MOMMA NEEDS… the star print (this time for us)

A few days ago I posted about the best star prints for our little ones, but I kept coming across great star print option for us so I decided that our kids shouldn’t have all the star fun!  I LIVED in my Wildfox star print deconstructed sweater throughout my pregnancy and the months following Max’s birth because it was cute, comfortable and hid my baby weight so well. They actually still make the sweater which is amazing for me because I’ll get a 3rd winter out of it!  Furthermore, Saint Laurent (formerly known as Yves Saint Laurent) actually showed a star print cardigan in the Fall 2013 collection meaning the star print is not only cute, comfy but also on trend.  Here are some of my top picks:


Wildfox sweatshirt $128 available at


Saint Laurent sweater $1052.03 available at


Jeffrey Campbell sneaker $212 available at


Equipment blouse $260 available at


Zara dress $35.90 available at


Frankie B jeans $174 available at


River Island romper $32.04 available at


Generation Love sweatshirt $176 available at


Jimmy Choo clutch $995 available at


Nishe dress $88.99 available at


MOMMA TIPS… must have in the kitchen

Ladies, if you are like me you may think your days of entertaining at home are over.  You may think you’ll never be able to properly make home cooked meals for your family again.  A few weeks ago I got myself a slow cooker and my life has changed.  While Max is napping or after he’s going to sleep I just chop up the veggies and then when I’m ready I quickly sear whatever meat I’m using toss everything into the cooker and depending on the recipe and the settings I choose in a couple of hours dinner is ready!  I make huge batches so I can freeze portions for future meals and now, I feel like I can feel stress free when inviting friends over for dinner.  Sure, it may not be gourmet, but winter is coming and who doesn’t want a hearty stew?!?!  This thing is amazing and if you don’t have one and you miss proper home cooked meals I highly recommend it. This week I will be using my slow cooker to make beef stew:  beef cubes seared, tossed is the cooker with beef stock, a can of pureed tomatoes, chopped up onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, 2 bayleafs, salt, pepper, paprika, oregano and then just leave it to cook baby!  I make a batch of rice and my husband and toddler can not get enough!

MOMMA PLEASE??? color blocking for the little ones

The color blocking trend has been around for ages now and is showing no signs of going anywhere.  Those amazing bold pops of colors sometimes tonal, sometimes completely contrasting, are so illuminating and eye catching.  Of course, eye catching goes a long way since we’re keeping an eye on our little ones at all times, and the fact that color looks so darn cute on them makes this trend a must have for every kid’s wardrobe.   One part high fashion, one part Punky Brewster and 100% adorable here are some my favorite colorful pieces:


Old Navy cardigan $12 available at


H&M shoes $17.95 available at


H&M leggings $9.95 available at


Old Navy sweater $16 available at


Tea Collection dress $35 available at


H&M jacket $34.95 available at



Converse sneakers $32 available at


Splendid one piece $68 available at


American Apparel sweatshirt $26 available at

MOMMA KNOWS… fun nail appliqués

So, who among us has time for a manicure these days?  I will try to get to the nail salon once a month for a pedicure but manicures have fallen by the way side…  Its the drying time (they just take forever to properly dry) and then, with the insane amount of hand washing that goes on with having a child, they last about a day and a half.  Well, these nail appliqués are a dream come true!  They come in all kinds of fun designs inspired by all the crazy manicures the celebrities have been sporting on the red carpet, at award shows now E! is featuring a genius mani-cam which allows a close up glimpse of the star’s manicures and there are some incredibly creative designs happening!  Everyone from Zoe Deschanel to Katy Perry are rocking some amazing manicures and now, so can you.  Furthermore, you can do it pretty quickly in the comfort of your own home without the drying time and, hold on to your hats ladies, they can last a week – sometimes longer!!  They are essentially stickers for your nails that you apply, file down to fit your nail length and voila – you have a super fashionable manicure! Here are some of my favorites but check out all the options – there are SO many fantastic designs that will have all the other mom’s at the park clamoring about.


