MATERNITY MONDAY – maternity clothes you’ll want to keep post baby!

So… you’re pregnant.  What does this mean?  Well, it means nausea, needing to pee every few minutes, trouble sleeping, needing to sleep all the time, total discomfort, swollen feet, thicker hair, that crazy need to nest and get organized, people being overly nice to you and a body that is no longer your own.  The question I would labor (ha ha) over every day was what do I wear? And so began my quest for maternity clothes that look stylish and didn’t make me feel like I was wearing someone else’s clothes. So, for all you expectant moms out there looking to dress your growing bump – here are some of my top maternity clothes that will allow you to keep warm this winter, look fabulous and even get glam for the holidays!


Asos maternity dress $50.82


Mamalicious turtleneck $54.45

tees by tina maternity dress

Tees by Tina dress $98

topshop maternity jeans

Topshop maternity jeans $76

lilac clothing dress

Lilac clothing dress $126

DKNY FEED maternity bag

DKNY diaper bag $90
*** this is in conjunction with Feed which means the profits go toward charity


New Look maternity top $36.28

topshop maternity dress

Topshop maternity dress $60


Asos maternity coat $95.28


Asos maternity shirt $45.37


Asos maternity coat $101.63


New Look maternity super soft jeans $36.28

japanese weekend maternity top

Japanese weekend maternity top $98


Gap maternity jacket $89.95

isabella oliver maternity tunic

Isabella Oliver maternity tunic $145


Asos maternity sweater $72.60


Asos velvet maternity leggings $36.30


Asos maternity dress $72.70



Shop the look Sunday – where I share some options of how to wear some of the trends I have featured during the week.  This week I focused on the camouflage print, the colorful bag and the blazer.  Check out some looks below for styling ideas and enjoy the weekend!

camo chic

Camouflage chic – click the pick to shop the look!

colorful accessories

The colorful bag – click the pic to shop the look!

the blazer for evening

The blazer – for a night out on the town – click the pick to shop the look!


MOMMA KNOWS – gift guide for kids

Shopping for kids is one of my greatest pleasures.  It takes me back to the joy of being a little girl, going to the toy store, the magic of opening a gift and the true pleasure of make believe. I wanted to do an ultimate gift guide for kids because there is just SO much out there it can be overwhelming.  There is everything from learning toys, to pretend play toys, riding toys, talking stuffed animals to arts and crafts.  Simply everything under the sun – toys that we enjoyed as kids which have been improved upon in ways that make me want to keep these things to play with myself!  So, if you are stuck with what to get your little one, or your nieces, nephews or friend’s children – check out my gift guide for kids to find the best things out there to keep the little ones entertained while they build their imagination…

kidkraft vintage kitchen

KidKraft vintage kitchen $129.99

Cra-Z-Art easel

Cra-Z-Art easel $59

Little Tykes gas 'n go mower

Little Tykes Gas ‘N Go Mower $24.99

j crew cashmere baby blanket

J Crew cashmere baby blanket $198

Leap Frog my pal scout

Leap Frog my pal scout $18.99

Thomas and Friends Mega Blocks

Mega Blocks Thomas and Friends $29.99

Snurk Princess bedding

Snurk Princess Bedding $80

Snurk astronaut bedding

Snurk astronaut bedding $80

baby einstein jumper

Baby Einstein jumper $89.99

dr martens boots

Dr. Martens boots $74.95

leap frog leap pad learning tablet

Leap Frog Leap pad learning tablet $89.99

disney frozen dress up

Disney Frozen dress up and rolling travel trunk $49.99

melissa and doug tunnel

Melissa and Doug tunnel $23.99

melissa and doug puzzle

Melissa and Doug puzzle $15.99

Ugg boots

Ugg boots $64.95

activity and walker

Activity and walker $79.99

radio flyer trike

Radio Flyer trike $51.99

bruder toys caterpillar

Bruder Toys caterpillar $41.99

3 in 1 tea cart and shopping cart

3 in 1 tea cart and shopping cart $49.99

little tikes truck

Little Tikes truck $82.65

my little pony

My Little Pony animated plush toy $29.99

MOMMA KNOWS… gift guide for women – everything she wants under $100

Women are generally easier to shop for than men… simply because we ARE women, so we know what we like.  But I wanted to do a gift guide for women under $100, great gifts for your moms, sisters, friends and coworkers.  There is so much out there and gift buying can truly be overwhelming, so I wanted to break some top gift options down into categories: beauty, accessories, jewelry, home, tech, candles and misc.  There are great options for all the women on your list… perhaps even a few things you’ll want to keep for yourself…


