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TRANSITIONAL MINI SKIRTS

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How did it go from 100 degrees to 55?! I can’t complain though…I’ve been begging the weather gods to get me to sweater weather:) I picked up this skirt at Zara in Belgium - it was love at first sight. Love the micro pleat and the colors are a grayish brown, perfect transition into Fall with blush, ivory, and browns. I think I’ll style it again with black tights, boots, and a black sweater in October/November.

A few questions answered from Instagram!

  • Flats from this post!

  • I’ve been wearing a very similar pair of pointy black woven flats in stories but I can’t find them online. Here is a VERY similar pair:)

  • My sweater (also in grey on stories) was a purchase from a Belgian market. Send me a note if its something you might want (considering bringing some back to the states)!

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Posted on September 11, 2018 and filed under What to Wear.

EASY TRAVEL DRESS

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I'm starting to pack for our trip to Belgium and I want to bring everything and actually nothing at the same time! I've always had this dream of going to Europe wearing only jeans and a white t-shirt, and with an empty suitcase that I fill along the way. A GIRL CAN DREAM! I couldn't find my exact dress but linked very similar ones all in the same easy fabric below. I ordered this one the minute I found it. It reminds me of a Chloe and Zimmermann which would have been in the thousands and couldn't believe it was under $150. Happy hump day!

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT // LOVE SAM


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3 MUST HAVE DENIM STYLES

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These days shopping for denim can de overwhelming but it doesn't have to be. Clients always ask me, "Are these out of style?". My answer is this - at this point pretty much every style has come full circle and nothing is in and nothing is out. Of course there will be a trend every season but if you style them right, you should be able to wear almost ever jean in your closet and still look current. Sharing my top 3 styles for this Fall that I also consider classics and staples in my wardrobe. 

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THE WEDGIE



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THE STYLED JEAN



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THE IVORY JEAN



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Posted on August 9, 2018 and filed under Outfits, What to Wear.

WHAT TO WEAR: BREASTFEEDING

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Looking back at these pictures I can't believe this was only one year ago. Harry and I look so much younger HEHE! Brooke and I shot these for National Breastfeeding week when Harrison was only three months old and I thought wow, this is so special that I'm documenting this (I had never taken any pics nursing Luke) and I knew I would want to remember these moments one day. I also remember the feeling I had posting this picture on social media. I was so nervous...what were people going to think? So much has changed this year. Thanks to celebrities, influencers, and women speaking out everywhere, we are starting to normalize breastfeeding and its about time! 

About three weeks after this photoshoot we went on a family vacation to Sag Harbor. It was                     very special because my parents, my sister, and her fiancé were also staying in the house we rented. It was walking distance to town which was perfect for two sleep deprived parents getting up at all hours of the night. Harry was 3 months old and I was nursing him (and pumping) every 3-4 hours. What I didn't know was that he was starving. Well not actually starving...but kind of. I don't know if everyone can relate but for me I took nursing very seriously and always took it personally after I had just fed him or I had pumped and someone else fed him and then they would say, "That's not enough, he's still hungry". It bothered me so much. The week we were in the Hamptons it was so hot and I was trying very hard to not become dehydrated. Luke was born in the January so I hadn't run into the same issues when I was nursing him. The early months were the hardest for me because they need so much - it takes everything out of you. Long story short the entire trip Harrison woke up ALL NIGHT LONG: 12pm, 2am, 3am, 5am, 7am....I was a walking zombie. We didn't know what was wrong with him. 

The Monday after we returned home I brought him immediately to the pediatrician. I begged him to help...I remember crying in the office as I recounted all the sleepless nights of our vacation. Within 5 minutes he figured it out. He looked at the bottle of breast milk Harry had been drinking and determined my supply wasn't enough, I couldn't keep up, and we were both suffering. He suggested we start supplementing and I was devastated. How could this be? I nursed Luke exclusively for 9 months and then on and off after that. But I was desperate. The next day we added 8 ounces of formula to our routine and that night he slept through the night - 8 hours straight. I was so happy but also so shocked that I couldn't have figured this out on my own just a week earlier. Where was my mother's intuition?? I wanted to share this story because its ok to get it wrong. Its ok to breastfeed for one year, one day, or to decide its not for you from the get go. We all make mistakes as mother and it can be so hard when all you want is the best for your little one. Formula isn't always the answer but for me it was, and even though it was so hard for me to give up nursing because it wasn't my "plan", it was OK. 

