entries click here.  For more inspiration on what to wear to work, click here!

 

 

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How is everyone doing?  I’ve been busy catching up on work now that I’ve been away from the office for over a week.  There are days where I have to admit, I start to fantasize about an early retirement (like during my 60hour week 2 weeks ago), and then there are days like today where I simply love my job.

One of the fun parts of  my job as a Marketing/ PR Director at a major retailer is that I get to dress up a little, in a fun and non-corporate manner.  This outfit below consists of a Red Valentino swing skirt, cashmere top, and Ann Taylor leather jacket.

 

The purse is Chanel and the shoes are Via Spiga with Aldo bow clips. The necklace is Kate Spade. The sunglasses in my hair are Chanel.

Check out my style diary link here for more of my daily outfits and click here to check out my fashion for sale.

 

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