The City Life….Momma style

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Recently I headed back to my old stomping ground, NYC, for a few days to see friends, family and fashion. It’s hard for me to believe I lived in that crazy and oh so crowded city! It makes sense that people say it is the city that never sleeps. Don’t get me wrong I love it, I just don’t remember so many people everywhere and feeling the 24-hour chaos when I lived there. I guess I got used to it or maybe being 5 years younger was the reason it didn’t phase me. But even with the craziness, there is something special about the city that makes me feel so alive. From the cobble stone streets of Soho to the rolling hills in Central park, there is true beauty throughout the city. And not to mention the food…I could go on and on about that…YUM.

This trip to NYC was extra special because I was reunited with my close friend Andrea aka Dre. Since our last time together she has had the most beautiful little girl…Izetta! First, it was such a treat to meet sweet Izetta and see Andrea in mom mode. What a wonderful mom she is. Andrea and I used to zoom around the city together on a daily basis – walks, coffee dates, dinners, errand running, castings, shopping the list goes on and on and now her baby girl got to join us to do it all over again. What a blast that was!

NYC is hard enough to get around without a baby so I could only imagine how difficult it would get with adding a child, stroller, diaper bag and everything else you need for the day’s activities. Yet, Andrea made it look easy. I was super impressed with her skills to get the stroller up and down the subway, change the lil one on the go, run to castings, look super stylish & be such a fabulous mom while doing it all.

Joining them on their daily routine was so much fun and filled with non-stop laughs. This little girl is the happiest, most gorgeous little babe and it brought me so much joy to see Dre as a mom. They are both adorable together and I had to document their extreme cuteness & Dre’s amazing style!

 

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Fulton Street stop, MK Bracelets & the cutest Freshly Picked moccasins!
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Tassels & Brunch, good morning!
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Madison Square Park
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Flat Iron Building
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Mom I want your necklace (Jade Horn)!
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Fringe Sweater & MK Large Druzy Earrings
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Momma Love & MK stacking

Dre knows all the hot spots food wise in NYC so we had some delicious meals together, that I have to list! When coming to NYC make sure to try Momofuku noodle bar, Jack Wifes Frieda & Shake Shack (obvi)! All so delicious and now I’m starving and my mouth is watering. Always so much fun with Andrea & it was so great to finally meet Izetta as I immediately fell in love with her. I enjoyed my trip so much thanks to those two and I only wish we lived closer so we could do it more often.

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Quick stop to  smell the blooms
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Brunching at Jack’s wife Frieda in the West Village. So Delicious!
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Friendies for life!
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Always laughing, I do embarrass her from time to time with my commentary!
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Stripe top with the MK Chevron necklace
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MK stacking| MK Turquoise Chevron necklace

 

 

 

Say Hello to Sandals

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As we begin to enter the very pit of summer, I’d like to think there is room for improvement when it comes to our choice in pool approved shoe-wear. As tempting as it is to buy seven $2 pairs of foam flip flops in every color of the rainbow, we all know there are much better, and should we say stylish, choices out there. Let us be the first to tell you to throw those lifeless foam “shoes” away and opt for some of these chic choices we’ve come across for the hottest days of summer. We guarantee these will turn heads, and your feet will thank you too.

Not quite sandals, but what's summer without espadrilles? Hands down the most versatile of summer footwear
Not quite sandals, but what’s summer without espadrilles? Hands down the most versatile of summer footwear
From the runways to the festivals, sky-high gladiators are a must this summer.
From the runways to the festivals, sky-high gladiators are a must this summer.
Step out in these lace up beauties knowing your feet couldn't look any better.
Step out in these lace up beauties knowing your feet couldn’t look any better.
Possibly summer's hottest shoe trend, you can never go wrong with simple slides. Paired with any outfit, a smart and chic choice always.
Possibly summer’s hottest shoe trend, you can never go wrong with simple slides. Paired with any outfit, a smart and chic choice always.

