Posts Tagged ‘Handbags’

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

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“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!

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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.

Un-Mellow Yellow – Sunny Color Fashion & Gear

Yellow.. is a color evoked by light. Bring some hyped-up joy into your life by wearing pretty sun-kissed hues that bring out the brightness in you.  Don’t be afraid to put it on —  choose between deep and muted shades to best fit your hair and skin tones.

Blondes may find lighter pastel yellows more flattering than brights

Redheads will enjoy trying out sweet gold and honey shades

Brunettes can take their pick.  Any shade of yellow blends great with dark-hair!

If Dark Colored Clothes are more your thing, finish off an outfit with lively splashes of yellow on basic tanks.  Flourish with embroidered marigolds atop the Flourishing Stripes Tank by Pilcro.  $78 at Anthropologie.



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Yellow embroidery blooms atop Summer stripes.


Easiest Dress You’ll Ever Wear and it’s under 60 bucks!  Dress this split-side maxi dress up with jackets and colorful stone jewels.  The fit is not too tight but not baggy — just perfect.  Yellow Easy Vest Maxi Dress at Topshop, $55.


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This deep yellow dress is an ideal palette for tropical accessories.


A Daytime Clutch doubles as a fancy diaper bag; it comes complete with all the essential pockets and matching changing pad!  The Petunia Pickle Bottom Glazed Cross Town Diaper Clutch in an ultra mod print, Sunshine in Sardinia.  $89 at Nordstrom.


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The Petunia Pickle diaper clutch gets sunny!




Chic Weekend Designer Outfit Under $325

At Mamastyles, we take weekend shopping pretty serious.  The changing weather is calling out for a few minor wardrobe updates that are designed to keep even the busiest of moms looking chic for all the 2- and 3-day weekends ahead.  Treat yourself to valuable favorites by Marc Jacobs, Gap and more.

Marc by marc jacobs sage cardigan blue

An asymmetrical cardigan made with 3-day weekends in mind.

Choose One Pricey Piece that will stay in your closet forever — or something close to it.  The hip length, kimono-style Marc by Marc Jacobs Sage Cardigan is a clever way to cover up on a breezy day.  $228 at Shopbop.

paper bag waist shorts gap

Shorts with a pleated front are loose but not too paper-baggy.

The Essential Shorts are made for every type of frame.  So easy to pair with the Marc cardi, tees, anything!  Paper Bag Waist Shorts come in 4 colors and very nice prices.  $25 each at Gap.

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Keep the accessories for last (but never least!)


Foot Jewels Lay off the heavy bangles and add some chains down low for an unexpected effect.  The Rylee Embellished Flat Sandal from Bakers ($68) is a comfy way to pull cotton casuals together into an outfit that’s perfectly glam.

Royal Wedding Fashion! Snag Kate Middleton’s Eclectic Style

Whether you’re already obsessed with soon-to-be-princess Kate Middleton’s naturally beautiful looks and fashion sense, or you haven’t yet noticed, it will soon be very hard to ignore.  The 29-year old Kate has since been deemed as a fashion icon for her healthy, svelte figure and down-to-earth (read: normal) approach to style.


Kate shows off great shape in Spring's hottest 70s flare jeans by DIESEL

Middleton Trends

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The future princess donned Tod's "D" Bag in grey, named for Princess Diana

By now it is clear that any outfit or handbag worn by Kate Middleton will be the next major sellout at Saks or the buzzworthy boutiques.  In just six months, fashionista Kate is responsible for causing a major rush at stores.   While many in her position would choose priceless couture, the sensible Kate has opted to wear labels a large population of Women can afford.  No doubt she’ll be a fashionable mom in the future!

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Her sapphire-colored dress by Issa caused a rush at boutique Harvey Nichols

The most talked-about style anywhere, for the moment, is the sapphire-hued Issa dress the future princess wore to stand by her Prince William’s side while announcing their engagement in October 2010.  New York Magazine’s The Cut recently described the major rush at Harvey Nichols (where the blue dress was originally sold) as a swarm of shoppers who have “gone Issa mad.”   Her most recent trend will result in bringing Diesel jeans back to the trends list — Kate has been spotted several times in the brand’s bootcut style jeans.  Lest we forget Tod’s D-Bag (pictured above), a tote used by Kate and named for Princess Diana.

