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February 10, 2017

Simple Valentine DIYs

Hey there friends! I don’t talk crafts often here at TME, but I adore making cute, simple crafts as gifts…so, I thought I’d round up a few easy ones to share for Valentine’s Day. And, I have to be honest, I love how this turned out!

It was inspired by a couple of different images I saw online, plus a little what-can-I-do-last-minute inspiration from my own brain cells. I’m excited to send these to the grandparents!

Check out the steps below for a quick tutorial on this simple Valentine, plus some other awesome Valentine DIYs from some of my favorite blogs.

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February 7, 2017

TME Team: What We’re Actually Doing For Valentine’s Day

Ahh, the day of love. Back in the day (or maybe recently), did you ever have a super awkward Valentine’s Day with someone you just started dating? Like, way before the relationship was anywhere near love status and think “dear god, who is this holiday for?” Whew, me neither. 😉

Thank goodness those days are gone and I can now cozy up with someone comfy, someone who knows me. And, even though this is a someone who typically lets me do all the planning, ahem, for everything (see, he knows me) there is no one I’d rather be with on a day dedicated to love.

These photos above are a couple of our engagement pictures, taken when we still lived in Nashville, almost 7 years ago to the day (when fedoras were still acceptable). Pinky proposed to me on vacation on my birthday and a week or so later we were posing for this sappy awesomeness. Aww.

How does the TME team celebrate sappy Valentine’s awesomeness, you might ask? See below. We detailed what we’d actually be doing this year (think low-key, casual evenings out and Netflix & chill evenings in) and shared a few little items on our wish lists.

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February 6, 2017

Go-To Outfit: Stripes, Moto Jacket + Flat Boots

Finally. Y’all, I’ve struggled since the holidays to find a new outfit I love. It was probably all the snow days I’ve spent in leggings and Uggs, but um, ugh. The creativity was gone. But…I’m back, baby! I randomly threw this outfit together for a kid’s birthday party (in all fairness, he is a pretty stylish 5 year old) last weekend and I’m loving it. I wanted comfortable but cool and I’ve landed on a new favorite…striped tee, moto jacket, blanket scarf & flat black boots. Check it.

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February 4, 2017

Let’s Talk About Straight-Leg, Step-Hem Jeans

 

Hey hey…new jeans! I’m officially a jean collector now…I cannot resist a good pair of denim. It’s kinda crazy, but I’m here for you…to try all the jeans and find the best. And these are good. I still love my skinny jeans, for sure, and boyfriend jeans have their place, but these. They are so versatile! (And don’t worry, they’re not cropped flares.) They are a straight-leg, step-hem jean.

The leg is a nice departure from skinny jeans but isn’t too wide and the uneven hem is a little unexpected and interesting. The shorter cut in front shows off ankles in a flattering way but the longer back hem adds versatility and is totally leg-lengthening.

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January 31, 2017

10 Tips To Elevate Your At-Home Style

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Hey friends. After all these snow days, we are definitely stir crazy over here. Today is supposed to be just a late start. Fingers crossed!!! This mama is ready to get on with my new year already!

And speaking of the new year again, my friend Posy Quarterman is teaching an online photography class called Forward Momentum where she helps photographers find focus and intention in their work for the upcoming year. She asked if I would make a few style suggestions to help them get out of the work-at-home slump that is somewhat inevitable at times.

I have worked from home as a graphic designer for over 10 years now and a blogger for the past year. It’s really easy to get into the habit of wearing leggings and Uggs all day (ahem…yes, I have been in this exact outfit for the past 3 weeks…) I noticed a few years ago though that when I get myself dressed in the morning, before I sit down at the computer, I feel better about my work and better equipped to tackle the day. Since The Mom Edit pretty much focuses the majority of our efforts here anyway, here are a few tips the TME team and I have put together (that I will also be rereading myself) to freshen up your at-home style.

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January 27, 2017

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

 

Whether you do it up for Valentine’s Day or whether you just chill, PJs or a tee or a little something festive is always fun. I’m pretty picky about my clothing, of course, and especially holiday themed clothing, but the simplicity of a heart print (like this amazing slouchy tee) I can really go for. And little kids in heart-donned clothing? Staaaaaahp. I would put Sienna in all the tiny heart prints if I could.

As you can see below, I lean towards the graphic black and white with a pop of red choices, but I think there’s something here for everyone…even tasteful options for your guys. And the bonus with this stuff unlike other holidays? You can always sport a heart on your shirt, no matter the time of year. Love rules, after all.

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January 20, 2017

Winter Sales: Laura’s Edit

There are some killer pieces on sale right now. Some are going fast. I found some really fabulous wardrobe-staple kind of finds, like washed black skinny jeans, tall boots, amazing sweaters. We still have quite a bit of winter left, so snap these babies up for a little closet-boost. I know I need one about now, since I’ve lived in slippers and leggings for weeks!

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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 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 10, 2017

LOFT – My 5 Favorite Capsule Pieces

Closet cleaning and capsule wardrobes are always hot topics during the first of the year. I am horrible at official capsule wardrobes, but am starting to get better at getting the overall concept of them…buy go-to pieces that can be workhorses in your closet. Having a sense of your own style sure helps when choosing these pieces and though I don’t own a ton of LOFT pieces, I find myself lately being drawn to some of their stuff online. I decided to head over to their brick and mortar and give them another try in person.

What I found? Pairing some of my own tough-girl pieces with their more refined, workwear items creates a combo I am loving right now. I found 5 pieces that could create a solid start to a capsule wardrobe. Check it.

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