Miriam Sternoff

DOUBLE STRIPES X VINTAGE DENIM

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(skirt and t-shirt- legoe, denim jacket-vintage, brogues-stave madden(similar here)

cross body bag-vince)

(images by o'neal mcknight)

 

What's more classic then stripes..? Double the stripe! I have been so lucky throughout my pregnancy to have such amazing brands to collaborate with, and maternity line Legoe is at the very top of my list. I cannot even begin to describe how ultra soft  and comfortable these pieces are, and nothing is more important to me right now than comfort. I decided to pair two of the brands iconic pieces together, the downtown tube skirt and the basic t. I love how the stripes are not quite the same yet still look like they could be one piece. I threw on a vintage levis denim jacket, as nothing quite compliments a classic stripe than vintage denim. 

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HATCHED

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(all looks feature pieces from Hatch collection pre- spring)

(watch for full outfit details in coming weeks)

 

Being pregnant and embarking on motherhood comes with such a range of emotions. Everyones experience is completely different. From all the mothers and moms to be that I have spoken to there is that one common thread. The trials and tribulations of getting dressed everyday while your body is changing over a course of 9 months. I recently had the pleasure to collaborate with Hatch collection to try out some of their pre- spring collection. I cannot express how easy Hatch has made it for expectant mothers. Somehow they have managed to combine easy, no fuss pieces all the while staying extremely fashion forward and chic. With one simple piece wether it be their classic white button down or their cashmere airplane cardi you instantly feel cool and put together, which I will just admit is no easy feat on any given day. They also have managed to design clothing that does not have to stop after pregnancy. Each and every one of their pieces you can filter into your wardrobe not only postpartum but into your every day wardrobe for the long haul. You can view my whole spotlight on the Hatch blog here.

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THE PAJAMA GAME

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Sometimes after a long day of work shopping and prepping for clients, the last thing I want to think about is getting myself dressed. Especially at this phase of my life being 6 months pregnant it takes every ounce of energy to even get off the couch. This particular day, I was shopping all day for a new client for a video shoot and that night had to go to a gala which required black tie attire. So many issues with this, as who has black tie attire just hanging in their closet that will fit while pregnant? Not me. As I stared longingly at my new pajamas I had just bought from Topshop wishing all I could do was throw them on and crawl into bed. It dawned on me that I might not be able to crawl into bed but I can still throw them on. So with my 15 dollar pajamas that I bought on sale and a velvet blazer paired with some strappy heels I was out the door and could not have been happier or more comfortable. And you best believe that when I came home all I did was take off shoes and blazer and crawled right into bed.  So whether you are into wearing PJ's out in the world or just want that pajama inspired look, a fees pics below for inspo.

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70's vibes

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(striped shirt- j. crew, denim shirt- gap(similar here), skirt- zara, blazer- zara

knee high boots- guess)

(photos by o'neal mcknight)

 

Although it is currently almost 90 degrees in LA, I do not want to let go of winter or layers just yet. So I figured just go for gold and layer everything all at once. Adding layers while pregnant may seem a little backwards as you would think it would make you look bigger then you already are but somehow it seems to be working. It's all about the kind of layers and playing with proportions.  Since I have slightly but not all together given up on jeans these days, as they are just not so comfy anymore,  I simply refuse to just quite denim all together, so thank goodness my denim shirt collection is just as massive as my jean collection. Tying the denim shirt at waist or what ever is left of my waist line broke up the layers and created a waist line as well as just an extra styling detail. Playing with textures and prints also is key when layering up. Somehow I ended up channeling my inner 70's child a la Farrah Fawcett and Jane Birkin which I am happy to emulate any day.

