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Fashion, Mom & KidsBoob!

braIt’s been just a couple weeks since we brought home a baby boy, and in my discombobulated and sleepy state, all I know is that every day down feels like a victory! I am so grateful for the little things, like a stolen nap here and there, chocolates sent from a sweet girlfriend, and encouragement from veteran mothers. I also never dreamed I could love and depend on a bra so much, specifically the life-saving T-shirt Bra by Swedish company Boob. The package was waiting for me as soon as I arrived home from the hospital, so I immediately switched to the super-comfy bra. Since then, I have only taken it off to wash it! Since keeping the little guy satiated requires feedings every 2-3 hours, quick access is paramount and comfort is a must as I fall asleep wearing it. Once I start returning to the “real world” and wearing something besides maternity clothes, I wanted a bra which gave me some shape and smooth contours, and this fit the bill perfectly. The T-shirt bra comes with removable pads and just in case, the size can be extended with the hook-and-eye ribbon. There’s no uncomfortable underwire but it is still firmly supportive. The fastening is extra wide (4 rows of hooks) so it doesn’t dig into skin. Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, the fabulous people at Boob have created the bra from recycled polyamide, making it a green option!

 

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Fashion, Mom & KidsObsession of the Moment: Edun for J.Crew African Beaded Dress

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Fashion, Fitness & HealthBump It Up in Athleta

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As a first-time mom-to-be, I’m finding that workouts are getting harder and harder with a growing bump. Not only are there a few restrictions to be mindful of, but getting heavier around the belly can make it a challenge as well – even well before the actual workout.  The amazing discovery I made was that Athleta, one of my favorite athletic clothing brands, makes maternity workout pants…YES!

Their classic and ever-so-popular Chaturanga Tight comes in a Low Belly and a High Belly option – whichever type of band you might prefer for the growing belly. (Side note: you can size down for these pants – a bonus feel-good moment when you’re seeing the number on the scale go up each month!)  Like with all other Athleta Chaturanga pants, it’s made of a mid-weight Supplex nylon/spandex blend with their signature PILAYO stretchy fabric that wicks and breathes away sweat. It also has a UPF 50+ for a bit of sun protection.

These pants are definitely made for the growing bump, and probably work best once you’re at the 20+ week mark. For the High Belly option, it might be a bit large in the waist until your bump is bigger…but you can just fold the top of the band down to get more wear out of them. Top it with a cute sweatshirt like this No Sweatin’ It Sharkbite Top and you’re all set for your next prenatal barre, pilates, yoga, etc. workout!

Fashion, Interviews, Mom & KidsHow To: Buy Maternity Denim

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For our dedicated readers (hey there and thank you!), you’ve been reading our blog since we started out young professionals and each of us has grown in different directions. For some of us, that includes being a mama! For new mamas-to-be, getting dressed suddenly can seem daunting and challenging.  We want to style true to our style, but also have to accommodate a growing bump.

We’ve always loved denim and even more so, the versatility of it – perfect for pregnancy! We asked Destination Maternity‘s Style Director, Olivia Capone Meyers, to give us some tips and insight on what first-time moms should be looking for in that perfect pair of jeans! See our Q&A below, as well as some of our top picks:  READ MORE

Fashion, Mom & KidsObsession of the Moment: Banana Republic Mini Collection Cashmere One-Piece

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FashionComfy Cozy in PJ Salvage

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Brr!! Even though we’re on the brink of spring, it’s still so chilly outside that we just want to stay inside and be cozy in our pajamas. Do you feel the same way? If so, we say it’s the perfect time to invest in a luxe pair of PJs from PJ Salvage.

We love the gorgeous mens-inspired Luxe Modal PJ Set, made with a modal/elastane blend; this fabric is ultra soft and feels completely luxurious on the body. The pajama top is a classic button-front,  which is great if you want to slip a tank underneath, and features a chest-pocket; an adjustable drawstring waist bottom gives you the ultimate comfort. We love the simple contrast trim and the flattering cut, together which makes this pair of PJs a classic that you can wear for years to come.