Essie stick-ons $9.99 available at


Formula X stick-ons $15 available at


Sephora stick-ons $5 available at


NCLA stick-ons $16 available at


NCLA stick-ons $16 available at


Sally Hansen stick-ons $8.59 available at


Sally Hansen stick-ons $8.54 available at


MOMMA NEEDS… the motorcycle boot

I know a lot of you might might think motorcycle boots aren’t for you.  That was my initial thought… But they are truly one of the most solid investments I have ever made.  Shortly after finding out I was pregnant with Max I ran out and bought my Jimmy Choo motorcycle boots.  I was freaked out about how I was going to look fashionable as a stylist, yet comfortable while running around on market appointments and on photo shoots.  I think I wore them every day of my pregnancy (up until about 8 months when it got too hot and my feet got too swollen) and every single day women would chase after me to ask where I got my boots.  Now, 2 years later, I still believe they are one of my best purchases and as fall approaches I have them out and ready for another season of wear.  They are STILL current, stylish and in great shape (the great thing about these boots is that a little wear and tear only adds to their look).  Ladies, these are a MUST have for every wardrobe.  They are so easy to throw on with leggings, skinny jeans for a trip to the park, the pumpkin patch, or a dinner out.  Here are some of my top Motorcycle picks:


Jimmy Choo boots $1195 available at


Zara boot $99.90 available at


Frye boots $268 available at


Aldo boots $150 available at


River Island boots $80.09 available at


Asos boots $97.89 available at


Fiorentini & Baker boots $650 available at


H&M boots $49.95 available at

MOMMA, PLEASE??? the star print

Our little ones are our shining stars.  I would give him a million gold stars for cuteness if I could, so I enjoy dressing him in star prints so that I can remind him that he is my gold star.  Star prints have been such a major trend for years, from the runway to the red carpet to our own wardrobes as well as our kid’s wardrobes.  Its cute yet some how elegant and just as wearable for our little boys as well as for our little girls.  Here are some of my favorites:


Mini Rodini dress $76 available at


H&M overall $24.95 available at


Converse shoes $28.99 available at



Vans sneakers $32 available at


Carter’s hoodie $14.99 available at


Nununu pants $42 available at


Old Navy jeans $18 available at


Old Navy puffer jacket $35 available at


J Crew sweater $145 available at


Nununu dress $84 available at


MOMMA WANTS… the little bright dress

Okay, so I have a Roland Mouret dress in black. It is my go-to little black dress and with good reason.  NOBODY cuts like Roland Mouret…  when I put on that dress I feel like a million dollars.  I look like a million dollars.  It was THE dress that post baby made me believe I got my body back (and ladies, they say it takes 9 months to put it on, 9 months to take it off – it took me a year).  So, here are some beautiful bright numbers that make me smile and fantasize.  Will, I buy any of them, probably not – I’m going to have preschool to pay for in a few years.  But it’s something to aspire to, dream of and have on my wish list.  Trust me, you will see these pop up again in the upcoming months when I do pages on the best Holiday dresses because he’s always one of my favorites!


Roland Mouret dress $2550 available at


Roland Mouret dress $2285 available at


MOMMA NEEDS… to reclaim her living room

I am on a constant quest to reclaim our living room.  With a toddler this seems an impossible task.  There are toys everywhere in the brightest colors imaginable and we always laugh that our living room is actually Max’s playroom, we’re just living in it…  So this is my mission – find chic storage that fits a grown up decor where we can hide his toys when visitors come…  Here are some of my top storage ottomans and trunk finds (although stay tuned – this is an ongoing mission).


Target storage bench $174.99 available at

gilt storage bench

SF Desings storage bench $225 available at


storage trunk $300 available at


Target ottoman $89.99 available at


Four Hands trunk $699 available at


Pottery Barn bench $699 available at


MOMMA NEEDS… the leather leggings (or at least leather like)

It may sound crazy – you may think you can’t wear leather leggings – but you can and you will feel comfortable (because they’re leggings) and you’ll look amazing (because they’re leather – or at least look like leather).  I wore my Helmut Lang leggings during pregnancy with a tunic top and a little blazer for a night out and even more significantly, I wore them in the few months post baby (when I still had the post baby pouch) and they made me feel human again because I could look in the mirror and feel good about what I saw.  Furthermore, I frequently wear them now and they’re one of the go to staples in my wardrobe.  Yes, the Helmut Lang leather leggings are expensive but when I think how often I wear them, how many compliments I get and that they’re still as relevant today (he does them every year) as they were when I bought them 2 years ago for me they were a great investment.  That said, see below for some alternative leather legging options as well as leather like options that will give you the same look for a fraction of the price (side note – for those women currently pregnant – the Asos leggings below also come in a maternity option!).


