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About the author  ⁄ Andrea Fellman

Andrea Fellman is a Mom who hasn't lost her style to motherhood. Andrea is the owner and editor-in-chief of Savvy Sassy Moms. She also contributes weekly to BabyCenter's Blog, a Los Angeles iVoice for ivillage.com, has run the social media and blog for the children's retailer the Right Start, and is now living in Costa Rica. Connect with me on Google+

 

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The best bras are better left unseen

Depending on the fabric, cut and style of a blouse or shirt, your bra can make a world of difference. Bra straps and lines should not show, ever. I realize that at one point in time, way back in the eighties it might have been considered cool to let your hot pink bra strap show, but this is not the eighties and chances are you have children and they have friends and no one wants to see Moms bra strap or bra lines showing through their shirt. And you certainly don’t want to be giving a presentation at work with everyone fixated on seeing your bra through your white shirt.

The Invisible Line Bra by Vanity Fair

Introducing the latest innovative product from Vanity Fair Lingerie, the Invisible Lines Bra.  That’s right Moms, this bra is so smooth and light it disappears under your clothing!

It’s all in the bra details

  • Light weight pad with invisible ultrasonic neckline
  • Silky Smooth novelty stripe fabric with 2 ply back wing
  • Smooth clean look under clothing
  • Sleek, sophisticated styling that disappears under clothing
  • European inspired shape

The Invisible Lines Bra comes in a variety of colors including, star white, rose beige, toasted coconut, midnight black and currant kiss. Sizing 34 – 38 B, C, D and 34-36DD and is $38.00.

Vanity Fair Fall Bra Wardrobe GIveaway!

To help you start the Fall fashion season off right, we are giving away 4 Vanity Fair Bras!
Two of the newest Invisible Lines Bras and two other Vanity Fair bras of your choice.

Please enter through the Rafflcopter form below.
Must be a US resident and 18 years old
Contest ends on 11/2/2014 at 11:59pm PST

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Record & Learn KidiStudio

Open Up a World of Learning Fun with VTech® Toys!

Brought to you by VTech

No matter what age your child is, VTech®’s developmental learning toys stimulate the senses, ignite the imagination and make learning fun! With a wide variety of educator- supported toys to choose from, you can ensure that you are optimizing your child’s playtime.

Record & Learn KidiStudio

For your budding little music prodigy, the Record & Learn KidiStudio by VTech® lets kids sing, record and play back their own musical masterpieces. They can play along with 20 melodies in four popular music styles using the voice changer, sound effects and instruments. Now your child can perform and record like a rock star!

Smart Shots Sports Center

Or, if your child is more of a superstar on the court, they can shoot, score and learn with the Smart Shots Sports Center. Toss the basketball into the hoop to score points, or kick the soccer ball into the net to hear fun sounds. Press buttons, turn gears and flip pages to learn about shapes, numbers and more!

Lil’ Speller Phonics Station

With the Lil’ Speller Phonics Station, your child will learn letters and their sounds by building more than 200 three letter words. He or she can hear the letter sounds by plugging in the letter blocks or learn letter order by determining which letter is missing. Spelling is so much more fun when Lil’ Speller Phonics Stations brings words to life!

Check out the videos above and head here to see even more interactive play toys available from VTech®.

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Disclosure: This was a sponsored post provided by VTech.

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The Great Pumpkin Patch

Fall is well underway and the one thing we look forward to all year long is taking the kids to visit the pumpkin patch! This has to be one of the most popular and favorite holiday traditions for kids of all ages, and even the parents. From choosing the perfect pumpkin, hitching a ride on a hay ride, drinking apple cider and eating carmel apples, who on earth doesn’t love the Fall? This year we rounded up some of our contributors favorite pumpkin patch photos of the past and present to announce a fun contest we are co-hosting along side Tech Savvy Mama and Mommy on a Shoestring. We have teamed up with the children’s clothing re-sale app Tot Spot for a “Fall Fun Photo Contest”.

#FallFun Sweepstakes!

