MOMMA LOVES… vacation bags

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2 of my favorite bags to take with on vacation are these Marni and Chanel bags – they’re light weight, I can fit the essentials (sunblock, sunglasses and cover up) and they’re super cute but not so serious.

When I talk about vacation bags, yes I’m talking about beach bags but also the smaller versions of that work perfectly with all your resort looks.  They don’t necessarily have to be large totes, they can be smaller as long as they fit your sunblock, sunglasses and a good book.  Great vacation bags are lightweight and a bit more whimsical than your typical city bags.  These bags tend to be canvas, crochet, even rubber – often water resistant  and always fabulous.  They’re the perfect addition to your maxi dress, your romper or your swim cover up.  These vacation bags inspire you to relax, put your feet up and enjoy the summer time.  Check out some of my favorite resort accessories to tote your stuff around all while looking fabulous!

Sophie Andersson tote

Sophie Andersson tote $665

Finds tote

Finds tote $235

6 Shore Road bag

6 Shore Road bag $148

Topshop bag

Topshop bag $48

Marni bag

Marni bag $3320

Sensi studio

Sensi studio $290

Star Mela bag

Star Mela bag $179

Madewell bag

Medal bag $68

Emilio Pucci bag

Emilio Pucci bag $944

Mara Hoffman bag

Mara Hoffman bag $256

Koku bag

Kok bag $190

Raga bag

Raga bag $49

Charlotte Olympia tote

Charlotte Olympia tote $1995

Miu Miu bag

Miu Miu bag $975

Micaela Spadoni bag

Micaela Spadoni bag $350

Sam Edelman bag

Sam Edelman bag $99

MOMMA LOVES… statement necklaces

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A great statement necklace transforms your basics into a fabulous look! This necklace from Forever 21 doesn’t even have to cost much to go a long way!

One accessory that can instantly transform your look are statement necklaces.  These aren’t your delicate every day pieces – these are the large, dramatic, gorgeous jewels that can transform your simple tee, tank, or little black dress into a proper fashion forward look.  Fabulous statement necklaces don’t have to be expensive but they do have to be eye catching, adorned and transformative.  They take the most simple pieces you already have in your wardrobe and reinvent them.  Great statement necklaces can take you from the office to date night, and even to some formal events – so while they may seem loud they’re a lot more versatile than you might imagine.  Check out some of my favorite statement necklaces and get ready to pop your look with these incredible accessories.

Givenchy necklace

Givenchy necklace $3345

Oscar de la Renta necklace

Oscar de la Renta necklace $495

Schlimp and Ulrick necklace

Schlimp and Ulrick necklace $275

Adia Kibur necklace

Adia Kibur necklace $75

Maiyet necklace

Maiyet necklace $2650

Oscar de la Renta necklace

Oscar de la Renta necklace $875

Kate Spade necklace

Kate Spade necklace $208

Nasty Gal necklace

Nasty Gal necklace $75

Ben Amun necklace

Ben Amun necklace $1345

Alexis Bittar necklace

Alexis Bittar necklace $675

Kenneth Jay Lane necklace

Kenneth Jay Lane necklace $375

Forever 21 necklace

Forever 21 necklace $22.90

Herve Van der Straeten necklace

Herve Van der Straeten necklace $1330

Victoria Hayman necklace

Victoria Hayman necklace $450

Laura Cantu necklace

Laura Cantu necklace $185

Juliet & Company necklace

Juliet & Company necklace $77

MOMMA’S UNDER $100… high style for less $$

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This is my favorite thing under $100! But as far as clothes and accessories go their are plenty of great options too!

This world is expensive and while we may love fashion and need clothes finding high style for less money is exactly what we’ve been looking for.  This world is expensive, especially with kids there’s a whole new level of costs you may not have anticipated – which means that staying on top of the latest trends becomes the least of our concerns.  However, as it turns out, looking fashionable doesn’t have to break the budget because finding high style for less is more prevalent than ever.  These designers are working hard to make great less expensive options that don’t sacrifice taste levels – and I am all for that!!  Check out my favorite high fashion style for less options that will give you the look you want at the price you want too!

