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How to raise your mom style game

FAM, self By November 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

When people ask me what do for a living, I usually say, “I’m a fashion writer and blogger”. More often than not, this is followed up with, “oh, you are a mom blogger?” The thing is, being a mom isn’t what defines me or my dress sense. I’m an entrepreneur and fashion blogger, and I happen to be a mom. To me being fashionable doesn’t stop being an option when you have kids. If you had a sense of style before, it’s still there, just a little dormant now.

I have learned over the last two years of being a fashion blogger and connecting with an online community of moms that there are certain style issues that plague most of us that have had children.  Maybe it’s a subliminal thing, but we’ve picked up some bad habits, and now people are calling them “mom style”, cringe. So for my first post here at Urban Mommies, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my quick fixes for these style zappers.

Get out of the sweatpants funk – I understand; they are comfortable, but I promise you there are other comfortable clothes out there. The first step to regaining your pre-baby style sense is to make a commitment to look beyond the athletic wear department for clothes. How about creating a Pinterest board to get excited? Here’s one with mom friendly looks. (link to Pinterest Board)

Ditch the maternity clothes – If you child is over 12 months; it’s time to say adios to the maternity wear. I know it still fits, but the mindset is all wrong, the message you are sending to yourself and the world is; I’m not worthy of any better. A new outfit doesn’t have to be expensive, as long it fits well you will feel like a million bucks.

Switch out sneakers for flats and a diaper bag for a purse – I see way to many moms wearing beaten up sneakers and carrying a bag with circus clowns, it’s time for a change. If you can splurge a little on your flats, Tory Burch is the way to go, but if you are in need of a quick fix find a Payless coupon online and grab yourself a pair of cute ballet flats for $20. I promise you will walk with more grace and feel a bit more stylish. Same goes with the diaper bag, upgrade to a roomy purse. If you are in the mood to splurge my picks would be Kate Spade or Michael Kors (these are investment bags that you will keep for years), but if you want something seasonal head straight to Aldo.

Treat yourself to some new underwear – Do it for yourself not your mate! Most moms I know are wearing stretched out granny panties an old maternity bra; you can’t feel great about yourself with that as your foundation. Treat yourself to a new bra, and while you’re out, get a proper fitting – sizes change after pregnancy and nursing.

Get a new flattering haircut and learn to style it – I’m not suggesting you get an Anna Wintour bob or some drastic bangs (like I once did), because you don’t have the time to blow that out every day, but maybe some layers and highlights? Ask your stylist what products to use and then play, or even check out You Tube tutorials. I hate straightening my hair everyday so I found a tutorial online that showed me how to curl my hair while I sleep. Yes it takes a little time to learn, but it’s a skill you will use for the rest of your life.

Get out of the mom jeans lady – I can’t believe they still make these, but anything with a high waist, pleats, or light discolouration on the thighs and butt area is not a good look. You want a nice dark rinse with a straight or slightly boot cut leg, my personal favourite; the Sweetheart Jean from Old Navy.

I think many of us get stuck in a rut after having kids and somehow convince ourselves that being a mom and having a sense of style just don’t go together – but they do! How you dress has a profound effect on how you feel, how you interact with the people in your life, and the way your children remember you when they grow up. I want my kids to remember me as a competent pulled together woman who takes pride in her appearance – how about you?

Image: A compilation of fashions available at Holt Renfrew.  Floral Jacket: Erdem, Motorcycle Jacket: Acne, Dress: Aquilano.Rimondi, Jeans: Rag + Bone, Flats: Roger Vivier.

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Kim Newport-Mimran's Top Ten Tips for Effortless Style

FAM, GEAR, self, style By October 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Pink Tartan WashableWhat a coup.  Washable, tailored and stylish pieces that are WASHABLE.  Maybe I said that already.  Kim Newport-Mimran, President and Creative Director of Pink Tartan, has joined forces with Tide Pods to create The Washable Collection.  UrbanMommies was at the Vancouver launch and loved what we saw.

Pieces of this amazing line will be made available at select, The Bay and Holt Renfrew stores nationwide. 

Kimberley Newport-Mimran, the woman behind Canada’s iconic fashion brand, Pink Tartan, knows a thing or two about looking chic. As the creative director and president for one of Canada’s most successful women’s wear lines and as a mom, Kim shares her style secrets for looking great on the go.  

Kim Newport-Mimran’s top ten tips for effortless style

1.    
Timeless pieces are always in fashion

We’re all guilty of committing fashion crimes at some point, but building a wardrobe founded in timeless pieces will ensure your look is always on point. By choosing pieces you can wear season after season, you’ll also increase the lifespan of your wardrobe. To keep my washable pieces looking their best, I launder with Tide Pods – an item every woman needs to have in her fabric care arsenal.

2.    
Try out new trends through accessories

Developing your own personal style comes with finding cuts that fit your body and colours that compliment your skin. Stick to it and don’t be swayed by the latest runway trend. To incorporate seasonal trends into your wardrobe, purchase smaller pieces like a bag, scarf or shoes.  Accessories are great because they update your look without risk.

3.     Simplicity is the secret to elegance

I design pieces that look stylish and fit into a modern woman’s lifestyle. By focusing on the cut of the garment, the quality of the fabric and small details like an exposed zipper, these pieces not only last but have wardrobe presence for years to come. Invest in great basics that can be paired with a variety of pieces to keep your look effortless and elegant.

4.    
You don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality

As my collection evolves, I want to ensure I’m making clothing for the modern woman. The Washable Collection was developed for her.  Each piece is made from quality washable fabrics that can be easily cared for. I recommend Tide Pods to care for all washable garments as they dissolve quickly and are easy to use.

