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White jeans and ruffle top with wedges

Fashion Friday: What’s in my cart this week

Shopping online is simple and quick. For the busy mom on the move, it is always the easiest route to go… unless you have to return items that don’t fit, of course. While browsing different websites, I usually put a few items in my shopping cart just to keep my eyes on a few options that are trending right now or pieces I need to add to my already ever-evolving wardrobe. Once you buy one item, it spirals into, “I need that top to go with the new skirt” or “Wouldn’t those shoes work perfectly with that new pair of pants?” Beware — occasionally, some of those items go missing from the shopping cart when you eventually go to make the purchase!

Start at the top

I have been wearing this ruffle top from Zara nonstop. It is crisp, comfortable, sleek and pairs perfectly with a pair of culottes or white skinnies. Here are some similar options;

Royal Blue Ruffle Off The Shoulder Blouse, $15

Tulip Sleeve Off-The-Shoulder Top, $40

Tularosa, Alexa Lace-Inset Off-Shoulder Crop Top, White, $89

Re:named Over the Shoulder Top, $41

Splendid Striped Off Shoulder Tee, $118

Jeans for any occasion

I love the quality of a good pair of jeans. High-waisted skinnies hold me in, in all the right places, pair nicely with a cropped top, and are figure flattering for everyone.

Frame Le High Skinny Jeans, $150

Complete your outfit with the right shoes

Wedge shoes offer all the elegance of heels with the comfort of flats. A little pop of color adds flavor to an otherwise neutral outfit.

Kate Spade New York Tarin Platform Sandals, $127

Always accessorize

Try pairing bright chandelier earrings for a flattering flash of color to contribute to this look.

CHAN LUU Goldtone Beaded Drop Earrings, $70

Happy shopping!
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I love the look of combining blush and black for both day and night. I recently tried on a few items to try to emulate this trendy combination and quickly learned that not all blush tones are flattering on. When pairing your blush items, try to stick with other neutral tones that work well with your coloring. I find that when pairing these neutral tones, I like to stick with black as the base of many of my outfits, making blush my accent color.

Blush and Black Fashion

The basic

A black tank dress works well with almost everything in my wardrobe. I can wear it to work with a neutral vest and some flats of comfortable heels. The Aritzia dress is fitted, yet conservative enough for work.

Aritzia Seymour Dress, $80

The simple addition

I love this barely-there, understated, “Love” necklace.

Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Love Necklace, $155

The bomber

This bomber is the right shade of blush and will be a great little piece on a cool morning or early evening outing.

Shiny Bomber, NLY Trend, $80

The neutral lip

The Revlon ColorBurst lip balm comes in almost any shade, I am currently wearing this neutral shade daily.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm, $10

The lunch bag clutch

This lunch bag-looking clutch is inspired by the traditional brown paper lunch bag and is a timeless look.

Marie Turnnor Accessories Pyramid Stud Lunch Clutch, $220

The shoes

These suede booties are a must have for warm summer nights, daytime outings, long days at work and for travel. They are super comfortable and go with almost any outfit.

Jeffrey Campbell Pink Suede Lace-Up Bootie, $115

Open toe sandals in a neutral shade are a great basic.

Steve Madden Basic Sandal, $120

The long topper

This long vest fits nicely over the fitted black dress and adds coverage to a simple outfit.

Long Waistcoat with Back Opening, $50

The sparkle

The urban look of this bracelet is sporty, yet can be deemed as evening wear because of the crystals. It is comfortable and easy to wear.

Slake Nude Crystallized Bracelet, $70

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How to Become a Stella and Dot Stylist

Time to make a change

After having kids, your priorities quickly change and what used to satisfy you on the work front may no longer doing the trick. Being a working mom is no easy task and you quickly come to realize that if you don’t love what you do, it becomes hard to justify leaving your kids each day. Many women make a change in their career after having children and Stella and Dot is the perfect change for so many women. It could be right for you!

You can sign up to be a Stella & Dot Stylist for as low as $199 now through April 30! (EDITOR’S NOTE: This offer has been extended through May 6, 2016!) When you do, you will receive $750 in free accessories!

Sign up as a Stella & Dot Stylist for $199 and get $750 in free accessories when you sign up in April!

