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Mom On The Move: Stylist Weyni Elder Talks Fashion, Films And Family

April 7th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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Meet Mom On The Move’s latest spotlight:  fashion stylist, actress, and filmmaker Weyni Elder. Known for her love of fashion and film, as well as her desire to merge both worlds perfectly, this creative starlet is the definition of a fabulous mama on the move. Mommynoire connected with her to discuss her diverse hustles, as well as her commitment to balancing her family and future pursuits. Take a peek at the ever so glamorous Weyni!

Mommynoire: Who is Weyni Elder? What makes her a force to be reckoned with in the film and fashion arena?

Weyni Elder:  I think the answer will forever be evolving. I used to think I had to fit myself into this “box.” It was the “I’m a fashion girl” so I don’t ever do anything if it’s not an industry event, then it was the “I’m an actor” so I have to do the bartending thing because that’s what I thought was expected of me. I gave up one passion to pursue another passion, not realizing, at the time, that I could’ve pursued both. I didn’t have the mindset that I possess now, where I can make both of my passions a successful marriage. Being a force is only about knowing your potential and not letting society or any other entity decide what works. I believe that is the space I’m in now.

You love fashion and filmmaking. Tell us what are your sources of inspiration, and when did you first fall in love with both?

I first fell in love with fashion when I was a little girl. My mother and my aunt would go to reggae and soca parties wearing the coolest clothes in life. I’m talking about architectural skirts, sheer dresses down to the floor, bustiers, and sequined everything. It was all about Patricia Fields then, too.  When my mom and my aunt went out, back then, it was truly epic. I didn’t realize at the time but that really trained my eye to fashion. Seeing them in the most outrageous edgy outfits, then seeing it on the runway was a seamless transition.

I remember reading an article in Elle magazine when I was a teenager. It was about  all the stylists to the stars. I never heard of a stylist before. Then I read the interview featuring Derek Kahn, and I was so inspired. After reading that article, I then knew what I wanted to do.

Film came long after, at least it was acknowledged long after. I got the acting bug after working in fashion for a while. I’ve done a couple of commercials, films, and plays.  The audition process was grueling to me. I hated it. The concept of auditioning messed with my pride.

I met a couple of filmmakers that basically empowered me to create my own projects. That in itself is a process. I started producing a documentary and it was incredibly rewarding. I love that feeling.

Where do you see yourself as a brand, in the next five years? And how does film/video bring that alive?

I want to be recognized as an authority in fashion. I would like to write and direct romantic comedy based on fashion, art, and the women I can relate to within the next two years. In five years I hope to be working on my second or third film project. I would love to create a few faith-based films. It’s really a great passion of mine. Fashion will always play a major role in my life.

As far as my brand, I’m not sure what that is as of yet. I know I’m a mom, a fashion lover and a filmmaker. Perhaps, I am the brand. Not much more I can be but myself. Staying true to me will help to create something others will relate to and be inspired by.

Filmmaking forces people to see things the way you see it from your perspective. The same script directed by Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese would be two different films. I want to show people what goes on in my mind, and how I see life. Hopefully they would be able to relate.

What are your biggest challenges?

One of the biggest challenges for me is to keep a schedule with a start and end date. I’m not so good with the minute details. Keeping a schedule of what’s going on and what’s come keeps me focused and on point.

Who are some of your past or present clients in the business?

In the past, as an assistant, I worked with P Diddy, Christina Milian, Ashanti, Ja Rule just to name a few. As of late, I’ve had a few NBA players, and Vicky Jeudy of “Orange is The New Black” is simply lovely. There are some project in the pipeline but none that can discuss right now.

As a parent, how challenging is it to balance children and your career?

It’s always a challenge. What I learned years ago from a dear friend, Melissa Davis, was to put my kids first. I could never grasp that idea as a young mom. It was all about me making money by any means- kids or no kids.  It was not until I truly and wholeheartedly put my kids first did everything organically fall in place for me. Putting your family first just makes sense to me. Jobs will come and go, but my kids will always be number one.

Are your children creative as well? And do you hope to teach them the ropes?

Right now my kids are into their friends, so they don’t care about fashion or film much. My daughter has done a few films but she doesn’t want to pursue it right now. My son loves sports. I would support them in whatever they decided on.

