Style Diary

2016 was a great year for us.  We are grateful and thankful. Every new year’s eve, I look back through old pictures and like to reminisce on all the good times.  Each mommy and me look presented here represents to me a day of fun and laughter.  And I hope that your 2016 was filled with much of the same!

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Juliet, Stella Leo

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Happy New Year, Everyone!!

 

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I love challenging myself to never wear an outfit the same way twice.  I like to mix it up and shop my closet for new looks all the time.  That way I never get too bored of what I have.  The same goes for my daughter’s closet, which similar to mine is a mix of high and low brands.  This post revolves around 1 skirt that I bought from Target (on sale).  It’s still a bit big around the waist so I think we’ll get 4 seasons of use out of this one (an amazing feat as any mom of a growing toddler knows!)

 

She first wore it during my Haute Halloween party where kids dressed up as their fashion icon.  Juliet dressed as Anna Wintour.

IMG_1820Here I paired it with a cardigan from Zara and shoes from Old Navy that you can see here.  Click here for more outfit details and ideas on how to costume your child as Karl Lagerfeld or Andre Leon Talley!

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Here, she is wearing a tee from The Children’s Place that I bought for $5, a Catimini reversible fur vest from Century 21, and gifted glitter shoes.  The glitter crown comes in 4 colors and can be bought on my Fab Kids Facebook site.

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She attended Kids Fashion Week in NY wearing this Target outfit (blazer, skirt, purse).  The tights are from Catimini bought on sale at Century 21, the tie was found at The Children’s Place on clearance, and the Elsy designer blouse is from Century 21.  The sneakers were from a hand me down shop called Once Upon a Time and bought on sale for just $3.

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The same tights, blouse, tie, skirt combo is shown here again for her nerdy school outfit.  I topped it off this time with a cool leather jacket from Target.    2015-04-27  And lastly, today she wore the tights, and skirt with a Catimini shirt (bought at Century 21), and wore it with my bandana and a vintage purse I bought on an Etsy sale.  The sandals which she is quickly outgrowing are from Gymboree.  Don’t be afraid to mix patterns as long as the’re in the same color family!

 

For more of Juliet’s outfits follow me on Instagram!  And for more of my outfits ( I haven’t done these posts for myself in a while) click here.

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Stretchy dresses rock!  My non-maternity wrap dresses and dresses with a little spandex have made getting dressed at 36 weeks pregnant a little more bearable.  First dress is by Cynthia Steffe and second dress is by Theory.

 

I did find it hard to zip up my leather brown boots in the picture above though!

  • Lbs gained in the past 2 weeks:  3!
  • Lbs gained during pregnancy:  23
  • est. baby’s weight at this stage:  6lbs

 

I’m in the home stretch and can hardly believe that I’m about to really have a family!  No  more free-spirited newlywed life!  We’re about to be tied down real soon.  And I can hardly wait!

The Fashionista Momma

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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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I’ve definitely decided that I must be growing the next karate kid.  At 34 weeks she is punching, jabbing and kicking me non-stop.

She has a way of kicking me in the ribs and punching me in the bladder at the same time.  So very pleasant…

wearing dress by Vince, boots by Bruno Magli and jacket by F21.

Anyways, I’ve been designing her future nursery in my head for quite some time.  Browsing through Pinterest for inspiration and baby blogs for theme ideas and links to vendors has been one fun part of preparing for baby.  I finally settled on a black/white graphic motif for the bedding with plans to add color through the wallpaper, rug and artwork.  Pops of yellow and fuschia will be found in the room and this new temporary wallpaper that I found will be the perfect solution to allowing the nursery to grow into a toddler’s and eventually a little girl’s room.

I’m so excited to start setting this all up!

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2012 was an exciting year for me:

  • became an owner, no longer renting
  • moved
  • changed last name to mark the 1 year (paper) anniversary
  • changed jobs
  • traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, DC, MI, PA, DE, IL (twice), Japan, Vegas
  • explored Governor’s island, Fire Island and Long Island
  • attended 3 weddings.  saw ours published.
  • sponsored 25 fashion shows
  • Managed over 100 events
  • survived Hurricane Sandy
  • Thanks to the pregnancy, learned to live with nausea, vomiting, hunger, heartburn, cravings, congestion, constipation, fatigue, headaches, sleep deprivation, dehydration, endless doctor appointments and an additional 18lbs

Figuring out what to wear to work while pregnant has been a daily challenge.  What fits one week may no longer fit the next.  Here is an outfit from around 26 weeks pregnant.

H&M cardigan, Donna Morgan dress from TJMaxx, Aldo purse and Via Spiga shoes

I hope you all had great years too and wish you the best for 2013!

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Do you ever look through your wardrobe and feel totally blah thinking you have absolutely nothing to wear?  Well change it up!  Shop your closet and re-style what you already own.  Wear the outfit with different shoes, and accessories.  Add a blazer, a scarf or a cardigan.  Think about how to belt it differently and what other colors would match the current palette.

That’s the idea behind my Style Diary series where I style 1 dress, 1 skirt, 1 top multiple ways.  Here’s a new example using my versatile, camel- colored Shoshanna dress bought at Saks.  The classic cut and neutral color lends itself as a timeless basic that I can wear endless ways.

