Posts Tagged ‘accessories’

Statement Necklaces to Shop For

Because sometimes, fashion speaks louder than words!

Mamstyles has rounded up some of the hottest bold statement necklaces that have made their way to the front row of retailers for Summer and Fall 2011-12.  Enjoy both couture-priced and affordable jewelry filled with precious metals, stones and shapes to fit the most style-conscious of moms.

The Unique: Golden Filigree

Nothing says “fun” like shiny golden glamor!  This stately (not heavy) Filigree Leaf Collar Necklace by Freedom is the mother’s newest answer to “bib” jewelry.  Available now at Topshop.

The Regal: Metal Fringe

A natural stone and no-fail metal links make this necklace a truly head-turning fashion.  Dress up a tunic or tee with the Nephi Fringe Necklace, available now at Free People.

nephi fringe necklace free people

 

The Sought-After: David Yurman Hidden Shop June

Embrace full-on luxury in links; shiny rodium and black ceramic adds drama to diamond pave for Summer’s most unforgettable statement.  Midnight Melange Link Necklace, available now at David Yurman.


 

 

 


Modern Haute Headwear Trends

Hats off to ladies who commission chic headwear as a nod to fab fashion, along with added protection from the sun on these long Summer afternoons.  The latest hats are ubiquitous in our favorite boutique scenes, with a style designed to be great on any mom!  Get hyped for our favorite hat pics:

Floppy

kate spade floppy hat

An Everyday Floral print is exactly what you need to add pizazz to a tank and capris.   Floppy hats are super-easy to don atop short or curly hairstyles, too.  Try the Ribbon Floppy Hat by Kate Spade New York, available at Bloomingdals.

Hat Knowledge Liven up jeans or a simple blazer and skirt by day; make flyaway hair look infinitely styled.  There’s a right hat for everything!

Cabbie- Cap Style

Denim Headwear is one of Summer’s best trends.  The visor-style brim of Selma Fisherman Jean’s Denim Hat is great for shielding eyes from sunny glare; the close-fitting cap is a must for humid hair days.  Available now at Singer22.


Straw Fedora

Oh Poppy! This beautiful creation of straw freshens your style with the tip of a hat.  Painted flowers liven up the Poppy Fields Fedora hat, available at Anthropologie


Spring’s Best Belts – Accessories to Try Now

This Spring, cinch up in style with the prettiest, most wearable belt accessories!  Our favorite 70’s flares and dainty dress looks are transformed into new ensembles that look worthy of their own photo shoot.  Explore these exciting “statement piece” designer creations along with basic belts you can wear with just about anything.

Tip: Create contrast by pairing a thin leather belt with busy, printed pieces.

A Friendly Tassle Create an amazing look by combining this fun leather wrap belt with exquisite printed dresses you’ve seen featured on Mamastyles.   B-Low the Belt Skinny Tassel Belt comes in 5 colors, including black, purple and aqua.  $105 at Shopbop.

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Pair a simple tassel belt with exciting prints.

 

Turquoise Hearts have it made on gorgeous brown Italian-made leather. 2-inch thick Turquoise Heart Belt by Melamed, on sale now at Saks.

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Hearts have it.

 

Braids and Beads adorn this unique essential in leather with hardware buckle and simple beads woven within.  Just enough decoration to keep an outfit chic, not jingly.  Leather Skinny Braided Belt with Beads in 3 color combos, $45  at Banana Republic.

braided skinny belt banana republic

Braided classics get a twist with trendy beads!

 

Bedazzled! Beaded Apparel and Accessories We Need Now

When it comes to stones and beading in fashion, less is very often more.  All it takes is a sprinkle of shimmery pipe beads and semiprecious crystals and stones to take any outfit from plain to exquisite.   Spring 2011 runways were full of this type of casual glam — bedazzled fashions that make any mother shine like the star that she is!

 

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Embellished pieces added glitz to the Badgley Mischka runway during New York Fashion Week Spring 2011

Avoid Looking Overdazzled by choosing one piece of beaded or gemstone apparel in the form of classic pieces like a basic black dress.

 

tbags beaded applique maxi dress black

T-Bags Beaded Applique Maxi Dress flaunts your jewels with a unique look and racerback bodice.  Awesome for evening affairs!  $242 at Saks.

Studded Gold Metal adorns footwear, making  basic flats something to be worn with shorts and silk dresses.  Add instant excitement to your pedicure with Matisse Jada Sandals in Gold; $100.95 at Zappos.

gold studded matisse jada sanda

Be the Queen of the Nile -- or sandbox.

