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….


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.


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.


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!



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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.”


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 16, 2017

Are These Shoes Mules or Flats? (And Graphic Tees Always)

Motherhood is a balance between doing what’s good and doing what keeps everyone sane. Some days you’re right on time everywhere, everything falls in place, no one has a meltdown… and some days you’re just trying to make it until bedtime without completely losing it.

And while a pair of shoes isn’t going to do school pick-up for you or anything, a slip-on style might just save you a few seconds when you’re already running late (says #worldsokayestmom). Sole Society has some lovely, quality slip on flats that I checked out…while spoiling Sienna with Valentine’s Day donuts. And I have to say, I’m in love.

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February 15, 2017

Reader Style: Amelia

It’s reader style time! We were thrilled to get the following note from Amelia:

I’m an Australian mum who has very recently moved with my family to Singapore.  I’ve been an avid reader of the Mom Edit since we were posted to Calgary a few years ago and I was pregnant with my little boy.  Your blog is very often the only non-business reading I get to do anymore, what with working full time and having two little people.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for such a great blog.  Over the last two years my style has evolved as a direct result of your ideas.  As you can see, I’m still a bit conservative (the pearls!), but those J Brand cargos as the absolute best weekend pants.  You’ve also converted me to Free People, thus the top.  And floating around that plane seat somewhere is a lovely tan Rebecca Minkoff backpack holding various kid stuff.  (By the end of the flight I was unfortunately adorned in vomit. But I still looked good, darnit!)

My work style has changed too.  Still conservative, but I’m pushing myself to try things outside of my comfort zone.  (The best description of my work style previously comes from a member of my team who told me I dressed like a Qantas flight attendant!)
Anyway, thanks for all of your great articles.


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February 14, 2017

Faves for In-Between Temps: Vests & Waterproof Boots

My mom wears vests alll the time . . . I see a vest, I think, “Oh Mom would love this!”  I never really even considered wearing them myself because they remind me so much of her (not in a bad way, Mom!).  But then one day we were at her house and it was bit too warm for the huge puffy coat I had left the house in, so I borrowed her J. Crew vest.  I actually kinda loved it!  They’re perfect for that in-between weather (obviously), but I especially like those in fashionable patterns and fun colors.  It’s another way to style a black turtleneck (something I’ve been doing a lot of lately, apparently).  Add some cool-looking waterproof booties (yes, they exist!) and you have a perfect outfit to take you into spring.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorites below.

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February 13, 2017

Striped Shirt, 5 Ways At The Gap (#DressingRoomSelfies)

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…

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February 11, 2017

Valentine’s Movie Night Ideas – Unromantic + Unfiltered


In our annual tradition of non-romantic-movie themed Valentine’s date nights, I polled the Mom Edit team for their faves and whipped up some really fun ideas if you’re staying in this year. Because it’s February and no one wants to leave the house – hot popcorn & warm couch > fancy dinner & unsensible shoes.

Grab the remote and your bae: we’ll tell you what to watch, wear, drink and give for a low-key but awesome Tuesday night.

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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


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!



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February 9, 2017

Style Refresh: Moto Jackets & Statement Necklaces

I’m such a sucker for moto jackets . . .give me all the colors, all the cuts, all the unique embellishments of zippers and collars.  Love.  They’re the perfect finishing touch to throw on over a spring dress or destroyed denim when the weather gets a bit warmer.  For now?  They’re upping my turtleneck game.  LOL yes . . . I said turtleneck game.  Because winter.  It’s cold.  And I need a way to refresh the simple jeans and turtleneck look that I’ll be rocking for weeks to come.

This is the perfect go-to look for a date night outfit that won’t leave you freezing and is super easy to throw together.

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