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HIGHS AND LOWS

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(sweatshirt/skirt- h&m, overcoat- the kooples(similar here), booties-saks 5th avenue(similar here)

beanie-j.crew(similar here), socks-hue, brooach on hat american rag)

(photos by andrea gagne)

 

As the months keep passing during my pregnancy, I have been really focused on what takes precedence in my life. Figuring out what I want vs. what I need. I know for me sometimes that can be a blurry line, especially when it comes to clothes. It's hard not to run out and buy a whole new wardrobe as my belly keeps expanding, but realize I would rather save money for all things baby. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am really trying to work with I have in my closet, or be as cost effective as I can during this time. As I will not be in this body for too much longer. I cannot stress enough that you can really find some amazing and fashionable options at stores such as H&M, Forever 21, Zara and Target. What is great about all these stores is that they all have maternity lines which equally have really cute pieces or you can simply opt to buy a size or two up from your regular size. Regardless of being preggy or not, I always do a mix of highs and lows, as I feel it gives you a more rounded out look. And accessorizing is always your best friend to amp up any look.

  I found this amazing oversized mock neck sweatshirt, which is very much on trend right now and skirt at H&M the other day and they have been on constant repeat. Now I am not typically one to buy trendy items as I feel that they lose their value quickly, but figure this as good as time as any to buy certain things I normally wouldn't. Although I think this sweatshirt will fit very nicely into my wardrobe after baby as well, as I can throw it on with jeans and sneakers and be out the door. 

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MULE, NAY

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(morrocan slippers courtesy of Wardrobe Department LA)

 

I recently was gifted a pair of these morrocan slippers via my friends over at the Wardrobe Department LA. I was dreamily staring at them, waiting for warmer months so I could wear them with summer dresses, cropped pants and bermuda shorts. Then the bulb went off in my head, I live in LA it's been 70 degrees in January so why no break them out. I blame my momentary brain lapse due to pregnancy brain, which has been happening a lot lately. There is nothing I love more then mixing seasonal clothing when appropriate. Pair a cute pair of mules, whether heeled or flat with cropped jeans, a cozy knit and leather jacket or over coat. Or take your summer dress and layer a chunky cardigan and scarf and slide on your mules. A few more inspo pics to get you inspired below.

(images via pinterest)

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PERFECTLY VINTAGE

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(grey romper-zara, black cardigan-maison scotch, vintage army jacket-wardrobe dept

brogues-steve madden(similar here), sunglasses- steven alan, bag-wellnis)

(photos by o'neal mcknight)

 

The search for the perfect vintage army jacket has finally come to an end. A little sad I must say, as I am always one that is up for a hunt to find the perfect something or other. Thanks to my good friend April Roomet who has been a celebrity stylist for over 20 years and her new store The Wardrobe Dept LA, this particular hunt is over and my wallet is a bit emptier. Whether looking for the perfect lived in drapey t shirt, the most perfect collection of drop crotch pants or customized fringed converse to gold playing cards there is a little something for everyone in this one stop shop. With my current status in finding comfy stylish clothes to fit my ever growing belly this is a one stop shop. For all my tomboy chic girls out there don't shy away from the guys stuff as it will have your heart swooning. Please go visit April and her team over at 311-1/2 Sweetzer Avenue off of 3rd street In LA. Thanks to the comfy homey feeling of the decor and April being one of the most animated women I know you will want to cop a squat and never leave.

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BEANIES, BOMBERS & THE PERFECT T

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(jacket- the kooples (similar here), tshirt- LNA, skirt- Leith (similar here), beanie- topshop (similar here)

shoes- tracy reese, cross body bag- vince, sunglasses- steven alan)

(photos by o'neal mcknight)

 

Lately I seem to be a repeat offender as it's all about ultimate comfort at this point. I have been wearing this skirt from Nordstrom non-stop as it is possibly the softest thing ever and the stretchy waist band doesn't hurt. I also find that it is extremely versatile as I can style it with just about anything from an oversized sweater to the perfect T-shirt. It is such an easy silhouette, that you can accessorize, layer till your lil heart is content without over doing it. 