…Live from New York!

#1: Calvin Klein's date for the evening, Kendall Jenner, showed off her mile-long legs in a custom peach-colored Calvin Klein sequin mini dress with cut-out back, paired with a simple, nude heel.

This past Sunday marked the 69th Annual Tony Awards to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2014–15 season, and while we are not the most musically inclined over here at MKaltenbach, we find it more fitting to pick our favs from the red carpet. Radio City Music Hall was littered with those who had sang their hearts out of stage this past year, but loads of supermodels managed to show up as well, stealing the spotlight for a few seconds. We’ve put together our top 5 favorite looks below, take a peek and see how they rank in your book!

#5: Elizabeth Moss wowed in Oscar de la Renta and dressed by Anna Wintour
#5: Dressed by Anna Wintour, Elizabeth Moss wowed in Oscar de la Renta.
#4: The presenter hit the carpet in a navy chiffon Valentino Couture and Harry Winston diamonds.
#4: J. Lo hit the carpet in a navy chiffon Valentino Couture gown and Harry Winston diamonds.
#3: Model Bella Hadid chose an ivory and black strapless, silk Prabal Gurung gown for the event.
#3: Model Bella Hadid chose an ivory and black strapless, silk Prabal Gurung gown for the event.
#2: "Gigi" star Vanessa Hudgens pulled off a pink and yellow flower printed Naeem Khan ball gown.
#2: “Gigi” star Vanessa Hudgens pulled off a pink and yellow flower printed Naeem Khan ball gown.
#1: Calvin Klein's date for the evening, Kendall Jenner, showed off her mile-long legs in a custom peach-colored Calvin Klein sequin mini dress with cut-out back, paired with a simple, nude heel.
#1: Calvin Klein’s date for the evening, Kendall Jenner, showed off her mile-long legs in a custom peach-colored Calvin Klein sequin mini dress with cut-out back, paired with a simple, nude heel.

 

Go for Gingham

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Today’s the first official day of summer in our book and that means time for warm summer nights, picnics and short sleeves. Before the days started to heat up and spring was just a thought, we saw a certain summery trend on the NYFW runways in collections from the likes of Diane Von Furstenberg, Altuzarra and Karen Walker. Gingham is back and no longer reserved for your summer picnic table. Classic and feminine, this print has stood the test of time, from American barn dance to French bombshell Brigitte Bardot, it has been reimagined this season into especially chic designs seen in taupes, blues, and reds. Take a look at our favorites for this summer and try and work it into your summer wardrobe!

This Altuzarra dress is classic and flattering in a blue pattern.
This Altuzarra dress is classic and flattering in a blue pattern.
This street style look effortlessly takes a bold red-print into the day.
This street style look effortlessly takes a bold red-print into the day.
Pair with white jeans for the summer months for a casual, everyday look.
Pair with white jeans for the summer months for a casual, everyday look.
Go beach chic with a mini-dress in pink.
Go beach-chic with a mini dress in pink from Michael Kors.
Fresh off the runway from Oscar de la Renta, this bigger pattern is reminiscent of the French Riviera.
Fresh off the runway from Oscar de la Renta, this bigger pattern is reminiscent of the French Riviera.

 

 

Say Buh-Bye to Your Bikini

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Ready or not, swimsuit season is officially upon us, and whether you already have your favorite teeny bikini  in your beach bag or not, it may be time to switch it up with this summer’s hottest trend, the classic one piece. Gone are the days of your grandmother’s modest, full coverage pool ensemble or Speedo approved sport suit, we can guarantee these reinvented suits will make a splash this summer. This season we have seen styles from fashion power houses such as Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs who manage to keep it simple and understated, while companies like Beach Riot and ASOS are using bright colors and cutout details to draw the eye in. Here are some of our favorites for this swim season:

Take a plunging neckline from nighttime to beach time
Take a plunging neckline from nighttime to beach time.
Lacey details add drama without overpowering a simple black suit
Lacey details add drama without overpowering a simple black suit.
Mesh and subtle cutouts create a flattering illusion at the waste
Mesh and subtle cutouts create a flattering illusion at the waste.
Channeling the 80's with a bright psychedelic animal print.
Channeling the 80’s with a bright psychedelic animal print.
This color blocking beauty is styled with subtle, but still sexy, cutouts at the sides and simple color combos.
This color blocking beauty is styled with subtle, but still sexy, cutouts at the sides and simple color combos.