Today (at 6months pregnant), I wore the dress all layered up cuz darnit it’s getting cold in NY!  The brown tights featured here however were not made for my giant belly.  Therefore, the waistband kept falling for it failed miserably to stay anywhere near my my protruding belly.  Unable to stay afloat on top of my giant waistline, slowly through the day with each step, the waistband rolled lower and lower and lower.. so much so that the crotch was practically between my knees making me feel like I had just taken a dump in my tights.  Note to self, invest in some maternity tights!  Here I am looking perturbed just thinking about how uncomfortable the tights were.

Pictured above is the Gianfranco Ferre fur-trimmed swing coat that my mom loaned me over Thanksgiving break.  I topped my outfit today with it.  It’s the perfect maternity coat since it will grow with my expanding belly!  The suede chocolate booties were a TJMaxx find.

For a spring-ier look, I added this coral scarf that I bought in Thailand, a contrasting lime green clutch and spikey leopard heels.

These shoes are KILLER.  They’re sexy, edgy and dangerous weapons for your feet.  Mostly though they will KILL your feet!  I can’t stand in them for longer than 1hour before wanting to wimper in a corner and beg for a massage.  Alas, they’re so beautiful I can’t get rid of them either.

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So I’m finally pregnant enough to really look pretty obvious about it.  There is no hiding it now.  I was eagerly anticipating this moment only for the advantage of getting to secure myself a subway seat.  However now that I’m truly showing and not questionably fat in the belly, I now have to cover up and wear coats!  Dang still no one offers me a seat on the subway!   Give a pregnant woman a break, NY-ers!

Speaking of coats, I have 2 of these same exact military coats and am planning to sell one.  Message me if you’re interested!  It’s by Gryphon and was bought at Intermix (sz sm).  I can email you with additional photos of it if you like.

 

The coat comes with a detachable black fur collar, not shown here.

Dress by BCX, fur stole from Saks, Aldo shoes, St. John tote

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Hi everyone!  I hope you’re all doing well.  Here in NY, most of us are finally back up and running and it feels great to finally have heat, hot water and tv/internet again.  No more mitten-wearing to bed for me!

Here I’m wearing my Calvin Klein cowl-neck dress worn 4 other ways here and here.  Being that it’s such a basic neutral, I find that I can easily wear it again and again for work each time, creating new looks.

I’ve paired it with a sparkly cardigan from Express, brooches (all gifts from my bridal shower which were used on my floral bouquet), and a fur stole.

The purse is Prada and the leopard coat is from Ann Taylor also worn in this style diary entry.

TGIF, right??

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Ok so after a little trial and error and some online research, I’ve quickly learned what works and what doesn’t on a pregnant body.  The key for tops seems to be finding longer length blouses, tunics, cardigans and sweaters for instance that allow for some belly expansion (think empire waists, stretchy tops and items that don’t restrict movement or cause button popping).  And after strictly staying within my $200 maternity shopping spree, I’ve been able to mix and match with my current wardrobe to find some suitable options.

At 22 weeks pregnant, fashioning my growing belly seems to be the least of my concerns though.  Already, I’ve freaked out at having felt this growing human being within me kick and perform Cirque Du Soleil style flips.  And the thought of these kicks and punches only growing stronger (even waking one up in the 3rd trimester) are hard for me to try and get used to.

Everyone keeps reassuring me that I look great for my 2nd term phase and some even wonder out loud how I managed to stay so thin.  Meanwhile all I can think about is  my friend Tracey who even with the same due date has magically seemed to not gain an ounce – that skinny biotch.  After 5 months of pregnancy, I still can’t seem to get used to all this overhang – it’s far worse than any muffin top that I’ve ever experienced.  I have however finally stopped the automatic urge to suck my belly in.  It’s simply no use anymore.  I need to just let it all hang out.  haha

In the above photo I’m wearing an old red dress that I had sitting in the back of my makeshift, temporary cardboard closet.  The dress is by ABS and I simply attached a feather plume straight off another top that I no longer wore to one of the straps for a unique, retro-glam look.

In the above photo, I’m wearing my new maternity top from Old Navy.  I normally am not a fan of Old Navy but being on this strict maternity budget, I curiously scoured the racks in hopes of finding wearable pieces.  I was glad I did because I found this cowl-neck, black and white top in the sale rack and immediately knew it had potential.  Here I topped it with a dramatic statement necklace and my comfy maternity leggings bought from Target which secretly has a belly band that rises up to my bra line.  It’s one of the few pants I own where I really feel I can breathe and let it all go.

In the above photo, I’m wearing some frugal finds from Forever 21.  Thankfully, these skinny F21 jeans still fit.  Can you believe I paid only $12 for them?  And they stay up better than the official maternity jeans that I bought from Motherhood Maternity.  The navy cardigan from Forever 21 is banded by glam gold stripes and I love it.  The boots and tote perfectly match even though I found them at 2 different Asian stores.  So far maternity dressing is not as depressing as I had anticipated.  Let’s see how I feel once I really pop during my 3rd trimester!

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