Author Shana

Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Cool Mom Jewelry
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This used to be an oxymoron, I know. But mom jewelry has come a long way from the multi-birthstone necklace or a cheesy “World’s Greatest Mom” locket. There are many options for mom jewelry that are just plain cool. Here are my favorites:

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Mom Street Style – April 2009 Mom
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I love this outfit because it’s an easy way to take the t-shirt and jeans uniform in a new direction. Use a colored cord (or jean), pair it with a neutral tee, colorful jacket, and a fun slouchy bag. Don’t be afraid of color – mixing up basic separates with great color is what makes this look so interesting. Notice that if you changed all of Krista’s clothing to a neutral color (normal jeans, black jacket) the overall funkiness of the outfit and the easy cool gets lost.

Maternity
The Case for Full Panel Maternity Pants
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I was suspicious of panels in general, and therefore stuck to under-the-belly styles as a rule, but the full panel was downright mind boggling. Who would wear those things? Who would want a piece of fabric stretching from basically your crotch to under your boobs? How is that comfortable? And, god forbid, what if you raised your arms and people actually saw the panel? Horror, I know.

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Chex Mix – Good First Food for Baby?
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“Have you tried peas?” people would say. “My son just LOVES apples.”. I think people can’t help themselves. I mean seriously – when I say the kid won’t eat ANYTHING, do they really think I haven’t tried peas or apples? Like I’m suddenly going to say, “OMG – PEAS!! I didn’t even THINK of PEAS!”

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Cute Workout Gear For Moms – Not Just For Working Out
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Until….4 weeks after the little man was born, I found myself despairing because I had copious amounts of spit-up on my only good pair of sweat pants. The old me would have objected at the clear oxymoron: “good pair of sweatpants.” But screw old me. I was sleep deprived, all other clothing rubbed painfully against my c-section scar, and at this point, walking outside was a lofty goal, with a daily shower a pipe dream. So I decided to embrace the workout-gear-as-outfit philosophy. It’s comfortable, it’s practical (getting out of the house is cause for celebration so one might as well go somewhere, even if it’s Target), and with the vast array of cute workout clothes on the market, why not? Over a year later, I still find myself in workout gear well into the afternoon hours. I hope my husband finds uniboobs somewhat sexy. Here are my current pics for cute workout gear:

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Hot Shoes for a Well Deserved Night Out
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I have noticed that in the last couple of years high heel trends have shifted a bit. The bootie – which was just getting big when I was pregnant two years ago – is still here, and is influencing the stiletto. Stilettos are now serious, dominatrix looking things, straps and studs and craziness everywhere, and the resulting look is a little stronger – more sexy, less sweet. I predict that this shoe trend will continue well into fall….and this trend makes my tasteful (yet still sky high) strappy sandals look almost dowdy by comparison. Time for a seriously sexy shoe to sex up my old existing going-out outfits.

Kid's Style
Chic, Original Clothing for Kids that is Simply Drool-Worthy and Affordable
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Her line is a little big boho, a little bit rocker, but SO chic and clean. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s almost wasted on the kids! Almost. What I find so refreshing – besides the use of re-purposed fabric – is the fact that she manages to infuse a children’s line with chic, never veering into the realm of cutesy, fussy or trying to hard. She just offers great design, great lines, and great fabric. It’s a recipe so deceptively simple that you almost miss the genius behind it. And the fact that this line is also so ridiculously affordable (prices range from $6 – $44) is simply the icing on the cake.

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Should Moms Wear Slouchy, Cropped Trousers?
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The question I’m struggling with…are the slouchy cropped trousers a good choice for moms? The higher waist is very mom friendly – no muffin-top potential, hides a slight pooch belly and won’t irritate a c-section scar – and the bum is loose enough to high any sagginess problems. However, after careful consideration, my answer is…