Do any of you remember when Whitney Port started working at Diane Von Furstenberg on The Hills?…and then The City. I KNOW that some of you watched those shows…come on…you did. I actually would watch them all again if I could. They are so wonderfully dramatic and real scripted. I, personally, sat there with wide-eyed wonder as Whitney got out of that cab, opened the glass doors to DVF and ascended those stairs to start her new glamorous life and career. Siiiiiiiiiigh. I was all about it. What? I was in college. Haa ha.
On that note, DVF is having their friends and family sale this weekend. 25% off! ::whoop! whoop!:: This is a big deal.
Of course, there’s the classic wrap dress that DVF is known for, as well as some pretty funky, cool printed dresses and tops…among other things.
I bought this little record bag on a whim, during Kate Spade’s Thanksgiving sale. It was 75% off, so obviously. What I didn’t realize at the time was that this funky little bag would quickly become one of the most-worn pieces in my closet. Not just for date night (but YES, it comes along on virtually every date night), but during the day, while running around with the kiddos.
Granted, my littles aren’t so little anymore; I don’t *really* need a diaper bag….but I borrowed this trick from a Denver Mama I ran into at the park EONS ago. I had actually snapped her pic for Mom Street Style, but never posted it (who knows why – these things just happen sometimes) and now can’t find the pic. Grrr. BUT. Here’s the thing: she was walking around Cheeseman Park, pushing her baby in a stroller, wearing the cutest little cross-body diaper clutch (kind of like the Skip Hop Diaper Clutch) – and that was it. I had to stop her. I mean….once I hefted my overly large and heavily laden Marc Jacobs over my shoulder and ran – BOOM BA BA BOOM – her down.
She claimed that a small cross-body was just easier for her new-baby lifestyle. Keys? In the little bag. Credit card, id, lipstick, phone and paci? All in the little bag, easily accessed, no digging around. Diapers and wipes and nursing cover and ergo and blankets and hat and whatnot? Ooooooo….there was a bigger bag stuffed into the bottom of her stroller. She pulled it out when needed. And, she claimed, even without the stroller, it was easier for her to carry two bags than go rooting around for her keys (or OH GOD THE PACI) which invariably ends up at the very bottom.
At the time I was like “ain’t never gonna happen” but I thought about her again recently when I found myself using my little record cross-body on the daily.
If you had told me two years ago that mid-rise and HIGH-rise jeans were going to be back in style, I would have said, “oh HELL no.” I was a part of the low, lower, lowest rise jeans craze in the early 2000’s . . . remember Britney?? (I’m pretty sure you can’t get any lower. Legally.) BUT. Times change, trends come and go, babies are made, pooches are created . . . so now I say “thank GOD” for the mid-rise comeback. Muffin top, butt-crack, post-partum flabbiness . . . none of these are a problem with the now-ubiquitous higher rise denim. This pair from Express are my new favorites. They are SO comfy, and SO flattering that I bought them in two sizes . . . a short length for flats and the regular length for heels (I’m 5’4″). (They also come in long lengths for you tall gals. Cam, I’m talking about you!)
My biggest dilemma? To tuck or not to tuck. I feel so much more comfortable in a longer tank over the jeans. I think it’s more flattering as well. (I have an “all about the bass” kind of body. Size 0-2 on top and size 6-8 on bottom). BUT, as my sister pointed out, it is much more modern-looking to tuck. Aaaaand my legs DO look much longer when the shirt is tucked. What do you guys think?
Sorry, S. I had to. While your post was rockin’ as usual, I have to take a stand for the tall gals and say, some of us can’t wear boyfriend jeans the way you do – darn it. Some of us wish for just a little bit more pant leg to cuff and scrunch to our hearts content. ((sigh))
…but you look like a model blah blah blah I wish I was tall blah blah blah. No. Shh. Yeh, being tall has it’s benefits; such as, being able to reach things in high places that no one else can, seeing over people’s heads in a crowd or being able to give super awkward, hunched over hugs to your shorter friends, but when it comes to certain articles of clothing that are totally rocked by the petite, tall girls get the short end of the stick…or pant leg.
Okayokay. Maybe notSteve Urkel bad, but I speak for the tall ladies and they understand. There is no…”oh, darn. I have sooooo much extra leg left over I haaaaave to cuff them TWICE and scrunch them all perfectly…just so. Oh, wow. Cool! There’s still like 5 inches of pant left over to give me that grungchic look”, says Shana (every time she puts on her boyfriend jeans). Direct quote, by the way. For tall gals, it’s more like…”huh. So. Can I get a few more inches, please? Let me just puuuull them down as far as I can without them showing my bum crack and cuff them ever so slightly…and there. Oh F. Maybe I should make the cuff even skinnier. Yeh, that totally passes for a cuff. Maybe. Oh, whatever.”
