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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 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 9, 2017

My Favorite, Most-Worn Pieces

Fashion blogging is a very strange job.  From the curious glances (or outright stares) during photo shoots, to the arguments with your husband over f-stop settings (Amanda recently coined the term #spousetographer to the hilarity of the rest of the TME team), to bribing the kids to cooperate during photos (aka no eye or tongue gymnastics)….it’s a weird job.  Add in the wide range of reactions you get during small talk at parties (disbelief, eye rolling, some genuine interest) and the fact that much of your day is spent staring at photos of yourself in all your *cough*aging*cough* glory….it can be humbling, for sure.  Throw in a few mean-spirited comments now and then, some outfit fails, and the realization that your husband has started to cringe whenever you reach for your pineapple sweatpants (and you are always reaching for said Pineapple sweatpants because they are blogging sweatpants and the fact that you have ‘blogging sweatpants’ at all speaks volumes)….well.

It’s not always glamorous.  (HA.  It’s rarely glamorous.)

But there are some definite perks to the job.  The biggest one being that I genuinely LOVE it.  (You’d have to, really.  See above.)  I love figuring out what works, figuring out how to -easily- feel the most like myself, and then…figuring out how to break it down so others can feel the same.  And when I do?  When I get an email from a reader saying that I’ve helped them discover their own personal style, or helped them find themselves again after babies, or post-partum or nursing or miscarriages or – sometimes – cancer?  I’m totally over-the-moon.  The community aspect of blogging is the biggest perk of all.

But the other perk?  The smaller, but slightly more glamorous one?  CLOTHES.  As a blogger, I’m lucky enough to be gifted with free items from time-to-time, and part of my job is, quite frankly, shopping.  Since we’re so focused on pieces that go the distance, I’m most comfortable recommending pieces that I’ve actually tried.  Tried on, in some cases, and worn and washed and worn again in others.  I cut hems off jeans with wild abandon – making mistakes in the process – so we all can learn from it.  And since one of the goals of this blog is to save you time shopping, we all do our best to stay current.  It’s not very helpful if I keep gushing on and on about the fab DKNY parka I picked up at the Anniversary Sale two years ago.  Try eBay, Suckers!  MWAHHAHA!

It’s tempting, though.  Because there are a few pieces that have emerged over the years as my go-tos.  My closet workhorses.  These are the pieces you’re most likely to find me in, make-up free and flustered, picking up my kids from school.  The pieces I wear on Thursday night date night, when it’s just Mike and I curled up somewhere, the pieces I wear when hanging out with friends.

And since we’re focusing on three perfect outfits this year (the one above is one of them), I though I’d I’d highlight my favorites, my most-worn pieces.  The pieces you’ve probably seen me wearing time and again, the pieces you’ll definitely be seeing more of in the future.  The pieces that definitely factor into the creation of three perfect outfits.

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January 6, 2017

Friday.

Raines’ birthday was yesterday.  He turned NINE.  We’re snuggling in bed and he looks over at me. “Mom, I’m getting older, you know.”

I do know this.  All too well.

“Sure, buddy.” I tell him.  He smirks.

“Pretty soon, Mom, instead of toys, I’m going to want clothes….and that stuff that makes you smell good for my birthday.”

Dear god:  he’s talking about cologne.

NOOOOOOOOO

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January 4, 2017

The Best of TME 2016

 

It’s been quite a year.  Data nerd that I am, I thought it might be fun to take a quick look back at 2016 and see what our most popular content was, as determined by pure numbers.  But I was also inspired by Anne from The Modern Mrs. Darcy – she did both the ’10 Most Popular Posts of 2016′  and her 11 Favorite Posts of 2016.

I totally get that.  Many of the articles I’m the most proud of are not necessarily the most popular in terms of sheer numbers, they’re just the most meaningful to me.  For example, The Comfort of Breasts, an article I wrote for Sapien Magazine last year is easily the writing highlight of my year.  It took some tears, some rewrites, and was one of the best emotional releases I’ve had surrounding my cancer to date.

So.  I asked each member of The Mom Edit team to choose their favorite article from the last year – the one that they had the most fun writing, the one they were the most proud of, and highlighted both our favorites…and each author’s top post.

Before we get started, our top post, over and above everything else was my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – What to Buy (#DressingRoomSelfies Edition).  You guys read this one, shared this one, and pinned this one like crazy.  Thank you thank you thank you.  It’s so appreciated (and I’ll be sure to do it again next year).

But old sale posts makes for a rather booring yearly roundup, so I removed these from the list.

The last note?  My old article, Ten Tips For Flying Alone With Kids is still holding strong, almost five years later.

