Style at Grown and Flown: End-of-the-School Year Events

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We’re going to different Graduations. We can buy the same dress, right?


Do you have lots of events to dress for at the end of this school year?

We are Pam and Mara – G&F’s new in-house style gurus – and we’ve got some ideas. We are pretty obsessed with style and are on a mission to find cool, effortless fashion that makes us all feel amazing and powerful at this very age. Here’s some of Pam’s ideas for adding just a bit of oomph to the parties:

Check out Mara’s picks for her graduation weekend, like this jumpsuit from J. Crew. A few readers wondered her color palate, like the rust Eileen Fisher dress,  read “fall” vs. “spring” (did you ever have your colors done back in the day?) – but I think these colors would go great with a little spring tan. Plus, Mara’s choices forced me, in the best way possible, to get “out of my lane” (that’s the wearing-only-black lane).

Some moms asked about how to use their make-up to create a more special look for these events. I know it may be too simple a solution for some of you – but how about great eyes? A while back, Mara and I had stopped wearing daily mascara – given the effort of removing it at the end of the day, it didn’t always feel like the things we were doing were “mascara worthy”. But her friend Leslie who is a stylist in LA encouraged us to try this Lancome Full Volume Mascara and it’s a game changer. It creates amazing eyes! And it does not smudge at all – which is my big problem.  There’s also a waterproof version.

Now that I’m wearing mascara more frequently, I’ve had to up my game on clean-up at the end of the day. I’ve tried many pricey eye make up removers and this drugstore Neutrogena oil-free remover just works the best. It doesn’t leave an oily residue, but it also doesn’t dry out your eyes. It’s made with aloe and cucumber extract.

When you’re headed to all these end of school year events, you may want to add this Anthropologie monogram pendant necklace to your outfit. At $30, it can also make a cute and thoughtful graduation gift.

I was crazy about Mara’s Mansur Gavriel color blocked shoe with those fantastic shades of pink. I love them dressed up, plus they look amazing with light blue jeans. Here’s a another version, more affordable, the Carla leather sandal in shades of blue with a lower heel that you can wear with a sun dress or with some raw-hemmed blue or white jeans.

One thoughtful reader wondered about the practicality of wearing a jumpsuit and having to use the bathroom at an event. I’ve done it and can totally make it work – it’s worth it because almost nothing compares to how flattering a jumpsuit can be. However, a great alternative to get that long, lean look could be to put together a fully monochromatic outfit with similar textures. Try starting with these Eileen Fisher silk wide-leg cropped pants. I bet you already have a silky black shirt in your closet that matches.

Talked about these last week – but I love these new look Veja sneakers from Brazil (where I grew up). The pink sneakers from last week are super cute, and I really like this cool white pair. Just a word of advice – they run a little big so if you are between two sizes, order down. Also, because they are made using a sustainable manufacturing process that uses less water (plus fair trade canvas and rubber), the tongue can be a bit stiff when you get them. Just massage it a little and move it slightly outward when you wear it the first few times, and it will break in beautifully and comfortably.

Last week we wrote about a dreamy rose gold sandal from Stuart Weitzman. Here’s a version that has the same nice block heel, but flatter. I walk everywhere and want my shoes to be comfortable and stylish. And with these sandals, you do not have to compromise.

Mara and I are loving the opportunity to add style and discussion to the Grown & Flown family. We’d love to hear from you – please comment and send us your thoughts and questions. We’ll have a main post on Sunday that you’ll receive in the G&F weekly email (have you signed up?) and on Wednesdays we’ll circle back, address any questions/comments that came up and dig a little deeper.

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Hope you are enjoying all of your end of the school year celebrations and events and good luck to all graduates this season!

XOXO [email protected] Grown&Flown

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Introducing the new [email protected] Grown and Flown

Based in Brooklyn, we’ve been friends for over 20 years, with four boys, many proms, graduations, beach vacations and birthday dinners between us.

Mara’s been living in jeans and t-shirts working in the fashion world in London, Milan, LA, and NYC, producing editorial and ad shoots for over two decades. Pam’s been suiting up for the corporate world as a chief marketing officer in the live entertainment/sports business
We’ve always been a little obsessed with style and how we use clothes to help us feel attractive and self-confident.

You’ll often find us yelling at each other over dressing room walls, or trading texts at midnight about that one pair of size 8 boots left on sale online at Nordstroms. But over time, we’ve found that dressing and feeling great has become much more challenging. And that’s even more frustrating now that every moment has turned into a photo opp.

We want to feel comfortable and appropriate with our style choices so that we can face the world each morning with confidence and ease. We’re in search of cool, effortless style that makes us feel amazing and powerful at this very age. Please join us at Grown & Flown as we venture forth into this new world together, and at Facebook and Instagram @thekoolestmoms.

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