Plus: An additional $100 in initial Sample Credits is accessible to Stylists immediately upon sign-up. Sign-up options are as follows:

  • Online and On-The-Go sign-up: $199 for $450 in Sample Credit
  • Trunk Show Essentials sign-up: $499 for $1,100 in Sample Credit
  • Business Builder sign-up: $699 for $1,600 in Sample Credit

When you sell $1,000 worth of product in for your first 30 days, you’ll be able to earn an additional  $300 in product credit.

The perks

If you’ve been thinking about it, now is the time to become a Stella and Dot Stylist! In addition to getting special discounts on jewelry and accessories, you also have the freedom to style your own financial future. Whether you decide to work as a full-time stylist, or you fit it into your current working situation to earn more income, there are so many benefits.

Other perks include:

  • An incredible business to call your own
  • The ability to work from home and earn extra income sharing the jewelry, accessories and fashion trends that you love with others
  • Training and support from amazing and successful women
  • Free jewelry, as well as significant discounts
  • Expense paid vacations
  • A personal website and online business center
  • … and so much more!

You can learn more about becoming a Stella and Dot Stylist here.

Looks we love

Here are some of our spring favorites! Get the look:

Favorite Spring Looks from Stella and Dot #StellaDotStyle

Union Square Scard – Multi Geo Print ($59), Miramar Sunglasses Black ($119), Cushion Dop Earrings – Citron ($34), Birdie Necklace ($118), City Slim Clutch – Black and Cream Clean Stripe ($59)

Sign up as a Stella & Dot Stylist for $199 and get $750 in free accessories when you sign up in April!

 

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One of my favorite parts about spring is shedding my winter jacket and being able to carry a fashionable bag! Since I have one child toilet trained and the other one in diapers, I need a bag big enough to hold all the essentials… but still stylish. This spring, I’m looking forward to cleaning out my winter diaper bag and getting into something new and fresh.

Chic Spring Diaper Bags

Sporty stylish

The Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag ($65) is well-known for being a sturdy diaper bag that last. This bag can take whatever you throw at it — from playgroup to the park to children’s programs. The clip-on straps are an easy and convenient way to hang this bag from the handle of your stroller and with numerous pockets both inside and out, this bag has every inch covered in usable space.

Preppy and pristine

I have to admit, I am a huge navy lover! The color block of orange adds a nice pop to this bag and gives it a sophisticated look. The clean zippers along the side make it easy to reach in and grab what you need without have to stop and put your bag down — a must-have feature for moms. Anything that keeps me moving when my little one is sleeping in the stroller earns bonus points! I am a big fan of the Storksak Colorblock Diaper Bag ($115).

Fast paced and on-the-go

These days, with a 4-year-old and an almost 2-year-old, I need my hands free! I typically have one kid on my hip and the other attached to my hand, so being able to throw on a backpack diaper bag just makes my life easier. And on the weekends, a backpack is just what feels right. While my kids have a whole selection of cute little backpacks, I want a bag that feels stylish and functional, not cutesy. The Honest Company City Diaper Backpack ($150) is a true diaper bag backpack. It comes with a changing pad, insulated pockets, a key fob and a water-resistant, wipeable lining. This bag is functional and practical… and super chic.

Clean and classic

There is something classic about a black and white bag. You really can’t go wrong. I love the clean black lines of this diaper bag and the additional pockets on the front and side are perfect for all of your immediate needs such as diapers, pacifiers, and snacks (for you and your babe!). With a name like Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Be Prepared ($200), I won’t be second guessing if there’s enough room in this bag for everything!

Sweet and chic

The Petunia Pickle Bottom Tote ($159) is the perfect transitional bag. This bag can be worn as a cross-body tote or switch into a backpack with its easy-to-change straps. At first glance, you wouldn’t even think this bag is a diaper bag, which is great when you’re moving from kid-centric to mom-centric activities throughout the day.

Fab and fun

This bag is gorgeous! I love the spring color and this look can easily take you from day to night. The Timi and Leslie Marie Antoinette Diaper Bag ($170) takes care of it all. For the daytime, this bag comes with a zippered sack for soiled clothes (brilliant!), an insulated bottle holder, matching stroller straps so you can hang the bag from your stroller, a changing pad, and a detachable cross-body strap. For evening, use the bag as is or simply pull out the stylish matching clutch that comes with it!

Which bag is your style?
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Spring 2016 Handbag Trends
Spring handbag trends

We love spring for a variety of reasons, but mostly because everything seems to brighten up! This is the time of year to clean out those closets and add a few new pieces to your wardrobe.

