Get Her Look: Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker – Fashionista. Regardless of her alter ego… Ms. Carrie Bradshaw… Sarah Jessica Parker has become an American icon when it comes to fashion. She is daring. She is classic. She is casually-cool. She is fabulousness. She truly defines FASHION. When I saw this photo of her with 2 of her children (she has one more daughter), I thought to myself… now this is a side of her that ALL mothers identify with… which I think is why she is so popular. Sarah Jessica can go from wearing a couture gown… to walking her son to school with a puffer coat and jeans. She can do it because she’s comfortable with fashion. To me… she’s untouchable.

Get Her Look:

Knit Hat – Ann Taylor Loft $14.99
Puffer Coat – Macy’s $94.99
Wrap Scarf – Top Shop $24.00
Destroyed Denim – 7 For All Mankind $198
Boots – UGG Australia $140

Wordless Wednesday: A-lister Kids

Model: Violet Affleck
Location:Sunny Los Angeles

What model is wearing: Zebra Thermal Hoodie from Splendid Littles.

Why I loved it: It’s great seeing Violet enjoying being a little girl—that means embracing pink and prints. Plus, it’s great that anyone can get this look! The set is just $43.80 on the Splendid Littles Site.

Style Mom of the Year

As we wrap up 2009, the moms at Totsy thought it would be fun to pick two “Moms of the Year”—moms that have devoted themselves to family and work and never missed a beat when it comes to style.  My pick is First Lady Michelle Obama.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a fashion icon in the White House.  I love that Michelle (we’re on a first name basis in my mind) picks brands that we love (J.Crew, Moschino, etc.) and has a style all her own.  Thank you Michelle for always looking like a lady and instilling good fashion sense in your girls.

Iconic look: sleeveless tops, cardigans, belts, fashion jewelry, kitten heels.
Colors: purple, red, black and white.
Best body part: Toss up between long legs and sculpted arms.
Fashion advice for 2010: Don’t be afraid to try higher heels, no one minds if you are taller than the President.

Want more?  Me too!  That’s why I love this slide show of Michelle’s best looks of 2009 from the L.A.Times.

Wordless Wednesday: Winter Fashion

Models: Super-Chic NYC family
Location: Fifth Avenue, NYC

What models are wearing: Down and fur trim. Ralph Lauren on boy, GAP on girl, and Bogner for mom.

Why I loved it: It was frigid in NYC (about 25 degrees) so everyone is bundled up.  What caught my eye—both mom and her tween daughter had chic boots tucked into jeans and fur-trimmed jackets.    I’m loving fur trim right now and hoods are much more practical than hats.  The little boy had on a fur-trimmed hat too (but he wouldn’t leave it on for the photo)—so they looked so trendy and coordinated on the sidewalk.  You’ve got to love a mom that can pull off looking stylish and keeping warm.

Best Gifts for Teachers

With school closing tomorrow (or a few days ago!) for the Holidays, one of the most important people in your child’s life who needs a gift is his/her teacher. This special someone is helping your child learn to read, write, add, subtract and just be social in a classroom setting. This person is someone with whom you want to thank for all their hard work and dedication, especially if you child truly loves him or her. It really takes a certain someone to become a teacher… it’s not an easy job, and it’s so important to make sure they are recognized this Holiday season.

Here are my Top Teacher Gifts for the Holidays (also, you can get these as last minute, too!):

1. Starbucks Gift Card –Link A cup of coffee or tea gets you up and going in the morning! Nothing speaks “coffee” more than Starbucks. What I love about a Starbucks Gift Card is that you can determine how much you want to put on the card. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

2. Cashmere Scarf – Soft. Cozy. Fabulous. There’s nothing like a cashmere scarf wrapped around you throughout the winter months. Now you may be thinking – cashmere? Well, you can find some affordable and beautiful options at TJMaxx and/or Marshalls. You can’t purchase online, but it’s always a safe destination to pop into and get what you need!

3. Office Max Gift CardIt’s tough nowadays, most teachers have to supply their classrooms with items out of their own pocket – it’s not always easy. An Office Max Gift Card is a gift that will keep on giving… it will help out your child’s teacher, and in turn, give back to the classroom.

4. New York Times Bestseller – Teachers love to read. Pick a book that is on the New York Times Bestseller List for a gift. You can’t go wrong with one that is loved by the New York Times!

5. Stationery – There’s nothing like beautiful stationery, especially if you can find some with your child’s teacher’s initial or name on it. You can usually find some at Kate’s Paperie and/or Hallmark.

Holiday Gift Guide for Moms-To-Be

Finding the perfect gift for an expecting mom isn’t easy.  It is not acceptable to get her a baby on board t-shirt and a pair of booties and be done with it.  Holidays are time to spoil your wife/sister/friend. And let’s face it, being pregnant during the holidays can be exhilarating and exhausting so treat mom right this year with one of these gifts:

Ingrid & Isabel Ruched Tank ($48)—This little luxury is something she’ll want to wear everyday.  The extra-long top caresses the belly and supports all the mom parts that have expanded during pregnancy.  After the baby arrives, the tanks works wonders at keeping mom’s body supported. Comes in a variety of colors—why not get one or two!

We’re not sure if stretch mark creams actually work, but we love the idea of giving mom something rich and moisturizing to give her stretched out belly a little TLC.  A favorite brand comes from mama mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter ($35). We suggest pairing this with a pedicure of maternal massage for the ultimate pampering package.

This fabulous sweater from Ella Moss ($198) combines fashion and all the colors we love right now.  The kimono style cut will fit through the pregnancy and still look chic after baby arrives. For more Ella Moss ideas check out the online shop.

Something sparkly will always work.  Why not start her out with a Heather Moore charm necklace? The charms can be personalized in silver and gold. Start off with a special date charm or maybe mom’s astrological sign. With hundreds of different options available, she’ll be able to keep adding charms as the family expands.

Boutique Baby Memory Books such as this one Mother Stork’sBaby Book ($135) make a thoughtful gift.  Mom can start filling in this stylish keepsake in the months leading up to baby’s arrival. We suggest pairing this with a gift certificate for a pregnancy photo shoot of mom—treat her like the glamorous woman she is!

Let’s not forget her sexy side.  Bravado has a line called Allure that is anything BUT basic.  These lacy bottoms ($22) come in black and ivory and fit perfectly under her bump.  Pair them with the Allure Nursing Bra ($54) for a sophisticated gift that will have her feeling supported and sexy all at once.  Oh and don’t forget to ask her out on a hot date for her to debut this set!