Fancy Flip Flops

Running across the pool deck to stop the five year old from jumping in fully clothed for the 8th time today – no problem, no slipping, and still styling.  RHEA’s fancy flip flops. IMG_8562 Booting it across the gravel driveway before your daughter wipes out on her skateboard ramp?  Fear not superhero mama, RHEA has your back with their patented micro channel treads.  Cool to look at and even more cool knowing you won’t wipeout wearing these. IMG_8564 RHEA was founded by Cornell students who were slipping and sliding all over Ithaca New York – have you been there?  It is really cold, wet and slippery up there! 31a6c2627a0a26f7eb0dee03ec1caa8c_original Microtread Griptech soles are what make RHEA flip flops so unbelievably fantastic – you cannot slip on these.  RHEA is named after the Greek Goddess of Comfort, and they are cute too!  The scientific technology that is built into the soles and treads are what make them fancy, not to mention the rainbow assortment of sole colors options. IMG_8565 Brilliant yellow, gorgeous black and gold, spumoni green, patent white, single or double strap – whatever outfit you are trying to compliment RHEA flip flops have it.  The really great thing about buying a pair of RHEA flip flops right now is that you are supporting this start-up AND saving some money!  The shoes are available exclusively on Kickstarter.com.  Go shop and stop wiping out! IMG_8563 **full disclosure – please note that reversecommuter received a sample pair of RHEA flip flops but was not paid for this review, nor for the numerous times worn since!**

Dress Me Dolly

Mother’s Day is only 5 more sleeps!  Girls it is time to plan your Brunch outfit.

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Mother’s Day Brunch means getting everyone else clean, dressed and wrestling the boys into the dreaded blazer!  Doesn’t leave a lot of time for preening and primping.

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Solution – the dress.  One piece.  Pull it on over your head and go.  This is good.  Here are a few front runners in reversecommuter’s humble opinion.  Click the pic to buy it.

Suno Pleated Hem Shift Dress

Suno Pleated Hem Shift Dress

Jonathan Simkhai brocade burnout dress

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brocade burnout dress

DVF Barth's Silk Maxi Dress

DVF Barth’s Silk Maxi Dress

Lisa Marie Fernandez cotton-poplin tiered dress

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Now the biggest hurdle ahead is the choice between a bellini or a bloody mary!

In The Navy

Spring is weird.

One minute it is sunny and warmish, the next minute the sky is bleakly grey and the wind is  cruel.  How exactly does one dress successfully for that insanity?!

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Answer: the navy blue blazer.  Classic and ridiculously versatile!

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T-shirt, jeans and slip on jeans, culottes and stillettos, cigarette pants and kitten heels + navy blazer = perfect Spring outfit options!

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Price points are just as varied, from $3190 for Saint Laurent’s wool gaberdine gorgeousness to a sweet $138 deal at J Crew.

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reversecommuter invested in a Ralph Lauren Collection blazer a few years ago and it was worth every single penny!  A classic fine tailored piece will last for almost ever, and every single time it is worn it makes me smile.

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Smythe (a Canandian jacket designer) offers up a multitude of styles and interpretations of the navy blazer every single season.  LOVE!

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 Theory has a clever take on the classic this Spring.  Rag & Bone’s genius blazer design stuns and introduces fun elements such as piping and gorgeous big buttons.

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The navy blazer is the ultimate unknown element piece that makes for the perfect airplane item, warm enough for the inevitable airplane air conditioning arctic blast (WHY do they do that?!?!?) and yet is warm enough to not melt you en route to your oceanfront hotel!

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Obviously Veronica Beard’s dickey blazer would be THE ultimate piece for this journey – just zip off the dickey before the plane lands!

Sunshine & Scales

Animal prints, a basic addition to any wardrobe.  Why not bring out the animal instinct with the Sunshine?

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Snake print in a blue hue from Equipment.

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Paired up with a pair of Gap shorts (not every piece needs to break the bank!) and a pair of patent Lanvin ballet flats.

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Now go cheer on that baseball /  soccer / lacrosse game Super Mom…but don’t forget the SPF – only the clothes are snake like, not your skin!

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Palm Trees

reversecommuter’s favorite hashtag on twitter and instagram is #ineedapalmtree…wherever palm trees are it has been practically scientifically proven that I am happiest! IMG_7895

My favorite whine is seemingly now trending with designers for Spring 2015!

