Mom Jean Confessions: Dear Judgy Mom

Dear Judgy Mom at the park this morning,

I can see my son just offended you, and I’m sorry.

I’m sorry that my son, who just turned three less than a month ago, and who you undoubtedly took one look at and mistakenly took him for a five year old, didn’t live up to your high standards. Because here’s the thing – he does look five. At first glance, if I were you, I too would have scoffed at his behavior – running up and pushing aside your son who had at least four years on him and who he thought was done on the swing set. And I’ve been known to tell a kid (much, much older than Garrett) to let him have his turn, but minus the incredibly rude tone saying that “my son was playing there first.” And as you sat in the only other swing (as an adult), I’m sorry I didn’t thank you profusely for reluctantly getting up to let my son swing – because we all know how put out we feel to give up something to a child.

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Top 5 Pins of the Week: Bombs Away

This past week I found myself turning to Pinterest more often than usual grasping for a little style inspiration. You might recall from our recent moving debacle, that somewhere in West LA a woman (or man for that matter) is walking around wearing half my wardrobe. Hence, I’m having to come up with more creative ways to make what clothes I have left work overtime. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Pinterest is your friend. I personally find it to be the best place to get a quick dose of fashion inspo, and the best part is that I can do it at night after I put the little guy down and have all my new outfit ideas ready to reference the next morning. Bazinga.

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My Week in Style: Fall in Line

Waiting for fall to come in Texas is like waiting for cherry blossom season, and then it’s gone before you know it. I’ve never let it cramp my style though. Granted, I definitely miss my LA “seasons,” which essentially allowed me to dress like it was fall year round (le sigh). But alas, I vow to prepare for fall like a medieval knight going into battle. The easiest way, if you live in a warmer climate like we do now, is to start transitioning your wardrobe with a few key accessories.

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My Week in Style: Ants Marching

Is it just me or did the month of October march by like ants on an ant hill, or incidentally like the ants that swarmed my feet during this shoot (no seriously, I almost freaked). I don’t know if it’s just because I share my birthday month with my son now (yes, I get a whole month, don’t you?), or if fall in LA is like a glitch in the system. You see it happen, but it doesn’t last long enough to actually believe it happened.

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CH2T Covets: Well Vested

I can’t recall exactly when my obsession with vests started, but it’s the real deal. You know when someone tells you something you’ve never heard about or seen before, and then all the sudden you start seeing it e-ver-y-where? Yah, it’s like that.

In fact, I never knew there were so many different styles of vests. My favorite are the structured suit type and long duster, that add a level of sophistication to even the most basic of outfits. Although, I feel like there’s still a stigma when you say “vest”, that invokes images of Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite. So I’m here to set the record straight with my top finds that I’ve been gathering for you fine folks. If you don’t see something you like here – I’ve partnered with the new Donde Fashion app, an icon-based platform that allows you to search more than 6,000 brands by simply selecting the clothing type, color, material, etc. Think of it as Pinterest, but even more addictive for major shopaholics. Check out my Style Council feature on their blog, and download the app for free in the App Store. Search and follow my feed (cammeomurray) to shop my Wishlist of vests, right meow.

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CH2T Covets: Marsala is the New Oxblood

Last week, Pantone announced the color of the year for 2015 – Chicken Marsala. Wait, no…just Marsala. Sorry, I have food on the brain; those five bites of pasta I snuck in between shoveling the rest in Garrett’s mouth and dodging shots flung from his spoon didn’t make for much of a dinner. Let’s try that again – hold your applause please…”Marsala” is Pantone’s Color of the Year. Yes!!!!!!

Now I’m all for a good marketing pun, but let’s call it what it is – it’s burgundy, people. The same way that 2014’s Radiant Orchid was just a fancy way of saying “wear purple, it’s cool now.” What’s more, it’s actually an excuse to dig out all my old Oxblood pieces that I bought when that was the “it” color 2 years ago – no complaints here.

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Adventures in Shopping: Vince Sample Sale

Well, October came and went in a flurry – my son turned 1, I turned another year young, and our Star Wars themed Halloween costumes went off without a hitch (seriously, I pinned that DIY ewok costume before Garrett was even born – cuz that’s the kinda mom I am). Which is why I’ve been slightly MIA, sorry guys and gals!

Last week, I jumped right back in the saddle and snuck in some much needed retail therapy/girl-time with a fellow stylist friend, Laurie Brucker of LaurieBstyle. She and I met at a charity luncheon last spring, and bonded over a good cause (along with a mutual love for Trina Turk). So when she was tipped off about a sample sale for one of my favorite brands, Vince, we decided to brave the line wrapped around Wilshire just to score a few of their laid-back Cali garments.

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My Week in Style: Fall Back to Basics

For me, fall fashion is as good as it gets, and October is like the green light to whip out the sweaters and dust off the boots. It also signals the countdown to my birthday and the inevitable “fall back” time change. So to kick things off, I always make sure to invest in versatile wardrobe pieces that can easily be mix and matched and worn for at least a few more seasons.

