Mommy Content – Return To Work Style

This week I had one of the most fun Style Sessions of recent history. I did a daytime ‘back to work’ session for new mommies with babies in tow of course. The best part was being able to ‘work’ during the week and bring my own 3 year old with me – and maybe the baby cuddles.

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Some concerns about accessories were universal no matter what sort of career/work moms were headed back into because everyone has young grabby babies. Dangling earrings were out, as were delicate necklaces. Pieces that would also work for non-office mom life were also key – and I’m always a fan of versatility. So here are some of my top picks for new moms, no matter what your day to day looks like.

Earrings. Studs, Ear Climbers, and Ear Jackets. Nothing too dangly, some versatility, and a little bit of cool factor.

Deja Vu Studs are reversible, available in a variety of options and metals. I guarantee there’s a deja vu stud for everyone. And Sparkle Studs really speak for themselves – my absolute favourite ‘add-on’ item to any order, for $19 you get the look of 1.5 karat diamonds. Perfect for vacations, honeymoons, bridesmaids, date nights, and gift giving.

 

Ear Climbers are my favourite alternative to studs, just as easy to wear but that much more ‘cool factor’. Bonus – if you have more than one piercing you can put the climbers in the top and pair with a hoop or stud in the bottom piercing.

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Gilded Path Ear Climbers

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The Pave Triangle Ear Climbers are more delicate and also available in silver.

Ear Jackets have been popular for a while, my top pick for the newest version of an ear jacket is the Pave Horn Ear Jacket because you can also wear the stud on it’s own, turn it upside down and wear it like an ear climber. Or you can flip the climber piece around for a solid gold look instead of all-pave-all-day.

 

 

 

 

For necklaces, a simple pendant or versatile lariat always seem to work. Easy to finish your look for the office or toss on with jeans and a tee and head to the park, and not too delicate that it can be easily yanked off by your favourite 1 year old.

 

A pendant is great for those that are no nonsense, and no thinking required or are new to accessorizing and are looking for really simple pieces to just get started with. The Luna & Double Horn Pendants are the newer version of the Rebel Pendant (bottom row above). All very organic shapes, the Rebel is modelled after a piece of crystal and the Luna & Double Horn are a little softer and obviously lunar in shape/inspiration. Wear them together, alone, or layer with delicates to customize your look.

 

I love a lariat for those that require more versatility. You can wear them simply draped around your neck and maybe tossed over itself like a knot in the front, or get more creative. So many options with these, and so many more options available as well. Wear them doubled up to get a layered and shorter look, backwards for a black tie affair with a dramatic backless dress, wrapped around your wrist, or in your hair with your favourite up-do, the sky is the limit.

And for the wrist – keep it simple! Go with a easy wrap or a cuff. My top pick for any mom is always the Illumiate Cuff – proceeds from sales go to support one of my favourite charities Every Mother Counts (is there a better gift for a new mom than a very cool bracelet that also supports maternal health?). Or go with an easy leather/beaded wrap bracelet like the Sierra or the Gilded Path.

 

 

All these styles will work with just about any outfit, and can help you feel pulled together when you’re heading out of the house in the mornings no matter your destination.

Happy momming!

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Baby Content – 5 Diaper Bags for The Stylish Mom

The truth of it is the diaper bag is about to become your purse for the next couple of years, so why settle for something that looks like a diaper bag, as opposed to something that looks like a cool bag? Here’s our top picks;

5. Ju Ju Be’s Better Be Toki Doki edition

This is just soooo fun! This is for the fun loving mom who loves something a little more quirky and colourful. Toki Doki is renowned for their fun and whimsical prints and what a better collab than with Ju Ju Be on diaper bags? This is just one style of a few different options in both styles and colours. Available from Snugglebugs.ca for $149.99.

 

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4. Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Adler in Nixon Black

Skip Hop + Jonathan Adler designs = Awesomeness. Jonathan Adler is a master of geometric prints and bold colours, and his collab with Skip Hop is making for some mommy-must-haves that everyone can get behind. Available at snugglebugs.ca for $99.99

 

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3. lululemon athletica’s Vino & Vinyasa bag

Ok it’s not actually designed to be a diaper bag but it’s loaded with handy pockets for all the gear you would need for the gym, and whether it’s a baby bottle or a water bottle going in the pockets – who cares?  Also they always have some sort of wet/dry pocket – brilliant for separating dirty/wet baby items from the clean. I have given numerous lululemon bags to expectant moms over the last number of years and they have all been very well received. This particular style is one of my faves and from what I understand it’s here to stay for a few months, so expect different options (colours/materials) to arrive with Summer. Order online or pick up at most lululemon stores for $138.00

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2. Tory Burch’s Stacked T Billy Baby Bag

Love this bag for looking like just a great bag and not screaming “I’m a diaper bag!”. 7 Exterior pockets and 3 Interior plus a change pad – the function is there to match the fashion. Available at ShopBop.com for $399.58.

 

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1. Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Preppy Nylon Eliz-A-Baby

This is the bag that captured our hearts way back before it was reasonable to be buying a diaper bag. Again we love it for not looking like a diaper bag! Sleek and stylish, available in a variety of colours at both Marc Jacobs and Shopbop.com for around $370.

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