Step Up Your Mom Style

*** As seen in the April 2017 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, here.***

When you’re a busy Mom sometimes it’s difficult to look stylish. You’re usually stressed for time and you’ve got one small child pulling on your hair while another small child is about to tumble out of the shopping cart.  You need to be dressed for comfort and function and if it happens to come together in a stylish way, well that’s a bonus! For those of us who want to look fashionable while still being able to fulfill our duties as Super Mom, here are some tips on ‘How to Step Up Your Mom Style’.

  • These days the go-to Mom uniform is workout clothes, but why not substitute those yoga pants for a comfy boyfriend jean, then pair them with a graphic tee and a lightweight cardigan?
  • Load up on the dresses… maxis and shifts are great because they tend to be less constricting around the waistline.
  • We’re all familiar with the flip-flops here in Florida, but how about replacing them with a stylish, metallic sandal that goes with everything?
  • The perfect pair of sunnies are essential for a cool daytime look!  The key is to find a style that fits the shape of your face.
  • A statement necklace or ring can really make an outfit pop, but be sure the pieces are substantial… you wouldn’t want the baby pulling on your delicate chain necklace or dangly earrings.
  • Don’t forget about your face! I always wear a little color on my lips and mascara on my lashes before I leave the house.  Those two components alone can elevate your look.

Whether you’re out shopping the local boutiques or pulling looks from your own closet, it’s all about making stylish choices! Have fun with fashion, take risks and don’t be afraid to step up your Mom style!



Fashions above from:
Kit’s Well-Dressed
Don Me Now

Look #1:  Jersey Slip Dress $42, from Don Me Now | Chambray Bomber Jacket, $95 from Kit’s Well-Dressed | Quilted Cross-Body Bag, $27 from Kit’s Well-Dressed | Snake Skin Loafers, $110 from Kit’s Well-Dressed

Look #2:  Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress, $225 from Kit’s Well-Dressed | Beaded Sandals, $109 from Kit’s Well-Dressed | Large Tote Bag, $48 from Kit’s Well-Dressed | Long Gold Necklace, from Premier Designs | Statement Ring, from Don Me Now | Sunglasses, $45 from Don Me Now

*** Photos by Theresa Nesmith Photography

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Hello Spring!

The flowers are coming!  The flowers are coming!  Spring officially begins March 20th and I am so excited!  Aside from Fall (hello layers!) this is my favorite season for fashion.

I’m all about mixing prints for spring, specifically florals and stripes…

Route 3 striped crop top, $24, Sweet Southern Chic Boutique
Milly floral pencil skirt, $310, Deborah Kent’s
Shola Designs platform heels, my closet
Pink snakeskin clutch, my closet

Check out this ensemble and more in the March 2017 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine here.

Photo Credit: Theresa NeSmith Photography


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Designer Highlight: Beaufille

I love stumbling upon new collections that draw me in and compel me to learn more about the designer and the label.  One such instance happened as I was perusing the Spring 2017 catwalks looking for inspiration for a runway trend translation post.  I came across Beaufille’s Spring-Summer 2017 collection and was immediately drawn in by the clean lines and modern silhouettes.  I adore the extreme flares, the ruffles that aren’t overly feminine… there are architectural elements at play.  Then I realized that many of the pieces in this collection are constructed from denim.  Denim! Mind. Blown.

“The name Beaufille translates to ‘handsome girl’ and symbolizes the contrast between masculine and feminine elements; the combination of hard and soft. Beaufille is a women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand founded in 2013, designed and created by sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon. The girls combine their backgrounds in Textile and Fashion design as well as Jewelry and Metalsmithing to create a line of luxury artisanal womenswear and jewelry.” About Section

I’m really looking forward to seeing more from this label in the future!  They just showed their Fall-Winter 2017 collection and I’m heading over to to check it out.  If it’s anything like their spring offerings, you can bet a future blog post about Beaufille is forthcoming!


