About Riza A & her Blog
Riza is a winner of Top 25 Fashion & Beauty Moms - 2012
How did your style change (if at all) after becoming a mom?
The first few months of being a mom were hard. I was recovering from a C-Section and couldn't do much, so I was relegated to wearing my maternity tanks and leggings, or sweats. All day. As I recovered, I no longer wanted to feel like a grubby, dirty "I don't care" person, so I started to look for ideas on how to dress quickly and comfortably, but still look fab. It wasn't very smart for me to continue wearing 4 inch (and higher) heels while toting along an infant carrier & diaper bag, so cute ballet flats and flat tall boots became staples. It's so easy to throw on a flowy top and skinny jeans, and pair with flats and an awesome scarf. Quick and effortless style became the norm, because as a mom you don't always have an hour (or even 30 minutes!) to primp for the day.
What's your favorite stylish and practical item?
My current love are my leopard print loafers. They add instant flair to any outfit, and are comfortable for chasing around my toddler. For me, it's not sensible or practical to wear platforms or wedges for running errands or going to the park.
Shoes are always the key to making any outfit. Even if you're feeling fat/bloated, your feet typically stay the same size (unless you're pregnant), and are perfect for adding a pop of color to your outfit or accessorizing!
What's a quick thing moms can do to take their style up a notch?
Go shoe shopping! Pick up an awesome pair of ballet flats or loafers, or even a cute pair of booties. It's amazing how one pair of shoes can transform an entire outfit.
"Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life!"
What are your favorite blog posts?
What are your tips for planning an affordable birthday party?
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Kids appreciate the simple things. They don't know the difference between a goody bag stuffers picked out from the dollar store than one you got at Neiman Marcus. Don't go overboard trying to impress the Jones', and remember the party is really for your little ones, not the adults.
What tips can you offer for closet organization?
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Invest in a closet organizer. The shelves and cubbies available with an organizer are a great help to getting organized. The single shelf and rod that come standard with a closet do nothing to keep you organized.
Keep shoes in their boxes as much as possible. Take a picture of the shoe, print it out, and stick it on the side of the box that faces out so you can easily identify what's inside.
Group articles of clothing together, and then by color (e.g. blouses, then all red, black, white, etc.) This helps you find pieces much easier, especially if you already have an idea of what color you want to wear or need a certain color to go with something else.
Group handbags/purses by type. Keep all your clutches together, and group all like sized pieces together. When you're looking for a particular type of purse, it will help to go directly to that section instead of tossing things around looking for a tote.