Fall 2013 Trend Alert – “New Classics”

The Fashionable Housewife was chosen by KOHL’S as one of their featured bloggers to partake in their “Master The Fall Trends Challenge”! For the next 3 weeks, I’m going to tell you 3 more top trends for Fall 2013 and then show YOU how easy it is to rock each trend for around $100 at Kohl’s!

Week #1 Trend is: “New Classics”

This fall is all about the new classics; focus on key pieces to stay effortlessly chic all season. Any fashionista will tell you, the fall wardrobe essentials are: the perfect black pant, a button up shirt, a pullover sweater and the motorcycle jacket, all found at unbeatable prices at Kohl’s and Kohls.com. Update these must-haves with fabric mixing, color blocking, plaids, and stripes.

So I sent my mom to Kohl’s with a $100 gift card to get herself an outfit with the 4 main key pieces for this trendy look.

  1. Perfect Black Pants
  2. Button Down Shirt
  3. Pullover Sweater
  4. Motorcycle Jacket

And here is her “New Classics” outfit for under $100!

Kohls "New CLassics"

So, she didn’t find the perfect black pants, but she found some Rock & Republic Jeans on sale for $44 plus she got an extra 25% off everything she purchased so they only ended up being $33!

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Today’s Outfit: Rock & Republic Jeans from Kohl’s

Rock & Republic

Today I’m wearing another pair of Rock & Republic jeans.

Rock & Republic Kashmiere Skinny Jeans are super soft and super stretchy. I am not really crazy about the light wash coloring and the particular shade of blue, but they are so incredibly comfortable and fit me so well, that I couldn’t care less. I love the back pockets too. Right now these jeans are on sale for $39.99 at Kohl’s stores and kohls.com.

Jennifer Lopez Sweater

J Lo Sweater

Now let’s talk about this adorable Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s Colorblock Ribbed Sweater. It was originally $54 and I got it on sale for $10.80. Score! Super soft and silky. I love it.

I found a cute Simply Vera by Vera Wang layered necklace on sale for $7.60 that I paired with a Princess by Vera Wang necklace of a poodle in a frame. It was on sale for just $4.40!!!!

Vera Wang Jewelry

I even found some matching earrings on sale for $3.60. My daughter quickly snagged those from me when I got home so they didn’t make it into this outfit, like I had planned.

Princess by Vera Wang earrings

Stay tuned for more outfits styled around Rock & Republic for Kohls!

Sarah-Jean Ballard


Kohl’s provided me with the Rock & Republic Jeans for this review/post.
They also provided me with a gift card to complete my look.
My thoughts and opinions are my own, regardless of monetary compensation.
My opinion is that Kohl’s is pretty, damn awesome.


Scents for Mother’s Day – Must-Have Perfumes

Fragrance has the unique ability to conjure memories, capturing a moment in time that you will remember forever. This Mother’s Day, give your Mom a gift that will help create new memories that she can cherish for years to come.

Here are a few of my favorite perfumes this Spring:

Find one that is just right for each of the Moms on your list!

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Reader Question: Dukan Diet while Breastfeeding

I got an email a few weeks ago from a reader that just had TWINS who is dying to get back into shape. She had an emergency c-section and has been absolutely exhausted learning how to navigate the world of mothering twin babies. She’s ready to start working on losing the baby weight though and asked our advice about the safety of doing The Dukan Diet while breastfeeding and nursing.

Singer Jennifer Lopez and model Giselle Bundchen are reported to have lost all of their post-pregnancy pounds on The Dukan Diet so we know you can do it too!

dukan diet while nursing

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However much weight you have put on during your pregnancy, the first thing you have to understand is that YOU CAN LOSE THE WEIGHT! I know it probably seems like an impossible feat, but I know you can do it. I can tell you honestly that it took me almost 2 years after the birth of my second child before I was sick and tired of the extra 35+ pounds I was carrying around and decided to finally do something about it. I kept telling myself that it would be too hard, that it was too much work, but it’s a LIE we tell ourselves when we are afraid of failure. You CAN do this!