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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Springs…


Here we go boys and girls… we’ll soon be rolling into Spring 2017 without a care in the world!  Feels like I’m riding my bicycle, the one with the basket on the front and the banana seat, and I’ve got my feet up… just cruising with my face toward the sun and the wind in my hair.  That’s my Spring vibe, my carefree jam!

For your education I thought I’d start introducing a few of my favorite trends that showered the Spring runways a short while back.  You’ll see these trends trickle into the retail sector so I want you to be prepared in the event that trend relevance is crucial to your personal style.  Even if it isn’t, and you’re not a disposable clothing kind of gal, most of my favorite trends are actually pretty classic… they come around every year.  So should you decide to pull the trigger on a few trendy pieces, they won’t soon end up in the back of your closet or the donation pile.

Floral Prints

The floral print trend is a mainstay on the Spring fashion runways. Flowers are indicative of springtime and symbolize a fresh start after cold winters. Floral prints are also quite feminine, so they’re an easy go-to when you want to step up your girly-girl game. Personally, I like to combine two different floral prints to create a more unique ensemble. The key to this combination is to mix a large print with a small print. I teach this styling technique  in my Spring Trend Clinics.


Thanks to CoCo Chanel stripes have been a fashion trend since the 1800’s.  For Spring we see them combined in clever ways and their graphic impact runs the gamut depending on how close together or how far apart the stripes are patterned.  I find that if they’re large vertical stripes placed on both top and bottom, one runs the risk of looking like a circus tent.  I love classic navy Breton stripes that run horizontally… and you can never go wrong with a vertical pinstripe.

Track & Sport

This track suit trend can be a little difficult to incorporate into your wardrobe without looking like an eighties stereotype, but it can be done.  The common piece here is the relaxed fit drawstring or elastic waist pant with one stripe down the side of the leg.  Start there and then add a coordinating floral bomber jacket.  Voila… you’ve achieved the track trend without being too matchy-matchy.

Stay tuned for more info about my upcoming Spring Trend Clinics and for future posts about my other favorite trends.  I’d love to hear about some of your favs too!



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Couple Goals: Style Factor

The couple that slays together stays together!

Here are some hot duos with top notch street style I found on Pinterest… they definitely deserve props for their combined fashion styles!


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Couples With Fashion Style

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Happy Holidays Dolls!



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CITY: Fashion+Art+Culture 2016


I get very excited about this annual fundraiser every year! I mean, where else can you find more stylish eye candy than at a fashion show held at the Tampa Museum of Art? This year was particularly enticing for me, as the featured designer for the show was Norma Kamali, one of my favorites! She’s been designing amazing fashions for active lifestyles since the 1970’s! She is a true fashion icon! Though she was unable to attend the evening’s main event, her pieces were on display throughout the museum during the weeks preceding the fashion show finale.

In the spirit of the ‘art meets fashion’ concept I decided to add a little artistic twist to my runway shots for this post. Hope you enjoy…



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Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2016 Runway Shows

Well, September was a whirlwind of fashion events in Tampa, Florida and I was fortunate enough to be on the front lines for one of my favorite annual ceremonies, Fashion Week Tampa Bay. For nine years Nancy Vaughn of White Book Agency has been at the helm of Tampa Bay Fashion Week and each year she and her team manage to make it look easy.  TBFW is like a living, breathing organism that grows and changes with each passing year.  In it’s latest form, we experienced two days of runway shows that included fashions from local designers, international brands, and department stores alike.  Various events and socials led up to the fashion shows which took place at International Plaza and Bay Street… there was truly something for everyone!

