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Spread the love, uniquely…

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in dues & duen'ts | 0 comments

Spread the love, uniquely…

Everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is a manufactured event but, hey, your love isn’t. Balance the commercial-ness of this saccharin day with a genuine gift from the heart. To do this, you must avoid giving V-day’s traditional tokens of love (i.e. a dozen long-stem red roses) and instead spread the love with gifts that are as unique as your love. Here’s just a...

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KRJ Comments: Style through the years…Christina Aguilera

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in dues & duen'ts, fashion dues, mamanista, maternity, mom stuff, pregnancy, press, slider | 0 comments

KRJ Comments: Style through the years…Christina Aguilera

Orignially posted on Mom.me 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 Mom.me (part 3 of a 3-part celebrity series)…Style through the...

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Is your closet skinny?

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in fashion dues, mom stuff, wearable trends | 0 comments


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Is your closet skinny?

The irony is not lost on me that my most chic friend, Liz, also the one with the least clothing.  As far back as our early twenties, and long before it had a proper name, Liz has been unofficially participating in the Lean Closet Movement. For her, making do with less was more than just a way of dressing; it has always been a way of life.   Lean Closet Movement: To simplify the closet so that one is left with only pieces that are loved and to effortlessly wear everything one owns. – Cuyana   Fast-forward to 2015, the Lean Closet Movement, coined by San Francisco’s lifestyle brand Cuyana, is 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 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. For one, I got really good at making less, look like more and two; I now longed for a clutter-free closet. By the time Evelyn was 6 months old, I scaled down my closet substantially by donating those items that were: too small collecting dust unflattering impractical dated of a former life or career (ball gowns and suits) poor quality and cheap construction not my personal style With this said, you don’t need a monumental lifestyle change, like a birth, to make a change in your closet. If you too long for a clutter-free closet, my advice is to start out slow. Here’s one long-term way to donate large quantities of clothing and limit that nagging feeling you might wear them again. Get a large box. Put those pieces that are habitually unworn in it. Store the box (somewhere other than in your closet). Wait twelve months (four seasons). If you find that you haven’t opened the box within that year, tape it up and donate the entire box to Goodwill. Then, don’t look back....

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Holding a panel discussion

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in dues & duen'ts, fashion dues, mamanista, maternity, pregnancy, slider | 0 comments

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...

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KRJ commentary: Style through the years…Denise Richards

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in dues & duen'ts, fashion dues, mamanista, maternity, mom stuff, must dues, pregnancy, press | 0 comments

KRJ commentary: Style through the years…Denise Richards

Orignially posted on Mom.me written by Christine Bartsch At age 15, Illinois-born Denise Richards and her family moved to California where she was soon discovered by an agent and began her international modeling career. Richards transitioned from model to actress with roles in film and television, including “Starship Troopers,” “Love Actually,” as a Bond girl in “The World is Not Enough” and on “Two and a Half Men” with then-husband Charlie Sheen. With breezy beauty and casual glamor, Richards’ personal style evokes the quintessential California girl. Pregnant with her first child with Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards proudly showed off her baby bump at “The Big Bounce” premiere in January 2004. The gold sequins and sandals add a touch of glamor to the casual lines of the curve-hugging pencil skirt and tank, demonstrating her preference for glitzy ease. Just one month after the birth of her second daughter, Denise Richards achieved a new mom look that was both relaxed and deliberately sexy at the UPN Stars party in July 2005. While the cleavage-revealing, silky lavender camisole could be worn as bedroom lingerie, the basic makeup and jeans prevent the ensemble from looking overly risqué. At the Fashion Rocks concert in September 2006, Denise Richards wore a simple yet seductive blue-gray dress. The form-fitting ensemble steers clear of racy with its halter neckline, knee-length hem and its sheer, ruched overlay. Katie Rice Jones, author of the maternity fashion book, “Fashion Dues & Duen’ts: A Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump,” and a nationally known style expert, says “Through the years Richard’s style has proven she is a real beauty inside and out. Her clothes never take center stage but rather help amplify her intrinsic beauty.”… Read more of my style commentary on Mom.me (part 1 of a 3-part celebrity series)…Style through the...

