Style Standout: Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation's Aspire Gala

Playtime means two different things for Julie Edelson, 35, and her sons Jacob, 7, and Gavin, 3.

"Gavin is obsessed with anything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to the point where he thinks he is one," said the Phoenix stay-at-home mom. "Jake loves building Lego City and playing Super Mario Kart Wii."


So while her sons are busy in their playroom, Edelson retreats to hers.

"When I've had enough boy time, I just go into my closet and try some stuff on," she said. "I like to try and find something I haven't worn in a while, and wear it a different way."


That's how Edelson came up with the outfit she wore to the Aspire Gala, which raised money for Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation programs for underserved youth across the country.

"It's fun because I'm in a house full of boys. It's the only time I get to look and find pretty stuff and try it on," she said.

HER STYLE: "I like elegance. Chic elegance. I like to mix and match what I find. I like to get a bargain but not have it look like a bargain. I like to mix old and new."

HER ENSEMBLE: Soprano black turtleneck with ruched short sleeves from now-closed Loehmann's. Black leather miniskirt "that I stole from my mom's closet when I was about 15. It was very long. So I taped [the hem] up." Black grosgrain ribbon belt with rhinestone decoration from LOFT. Gold, pearl and rhinestone bib necklace she received that day as a Valentine's gift from her husband, Jason Edelson. Crystal embellished black leather bangle and triple strand pearl cuff from Nordstrom stacked with a gold bangle she inherited from her grandmother. Bedat & Co. watch and diamond tennis bracelet that were each a gift from her husband when each of her sons were born. Crystal snuggie earrings and BCBG black satin peep-toe slingbacks with crystal-studded stiletto heels and platforms from Nordstrom.

BACK STORY OF THE CHANEL BAG: "It was a gift from my husband when he proposed to me. He wanted to trick me and have me think I wasn't getting engaged. We went to the Ritz-Carlton in Virginia, and he said, 'I bought you this, because he knew I'd been wanting a Chanel bag forever.' And I thought, 'Oh, I love it, but am I not getting an engagement ring?' And then, he proposed [with a ring]."

FASHION INFLUENCE: "I used to be a ballet dancer. I went to Goucher and danced with Towson University. That was a big part of who I was and my style, too. That's why I like the classic [look], the up-do buns, Audrey Hepburn and showing some leg."