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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.

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Braided classics get a twist with trendy beads!


Great Fashion + Tokyo Relief Fund – GAP Brands Care

It was Tuesday in the Far East when Tokyo retail boutiques began to reopen their doors and get on with what is now a life less ordinary.  Fashion pavilions including H&M, Louis Vuitton and Chanel decided to brave sporadic power outages in an attempt to compensate for last week’s disaster.

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Help Rebuild Japan With Banana Republic

In the wake of this terrible time, Gap, Inc. is giving customers the opportunity to help out by purchasing affordable donations at online stores via Global Giving.   Head over to Gap, Piperlime and Banana Republic for disaster relief, breathtaking looks and hot Spring savings!  Merchandise purchase is not mandatory for donation. 

Shown above: Leather Flowers are a stylish way of reminding us there is life after natural disasters.  Edition Collection Flora Tote available in 2 colors at Banana Republic.

Wedges and Prints @ Piperlime As if the mid-to-sky high sandals aren’t exciting enough, the contemporary brand has a multitude of fresh-picked designer dresses and tops in artsy shapes with potential for maternity wear.


The Blouse Tucker Piperlime

A Blouse For Everything + Shoes At Piperlime

The Blouse by Tucker comes in silk splashed with 3 very different prints, from sponge-painted bliss to black and white butterflies.  Available at Piperlime.

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Visit Gap To Donate For Japan's Emergency Relief

Maternity In Full Bloom @ Gap Luxe pima cotton tees are just the right effect for warm weather.   Maternity Floral Graphic T in Purple Steel, available at Gap.

Vintage-Look Accessories Under $70

Where art thou, Cameo?

As mothers, a touch of nostalgic jewelry helps us to reminisce aboutthe dress-up fantasies we may have fulfilled in decades past.  Contemporary collections of “new vintage” relive the look of high-fashion periods at a very nice price.   Daughters will love trying on these new pearl, chain and cameo looks from Juliet & Company and Banana Republic.

At top: Cameos and Hardware make these simple drop earrings graceful, but edgy with both dresses and jeans.  2-inch long Gold Plated Cameo Earrings by Juliet & Company, $36.  Available at Shopbop.

Inspiration: Ancient Renaissance and Victorian eras

Silken Ties bind this lovely multi-knot necklace to create a dazzling appearance with hematite and precious metals.  Sailor’s Knot Necklace, $69.50.  Available at Banana Republic.

Inspiration: Cultural macrame artwork

Golden Strands of pearls make this multi-strand bracelet a winner for any time of day or night.  Feel instantly glamorous with a classic haute fashion look.  Juliet & Company Runway Multi Strand Bracelet in yellow or black gold plate, $36.  Available at Shopbop.

Inspirations: Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Michelle Obama

Runway-worthy pearls are the "it" look for Spring.

Ruffle It Up! Beautiful Spring Dresses

As February’s end gets closer, some of our hopes are raised for a swiftly-approaching Springtime.  Ah, the sun, green grass.. not to mention a rainbow of all-occasion dresses whose ruffles that will make you shimmy with glamor and  joy!

Your Best Style of Ruffles

By Day: Graceful chiffon or a side-ruffled maxi dress

Put your own spin on the newest girly dresses by choosing the right bodice.  Up the trend factor (and balance broad shoulders) with a flattering day dress in a funky print.  Craving a simpler style?  A ruffled tank dress is perfect for darn near anything.

Silk geometric print Lucy dress with tie waist at Banana Republic.

A sleeved dress in silk by day.

An eyelet maxi dress to wear anyplace.

Evening Out: Multi-tiered layers of ruffles in a cocktail length

A drapey “V” bodice keeps your frills from looking like a dress from the eighth grade dance.  Iris-colored cascading Ruffle Dress by Derek Lam, available at Shopbop.

Ruffle tiers are all grown up.

The Best Spring Blouses At Any Price

Calling all professionals and professional moms:  It’s time to get classy (and a little bit flirty, too).

Who says business can’t be pleasurable? This silk-blend shell is light under suiting, reveals itself for dinner and a dance.  Floral Print Tie Neck Shell ($69.50) at Banana Republic.

In anticipation of an Early Spring (we hope!) many new blouses have arrived to make the transition from the office, playground and evening a stylish one indeed.  These lovely pieces keep Springtime dressing feminine, comfy and fuss-free at any budget you have.  Think pretty!

Think Sunny Meadows Peasant blouses get a reinvention with silk and a modern hem, flowing enough for maternity wear.  Light blue “Meadow”  Floral Blouse by Rebecca Taylor ($275) at Bloomindales.

A peasant blouse is light and sunny.

Innovative dressing for Spring is not about buying tons of clothes.  A new blouse or top is enough to update with clothes your already own, like a denim cropped jacket or brightly-colored capris.  Finish the look with staple shoes, like your most beloved platform sandals or basic pumps.

Safari Shirts Made Well Worn with shorts, an oversize silk blouse is casual enough for the zoo.  Pair it with an ankle-length floral skirt for a most appropriate weekend brunch.  Silk Safari Shirt in two colors ($98) at Madewell.

Casual silk shirts done right.

Tahiti Bound Resort Looks You’ll Wear

Happy New Year!

Resort 2011 is, by far, one of the quickest, easiest ways to chase away Winter blues. Our favorite boutiques are bursting with deepened jewel colors and gorgeous island silks. Indulge in a little heat with the latest resortwear, in styles that you actually will wear and use! Now if only the icicles above the front porch would go away.

At the top: Just Enough Floral print makes this silk tunic beautiful, just like an island getaway.  Exchange the ribbon belt with any of yours to always achieve a small-waisted look.  Silk Flower Tunic, $129 at Bebe.

The Silken Clutch

Globetrotting designer Diane Von Furstenberg creates a trend yet again with watercolor-print silk, perfect for a tropical rendezvous.  Take the Lytton Thai Silk Minaudiere Clutch with you long after the vacation is through.  $295 at Shopbop.

Sandals Under $20 Leather metallic flowers at the right price.  Easy-on Floral Bloom Thong in 2 colors, $17.85 at Banana Republic.

Coats With Attitude! Winter’s Chicest Looks

In an effort to combine function with luxe, designers’ Winter runways included lots of high-performance classics: Inspired by military, tweaked and revamped to form the season’s best-looking outwear fashion.  Constructive styles make it easy for moms to function comfortably throughout all the ups and downs the cold weather brings.  From comfy, cuddly wool to the best in fun fur, these haute-looking designer coat styles are diverse enough to fit any figure!

Above: Quilted Wonder is seen with this hourglass-shaping satin coat, designed to throw on with anything from everyday leggings to a cocktail dress.  Zone Quilted Coat by Diane Von Furstenberg, $575 at Net-a-Porter.

Modern Mom + Military Get the structured look with added warmth, thanks to a fabulous, warmly-lined funnel neck.  Fearing pink juice stains?  Save the cream color for work and get black for play.  Funnel Neck Coat by Marc New York, $304 at Bloomingdales.

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It Looks Real! A fabulously faux fur, your favorite jeans, easy glamor.  This jacket is supersoft, non-tangly and avoids looking too synthetic (like a skinned teddy bear would).  Grey Stripe Faux Fur Jacket by Tinley Road, $98 at Piperlime.

Not Just for Fairies – Sugar Plum Snag this lively, indulgent hue on teh Banana Republic site while it lasts.  Infinite warmth for day or night comes with the Wool Ruffle Coat in Sugar Plum (also available in Black) $225.