October 24, 2016

Fall Favorites From Nordstrom Rack



I’m kind of obsessed with Nordstrom Rack right now.  It might be the piles of cashmere sweaters on major discount, or the drool-worthy party dresses that typically linger juuuust outside my price range, or maybe the fact that I can dip a toe into new trends without spending a fortune (velvet, I’m talking to you).

So I pulled together an edit, if you will, of all of my favorite pieces from Nordstrom Rack.  And while one can find plenty of out-of-season, summery products, I was thrilled to find that there is also a ton of exactly what I want to wear right now.

Starting with this cashmere knit and its vintage-y, ski sweater vibe.  I mean.

We’ve been crazy busy lately (always?) and didn’t manage to get to an actual pumpkin patch in October.  I know I know – I could lose my blogger card for this.  But we did manage to take a quick jaunt to Morgan’s Pier, whose ‘Fall Wonderland’ is an….urban pumpkin patch.  We’re calling this one close enough.  They have pumpkins for sale, tables are stocked with carving kits, and the kids can stay busy while the parents sit under heat lamps, drinks in hand.

I love parenting in 2016.  Seriously.

Keep reading to see more pics from our urban pumpkin patching, as well as my full Nordstrom Rack edit.

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October 23, 2016

A Fresh Way to Wear Tall Boots


I think I have finally cracked the code, ya’ll. I figured out how to successfully wear tall boots day-to-day, without feeling way over-dressed.

I’ve tried over-the-knee boots with a short little shift dress and, while it was cute, it wasn’t exactly practical – with having to pick up kids, chase after kids and yeh, BE A MOM. I was pregnant, nonetheless! I know I flashed at least a few people that day – live and learn, live and learn.

I decided to go the opposite direction this time – slouchy, comfortable and decidedly more casual.

Spoiler alert:  I FREEKIN’ ROCKED IT OUT.

October 22, 2016



(photo credit:  Redfield Photography)

There was a full moon on Sunday.  I feel like that may explain everything about my week.

Also, it was 85 degrees (!!??!!) yesterday.

So let’s just get to the good stuffs, shall we?


Shopping Enablers ‘R us.  Have you ever been searching online for something specific but you can never find it and instead you find a million other SWOON-making things that you don’t need?  Yeah?  It happens to us over here at TME all. the. time.  So now we’ve put our favorite swoonables into shoppable boutiques.  You can find it in the drop down tab called “Shop Editor Picks”.  Or if you are lazy (me), here are direct links: Amanda, Cam, Gwen, Laura, Scotti, and me. Whew. (Jess’ is coming soon.)

A halloween costume you could (arguably) wear again?  Try Modcloth’s Sexy Chewbacca or  R2-D2 dresses. I’m DYING.

Madewell has an additional 30% off sale items this weekend with code EXTRASALE.  There’s a ton of summery pieces, but also some spot-on pieces for Fall.  Here are my favs:


Laura is off to a brunch this weekend, and is bringing these French Doughnuts.  Super simple and quick to make (they’re billed as weekday doughnuts), and especially pretty when made in this pan.

There’s a color darker than black.  So that’s exciting.  (And cue “just like my soul” jokes from Amanda and Laura.  Thanks for the find, Amanda!)

20 minutes of recess?  It’s not nearly enough for budding engineers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, or really anyone who hopes be considered “critical thinkers” as adults.  This thoughtful (and well-researched) article from NotJustCute is a must-read.

Gwen started a small obsession with sing off YouTube videos, and this one totally blew me away.  Gosh, people are talented.

Saturday night is the Light The Night Walk in Philly, a walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Gwen will be there.

Scotti is taking over our Snapchat account this weekend!!  She’s doing a wedding, so I’m sure there will be plenty of make-up snaps.  Feel free to send her any questions you have on the topic – she’ll do her best to answer.  Our account is @themomedit.

And lastly….the team’s response when seeing Vetements for the first time….



Enjoy your weekend!





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October 20, 2016

How To Wear Leggings as Pants (YES, I went there)


I know, dangerous dangerous territory, but it’s only because I found the raddest leggings everrrrr. MOTO LEGGINGS, ya’ll. I’m serious.