 

A Crystallized Cuff is everything you need to show off a wrist of glamor.  Pretty as a peacock, this feather-design bracelet is perfect with solid color dresses, khakis and/or a neutral t-shirt.  Crystal Plume Cuff bracelet, $85 at J. Crew.

crystal plume cuff bracelet j crew

Crystals make glam happen.

 

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

Time is of the essence — Mother’s Day is  just 2 1/2 days away!

Stay out of that cheesy gift shop and don’t even think about hitting random clearance racks (save that for after M-day).  These Mother’s Day gift ideas (available now in department stores and their respective boutiques) will keep any maternal figure smiling and looking great, now and always.

Tiffany & Co.  Under $150

In a Word, Mom Simple luxury is something she’ll never forget.. plus it’s affordable enough to buy an extra one for yourself!  Sterling Silver Mom Heart Tag ($130 with chain, $80 without) at Tiffany & Co.

mom heart tag silver tiffany & co

Mom gave you her heart; now give her Tiffany's.

 

Everyday Muse

To the Museum We Go this beautifully artistic tote in floral is reminiscent of your very first watercolor painting.  Silvery metallic leather trims the carry-all Madison Floral Print Maggie Shoulder Bag ($298) at Coach.

 

Madison Maggie floral shoulder bag coach

Mom and the Maggie Impressionist Print Bag at Coach.

 

Summer Specs

Add a Little McQueen to her eyewear wardrobe from the fashion house that is fit for modern-day princesses and queens.   Two color choices in the retro-inspired Round Etched Frame Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen.  $325 each at Bloomingdales.

 

alexander mcqueen round etched frame sunglasses

Fit for your Queen.

 

 

Sophie Theallet for Nine West: Perfection of Pink and Tan

What makes the new collaboration between Nine West and French designer Sophie Theallet such perfection?  Complete with silken plaid prints, straw and satchels whose styles spell “Summer”, the collection  is not only gorgeous — it’s affordable!  Unlike many “mid-price” label collabs, Theallet’s pretty things all are priced under$100; stylish proof that a lady need not break the bank to get fabulous.  All styles are set for pre-order right now at Nine West.

Sophie Theallet for Nine West Tinna Platform

Tinna Platform as featured in People magazine, $99

rose multi double satchel nine west

Double duty - the Rose canvas satchel is charming.

It is no wonder how this Euro-American phenom has made her mark  as an authority in luxe bohemian style.   Winner of the 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Award, Sophie Theallet’s excitingly colorful, yet gracious visions are a favorite of  style icons Anna Wintour and first lady Michelle Obama.

Mary heel stiletto nine west sophie theallet

The 5-inch Mary t-strap with ankle bow (also in pink plaid), $99

Sophie Thallet for Nine West is another all-American way to enjoy high-end fashion at a mere fractions of the cost of couture and pricey purses.

emma straw satchel sophie thallet nine west

Choose natural or black straw in the Emma Satchel with charms and silk lining, $69

 

 

The Nine West collection is another all-American way to enjoy high-end styles at a fraction of the cost of couture and pricey purses.

Gleam On! Metallic & Sequin Looks By Day

Spring fashion is not just about letting prints and colors burst — funky metallics are taking over!  Get ready to spend your days wearing stellar sequin tanks, skirts of lame with mirrorlike pleats and essential accessories that will brighten up matte fabrics like cotton or linen.

Dressing in gleam should enhance your outfit, not intimidate:  Pair these amazingly shiny looks with basic wardrobe staples such as blazers and jeans.

Elie tahari francesca skirt

Contrast glimmering fashions with everyday basics, like khaki. Elie Tahari S/S 2011 (above).

 

Basics Get Glam This loose-fitting tank top works great at a picnic, or a fantastic roller coaster ride.   Vintage Cotton Sequin Tank in 3 colors ($78), available at J. Crew.

 

A super sequined tank is great with capris.

 

The Skirt Every Woman Should Have Relive golden ages with a classic high waist and lame pleats that move as you walk.. sashay or dance!  Metallic Francesca Skirt by Elie Tahari ($398, shown above on the runway) at Shopbop.

 

Eli Tahari Francesca gold lame skirt

Workwear gets a lift!

 

It’s All in the Bag Tote this gorgeous patent bag to the beach or museum day playdates.   It holds a nice amount of toddler (and mom) essentials!  See by Chloe Sequined Patent Leather Tote ($225), available at Net-a-Porter.

see by chloe patent tote bag

Just throw it in the bag.

