12 Gifts for Your Stylish Mother



…and for you because I’m pretty sure you’ll be a mom sometime down the road…or you’ve thought about it.  You own a dog?  Fine, the real title of this post is “12 things I found on Modcloth that I LOVED so much that I had to share with you!”

For whatever reason, I seem to have the hardest time with choosing gifts for Mother’s Day.  I’m a DIYer at heart so days before Mother’s Day I’m stalking the pages of Pinterest in an overly ambitious attempt to find something I can make with the little ones for granny (my mom) and granny honey (hubby’s mom).  Even though I consider myself a “for-real” mom being that I have four kids and all, I don’t think of Mother’s Day as a day to celebrate me.  I thank God that I’ve been blessed with a mother and mother-in-law who are still alive and well so as long as they’re here, the day will be about them.


“Oh, you didn’t have to get me anything,” is really mom-code for “is that all you got me, where’s the rest of it?”  What did you say?  Well, yes I’m a mom, but I meant other moms.  That’s what other moms…nevermind!  It’s the thought that counts when it comes to Mother’s Day. In all honesty, while store bought gifts are great (especially when they’re wrapped in a familiar blue box and white ribbon) I LOVE gifts that are conceptualized in my kid’s brains and made with their own two hands, well six hands.  That’s how my mom did things with us when I was a kid. We’d make practically everything by hand.  And it was fun.  Those were some of my favorite memories.  The best part wasn’t the beauty of the final product (my kixlace was the bomb make no mistake) but the tons of fun we had making it.  I think any mom would agree that seeing delight and a sense of accomplishment in your child’s eyes is better than any gift.

Here are my top 12 picks for Mother’s Day or any day really:

Long dress – You just can’t go wrong with a wrap dress…and Spanx

Closet fit flare dress – This is just adorable.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.

Maxi dress – Let if flow.  Let it flow.

Fit flare dress – From brunch to wedding to church even to WERK!

Maxi dress – Even though it’s white, this will be a year ’round go-to.

Chiffon dress – Talk about stylish.  I want this now!

Top – Imagine the possibilities.

Long white top – No wardrobe is complete without a fresh white top.

Long sleeve top – So, I need this one too.

Sleeveless top – I don’t usually do sleeveless but this right here…

Dolman sleeve knit top – Because moms are always cold…at least this one is.

Crochet shawl – For obvious reasons.

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The ball’s in your court.  What are some of your Mother’s Day ideas?  Even better, do you have Mother’s Day traditions?  I’m always up for hearing about what other people do.  I spend Mother’s Day at church.

Because I love freebies and lists of all shapes and sizes, I created a handy dandy list that you can print off and download for your shopping convenience.  If you download it you’ll be able to click on the links in the shopping guide!  Snazzy!

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I hope you can use these tips this year and the years to come.



22 BEST Labor Day Sales

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In case you didn’t know, Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers in this country.  Just thought it was necessary to highlight that since, you know, it’s Labor Day and all.

In other news, here’s a list of Labor Day sales that might interest you!  Some of them have already started so get on ’em!

Amazon Fashion: Up to 70% off women’s clothes, shoes, jewelry, and watches. Ends Sept. 1.

American Apparel: Extra 30% off sale items with code BIGDEAL. Ends Sept. 1.

Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items.

ASOS: Up to 75% off dresses.

Gilt: Up to 80% off select items

H&M: Labor day deals starting at $4.95. Ends Sept. 1.

Intermix: Extra 40% off sale (savings applied at checkout).

J.Crew: Extra 40% off sale styles with code WEEKEND. Ends August 31.

JewelMint: 50% off site wide including extra 50% off sale items. Ends Sept. 1.

Juicy Couture Black Label: Take $15 off purchases of $100 or more, $40 off $200 or more, and $75 off $300 with code JCLABORDAY. Ends Sept. 2

Madewell: Take 20% off select dresses and boots plus extra 30% off sale with code YESYES. Ends Sept. 2.

Nasty Gal: Labor day sale items starting at 30% off.

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off clearance items. Ends Sept. 7.

