Best gifts for mamas…

I consider my husband to be very lucky in that I tell him exactly what thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts he should get me. For those of you with more tact and subtlety, feel free to direct those near and dear to you to my list of top picks below!

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Tretorn Leopard sneaks

I bought these two weeks ago and have worn them 8 times since. Not only are they super comfy, but they are super on trend and the small platform adds a little extra ummmph to any t-shirt and shorts.

 

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Gucci Marmont Belt Bag ( aka socially acceptable fanny pack)

The day my youngest was potty trained I gleefully tossed aside my diaper bag and put my favorite handbags pack into rotation. My Marmont belt bag has bridged that mom on the run but still loves fashion gap perfectly!

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Adidas belt bag
For those of you whose significant others/kids scoff at the idea of a designer fanny pack (aka on trend belt bag), I give you my go-to for those active, but still fashionable days.

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QUAY x JLO specs

I’ll be honest, morning drop off at school is not where I shine. You’ll always find rocking sunglasses, rain or shine.  With these Get Right mirrored specs they’ll never know if I just got my pupils dilated or am just chic AF.

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Le Labo Santal 33
If Ron Burgundy’s beloved Sex Panther did exist, I imagine it would small just like this. This fragrance works on any and everybody and the smell is simply the best I have ever encountered.

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Silk Scrunchies 
I wore them twenty years ago and I am wearing them again! Who knew scrunchies would be back?! These make any mundane ponytail looked like you actually tried and are perfect to keep your hair out of your face at night without any post slumber creases and kinks.

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Diptyque Baies Candle
This was the first non Bath & Body Works candle I bought myself over a decade ago and remember feeling like real hot s@#%. The rose and black currant smell is divine and can fill a room within minutes.

 

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Mother Daughter Journal
My daughter is only seven and she has so.many.feelings. She has written me some real humdinger letters and I treasure each and every one. I love this journal as way to communicate back and forth with structure… and a bit less drama.

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Eminence Mangosteen Cleanser

As approach 40, it turns out the only part of me that looks young is my teenage, acne prone skin. I love all Eminence products but am currently loving this Mangosteen daily cleanser. Hoping to totally resurface my skin asap!

This Mother’s Day, remember mamas make this world go around, so in their honor, please be kind to everyone this Sunday and every other day.

Best Mom Jeans for Real Moms

They’re back…. mom jeans. These ain’t your mama’s smart high-waisted Lee’s from the 90, these are chic and so on trend. Now when most of us hear mom jeans, we think of some Kardashian or Jenner rocking high waisted baggy jeans with teeny-tiny tee’s and not a bra in sight. Not the most wearable option for real moms with real bodies. The key with these jeans is to be sure to highlight your waist. You can go with the “accidental tuck” (you know when you just so happen to tuck in the perfect amount of just the front of your shirt), or even a cropped cut shirt. No, not a crop top, but a shirt with a shorter cut to offset the high waist of the jeans.  Rest assured, whatever your body type, there is an appropriate denim look awaiting you…

 

 

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While a kick flare looks great on all body types, they are particularly flattering on curves, and lord knows us mamas have earned them! Be sure the flare starts just above the knee to balance out larger hips and bottoms. These Madewell jeans have a slim fit through the hips and thigh to really accentuate the flare, creating a long and lean line.

 

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Hourglass shapes should draw the eye to the smallest part of their bodies, their waist, with a high-rise jean with minimal stretch. Try these J Brand Natasha Sky High skinny jeans with a high rise and smooth, skinny fit for a super flattering and leg-lengthening silhouette.

 

good american

Pear shapes can balance put their proportions with a flared leg to offset curvy hips. These Good American Good Curve high waist ankle straight leg jeans have the perfect amount of flare and stretch to make these your go-to jeans for every day.

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Boyish figures, look to create a more curvy shape with a high rise and tapered leg in non-stretch denim. Topshop denim is my current obsession and the wash and cut on these Autumn High Rise Mom Jeans are divine.

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For petite shapes, try cropped, straight-fit jeans. The shorter length will help create a longer silhouette, lengthening out proportions. These Current/Elliot Cropped Straight Jeans in Loved are the perfect cool jeans for summer fun.

