October 6, 2016

Cropped Pants and Socks….And A Philly Ghost Tour (With Kids)



The kids had a couple of days off of school for Rosh Hashanah, so we took advantage of the later-than-normal bedtimes to do a walking tour in Philly’s Old City.  We needed a later-than-normal bedtime because the walking tour was actually a Ghost tour.  Oooooo…..

Of course nothing ever goes as planned, so Pax fell asleep on the Uber ride over to the restaurant (5:30PM #PartyLikeParents), but thankfully dinner was at a seriously accommodating tapas restaurant within easy walking distance to the ghost tour.  Amada, whose staff didn’t blink at our request to sit at hightop tables near the bar (with a sleeping Pax in arms), has two kinds of Cava by the glass (yessss), a killer happy hour menu, and tapas reminiscent of our trip to Barcelona.   Once Pax woke up, he promptly asked for a plate of chorizo while Raines pounded octopus tapas and Mike and I smiled nonchalantly, all We Are Successful Parents Because Our Kids Are Worldly Eaters….Suck It, Everyone Else.

You’ll forgive us the obnoxiously smug behavior.  Typically our kids are NEVER the Worldly Eaters, rather the I’ll Just Have More Bread, Please or, my personal favorite, Black Burgers Wuf JUST A BUN kids. (This was based on the ONE TIME I tried to sneak a veggie burger onto their plates.  It was a slightly different color and they never quite recovered from the shock.)  So please allow us our one moment of parenting glory.  AND OH, THE GLORY.  The waiters were all very impressed.  (Ok fine one waiter.  The one waiter was impressed.)

In any case, many of you have been asking about cropped jeans + socks for the upcoming winter months, and it just so happens that I was rocking a rather warm and cozy cropped jeans + smartwool sock combo that night.  Slightly unusual, but I think it worked!  Keep reading for a few more pics from our seriously fun night….

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October 5, 2016

Introducing Buru White Label (Especially For New or Nursing Mamas)


Gang, I’ve been meaning to tell you about the launch of the Buru White Label for quite some time.   Somewhere in between summer wrapping up and school starting, which, over here means homework, soccer and more homework (WTF THIRD GRADE)….

It all fell down.  On the upside, my son will be ready to take the SAT any time now.  (Ha, ha….ha.  #no)

But here’s why I’m so excited about my friend Morgan’s latest venture:  Shop Buru, my favorite online go-to for all things nursing and post-partum (she seriously has a ‘machine washable’ SECTION, as well as an ‘elastic waist‘ one…I mean, she gets us, she really gets us), just launched her own label, the Buru White Label.

While Shop Buru has always had an insanely well-edited selection of items, the majority of pieces were priced well over $100.  Morgan was getting frustrated that she couldn’t find jaw-droppingly cool fashion for moms – pieces that could stand up to a spin in the washing machine –  for under $100.

So she created the Buru White Label. The whole line is filled with pieces that somehow look…expensive….Morgan’s nailed that Sorry, I’m Impossibly Chic vibe, yet the pieces are priced from $60 – $150.  She’s included detailed wash and care notes in the description of each item, as well as an explanation on how one might be able to nurse or pump in each piece. Finally, Morgan’s own styling is pretty inspiring.  I like browsing through just for ideas.

Keep reading to see a few of my favorite pieces (as well as a discount code just for TME readers)…..

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October 4, 2016

My Top Burgundy Lip Picks for Fall


Fall is here!  I love fall for so many reasons; sweaters, falling leaves, pumpkin everything….football. #hahano

Ok, so football may not be my thing, but lipstick…lipstick is my thing.  And fall has always been lipstick season.  Dark lips can feel at odds with summer’s easy vibe, but come fall, they’re the perfect accessory.

It’s hard to find a true oxblood (think: the deepest burgundy) – many lipsticks that look dark in the tube turn out to be overly pink or bright red once applied.   So I’ve been busy putting various lipsticks through the paces, and after much trial and error, have found four fool-proof oxblood lip favorites perfect for Fall.