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January 3, 2017

The 2017 Style Resolutions

 

I’m really struggling with style resolutions this year.  I’m feeling a little….bored with fashion, actually.  Can you believe it?  Or maybe just fed up.  Hemlines are swinging all over the place, waistlines are up, then down, then up again, Trump is about to be president – oops.  That just slipped out there.

So maybe I’m just fed up in general.

It would seem that now is a perfect time for a big ‘ol Fashion Distraction.  But frankly, there’s nothing out there that is really and truly new, nothing feels fresh.   Everything has a sort of Been There, Done That vibe to it.  And while there are plenty of bloggers out there talking about hope, and positivity, and fun florals for the upcoming Spring…

 

…this girl ain’t one of them.

But here’s the thing:  I’m totally OK with that.  This girl will get her groove back eventually (I always do), but until then, I’m turning inward, getting my shit together, and focusing on keeping it simple.

I know I’m not the only one in this fashion rut – on the TME slack channel, we could almost make a drinking game out of how many times we’ve used the word “simplify” lately.  Cam has given up on all but lipstick and her husband’s flannels (which admittedly isn’t bad – especially when you have the face of a model GOOD GOD CAM), and Laura’s been in leggings and UGGs for two weeks straight.  Scotti’s entire fam has been fighting pink eye (both eyes, peeps), and Amanda is strangely quiet (her sarcastic, witty slack messages usually SLAY).  Only Jess and Gwen seem to be trucking along, but then they’re the YOUNGEST so there’s that.

So.  Here are the style resolutions that reflect the end of 2016.  The style resolutions that we’ll be focusing on in the upcoming months, the only style resolutions I can imagine keeping in 2017.

Feel us?  Well, then don your all-black outfits [snort] and take the pledge:

I, Mama….

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December 29, 2016

Dressing Up A Black Turtleneck Sweater. Twice.

 

Last year, we did NYE in a big, HUGE way.  Scotti did my makeup – flapper girl style, complete with a feather headband – and then we donned pretty, pretty dresses and danced the night away.  Of course, our guys (and even our mom!!) came too.  (Our mom’s the coolest.)

This year is going to be a little more low-key.  We’ll be celebrating with dear friends from Colorado (can’t WAIT to see you guys!!), and there will definitely be champagne, laughter…and probably a turtleneck.

Ok.  Knowing me, definitely a turtleneck.

Here are a couple of ways that I’m dressing up my beloved:  the black turtleneck sweater.

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December 25, 2016

My Highly Edited Post-Holiday Sale Edit

Boden’s cashmere crew

Gang, we’re almost packed and ready for our trip tomorrow….but I wanted to quickly publish my post-holiday sale finds.  I’ve been eyeing many of these pieces for months so YAY.

My fav pieces aren’t from any one retailer, rather these pieces have been curated (snort – so fancy, the post-holiday me) from a ton of different online shops: Shopbop, Revolve, Nordstrom, Gap, Boden, etc.  Enjoy!  (And please share any epic sale finds so we can all bask in each other’s shopping genius.)

NOW I’m off to finish packing.  Mike keeps threatening to haul my suitcase downstairs and NO.  NOT READY.  Come say hi on IG (@shanachristine) – we’ll be carving it up in Colorado (and our Christmas morning scavenger hunt with the boys was a wild success.  More later!).

Onto the (highly edited) sale edit….

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December 24, 2016

The Happiest Of Holidays To You and Yours….

 

“MIKE,” I said urgently into the phone, “Can you come home RIGHT NOW?”

“What? Babe? Yes!  What happened?  Is everything OK?  Are you OK?  I’m coming home now…”

[sounds of feet shuffling, a bump]

Oh.  Riiiight.  When you are married to a breast cancer survivor, the drama ramps up quick.

“Ummm…” I began, sheepishly.  “There’s only ONE tree left at the corner market and it’s too big for me to haul and WE DON’T HAVE A TREE YET, MIKE” (I am gathering steam now) “and it’s almost Christmas and nothing is baked and the kids want to decorate something and WE DON’T HAVE A TREE!!”

There is a long pause.  I hear some deep cleansing breaths through the phone.  “Babe” he starts.  “Baby.  Work is nuts right now.  I can’t just up and leave…” his voice trails off.

Stony silence on my end.

Mike heaves a great sigh.  “Ok” he says.  “Let me see what I can do.”

In the end, he left work roughly 43 minutes early on a Friday (#whoscounting) and showed up on our doorstep, tree in hand.   SWOON.  My hero.

I don’t often pull the Pouty-Pouty-Princess Routine, but the situation was dire.  (Not, mind you, cancer dire, just holiday-stress dire.  I was, to quote a dear friend, “appropriately upset”.)