Show us how much you love the Fall. Whether it’s baking cookies, crafting with your kids, playing at the park, jumping in the leaves or just bundled up and out and about. Whatever you’re doing this Fall that makes family time fun, we want to see it. We’ll be giving away some fabulous prizes each week and one spectacular grand prize for one lucky participant. So, we want you to share with us your favorite photos of the Fall.

Hosted by @savvysasymoms / @techsavvymama / @momonashoe / @MyTotSpot

TotSpot Photo Contest

How to Enter:
Step 1

Follow @MyTotSpot on Instagram

Step 2

Post pictures of what Fall means to you (hashag #FallFun and tag @mytotspot on Instagram) and be entered to win — winners picked each week and one grand prize winner picked on November 9th.

Week 1 $25 Totspot gift card and $25 Sephora gift card
Week 2 $25 Totspot gift card and two months Birchbox delivery
Week 3 $25 Totspot gift card and Goldie Blox construction set
Grand Prize Winner – Petunia Pickle Bottom Bag ($179)

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Step 3

Enter for the grand prize through the Rafflecopter form below!

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Contest Details and Rules

Winners will be announced weekly on the MyTotSpot Facebook Page and on the @MyTotSpot Instagram account.

1. You must be the legal owner of the photo you have uploaded.
2. You must set your Instagram account to public in order for us to see your entry.
3. All images entered may be used on Totspot social media, including Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter.
4. Employees are not eligible to participate.
5. You may enter as many times as you wish.
6. Winners will be selected randomly.
7. Winners must reside within the USA.
8. Image must be newly uploaded. Adding a hashtag and @MyTotspot to an old photo will not count as an entry.

Winners must be a US Resident.
Contest ends November 19th at 11:59pm PST

 

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Five Fabulous Handbags under $100 Savvy Sassy Moms

Adding a new purse to your collection is the easiest way to update your wardrobe and these inexpensive black handbags under $100 are some of the most fashionable right now. Hitting on all of our favorite trends — from bucket bags to a hint of fringe to studded details — we’re having a hard time deciding on which one to take home with us for fall!

From MANGO handbags, we’re loving their mix of classic and trendy handbags under $100, including their Studded Bucket Bag, which is a fun and funky way to change-up your typical black handbag and add something fresh to your collection. If you’re looking for more of a staple, take a peek at their Pebbled Tote Bag. It’s on the higher end of these price points, but its shape and the ability to switch back-and-forth between a tote bag and a shoulder bag make it worth every penny. Lastly, we can’t miss chatting about MANGO’s Zip Shopper Bag. This is the handbag for the moms who carry everything under the sun in their purse!

Another one of our favorite sites to grab handbags under $100, Sole Society is home to these two sassy, inexpensive black purses. If you don’t already have a purse like the Marlena Vegan Foldover Clutch in your closet, this one is a must-have. It’s simple, and chic, and big enough to hold more than just your credit card… and, it’s also available in red! On the other hand, the most trendy black handbag of the bunch is Sole Society’s Maxine Fringe Crossbody Bag. At just over $50, they’ve taken out all of the stops on this purse, using a classic bag as a base, then adding fringe and scallops and even a touch of suede. This is not your mama’s purse!

1. Pebbled Tote Bag, MANGO, $90
2. Marlena Vegan Foldover Clutch, Sole Society, $40
3. Maxine Fringe Crossbody Bag, Sole Society, $55
4. Studded Bucket Bag, MANGO, $80
5. Zip Shopper Bag, MANGO, $70

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Huggies Trends Twitter PartyHuggies Twitter Party
Thursday, October 2nd
10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST
#HuggiesTrends

Hosts: @momtrends @savvysassymoms @Huggies

Join us as we chat about home style and design while keeping it organized and clean with Huggies Designer Wipes Tubs.

We’ll be chatting about all the ways design influences everything we do and everywhere we live. From kitchens to nurseries we’ll be chatting about the hottest style trends. We’ll be giving you design tips as well as fresh ideas on how and where to use your Huggies Natural Care® wipes.

