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Keeping up with current fashion trends can be very expensive. As moms, we love our leggings and yoga pants for around the house. Still, we want to look good when we have the opportunity to get out and interact with other adults. Working parents have the added challenge of creating a fashionable wardrobe for the office without breaking the bank. Finding online deals takes stress out of shopping for fashionable clothes.

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Consider buying used items

People without children can probably find time to search through items at consignment stores. However, parents often find the only time they can shop online is after the kids go to bed. The good news is just because we’re shopping with our devices instead of our feet, we can still find great deals on gently used items.

There are many options for finding used clothing online. One of the most well-known sites to use for buying all sorts of things is eBay, and they have listings for pretty much anything. Their site provides a variety of ways to limit your search, so you can find the size, brand, or even color that you want. The downside to eBay is that the listings will include many outdated items.

Online shoppers can find more recent clothing items for sale on sites like thredUP. If you’re looking for something like a special occasion dress, you can also save money by renting designer dresses through sites like Rent the Runway.

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Search for coupon codes

You will be amazed at how many coupon codes are available for pretty much every website out there. Before you finalize your transactions, check to make sure that you do not forget to apply discount codes. A simple search for “discount codes” and the name of the site should yield a couple of different options for you to try.

Try to apply several codes to your transaction, because you may be able to combine a couple of different offers. If you’re having trouble finding a coupon code that works, always check out the homepage for the site. Deals are often highlighted there to entice shoppers to venture further into the site.

Search for trendy, off-brand clothing

We all have our favorite brands, but branching out and trying alternatives can give you the look without the high price. Be honest; no one really looks at the tags on your clothing. I’ve been pretty impressed with the affordable clothing offered on Amazon. They have trendy-looking items for really low prices.

Plenty of other sites offer cheaper versions of your favorite styles. They might not be heirloom quality, but if you’re someone who is continually updating their closet, it may be a good option.

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Take advantage of rewards programs and sales

If you are hopelessly devoted to any specific stores or brands, make sure to earn some rewards for your loyalty. Sign up for email newsletters, and you can receive coupons and learn about upcoming sales. Don’t forget about planning ahead to make purchases during yearly sales or special holiday promotions. Some brands and sites that reward repeat customers with discounts you can apply towards future purchases.

Some sites and brands that only offer special pricing on special occasions. You can still save some of the cost by using a credit card with a cash-back or another type of reward program. Any easy way to find these reward programs is by going to Google and typing the name of your favorite online store followed by rewards or loyalty program. Just make sure to pay off your balances in full, or else the interest charges will cancel out your rewards.

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Look for free shipping — and shop strategically

Finally, shipping charges are a sneaky way to end up paying even more for your online purchases. Most sites offer free shipping once your purchase adds up to a certain amount. Make sure you’re not paying $15 for shipping, when you could add on a small item and get everything sent to you without any extra charges.

Staying up to date with current trends is going to be expensive if you are an impulse shopper. By being more strategic with your spending, it is possible to save quite a bit of money. The keys are planning ahead and thinking a little outside the box. A little extra effort can help you be both fashionable and frugal.

What are your favorite sources for the best online deals?

Jenny Silverstone is just another mom trying to do her best. She loves making lists and helping others find what they are looking for. When she’s not trying to find the best bargains online, you can find her blogging about all things related to feeding your baby at MomLovesBest.com and join her on Pinterest.

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This post is sponsored by Mox shoes. All opinions are my own. 

Mox shoes call themselves “the anywhere shoes.” Secretly, I wasn’t sure about that before I slid my feet into them. I’m more of a “go with the heels” type of shoe wearer most of the time, but I loved the idea of snagging a pair of Mox shoes for times when heels don’t seem quite right.

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Mox shoes made a fantastic first impression

Gold flats landed on my wish list last fall, but I hadn’t yet added a pair to my closet. A pair of Mox felt like the perfect chance to try metallic shoes. They arrived in a reusable cotton bag, which made me smile. Cute packaging goes a long way! Unwrapping them felt special from the moment I opened the box. I liked that the color was rich and warm without feeling too yellow.

