Jeans That Do Something For You

Jeans, they are a mom’s uniform. We dress them up. We dress them down. We wear them to work. They are de rigeur errand running garb.

But, while much of the designer denim is stylish, it is actually not designed to flatter women with lumps, bumps and other hard-earned badges of parenthood.  A few brands stand out in the jean pool. They have harnessed cutting-edge technology to  shape, lift and compress your body into nothing short of a denim dream.

JustFab ‘Booty Lifter’ Jean, $49.00

Stretchy and strategically placed stitching on back pockets Slims and lifts bum while elongating the legs. A wider waistband creates the lengthening effect that your jeans are sitting lower (so your tush appears smaller & tighter!).

Just Fab Booty Lifter

 DL 1961 Grace High Rise Straight Jean, $168

This straight leg “high performance” denim has a 34″ inseam + 4-way stretch for a flattering slim fit through the leg.

DL Grace Jean

NYDJ “Samantha” Colored Slim Stretch Jean, $114

NYDJ’s (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) new “lift tuck technology” flattens the tummy and lifts the rear.

NYDJ Samantha Colored

Chico’s Silver Rain Slim Leg Jean, $99

Hidden panels smooth and slim the belly while magically elevating the rear (hello, spandex!)

Chico's Jeans

Spanx Slim-X® Slim Boot Jeans in Rich Indigo, $148

Spanx’s claim to denim fame? They put the skinny IN the jeans! A winning combination of  triple thread fabric technology + a built in shaper results in a tame tummy, the appearance of trimmer thighs and an elevated rear. Bonus: perfect pocket placement for a perky rump.

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Preemptive Parenting is a Gamechanger

My story from HuffingtonPost.com

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I took a five-year hiatus from working out. Not because I wanted to. But because I got sucked into the vortex of motherhood. Between diapers, meal preparation, organizing kid activities and keeping up with my own career, my needs fell to the bottom of my to-do list. Before I realized it, my triceps softened and belly turned into an unflattering vision that resembled a mélange of Yoplait mixed with lumpy mashed potatoes. And I started to resent the situation.

My ever-practical husband told me that in order to make working out (and grooming appointments and any sort of rendezvous with friends) a reality, I needed to treat these activities like business meetings and schedule them accordingly…

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StyleTip: 7 Easy Ways to Mix Prints Into Your Fall Wardrobe

My Story from SheKnows.com

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Black is a staple. But printed patterns are a fun foil that electrify a basic look. This fall, the runways were filled with explosive prints, many carrying over from the summer season. But, to many women, figuring out how to wear a pattern is confusing. HINT: If you are a novice print wearer, do not swath yourself in a head-to-toe look. Though high fashion magazines tout stripes paired harmoniously with florals with a paisley accent, this look is tough to pull off unless you are 6 feet tall and hail from Sweden. For most women, it is easiest to take one printed piece and mix it into a monochromatic base. Examples? Add a leopard ballet flat or heels to a black dress. Sport a graffiti purse with a navy ensemble. A snakeskin belt will add zip to a red A line dress. Jeans and a white t-shirt look will be transformed with a floral scarf. A printed cardigan is layering perfection.

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Mom Must Haves: Root Rescue (For In-Between Salon Visits)

Grey hair. It is the badge of motherhood and it sucks. Once my greys starting sprouting from my temples, my whole persona seems to wilt. My shoulders sag, my feet drag and I feel like a hag. I’m vain, I know. But, for me, the old adage is true: when you look good, you feel good. Therefore, I take full advantage of the cosmetic fix- it’s at my disposal. DIY root touch ups are the perfect five minute fix for in-between salon visits.

Here are my favorites!

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 Rootstix, $15

Color Wow Root Cover Up, $34.50

Rita Hazan Root Concealor, $25

Tarte Amazonian Clay Volumizing Brow & Hair Powder, $25

L’Oreal Paris Root Rescue, $7.99

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A Fashion High: How to Beat the (Retail) System

There is no greater fashion high than that moment when you triumph over the system by snagging a piece at a fraction of retail cost. I love to hunt and gather which, in my profession, means to examine trends closely and uncover that look for less.

This weekend, I was at Nordstrom buying my daughter some dresses in the junior department. Of course this led to trolling the rest of the store and coming face to face with Rag + Bone, one of my favorite brands for sporty, casual gear. To me, Rag + Bone jeans are pure perfection. The fit and finish are modern, cool and comfortable. But the price tag always makes me gag. The pair in question were distressed black skinny jeans with a medium rise that could be effortlessly dressed up and down. Perfect, right? Almost. They were priced at $220. I. Just. Couldn’t Do. It. I informed my daughter that we had to embark on a minor fashion mission in order to score mom a pair of designer denim for less than half the price we were about to hurl over.

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Happily, Chicago boasts one of the best Nordstrom Rack’s in the country. The designer section is usually stocked with steals and deals from Alexander Wang, Donna Karan and other A-Listers. We hightailed it over there (popping in at Vosges to ramp up our energy on toffee) and found an entire display of Rag + Bone clothing. After 15 minutes of deft examination,  I found three pairs of jeans each priced at $89. The buzz over such a score felt as if I consumed two glasses of Veuve on an empty stomach. Though I ended up spending the same amount of dough, I was exceedingly delighted with my sartorial success. The lesson? When you lust over something pricey, do your homework. Hit designer resale stores and discounters like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack. For seasonless items like jeans, always check out end-of-season sales at department stores when designer duds are often offered at 75% below original price tag.

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HAPPY HUNTING! 

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