One of the best ways to get in the spring spirit is with a new handbag! Two of the hottest spring handbag trends are bucket bags and small crossbody bags — and we’re big fans of both! Bucket bags can still hold a lot of your mom stuff, while crossbody bags are great for those nights out without the kids. In otherwords, you probably need both!

All about that fringe

Just as we saw in fall, fringe is hot and this trend has been carried over to spring handbags, too. We love the all over look fringe handbags that make a bold statement, but if that is a little too much fringe, you can also get your fringe fix with just a simple fringe tassel on your handbag.

The Spring 2016 color palette is always filled with so many pretty pastels, but this year, we’re loving the bright pops of coral and green that truly make our outfits stand out. There are certainly 50 shades of beige, ivory and cream, but blush pink is a new neutral that we’ve got our eye!

1. Kate Spade Milton Lane Satchel, $348
2. Milly Fringed Leather Bucket Bag, $275
3. Kate Spade Jettie Scalloped Crossbody Bag, $198
4. Vince Camuto Reed Leather Bucket Bag, $178
5. Big Buddha Faux Leather Tassel Bag, $90
6.  Chain 3 Chain Faux Leather Tote, $98
7. Emperia Panel Winged Tote, $48
8. Tory Burch Thea Medium Satchel, $495
9. Steven by Steve Madden Bbianca Crossbody Saddle Bag, $85
10. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag, $325

Which one would you pick?
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Pantone Picks: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue

We knew that 2016 was going to be a good year for style when we hear that Pantone announced that they would have two gorgeous colors this year! Rose Quartz and Serenity are exactly what we were hoping for after a couple years of questionable picks and we can’t wait to add this soft color palette to our home and wardrobe in 2016.

1. Kate Spade Mini Nora Crossbody Bag, $198
2. Kate Spade Klaudia Cat Glasses, $190
3. Birkenstock Shiny Snake Rose, $95
4. Pleasant Dreams Tiered Top, $50
5. Essie Lapiz of Luxury Nail Polish, $9
6. Lula Trench Coat, $63
7. Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings, $60
8. Steve Madden Caarson Sandal, $90
9. Wild Flower Infinity Scarf, $18
10. Split Neck Woven Top, $44

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Christmas is, literally, right around the corner. I feel like I’ve been saying that for weeks, but things are getting serious now. With less than 10 days to go until the big day — and even fewer days to shop! — I have the end of my to-do list in sight… and I hope you do, too.

But husbands. Ten whole days is plenty of time to shop… right? Oh yeah. And, by the way. What do you even want for Christmas? While I do have to give my own husband a lot of credit for his thoughtful gift-giving and planning, I know it usually comes down to these last few days before the holiday before anything actually gets done. And this, friends, is why I always have a last minute holiday wish list in mind!

Holiday Wish List- Sparkle and Shine

A bit of bling on my last-minute holiday wishlist

While you’re adding a few more things to your holiday wish list, considering a touch of bling and sparkle to make your holidays extra bright this year. The Endless Brilliance Collection from Zales is the perfect let-me-add-just-one-more-thing choice for your holiday wish list — and it’s probably my favorite. With pieces that are classic with a modern edge and filled with so many diamonds and sparkles that even Mrs. Claus would swoon, I know I wouldn’t mind seeing a few of these tucked in the bottom of my stocking on Christmas morning!

Pictured above from the Zales Endless Brilliance Collection:

1/2 CT. Weight T.W. Diamond Double Frame Stud Earrings in 10K White Gold
1/2 CT T.W. Diamond Double Frame Pendant in 10K White Gold
1 CT T.W. Diamond Cluster Frame Ring in 10K Two-Tone Gold

Win a $50 Zales gift card

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Best Gifts for Moms 2015
The best gifts for moms in 2015

Shopping for moms can go two ways — she’s either the easiest person to buy for on your list… or the absolute hardest. But, with this list of gifts for moms, you can’t go wrong. Or, if you’re a mom yourself looking to give your family some holiday gifts ideas, these are the perfect place to get started. Ranging from ideas that are under $50 to ones that are a complete splurge, we hope that a few of these end up under your Christmas tree this year!

1. You’re the Best Coffee Mug, $16
2. Tory Burch Foldover Crossbody Bag, $395
3. Geo Print Long Scarf, $26
4. Kate Spade Glass & Glitter Water Bottle, $30
5. Kate Spade Gramercy Grand Watch, $225
6. Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette, $75
7. MARC JACOBS New Q Hillier Hobo, $340
8. Kate Spade 2016 Monthly Planner, $40
9. Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Robe, $98
10. UGG Ansley Crystal Embellished Slippers, $135

Which item would you like under your tree this year?
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Let’s face it… moms are busy.