Huggies Style Home

Smart moms know baby wipes can clean more than just baby bottoms. You won’t want to keep these ONLY on the changing table. Since Huggies has a new collection of designer tubs we want to show you that they will work seamlessly with all the other decor in your home. Huggies Natural Care® wipes offer a sensitive, gentle clean for new baby’s naturally perfect skin. Plus they’re refillable with Huggies® wipes with Triple Clean* layers.

Huggies has Triple Clean* layers that offer a soft, sensitive clean for baby’s naturally perfect skin. The wipes are hypoallergenic, fragrance free and alcohol free with Aloe & Vitamin E
Twitter Party Prizing

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We’re giving away 5 $100 gift cards within the hour!

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The ROAR Retreat is happening this week and I could not be more anxious, scared and excited!! My partner Nadia Carriere and I created the ROAR Retreat out of pure selfishness really.  All we really wanted to do was get a bunch of smart ladies together for a few days so we could discuss at length some of the things talked about in our professional Facebook groups. Sure, some of that is blogging, social media but to also share information, strategize, share tools, give advice and help one another with the individual challenges we face as women.

Whether it’s running a small businesses, working for ourselves, freelance writing, or building a brand. The ROAR attendees all have a wide range of knowledge and come from a variety of backgrounds but the common thread is that we are motivated, striving for more and looking for support.

We are having it in Costa Rica because we want the ROAR Retreat to be in an out of the box setting, and I moved to Costa Rica a year ago, so why not bring them all here!  Since living here, I have made some connections and relationships with some local businesses and so I could be on the ground to make it happen. The ROAR Retreat will be held at the beautiful Westin Conchal, which sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.

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ROAR Retreat Speakers

Our idea was to have three speakers, one a day and then to have continued conversations around each topic. Our Speakers include Alison Kramer, author and content creator of UnMarketing, Emily Meyer, Chief Creative officer of Tea Collection and Lavinia Spalding, award winning travel writer and editor. The first day will be focused on social media and marketing. The second day, Emily will talk about entrepreneurship and small business and last but not least, Lavinia Spalding will be talking about the art of travel and writing. We also have a Return to You workshop being held by Jennie Baird and Invisalign will be sponsoring a photography workshop with Aimee Giese.

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ROAR Retreat Sponsors

The sponsors that have come on board to help support ROAR get what we were trying to do and so I cannot say enough about them. They wanted to have a real authentic connection with these women and start a relationship with them. Of course we did not want a room full of sponsors handing out swag, nor did we accept any sponsor that just wanted to “send product” only. These women do not need free product, they can buy their own toothpaste and sunscreen thank you very much. Invisalign has two women attending ROAR that are on their Mom Advisory Board and they will be representing the brand and speaking to us about their experience with Invisalign. Minted and barkTHINS saw this as a creative opportunity and wanted to be apart of it the best way that fit their brands.  We also have SheEO that is sponsoring a dinner and doing a small activity with the attendees on site.

ROAR is not just about blogging and social media, it’s just not that black and white. ROAR is for women who are looking to either harness or find their purpose, collaborate creatively, start something new, expand their connections, discover something new, set some goals or maybe let something go.

I want to say THANK YOU to all 30 women heading to Costa Rica today, they put trust in me and Nadia to get on a plane and make time for this. This was not them getting the fancy invitation from the PR company or luxury resort, they chose to attend ROAR and we do not take that lightly.

#ROAR14

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Fall Fashion Favorites Savvy Sassy Moms
Fall Fashion Favorites

If there is one thing we love around here it is Fall fashion!  As New York Fashion week comes to an end and the stores start to fill up with the latest Fall fashion trends I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. Clearly we are not walking a cat walk but that doesn’t mean we can’t pick up a few fall accessories to add to our Fall wardrobe.

Track pants are a big trend for Fall and the trick is not making them look like sweat pants, so be sure to style them with a cool jean jacket, some wedge ankle boots and some fun jewelry so you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed. Burgundy is a hot fall color and you should definitely pick up a little something in leopard!  I am also loving over sized sweaters and sweater coats, these make a create layering piece and will dress up your basic t-shirt and jeans.