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Yigal Azrouel’s Hawaiian Skirt

Yigal Azrouel and Veronica Beard are both offering palm tree skirts with pleats – super retro adorable, especially paired with black gladiator sandals and a simple white t-shirt!

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Veronica Beard skirt @ Kirna Zabete

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adidas by Stella McCartney’s warm up jacket is SO FREAKIN’ CUTE front and back! Unknown-4

MSGM even put some palm fronds on some sneakers!

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Click the picks to get your palm on and please feel free to use my fave hashtag anytime!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Springtime Weekends – potential patio openings, tulips a plenty & gorgeous outfits come out from beneath big winter coats!

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Coachella isn’t just about music, fashion is coming to the dessert in a BIG way!  CFDA will be present for the first time, and reverse commuter favorite designer Jonathan Simkhai (also a member of the CFDA) will be playing int he dessert too.  H&M, PopSugar and Trina Turk will also be at the festival.

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Coachella, which started in 1999, has evolved into a fashion statement as much as a music festival, so it really does make perfect sense for the fashion world to start paying attention! Click here to see what a Coachella Mama wears!

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Today is the first day to pre-order your Apple Watch.  But it is backordered 4-6 weeks.

Apple Watch reversecommuter.com various styles & price points

Apple Watch
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various styles & price points

Good news is that the prices range from $349 to $10000, thus fitting every budget and with the backorder you have enough time to properly deliberate which style is right for you!

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Net-a-porter and Chanel have teamed up for the very first time to launch Coco Crush, a collection of fine jewelry that will be available online at net-a-porter.com for a three week period.  Click here to sign up for shopping, and mark your calendars for April 15th.


Speaking of Chanel – and what prettier, quiltier, chain-strapped topic is there?  Chanel shoppers in China are very pleased with the price adjustments Chanel made on April 8th.  Click here to read more about this from an earlier post.

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A 20% price drop is WAY significant and it might just seem like Chanel is having a sale in Shanghai today!

Enjoy the weekend – go get a pedicure and wear those fabulous strappy shoes (that have been buried in the back of the closet all winter), while sipping champs on a patio!

Coachella Mama

Coachella Mama How To

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The flight to Palm Springs was easy, the sun is gorgeous and we are totally walking in the Coachella Valley grasses, passing through the vendors, nodding absent mindedly to the bands currently on stage, and ROCKING the crop top under overalls with a fierce felt hat and ankle boots.

Allow me to point out the uncomfortable truth.  No one who is called Mommy, Mom, Mama or Mother should be found at Coachella in that outfit.  Unless you are a super model who’s body bounced back to the pre-pregnancy super freak form that caused your super modeldom.

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That doesn’t mean the Boho vibe is lost on us.  Heck no, paying for our children’s outfits is not our only role at the mall.  Coachella Mama can be achieved with just 5 items.  Prepare to hear the dreaded phrase “Can I borrow that?”.

  1. Overalls

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Get them and put a white t-shirt underneath, with slip on sneakers and a paisley scarf tied around your head.

MOTHERDenim “The Overall Dropout” $275

2. Flared Jeans

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All summer long with a pair of Haivianas and a gauzy tunic.  purrrrrrrr
MOTHERDenim “The Cruiser” $ 228

3.  Romper

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Not just for toddlers anymore, but same philosophy – what in the world is easier than a one piecer?  Slap on a jean jacket for cooler temps.

JOSA Tulum Daisy Romper $165

4.  Gladiator Sandals

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Not just for Spartacus anymore, this is THE shoe for Coachella and Coachella Mama.  Give yourself 5 extra minutes in the morning to get them done up, then stomp like a Roman all day long!

Zara Leather Gladiators (with a back zip!!) $ 159

5. Maxi Dress

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Big meal forgiving dresses all day long.  Sexy drawn in waist and decolletage detail makes this tunic style a crowd pleaser, you might even someone wanting your autograph!

JOSA Tulum Carmen Maxi $250

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To further your street cred, click here for the Coachella lineup.  Be sure to casually drop into your conversation while weekend carpooling to the soccer field, “Woah, can you believe Alison Wonderland is going on at the same time as your game?”
BoOm – Coachella Mama strikes again, in overalls no less!