October 18, 2016

Interesting Cardigans, Fresh Air, and Brave Steps

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cardigan (c/o Modcloth) | top (c/o) | gloves (c/o)

Coziness. That’s pretty much all I can focus on clothing-wise right now, especially with a trip to the coast. (Think: cold, windy, rainy). And I love how even a quick trip to the shore is so renewing and refreshing…there’s just something about fresh air and being near a body of water. I forget how much my soul needs these little day trips to the beach.

I recently had a dear friend visit for a week (you may have seen our adventures over on Instagram @elletrain).  She lives in Toronto and our time together is far too little. She left a few days ago and I’m feeling pretty bummed. It’s tough when good friends live far away, even with technology. And I think it gets harder as moms, wives, and business women to find time to foster friendships. The kind of friendships that reflect our best selves back to us. It’s too easy to lose ourselves in our families. And while it’s a very noble cause, I sometimes wake up and think “Wait, what happened to me? Where did I go?”

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March 6, 2016

An End of Winter #MyEverydayEdit

The end of February and beginning of March is my least favorite time of the year. As my fellow Midwestern residents can attest, these weeks are particularly bleak and uninspiring. It’s still very much winter, the snow shows little sign of letting up, and there are no more fun holidays to look forward to.  The last thing I want to do is spend any more money on winter gear when Spring is so close, nor do I look forward to putting on the winter boots and coat I so excitedly purchased and wore only a few months ago.

So, I look to your #myeverydayedit Instagram posts to be inspired by fresh takes on styling. Here are the outfits I managed to pull together these last few weeks and also a collection of a just a few of your outfits that I found especially inspiring!

P.s. If you are new around here, #myeverydayedit is an Instagram tag we use at The Mom Edit to share our every day style. I promise, we are all nice gals and you should definitely consider joining in on the fun. (no pressure or anything)  You can find us at: @ShanaChristine@Scottiliz, @Camilledipoala, @Elletrain and @jessbobess.

So without further ado….

 

My Every Day Edit Outfit #1

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Outfit Details:

fedora – RVCA ‘Sunner’ Wool Hat available at Nordstroms, $45.00

top – I bought this top about three years ago at Forever21 and had trouble finding a lace cutout top in this mustard color. The closest I came to finding something similar was this Little Creek Top from ShopRuche for $48.99

jeans – Hudson Brooklyn Skinny Moto jeans,in blue denim, available at Shoptiques for $148.50. Or on Amazon in their grey color called “Lalaland” , $218.50 – $255.00

booties – Dolce Vita Jaeger Boots available on Amazon for $133.50 – $160.00

bag – Kerry ‘Fringe’ Crossbody Bag at Nordstroms, $59.95

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December 19, 2015

A Last Minute Illustrated Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s the most wonderful….ly stressful time of the year.

Especially if you’re a procrastination master like myself.  But it’s not to late to buy your Holiday gifts from the comfort of your couch and still receive them in time for Christmas morning and this year I decided to draw my holiday gift guides in my sketchbook. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them!

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November 20, 2014

Mama’s Playground Style Refresh (Starring Free People)

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Facebookers have spoken:  Mama needs some playclothes.  And while there’s only so much that can realistically be done with playground style (due to uh, extreme conditions – and I’m not talking about the weather), I thought it would be fun to try and nudge our playground uniform in a fresher direction.  (Nudge, rather than trying to start a new thing, like #velvetattheplayground or something.  Actually, brocade would be better – it’s so stiff, I’m pretty sure all of the dirt would wipe right off.)

ANYWHO.  Assuming that your playground uniform is basically some form of jeans, sweater, flat shoes, done…..we’re nudging.  Ready?

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November 2, 2014

High-Waisted, Flare Trouser Love. (Totally Overshadowed by Raines In a Faux-Leather Jacket)

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I’ve been curious about Anthropologie’s in-house denim brands for a while, so when I stumbled upon these high-rise trousers that ALSO happened to be available in petite sizes…well.  Enough of an excuse to give them a go, right?

At least that’s what I tell myself.

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October 30, 2014

How To Tie Your Scarf Like The November J.Crew Model

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Did you guys see the latest J.Crew style guide?  (Us regular folk call it a catalog.)  Anyway, I’ve been obsessed – OBSESSED – with the girl on the cover.  That SCARF.  So I’ve been trying and trying to recreate at home….but couldn’t quite get it.  So I booked an appointment with my fav J.Crew stylist over at Suburban Square, and we figured something out together.

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October 6, 2014

Fall Must-Have Combo: Sporty + Plaid (And I found Boots Similar To My Marc Jacobs, FYI)

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Remember The Mom Edit’s Fall Edit?  Four of the must-have pieces for Fall were an athletic-inspired top (I’m partial to varsity stripes), a plaid scarf, interesting denim, and short boots.

I like ’em worn allllll together. 

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September 30, 2014

A Love Letter To Marc Jacobs (And Pretty Please Bring Back This Bag) – Sponsored Post

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Dear Marc Jacobs —

Seven years ago, I bought this bag.  It was my first Marc Jacobs bag, and when I saw it, my heart swelled, my breath caught in my throat, and despite the other, flashier bags the helpful sales woman at Nordstrom showed me, I only had eyes for the ‘mouse gray’.

An hour later I walked into the apartment Mike and I shared in Denver, my new Marc Jacobs clutched to my chest, a toothy grin splitting my face.  Mike, who was studying for some final looked up and sighed, “Babe.  What did you do?”

