Must-have shoes for Italy in the fall

Whether you’re the form over function type or vice versa, I’ve noticed a really awesome trend among Italians (and Europeans, really) lately. You’re going to see a few stilettos on cobblestones (eek!) but most people–especially the most chic–are opting for lower-heeled or flat shoes and boots. I’m not sure if it’s an extension of NORMCORE or if people are just tired of twisting their ankles but I’ll just say it’s a win for both comfort and style. I’m calling four major styles as your best bets when packing shoes for Italy, especially in fall and winter.  Continue reading

Black Lace & Destructed Denim

I’m fairly confident in my fashion sense. I know what I like; I know what looks good on my figure; I know what’s in (and, more importantly, out) of style. I have to admit, however, that today’s agenda gave me a little wardrobe stress. Dressing for a fashion trade show in Italy on a commoner’s budget is not for the fainthearted. That’s squarely where I found myself this morning as I got ready for Origin: Passions and Beliefs in Vicenza. This trade show puts Italian suppliers together with artists, designers, buyers, and fashionphiles from around the world together in one convenient location.  Continue reading

The Conscious Closet Challenge: An Update

Just to get new readers up to speed: I began the Conscious Closet Challenge sponsored by grechenscloset.com midweek last week. I pared down to what I would’ve once called a minimalist closet last year but I’m ready to edit down even more. You can read more about it in my initial article here.

As I write, I have a huge stack of clothes to donate. I feel like this is a really great time to be working through my thoughts and feelings about clothing–and possessions–in general. This challenge didn’t exactly start this process but it was my incentive to actually sit down and create a list of Dos and Don’ts to follow. I think this topic will spin off in a number of directions but I wanted to just create a simple update of some things I’ve learned.  Continue reading

A Minimalist Wardrobe: The Conscious Closet Challenge

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One year ago, a major move from Texas to Italy forced me to create a minimalist wardrobe. The final tally included donating and/or selling nearly 60 pairs of shoes and about 90% of my clothing. Since moving into our Italian home (no closets…gasp), I’ve come to the realization that I needed to get rid of much more. The makeshift wardrobes and racks are full. Earlier in the week, Grechen from grechenscloset.com–one of my longtime favorite blogs–announced a Conscious Wardrobe Challenge. Grechen is very focused upon building a minimalist wardrobe with U.S.-made pieces. Living in the land of Italian fashion, buying American is nice but not a goal for the next couple of years. That being said, I would like to be a little more informed about where my clothing, shoes, and accessories originate. One thing I learned quickly while living here, a “made in Italy” label like we find so often on high-dollar goods in the U.S. doesn’t always mean you are getting a product sourced 100% from Italy. It has been very eye-opening.

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Nursing mom style: the DKNY Cozy Sweater

nursing mom styleIf you follow my writing on StyleBakeryMom.com, you’ve probably recognized that nursing tops annoy me. Although they may be very convenient for extricating a boob, they also rarely come with a cut and style that fits a normal, non-pregnant body. Losing baby weight is hard but no one carries a full-term bump around for months and months after baby is born. Long story short: I’ve been continually on the hunt for nursing-friendly non-nursing clothing to complete my fabulous (or so I say) nursing mom style. One of my absolute favorites is the DKNY Cozy SweaterContinue reading

That’s a Wrap: The Isabella Oliver Maternity Wrap Tee

Several weeks ago, the sample/flash sale site Zulily featured Isabella Oliver styles at some excellent prices. Earlier in my pregnancy, I ordered an Isabella Oliver maternity t-shirt that I’ve worn constantly, so I jumped on this wrap top. After a lengthy wait (like over a month), it finally showed up last week. By and large, the reviews for all Isabella Oliver wrap tops are great. That being said, there is a faction (sounds so evil, huh?) of women who complained there was a huge learning curve. I can see how the top can be intimidating. Basically it is like a 3/4 sleeve vest with ties longer than I am tall…and I’m pretty tall. Like some surreal type of origami, you wrap and knot the whole shebang into a tee that should cover with a body conscious fit.

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Maternity Outfit of the Day: Styling Asos Maternity Track Pants

Sport and athletic-inspired looks have been so big for the past few seasons. I didn’t really gravitate toward the look pre-pregnancy, but then I saw these studded track pants from Asos. Over the top? A bit, maybe. Comfortable? Yes. Easy to style? Well, I thought they would be, yet I’ve had a really hard time with them. No matter what I’ve paired the pants with, nothing has felt natural and easy. We’re having a cool, rainy Texas day today, so I made it my mission to wear the darned pants that have been pining to see the light of day for a couple of months.

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Outfit of the Day: Global Bohemian Maternity Style

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Take a good look, friends. What you are seeing here is true love. I fall for things on a daily basis (shoes, bags, clothes), but I rarely find myself head over heels smitten by anything. This Irving & Fine for Lucky Brand jacket was my downfall. I first saw it in People StyleWatch last month. When it finally launched on their site, it sold out in a matter of 24 hours. I finally tracked it down at Lucky (Austin’s Barton Creek Mall) and picked it up Tuesday. It’s all beaded and sequined and embroidered (sigh). I know it’s kind of trendy this season with all the attention to global looks, but I have a feeling it’ll stay in my closet for years. It just makes me happy. How I gravitate toward both rocker-esque and bohemian aesthetics at the same time will never make sense to me but I guess that’s what personal style is all about. Again, not really maternity style but it works for everyone as you can tell by my growing bump.  Continue reading

Heavy Metal Mama (to Be)

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I love destructed jeans. There. I said it. To say that I’m glad they’re back is an understatement. Maybe it’s my coming of age during the era of Hair Bands. Who knows? I’ll readily admit that this look isn’t for everyone, and it’s especially not your stereotypical maternity look. And that’s why I love it. It’s me–pregnant or not.  Continue reading

Outfit of the Day: Navy, Grey and Tangerine Tango (so 2012)

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I’ve never been a blazer person. I do love the look, especially on those who can throw one on top of jeans and a t-shirt and look edgy-cool. Somehow they just feel strange to me–like I’m confusing corporate and casual. I did, however, go ahead and order the navy version of the Pim + Larkin sweater blazer from Piperlime (shown here). It’s dangerously preppy but I guess some days I feel dangerously on the verge of going preppy. Today was one of those (and it was a weird in-between temperature), so I was really happy to have the blazer.  Continue reading