How To Wear Neon

neon pink shirt outfit with jeans

 

When people hear the word neon they are either scared and have flashbacks to bad 80’s memories OR they are excited about adding a pop of fun and color into their wardrobe. I am excited about adding a fun pop of color to my wardrobe. I love neon, the fun pop of color really makes me think summer.

 

neon pink shirt outfit

 

The key to wearing neon is doing it in pops and on classic pieces, that way you don’t look like you forgot what era it is. If you are nervous accessories are a really fun way to add neon, you can do stunning heels or even flipflops or a purse. Once you have embraced neon you can do a shirt or even pants ( yes I have neon pink pants that I love.)

 

neon pink pants

 

I teamed up with 9 other fashion bloggers to share how each of us wear neon so go check then out!

Kristin at BonBonRoseGirls  Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops   Ashley at Messy Beautiful Life Carly of Thirty Something Fashion Julie of Mom Fabulous Audrey at MomGenerations Jo-Lynne at Jo-Lynne Shane of Carylee of More Pieces of Me

 

Neon

7 Comfy & Stylish Shoes for Mom

7 comfy and stylish shoes

 

 

 

No matter what your style preference you can find some fabulous shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. These 7 are my favorite styles, all found at ShoeBuy and all super cute.

 

Casual Sandals:

Forget the rubber flip-flops and treat your feet to something way more chic and just as comfortable.  The casual sandal is a trend that is perfect for stylish moms everywhere who are on the go this summer. These sandals are perfect to pair with your favorite denim shorts when picking up the kiddos from summer camp or with a sundress at your next family picnic. I love the Birkenstock Mayari Birko-Flor™ or the Lucky Brand Abbee.

 

Comfy Flats for On-The-Go:

Comfort is key this summer so keep your feet happy in secure and cushioned flats.  We know you have a lot to get done this summer from chasing your kids to running errands, so show your feet some love.  These flats can be paired perfectly with a casual tee and your go-to shorts or capris. Two fabulous choices are the Crocs ColorBlock Flat and the Merrell Mimix Haze.

sperry silver linen

 

Canvas/Espadrilles:

Slip in and go!  A pair of canvas sneakers or classic espadrilles are a closet must-have this season.  These shoes are effortlessly chic and are always a crowd pleaser.  Make sure to pair  these with a cute top and shorts or a summer dress for your family days on the boardwalk. I am in love with the Sperry Top-Sider Katama

 

crocs espadrille

 

Wedges you CAN walk in:

Reach new heights without a struggle.  Wedges don’t always mean you have to sacrifice comfort for style.  These shoes are perfect for your summertime events with your friends or co-workers. Dress up your skinny jeans or maxi dress with your new summer wedge! Both the Naturalizer Narlene and the Crocs Leigh Graphic Wedge are incredibly comfortable.

 

Product samples provided for feature, all opinions are my own.

What I Wore Real Mom Style: 2 Ways to Wear a Pleated Skirt #RealMomStyle

pleated skirt tucked in shirt

 

 

Recently I bought a fun patterned pleated skirt and then it sat in my closet as I debated what to wear it with. I finally came up with 2 different ways to wear it, both are fun and both are different than I typically do. Reworking and mixing up my clothes is a great way to refresh my wardrobe without spending a lot of money. Here are two different ways I wore my pleated skirt:

 

pleated skirt with button down

Pleated Skirt with Button Down

 

white blessed mama graphic tee with skirt

Pleated Skirt with a Graphic Tee

Andrea and I decided to add a fun new element to our Real Mom Style posts and for the month of May we are posting a video daily on Facebook showing our outfits so if you are not a fan be sure to become one and check them out. You will get random tidbits of my life plus my outfit!

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops and me That Chic Mom the link up is on Momma in Flip Flops this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style.

How to Style White Jeans for Summer

white jeans outfit

 

Summer is coming and that means white jeans!!! I love a bright white pair of jeans to provide stark contrast and that I am on vacation feel. There is something classic about white jeans that I just love. For many years I shied away scared of the many, many ways my kids would ruin them but you know what?

