The Secret to a Quick, Put-Together Look

Two things ladies. Sunglasses and a great, trench-length coat. My one purchase this year for Fall/Winter (I like to add in 2-3 pieces typically, but the r-word is in full effect) is this Trovata coat. Yes, it’s cream colored. I coated it in Scotch Guard and carry a Tide Pen in my handbag + the kids know when mommy’s wearing her “fancy coat”. I love it because you slip it over whatever cozy clothes you may have, add in some boots and big sunglasses and then your lack of makeup and un-perfected hair stand a chance of going unnoticed! Here are two celeb moms and their go-to coats: one of Claudia Schiffer and the other is Salma Hayek–who both look outstanding.

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Commemorate Moments

I don’t love the words push present but I like the idea, and beyond just the birth of your baby. I like to commemorate big and special moments in life with jewelry–not always uber-expensive, but special pieces for special moments. I have a diamond ring I wear on my right pinky, as did my mother and my grandmother. It’s been passed down for three generations. I have gold hoops that a dear friend gave me when my life was confusing and she wanted me to feel special again. I have my first Tiffany piece (a silver necklace) that I bought myself when I finally got a promotion I had been gunning for. The list goes on, including this ring I just made from one of my grandmother’s vintage earrings (more on that in a new post, coming soon).
My point is two-pronged: (a) as a stylist, I am always reminding clients that jewelry is a wonderful expression of who they are and a beautiful finishing touch to even the simplest outfits; and (b) jewelry with a story and a memory can be a powerful and uplifting little moment in your day. I like being reminded of the day my children were born (bracelet) and that my grandmother was a professional pianist (the right hand diamond ring) and of my wedding day (ring).

One of my favorite pieces was a gift when my twins turned one–that was a HUGE achievement! It was from Hot Mama Designs and has the kidlet’s names stamped on two disks. I love it. And I like the real deal kind of stuff–hers are still custom and hand-made in Boulder, CO, not a machined version of her great idea.

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Finding Style in the Simple Pieces

I saw this woman in NYC last week at ABC Carpet and Home. Sidebar: amazing store! Cost Plus meets Fred Segal. There was inspiration in every corner. They said they’ll have their online store up in a few months.


Anyway, the mom. Yes, she had the Bugaboo stroller which is stylish on its own but Graco and the like are catching up these days using more sophisticated color palettes and design. What I loved about her was that she did “style” well by using basics. Every mom I know has these basics, it’s just a matter of putting them together. Great, dark rinse jeans with a chic flat + fitted tee + casual, lightweight jacket + shiny, sleek hair and the topper–she wore it all well. The pieces were fitted and simple but put together with care. Find time to feel good about yourself by putting yourself together and planning an outing to somewhere your mind can wander a bit. Whether it’s ABC or a book store. Finding your own style is just this side of easy and predictable.

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Finding Style, and a Smile

The components of style and design are present in every aspect of our lives these days. How beautiful is that? What used to be out-of-reach to many of us is now accessible for our homes and for our families. I get out of my Dwell-for-Target sheets in the morning, drink coffee out of a MoMA mug, water my flowers in their Martha-Stewart-for-Macy’s pots with a pink Cynthia-Rowley-for-Target hose, get dressed in a Vera-Wang-for-Kohl’s outfit that looks like it’s fresh out of a fashion magazine, and outfit my toddlers in True Religion designer-denim jeans. I’ve taken a very big slice from the style-for-everyone pie the stores are dishing out.
What I’ve seen though, is not just how the style cues are absorbed and integrated into our daily routines but what that style does for our routines. In our increasingly busy, scheduled lives, design provides touch points of inspiration, fun and a sly smile for something that makes your day better. If I can eek out a little bit of extra joy in life between errands, work and life—then serve me another slice!

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