Lighter nail polish and sunglasses move into constant rotation when warmer weather arrives. Plus, I finally get to retire boots until the leaves start to change colors in the fall.

Convenient and comfortable choice for walking to school

We’re lucky enough to live within walking distance to school. My kids think they want to experience the carpool lane, but I appreciate being able to walk with them — no matter what the weather. Our neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, which means I spend part of our walk traipsing across the lawn. During winter months and early spring, I know I’ll turn to snow boots or my favorite wellies, depending on the weather.

As the weather gets warmer, I don’t always know what to wear. Flip flops just aren’t my favorite, and my sky-high wedges seem a little silly when I might end up spending time at the playground once that final bell rings. Mox shoes turned out to be the perfect choice for my twice-daily walks. Since light and breathable Mox are made from 100% man made rubber, I don’t have to worry about early morning dew soaking my running shoes. My feet look cute, and I’m able to stay comfortable even if my kids try to cajole me into a game of tag after school.

Moving Mox shoes into my wardrobe rotation

After wearing Mox to school for a couple of days, I started to think about how true it was that they could be a true “anywhere” shoe. Lightweight and flexible, I can’t think of a better shoe to toss into a carryon while traveling. They wear comfortably, which matters during travel, and they’re sleek enough to pair with shorts, jeans, or sundresses. Even a heel die-hard like me might tuck them into a clutch the next time I go to a wedding or formal event. Dancing the night away sometimes requires changing into a more comfortable, yet still stylish, pair of shoes.

I’ll definitely wear them almost daily this summer. My kids and I spend as many waking hours as possible at the pool. My time there mostly involves keeping an eye on them from the side of the water. They’re getting much too mature to want their mom in the water with them when they’re with friends. A pair of cute, waterproof shoes will make it easy to choose what to put on in the morning.

Try a pair of Mox shoes — and get 10% off

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As the weather gets warmer, the sleeves get shorter, and its time to retreat to your closet to break in an old friend, your favourite plain white tee. In fact, you probably have plenty favourite white tees, and you’ll continue to buy more and more over the spring and summer. This year, a small update with a buzzword tee or accessory will add some “oomph” to my outfits.

Buzzword Tees and Accessories

My white tee, can now simply state, “I’m funny and progressive, I’m still a cool mom. Read my t-shirt,” but also says “not for too long.” This year, I’m embracing the power of suggestion with these cute Buzzword Tees. These quick, quirky tees attract just enough attention to stand out in a crowd of plain white tees, but are simple enough to be durable, and quickly transition from casual, to dressy, and back again. You can find a graphic tee with almost any phrase so that they make great personality descriptors, and gifts. For example, for my older daughter, I would choose a tee that reads “dream,” and for my middle daughter, I would choose “sunny.”

Here are some buzzword tee’s AND accessories we have our eye on!

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How will you express yourself with a graphic tee this summer?
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After a spur of the moment shopping spree, I came home with a brand new pair of mules. Now that I have bought mules, I have to figure out how to wear them. Mules have the comfort of the running shoe and are easy to throw on!  Whether you like this trend or not, you argue that mules are both functional and comfortable.

Busy moms will love this trend, because for the mom-on-the-go, timing is everything. We squeeze every minute of every day to the maximum. We time our outings to the second, and mules are simple to wear, increasing our timing and functionality. You’ll love the different ways we styled mules to wear during your weekly activities.

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Wear mules to lunch

Mules are a perfect shoe to go for a lunch with friends. They are comfortable enough if you park your car far from your destination, yet they look trendy and are easy to wear. These are not drop-me-off at the door shoes! You may even want to suggest a walk after the lunch to spend a little extra time with your friends.

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Faux leather leggings

Mules are worthy of date night

If the baby sitter is booked, but you’re not sure where you are headed — or didn’t have time to book a reservation — walking may be ahead of you. Add mules to your simple dress, and you won’t mind walking while you search for that perfect destination.