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CINCHED UP

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(sweater vest-topshop, long sleeve top-LNA, culottes-zara(similar here), boots-sergio rossi

clutch-maje, sunglasses-balenciaga

(photos by onealmcknight)

 

As I venture further into my pregnancy, I realize that as far as getting dressed everyday practicality is my main focus lately. I feel determined to work with what I have, for as long as I can. I clearly have had to buy a few things to accommodate my growing bump, but in doing so I have been conscious to buy a few pieces that I can transition into my wardrobe postpartum and beyond. These culottes from ZARA, are a recent purchase and I couldn't be happier with the decision. I clearly had to go up a size, but this is an item that can easily be tailored in the waist to then work after baby. Not everything is so easy to tailor to fit a size or two down to your original size, so it is important to look for certain details.  Make sure that there are clean, easy seams either in back or up the sides so when tailoring is done it doesn't look messy. Delicate fabrics like silk will be a little trickier and more expensive, so try to stick with pieces that are cotton or durable fabrics. Pre pregnancy, post pregnancy or if you are someone who wants to lose a little weight or in the middle of losing,  a belt can also be a great addition to your wardrobe to help break up an outfit. 

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THE LAYERED EFFECT

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(sweater-h&m, Skirt- leith (similar here), leather jacket-zara (similar here)- , sneakers-adidas

cross body bag-vince, sunglasses-steven alan)

(photos by andrea gagne)

When I first found out I was pregnant, one of my first thoughts was how will I dress the first few months, as it will be winter and I couldn't imagine having to layer under coats or wear winter appropriate pieces. I am also more of a pant, jean girl but the thought of wearing pants just seemed so uncomfortable and realized I may have to embrace the idea of skirts and dresses. Now  I realize I live in LA so the term winter takes on a bit of a different meaning, however it does get cold here and I am someone who is cold in the middle of summer. I am lucky that for the most part because of the mild winters that I can wear bare legs while layering more on the top half.  So I am now embracing skirts and dresses more, and to go even further I am embracing the more body conscious pieces which I have never really worn before. I do not like to show off my body too much, I never show off my legs and I think my knees are baggy (don't ask). But being pregnant or not my motto is comfort without sacrificing style. So bring on the body con because it's just down right comfy and that is key at this stage in life right now. whether pregnant or not, if you are wearing something more form fitting on top or bottom you should balance it out with drapier or more oversized/longer silhouettes to balance your look out. Remember while layering to not layer bulky pieces under bulky coats, you will just end up well looking bulky. To finish off the layered look throw on a leather moto jacket that is shorter than top, wrap an oversized scarf around you and voila you have winter in LA.

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NEW BEGINNINGS

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(long sleeve top-LNA, tunic-zara, denim-melting pot, coat-zara

brogues-steve madden (similar here), cross body bag-vince)

(photos by andrea gagne)

As I head into the New Year, life as I've been used to is slowly about to change. It took me some time to put it out there to the world, but I am so happy to announce that I am a week shy of being 5 months pregnant with my first child. As I sit and write this post I actually keep tearing up, as this is something that has been long awaited for me and my husband. I have never been that girly girl who thought far into the future about the wedding and the dress.... but the one thing I always knew was that I  always wanted to be a mom. I thought it would have happened at a much younger age, however as they say timing is everything and right now could not be more perfect. I have a little over a year and half of marriage under my belt and we are stronger then ever. Not to get all sappy but there really is nothing like pregnancy to bring two people closer together. As excited as I am to meet this new life, I am trying to soak in every minute of the next few months where it will just be two of us. I guess that makes all my nights over the past few weeks or should I say months sitting on the couch acceptable?! 

When I first found out I was pregnant I told myself that I was lucky in the way of clothes, as my typical style is drapey, slouchy, oversized... You get the picture. I had nothing to worry about, all my soft pants as I like to call them, which really means elastic waist would carry me through quite some time. Then reality hit! They all hit me right in the middle of my belly which was so uncomfortable. My belly wasn't big enough for them to sit under so I just ended up looking like the penguin from Batman. I was and still am ok at this point in the way of tops as everything I own for the most part was oversized to start with. So began the dilemma of the bottom half. And I profusely refuse to buy maternity clothes (especially maternity jeans) for several reasons. Really because you spend money on new things that you only wear for a few short months and that idea just seems silly to me. Obviously you have to buy some new additions as its just not realistic that you won't have to. So here in particular is my solution on how to keep wearing your current jeans without buying maternity ones.  If you wear a lot of denim as I do buy button extenders or a Bellaband which I am anxiously awaiting to arrive any day now.  So in the meantime I have been using button extenders that I ordered on Amazon. They will give you an inch to an inch and a half of extra room in your waist. They have literally been my life saver and am wearing with my denim above. Especially helpful with skinny jeans, which you do not need to give up! Wear longer tops, such as tunics to cover the waist band so there is no peek a boo happening.  Unless you have extra cute underwear on, then I say it show it off! This a great time time to start playing with layering. You already are going to feel self conscious at times because nothing fits like it used to. So I say this is the best time to experiment and have a bit of fun with your style! Try new things that you may not have ever thought of. For me that is more body conscious pieces.  But I will discuss my prudish behavior more in detail later.... 

