When we were all together a while back I was lucky enough to go shopping with Laura & Cam. We went to Anthropologie plus the mother of all Nordstroms in Dallas so we could take dressing room selfies! Here are some of my spring faves from our shopping session, including the best little jackets. Bonus – most of it is part of the Nordstrom half-yearly sale, going on now!
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True to my Taurus sign, I’m very much creature of habit – once I find a style of jeans that works on my body and fits well, it’s a no-brainer. And my love affair with Paige Verdugo skinnies is no secret! Though black skinnies will always be the most flattering in my opinion, I wanted to lighten up for spring. Here’s the thing: skinny, light-colored pants on can be tricky if it’s just an expanse of solid color stretching tightly across your thighs and bum, so here were some criteria I had in mind:
- Something to add interest on the legs – distressing, destruction, embroidery or otherwise embellished
- Variation in light denim shades within the jeans to make them as flattering as possible
- Cropped or ankle length but not necessarily petite-sized makes it easier to find more options
It’s true that the Paige’s happened to be my faves, but I found a couple more styles that will definitely be on permanent repeat in my denim collection. (I made that sound way fancier than the crowded shelf at the top of the closet). Want to see which spring denim I loved?
Here I am again with another #dressingroomselfies post, y’all. It’s like I enjoy torturing myself with bad lighting and small rooms or something, but…I do. I like it. Especially sans kiddo, I love trying on a bunch of pieces and sharing my thoughts about them. I know. I’m nuts. I think most of us over here on the TME team are. But in a good way.
This time Shana suggested I try styling one item 5 different ways and we went with a striped tee this time around. It was a good approach to shopping that you might try out sometime! It gets the creative juices flowing. So without further ado, here we go…
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.
Trends have been shifting, slippery things lately (especially in the denim department), so I wandered into J.Crew to see Ms. Lyons’ interpretation. It’s…fantastic. J.Crew is doing what they’ve always done so well (cozy sweaters, bright stripes), but have managed to update small details to keep the pieces relevant (hello, little bell sleeve, for example). But the shocking surprise? The denim. Let’s get right to it….
Fall! Fall has arrived with a gray, drizzly bang here in the Pacific Northwest. It literally arrived the day I tried most of these pieces on. And, although it was a really abrupt entrance, it’s gotten me super excited for cool weather, pumpkin everything and, of course…jackets.
I’m not the only one – several readers have been asking us to do a roundup of soft blazers. Many of you are looking for something like the one S wore in Europe (see her pics here), but with a lower price tag. Knit jackets are mom gold: comfy yet structured. I started searching only for knit blazers, but expanded my search to include of-the-moment bomber jackets as well. Come along and see both the wins and the bombs…(pun intended).
Hey ladies – I made a naptime escape for my local Nordstrom today to try on some athleisure picks and workwear options from the sale! What did I find? Lots of killer comfy leggings, cool jackets (including this amazing Zella moto puffer!), cashmere sweaters and leather jackets to swap out for blazers this fall.
Hey hey…I got brave for y’all…swim suits!
I recently received Athleta’s catalog in the mail and LOVED some of their new swimwear. Many of the styles that I wanted to try were only available online, so I ordered some for home. I’ve been excited to check out their suits since many of you have said you love them. I agree! All of the suits seem well made. The fabric (Lycra Xtra Life) is supposed to last 5-10x longer than other swimwear fabrics and it does feel very sturdy, especially compared to the less expensive swimwear I generally go for. I tried bikinis, tankinis and rash guards – all mixed with a few different bottoms. Here’s what I found.
Our love for jeans runs deep here at The Mom Edit. They’re often the most-worn item in our closet. So it makes sense that we’re picky. Personally, I’m always on the lookout for jeans that don’t slide down during the day (I cannot do belts!), have spot-on styling (an interesting wash, perhaps?) and a flattering fit.
When it comes to jeans, we want allll the things.
I recently went on a serious search to find my go-to jean for Spring. You know, the pair you throw on everyday, the pair you feel your best in, and – maybe the most telling of all – the pair you take on vacation. This turned out to be quite an undertaking. Keep reading to see the pairs I loved, hated, and the ones I ultimately ended up keeping.
So Laura and Jess walk into the Gap……
A couple of things I learned from my first dressing room selfie experience yesterday at the Gap:
1. Dressing room selfies are no joke.
2. Retail associates, especially those assigned to the dressing room area, are hardworking, patient, Saint like individuals.
It’s been a while since I’ve actually set foot inside a Gap store as I’ve started doing more and more of my shopping (and returning) online. And this isn’t meant to be a diss, but if I am at the mall, or happen to be passing a Gap, I usually end up bypassing it all together. Because after shopping at the Gap for 20+ years I feel like I already know what’s on the racks without looking inside.
But my day-trip to Gap helped to reminded me that what Gap does, it does it well, and affordably. I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying to focus on buying only wardrobe essentials: items that are timeless, high quality and verstaile. And on a budget like mine, Gap and it’s sister companies Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athletica, are great places to look.
So, here are four complete looks I put together yesterday.