Helmut Lang leggings $920 available at


Asos leggings $44.50 available at


Velvet by Graham & Spencer leggings $140 available at


Les Chiffoniers leggings $1,390 available at


Zara leggings $35.90 available at


Isabel Marant leggings $2400 available at


Top Shop leggings $56 available at

MOMMA KNOWS… hair care tips

So, hair is my thing, trademark and my defining physical characteristic.  I am a long haired girl.  A REALLY long haired girl…  But now, with a child, I simply don’t have the time I once did to care for it.  So, here are some of my shortcuts and favorite products for maintaining your hair (whether you’re a long haired girl or not) when time is of the essence.

1) Don’t wash your hair every day.  I’m lucky if I get the chance to wash it every 3rd day and I think this is actually helping to keep it healthy.  Less heat on your hair means less damage.  For those who have a problem with hair looking greasy without more frequent washing – get a great dry shampoo for the in between days and where your hair up more.  You’ll touch it less when its up which means less oily transfer from your hands to your hair (also I find it so much easier to wear my hair back while playing with my child)


Batiste dry shampoo $7.75 available at www.


Hair bungee bands $3.50 available at

2) When you do wash your hair pay attention to the products you use and change up your shampoo and condition so that your hair doesn’t get to used to one.  You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on shampoo and conditioner – I’m obsessed with Neutrogena products because they’re just great quality and don’t leave build up.  Figure out what product work best for you and your hair type.  Another tip – while warm water opens up the hair follicles allowing better absorption of your shampoo and conditioners its also good to do a cold rinse on your hair before getting out of the shower to seal them back up again. Also, I confess, I’m starting to go grey but I don’t have the time to run off to the salon every month or two for a root touch up so when my grey roots start to peek out I touch them up at home and this allows me to push my salon appointment without looking like the bride of frankenstein.  Another tip – every 2 weeks or so I use a color guard conditioner to help boost and protect the color.

Neutrogena shampoo $6.09 available at

Neutrogena conditioner $6.30 available at

Clairol root touch up $13.85 available at


Aveda color conditioner $18 available at

3) Get great styling tools – a great brush and hairdryer (although, if you can air dry and avoid heat styling all together more power to you).  As far as brushes go, the Mason Pearson is the ultimate. Every hairstylist swears by it – its pricey but that’s because its the best.  That said, the most important thing is to find out what brush works best for you and your hair texture.  A brush that I can’t live without is my beloved Tangle Teezer – with long hair knots and rats nests are inevitable and this brush literally gets out those tangles in seconds. I truly believe that this ultimately helps to prevent hair breakage while also saving me time.  Speaking of saving time, a great and powerful hair dryer is beyond important for those of us who just can’t air dry.  I am obsessed with my Super Solano hair dryer.  A hairstylist told me about it while I was on set years ago and I haven’t turned back since.  It dries my hair in half the time of other dryers and I don’t believe I could have my hair this long with out it. Again, its a bit pricey but I’ve had this blow dryer now for almost 10 years and it is still going strong… These tools seem obvious but they make getting ready faster, easier and your hair that much more beautiful.

Mason Pearson brush $170 available at


Tangle Teezer brush $18.51


Super Solano hair dryer $91.99 available at

4) Consider everything from the outside and inside.  So, one obvious thing to remember is to take your women’s one a day vitamin – healthy hair, skin and nails comes from the inside out (and don’t forget to drink a lot of water – it goes a long way).  Then remember to protect your hair from all that you and life throws at it.  This means applying products to damp hair that can protect it from all the heat styling you put it through from blow drying, curling and straightening.  And finally, use a product that can protect your hair from the sun.  We wouldn’t (or SHOULDN’T) forget to apply sunblock to our skin and the same should go for your hair…  Just one extra product can go along way to protect your hair from sun dammage and fading.


Kerastase thermal protectant $18.97


Redken SPF color extend $22.99 available at