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Style
New Style “Rules” For Moms, Part 1
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This article is the first in a two-part series based on “rules” I’ve applied again and again when doing style consultations / closet clean-outs with moms….
…while trends, in recent years have been all over the map….there’s a few constants that have started to emerge. And as I’ve been doing a few more “closet clean-outs” with friends and other moms…I’m finding that these constants are passing many of us by, unnoticed. The problem? Ignoring trends year after year after year is exactly how you wake up one morning, 20 years later, with a permed mullet and legwarmers wondering why everyone else looks so different.

Date Night & Dressin' Up
Splurge: A CPW Analysis of J Brand Houlihans
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We’re always talking about it here at Ain’t No Mom Jeans: cost-per-wear (CPW), or the cost of an item of clothing over its first year of use. “Splurge” is our new section dedicated to styling must-have items to get the most out of your investment. First-up, this years’s hot ticket: J Brand Houlihan skinny cargos.

Maternity
Gross But True: Why Post-Parturm Moms Will Love American Eagle’s Boy-Brief Undies
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One of my friends was complaining the other day about how no one really tells you all of the crazy stuff that happens while pregnant. She was rather indignant, having just come from a third trimester pregnancy check-up where she had just been checked for strep…in an area…ahem….not normally checked for what I always think of as strep throat. “You can get strep down there?????” she wanted to know. “Since when??? And WHY does NO ONE tell you these things BEFORE you get pregnant?”
So in the spirit of full disclosure, I’d like to chat a bit about Aerie’s (American Eagle’s line of underthings) fabulous boy-brief. This brief is cute, comfy, comes in a tons of different patterns, and sells 5 for $25.
But the real reason I draw your attention? For post-partum use.

Maternity
Styling the Bump: Third Trimester Tips (And Loads of Style Inspiration!)
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By the time I got to my third trimester, the realization was just sinking in: I was pregnant. And the baby? He’s growing. There were no more strange looks, no mistaking my belly for extra muffins or a tumor…whether I was ready or not, the baby was coming in three (or, in my case with babe #1, two) short months. Yikes.
And this time around? I think I had belly amnesia. Cause I’m surprisingly HUGE. But looking back (pic of me on NYE with babe #1)…I think that this is simply how I look during the third trimester: a little girl with a huge, huge belly.
(Which is what I would’ve said yesterday, given the chance, to the man who yelled out of the car, “Lady, that baby is gonna FALL right out!”)
So what do you do when styling a bump of epic proportions?

Style
What Goes in a Diaper Bag? (And a Few Cute Picks)
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I know all you ‘been there, done that’ moms are laughing at this question, but I have to tell you that the answer was only silence and blank stares when, while watching me shop online for the perfect bag, my husband asked me this question. He asked because I was begging for his opinion on bag after bag with many different features and options, and he was probably trying to be practical and helpful by looking for details. But my lack of an answer made me realize that aside from the diapers listed in the title of the bag, I have no idea what the hell goes in a diaper bag.

Maternity
Styling the Bump – Second Trimester Tips
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I think most of us, now moms, would accurately identify myself in the picture at left as pregnant. But a week or so after this pic was taken, I took a ballet class in London. During plies, the instructor came over and tried to correct my form, attempting to tilt my tailbone down further. He’d watch me through narrowed eyes, “Hmmmmm….” By the time we got to rond de jambes, he couldn’t take it anymore: “You need to start laying off the muffins in the morning!” he said in a loud whisper.

Maternity
Styling The Bump – First Trimester Tips (How to Style, What To Buy)
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…what I’ve learned from my own two pregnancies, as well what I’ve learned while styling pregnant moms for the Hopscotch Hustle (Weecycle’s annual fashion show) can pretty much be summarized into the following three rules:
Trimester One – Hide the Bump
Trimester Two – Work the Bump
Trimester Three – Flaunt the Bump
In this article, let’s talk about the first trimester. It can be a toughie.

Kid's Style
Back to School: Best Toddler Backpacks
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If my mom had said this to me ten years ago, or, I’m embarrassed to admit, maybe even 5, I totally would have rolled my eyes. But life since having children has flown by at an alarmingly fast (and heart wrenching) clip. . . nd now I have purchased (gasp!) a backpack (!). For my little son who is quickly growing into a big boy and is going off to his first day (sob) of early learner school next Tuesday. . . Given the significance I have attached to said knapsack, naturally I wanted it to be the best, so I trolled the Internets for the best of the best. Here are my picks for the back-to-school season’s top-five preschooler backpacks.

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