 

Tasteful tie dye

One of spring’s biggest trends is beach chic and one of the best ways to get that vibe? Tie dye! Now we aren’t talking about your favorite worn in Grateful Dead t-shirt from college. This is elevated, haute hippie style. As with all trends, you want to be careful not to overdo it to avoid looking costume-y. Here are a few beachy keen pieces I plan to live in this season.

 

 

Jumpsuit

I love a good jumpsuit. It’s a one piece, super easy way to look chic without trying too hard. This n:philanthropy jumpsuit can be dressed up with a great slide, layered necklaces and a hat, or dressed down with sneaks to run around town.

 

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My favorite outfit topper for spring and summer is a good denim jacket. It is the perfect solution for a cool night and and goes with EVERYTHING from a sundress to beachwear. This Zadig & Voltaire Kass jacket is top of my “to dye for”  list this spring.

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J Brand 620 tie dyed super skinny jeans are right on trend. They pair great with a plain ol’ t-shirt, or even a white button down blouse. If you’re feeling bold, try wearing with a pop of color; lavender or light yellow would be a dreamy combo.

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I have always been a big believer that accessories are a great way to work a new look into your wardrobe if you are a little gun-shy about trends. This Prada Sidonie Shoulder Bag is a perfect piece to add some pop to  your style.

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This Karen Kane shirtdress is a no brainer for easy summer dressing. It can transition easily from work to play and can support any color accessories.

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This Zara skirt has the perfect asymmetrical hem and just the right balance of flow and structure. Paired with a chunky knit sweater (with that accidental front tuck of course)  it is a perfect date night outfit.

 

Prom Pretty!

t’s that time of year when high school hallways are filled with giddy laughs and eager chatting about the big day, yes… prom! For young ladies around the nation, this is their Oscars. Their chance to glam it up and feel like a true princess for one night. Here’s some of my favorite picks to make this a night to remember.

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Few things make me happier than a dress with pockets. It can hold all the essentials (which for prom means a phone and lipstick) as well as serve as a perfect for landing place for nervous hands that aren’t quite sure “what do to”. This C/MEO dress has a structured bodice balanced by a fuller skirt creating a chic and comfortable silhouette.

Sequin gown

If glam is your jam, then this is your dress. This Dress the Population sequin number is a true showstopper. The figure hugging shape is red carpet worthy, while the leg slit allows for actual dancing.

nodrstrom corset

When I think feminine florals, this embroidered lace corset dress by Blondie Nights tops the list. The fit and flare cut is super flattering on almost all body types and the corset top will make sure everything stays put for a log night of dancing.

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This Avery G dress is the best of both worlds. You get the comfort of a short dress and the drama of gown with this jeweled tulle overlay. The bodice has built in padding (adios awkward strapless bra) and the all over sequins add to the princess feel.

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For those fashion forward ladies, this Dress the Population fringe dress is a dream. The deep crimson (also available in silver) is so rich, while the fringe has incredible movement for a night filled with dancing.

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For those who want to channel their inner Grace Kelly, look no further than this AQUA embroidered bodice gown. The diamanté embellishment looks beautiful set against the blush tone tulle.

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Seeing as how prom and festival season sync up, here’s an option for the boho babe. This metallic Rebecca Taylor mini slays with stacked heels and layered necklaces.

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This sequin one shoulder mini by Self Portrait is what I like to call a double duty dress. Killer worn with heels for prom, it can also be worn again after with boots and a leather jacket. A dress this fab deserves to be worn more than once

 

The best, and by best, I mean cutest rain boots.

For us Southern Californians, rain is a rare occurrence. Well, until this year that is. We have had a bit of a winter and  I can finally wear all my fabulous jackets without sweating like a crazy lady. Turns out when the ground is wet, you do actually have to dress accordingly. Here’s some of my favorite rain boots to get you from April showers to May flowers…

These Sorel Joan of Arctic wedge boots are top of my list. While they don’t look like your average rain boots, they are indeed weather proof. Aside from being practical, I love the hidden wedge to give your legs a little extra length. Shearling was a big trend for fall and the details on these have just the right amount to wear season after season.