Of A Kind: 35% off select fine jewelry with code AFINEFRENZY. Ends Sept. 2.

Old Navy: 50% off site wide. Starts August 29 and ends Sept. 1.

The Outnet: Up to 50% off M Missoni merchandise.

Revolve: Up to 70% off select items.

Sephora: Up to 75% off sale items.

Shoemint: 50% off site wide and extra 50% off sale items. Ends Sept. 1.

Shopbop: Up to 70% off select items

Stylemint: 50% off site wide and extra 50% off sale items. Ends Sept. 1.

Topshop: 30% off select items. Ends Sept. 2.



9 Fourth of July Finds

It goes without saying that the real meaning of fourth of July is to celebrate our wonderful country’s independence.  Independence that is hard fought for and protected.  On this day we celebrate liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.  Traditionally, Americans like to spend fourth of July with friends and family enjoying good food and the great outdoors.  And it doesn’t hurt to look super cute while doing so.

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Dressing around a baby bump can be exhausting.  I mean, when else in life does your body inflate to two to three times it’s normal size?  Some of us gain weight everywhere and so the challenge is not only dressing around a bump but also finding things to wear that are comfortable around all your growing parts.  Even for women who seem to be all baby, there’s still the struggle with finding a top or bottom that are the size you normally wear but are stretchy enough to fit around the circumference of your belly.  Of course there are bigger and much more amazing things going on with our bodies and how we look should be the least of our concerns, but it’s hard to ignore it when nothing in your closet seems to fit.

Here’s a look that any pregnant (or not) lady can pull off this summer.  Enjoy!


How to Exercise While Pregnant:

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Alright, well, since you’re twisting my arm, I’m going to admit it.  With my other three pregnancies, my workout routine was non-existent.  With Jaxon and Julia I had no excuse, I just didn’t feel like it.  With Jayde, I had some health complications that caused swelling in my legs.  This go around, I found some exercises that I can totally stick with.  And even better, I don’t even really have to leave home, unless I plan on swimming of course.

I’m so blessed to have had relatively easy and fast deliveries, but I know that as you age, pregnancies become more challenging.  I figure I should do as much as I can, while I can, to help this pregnancy go as smoothly as the others.  Say a little prayer for me.

Any mommy’s out there have exercise suggestions?


MOMMY 101: To Grope or Not to Grope



This is my 4th go around and I still don’t know how to say it.  Sure, there are a ton of other things more uncomfortable while being pregnant, but this is right around the top of the list.  I tend to be overly conscious of hurting other people’s feelings but I can’t think of a sweet, pleasant way to say, “KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY BELLY!”

I’m not a very touchy-feely person {says the pregnant lady with 3 kids}.  Not that I run from it, but it’s just not my natural tendency.  Typically, I prefer a nice generous arm-and-a-half’s length distance between myself and the person I’m talking to.  Now of course, if we’re standing next to a jackhammer in the middle of  a construction zone, okay sure, you can come closer but in general if you’re close enough to high-five, you’re probably too close.  However, drop a cat in my lap and I melt.  LOL  Seriously though, one of the great things about having children is that I’ve become a lot more…cuddly. Who can resist a cuddle from the minnies?

I hope I don’t sound like Negative Nancy here {blame the hormones}, but tell me, what do you think about someone touching your pregnant belly?  I know there’s something so cute about a pregnant belly and some people just can’t help themselves, but a pregnant belly is not an invitation to touch.  Would you agree?

So, help, tell me what’s a sweet way to get the message across?





During pregnancy there’s a lot going on in a woman’s body.  Often times all of these changes cause a woman to get dry skin, oily skin, blotchy skin and even dark spots.  Present most commonly in women of color is the later, dark spots.  Speaking first hand, this is actually a common condition.  So common, in fact, that it is referred to as the mask of pregnancy.  Really…Google it!

Blotches of dark skin usually appear around your cheekbones, upper lip area, nose and forehead sort of like a mask.  Not only does it appear on the face but on other parts of the body as well, usually areas that are exposed to direct sun like your forearms.  Areas of your skin that are already a darker pigment such as freckles, moles and nipples can become darker as well.