Mmmmhmmm. My tall chicas come in. You know how it is. Pants just don’t fit us the same…along with other things, but I won’t go there right now. LATER. There will be more time for bemoaning the fact that other things don’t fit us well in the future. Promise.
Now, just because boyfriend jeans may fit differently on us tall girls doesn’t mean they are a no-no. Definitely not the case. In fact, I love the challenge of figuring out a different way to wear something. Also, the Madewell Slim Boyjeans I took the plunge for and bought are actually on the longer side…still not too long (which would be sweet), but they give me that tiny bit more that I can really use in a boyfriend jean.
Casual Bottoms That Can Be Dressed Up or Down (or even worn to the beach)
5. James Perse Twisted Jersey Miniskirt (expensive, but I bought a similar skirt for a fraction of the cost…and it’s so thin that every lump and bump shows through and I’ve worn it exactly ONCE. This style of skirt is my jam, but clearly quality matters in this case.)
9. Citizens of Humanity Rocket High Rise Jeans (I may swap these out for boyfriend jeans for a beach vacay….but right now I love the idea of having a seriously sexy pair of jeans to wear with a white tank, long necklace, and flat sandals. Can still chase kiddos, but will feel a little sexier going out for dinner.)
A Seriously Cool Dress For Night or Day
10. Riller and Fount Christiano Dress – this dress is so freaking good I could probably just bring this and be fine for the week. (Looks just as cute with sneakers as it does with sandals or heels.)
7. Free People Lace Halter Bra – these types of bras are the key to making racerback tanks work. And I love the deep berry with blush pink and army green.
A High-Performing Jacket (That’s Still Awfully Chic)
11. Adidas Originals Track Jacket – sporty jackets like this are my answer for boat trips, hikes through rainforest, or anything vaguely sporty. They’ll look just as cute thrown over a dress at night, too.
13. Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Tate Tote (Medium) – there’s nothing “medium” about this bag. It’s HUGE. I once flew with both boys using this bag. It fit snacks, 6 diapers and wipes, 2 outfit changes (for each kid) a scarf and tee for me, assorted toys and books, TWO laptops with chargers, and our big fancy camera plus an extra lens. Also? It’s totally machine washable. My fav beach bag, too.
If you’re anything like me, you literally care more about your kids being in the latest fashion than yourself. I seriously just wear the same things over and over again. Case in point, how many times have you seen me in my Madewell Skinny Skinny Biker-Zip Jeans? But my kids? My little family? We eat up kids fashion. And summer gear is not only here to buy now, but it just so happens to be our favorite season of style. The accessories, the swimwear, the shoes, and the casual comfort are just plain good for the soul.
So, I thought I would give you guys a little peak at some stuff I am crushing on right now (and have already stocked up on). And yes, I’m well aware that it’s only March. But, this is the time of year you can buy stuff to get through the remains of cold weather and early-buy for the warm weather ahead. On top of that, here’s the thing with trendy kids stuff: Spring Break is when the warm weather gear peaks because everyone’s getting their first taste of the sweet sweet sunshine.
The Lesser Known
This stuff is so rad. Just released or low inventory finds that are popping up all over Instagram and other sources of style from the heavy hitters of family fashion. This might not be the first place you see it, but it’s the trends I think will stick through this summer and even into next summer.
The hotness is comprised of items I think are surefire bets to be big this year. I’m sure some of this will look familiar. This is because these are the trends the lesser known brands made popular last summer and now have gone mainstream this year. And (full disclosure) a lot you’ll find on J.Crew In Good Company — their buyers are on it.
From the big and affordable brands to the staples of any summer. This is where you’ll get the bang for your buck from the big brands or find a brand that’s stood the test of time and is worth an extra spend.
Within each category I’ve highlighted my absolute fav’s and also included a shop-the-post carousel with even more selections from these awesome brands.
If you saw Shana’s Spring Break Kids post then you’re totally set on boys swimwear recco’s. So, I focused on the girls here — however most of these companies I am mentioning have epic boy suits too!
The Lesser Known
Nununu is a kids-wear company with swimwear for both boys and girls that just has me in love. Trust me, this will be huge and gone in no time. The newest line has the plus sign suit. And really the only place to get it right now is direct from them here. But I’ve also included the link in the shop-the-post carousel above for the circle suit (equally adorbs). Of course, Mini Rodini rocks my world. Every single option is so amazing. And they each have such a different personality in the prints so pick the one that makes you think of your kid.
