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April 2014 archive

Mother’s Day #eBayMom Gift Guide + Sweepstakes

ebay-mom-gift-guideMother’s Day is quickly approaching and I cannot believe this will be MY first time celebrating! I’m incredibly happy and proud to be a mom so celebrating the holiday is just the icing on the cake. I love my little munchkin aka BabyBrownSugar. See below for a pic of us on Easter this year:

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Another thing I’m excited about? The Mother’s Day gifts – woot!

I’ve introduced you guys to eBay collections before right? During the holidays in December we ran a huge giveaway promotion with eBay highlighting some great gift ideas. Well they are equally amazing at providing some much-needed inspiration for Mother’s Day gifts. I created my very own #eBayMom collections to keep track of chic items that I’d love to gift my own mom and also gifts I’d like to receive as a first time fly momma myself. I got all the product suggestions from the Mother’s Day Gift Guide on eBay. Check out snapshots of my collections:

A First Time Mom’s #eBayMom Wishlist

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I have everything in here from a Chloe Marcie Blue Leather Bag to Giuseppe Zannoti shoes. I mean, mothers deserve everything we want don’t we?! (This is what I tell myself before I swipe my credit card)

The Perfect #eBayMom Gifts

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This collection is all beautiful items and pieces I would gift my own mother. And if it’s good enough for my mom, it might be perfect for yours too.

Create your own #eBayMom collection and enter for a chance to win $500 to shop on eBay! Just head to http://www.ebay.com/curateformom and submit your collection to enter! 

I’ll be entering mine. I could use an extra $500 this time around. Sweepstakes ends May 11, 2014 so be sure to enter before then. Good luck guys!

This blog post was written in partnership with eBay. All opinions expressed herein are my own and not those of the company.

On The Market: Monif C’s ‘Beach is Better’ Collection

monif-c-collectionThe summer sun is barely peaking its head here in the big apple, but we’re excited to see it shine over at Monif C. – the ever brilliantly designed plus size label. Their swim 2014 collection was presented at a transformed Manhattan loft on the evening of April 17th, complete with real palm trees and loads of sand. Channeling the sexy of South Beach, models stood on lighted platforms and guests sipped on Bacardi tropical cocktails.

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Cover Girls: People Magazine Names Lupita Nyong’o “Most Beautiful”

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o’s reign just won’t let up. After winning an Academy Award for her superb debut role as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” landing a coveted spokesmodel contract with Lancôme Paris and setting red carpets from New York to Paris ablaze, People Magazine’s named Nyong’o their “Most Beautiful.”

Nyong’o graces the cover of People’s May issue, an honor that’s previously been bestowed on starlets and supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

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LBS Review: Reebok Skyscapes + GIVEAWAY

reebok-skycape-reviewNow that I’m a full-time mom, I’m finding it much harder to throw on a pair of stilettos just for the hell of it. After all, balancing in heels is a much harder feat when you have a little mini-me in one hand and a diaper bag in the other. So my day-to-day is much more balanced as far as footwear. I’m spending way more time in flats and…gasp…sneakers! Yes, the inevitable has happened. I am now a mom who wears sneakers. Sometimes.reebok-skycapes

When I do wear sneaks, I won’t settle for anything less than cute and comfy. I like my footwear to still be stylish and fun. I had the opportunity to try out these sneakers from the new Reebok Skycape collection, and they’re officially my new “running errands with baby in tow but must still look cute” sneakers. They are super lightweight at only 5 ounces and they are made of this material, this stuff that’s similar to what they use in lingerie, that makes them so soft & silky. Like I can literally wear them all day with no issue.

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Just last week I took BabyBrownSugar (aka baby Cadence) on her very first afternoon stroll around the park. I packed her up in her little car seat, rode down to the park and strapped her up to her baby carrier after finally figuring out how to clip it on. With all the other things on my mind, the last thing I want to worry about was how my shoes look or feel.

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So I decided to wear my black & pink Reebok Skycapes. They are SO comfortable. They feel like second skin. What’s even better is that they’re machine washable. So all that walking back and forth on the park’s grass, spilling milk while trying to get the baby to stop crying, all those little “new mommy” messes? Gone once you pop these babies in the washing machine.

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I also love that they come in so many fun colors and they even have CUSTOMIZABLE pairs. How dope is that? You can get them in leopard print, blue camo, you name it. They’re available for online PURCHASE HERE from Reebok.com. Guess what? *Oprah voice*

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One of you will  WIN A FREE YourReebok Custom Card which you can use to design your own Reebok Skycapes!

To enter the contest, simply LEAVE A COMMENT down below telling me where you would rock your very own pair of Reebok Skycapes!

Sweepstakes Rules:

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You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 4/21/2014-5/18/2014.