Slip dress

Silver mules

Mules are comfy enough to wear at work

Wearing heals at work may not be your thing, but that doesn’t mean you want to look overly casual. Mules have a covered toe, making them look professional, but your feet will thank you for your choice. You can spend an entire day on your feet in these comfortable shoes.

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Trousers

Black mules

Rushing to a playdate

Getting organized to get to a playdate can be hectic! When you’re packing up the kids’ things, figuring out what to wear often gets left to the last minute. A simple t-shirt dress goes with everything and can be worn almost everywhere. Sliding on a nude mule finishes the ensemble perfectly, and out the door you go.

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Nude mules

Wear mules on your everyday errands

When running errands, we always try to make the most of our time. Sliding on your shoe as you rush out the door can increase your timing when doing daily errands.

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Distressed jeans

How will you wear your mules into the spring and summer seasons?
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Aside from Christmas, and when the kids go back to school, I think spring is the most wonderful time of the year. The stores change over their merchandise, and the sun starts shining. Most importantly, I’m finally emerging from hibernation inside the 500 blankets I use to keep warm.

I can almost feel spring in the air. I can taste it in the Starbucks menu changeover and the declining gas prices! Oh spring, how I long to break free of the heavy shackled restraints of my winter coat. Please come soon, so I can FINALLY debut my white sneakers I bought on impulse over the winter.

White Blouse Refresh For Spring

As the weather warms, I find myself swooning over white blouses with high-volume sleeves and over the shoulder tops with feminine details in many shapes and fabrics!

The blouse always feels feminine, effortless and flirty, too. I think of it as the ultimate piece for the working mom. It adds to a sophisticated office-ready look, and can also be worn under a blazer or cropped leather jacket to accommodate the freezing office air conditioning. You can later transform the same blouse for date-night by adding a pump or a bootie.

We know comfort plays a huge role for the active mom, and you can leave a blouse untucked over jeans or tucked into a skirt, making this piece a staple. Let’s face it, moms-to-be can wear a button-down blouse or a peasant blouse as maternity wear (if you’re lucky) for a pretty cute look.

Now you can button up in style as you step out with a renewed sense of gusto this season. We hope you enjoy viewing a few of our favorite white pieces to get you refreshed for the season. We tried to include all the right accents to ensure you are on trend this year.

  1. Priyalla top
  2. Tipped button back bell sleeve top
  3. Asymmetrical top with ruffle
  4. Heart blouse
  5. Embroidered dot off the shoulder
  6. Poplin bardot blouse
  7. Ruffle one shoulder top
  8. Bow sleeve blouse

You may also like:

Vena Off-The Shoulder Top

Lita Lace Blouse

Marine top

Collared off the shoulder top

What are you debuting this season that you bought on impulse in anticipation of Spring?
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The athleisure trend really benefits the mom on the go! You may find yourself having to be several places at once and one of those places may be the gym. Every morning, in lieu of my New Year’s resolution, I think to myself, “Maybe I can make it to the gym after morning carpool.” Since my day can go any which way, I dress in my athleisure-wear to motivate myself to get there.

Athleisure Wear for Moms

Oftentimes, an unanticipated series of events, like a mishap at school, or an unscheduled grocery run, prevent me from getting my daily cardio in. Sounds familiar, right? Athleisure serves two purposes — I can run around in comfortable attractive clothing and allow me to utilize the same outfit if I end up getting to the gym, seeing I am already dressed to go.

 The legging pant

Pants can go from carpool, the gym or to a lunch and mesh and lace inserts make these pants modern and ready to wear! I love the look of faux leather that can be worn to the gym or to a dinner, which makes my wardrobe versatile yet simple.

High Rise Lustrous Leggings, $89

Fishnet Ankle Leggings, $62

The basics

A simple t-shirt is perfect for layering in cool weather or as a basic at the gym. The ruched tube skirt is perfect for a walk with friends while pushing the double stroller or taking the kids to a play group, ensuring comfort and moveability. 

Basic Boy Tee, $96

Tube Skirt, $166

Hoodies and pullovers

Creating a sporty look with a hoody will keep you warm, layered and ready for action! Hoodies and pullovers are not just for your little one anymore.