Topshop dress

Topshop dress $75

Adia Kibur necklace

Adia Kibur necklace $95

Aldo sandals

Aldo sandals $84

Big Buddha clutch

Big Buddha clutch $65

New Look top

New Look top $24

Asos pants

Asos pants $73

Tai bracelet

Tai bracelet $70

Steve Madden pumps

Steve Madden pumps $99.95

Express bag

Express bag $34.93

Forever 21 jumpsuit

Forever 21 jumpsuit $24.90

Rue Gembon earrings

Rue Gembon earrings $42

Topshop sandals

Topshop sandals $85

Forever 21 bag

Forever 21 bag $22.90

Topshop top

Topshop top $70

Topshop skirt

Topshop skirt $70

Antik Batik bracelet set

Antik Batik bracelet set $62

Forever 21 espadrilles

Forever 21 espadrilles $32.90

Faith clutch

Faith clutch $45

Splendid shirt

Splendid shirt $88

Blank Denim jeans

Blank Denim jeans $88

Jules Smith necklace

Jules Smith necklace $65

Aldo pumps

Aldo pumps $84

Express bag

Express bag $34.93

Asos dress

Asos dress $36

Noir ear crawlers

Noir ear crawlers $30

New Look sandals

New Look sandals $45

Nasty Gal cuff me clutch

Nasty Gal cuff me clutch $45

MOMMA WANTS… big slouchy bags

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A great big slouchy bag like this Chanel one can not only fit all the ridiculous things we feel the need to have with us but it looks effortlessly chic as well!

As a mom and as a fashion stylist I am obsessed with big slouchy bags.  Why?  Because I can fit all my stuff in them, they’re fabulous and because of the lack of structure give a perfect relaxed look.  Great slouchy bags have a boho feel but with a more contemporary edge.  They’re the perfect alternative to a diaper bag – you can pack them full of diapers, bottles, change of clothes, toys and yes, there is room for your stuff too!  These slouchy bags give that ideal throw on and go feel – great with jeans or a little dress – they’re the perfect bag for blending fashion and function.  Whether big, bigger or biggest – every woman needs on in her accessory arsenal.  Check out my favorite big slouchy bags and take everything with you!

The Row bag

The Row bag $2600

Jil Sander bag

Jil Sander bag $760

Tory Burch bag

Tory Burch bag $450

Topshop bag

Topshop bag $68

Bottega Venetta bag

Bottega Veneta bag $2200

Henry Beguelin bag

Henry Beguelin bag $995

Skagen bag

Skagen bag $345

River Island bag

River Island bag $57

Gucci bag

Gucci bag $2600

Michael Kors bag

Michael Kors bag $556.50

Kate Spade bag

Kate Spade bag $298

Street Level bag

Street Level bag $56

Marni bag

Marni bag $21.80

Rag & Bone bag

Rag & Bone bag $895

Annabel Ingall bag

Annabel Ingall bag $465

Nasty Gal bag

Nasty Gal bag $58

MOMMA KNOWS… pumps pump it up

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My Christian Louboutin pigalle pumps are my forever shoes – these are actually my second pair of the exact same pair – the first pair lasted 10 year until they started to fall off my feet.

I remember being 20 and thinking pumps were the end of youth – that these pointy toed footwear meant the beginning of adulthood and corporate life.  I held on to my clunky platform boots and my 90′s baby tee that proclaimed “Fashion sucks” when I first started at Conde Nast in the late 90′s only to come face to face with a pair of Gucci pumps (from one of Tom Ford’s first collections for the luxury brand) and, of course I fell head over heels (literally) in love.  The perfect pair of pumps is trendless, timeless, effortless and fabulous.  There are few accessories that can work so well with so much of your wardrobe – from pencil skirts to boyfriend jeans than these seasonless heels.  Check out some of my favorite pumps that you won’t ever want to take off.

Christian Louboutin heels

Christian Louboutin heels $675

Sophia Webster heels

Sophia Webster pump $475

Alice & Olivia heels

Alice & Olivia pumps $295

Steve Madden heels

Steve Madden heels $99.95

Gianvito Rossi heels

Gianvito Rossi pumps $950

Brian Atwood heels

Brian Atwood heels $675

Stuart Weitzman pumps

Stuart Weitzman pumps $345

BCBG Generation pumps

BCBG Generation pumps $88.95

Jimmy Choo heels

Jimmy Choo heels $625

Kate Spade heels

Kate Spade heels $350

Charles by Charles David pump

Charles by Charles David pump $128.95

Asos heels

Asos heels $76

Valentino heels

Valentino heels $995

Manolo Blahnik heels

Manolo Blahnik heels $745

Moschino Cheap & Chic shoes

Moschino Cheap & Chic shoes $350

Topshop heels

Topshop heels $95

MOMMA’S UNDER $100… best buys for spring

I’ve been saying it for some time but the warmer weather is upon us and its time to look for the best buys for spring.  With a new season we pack up the old and look for some new pieces to update our wardrobe so finding great clothes and accessories for under $100 to update your look is always a good thing.  Some of the best buys for spring include dresses, shorts and skirts that can elevate every area of your wardrobe – from weekend wear to office wear and even some options for those special occasions you have coming up.  Start the season with your best foot (wear) forward with some great new looks to celebrate spring time.  Check out some of my best buys for spring and say goodbye to winter with a fresh new you.

