May 2, 2016

The Bomber Jacket that’s helping me find my cool again.

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Getting all three kids out the door (let alone looking cool while doing so) is, mmmnearly impossible these days.   For the madness that is school drop-off, I’ve been throwing on work-out clothes with the least amount of baby puke so yeh…I look hot. Hot mess, that is. It has gotten so bad that the ONE day I actually put on real clothes, Mad’s teacher exclaimed, “Oh! You look like you’re going somewhere today!”. Yes. Yes, I am. Home to cry. ha ha.

But that’s just been life and life with three kids under six is…crazy.

Very recently, I’ve been able to get back into a routine of sorts, and not feel so much like a  zombie on crack (I got some sleep. Weird how that helps.), so I managed to shlep over to my computer and do some online shopping to find something (ANYTHING) cool that would break me out of my stretchy attire and inspire me to wear real clothes more often.

This bomber jacket. Yessss.  A trend I can totally work with right now. I also really, really love a good jacket (see my blazer post for more proof) and love the decidedly non-preppy direction the bomber jacket takes an outfit.  Besides, the day-to-night possibilities are endless.

April 29, 2016

Nordstrom’s Personalized e-Gift Cards Are Insanely Cute (And Would Go Well With These Gifts Under $75)

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Nordstrom asked me to take a look at their personalized E-Gift cards for Mother’s Day, and BOOM.  There went the rest of my night.  Consider yourself warned:  this is a seriously addicting, seriously cute, and seriously exciting (aka shopping spree!!!) gift.

Want to see the trials of my midnight playtime on Nordstrom.com?  I made giftcards out of photos (like the example above), one from my little guys’ art, and one for my own mom.  Of course, I made one for myself, just to, you know, give Mike a hand.

True to #shoppingenabler form, there’s also a little gift guide of my Mother’s Day gift picks under $75.  Because the only thing better than a shopping spree is to have it wrapped up in a little something-something amiright?  (My goal was to keep the little something-somethings under $50, but then I found these pajamas and it was allll over.  Anyway, most are under $50.)

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April 29, 2016

Denim is 20% Off At Anthropologie Right Now

 

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flares | overalls | boyfriend jeans

Feel like doing a little weekend shopping?  Anthro has 20% off all of their full priced denim.  I love shopping for denim at Anthro because they tend to have a really well-edited selection of interesting pieces.  Think: cool overalls, fab 70’s detailed flares, or just spot-on, everyday AGs (and a huge selection for petites – thank you Anthro!!).  Here are the pieces I have my eye on for Spring/Summer……

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April 28, 2016

Spring Color Combo: Black, White and….Olive

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And sometimes…you get to eat ice cream on the job!

This hot hot day in Portland we decided to go to what would become my new favorite ice cream shop. At the suggestion of my friend and insanely talented photographer, Posy Quarterman, we headed over to Fifty Licks for a fun afternoon of delicious treats.

The Outfit Formula

Ok, so in the interest of fashion and not wanting to make you jealous by describing all of the ridiculously delicious ice cream flavors, on to talking about a new favorite outfit combo of mine: black & white and olive.

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April 27, 2016

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas At Modcloth

We’re big fans of Modcloth over here at The Mom Edit.  The vintage-inspired dresses (especially flattering on curvy girls), this post-partum swimsuit our readers rave about every summer, and the awesome online community of customers who share honest reviews (and pictures!) so you can see what their products look like on real people.

Recently Modcloth reached out to see if we wanted to pull together an edited selection of gifts for Mother’s Day.  Intrigued, we ventured beyond dresses and swim to find a virtual treasure trove of quirky, unexpected, and seriously fun gifts for mamas of all ages and stages.  (And true to form, the price point is good.)

So.  If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift (or just something for yourself!), look no further.  Here are 30+ gifts we’re now obsessed with:

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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April 26, 2016

Army Jackets, Boyfriend Jeans And Morgan’s Pier

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My first army jacket was bought ten years ago in a Parisian flea market.  (Stay with me here – I realize that’s one heck of a pretentious opener .)  I felt so very worldly, as I strolled through le marche, jacket casually tossed over my arm.  Ou est la cafe, Monsieur?  Ah, bien.  Merci.

The reality, however, is that the jacket smelled faintly musty, and while it was soft and ever-so-perfectly-oversized, the sleeves were much too short for my long, goony arms (inherited from my German father, not my French mother) and so the jacket lived mostly in my closet.  I’d trot it out from time to time, sleeves rolled up.

Army jackets (or army-inspired jackets) are one of those pieces that always seem to be cool.  Perhaps not Prince-in-sequin-hot-pants-and-chaps cool (did you see that SNL tribute?  I mean WOW), but cool in an effortlessly casual way.  And for some reason, I’ve been pairing mine with boyfriend jeans for at least EIGHT YEARS.  Forget florals, this combo is my Spring.

Speaking of Spring, Morgan’s Pier is open!!  It’s where we’ve spent many happy Sunday afternoons.  If you follow me on instagram (@shanachristine) you’ll know we kicked off the Spring/Summer season with a bang.  Unlike Friday or Saturday nights, late Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to let the kiddos take over the dance floor.  Some friends came out to join us, and it turned into an epic party.