Pink Long Sleeve Convertible Hoodie/Over the Shoulder Top, $128

Color Block Crop Sweatshirt, $58

Black and White Long Sleeve Pullover, $80

Accessories

We all need the perfect accessories that can be used throughout the day. 

Pink Longchamp Backpack, $125

Grey Faux Leather Backpack, $140

Matte Lip and Cheek Pencil, $24

Black Cat Activity Tracker, $98

Baseball Hat, $44

Studio Socks, $25

What are some of the athleisure wear items you use all day long?
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The time has come for your daughter to go to the prom and she has been dreaming about her prom dress for ages. But, while the task of finding a prom dress may seem easy enough, there is so much more to it than you realize. Here’s what every mom needs to know before she goes prom dress shopping with her daughter.

Prom Dress Shopping: What Every Mom Needs to Know

There is a Facebook group

You heard correctly. There is a Facebook group for the girls to post their prom dresses. They post their dresses the second they purchase them so there are no repeat offenders the night of prom. Occasionally, girls will post multiple dresses, claiming more than one dress so no one will buy them. Thus, it is important for your daughter to be loud and clear about which dress she intends on buying. Often, a certain style may be more popular amongst the large group of girls, so it is important to ensure your daughter that though her dress may look similar to another, she will still be able to add unique touches with hair, accessories and makeup to make the look her own.

Start shopping early

Many girls have an idea of what styles of dresses they are interested in, but once they try something on, it may be different than anticipated. Prom dresses are already stocked and in the store early. If you want a premium selection, I would suggest starting the search in January. Some of the girls may need some time to see what is available, what suits their frame and what colors are in stock.

All about photos

Some boutiques do not allow you to take pictures at all, but if they do allow photos, take some. Personally, I think it is extremely helpful to take a picture of your daughter in their dress if they are undecided or if they are deciding between multiple dresses. They can also revisit the photos later when they do not feel that purchase pressure and will have time to see a selection at a different retailer, narrowing down the options.

Skip online shopping

We know that there are so many retailers specializing in prom dresses, however, shopping online may be a little disappointing once the dress arrives at your home. When you are anticipating the dress that you ordered, you may have to have it altered, pay shipping fees, may even have to ship it back once it arrives and start the shopping all over again.

Test out makeup and hair, pre-prom

Do a trial run before you settle on a style. Trying something very different the day of prom may result in an unhappy daughter, and even worse, an unhappy mother. Pinterest is a great place to pin different hairstyles and makeup tutorials to give you inspiration on looks to try.

Additional wardrobe required

Not only does your daughter need a prom dress, she needs a graduation outfit to wear under the cap and gown AND an after-prom dress. Please note: the beautiful prom dress that you spent hours debating about and purchased that was sealed for preservation in the garment bag for months will probably be thrown to the sidelines as your daughter prepares for her after-prom activities. This dress is not a gown — it will probably be a “nightclub” type dress for the remainder of the evening.

Remember a change of Shoes

Make sure the shoes selected are comfortable or they will not even make it through the evening or even the pre-prom activities! I suggest, walking around in the chosen shoes for a few weeks before the event. Plus, purchasing running shoes or flats to change into part way through the evening will ensure a fun and comfortable evening for your daughter.

Good luck, moms!

What style of prom dress would you like to see your daughter in? 
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To me, frilly equals feminine. When I think of frill, I think of the decadence of Marie Antoinette, the girlishness of Little Bo-Peep, and the frilly white socks my mom used to pair with my Mary Janes. But, wearing ruffles and frills now is a different story.

Wearing Ruffles and Frills: A How-to Guide

In fashion, frill has moved past the frilled white sock ($10). This season, ruffles and frills seem to be everywhere I look. I am truly elated to announce that the frill is back and I could not be more excited to relive my youth through stepping out in frilly dresses and accessories. This trend isn’t just for moms. Everyone knows that a little girl dressed in frills is absolutely adorable.

