May 16, 2017

Introducing Our Newest Contributor…..Julieta!!

Wow! The day finally came and I’m still pinching myself because I can’t believe I’m going to be a part of this great team. Shana was a big inspiration when I started my blog and I was always using the #myeverydayedit hashtag to see if I could get a feature. But this? I’m still in disbelief. And we met in person! We sat, talked and laughed while enjoying some chips and guac.

So…hola! I’m Julieta. I’m almost 29 years old, a wife to an amazing man, a mom to a threenager, a three-month-old and a baby I never got to hold.  I was born and raised in Colombia, but love and fashion brought me to NY. During a semester I came to study English my now husband made the move and didn’t let me go back to my country without a ring on my hand. He was lucky because I always had in mind to finish college and come to NY to continue my fashion studies at FIT. I quickly returned to Colombia to finish my last semester. Once done, I got married, packed what I could of my life and moved to the United States at the young age of 21. I know I was crazy! oh and he’s Colombian too!

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May 9, 2017

The Best Backpacks Under $50

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I’m a pretty die-hard backpack fan.  They’re so much more comfortable to carry than regular handbags, fit a ton of stuff, and I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to bags.  I use mine so frequently that a backpack is one item I’m totally willing to splurge on.  From a cost-per-wear perspective, it makes sense (for me, at least).  So if you are looking for drool-worthy backpacks that will last season after season, see our article,  The Best Backpacks for Spring and Summer.

However, we also heard from many of you that your backpack price point was under $50.  Got it.  So, in response, we started rounding up a few options.  Know what we found?  So many good ones that it warranted a post of it’s own.

Keep reading to see our fav backpacks, under $50….

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April 30, 2017

LOFT #DressingRoomSelfies (What To Buy Right Now)

Embroidered Tee (xs) | Levis (also on Amazon)

Gang, LOFT is killing it right now.  The latest designs are so much fun and they happen to be 40% off (with code OHGOODIE).  I did a lightning round of #dressingroomselfies on Friday, and, per usual, threw a sneak peek up on IG (I’m @shanachristine – give me a follow to see what I’m working on for The Mom Edit).

Anyway, I promised our FB community that I’d try to get this post out before the sale ends, so here goes….

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April 18, 2017

Spring 2017 Maternity Favs & A Weekend’s Worth of Outfits

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Happy Spring baby-growing mamas! Here’s a round up of some favorite current finds for you as the bump grows…a weekend’s worth of outfit ideas, too. Wearing the same few items for months gets kinda boring…I hear ya. Hopefully some of these will help add some variety to your inevitable capsule wardrobes.

Friday Night In

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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 3, 2017

Supportive Swimwear for Larger Busts: Our 2017 Picks

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Hey all! We’ve been getting tons of questions from you ladies about swim styles that offer a bit more support up top, especially for larger busts. It can be really disappointing when you love a certain style, only to try it on and feel like the designers forgot about that silly thing called gravity? Or if you’ve nursed a few babes and now find you need more than stretchy fabric to keep things where they should be, we’ve got you covered.

When you’re looking for supportive swim tops, it helps to skim the description for these key words: underwire, hidden or otherwise; side boning (your hubby will probably find that amusing if his sense of humor hasn’t evolved much since junior high, like mine’s); and 3-row 2-column (or some combination) hook & eye closure like regular bras & sports bras have for extra security.

I found so many good choices this year, even more so than in years past. I noticed a happy and inclusive trend this year that stylish and on-trend swim brands are making the same style in regular, larger cup sizes and plus sizes. Yay for finally recognizing bodies come in more sizes than small, medium and large! I grouped swim styles by tankini/bikini and one-pieces, so everyone can find their comfortable level of coverage.

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February 7, 2017

Cozy Pieces + Delicate Necklaces

 

Gang, it’s been almost a year since I mentioned these sweatpants….remember this old article when I referred to them as ‘Outdoor Sweatpants’?  Well.  A year later, and they’re still going strong.   As in….I wear them to grab coffee, to school drop off (those mornings when pajamas double as clothes), while cooking dinner after a looong day, wrestling boys, reading books, falling asleep putting the boys to bed….and they’re coziest-ever thing to snuggle into after a long day on the slopes.

My one sweatpant misstep was actually trying to do a yoga class in them.  SWEAT.  Whoa.  Not advised.

Anyway, the reason (as you’ve probably guessed by now, especially if you follow me on IG) that I’m blathering on about them….they’ve been restocked.  In all colors and sizes, including black, which sold out in a hot second last Spring.   You can see this IG pic for the sheer bum-friendliness of the pant (which is why I dubbed them ‘outdoor sweatpants’ last Spring).

Lately I’ve been wearing my sweats with this super soft fleece top that I bought based strictly on the 94 glowing reviews.  It can be worn off-the-shoulder (one or both), or as a cowl neck.  I don’t typically go for cowl necklines, but the material is so thin and drapey, and the cowl so subtle (the top fits nicely across the shoulders, even when in cowl mode) that it’s shockingly flattering.  I love it.  (As a bonus, it’s long enough to wear with leggings.)

Lastly, a few of you were asking about my necklaces.  This simple black choker is my new fav – it seriously looks good with everything, and the two delicate chains I rarely take off are Dana Rebecca’s bar pendant in rose gold and a very thin gold infinity symbol by Zoe Chicco.  That last one isn’t available, but Shy by SE necklaces have a similar vibe (so delicate they almost disappear).  I like the lightning bolt, or maybe the one that says ‘trouble’. (Which inexplicably, was always my nickname at Lockheed.  Ha!).  Anyway, the full line is here.  So fun.

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January 30, 2017

Just a Girl and Her Sorels….

It’s been a long week.  And I’ve been sitting here for an embarrassingly long time, staring a blank screen.  I’m getting dangerously close to approximating a still life painting,  which would probably be better than the “Me have pretty coat” caveman-style prose I’m a hot second away from writing.

You know what this calls for, kids?  An ORDERED LIST.

  1.  Cafe Lutecia.  Go.  It has to-die-for quiche, croissants….AND a ton of Where’s Waldo books to entertain the kids.  Also daily open-faced sandwich specials that involve a fried egg on top.
  2.  These boots.  Still wearing ’em.  Still love ’em.  So much, in fact, that I’ve been wearing them as rainboots.
  3. Which reminds me….Snow?  You out there?
  4. Me have pretty coat.

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January 20, 2017

What To Buy At J.Crew’s Extra 40% Off Sale-On-Sale

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My birthday coincides with the end-of-January sales, so I always indulge a little.  I know it’s juuuust after Christmas but the deals, you guys.  One of the best sales right now is J.Crew – they’re offering an additional 40% off of already reduced prices.  I rounded up my favs for us, the guys, and the kids.  Happy shopping!

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January 18, 2017

This Coat + UGGs = YES

Guys, I found the perfect coat.  This huge fluffy awesome faux fur hood lining can be removed for a much less dramatic look (for weather that’s warmer than when we took these pictures).  For now, I love the oversized hood and warmth of the faux fur…but when it gets warmer I’ll be happy that I have another option that doesn’t involve puffer coats and faux fur.

When you live where I live, you get excited about these things.

Stay tuned for how I style this coat with “winter sneakers,” (yes, that’s a thing) but until then I’m loving it with these Ugg boots (warm, comfy and on sale, which Uggs almost never are) for an effortless cozy winter combo.

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