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EASY ACCESS

love what you're wearing while your breastfeeding and after



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BRUNCH STYLE - TWO WAYS

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I hope everyone had a great week! I think the Trotta house has a cold. Is that even possible? Its almost June! We will be spending the weekend finishing up our spring cleaning and doing some much needed DIY projects around the house. Can't wait to share with you guys:)

It hasn't exactly been brunch weather in Connecticut but I was inspired by my upcoming trip to Florida and specifically this DRESS!!! This is a new designer for me and I loved a couple pieces I saw including this dress. All their designs look so effortlessly chic and vacation friendly. Raffia is a huge trend this season and not just in handbags. I found this splurge pair of mules and this budget friendly style. 

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Posted on May 18, 2018 and filed under What to Wear.

NATIONAL STRIPES DAY

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Happy National Stripes Day!!! This blouse is an old style from Rebecca Minkoff (searched high and low!) but I rounded up some of my favorites for you! Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday weekend!!

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STRIPES


Posted on March 31, 2018 and filed under What to Wear, Outfits.

WHAT TO WEAR - SPRING HOLIDAYS

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I can't believe Easter is only two days away and its already April! Time is flying! Dressing for Spring holidays and events can be tough because the weather is so unpredictable in April and May. I always suggest investing in a pretty Spring coat in a neutral color that is versatile and can take you through till the warmer months. I've been using this trench a lot and I like that I can wear it during the day with my sneakers or throw it over a dress. And its on SALE! If you're looking for something a little dressier, this one is very pretty and here's a similar one also on sale and available in all sizes. 

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THE WEDDING GUEST

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Wedding season is just around the corner and with my sister's nuptials fast approaching in the early Fall, I've been on the hunt! Wedding guest dresses are probably my biggest request when it comes to special event styling. People often love themselves in white or black dresses so when they need to purchase something different, it can be overwhelming. My favorite is the blush trend for wedding parties and guests. If a bride is ok with everyone in colors similar to hers, it makes for a beautiful photo! My bridesmaids all wore black which paired well with the backdrop of New York City, but a neutral monochromatic story would be my top choice today. Here are some other wedding guest dress tips:

  • I always say you don't have to rule black out but make sure your dress has some style to it. For example, find one that has is a one-shoulder, has a asymmetrical hem, or is textured. I love black satin for a city wedding
  • This style would make the perfect bridesmaid dress for a garden wedding
  • Black tie doesn't mean gown anymore. A midi dress or very dressy cocktail length is completely appropriate. If youre still unsure but are not close enough to the bride and groom to ask (AKA your husband's boss is getting married) you can always reach out to the venue. White tie = full length gown!

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FLORAL


SLEEK


PATTERN & TEXTURE


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Posted on March 14, 2018 and filed under What to Wear.

SHOPBOP SALE

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Rounded up all my favorites left in stock from the shopbop sale! I learned my lesson during their Thanksgiving sale to make a favorites section this way when the next sale happened I knew exactly what I wanted! There sales sell out so quickly! 

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Posted on March 1, 2018 and filed under What to Wear.

STEAL VS SPLURGE

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Who doesn't like a good deal? The inspiration for this post came from this pair of slides! I ordered them and can't wait to see them in person (also praying they're comfortable)! The splurge version of the shoe was actually from last Spring and sizes still available are very limited. I was so close to buying this shoe last summer when we stopped by the Goop pop-up in East Hampton! While researching this post I also found this bag which is a square version of the steal bag above.  

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Posted on February 28, 2018 and filed under What to Wear.

CASUAL WORK WEAR EDIT

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Last month I asked my readers what what they wanted to see more of on the blog and so many of you asked for outfit ideas for work. There are a hundred ways to break this one down but I decided to start with a casual office look because I believe it can be the most challenging. Lets break it down: you don't have to wear a suit, but you need to look professional, no denim (ignore that I'm wearing black jeans in these pics!), and you want to look sophisticated and chic all the while not wearing anything too revealing. Like I said, its a challenge! I always tell my husband he has it so easy - casual for the guys means a nice pair of khakis or dress paints and a button down or a nice sweater. Hi answer is always that his options are boring at which point I have to agree.