What advice would you give to your supporters who want to venture into film and fashion?

My advice would be to master one of the two before you pursue the other. Then you can do both. Being mediocre in any craft ruins your credibility.

What are some your favorite pieces in your closet?

My Ralph Lauren Black label military coat, and my Chanel Classic purse.

How can every day moms turn up their style on a budget?

There’s really no excuse these days to not be polished and chic everyday. Finances are no longer an excuse, particularly for NYC moms because there is a sample sale every week in the city. Moms can buy designer threads for a fraction of the cost. If you live in a smaller town where there isn’t a TJ Maxx or Marshalls then scour the vintage and thrift stores. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve never met a sales rack I didn’t love at Bloomingdales. You can get some great buys on the sales rack-sometimes better than the sample sales.

There are too many options these days for moms not to be able to pull it together. What I love most are sites like Shopstyle.com that will alert you when your favorite piece has gone on sale. Come on, you gotta love that!

Connect with Weyni Elder via Twitter and Instagram.

A Second Skin: 5 Snakeskin Boots To Obsess Over Right Now

March 11th, 2016 - By Loren Lee
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We blinked, and just like that, spring weather is already rolling in. Who else is ready to celebrate? Some people live it up by dining al fresco or piling in the nearest frozen yogurt joint. But for the fashion set? They’re looking to update their closets with must-have, transitional pieces. Let’s start from the feet up and embrace snakeskin boots. Overcast days and impromptu showers beware, these printed stunners can combat both in style!

And in case you were wondering, it’s faux snakeskin all the way! No actual snakes were harmed to make any of these boots. So, from ankle to knee-high options, check out snakeskin boots we can’t stop dreaming about.

Will you rock a pair of snakeskin boots this season? Tell us in the comments!

Style For Expectant Moms: 1 Pant, 5 Ways

February 15th, 2016 - By Weyni Elder
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No one loves to repeat their clothes more than me. Seriously.  The act of wearing the same pair of pants three times in one week is no stranger to me. A few times I’ve pulled off the same outfit to different events in one week.  Don’t let the pressure of those pesky social media updates affect your style choices either; you are who you are and how you rock your pregnancy style is uniquely up to you. So expectant moms, when it seems as if clothing options are shrinking right before your very eyes, remember that your wardrobe purchases can be versatile with a little creativity.

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This statement is never more relevant than when you are expecting a little one. Pregnant moms want to be comfortable but in no way should their personal style suffer. Purchasing a few items that you can seamlessly blend into your current wardrobe is just good baby business. A pair of pants that you can style and restyle in fresh ways is baby momma happy place. Here are some looks to via these amazing leather Alexander Wang trousers to inspire your for your growing girth.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 11.37.57 AMA cozy sweater and a buttonless wrap coat is ideal for effortless style.

No need to constantly wear flats if you have a sturdy heel that will support you.

Not quite crop sweater by Chicwish

Wrap camel coat by No21

Suede tote by Vanessa Bruno

My Daughter Is Growing Up: Double Digits and Crop Tops

February 8th, 2016 - By MommyNoire Editor
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More than ten years ago, when a home pregnancy test schooled me to the direction of my next life chapter, I made a few promises to myself and my unborn. First, I would always have her back. Always. Second, we would build our own special relationship — there was a bit of a generational and cultural gap with my own parents and I’d always felt like I wanted to avoid those with my kids. And lastly, she would forever be fresh, as long as her manners and grades were in order. She came along and I’ve kept my promises — to an extent.

My oldest daughter is smart, beautiful and a pleasure to be around. Her teachers leave that last one as a comment on her report card every single year. Speaking of report cards, not a semester passes without that one on the honor roll. I’m beyond proud of her but I say all that to say this:

Regardless of the floor plans of stores at the mall, I will not be putting my 10-year-old in crop top tees. Absolutely not.

I mean, as the mother, even a young mother, you have to draw the line somewhere. My daughter is tall for her age. She’s slim with long legs and a stomach that pokes out in the cutest way only after eating dinner. So it’s not that she couldn’t pull a crop top off…but is it appropriate?