So Mike came home and we decorated a tree (by “we” I mean “the boys” and by “decorated” I mean “threw on stuff”).  The tree looks EXACTLY as one would imagine a tree might when decorated by two boys under the age of 9.  I’ll post a pic on IG – it’s hysterical.  (And bottom heavy.)

And then my mother, who is always attune to me in some weird way, mailed a Box of Happiness:  three types of homemade Christmas cookies, Chex-mix (she has the best recipe), candy from Donkers, and….the piece de resistance: Nanaimo bars (for you Canadians out there).  So of course I sobbed.  Had myself a good cry, surrounded by wrappers and cookies, and a few broken ornaments.  And then I read the seriously wise comments on last weekend’s post and cried a little more.

The holiday season can be hard on so many levels.  For me, it represents another year come and gone.  I see my two little guys changing before my eyes, I see my parents showing their age, I see Mike and I evolving (slooowly) into real adults and carrying the proverbial torch that my dad once wielded with so much energy and strength….and it’s almost as if I can feel the earth spinning.  As if the passing of time is a physical thing, slipping through my fingers.

If only I could grab it and hold on.

So instead I grab my boys.  My lights.  I squish what’s left of Pax’s chunky thighs, and kiss their freckled noses.  I wrap my arms around Raines’ lanky frame, realizing that his shoulders are getting broader and that sometimes, he wraps his arms around me.

I have no answers at the moment.  No theories or new understandings or meaningful insights.  So I read and re-read the wise comments on last week’s weekend post from mums more experienced than I:

My only wisdom to share this holiday season, and it’s so applicable: PRESENT, NOT PERFECT. The best gift we can give to out families is not a stressed-out mama but a calm, happy one. She might not have homemade cookies to feed her kidlets and a perfectly decorated house, but she’s pleasant and loving and knows what her priorities are.   -Laura

 

For us, we have focused on the relationships. The world will always be there to push and pressure and remind our children that to be successful they (and you) need to be doing more, having more, experiencing more. But the thing the world isn’t so good at is helping our children learn how to have good relationships. What matters isn’t the gifts or the parties or the decorations but what you taught them along the way.  -Renae

 

I think you have to be more intentional about things as they get older, and really make decisions about what’s most important to your family. I ask my kids what their most important Christmas traditions are so I can make sure we get to them. -riseuppup

 

We moms have an endless ability to acclimate & adapt! What seems crazy-busy at first just becomes the new normal of parenting that age/stage of children–& we handle it. Just like we always do.  -Shan

 

The final thing for a perfect Christmas is love. Really the kids just remember that you were together and you did stuff and laughed. -MJ

It’s like that Walt Whitman quote I love so much:  “We were together.  I forget the rest.”

This.  This will be my mantra for 2017.

Mike and I have managed to pull off a small Christmas miracle (assuming we don’t screw it up in the next 24 hours):  in lieu of gifts, we’re taking the boys to Colorado.  We leave the day after Christmas.

And the best part?  It’s a SURPRISE.

I realize this might be the last year I can blog about surprises like this, but gang:  I’m so freaking excited I had to tell SOMEONE.  Over drinks a few weeks ago, Mike and I came up with a Percy Jackson inspired prophecy that the boys will open up on Christmas morning.  From there, they’ll have to decipher and search for a set of clues that will help them understand the prophecy.  We’re using those Russian nesting dolls as the “oracle”.

Want to hear the prophecy?  [clears throat]

Two mountain born must answer the call

In the early morning hours, the world will fall

Away from the ground to the city in the sky

Where through the pow you carve…or cry.

OMG SO FUN, RIGHT???  I’m seriously over-the-moon.  And thank goodness for Pinterest – there’s a ton of fun scavenger hunt ideas for kids.

So that’s what’s happening over here!  I’ll probably be posting mostly to Instagram over the next week or so (find me @shanachristine), but the rest of the TME team has a few more posts planned for the remainder of 2016.  Cam has one more styling fail to share with you (but the fix is perfect for NYE), we’re already keeping an eye on post-holiday sales (which have started, geez), and I have a few NYE outfit ideas involving….turtlenecks. Because unlike our quickly-growing children, some things are constant.

The last weekly newsletter of the year will be coming out tomorrow…and with it, what the TME team is *planning* (hoping?) to read over the holiday break.  You can subscribe to our newsletter here.

Readers, we feel so very lucky that you have taken time out of your busy schedules this past year to read this blog, to comment, to share, and to make this little corner of the internet an inspiring, hopeful place.  On behalf of the entire TME team, we wish you a holiday filled with peace, laughter and love.  May you and yours be all together…and forget the rest.

All our love,

TME

 

 

 

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