April 14, 2017

How We’re Wearing Leggings Right Now

We just finished up another great visit from my sister Scotti, her hubs and baby Greenlea. We love when they visit almost as much as they love visiting (I may or may not bribe them to move here EVERY time they’re in #sorrynotsorry). Coming from a little place like our hometown of Marquette, MI a trip to the city is a huge deal. I mean, have I mentioned the nearest shopping mall was hours away growing up? Yep. When Scotti’s in town we make plenty of time for Sephora, city shopping and FOOD. A trip to our beloved Pub & Kitchen is usually a must but this time, we took lil’ G to Lil’ Pop Shop – one of the my new favs and now Scotti’s. Not only are these ice pops seriously delicious, they’re hand-crafted in small batches from a seasonal assortment of fresh, natural, locally-sourced ingredients. Yum.

Greenlea was alllll in. . . until she tried my chocolate brownie. Then she was graciously willing to let Mama finish her popsicle for her.  We’re kind of spirit animals like that.  (See evidence of crazy chocolate buzz below).

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April 13, 2017

Spring Kicks for Girls

S asked if I would round up girl sneaks.
She also asks occasionally if I’ll round-up kids.

Other than home stuff, those are probably the other two things I’m the girl to round-up: kids and kicks.

Kids and kicks are just quintessential FUN in motion and such a gift! Heck yes I will round-them-all-up! Always!!!

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April 12, 2017

The Boxy Button Down

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Raise your hand if you hate gaping button down tops? So annoying, right?

I love a good button down top, especially buttoned all the way up (like my bestie Nicole taught me). But. I have a wide rib cage. I know, the struggle, but seriously. I couldn’t wear all those cute(?) empire waist prom dresses in high school either and I’ve dealt with the dang button gape in button up shirts since.

Button down? Button up? I don’t know the proper term, but I’ve found a version of the shirts that work for me, are comfy and are everywhere right now. Yay! Shall we…

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April 12, 2017

Shopbop Sale (25% off everything) – Here’s Our Edit

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 top 1 | top 2dress

 sandal 1 | sandal 2 | sandal 3

We wait for this sale alllllll year.  It’s the one where Shopbop offers up to 25% off nearly everything.  If you are looking to jumpstart your Spring and Summer wardrobe, this is one of our favorite ways to do it.

Use code EVENT17 to take 20% off purchases under $500, or 25% off purchases over $500.

Keep reading to see which items have gotten the entire TME crew clicking ‘add to cart’.

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April 11, 2017

Tulle Midi Skirt + Hi Tops

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The princess/all-things-girl in me from my childhood has been wanting to try a pink tulle skirt, ever since they became a thing. The only issue I’ve had with them is that they don’t seem very realistic. Either you have to wear heels or be wearing it for some dressy event, but sorry nope. I rarely do either, so that doesn’t work for my life…and that’s why I hadn’t spent money on one, despite the fact that I love having a good girly moment some times.

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April 7, 2017

Packing For Cuba: What We Wore

 

If you follow me on IG (@shanachristine), you know that we recently returned from an amazing trip to Cuba.  I have so much more to say on that topic (hopefully next week??), but so many of you were asking for outfit / packing details that I wanted to crank this one out.

We visited Cuba at the end of March, which is technically considered their cold season, but…it was glorious.  Hot during the day, yet cool enough in the evenings to need a light jacket or sweater.  It did rain once, but blew in/out so quickly that the net result was wandering into the bar for one more mojito.  #twistmyarm

As I mentioned in the Kid’s Cuba Packing List article, we brought only carry-ons to avoid the long luggage line at the Havana airport.  Made extra tricky by the fact that one can’t easily run out for, say, forgotten sunscreen in Cuba.  Cuba is not a shopping destination (to put it mildly), so you’re more likely to do without rather than replace it.

A few things I learned:

  • In the off season, Cuba does get cool at night.  Especially when there’s a breeze.  (And when walking along the Malecon, there was always a breeze.)
  • Cubans have style.  It’s more of a Miami vibe than an East-Coast hipster vibe, but grown men do not seem to wear shorts at night, and the women dress sexy.
  • On that note….I thought, for a hot second, that Cuba might be conservatively dressed.  HELLS NO.  Even the Cuban TSA agents wore short, tight skirts with fishnet tights.  I am not making this up.  It was amazing.
  • Old Havana has lots of cobblestones.  I didn’t bother with heels once the entire trip.

Here’s what worked for me:

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April 6, 2017

Anxiety sucks, but hey…chinos are cool.

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I’ve been hesitant about sharing this, because I haven’t been sure how to broach the subject. This is a tough one. This was going to be a post about chinos, but hey…I feel like getting hardcore on ya’ll and talking about something more – about something that has affected my life and possibly has been a trial in your life, as well.

I have anxiety. It was recently diagnosed as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, but I’ve been dealing with it since childhood. I realized relatively recently that I must have been having panic attacks all those times growing up, when I would all of the sudden feel like I was losing control, became short of breath, start sweating profusely and would have to lay on the cold bathroom floor until it passed…and that it was not simply a low blood sugar problem. like I had thought. It’s not something I’d really faced head-on, because it’s not something I realized may be a problem for me…that is, until after having our third baby. It was then that I realized I was having more bad days than good and that the way I was feeling inside was something I needed to confront and seek help for.

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April 6, 2017

Favorite Way to Style Hi Tops: Think Jackets

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Ok friends. You know I love hi tops about as much as I love overalls. I also know they’re not for everyone, but I think that reason is just because they are a little tricky to style, right? Maybe I love a good fashion challenge so I gravitate towards things I have to really work at to figure out. I don’t know!

What I do know is that I like that hi tops are a bit more unique and a bit tougher than regular sneakers. But I do, however, love them for their comfort. I can keep them on all day long (walking around AND running after Sienna). A few readers have asked about styling hi tops lately. Here’s what I’ve found…

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April 5, 2017

Colorful Spring Athleisure Picks

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As much as I love gray and black, at this point in the year I’m in desperate need for some color. The longer days and patches of grass peeking through are encouragement that there’s a light at the end of the winter tunnel and I’m feeling festive. Since you can find me wearing leggings and a hoodie most days (it’s the perfect outfit for working from home and toddler wrangling!), I guess I’m the designated ‘Sporty Spice’ around here. Good thing, because I had so much fun browsing all the new spring athleisure and putting together fun color combos. Easiest way to add color: start with a pair of wild pants and pick one of the colors for a hoodie, like I did with these bright blue Zella live in leggings (aka party pants) and dusty pink Superdry hoodie. Unexpected and definitely a mood booster! Check out the other yummy new spring colors I found…

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