As previously stated, I’ve taken pride in keeping her presentable since birth without putting her in hokey outfits with obnoxious amounts of glitter and frills. Never will she wear a tee that says, ‘I’m too pretty for math homework’ or a crop top that reads ‘I’m the lead singer.’ No, those grades and her mild-mannered behavior deserve crisp, smart, classic (and sometimes funky) wears and dope sneakers that fit her age group but still keep her looking good. It’s a task I take pride in — buying her clothes. And I recognize the blessing. We don’t spend a ton, but we do look for deals that make sense.

As my stomach grew bigger back in 2005, her dad and I would revisit memories of our own time in elementary school — his in Atlanta and my own in NYC. The things that stuck out about certain kids was universal. Spoiled kids were bullies. They tended to be rude to adults and failing every class but got by on their looks. Dumb as rocks, but fresh to death.

Then there were the kids at the opposite end of the spectrum, in old, worn-out sneakers and ill-fitting clothes that were clear knockoffs of the brands that were ‘in.’ Those kids were either really smart and unconcerned with fashion anyway, or really smart but lacking self-esteem, so you’d never know of their brilliance — ‘Maybe if I don’t draw attention to myself today, no one will make fun of my shoes.’ It’s a sad situation, either way. So he and I made a pact after talking — she’ll be able to focus on her work while at school, not what she has on.

And of course, as with anything, that plan can go either way. Sometimes, the fly kid in class will be so caught up in their wardrobe, they’ll forget about their classwork. We had something for that too: Nothing fly until the grades/behavior improves. So far, it’s worked for us. She’s never even made us have to apply that ‘punishment.’ Our girl is just now understanding what labels are and that’s only because of what her classmates tell her. Her grades are still amazing, so on and so forth.

But here’s the issue at the heart of things currently.

I don’t want to stagnate my daughter. That’s a real fear for me. I don’t want to baby her beyond her age. The day she turned 10, I hugged and kissed on her every half-hour. That weekend, at her birthday party, I loved on her even more — in full view of her friends. Then her dad and I sat and stared at each other, breaking the silence once every few minutes with, ‘Can’t believe she’s already 10. What the hell man…?’

I know that fashion changes with every generation, I get that. But sometimes, it feels like my favorite new stores for my budding tween, they’re all making me move too fast. I’m not ready. I’m not prepared for my first baby to be in stylish jogging pants and tees with snooty quotes. And crop tops. I can’t deal. It’s not that I don’t want her to grow up, but maybe, just maybe she could stay right here for just a little while longer in a full-length tee.

Is your daughter wanting to dress like a teen?

How To Maximize Your Wardrobe: 1 Dress, 5 Ways

January 25th, 2016 - By Weyni Elder
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A few statement pieces in any wardrobe can truly set the tone of what your personal style is. A dilemma many face is that a few pieces can turn into many pieces, and this can put a major strain on your wallet. Avoid eating Ramen noodles for a month while rocking your Jimmy Choo’s with just one key rule: maximize your wardrobe.

Great pieces tend to be one worn once in a while which almost makes the price you pay not worth it no matter what the cost.

Styling stand out clothing in inventive fresh ways will allow you to get your money’s worth on any item.

You can go from rocker chic to city glam fab by imploring a few changes with the same main style staples. Check out this one dress (Printed Satin dress by MSGM, $602) styled five ways. Which look is your favorite?

                                      Layering a denim shirt under a festive dress can effortlessly turn this into a stylish and fun daytime look.
Silver boots and a leather baseball cap balance out this eclectic get up

Denim shirt by Vero Moda $62

Oversized Bow tie by ASOS $15

Belt by Target  $14.50

Silver boots by Courreges $393

Faux leather Cap by Soho Girl $14.50

Volumizing faux lash mascara by YSL

Quick Mom Makeover: 5 Simple Ways Change Your Look Without Doing Too Much

January 12th, 2016 - By Martine Foreman
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I live for simplicity. I just refuse to deal with anything that’s too complicated unless I have a darn good reason. I also believe that simplicity is usually far more pleasing to the eye than anything that looks busy or messy. Yep, no matter how I look at things, the simple life sounds pretty good to me.

My love for keeping things simple also applies to my sense of style. From my home to my wardrobe, I want it all to happen in a way that makes my life easier. But I also recognize that my love for simplicity can lead to a pretty boring existence if I don’t make an effort to change things up. That is why I love to look for simple ways to make things pop.

