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How to Wear Pantone’s Color of the Year

Last year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, was everywhere. Pants, tops, throw pillows, vases, shoes, art, rugs, you name it. So I’m predicting that the 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald Green, will be spring’s color du jour. Emerald green already splashed the runways at the spring 2013 fashion shows for Zac Posen, Lela Rose, Vera Wang, and more, so it’s only a matter of time before it starts popping up everywhere. Here are 12 ways you can rock a little or a lot of this year’s “it” color.

No.1    Banana Republic Sloan Pencil Skirt $79.50
No.2    Essie Nail Polish in Pretty Edgy $8
No.3    Green Bubble Necklace from Etsy Shop Himediy $14.99
No.4    Modcloth Emily and Fin Green Dress $79.99
No.5    Banana Republic Ashley Bow Flat $98
No.6    Old Navy green skinny jeans $19.97
No.7    Gap Striped Moto Jacket $79.95
No.8    The Cambridge Satchel Company Large Classic Satchel $178.00
No.9    Anthropologie Charleston Henley Peasant Blouse $68
No.10  Gap Colorblock Stripe T $24.95
No.11  MAC Eye Kohl in Minted $15
No.12  Gap Floral Scarf $29.95

Get a Jump on Fall Fashion with Great Sales!

I haven’t even taken my summer vacation yet, but I am already getting ready for fall. Lucky for me (and you!), many stores are too. Most stores are putting new fall merchandise on sale to entice customers in the door, hoping that they’ll help to clear out the summer inventory as well while they’re there. Gap was having a 40% off sale the other day, and I snagged this great sweater for $24. From the look of things, stripes are going to be HUGE this fall, because they are showing up everywhere!

Gap Colorblock Sweater, $39.95

I also picked up a pair of jeans while I was at the Gap because my favorite pair are so well-loved that they have holes in the knees. The 1969 Sexy Boot jeans fit really well, and they’re just $59.50. I just can’t justify the crazy-expensive jeans I used to buy pre-Olivia. It’s way more fun to spend that money on cute new clothes for her!

Gap 1969 Sexy Boot Jeans, $59.50

A couple of days before that, I picked up a pair of skinny cords from Target. They are a bit darker in person than they are in the picture below (more of a mustard yellow), which makes them great for fall. And at $23, you can’t beat the price! While I love, love, love my Vintage Matchstick Cords from J.Crew, even at the outlet they’re just a bit more than $23, so I couldn’t pass these up. (Not that that will stop me from scoping out the outlets on vacation to hopefully pick up another J.Crew pair!)

Target Mossimo Cords, $22.99

Have you come across any great fall fashion deals? Be sure to share the details!

Take Your Bump Shopping!

Courtesy loft.com

When I was pregnant, nearly all of my maternity clothes came from Gap and Target. This was mostly because, other than maybe Old NavyMotherhood, and A Pea in the Pod, there was nowhere else to go. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Gap and Target had really cute, inexpensive maternity clothes, but there’s only so much variety when you can count the stores you can shop in on one hand. Of course, now that I’m no longer pregnant, so many more stores are launching maternity lines. So, for all my pregnant mama and mama-to-be friends, here are a few more shops you can check out to dress the bump!

Loft Maternity  Just like the regular store, Loft’s maternity line offers great options for the office that are classic and versatile.

Courtesy hm.com

Forever 21’s Love 21 Maternity It probably feels a little weird shopping for maternity clothes here, surrounded by 13-year-olds, but they do have good inexpensive basics. There are a few items online, but you’ll need to find a participating store to get the most out of this maternity line.

H&M H&M’s Mama line is a good bet for cute jeans and tees. Several stores, including the Tysons Corner store for those in the DC area, have a pretty good selection.

There are also a few online deals sites that have great maternity selections, including. . .

Zulilly This site is mostly known for their great deals on things for the little ones, but they nearly always throw in a few deals for moms and moms-to-be as well.

Totsy Similar to Zulilly, this site offers daily deals on maternity brands in addition to their other deals.

Know of any other great places to find cute maternity clothes? 

Comfortably Sexy Bralettes

I am by no means well-endowed, but during my pregnancy and after my daughter was born, I went from a B cup to (at my largest) a DD! I’m 5’2″ people, I’m surprised I didn’t topple over. During this time when my cup runneth over, I became used to wearing a comfy bra around the house, even to bed.

Now that I’m no longer nursing and I’m back down to my normal size, I need a comfy bra upgrade. I’m looking for something that says “casually sexy” instead of “I have liquid coming out of my boobs—touch them and you die.” Here are some sweet and sexy bralettes I’ve rounded up. I’m sure my husband would agree they are definitely an improvement upon what I have. You’re welcome, honey.

Hanky Panky, $37

Gap, $34.95

Honeydew, $30

Kimchi for Urban Outfitters, $24

b.tempt'd by Wacoal, $18

Cosabella, $53.50

To Infinity (Scarves) and Beyond!

Infinity scarves are everywhere this fall, and it’s no wonder why: they’re cozy and a no-brainer to tie. Just loop it around like a necklace for an instant, celeb-worthy look, which is especially great for me since I can never get my regular scarves to look like Jessica Alba’s (because, let’s face it, she’s the scarf-wearing queen). And with some of these prices below, you can even afford to get a few different styles!

La Fiorentina Hooded Scarf at Nordstrom, $28.00

Silence & Noise Abstract Paint scarf at Urban Outfitters, $32.00

Old Navy popcorn-knit scarf, $14.94

Mustard Cluster Floral Snood at Top Shop, $32.00

American Eagle stitched stripe scarf, $24.50

Old Navy sequined scarf, $16.94

Urban Outfitters printed scarf, $32.00

Fall Flats for Under $50

I can’t speak for all moms, but I struggle to carry my daughter, her bag for daycare and her car seat- all while teetering on 3-inch heels. Not to mention that I have to haul it all up a flight of stairs! It is a disaster waiting to happen. So it’s no surprise that my collection of flats has grown exponentially over the past year. I live in flats. Cute for the mall, comfy for walking the dog, and perfect for work. But I’m not trying to spend my entire paycheck on shoes, so I have pulled together some adorable flats that are all under $50 each- can’t beat that!

Christian Siriano for Payless ($34.99)

Express ($34.90)

Mossimo Supply Co. at Target ($19.99)

Etienne Aigner at piperlime.com ($49.50)

Ann Taylor Loft ($44.50)

Old Navy ($22)

Nine West at 6pm.com ($29.95)

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Lisa Leonard Jewelry

For Christmas last year, my dad and stepmom gave me a Lisa Leonard necklace like the one pictured below with my daughter’s name and her birth date. The necklace is so simple that it goes with almost anything, and I wear it to work all the time (can’t wear necklaces around my grabby little one). Every time I wear the necklace, I get compliments on it. All of her jewelry is really cute, and necklaces like this one make great holiday or birthday gifts!

Tiny Squares Necklace ($56)

Vintage Matchstick Cords

I love love love love these! I have one pair already, and I am seriously considering investing in a couple more. Nothing says fall like comfy corduroys- and these are the most flattering pair I have ever owned. (J.Crew, $79.95— and pssst, you can find them at J.Crew outlets for around $40!)

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