stila lip gloss set

Still lip gloss set $28

bumble and bumble blow dry

Bumble and Bumble blow dry kit $12

metallic nail foil wraps

Nail Rock metallic nail foil wraps $12

sephora makeup brush set

Sephora makeup brushes kit $62

bliss body care set

Bliss body wash and moisturizer set $33


missoni knit scarf

Missoni scarf $99
*** I have a theory that everyone would love something from Missoni.


Marc by Marc Jacobs wallet $90

feed guatemala bag

Feed Guatemala bag $50
*** the proceeds from these bags go towards feeding 1 child for 1 year – comes in lots of beautiful designs!

N. Peal cashmere gloves

N. Peal cashmere gloves $57.75

leopard print zara scarf

Zara scarf $29.90

rebecca minkoff monogram pouch

Rebecca Minkoff monogram pouch $50

mukluks slippers

Muk Luks slippers $29.95

yarnz scarf

Yarnz scarf $60


elizabeth and james rings

Elizabeth and James double ring $95

dogeared skull earrings

Dogeared skull earrings $40

kevia cuff

Kevia cuff $95

kate spade initial pendant

Kate Spade initial pendant $58


diptyque candle

Diptyque Baies candle $60

tocca candle

Tocca Stella candle $38

spiced vanilla candle bendels

Henri Bendel spiced vanilla candle $30 (or 2 for $50)



cutting board purse

cutting board purse $48

Philips hue downlight lamp

Philips Hue downlighting $60
*** control lighting in the house from your iPhone with this technology

hamilton beach juicer

Hamliton Beach juicer $59

picture frame

Argento SC picture frame $28

vanity fair coffee table book

Vanity Fair 100 years coffee table book $33.39


diane von fursetenberg ipad case

Diane Von Fursterberg iPad case $74.70

marc by marc iphone case

Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone case $38

hmdc jam plus wireless speaker

HMDX jam plus wireless speaker $60

apple tv

Apple TV $99
*** now you can watch the shows and movies you want when he’s not around.

besties iphone cases

Besties Iphone cases (set of 2) $25


vino 2 go

AD N ART vino to go $14.95

polaroid instant camera

Polaroid instant camera $80

tempour all in one

Tempour all in one $39.95 – chills, filters, pours and stops.

designer handbag mugs

Designer handbag mugs $21

MOMMA LOVES… accessories for kids

There is just something about getting my little boy dressed in the morning.  Choosing his little outfit – putting together his look for the day, even though it may end up covered in drool and grass stains…  I know this time is fleeting and, before I know it, he’ll want to dress himself.  I’m sure he’ll probably opt for something hideous like a Thomas the Tank Engine t-shirt and shorts, which he’ll live in for days on end.  So, while I still can, I will dress up my little guy and try to enjoy the sweetness of a miniature outfit while I can. One of the best ways to complete a look is with accessories…  Accessories for kids may seem unnecessary, and sometimes that’s true, but they sure are cute – and with the cold weather upon us  - more important than ever.  Hats, gloves, scarves may seem like an annoyance to our precious babies, but I’m not sending him out in the cold weather without proper protection – and if he looks insanely cute – all the better.  So, check out my favorite accessories for kids to protect them from the harsh winter and accent their look!