I recently got a new hairstyle and it made me realize that such a simple change can do so much for my confidence. My new do led me to think about other ways I can change my look without too much effort; the simpler, the better.

And listen, I am not lazy. Like you, I am juggling 101 responsibilities. I simply choose not to invest a ton of time into changing up my look. But the thing is, I do want to look good. I want to feel pretty and sexy. I want to feel confident.

So if you’re anything like me and you want to change up your look without doing too much, these tips may help.

Change your lip color. After years of wearing neutral lip colors I took the plunge and threw on some red lipstick last year. Who knew some new lip color would get me so much attention. Your lips are a very prominent part of your face and changing the color you wear on your lips can really change your look. Whether it’s going from neutral to bright, or from bright to something softer and more subtle, a new lip color can work wonders.

Wear new colors. Are you stuck on black because it makes your look thinner? Are all your shoes neutral colors because they match more things? Trust me, I understand, but you gotta have some fun with it. If black and gray is your thing, try a couple of brighter pieces that look great on your skin tone. If you are stuck on nude and black shoes, get a pair of hot pink pumps and strut your stuff. As you may already know, there is a lot of psychology that goes behind your color choices, so playing with new colors may actually help you improve your mood and convey confidence, all while sending out positive vibes you never even considered.

Try new accessories.  I am not the greatest when it comes to accessorizing, but when I do I am always amazed by how the smallest (and often least expensive) part of my outfit makes it pop like crazy. Maybe you need a few new scarves, or maybe a few fun pieces of jewelry will do. Whatever you decide, don’t underestimate the power of the little things when it comes to changing your look up without spending too much or doing too much.

Make your eyes pop. Maybe you don’t wear eye makeup, or maybe you do but it’s not something you focus on a whole lot. Either way, if you use the right tips to makes your eyes pop, you can go from sleepy mama to fabulous and fierce. I wish I could give you a ton of eye-popping tips, but that really isn’t my area of expertise. But I will tell you that a quick YouTube search will leave you with quite a few videos to choose from and the tips in many of them are super easy to apply and can really give you an incredible look.

Do something new with your nails. More people notice your nails than you think, so although they may be an afterthought when you put an outfit together, they shouldn’t be. With all the awesome nail trends out there, you can find tons of ways to make your nails look fly on the regular. If a salon is in your budget, go for it! You deserve it. But if it’s not, don’t fret. I am horrible at painting my own nails but have managed to find enough tips online to help me hook them up (and help them dry fast!).

Martine Foreman is a lifestyle consultant, freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, and speaker. To learn more about her work and get great tips on how to create a life you love, check her out at CandidBelle.  

5 Camel Coats Perfect For The Season And Your Style

December 23rd, 2015 - By Loren Lee
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Long, tailored and timeless. Camel coats are a favorite among the fashion set and minimalists alike. They instantly make any outfit feel more polished while the neutral tone can be dressed up or down.

Click through to discover five top-notch toppers worthy of being included in your winter rotation. 

Celebrity Street Style Looks That Will Help You Give Your Winter Wardrobe Some Life

December 15th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Even though the weather has been a bit balmy for December, winter is right around the corner (with an official start date of December 21). These celebrity street style looks will breathe new life into your winter wardrobe and inspire you to try something new once the cold winds really begin to blow.

9 Winter Coats Every Mom Can Rock

November 30th, 2015 - By Weyni Elder
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It’s the only thing between you and the below freezing weather. It does a bit more than just shield you from frigid temperatures, it embraces you and comforts you. Of all these traits, the most impactful one may be the way a coat can transform, and some may even say define, your style. A coat. Yes, mama.

To those who say you should only invest in one great winter coat, we’re here to prove you absolutely wrong. You need a few.

A great coat is only as good as the occasion you wear it to–perfect example: I sure do love my The Northface ski jacket, but the day I wear it to a winter wedding with my cocktail attire is the exact moment my credibility will be shot to oblivion.

Every coat has its moment. If you’re fortunate, you’ll snag a coat that is versatile, warm and relatively practical. The next time you have a hang-up about how much a great coat can do for you, just imagine Olivia Pope in a ski jacket prancing in and out of the White House.

Makes sense now?

Here are 9 winter coats that go beyond the down-filled puffer.