 

Koo Koo For Crops

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What girl doesn’t love a good crop top! Summer is just around the corner, and it is time to take out those warm weather pieces for some fun in the sun. This trend has made a huge comeback in the last few years, and we keep seeing more and more creative ways to wear this simple piece. When people think of crop tops they sometimes think of it as a trashy style, but when paired with the right pants, skirt and accessories it will make a chic and classic statement. We have put together some of our fave crop top style ideas, so check them out!

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For a sweet and girly vibe, try a flowing tailored skirt and long sleeve crop! pinterest.com
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Love this matching pattern crop and skirt duo! Add the chic hat and you are ready to hit the town. pinterest.com
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Vanessa Hudgens is a fashion icon, and this chic white crop combo shows how truly chic she can be. pinterest.com
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Hittin’ the beach? Try a tank crop and flowing maxi skirt for some fun in the sun! pinterest.com
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Miss NYC chic in these black tailored crop pants, and crop top pair! Love the floppy hat for some added funk. pinterest.com
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Go nautical in a striped crop and skirt pair! Perfect for that day at sea or a day at the beach. pinterest.com
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Some fun boho and girly vibes with this fitted crop and maroon maxi! Perfect for any summer occasion. pinterest.com
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Love florals? Try this tailored skirt, and low cut navy crop look! pinterest.com
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Candace never ceases to impress. Love this chic and sophisticated all black look! pinterest.com
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This look is perfect for those summer festival lovers! Add a flower headband and you are ready to rock. pinterest.com
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Try an off the shoulder crop and billowing short skirt for some fun girliness! pinterest.com
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Try a lace like long sleeve crop and cute skirt for a night out or a day about town! pinterest.com

 

Coachella Chillin’

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Coachella is known for being one of the top concerts of the year, and every year the fashion gets more and more wacky! Every gal and guy want their style to stand out, so they go above and beyond to be the most unique and bold. It is the time to let your inner “flower child” and “free spirit” shine. From patterns, to crops, to intricate jewelry and head ware, this year we saw some of the funkiest and most unique outfits yet. Take a look at some of our fave looks from this years Coachella!

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Flowing pants and a killer crop make this concert goer stand out from the crowd! Chill and chic at its best. pinterest.com
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Kate Bosworth always has stunning style, and this laid back Southwestern look does just that! pinterest.com
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A simple tee and flower headband will keep your concert style simple yet totally unique. pinterest.com
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Alessandra is always a top fashionista at Coachella, and this year we are lovin’ her girly tye dye look! pinterest.com
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Miss Gigi is not only the top model of the year, but a fashion icon. We love the fringe vest and funky accessories! pinterest.com
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Kendall Jenner has been all the rage this season and her Coachella style is one for the books. Chic with and added hippy edge. pinterest.com
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Love the slits on this killer maxi! With the crazy patterns this fashionista makes a bold statement. pinterest.com
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A crop and maxi skirt keep this concert goers style hip and funky all in one. Add the floppy hat and you are ready to groove! pinterest.com
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Love this sweet and girly style! The funky shorts give an added flower child vibe. pinterest.com
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To add even more funk to your concert style, add a super fun and unique head scarf! pinterest.com
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Sexy and chic all in one! Love this low cut romper and funky accessories look. pinterest.com

 

