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?
Since this week the blog is like one big ‘introduction to the opposites’ sketch, this athleisure queen was tasked with finding my inner glam. Immediately I started trolling Scotti’s posts for inspiration since she’s the resident glamazon around here. (And it’s not just in blog posts. Fun story: the first time I met Scotti in person was at the hotel we were staying at for Shana’s surprise birthday last year. It seriously felt like a celebrity sighting, she is that put together even on weekend morning – gorgeous makeup, hair did, heels. Me, on the other hand? Pretty sure my outfit involved stretchy pants and sneakers, and maybe tinted lip balm if I was feeling extra fancy.) I alternated between panic and avoidance for a week or so, until Shana asked how it was going on our weekly call. I said, quite seriously, “How about glam sweatshirts?” Shana replied, even more seriously, “I think it’s time to make an appointment with a Nordstrom stylist”. Gulp. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly of what happened when I did.
Happy holidays! We’re a little early here, but with Thanksgiving right around the corner…we’re going with close enough. So let’s kick things off with a week of Go-To Holiday Style.
It’s easy to get caught up in style possibilities around the holidays – the pretty dresses, the gorgeous shoes, the shimmery little tanks – holiday dressing is often part fantasy. All that shine and sparkle. But when it comes down to it….most of us won’t be donning sweeping gowns or sequin-encrusted mini dresses for our holiday soirees. So we wanted to start with what we’re really going to be wearing for the holidays. Each day this week, one of the TME editors will cover their tried-and-true, Honestly Yes I Will Be Wearing This, Go-To holiday outfit.
Short sleeved summer dresses and tops: you asked, we answered. Cam and I each put together a kick-ass short sleeved top summer outfit and rounded up a big ole list of our favorite short sleeved summer dresses and tops out there this summer….
shades: BP. Round Sunglasses – I like to buy cheap, cool sunglasses…because I’m cheap. ha ha. I really just don’t need high end ones right now, with little kids…and losing them constantly and then dropping them every day. A solid few pairs of cheap sunglasses do it for me. Plus- then I can have a few different styles to play with. Nordstrom has BP., which is a very trendy line…and affordable.
shoes: Converse Jack Purcell Lo Top Sneakers – ugh…not again. Really? Sold-out. Can’t find anywhere now. Nooooo. I think they were actually men’s shoes, but whatever. I would have totally still worn them. Why does this keep happening to me? Okay, WELL THEN. Really, I’d wear any pair of canvas shoes with a top like this, because canvas shoes are one of my go-tos in the Summertime and they would help to dress down the collared shirt a bit. So…I just found Converse’s Dainty Ox Sneakers. Cute!…and they come in a bunch of fun Summer colors.
shorts: STS Blue Boyfriend Shorts – these shorts look so good. #word Longer, comfy…and cool. The sizing is a little different, so pay attention to that.
bag: Rebecca Minkoff ‘Medium Julian’ Backpack – because it’s beautiful and if you’ve been wanting to spend a little mas on THE bag…buy this bag. This is the kind of thing that just won’t ever go out of style…in MY opinion. 😉
Ah, the love-hate relationship with bras. Since having a child, I must admit, it’s definitely more hate for me…I think my boobs have changed about 542 times during and since pregnancy. Sienna will be 3 in May and I’m seriously hoping they’re done. I generally have to stick to underwire when I go out of the house (hello lift) and around the house I tend just to wear them, too, even though they’re not comfy at all. But, going braless is just not an option these days, even at home.
The bralette has become a serious godsend to solve this lofty (heh) issue. Not only is a good bralette pretty and good for wearing around the house for comfort, but it’s also perfect for traveling when you’re staying with friends or family and don’t want to subject them to your unruly girls first thing in the morning. Many of these styles here are comfy enough to sleep in when traveling and even at home if you like that light support at all times. (And I have a trick below for making saggy mom boobs look better in these light support bras!) I’m fairly conservative when it comes to my boobs though and am not up for braving the au naturelle (aka free and floppy, in my case) look outside the house, but if you’re good with that then by all means rock some of these beyond lounging and sleeping purposes!
It seems like a cruel joke that Valentine’s Day follows so closely after the holidays. Although, one could argue that no one held me down and forced me to eat all those delicious desserts or made me guzzle eggnog like water.