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October 3, 2016

Trend Watch from London: Embroidered Denim


I am seriously loving this embroidered denim trend and during a recent trip to London, I saw it everywhere.  Big names like Gucci and Stella McCartney have upgraded their denim staples with floral embroidery and embellishments, and other brands like Citizens of Humanity, Topshop, and River Island have followed suit (with less extravagant and much more affordable versions of this trend).

How to wear it?

BALANCE.  It’s all about balance.  I came to that realization today as I, toddler-like, tried to pair my embroidered denim with other equally colorful, shiny, or unique pieces.  Reality being that I am definitely not a toddler but a 32 year old woman, I quelled my original impulses and paired my floral embroidered jeans with a simple white or black basic tee and neutral colored flats or booties.  No matter how much the toddler in me wants to wear all of the flashy items in my closet at the same time….balance.  (I’m still me, however, so I swapped out the neutral shoes for colorful, blue, lace-up flats).

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October 2, 2016

LOFT: 50% Off Everything (Here’s What I Love)



LOFT cami (XS) | LOFT cardi (XS petite)

Gang, I was looking for something online (story of my life), when I realized that LOFT is offering 50% off of everything, as well as free shipping for two days only.  LOFT is seriously on-point this season – so many of their pieces are perfectly on-trend, yet they’ve retained that whole easy-to-wear vibe that I love.  (Knit blazers and Chanel-inspired cardigans, I’m talking to you.)  Keep reading to see what pieces got me click-click-clicking away……

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September 30, 2016

Nursing-Friendly AND Post-Partum Friendly Fall Staples

Hey mamas of tiny ones…this post is yours. New mamas and all of us with still-soft tummies want a fall update, too. There are some lovely finds this season that are still kind to feeding babes and feeling fab postpartum.

Rounding up some of these finds made me a little nostalgic about those early days with Sienna. She was an adorable little bundle, with the roundest cheeks you ever did see! She started saying ‘hi’ at about 8 months old….and hasn’t stopped since.

Confession: I still have and wear a pair of my favorite maternity jeans. Nostalgia is a powerful force.  

September 29, 2016

I Finally Replaced My Tall Hunter Rainboots


I’ve been on a mission to replace my tall Hunter rainboots.  They just….they bug me.  I’m no longer used to tall boots, so these feel like clodhoppers, and they’re just so hot and uncomfortable if I ever go inside anywhere.  However, they’re also crazy practical, and for walking the boys to school in the pouring rain (and it can really rain in Philly)….they’re hard to beat.

So for the maelstrom of early morning drop off in the driving rain (which, if you follow me on IG, you’ve seen plenty of examples of – like this), I’m sticking with my tall Hunters.

But for the wet and drizzly days, or for the softly raining days…I’m switching to these little Chelsea rainboots.  I recently wore them to drop the kids off at school, then walked – in a light drizzle – to a doctor’s appointment, where I sat comfortably waiting for hours inside.  My feet were warm (but not overly so) and dry.  Besides, the pattern is fun, and a nice counterpoint to all of my neutrals.

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September 28, 2016

Updated Skinny Jeans, Soccer Walks and Beer



First things first:  Nordstrom asked me to take a look at Fall denim trends, and, well…if you’re up on your blog reading this week, you know how I feel about The Chaos That is Fall Denim.  But there is something wonderful happening in the world of denim, something I hesitate to call a trend, per se, it’s more like a movement [cue swelling music], and that is….

Skinny Jeans.  They’ve gone all interesting.

Patches, rips, paint splatters, frayed hems, fringe hems, step hems, released hems, twisted hems (no I am seriously not making this up), [BIG BREATH], distressing, cool zippers, sailor-pant spoofs, moto spoofs, colorblocking and embroidery.

What these things do to a boring sweater.  SHIVERS, I tell you.  I get shivers.

