What I Wore: The Green Coat with Cobalt Blue Bag – #RealMomStyle

For a few weeks now, my good friend Maria José Ovalle of Very Busy Mama has been urging me to participate in her weekly #RealMomStyle feature. My hesitation has been that fashion is one of those areas I usually only admire from a distance. I love beautiful things, but I’m not always the best at putting together looks. Also, my daily wardrobe usually consists of a t-shirt and jeans without any makeup, so I don’t have many opportunities to share a “look.” Today, I am stepping outside my comfort zone to play along and share my Real Mom Style.

This weekend I headed to brunch in Old Town Alexandria, but before I left I was able to convince Tiny Steps Daddy to snap a couple of shots of me in my colorful ensemble (he didn’t even complain too much). This Spring I am all about accessories with color.

I fell in love with this pea green coat by Laundry by Designs. It is bright, bold and fits well. This is one of my most colorful coat choices ever, but it makes me feel great and oh so ready for Spring.

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I hesitated about pairing my bright green coat with my new amazing cobalt blue leather quilted bag, but I was feeling adventurous and loving the taste of Spring on Saturday, so I went ahead and doubled down on my colors! This bag is my latest find from Zoe Boutique in Old Town Alexandria.

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Under the coat I went with a more neutral palette with a gray blouse and charcoal colored trousers. My necklace is one of my Stella and Dot favorites – the amazing Milana Tassel Necklace.

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To finish up my look I went a bold red on the lips a la Maria José! I hope you like my look because I was a little nervous to share. Who knows, maybe I’ll do it again!

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This post is about real mamas who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week? Were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! This link-up is hosted by Thrifty and Chic MomMomma in Flip Flops and Very Busy Mama so visit them to read more!



Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.




  1. I am so glad she convinced you and you look fabulous, I love the coat and that bag is amazing!

  2. Well, I’m glad Maria convinced you to join in! Well done! Love the colour of your coat, works really well with your bold lips and gorgeous bag. Lovely 🙂
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  3. Nicole you look gorgeous! The green with the cobalt and red lips look so chic and I’m telling you, you have that vintage looks. Have more confidence in yourself and your personal style and I tell you, these posts help and you start to see, “wow, I don’t look too bad” AND you get ideas from others on how to wear different pieces. Thank you so much for participating AND for the red lips! xo

  4. You look fabulous!! Love the colors and you are rocking the ensemble. I hope to see more from you. 🙂
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