April 17, 2016

Ann Taylor’s Massive Cyber Spring Sale: 50% off Everything (Plus Our Picks)

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It’s always exciting to stumble upon an amazing online sale, and even better when you can share the excitement with others. Ann Taylor is currently in the middle of their massive Cyber Spring sale where every. single. item. is 50% off plus free shipping from now until Monday night but they are already going fast. Here are just a few of my favorites on offer:

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February 16, 2015

The Combo You’ve Gotta Try (Makes You Look Like a Bad Girl….But It’s Even Nursing Friendly)

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I’ve double-checked six times:  it is a harness.  I was hoping it would be called something less…horsey, but nope, I am wearing a “harness vest”.  Giddyup.  But I’m loving what it does to a simple tee or basic sweater.

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January 22, 2015

Mom Sexy. (Or What To Wear To See 50 Shades of Gray)

A reader let us know that she loves these Rebecca Minkoff Raz Stingray pumps…

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Uhhh. No idea why. Maybe, because…HOLY HOT they are hot. Everything about them is – the sleek black, the straps, the pointy toe. Now, as much as this reader loves them, she would prefer if they were a bit more mom-friendly…

“S, how do I translate these sexy mothers into mom-friendly??”

They are sexy mothers. They really, really are. If we’re being honest with ourselves, it’s really impossible for a flat or lower heel to do the same job that these glorious pumps do (ps. they are on sale). I hear you on wanting them to be less of an ankle breaker though. I fantasize about my 5’10 frame wearing 4+ inch heels to all kinds of amazing places whilst toting my 25+ lb. baby, but in reality I never do and never really end up wanting to.

It just so happens that one of my resolutions for 2015 is to experiment and you know what, I really want to add some sexy to my look. Any of you mamas with me? I don’t mean the in-your-face, mini everything, Pretty Woman (pre Richard Gere) kind. That’d be weird and I’d probably land my own show on TLC. I’m talking about dressing subtly sexy. In my opinion, maintaining a bit of your mystery may just be the sexiest thing you can do. That whole Bombshell fantasy can just go away. There are realistic ways to be sexy, in the real world,  even as a mom with a pooch, bf-ing boobs, etc. I’m here to show you…and yeh, the hot pumps are included. They had to be. (THEY ARE WORTH THE PAIN)

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January 20, 2015

Outfit Finishing: Short Cardigans (And The 5 Styling Tweaks Needed To Make Them Edgy)

So…after our last Fix This Outfit Post (short cardigans, skinny jeans and tiny ankle boots)…many of you wanted to know how I would style those ubiquitous short cardigans.

That question is a doozy.

Short, ladylike cardigans have a conservative, precious vibe that frankly, just isn’t my style.  And, as discussed before, wearing them open (as a cardigan) isn’t always the most flattering option.  So.  I wanted to make the short cardigan both easier to wear…and little more edgy.

The Finishing

I used the same five steps to come up with two very different outfits, both totally my style. Here’s what I did…

1.  Wear It Like A Shirt (Buttoned)

Buttoning up the cardigan and wearing it like a shirt totally changes the vibe from precious…to sexy.

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August 28, 2014

Bye Bye Summer…Hello, Labor Day (And Sales!)

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What’cha doing this weekend?  We’re probably going to hit Morgan’s Pier (our fav summer pop-up in Philly and where all pics in this article were taken), or the newcomer this summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park.  Have you been?  It’s…AMAZING.  And I just heard that Spruce St. is going to stay open for another month!  Yay!  (The food is way better at Morgan’s Pier, but Spruce Street has those hammocks….and nets over the river to sit in….hmmmm…maybe we’ll have to hit both.  Now THAT’S a good weekend.)

 

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We’re also trying to get ready for school next week….and getting two boys out of the house for an 8:35 and 9:00 schools start times seems….totally out of reach.  Completely impossible.  I have no idea how.  WE WILL SEE, I suppose.  Pax wants the Later Gater backpack from MadPax which seems appropriate.  Any advice???

On that note, the Happiest Home published a round-up of books for kids just starting school (including Ramona the Pest…yesssss)

Apartment Therapy makes me want to install a swing and a climbing wall inside our house.  It’s fun and….GORGEOUS.

While browsing for school lunch ideas, I found this recipe for Lemon-parm popcorn.  I think I could make it vegan by swapping the parmesan for nutritional yeast (which tastes cheesy, if you’ve never used it before).  I could seriously start a whole other blog called WAYS I EAT POPCORN.  (Clearly, I wasn’t that successful on the school lunch front.  Anyone have a site they love?)

