Miriam Sternoff

MAMAS NIGHT OUT

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(jeans-h&m (similar here), dress-zara, shoes-brain atwood, belt-carolina herrera (similar here), 

bag-vintage gucci)

I always say the best outfits come when you don't put too much thought into what you are going to wear. I knew I wanted to be somewhere between casual and dressy and nothing says dressy casual then a pair of distressed denim. I wanted to elevate the denim a bit so I wore a light weight dress over the jeans which created a cool layered vibe. The dress has its own belt attached, but I decided to wear this velvet belt that stood out a bit more and that would cinch in my waist. The velvet also made the whole look a bit more dressed up. Velvet is super on trend right now and I'm not so into wearing to much of it so this was the perfect amount for me. This belt actually went with my wedding dress, and this was the first time I have worn it since. I was happy to finally wear it again in a whole other way. I finished off with a strappy shoe which always makes a look especially denim a tad dressier. Sometimes you just have to think a little outside the box to get a look all your own.

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NOT SO BASIC BASICS

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(top-vve, pants-wardrobe department, shoes-dolce vita (similar here), sunglasses-steven alan)

(images by Monica Simone)

 

The other day I asked on instagram what you all would like to see more of on my blog and social media. Being that I am a stylist for a living, I want to use my platform to help inspire and to perhaps help you all think outside the box in the way of dressing. The two constant answers I received back were styling tips and how to incorporate basics into your wardrobe. Well as you may know by now basics or staples, whatever you want to call them is what makes up my wardrobe. I believe in simplicity, longevity and quality over quantity.  My mother taught me at a very young age to buy good pieces made of good quality that will last you 15-20 years rather than spending money on the new "it' pieces or fast fashion that won't last. And I always, well mostly always listen to my mother.

I went with this particular look to start out discussing basics, as I love to take classic pieces such as a well made t-shirt and black pants that have a twist to them. Just because you are wearing simple pieces doesn't mean they have to be "basic". I found these pants at my friend April's store Wardrobe Department right after I had the baby. I needed a pair of black pants that I could wear immediately that would also fit as I was losing weight. These have an elastic waist so they were the perfect answer and I love that they are a simple black pant but the voluminous silhouette makes them more of a standout piece. I paired with a good cotton 3/4 length sleeve top which I rolled the sleeve and knotted the bottom to just add a little styling touch to make my own. By knotting the bottom of the shirt it made the appearance of pulling in my waist so I didn't look like    Michelin Man clad in black. I just topped of with a pair of clogs with a slight heel to give me some height as my pants are so loose and I am short so need to play with proportions a bit. So go out and experiment a bit, just remember to buy good key pieces that you can mix and match and can stand the test of time.

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IF THE SHOE FITS

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(jumpsuit -forever 21, bodysuit (similar here)- naked wardrobe (worn underneath), sneakers- adidas, sunglasses- steven alan)

 

Sometimes in life we have to follow the age old rule of if the shoe fits wear it. Or in this case jumpsuits. Ever since I saw Michelle Pfieffer in Scarface donning a silk jumpsuit in the 80"s I was hooked. I have been wearing jumpsuits, onesies, rompers whatever you want to call it since I was a little girl. I bought this one from Forever 21 while I was pregnant, as I wanted and needed a go to piece that I felt amazing in and could throw on with sneakers or heels and that could grow with my belly. I have continued to wear this over and over since having the baby. I am still limited on wearing so many of my clothes as my body slowly makes its way back to pre pregnancy size. This still makes me feel absolutely amazing and put together everytime I put it on. It hits me in all the right places to accentuate my waist, It is will also be the perfect transition piece into fall as I can layer underneath it and throw on a leather jacket and be out the door. All in all one of the best purchases I have made.

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SEXY THANG

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(lace camisole-mayana geneviere)

 

When I first found out I was pregnant one of my first thoughts was oh shit, I am going to have to wear a bra now. Not to say that I never wore a bra but I definitely was never wearing more then what would be considered a 12 year olds training bra. You now those little triangle things that barely do a thing? I still ended up wearing a version of a triangle bra throughout my whole pregnancy. It may not have been the best choice but I did it nonetheless. I knew I wasn't going to get away with that once I had the baby, so my search for a nursing bra commenced. I was so completely confused and disappointed that my options seemed limited. I mean I love a good sports bra, but does every nursing bra need to look like one? As pregnant and postpartum women we already feel unlike ourselves and perhaps not at our sexiest. And why oh why would a nursing bra be padded? Like your boobs aren't big enough because of pregnancy and then even bigger when your milk comes in?! And lastly all the snaps and hooks, isn't it enough you will have a baby hanging from your body every minute of the day? 