I was crushing on Popupshop last year and totally missed the boat. So this year, I purchased the Panda Bear suit for Miss Roman the day it was released. Might just be the cutest thing on her ever. And these Mara Hoffman suits are selling out everywhere. They’re so beautiful and fun and you could even do the mother-daughter matching thing (if that’s your jam).
Okay, I was a little hesitant to even put these on here. The panda is a blatant rip and the zebra pattern looks an awful lot like it was ‘inspired’ by Mini Rodini. But, I wanted to illustrate how these trends move quickly. And just in the time of finding that suit and editing this post the panda has already sold out (eeek!). So there you have it. That’s how fast these trends go. I’ve linked another zebra print as well as the black and white one from Gap. So, if one’s sold out, your little would realistically look fabulous in either one.
I’ve spent the last few weeks searching out the best bags for Spring and Summer. All of my picks can be found in The Shops tab, under Spring Bag Guide. I found backpacks and bucket bags, beach totes and seriously cool cross-bodies in updated colors and fabrics perfect for Spring (above is a small sampling of a few of my favs). There are so many fabulous bags to choose from that the girls (Scotti, Cam and OE) made me split it out by bag type. (Price points range from $11 – $600.) Enjoy!!
My boy Brooks had his 6th birthday this week. If I could tell you one thing about this kid it would be that he’s obsessed with sports. All sports seem to fascinate him, but there’s just something special about baseball. His fascination, a little more intense. His love, a little deeper. I kid you not, the boy can name all the teams in the MLB, the cities they’re from, can draw their logo and tell you every position on the field. He can name many current players on most teams and even the stadiums in which they play. He’s hand drawn flags with all the team logos and we helped hang them in his room which he insisted was separated by National league and American league — get the picture?
So, what started off as a joke of “I know what to get him for his birthday…”, ended with us canceling his birthday party in exchange for an actual real-life trip to spring training to see the Rockies. We took a week off school and work and headed for Scottsdale, Arizona.
This week just so happened to also coincide with my week of our #everydayedit hashtag on Instagram. Every day this last week, I posted a picture of my outfit on my Instagram (@girlmeetsbaby). Are you sick of seeing pictures of me over there yet?
White sneakers – as in truly white, bright sneakers are arguably one of the biggest trends this Spring. And we’re not talking just classic Converse, we’re talking all manner of white sneaks. Even sneakers that start look suspiciously like sneakers worn by the medicare set. Seriously, with some of these I can’t tell the difference. But since we’re all about casual style over here on TME, I felt it was my job, nay, my duty to investigate further.
Converse? Too easy. Converse are classics, and besides Cam already rocked some white converse.
Big, huge, functional white sneaks? With thick bottoms and tons of stability? That’s the “HA HA HA NO” category. I’ll never be cool enough to pull these off. (Some can, but NOT MOI.)
So. Let’s focus on the white sneaks that are nudging me out of my comfort zone. I love them on others (oh how I love them on others) but the proof is in the wearing and I have been STRUGGLING. You have to achieve that perfect balance of chic and unstudied nonchalance to really rock the white sneak. Also? Coats help. (As do cheekbones and long flowing locks but whatever.)
So….my white sneaks and I have been playing around a little bit. We’ve successfully nailed the Aging Cheerleader look, the Where’s My Patchwork Vest look, and the Don’t Worry, My Real Shoes Are in My Bag look. But I wanted more, you know? [snort] And there’s no denying that when done right, white sneaks can bring a certain (blinding) freshness to an ensemble.
So here’s a formula that’s been done to death on Pinterest (black skinnies + coat + white sneaks), but it works with my lifestyle and….looks alright, I think.
Also? I’m wearing my beloved Smartwool socks and it’s…fine. It works.
This here’s a jam for all the babies trying to do what the mamas tell us . . . I got myself into trouble with this one. I get emails whenever there’s a sale at Old Navy . . . so I thought I’d check out their new Spring clothes for Baby Greenlea. I mean . . . I was just looking. I thought I’d put some outfits together to share with you . . . and before I knew it, they were also in my cart . . . and are now on their way to me. Um . . . so I guess I did a good job?? LOL! In any event, I love Old Navy’s kids clothes. They’re completely affordable (especially on SALE right now . . . 35% off for card holders and 30% off for everyone else until 3/22), well-made and absolutely ADORABLE. With a few key pieces that can be mixed and matched, you can have an entire Spring wardrobe for under $100. I kid you not. Here are my top picks: