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February 17, 2017

Weekend (Already?) 2/16

This pic pretty much sums up my week.  (Thanks, Cam.)

Let’s see….in the past week, TME has dealt with, collectively: snow, no school, fashion shows, skiing in the rain, ill-measured Benedryl (followed by mad googling and Dr. phone calls), ear infections, incessant kid questions spread over 8 hours of travel, infant coffee burns and hospital runs, at least one serious conversation about getting kid pee out of the couch, and one large puke (from eating too many berries in the car?)….in addition to our normal level of crazy.

That all?

NYET!  (haha and SIGH)

We also have some….

BIG NEWS

ONE:  We’ve been working on a pretty serious fashion distraction:  The TME Style Challenge.  We challenged each TME author to come up with an outfit that gets them far out of their comfort zone, just for funsies.  But here’s the catch: anyone can dress in costume, so to speak….the point of this exercise was to take something outside your norm and tweak it to get an outfit you would honestly wear.  Something that pushes your edge, but still feels like you.  This TME Style Challenge kicks off on Sunday.

TWO:  We started an new Instagram channel for The Mom Edit!  And it’s helpfully called….wait for it…..@themomedit.  I’ll still be doing my thing over at @shanachristine, but our new IG channel will include sneak peeks at all outfits before they go live on the blog, sale alerts and weekend picks, an early look at what we’re buying (we call it “testing” haha), #dressingroomselfies in real-time, and, hopefully, some really great reader style.  Which is where you come in.  Tag us with #themomeditstyle for a chance to be featured.

SHOP

President’s Day Sales are going strong! Here are a few of the sales we’re gaga over….

Anthropologie – Extra 40% off sale!  Um, this is going to be trouble.  For example, this silk, one-shoulder blouse is currently on sale for $19, which means that your new date night top will only put you out $12.  Good grief.  And let’s not forget about Cam’s favorite dress.

Banana Republic – 40% off almost everything.  I’m loving the punchy colors and slouchy shape of this merino wool sweater.

Express – 40% off EVERYTHING.  I’m loving this silky, flirty top, this STUNNING little romper, and this easy-yet-sexy everyday sweater.

Kate Spade – extra 25% off sale!  Use code ‘BUBBLY’.  And….drumroll please….they have my record bag as part of the sale.  (Not exact, but verrrry similar.)

Sole Society – 60% off selected styles….I’m DYING over these navy floral booties.   I mean seriously.

West Elm – 20% off your purchase

Words of love, you guys.  Cam found a tee with so much #truth: If You Love Me Let Me Sleep.

Philly locals!!  The entire NINOBrand collection will be at Shop Sixty Five (one of my fav Phila boutiques) this weekend.  If you’ve ever been curious about the brand, but haven’t gone to the trouble of making an appointment….this weekend is playtime.

ALSO, THIS

Theo Who Lived, the documentary about Theo Padnos, an American journalist kidnapped in Syria, is now available on Netflix.  It was produced by a dear friend of mine, and is both heartbreaking and, oddly enough, uplifting.

Resist.  I can’t be the only one struggling to get a voicemail to my state representatives.  Thankfully, Ultraviolet has a plan.  They’re going to drive a truckload of postcards right to Speaker Ryan’s front door.  Click here to submit a comment, and they’ll turn it into one of the postcards.

Save those plastic bags.  Senior Citizens are using them to make mats for the homeless.  (Thanks, Scotti!)

Tired?  Our Amanda found a solution for those sleepless nights:

And, since it’s the weekend, a little throwback to our roots…..

YASSSS.  Thanks for the nostalgia, Amanda.

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

xo,

S

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February 17, 2017

So…..NYFW Went Down Like This

 

The best laid plans, you guys.  Sigh.

I don’t often do the whole NYFW thing, simply because the timing is terrible.  In the Fall, fashion week often overlaps with the first week of school, which also happens to be the ONLY week I can mascarade as a Mom Who Has All Of Her Marbles (I swear, a good first impression can buy me months of teacher goodwill), and in the winter….well, life happens.

And I’m totally glossing over the fact that getting into the shows requires good, old-fashioned, work.  And by ‘work’, I mean pre-planning.  Email after email after email have be sent – weeks in advance I mean kill me now – and I’m just not made that way.  If I have too many plans set in stone, I get…itchy.

But this year, I had a secret weapon.  Her name is Gwen, and she is horrifyingly organized.  She found the lists, and sent the emails, and made alllll the plans.  Like a total rockstar.  And then…..get this…..AND THEN…

ItSnowedAndSchoolWasCancelledAndIMissedMostOfTheShows because #momlife

I thought – for a hot second – about asking my husband to cover, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  “Babe?  I know you are saving lives and everything, but the Nikolas K show is going to be AMAZING and yeah I do know style.com streams it live but I really think that my particular energy (from the back row) would really be important for the art, you know?  IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ART.”

Right.