I waited till I was almost finished nursing my son before I started The Dukan Diet, but you don’t have to. My son was weaning himself and we were only night-time comfort nursing so I was not concerned about the diet affecting the quality of my milk. He really didn’t need it anymore! (Note: We successfully nursed for 25 months.)

It is not advised to follow a super strict diet while nursing because it will affect the newborn baby’s nutrition. If you are nursing and your baby is less than 3 months old, start dieting slowly and carefully to make sure you do not decrease your milk supply. We put the utmost importance on baby’s nutrition!

Eat as if you were simply managing your weight during a normal pregnancy. Think of it more as “Eating Healthy” instead of dieting. If you have the book “The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever” skip to page 134 for a brief outline of dieting while nursing or breastfeeding.

The book recommends that you follow the Consolidation Phase with the following adjustments…

  • Have 2 portions of fruit per day instead of 1.
  • Using 1 percent fat milk and milk products instead of nonfat ones.
  • Skip protein Thursdays

If you don’t have the book, here is a general idea of what your menu should look like:

dukan diet for nursing mothers

Click here to download the PDF printable version of the Dukan Diet Guide for Nursing Mothers

When you are finished breastfeeding, if you still have more than 10 lbs to lose, just start The Dukan Diet at Phase 1 and follow it to a T until you reach your goal weight.

Keep in mind, that you might not want to aim for a goal weight of exactly what you weighed before having children. Dukan says the average weight increase is about 2 pounds for every 10 years on your age, above 20 years old. Plus add 4 1/2 pounds for EACH child. So a woman who weighs 110 pounds at age 20, should weigh around 120 at age 25 including the 9 pounds she gained from two pregnancies. (Source: The Dukan Diet Book)

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a doctor or a nutritionist! I am a fashion writer! Consult your doctor, midwife or nutritionist if you have any questions or concerns!

Sexy Summer Hairstyles 2011

Some Summer styles are timeless, coming around every Summer (ie tousled beach waves) but there are some striking new entries in the Summer Fun Hair Category. Check out some of our favorite, out of the box type hairstyles to sexify your Hot Summer Days and Warm Summer Nights!



Via Marie Claire

Get the Look for Less, Jennifer Lopez

She looks so casual yet so cool! How do we get Jennifer Lopez’s low-key fashion statement? Easy, FOR LESS!

Black twist knot maxi dress
Moto Caramel Denim Western Jacket
Gold shell sandals
Warehouse Clutch bag
Spring Street Design Group Metal & Wood Bangles (Set of 7)
ASOS | ASOS Mix Frame Cats Eye Sunglasses at ASOS

Get The Celeb’s Golden Globe Style For Less!

Snag These Celeb’s Golden Globe Style
with Unique Vintage Dress Boutique

Love Kate Winslet’s black strapless dress by Yves Saint Laurent? Swoon from seeing Jennifer Lopez in her gold drapy number by Marchesa? Gasp at how gorgeous Eva Longoria Parker looked in her red strapless Reem Acra gown? Thanks to the vintage-inspired and budget friendly dress boutique, Unique Vintage (www.Unique-Vintage.com), you, too, can look like a red carpet goddess, without paying the price. They are your online shopping destination for FAVIANA’s Golden Globe dresses, which range from a fraction of the real price at $250-$350.





About Unique Vintage:

For anyone with the slightest love of retro, mod and old Hollywood glamour, shopping at store owner Katie Echeverry’s vintage-inspired clothing Mecca is like being a kid in a candy store.

Unique-Vintage.com items include 1920′s flapper style dresses, 1930′s inspired bias-cut red carpet dresses, 1950′s style swing dresses and pin up bathing suits as well as 1960′s style mod dresses.

For added bling, both modern day and vintage accessories are also available. Yet despite the influence of these indelible eras, Echerverry’s items all have a hip and timeless flair that are perfect for the modern fashionista…and are not available at your local department store!

Whether you’re looking for a knock ‘em dead party dress, a classic wedding gown or you simply desire to set yourself apart from the “off the rack” set, Unique-Vintage.com beats sifting through flea markets for that perfect piece. Log onto www.Unique-Vintage.com to view their entire collection.

The Unique Vintage brick and mortar store is located at 2013 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91506