Life is too short to be scared of ruining my white jeans!

white jeans coral top

white jeans

So  last summer I got these jean capris at Kohl’s from the Jennifer Lopez Collection line, they have a similar pair of white denim capris again this year, and they are going to get worn a lot more this summer. I love that these are a nice thick denim so no need to worry about them being see through and they also have some stretch.

White looks best with bright colors to really make them pop with contrast and since I am loving coral right now this flowy coral Mossimo button up blouse from Target is perfect. I added  my favorite gold necklace, this fun white and gold purse and these cute jeweled wedge sandals. I love how the white and coral really pop against each other and the whole outfit just screams summer to me!

White Jeans Graphic

I teamed up with 10 other fashion bloggers to show you lots and lots of great ways to wear white jeans this summer so be sure to check them all out:

Kristin at BonBonRoseGirls  Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops   Ashley at Messy Beautiful Life Carly of Thirty Something Fashion Julie of Mom Fabulous Audrey at MomGenerations Jo-Lynne at Jo-Lynne Shane of Felicia of Go Grow Go Carylee of More Pieces of Me Gladys of The Mother Overload 

What’s The Point of the Bikini?

bikinis

 

Not too long ago there was a wildly popular article about the length of girls shorts sold at Target. Moms everywhere nodded in agreement, why oh why are we making such teeny tiny shorts for little girls?

And I agree, wholeheartedly in fact. My girls wear longer shorts not short shorts and I constantly stress dressing in a way that respects themselves. So let’s take that discussion further… why do we put children in bikinis?

Yep I am going there and here is why. We are outraged over sexual slavery of girls, child pornography and pedophiles YET we have no problem dressing our little girls in clothing designed to make them sexually attractive. Honestly what is the point of a bikini? The point is to show off the female body in an attractive way, to draw attention to what makes us women. So why on earth would we want to draw that kind of attention to our young daughters?

I hear the argument that it is easier than a one piece and I agree, get a tankini then and your problem is solved with out sexualizing your toddler. Just like I wouldn’t put mascara, high heels and red lipstick on my 9 year old then send her out to walk around the mall, why would I put her in a bathing suit to draw attention to her body as a female?

The hyper-sexualization of our young girls has consequences, really serious ones. They grow up too fast, they see too much violence and too much hate so why are we adding to their problems?

Clothing is a powerful message just think about it, for how long after Columbine did we judge the kid in the trench coat?

This year when you help your daughter choose a bathing suit think about the message it is sending because everything we wear tells a story and defines us a little bit. Every piece of clothing is sending out a message to the world, what message are you helping your daughter send?

So I ask you…. what is the point of a bikini on a little girl?

Summer Styles for Girls from P.S. from Aeropostale

ps aero lemon romper

 

Summer is quickly approaching and that means my girls need some new summer clothes. I have said it before and I will say it again.. and again.. and again but P.S. from Aeropostale makes a great collection of age appropriate clothes for tweens and pre-tweens. I picked out the cutest dress and romper as well as some stylish shorts and a cute skirt, all she loves and all I approve of.

 

ps aero dress blue stripe

 

My daughter had an adorable romper she outgrew from last year and she was very sad to have to pass it down. Thankfully we found this adorable lemon print romper at P.S. from Aeropostale. The dresses at P.S. for Aeropostale are sweet and cute and perfect for summer, my daughter loves blue so this blue and white stripe dress is perfect for her especially since it has a hi-lo hem (her favorite).

 

ps aero plaid shorts

 

Shorts can be a struggle with my tall girls and I want to make sure they are the appropriate length yet still cute and feminine. P.S. from Aeropostale has several cute pairs even these adorable plaid bermuda shorts, how cute are these? And of course every girly girl like mine needs a cute ruffled skirt, watermelon print of course!

 

ps aero watermelon skirt

 

 

All of these clothes are great prices, I mean the skirt is $10 right now! If you have not checked out this great store yet, be sure to look into them and yes they have boys clothes too!

I am a P.S. from Aeropostale ambassador, all opinions are my own.