mjk knits hats

MJK knits personalized hat $55

nununu scarf

Nununu scarf $42

gap hat

Gap hat $18.95

gap mittens

Gap mittens $12.95


Gap leg warmers $14.95

zara fedora

Zara fedora $16.90

charm it! bracelet

Charm it! charm bracelet $38

ruby and bloom earmuffs

Ruby & Bloom earmuffs $18

zara scarf

Zara scarf $19.90

jcrew mittens

J Crew mittens $27


Gap hat $16.95

darth vader watch

Lego Star Wars Darth Vader watch $19.99

jcrew scarf

J Crew scarf $42

blueberry hill mohawk hat

Blueberry Hill mohawk hat $26

xhilaration 3 pack belts

Xhilaration belts – 3 pack $6.99

skull hat and scarf

Zara hat $14.90 Zara scarf $16.90

zara knitted collar

Zara knitted collar $16.90

monster truck rolling backpack

Popatu monster truck rolling backpack $32

little giraffe leg warmers

Little Giraffe leg warmers $35

nolan glove shark mittens

Nolan Glove mittens $14


Gap earmuffs $14.95

MOMMA LOVES… the blazer

I have a problem. I have a SERIOUS addiction to blazers. I just can’t stop buying them.  My favorites are by Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone and Zara. I was buying a new one at Zara the other day and asking my husband what he thought and he said, “Ummm, don’t you have 15 others just like that?”  but I didn’t – this one had zippers. The truth is, I wear them constantly and with everything. It’s part of my uniform and one of my biggest styling tips.  Whether going to the office, park or out to dinner, a blazer is never out of place. It also helps transition something that might be too casual, to then be appropriate for work or even a nice dinner… It can simultaneously dress down a look that might be more cocktail attire for dinner, or even the office. If I had to suggest one thing every woman should have in their wardrobe, it would be a blazer.  Whether its just your classic black, white, tuxedo style,  or even in velvet – there are various different styles to choose from.  But one thing will always ring true – a chic, well fitted blazer never goes out of style!


helmut lang blazer net

Helmut Lang jacket $460

hm dinner jacket

H&M jacket $49.95

rag & bone shoplesnouvelles blazer

Rag & Bone jacket $346

zara blazer with zips

Zara jacket $139

hm blazer

H&M jacket $49.95

club monaco

Club Monaco jacket $269

zara herringbone blazer

Zara jacket $89.90

theory blazer

Theory jacket $375

michael by michael kors

Michael by Michael Kors jacket $250

zara blazer

Zara jacket $89.90

rag & bone velvet blazer net

Rag &Bone jacket $550

ALC blazer

ALC jacket $645


Asos jacket $63.52

ella moss jacket

Ella Moss jacket $228

MOMMA NEEDS… a colorful bag

Back in my earlier days working in magazines I was laboring over what color to get a certain designer bag I was coveting.  I was discussing this decision with a dear friend and fellow editor and I had been thinking about going with black as it goes with everything.  My friend looked at me sternly and said, “Oh no, you can’t get black.  Getting black means you’ll only ever have one!”  And that has truly stuck with me – always go with a colorful bag.  We tend to gravitate to safe, neutral colors but, in actual fact, why play it so safe??  Accessories are what MAKE the outfit.  My uniform is generally jeans, a neutral top, a little black blazer and then amazing accessories.  Since that conversation I have bought many bags and I can truly say I only have 1 black bag – and even that is patent leather so not a classic black anyway.  My greatest advice is to take a risk – let your bag make the statement. I’ve had gold, pink, yellow, red, orange and multiple shades of blue bags and never once regretted a purchase! So, take a leap of faith – choose your favorite color and invest in a bag that not only carries everything from diapers to keys but also puts a smile on your face and adds a pop of personality to your look.  Here are some amazing options…

saint laurent red

Saint Laurent bag $2550

rebecca minkoff satchel

Rebecca Minkoff bag $325

zara red bag

Zara bag $49.90

alexander wang bag

Alexander Wang bag $429

monserat de lucca bag

Monserat de Lucca bag $247


Botkier bag $295

Tory Burch messenger bag

Tory Burch messenger bag $304.50

Nasty Gal bag

Nasty Gal bag $60

victoria beckham colored bag

Victoria Beckham bag $945


Asos bag $57.17

balenciaga bag

Balenciaga bag $1445

cole haan yellow bag

Cole Haan bag $233

cambridge satchel green

Cambridge satchel $160

alexander wang green bag

Alexander Wang bag with studded bottom $647

Elizabeth and James bag

Elizabeth and James bag $695

marc jacobs green bag

Marc Jacobs bag $1046.50

forever21 bag

Forever 21 bag $19.80

zara shopper

Zara bag $39.90

proenza bag net

Proenza Schouler bag $1695

Joie blue bag

Joie bag $368


Marc by Marc Jacobs bag $368

asos satchel

Asos satchel $57.17

Gucci bag

Gucci bag $1490

asos purple bag

Asos bag $99.82

tom ford bag

Tom Ford bag $2990

furla bag

Furla bag $745

ZAC Zac Posen

ZAC Zac Posen bag $550



MOMMA LOVES… the camouflage print – chic for us and adorable for them!