I am enamored with the ability to be comfortable and feminine at the same time and this look is not just for special occasions. Frills will be found in the business world, footwear, casual wear, dresses, outerwear and even accessories. From glamorous looks to the sporty vibe, the ruffle will be seen throughout the season and you will be a stand out in a noticeable statement frill.

The frill statement pieces

The Oversized Chiffon Ruffled Blouse ($78) can be worn to work with a fitted trouser or during an afternoon with your favorite jeans. I have been known to wear this look out in the evening with a leather-effect slim pant, too. You can always add a frill to the bottom of a pant and keep the top simple like this Roll-Tab Sleeve Tunic ($28) with a Frilled Stretch Trouser ($70) or a Leather-Effect Trouser ($70).

The cozy and comfortable frilly accessory

Accessorizing can help fit your mood or personality. I love the idea of a pair of Ruffled Fingerless Gloves ($60) that add just that bit of a feminine vibe! A simple Jersey Ruffle Sweatshirt ($58) can really update your wardrobe, giving you a relaxed silhouette. A comfortable shoe can’t be beat while making your way through your list of things to do, get the look with a white Ruffled Sneaker, $412.

Are you wearing ruffles and frills this season?
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Sparkly, glittery, shiny, oh my! This season I have discovered the look of metallic styles and they are slowly starting to replace the sparkles in my closet. In the past, I’ve been a big fan of sparkles, but have noticed that after a few wears, I tend to get a little bored. I want glitter and glamour, but I also want longevity. With metallics for fall, not only am I getting my glitter fix, I am adding a modern element to my wardrobe that is unexpected and matches with almost any other color I’m wearing.

Metallic Styles for Fall 2016

The muted mirror metallics are playful and unexpected, yet add the elegance to any look with a refined twist to your wardrobe. Unlike sparkles, metallics remain clean and light wear after wear, acting as a base for a unique glam look without looking too overdone.

The metallic shades speak for themselves, whether you are wearing a silver-toned sweatshirt, $70,  high waist metallic leggings, $30, metallic zip booties, $140, an a-line leather mini-skirt, $160 or adding an iridescent halo to your manicure, the variety of hues to choose from are endless.

This trend is a serious ode to the early 2000s, but also a flash forward to the future of fashion. Metallics are not only showing up on the runway, we are also seeing interest and shine in the home in accent pieces such as a super chic silver metallic pouf, $90. Metallic pieces that act as a neutral will surprisingly go with almost anything and be a stand-out in any room.

This season, combat tired burgundys and beiges, which are repeated every single fall season without fail. Shine on in gloomy weather, and rock an everyday metallic hue.

How will you be wearing metallics this season?
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Despite being located above the nose on the face, I have noticed eye print patterns being worn on all different parts of the body. Sometimes as a necklace, and sometimes as bold as a patterned scarf, all eyes will be with you with the help of this unique trend. Here are a few subtle ways to rock an unconventional pattern.

Eye of The Beholder Style

 

The flirty t-shirt

This eye-winking cotton t-shirt can be paired with high-waisted jeans, a skirt, or shorts. Throw a blazer on for work or while travelling and you are ready for a look that’s fresh and flirty.

Flirty Cotton T-shirt, $69

A small accessory

The enamel eye pin adds just enough color to your blazer, denim jacket or your bag!

Georgia Perry Eye Pin, $15

Wallet on a chain

This whimsical eye wallet on a chain has just enough room to store your essentials and the removable shoulder strap is super convenient for the day and beyond.

Eye To Eye Wallet, $59

Quirky shoes

These quirky espadrilles with embroidered winking design will keep you comfortable and get you where you are going while keeping with the eye trend.

Soludos Smoking Slipper, $75

A bold accessory

This faux leather bag charm is bright and small but “eye” catching!

Eye See You Bag Charm, $83

A protective cover

This protective iPhone cover is topped with a graphic eye design that allows you to follow the this trend!

Eye Transparent iPhone Case, $35

Don’t be afraid to be bold and try something dangerous! With the help of an unusual pattern worn appropriately and satirically, all eyes will be on you!

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