Daily Covet: Kate Spade Darla Sandal

Is it summer yet?

I’m ready for sandals.  How about Kate Spade Darla Sandals to be exact?  These are absolutely the cutest with all the colors of the rainbow and natural-colored pantent straps.  Three patent straps that I absolutely love.  This is a great update from similar sandals last summer and I love the new look.

I know we’ve got a long way to go, but I’m needing to pump my collection of cute wedges, flip flops, maxi dresses, handbags and accessories.

Why?  Because I will be spending the summer (all or most of it) pregnant.  Yep, you heard it here… and here for a twist on the news… that this girl will be putting high fashion on hold in favor of roomy (and tent-like) clothing.  But I digress…

Let’s just take a look and a drool at these pretties!

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Holiday Dressing under $100

Read my post today on www.momaha.com for what to wear this holiday season.  They are ideas that won’t break the bank!

Back to School

I’m sending my first born to school in 6 days.
He’s excited.  I get knots in my stomach just thinking about it.
He’s ready, but I can’t believe he’s going to be gone all day, every day.  He’s been with me for almost 6 years… my buddy. my associate.  my Tomas the Train enthusiast.  my personal shopper.  my lunch date. my baby.
So, in honor of my little guy’s first day of school, I’ve put together a fun collection of “Back to School” items that any girl could show off — in class or otherwise!

Daily Covet: Personalized & Preppy Outdoor Entertaining

I love outdoor entertaining.  And it just so happens that our outdoor space happens to be the most perfect part of our living space.

Our red market umbrella and red Adirondack chairs, along with grass green iron table and dining chairs, pop against a bricked-in patio and plenty of normally lush landscaping.  Fun dishes, and of course table linens, are also imperative for great outdoor fêtes.

I decided to look for outdoor dining pieces on BoatmanGeller.com, and I couldn’t help bug oggle a few all of them!

But if you love anything personalized, check out the most amazing selection of fun prints.  The selection of stationary, melamine, desk accessories, phone accessories and more are in all in one place.

Take a gander at these scrumptious pieces and patterns…

Aaaannnd, a dear friend of mine runs a booming business called Mommy Wisdom, where you can order some of Boatman Geller’s cutest products!

Daily Covet: Tod’s handbag

Tod’s handbags are featured on MyHabit.com today.

And since I am bag-obssessed this week, you can bet I’ve already picked absolutely the most delish bag.

This white handbag with the khaki accents is a perfect bag for summer, and since global warming climate change has taken over this year, it may be pratical a lot longer than normal.

It would be an excellent carry-all for a busy mom.  And it’s also a great size for car trips or air travel too.  So, it’s not only a beautiful bag, but a smart bag too!

My Paying Gig: Pair Prints Successfully

Prints are an important fashion trend this this year, and the fall collections are no exception.  Designers, shop windows and fashionistas alike are showing and wearing bold prints with other prints.

How can you pair prints successfully without looking like a tourist?  Read more here.

Daily Covet: PB for back-to-school

Backpacks?  Lunchboxes?  Back to school?  Already?

No, but I want to be prepared.

I am sending my first born to kindergarten next month.  I’m already mentally preparing for the flood of tears that will pour forth from my eyes that day.  He’s been my baby.  My buddy.  My associate.  For almost six years.

And while I’d love to keep him at home, I know it’s time.  He’s too smart to be at home with me any more.  He’s ready for math and science and writing and reading.  And making new friends.  And playing on the playground.

With that said, I’m still going to be his mom.  And that means I want him to have great accessories (ones that have his initials on them, so we know they are his!)

And that means Pottery Barn backpacks and lunchboxes.  This skateboard-camo print isn’t exactly my favorite of the choices, but I figured skateboarding might stay “cool” longer than the really cute fish & shark print I got for my littlest.

These backpacks and lunchboxes are cute though, and you can choose from even cooler fonts and bright colors to personalize with their names or monogram.

While I may be hesitant to let him go, I know he’s sure to look adorable toting all his necessities to and from his big boy school this fall!

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Style Sleuth: Black Lace & Back East

One morning I met a mom and her children at the same preschool my son attends.  She had done some guest posts for a Mother’s Social Networking site that I write for regularly.  We hit it off instantly, and I ran home to send her a link to something via Facebook.  She saw the udpates I made to Littleblacksweats.com and immediately put me on the hunt for a sophisticated dress she could wear to a wedding back East.

It took me all of five seconds to conjure up the perfect dress (I had actually tried it on in Chicago that fall.)  She ordered it and loved how it fit.

Mission accomplished.  And how classic, elegant and demurely sexy is this little number?

Daily Covet: Socks

Socks.  Yep, you read that right.

There are so many positives to having sons these days.  Especially when you consider girls and jr. high or high school.

However, there is one thing sons will never have on daughters, and that is their wardrobe.  I was devestated to find out I wouldn’t be filling the tiny closets of my then hypothetical home with pink tu-tus and mary janes and hats and Easter dresses.

Boys’ clothes have come a long way since the mid-70’s when my little brother was sporting Garanimals.  But, they still aren’t anywhere near as plentiful or excruciatingly adorable as the worldwide selection of girls’ clothes.

So what’s a fashmomista to do?

Invest in cute socks.  My boys had adorable socks.  Trumpette socks, striped socks in every color, bright green and blue socks with planes on them, and Christmas socks with silver snowflakes or penguins in scarves.

Needless to say when I ran across these adorable socks from Let’s Have Sox this afternoon on GILT.com, I was smitten.  And at $30 for 10 pairs, they are a steal too!

Aren’t these delicious?

Photo via Gilt.com

Style Sleuth: Title 9 Tankini

Before swimsuit season got underway, I received an email from a friend.  She was shedding a little extra weight from having a baby not long before.  She took up running to do it, and was training for her first half marathon to give herself a reason to stick with it.  I gave her a few suggestions, but ultimately thought of Title 9 for their athletic-friendly swimwear.  The bottoms are full coverage, and the tankinis and bikinis have great support.  See her email below:

Another quick question for you…

Because you’re so amazing regarding fashion, any thoughts on where I should start my swim suit hunt?

I’m really anxious about buying online because I sort of feel like suits need to be tried on in person…but if you have thoughts…I would be so appreciative.

Thanks!

And here is what she found on Title 9.com!