February 24, 2017

Classic to Boho: Gwen’s Style Challenge

Hi, all! Welcome to our week of fashion curve balls – the one where we all try out something not so typical of our everyday taste. When the team, Shana and I were on our weekly conference call talking about this upcoming project, I was taking notes and chiming in on the other challenges, assuming I was going to sit this one out. In the midst of this crazy call (where it’s not unusual for a bunch of small conversations to overlap) I hear “Hey, what about Gwen?” from Scotti. I played it quiet and cool….thinking no one really heard…..and then Shana’s all like: “Oh, right! Gwen’s next!!” …She heard.

“UM….not sure I have time guys!!” I say as I give Shana a deer-in-the-headlights look. The girls immediately blurted out ideas for me to try. “Trousers!.. Workwear! ..What don’t you wear, Gwen?” In response, I let them know there’s yet to be a cool trouser that I don’t like. As for workwear? Love it. I have a closet full of it (remember that period of excitement for your first “real” job where you and your mom go out and do some serious damage at J.Crew? Yeah, that happened). Soooo, now what?

“Boho.” Shana suggests. The team agreed. And boho it is.

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February 23, 2017

Style Challenge: Romantic Tops Get Edgy Details

I’ve realized that in the past few years my style has changed dramatically. I used to wear dresses and lace and tights and ruffles way more often. Now, as you know, it’s jeans, boots, jackets and sweatshirts…and a raincoat, obvs.

I’m sure much of that change has to do with chasing a busy child around and another big part of it is living in a super rainy, messy climate. But I think a little bit of it has to do with a shift in my personality. I was a quiet person who didn’t speak up very much for a long time. Now I just want to wear moto jackets and tell people what I think. It’s probably part of getting older. Ha!

You know I love edgy and casual and am drawn to anything denim and black. So, for my style challenge, the TME team agreed I needed to go more romantic and feminine. My only stipulation was no statement necklaces – I mean, I had to draw the line somewhere. But, when I wound up choosing a lacy top that Scotti already has in another color I knew I was on the mark. Haha.

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February 22, 2017

The Warmest Ski Jacket + Baselayers

 

Gang, I have spent years trying to find a ski jacket that will actually keep me warm on the slopes.  I’m always cold, ALWAYS.  Skiing is often a mental endurance exercise, rather than a physical one: How Long Can One Shiver Without Losing Ones Mind?

Couple my natural tendency to freeze with the short runs/slow lifts that are hallmarks of East Coast skiing, and….misery.  It can be misery.

But my boys love to ski (like….crazy love it, never stop skiing EVER love it), and, when I’m not freezing, I DO TOO.

So I finally found a base layer + mid-layer + ski jacket combination that – really and truly – keeps me warm.  This combo has been well-tested, both in Colorado and on the East Coast.  Best of all?  The jacket (and mid-layer, actually) are cute enough for apres-ski AND are currently 20% off.

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February 21, 2017

Style Challenge: Making Leggings + Tunics Edgy

The entire TME team was on Zoom, doing our usual weekly meeting.

“Ok” I said.  “It’s time to determine our style challenges.  Cam’s first.  What’s hers?  Overalls?  Doc Martins?”

There was a derisive snort from Cam, and giggles all around.  “I’m thinking….spiked collars and black leather” Laura volunteered.  Cam had once referred to her preppy outfits as “edgy” because she was wearing slip-on Vans, and we haven’t let her live it down since.

“Ok, ok, ok” Cam cut in.  “FINE.  I’ll do edgy.  I keep pinning these outfits that are so dark, and edg – NO REALLY THEY ARE!” (as the rest of us burst out laughing) “so yeah – I’ll figure out how to make it feel like me.”

Which is exactly the point of this exercise:  to get outside of our sartorial comfort zones….without going into the realm of costume.  That’s the trick.

The rest of the team was pretty easy to challenge:  Scotti, our makeup artist / glamour girl who has yet to meet a sequin she doesn’t like….MENSWEAR.  “I’m not sure I actually know what that is….” she started.  “Loafers and a button-down shirt!” supplied Amanda helpfully, while Scotti recoiled in horror.

Amanda, the girl who once (accidentally, she claims) wore slippers to the mall got the hardest style challenge, in my opinion.  She’s gotta do something glam, but in a real, comfortable way.

Laura?  Will tweak her tomboyish style for something romantic and feminine.  “BUT NO STATEMENT NECKLACES!!” she proclaimed, while we all cracked up.  “UGH!”  Gwen, who does regal and classic like nobody’s business has to try…boho.  The last two weeks she’s been resignedly looking over the Free People website….”I do love a pretty pattern” she keeps mumbling into her coffee….”but why are these shirts so….voluminous?”

