Fall to Winter Fashion Must Haves

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I feel sort of fashion challenged these days and need all the fashion advice I can get!  So when I discovered this amazing local fashion blog, Stylish Dish, written by a fellow OC mommy, I was immediately drawn to it because her styles and features are not only SUPER cute & fashionable but also affordable!

Seeing that I loved her style, I asked Michele to shop and style me for my recent MommytoMommy.tv gig and she found me the cutest ensemble at Loehmann’s. What I loved is that she pulled pieces for me that I would have never thought of, but I absolutely loved.  And, Stylish Dish will soon offer personal styling services (virtual/online and live).  Stay tuned!

When we were shopping, I said, “Michele! Can you please write me a guest post on this Fall (and now Winter!) fashion must haves? Pieces that every chic mama should own this season?”  And she went ahead and put together this ROCKIN guest blog with links!   What I love is that the items are REALISTIC. Everyday things we can wear for real.

Here is what she wrote…

“OK, so we are all moms, no one has to remind us of that.  But, do we have to look like moms too? Heck no!

Now, I will admit, the “mom look” has changed A LOT since we were kids. Just cruise through Fashion Island on a weekday around 11 and that point will be crystal clear. Moms aren’t sporting “wash and wear hair”, terry cloth jump suits, and rollers nowadays…at least not in Orange County.

But, if you are like me (a mom with things to do, a budget, and rambunctious offspring) it is hard to be comfortable yet stylish as you go about your day hanging with/chasing after your kids. A big part of the problem is…no time to shop and  no time to peruse fashion mags for the latest and greatest, and…no time to eat, no time to breathe…oh but I digress.

So, at the request of the fabulous Jen of Tiny Oranges I have put together a collection of Fall to Winter must haves for the stylish OC mama (or the OC mama who craves a little style — to-may-toe, to-mah-toe).

Most of us are familiar with a cardigan — who isn’t?  Even our grandmas still pull out a twin set here and there.  But, mix it up by getting one in a great color or animal print like the one pictured from J Crew and you have a statement piece that is easy to wear.

Jeans are always a staple, and you can’t go wrong with dark jeans.  I particularly love this pair of Hudson jeans.  Versatile and not so low that you are “cracking” a smile for all the other moms at drop off.

Now if you just want to get away from jeans (and you should!) corduroy is the way to go this season. (Slim cargo pants too!)  Forget the myth about starting a fire between your thighs in cords if you don’t have rail thin legs.  Cords that fit well (not too tight) in a dark color (like the rich brown pictured) can flatter a variety of body types. This pair of NOLITA corduroys is a great option.

A great casual jacket is a must have staple. Think fitted, belted, and possibly military-inspired.  The
Sanctuary Belted Uniform Jacket
pictured above is all three.

What to wear under a jacket or cardigan? Throw in a feminine touch with ruffles like this ruffled cami from Urban Outfitters.

There are a TON of cute heels this season (booties and suede pumps in jewel tones are my current favorites) but how many of us pick up our kids in 4 inchers?  Riding boots add style to any outfit (even just jeans and a tee) and flats are a must have. I love (and bought) this pair of Miz Mooz King Riding Boots.

I am 5’11” and never warmed up to flats until recently, they were never very cute or stylish.  Now there are so many great flats to choose from like these Dark Pewter Leather Flats from Bandolino.

I always suggest going with one “super trend” item per season. My favorite right now is the fur vest. Stylish, edgy, and, best of all, cozy! The Jack by BB Dakota Janika Vest pictured above (faux fur, of course) will not break you bank.  And, it can be worn casually, just let your style, judgement, and confidence be your guide.

Last but not least, accessories! All types of jewelry are trending right now including large statement pieces and cocktail rings. I am loving the look of strong, modern, metal pieces like the link bracelet and
Bronze Erin Wasson Cutout Necklace
pictured.