But let’s get to the sales!!

Everyone is having labor day sales this year.  I added a bunch of pieces to the sale shop, but wanted to highlight my absolute favorites.

Anthropologie – especially for the jeans.  Take an additional 20% already reduced items, and don’t miss MiH’s high-waisted, straight leg denim (I own these in a darker wash, size down)….or AG’s Stevie (my fav everyday jean)…or these Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans with cool thread/patch detail.

Nordstrom – if you missed out on the Vince slip-on sneakers during the anniversary sale, they’re back.  Actually, there’s a few pieces from the Anniversary sale that have been restocked and are on sale again.  Specifically these faux-leather trousers that I  keep debating and the overalls I love.

JCrew – 25% off certain fall styles and an additional 25% off final sale items.  I especially love the patched jeans, the printed leather loafers (or metallic), and the cropped short-sleeve tee.  Layer the cropped tee over a button-down shirt for a seriously cute work-or-weekend look.  Also?  Toile sweatpants.

LOFT is offering 50% off of Fall styles which is especially exciting because it includes their modern loungewear line, Lou and Gray.  I’m dying over these striped shorts and this sweater dress.  I also really like this camo sweatshirt.

Saks OFF 5th Ave is offering 40% off your entire purchase (and everything is already marked down).  This is a great time to pick up a pair of coated denim, these bad@ss Ash moto boots, and this oversized, color-block sweater.  (Or this cardigan if you’re nursing.)   And OH HELP – they have kid’s stuff.  Including our family fav, the K-Way windbreaker.  I guess I know what I’m doing tonight.

 

I’ve added a few of the sale pieces to the Maternity, Nursing/Postpartum and Kids shops as well.

 

 

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wearing:

tank: Everlane Ryan Tank size XS

jeans: Blank denim Relaxed Straight Leg Jeans size 24

shoes: Meraki Greek Symi Metallic sandals

accessories: Bauble Bar Long Arrow pendant, Raybans, Moop Paperback bag, old J.Crew belt (similar belt)

 

Happy Long Weekend!

xo,

S

March 31, 2014

April Workwear Edit: Khaki Pants (And an Exclusive Bradamant Discount of 40% Off)

A reader emailed sometime last year, wondering if I ever wore plain black pants or khakis.  My initial thought was, “why on earth would I do that?” and then I set the email aside and the whole thing got lost in the shuffle so to speak.  But as I was cleaning out my closet recently, lo and behold was a pair of plain ‘ol khaki pants.  They aren’t skinny, they aren’t patterned, they don’t have moto details….they’re just…..khaki pants.  “Chinos” if we want to sound like old people.

Hunh.

As I recall, I bought the pants when I went back to work after Raines was born.  I bought them because I couldn’t come up with an easier, cheaper option for someone still in-between sizes in a work environment whose “business casual” decree outlawed denim.

But you know what?  I liked them OK then, and I like them OK now.  The key (for me, at least) is to pair them with something professional, polished….and a little bit quirky.  A bow blouse and interesting (yet closed-toe) shoes nails it.

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Here are a few ideas for playing around with this combo:

Work the Monochrome

Khaki pants and bow blouses are perfect alone, but I really like adding in a sweater in the same tone as the pants.  Not only does it make you look taller and slimmer, but it pulls together the look and really makes the bow pop.  So French-girl chic.

ps.  I’m wearing Everlane’s seed stitch sweater, which is a perfect hybrid of sweater/sweatshirt.  Thin, drapey, and affordable.  I’ve been wearing this unassuming little piece to death.

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wearing:

bow blouse: c/o Bradamant Bodysuit The Mogul, $120

sweater: c/o Everlane Seed Stitch Raglan in birch, $60

belt: Coach (old)…almost exact replica at Gap, $35

khakis: Gap (old)….Iove their new tux stripe khakis, $55….or the skinny cropped ones.

pumps: Aerosoles (old)…love this Cole Haan version now 60% off at Nordstrom

lipstickTarte Power Pigment in fearless, $24

 

Add a Jacket

At my Engineering firm, denim jackets were accepted (meaning I wore them and no one said anything?), but if your office is more conservative, swap the denim jacket for a blazer.  Buttoning a few buttons draws attention to the fabulous bow.