But never fear!!  This intrepid mom blogger did make it to a few shows.  (The ones I could fit into my kid-free schedule.)  The rest?  Gwen covered, thankfully.

Anyway, fashion week is just plain fun – the right combination of ridiculous and beautiful – so we thought we’d share a few highlights from this year as well as What We Wore because that’s what’s important.

Gwen, who covered most of the shows, wore the same outfit each day.  Unapologetically.  Like a boss.

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February 13, 2017

Travel Notes: Skiing With Kids, Breckenridge

 

Gang, we had an amazing time at Breckenridge over the holidays.  This was our second time going – we took the kids for Spring Break last year, too – and while there are a ton of different ski resorts to choose from…..we really, really love Breck.

There’s something so intense about a ski vacation – not only is everything so expensive (ski passes on top of plane tickets on top of rental cars), but much of your fun depends on weather, and god forbid anyone gets sick.  Especially if you are traveling to the Colorado Rockies, where the altitude is no joke.

So Breck hits the sweet spot for us.  It has the right mix of world class skiing, comfy places to stay close to the slopes, an apres-ski scene that’s also pretty kid-friendly, a charming downtown, fun activities off-slope, and……(and this is probably the biggest one for us)…..a seriously unique ski school experience for the kids.  This ski school, to quote Raines, is ‘EPIC’.

Here are the highlights from our trip…..

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February 10, 2017

Weekend 2/10

 

Anyone have special plans for the pre-Valentine weekend?  We’ll be doing our usual ski thing up at Blue Mountain.  I’ll bring a bottle of Cava to make it extra special, because nothing spells ROMANCE like one tiny hotel room, hubs, and….

…two young boys screaming about screen time. #winningatromance

Shop

One of my friends, who happens to be an almost-insufferable Barney’s snob (HA!), has recently become addicted to LOFT.  She bought this sweatshirt, this other sweatshirt (swingy shape + cool tassel detail), and this fuzzy sweater (on sale). (“Lou and Gray?  Who are these guys?”  OMG.)

A few of you were asking about moto jackets for longer torsos…we recommend Express’ classic moto jacket (now on sale – thanks, Laura!), or try this one (comes in a bunch of colors), or this sweater -moto hybrid, or this pale pink one or even Madewell’s leather moto might work, since it’s longer in front than in back.  (Thanks, Amanda!)

Um.  This pretty collar necklace is on sale for under $20, and would be perfect with a simple tshirt.  By Rebecca Minkoff. HOLLA

I’m obsessed with Gwen’s Individual Wine Wipes.  She says, “I can vouch for these things – I’m always self conscious about my teeth + red wine (anyone else?) and these are the EASIEST to stash in all of my bags and wallets. Such a cool product.”  Ordering.  Now.

 

Also, This…

Anyone else looking for killer class-valentine ideas?  Like….the real, actually achievable, yet still worthy of points-for-creativity kind?  The unicorns of class valentines, if you will?   Liz from SayYesBlog blew my mind with 5 ideas from the dollar store.  Obviously she’s a genius.

Cam found a way to Make Valentine’s Day Special for a child in the hospital.  And it only takes a minute or two.

Laura found this guy who looks and dresses like his dog.  Instagram gold, I tell ya.

Amanda’s #kidgoals:


 

And if you’ve ever wondered what Disney Characters would look like in Real Life….Scotti found it.

Happy weekend!

xo,

S

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February 8, 2017

Closet Clean Out: Linzi

 

Gang, at the close of our Cropped Flares Week last November, I had hinted at a closet clean-out I had completed with my dear friend, Linzi.  You might also remember her from our recent LOFT shoot.

Linz is a mom to two crazy boys, has a penchant for comfort shoes, rocks bright colors like nobody’s business, is overly competitive at board games, (“it’s called SORRY for a reason, SUCKERS”), and loves me despite all my crazy.  She’s amazing and funny and warm and I feel beyond lucky to call her a friend.

But everyone has their sartorial quirks, and Linzi’s is a heavyyyy reliance on Danskos, as well as an unrelenting aversion to skinny jeans.  Sooo….ok.   Ok fine.  We can do this.

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February 7, 2017

Cozy Pieces + Delicate Necklaces

 

Gang, it’s been almost a year since I mentioned these sweatpants….remember this old article when I referred to them as ‘Outdoor Sweatpants’?  Well.  A year later, and they’re still going strong.   As in….I wear them to grab coffee, to school drop off (those mornings when pajamas double as clothes), while cooking dinner after a looong day, wrestling boys, reading books, falling asleep putting the boys to bed….and they’re coziest-ever thing to snuggle into after a long day on the slopes.

My one sweatpant misstep was actually trying to do a yoga class in them.  SWEAT.  Whoa.  Not advised.

Anyway, the reason (as you’ve probably guessed by now, especially if you follow me on IG) that I’m blathering on about them….they’ve been restocked.  In all colors and sizes, including black, which sold out in a hot second last Spring.   You can see this IG pic for the sheer bum-friendliness of the pant (which is why I dubbed them ‘outdoor sweatpants’ last Spring).