Eco Friendly Fashion Solutions


bamboo heels lulus

Keeping close to Mother Earth is always in style.  From sheath-style organic tunics to the hottest vegan footwear known to Women, keeping in touch with nature can be as simple as putting on your favorite pair of heels.  Above: A Walkable 5-inch Platform gets the woven treatment — under $40!  Bamboo Lorie Natural Canvas Waffle Weave heels crafted out of… yep you guessed it, bamboo ($39) available at LuLu’s.

Bella de la Botanica A gorgeous eco-linen tote boasts incredible nature prints and artsy chain trims. Wear this pricey piece on a daily basis; the design is amongst Spring 2011’s ultimate eco-chic. Botanical Print Fallabella tote collection at Stella McCartney.

Fallabella Botanical Tote Stella McCartney

A Tiered Tunic has a black trim that’s perfect for styling.  Think of this organic cotton creation as a neutral foundation for a patent belt and your funkiest shoes.   Outlines in the Sand Tunic by Prim I Am ($74.99) available at Modcloth.

organic cotton tunic modcloth

A Hold-Everything Diaper Bag Ju-Ju-Be bags’  cruelty-free designs allow animals to keep their skin and moms, their sanity.  Tween Diaper Bags (shown here in Perky Perennials) are full of pockets and ready to go.  $10o at Diapers.com.

ju ju be tween diaper bag perky perennials

 

It’s A Boy For Rachel Zoe! + Spring/Summer Fashion Picks

Blogs began ringing around the globe (and internet) on March 24 in Los Angeles — celebrity stylist and reality TV star Rachel Zoe and husband/business partner Rodger Berman welcomed a healthy 6 pound, 12-ounce baby boy into their famous family!

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Zoe apparently went into labor the day before (rumors were unconfirmed by her public relations) and gave birth to the undoubtedly beautiful Skyler Morrison Berman, whose middle name might honor Doors lead singer Jim Morrison.  The new parents announced in a statement that “Mom and Dad ‘LITERALLY’ could not be happier or more in love with their son!”  Best wishes!

While baby Skyler is indeed expected to be displayed as one of the most fashionable little boys ever made, The Zoe Report’s Bright Ideas bring into the light some highly necessary pieces to add to our own budding wardrobes for Spring.  Even denim jeans ‘spring’ to life with wonderous bursts of head-turning color:

DKNY ruffled blouse

It's OK to get ruffled.

Many versions of ruffled blouses will be seen in optimistic shades.  This stretchy v-neck version by DKNY.

J Brand color jeans

Kickin' in color.

Think you can’t pull of the hues of these skinny jeans by J Brand?   Yes, you can!  Pair with a white t-shirt or coordinating tunic in one of Spring’s high-energy prints.  Mid-rise stretch jeans at Singer22.

ancient stone pendant free people

Inspired by ancient art.

Rachel suggests a “statement necklace” bearing the season’s prettiest colors.  Try the  Ancient Stone Pendant in 3 natural shades and a mere $28; available at Free People.

Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

The news this morning as been ringing ’round the world via publications and social networking.  Diamond-clad beauty Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning in Los Angeles.  Actress, AIDS philanthropist and great-grandmother, Taylor remained the ultimate “It” girl through every decade.  The child star turned outspoken legend possessed a  spirit that made her a pioneer understood by women of  any social class.

Elizabeth taylor

"I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage."

The Career The violet-eyed beauty became the first actress to earn a $1 million dollars for her leading role in 1963’s Cleopatra.  Her many future roles would be played opposite her future husbands, including Eddie Fisher and Tim Burton.   A two-time Academy Award winner for “Best Actress”, Taylor’s legacy includes renowned films, theater, soap opera and modern comedy appearances.

“Big Girls Need Big Diamonds”

Ms. Taylor’s penchant for jewels was aided by Burton, inspiring unforgettable designs such as the 69-carat Burton-Taylor Diamond, purchased by Burton during their famous marriage.   A fan of fine emeralds and white diamonds, she designed a collection for Piranesi as well as a costume jewelry collection for Avon.   Her signature fragrance White Diamonds remains one of the best-selling celebrity designer fragrances to date.

Elizabeth taylor wheelchair

The Jewlery Conoisseur And Author Of Bestseller "My Love Affair With Diamonds" Died Today Of Heart Failure.

The Family

Married 7 times, Elizabeth Taylor leaves behind four children (2 sons, 2 daughters), ten grandchildren and four great-grand children.