Bloggers with killer maternity style

Bloggers with killer maternity style

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Pregnancy is filled with so many challenging things.  There’s the whole morning sickness bit and making sure you’re on the same page with your baby daddy about parenting styles and…it’s a never ending list!

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PRESS: My things

PRESS: My things

Allison Klein Backer at –

Each month, the Southern Marin Mothers’ Club Crier asks stylish mamas and local tastemakers to spill their secrets and share their stuff. Here, local style expert and author Katie Rice Jones, tells us her favorite places to go in her neighborhood, and lets us in on the one thing she can’t live without.

Favorite piece of jewelry:
Engagement ring and any number of hand-crafted beaded pieces my children have fashioned for me

One thing in your wardrobe you can’t live without:
Madewell’s “boyfriend” heather gray v-neck pocket tee

Style Icons:
New School – Alex Chung and Miroslava Duma
Old School – Babe Paley and Grace Kelly

Daily uniform:

Vintage Levi’s 501

Favorite designer:
The late Yves Saint Laurent

Favorite brand:

Favorite accessory:
Vintage gold nugget cuff

Describe your personal style:
A contemporary look mixed with classic and retro pieces

Favorite maternity store:
Mom’s the Word, San Francisco and Palo Alto

Got-to place for pregnancy fashion advice
Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump available on (shameless plug)

Hair cut:
Siren Salon, San Anselmo

Dollface Beauty, San Anselmo

Favorite Bay Area museums:
Oakland Museum of California
de Young Museum

Favorite San Francisco stores:
FLAX Art & Design, Britex Fabrics, Bell’occhio, The Blue Jean Bar, Diptyque and Jeremys Department Store

Favorite consignment
Goodbyes Consignment, San Francisco (adults)
Out Grown, San Rafael (kids)

Favorite domestic travel spot:
Green Lake, Wisconsin

Most beautiful international travel spot:
Shirakawa, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Go-to shopping destination:
Marin Country Market, Larkspur

Sleepy Hollow Pool, Sleepy Hollow (Go Seal Lions!)

Most beloved cities:
Stevens Point, Wisconsin (birthplace)
Madison, Wisconsin (college town)
San Francisco, California

Places you love to go in San Anselmo:
Imagination Park, San Anselmo Coffee Roastery, Flour Craft Bakery, Marinitas, M.H. Bread and Butter, Marin Power Yoga, Hilda’s Coffee Shop, Log Cabin Dug Out Bar and Seminary Playhouse field

Best girls’ weekend:
Solage, Calistoga

Best quick getaway with your partner:
San Francisco (overnight)

Favorite run:
From behind the Ross post office and along the creek to Marin General and back again

Favorite hike:
Baltimore Canyon Preserve, Kentfield at Crown Road trailhead.

Best local resources for mom:,,

Celebrity crush:
Chris Hemsworth (duh!)

Evelyn and Camilla Jones

Constant companion:

Who do you admire:
Too many people to name

Books you’re currently reading:
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
The Road to Character by David Brooks
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (required reading for the “Kate & Brad Book Club”)

All-time favorite books:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Favorite authors:
Charles Dickens, Evelyn Waugh, John Steinbeck, Graham Green and Malcolm Gladwell

Maternal Grandmother

What inspires you:

If I wasn’t a style expert/author of Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump, I would be a…
Culture and history scholar working for Unesco’s at their World Heritage sites

Item you keep purchasing over and over:
Essential oils from Body Time, San Anselmo. I am a scent junky.

Something most people don’t know about you:
I love beef jerky

Signature drink:
Bourbon on the rocks

Pet peeve:
Snarky people

Favorite ritual:
Grabbing a coffee each morning at the San Anselmo Coffee Roastery

Best thing about your neighborhood:
View of the San Francisco Theological Seminary and its tolling bells

(Piece originally featured on Southern Marin Mothers Club site,

me-150x150Allison Klein Backer is Blog Editor and Content Writer for the SMMC Crier. She is also a freelance editorial director and fashion copywriter. She lives in Mill Valley with her husband and daughter.

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Watch: Your genes in jeans

Watch: Your genes in jeans

Check out this recent fashion segment with me and Lizzie Bermudez, host of ABC7’s Bay Area LIFE, chatting about how to find the perfect pair of jeans for your genes…

Featured Jeans
Paige, Skyline Skinny – $169 Available at Bloomingdale’s
Treasure & Bond, Luxe Bleach Destroy Ankle – $88 Available at Nordstrom
Citizens of Humanity, Emerson – $219 Available at Nordstrom
7 for Mankind, Kimmy Crop – $168 Available at Bloomingdale’s
Vintage Levi’s 513 – $40 Available at Brandy Melville
Citizens of Humanity, Classic Flare – $210 Available at Nordstrom

Special thanks to San Anselmo’s Marin Power Yoga for letting us shoot in their beautiful yoga studio.

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KRJ Comments: Style through the years…Christina Aguilera

KRJ Comments: Style through the years…Christina Aguilera

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written by Christine Bartsch

Singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera got her start at age 13, starring alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell in “The All New Mickey Mouse Club.” Shedding the wholesome Disney image, Aguilera forged an experimental path for her musical career, from covering ‘40s classic hits to sexually explicit material and electronic beats. Now a mother to son Max and daughter Summer, Aguilera’s manages to remain true to herself through her personal style. “Aguilera’s sexy-chic personal style has remained consistent no matter what her life transition. This is an important message for every mom to glean: Cling to your personal style,” says Katie Rice Jones, author of the maternity fashion book, “Fashion Dues & Duen’ts,” and a nationally known style expert. Read more of my style commentary on (part 3 of a 3-part celebrity series)…Style through the years

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Holding a panel discussion

Holding a panel discussion

Designer jeans will likely be your singular most expensive maternity wear purchase. To get the most for your money it’s important to get-up-to-speed on the kinds of styling they offer. While cut (for instance: skinny or slim), rinse, and treatment are considerations, a maternity jean’s panel style is the most key. If you haven’t been pregnant before, jeans sporting stretchy panels can look sort of creepy. But trust me, these panels are genius. Use this chart to sort out the myriad of maternity panels and find your most flattering fit.


 Partially excerpted  from Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump (Know Act Be Book, 2014). Available NOW on

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