I had about given up until I came across an angel, her name is Nadine Woods.  Her company Mayana Geneviere lingerie is every womans answer to nursing wear and postpartum recovery garments. She basically makes the anti nursing bra if that makes any sense. These bras are not a far cry from my beloved triangle bras. They are black, lacey and sexy. There are no snaps, hooks, or fumbling fingers trying to feed your baby. just simply pull the soft cup down and voila. The cherry on top is that they have this little ring clasp in the middle of the bra that slides back and forth, so you can remember which side you last nursed on. If you are anything like me by the time 3pm hits and have nursed for what seems like the 100th time that day, I need a little reminder. last but not least they come in real cup sizes. No more guessing!  I haven't taken these bras off since they came into my life and will continue to wear them probably beyond my nursing days, as they are just the good.

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TRUSTWORTHY

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(dress-free people(old, similar styles here), shoes-giuseppe zanotti(old), hat-j.crew

stroller-uppababy cruz, canopy cover-aiden and anais)

 

Had a little family outing to malibu the other weekend, where we went to go spend the afternoon on the beach with some friends at a BBQ. Was the perfect way to spend the day, as it was so hot in the city that being by the water made it more bearable and I hate having Maddie out and about in the heat. Sometimes it pays to just go with a trusty sure fire piece that works everytime, so I headed straight for one of my favorite Free People dresses. It is the most amazing lightweight gauzy fabric that just feels like it floats as you walk.  It cinches at the waist with an elastic tie, so you can wear it as tight or as loose as you want. Which is perfect for me now, as again since I am still somewhat limited in things to wear anything adjustable in the waist area is fantastic. Bonus is it buttons all the way up so it is also breastfeeding friendly. Threw on one of my many panama hats from J. crew since doing my hair is just not something I can even think about right now. And it makes me feel like I am galavanting on the french riviera, le sigh.......

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A LITTLE WRINKLE WONT HURT

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(dress-alc, shoes-steve madden(old), hat-j.crew, bag-vince(similar)

stroller-uppababy, car seat canopy-aidenandanais)

(photos by sarah mccolgan)

 

I first came across this ALC dress one day while prepping for a job at Nordstrom, and couldn't stop thinking about it for days. But I just couldn't pull the trigger to go back and get it as I am trying to not buy things while I am in this in between sizes phase due to postpartum. 2 weeks later I find myself back at Nordstrom prepping for another job which called for easy relaxed all white pieces. So I couldn't leave it behind, you know cause the job called for it.  It just so happened to be my current size so I decided to just try it on just for the sake of trying it on, and clearly that was a mistake since it never got returned with all the other pieces I had pulled for my job. I justified the purchase for several reasons 1. It's just amazing, duh. 2. Even when I lose weight it will be amazing a tad bit drapey. 3. The more you wear it, the more lived in and wrinkled it gets and it just looks that much more effortless.  4. And probably the most important, it is nursing friendly as it buttons all the way up. So all in all a win win am I right? 

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ALL TIED UP

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(top- max azria runway(old), pants-wardrobedepartmentla, shoes-ancient greek sandals)

(photo by josephine tataryan)

Ok, Im back! Well kind of. It has been quite an adjustment the last 2 months since having my beautiful baby girl, Madeleine Grace aka Maddie. Life has definitely changed! All for the better as I get to stare at this beautiful human all day long. It has been so fun just getting to know her and everyday more and more of her little personality is coming through. Everyday is a new day, everyday she changes so much. Yesterday she laughed for the first time, and I was a blubbering mess. I am sure we will have many more of those days. I could go on and on about her and this would be the longest post ever in the history of blog posts, so I won't keep babbling.

Today was my first day I caught a quick lunch with a girl friend sans baby and it felt so great. Don't get me wrong, I love being with my daughter but we as moms all need a little reset time. I don't have as much time to get dressed now and still don't fit into a lot of my pre pregnancy clothes, so I turned to my go to pants from The Wardrobe Department that I have been living in. I actually wore these all throughout my pregnancy as well so I figure why not just keep them in rotation. They are so comfortable and look great with most anything I pair with them, all the while making me still feel put together. Since I now have these new boobs that I don't have any idea what to do with, I have been wearing more man tailored or boyfriend shirts that have a bit more of an oversized feel. I have had this top for probably over 10 years and it is so perfect for this stage of life right now.  It is a bit of a twist on a man tailored shirt and since I wasn't with baby I wasn't restricted in wearing something with easy access to breast feed. It is the softest lightweight cotton muslin for this hot weather. You can tie it several different ways which I love as it flatters the figure so well. I will definitely be wearing this over and over. 

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THE PERFECT FIT

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(denim-citizens of humanity, plaid shirt-sara, tank top-theory, vest-topshop(similar here)

sunglasses-stella mccartney, brogues-steve madden)

(photos by o'neal mcknight)

 

Throughout my pregnancy I have made it my mission and basically have had an aversion to buying "maternity" wear. Around 7 or so months I realized I was going to have to hang up my pre pregnancy denim and was going to have to go without my second skin. Denim is the one thing that I was going to have to make an exception on. However after a vast search, I just couldn't find a pair that didn't feel like I was wearing maternity jeans. They either looked like jeggings (another aversion of mine) or just didn't feel like true denim. And being that I am a denim head, I was not willing to sacrifice fit, feel and aesthetics in this case. That is until my friends over at a new company, Tilden introduced me to a specific pair of Citizens Of Humanity jeans.

