Did you guys see the latest J.Crew style guide? (Us regular folk call it a catalog.) Anyway, I’ve been obsessed – OBSESSED – with the girl on the cover. That SCARF. So I’ve been trying and trying to recreate at home….but couldn’t quite get it. So I booked an appointment with my fav J.Crew stylist over at Suburban Square, and we figured something out together.
True & Co, my fav online source for all things gorgeous and lacy and cozy and loungy, have made some changes in the last couple of years. Their quiz has been updated (and works better now, in my opinion – they basically addressed all of the concerns I had originally highlighted here), and, even more exciting, have branched out into creating their own line of lingerie. And? It. Is. Fabulous.
If your underwear drawer needs an update (and mine really does), you won’t go wrong with…
A while back, I received an email from reader Cristin, titled, simply, “Post Idea”. She wrote:
Your post with Sarah at Target gave me a great idea for a future post for you: You go shopping with a mom of two whose work wardrobe needs some serious help postpartum. I even have a possible subject for you: Me! I could even come to you!
We emailed back and forth, set a date (she wanted to wait a bit to give her body more time to bounce back), and then met two weeks ago at King of Prussia mall. First order of business? Getting an idea of Cristin’s style. We did the flip-and-rip style assessment technique (you just page through super fast, and rip out anything that appeals to you on a gut level – no thinking)….and this is what we ended up with:
As you can see, Cristin’s style is fairly preppy, but also girly and romantic, which can be tough to pull off in an office environment. Also working against us? The season. Soft pastels and floral prints abound in Spring, but in the Fall, most retailers have switched to darker hues and structural shapes. Also, Cristin wanted to look like a serious yet young professional – she wanted outfits that were office appropriate, sure, but more interesting that a basic black suit and button-down.
Kate Spade reached out and asked if I’d take a look at their Fall line.
I did what any self-respecting fashion blogger would do: happy danced around the living room, moonwalked into the kitchen, then ran outside for a toe touch.
Ok, maybe half a toe touch. (They’re harder than I remember.)
But I couldn’t have been more thrilled to work with Kate Spade. I’m a longtime fan, and and I love how the designs always seem to incorporate a slightly quirky element. I know we’ve talked before about interesting basics, and Kate Spade pieces are the definition of interesting. It’s totally my speed.
To prep for this collab, I actually went into a Kate Spade store and tried everything on. Like really, seriously, almost everything they had. I was curious, you know? The Kate Spade price point is higher than what I typically cover (at least for clothing – the shoes and bags are pretty much right on), so I just wanted to feel things, you know? Rub my hands up and down, try on a bunch of different sizes. (Salespeople love that.)
Yeah. So I’m still in these jeans. And I’ve been meaning to talk about this jacket FOREVER. And yes – the sexy sweater + bustier combo, too. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Suffice to say that I gots some things to say regarding holiday style.
Holiday? I KNOW. Feel free to throw things, I do realize we haven’t hit Halloween yet. IN MY DEFENSE…..I missed out on ALL holiday fun last year, *cough*chemo*cough* so I’m beyond excited for holiday festivities this year. Like really, seriously, over-the-moon, excited in almost a manic, crazy-person kind of way. I will be bringing Jolly this year, with a capital “J”. BRINGING. THE. JOLLY.
And thank you guys – so much – for your kind words, welcoming my sister. I’m so thrilled to have Scotti here, and because of her, was able to take some (much needed) time off in New York last week. (And Instagrammers, your NYC suggestions were SPOT ON. Seriously, wow.)
Now back to sexy sweaters. Unlike my “sexy turtlenecks” which I keep (unsuccessfully) trying to make a thing [insert eyeroll from my husband], the sexy sweater is, actually, sexy.
Nordstrom asked if I’d like to take a look at their latest selection of denim. [snort] Little do they know that I’m ALWAYS looking at their latest selection of denim. BWAH HA HA-
Anyway. There are few things in life that get my heart beating faster than denim. Denim is my currency. (And I still do that trick my friend Amber taught me: “I could buy that shirt….but it costs half a jean. Hmmmmm…..”)
So. After pouring over pages and pages and pages of denim (seriously, Nordie’s selection is pretty staggering), there was one pair I couldn’t get out of my head. Not my typical choice, brown(??), but the faux leather and the zipper details….well. So I ordered them.
Holy Mary Mother of G– these are comfortable. Here is my ode to the brown faux-leather:
I remember reading this book as a child, and after searching (and searching AND SEARCHING) for something to calm fearful little Pax, I came across this old favorite again. From the desperately brave stance of a boy making a stand (in his army helmet, no less, with a barricade of pillows and toy cannon)…to the sweet tears of the monster, I LOVE this book. (And if you have boys, you’ll totally appreciate that YES – he does fire the pop-gun at the monster because to a little boy, there is no such thing as surrender.) We’ve read There’s a Nightmare in My Closet approximately one million times, and no other book hits quite the right cord, or reassures better.