The above pieces are all under $200 (some well under) and can be mixed, matched, and worn with the current pieces in your wardrobe. Visit www.stylishdish.com to find fabulous, affordable fashions by occasion. – Michele”

Thanks so much Michele.  I am for SURE getting those riding boots!! Love!!!  Make sure to bookmark her blog as one of your favorites.  You will love the REALISTIC fashion inspiration!

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Chic Mama Diaper Cakes & Every Little Bottom

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Chic Mama was fortunate enough to participate in a great cause recently and I asked her to write a little to share about her experience!  Here is what she wrote…

“Ellen Pompeo, star of Grey’s Anatomy, is partnering with Huggies to launch the nationwide “Every Little Bottomdiaper drive. Through a series of local drives, events and donations from Huggies, Pompeo hopes to generate 20 million diapers for babies in need.

Chic Mama had the privilege of providing two 5-tier diaper cakes to help encourage diaper donations for the launch event at Babies”R”Us Union Square in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.  It was very exciting to see how many people came out to support this inspiring initiative.

One in three American mothers struggle to provide their babies with a basic essential – diapers.

The statistics are staggering.  There are many ways you can help.

1)  Donate diapers online. Click this LINK and enter your zip code.

2) Attend a local diaper drive. Click this LINK and enter your zip for drives near you.

or

3) Launch your own diaper drive in your community.  Click this LINK for more info.”

Such an amazing campaign!  Thanks for sharing! xo

{Disclosure: Chic Mama is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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Chic Mama Diaper Cakes Giveaway

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I know we have all probably seen a diaper cake in our time, but I can guarantee you have NEVER seen a diaper cake like  Chic Mama Diaper Cakes!   When Adriana the owner contacted me about sponsorship, I clicked on over to her site to check it out. Her diaper cakes were SO CUTE, STYLISH, HIP, TASTEFUL and UNIQUE that I immediately racked my brain on who I knew having a baby so I would have the opportunity to order one for someone!  And, now one lucky winner with have the opportunity to WIN one for someone with a fun Chic Mama Diaper Cakes giveaway…details below!

A diaper cake is not only a fun conversation point and beautiful display, but also a great practical gift as what new mom doesn’t go through a gazillion diapers?!?  And, the Chic Mama cakes are made with Pampers Swaddlers (my personal fave!) They use diapers to fit an average-sized newborn (8-14 lbs), however you may choose a different size to fit your needs.

I am crazy over this Gabriella one for girls and this Anthony one for boys and many of her designs also include useful items like receiving blankets, towels & stuffed animals. The cakes over $55+  also include a 5-pack of little J&J products like this GORGEOUS one. Loving that monogram!

If you do not see a design that catches your eye, they can put a Chic Mama touch on a customized cake.  Let her help you coordinate a design to match a new nursery, a parent’s hobby, a favorite place… the possibilities are unlimited!  Whether or not you have a particular theme in mind, or simply want pink, blue or “team green”, they can create the perfect cake that’s right for you.

You can also browse their line of chic, totally hip diaper bags and accessories!

Okay readers, I have two exciting things to  mention.  First, Chic Mama Diaper Cakes has extended a special coupon code for Tiny Oranges readers! Enter in “CMTO002” in the section where it says “Voucher” on checkout and receive 10% off your order between now and 08/31/10!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

Chic Mama Diaper Cakes is giving one lucky winner their choice of any of her $49 diaper cakes + free shipping!  WOO HOO!  Got a baby shower coming up??  New baby gift to send??  PERFECT!

Here are the entry options, please leave a separate comment for each entry!

1. Simply comment below and let me know YOUR favorite design!  Click HERE to browse her cakes!  Search by boy, girl, surprise or twins! – 1 Entry

2. {Like} Chic Mama Diaper Cakes on Facebook – 1 Entry

3. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 Entry

4. Sign up to receive Tiny Oranges email updates – top right column “subscribe” – 1 Entry

5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter!

Contest runs through Sunday, June 13th, 2010 at 5PM PST.  Good luck!

{Disclosure: Chic Mama Diaper Cakes is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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