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Bloggers with killer maternity style

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in dues & duen'ts, fashion dues, mamanista, maternity, maternity wear posers, pregnancy, slider | 0 comments

Bloggers with killer maternity style

Guest post by KnockedupFabulous.com 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! One of the things that drove me crazy was getting that bump of mine dressed each day!  As that baby grew bigger, my clothing options were shrinking.  During my second pregnancy, I started Knocked Up Fabulous to motivate me to stay away from my husband’s sweatpants and t-shirts, and to actually get dressed in real clothes and look presentable. Back then there weren’t a lot of bloggers blogging about their maternity outfits.  Today, there’s a whole slew of hot mamas sharing their adorable, and obtainable, style!  If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to dress that bump, or if you know of a friend who needs some help in this department, take a peek at my top favorite fashionable moms! WHO: Samantha from Could I Have That WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS: Samantha loves neutral colors and does a great job mixing her monotones with textures to create drool-worthy outfits.  She knows the value to getting investment pieces to incorporate into her already fabulous wardrobe.  Plus, she’s a fellow redhead.  Her adorable daughter is already three months old, but you can check out her maternity outfits here. WHO: Samantha from Could I Have That WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS: Samantha loves neutral colors and does a great job mixing her monotones with textures to create drool-worthy outfits.  She knows the value to getting investment pieces to incorporate into her already fabulous wardrobe.  Plus, she’s a fellow redhead.  Her adorable daughter is already three months old, but you can check out her maternity outfits here. WHO: Delmy from Fashion Bananas WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS: I don’t remember how I came across Delmy’s blog, but I instantly fell in love with her easy, glamorous vibe.  She knows how to style her hair and rocks a bold lip like no other…both tricks make her look like a million bucks in any outfit that she wears!  Her little man was born during the summer of 2013, so you’ve have to browse her archives to search for ways how she dressed her bump. WHO: Christine from Hello Fashion Blog WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS:  Besides for having cool, classy style, Christine also showcases her husband’s outfits on her blog.  It’s a one-stop shop for new families looking for some serious outfit inspiration!  I loved the casual approach of her style that she had during pregnancy.  You can check it out by searching through her past blog posts here. WHO: Anna Jane from See Anna Jane WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS:  Anna has mastered that preppy, glamorous girl-next-door vibe.  She has great classic pieces and jazzes up her looks with amazing accessories.  (Hello, leopard print heels!)  She’s also a fellow Chicagoan and knows what it’s like to deal with these crazy weather extremes…and she still looks amazing regardless!  Get inspired by her past maternity looks here. WHO: Cara Loren WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS:  I swear, Cara Loren must have been a model in a past life!  Girl knows how to work the camera!  She also did an amazing job dressing her bump during her second pregnancy.  Her style ranges from business to boho, but she looks great in it all!  Peek at her maternity outfit...

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PRESS: Look great, buy less

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in dues & duen'ts, fashion dues, Marin County focus, maternity, mom stuff, must dues, pregnancy, press, slider, wearable trends | 0 comments

PRESS: Look great, buy less

by PETITEMARIN – Here is Part 2 of our interview with local Marin resident and author of Fashion Dues & Duen’ts: a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump, Katie Rice Jones. We asked style questions related to dressing your changing body from growing a bump to dressing your post-baby body. Rachel Schohn of Petite Marin: (Q) I’m a big fan of the Lean Closet Movement as you talk about on your blog. It’s so much easier getting dressed with a few key, well-made pieces. As I’ve been scaling down my own wardrobe, I’m finding myself with cool basics, and old accessories. What should I be wearing to keep my basics current? KRJ: (A) For those who don’t know the Lean Closet Movement, coined by San Francisco’s lifestyle brand Cuyana, is about paring down the closet so that one is left with only effortlessly stylish pieces that are loved. It’s a pragmatic dressing approach and it’s picking up momentum. While there may be a myriad reasons for its acceptance, I believe the foremost is a planetary one. These days thoughtful people aim to reduce their carbon footprint and buying less, of everything, helps ensure this. However my intimate introduction to the movement was not as noble in cause. It came to me by way of my first pregnancy. Maternity wear can be expensive and I didn’t have the funds to wardrobe my burgeoning bump as a fashion stylist would like. The bigger I grew, the smaller my closet’s options got. Gradually my closet was pared down to only a handful of stylish maternity pieces. After the birth of my daughter Evelyn, I highly anticipated a triumphant return to my closet plumb full of regular clothes. But once I finally got down to my pre-bump size and could wear the stuff, the return lacked luster. In fact living for 9-plus months with little to wear left me changed… …click here to read more on PetiteMarin.com...

