Posts Tagged ‘gifts for mom’

Lagerfeld for Macys, Versace for H&M: The Best Designer Collaborations for Fall!

 karl lagerfeld for macys black dress

Amazing couture fashions at a price that doesn’t look like it came off a car — that’s what we love.  Fall 2011 is packed with designer deals that are fit for moms of every lifestyle.  Fill your closets with classic garb created by a CHANEL headmaster, along with dresses done up by Donatella Versace for H&M.. and that’s just the beginning!  Here are our top picks in designer collabs that are being released throughout the coming months, all priced $170 or less.

Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s Impulse The German artist, photographer and couture king is the creative force behind today’s CHANEL collections.  Karl previously brought his iconic design sense to the masses during a 2004 collaboration with H&M.

 

This year, Lagerfeld has once again brought must-have style to contemporary racks with a first-ever collection designed exclusively for Macy’s Impulse, featuring vintage floral print dresses, mini jackets plus lots of blouses and black.  Priced $50-$170, the line is scheduled to arrive by August 31 at over 200 Macys stores nationwide.

floral print dress karl lagerfeld

Paris-inspired looks for less by Karl Lagerfeld at Macy's

 

Donatella Versace for H&M The platinum-haired fashion powerhouse was first to sport a black, studded faux leather dress at the Versace Menswear Fall 2011 show in Milan.  Versace for H&M will include all of the vivid style the Italian fashion house is noted for, including “leather, print, color and exuberance in exclusive materials at fantastic H&M prices”  the label released in a statement.  The collection is due Nov 17 at select H&M stores and online.

donatella versace for hm

Lavish looks like the studded leather dress worn by Donatella will be present at select H&M stores in November.

 

 

 

All-Occasion Dresses to Wear Right Into Fall

August has descended upon us quicker than we can say “Surf’s Up!”  We at Mamastyles are super-excited for a fresh start in Fall fashion.  Transitioning seasons can mean fun new events for daytime and night; celebrate the remainder of Summer with versatile dresses that are as appropriate for parent mixers as they are for a city lounge.  Choose from maternity-friendly options and slinky frocks designed with stylish mamas in mind.

A Midi Dress in black or light blue is perfect for wearing right now (humid Summer nights) or later with a bolero jacket for Fall.  A bra-friendly bodice and rouched center elude to a lengthier, leaner physique.  Oonagh by Nanette Lepore Raidon Midi Dress, available at Shopbop.

oonagh nanette lepore midi dress blue

A midi dress makes it easy to transition from now to September

 

The Super-Mod Shift boasts a silhouette that’s ideal for any stage of maternity — and after!  Add a glamorous long necklace, boots and you have a runway-ready look on hand.  Fuschia and turquoise Blocked Shift Dress at Topshop.

blocked shift dress topshop

Go mod for maternity and post-maternal wear!

 

Sequined and Strapless spell classic and fabulous — wear alone, with a satiny wrap or cashmere cardigan!  A liquid, pearl-colored column dress like this one is a glimmering, low-maintenance style year round.  Dalian Dress with silver sequin bodice, available now at Anthropologie.

dalian shift dress anthropologie

Strapless is fabulous for nighttime or day.

 

 

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


4 Must-Have Shoe Styles for Summer

michael kors cheetah platforms wedgesAt Mamastyles, we are crazy about fabulous footwear appropriate for mothers of every lifestyle.

As seen in previous posts, so many new and intriguing Summer styles of shoes exist, it is sometimes hard to choose the look that fits your daytime style, weekend fun and nearly everything in between.  We’ve rounded up 4 of our picks for Summer’s best-looking (and fitting) shoe styles.

Above: Bedazzled Wedges are a great match for denim with bling or a silken dress in black or metallic shades.  Glamorous studs glow above a funky cork wedge.  If the cheetah print isn’t your thing, choose the summery white or classic walnut brown.  Leather-topped Belinda Wedge by Michael Kors, available at Michaelkors.com.

Whether you have a penchant for the mile-high (platforms, that is) or dance in ultraviolet flats, these contemporary shoe styles are certainly worth checking out for the hot months ahead.  After all, Summer’s just getting started!

aldo keithly leather platform heels

Color Up with superstar status!  Aldo’s collection of platform sandals is an affordable way to play “dress-up” in 6 different leathers and printed fabric.  Keithly Platform Sandals, available now at Aldoshoes.com.

Crocs Ultraviolet flats

The Crocs Flat combines the company’s trademark Croslite footbed and exterior that gives feet a “massage” with a shoe that transitions from brunch to preschool, to cocktails.  Peep-toe Adrina Flat by Crocs, shown here in Ultraviolet/berry.  Available now at Piperlime.

Versatile Clogs are a style investment that will carry on straight into Fall 2010.  Vintage looks and a 3-inch wooden heel put Ali’s Clog by Jack Rogers on our list of must-haves.  Available now at Saks.

ali's clog jack rogers saks

 

 



 

 

Where It’s OK to Wear Fashions with Bling

At Mamastyles, we cannot help but notice the abundance of shiny, studded sportswear drama taking place in our favorite boutiques.  In the past, we’ve covered a couple of ways to put on metallic and sequined apparel for day.  However, contemporary apparel’s newest studded denims and tops delves even further into the idea of Hollywood-style casuals — no matter where the Summer may lead!

These “blingy” styles are designed to wear..

..To the Carnival

joe's jeans bling denim shorts

“Bling, bling” Let comfort ring!

Quick and basic, these single-button denim shorts give you reason to stand out.  Put it on with your favorite graphic tee and look instantly glam.  Bling Denim Shorts by Joe’s Jeans, available at Shopbop.

.. Out to Dinner

parker sequin racerback dress

A racerback dress only looks high maintenance; great for Maternity wear!

Add a little fragrance, neutral platforms or heels and you’re dressed for a fantastic night ahead.  Sequin Racerback Dress by Parker can be altered after maternity.   Available at Piperlime

.. Wherever the Day Will Lead!

rebecca minkoff bag

Best-selling studded shoulder bag by Rebecca Minkoff works for toting lip gloss AND toddler toys.

Cross-body or clutch, this studded handbag is a fabulous addition to your everyday things.  Use it for easy access during adventurous trips or boat rides.  Rebecca Minkoff Studded Rocker bag in 3 colors, available now at Singer22.

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.

below the belt tassle belt

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.

turquoise heart belt melamed

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.

 

Short Print Dresses We Must Have for Spring

Be prepared to amaze with Spring print dresses guaranteed to flatter your bod at at any age — or stage.  Contemporary short frocks make day dressing a stylish breeze.  Non-clingy styles and graceful shapes make it easy for any figure type to show off some leg!

Bebel dress Trina Turk

The artist's perfect day dress.

Abstract Madness is simple enough to be seen during sunlight.  A bust-friendly one shoulder bodice and a-line skirt call for waist-cinching accessories.  Cobalt print Bebel Dress by Trina Turk, $236 at Piperlime.

The Power of Floral Notes is enough to make a mom look seductive in a classy, elegant way.  Rise up to any occasion with a silk halter that can be used in a larger size during maternity and altered after.  Silk Tropical Halter Scarf Dress, $129 at Bebe.

bebe silk tropical halter dress

Flowy, self-tying silk can be used for maternity.

 

old navy maternity grey jersey floral dress

Wide-set straps make maternity dressing a breeze.

Shades of Grey Jersey on a bra-friendly maternity dress are tres chic.. especially when it’s under $30.   The Maternity Wide-Strap Jersey Dress ($29.94 at Old Navy) encourages us to spend 80-degree days in comfort and style.

 

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.