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Liz | The Modern Mamanista

#OOTD: Plum Perfect

- Outfit of the Day

Martha Stewart can step aside; there’s a new holiday hostess in town. Kidding – I only look like I could host a party like Martha with this eggplant, bell-sleeved dress from ShopTMM.com. You wouldn’t want to walk into my holiday meal with those expectations, though.…

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#OOTD: Sheer Perfection

- Outfit of the Day

One of my favorite things to do is leisurely walk down every aisle of a store, admiring the items on display for sale. I get this from my dad, who used to haul me and my four siblings (all under age 10) through Sam’s Club and/or Kroger every weekend to grocery shop. He would walk us down every. single. aisle. as he pushed a shopping cart filled only with the items on his list. Looking back, this had to have…

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4 Tips for a Successful Black Friday

- Let's Spend Some Money

As a kid, Black Friday was almost more magical than Christmas. It’s the only day of the year when I’m a morning person. The smell of leather bags and designer fragrances in the department stores, the hustle and bustle of eager holiday shoppers at 6 a.m., the glow of giant mall Christmas ornaments… it’s what I imagine Heaven will be like. Today, most of that magic is gone for me. I have a hard time accepting that Black Friday now…

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TMM’s Best Dressed: AMAs Red Carpet

- General Fabulousness

I love the cool, trendy dress code of music award shows, and the American Music Awards (AMAs) is the perfect blend of formality and edginess. Last night’s red carpet did not disappoint. There were a few trends that really stood out on the red carpet (sheer cut-outs, leather details, sequins…), but most noticeably was all the celeb children. As a mom who often has a toddler companion at adult dinners and events, I loved this. My favorite part of the…

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Brutally Honest Review: November Boxycharm

- Beauty & Style

My Boxycharm subscription is the one piece of mail I look forward to the most each month. November’s box was my sixth one, and I’m not even close to burnt out on it. Each month just keeps getting better and better – and my makeup drawer has never been more fabulous. If you aren’t familiar with Boxycharm, it is a monthly beauty subscription box with at least five full-sized makeup or skincare products. One of the things I love most is…

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#OOTD: Shop Your Closet

- Outfit of the Day

A wise friend once told me that if I only bought items that I really loved, most everything in my closet would coordinate. And it’s the truth, y’all. My style is classic, preppy and predictable. My closet is organized by color: white and ivory at the front, navy and black at the back, and some jewel-tone pieces sprinkled in between. I practically have a formula for putting together an outfit. I pair a tailored pencil skirt or straight-leg pants with…

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#OOTD: Go Bold or Go Home

- General Fabulousness, Outfit of the Day

For me, nothing is more challenging than dressing for a night out. I’ve always struggled with this – even in college when I proudly bared my midriff and rocked tiny cut-offs – because I have never made shopping for sexy party clothes a priority. So, when I agreed to co-host a low-key bachelorette party for a sweet friend of mine, I decided to go for bold vs. sexy. After all, confidence is hotter than a sexy dress, right? So, I…

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Our 2017 Emmy’s Best Dressed List

- General Fabulousness

Last night, Stephen Colbert slayed as first-time host of the Primetime Emmy Awards (a.k.a. “Television’s Biggest Night”), but even his comedic musical intro couldn’t trump the red carpet looks (no pun intended). Here’s our list of the best dressed celebs on the 2017 Primetime Emmys Red Carpet. Yara Shahidi Decked out in Prada, the Blackish star stunned in this simple gown. The pretty, feminine design was complemented with just a touch of edge with the gold belt and winged black eyeliner.…

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What You Missed During the VMAs

- General Fabulousness

Every summer, MTV hands out moon people (formerly known as moonmen) for music video excellence during their notoriously headline-making Video Music Awards (VMAs). Growing up in an age when we actually watched music videos on TV and ran off the bus to watch Carson Daly on TRL, the VMAs were the first awards that I felt truly passionate about the nominees and winners. Now, I just look forward to the daring red carpet looks and celebrity drama, but it makes…

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#OOTD: Mom’s Gone Wild

- Outfit of the Day

I’m totally, completely, 100% in love with Le Tote. And I’m kind of excited about this new, fun mom that’s coming out in some of the new styles I’m trying. I kind of feel like I’m 25 again. Until I drink a pitcher of margaritas and am quickly reminded the next morning that I’m a thirty-something with a toddler who has no chill at 7 a.m. And so, with plans for a few of my high school besties to come…

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