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PRESS: Maternity fashionista

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in maternity, maternity wear posers, press, slider | 0 comments

PRESS: Maternity fashionista

by PETITEMARIN – We were lucky enough to snag an interview with local Marin resident and author of Fashion Dues & Duen’ts: a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump. We asked style questions related to dressing your changing body from growing a bump to dressing your post-baby body. With her abundance of amazing advice, we’ve broken down the interview into a 3-part miniseries. Part 1: Rachel Schohn of Petite Marin: (Q) I love how you encourage woman to shop their closets first when navigating their maternity wardrobe. Can you highlight one or two pieces women can embrace when their bump first starts to show? Katie Rice Jones: (A) Between 0-5 months you’re in a body limbo of sorts – gradually getting too big for your tailored regular-fit pieces, but yet not big enough for traditional maternity. Hence your look is in limbo too. The trick to finding something to wear is to identify regular-fit clothing that is adaptable or blind to your changing body. These kinds of wardrobe pieces are called maternity wear posers, or more simply, posers. Given current fashion trends, it’s likely that much of your closet’s existing clothes can make do as transitional clothing during your early and midterm pregnancy. To discover which of your regular-fit clothing can pose as posers examine them for the following styling, construction, and detail… …Click here to read more on...

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PRESS: Remotely, powerful

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in press, slider, wearable trends | 0 comments

PRESS: Remotely, powerful

by Pamela Gioia at Teleworkrecruiting.com – There’s a wealth of information about workplace “power dressing”, a particular style of dress that signifies a confident, successful persona. But what if you work from home where no one can see you? Outside of the occasional delivery person, does it matter what you wear? Is there such a thing as power dressing at home?  It does, and there is. In an interview with Business Insider (Australia), former Christian Dior designer Jon-Michail says when you dress for work ask yourself, “What do I hope to achieve?” Although Jon-Michail was referring to corporate power dressing, this question is just as relevant to teleworkers as it is to onsite employees. “What do I hope to achieve?” Ask yourself that question each morning as you prepare for work– even if work is a mere ten feet from your bedroom. My guess is you want to be seen by others as confident and competent. And you want to be productive, excellent in what you do; and you want to look forward to showing up to work each day. Does your dress reflect what you want to achieve? If you want to dress the part, take the advice Jon-Michail gave Business Insider. There, he offered several tips on power dressing, which are surprisingly simple, practical and applicable to the work at home woman. Don’t skimp Just because your colleagues don’t observe you often, don’t buy low quality clothing because you want to cut corners. Not only will you wear through the clothes faster, but you’ll be less comfortable than if you wore clothing made from better material. Color matters Many women get stuck wearing “comfort colors”. In my dresser, for example, is a stack of gray T-shirts. I must feel more secure when I wear this bland color, but it does nothing to energize me or make me feel more competent. Instead, I’ve discovered that I’m more confident, creative, and productive when I wear slacks and print blouses. Clothing color can positively affect performance, especially if it’s out of one’s comfort zone. Dress for the occasion Are you meeting a client or a group of coworkers for coffee? Dress up a little! From your appearance people will make assumptions about your competence and dedication to your job. If your appearance says, “Hi guys, nice to see you. I was cleaning my bathroom!” it’s time to give your sweatpants a break until work hours are over. According to Katie Rice Jones, fashion expert and author of Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump: “Some home-based workers falsely believe that power dressing… doesn’t apply to them since no one see them during the workday. But they forget they are being noticed during web-based conference calls with coworkers and frequent meetings outside the home office with clients. All these impressions, good and bad, add up.” …Click here to read more… (Piece originally featured on...

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PRESS: My things

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in contemporary style category, mamanista, press, retro style category, slider | 0 comments

PRESS: My things

by Allison Klein Backer at SMMCCrier.com – 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. STYLE 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: Never Jeans: Vintage Levi’s 501 Favorite designer: The late Yves Saint Laurent Favorite brand: Celine 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 Amazon.com (shameless plug) BEAUTY Hair cut: Siren Salon, San Anselmo Beauty: Dollface Beauty, San Anselmo PLACES & THINGS 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 Pool: 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. MISCELLENOUS Best local resources for mom: LittleLane.com, MarinMommies.com, TaskRabbit.com PEOPLE & THINGS Celebrity crush: Chris Hemsworth (duh!) Muses: Evelyn and Camilla Jones Constant companion: Spotify Who do you admire: Too many people to name ENTERTAINMENT 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 LIFESTYLE Influences: Maternal Grandmother What inspires you: Everything 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...

