September 21, 2014

My Friend Sarah Walks Into the Gap…(More Dressing Room Selfies with Sarah)

You guys.  My friend Sarah may be the best sport IN THE WORLD.  She saw everyone asking that she make a repeat appearance here on The Mom Edit, and called me. “Hey Shan – I think I have a couple of hours free” she said, by way of greeting.  “Want me to head over to the Gap?”


(And HEY new readers, if you missed it, check out that time Sarah and I went shopping at Target and she did a sweatpant dance.  She is all kinds of awesome.)



The only thing you will have to excuse is the horrible blurriness.  For some reason, there’s always something wrong with Sarah’s phone.  And it takes her forever to get an upgrade.  She literally remarked one day, “I can’t wait to upgrade in three years!”  And I’m all GOOD GOD WHAT PLAN ARE YOU ON?

So anyway.  Blurry or not, she’s still adorable, and we can still see what works/what doesn’t.  (Also:  Better than nothing.)


What Sarah Loved

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September 18, 2014

Dressing Room Selfies at the Gap! (And they’re KILLING it right now)


After being charmed by Gap’s “Dress Normal” campaign (which popped up during fashion week), I thought I’d wander in to see what was new.  So. Much. Fun.  Here are my fav pieces at the Gap right now.



Keep reading to see the #dressingroomselfies for each piece (as well as the pieces that I didn’t like)….

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September 17, 2014

The Mom Edit’s Fall Workwear Edit – Nine Easy Pieces (Starring: Mixed Prints)


You guys have been after me to pull together some office-friendly looks.  So.  If your current workwear wardrobe could use a refresh, here are the nine pieces I’m recommending for Fall.  Some pieces may already be in your closet (great!!) and some of these pieces can also be styled for weekend wear.  So here’s how I’d put these pieces into a Monday – Friday rotation.



I know I’ve already covered this outfit here, but it’s so versatile, I thought it worth another mention.  Update your classic black blazer with skinny, cropped trousers, a graphic tee and printed pumps.




Remember those patterned chino pants we were all buying a couple of years ago?  They work great at the office with a basic silk blouse and conservative blazer.  Keep the look current with some contrasting-print pumps.  It’s a baby step into the (huge) mixed-print trend.




Short-sleeve sweatshirts are a big trend this Fall, and you can easily take yours to work with a bold pencil skirt.   Bonus points for printed shoes.  (And I like to ground the whole outfit with a man-watch.)




Go gamine by slipping a silk blouse underneath the short-sleeve sweatshirt.  You could accessorize with an understated necklace….but I’m more of a minimalist, so I’ll stick with patterned heels and nerd glasses.




The graphic tee and bold pencil skirt is made office-appropriate by the basic blazer.  This is a great day-to-night look, too.


Shopping Notes!

Ok, so the tricky part here is finding mixed print pieces that all work together, right?  Well.  Here’s what I came up with….

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1. For the Bold Modernist

Pants – Mara Hoffman Printed Combo Pants, $246 at ShopBuru

Skirt – Banana Republic Jacquard Pencil Skirt, on sale for $60 (almost sold out, so this skirt from Banana would also work well)

Shoes – Sole Society Isabelle Pump in black/white, $60

2. For the Cheerful

Pants – J.Crew Collection Inky Floral Pant, $248 (take 25% off with code SHOPFORFALL)

Skirt – Loft Autumn Bloom Pencil Skirt, $70

Shoes – Boden 60’s slingback, $148

3.  For the Glam Tomboy

Pants – Boden Bistro Crop Trousers in Navy Leopard, $88

Skirt – LOFT Camo Pencil Skirt, on sale for $50, plus 40% off of that (also in curvy fit)

Shoes – Banana Republic Ivonne Leopard Pump, on sale for $102 (plus 50% off sale styles)

4.  For the Chic Nerd

Pants – J.Crew Factory Winnie Pant, on sale for $60 (additional 30% off with code SALE30)

Skirt – Halogen Floral Print Pencil Skirt, $60 at Nordstrom

Shoes – J.Crew Stella Houndstooth Pumps, $248 (25% off with code SHOPFORFALL)


There’s a ton of new skirt shapes out there, but if your office is conservative, I’d stick with a pencil skirt.  The straight lines help to calm mixed print craziness.  And for the nervous:  you might be surprised by how easy it is to wear mixed prints when you get your shoes involved.