My grin got bigger.  “It’s a diaper bag, Mike!!  It’s big enough for everything I need and it’s the only possible diaper bag I could ever, EVER need!”  I put my hands on my (HUGE) belly, blinking at him, wide-eyed, through my lashes.

Did I mention I was 8 months pregnant at the time?

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June 19, 2014

Reader Style: A Review of SuperGa and Spring Court Sneakers (Think Comfier Than Converse)

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I was delighted to get the following note from Allison:

Something I've been trying to find is the perfect cute sneaker.  I had a pair of Bensimons which were adorable, but honestly, not comfy to wear for very long as they were so flat and with little support.  Same goes for Converse.  But what I've tried out more recently are Superga and Spring Court … Italian and French tennis shoes.  They aren't quite as slim because they're a unisex style, but there is a lot more support.  The Superga is still pretty firm, but has a bit of arch support.  The Spring Court are my favourites because they have a removable insole that is really cushioned and comfy for playing or walking all day.  

 

Seriously helpful, right??  So we email-chatted a bit, and she indulged me by sending over a close-up of the Supergas and Spring Courts:

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Here's a side by side of the superga and spring court (both eu size 39).  I'm actually planning to return the superga and get another pair of the spring courts as that insole is unbelievably comfy and now I'm spoiled! (The spring court shown is from a pair I have had for awhile… I actually dyed them because I wanted a darker blue than I could find in my size at the time, so they survived that plus a lot of play). 

 

I love both of them (and now am obsessing over navy sneaks).  Allison, rock star that she is, THEN sent over pics of her next favorite sneaker trick:  swapping out the laces.

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Which do you prefer?  I honestly can't decide.  

 

Bonus, they make them in kids sizes too (Velcro or laces) and they are even cuter on the small people.

Awwwwww….

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Where To Buy?

So here's the downside:  finding Spring Court sneakers aren't easy.  Luisviaroma carries a few children's Spring Court styles, Yoox has an ever-changing selection of one or two Spring Court styles (currently only one), J.Crew used to carry them (but currently does not – I'll bet this changes eventually)…or you can go right to the french Spring Court website and order some.  

 

Now Superga is a different story – you can buy Superga sneaks at Zappos.  Ordering ease alone may be why I pick Superga over Spring Courts.  Zappos even has my favorite camo Supergas, as well as chambray, glitter (which for some reason I am drawn to, magpie that I am), some cah-razy floral that is seriously awesome,  and then all of the classic colors as well.  

 

Allison, thank you SO much for this amazing review!  I've been debating over another Converse purchase, but was holding off because – as you mentioned – they're not super comfortable (especially without socks in the summer).  So thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts and adorable pics!  This mama-community so appreciates it. 

Allison's Outfit Deets (top pic)

I wore my sneakers today with bright blue tights, a thrifted skirt (h&m), a black tshirt (h&m), an old Gap cardigan, a dotted scarf from a trip to Barcelona, earrings by Darla Hesse, brooch by Fairyesque.  Bag is a Moop Paperback in grey (found this thanks to your blog and love it!) Sneakers by Spring Court naturally.

I usually try to wear sneakers with a skirt or dress as it feels much cuter than just with jeans.

xo,

S

March 24, 2014

Lily Jade Review And Giveaway: A Backpack, Cross-Body, Diaper Bag Hybrid That I Just Can’t Quit

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The nice folks over at Lily Jade were kind of enough to send me one of their diaper bags.   I don't typically love diaper bags, but this one might convert me.

Rolling into the Farmer's market in Admore, yup:  I gots my bag, Pax gots his handcuffs.  

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There are a couple of things I really like about this bag.  One, it can go from a cross-body bag….

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…to a backpack. My love of backpacks-as-diaper-bags is pretty well documented on this blog.  This bag, however, since it is a diaper bag, has a million different pockets, which means I can quickly and easily find my lipstick, cell phone and keys without hunting around for 25 minutes only to realize that I left them at home/car/restaurant/still in the lock.  WHAT.

Also, the leather is gorgeously soft.

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Originally, my plan was to do a review and then send this bag over to my sister, who is newly pregnant.  I mean….that's the right thing to do, you know?  My kids aren't really in diapers anymore except for a few nights a week when we remember to stick one on Pax…. 

But the pockets, you guys.  THE POCKETS.  And the whole cross-body one second backpack the next?  I didn't know how badly I needed this in my life.  I've been shocked by how many times I've converted from one to the other in the same day.  It's revolutionary!  A genius trick-bag for moms!  

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wearing:

sweater: Zara…similar in cashmere on sale at Boden

jeans: Mother denim…these are fabulous, these are half the price

jacket: old from Nordstrom…another traditional one here, or I'm really loving this longer, chambray one

boots: Guess…similar at DSW

scarf: similar

bag: Lily Jade Madeline Bag in brandy

 

Sooooo…yeah.  Mine.  But!  BUTBUTBUT!  Lily Jade bags are currently $75 off (from now until April).  Normally $335, these bags are on sale for $260.  The sale lasts until the bags are restocked in April (so buy one now for $260, and they'll ship it in April).  

(Scotti, if you love this bag as much as I do, name your color and happy early birthday.)

 

Now for the giveaway!  To enter, follow both Lily Jade (@lilyjadeco) and I (@shanachristine) on Instagram, and leave a comment on my Instagram account (this pic) with your color choice.  The winner will be announced on Friday!  

MWAH!

S