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This is the perfect weekend option. Pair it with distressed  jeans, a blanket scarf and off you go.

Day Birger Et Mikkelsen $400

 

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Loving this coat. Super warm. Save it to for a girls night out.  Not a date night option.

Ladies, you’ve been warned.

DKNY Faux fur jacket $495

 

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You can keep the layers to a minimum when you cover yourself in luxury with this cashmere wrap coat.

Joseph Cashmere coat $966

mommy.hmRide through your ‘hood with this over-sized silhouette in a bright hue.

H&M blanket coat $199

 


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This menswear inspired coat is great with trousers or evening cocktail attire.

Carven Coat $1050

 

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Get trendy at a steal.

River Island color block coat $220

 

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Plum’s the word in this smart, long line wool coat.

Wishbone $160

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For when you want to stop traffic.

Available at Amazon

Diane von Furstenberg coat $3200

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A moto trench hybrid

Available at Amazon

Andrew Marc $895

One Chic Momma: 5 Great Postpartum Style Tips

November 9th, 2015 - By MommyNoire Editor
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Mother has a confession: seven months ago, I had a baby. Not just any baby either; I had my second baby. Every mother knows that the body is much less forgiving the second time around. My nine-pound bruiser was a game changer for my body, but I have managed to stay one chic momma, nevertheless. Here are five fashion rules to live by to keep looking fab after baby.

 

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Supportive Undergarments Are A Must

Please consider investing in some post-natal shapewear.  These undergarments have come a very long way, and they serve more purposes than vanity alone.  Good post-natal shapewear can help to support the abdominal wall, relieve some residual back pain and help you regain your shape.  In addition to all of that, post-natal shape wear can smooth out some of the lumps and bumps that may have grown more prominent after we deliver.  So before picking out that fabulous outfit, consider spending a little time focusing on what’s underneath, because as Mother always says, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

 

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Maximize Your Maternity Wear

Do not avoid buying maternity wear or give it away as soon as you deliver.  Instead I encourage you to do the opposite. Maternity fashion has evolved, so buy key a few pieces that you love and will wear while you are pregnant and in the months to follow.  Doing so is not an indictment of your inability to loose weight; it took you nine months to get here, so it is only normal that your regular clothing wouldn’t fit for at least 3-5 months after you deliver.  Get maternity clothes that are as fabulous as they are comfortable and rock them til they are literally falling off!

 

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Create A Waist

No matter how much weight we gain, once that baby is out, we can all rediscover our waistlines.  Pair a flowy top with leggings and a cropped jacket, throw a belt or sash around your favorite maternity dress, or don a peplum top.  Also, wearing a dress with a fitted top and an “A line” bottom or a button down shirt tucked into a belted midi skirt will accentuate your shrinking waistline.  And lets face it, there’s nothing like a shrinking waistline to make a new mother feel great about her clothes and herself!

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Don’t Forget the Details

When it comes to post-natal fashion, you don’t need to focus on clothes alone.  Instead, rely on a few of your favorite staples and play with accessories.  Think statement pieces like chandelier earrings or a strong neckpiece combined with a simple outfit like skinny jeans and a white t-shirt.  Add to that a simple hairstyle like a topknot or natural curls, a pair of sunglasses, and your favorite lipstick and you have created a quick, effortlessly chic look that gives maximum bang for your buck.

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Put Your Best Foot Forward

Comfort is paramount for a new mother so finding that perfect pair of flats to pair with anything is important.  However, there will be moments when even the most casual mommy wants to take her shoe game up a notch.  Consider platforms and wedges for those moments when you want to raise the stakes with your shoe wear.  These shoes are both fashionable and more comfortable than your traditional pump or stiletto.  Throw a small pair of roll up flats in your bag and voila!  You are now ready to put your best foot forward.

So there you have it; five fashion rules for postpartum fabulosity.  Who cares if you have lost the weight or are fitting your old clothes three weeks after delivery?  You grew a life inside you and ushered it safely into this world, and you’ve been changed.  That’s not something to be ashamed of, it’s something to embrace.  Yes your body may feel unfamiliar right now but you are fabulous.  Whether your body goes back to where it was or it stays right where it is, follow these easy rules and there is no doubt that every one who sees you will think, “Wow!  That is one chic momma!”