Asos dress

Asos dress $63

Adia Kibur cuff

Adia Kibur cuff $50

Forever 21 sandals

Forever 21 sandals $29.90

New Look clutch

New Look clutch $23

Free People top

Free People top $98

Blank Denim jeans

Blank Denim jeans $88

Steve Madden sandals

Steve Madden sandals $99.95

Nasty Gal necklace

Nasty Gal necklace $25

Forever 21 bag

Forever 21 bag $44.90

Topshop cami

Topshop cami $30

Forever 21 skirt

Forever 21 skirt $19.80

Topshop blazer

Topshop blazer $90

Rue Gembon earrings

Rue Gembon earrings $65

Zara heels

Zara heels $79.90

Forever 21 bag

Forever 21 bag $27.90

Topshop jumpsuit

Topshop jumpsuit $80

Asos necklace

Asos necklace $15.50

Forever 21 sandals

Forever 21 sandals $19.90

Forever 21 bag

Forever 21 bag $19.90

Asos top

Asos top $45

Asos pants

Asos pants $63

Antik Batik bangle set

Antik Batik bangle set $62

Topshop sandals

Topshop sandals $85

New Look bag

New Look bag $42

Asos dress

Asos dress $36

Adia Kibur necklace

Adia Kibur necklace $70

gx by Gwen Stefani sandals

gx by Gwen Stefani sandals $99.95

Miss KG bag

Miss KG bag $53

MOMMA LOVES… fantasy bags

Ever since fashionistas and celebs started getting their $10k Birkins spray painted and personalized there’s been a move towards fantasy bags – statement accessories that add instant whimsy to your look.  Designers from Fendi to Anya Hindmarsh and Sophia Webster have added quirky touches to classic bags giving them a unique, fun twist.  These fantasy bags, as I’m calling them, are all about thinking outside the literal box and adding youth and humor to style.  Fashion has been far too serious for far too long – and what better way to update your classic jeans and tee or lbd that with a great bag that does the talking for you.  Check out some of my favorite fantasy bags and inject some whimsy to your look.

Anya Hindmarsh tote

Anya Hindmarsh tote $2250

Moschino bag

Moschino bag $695

Kate Spade clutch

Kate Spade clutch $298

Skinny Dip London clutch

Skinny Dip London clutch $55

Charlotte Olympia clutch

Charlotte Olympia clutch $2295

Le Petit Joueur clutch

Le Petit Joueur clutch $775

Sophia Webster clutch

Sophia Webster clutch $450

Asos bag

Asos bag $36

Fendi peek a boo monster bag

Fendi peek a boo monster bag $6550

Olympia le Tan bag

Olympia le Tan bag $945.89

Kotur clutch

Kotur clutch $795

River Island bag

River Island bag $50

Edit Parker clutch

Edit Parker clutch $1495

Ashlyn'd Cameron bag

Ashlyn’d Cameron bag $506

Kate Spade clutch

Kate Spade clutch $328

Anya Hindmarsh leather sticker

Anya Hindmarsh leather sticker $70 – I am OBSESSED with this – there are various “stickers” you can buy to personalize and update a bag you already have! – I am totally doing this!

MOMMA LOVES… low top sneakers with almost everything

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Obsessed with my Superego low top sneakers – not only are they super comfortable but they’re also super cute with just about everything in my wardrobe!

