January 16, 2017

Winter Gear

During a recent meeting with TME team, Cam (who lives in South Carolina and said it was “cold” because it was below 70) asked when it starts getting warm in Marquette.  “May,” I said.  I was only half-kidding.  We’ve had snow days in May before . . . and although that’s not the norm, we don’t really get a summer going here until about June.  Spring (or the season when the snow melts and the sand from sanding the snowy roads over and over again is everywhere – forget flowers here) is pretty much non-existent.  You simply cannot live here and NOT have good winter gear.  Sorels in the UP are as ubiquitous as the snow banks on the side of the roads.

It’s no surprise that lots of retirees who live here are “snow birds,” or those who go somewhere warm during these winter months.  My parents are no exception . . . they’re going to Lake Havasu at the end of the month and Greenlea and I are soaking up as much Nana time as we can before they leave for a few months.  She spoils G with candy from Donkers (we were amazed at how fast she ate an entire bag of gummy bears) and has happy hour with me where I chat her ear off.  I’m so lucky to have her in the same town . . . and that we get to visit her in Arizona to get out of the cold!

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January 16, 2017

Portland’s Bridge & Burn Annual Sale

Hey hey…my favorite store in Portland is having a big sale! I love their simple, casual, very Pacific Northwest style. They have quality items famous around Portland. All of it is just very ‘me.’  You may recognized them from my rain gear post. My favorite pieces are their shirt dresses, trousers and t-shirts and at the top of my list is one of their waxed raincoats (of course). Check out my very favorite pieces below. Their mens’ line is amazing, too. Use code SAVE40 starting today for 40% off all Bridge & Burn items! Stuff is selling quickly.

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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 13, 2017

Cool Boots for the Guys


My husband’s style is very much so…I-don’t-give-a-crap. The man would still be wearing cargo shorts and tie die shirts if I hadn’t come along. That said, he has grown to appreciate a low-key, comfortable look – with a bit of cool snuck in (by yours truly). I think we have finally gotten to a good middle ground. He won’t wear vests or tall, hipster boots (damn it), but he will allow for some edge now – for example, a utility jacket or Converse. I’ll take it! In fact, he’s really settled into a style now that I find very attractive on him. PRAISE JESUS.  I have been working hard on this for years, ya’ll, so…this is a victory I gladly celebrate.

So, for Christmas, I got him these Clark boots. He was in need of an anytime-boot and these were perfect – not too cool, but just cool enough.

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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 11, 2017

50 Shades of Grey

Feeling the winter blahs?  Me too.  My husband just informed me that the 3rd Monday of January is referred to as “Blue Monday,” and is allegedly the most depressing day of the year.  Am I the only one who wants to curl up on the couch and have Netflix marathons on a daily basis??  Must.  Resist.  Couch.  Want to know what my solution is?  Sweatshirts.  Not just any sweatshirt . . . fancy sweatshirts.  Sweatshirts that can go from the couch to the play date to dinner and back again.  Sweatshirts that are comfy and cozy but also a little bit of fun.  Sequins, ruffles, lace . . . bring on the fancy.

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January 11, 2017

AllSaints All Day Long: How I Style Mine

I just had a feeling you guys would like AllSaints just as much as I do. They do timeless wardrobe essentials with a modern twist. Plus, the quality and tailoring of their clothing is so SO good. I fell in love with the brand when they opened their first store in Chicago. At the time, I was still in college and had a difficult time parting with $10, so, the thought of purchasing something from them, even from the sales rack was laughable. Instead I walked around the store touching everything and whispering “someday my pretty, someday.”

Bummed you missed the sale? Never fret! Their sale is STILL going on. Select items are up to 50% off plus an additional 20% off of sale items at checkout using the code January.

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January 10, 2017

LOFT – My 5 Favorite Capsule Pieces

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.

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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 9, 2017

Gorgeous Tech Accessories & Office Supplies to Start the New Year Right


Scale of 1-10, how painful was back to work this week? I’m having major “holiday hangover”, missing having the hubs home during the day and trying to get the kids’ sleep schedule back on track after a week of relaxed rules and way too much sugar. I’m in need of some major motivation and organization – especially since my home “office” is a desk two feet from our bed, and our room happens to be the most disorganized and cluttered room in the house! (Although I heard hygge is the new KonMari, I don’t think it applies here…) 2016 kind of kicked our collective butts, as Shana alluded to – but we are strong, resilient ladies and it’s time to get back to business. Nothing centers me like having a functional, organized clean-ish workspace and I want the things I see and use everyday to “spark joy”. I found some gorgeous tech accessories and stylish office supplies to help start the year on the right foot.

2017: let’s do this thing.

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