August 31, 2014

Chic Dining Chairs That Are Practically Kid-Proof (and on sale)

Gosh, the Labor Day Sales have been ah-mazing this year.  And now jumping into the fray is World Market with a killer dining room sale.  If anyone is considering a dining room upgrade, Amanda makes a pretty convincing argument for taking a second look at your chairs.  


While the weather is still summer-like in Boston, you can definitely feel the shift towards Autumn as the kids head back to school and sunset comes a little earlier every night. Fall brings such a cozy feeling, it makes me want to hit the sales for snuggly sweaters and eat pumpkin spice-flavored everything! It’s also a great time to reconnect around the dinner table after long work and school days. Dining chairs take a lot of abuse – if yours chairs could use some sprucing up, or you just want more comfortable options to encourage family to linger after eating, we’ve got some awesome deals from World Market to show you. They’re having a dining furniture sale at the moment so it’s a great time to snag a deal if you’re in the market for a room refresh. The best thing about these chairs is that each and every one of them is mess-resistant – no special care needed, just soap and water clean up (a must for tiny diners!), not to mention many come in a set of 2 so they’re pretty budget friendly. I broke it down into 5 categories – Classic, Modern, Versatile, Rustic, and Fun – so there’s sure to be something to match your decor.


Although these chairs are more traditional, they’re flexible enough to fit with a lot of different dining room styles. And the designs are virtually trend-proof, so they’ll never go out of style.
While the lines of this chair are very traditional, the deep green color is anything but. These would look great at each end of the dining table.
This one looks so soft I just want to curl up in it with a good book and cup of tea! The color is a perfect neutral that will play nicely with many color schemes and decor styles. It also comes in a dark gray and jewel tone botanical pattern if you want to get a little wild!
The Wishbone chair is a great example of traditional design, but I love how it looks so current. These typically go for a lot more at high-end stores.


These sleek and minimalist chairs will look great with modern or transitional styles, and the simple design looks really comfy.


These leather chairs get great reviews for comfort and durability, and come in a set of 2.  Want more adventurous color choices? They also come in gray, red and cognac.
I can’t get over how cute these chairs are! I love the pretty aqua pattern paired with the light wood. They also come in this pattern in citron green – such a fresh and airy look.




If you have an eclectic dining room style going on or don’t want to commit to a certain look, these chairs are right up your alley.
Aside from the awesome price and great reviews, these are the ultimate in easy-care chairs since the slipcovers are machine washable. The covers come in tons of colors and prints, these are just a few of the available designs.
We have similar chairs in our dining room paired with a farmhouse table, and they’ve worked out great for playdates and dinners – they handle fingerpaint and spaghetti sauce spills with ease!


I have a lot of love for this group – the lightly distressed finish fits right in with the farmhouse-chic aesthetic that’s popular right now and the price is right since they both come in sets of 2.
The price on this set is unbelievably good and they make it look like you spent hours searching the flea market for the perfect chair. Also in white.
I’ve seen this style of chair for a LOT more at other stores, plus these get rave reviews for value, appearance, and comfort. Also in distressed black.


Ok, I saved the best for last! These options are super cute and will add so much personality to your dining room.
Check out the back of the Ikat and Striped dining chairs – such a fun surprise! These also come in a black and white print for a more subdued look.
These are definitely statement chairs, but you get a lot of look for the money! The mix of traditional lines and unexpected color is so cool. Hot pink a little too brave? Go for a different jewel tone – the  Emerald, Topaz and Peacock versions are just as gorgeous.
The deep teal color on this banquette is so beautiful and would go with tons of different color schemes. It looks so comfy for settling in for a long dinner or homework session, and reminds me of the posh velvet settees Anthropologie has going on at the moment.
Hope you enjoyed the dining chair roundup; do let us know if you snagged any deals! Stay tuned for the next installment where we’re talking stylish toy storage and how to keep Legos from taking over your house, one tiny plastic piece at a time…
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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August 30, 2014

My Favs From Gap and Banana’s Labor Day Sales

With discounts of up to 40% off of almost everything…here are the pieces I’m loving.



Almost everything is on sale, up to 40% off, no code necessary.  One note:  The way the pics load, I don’t always get to choose which photo shows up, so I tried to specify the color in the notes (the yellow-beige cords, for example, hurt my eyes, but in maroon?  So 70′s fabulous.)


Banana Republic

Take 40% off of your entire purchase with the code BRLABOR.


Happy shopping!

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August 28, 2014

Bye Bye Summer…Hello, Labor Day (And Sales!)



What’cha doing this weekend?  We’re probably going to hit Morgan’s Pier (our fav summer pop-up in Philly and where all pics in this article were taken), or the newcomer this summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park.  Have you been?  It’s…AMAZING.  And I just heard that Spruce St. is going to stay open for another month!  Yay!  (The food is way better at Morgan’s Pier, but Spruce Street has those hammocks….and nets over the river to sit in….hmmmm…maybe we’ll have to hit both.  Now THAT’S a good weekend.)



We’re also trying to get ready for school next week….and getting two boys out of the house for an 8:35 and 9:00 schools start times seems….totally out of reach.  Completely impossible.  I have no idea how.  WE WILL SEE, I suppose.  Pax wants the Later Gater backpack from MadPax which seems appropriate.  Any advice???

On that note, the Happiest Home published a round-up of books for kids just starting school (including Ramona the Pest…yesssss)

Apartment Therapy makes me want to install a swing and a climbing wall inside our house.  It’s fun and….GORGEOUS.

While browsing for school lunch ideas, I found this recipe for Lemon-parm popcorn.  I think I could make it vegan by swapping the parmesan for nutritional yeast (which tastes cheesy, if you’ve never used it before).  I could seriously start a whole other blog called WAYS I EAT POPCORN.  (Clearly, I wasn’t that successful on the school lunch front.  Anyone have a site they love?)

But let’s get to the sales!!

Everyone is having labor day sales this year.  I added a bunch of pieces to the sale shop, but wanted to highlight my absolute favorites.

Anthropologie – especially for the jeans.  Take an additional 20% already reduced items, and don’t miss MiH’s high-waisted, straight leg denim (I own these in a darker wash, size down)….or AG’s Stevie (my fav everyday jean)…or these Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans with cool thread/patch detail.

Nordstrom – if you missed out on the Vince slip-on sneakers during the anniversary sale, they’re back.  Actually, there’s a few pieces from the Anniversary sale that have been restocked and are on sale again.  Specifically these faux-leather trousers that I  keep debating and the overalls I love.

JCrew – 25% off certain fall styles and an additional 25% off final sale items.  I especially love the patched jeans, the printed leather loafers (or metallic), and the cropped short-sleeve tee.  Layer the cropped tee over a button-down shirt for a seriously cute work-or-weekend look.  Also?  Toile sweatpants.

LOFT is offering 50% off of Fall styles which is especially exciting because it includes their modern loungewear line, Lou and Gray.  I’m dying over these striped shorts and this sweater dress.  I also really like this camo sweatshirt.

Saks OFF 5th Ave is offering 40% off your entire purchase (and everything is already marked down).  This is a great time to pick up a pair of coated denim, these bad@ss Ash moto boots, and this oversized, color-block sweater.  (Or this cardigan if you’re nursing.)   And OH HELP – they have kid’s stuff.  Including our family fav, the K-Way windbreaker.  I guess I know what I’m doing tonight.


I’ve added a few of the sale pieces to the Maternity, Nursing/Postpartum and Kids shops as well.





tank: Everlane Ryan Tank size XS

jeans: Blank denim Relaxed Straight Leg Jeans size 24

shoes: Meraki Greek Symi Metallic sandals

accessories: Bauble Bar Long Arrow pendant, Raybans, Moop Paperback bag, old J.Crew belt (similar belt)


Happy Long Weekend!



August 27, 2014

Your Outfit Needs Some Extra Oompf? Try Patterned Heels. (Sponsored Post)


(all photography by the insanely talented Vafa-Coffman Photography)

I know layering is big thing in fashion-blogger land, but sometimes I just want to be all Pants. Shirt. Done.  You know?

“I have eighteen layers of clothes on. I’m wearing a shirt and a tie and a sweater and a suede jacket that just seals in all the heat. Seals in all the juices. I’m just…it’s all sweat under here. This is just sweat from here down.”  -Steve Carell in Crazy Stupid Love


We’ve talked before about interesting basics, and a pair of patterned heels is one of my go-to methods to make…well…any outfit better.  Especially if you are firmly planted in the shirt-pants-done camp.
















tee: old James Perse (here’s the new James Perse tee…I bought mine in both size 1 and 3 – I’m wearing the 3 in this pic.)

jacket: Free People Oversized Knit Jacket, size XS

skirt: Nasty Gal Ruched Knot Skirt, size S (on sale for $26)

shoes: Sole Society Olyvia Heels in black white

necklace: Tiffany

watch: Mike’s Tissot watch


Patterned heels are often my answer for boring work outfits, too.  And when those patterned heels also happen to be of that magic height where they’re walkable, yet sexy?  And affordable, to boot?  Well.  The Shopping Enabler rests her case.







