January 18, 2017

Activewear Brand You’ve Gotta Know: Outdoor Voices

 

Gang, have you heard of Outdoor Voices?  They’re an activewear brand with a decidedly different vibe.  First of all, their color-ways are downright inspired, and their styling reads more I Am Fabulous At Lounging Around Nonchalantly than the intense WORK HARD DON’T STOP message of the typical activewear brand.

In fact, the company motto is Doing Things.  “We believe,” their website states,  “…when you drop the expectations to perform, the magic happens. That the joy of the game outlasts a win.  That friends who sweat together, stick together.”

I swear I have this same conversation with my little guys every day.   Thanks, Outdoor Voices.  Your message makes me want to stand up and cheer.

But make no mistake:  these pieces do work hard.  They use serious fabrics – like a technical compression material for their leggings that washes and dries beautifully, yet is always opaque.  And merino wool!  I love that there’s a whole line of merino wool products that drape beautifully, and are thin enough to layer over, under, whatever.

I packed a few pieces from Outdoor Voices on our recent ski trip to Breckenridge, and wore them around the clock.  They were just the thing for skiing (the merino wool is a seriously good base-layer), as well as the nutty pre-ski dress-the-kids-in-5-million-layers-while-they-tantrum routine and then the – ah, bliss – of an apres ski hang.

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January 17, 2017

A Surprisingly Good Combo: Leopard Print & Wedge Boots

Hello from all the snow! Yes, we made national news and our governor declared a state of emergency last week here in Oregon. We do not know what to do with this much snow! In North Portland, we got 15″! It’s been nuts to say the least. And gorgeous. And so nuts. And lots of family time. 8 snow days since right before Christmas. Plus the Christmas/New Years holidays. Plus, MLK Jr. holiday. All the snow and all the family time. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. PLEASE let’s talk fashion instead. Mmmkay??

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January 17, 2017

Reader Style: Danielle’s Versatile Cardi

We were delighted to get the following note from reader Danielle:

This one is for Jess…my beloved Itat cardigan was at it again today for a trip to see the Nutcracker with all 3 of my girls. When the baby was ready for a snack, I slipped her right under and no one was the wiser. SO much more subtle than throwing a gigantic piece of floral fabric over my shoulder! I wore it a ton when I was pregnant, too, because my torpedo belly just grew right out through the middle!

 

Forgive my weak styling and selfie skills…hopefully you get the idea 🙂 And take note of the Rag & Bone Dre jeans I finally splurged on when my post partum body stabilized! THANK YOU Mom Edit for the work you do so that I can spend my time with my crazy girlies instead of searching for cute jeans!!!

– Danielle

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January 16, 2017

Winter Gear

During a recent meeting with TME team, Cam (who lives in South Carolina and said it was “cold” because it was below 70) asked when it starts getting warm in Marquette.  “May,” I said.  I was only half-kidding.  We’ve had snow days in May before . . . and although that’s not the norm, we don’t really get a summer going here until about June.  Spring (or the season when the snow melts and the sand from sanding the snowy roads over and over again is everywhere – forget flowers here) is pretty much non-existent.  You simply cannot live here and NOT have good winter gear.  Sorels in the UP are as ubiquitous as the snow banks on the side of the roads.

It’s no surprise that lots of retirees who live here are “snow birds,” or those who go somewhere warm during these winter months.  My parents are no exception . . . they’re going to Lake Havasu at the end of the month and Greenlea and I are soaking up as much Nana time as we can before they leave for a few months.  She spoils G with candy from Donkers (we were amazed at how fast she ate an entire bag of gummy bears) and has happy hour with me where I chat her ear off.  I’m so lucky to have her in the same town . . . and that we get to visit her in Arizona to get out of the cold!

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January 16, 2017

Portland’s Bridge & Burn Annual Sale

Hey hey…my favorite store in Portland is having a big sale! I love their simple, casual, very Pacific Northwest style. They have quality items famous around Portland. All of it is just very ‘me.’  You may recognized them from my rain gear post. My favorite pieces are their shirt dresses, trousers and t-shirts and at the top of my list is one of their waxed raincoats (of course). Check out my very favorite pieces below. Their mens’ line is amazing, too. Use code SAVE40 starting today for 40% off all Bridge & Burn items! Stuff is selling quickly.

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January 16, 2017

Classic Sorels (And One of My Fav Outfits)

 

It’s winter boot week!  Which means….each day on The Mom Edit, we’ll be talking about our favorite winter boots and how we style them.  I’m kicking things off with some classic Sorels.  I’ve been wearing boots like this since I was a kid – they’re practically standard issue in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I’ve been gleefully watching as Sorel has transformed themselves – over the last decade or so – from the boots my Dad made me wear, to a fashion brand (albeit a verrrry practical one).

