This blog began in January 2012 after blogging as my son for two years at Mummy’s Busy World (no longer online.) I was scared to be me, especially if I was going to show real style, fashion and beauty as a mamá. I hadn’t seen much by way of mom fashion bloggers so I wasn’t sure where to start.
I thought fashion and beauty blogging was for the thin, under 30 and childless — at least that’s what it seemed like.
Putting my ideas, creations and personal view of style and fashion as a woman over 30, size 12/14 after baby with two children (well, one at the time) out there for other mamas to see was a big deal for me. Of course I knew I wasn’t the only one so I went looking and found more than I was expecting!
I discovered a group of brilliant and creative mom fashion and beauty bloggers who have guided and most certainly influenced me along the way and still do to this day — page views and number of followers have nothing to do with my list, but their own take on fashion and beauty trends. With them I have bounced ideas, learned how to take proper pictures, reached out for support, asked for advice, been motivated to try a new look (maxi skirts for instance) or simply just been moved by their content — which in the end is what matters.
To these lovely ladies I say THANK YOU here on my list of the Top 15 Most Influential Mom Fashion & Beauty Bloggers 2013 both in the US and across the pond in the UK.
Top 15 Mom Fashion and Beauty Bloggers
Wardrobe Oxygen — A blogging and style maven, Alison has been giving readers essential fashion advice since 2005. No BS or sugar coating — she serves up a daily outfit post making you totally envious of her wardrobe and compliments it with some fabulous Instagrams snaps. An absolute must read site for anyone looking for inspiration and knowing Alison personally makes it that much more awesome!
Flats to Flip Flops — Ashley’s smile is what initially caught my attention when I landed on her site. No faux model poses and hunger looks — nope! She is the real deal and I adore her everyday chic style. This girl can make a sweatshirt and jeans look hot hot hot! She recently teamed up with a partner and between the both of them they have turned up the volume on real and attainable style. She also wrote a brilliant e book on finding your personal style in 7 days.
Glamamom — Another mama whose pregnancy style left me in total awe — Jill made me realize that “yes you CAN wear skinny jeans when pregnant!” She is a NYC mom of two boys now living in the ‘burbs and a fashion powerhouse. To be honest, I love her hair. Clearly pregnancy didn’t leave her with semi-balding patches (ummmm, like me) I truly adore her style, which is vibrant, colorful and bold. I have to warn you though, it can be dangerous to go on her site because it will make you want to go shopping, ASAP.
Medicated Follower of Fashion — Alex has the best personal and truly unique style I have ever seen. Mum of two, I’m sad I didn’t know her when I lived in the UK. Her flair for fashion can be seen on her two cute boys and her Instagram shows one creative and supermely colorful outfit after another (including her hair!) She also hosts a Trendy Tuesday link up for the little ones.
Clarendon Moms — Angelica, mom of two, actress and fellow Latina is a true D.C. socialite. She is the go-to person to ask or find out about fashion and beauty events in the nation’s capital. Her personal style is impeccable and now that her blog has re-branded we get to see more of that on a weekly basis. Looking forward to this!
Curves and Chaos — Ok, so I cheated! Monique is not a mama, but she’s a friend to mamas and adores her little nephew. That counts, right? See, I just had to include her because back when I was brand new to the US blogging world, Monique came up to me at a Latina bloggers conference and gave me a big smile and hug. She has no idea how great it felt to be so warmly welcomed. This girl is a pro, and her site is one I go to time and time again. Beauty and fashion for all ages and sizes is what she looks to convey — clearly she knows a thing or two as she also blogs for Babble.
All Things Chic — This was the first mom fashion blog I landed on and instantly fell in love. The content is fresh, up to date and with different mom contributors you get different takes on trends — it’s really THE only network for mama fashion bloggers. Melissa, the site’s creator and mom of three has effortless style she is a true fashion ambassador helping moms everywhere look and feel their best. You can join the Chic Network to meet other mom fashion bloggers, share content or if you just need a bit of inspiration. ATC has it all!
Mom Trends — Nicole is at the center of all things fashion for both moms and kids brining you the latest and best for staying in the know. Need a stylish stroller? She’s got it. Need a chic diaper bag? She’s got you covered. Bascially without her I wouldn’t have discovered all these other bloggers and I would have never braved color. Seriously, I was a black and white kind of gal — I bought my first pair of colored jeans thanks to Mom Trends! Nicole is also the founder of Fashion Forward, a one day conference for blogging moms.
School Gate Style — I enjoying popping over to see what my fellow mummy bloggers are up to, especially when it comes to fashion. Trends vary, especially from the US to the UK and I personally like Avril, mum of three who is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a very classic, clean and crisp look and I’m a fan of her scarves. Just this week I’m wearing a poncho and scarf outfit the she inspired — go on her site and you’ll see what I’m talking about!
Style Delights — Following one blogger leads you to another, and Jyoti was one that I came across early on in my early days. Street Style photos are big with fashion bloggers, but when it comes down to it, this mama has made an art of it! Elegant, on trend yet timeless style are what you get with Jyoti. A VBM favorite!
Mummy’s Got Style — More style from across the pond! Vicki has two blogs and aside from showing the latest in British trends, she also shares her favorite Greek recipes, her cute kids and hosts Fashion Fridays to show off your style. I say she should do more hair tutorials and reviews because her locks are out of this world!
Rachel the Hat — Once you hit the UK, make a left and then head north to Scotland where you will find Rachel, mum and step-mum to 3 kids. She not only captures her vintage inspired outfits for the world to see, but does so with the most beautiful of backgrounds — outside her door, down a country road or in an open field. Remarkable and just simply lovely!
Bon Bon Rose Girls — A blogging duo, Megan and Kristin are two friends in two different states but share a common love of style, fashion, their kids and all things pretty. Their lifestyle blog was also one of the first sites I found and instantly felt a connection to. I’ve seen them share their maternity looks and from them I got ideas on how to style my bump when number two was baking and how to create a sweet fashion collage using Polyvore.
Thirty Something Fashion — Carly is a mom of two based on the Jersey Shore. Her style is unapologetic, fierce and show stopping without going overboard. Oh and I’m super jealous of her long legs! Ha ha. She also runs a personal shopping business helping women, especially busy moms define and update their own style.
Yanira Garza — Another Latina mami looking oh-so-bella! Currently she is pregnant with her second child and oooooh mama does she look amazing. Her style is impressively classic and neat and aside from her blog, she is also a spokesperson. In 2011 became the first Latina Spokesperson and Fashion Expert for Old Navy, doing commentary on Univision, CNN and Telemundo. In 2012 she was featured as a “Favorite Latina Blogger” Latina Magazine and again in 2013 as the “Top Ten Beauty Bloggers” to watch. ¡Vamos Yanira!
Transatlantic Blonde — An American in Scotland. No it’s not the title to a movie or book — its the life of “Blondie” an Ohio expat making her life in the UK with her husband and son. Despite being busy and working again full time after being a work at home mum for a few years, the social media professional hosts the What I Wore Wednesday fashion link up and mixes US and UK brands. Every so often her little guy shows off his style which adds another layer of cuteness to her site. Did I mention I’ve seen her in a robe? Ha! Maybe someday I’ll tell you about it.
Yes, there are many more bloggers, but I wanted a small and personal group that you too will be moved by. Everyone has a story and theirs are worth knowing.
Who’s your favorite mom fashion and beauty blogger?