The camouflage print has been around for centuries and was used to conceal soldiers in the fields, allowing them to blend in with their environment thus harder for enemies to detect.  The print didn’t become fashionable, outside of the military, until around the first world war and ever since it has been a prominent print that rivals the polka dot and herringbone in popularity. It is wearable for men, women and children and the print can be seen on everything from gowns to socks and everything in between.  Recently, designers such as Michael Kors and Valentino have been using the camouflage prints in their high end designs adding a twist to otherwise very classic clothes and accessories.  The versatility of the camo print makes it enormously wearable, covetable and on my wish list for both me and my little boy.  I wanted to share some of my top picks with all of you…

First for the ladies…

Michael Kors camo dress

Michael Kors dress $997.50

zara camo top

Zara top $69.90

camouflage valentino flats

Valentino flats $1095

Textile by Elizabeth and James pants

Textile Elizabeth and James pants $228

Topshop camo pencil skirt

Topshop pencil skirt $35


Whistles dress $145.19

stella mccartney bag

Stella McCartney bag $1235

generation love sweater

Generation Love sweater $132


Torn by Ronny Kobo dress $225.40

equipment camo tee

Equipment top $168

camo scarf

Whistles scarf $81.67

nasty gal anorak

Nasty Gal Anorak $78

valentino camo tote

Valentino tote $2645

camo denim leggings zara

Zara denim leggings $59.90

manolo camo pumps saks

Manolo Blahnik pumps $655

tracy Reese dress

Tracy Reese dress $368

Go Make Noise sweatpants

Go Make Noise sweatpants $58

Valentino reversable tote

Valentino reversible tote $1545

For them:

splendid camo romper

Splendid romper $68


T2love leggings $38


Happiness sweatpants $68

splendidcamo kidssaks

Splendid set $36

ugg australia camo boots

Ugg Australia boots $65

tucker + Tate jeggings

Tucker + Tate jeggings $21.44


Gap puffer jacket $65

Stella Maccartney one piece

Stella McCartney one piece $46.80


J Crew jacket $98

harujuku pants

Harujuku Mini pants $18


J Crew henley $39.50

toms camo shoe

Toms shoes $35.95


J Crew puffer $188

cherokee hat

Cherokee hat $5.99


Gap overalls $49.95

mini rodini camo dress

Mini Rodini dress $55

Ash camo boots

Ash boots $164.96


MOMMA NEEDS… Best products for new moms

So, in lieu of Maternity Monday, I wanted to do a feature on the best products for new moms and their babies.  Whether you’re a new mom or you have a friend or relative that’s about to be a new mom – I wanted to share the products that changed my life.  Believe me, I bought EVERY product under the sun – from the peepee teepee (forget about it – my little boy peed in my mouth about a week after we got out of the hospital – the thing is useless) to about 5 different bouncy chairs – I am that sucker that will try anything and everything.  Having said that, now I truly know what the truly genius products are.  By the way, they are generally not the most expensive, flashy, beautifully designed products – kids hate that – they tend to gravitate towards the plastic ,colorful, less expensive items.  This is great because you don’t have to spend too much money BUT it does mean you may have a few eye sores knocking about.  My theory is, whatever works. So, here are my top picks for all new moms, mom’s to be, or even mom’s still in their first year.