Perhaps one of the best know makers of chic wellies is Hunter. A staple wether you’re hunting in the English country side, or in my case, doing school drop off on a  rainy day. While their original tall boots are an obvious go-to in black, this season I love their Original Nebula Tall Boots in Wave Blue.

Hunter also offers a great trendy version with their Refined Short Biker Boots. Still water proof without looking it, and super on trend. An obvious choice for jeans but these would also slay with dark tights and a dress.

Now these last ones I am sliding on on a technicality- they are waterproof:) These Jeffrey Campbell Hurricane boots are too fun not to include. Translucent was a big trend for fall and just make sense in spring. Just be sure you’re wearing cute socks as they will be on display!

Spring into hot hues

 

 

4:30am on a cold January morning, I loaded up my car with the brightest and most gorgeous spring fashions I could find and headed out to the famed Glamis sand dunes. It was a shoot the dream team I work with at San Diego Magazine had been hoping to do for quite some time. As you can imagine 5 women and racks and racks of clothes looked a bit out of place amongst hard core riders and their sand toys but after a few hiccups, including one very cranky and very tattooed gentleman in the trailer spot next to us, we quickly found our groove. What followed is one of my favorite shoots of all times.

 

The big take away here is that bold colors are big for spring. We shot the rainbow for this spread with a little something for everyone. Topping the color trends this season is lavender, as evidenced by this dreamy Caroline Constas dress. Pastels can sometimes be tricky while jewel tones are typically universally flattering, so deeper tones of pastels work too.
If you’re not yet comfortable rocking bold colors in your clothing, try out the trend with accessories, like sunglasses and belt bags (aka this season’s fresh take on the good ol’ fanny pack:) Celine, Quay and Chloe have some pretty colored peepers while almost everyone on the planet has their version of a belt bag.

While we went for head to toe monochromatic looks, if that is a bit too bold a palette, anchor a colorful piece with a more conservative piece like denim. Wide-leg, maximalist jeans are having a moment and I couldn’t be more thrilled. While dramatic, trust me, they make you look six feet tall and skinny- what’s better than that?!
You can also shoot bold color into other spring trends like suiting, anything tie dyed, crochet and feathers.
I am always big on having fun with your fashion and this spring there are so many ways to do so!

Party Pretty!

It’s that time of year again- holiday parties are lighting up your Google calendar like a Griswald Christmas tree. Everyone from co-workers to  social drinking friends want to party with you so be sure you dress the part. Here are some of my seasonal favorites for all the holiday cheer!

First off, the annual work party. Now since you will have to see these folks again on Monday, it’s best to keep this look classy. This doesn’t mean just throw on that go-to LBD, but by all means, all your bits and pieces should be covered. For many years now, I have sworn by Maje dresses. The styling and cuts of these dresses are impeccable for their price point. This holiday season I am coveting their mesh and gold leather Rezzano dress. It somehow manages to mash up conservative and edgy into one scrumptious frock.

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Whenever I am debuting a new fashion obsession, I test it out first on my friends (hence my knit fringe jacket I wore out with my girlfriends last night, half of which stayed on the chair as I got up). This season I am crazy for the athlesuire trend of leather joggers. I recently styled Arrow and Spartacus star Katrina Law in a killer Viktoria + Woods pair for a holiday editorial. The key here is to make sure the rest of the look is dressed up to avoid looking like you’re heading to the gym. A cool (sequin- why not?!) cropped top and layered necklaces will add insta-glam and offset the casual silhouette of the pant.

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If there is ever a time to just be comfy, I say it is when you’re around family. But read I am saying COMFY, not sloppy. My favorite cool without trying line is Free People. The loose fit of the line allows for a big serving of all your mom’s calorie laden comfort food but the cool cuts keep you on this side of chic. Their tunics are heaven with a flat over the knee boot or layered over dark very skinny denim and booties.

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Now ringing in the new year is when you can really go to town! There are not too many days in the year when getting sloshed while wearing sparkles is deemed appropriate, so take advantage of this one. I am dying over this Parker fringe mini I also put on Katrina Law. If you are an amazing dancer if your head like I am, the movement of this dress will not disappoint ( I cannot stress enough the “in your head” part of that sentence by the way).

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