A graphic tee + skinny suit is a combo I will love forever…but I’m especially digging the contrast of the tomboyish outfit with the ladylike heels.  This is right up my alley.





Someone asked about my tattoo.  It is new.  My sister has the exact same one.  It’s in my mother’s handwriting, and reads, “I love you lots” in shorthand.  It’s what my mom wrote on our lunchbags (brown paper ones, thankyouverymuch) until we graduated, and on my Dad’s lunchbag until he retired.  I’ve been thinking about a tattoo for years (decades??), and I couldn’t be happier with the result.  (Of course, the fact that Dan at Sacred Tattoo Studio in Marquette is some kind of miracle no-pain tattoo artist helped a whole bunch.)







jacket: J.Crew blazer (size 0)

shirt: old Army of Lovers tank by Zoe Karssen (size M), but I’m loving the Zoe Karssen BeYOUtiful tank, Life is fun tank or her Girl Gang tee. Awesome.

pants: old Vince ponte pants…but these ponte pants by NYDJ look promising (and are 50% off).  I suggest hemming them so they hit right above your ankle bone for that 60′s mod vibe.

shoesSole Society Olyvia Heels in black white

sunglasses: Ray-Ban folding wayfers in blue



Now onto the fun part!  SHOPPING.

Sole Society has some ah-mazing patterned shoes at the moment.  Including (SWOON) plaid.  Here are my favorites:


Lastly, here are a few seriously cool bags for the office, as well as some fun baubles for date night.  (And a scarf.  Just because I love it and it happens to be on sale for $12.)



You with me on the patterned heels/flats/shoes in general?



A HUGE thank you to Sole Society for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts, opinions and product choices are my own.  (And I was seriously excited about this one…I know several of you have been asking for more workwear articles.  And more to come!)

ps.  It looks like Sole Society just kicked off their labor day sale…yessssss…..







August 26, 2014

Looking For A Bizarrely Specific Lunchbox? #nailedit

Me: Raines, since you’re going into First Grade, you’ll be eating lunch at school everyday.  You need a lunch box!

Raines [unenthused]: Ok.

Me: Lunch boxes are cool! You can get all kinds of different designs….wait – do you even know what a lunch box is?

Raines: It’s a box for your lunch, Mom.

Me: Well, yeah. But you can get really cool ones like….maybe space, or dinosaurs….


Me [now at the computer, googling]: Ok, look at this one – it’s camo!

Raines: Mom, I want a lunchbox with the Battleship New Jersey on it.

Me:  There’s also one with sharks, or– wait, what?

Raines: The Battleship New Jersey.

Me: Yeah that’s not gonna happen.

Raines: Why not?

Me: Honey, it doesn’t quite work like that. There’s a ton of options to choose from, but not anything in the world that you can think of. I can find sea-related lunch boxes like sharks or pirates, and I might be able to find a lunch box with a boat, but I really don’t think–

Raines: Google it, Mom. Just type in, “Battleship New Jersey Lunchbox”.

Me: Ok honey. We can google it, but see, there’s really noth-



You gotta be freaking kidding me.  It’s the actual Battleship New Jersey….on a lunchbox.

And check out at the inside:



So this lunch box can be found on Zazzle (here’s the direct link if anyone else has a WWII battleship obsessed kid), but this lunch box is made possible because of  Yubo.

Yubo makes BPA-free and Phtalate-free lunchboxes that are also dishwasher safe and recyclable (including the inserts shown above).  But the really cool part?   The faceplates are fully customizable.  As long as you can find a picture, your child’s wildest dreams can become a lunchbox.  And when your kid outgrows their obsession, new faceplates can be purchased without having to shell out for a whole new lunchbox.

Yubo also has some really cool stock designs, but I think Pax (my youngest) would get a kick out of one with his face on it.  We already know what Raines is getting.


Also, if you are in a rush, Amazon prime does have some Yubo lunchboxes in stock.


Thus concludes my story of getting schooled by Raines.  “GOOGLE IT MOM.”  Sheesh.



ps.  LOFT is having a flash sale – AGAIN – that goes from tonight until just 10AM tomorrow.  Use code FLASH for $50 off any purchase of $100 or more.  I have my eye on the short-sleeve sweatshirt (I’m obsessed with this piece for Fall – more later), the black jeans with a shockingly perfect distressed wash, this plaid shirt, and this sheer tee for date night.

Shopbop is also have a GIANT sale.  I’ve started adding pieces to The Mom Edit’s Sale Shop.

Lastly, Anthro is currently offering an additional 20% off of already marked down product.  The discount will be reflected in your cart at checkout.  Check the sale shop (I’ll add pieces as I find them).


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