What I love about this specific style is they actually feel and fit like a true denim without compromising style. From the distressed wash to the lower rise in the front with soft elastic panels that fit right underneath my belly makes them so comfortable. The best part is they have a button, a real button that I can actually close. Which for me is a biggy, as it makes me feel like I haven't just given up and gone all elastic waist on everything. And let's be real it's all about the way something makes you feel at this point in the game. I only wish I had found these earlier than 9 months pregnant, as I could have been wearing them for months. At least I have them now, and as I keep saying if you are going to buy maternity make sure you can wear those pieces after baby arrives. I know I will be living in these until I can get back into my pre pregnancy size. 

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LND

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(dress- legoe, denim jacket- fear of god, shoes- brian atwood)

(images by micaela beckwith)

 

There is just something about navy, especially when you come across the perfect shade of navy. And yes, there is such thing as not quite the right shade. It can either read to dark where you cannot tell if it is black or too blue to not be true navy. You want to find a shade that you can put in that neutral color category so you can wear it with any color. And when I say any color I specifically mean black! There are those silly misconceptions you cannot pair navy and black, when in actuality there is nothing chicer that pairing the two. Legoe, which has been one of my go to designers throughout my pregnancy has managed to not only find the perfect shade, but to design the perfect dress. I have worn it with sneakers, flats and heels, it is the perfect transition dress from day to night. Not to mention will be the perfect transition dress from pregnancy to postpartum and with a bit of tailoring I can implement into my wardrobe for the long haul.

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RUFFLES X OFF THE SHOULDER

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(top-hatch, pants-bldg(old), sandals-stuart weitzman(old),

sunglasses-stella mccartney(similar here), bag-alexander wang)

(images by o'neal mcknight)

 

I wouldn't ever really use the word "girly" to describe myself, but the minute I saw this top from Hatch collection I knew I needed it in my life. I don't think I have ever owned anything with a  ruffle let alone off the shoulder. I like to think it is just a new take on the classic white button up. It still has an effortless, carefree vibe with a bit of french flair. Especially when paired with a tailored pair of pinstripe cropped pants. This one piece may make me rethink a thing or two about what exactly the term "girly" means.

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THE SAVIOR DRESS

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(trench coat- topshop(similar here), dress-hatch, sneakers-converse, hat-j.crew, tote bag-zara)

(images by o'neal mcknight)

 

Since the minute I found out I was pregnant, I vowed to myself I would not lose my personal aesthetic as far as my style is concerned. I have been able to sustain that thus far, and even tried a few new things style wise along the way.  But as I approach the last month of pregnancy, I am finding it a bit more difficult to feel like me. I have never been someone who thinks ahead of time what I am going to wear for most occasions. I find when I put too much thought into an outfit I end up feeling uncomfortable wishing I was in something else.  Now however I find myself having  to plan a bit more. I am at a point where I just do not fit into anything anymore. Everything is just getting bigger and bigger. Namely my thighs. So I find dresses is the way to go for this last leg of the race. Thank the pregnant gods for this dress from Hatch collection, since I have been living in it and will continue to do so for another month. Perfect with sneakers or sandals it's my savior of all saviors never making me feel un me

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OFF THE COURT

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(faux leather harem pants- alexis phifer, leather jacket- zara, top- aritizia, sneakers-nike)

For as long as I can remember I have always been a sneaker head. All through grade school and high school I always had a fresh pair of Adidas Stan Smiths, all white classic K Swiss and a pair of Nike trainers. I have mentioned before that I am not one to follow trends, but since wearing sneakers is nothing new for me it is one time I am happy to fit it. Especially being 8 months pregnant I am ecstatic that I can throw on a pair of trainers with basically anything.  From sweats or my version of sweats, a la these perforated faux leather harem pants to a cute little dress. Im seriously thinking about wearing sneakers for my baby shower. Jump below for more sneaker inspo

(images via pinterest)

THE EASY PANT

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(white button up/pants- hatch, tank top-hanro, clogs-dolce vita, hat-house of lafayette)

(images by Micaela Beckwith)

 

There is nothing more simple than a pair of black pants and white button up. Timeless, classic, effortless. I love the ease of the Easy pant from Hatch, no pun intended. With the elastic waist and soft fabric they make for the perfect pant to wear casually running around town, yet can also throw on a pair of heels to transition into night. I paired with an oversized white button down, also from Hatch for that boyfriend vibe and clogs for my day of errands. If you are looking for a bit more of a tailored look get a button up in a smaller size and pair with a black pencil skirt with flats or heels.  Whether paired together or separatley these are two pieces every woman should own and put your own twist on them!

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