Lately I’ve been wearing my sweats with this super soft fleece top that I bought based strictly on the 94 glowing reviews.  It can be worn off-the-shoulder (one or both), or as a cowl neck.  I don’t typically go for cowl necklines, but the material is so thin and drapey, and the cowl so subtle (the top fits nicely across the shoulders, even when in cowl mode) that it’s shockingly flattering.  I love it.  (As a bonus, it’s long enough to wear with leggings.)

Lastly, a few of you were asking about my necklaces.  This simple black choker is my new fav – it seriously looks good with everything, and the two delicate chains I rarely take off are Dana Rebecca’s bar pendant in rose gold and a very thin gold infinity symbol by Zoe Chicco.  That last one isn’t available, but Shy by SE necklaces have a similar vibe (so delicate they almost disappear).  I like the lightning bolt, or maybe the one that says ‘trouble’. (Which inexplicably, was always my nickname at Lockheed.  Ha!).  Anyway, the full line is here.  So fun.

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February 3, 2017

Weekend

 

I get you, Pax.  And after this week, we are all Pax.  I get shaky, each time I imagine myself in the place of that Iranian mom who was separated from her five year old for hours.  Hours.  And to think I once exchanged harsh words with a stewardess who thought it would be “fine” to seat my five year old 10 rows away on the airplane.

Nope.  Not fine.  #mamabear

I was relieved to find out that the reports of five year olds in handcuffs were all completely untrue. (You can read the fact checking here or here – thank goodness for Snopes these days.)  And I was proud of this women’s clear headedness in the face of pressure from immigration agents.  Yeah Mama.

Despite the emotional week, Pax was realllly excited about something.  “GUESS WHAT MOM!!!” he asked me, his entire body vibrating with excitement.  “Tomorrow, this guy is going to….” he pauses, searching for words, “…POP OUT and tell us if winter is staying!!”

This guy.  Snort.

“Do you remember what kind of animal he is?” I ask.

Pax thinks, screwing up his nose.  “Hers a…..hers a….”  and then he beams, proud to have remembered.  “HERS A WARTHOG!”

OMG I love that kid.

And now?  Distraction time….

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February 2, 2017

Madewell Brought Back My Go-To Post-Partum & Nursing Top (And I Still LOVE It)

 

Once upon a time, a new mama was looking for a shirt.  Not just any shirt, mind you, but one that made her feel feminine and pretty (or heck – she’d settle for ‘less tired looking’), despite her soft and poochy stomach.  A shirt that would open easily for nursing, but one that would also be soft and cozy against a baby’s cheek.

A shirt that was Machine Washable And Wouldn’t Shrink In The Dryer because, $#%*&!!!, it was the 21st century and that shouldn’t be freaking impossible.

And then she walked into Madewell and found the shirt and they lived happily ever after.

Until she finished nursing (years and years and years of nursing – the sounds of the breastpump haunt her dreams still) and she was so. sick. of that effing shirt that she burned it BURN BURN BURN.

The End.

Happily for us all ever after….Madewell has recently reissued the shirt (also at Nordstrom).  And since I haven’t nursed in….oh…..WOW almost four years now….I was suuuper excited to see that the shirt is back.  And I wasn’t wrong, oh-so-many years ago:  it’s a pretty great shirt.  (And yes, Mom, I bought you one too. xoxo)

It’s just one of those easy, throw on pieces that always looks cute.  Even when my not-pregnant, never-will-nurse-again self meets hubs for lunch.

(In related news, Philly food trucks are the bomb.)

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January 31, 2017

A Dark and Moody Valentine’s Day Outfit

 

While most thoughts in February turn to pinks and reds and roses….I’m looking for something moodier.  Black lace, perhaps, or something in a deep, dark navy – a color whose power is often underestimated.

This Valentine’s Day I want to curl up somewhere (clad in navy and black, of course) with dim lighting, good drinks, and a certain guy, that after almost 18 years of marriage, I still find devastatingly handsome.

In that slightly nerdy, nice-guy way of his.

Life advice:  Never underestimate the slightly nerdy, nice guy.  They’re something.

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January 30, 2017

Just a Girl and Her Sorels….

It’s been a long week.  And I’ve been sitting here for an embarrassingly long time, staring a blank screen.  I’m getting dangerously close to approximating a still life painting,  which would probably be better than the “Me have pretty coat” caveman-style prose I’m a hot second away from writing.

You know what this calls for, kids?  An ORDERED LIST.

  1.  Cafe Lutecia.  Go.  It has to-die-for quiche, croissants….AND a ton of Where’s Waldo books to entertain the kids.  Also daily open-faced sandwich specials that involve a fried egg on top.
  2.  These boots.  Still wearing ’em.  Still love ’em.  So much, in fact, that I’ve been wearing them as rainboots.
  3. Which reminds me….Snow?  You out there?
  4. Me have pretty coat.

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