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wearing:

bow blouse: c/o Bradamant Bodysuit The Mogul, $120

jacket: Joe’s Jeans (old)….currently loving Gap’s

belt: Coach (old)…almost exact replica at Gap, $35

khakis: Gap (old)….Iove their new tux stripe khakis, $55….or the skinny cropped ones.

heels: Shoemint (now sold out)….or try the similar Laney pump by Joe’s ($135)

lipstick: Tarte Power Pigment in fearless, $24

 

Swap Out The Bow For a Man’s Tie

This is such a masculine look….but the silky blouse and pointy-toe heels make it sexy, rather than mannish. (“Sexy” in a totally office-appropriate way, of course.)

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wearing:

bow blouse: c/o Bradamant Bodysuit The Mogul, $120

tie: borrowed from Mike (it’s this one from J.Crew)

belt: JCrew (old)…but I’m dying over this reversible cork belt

khakis: Gap (old)….Iove their new tux stripe khakis, $55….or the skinny cropped ones.

heels: Pixie Market Erin Wrap Heels, $134

lipstick:  Poppy King for J.Crew

 

When In Doubt, Add A Striped Tee

The most casual of the outfits, but still meets dress code!  If men can wear those horrible company logo polo shirts (gack), then I can wear my stripes.  With a darker lips and a cool shoe, the vibe here is decidedly gamine.

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wearing:

bow blouse: c/o Bradamant Bodysuit The Mogul, $120

tee: St. James….similar at Boden

belt: Coach (old)…almost exact replica at Gap, $35

khakis: Gap (old)….Iove their new tux stripe khakis, $55….or the skinny cropped ones.

heelsShoemint (now sold out)….or try the similar Laney pump by Joe’s ($135)

lipstick: Poppy King for J.Crew

 

Ok, now for the best part:  My bow blouse is actually a Bradamant bodysuit called The Mogul.  And the amazing crew over at Bradamant is currently offering ANMJ readers an exclusive:  a whopping 40% off of their entire purchase with code ANMJ!  But it lasts only as long as April Fool’s….the code expires on the 2nd.

My favorites (in addition to the bow blouse) are The Adventurer ($100) with it’s sleek leather detail, the silky one-shouldered Provocateur ($100), and The Hostess ($60) which you can see me wearing here.

And then there’s the Visionary.

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Rather sexy, no?

Happy Shopping!

xo,

S

 

 

February 11, 2014

Style Basics: Three Ways To Wear V-Neck Tees In Winter

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 If I had to survive with only one shirt, I'd probably pick one of my thin, drapy v-necks.  The low neckline flatters the bust, the drape hides a pooch and they look cool dressed up or down.  Besides, I became addicted to the v-neck while nursing FOR ALMOST FIVE YEARS GOOD LORD and I just can't quit 'em. 

But.  In winter, they are freezing.  Here's how I'm warming them up.

With Arm Warmers and a Faux-Fur Cowl

With heels and a sparkly belt if you are feeling especially glamorous, but this outfit works equally well with everyday boots.  A faux-fur cowl is my go-to around the house (being bald is very, VERY cold) and the arm-warmers actually make a difference!  (They're no turtleneck sweater, but they do alright.)

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wearing:

cowl: old Urban Outfitter…love this one, and it's washable

tee: old Soft Joie (easily my most favorite tee ever) – here's a current one

arm warmers: old, Etsy – but LOVE these or maybe these 

jeans: old AG – call me crazy but are these JCPenny jeans similar?

heels: old Aerosoles – but this pointy-toe pump from Nine West is even cuter.

lipstick:  Tarte Matte Liptint in Lively

 

Under a Flannel, With a Pile of Delicate Necklaces

There's something about the combo of a low neckline, soft flannel, and a tangle of delicate necklaces.  A pretty bra, always.

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And my Uggs?  There's probably a better choice, but I'm always in Uggs these days.  Especially with a flannel-shirt-as-cardigan.

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wearing:

necklaces: an old one of mom's, Stella & Dot Piper necklace, Gold Twig necklace – a present from Grace!!

tee: Gap (size M)

flannel: old J.Crew…but I love this one on sale at Bloomies

jeans:  Ugh, I'm getting sick of trying (in vain) to find another pair of patched denim.  Instead, may I present my fav Rag and Bone at 30% off?

boots: Classic Mini Uggs

 

Color-Blocking With A Long-Sleeve Tee

This is an old trick, circa 1997.  Even the shoes!  And the over-sized denim!!  

