Allison Axenrod's style is best described as comfortable and simple. With a full-time job, three active children and an important role as a member on the board of trustees for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, Axenrod doesn't find much time to go shopping.
"I mostly shop online," she says, "but when I get to the stores, I like Marcia's Attic, Ginger N' Cream, See Saw, Lululemon, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's."
Axenrod plays tennis a few days a week and spends a lot of time in a Nike tank top, tennis skirt and personalized sneakers.
"You're much more likely to find me in my Nikes than in a pair of heels," she says.
When she's not wearing exercise clothing, Axenrod wears a fitted top with comfortable jeans and a pair of flats.
"I'm all about comfort," she says.
Axenrod keeps her style choices clean and minimal and opts for jewelry as an added pop to any outfit.
"I'm not into wild prints," she says. "I like muted colors and I really love jewelry, which serves as the finishing touch to make any outfit complete."
She wears a lot of earrings from her friend who owns and designs jewelry for Mindy Gold Designs. For the nights that require a more dressed-up look, Axenrod favors dresses that are girly and form-fitting with clean lines that flatter her tall frame.
"I don't wear flowy outfits because I'm tall and they make me look like a tent," she says. "Since I don't put a lot of time and effort into the way I look during the day, when I get dressed up and do put in the effort, I like it to show."
"I'm really excited that flats are back in style for the fall season," Axenrod says. "I don't like wearing heels because I am taller than most of my friends are, even when they are wearing heels. I'd prefer not to tower over everyone."
When Axenrod is not working or spending time with her husband, Rob, and their children, Ryan, 10, Isabelle, 8, and Payton, 4, she devotes her time to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. As one of the founding members, she is dedicated to making a difference in many people's lives through the organization and raising money and funding to help find a treatment.
"The foundation started out so small," she says, "and now six years later, it's international – and it all began in Bergen County. Everyone in Bergen County helped in some way."
After losing her dear friend to triple negative breast cancer in 2007, Axenrod and the other members of the board have been fundamental in the foundation and raising awareness.
The first-ever Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day will be nationwide on March 3, 2013.
"It's outrageous to think that six moms from Bergen County that started this foundation could be a catalyst in such important research," she says. "It's the best thing I could have ever done, besides being a mother."