I love heels, I do, BUT – I’m no fool and realize finding the perfect pair of low top sneakers is essential, not only for giving my feet a break, but also as the perfect finishing touch to lots of looks.  Sure, they’re practical, especially if you’re a mom that’s constantly on the run but they’re also insanely stylish too.  I have to say, I’m not talking about the norm core ones you could wear to work out, I’m talking about those great classic low top sneakers that are simple, chic and go with everything from boyfriend jeans to maxi dresses (and everything in between).  You aren’t Melanie Griffith in Working Girl or the New York secretary commuting on the subway – you’re a modern woman who has to get on with all the various demands of life and wants to find the happy blend of comfort and style. Check out some of my favorite low top sneakers that transformed this heel addict into a fan…

Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers

Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers $1050

Miu Miu sneakers

Miu Miu sneakers $490

Joie slip ons

Joie slip ons $190

Superga sneakers

Superga sneakers $48.71

Isabel Marant sneakers

Isabel Marant sneakers $480

Sophia Webster sneakers

Sophia Webster sneakers $195

Superga sparkle sneakers

Superga sparkle sneakers $85

Converse sneakers

Converse sneakers $49.95

Golden Goose sneakers

Golden Goose sneakers $615

Joshua Sanders slip ons

Joshua Sanders slip ons $325

Derek LAm 10 Crosby sneakers

Derek LAm 10 Crosby sneakers $195

Converse x Missoni sneakers

Converse x Missoni sneakers $84.95

Valentino sneakers

Valentino sneakers $695

Vince sneakers

Vince sneakers $275

MICHAEL Michael Kors sneakers

MICHAEL Michael Kors sneakers $125

Vans slip ons

Vans slip ons $49.95

MOMMA’S UNDER $100… great style on a budget

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Who doesn’t want to get more for less $? Great style on a budget really can be yours.

Getting great style on a budget may seem difficult but it really doesn’t have to be – there are so many incredible options available that means you don’t have to sacrifice anything to get the look you want.  My under $100 posts are meant to show you how to look like a million for a fraction of the high fashion price tag.  No matter what your personal style or the occasions you need to dress for there are plenty of incredible style on a budget options!  These incredible deals are perfect for experimenting with trends you’re not sure you want to invest in as well as for your classic every day looks and even the fancier events you might have lined up…  Check out my favorite style on a budget finds of this week than keep you fashionable without breaking the bank.

Asos dress

Asos dress $76

Giles and Brother bracelet

Giles and Brother bracelet $95

Asos heels

Asos heels $63

River Island bag

River Island bag $72

Asos top

Asos top $45

Blank Denim jeans

Blank Denim jeans $88

Rue Gembon earrings

Rue Gembon earrings $65

Glamorous sandals

Glamorous sandals $61

Forever 21 Raga bag

Forever 21 Raga bag $49

Topshop cami

Topshop cami $40

Topshop skirt

Topshop skirt $68

Topshop blazer

Topshop blazer $90

Adia Kibur necklace

Adia Kibur necklace $47.50

Asos shoes

Asos shoes $81

Forever 21 bag

Forever 21 bag $22.90

Topshop top

Topshop top $50

Zara pants

Zara pants $79.90

Rue Gembon necklace

Rue Gembon necklace $42

Asos shoes

Asos shoes $68

Zara bag

Zara bag $35.90

Asos dress

Asos dress $63

Rue Gembon earrings

Rue Gembon earrings $45

Asos shoes

Asos shoes $86

Miss KG bag

Miss KG bag $81

MOMMA NEEDS… chain strap bags

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I mean, who doesn’t love a chain strap bag?? Max loves this Gucci one for lugging around his hot wheels.

Inspired by the always chic and classic Chanel, chain strap bags are a dominant accessory trend at the moment.  Insanely feminine yet no nonsense these bags are an absolute must have for every enthusiast.  The chain strap bags can transition from desk to date and truly feel timeless and elegant.  At eery price point and for every occasion there is a myriad of options.  They epitomize lady like and yet have been reinvented for every style from bohemian to rock and roller.  Check out my favorite chain strap bags that you can truly wear forever.

Valentino bag

Valentino bag $2495

Gucci bag

Gucci bag $980

Loeffler Randall bag

Loeffler Randall bag $350

Topshop bag

Topshop bag $70

Chloe bag

Chloe bag $1950

Diane von Furstenberg bag

Diane von Furstenberg bag $348

Rebecca Minkoff bag

Rebecca Minkoff bag $195

Asos bag

Asos bag $29

Saint Laurent bag

Saint Laurent bag $2550

Tory Burch bag

Tory Burch bag $465

MICHAEL Michael Kors bag

MICHAEL Michael Kors bag $198

Forever 21 bag

Forever 21 bag $24.90

Jimmy Choo bag

Jimmy Choo bag $1795

Michael Kors bag

Michael Kors bag $795

Elizabeth and James bag

Elizabeth and James bag $345

New Look bag - chain strap bags

New Look bag $29