Every year the ‘Bay Area’s Official Fashion Week’ raises money for worthwhile causes.  This year’s beneficiaries were PACE Center for Girls and Dress for Success… both organizations help girls and women in our community through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

I’m sharing my perspective of the two runway shows from behind the lens of my new iPhone (which this Droid gal is desperately trying to get used to).  I thought it might be fun to see what she can do…

TBFW 2016 Runway Backdrop

Pandora Jewelry…

TBFW 2016 Pandora

Floridita Swimwear…

TBFW 2016 Floridita Swimwear

Check out this video of Floridita Swimwear…

TBFW 2016 Floridita Swim Video

Free People…

TBFW 2016 Free People

Ally B Swimwear…

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TBFW 2016 Aly B Swim 3Madame Adassa by Marsha Vacirca…

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TBFW 2016 Banana Republic 2

Tracy Negoshian

TBFW 2016 Tracy Negoshian 1

TBFW 2016 Tracy Negoshian 2

Neiman Marcus…

TBFW 2016 Neiman Marcus 1

TBFW 2016 Neiman Marcus 2

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Sadly, I missed the fabulous runway offerings from Tampa designer Elizabeth Carson Racker as well as those from the students of Sanford Brown IADT School of Design.  (I had dinner reservations for my bestie’s birthday and as we all know, friends and family come before fashion!) But I must share that, while Neiman Marcus was my favorite this year, Elizabeth’s designs were my favorites in previous TBFW runway shows so please check her out here!

I really liked where TBFW went this year. Taking us all over the map; from lunchtime lectures on fashion photographic arts at the museum, to runway shows at the local mall, to providing stylists to fashionistas round the clock… they really thought long and hard about ME and YOU and what tickles our fashion fancy! And I, for one, truly appreciate that effort. Bravo!

Stay tuned for my next post about the CITY. Fashion+Art+Culture runway show at the Tampa Museum of Art.


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Haute Accessories Runway Show 2016

For 6 years running Lacey Smith and his team at The Fashion Movement have brought the best of the best of the baubles and beads world to Tampa Bay.  Accessories designers from near and far come to show their wares at this much anticipated annual event.  From jewelry to handbags to shoes to the newly added eyewear and artwork categories, there are more than enough options for the fashion-savvy accessories aficionado.  This year the runway show was held at The Galleria at USF, and the models ranged in age from too young to be out that late without a parent to never too old to be a beautiful runway model.  Below are just a few shots from yet another wildly successful fashion event in Tampa…

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– Erika Williner Designs
– Tenique Designs
– Prestigious Pieces
– Poison Jam
– Myrabella
– Malchijah
– SHOLA Designs
– Scorpio Lamonte
– UNIQUE Artisan Jewelry
– Dee Jewels
– KellyReeds presenting Pourchet Handbags
– Zorah & Co.

– JGomez Fine Art
– Awakened Art

Please take a moment to check out the designers and artists above!

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Capes Aren’t Just For Superheroes!

Sometimes a gal needs a statement piece that says, “I feel powerful today”.

Enter, the cape.

Don’t wanna be noticed? Prefer to fly under the fashion radar? Not interested in doubletakes from onlookers and incessant compliments from friends and strangers alike? Then the cape is not for you my friend.

The Fall runways were sprinkled with many examples of how to make a cape work for your street style. Here are my favorite looks from Marni, Missoni, and Salvatore Ferragamo found on…
Cape Fall Fashion Trend

If you’re looking for a classic Fall statement piece that will transcend the fickle ebb and flow of fashion trends, invest in a cape and wear it often!

Still not convinced? Take a look at these recent street style finds from Pinterest…

Street Style Capes

Ready to shop? Check out some popular capes here.


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Runway Translation: Biker Chic

Summer is winding down and it’s time to start shopping for Fall. On the Fall 2016 Redy-to-Wear runways months ago we saw several runway trends which are soon to fill the racks of retailers, ready for you to take home and incorporate into your wardrobe. One key piece that shows up year after year is the leather biker jacket. I’ve blogged about this classic trend maker in the past and am sure it will come around again and again.

Fall 2016 Trend: Biker ChicI love how this tough girl jacket can be combined with an uber feminine dress or skirt to create a fluid fashion ensemble that leaves a lasting impression. The biker jacket, wether leather or cotton or nylon, is definitely a staple for any fashion savvy gal’s closet.


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