So I've rounded up options for every budget and my advice is to make investments on timeless pieces that you can wear over and over again...like this twist on a classic and this ivory silk blouse.  High/low dressing is at its finest in the office and mixing a Mango pant with a pair of investment pumps is the perfect solution to creating 6 months worth of outfits on a limited budget. Also this silk bow blouse is perfect and a must for any working girl. I love it because you can throw it on with a pair of jeans after work and head out for a date night. Lastly, if you're going to splurge on prints go for plaid! 

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HOW I GOT INTO BLOGGING + UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE

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Hi friends! You may have seen bloggers posting their 5 things you may not know about me over the last couple weeks. Personally I loved learning more about the ladies I follow and after I did it on my Instagram stories I realized there was an opportunity to share these things with my blog readers as well. I receive a lot of questions on Instagram about how and why I started my blog so I wanted to share that too!

I officially started my blog in January of 2011 (see archives!). Frank and I were dating and living together in New York and I was working for Ralph Lauren. I loved it! At the time many of today's biggest bloggers were just starting out...my favorites were Man Repeller and Atlantic Pacific. For 9 months I blogged almost everyday! Looking back some months there were 32 posts! I can't even imagine that today. People ask me why I stopped and I laugh out loud (at myself) - I felt like I was too busy! I guess its all relative but I had a fast paced job, a boyfriend, and a social life and it just felt like I couldn't keep up. The follow up question I always get is "do you regret it?" and my answer is no. Seven years later I love the perspective that I have. I've been working in the fashion industry for almost a decade and I have a passion today that I don't think I had then. The funny thing is now I REALLY have no time! But I also really love what I do and I want it. Kids or no kids you have to love having a blog, creating content, styling, etc. because the hours are long and the majority of the time its not glamourous. So here we are today - The Girl Guide is my third baby, my creative outlet, and my passion poured into pictures and posts. I think its also important to say that my favorite part of blogging is YOU! The readers...I live for your feedback, commentary, suggestions, and questions...so keep them coming!

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Update your wardrobe with these three pieces 


TRANSITIONAL COAT


NEUTRAL DENIM


THE UPDATED EARRING

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PRE SPRING

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Early spring on the East coast is one of my favorite times of the year. Sometimes you get lucky with a few sunny and 65 degree days when you can wear long sleeves and layer with a scarf or light jacket. Am I the only one who gets so excited by a layered look? LOL. No but seriously, I'm talking about San Francisco weather (one of my favorite US cities) cool with a side of sun. The best! 

  • These suede and raffia sandals are the perfect heel height and color. I have a similar pair from Ralph Lauren that I still love after 5 years. Worth the investment especially if you don't wear high heels. Love them paired with this dress:)
  • This cream wrap sweater is the perfect transitional piece. It comes in 4 colors and is a steal at under $60. I also love this blouse version, same price!
  • On another note, these $32 hoops are the best. I bought them last summer and they quickly became a staple. I love how light and understated they are. 
  • This shirtdress!!!!!
  • The perfect spring statement earring

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Posted on February 19, 2018 and filed under What to Wear.

THE HOOP BAG

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Put a ring on it! (hehe) But no seriously, I've been using this bag nonstop. What attracted me to it at first was its versatility. It comes with a cross body leather strap, chain, and the hoop! I've never seen any handbag that offers that. I'm still carrying a diaper bag with the boys so this is perfect for my phone, keys, credit cards, etc. I don't have a wallet that fits in it but a card case would work perfectly. The hoop bag as its been named has been making its mark this Fall with a number of brands. I like This one for its middle of the road pricing but I also love this one which is just a touch more expensive. Both epitomize the concept of day-to-night dressing!

PS If you're looking for this sweater you're in luck! Found it restocked HERE:)

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Posted on October 27, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.

MODEL OFF DUTY

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I love helping clients re-create their closets with casual chic looks at any price point. I started making these steal vs. splurge posts to show how you really can have any look for less. Although not all bags, shoes, or tops are created equal, having a few investment pieces each season and filling in the rest with affordable gems is what I call the "new" closet. 

