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Mom fashion: Did you say Birkenstocks are back?

Current trends in fashion are not necessarily something busy moms have a lot of time for, especially if the trend is geared to tiny teenagers who can spend their babysitting money on the newest window dressing at H&M.  Gauging fashion trends that are appropriate and attractive on real women with real responsibilities is a tougher job.  Lucky for you, I spend a little too much time shopping the internet (Pinterest), blogs (my own), runways, and fashionable friends to find for you the latest and greatest trends for Moms like you (and me!). 

Today I give you the Birkenstock.  What you say?  How could the latest trend be those sandals I wore 15 years ago at summer camp?  These broad, flat sandals that have synonymous with the word ‘hippie’ for decades?  It’s amazing what a few designers put down a runway will, only a few short months later, end up selling out of your local Nordstrom shoe department.  These amazingly comfortable sandals are back. 

This time around they are re-imagined with more modern details.  Think skinny jeans, dresses, or chambray.  Here are a few examples of how to wear these crazy comfy sandals and not look like a lost flower child.

birk http://death-by-elocution.tumblr.com/post/80984256815

birk1http://www.pinterest.com/pin/46584177370322365/

birk2http://www.pinterest.com/pin/184436547214734629/

birk3http://www.pinterest.com/pin/120119515035980325/

birk4http://carolinesmode.com/stockholmstreetstyle/art/278699/camille/

A word of caution, it’s still never cool to wear Birkenstocks with socks, or really ever wear socks with sandals.  That trend was never a thing (I’m talking to you, Dad).

joannaJohanna Ostrum is a busy petroleum engineer with one beautiful and very busy little toddler.  She and her dashing husband moved to Colorado about eight years ago chasing great job opportunities in the Denver area. 

She grew up on a farm in small town, Idaho, and really enjoys everything Colorado has to offer.  Getting out into nature is one of her favorite things to do besides drinking all the coffee she can get her hands on. You can find her sharing her life on her blog, twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Back-to-school fashions for 2013 as seen on 9News!

It’s the most beloved or dreaded time of year: back-to-school shopping! This morning on 9News My20 at 8:40 a.m., I’ll be doing a fashion show with all the latest styles featured below from Kohl’s, Dillard’s and The Children’s Place.

Disclaimer: My children and family friends are my models. That’s my way of saying there may be swinging from the chandeliers.

Or rather, from the studio lights.

Colorado Mom Creates the Hottest Fashions for BOYS at The Nest (Win It)

CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER JEN CHARETTE!

One of Denver’s newest baby boutiques is not only celebrating their one-year anniversary, they’re laying another egg in their Nest on Larimer Square. Nest’s second location (opening in time for holiday shopping) will hold true to their mantra, “clothing, gifts & community from crib to classroom,” with an even heavier emphasis on Denver-based designs.

Nest’s current store, located on 6th Avenue and Detroit in Denver, is packed full of clothing up to size 8, toys and oodles of goodies for the wee ones. So much so, it’s hard to spend less than 30 minutes in the store combing through all the merchandise. From snazzy bibs and blankets, to in-demand clothing lines,