Crazy for Culottes

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Spring has finally sprung! The sun is shining a little brighter, the flowers are in bloom, and its finally time to put away those parkas and takeout your favorite warm weather wear. As the months go on the trends we are seeing, are becoming more and more bold and daring. They are unique, flashy, and funky, allowing all us fashionistas a chance to show our personality through our outfits and standout from the crowd. We are seeing a “new trend” hitting the streets in full force with culottes! Originally called the knee-breeches worn by men, menswear has had quite the impact on the woman’s fashion industry. They are a form of capri, that billow out almost like a maxi and they are perfect for spring when the weather is a little too warm for a pair of tight jeans. Check out our fave culotte looks!

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You can never go wrong in all black. A classic and chic statement. pinterest.com
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For a more girly and elegant vibe, add a sparkling tank and standout pumps. pinterest.com
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The culottes will be your new favorite item to wear to work. Easy, breezy and classy. pinterest.com
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Go uptown-funk in converse, and a killer leather jacket. pinterest.com
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Color blocking with gorge spring neutrals and pastels, will keep your culotte look simple yet chic. pinterest.com
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One of our fave fashionistas, Man Repeller, looks effortlessly fabulous in her spring culottes look. pinterest.com
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Go for a tailored jacket and matching culottes for elegance and boldness. pinterest.com
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Pair a tight crop for a simple, day about town look. pinterest.com
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Victoria Beckham never ceases to look fabulous, and this navy black combo does just that. pinterest.com
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An oversized trench, and leather flats will make your culotte look shine this spring. pinterest.com
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Love both of these unique and bold looks! Pick a culotte style that is all your own. pinterest.com
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Another trend we are seeing this spring, gingham, looks even better on a pair of culottes. pinterest.com
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A white look from head to toe will make your culotte style flirty and girly. pinterest.com
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Want to full fall into spring? Try a pair of floral/tropical culottes. pinterest.com

 

NYFW: Glitz n’ Glam

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As the most-seen trends keep making their way onto the top fashion sites all over, we see themes and specific styles that are becoming more and more popular. One style we saw a lot of this year at NYFW Fall 2015, was that of sparkles and embelishments. From bomber jackets, to elegant gowns, this trend made its way onto many of the top designer runways this season. From a  70s inspired psychedelic take to a 90s punk rock look, designers gave this sparkling and embellished style their own unique and personal twist. Today we will give you some of our fave sparkle n’ shine ideas from the runways to the streets, for a glam fall/winter look!

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Nicole Miller added subtle metallic and glittering accents to this fab tailored dress. harpers.com
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Stylish gal pals lookin’ fab on the streets of NYFW! Just a hint of glittering accessories, takes these outfits to the next level. pinterest.com
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You can still wear a short sparkling skirt in the mid of fall, just add a gorgeous tailored overcoat! pinterest.com
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Sparkling embellishments make this coat a statement piece! pinterest.com
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A cute metallic bomber jacket, will add just the perfect amount of retro funk to your casual style. pinterest.com
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Sparkling jeans? Why not! It takes that simple tee look to the next level. pinterest.com
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Love this patriotic, glittering button down! Fashion is all about taking chances and being unique, and this outfit does just that. pinterest.com
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For a warmer fall day, go for some funky sparkle n’ shine flares paired with a graphic tee. pinterest.com
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Even on the coldest days, fashionistas still wear daring trends. Add a fur coat to your crop and sparkle pencil skirt to keep you warm yet totally stylish. pinterest.com
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Blue on blue with a fab metallic overcoat and sparkle jeans! pinterest.com
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Love this football tee all embellished in glittering sequins. Casual yet completely chic. pinterest.com
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A shag coat and sequin pants are a unique and fab pair! Add the perfect handbag and you are ready to go. pinterest.com
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A calf length metallic overcoat? Yes please! Adds a certain retro and psychedelic feel. pinterest.com
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Go for gold in some shining metallic pants paired with an oversize sweater. pinterest.com