April 20, 2017

Tuxe Bodysuits – 40% off Everything (Just For Us)

With high-rise in full swing, getting tucked is kind of a thing.  It’s taken a while (months? years?) for my eye to adjust to the silhouette – and I suspect I’m not the only low-rise-or-die 90’s child whose been giving high-rise the side eye – but….I’m in.  I still love my low rise denim (especially loose and almost falling off my hips – best done with a cropped baby tee circa 1997 haha), but I’ve been pretty happy with the more womanly silhouette of the highrise jean.

Also?  Legs look miles long.

The secret, I think, is in the tuck.  And the easiest way to get the perfect tuck is to go in the bodysuit direction.  My friend Tamar over at Tuxe Bodywear has spent years perfecting the bodysuit.  (And if you are a longtime reader, you’ve heard me mention them before – in fact, Tamar herself has taken reader feedback from you guys and incorporated it into the next iteration.) So rest assured, Tuxe bodysuits are really comfortable and well-designed.

The Mom Edit (both editors and readers) have been such long-time supporters of Tuxe, that they’re offering us an exclusive discount!  Take 40% off of everything at Tuxe with code SPRING4MOMS.  This discount only lasts until Saturday night (at midnight), however, so don’t be late to this ball.

If you’d like a suggestion (or two), here are my current favs….

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April 17, 2017

Spring Trend: Colorful Graphic Sweatshirts

 

I got that sunshine in my pocket, but got damn boots upon my feet….Spring, people.  But before we continue, can we agree on a couple of points?

Point 1:  My backpack strap is not twisted.  It must be a weird camera angle. MIKE.

Point 2:  [waves hands, creates smoke]  My necklaces are not tangled together, my hair is not a crazy mess, and my nose absolutely, positively is NOT red due to the “Spring” temps in Calgary.  Shooting in overcast weather is always soooo tricky, ya know?  (HA!  That’s a photographer joke.)

So we good?  Great.

Now – back to Spring trends. Specifically, the one my addled brain wants to call Rainbow Bright Goes Camping.  What would she wear around the campfire?  One of these sweatshirts.

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April 14, 2017

An Easy Spring Outfit and An Everyday Adventure

I have a poster framed in our guest room that reads “I do believe it’s time for another adventure.” I crave exploring, travel and finding new places. I’m always amazed when I find out about an incredible new spot right here at home.

How did I not know about this epic location here in Portland? Gorgeous, right? It’s called Rocky Butte and it was the site of a little day adventure for me. Yes, a rainy day adventure, but fortunately the downpours held off while I looked around and snapped a few pictures and took a minute to myself to clear my head.

I want to be a laid-back person, a laid-back mom. I really do. I’m not overly emotional most of the time and I approach a lot of life in a pretty matter-of-fact way, but I’m a perfectionist and a serial do-er. Idle hands and all, I guess. I have a frantic need to check off that to-do list everyday.  And I have a bad habit of making myself feel guilty if I don’t get through that list. I mistakenly think because I enjoy my work or because I’m not going 100mph every second of the day that I don’t need to set aside time to myself. It’s so hard not to listen to those voices all the time, right?

But, on this morning, I ventured out, ignored those voices and that to-do list and just enjoyed a spectacular view of the city I love. Yes, I’ll bring Sienna here sometime, but this day was just for me…

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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 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 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

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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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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