March 22, 2017

Spring Denim #DressingRoomSelfies

jacket (coziest!!) | tee | jeans | boots (similar, some sizes here)

Soooooo, I’m a denim girl – remember last year’s search for the perfect spring jean?  This year, I’m back to my old tricks.  Actually, we all are.  The Mom Edit team has been off trying (and trying and trying in some cases) to find the perfect light-wash jean for Spring.

My criteria was as follows:

  1.  A perfect faded vintage blue wash –  this is the wash I’m in love with right now. I have tried (and tried) really light washes and they just aren’t for me, but that broken-in perfection? YES.
  2. Interesting fit (or at least new-to-my-closet?) – I wanted to push myself beyond a skinny jean, because I already found a perfect pair!

I tried on a ton and some definitely failed, but the winners made it allll worthwhile. I am always up for a jean challenge. Is there such thing as a denim geek? ‘Cause that’s me. Come. Come along into my madness…

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March 21, 2017

Light-Wash Denim: The First (of many) Attempts To Find My New Favorite Jeans

It’s Spring Denim Month over here at TME.  Usually we just declare a theme week and be done with it, but we’re having a few issues with this one.

When I first brought up the concept of finding a go-to pair of lightwash denim for Spring, it was met with varying degrees of enthusiasm.  Laura was all I LOVE IT OBVIOUSLY MORE DENIM YES…..Cam piped up with ‘do shorts count cause it’s hot already’ (rub it in, Carolina, rub it in), Scotti couldn’t seem to grasp what constitutes light wash (Is this light wash?  No.  Is THIS light wash?  No.  Is thi- No.)….and I could see Amanda, sitting there in her black jeans, giving me side-eye through the screen.  (In hindsight those were probably leggings.)

I know, I know, I know.

Denim trends have been driving us all crazy for months now, and lightwash denim is no exception.  Actually, there’s so many more things that can go wrong with lightwash denim:  a too-flat, completely uniform wash that perfectly outlines each lump, bump and muscle….or distressing  that doesn’t quite hit in the right spot, creating a squeeze situation right above the knee, to name but a few possibilities.

Ugh.

So here’s our compromise:  Finding a perfect pair of lightwash denim for Spring is probably going to take a few attempts.  So in the interest of shopping helpfulness (it’s only enabling if it’s good)….we’re bringing it all to TME:  the good, the bad, and the ugly.  And we’re comparing our real-life pictures to the pics on retailers websites.  Why?  Because soooooo many retailers, where lightwash is concerned, have fallen into a really bad habit:  they’re grossly over-exposing the denim, and you end up with a pair that looks nothing like what is shown online.

So….here’s my first attempt.  I found some strong contenders, but not the lightwash denim of my dreams.  I’ll keep looking.  In the meantime….enjoy and good luck!

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March 21, 2017

Spring Dresses: Asos

Spring is here! Officially! Spring brings with it many occasions (and hopefully warm enough weather) for pretty dresses. If you have a vacation, wedding or Easter celebration coming up, look no further. Asos is having 20% off their already super reasonable dress prices and there are some really lovely, fun options. They have free standard shipping and 2-day shipping for a whole year is only $19.00. I’ve gotten some great dresses lately from Asos, as have most of us on the TME team. Here are my favorites…

A note on Asos dress sizing: I find that they run a little bit small, especially in the rib cage (I have a large rib cage) and the hips. If you run a bit wider or curvier in these areas, too, I’d suggest going up one size. 

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March 20, 2017

Adding a Little Fancy: Bell Sleeve Tops

I’ve been loving all of the cool bell sleeve tops I’m seeing.  They’re an effortless way of looking put-together without having to think too much about what you’re wearing.  I dressed this one up with sequin statement earrings and over the knee boots (it’s still cold in Michigan) and will pair it with boyfriend jeans and sandals when the weather warms up a bit.  The sleeves added a touch of fancy to an otherwise simple outfit . . . and you all know I’m all about adding a little fancy

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March 20, 2017

Naples, FL: What To Do (And Wear)

As Spring Break approaches I find myself a leetle regretful that I didn’t plan a warm weather trip for us this year. I mean, we’re so much closer to Hawaii here in Portland and we still haven’t been…next year maybe I can write a travel post on that trip! (Pinky, are you reading…)

We were fortunate enough to get to visit my parents in February in South Florida this year, though, for some sunshine. (You may have seen a few pics on my Instagram account @elletrain) The weather was in the low 80’s for at least half of our trip and it was lovely. We got a date night, I got some mama time and of course we had some trips to the beach while we were there. I did a little run-down here of some of our favorite activities and some suggestions on what to wear and pack if you’re planning a trip to the Sunshine State.

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March 19, 2017

These Are The Most Comfortable Sandals….EVER

 

I wore this outfit to school pick-up the other day.  Before the East Coast was hit with the big storm, obviously.  Actually, it may have been the exact day-before-the-storm but #nobodycares #movingon.

ANYWAY.

My friend Linzi came sauntering up, eyes sparkling.  “Shana….?” she started in a sing-song voice, “are you wearing comfort shoes????”

Um.  Maybe?  #that’sAYes

So here’s the thing:  I’ve been meaning to give Eileen Fisher sandals a try for a couple of years now.  The reviews are off-the-charts glowing, and the styling is sporty, which is a direction that feels really on-point right now.  And when paired with some edgier pieces (Rag and Bone, naturally, and OMG wait until you see this gorg little bag….) anyway, the resulting outfit was totally my jam.

