There are three things that I prioritize on my “Must Buy for Summer” list every year – fun statement earrings, carry-all backpack & a pair of neutral, flat sandals. These three things get me through the warmer months of the year, making everyday outfits pretty, but also keep in line with the casual vibe that is very much necessary for this mama of three…especially when we’re out ‘n about adventuring in the warmer months.
Gang! The Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale has started! Take up to 40% off of 14,998 items (that’s just women’s) from now until June 4th.
If the thought of sifting through fifteen thousand items makes your eyes cross, keep reading. We’ve narrowed things down to our top ten. Or….twenty. Ok more like fifty BUT STILL. It’s not fifteen thousand.
There’s something so immensely practical about this skirt. Make no mistake – I am wearing a skirt and top here, not a dress – which has all kinds of additional styling possibilities – but the real reason I keep coming back to the skirt is because it. just. works.
This skirt works because it’s longer in back, yet still shows a little leg (or a lot: hello, wind). The vibe is youthful and fun, yet I can sit on barstools and wicker chairs without fear of imprints on the back of my legs.
It’s also basically a wrap skirt, and the advantage here is that you can wrap it around your real waist for a leggy, high-rise look (SO good with cropped tops), or wrap it a little more loosely around your hips (circa 2003) and nonchalantly tuck in a tee.
Oh, buckled ballet flats. You are the coolest.
When I first saw the trend pop up about 6 months ago, courtesy of Miu Miu (and on beautiful Misty Copeland no less), I was immediately obsessed. However, I knew it wasn’t a shoe I would actually buy (hello $$) and, not to mention, they didn’t appear to be a very realistic shoe for a mama running around after her kids, so boooooo.
You probably know by now I adore black and gray. Besides the occasional striped shirt, most of my closet consists of dark clothing, especially in winter. Spring here is a little nuts weather-wise, but mostly it’s still quite cool and rainy, all the way through June-uary (the name says it all.)
But, while I will always love my black pieces so, all the spring flowers do actually inspire me to lighten up a bit this time of year. Clothing. I mean clothing-wise. This type-A has trouble ever lightening up beyond my outfit. (Sorry, family.)
So, I came up with a few ideas, using some new and old favorite pieces, to style an all black outfit for spring, and it’s definitely my newest go-to look. As my dad loves to say “I love it when a plan comes together!” Me, too, dad. Me, too! Check it out…
Gang, I’m so excited about this girl. Sarah Lemon, a longtime reader – and the writer of one of my favorite pieces we’ve ever published – just came out with a new book, Done Dirt Cheap.
I read it – no, devoured it – in a weekend. It’s good. It’s good in a very girl-power way. It’s good in a universal truth kind of way. It’s good in a tears and laughter and – and this is my fav part – a dark sort of snorting amusement that can only come from the experience of being a girl, of being underestimated, of having to just find your own way in a world that often feels like it was made for someone else. It reminded me of a modern, girl-centered Huckleberry Finn.
Obviously, I loved it. But then, I’ve always loved Sarah’s writing. Ever since she sent in her essay on personal style (three years ago!!) – the essay that brought us all to our knees, tears streaming down our faces…..I’ve had Sarah on my radar. My husband’s, too. Ever so often he’d ask me, “Babe? Remember that one reader who wrote–” Yes. Of course I do.
Keep reading for a fun little interview with Sarah, as well as her latest essay, written just for you.
Sarah, I’m just so glad you exist in this world, Chick. Your words are gifts.
Raines has decided to become a vegetarian. I blame R&K (you know who you are), and some documentary he watched with Mike. So lunches have become trickier, which is just what you want as the school year draws to a close: a new challenge! Dear God. We’re barely hanging on here.
Raines….making feeding easy since 2008. #no
(I couldn’t even #hahano that one, it’s such a hard no. My old Denver friends will remember my pain. THEY WILL REMEMBER.)
Anyway, let’s get to it.
A fancy dress for the not-fancy. Remember my friend Linzi? She just bought this dress. It’s easy, cotton, and cool….yet looks so fancy. I’m totally obsessing over it. Hmmmm…..am I a bad friend if I buy the same one??? #nevertoooldfortwinsies?
Modcloth has 30% off swim! Our readers have raved about this retro beauty, especially for post-partum, but for the daring, this suuuuper sexy plunge suit would work, too. Also, pineapple print (with ruffles). Flirty and fun.
Speaking of swim….Hautelook has Marilyn Monroe swim on sale. I’ve never heard of this brand, but I can’t stop thinking about this striped suit or this devastatingly chic white swimsuit. Gorgeous, no? And on sale for $26. Sheesh.
Picnic better. My favorite thing for picnics in the park (or in backyards, or even on city porches)….is this table in a bag. And now it’s on sale.
Let’s redefine nude. There was an interesting discussion about my use of the word “nude” to describe something that was essentially my skin color. I can totally appreciate that we need a broader definition. So I’m thrilled that ThirdLove has just come out with a range of “naked” underwear in a ton of different….nudes. Yay for diversity. (And for keeping me honest, you guys.)
Mom Knows Best. My mom has sworn by the health benefits of dark chocolate for years. Now we all eat it for breakfast. Apparently, Dr. Oz’s Sirtfood diet agrees. Also? Red wine. Sign me up.
Are you a cool mom? I totally resonated with Michelle Peters-Jones’ article, I’m Never Going To Be a “Cool Mom” and That’s OK. She sounds plenty cool to me.
I’m coming for you, Quinoa. Refinery29 explains why Trader Joe’s is so cheap, and recommends a few affordable favs.
In case you missed this on Facebook….we love I Mom So Hard.
When I first put these shorts on, I was like “oh yeah, I’m keeping these babies” before I even looked in the mirror. They are hands-down the MOST comfortable item of clothing I’ve ever put on my body. (I mean, it didn’t hurt that they were under $40, too). So soft, so perfectly broken-in . . . long enough to wear without feeling like everything is hanging out . . . it almost didn’t even matter what they looked like. Almost.
The problem I have when I buy longer shorts is that they typically make me look wider than I am. Because I have to buy them large enough to fit my butt, the legs kind of stick out straight and make my thighs look bigger (where my big booty girls at – I know you know what I’m talking about!). So I just had to figure out how to make them flattering. The solution? A simple roll at the bottom gave them a bit more shape and voila – I found my new favorite pair of shorts.
Looking for fresh finds for your kiddos for Spring and Summer? I’ve got ya covered. And there are some insanely cute pieces, you guys. These round-ups are mostly sizes 2T – 14/16, for girls and for boys. Happy Spring Shopping!
Gang, I’m a longtime fan of Lemlem: the floaty scarves and dresses, the summer-ready patterns, and the fact that the brand is committed to hiring women, elevating African artisanship and creating more jobs in African nations. The only downside is that true artisanship – compared to fast fashion – costs more. Pieces in the Lemlem collection often range from $100 – $500.
Enter Joe Fresh, a Canadian-based fast fashion retailer. They’ve come together on a swimwear collaboration that is GORGEOUS – fans of the brand will recognize the Lemlem influence – with proceeds going to Liya Kebede Foundation.
All the yes.