Fall Fashion Colors

Last year I was all about the warm color of a warm pumpkin spice latte (see how I would wear it) This year I am loving a mix of mustard, chocolate brown, berry and green for Fall. This blend of warm hues makes me want to go for long walks with my pumpkin spice latte and jump in the Fall leaves. Some of these colors are also very popular fall nail polish colors

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Hanna Anderson Sweater Coat
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Hobo Clutch Wallet
Hobo Wallets Fall 2014
Cole Haan Wedge Ankle Boots
OPI Fall Nail Polish
Stella Dot Wrap Bracelet
Fall Accessories
Leopard iphone 5 Case
Fall Tote Handbag
Track Pants
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My Fall Favorite Picks

1. Hanna Andersson Stockholm Pants French Terry $75
2. Stella Dot Cady Wrap Bracelet $59
3. OPI Purple Tinged from the Brazil Collection $10
4. Cole Haan Halley Wedge Bootie $120
5. Hobo Lauren Clutch $110
6. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Tiger Scarf $58
7. Hanna Andersson Harvest Sweater Coat $159
8. Tory Burch Kerrington iphone 5 Case $60
9. Reversible Tote Brown/Coral $39.99

An easy fall accessory update

If you aren’t planning on updating your entire wardrobe for fall, consider starting with a couple of new accessories to make the transition into the new season. One of our hot finds for this fall is the collection of bags from Under One Sky, including our favorite from the line, their Reversible Tote Bag, which is available exclusively online through Target.

Under One Sky Tote

Not only is it super soft and far more luxe than its $40 price tag, we love that you can switch the tote easily from its caramel brown side to its pop-of-coral side, just by turning it inside out.

Under One Sky TotebagOther favorites about this bag? The tote comes with its own mini-bag inside, which is perfect for storing your makeup or personal items… especially if you’re also using it as a diaper bag. And, that simple magnet closure at its opening keeps all of our fall essentials tucked safely inside. More than anything, we just love that this tote is simple and classic, making it an easy addition to pieces that are already in your wardrobe for fall or that you’re planning on adding to your closet in the next few months!

What is your favorite Fall fashion trend, color, it item?

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Ends on Friday September 26th at 11:59pm PST

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The Fall fashion season is in full swing and I love seeing all the colors that are trending, I like to update my wardrobe with a little something from each trend. I always like to update my undergarments a little bit as well, I just can’t resist new bras and underwear that go so well with Fall clothing. Vanity Fair Lingerie has a variety of bras that fit every shape and size but their designs are right on trend for Fall too. I love the classic warm fall colors but I also love the sleek sophisticated silver, grey and blues tones that have been popping up this Fall.

So here are three fashionable looks for your week ahead!  I’ve paired them with a Vanity Fair Bra – because they really are the most comfortable bras ever!

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Momday Mornings

For those grey mornings when getting out of bed might be a little more difficult, Moms can throwon this casual outfit and be in style for the morning drop off. Metallics seem to lighten things up a bit or add a little bit of shine to your day. Leggings and cozy boots are a must for chilly fall days and for winter getaways. We also like this easy grey tote for for the everyday mom on the go. Vanity Fair’s Beautiful Benefits Zoned-In Support Full Figure Bra in Tiffany Silver is not only gorgeous but is a wire free bra that has age defying lift and gives full support for all day comfort, when you are running those errands.

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Board Meeting

For the Mom that has to attend a board meeting, meet a client for dinner or attend a special event this shade of blue makes a powerful statement!  Blue is one of the hottest colors for Fall and it looks so sophisticated and classy when you pair it with black. This blue is definitely a classic jewel tone and it’s one of my favorite colors for a manicure and pedicure. We paired this look with the Vanity Fair Smooth Breathable Comfort Full Figure Underwire Bra which has light airy pads for breathable comfort, has a simple sophisticated style while still giving full support.