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Watch: Your genes in jeans

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in mamanista, mom stuff, press, slider, wearable trends | 0 comments

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...

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Regular-fit fashion’s due date

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in dues & duen'ts, fashion dues, maternity, maternity wear posers, mom stuff, pregnancy, wearable trends | 0 comments

Regular-fit fashion’s due date

 Available NOW… buy Fashion Dues & Duen’ts These days worrying about the impact of maternity wear on your style vibe is so yesterday. Times have changed and those in-the-know realize that maternity wear can be just as stylish as its regular-fit counterpart. Nonetheless, there will be doubters, like Haylie Duff, who cheekily prescribe to avoiding the stuff altogether. “I was fighting the good fight on (not) buying maternity clothes…” – Haylie Duff While her quote contains a touch more hubris than fashion sense, it does allude to a certain kind of pregnancy dressing-strategy that relies on the adaptability of regular-fit clothing until your body needs the styling of the maternity-fit. Between 0-5 months you’re in a body limbo of sorts – gradually getting too big for your tailored regular-fit pieces, but yet not big enough for traditional maternity. Hence your look is in limbo too. The trick to finding something to wear is to identify regular-fit clothing that is adaptable or blind to your changing body. These kinds of wardrobe pieces are called maternity wear posers, or more simply, posers. Given current fashion trends, it’s likely that much of your closet’s existing clothes can make do as transitional clothing during your early and midterm pregnancy. To discover which of your regular-fit clothing can pose as posers examine them for the following styling, construction, and detail… Knit and stretchy material (versus woven fabrics) Roomy fit (versus tailored fit) Draped and wrapped styling Durable fabric that will not misshapen Long-bodied and pull-over tops Low-rise bottoms Expandable clothing elements including: side vents, side ruching or drawstring and elastic waistbands Adaptable mechanics that can be worn unbuttoned, un-cinched, zipped down, open or layered under Easy-on silhouettes like skirts and dresses (versus pants) As a stylist, I can assure you that plenty of pseudo-maternity looks are hanging in your closet. To prove it, just check out the plethora of posers I found in mine. 1. Shift dress This dress lacks waist definition making it super-wearable. 2. Tie back vest Add panache to a basic tee when you don a vest. As you progress, loosen its back tie or wear it unbuttoned for a little breathing room. 3. A-line top or dress The flare from this dress’ midsection provides ample room for a little bump. 4. Button fly jeans Make room for your bump one button at a time while keeping your pants securely in place. 5. Boyfriend cardigan An oversized cardigan looks great with relaxed jeans, fitted knit pencil skirts or leggings. 6. Maxi dress This aptly named dress maximizes your look by diminishing your bump and accentuating your décolletage, shoulders, and arms. 7. Fitted knit skirt The best knit skirt acts as a kind of Spanx, flattering and smoothing the lower half of your expecting bod. 8. Cocoon top This easy piece adds interest to your look and showcases your bump. 9. Tunic A tunic elongates your body and narrows your hips. 10. Wrap dress, top or vest Wrap styling adjusts to your growing belly with its tie design. Be advised, as you adjust the ties to accommodate your bump, the neckline begins to plunge. Layer a pretty cami underneath to control cleavage-exposure. 11. Empire and baby doll top or dress This high waisted styling will provide ample room for your bump. 12....

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Pregnancy Can’t Stop Fashion…Isla at Vanity Fair Party

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in dues & duen'ts | 0 comments

Pregnancy Can’t Stop Fashion…Isla at Vanity Fair Party

Isla Fisher, Vanity Fair Party 2015. Read more about Isla’s pregtastic look on Yahoo....

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Pregnancy Can’t Stop Fashion…Jaime at Vanity Fair Party

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in dues & duen'ts | 0 comments

Pregnancy Can’t Stop Fashion…Jaime at Vanity Fair Party

Jaime King in Altuzarra, Vanity Fair Party 2015. Read more about Jamie’s pregtastic look on USWeekly....

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Pregnancy Can’t Stop Fashion…Keira at the Oscars

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in dues & duen'ts | 0 comments

Pregnancy Can’t Stop Fashion…Keira at the Oscars

Keira Knightley in Valentino, Oscars 2015. Read more about Keira’s pregtastic look on Yahoo.com...

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