What I Wore Real Mom Style : Jogger Pants

I have recently fallen in love with a new pant when I need something a bit dressier… the jogger pant. Have you seen this or tried them? Let’s talk about comfort, oh my these are so comfy cozy for all you sweat pant  lovers here is your new dressy pant. They are super flattering on many body types as they have a looser wider thigh and then taper at the ankle. I really love them with heels they look so classy!!!

jogger ig photo

I bought my first pair of cropped joggers off Shop Bop they are navy blue and by Splendid, I wore them over the weekend to church and then my daughters recital. This photo does not do them justice and you can see them better in my Facebook outfit video, sadly I never got a real photo as we ran non-stop all day! Here is the exact pair I have:

jogger pants

I also ordered a pair of full length black joggers from GAP and I can not wait for them to arrive. Here are a few other pairs I love as well as a styling idea!

 

jogger pants

 

Andrea and I decided to add a fun new element to our Real Mom Style posts and for the month of May we are posting a video daily on Facebook showing our outfits so if you are not a fan be sure to become one and check them out. You will get random tidbits of my life plus my outfit!

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops and me That Chic Mom the link up is here this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style.

Summer Fashion and Fun with The Children’s Place

childrens place skirt and shirt

 

Sometimes you just need to get a lot for a little. When it comes to my kids play clothes this is how I feel, they will be rough on them and the chance of being ruined the first or second wear is high so I want to spend as little as possible. I still want my kids to look cute though, I am not one to have grunge clothes. I want them presentable no matter how much fun they are having in the dirt!

So where do I go for cute affordable clothes for my girls? The Children’s Place of course. They offer great prices to begin with but on top of that there is always a sale or coupon to be found ( hint signup for emails!). My oldest needs shorts and I refuse to let her wear short shorts ( don’t get me started on this) so I was thrilled with the great selection I found at The Children’s Place and not just denim but pink and green too, check it out!

 

childrens place shorts

 

cp donut shirt

 

Paired with great tanks and fun shirts we have a winning combination everyone can live with! My oldest loves to dress up for play, she likes skirts and dresses for dress down days at school but that doesn’t mean she will be sitting out at recess so I need clothes that work for play while being “fancy”. Check out this great tropical print hi-low skirt with a knotted tee… perfect!

childrens place tropical skirt

 

Finally look at these palazzo pants?!?!? I could not resist I actually kind of want them for me (they do run a bit big FYI) I was thrilled when she loved them as much as I do. Such cuteness and perfect with a knitted tee.

 

childrens place palazzo pants

 

Now that I have bombarded you with cuteness get shopping, right now they have a great sale going on at the Children’s Place plus free shipping!!! Then go see what Andrea’s cute kids are wearing over on Momma in FlipFlops this summer from The Children’s Place!

 

A gift card was provided, all opinions are my own.

Spring Style from Max Jeans Plus a Giveaway

As the weather warms up the colors we wear tend to lighten up too. While I will never completely give up my dark wash jeans ( they are slimming after all) I do love some light colored jeans to brighten up my wardrobe. Max Jeans has a great pair of light khaki colored skinny jeans that I decided to try out, they seemed perfect for a twist on white jeans this spring.

 

max jeans beach colored jeans

 

 

The Sofia Skinny jean in bleach sand from Max Jeans has a bit of stretch to it making them super comfortable and a great fit. These jeans need heels and a jacket, it’s just something about them. They definitely work as a dressy jean and I love the color, it’s soft and feminine and perfect for spring into summer.

 

max jeans beach color

 

WHAT I WORE:

Max jeans is one of my favorite places to find great jackets, and you know how much I love my jackets. Right now they have several stunning jackets for spring and summer, my favorite is the Anorak Jacket in a light denim wash called cloud. Sticking with my theme of lightening my wardrobe up for spring this is a great twist on a jean jacket that is light and airy and super comfy (it’s a cotton linen blend). Recently I picked up a pair of cropped casual pants and had been stuck on how to style them until this jacket arrived, I love how this look turned out.

 

max jeans denim jacket

 

WHAT I WORE:

 

max jeans jacket

 

So what do you think? Will you be lightening up your wardrobe this spring?

Be sure to check out the super cute pieces Andrea is styling from Max Jeans over on Momma in Flip Flops.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win ap air of Max jeans summer jeans ( subject to availability), enter in the form below.

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Product was provided for feature, all opinions are my own.

