Rock with the Top Seven Backpacks on your way to a Stylish Season

Of course there is a way to carry a backpack and still look like a grown-up – a stylish one at best!  Backpacks are the obvious go-to for toting heavy loads (or sometimes light loads for convenience) from place to place, and there are tons of cute options out there, if that’s your style.

Pick a solid color for utility, a fun pattern to brighten up your mornings, or a pack with fun features to make your trek more enjoyable.

Settlement Backpack by Aritzia: This streamlined, mid-volume backpack is made with durable nylon and lined on the inside with Herschel’s signature striped fabric. It has a 13″ laptop sleeve pocket, full-grain leather zipper pulls, and a single front pocket with a key clip. An internal media pocket lets you store your devices safely.

Aritzia Settlement Backpack

MZ Wallace Green Backpack: It’s the little things that count—like six interior pockets (to keep small things from getting lost), magnetic closures and a drawstring top (to ensure your belongings stay secure), a Teflon-coated exterior (to prevent coffee spills from setting in) and easily accessible side pockets (to make getting to and turning off an accidentally ringing cell phone in the middle of class or a meeting a whole lot easier).

MZ Wallace BackpackMarc by Marc Jacobs: The traditional shape you loved in middle school looks all grown-up when it’s made of buttery-soft, cream-colored leather.

Marc by Marc Jacobsadidas Originals x Farm Floral Backpack: With a smooth pattern and floral fit, Adidas is one of the most iconic streetwear brands in the world. Its unparalleled ability to fuse fashion and function is evident in its sleek bag collection.

adidas Originals x Farm Floral Backpack

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Backpack in Leopard Print with Leather Trim: With her revolutionary thinking and rebellious, punk-inspired designs, the Vivienne Westwood label now features a highly covetable collection of signature tote bags and purses.

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Matt & Nat Backpack with Front Zip Fastening in Pastel Pink: With their “live beautifully” attitude, this season Mat(terial) & Nat(ure) bring forth a collection of recycled and upcycled totes, clutches and across-the-body bags, inspired by the textures and hues of nature.

Matt & Nat Backpack with Front Zip Fastening in Pastel Pink

JumpFromPaper Red and Blue Color Block Backpack: Taiwanese brand JumpFromPaper breathes life into a playful collection of illustrated 2D-style bags. Inspired by a love of cartoons and comic books, its bold backpacks, cross-body bags and satchels come in a range of color-pop designs.

JumpFromPaper Red and Blue Color Block Backpack

Below are a few stylish options to rock a backpack this season. Embrace these style cues and then shop for your favorite picks.

 

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Sweater Weather: Relaxing Through The Weekend in a Comfy, Yet Chic Sweater

Hello everyone,

From oversized and slouchy two-tone textures to pocketed cardigans – sweaters during weekend errands can carry you through! We all have weekend errands every season of our lives but when the weather breaks and the fall season and early winter is upon us, wearing a sweater can take us from comfort to chic in no time.  We’ve love to share a few of our favorites with you …

Our friends at Free People offer this slouchy textured pullover sweater with a dramatic neckline and ribbed dolman sleeves. And this knitted slouchy pullover with long raglan sleeves and an oversized turtleneck. Raw hems throughout. Super luxe oversized and soft cardigan sweater featuring leather straps with buckle detailing and hidden snap closures. Dolman style sleeves and oversized pockets with zipper accents complete the look.

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Cocoon Pullover

Ribbed sleeves frame the gorgeously draped silhouette of a longline cardigan finished with a knee-grazing handkerchief hem. The cozy knit blend is infused with cotton and wool for a luxuriously soft feel.

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Zoe Poca in Wool Mix

Twisted Muse Raine Front Pocket Sweater

A cotton-blend cardigan with swingy draping at the sides flaunts a Southwest-inspired pattern rendered in pretty pastels and soft neutrals. OR lightweight chunky knit sweater featuring high neckline and stitched pattern. And check out this simple, mid-weight textured chunky knit.

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By Twisted Muse, a soft touch chunky knit, crew neckline, front pocket and ribbed trim.

Drape Hem Cardigan

A comfort chic sweater can be your new secret style weapon for the fall season!  Try it …

Thanks for reading and see you soon,

Monica

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Cooler Days Ahead! Moms Get Ready for a Wardrobe Boost from Target’s Fall Collection

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Have you ‘peeped’ the latest from Target’s Fall Collection – the Look Book alone is worth a trip to the popular retailer. As a mom, we know how we like to stay on budget – and grabbing a few key pieces from the collection as you prepare for the season is a most. From sweaters, layering tops, easy pants, hip skirts, fabulous hats to ‘wrapping’ up apparel, I can’t wait to share what’s in store for you when you hit the latest Target location.

As you can see from a few of our selected pieces,

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Chic coats is perfect for cooler days with a cup of coffee in hand. You’ll be one fashionable mom on the go with any of these Fall Collection pieces from the Look Book! Surely to keep you warm and comfortable.

Thanks for reading (and viewing) and see you soon,

Monica

 

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Fashion Bloggers in Arizona, Attend Exclusive Launch Party from The Posh Mommy

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Hello everyone!