5.    
Fit, fit, fit

The correct fit of your clothing is essential to great style. Regardless of the cost of your clothing, finding a tailor that can make small adjustments to your pieces will make your look and feel better. Not one body shape is alike and every woman can benefit from a good tailor. If you find a piece you love but it’s not in your size, buy it in a larger size and take it to the tailors, they can do wonders. 

6.     Find inspiration from fashion-eras gone by

My fashion inspiration comes for timeless icons like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis and my grandmother. I remember my well-dressed grandmother serving tea sandwiches in pearls and the perfect top coat. From then on, I wanted to create iconic clothes that fit today’s modern woman. Finding inspiration on websites is a good way to expand your fashion mind and style.

7.    
Modern style is about care

Sometimes being chic is as simple as keeping your clothes looking crisp and clean. Imagine browsing your favourite shop if the clothing looked less than polished? It would completely alter the way you looked at the garment. The same is true when you wear something that looks worn out. I believe we should care for our clothing, as you would other items you cherish. Using Tide Pods protects your favourite pieces and helps keep them looking their best.

8.     Trending in my world

Some trends that we will be seeing from Pink Tartan this fall are digital floral prints in rich dark colours and super fine gauge cashmere. I also love a mid length skirt, whether it is a full or pencil skirt.

9.    
Sexy is what you don’t see

An understated confidence is the difference between you wearing your clothes vs. your clothes wearing you. By choosing clothing that fits your body, brings out your personality and makes you feel sexy, you’ll naturally ooze self-confidence and radiance.

10. 
Consider your overall look, not just an outfit

Instead of throwing together random pieces when choosing your clothing, try visualizing the overall look you’re trying to achieve. This will give you a polished style that you’ll feel good about. You can pull inspiration from fashion magazines or your favourite style icon.

For more information on the Pink Tartan Washable Collection for Tide Pods, please visit tidefashion.ca

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Nine Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Family Member

beauty, GEAR, toys By November 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Like most parents, you probably know exactly what to buy for one or two family members this holiday season. But what about the grandparents? The new baby down the street? The pool boy? (Just making sure you’re paying attention). Here are UrbanMommies’ ‘generational picks’ to get you through the busy shopping season. And you can get them all online, so you can spend less time looking for a parking spot and more time basting the turkey.

For Babies

Holt Renfrew has partnered with Missoni to offer these plush bear and elephant toys for babies, crafted out of their iconic prints in support of OrphanAid Africa. It’s definitely one baby item you won’t have to hide when company comes. $50; holtrenfrew.com.

For Toddlers

The Educo Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen is a wooden option to inspire little ones to earn their Michelin stars. The realistic knobs make clicking sounds and kids can check on what is ‘baking’ through the oven window. Be warned: it’s a top seller you’ll want to order early. $140; raspberrykids.com

For Preschoolers

The new Hexbug Warriors Battle Stadium with Battling Robots is a huge hit in my house. It comes with an arena, is available in different designs and colours (all the better to entertain kids for hours) and is reasonably priced. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer. $20; Hexbug

For Tweens

The new Sifteo cubes are the coolest thing to hit tech since the internet. These motion-activated blocks with full-colour touch-sensitive LCD screens communicate wirelessly and respond to the proximity of players’ gestures during gameplay. (Channeling Big Bang Theory right now). Unlike many other games, kids have to use physical and mental intelligence while playing. $130; Sifteo.com

For Teenagers

The word ‘Teenager’ as almost synonomous with ‘Social’. There’s no better gift than technology they can use to keep in touch with friends, family, and (ahem) – Facebook. With BBM messaging, a fantastic QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth connectivity and a 5MP camera with flash, the Curve 9360 from Wind Mobile is ‘the bomb’ for teens. (And it comes with GPS in case you ‘misplace’ your teen. Just sayin’.) $0 on WINDtab on a $40 plan or $49 on WINDtab on a $25 plan. www.windmobile.ca

For Moms

I let the cat out of the bag. I actually told my husband that car detailing would be a better gift than diamonds. Whoops. So you should get mom that (for her stocking, of course). But for the real gift? Something fun. Like a Coach Legacy bag. Or a trip to New Orleans. Or hot sports gear. Not that we find moms easy to shop for or anything. $348, www.coach.com. (Provide links to other articles on UrbanMommies for each option).

For Dads

Finally, it exists! I may have to keep it for myself though. Sony has come out with the Cybershot 18.2MP with 20x Optical Zoom featuring wireless technology that allows you to share photos instantly on Facebook, email and Twitter. The only catch? You’ll have to tell him your Facebook password and you’ll no longer be able to hide those messages from exes. $449; futureshop.ca

For Grandparents

The ubiquitous photo mug and bottle of scotch are passé. At our house, we get creative and use fiverr.com. With endless options and fun ideas, the dreaded grandparent gift can be acquired with a click . We sent a digital image to one seller that was converted into a watercolour jpeg and purchased another ‘gig’ from an artist who drew the kids in ‘children’s storybook’ format. Add a funky Ikea frame and voila – a gift to cherish that won’t break the bank. $5 fiverr.com

For the Mailman/Pool Boy/Gardener

And you thought we were joking. Ditch the gift cards. This may sound odd, but who wouldn’t want a gorgeous festive Dish Soap? Method changes its designs based on the season, and the holiday designs are stylish and chic (not to mention eco-friendly). We wouldn’t want their hands to get chapped as they do the holiday dishes.. Method

Discalimer: Post sponsored by Wind mobile. As always, opinions are our own.

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