In summary….




1.  Printed Pumps –  Sole Society Olyvia in Black/White, $65

2. Short Sleeve Sweatshirt – old Emerson Fry….try Everlane’s short-sleeve sweatshirt ($30), LOFT’s short-sleeve sweatshirt ($50) or this drapey one by Ever (on sale for $56 at Piperlime)

3. Statement Skirt –  old…but WhiteHouse/Black Market has a blue floral pencil skirt, and so does Boden (floral pencil skirt on super sale)

4. Bold Pants – old from Gap…Gap’s floral camo pants are similar….or I’m kinda loving Old Navy’s pixie pant in houndstooth.

5. Skinny Black Pants – mine are old ponte pants by Vince…here are Vince’s latest (trimmed in leather)…Jen7 just sent me this pair and they are fabulous (I need to hem them, more later)….or there’s always J.Crew’s minnie pant (yup – they’re 25% off with SHOPFORFALL).

6. Classic BlazerJ.Crew 1035 Blazer (25% off with code SHOPFORFALL, size 0 for reference)…and I also really like the look of Ann Taylor’s All Season Stretch 1-Button Jacket.

7. Silk BlouseEverlane Silk Blouse, rounded collar ($80, size small for reference)

8. Men’s watchMike’s Tissot – I like pieces like this because I think they’re grounding with all of the pattern play.

9. Graphic Tee – old….but this graphic tee might get some laughs at work (otherwise, head to J.Crew – their gallery tees are my fav)


Whaddya think, Mamas?  Is this something you could pull off at your office?



September 16, 2014

Pinterest To Shoppable Reality: Lego Storage

Hey Gang!  Amanda’s back with a Pinterest-to-Shoppable-Reality post!

Shana asked me to find some awesome storage solutions for the Lego madness threatening to take over her house, and I was more than happy to oblige. The first thing I did was hit up Pinterest for some inspiration. Here’s what I found:

Idea 1: Nicole Samuels
Idea 2: Apartment Therapy
Idea 3: The Organised Housewife


These options are great whether your kids are just starting their “collection” or Lego fever is well underway! They let kids have a central area for their stuff that’s easily accessible and looks cool enough that they’ll want to keep things organized…maybe? Keep in mind that these storage ideas can also be used for any toys with a million small, fiddly parts that end up underfoot (are there any that don’t fit this description?!) – in our home it’s currently Thomas & Friends and puzzle pieces.

Need a Lego command center to restore your sanity? Here’s how to make it happen!


Go Industrial – Cool

For an industrial-cool look that’s kid friendly, pair a metal cart with fun storage boxes. Extra organization points for matching Lego colors to the rainbow-colored boxes! The carts are on wheels, so just roll ‘em out of the way when playtime’s over.

Room Essentials Metal Cart in Orange, Target, $56.99 (also in a fun bright teal!
Excel 3-Tray Tool Cart in Red, Hayneedle, $88.45 (also in cobalt blue)
Top-Box Storage Collection, Land of Nod, $8.95-$13.95
Circo Linen Striped Tote, Target, $12.99
Lego Storage Brick, Target, $33.99



Warm and Welcoming

For a warmer look (with a Swedish accent?) go for wood shelving with clear or colored boxes for easy sorting. The first option has a top shelf for displaying current creations or works-in-progress.


