Mom Style

Having “mom style” is no longer a bad thing. Rock it and win big.

Mom Style

When I was younger, the term “mom style” was not a compliment. It meant something along the lines of “You are not remotely cool, and your clothes suck.” Even though, in retrospect, my mom was actually pretty darn cool and her clothes did not suck. When Daily Candy launched a feature all about mom style -- and asked us to be two of the first moms they featured! -- it pretty much confirmed what we’d been thinking ever since we had our own babies a few years back: moms are actually just women with kids, and many are actually quite fashionable...albeit slightly more practical, and definitely more durable. In our almost one full year of Well Rounded NY, we’ve met too many stylish moms to count -- moms that put our own “mom uniforms” to shame, whose incredible fashion sense inspires us daily, even as they juggle one, two, three, and even four kids. So this week, we’re kicking off a new “Mom Style” series, featuring some of our favorite mom-friendly fashion, with a giveaway that turns the cameras on the most stylish moms we know: YOU. We’re pretty sure you rocked a super-cute outfit on the playground and thought nobody was looking, or spent a fashionable afternoon at the pediatrician’s office in an ensemble that left the nurses drooling. Your wardrobe probably moves seamlessly from music class to lunch meeting, and you look as great on a playdate as you do on a dinner date. We love your style and we want to see more of it. For the next two weeks, we’re collecting as much mom style as we can get our hands on. And one of the coolest mom-friendly brands we know, Baukjen (who just so happens to be the sister brand to one of the coolest maternity brands we know, Isabella Oliver) is in on our game: they’re giving away a $200 gift certificate to one lucky mom who shows off a style that is all her own. If you’re a mom and you’ve got style -- we know you do -- instagram your look with the hashtag #WRNYmomstyle and mention (and follow) both @wellroundedny and @baukjen in your post to qualify. Only one lucky mama will win, but we’ll be showing off some of our favorite stylish mamas on instagram along the way, and in a few weeks, on Well Rounded NY too. So get dressed and get instagramming! Winner will be announced on March 24. Good luck. Photography by Stephania Stanley for DailyCandy.

10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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