When I saw them it was like the heavens opening up and God said from above, “My child, I see you on that daily early morning struggle bus…trying to find something cool to put on. Do not fear. I give you moto leggings (that can be worn as pants). PEACE BE WITH YOU”.

Yep. Exactly like that.

I’ve found a ridiculously easy way to wear them successfully, too…without having my sweet, untoned derierre hanging out. That would be yikes, is all I’m going to say.

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October 19, 2016

Soft Sweatshirt-Blazers (At All Price Points)


James Perse Double Breasted Blazer (size 0)

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might recognize this jacket.  It’s a sweatshirt, but with blazer-like styling and tailoring, brought to us by the geniuses over at James Perse.  This thing has been to Europe with me, makes a frequent appearance at school drop-off, goes out on dates, and transitions seamlessly to the office (my friend Laura sent me a recent work pic – she’s wearing hers with a silk shirt and tuxedo-inspired trousers – AMAZING).

The one downside is the price.  It’s expensive – even during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it was still around $250.  Now, I’ve worn this blazer enough that the cost-per-wear is working out in my favor (even at it’s full price of $365), so if you are really keen to grab one for yourself, here’s a link.   The other option is that James Perse has also come out with a single-breasted sweatshirt blazer that’s a little less expensive (and all sizes are in-stock).


But I keep getting questions about similar styles at a lower price point.  Last month, Laura rounded up a bunch of great options, but she ended up going into Bomber jacket territory, simply because there weren’t enough knit blazers on the market.  However, in the last month a few solid contenders have popped up, and after trying on a bunch…I’ve realized the secret:  keep ’em shrunken.

Knit blazers that fit nice and snug are so much more flattering than the boxy alternatives.  Sweatshirt blazers just don’t drape as  well as classic wool, so you can’t completely rely on good fabric to get you through.  Tailoring and a snug fit – especially through the shoulders – makes a BIG difference (you’ll see in the pics below).  The good news is that unlike a traditional blazer, this tighter, hipster fit never restricts movement because, hello, knit.

So.  Keep reading to see my fav knit blazers on the market right now.

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October 18, 2016

Interesting Cardigans, Fresh Air, and Brave Steps


cardigan (c/o Modcloth) | top (c/o) | gloves (c/o)

Coziness. That’s pretty much all I can focus on clothing-wise right now, especially with a trip to the coast. (Think: cold, windy, rainy). And I love how even a quick trip to the shore is so renewing and refreshing…there’s just something about fresh air and being near a body of water. I forget how much my soul needs these little day trips to the beach.

I recently had a dear friend visit for a week (you may have seen our adventures over on Instagram @elletrain).  She lives in Toronto and our time together is far too little. She left a few days ago and I’m feeling pretty bummed. It’s tough when good friends live far away, even with technology. And I think it gets harder as moms, wives, and business women to find time to foster friendships. The kind of friendships that reflect our best selves back to us. It’s too easy to lose ourselves in our families. And while it’s a very noble cause, I sometimes wake up and think “Wait, what happened to me? Where did I go?”

October 17, 2016

Survivorship Issues and The LOFT Cares Card For Breast Cancer Research


Pax is looking at old pictures.  “Who is that, Mom?” he asks.  I look over his little shoulder, allowing myself a brief moment of silence for the death of yet another Baby Pax Phrase (rest in peace “WHO DAT”), and then turn my attention to the photo. 

It’s me.  The women he’s pointing to…is me.  The picture is an old one, but it’s of Pax and I.  Pax’s chubby face is smeared with brown smoothie (I went through a terrible kale-and-strawberry smoothie phase – don’t recommend it), and my face is snuggled up into his neck.  My hair – or lack thereof – is a dead giveaway.  It’s only two inches long, but other than that, I look healthy and happy.  I’m shocked Pax doesn’t recognize me.

“Remember when Mum was sick all of the time?” I ask Pax.   He nods, slowly.  He knows he’s supposed to know this.  His older brother saunters over, glances at the photo.  “Yeah….that was Mom’s chemo, Pax.  But you were just a baby.”  Raines’ tone is flippant.  He flops down next to us, with all of the swagger of an 8 year old boy.   Then plants a sweet kiss on my cheek.  “I’m glad that’s over, huh Mom?”