Oh and let’s not forget the “linea nigra”.  The who?  All women have a line from the belly button to the pubic bone called a linea alba.  Chances are you never noticed it because most times it’s the same color as the rest of your skin.  During pregnancy, this line becomes pigmented and is then called the linea nigra.  While the other dark spots will usually fade back to your normal skin color a month or so after delivery, the linea nigra will take a bit longer, maybe closer to three months.

As I mentioned it’s natural for your skin to become oily, dry, or even a combo.  I’ve never had a skin routine…let me rephrase that…I’ve never had a skin routine that I would admit to {since hand soap and water is embarrassing} but while I’m pregnant, I do try to pay extra special attention to the changes going on with my body including my face.  I will say, that I have one rule that I must must must wash my face before I go to sleep.  True story, I’ve woken up in the middle of the night to wash my face.  Call me weird, but I just imagine all the smog, dust, finger dirt, smoke from the day caked up on my skin seeping deeper and deeper into my pores that I’m compelled to stick my face under that faucet.  

When I heard about Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths, I was pretty excited to try them out because it would mean one less thing for me to do before I go to sleep.  How?  Well, what I learned about these cloths is one side is beaded and intended for exfoliating your skin while the other side is for removing makeup.  It’s alcohol and oil free which means it’s safe for me and baby and doesn’t even require water.  They contain aloe, which even I know is good for your skin.  And Vitamin E and green tea which are potent antioxidants.   They’re even safe for contact-lens wearers.  So, you can literally leave them on your nightstand, get in the bed with your cookies and gallon of ice cream…what…give your face a good clean and go to sleep guilt-free.  Oh, and did I mention they are made specifically for women of color.  Yup!

Try them out.  They’re very reasonably priced and I think you’ll be glad you did.


I’d Rather Be…


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The truth is, I’d rather be eating…pizza, to be exact.  I set out to create a post about something entirely different and then that wicked Pinterest got the best of me.  I mean, all I did was type in “P” and I was attacked by a deluge of visual pizza abuse and before I knew it I was in pizza heaven.  And now, my mind is a blur my thoughts are of mozzarella and cherry tomatoes and the world won’t be right until I get some pizza.

I’m linking up this pencil skirt look with the #StyleWERKshop Link-Up.  Join us!

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Young Designers Collective – Hanh Lam



Ramona Earrings – www.hanhnyc.com

– Alabaster white calf skin leather
– Patina treated brass bobbles
– Gold plated hook fastening for pierced ears
– Width 1″
– Drops 2.5″ from ear

Aren’t these earrings cute?  The charming Ramona earrings are the perfect way to add a little whimsy to any outfit with its fluffy tassels and patina treated bobble accent. Deceptively lightweight, it is part of the Leather Bound Collection.  The entire collection was handcrafted in their New York City studio and a portion of proceeds from each piece will be donated to Book Aid International.

Hanh Lam is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design.  As a fashion designer, she alternates between two contrasting passions: the organic, fluid nature of knitwear, and the refined, arcane aspects of old-world tailoring. Her knitwear manipulates raw materials into textural forms that are artistic yet wearable. Her tailored pieces combine the constraints of structural lines with feminine details.  Hanh believes knitwear is about letting the raw material guide the hands, while tailoring compels the designer to tame and control the fabric.  Hanh Lam lives and works in New York City and some of her work can be found here.

The Young Designers Collective is an association of artists and designers based in New York City, who design for non-profit organizations to promote good will as well as gain exposure individually and for the cause they are working towards. Sponsored by SI Design and Consulting Inc, they provide young designers a platform that would have otherwise been difficult to build and gain recognition with on their own. In an ever-shrinking world, working together to achieve success has never been more important. They allow for a free exchange of ideas and talents, thereby fostering the growth of artists and art in commercial design. The Young Designers Collective wants to bring appreciation back to the artist behind the designer, to quality or handmade products, and to a more sustainable future.  With philanthropy and fashion hand in hand, we hope to further charitable works as well as bring new talent to light sooner than ever before.

You can also learn about The Young Designers Collective on FB here.