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KRJ commentary: Style through the years…Claire Danes

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in contemporary style category, dues & duen'ts, fashion dues, mamanista, maternity, mom stuff, pregnancy, press, wearable trends | 0 comments

KRJ commentary: Style through the years…Claire Danes

Orignially posted on Mom.me written by Christine Bartsch At age 15, actress Claire Danes won her first Golden Globe for her role in the critically acclaimed television series “My So-Called Life.” On the silver screen, Danes held her own starring opposite A-List celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Lurman’s “Romeo + Juliet” and Meryl Streep in “The Hours.” Danes again gave award-winning television performances in 2010, playing the title role in “Temple Grandin” and in 2011 in the Showtime series, “Homeland.” Throughout her time in the public eye, Danes has developed a personal style that shows off just how comfortable she is in her own skin, whether the ensemble she’s wearing is quirky, sweet or daring. Attending the MTV party at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2003, Claire Danes manages to look both youthful and mature, wearing a fitted sheath dress that features conservative neck and hemlines, and a funky, sequined optical illusion pattern. “Danes’ personal style has always been edgy and experimental,” says Katie Rice Jones, a nationally known style expert and author of maternity fashion book, “Fashion Dues & Duen’ts: A Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump.” “Unlike most stars, she is willing to take calculated risks with her fashion, as a singleton and as a mom.”… Read more of my style commentary on Mom.me (part 1 of a 3-part celebrity series)…Style through the years...

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Uncommon goods; common family

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in dues & duen'ts | 0 comments

Uncommon goods; common family

Each year the holiday season seems to roll around earlier than the last. While premature displays of holiday giftables, in the month of September, can make retailers look pushy, this general advancing of the holiday buying season can be advantageous for the shopper. Those who shop early have both time and selection on their side. When it comes to holiday giving, my loved ones have come to expect a lot from me in the gift department and why not? I do technically shop for a living. However figuring out what to buy for whom can at times be a tad stressful (even for a professional shopper). This is especially true if your gift list contains people or “personalities” of various ages, tastes and interests. So to ensure that the gifting pressure doesn’t dampen my holiday cheer, I choose to shop early, really early. This year I bought my final holiday gift on Oct. 1. Since I have already scouted local artisans and local stores as well as online retailers for uncommon gifts for my common family, I decided to pull together a round-up of this year’s best gifts by personality type.                                                                                                                                   If you are like me, you love to give holiday gifts that surprise, amuse and delight, but these reactions are not easy to come by if you wait until the last minute to shop or if you don’t consider the personalities you’re buying for. If you wish, use this gift guide round-up as your own personal shopping list or simply as an inspiration board. Remember—if all else fails, there’s always eggnog....

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‘Tis the season for sequin

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in dues & duen'ts, mamanista, mom stuff, wearable trends | 0 comments

‘Tis the season for sequin

Everything seems to shine a bit brighter—including our wardrobes—during the holidays; after all, ’tis the season for sequin. While most every holiday party welcomes a guest wearing a touch of glitz, throwing on any old sequin number isn’t a foolproof plan for a glamorous holiday look. When it comes to sequin, all that glitters is not fashion gold. So it is best to understand how the dos and don’ts of sequin size, color, placement and design can affect your chicness factor....

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Beating the Karan Clock

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in contemporary style category, mamanista, mom stuff, wearable trends | 0 comments


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Beating the Karan Clock

Fashion designer, Donna Karan once said something to the effect of, if you spend more than 10 minutes staring into your closet for something to wear; there isn’t something wrong with your clothes, but rather something wrong with you. Her voice rings in my head each time I am confounded by my closet (and its contents). I am not proud to admit, for a variety of reasons, that most Saturdays and Sundays I spend more than the prescribed amount of time noodling over what to wear. To me, a casual weekend look has always proven more elusive than that of a buttoned-up weekday one. To squelch my closet confusion, sure, I could just throw on something from Lululemon. However, choosing to wear black easy-on, pull-up athletic pants with no plans to sweat at best feels disingenuous and at worst, like a fashion copout. This fall I endeavor to beat the “Karan Clock”. If I can incorporate some of this fall’s most wearable trends into my wardrobe, I just might have a chance of getting dressed in under 10 minutes. Since time is of the essence I decided to shop the one place I know produces slick weekend wear: J.Crew. Here are just a few of their clock-beating...

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Promo: Style me pregnant

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in dues & duen'ts, fashion dues, launch, mamanista, maternity, mom stuff, pregnancy, slider | 0 comments

Promo: Style me pregnant

Available NOW… buy Fashion Dues & Duen’ts Hey Pregos…Be one of the first 100 mama-to-bes to upload your photo to our Facebook page with our new guide in hand and author/stylist Katie Rice Jones will personally style you pregnant.   It is easy to enter! Simply… Be pregnant Buy guide Take photo Upload photo Gift with Purchase details Upload your pregnant photo to our Facebook page (click here) FashionDuesandDuents wearing a fashion due while holding our new style guide, Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump (Know Act Be Books, 2014). Tell us who/what you are wearing, your week of pregnancy, and what you think about our new style guide. Hashtag #StyleMePregnant & #FashionDuesandDuents. “Like” our Facebook page (click here) FashionDuesandDuents (…so we can back to you with style advice). Katie Rice Jones will connect with you via Facebook private message and provide you free, customized maternity styling advice (a $450 value). That’s it. Questions?…Contact...

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