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Top fashion trends from NYFW that mamas can wear right now

Hint: You already have a few looks in your closet.

Top fashion trends

New York Fashion Week 2020 has come to an end and whether you're into it or not, it's no secret that the fashion trends and designs can feel extremely inaccessible for our closets. Most looks are expensive and they don't seem practical for a mama who is running from work to drop-off and back.

This year, though, the looks were all about paying homage to the '90s and daring to be bold. As designers showcased upcoming fall and winter styles, we noticed the trends were actually a little more attainable this season. And, frankly, highlighted practical fashion pieces we're sure mamas will love to add to their wardrobe.

We're showcasing a few trends you can find in your closet (or affordable options!) that will spruce up your outfit of the day. The best part is that these trends are classic, covetable and will stay around for seasons to come.

Top New York fashion trends that mamas can wear right now:

1. Capes

Not ready to commit to non-practical trend at the moment? We hear you, mama. That's why we love the capes we spotted on the runways at Carolina Herrera and Jason Wu. If you're feeling stylish, throw on an oversized cape over whatever you're wearing. If you're not feeling it, that's okay too. Save it for another day with another outfit.

Wear it with: dresses, skirts + pants

We recommend: Banana Republic reversible poncho

2. Glitz + sparkle

Are you tired of neutrals and ready to throw in a bit of pizzazz? Touches of glitz and sparkle on pants, skirts and tops dominated the runways of Brandon Maxwell. Understated sparkle is chic, sexy and so easy to pull off. And, yet adult enough that your pre-teen won't steal your look. If you're new to the trend, start small with sparkled shoes or accessories and then build from there.

Wear it with: Anything!

We recommend: AllSaints zelda sparkle sweater

3. Blazers

Blazers may seem old-school, but paired with a skirt or a bold print and it's instantly golden. Tweed and wool blazers proved to be hot this year and, to be honest, they are the ultimate win for mamas who have tops covered in spit up from little ones. Need a quick change with no time to spare? Spot clean your top and cover it with a stylish blazer.

Wear it with: jeans, skirts + dresses

We recommend: Tommy Hilfiger elbow-patch plaid blazer

4. Ponchos

Ponchos

We love that 2020 is serving mamas a reworked poncho. Traditionally, ponchos were best for cold days and were never the focus of any outfit—until now. Rock a classic one like this one found on the Longchamp runway and it will be a standout in your closet for years to come.

Wear it with: Anything!

We recommend: Lou & Grey ribtrim poncho

5. Oversized chains

Oversized chains

Before you write off bold chains, hear us out. This trend spotted at Ulla Johnson and Bottega Veneta can easily be worn with casual looks or fun date nights. It's also great for mamas who like a hint of grunge, but don't want to make a huge statement. Drape a smaller chain on your shoes, tops and pants for a dainty look, or go bigger to make a splash.

Wear it with: skirts, sweaters + dresses

We recommend: J. Crew tortoise chain link necklace

6. Off the shoulder tops

Off the shoulder tops

We've been fans of off the shoulder tops and dresses for awhile now, but it's nice to see the trend finally popping up on runways. This style is perfect for a quick sophisticated (and sexy) look, without baring your midsection or arms. And if you don't think you have the neckline to pull it off, think again. Try a slightly tighter fit to exaggerate your clavicle. The bottom line is that the look is very versatile and extremely popular.

Wear it with: skirts, pants + jeans

We recommend: Reiss coco off-the-shoulder sweater

12 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$189

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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Products that solve your biggest breastfeeding challenges

Including a battle plan for clogged ducts!

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.

$23

Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.

$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

$36

Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

$99

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