June 15, 2017

Tight Bermuda Jean Shorts? YES.

Shorts are hard.  After reading so many of your comments on our mom shorts posts, I think most of you agree.  It is hard to find a pair that cover enough without looking frumpy, are comfortable and look cute.  But here at TME, we are determined to help everyone find their perfect pair, so after trying Good American jeans this past year and loving them, I decided to give their longer shorts a try.

Let’s be honest, longer shorts are just way more practical than short-shorts . . . I can sit cross-legged or bend over without risking exposure and I don’t have to worry about spider veins or cellulite (we all have them, ladies).  BUT.  “Practical” is usually not code for “attractive.”  Which is why I’m pretty excited about these shorts.  I think they’re pretty damn good . . .

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June 14, 2017

Making Khaki Shorts Fancy

So, according to my sisters (3 of them) and friends, no matter what I wear I always look kind of fancy. Maybe, just maybe they are right (I do have this tendency to make even sweatpants look fancier).

Years ago doing that was easy. I lived in heels which make almost anything look dressed up. I was a young, newly married woman walking the streets of NYC! But now?

I would probably break my ankles if I tried to carry a baby while chasing a toddler in heels (I do it SOMETIMES).

However, I’m not giving up! Oh no, I’m not. I may not be able to wear heels, but I will keep looking for ways to look a little fancy…even if it takes the little brain power motherhood has left me with.

So.  Noticing that a great deal of moms love their chinos and cargo shorts because dah, comfort, I decided to take this old pair of khaki cargo shorts I had in the back of my closet and try to make them look less frumpy and more fancy…and I found a way.

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June 12, 2017

My Fav Way To Wear Flares With Flats This Summer

I love my flares.  It’s hard to argue with mile-long legs, ya know?  And so, seduced by the concept of height (“go higher!!” my subconscious always whispers), I tend to wear my flares with heels.

Granted, they’re usually comfort heels (these Sorel boots are my go-tos in winter, these in Spring), but I realized that I’d rock flares much more often if I could find a pair to hem for flats.

And by “hem” what I actually mean is “hack off with scissors”.

Spoiler alert:  I found ’em.

The pair I chose have a high-rise, and a slightly distressed vibe.  The distressing isn’t as important as the higher rise, but it does seem to balance out the look (it’s more boho-summer, if nothing else).

To finish off the look I needed something that would take advantage of the higher rise….and a peplum top was just right.  Peplum tops are something that can look strange with a low-rise pant, but were made for high-rise flares.

So the outfit combo becomes:

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June 11, 2017

New (Surprising) Fav: Paperbag Shorts

Confession: I’m not much of a shorts wearer, like at all. I guess it’s not really a secret because I mention it EVERY Summer when shorts season is no longer avoidable. It’s not that I don’t want to wear shorts…I’m just super self conscious of my legs, and my curvier body type makes it difficult to find truly comfortable shorts that don’t ride up or give my thighs rug-burn. The only shorts I’ve absolutely loved were a pair of old, already worn-in Levis that I cut up myself. Usually in the summer, you’ll find me in a skirt or dress.


I think I’ve found a pair that I’m willing to wear:  they’re high waisted and NOT booty shorts.  

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June 9, 2017

Bikini Guide: The Best High-Neck Bikinis

photo credit: Kingdom and State Serape Tankini Top

So….Laura turned us on to the high-neck bikini top this past March, during her trip to Florida. She made a pretty strong point that I’ll summarize like this:

 high-neck tops = beach-momming without fear

I was also impressed with the number of readers weighing in on how they rely on this silhouette to support larger busts, to keep grabby little hands at bay, and – gasp – actually swim in their bikini.

Don’t you love when a trend ends up being uber-practical as well?

This summer, there are a ton of high-neck tops from which to choose.  The shape is just so on-point, and one can find basics in every color, prints ranging from romantic florals to punchy tropical prints to classic stripes, and (my personal fav), high-neck tops with strategic cut-outs to give the illusion of more skin.

Keep reading to see our favorite high-neck bikinis….

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June 5, 2017

Hey, World Traveler! You’re Gonna Want This Top That Turns Into a Maxi Dress….

I once went to Paris – for three weeks – with only a carry-on suitcase.  I love packing.  My love stems in part from the excitement of the trip itself, but also because packing is the ultimate puzzle: suduko and jigsaw rolled into one. YESSS.

(Unpacking, however, UGH.  Don’t get me started.)

So I was pretty excited when my friend Bella, of NINOBrand, showed me this dress. I mean this top.  This top that – wait for it – turns into a dress.  And it’s not one of those tunic-length things where on short people it’s a dress, but on tall girls it’s a top – NO.  It turns into a legitimate dress, a maxi-length dress by way of some seriously inspired pattern engineering on Bella’s part.

That girl? She’s a genius.  (If you missed our profile on Bella last year, it’s worth a read.  And there are a ton of pics of her amazing line to get a feel for what she’s about.)

