At a whopping 5’4″ I’m always looking for ways to magically make my legs look longer. You’ve heard me talk about leg lengthening shoe colors and styles, but this time I’m checking in to show you my latest favorite top to make legs look longer: the twist front top. It does the half-tuck we’re all so fond of here at TME for you. No guessing involved. No re-tucking involved. Yessssss.
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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:
- 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.
- 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…
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.
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.
Friends. You most likely know by now I don’t accessorize a lot. I wear the same earrings most days, my wedding and engagement rings and sunglasses on a good day. Necklaces? Um, I have some that mostly spend their time in my closet. I’ve recently discovered a solution to my laziness or inability to choose the right necklace for the outfit…buy a top with the necklace built-in! Voila. Look at me, accessorizing. Does this count? I think so. Not only are these tops easy, but they’re just the right amount of sexy, too. Comfy and appropriate for a night out? My sweet spot. I found two tops that I love…check it.
It’s no secret I love denim. Denim tops, bottoms, dresses…I even have chambray sheets. I should probably change my middle name. Do you know the term Canadian tuxedo? It’s like my style goal every day. #obsessed.
When packing up to head to the coast for a little birthday getaway, I saw my taupe sweater and a taupe blouse next to my Lou & Grey jeans (that I adore) and some inspiration struck: Taupe and washed blue are the new navy, camel and black. They’re like the spring update to my favorite fall color palette. So I, like the blue jean lover I am, rolled with it.
Going somewhere warm for Spring Break? We will be heading to the Oregon Coast, so I will not be sporting a swimsuit this time. Brrrr. But, we recently spent a week in South Florida with my parents and I discovered my new favorite swimsuit style – the high neck suit.
Why is this my new favorite style, you might ask? Because I don’t like to worry about pulling a Janet Jackson while picking up shells or playing with Sienna on the beach. I know, I’m not a risk taker. I’m ok with that.
But seriously, this is a great style for mamas as the girls stay nicely in place. The halter neck also gives them a little lift, which I’ll be the first to admit mine definitely need.
@krembdelakremb was sporting a high-neck style last year in one of her IG posts and it intrigued me. I bought this top above at the end of the summer wanting to try it out. I finally did and I LOVE it. (Sadly, my exact top is no where to be found, but this one is super similar).
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite bikinis, tanks and one-pieces all with high-necks below, just in time for Spring Break…
Who goes plant shopping on their birthday? This girl. I’m serious about plants, lately. See face above.
But, seriously, I’ve been wanting to check out the gorgeous Solabee Flowers for a while so for my birthday it was. And seeing as I just turned…gasp…39, I’m pretty sure I can do whatever the heck I want on my birthday. Well, as long as it’s just shopping for plants or something. #woahgettingcrazy Look at this place though! The light and the foliage and the gorgeous tile floor (see below)…who wouldn’t want to go?
I know y’all never see me in heels, but sometimes even I want to jazz it up a bit, especially on a special day. I got these fancy cheetah print heels a bit ago and wanted to put my spin on an outfit with them…
I’ve realized that in the past few years my style has changed dramatically. I used to wear dresses and lace and tights and ruffles way more often. Now, as you know, it’s jeans, boots, jackets and sweatshirts…and a raincoat, obvs.
I’m sure much of that change has to do with chasing a busy child around and another big part of it is living in a super rainy, messy climate. But I think a little bit of it has to do with a shift in my personality. I was a quiet person who didn’t speak up very much for a long time. Now I just want to wear moto jackets and tell people what I think. It’s probably part of getting older. Ha!
You know I love edgy and casual and am drawn to anything denim and black. So, for my style challenge, the TME team agreed I needed to go more romantic and feminine. My only stipulation was no statement necklaces – I mean, I had to draw the line somewhere. But, when I wound up choosing a lacy top that Scotti already has in another color I knew I was on the mark. Haha.
Motherhood is a balance between doing what’s good and doing what keeps everyone sane. Some days you’re right on time everywhere, everything falls in place, no one has a meltdown… and some days you’re just trying to make it until bedtime without completely losing it.
And while a pair of shoes isn’t going to do school pick-up for you or anything, a slip-on style might just save you a few seconds when you’re already running late (says #worldsokayestmom). Sole Society has some lovely, quality slip on flats that I checked out…while spoiling Sienna with Valentine’s Day donuts. And I have to say, I’m in love.