What I Wore Real Mom Style: I’m a Blessed Mama

blessed mama white vneck graphic tee outfit

Over the weekend I added a new shirt to my graphic tee shop and I am super excited, it is the Blessed Mama tee ( which I have had in a gray crewneck style all along) in a white v-neck style. I have been searching for a white tee that is not super sheer for quite some time now ( you should see my collection as I just keep buying samples from my printer).  I have had people ask about my shirts and here is the deal… I design the graphic and I choose the shirt ( like I said I am very particular about the shirts and must see them in person first to assure they are the fit and feel that I want) then I use a local screen printer that hand screen prints the shirt and voila my tees are born.

So I picked up my newest tee and I love it so of course I had to share it with you all. I wore it out Saturday night to a fun school fundraising event and it was the perfect mix of casual and fun when I paired it with this pleated skirt.

 

white blessed mama graphic tee with skirt

 

WHAT I WORE:

 

Another great way to wear this tee is under a vest, it looks so fun and a bit edgy under this great vest, I love it this versatile tee!

 

blessed mama tee with vest

 

WHAT I WORE:

 

So that is what I am all about right now, what are you wearing these days?

Andrea and I decided to add a fun new element to our Real Mom Style posts and for the month of May we are posting a video daily on Facebook showing our outfits so if you are not a fan be sure to become one and check them out. You will get random tidbits of my life plus my outfit!

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops and me That Chic Mom the link up is on Momma in FlipFlops this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style.

 

Milly for Kohl’s – A Fun New Collection for Summer

milly for kohls skirt

 

Kohl’s has done it again, they teamed up with a new designer as part of the DesigNation collection and now you can get stunning new clothes at a fraction of the normal designer price tag! The current designer is Milly and while I am generally not a bold pattern person this collection is fabulous!

I went in to my local Kohl’s to snag a few pieces, after looking online I was specifically interested in:

milly floral midi skirt

 

MILLY for DesigNation Abstract Floral Midi Scuba Skirt

 

milly abstract skirt

 

MILLY for DesigNation Abstract Floral Maxi Skirt

 

milly striped dress

 

MILLY for DesigNation Striped Pleated Shirt Dress

 

milly maxi dress floral

 

 

MILLY for DesigNation Print Empire Maxi Dress

 

So good news first, the collection is on sale right now, the bad news it is going really, really fast so grab up what you want NOW! When I went into the store they either didn’t have the items I want or not my size. I did try on the striped dress and it is so cute and now that I know my size I plan on ordering it online. I walked away with one item and I have already worn it out, lots of compliments ensued!

 

milly for kohls printed skirt

 

MILLY for DesigNation Floral Maxi Skirt – 

I love this fun print and of course who doesn’t love a great maxi skirt! it is super comfortable and so easy to style, I wore it this morning to my daughter’s May Crowning at school and showed it off in my daily Facebook video, check it out!

Thank you to Kohl’s for providing a gift card for me to purchase from the collection.

Artisan Shoes from Cordani Plus a Discount

cordani Collage

Some shoes are a work of art in and of themselves. The quality, the craftsmanship and the attention to detail set them apart and the hand crafted shoes from Cordani are works of art indeed. Designed with the utmost attention to detail to provide comfort and style Cordani is the brainchild of Alyson and Michael who were looking for a better women’s shoes to navigate the cobbletones of Boston.

Cordani shoes are carefully designed to provide even weight distribution to allow you to work or play all day long. The curved lines of the under-soles give you a “rocker-effect” which gently propels you forward as you walk. Some of our other comfort features include molded footbeds, arch supports, heel grips, and padded insoles among others.

Cordani shoes live up to all the hype AND they are made in the USA by local artisans, it really doesn’t get any better than that a stylish, comfortable shoes hand made in the USA! I fell in love with the unique design of the Cordani Fantine, this stunning wedge heel has a peep toe front and ankle strap making it a statement piece all on it’s own. This shoe would look stunning with a great summer dress but it also holds it own with jeans and a tank.

 

cordani brown sandals

 

I chose to pair it with a simpler outfit to highlight this great shoe. These stunning sandals are made of leather with a padded footbed and rubber sole, so no slipping. They truly are incredibly comfortable and that rocking sensation I mentioned makes them a breeze to walk in.

 

cordani sandals

 

I love how these shoes grab your attention but are not obnoxious, they exude elegance and style and they will last you forever. Be sure to chekc out the Coradni sandlas Andrea is styling over on Momma in Flip Flops.