And those darn reviews are right about these sandals.  We’re talking the most buttery-soft leather that has ever graced my body, and a squishy, supportive sole.  They are, without any exaggeration at all, more comfortable than sneakers.  Bold words, I know.  Yet TRUE.

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March 18, 2017

My Favorite Sandals for 2017

summer-sandals-2017

I’ve had my eyes set on sandals for a while now, especially with the weird, early Spring weather that arrived about a month ago. Needless to say, I’ve had my search on for THE pair of all pairs, to get me through the warmer months coming up. (BTW: it snowed this past Saturday and now it’s freezing cold. ha…ha. SC, you’re so funny. So f-ing funny)

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March 17, 2017

Weekend 3/17

 

I love this pic of Laura and her little – it warms my heart.  (And I’m taking St. Patrick’s Day style tips from little Miss Sienna from now on.  Sequin headband, done.)

Also, thank you guys for your insanely kind comments about my…..ummmm……mom bod on Wednesday’s ThirdLove post.  Truth be told, there was a moment of hesitation before including a few of them.  Soft stomaches, scars from my mastectomy (admittedly, I lightened one of them), and dimpling across my chest from the reconstruction (which no one has even noticed, despite the fact that I agonized over that photo)….yeah.  I paused.  And then I got a bit annoyed with myself.  I mean….it’s how I look.  I’m a forty year old mom of two kids and breast cancer survivor who has been working her butt off at Pilates and Yoga and skiing and this is how I look.   So the fact that these pics were met with so much support?  Just….wow.  Thank you for helping us all keep it real over here.

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March 17, 2017

Letters From A: Decorating With White

 

I hate decorating.  I hate picking paint colors, buying furniture, choosing fabrics (ha – I don’t actually know what one would do with fabrics but this seems to be a thing with interior people), and having too many….erm…decorative objects makes me break out in hives.  “TOO MANY THINGS TO DUST!” said my mother once and yes.  AGREED.

Couple my….lack of passion for the topic with the very real fact that I am Not Very Good At This and you end up with a house full of Stuff That Does Not Go, coupled with a few large pieces of Stuff That Doesn’t Fit, usually co-located with at least one Piece From a Wishful Thinking Phase, and rounded out nicely with Stuff I Had in College.

Happily, I also have…an A.  (You may remember her from here:  Am I Too Old or Too Short For These Jeans?)

My dear friend A is one of those magical creatures who seems to need no sleep, has boundless energy, and can see 3-D scale models in her head of any room she designs. She’s the kind of friend who, on a Friday night, if you happen to say, “I wonder if I should move the couch over he–” is already on her feet, moving the couch, chair, bookshelf, and swapping out the rug for one she happens to remember seeing once in your basement.  And somehow…despite no shortage of initial arguing (usually by me)….it always looks a million times better when A is done.

She’s like a fairy godmother of home design.

No, scratch that.  She’s like the…..Energizer Bunny of home design.  A fairy godmother would just wave a magic wand and POOF.  Done.  She wouldn’t text you at odd hours of the night telling you that she found THE EXACT NIGHTSTAND for your bedroom and oh-by-the-way 5 new lighting fixtures were added to the Pinterest board she created for your playroom and when you (finally) log on to Pinterest to look…you realize that she’s also created Pinterest boards for alllll of your friends who she is also simultaneously helping.  With all of their rooms.  In all of their houses.

(If you guys want to follow A on Pinterest, you are in for a treat.  She finds killer stuff. )

But one of the many reasons I love A so dearly, is not for her mad home design skills.  It’s for her general outlook on life, her ability to…shine, so brightly -even through all of life’s shit (and she has more than her fair share), yet somehow expand that glow to everyone around her.  She’s the kind of girl who truly lights up a room, and the whole world is better because A is in it.

One of A’s pet projects lately is helping Mike and I finish our renovations.  This has involved many bottles of wine, Pinterest board after Pinterest board, and, when I’m being more stubborn than usual……A’s shenanigans.  She’s held one-act plays in my living room over coffee tables, written an Ode To My Powder Room, and…..the weekly emails.  Which are actually my favorite part.

Almost every week, A has started writing letters about whatever topic we’ve been discussing, filled with all kinds of fun home decor inspiration, but also a little dose of real life.  Of her.  Of her indefatigable optimism, her charm, her East-Coast, Philly-girl nonsense.

I’ve been getting so much joy out of these letters that I asked A if I could share them with you.

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March 15, 2017

ThirdLove’s Gorgeous New Line of Bras Are Perfect For Spring

 

Anyone need a good racerback bra for summer?

Put your hand up, Mama.  Based on the number of comments and emails we get alllll summer long, ‘What bra do you wear with ____???” I’d say everyone is due.

But racerbacks can be tricky – the band really needs to fit correctly, or you’ll be dealing with a back-fat squeeze situation, which….um….is the last thing you want while rocking summer’s strappy little tanks.

Happily, ThirdLove has a seriously smart answer:  a racerback with an adjustable back…and loads of pretty lace.  (Truthfully, I’m not sure which part I like better. #probablylace)

Keep reading to see my two personal favorites from their new Spring line….

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