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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January 18, 2017

Activewear Brand You’ve Gotta Know: Outdoor Voices

 

Gang, have you heard of Outdoor Voices?  They’re an activewear brand with a decidedly different vibe.  First of all, their color-ways are downright inspired, and their styling reads more I Am Fabulous At Lounging Around Nonchalantly than the intense WORK HARD DON’T STOP message of the typical activewear brand.

In fact, the company motto is Doing Things.  “We believe,” their website states,  “…when you drop the expectations to perform, the magic happens. That the joy of the game outlasts a win.  That friends who sweat together, stick together.”

I swear I have this same conversation with my little guys every day.   Thanks, Outdoor Voices.  Your message makes me want to stand up and cheer.

But make no mistake:  these pieces do work hard.  They use serious fabrics – like a technical compression material for their leggings that washes and dries beautifully, yet is always opaque.  And merino wool!  I love that there’s a whole line of merino wool products that drape beautifully, and are thin enough to layer over, under, whatever.

I packed a few pieces from Outdoor Voices on our recent ski trip to Breckenridge, and wore them around the clock.  They were just the thing for skiing (the merino wool is a seriously good base-layer), as well as the nutty pre-ski dress-the-kids-in-5-million-layers-while-they-tantrum routine and then the – ah, bliss – of an apres ski hang.

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December 19, 2016

PJ Loungewear Week: Warm Slippers + Cozy Cardis + Soft Slips

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The holiday season has been extra exciting for us this year because we’re celebrating in our new house! We’ve been so busy with the seemingly unending tasks that come with settling in to a new home, that we haven’t had time to really decorate for the holidays.

It’s easy to tell which one’s our house at night though! We’re the completely dark home in between the two houses with all the festive Christmas lights! No biggie, we were doomed to be the designated neighborhood slacker couple from the get-go.

Inside though, it’s surprisingly cozy and Christmas-y despite our minimal decorating efforts, thanks to the snow that started falling over a week ago and hasn’t stopped since. I’m not even that mad about all of the snow because it convinced me it was time to buy the Minnetonka slipper booties I’ve wanted all year and I don’t know how I lived before having a pair of slippers like these, they became essential to my wardrobe and well-being overnight.

By the way, this is toootally what I look like when I wake up in the morning, minus the three layers of makeup and and any hint of life behind my eyes.

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December 12, 2016

It’s PJ and Loungewear Week: My Favs

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Hey there, holiday-loving Mamas!  We’re pretty excited about this week.  This week has been declared PJs & Loungewear Week (by, uh, us),  so every day this week, someone from the TME team will be posting about their favorite loungewear, sweatpants, leggings, or jammies.

I mean….pretty dresses and high heels are great and everything, but WE KNOW WHAT YOU WEAR THE MOST, MAMAS.  WE KNOW.

So.  Whether you are visiting the in-laws for the holidays and just want something cozy and cute to wear in the mornings (without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions), or you need something bright and cheery for Christmas morning photo ops…by the end of the week, consider yourself Shopping. Enabled.

It’s all for the greater good, of course.  Because what makes a better gift than jammies or sweatpants?

NOTHING.

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November 18, 2016

Taking it Back to Casual Town with my new Vera Bradley Backpack (& a fun recap)

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Considering that my life calls for casual attire, after dressing up my new Vera Bradley Leighton backpack for the Pittsburgh event, I dialed everything back to ummm…REALITY…and have been carrying this baby with me every day, no matter what I’ve got on.

I’ve worn it with yoga pants even…and have felt pretty damn awesome, because of it’s classy sass.

My current favorite thing to wear it with though? — a flannel shirt w/ cropped jeans and a sick pair of flat booties.

It really does it for me in a big way.

Play dates? Yep. All the errands? Yep. Thanksgiving programs at school? Oh, YEP. That happened today in this very outfit.

I really feel like I need to take a moment to thank the backpack for inspiring my new favorite everyday momiform…and for assisting me in keeping some semblance of cool, even if I do happen to have some PB&J encrusted on my back. Yep, that happened today, too. So.

Thank you, Vera Bradley Leighton backpack. From the bottom of my mama heart. You rock.

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