Crazy busy.

I would love to wear heels and stilettos every day, but come on, they just aren’t practical for a busy mom who is on the go 24/7. I have to have a shoe that I can walk in from the time I leave for work in the morning until the time I finally let my head hit the pillow at night, which is why I’m such a fan of Tieks.

How to Wear Mustard Yellow Tieks

Are Tieks worth the price?

I’ve done many posts about Tieks on my blog, Shaw Avenue, but y’all, I’m here to tell you in person… they’re amazing!

I really never thought my foot was wide until ballet flats came into style. I would try pair after pair, but they always rub the bone below my pinky toe and I would be miserable all day. I had read review after review on how amazing Tieks were (just like this one!) and once I tried them on, I realized they were different.

Do I love them? Yes.
Are they worth the price? Yes. (Especially if other ballet flats don’t fit your feet well!)
I wouldn’t have 5 pair if I didn’t think so!

How to Wear Yellow Tieks in Fall

How to wear yellow Tieks in fall

When I was deciding on a new color to buy, it took me a while to narrow it down to the Mustard Yellow Tieks. It came down to those and the fuchsia pink, but there was just something about that yellow and blue together that I couldn’t pass up for fall! Did I have a lot of things in my closet to match these? No, not really. But, I knew I’d figure it out. I’m always up for a good styling challenge and I love coming up with new outfits to pair with them! Don’t be afraid to put a little pop of color on your feet, even in a color that seems to be out of the normal for the season!

What to Wear with Yellow Tiek Ballet FlatsDress: Gap // Scarf: Amy Anne Apparel (on Etsy)

How to Wear Yellow Tieks in Fall

Shirt: J. Crew Factory // Pants: Apt. 9 // Sweater & Necklace: Judson & Co

How to Wear Yellow Shoes

Shirt & Pants: Gap // Sweater Vest: Liz Claiborne (found at Goodwill) // Sunglasses: J. Crew

This post was contributed by Jenn Pennell as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. You can find more from Jenn on her blog, Shaw Avenue, and on Instagram as @shawavenue.

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Whether it’s apparel or accessories, Buffalo plaid is a classically fun print to incorporate in outfits for both mama and Baby all throughout fall and into the holidays.

In hopes of getting you inspired to pull together a few trendy looks of your own, I’ve rounded up some of my fave, most stylish finds on Instagram and from around the web for you to add to your closets. These are taking the lumberjack look up to a way cuter and chic’er level!

Best of Buffalo Plaid on Instagram

Mama’s and babies are falling for #buffaloplaid

I take a lot of style cues from what I spot following hashtags like #buffaloplaid and #fallfashion on Instagram. Buffalo plaid is so versatile and receiving lots of love on Instagram right now! This fun fall pattern can be dressed up with a tulle skirt (@savvy_skirt_girl) or faux leather leggings, or can be layered under sweaters and brightly colored vests (@a_southerndrawl), or even mix it up by pairing with other prints (@thecatecrusader).

And don’t get me started on all the adorable kiddos of instagram who are just showing off how fun this trend is from head-to-toe in everything from headbands and baseball caps to booties and backpacks. Whether the red print or the white print is your favorite, the ways you can wear this plaid are seriously endless!

Pictured above:
@theodoreasaurus.rex // @michelle_orsi // @valere_rene_handbags
@trendycruz // @kate.eyeforstyle //  @emersongracenashville
@blaireadiebee //  @ciaa // @george_hats

Instagram Inspiration: Buffalo Plaid

Pictured above:
@oohbabydesigns // @sweet_october_ // @livingincolorstyle
@houseofaqua //  Western Chief  // JCPenney
@zosochic // @haycons // Gap

Buffalo Plaid Inspiration for Fall

Pictured above:
@studsandsapphires // @hiptipswithtiff // Accessories 212  // @bedtimerebel
@lvdmorethncrrts // Penfield // Melissa McCarthy // @melbella14
@lipglossandcrayons // RED Valentino //  Mark and Graham // @thestyledwife

Do you have a favorite look? How are you planning to rock your Buffalo plaid?

This post was contributed by Danielle Wilson a NYC lifestyle and parenting blogger. You can find more from Danielle over at Dellah’s Jubilation.

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