Million dollar baby bag

Million dollar baby bag

Now that you’re a mom, that clutch large enough to hold two lipsticks probably won’t cut it. It’s time for an upgrade to something more mommy appropriate, something that can hold the baby necessities (diapers, wipes, food and clothes to last at least 2 days… you never know what may happen at the park).

Luckily, moms no longer have to carry a bag reminiscent of mommy jeans… Baby bags have turned the fashion corner and landed on 5th Avenue. These days it’s difficult to distinguish between a designer handbag and a diaper bag, in both style and price. Brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Kate Spade have revolutionized the form and function of the diaper bag and along the way helped transform moms from frumpy to fashion-forward.

While I’m typically dubious of the cost-benefit of high fashion, I do believe a case can to be made for buying a designer baby bag. Here are four good reasons to indulge:

Value – If you have only one child the shortest length of time you will carry a diaper bag is two years. Within those two years you will tote it almost everyday. Given this time frame, a designer diaper bag priced at $500 will cost you a mere $0.68 per day.

Styling – Designer brands offer more stylish designs ensuring trend-right looks that are an extension of mom’s personal style rather than baby’s.

Quality – Designer bags tend to be more durable as they are made with superior craftsmanship and top-notch materials. However if a bag’s quality does fail, most designer brands offer easy return policies or speedy repair services.

Versatility – Once your diapering days are over, most designer baby bags can be converted to everyday totes or weekender bags.

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Celebrity favorites

Pink loves…
Timi & Leslie Charlie, $160; ShopTimiandLeslie.com

Reece Witherspoon loves …
Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag, $398; KateSpade.com

Angelina Jolie loves…
Hammitt Suzy, $500, Hammitt.com

Maggie Gyllenhaal loves…
Not Rational Hansel, $600; NotRational.com

Halle Berry loves…
Gucci Logo Diaper Bag, $795; Gucci.com

Jessica Alba loves…
Prada Nylon Baby Bag, $1,290; Prada.com

Brad Pitt loves…
Jamah The Nanny, $1,625; Jamah.com

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The long and short of it…

The long and short of it…

The 20 wintery-summers I spent in San Francisco did not make for a plentiful shorts collection. Yet my disparity of shorts mattered little in a city that frowned upon wearing them (as much as Paris does). Sure, I would occasionally spot a pair of running shorts jog by on the Marina Green or short-shorts on a regretful teenage tourist down at the wharf. However other than instances of exercise or hubris, donning a pair of shorts was as much of a San Francisco novelty as a warm summer night.

In Marin County, CA, that’s not so much the case. A move to San Anselmo (average summer temp. 89 degrees) in mid-July changed things for me in the short department. I had to get serious about how to wear shorts. Luckily for me, the timing was right. Shorts were starting to make a fashion comeback. This summer that comeback will be at its peak. Marin clothing stores will be exploding with shorts of all lengths, styles and fabrications. So to help you sort through which pairs flatter, here are some “short” considerations:

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J.CREW-Collection sequin shorts with 3” inseam; Style Notes: The newest take on shorts. Pair with a blazer and heels. GAP1969-destructed sexy boyfriend denim shorts unrolled to 7” inseam; Style Notes: Adjustable inseam make shorts body type versatile. J.CREW-Floral foulard shorts with 3” inseam; Style Notes:Print gives shorts a classic appeal.

 

Short Consideration #1: Your Leg Shape and Tone – If you have shapely and/or toned legs, almost anything goes short-wise, so why not experiment with a variety of short lengths, styles and fabrications. However for those with less definition, it’s best to stick with short lengths that hit mid-thigh or at the knee to camouflage a lack of muscle tone.

Short Consideration #2: Your Leg Length – Long-legged ladies look great in most lengths. However short-shorts (inseam shorter than 2.5 inches) can be tricky, as little shorts on a tall lady can appear tween-sized. Short-gammed gals should steer clear of crop pants (yes, they are considered shorts), baggy or cuffed, and Bermuda-styled shorts, as they will visually make diminutive legs appear shorter.

Short Consideration #3: Your Age – Balance your short choices with your age. It’s a fine line for middle-aged women—she can appear desperate to look younger in a pair of short-shorts, or just two steps away from the retirement community in a pair of pleated Bermuda shorts. Shorts with a 4-inch inseam are long enough to provide coverage while short enough to still be sexy.

Short Consideration #4: Your Short Size – It’s a little-known fact that sizing-up one size in the short department will make you appear thinner. On the contrary, smaller shorts with an uber-snug waistband will induce a muffin top and make you feel larger.

Short Consideration #5: Your Short Style and Formality – Short styles can range from modern to contemporary to classic to retro to romantic to cultural. Buy and wear pairs that reflect your unique personal style. Likewise, all shorts are not appropriate for all occasions—even if the weather permits. Given this, it isn’t appropriate to wear sequined short-shorts to your company’s softball game, nor cropped yoga pants to dinner at the club.

Originally featured in Pacific Sun

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Looking nifty under $50: week 13

Looking nifty under $50: week 13

Each week get a nifty head-to-toe maternity look for under $50. FD&D finds you cheap chic and sales items to help you pull off a pregtastic look, inexpensively.

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FD&D Style Notes:

  • Classic pattern, trendy silhouette
  • Looks like a mini dress, wears like a jumper
  • Dark navy slims
  • Anchor pattern distracts
  • Nautical-inspired accessories add kitsch

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Looking nifty under $50: week 12

Looking nifty under $50: week 12

Each week get a nifty head-to-toe maternity look for under $50. FD&D finds you cheap chic and sales items to help you pull off a pregtastic look, inexpensively.

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FD&D Style Notes:

  • Narrow shift dress elongates
  • Dress darts accentuate bust
  • Black sleeves slim arms
  • Dress pattern and accessories build a Modern look

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