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The only difference between this and my college uniform is the hat and bright lipstick.  And now we call wearing two t-shirts "color-blocking" like it's some fancy thing.  #itsathing

 

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wearing:

hat: ASOS – one with ears are all sold out, but this huge pom one is adorable

tee: Everlane, woman's vee, size M

long-sleeve tee:  old….this one is also great for layering (am currently looking for a long-sleeve, striped v-neck tee – anyone know?)

jeans: J Brand Aiden boyfriend jeans (size 28 on sale here….other sizes full price here)

sneaks: Converse

 

 

Any other ideas?

xo,

S

 

February 3, 2014

7 Easy Ways To Add Glam To Dreary Winter Looks

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So I've been feeling pretty good these days.  There's a spring in my step, and my heart feels…light. It's like I'm emerging from a cocoon.  Butterfly!  I am the butterfly!  #stopit

And I'm dressing differently, too.  Not a huge shift, but I have this new found sense of…fearlessness when picking out my clothes.  Or maybe carelessness is the better word.  I find myself throwing something on because it's fun.  Like I'm honoring the fact that somewhere…there's a party.  (Even if it's just the Pigeon and his hot-dog parties.)  Or I'm reaching for my favorite things, uh, period.  Like, wearing the same thing three days in a row because it makes me feel good.  High heels on a Saturday morning just because, or pretty underwear on a random Wednesday (insert 'hump day' joke). 

Know what's happening here?  I may be bald-ish, I've got some serious scars, but I'm craving – a little – glamour

I mean…let's not get too excited.  I'm a mom of two young boys – there are limits to this glam. (Glimits?)  And someone who talks about glamour while wearing a puffer jacket and fuzzy mittens really shouldn't be trusted.

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Just sayin'. 

But I felt like the January issue of Vogue was speaking directly to me:  "Here's to the year of you.  Fashion 2014 is about the charisma of the individual, the charm of the rare and unique…." and even Ms Wintour, in her letter from the editor, talked about a "sense of promise" that was evident in all of the 2014 collections.  Vogue heralded a "return to maximum embellishment" and dubbed 2014 the year of dressing dangerously.  

"There was a strong current of let's-play-dress-up – even whimsy – on the spring runways, and this openhearted spirit only adds to the pleasures of the new season.  Trends may come and trends may go, but fun, we hope, will never go out of style."

Sing it, Vogue.

So.  Here are a few easy-peasy ways to add a small sartorial punch to your everyday, a little dose of pedestrian glamour that even this sleep-deprived mama can do on a daily basis.  As Vogue says (and really, one should always do what Vogue says)….let's play.

 

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December 8, 2013

Holiday Style: Four Festive Ways to Wear A White Button-Down Shirt

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If Jenna Lyons can wear a white shirt on the red carpet, we can certainly rock one at some holiday party, right?  Youbetcha.

Here’s what I’m thinking….

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November 26, 2013

My Daily Uniform And The End of Chemo Days

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I. Am. Done.  IAMDONE.  That fact makes my head spin a little bit…it doesn't feel real.  I don't have any more medications to take.  No more shots.  No more IVs, or bone pain, or nausea.  The big stuff?  The really tough stuff?  Is over.

 

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There are times when I feel a sense of excitement (Yay for me!  I made it!!!)….but I was expecting to feel a…bigger sense of relief, I guess.  Perhaps it hasn't yet hit.

Mostly I feel bewildered.  Like, WTF just happened?  I mean, it was May.  On May 16th, I didn't have breast cancer.   And now, just before Thanksgiving, I am a survivor

So I get up in the morning and put on my outfits and cover what's left of the chemo rash on my face and hug my boys and make them breakfast.  

But I'm tired.  I'm forgetful.  And I don't understand any of this.  How a few short months ago I was fine, and then I wasn't, and now I'm on this insanely long road to recovery. 

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It'll be OK, I know.  Someday I won't be so tired.  Someday I won't wear a wig.  Someday, perhaps, Pax (and maybe even Raines) won't remember 'that time when Mum was sick'.  I get to be a part of their someday.

And for that, I am eternally thankful.

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[wearing: jeans, sweater, hat, wig, similar boots]

 

Thank you all so, so much for your love, your words of support, your tears and all the laughs over the last few months.  You guys were a huge part of making this craptastic "journey" more bearable.

Happy Thanksgiving, Mamas.  

xo,

S