Coated Denim

  Coated denim (which looks similar to leather) is my new favorite fall wardrobe addition. Its not as expensive as leather and not hot like the fake leather pant option since it is made predominately of cotton. The effect is a sleek and chic update. I have these pants from AG, or Zara make a great budget friendly version in grey and black.

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10 Post-Pregnancy Style Tips

As I mentioned in the previous post, my always fashionable French friend and her mother gave me a shopping list for what to wear for my post-baby fashion crisis. Before the baby I loved spending the time to put an outfit together and pick out the right accessories. Post baby, it was the reallocation of time (or no time) combined with the fact that after pregnancy I was so sick of my maternity clothes and eager to wear my old ones, combined with my body being in a stage of graceful change that led to my fashion demise. Your experience does not have to be this way. Here are 10 things to consider in the post pregnancy wardrobe: 1. The Shoulder: Its a 1980's fact that if you increase the width of the shoulder, the waist and hips appear smaller. Use this knowledge to your benefit. Zara makes excellent structured blazers for any season. I find that cardigans sometimes do not have enough structure and just collect at the wrong place. 2. The Tunic: Anything that flows a little longer and bypasses the midsection is what you are going for. There are so many pretty colors, patterns, and cuts. Joie and Calypso always have a great selection of tunics and Loft makes great shirts and clothes that are are very forgiving on the body without sacrificing style.   3. The Button Down Shirt: This is great for nursing. Buy it over sized enough to not hug the mid section. You can wear this with a tailored jacket to dress up. You could wear this shirt with leggings and some cute shoes and have an outfit in 30 seconds. Zara People4. The Pants: Leggings work wonders. You can also try getting inexpensive jeans (H&M, Old Navy have great ones). Get a few sizes to try and if you still cant find something that fits the leg and the waist, get the best fit and take it to a tailors and have a slit cut on the side seams of the waist and insert some elastic so the button isn't cutting into you. Even if you can squeeze into a smaller size, know that doing this can increase the size of your muffin top and you can avoid this by getting one size larger. Or, a hybrid pull up jean made by Jag Jeans, could be your solution: taking care of business on the top (stretch waistband) fashion on the bottom (tapered denim). These jeans come in pretty colors too. This is the only picture I could get so you have to imagine that a shirt will be covering the waistband... 5. Swimwear: Worst. I know you don't want to talk about it, but it is summer. A friend gave me this tip - look for ones with a side tie. Not a string tie but more substantial one. Or a fold-over bottom. This way your thighs and belly are not being squished in. This one piece swimsuit is incredibly flattering. Find a pretty Tunic cover up and you will look smashing! 6. The Dress: shift dresses are your friend. Look for ones with a more defined shoulder or sleeve and that way everything below will look smaller. Maxi dresses can work too, but not the slinky material that looked so cute at pregnancy - those will show every ripple - run away. Also - Buy Some Spanx. This will allow your dresses to fit much better as it smooths your stretched skin. Must Have.... 7. The Long Coat: make sure there is structure in the shoulders like this one from Irving & Fine. You can wear all black underneath and all of a sudden you have a flattering outfit. Irving & Fine 8. The Lululemon Tank: Workout clothing is where it gets rough. My maternity tops were all cute and tight, and then after I tried wearing the tight ones as an incentive for me to get smaller, but its a depressing, non rewarding route. Instead, this tank from Lululemon is great - tight at the bust and flowing below. 9. The Night Shirt: I can't say enough about this Eberjey night shirt. It is so soft, flattering (defined shoulder again) and great for nursing. Its a must have. 10. The Accessories: If you only did heels before the baby, find some nice flats. You will need something to wear to chase after a child. You don't need to buy a diaper bag - I use large totes like this GiGi New York tote and then have a small pouch to put diapers in that I can move from purse to purse. When it comes to jewelry, pretty post back earrings and dainty necklaces are my favorites, since you don't have to layer them on and off. The days of all the bracelets is over - one simple bracelet is great but all the others can end up pinching the baby - they are better to wear when you are off duty. Implementation Stage: Now that you have a plan, you can pop over to my Post Pregnancy Style Pinterest page (I spent a lot of time on this and wish someone had made one for me) to begin to get a visual idea of what to look for when you shop. And lastly, here are 3 Things to Remember: Accept: It may take your body over a year to get back to your old size. You will slowly be able to add more of your old clothing as the months go by, but you are not going to wake up one day and be the same as before. You did just have someone living inside you for 10 months. Remove: After the baby is born, remove all tight or body-con maternity clothing from your closet. The bump definition was cute, the aftermath does not carry the same effect. Embrace: Once you understand this list, know that you have limitations. When you shop, pull multiple sizes, don't bother about the size just consider the fit. Don't pull shirts that are short and tight. Rompers or jumpsuits are an obvious no. Pencil skirts, no. There are so many options out there where you can look beautiful at any size, you just need to know what to look for. Come back for tomorrow's post on "What to Wear When You are Expecting"

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Custom Jewelry!

This happy lady has been wanting this Mexican fire opal and diamond ring for 5 years and after a few nudges to her husband he surprised her with it for their 5 year anniversary! I re-designed the ring to have her initials on the inside of the ring and a special note from her husband engraved on the band. I'm so happy to be a part of such a fun story. If you're looking for a breath-taking gift, feel free to contact me with ideas and I will make your custom piece come true! The bride and her one-of-a-king ring/man!

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Must Have: Falconwright bags

  Falconwright is the brainchild of Toronto natives Sandi Falconer & Danielle Wright, and I cannot get enough of their handmade leather pouches. The punchy patterns they use are loud but paired with the simple design of the pouch, they're surprisingly easy to pull off and make you look instantly eclectic cool. They only create small batches at a time, so the bags sell out immediately from their site. Keep an eye out for their next onslaught of adorable bags and wallets here!

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