December 19, 2016

Last-Minute Gifts for the Cook


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If you follow me on Instagram stories at all (@elletrain) you know I love to cook and bake. My grandmother was an amazing Southern food cook and baked the most delicious desserts. My stepmother is half Italian and has always cooked and baked fabulous holiday treats and special birthday meals. My youngest brother works in the food industry and is an avid fan and tester of all Alton Brown’s recipes. My mom is an incredible cook who has hosted international dinners in her home where she’s researched traditional foods from various countries to serve to complete strangers. (#brave) I think it’s in my blood.

I didn’t use to love to cook, but being surrounded by such wonderful foodies in my life, I had no choice but to take up interest. Once you spend a little time trying out recipes and building your repertoire of kitchen tools you learn the genuine satisfaction that comes with making a delicious meal or treat. I know many of you out there probably share my interest or know someone who does. For you or them, a great kitchen tool is really a priceless gift that will be used again and again.

Here, I’ve tried to gather useful, beautiful kitchen gifts that I would absolutely love to receive this Christmas. They’re also all available with Amazon Prime shipping, so you have time to get them ordered before next weekend. From mixers to cookbooks, there’s a little something here for every price point and every cook.

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September 8, 2016

Foolproof Shirt & Tie Combinations for Fall

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“A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men.”

I don’t know who said that, but I whole-heartedly agree.  There’s just something about a man in a suit, right?  Not only do they look good, but all of a sudden they have this swagger that comes from putting it on (like my husband Zack and his BFF Chris in the pic above).  You can tell they feel good when wearing a nice suit.

Choosing a suit is the (somewhat) easy part:  Invest in one that fits really well and wear it for years (our favs are linked below).  The hard part, however, is finding inspired shirt & tie combinations.  So we sat Zack down (he has an seriously uncanny knack) and had him pull his favorite shirt-and-tie combos for navy, black, and gray suits from the insanely huge shirt-and-tie collection at Nordstrom.

Here are our favs…..

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July 28, 2016

The Best of The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…For MEN

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is good on so many levels:  the insane discounts on upcoming Fall merchandise, the boots, the bags, the baby stuff….but (and this is a bold statement) it might be even better for guys.  Work clothes and shoes?  Yup.  The best of the best.  Man-denim (not too tight, not too baggy)?  There are ton of options.  And this year’s sale has some statement-making jackets and sweaters to completely amp his weekend (or date night) look.  Add to this mix some perfectly cut tees, sweatshirts and a shoe selection that has rivals the women’s?  MAN.

You lucky guys.

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July 11, 2016

Our Favorite Suits For Active Guys

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When Mike and I first started working, it was during the dot-com boom, and dress codes everywhere were loosening up.  Everyone – even corporate Lockheed Martin – was trying to emulate the cool, Silicon Valley start-up vibe, and most of us (the young engineers, anyway) all wore jeans.  My typical work uniform was jeans, stilettos, an oversized, un-tucked button-down…topped with a ponytail, haha.

Predictably, this didn’t last.  Not only have corporate dress codes smartened up in the past few years, but on a personal level, Mike changed jobs and now wears a full suit – and tie – everyday.

Creating a suit wardrobe from a closet full of jeans and bad khakis has been, uh, challenging.  Our favorite places to shop for men’s suits is Nordstroms, and the anniversary sale (which starts THURSDAY WOOT WOOT) is – hands down – the very best time to shop for suits.

Mike’s fav?  Hugo Boss.  They’re expensive, but these things last.  Mike is a suit power-user:  he travels in them, skateboards to work in them, tosses them on the floor of our bedroom, couldn’t find an iron with both hands and a map, and has, on occasion, thrown the jacket over a nail to “hang” it.

Drives me nuts.

All things considered….these suits hold up pretty well.

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June 24, 2016

Summer Shoes For Guys (Picked By Guys)

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If there’s one thing I can’t buy for Mike, it’s shoes.  I can usually nail the shirt-and-tie combo, suits are a no brainer (blue Hugo Boss all day long), and even with jeans and tees I have a success rate of over 50%.  But shoes?  Not even close.  The man is super picky about shoes.  And so is Scotti’s husband, Zack.  And, now that I think about it….so is my Dad.  Is this a man thing?

In any case, when Nordstrom asked me to take a look at their selection of guys’ shoes (which, btw, is starting to rival their women’s selection), I turned the whole thing over to Mike and Zack, instructing them to pick shoes they would actually wear this summer.

True to form, their picks surprised me.  So.  From our guys to yours, here are our favorite summer man shoes.

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June 11, 2016

Father’s Day Gift Guide (For Dads and Grandpas)

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Dads:  carrying exhausted babies and fixing boo-boos since, well….forever.

Yay to the hairy men, the smelly guys, the giant (in comparison) shoes in the hallway, the underwear that never makes into the basket, and the proverbial toilet seat.  Up or down, we love the the way your man-hands are so gentle with your children, and how you play in a way that is also slightly terrifying to watch.  You have the best roar, super-hero-like powers, and are clutch in the middle of the night when we just CAN’T.

A good Dad, a true partner-in-crime in this crazy game of child raising, is an infinitely lucky find.  And if you’ve got one (whether we’re talking about an amazing husband or your own supportive Dad), on Father’s Day they’ll probably be content with some appreciative words and a beer.  (Well, technically speaking, husbands want something else, too.)  But if you are in the mood to spoil the most important guy in your life, keep reading.  The Mom Edit team has spent the last week or so poking and prodding our guys to reveal a few gifts that they would actually appreciate.

Keep reading for a few gift ideas not just for hubs, but for your Dad as well.

Happy Father’s Day!!!

– The Mom Edit Team

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May 24, 2016

His & Hers: White Jeans – How To Wear Them Now

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White jeans, peeps.  Not just for Mama anymore.

I’ll admit, Mike was skeptical.  As I was I, to be honest!  But we had a white party to attend back in April, so I figured white jeans was the least-painful of Mike’s outfit choices.  What neither of us expected, however, was that they would become one of Mike’s favorites.

Unlike white jeans on girls, a guy in white jeans doesn’t read instantly preppy.  There’s something….almost iconically cool about a guy in a well-fitting pair of white jeans and a tshirt.

Keep on reading for our fail-safe method of wearing white jeans (his), and a new-ish outfit formula I’m currently loving (hers).

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February 25, 2016

A Spring Jacket For Guys That’s Both Legit and Laid-Back

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Have you heard of Baracuta’s G9 Harrington Jacket?  It was originally created in London in 1937, by a man who Winston Churchill once referred to as “the most mild-mannered man that ever scuttled ships or cut a mans throat.”

The jacket was designed to be short, slim and flatter all body types…and the G9 (the original style), hasn’t been altered since 1937.  In fact, it’s still being made in Britain.

Talk about timeless style.

The G9 has major street cred, too.  It’s been worn by James Dean, Frank Sinatra, The Clash, James Bond, and Steve McQueen, just to name a few.  It’s both badass and laid back.

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(If you follow me on Instagram (@shanachristine), you already know we’re spoofing the 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair.  It seemed appropriate since Mr. McQueen rocks one of these jackets in the film.)

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