I was wondering if you could help me with styling this new skirt which I recently bought at Zara. The skirt is lovely and vintage-y but I found the styling surprisingly difficult.
I thought it would work with black but I am wearing it with black t-shirt and black ballet flats today and it just looks … blah. Help please?
K - thanks for emailing! Printed skirts are hard. As you mentioned, you can easily end up looking a tad boring, or I sometimes end up with some weird color-blocking thing going on and regretting that I ever bought bright blue tights. (Why? WHY?)
The key, I think, is to either mix patterns (you can do it subtly, if nervous), or make sure your accessories are interesting.
For example, if the outfit K described above had been black stiletto ankle boots and a black faux-leather tee, there would've been nothing boring about that all-black look with the plaid skirt (although admittedly not work appropriate).
I'm thrilled to have OE back (remember this?). OE is a dear friend, and the fabulously talented mama behind Girl Meets Baby. I'm gaga over her take on Doc Martens. Enjoy!!
Hello again ANMJ readers... Eek! I am not sure if I am more excited to re-guest post here or cover this awesome topic: good ol’ Doc Martens.
Ok y’all, they’re back — in a big way. And no longer are they strictly reserved for the punk rock grunge culture or ‘Hot Topic’ crowd. These babies are making their way into real deal fashion. My eighth grade self is blindly diving head-first back into this trend.
I am here today to show you a few ways to style these bad boys and hopefully give you a bunch of tips on size, fit, and breaking them in with the least amount of pain as possible.
Mamas! One of the very biggest trends this Fall is to wear multiple patterns at once. This "mixed print" styling trick started a few years back, and is still gaining momentum. So. If there was one. thing. a Mama could do to easily update her whole look...this is it.
From time-to-time I've gotten reader questions about styling mixed prints, so I thought I'd start with the basics. There are four prints that mix so easily they should be considered neutrals. In fact, if you're a little mixed-print-crazy (yup)...you can wear all four at once.
Well. Two things I never thought I'd be discussing together: Cancer...and NY Fashion Week. But there it is.
First up...hair. After a long (mostly internal) debate...I decided to cut my hair in stages. It's coming out anyway, in a matter of weeks. In fact, by the time most of you are reading this, I'm probably down at Penn getting my first chemo treatment. Gulp. I was originally planning to cut it all off and donate my hair....but....
I'm not ready.
In my defense, I think my little guys need to see it go gradually - hopefully it'll help ease the transition. One of my good friends traumatized her young daughter by cutting her hair into a much shorter (and super chic) bob - the nerve!
So with the help of my insanely amazing stylist Shannon (ask for her at Salon Ziza), I have a few haircuts I'll be trying out on my way to bald. ("Honey, it's so liberating!" says my Mom. F-THAT says me.) If you want to peek (or help - please help!!) I'm pinning some ideas onto this Pinterest board.
And now...haircut ONE (and also what I wore to NYFW):
Mamas, it's time to talk Fall Trends!! First up....the moto jacket.
I fully support running out and grabbing some badass leather moto jacket (this one is fabulous). I mean...Miranda Kerr sports one, baby in tow, so there you go. It's possible. And many of you have previously confirmed that it is indeed easy to wipe spit-up off of a leather jacket. There's no disputing that a leather moto jacket will seriously up your style game...forever. They're classic.
My issue, however, with leather jackets in general is the same issue I have with most jackets in general: I can't move my arms. And nothing makes me crazier than when my arms are constricted - especially when cruising around with the kiddos.
Happily, there are a ton of amazingly chic, made-to-move, washable moto jackets on the market. And if you treat your moto jacket like it's any old thing and throw it on over everything....BAM. Lookin' good, Mama.
Here are a few ways I'm wearing my moto jacket (both playtime and date night):
While I was home in June, my sister and I had a discussion about crop tops. She was pro, I was...meh. Until I remembered that I had one. (It was on clearance for $4.99 at Ann Taylor. Reason enough, right?)
I've been working away on a 2013 Fall Essentials list for moms (coming out soon!!) but one trend* became very clear:
The 90's are back.
(*it could be argued that 'the 90's', are, in fact, multiple trends and yes OK fine. Agreed.)
But it's the best of the 90's. It's minimalist-grunge with twists of glamour...and a 70's influence thrown in. It's fabulous fur-lined army parkas and flannel shirts worn as jackets and wool beanies and cozy sweaters (oh, the cozy sweaters Mamas) and streamlined cargo pants and monochromatic head-to-toe black, buffalo check everything and corduroy flare fabulousness.
And really. I could go on and on but instead I'll just shut up and show you:
Mamas, I have some pics I forgot to share before my surgery. This is one of them.
I ran into Carrie at a Grand Rapids Jazz-at-the-zoo thing when we visiting family in June. How cute is she? I'm always impressed when a mom can rock a skirt (with littles in tow) like it's no big thing.
Her littles (like mine) were log leaping. So fun.
Carrie's skirt is vintage, bag is from Goodwill and her shirt is Forever 21. I love the summer (sleeveless) take on chambray, and the tied-waist is perfection with the full skirt.
Carrie - it was so nice meeting you! Thank you for being such a great sport!