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Casual Friday

I like charcoal grey because it’s not as dark as black but can be be very sexy or very casual depending on how you wear it. Chunky knit sweaters and wedge ankle boots are both hot trends for Fall and dark grey nails seem to be the perfect match. Skinny jeans in different washes of grey are also still on trend from last year and when you mix them with a white t-shirt, grey scarf or cardigan it’s simple, casual and cool. We love the Full Coverage Body Shine Floral Underwire Bra from Vanity Fair for this look because it’s sweet and sassy at the same time.

What colors are you loving for Fall? Do you change up your undergarments depending on the season?
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InvisalignTalk Twitter Party

Thursday, Sept. 18th
6:00pm PST / 9:00pm EST
#InvisalignTalk

Follow Hosts: Andrea Fellman  (me) @SavvySassyMoms and  @ChildMode (Nadia Carriere)

You know those super cool see-through brace-like aligners that everyone is talking about? Because they’re invisible, there is less social awkwardness to impact your teen’s confidence and self-esteem during an already vulnerable time. Because of the lack of metal, teens can play sports without fear of injury and there are no food restrictions to worry about as they are removable, so brushing and flossing doesn’t become a chore.

No broken wires or brackets either!

Invisalign Teen is covered by most dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance.

Some other fun facts:

• Invisalign Teen includes up to six free replacement aligners, although clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.

• Small blue dots, officially called compliance indicators, gradually fade as aligners are worn. It’s a quick visual check for doctors, teens and parents to confirm aligners are being worn enough to get results.

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Join us tomorrow night for a fun Twitter chat about Invisalign. You’ll have a chance to win one out of 4 $100 gift cards to spend on whatever you choose. Treat yourself ;).

RSVP: Using the linky below for your chance to win!

Photo credit: Pure Metal Cards/Flickr

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Delta Children Safe Sleep Twitter Party Savvy Sassy Moms
Safe Sleep Twitter Party

Wednesday, September 17th
10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST
#DeltaSafeSleep

Hosts: @savvysassymoms @KatieDid_What @DeltaChildren

Join us for a fun, but educational chat about keeping your babies safe! The Delta Children Safe Sleep campaign is an ongoing effort and commitment to educate parents on the importance of creating a safe sleeping environment. We want you and anyone caring for your baby to be aware of the DO’s and DONT’s when it comes to placing your baby in a crib, bassinet or play yard. Delta Children is very committed to Safe Sleep and is currently on a mission to giveaway $1,000,000 worth of cribs to families in need nationwide. I think we can all get behind that!

Delta Children Safe Sleep

Delta Children is a 45+ year old family business based in New York. It was founded by Louis Shamie and today is run by his sons Joseph and Sam Shamie. It the leading crib, toddler and nursery manufacturer in the world—selling in over 20 countries. The brand has 8 safety test labs worldwide, including one based in NJ, where each product is put through stringent testing that goes above and beyond all government requirements. The brand worked closely with the CPSC to develop the newest crib legislations, holds 3 ASTM committee chairs and are board members of the JPMA.

Delta Children Social Handles:
Twitter @DeltaChildren
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deltachildren
Instagram: @DeltaChildren

Delta Children Twitter Party Prizing

Twitter Party Prizing!

Every winner will receive a Safe-n-Clear Digital Baby Monitor with 2 Parent Receivers

1. Sutton Travel Sleep Solution + Safe-n-Clear Digital Baby Monitor

2. Viaggi Playard + Safe-n-Clear Digital Baby Monitor

3.  Lil’ Fun Walker + Safe-n-Clear Digital Baby Monitor

4.  Sweet Beginnings Lattice Bassinet +  Safe-n-Clear Digital Baby Monitor

5. Grand PRiZE: The Delta Children Epic 4-in-1 Crib ($199.99) AND the Delta Children Epic 3 Drawer Dresser Hutch ($359.98)+ Safe-n-Clear Digital Baby Monitor.

*New this Fall and available at Babies R Us $299.99

You must be RSVP’d to win prizes
Open to US Residents Only
Please RSVP below

Example:
Link Title: @savvy123
Link URL: http://twitter.com/savvy123

 

 

 

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