1) The Baby Monitor.  I actually don’t have this.  I have the Motorola one that is hardwired in his nursery, but THIS is on my xmas list and I have friends who have it – its a camera monitor that connects to a free app for your mobile device that  allows you to check in on what’s happening with your little one whether you’re in the next room or out to dinner.  Absolutely genius piece of technology that will allow you to check in on your baby from just about anywhere!

dropcam pro camera

Dropcam Pro camea $199

2) The Happiest Baby on the Block book.  This book changed my life. Seriously.  I was in the throws of newborn madness, not understanding anything about babies or what my little guy needed.  I read this book and in seconds I could calm my baby down using Dr. Karp’s techniques.  My husband couldn’t believe it and it gave me the confidence that I could handle the new mom thing…  A must have.

happiest baby on the block

The Happiest Baby on the Block book $12.99

3)  The C-Section panty.  I had an emergency C-Section.  After 14+ hours of labor we realized this little guy was not coming out the old fashioned way – so he entered the world through the sunroof.  It was not what I had been anticipating, but at 9lbs 5oz that big baby only had one way he was coming out of me.  Recovery was tough and I am still a bit freaked out by the scar.  These underwear are amazing because they’re like Spanx helping to compress everything, which you need to do post partum anyway, and there is a patch that runs along where your scar to give you that extra protection and healing.  I would wear this under another compression garment and it gave me the security I needed.  I highly recommend this to all c-section moms!

UpSpring C-Panty

UpSpring C-Panty $39.99

4) The hands free pumping bra.  This one is for the breast feeders/pumpers out there.  My baby was so big that I had to start pumping immediately in order to get my milk production up and supplement every breast feed with an extra ounce of pumped.  I felt like I was tethered to either my son or my breast pump.  Once I discovered the hands free bustier I was on cloud nine. I could read a book, write an email, even engage with my son while this bustier and my breast pump did the work.

simple wishes hands free pumping bra

Simple Wishes hands free breast pump bustier $33.99

5) The Aiden + Anais burpy bib. You simply can NOT have enough burp clothes.  You use them constantly and you will have them in every room in your house.  I was seriously using about 20 a day with all the spit up and burping.  These Aiden + Anais are the best – super absorbent, plush, adorable prints AND they double as a bib!  They easily sit on your shoulder for burping but can also snap around your babies neck when the drooling starts…

burpy bib aiden and anais

Aiden + Anais burpy bib (set of 2) $22

6) This zipper one piece. I can not begin to explain the frustration of snaps.  I had countless adorable pi’s for Max that were snap closures that I used, maybe, one once before I realized my life shouldn’t have to be this hard.  When you are dealing with a wriggling little baby – especially during those middle of the night diaper changes – trying to line up snaps is the worst… Forget about it.  My friend (who has 3 kids) told me to get the zipper one pieces and I have never looked back.  Easy breezy – one zip, a snap at the top and done.

carter's sleep n play

Carter’s sleep n play pajamas $10.60

7)  Following on the frustration of snaps – the swaddle blankets…  Again, very cute, but trying to get those swaddles just right and tight enough so that little one can’t break out of it…  Impossible!  ESPECIALLY during those middle of the night feeds and changes when you can barely see straight.  I stocked up on these Summer Infant Swaddle Me velcro swaddles.  They come in cotton, organic cotton, micro fleece and in various colors and prints.  They are GAME CHANGERS.  When I would lie my son down and put his little feet in the bottom of this swaddle and velcro him up it was almost pavlovian – he would just go to sleep the minute he heard the velcro.  One more thing that could make my life a tiny bit easier.

summerinfant swaddle me

Summer infant swaddle me $12.49

8)  The monkey chair.  Yes, it is hideous.  A friend of mine had one and I would laugh at how ugly it was when I would visit her during my pregnancy.  Night #3 after bringing baby Max home from the hospital I was frantically ordering this monkey chair on at about 3 in the morning.  When my husband woke up I told him our lives were about to change – the monkey chair would be there the next day.  Our lives did change.  This chair is AMAZING.  The toy bar we took off until he was about 5 months and could enjoy it more – but the chair vibrates and can be rocked and is so lightweight and portable you can bring your baby from room to room while he snoozes or just hangs out.  I could shower, cook, even do some work while Max happily hung out in his chair.  Recently, I was at a friend’s house who has an 8 week old and I found hidden behind her sofa, the monkey chair.  I screamed, you got it!  And she sheepishly admitted she caved and that she too had been converted to monkey chair lover.