Do you know the Dorrie books? These were my absolute favorites as a little girl. They are a fully illustrated series, but each book is long, bridging the gap between picture books and chapter books beautifully. All books start with, “Dorrie is a witch. A little witch. Her hat is always on crooked and her socks never match.” And so her adventures begin. Dorrie is spirited, tough, and about as anti-princess as you can get. My boys – both Raines and Pax – are obsessed with these books. I love the strong, female characters, and the fact that Dorrie isn’t some perfect kid – she drops bags of onions, gets muddy, “borrows” her mother’s broom to try and learn how to fly, etc. Also? The adults are far from perfect, too. There’s a fair bit of yelling, “DORRIE! Stay OUT of the way! Company is coming!!” Which….you know, happens. These books were out of print for a long time, but it looks like Amazon has brought them back – most of them, anyway. Dorrie and the Halloween Plot is a good place to start, but they are all pretty fantastic. (Sadly, my very fav, Dorrie and the Witch’s Imp is still out of print, but there are a few used copies on Amazon – or try the library.)
I thought this was a joke. I mean seriously: It HAS to be a joke. The whole thing reads like a real Dick and Jane book:
“Look Jane, look! Look at the red ball. Oh, Jane! That is not the red ball!”
Nope. Not a ball. It is, of course, THE VAMPIRE. That cliffhanger leads to the next chapter, appropriately titled, “Run Away”.
“Run, Dick. Run, Jane. Run, Mother. Run away!”
But here’s the thing: no one gets hurt. In the end, the vampire becomes a friend, and they find him a nice lady vampire.
“Look, Vampire, look. Look and see. Look at our new friend! Happy, happy vampire.”
OMG. This shit just kills me. So…OK. We read it to the kids. It’s so crazy, though, getting through the story. There’s so many times you think Dick or Jane or – good lord – baby Sally is about to be vampire food and then…..nope. Vampire either runs away, or starts to play, or something. It’s CREEPY, there is no doubt, but Raines and Pax LOVED it. It’s amazing how a lurking vampire presence jazzes up a story they would otherwise NEVER sit through (or attempt to read).
My husband, Zack, is kind of an enigma. He works in construction and fixes things, builds things, installs things . . . man things like that. BUT, he’s also the most stylish guy I know. So when I was asked to do this article, my mantra was WWZW, or “What would Zack wear??” I showed him what I came up with and sometimes I’d get it right; “Nice babe!” and other times, not so much; “I’d just never . . . wear . . . that.” Here are the outfits we came up with:
“I need to get out of the house today,” I’ll say frantically to Zack. “Ok, what do you want to do?” he’ll ask. “I don’t care I just need to get the f*%$ out of the house.” There are times after having a baby when it feels like you live in a cave and all you want to do is EMERGE from it. Sometimes we’ll go to our favorite bar for an afternoon drink and apps (yes, baby in tow) and sometimes I’ll trick him into going we’ll go to Target for a “few things” and leave with a shopping cart full of stuff wondering what happened. The backpack is included because it’s Zack’s favorite “man diaper bag.” When I get tired of carrying the diaper bag or when I want to wear a cute purse that isn’t nearly big enough for all the STUFF you need when leaving the house with a baby, Zack will bust out the backpack. It’s insanely liberating to have HIM deal with the bag once in awhile.
Hey Gang! My sister Scotti is going to start contributing to The Mom Edit, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. She just had her first kiddo this past July (baby Greenlea if you follow me on Instagram), and I think you’re going to love her perspective.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, leggings became my best friend. Not only were they comfortable, but they expanded along with my butt, thighs and belly as the weeks went by. Regular leggings get old, though, so on a whim, I bought a pair of maternity leather leggings from H&M that I LOVED. They instantly made me feel more put-together and fashion-forward than the old leggings I was wearing on a (almost) daily basis. After having Greenlea, I found myself reaching for leggings again in my postpartum days and knew that I needed to purchase a pair of non-maternity leather leggings stat.
Faux leather leggings are as comfortable and as versatile as regular leggings, but add an extra bit of attitude and style to the same outfits. I love dressing mine up for date night by adding a blazer, fancy shoes and some stylish accessories or dressing them down for lounging or running errands by pairing them with comfy booties, fabulously soft t-shirts and cozy sweaters. They’ve been a saving grace with my postpartum body, hiding my pooch and replacing my pre-pregnancy jeans (um, made the mistake of trying them on too soon!) until I can fit in them again!