Jess, our resident artist, typically dresses like a cross between Punky Brewster and Sienna Miller….has been assigned the challenge of preppy.  “Bonus points for a polo shirt!”  HA HA HA.  (Hers will come later – the poor thing was in a car accident and while SHE’S OK, THANKFULLY, her wrist is in tough shape.)

So now we’re down….to me.  “What should I do?” I asked the team.  There was a long pause.  “You’re tough, S” Cam started.  “You try out a bunch of different styles already” Laura echoed.  “It’s probably why you started this blog.”

Too true.  Once upon a time I wanted to be an actress, and the propensity to dress in costume never really left.  Only now my costumes range in styles such as “Girl Who Gardens,” complete with a flirty floral headscarf (for that one time I decided to start a container garden) or “Mom Who Picnics In The Manner Of Emma Woodhouse” to “Girl On Fire Goes Grocery Shopping” because there’s no such thing as too much Katniss (a side braid was involved).

As you might imagine, my husband has boundless patience.  I’m getting better as I age, though.  Discovering Who I Am and all that.  #adulting

So I sat there, smugly assuming that my style challenge would be something light, easy.  Then Scotti narrowed her eyes.  (She’s my sister, BTW.  Narrowed eyes never bode well for me.)

“You know what Shana hates?”  Scotti started.  All heads turned.  “She hates regular, black leggings – not faux-leather – but the everyday kind….and she especially hates them with tunic-length tops.”

There were gasps all around.  “But that’s pretty much the daily mom outfit!!” Laura cried.  Scotti smiled, evilly.  “EXACTLY” she said.

Then, like sharks smelling blood, they went in for the kill:  “You have to wear plain leggings with a tunic!!”  “Your bum must be covered!”  “LONG TOPS YES!”  “No leggings with rips or faux leather or—”  “NO OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS” Cam finished for them.  They were glowing, triumphant.

“Hold.  On.” I started.  “Why no over-the-knee boots??”

“S,” Cam said in her most patient mom-voice, as though talking to a small child, “you wear them all the time.”

#okFINE

And for the record….I don’t hate leggings and tunics.  Everyone I know has worn them at some point, and I’m not sitting here judging anyone for wearing an outfit that is both cute and comfy.  It’s just…..they never really feel like me.  I think because the styling often skews preppy or girly, or they’re paired with hunter rainboots or tall boots (two styles that I’m just completely over) and…yeah.  There’s nothing edgy about this pairing, and any longtime reader knows I like an outfit with a little edge.  Something…messy.

So.  My challenge, then, is how to make leggings and tunic edgy?

First, I turned to The Internets (*cough*Pinterest*cough*) for inspiration.  Here’s what I found:

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February 17, 2017

Weekend (Already?) 2/16

This pic pretty much sums up my week.  (Thanks, Cam.)

Let’s see….in the past week, TME has dealt with, collectively: snow, no school, fashion shows, skiing in the rain, ill-measured Benedryl (followed by mad googling and Dr. phone calls), ear infections, incessant kid questions spread over 8 hours of travel, infant coffee burns and hospital runs, at least one serious conversation about getting kid pee out of the couch, and one large puke (from eating too many berries in the car?)….in addition to our normal level of crazy.

That all?

NYET!  (haha and SIGH)

We also have some….

BIG NEWS

ONE:  We’ve been working on a pretty serious fashion distraction:  The TME Style Challenge.  We challenged each TME author to come up with an outfit that gets them far out of their comfort zone, just for funsies.  But here’s the catch: anyone can dress in costume, so to speak….the point of this exercise was to take something outside your norm and tweak it to get an outfit you would honestly wear.  Something that pushes your edge, but still feels like you.  This TME Style Challenge kicks off on Sunday.

TWO:  We started an new Instagram channel for The Mom Edit!  And it’s helpfully called….wait for it…..@themomedit.  I’ll still be doing my thing over at @shanachristine, but our new IG channel will include sneak peeks at all outfits before they go live on the blog, sale alerts and weekend picks, an early look at what we’re buying (we call it “testing” haha), #dressingroomselfies in real-time, and, hopefully, some really great reader style.  Which is where you come in.  Tag us with #themomeditstyle for a chance to be featured.

SHOP

President’s Day Sales are going strong! Here are a few of the sales we’re gaga over….

Anthropologie – Extra 40% off sale!  Um, this is going to be trouble.  For example, this silk, one-shoulder blouse is currently on sale for $19, which means that your new date night top will only put you out $12.  Good grief.  And let’s not forget about Cam’s favorite dress.

Banana Republic – 40% off almost everything.  I’m loving the punchy colors and slouchy shape of this merino wool sweater.

Express – 40% off EVERYTHING.  I’m loving this silky, flirty top, this STUNNING little romper, and this easy-yet-sexy everyday sweater.