 

#FABFriday: How To Wear A Leather Skirt

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Happy Fashion And Beauty Friday folks! This week’s #FABFriday theme is leather skirts. We had so much fun with last week’s Red Lip theme. This week we decided to live life on the wild side by showing you guys how we wear leather skirts. Everyone of course is familiar with the closet staple – leather jackets. But other items like leather skirts, dresses and even pants are a little more difficult to intertwine in your wardrobe. Here’s how I rock my favorite faux leather skirt from ASOS:

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Jacket: Forever 21 Plus | Tank: H&M | Skirt: ASOS (similar here under $50!) | Sneakers: HauteLook (similar here) | Handbag: Aimee Kestenberg c/o Paula & Chlo (on sale for $132!) | Necklace: Forever 21 | Watch c/o Fossil

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The great thing about this leather skirt is that it’s an A-line silhouette which works wonders for me considering I’m 10 weeks post baby birth.

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I still have a small tummy pudge so anything A-line is my best friend right now.

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I decided to rock this look with some of my new favorite maroon-colored accessories.

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These sneaker wedges I scored for only $30 at HauteLook and this beautiful suede cross-body bag the folks at Paula & Chlo sent me by Aimee Kestenberg.

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The Aimee Kestenberg Sammy Crossbody is the perfect grab & go bag. Now that i’m juggling a newborn, diaper bags and more I can’t really rock the oversized handbags as often. This one is compact and adds a nice pop of color to my leggings-and-graphic-tee “new mommy” uniform of late.

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Shop My Look:

 

My faux leather skirt is from ASOS. They have some really amazing options for leather skirts this season and they are all affordable and under $100:

Shop Leather Skirts:

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Kickin’ It: “The Other Woman” Screening + Style Q&A

the-other-woman-movie-premiereOn this past Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of attending a Girls’ Night Out with PopSugar for an exclusive screening of new Fox film The Other Woman. It’s a comedy of epic proportions about an unlikely friendship that forms between three women (Leslie Manns, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton) who have the shared experience of being cheated on by the same guy. Can I tell you I literally laughed until I cried?

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Sick Site Spotlight: Scoop NYC

scoop-nyc-sick-siteIf you’re based here in New York City, you already know that Scoop NYC has some of the hottest contemporary designer digs in town. With a well-curated selection of updated trend pieces, some of our fave fashionistas hit up Scoop to find their daily looks. Luckily for you fashionistas who aren’t based here in NY, Scoop has an online store too – ScoopNYC.com. And they’ve got some really dope pieces this season. Here are some of my fave spring trends spotted over at Scoop NYC:

The Look: Graphic Patterns

There’s no better way to kickoff the spring season than with some bright and bold patterns. Two of my favorite contemporary designers – Mara Hoffman and Clover Canyon – always get it right with bold prints and colors.

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Left: Clover Canyon, $340 | Right: Mara Hoffman, $238

The Look: Summer Festival

Whether you’re headed to Coachella or Governor’s Ball, the best way to achieve festival chic is with a few crochet pieces. This outfit from Nightcap pretty much sums it up.

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Top: Nightcap, $208  | Bottom: Nightcap, $165

The Look: All White Everything

Spring is the perfect time to bring out those all-white pieces that have been collecting dust in your closet. I love white clothing. It dirties fast, but it always looks so crisp and chic!

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Left: Zac Posen, $525 | Top Right: VEDA, $498 | Bottom Right: AG Jeans, $165

 Loving these pieces? Click the image below to check out what else Scoop NYC has to offer!

This post is sponsored by Scoop NYC. All opinions expressed herein are those of LoveBrownSugar.com and not of the company.

10 Under $100: Perfect A-Line Dresses for Spring

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There are few greater freedoms than feeling the hem of an a-line dress swishing against the kneecaps in the blazing heat. The cascading bodice of an a-line dress makes it a spring and summer staple because it allows space for the slight breezes to grace the legs and thighs. Flirty is a term often used to describe the a-line dress, since it nips at the waist and shows just enough leg to tempt potential suitors.

Besides that, the a-line dress is a complete outfit. It doesn’t require additional garments, unless you want to layer it under a cardigan or blazer. You can pluck an a-line dress from the closet, put on dope shoes and accessories and hit the door without much fuss. Ask Christina, who was ***flawless in a printed dress from ASOS. more this way

LBS Chic: Transitional Weather Must-Haves

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Jacket: Joe Fresh (similar here for under $50)| Jeans/Top/ShoesASOS | Bag: Pour La Victoire (similar here) |Hair Extensions c/o Echelon Hair

Transitional weather can be the absolute hardest to dress for. It’s not quite hot enough to rock shorts and a tank top but certainly not cold enough for a coat. There are a few classic pieces I make sure are in my closet every Spring because they are easily interchangeable and they go with pretty much everything.

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