Get yours at PJSalvage.com – or check out some of their fun printed styles!

Accessories, Fashion, Gift Guides, Jewelrythis valentine’s day, gift the jewelry

valentines day gift jewelryI recently read that technology might be killing the jewelry industry, specifically the brick-and-mortar fine jewelry establishments. This was somewhat depressing because I live in the core of the Los Angeles jewelry district, but I won’t take you down that road. Instead, I want to focus on the closing paragraph of the article, where a friend of the writer’s elected NOT to buy his graphic designer girlfriend diamond earrings as a gift because she couldn’t “use the earrings to make her artwork.”

What!? Who doesn’t want diamond earrings?!?

I write this post because on behalf of all the people out there who are tired of buying “junk jewelry” only to watch it fall apart one season later, we want better bling! READ MORE

Fashion, Fitness & HealthWarm up with Athleta

I’m totally having a Flashdance moment right now…longer sweaters that slip over your shoulders? Nothing sexier for a cozy winter evening. Gearing up for the chillier months just makes me want to pull out skinnies, leggings, boots and cozy oversized sweaters. Enter Athleta, who we all know makes great athletic wear; but did you know they also make beautifully luxurious sweaters? They’re just perfect for slipping over post-yoga or post-pilates class, but you can also just wear them for everyday, too!  READ MORE

Bags, Fashion, ShoppingThe Alice.D Milano Tote

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The perfect tote shouldn’t be an It bag, it should be an it-can-be-used-anywhere-anytime bag. It doesn’t need to make a statement or scream “Look at me!”, but it does need to make you look good, even if you’re schlepping around your entire office in there. And since I’m quite the schlepper, I spent the entire summer searching for the right bag that would still allow me to feel chic doing it.

I debated the usual suspects: the Louis Vuitton Neverfull (too matronly), the Céline Cabas (too marked up), the Mansur Gavriel tote (too stiff), and the Longchamp Le Pliage (too many 13 year old girls using them as schoolbags on the Upper East Side). I checked out the new wave of “luxury start-up” fashion brands: Everlane (too practical looking) and Cuyana (too business-casual). And then I browsed all the pages of search results for “tote” on BergdorfGoodman.com and other Internet shopping destinations and still came up empty handed.

For a bag that’s supposedly so simple, it was anything but simple to find. The problem is, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi factor to the perfect tote, and it’s difficult to describe and even more difficult to achieve.  The leather has to be just the right mix of structure and slouchiness to look effortless instead of serious or sloppy. And the proportions of the top, bottom, and sides have to meet some magical mathematical formula so it looks youthful, stylish and fresh.

I had almost given up the search and given in to carrying whatever canvas bag was in my closet, when I stumbled upon this Alice.D creation. The width and height looked just about right and it didn’t scrimp on functionality even though it was clearly focused minimalist design. It comes with two different strap options so you can alternate between holding it on your arm and shoulders and features a large interior pocket for safekeeping wallet and keys. And best of all, design and function came at a price that was pretty palatable: under $500.

Alice.D Leather Tote in Beige / Black

FashionLet’s go to CAMP!

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Do you remember summer camp? Days of tents, bunk beds, canoes, campfires, s’mores…all good childhood memories, right? Sparked by her own camp memories, designer Tamar Wilder was led to create her clothing line, CAMP Collection, inspired by her love of the outdoors. The Fall 2014 collection is the second collection for the brand, filled with chambrays, plaids and cool hand-drawn graphic tees – essentially, all about the girl who doesn’t mind getting dirty outdoors, but wants to look awesome doing it. Check out the photos from the gorgeous Fall Lookbook (shot in Australia by Renee Carey, featuring model Rachel Rutt) above, and shop the new collection at ShopCamp.com.

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