Are you a fashion blogger in Arizona? Beauty writer looking to attend a fashion soiree? Style blogger headed to the city for the Super Bowl?  Here’s your chance to be a part of the VIP Experience, hosted by The Posh Mommy (TPM).

If you’re all about fashion, events, nightlife and Super Bowl this weekend AND you are a loyal subscriber to TPM emails they have a special surprise for you taking place on Friday January 30, 2015!

TPM wants to cordially want invite you to their pop-up store going on in Scottsdale during Super Bowl weekend!

Go out and support their charity of the month Face in the Mirror and meet some of the POSH contributors! Email the brand via support@theposhmommy.com for more details!

And don’t forget to SIGN UP for exclusive access and details via The Posh Mommy’s Facebook Page here.

The Posh Mommy is an online boutique created by the significant others of America’s best professional athletes to resell high-end fashion for the benefit of charity.

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Monica

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Carnival Ball Gown Shopping, Boutiques, Thrift Stores and Online

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I recently shared that I would be attending one of the most popular carnival balls in New Orleans, Louisiana as well as the opportunity to showcase my Carnival Mask Collection to attendees and revelers. Besides having to create 35+ custom masks – geez, I’m excited about the search for the ‘perfect’ gown to wear.

From shopping online boutiques, retail and thrift stores – there’s bound to be a glam gown on the racks.

Here are a few of the gown-style ‘looks’ I’m going for. Tell me what do you think?

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Ready for a Carnival Ball showstopper?

Thanks for reading and see you soon,

Monica

(The gowns featured in this blog post are from the Zuhair Murad Fall 2015 Collection).

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Daily Diaries, Journals and Datebooks from GiGi New York

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So OK – yes we are into the middle of the first month of the year and you still don’t have an actual (physical copy) of a 2015 desk journal, notebook or date planner?  Of course, having your smartphone is smart (smile) but sometimes (at least for me), its front and center for me to have a hard copy of a journal and date planner with me at all times.

You’re in luck!  Our friends at  have the best colored and practical date planners, notebooks, and journal options around.

Keep on schedule while on the go.

For those who desire a slightly smaller more compact diary featuring week-at-a-view pages. Includes national holidays for United States and Canada, all U.S. area codes and international dial codes, traditional gift ideas for anniversaries and birthdays, plus much more. This classic size fits conveniently into a shirt pocket or small purse.

Purchase your GiGi New York 2015 planner, notebook, diary or journal here.

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Monica

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Showing Your Style at Sundance Festival As A Fashion Mom

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Hello everyone!

We’re looking to celebrate fashion moms – beauty and lifestyle moms – heading to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival which kicks off on Thursday January 22nd in Park City, Utah.

If you’re headed to Sundance this weekend, snap a pic and share with us on Instagram (via @themonicabyrd) and use the hashtag #FestivalFashion for a chance to be featured on the blog!

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Monica

Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.

 

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Exhibitors Can Save at Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show in Houston, Chicago and DC!

EXHIBITORS DISCOUNT WITH PROMO CODE

 

Are you a brand looking to connect with influential moms – fashion moms, beauty moms and lifestyle moms?

We are excited to connect with new and former brands of products and services geared towards moms!  As part of the kick-off of our Expo season, we are super excited to share our Vendors Discount opportunity as we continue to celebrate expecting moms and new moms on their pregnancy journey at this years’ Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show featuring ‘Bump the Runway’!

This discount can be applied to any of our 2015 Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show cities!

Houston, Texas – April 18, 2015

Chicago, Illinois – August 22, 2015

Washington, D.C. – October 10, 2015

Don’t wait! Savings of $50 off the PREMIER Vendor or STANDARD Vendor packages only, this won’t be around for long!  Use Promo Code BLINGKISSES when registering. Click here to REGISTER today! Offer ends Wednesday February 4, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

Learn more about Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show here.

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Do You Enjoy Stylishly Enlightened Conversations, Be Our Guest Contributor

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Are you looking to expand your brand while connecting with us?  MonicaByrd.com is currently accepting Guest Contributor submissions.

We welcome submissions to MonicaByrd.com from writers who are passionate about our mission: celebrating a creative lifestyle.

As a guide, posts should range in length from 300-500 words and be concerned with issues relating to  style advice, tips to fashion moms, product (including beauty and apparel) and book reviews, exclusive events, DIY projects and creative lifestyle brands and ideas.
We’re looking forward to seeing more of our readers have their say and the ‘stylishly’ enlightened conversations that are sure to result.
If this is you, contact us today via monica@monicabyrd.com or visit our Guest Contributor page here for more details!
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Monica

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Are You A Part of the Mommyhood Market?

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As we kick off the new year with one of our signature events – Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show (featuring ‘Bump the Runway’) as we continue to celebrate expecting moms and new moms on their pregnancy journey, we are excited to announce our Vendor Call.

TEXAS HOUSTON BABY BASH AND BLING EXPO & SHOW (2)Do you have a brand of products and/or services and ready to connect with the motherhood market?  We’d love to connect with you in Houston, Chicago or D.C. this year.  View our website here for more details and info!

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Monica

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