Additionally, this dress is also one of those dresses that feel super casual but look amazingly glam.  AND is machine-washable.  See what I mean?  GENIUS.

Keep reading to see The Miraculous Transformation From Top To Dress, info on where you can find Bella’s dress, and……

…a super secret surprise that Bella and I have been cooking up.

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June 5, 2017

Khaki Short Styling Without The Frump

I haven’t been this excited about khaki shorts since 1997.  I will not apologize:  ’90s 4eva, man.

I might, however, be alone in my enthusiasm. When the TME team and I were discussing possible upcoming style challenges, I mentioned khaki shorts and it was like…..crickets.  The only thing that seemed to draw more stunned, horrified faces was the term, ‘white leggings’ so there’s our comparison.

Khaki shorts:  Better than white leggings!!!!

But in all seriousness…I think khaki shorts are feeling fresh again.  Personally, I prefer mine on the shorter side (says the girl who’s a fan of ‘denim underwear’ #nosurprise), but I wanted to come up with a few options for styling any sort of khaki short.  Even…..mom shorts.

If you haven’t yet seen the Mom Shorts video, you gotta watch it.  Like….right now.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

That video seriously makes my day.  My fav part is when the moms stroll by in their mom shorts, and the Dads are all giving them hey baby eyes.  ALLLLL the yes.

So.  Keep reading to see the two ways I’m styling khaki shorts right now.  Mine are shorter than the ones in the video, but I wanted to come up with outfit formulas that are wearable, offsets the preppy vibe, and something that could also translate to a longer khaki short.  And stay tuned – the rest of the TME team will be trying their hand at styling khaki shorts this week, too.

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June 3, 2017

Chic Sweatpants are My Jam

Some of the comments I’ve read lately have left me really yearning for some HOT weather.  Comments like, “why do you need to wear a jacket with shorts” or “why are you wearing sweatpants in June?” probably come from readers who have never been to Marquette.  It’s cold here . . . for a really long time.  The winters get really, really long.  But.  Marquette is also one of the most gorgeous places you’ll ever see.

We recently we went down to the lake (Lake Superior) to where a friend’s boat is docked for the summer and I fell in love with our little city all over again.  I found myself wearing my most recent “uniform” again: Cute sweats + graphic tee + sneaks + leather jacket.  I’ve been wearing this one on repeat.  (I add lipstick for a little fancy.)

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June 2, 2017

Swim Cover-Ups That Look Like Dresses (Under $100)

I used to go to the beach with the intention of doing a little LLB:  Lounging, leisure, and beer.  Now when I go to the beach, I’m rarely able to sit down (forget lounging) for longer than a few minutes before Greenlea is up (forget leisure) running here and there . . . and LOVING the water no matter how cold it gets (and people, Lake Superior is cold).  There’s a lot of chasing, bending down, picking up, squatting and other super-flattering things to do in a bikini.  HI.  HERE’S MY BUTT.

Cover-ups are no longer just what I wear over my suit to and from the beach, but a way of life. #mumusforever! (Not to be confused with Show Me Your Mumu, which has some seriously amazing dresses . . . but I digress).

I found a new favorite coverup from Billabong for our trip to Lake Havasu this spring.  I wore it over my suit while walking along the boardwalk and playing with Greenlea at the beach.  It covered enough so I didn’t feel weird when walking into restaurants, but wasn’t so heavy that it made me hot.

Keep reading to see more of my favorite, as well as a round up of cover-ups that also double as dresses.

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May 30, 2017

Three Gorgeous Tops (That Are Unexpectedly Perfect For Nursing!)

Muuu Muuu… that means hola in my cow language. Do you feel like a cow sometimes?

I have a love/hate relationship with breastfeeding. Putting aside the saggy breasts, the middle of the night milk-puddle in my bed, nursing strikes, a kid who wanted to be glued to my breast for years and another kid who screams at my breast. I love nursing! I seriously do. I think so, cause I’ve been doing it for the past three and a half years so, you know? THERE’S GOTTA BE SOMETHING TO IT.

OH, I know! When my baby locks his eyes with mine and nurses peacefully almost drifting out to sleep. I won’t tell you how often that happens or else I’ll start crying.

Do you know what else is hard about breastfeeding? How tricky and sometimes boring getting dressed becomes.

When I was a first time mom, I think I stopped myself from wearing many things I wanted. I don’t really remember wearing a lot of tops with high necklines. I stuck to the most nursing friendly pieces I found. You know v-necks, wrap tops and some button ups.

The truth is that apart from a few on trend pieces, I like to buy things that I’m going to wear for quite some time. I think I’m not the only one, am I? I refused maternity clothing in both my pregnancies with the exception of two pairs of maternity jeans for my last pregnancy. Nothing else to do with my huge yoga ball. Same for nursing, with the exception of a few nursing bras, I just try to make it work in many other ways with what I have or want to get.

However, this time around I’m a little more open to other options without sacrificing comfort and I’ve found three unexpected tops that are great for nursing during the warmer months. They truly help me feel stylish when I’m feeling like a cow.

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