ps, all the pieces worn in post are all available now and on sale, so for all you newly pregnant woman or not go, run and shop!

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ISABEL DE PEDRO

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(all clothing- isabel de pedro, hat- j,crew, shoes- jean michele cazabat, watch- daniel wellington)

(images by tabi bonney)

 

As a stylist I am lucky enough to have relationships with designers and showrooms to get a sneak peak of collections before they hit the mass market. Now it isn't often that I come across a designer let alone a whole collection that I NEED, and yes I said NEED in my closet. It's a similar feeling to when I see a bowl of pasta and scream get in my belly! I just cannot resist. You get it right?! Ok, so this is the case with the Autumn 2015 collection from Isabel De Pedro. I don't even know where to begin to describe how much I love this collection. From all the simple yet intricate draping to the elegant fabrics to the subtle yet striking prints.  This whole collection just screams my name, every piece can be worn dressed up or down and has just the most perfect effortless vibe to them. I can only give thanks to the fabulous Biannti who introduced me to the glorious line of Isabel.

Biannti is an L.A. based designer and stylist, who created a WARDROBE DESIGN SERVICES and SHOPPING STUDIO with a personal one on one approach to the ART of Dressing. The minute you step foot into Biannti's showroom you are immediately met with an intimate setting that is all about you and your personal needs. Biannti will not only show you the newest collections of great European designers as well as her namesake label, Biannti label. But also help you curate and pair your closet down to all the must have yet effortlessly chic basics that every woman needs. You no longer need to stand before a closet crowded with confusing choices, paralyzed with indecision. To make your personal appointment with Biannti call or email 818.995.7060 biannti@biannti.com. 

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THE COMEBACK KID

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(top-LNA, jacket-zara, denim-h&m, clogs- dolce vita, sunglasses- valentino)

(images by andrea gagne)

 

Turtlenecks are one of my favorite trends that have made a huge comeback. Living in LA it makes it a little difficult to wear but thank goodness for LNA and their perfect version for warmer climates. And it was finally chilly enough that I could pair with my other new favorite find the shearling short coat from Zara. The perfect combo for the not so cold but cold LA weather.

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IN THE TRENCHES

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(t-shirt-splendid, trench coat-zara, jeans-maje, booties-tracy reese, hat- sorbatti)

(images by tabi bonney)

 

This outfit combines two of my favorite fall staples, the oh so necessary ankle bootie and the perfect transition coat aka the trench coat. Two pieces that as far as I am concerned are a must have for fall. Since I tend to keep my outfits pretty casual, the combo of these booties and trench coat gave me just the right amount of edge I was looking for. I probably have about a dozen or so ankle boots some are flat, others sky high while some are studded.... all mostly of course black. I seem to always revisit these Tracy Reese ones again and again. They just look amazing with everything from jeans of course to slacks, to a great skirt or dress. The color and texture is what I really love about them, as they allow me to have a little pop o color amongst the sea of black I typically wear.

Ok so now onto the trench coat. I suggest as your reading this to not walk but run to go buy this ever so important fall staple. Most trenches are light enough weight to layer underneath them, which is why I say the trench is a must have piece. As most of us are not ready to commit to a heavy coat just yet. Mostly I am talking about myself. This recent Zara find was exactly what I needed to freshen up my fall uniform. The color and material just elevate a simple look of jeans and a tshirt for a very polished put together look, all without looking like you tried to hard. 

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