You guys might remember Jess (aka Jessbobess) who has contributed some seriously cool art to TME. I featured her back in August, and long time readers may remember this epic post. But one thing you may not have realized is that Jess is funny – with a good eye and a keen wit. So this month, instead of my usual blathering on, I thought I’d let Jess do the talking. -S
Hey guys! Jess here, I’m not going to lie- I’ve been nervous about this post for The Mom Edit, following in the steps of Shana and her team of style experts is a bit daunting to say the least, but here goes nothing….
I’m a 31 year old aspiring artist and designer, certified elementary art teacher, crafter/DIYer, book nerd, sometimes barista, and lover of fashion since the day I was old enough to dress myself. My style icons include:
1) My tiny Texan grandma with a larger than life personality and walk-in closet filled with clothing items one can only expect from a fashion forward 60 year old Texas grandma: bold, colorful sequined, dresses, gaudy, faux gemstone jewelry and mounds of high heels…
my grandma, with my equally stylish brother and me (yes it’s a perm, and no I don’t want to talk about that phase of my life)
Yeah. So I’m still in these jeans. And I’ve been meaning to talk about this jacket FOREVER. And yes – the sexy sweater + bustier combo, too. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Suffice to say that I gots some things to say regarding holiday style.
Holiday? I KNOW. Feel free to throw things, I do realize we haven’t hit Halloween yet. IN MY DEFENSE…..I missed out on ALL holiday fun last year, *cough*chemo*cough* so I’m beyond excited for holiday festivities this year. Like really, seriously, over-the-moon, excited in almost a manic, crazy-person kind of way. I will be bringing Jolly this year, with a capital “J”. BRINGING. THE. JOLLY.
And thank you guys – so much – for your kind words, welcoming my sister. I’m so thrilled to have Scotti here, and because of her, was able to take some (much needed) time off in New York last week. (And Instagrammers, your NYC suggestions were SPOT ON. Seriously, wow.)
Now back to sexy sweaters. Unlike my “sexy turtlenecks” which I keep (unsuccessfully) trying to make a thing [insert eyeroll from my husband], the sexy sweater is, actually, sexy.
Remember when you first learned you were pregnant? That very first time? I remember desperately trying to keep it a secret from friends/family/coworkers/Facebook, but everywhere I looked….BABIES. Babies were everywhere. It was a plot, executed by the universe, to wear my husband down until he finally cracked, at a party attended by both friends and co-workers, his excited voice booming over the music, “SHANA IS PREGNANT!! BUT ONLY THREE WEEKS SO DON’T TELL HER THAT YOU KNOW!!!!!!!!”
Nice one, Mike. Imagine my surprise as I fake-drank my beer to have 30 people suddenly rush up and congratulate me. If I recall correctly, I started actually drinking the beer.
In any case, I’ve had overalls on the brain. Overalls and kimonos, specifically. And, like babies, they are suddenly popping up everywhere. So let’s take this as a universal sign TO GO SHOPPING.
1. For the Rock Chick
Love the edgy railroad stripes with a floral kimono. It’s a seriously cool mixed-print combo.
I have these overalls – they’re the exact same pair I featured in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale #dressingroomselfies. Even at full-price, they’re a steal for $54. Love them with a cozy knit kimono. So cute on a cool fall day with ankle boots, scarf and a knit hat. Right?
It took me a couple of years, but I finally figured out a few tricks for layering these tops, although they won’t tame the pooch as well as the flowy-top-shaper-cami combo, but when it’s really hot, let’s go with GOOD ENOUGH.
(The real advantage to layering, BTW, is not only hiding the post-partum pooch, but allowing easy nursing access without stomach exposure. Pull the top layer up, the under layer down. Also? You can sometimes wear a normal bra.)
1. Layer Over a Cotton Tank
I have had better luck (in the sweaty mess department) laying sheer flowy tops over simple cotton tanks – less pooch-hiding, but much cooler. And if your top is flowy enough, you don’t really notice a pooch. Admittedly, my pooch is much smaller these days but I am, ummmm…more than three years “post-partum”. (I think the post-partum label is applicable for up to 10 years. Or life. Let’s go with life.)