My not-so-boring skinnies almost made up for the fact that our Sunday was terribly boring.  It was one of those days where Mike and I were trying our hand at Adulting: paperwork, bills, emptying the dishwasher, updating iPhone OSs, folding 276 loads of laundry.   You needn’t feel sorry for us – as evidenced by the sheer amount of laundry, Adulting is a rare occurrence that we save for when things are truly dire.

But Sunday was a perfect storm of  Too Much Adulting + Tired Kids and our usual remedy (GET TO A PLAYGROUND) wasn’t happening because, on top of it all….hangry.

So we grabbed a handful of nuts (WOMP WOMP), two soccer balls (cause sharing sucks), and set out on a Soccer Walk.  Destination?  The PHL Pop-Up Beer Garden*.

Man, we love Philly.

*Also, the game was on and they have TVs. You are welcome, Mike.

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September 25, 2016

The Most Wearable Fall Trends of 2016



Hey, hey, HEY-AY, it’s Fall!  Officially.  And I’m so excited to talk Fall Trends.  I’ve been watching and reading and perusing for months, trying to come up with an easily digestible, totally achievable list of the key pieces you need to know about this Fall.

In order to make the list, the trends had to meet three criteria:

1. Accessible – There must be multiple options at every price point, not just, say, one pair of designer shoes that all the bloggers are wearing.

2. Easy – If a trend is overly tricky or complicated or requires a whole new wardrobe in order to rock it successfully….it’s not on this list.

3. New(ish) – This one is probably up for debate.  But in general, if a trend has been around for so long that it’s now a classic, I left it off of this list.  That doesn’t mean we won’t be covering it later, but it’s not a trend.  Leather jackets, leather pants and menswear, I’m talking to you.  (They’re like florals for Spring.)  Also?  Lace-up flats.  They don’t have the lifetime longevity of a leather jacket, but we’ve been talking about them for years now.  Yes, keep wearing them, I just don’t want to TALK about them.

A complete list of Fall Trends and styling notes are below, in this post.  However, you can shop all of our favorite fall trends in the drop-down menu at the top of the blog.  It looks like this on your computer…


Or this on your phone….



But the first thing you need to know about the 2016 Fall Trends is that denim….is a disaster.  A few years ago I could order a bunch of jeans, like most of them, and then have a tough time choosing which pair to keep.  Now?  I order 10 pairs and 10 pairs go back.  Rises are all over the map, hemlines are jumping around, sizes are the most inconsistant they’ve ever been, and the determination of leg widths (straight, skinny, slouchy, flare, wideleg) defy logic.  I swear the denim makers are out to get us.

The take-away?  There’s a major shift happening in denim.  It’s like when we went from bootcut jeans to skinnies.  Something…is…happening.  I can’t quite figure out exactly where we’ll end up (my gut feel is that high rise and mom jeans aren’t going anywhere), but in the meantime, I have a few strategies to keep our beloved skinnies current.  (And I promise we’ll talk about cropped flares SOON.)   But if there’s one thing we can learn from bloggers the world over…it’s that no one trend will ever dominate.

On that rather ominous note (ha, ha…ha)….keep reading for my list of the Most Wearable Fall Trends of 2016.

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September 22, 2016

Fav Fall Color Combo: Navy, Black & Camel

Fall is officially here!  And this fall means back to work for me. Now, working from home I do appreciate being able to do my design work in my PJ’s occasionally, but for the most part, (as I mentioned in this post early this year) I try to get dressed everyday. It helps me get in the right headspace for work. And, as a designer, nothing gets me inspired more than finding a new favorite color combo!

This fall, the palette I’m obsessed with is navy, black and camel. I put together some favorite items in these colors and paired them with a few great pieces courtesy of Sole Society to round out the look…Join me (and one gorgeous cup of tea).

sweater | pants | boots (c/0) | bag (c/o) | earrings (c/o)