This fall, I’m all about the oversized knits and leather leggings paired with caged heels (perfectly styled here), or the currently coveted slip on sneaker. Luckily, I was able to find the most perfect pair of imitation leather leggings and two-tone gray sweatshirt at H&M that I will be living in for the next 4 months. I also spotted the most chic gray jersey knit dress, with just the right stretch and length to flatter nearly every figure. I could just picture it going oh-so-perfectly with my All Saints ankle boots and leather moto jacket, as styled here.

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CH2T Covets: Slip-on Sneakers Galore

Just when I finally get comfortable with my self-imposed “shopping hiatus” – bam, out of the blue another trend blindsides me. So here I am again, struggling with the urge to add yet another pair of shoes to my already “bursting at the seams” closet. Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock (hey, I don’t judge – I’m a mom, I pretty much live in the stone age), you’ve probably seen the latest trend in sneakers – slip-on, that is.

So I tell myself – at least slip-on sneakers are practical right? You slip em on, slip em off – how much easier does it get? I realize you may not be sold (shocker), so I’ve curated a few of my top picks. They also come in nude, leopard print or calf hair, but I’m partial to the black leather look this chic lady is sporting below. I’ve managed to narrow it down to perforated vs. quilted – which sounds more like a toilet paper choice than shoe selection. Which actually just gave me an epiphany – quilted is way better, done and done…

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Bloomie’s Thursday

Tonight I braved a drive into the valley, during rush hour no less, just to get a sneak peak of Fall Fashion trends at Bloomingdale’s Sherman Oaks, and some key styling tips from Los Angeles magazine’s Style Editor Linda Immediato.

Although we were all in agreement with being so over shopping for summer, we haven’t felt quite ready to start thinking about fall. Let’s just say once the fashion show got into full swing, with enough denim, fur and leather to put anyone in the shopping mood, we were all singing a different tune.

Not to mention Bloomie’s was having their Mad About Fashion Loyallist event, lord only knows how I managed to walk away with just a Medium Brown Bag – but hey, a girl has to have some self control…

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Black Drawstring Pants: H&M (Phillip Lim, ones I really want). Gray Tee: Mossimo for Target (similar here and here). Blazer: Anat B. Beverly Hills (Spring/Summer 2012 Collection). Messenger Bag: Kristen Bell for Erica Anenberg. Shoes: Halogen Vivian Sandal (not pictured). Chronograph Watch: Michael Kors. Leather Studded Bracelet: Ron Herman. Leather Wrap Bracelet: Isabel B. boutique at Hotel del Coronado (similar to Hermes version). Cocktail Ring: BCBG (my best friend has a matching one – a modern take on the bff necklaces, circa 1990). 

 

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Fashion illustration by Simone Elum. We all loved how she made our legs somehow look 10 feet long.

 

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I spotted these Rag & Bone embroidered jeans when I first walked in, and it just so happened they styled Linda in them with a Joie silk top that went perfectly.

 

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My boss and I ogled over some Rebecca Taylor pieces – which happens to be one of her favorite brands, and it’s getting up there in my book with this tweed, fringed blazer and pleated leather skirt.

 

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I’ve had my eye on the brocade jeans trend ever since I saw these gold brocade ones from J Brand’s Fall line. Have to say, I was resolved to let this trend pass me by – that is until I saw these Current/Elliot black brocade jeans. After seeing them modeled, they made a true believer outta me.

See more of my fav looks from the evening – just keep in mind most styles aren’t available online yet, but I’ve listed out each article of clothing which can be found in store at Bloomingdales (so apologies for no links).

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Joie blouse, Current/Elliott color block jeans, Chloe bag, and Vince Camuto shoes.

p.s. Moni’s in the background of this photo, can you find her? Hint – she’s got some killer heels on…

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Helmut skirt & t shirt, Joie leather jacket, Rebecca Minkoff purse, and Dolce Vita shoes (loved them).

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Rag & Bone jean, Theory leather jacket, Splendid tank, and Dolce Vita shoes (again).

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DVF leather dress, Marc Jacobs purse, and Vince Camuto shoes (the models wore these with a lot of the outfits, which really shoes what a staple a great pair of black pointy-toe pumps can be).

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Vince leather jacket in indigo, Vince tank, Vince jean in citron, Ted Baker purse (really loved the structure of this bag), and Vince Camuto shoes. 

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Vince fur vest, blouse, and jean, Leibskind bag, and Vince Camuto shoes (this ensemble might have been the crowd favorite of the night). 

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Theory fur vest, Vince blouse, Theory leather legging, and Vince Camuto shoes. 

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Joie fur vest, Vince blouse, Rag & Bone leather jean (want these in a bad way), Chloe bag (Linda’s pick of the night for best everyday/carryall bag), and Dolce Vita shoes. 

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Vince fur vest and blouse, Rag & Bone jean, Rebecca Minkoff clutch (love anything by her), and Vince Camuto shoes.