fisher price monkey bouncer diapers

Fisher-Price monkey chair bouncer $42.49

9) The Baby Einstein take along tunes.  Its a simple idea – a little box that plays various classical music tunes with the press of a large colorful button.  There are colorful lights, its easy to hold, chew and it truly is THE BEST baby toy on the market.  Max is now 18 months and he can STILL be entertained by it.

baby einstein take along tunes

Baby Einstein take along tunes $8.99

10) The whale tub.  I have had several baby baths and this one is by far the best.  My son is OBSESSED with bath time, in part, because of this tub.  It was comfortable for him as a newborn,  its slightly padded along the back and it has a little shelf for him to sit and then then when he got bigger we could remove the shelf when he was able to sit on his own.  Of course, he grew out of it months and months ago, but I will always recommend the whale tub – it set him up for  a lifetime of enjoying the bath.

fisher-price whale tub

Fisher -Price whale tub $21.98

11) The Snug-a-puppy cradle and swing.  So, mine was actually the snug-a-bunny but its the same thing – it swings gently from side to side, it holds them tightly and snuggly, it plays various lullabies or relaxing sounds and it even has a mirror with revolving toys that spins around for them to look at.  It is a nap machine.  Put your baby in this, turn it out and s/he’ll be out like a light in no time.

snugapuppy swing

Fisher-Price snugapuppy cradle and swing $159.99

12) The amazing books.  Story time is SO important, its a great opportunity for teaching, learning, engaging and language development.  Sometimes it seems like they’re not getting much out of it, but keep it up. I struggled when Max would just crawl away and seem disinterested, but my pediatrician suggested putting him on my lap with some snacks (this is obviously when he was a bit older) and have him engaging with the snacks picking them out of the cup and eating while I read to him.  It worked and now he will grab books and bring them to me all the time – and of course these books aren’t just for the first year but stories they will enjoy for years to come.  There are of course all the classics: Dr. Seuss, Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, but I wanted to share some future classics.  A few books I’ve found and love and have memorized at this point because my son enjoys them so much…

edwina the emu

Edwina the Emu book $6.79

the pout pout fish

The Pout Pout Fish book $13.79

Pete the Cat & His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Car & His Four Groovy Buttons book $11.99

13) The Summer Infant tiny diner placemat.  I am obsessed with this. It rolls up neatly, so easy to put in your purse when going out for dinner or to a friends house.  Basically its a placemat that suctions to the table and it has a little catcher that hangs over the edge of the table.  When they’re first learning to eat you can pretty much forget about plates and cutlery – this mat is perfect because you can just lay food out for them so they can feed themselves and you don’t have to worry about the cleanliness of the table their eating off.

summer infant tiny diner

Summer Infant tiny diner placemat $10.99

14) The clip on table chair.  I actually don’t have this because I inherited a friend’s high chair when she moved, but I have several friends who have this and it’s amazing.  It clips on to any table (without damaging the table) its pretty light weight and easy to bring with to restaurants or to people’s houses.  This is key because, obviously, restaurants generally have high chairs but when going over to a friend of family member’s home (where high chairs might not be in abundance) this is amazing!

inglesina fast table chair

Inglesina Fast Table Chair $50

15) Leap Frog’s My Friend Scout (or Violet – she’s purple).  I am slightly obsessed with this toy. Its a cute stuffed animal that has a usb port so you can plug it into your computer to download some of your little one’s favorite songs and upload his or her name, favorite color, food and animal – so the toy is customized for baby!  Press the paws for various songs and personal messages for your baby.  I wish they had this when I was a kid – its Teddy Ruxpin on a whole other level.

My Pal Scout

Leap Frog My Pal Scout $26.39

SHOP THE LOOK SUNDAY – styled looks from my trends of the week!

I have decided to do a new feature where I can show everyone possible style options for the trends I have featured during the week.  My friends at Keaton Row have allowed me to make look books where I can put together outfits which you can shop from directly, should you so desire.  Just ideas of how to put things together and how to accessorize with thing some of you might already have in your closet!  Enjoy and always feel free to leave comments and feedback about what you would like to see more of!  Happy shop the look Sunday!

bright dress look

The little bright dress look – click the pic to shop the look!

keaton row daytime chic

The ankle boot – click the picture to shop the look!

look fabulous in the rain

Prepared for rain look – click the pick to shop the look!