Obviously, Dad knew best.

We’ve also been talking about coming up with three perfect outfits, based on layers that can stand on their own – this is one of mine.  (If you follow me on IG @shanachristine, you’re very familiar already.)  I’ve been wearing it with my Sorels on ski weekends, but it easily transitions to a dressier look with different footwear.

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January 14, 2017

Weekend

 

This picture seems like an odd choice for January….but it’s pretty representative of the bizarro weather we’ve been having over here on the East Coast.  Also, the shirt is by of my very favorite designers and it’s on sale.  So there’s that.

Ironically, we’re kicking off Winter Boot week on Sunday.  About half the team is up to their eyeballs in snow (Laura, over in Portland, has been dealing with EIGHT consecutive days of NO SCHOOL OMG)….and the other half are are wearing seasonally inappropriate clothing.

We don’t do birthday parties for the kids every year (it’s just too much), but we did have Raines’ party last night.  It was a massive, Parents Vs. Kids Lazer Tag Battle, and it was so freaking fun that the adults are thinking of turning it into a yearly thing.  If you are a Philly local, we drove out to Ultrazone.  Worth it. (Even the anti-gun pacifists totally got into it.  It feels more like tag than killing.  Also, the pizza was pretty good.)

SHOP

Scotti thinks cobalt blue is going to be huge for Spring – like this cute LOFT sweater.  She also updated her Editor Picks Boutique.

Two of my favorite anti-aging products are on sale:  I swear by this Vitamin C treatment in the morning, and this gentle Retinol at night.

Bloomingdales is having a huge sale.  Amanda threw top picks from the sale into her Editor Picks Boutique.  She’s got me eyeing these jeans.

ALSO, THIS….

Pasta-free mac and cheese?  Smitten Kitchen has a recipe for a super cheesy pasta-like bake where she swaps the pasta for cauliflower and farro.  YUM.  (If someone can make this dairy free, I’m all ears.)

Rebecca Wolf is writing a movie.  I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Remember The Style Hour Podcast?  We’re thinking of doing it again.  Any issues you’d like us to address?

 

Now I gotta run – we’re skiing this weekend.  In what little snow is left.

Hope you guys are snuggled up with a good cup of coffee and some dark chocolate!  #morningchocolate #itsathing

xo,

S

 

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January 13, 2017

Cool Boots for the Guys

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My husband’s style is very much so…I-don’t-give-a-crap. The man would still be wearing cargo shorts and tie die shirts if I hadn’t come along. That said, he has grown to appreciate a low-key, comfortable look – with a bit of cool snuck in (by yours truly). I think we have finally gotten to a good middle ground. He won’t wear vests or tall, hipster boots (damn it), but he will allow for some edge now – for example, a utility jacket or Converse. I’ll take it! In fact, he’s really settled into a style now that I find very attractive on him. PRAISE JESUS.  I have been working hard on this for years, ya’ll, so…this is a victory I gladly celebrate.

So, for Christmas, I got him these Clark boots. He was in need of an anytime-boot and these were perfect – not too cool, but just cool enough.

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January 12, 2017

Cool Loungewear For Kids (For Pre-Ski, Apres Ski and Everything Else)

 

Gang, our Breck ski vacation was a dream – more pics coming soon.  But packing for the trip was a little nuts.  The entire trip was a Christmas Day surprise for the boys (and our flight left the next morning at 6AM)….so we ended up with only mere hours to pack skis, boots, poles, helmets…and anything else we might need.

Luckily, for the boys, I nailed it.  I somehow packed them basically one outfit each (in addition to PJs and tons and tons of skiing baselayers), but it was an outfit we could all live with (especially for a casual ski town like Breck).  If I were to call it like it is, the word ‘sportswear’ would be an apt description, but since I’m feeling fancy, let’s go with Casual-Cool Loungewear.  For Kids.

They wore this stuff pre-ski, apres-ski, and poolside.  Which pretty much sums up our entire trip.

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January 11, 2017

50 Shades of Grey

Feeling the winter blahs?  Me too.  My husband just informed me that the 3rd Monday of January is referred to as “Blue Monday,” and is allegedly the most depressing day of the year.  Am I the only one who wants to curl up on the couch and have Netflix marathons on a daily basis??  Must.  Resist.  Couch.  Want to know what my solution is?  Sweatshirts.  Not just any sweatshirt . . . fancy sweatshirts.  Sweatshirts that can go from the couch to the play date to dinner and back again.  Sweatshirts that are comfy and cozy but also a little bit of fun.  Sequins, ruffles, lace . . . bring on the fancy.

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