Um.  Yes.

My boys’ view of my breast cancer can be summarized like this:  it happened, it sucked, and now it’s done.  Bye! 


But the thing about breast cancer is that it’s never really over.  There are genetic tests to be run, Tamoxifen side effects to be managed, fake boobs to be groped periodically, and – if things get really exciting – uterine biopsies “just in case”.  And ultrasounds.  Oh, the ultrasounds.

In the last two years, I’ve had more ultrasounds than both pregnancies combined.  At first, the ultrasounds were really depressing, not just for the typical reasons – hello, stirrups – but because they seemed like some sort of bad cosmic joke.  A haha, she thought she was going to have another baby but instead she got breast cancer – at least the ultrasounds are the same!! kind of joke.  I would lie there, blinking back tears and resentment.

But life goes on, and our new normal actually started to feel…normal.  Fun, even – with two growing boys there is plenty of fun.  So we adapted to our new normal,  which for me, means ultrasound after ultrasound after ultrasound.  For my last one, I decided to make the best of it and brought a book.  “I’m just going to ignore you” I informed the ultrasound tech, lifting my feet into the stirrups and scooching my butt to the edge of the bed.  “It’s nothing personal, I’m just trying to carve out some me time.”

I mean.  Desperate times.

A friend of mine refers to these breast cancer….extras (extra worries, extra tests, extra sleepless nights) as “Survivorship Issues.” 

I LOVE this phrase, Survivorship Issues.   I love it because it reminds me that I’m one of the lucky ones.  Yeah, the ultrasounds suck, and there are too many days where I battle my own anxieties (it’s a totally weird thing, calculating the age you can safely die knowing your children will be OK – my mother assures me this is both totally normal AND completely effing meaningless), and the phrase Survivorship Issues reminds me that all of these anxieties and tests and extra appointments and – yes – even the Tamoxifan side effects are all because I made it.  I survived.  I’m a survivor. 

So yeah.  Bring on allllll the issues.

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October 17, 2016

What To Pack for London: 12 Style Essentials



The British have a saying about their weather, “Four seasons in one day,” and it proved to be more than true on my recent trip to London.  We arrived in the middle of a heat wave – hot and sweaty the first few days – but by the time we left, the weather had turned chilly and rainy. And of course, I had packed mostly for colder, Autumn weather, so a lot of my organized, careful packing went out the window.

The packing list below is a combination of what I wore while I was there, plus a few items I didn’t pack but wish I had.  Hindsight is 20/20, right?  Also, in honor of the high street clothing brands, I’m featuring lots of Topshop, River Island, Warehouse, and Oasis, because sometimes it’s fun to see what affordable fashion looks like on the other side of the pond.

So here’s a packing capsule wardrobe for London – versatile, functional, comfortable and stylish.  (Of course, I packed extra items, but I stripped the list down to the items that I truly relied on.  Next time I’ll pack light.)

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October 16, 2016

ThirdLove: Seriously Amazing Online Bra-Fitting


Few things are more disheartening than trying to find a well-fitting bra.  I mean….OK:  there are worse things.  Swimsuit shopping, for example.  Root canals.  When you come home to find that the dog was sick everywhere (hang in there, Scotti!!).

But bra fitting deserves a place of honor on my Top Ten List of Things I Don’t Wanna Do.  I don’t have time to go into a store –  especially since most bra boutiques require advance appointments, a policy that completely defeats me – and I’m sick of the random guessing game that goes on when ordering online.  To further complicate matters, my post-mastectomy breasts have….settled (for lack of a better word), making them a completely different size than they were a year or two ago.  I’ve attempted to cope by switching to bralettes – XS, S, M, L – it *almost* doesn’t matter.  I’ll often order one of each, only to send back what doesn’t work.  Depending on the brand, my size varies wildly, so yes.  Feel free to come shop my bralette drawer – I’m sure I have at least one in your size.

The situation worsens for real bras with actual cup sizes.  I’m LOST.  Even many of the online bra-fit quizzes depend heavily on the size of your existing bra.  They don’t know what to do with my wide range of bralettes.  And I’ve yet to come across a choice in those fit quizzes for Used To Be Flat Chested, Then Had Kids And Giant Melons Sprung Forth For Nursing, Then Got Cancer and Cut Them Off, Then Plastic Surgeon Promised a B Cup But Was More Like a D Cup and Now They’ve Settled And I Have No Idea.

Where’s that checkbox?

So when ThirdLove reached out saying that they had developed an iPhone app which uses “patented technology to provide a simple virtual sizing process that calculates a woman’s precise measurements…” the nerd in me freaked out.

Allow me to translate:  You take pictures of yourself in ThirdLove’s app and they calculate your exact bra size.  And it works….perfectly.

Even better?  Based on the data they’ve collected, the ThirdLove Bra Engineers (I just made that up) realized that the bras themselves needed to change in order to provide a better fit.  So ThirdLove also introduced….HALF CUP SIZES.  I mean….cartwheels, people.  This is exciting stuff.

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October 14, 2016

Happy Friday



Well, well, well….it’s been quite a week.  I flew (with Mike) to Lexington, KY to attend a dear friend’s wedding, gambled on horses, watched the most depressing presidential debate EVER,  wrecked two batches of quinoa pizza crust, comforted a crying 8 year old about homework stress three times, assured a 5 year old that he would “get to do homework someday” four times, discovered that #repealthe19 was actually trending on Twitter, drank mayyyybe a little too much bourbon last night (thanks for my latest obsession, Kentucky!), and went to a class parent meeting this morning.  Without coffee.  Someone get me a medal.

Weekend Links


Let’s kick things off with a turtleneck.  This cozy sweater by Velvet is the softest, lightest cashmere ever, has a subtle fringe detail, and is marked down at Nordstrom Rack for 65% off retail.  I bought a small.

Also, glitter.  I’ve been totally intrigued by Sole Society’s glitter flats and their 42 5-star reviews.  Apparently they are very comfortable after a short break-in period?? One reviewer got it done with thick socks and a blow dryer and I. Am. Tempted.  Because…glitter.

It’s getting colder.  H&M has the faux-leather jackets for boys.  I like this one for Raines and this one for Pax.


So maybe Mike deserves the medal.  He was recently interviewed in US News about predictive analytics and healthcare, and how he went from missiles to medicine.


Hey, New York.  If you’ve been following me on IG (@shanachristine), you may already know that Mike and I attended the opening of Theo Who Lived, a documentary about Theo Padnos, an American journalist kidnapped in Syria.  He was held for two years, then released.  His story is harrowing, but Theo’s ultimate message is one of love (and the power of a good sense of humor).  Truly a powerful film.  It’s showing now in NY, and will be opening in LA next week.

It’s been an interesting week to be a woman.  This old article from Buzzfeed on what it means to be a “cool girl” got me thinking about how we often tie together “cool” with unaffected.  I know I’m guilty of this in the past – letting blatant sexism slide because I prided myself on the ability to remain calm, cool, unaffected.  I really loved how Michelle Obama addressed Donald Trump’s latest remarks about women.  Especially this:

“The shameful comments about our bodies. The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman,” she said. “It is cruel. It is frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts.”

She’s right.  I don’t know what’s worse – the comments themselves, or the attempts at normalizing them.  “To dismiss this as every day locker room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere.” she continues.  “The men that you and I know don’t treat women this way. They are loving fathers who are sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to this kind of vicious language about women. They are husbands and brothers and sons who don’t tolerate women being demeaned and disrespected.”

Sing it, Michelle.  This isn’t about women, it’s about all of us – our sons and our daughters.

Even worse, the US isn’t alone.  The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, delivered a (now famous) speech to the Australian parliament, where she took her opponent to task for sexist remarks.  “I’m offended,” she stated, numerous times, unapologetically.  By the time she was finished, I wasn’t sure if I should cheer or cry.  So instead I bought this tshirt.  You can see the full clip on GOOD.


Fall in Philly is the best.  I can’t decide if we should head over to Dilworth Park’s Octoberfest (foozeball tables, food trucks, picnic tables, a DJ, and beer) or head over to our fav, Morgan’s Pier, where they’ve turned the beer garden into an “autumn wonderland” complete with pumpkins to carve, hay, and heat lamps.  So fun.







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