Kate’s use of glamorous suits and standout colored gowns is regularly compared to Diana, whose youthful beauty never failed to shine.   Past photos show Kate dolled up in typically young, sexy looks, including a totally sheer lingerie dress she wore for a charity fashion show at the university where both she and William attended (the under-$50 outfit, which is said to be the look that caught the prince’s eye, sold for $125,781 at an auction last month).  While lingerie-bearing days may be over, the Royal Wedding — including bridal gown by a mystery designer — is sure to be the fashion event of this year.

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.

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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.

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Just throw it in the bag.

Eco Friendly Fashion Solutions

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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.

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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

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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.

St. Patrick’s Day Deals – Online Sales You’ll Enjoy

That ol’ Irish luck is with all of us on this holiday!  Shower kids’ closets (and yours) with Spring fashion and shoes — our favorite retailers are offering 20% discounts and free shipping on darn near anything!  Feeling lucky yet?

Arden B. – 20% Off B-Lucky Promotion

Just for today, receive 20% your entire purchase and 99 cent shipping on any order over $25 at Arden B.  Discounts are calculated automatically when you check out.   Some great picks:

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Empire-waist Embellished Abstract Maxi Dress is a fabulous throw-it-on look for outdoor brunch or anything evening.  Hold daily gear or beach/park essentials in the pretty (and quite affordable) Zig Zag Satchel.

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Disney Store – Free Shipping For Online Orders

It’s a great day to stock up on their essentials for Summer’s rapidly-approaching good times.  Personalized Minnie Mouse Beach Towel, below.  Use free shipping code LUCKY at checkout.

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20% Off Shoes – ‘Like’ Famous Footwear On Facebook

The versatile shoe retailer is taking the route of other big brands by offering 20% off their immense online offerings of designer sandals, athletics and kids.  Exclusively online:  Sketchers Compulsions slip-on, available at Famous Footwear (see the site for discount details).

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Fringe Accessories You’ll Love – Late Winter and Spring 2011

The Essential Lifestyle Boot.

Leather riding-inspired footwear has all the details and comfort you need to walk  straight through to Spring. House of Harlow 1960 Tessa over-knee boot, available at Singer22.

Wild western fringes and 1920s-inspired fray — what do they stand for?  The latest in Winter/Spring accessory trends, of course.

As boutiques beef up their Spring 2011 fashions, your favorite ensembles become easy to accessorize.    Stylish specialty trims make outfits pop.. so do fringes draped on a necklace that sashays as you move!   The exotic look of fringe is a super-easy way to update your wardrobe without dipping too far into funds.  Get a fringed look going for any occasion from daytime to dancing.  These accessories and boots also serve as maternity-friendly style!

To avoid overkill, stick to one or two fringed accessories at a time: A pair of shoes or oversize necklace with coordinating dangle earrings.  Mix and match pieces to create a beautiful bohemian-inspired presentation.


Nifty Tweed is back for a posh and ladylike Spring.  Wear this classic hobo bag for shopping or stuff with towels for poolside convenience.  St. John Collection Tweed Hobo, available for pre-order at Nordstrom.

The classy and fabulous hobo.

Party Time

Tassle It Up with museum-worthy collectible neckwear. Tassel Exhibit Necklace by Rada is a head-turner that doesn’t carry the price of platinum.  Available at Anthropologie.

Fashionable art you’ll keep forever.

Have A Little Fun: Holiday Luxuries For 2010

Pre-festive stress calls for fun, unique fashion to make your wardrobe fun — no flashy sequins or tight-toe heels necessary.  Add a little extra frivoloity to your holiday with these inspirational gifts that are all about having good times.  Our favorite boutique brands offer little luxuries that make

Bears Are Not Just For Kids!

Unique boutique Urban Outfitters is back with yet another couture-worthy (and whimsical creation).  The UO Teddy Bear Cocktail Bag is still large enough to hold necessities you need for a grown-ups night out.  $48 at

Rodarte Hearts Have It Celebrate high fashion in one of the most haute t-shirts around.  80s-inspired Rodarte Flower Heart T-Shirts, $150 at Opening Ceremony.

Sugar Plums Dancing

It’s a wristful of treats; perfect for playdates or parties.  Choose from the candy colors of the crystal-encrusted Sugar Coat Bangles from Kate Spade New York, from golden to teal.  $78 each at Nordstrom.

Other ways to make your season bright:  Tie on some shimmery ribbon that’s typically used for decorative bows; use in hair or even as a scarf-slash-hair wrap.   Glitz up manicures with OPI Burlesque Holiday 2010 Collection in shades from sapphire, black and gold.