Kate Spade – extra 25% off sale!  Use code ‘BUBBLY’.  And….drumroll please….they have my record bag as part of the sale.  (Not exact, but verrrry similar.)

Sole Society – 60% off selected styles….I’m DYING over these navy floral booties.   I mean seriously.

West Elm – 20% off your purchase

Words of love, you guys.  Cam found a tee with so much #truth: If You Love Me Let Me Sleep.

Philly locals!!  The entire NINOBrand collection will be at Shop Sixty Five (one of my fav Phila boutiques) this weekend.  If you’ve ever been curious about the brand, but haven’t gone to the trouble of making an appointment….this weekend is playtime.

ALSO, THIS

Theo Who Lived, the documentary about Theo Padnos, an American journalist kidnapped in Syria, is now available on Netflix.  It was produced by a dear friend of mine, and is both heartbreaking and, oddly enough, uplifting.

Resist.  I can’t be the only one struggling to get a voicemail to my state representatives.  Thankfully, Ultraviolet has a plan.  They’re going to drive a truckload of postcards right to Speaker Ryan’s front door.  Click here to submit a comment, and they’ll turn it into one of the postcards.

Save those plastic bags.  Senior Citizens are using them to make mats for the homeless.  (Thanks, Scotti!)

Tired?  Our Amanda found a solution for those sleepless nights:

And, since it’s the weekend, a little throwback to our roots…..

YASSSS.  Thanks for the nostalgia, Amanda.

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

xo,

S

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February 17, 2017

So…..NYFW Went Down Like This

 

The best laid plans, you guys.  Sigh.

I don’t often do the whole NYFW thing, simply because the timing is terrible.  In the Fall, fashion week often overlaps with the first week of school, which also happens to be the ONLY week I can mascarade as a Mom Who Has All Of Her Marbles (I swear, a good first impression can buy me months of teacher goodwill), and in the winter….well, life happens.

And I’m totally glossing over the fact that getting into the shows requires good, old-fashioned, work.  And by ‘work’, I mean pre-planning.  Email after email after email have be sent – weeks in advance I mean kill me now – and I’m just not made that way.  If I have too many plans set in stone, I get…itchy.

But this year, I had a secret weapon.  Her name is Gwen, and she is horrifyingly organized.  She found the lists, and sent the emails, and made alllll the plans.  Like a total rockstar.  And then…..get this…..AND THEN…

ItSnowedAndSchoolWasCancelledAndIMissedMostOfTheShows because #momlife

I thought – for a hot second – about asking my husband to cover, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  “Babe?  I know you are saving lives and everything, but the Nikolas K show is going to be AMAZING and yeah I do know style.com streams it live but I really think that my particular energy (from the back row) would really be important for the art, you know?  IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ART.”

Right.

But never fear!!  This intrepid mom blogger did make it to a few shows.  (The ones I could fit into my kid-free schedule.)  The rest?  Gwen covered, thankfully.

Anyway, fashion week is just plain fun – the right combination of ridiculous and beautiful – so we thought we’d share a few highlights from this year as well as What We Wore because that’s what’s important.

Gwen, who covered most of the shows, wore the same outfit each day.  Unapologetically.  Like a boss.

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February 16, 2017

Are These Shoes Mules or Flats? (And Graphic Tees Always)

Motherhood is a balance between doing what’s good and doing what keeps everyone sane. Some days you’re right on time everywhere, everything falls in place, no one has a meltdown… and some days you’re just trying to make it until bedtime without completely losing it.

And while a pair of shoes isn’t going to do school pick-up for you or anything, a slip-on style might just save you a few seconds when you’re already running late (says #worldsokayestmom). Sole Society has some lovely, quality slip on flats that I checked out…while spoiling Sienna with Valentine’s Day donuts. And I have to say, I’m in love.

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February 15, 2017

Reader Style: Amelia

It’s reader style time! We were thrilled to get the following note from Amelia:

I’m an Australian mum who has very recently moved with my family to Singapore.  I’ve been an avid reader of the Mom Edit since we were posted to Calgary a few years ago and I was pregnant with my little boy.  Your blog is very often the only non-business reading I get to do anymore, what with working full time and having two little people.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for such a great blog.  Over the last two years my style has evolved as a direct result of your ideas.  As you can see, I’m still a bit conservative (the pearls!), but those J Brand cargos as the absolute best weekend pants.  You’ve also converted me to Free People, thus the top.  And floating around that plane seat somewhere is a lovely tan Rebecca Minkoff backpack holding various kid stuff.  (By the end of the flight I was unfortunately adorned in vomit. But I still looked good, darnit!)

My work style has changed too.  Still conservative, but I’m pushing myself to try things outside of my comfort zone.  (The best description of my work style previously comes from a member of my team who told me I dressed like a Qantas flight attendant!)
Anyway, thanks for all of your great articles.

Cheers,
Amelia

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