COUPON: Cordani is offering 25% off all of the spring 2015 merchandise now through May 31, 2015. One coupon per logged in customer. Use code SPRING1525

 

Product was provided for feature, all opinions are my own.

 

The Must Have Summer Shoe for Kids from Pediped #Giveaway

pediped purple waterproof

 

Every summer there is one shoe that I MUST HAVE for my kids. I have tried others and nothing else compares to the waterproof collection at Pediped. These shoes meet all the needs of summer in one shoe plus they are cute, comfortable and supportive for my growing kids.

WATERPROOF – Running through the sprinkler ? Sure wear your shoes! Playing at the water table? Yep these shoes stay on your feet. Impromptu water balloon fight? Yes again!

CLOSED TOE – Heading to summer camp and need closed toe shoes? These work! Going to a park with mulch? Your feet are protected! Riding a bike? YES!

MACHINE WASHABLE – Wore them in the mud? No problem! Jumped in a creek? That’s ok!

pediped waterproof collection Collage

There are several different styles of waterproof machine washable shoes from Pediped for both boys and girls as you can see. Each style comes in multiple colors so you are sure to find a pair your child will love. When they say machine washable they really mean it. Here is a picture of my toddler wearing a pair of Pedipeds that are 3 years old and have been machine washed many, many times. Look how great they look, definitely getting my moneys worth out of these shoes!

 

pediped handmedown

 

And if you are looking for a more traditional shoe check out these adorable striped Mary Janes that Andrea’s daughter is wearing over on Momma in Flip Flops.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a pair of Pediped children’s shoes, enter in the form below.

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Product was provided for feature, all opinions are my own.

What I Wore Real Mom Style: Purple Maxi Dress #RealMomStyle

purple maxi dress

 

It has finally really warmed up, as in hitting the 80’s, and I am pulling out all my spring and summer dresses to start wearing again. Since my legs are scary pasty white I am skipping the shorter skirts for awhile. I love my open toed shoes and I can’t wear panty hoes with those so I am opting for maxi dresses and maxi skirts for now. And since sunbathing and lounging out in the sun is out the question I need to pick up some fake tanner lotion, Jergens is my favorite to add just a teeny tiny bit of color so no one is blinded in church my my legs!

I love the maxi dress from Land’s End it is super flattering on all kinds of body types and bonus there are little snaps to hook your bra in so it doesn’t show. I don’t like bare arms for church and I love layers so I added a white 3/4 sleeve cotton jacket. Of course I needed jewelry and to add a little interest I wore these strappy metallic gladiator sandals! So this was my outfit or church on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning.

 

lands end purple maxi dress

 

WHAT I WORE:

Andrea and I decided to add a fun new element to our Real Mom Style posts and for the month of May we are posting a video daily on Facebook showing our outfits so if you are not a fan be sure to become one and check them out. You will get random tidbits of my life plus my outfit!

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops and me That Chic Mom the link up here so join in and share your Real Mom Style.

Fabulous Fashion Finds from Conversation Pieces

conversation pieces happy hibernating melon

 

I have continually professed my love for Conversation Pieces online boutique, so many great fashion finds and the selection is always changing, I highly suggest following them on Facebook so you can see new items as they come in!

 

melon happy hibernating sweater

 

So my current finds and loves are first of all this stunning Rustic Meets Modern Arrow Necklace. I am obsessed with this and pretty much plan my wardrobe around it half the time. I mean it is timeless and classic yet modern and fun… the name says it all! In this picture I paired it with my favorite top, that I have in 5 colors now, the Happy Hibernating top in melon. I worried this top would be too bright and bold a color for me but it is the perfect soft peachy color and I love it, especially since the flowy fabric covers my mummy tummy nicely!

 

conversation pieces blouse

 

I have also fallen in love with this light weight and super flattering button down shirt, the Happier Than A Bird With A French Fry Shirt, it is perfect to throw over any tee whether it is a graphic tee or a tank as we get closer to summer!

 

blogger tee blue with blouse

 

The owner is closing her shop and going back to being online only which means she has some killer sales right now so go check it out! Then see what gr finds Andrea is featuring today over on Momma in FlipFlops.