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April 25, 2016

Nickel & Suede: Life-Changing Earrings

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I have always been an earring girl.  Back as far as I can remember, even before I was allowed to get my ears pierced, I would dress up with huge clip-on earrings.  I would ask my dad monthly weekly daily if I could get my ears pierced and I was PUMPED when the time came.  I’ve always loved a good statement earring and the way they can dress up any outfit or even disguise a bad hair day.  The problem is that most of them are so ridiculously heavy I can only wear them for a short time . . . OR they’re so delicate they don’t stand a chance with Greenlea’s wandering hands.  Enter Nickel & Suede’s life-changing leather earrings.  Thanks to comments from you guys, I heard about their lightweight statement earrings and thought I’d reach out to see if they’d be interested in being featured on our blog.  Not only were they interested but they also graciously offered you, dear readers, 15% off your order with the code MOMEDIT15.  Now is the time to stock up! 

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April 25, 2016

What To Pack: Ireland in Early Summer

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Ireland…oh, dear Melissa who wrote in asking what to pack for your trip there – I am so jealous. I adore that country so. Pinky and I honeymooned in Ireland and Scotland and fell completely in love with both countries. I’m longing to return. I truly believe Ireland has the nicest people in the world. We met an adorable couple in a pub there who extended an invitation to stay with them upon our next visit! (totally taking them up on that). And the green…the rolling green…it’s beyond picturesque. I could go on for days about the coziness there, too. Anyway, packing…

Here’s what Melissa wrote:

Hi!  It looks like we’re taking a family trip to Ireland in June 😁 12 days, one medium size packing cube for me (plus the clothes on my back) and two young kids. What would you be packing??

Spring and early summer weather in Ireland is not unlike early summer Portland weather, so I can definitely say the main thing to keep in mind is layers. (I also checked with a dear friend from Scotland and she confirmed this! Thanks Sally dear!) It will most likely be cool or even chilly in the mornings and evenings, but could warm up to the 50’s and 60’s during the day. Layering tees, button-downs, sweaters, hoodies and of course a rain jacket will be essential for your traveling comfort. Here are some packing suggestions that I hope help inspire you!

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April 23, 2016

WEEKEND

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Let’s see….what will we be up to this weekend?  Hmmmm….I wonder how’ll we manage to occupy our time this weekend….if only….if only….if only WINTER WAS COMING.

Bring it, Game of Thrones!!!!  On Sunday night we’re going to try and get the boys to bed quickly (I mean heck – we’ll iPod if we must) because a girl’s gotta know:  Jon Snow?  Dead?  The books make him sound very dead.  Here’s my theory:  he’s the son of Eddard Stark’s dead sister AND Rhaegar Targaryen (which would explain why Ned would never reveal Jon’s real parents).   If so, Jon’s story would be so much more exciting and important if he were still alive.  So I’m betting on life.  But truthfully, I’m not sure how they’ll pull it off from a plot perspective.  I’m a little nervous that we’re venturing into unwritten territory – I tend to be a purist about movie adaptations of books.  I do realize that I’m geeking out hard, but HEY!  Us nerds have been waiting YEARS for this!

Weekend Links and Reads

Speaking of nerds, I think this tshirt was made for me.

Cropped jeans and ankle boots – a few of you asked to see how they look together, so I just posted a pic to Instagram (@shanachristine).

Rainbow crochet and tassels.  Yes?  Check out this bag.  I haven’t the foggiest notion why it works.  But I’m obsessed (and it’s only $42).

Raining and strollering just got easier.  The Mumbrella will solve all of my walking-to-school-in-the-rain-while-pushing-stroller problems.

A woman with Down Syndrome just became the face of a new beauty campaign.  She totally rocks it.

Plastic toys are about to get a whole lot cooler.  Fischer Price just named Jonathan Adler it’s new Creative Director.  Fortune Mag thinks we should thank the Milennials.  Please.  Like they’re the first generation of parents trying to tempt junior away from their cellphone with a handmade cubist rattle.  #beenthere

Are YOU a Milennial?  The Atlantic breaks down the generation confusion.  Because #facts.

Snapchat, anyone?  I started a snapchat account (@themomedit) and suspect I may be the only Generation Xer (or Yer? still confused) to have one.  I’ve been posting on a schedule that I’ll generously describe as “semi-regularly”.  So for the twelve of you that care, what do you want to see?  Outfits?  Is makeup required?  (Please say no.)  Weigh in or I’ll just start sharing my many cooking failures and more videos of Pax dancing.

GP released a new cookbook called “It’s All Easy“.  If you order from her website, you can request a personalized message.  I’m so tempted to order one with the inscription, “Dear Shana, I’m a big, HUGE fan of The Mom Edit!  Lunch soon?  xx GP”  Wouldn’t that be hysterical?  Just casually leave it open when people are over….

I’m so thrilled for our Cam – she’s one of the finalists in Redbook Mag’s Real Women, Real Style awards!  Cam discovered the contest late one sleepless night, and she was all – in the midst of a nursing/spit-up/sweatpant extravaganza – I’M A REAL WOMAN WITH STYLE, DAMMIT!  I MEAN SOMETIMES!   Hells yeah, Cam – we’ve alllll been there, our style/sanity especially questionable at 3AM.  That’s about as real as it gets.  If you have a second, go on over and vote.

 

What are you guys up to this weekend?  We’re hitting the PIFA festival, Morgan’s Pier is open, and we’re currently listening to Purple Rain on repeat.  What an insanely talented man.  RIP, Prince.

xo,

S

 

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