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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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

marigolds tank anthropologie

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.

 

yellow maxi dress topshop

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.

 

Petunia pickle diaper clutch nordstrom

The Petunia Pickle diaper clutch gets sunny!

 

 

 

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

 

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.

Flora Tote banana republic

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.

Gap maternity tee

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:

abstract dress empire arden b

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.

zig zag satchel arden b

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.

minnie mouse beach towel disney

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).

sketchers womens sneaker compulsion

Bold & Beautiful Print Fashions Are It!

As we enter a brand new season, say goodbye to your dull solid sweaters and hello to exciting new prints.  Colors come together in the form of beautiful pieces like tops, footwear and, lest we forget, diaper bags — all designed to blend with the basic apparel items to give your wardrobe a well-deserved lift!

White And Black in a whole new way Trade in all-black ensembles for an airy off-shoulder top.  The universally-flattering fit works perfect with a straight skirt (business) or capris (lots of fun).  Modern Stripes Blouse ($88) at White House Black Market.

Sunny Shoes See the light.  Get ready for flowered details springing up on haute looks — like these printed chunky-heel pumps.  Choose from 3 color schemes of the Picnic Ready pumps by Poetic Licence ($98.95) at Zappos.

 

Posh Tropical Prints adorn this delightfully chic magnetic diaper bag set.  Stay fuss-free through Summer with the cargo-pocketed Fiona Diaper Bag; includes insulated bottle keeper, pouch and coordinating changing pad.  Shown here in Watermelon Paisley ($80) at Posh Tots.

 

 

Floral Fashions Are Not Scary

.. at least they don’t need to be.

Spring’s budding floral prints emphasize a feminine aura that’s all our own.  Gone are the days of overdone paintlike prints that are better seen on canvas than dresses.  Dare to wear 70’s-inspired silk, drapey dresses and even diaper bags that promise to  rock your rapidly-growing world.

The secret to wearing florals in a non-laughable way: Pair these pieces with hardened essentials such as  low-heeled western boots and dark denim.  Keep accessories solid: enamel bangles or some muted metal jewelry.

Drawstring and Jeans So bohemian, so glam, so comfortable.  The luxury of a silk kimono pairs well with your favorite jeans.. flare or skinny.  Antique floral print Drawstring Top by Alice + Olivia, available at Saks.

Beautiful Jersey that swings for Maternity with no-fuss faux wrap skirt.  Indulge yourself in an easy-on runway style.. with sleeves!  Multicolor floral print Soft Structured Dress by Weston Wear.  Available at Anthropologie.

The New BFF

Store their stuff in an easy-to-carry pack that is the perfect pick me up for this season.  It’s organizational qualities will be there when you need it the most.  BFF Marvelous Mums Diaper Bag by Ju-Ju-Bee.  Available at BuyBuy Baby.

Keep florals fresh by wearing all late Winter and Springtime long!  These pieces are versatile investments designed for real women in mind.