I've always loved the effortless cool-girl style of supermodels. There is something about a great fitting white t-shirt, jeans, and a boyfriend cardigan that just looks good (being over 6 feet doesn't hurt either!). In the last few years I've really upped my sneaker game. There are so many options out there now and these were my favorite last Fall/Winter. I'm thinking of getting this pair next which are also pricey but I know a they're very comfortable and will hold up. Scroll below to shop this look at every price point!

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Posted on September 8, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.

THE FASHION OF BREASTFEEDING

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Any nursing mom has been there. You're in a restaurant thinking, "Ahhh...I did it. The baby is sleeping, my toddler is coloring, I'm going to actually chew this bite of food, sip my wine, and enjoy this moment of peace." Then it happens...the baby starts whaling and you scramble for that bottle of milk you pumped. Within a second your husband reminds you the baby already finished that bottle and you need to whip it out in the restaurant (your breast that is). You look down at yourself and say "Oh no..I'm wearing a dress, a dress with no buttons. I can't tell you how many times I've had to leave a place to either go home, or hide in a car because I wasn't wearing the right "nursing" clothes. I don't mind nursing in public but pulling my dress over my head is where I draw the line! 

So if you're a breastfeeding mom you know, getting the job done while still feeling pretty and fashionable can be tough. After many mishaps I thought to myself, 'why can't I do both"? I hope this post helps you accomplish that! I rounded up some of my favorites and as always I'm here to answer any of your questions.  Fun Fact: This year world breastfeeding week is Tuesday, August 1st - Monday, August 7th

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SLEEP + LOUNGE WEAR

THE ONLY BRA YOU'LL NEED

EASY ACCESS TOPS (that you can still wear after nursing)

DRESSES

Posted on August 7, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.

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Hey friends! Hope you're doing well on this beautiful Monday:) I am currently buried in laundry from our trip and loathe unpacking. Does anyone like it? Messes stress me out. Especially piles of clothes (I know what you're thinking - I have two boys and need to get over it). Anywayyyy....I loved putting together today's post. I thrive on the thrill of creating a super chic look on a budget. I always talk about high/low dressing and clients are always asking me for tips on creating a super chic look without breaking the bank. This cardigan is $32 and perfect for running around this Fall with a white tee and jeans. Also I just ordered this top for under $50 which you can wear now with white jeans or later with a cute black leather jacket. 

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Posted on July 31, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.

UNDER 100 + HM

Ask and you shall receive! I've had so many requests for an under $100 post with easy to shop pieces that can be returned...so without further ado...I hope you like my first one! I usually always incorporate this price point into my style guides but moving forward I'm going to devote some of my Lust Lists to it as well. I love these looks because they're all styled back to shorts. If I'm not in a dress during the summer you can usually find me in shorts and I'm looking to revamp that part of my closet. Many of my clients are scared of high-wasted shorts but fall in love once I force (gently!) them to try them on. Apres baby they will be your best friend! Trust me:)

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Posted on May 31, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.

STRAW BAGS

Happy Monday everyone!!! It's a miracle that I'm writing this post today in between toddler tantrums and nursing but I'm taking full advantage of Luke's nap to get some work done! I had so much fun shooting the pics for this post and I LOVE my pom pom bag. Straw bags have never been as popular as they are this season and there are so many amazing options out there!!! For under $200 you can get a tote monogrammed with embroidery or paint....how chic is that? Check out all these options here. I've been getting a lot of questions about the perfect summer bag so I've rounded up some of my favorites below at every price point. These styles are great for everything from running errands to summer vacation travels. Need help finding the perfect one for you? Send me a message:)

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Posted on May 22, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.

STEAL VS. SPLURGE

Ok so I normally wouldn't do two steal vs. splurge posts so close together but I had to share this with you guys! How similar are these tops??? The SPLURGE version is from one of my favorite brands and I was shocked to find another so similar for under $50! This is such an easy look for day or night and perfect for a weekend gathering with friends. The clutch I linked is also under $50 and as you know straw bags and clutches are the hottest trend right now. 

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Posted on May 12, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.