Toy Organizer with Casters in Natural, Unbeatable Sale, $126.90

Honey Can Do Storage Organizer, Hayneedle $74.95



Lego Storage Charmingly Disguised

Want your Lego storage to be a little more subtle? These Windham accent cabinets from Target do the trick, and they come in lots of colors (ranging from neutrals to cheerful yellow to moody eggplant) and multiple sizes depending on your storage needs. Throw Legos in some cute buckets or clear plastic containers and shut the doors – voila!
Windham Accent 2-Door Cabinet with Center Shelves, Target, $159.99
Windham Accent Cabinet, Target, $105
Party Tubs, Container Store, $14.99 each
Water Hyacinth Bins, Container Store, $6.99-$16.99
Latch Boxes, Container Store, $3.99-$5.99


– Amanda

Amanda lives near Boston with her real-life secret agent husband and spitfire redhead 3 year old Annika, soon to be joined by another bundle of mischief this fall. A software marketer by day and budget-savvy home decorating enthusiast the rest of the time, Amanda’s goal is to make beautiful interior designs livable. She thinks living with kids shouldn’t mean you can’t have a stylish home – you just need a few smart shopping tricks up your sleeve! 

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September 15, 2014

My Favorite Kind of Date Night: A Casual One (Sponsored Post)



My friend Shannon recently remarked that her favorite date nights always tend to be the spontaneous ones, the ones were you roll down to the corner dive in your sweats because there’s no food in the house and then one laugh leads to another and suddenly you find yourself Partying, with a capital P, in the manner of rockstars.  High-five, us!

Shannon, obviously, doesn’t have kids.  Our date nights require a little more advanced planning these days (unless we’re using the ipod-at-the-restaurant babysitter, which is great for dinner but eventually puts a damper on Partying), but the spontaneity and casual nature she describes is right up our alley.  We work too much and are (frankly) to damn tired to always be Going Out All Fancy, and my pretty-pretty dresses aren’t typically part of our usual date-night rotation.



We’re a jeans-and-tee kind of couple.








I have my big-girl shoes on, which make any outfit fancy (and Mike’s wearing his cool shoes, too – Bravo, Baby).   But the rest of my outfit is predominately from Nordstrom’s newly expanded t.b.d department.  As I mentioned last week, I’m in love with the direction they took.  How can I not be?  It’s chock-full of my favorite brands and clothes that do playground rotation just as easily as date night (with a few styling tweaks like big-girl shoes).









This whole button-down-under-a-tee is one of my favorite styling tricks, especially once the weather cools.  It’s seriously comfy, easy to recreate, and looks good in almost any setting (including an office – swap out the denim for a sleek pencil skirt or wide trousers).


And that jacket.  It’s feels light when on, yet it’s cozy and warm.



I’m also having a flare denim moment…’s a fun change-up, and with a high heel, the legs look soooo much longer, right?




shirt: a very old Elizabeth and James button down….(see similar styles below)

tee: Ace Stripe Tee (size small for reference)

jacket: Free People Oversize Knit Jacket (size xs for reference)

jeans: J.Brand Lovestory (sold out, but see similar styles below)

shoes: Sam Edelman Palma Suede Sandal

bag:  vintage, but this striped envelope clutch is seriously cool

watch:  Mike’s….but I really like this understated men’s watch by Nixon (or this one if you are looking for one like Mike’s)

Mike:  shirt, jeansboots




Here are a few different ways to re-create the look:





If you ever happen to find yourself in Marquette, MI, go check out The Steinhaus.  It’s our new fav date-night place when home visiting the fam.  (And where we spent several hours laughing ’till our sides hurt after taking these pics.

All photography by the insanely talented (and, as it turns out, the very funny) Vafa-Coffman Photography.



ps.  I *think* (hope??) we fixed the problem with the shopping galleries not loading.  Please (pretty please) let me know if you still can’t view them in your RSS readers.  Thank you!!!!


Many, many thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!!  As always, all product choices, thoughts, opinions, and life musings are my own. (Or, as little Pax would say, “MINE OWN”. )