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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I did something awfully glamorous this past weekend.
I left my three men behind, got on a plane, and attended the Reward Style conference in Dallas.
Reward Style, is, in my opinion, the affiliate program for bloggers. If you've ever noticed that some of my shopping links start with "http://rstyle…." even though the item is, say, from the Gap, that's a Reward Style affiliate link. I get a small commission using those links, and that commission is the reason I've been able to dedicate so much of my time to this blog. So thank you for supporting me. (And if any of you are bloggers and have questions about Reward Style, I'm always happy to chat – just shoot me an email.)
So yeah – this conference. We had brand meetings, presentations on SEO (which, by the way, I've been totally ignoring up until now – for shame!!) and round table discussions. I learned a ton. And then? After all of that?
Fancy parties. Oooohhhhh yeeaaaahhhh.
Brand meetings, and then…hello. Happy hour with Kate Spade NY. How fun is this?
Being such an engineering nerd myself, when some of the developers asked if I'd like to join their pic of "all the solid color dresses"…
…of course, right?! And I refrained from pointing out that technically, I was in a romper. But how awesomely terrible is that rib photo prop? Ugh.
romper: Ramy Brook Lulu Romper
bracelet: Stella and Dot Bangle bracelet (sold out)…try Stella and Dot Arrow Bangle Bracelet
lipstick: Tarte Power Pigment in flush
Yes, I wore flats.
In hindsight, I really should've called this post, "Little Engineer Goes to Dallas". I was seriously one of the shortest bloggers there. (And, I suspect, one of the oldest but we're going to all pretend that I never said that and no one noticed mmmmkay?)
headband: Anthropologie Floral Headband
jacket: Rag and Bone (from eBay)…try Shop Ruche's Moto Jacket in beige
tank: Alasdair (gone)…try Chaser's Floral Tank at Shopbop
necklace: Gorjana Taner Collar Necklace
jeans: Rag and Bone (gone)…try Karen Millen's Patched Jeans at Bloomindales
shoes: Stylemint Anise Flats
I felt all old-Hollywood glamorous. I so love a stunning dress, and Milly NY never disappoints.
BTW – the straps of this dress are ever-so-slightly stretchy, and if you are comfortable nursing in a strapless bra, I think this dress would work. (And I'm wearing Spanx, obviously.)
purse: My mom's old prom purse…try J.Crew Factory's Gold Envelope Clutch
iphone cover: Red Dirt (gone)…also love Red Dirt's Orbit Phone Case.
The most important part: Spanx High Waist Smoother Shorts
Want to hear something crazy? I didn't miss the boys. Not. Once. I was so busy, I barely got a chance to call home, and the alone time felt like something precious…a gift.
This weekend was a gift.
I left for Dallas on Thursday in a frazzled state, struggling with both guilt and motivation (talk about a horrible downward spiral)…yet I returned home refreshed and focused. An inspiring conference can have that effect (and a pretty little dress doesn't hurt), but it was the space to think that had me energized, like I was gulping air back into my lungs after being submerged for too long.
And yet. Back home, snuggled in with my boys, I felt a sense of relief.
Mamas home. Where she belongs.
And I do belong here, right here, with them. But part of me wants the expansive me, the one with vision, and personal goals that are very different from the goals of a mother. I guess that's the trick, right? This balance of what you can give vs what you need; I want it all.
I have no answers. But the next time I feel myself going under, sinking down, I'll just stretch out my legs, feel for the bottom with my feet, and push. I'll push up to the surface and breathe.
ps. A big, HUGE thank you to Trend Survivor for taking my outfit shots in Dallas. Nina, you and your INSANE shoe wardrobe rock my world. xoxo
I got a Pap smear yesterday. Whoa, maybe I should say good morning first. Hope you already had your coffee! But I booked my appointment in honor of Megan's recent health scare. The Happiest Mom says go get it done, Mamas. I did mine. Now it's your turn.
Have you heard of Sakroots? They make really cool products, all covered with…art. I love this clutch for date night, am dying for this water bottle, and would love any of their iPhone cases. They are currently holding a contest to find their next print, if any of you are art-inclined….
Are any of you on Chictopia? I joined recently, just to see what the fuss was about. I'm not totally convinced it's worth my time….between Pinterest and Instagram and Facebook…there's just so much. Thoughts?
On Monday, I talked about my resolution to spend more time in nature just…sitting….and then I found this article from a local parent's group. They call it a "sit spot". Isn't that clever?
I love when books lead to creative play…and Play at Hom Mom found a good one.
If any of you are interested in Reggio-Emelia…Play Outside has created THE BEST series on the Reggio-Emelia approach. Their emphasis is primarily for pre-school classrooms, but I find a ton of inspiration to pull into the home.
I think we're headed out to the Creative Clubhouse today (if any of you are local, it's my hands-down fav place to take the kids)….and this weekend I hope to do a little star gazing. Gosh, I love a good Science Festival.
I have fond memories of my overalls. I last wore them to a Michigan State tailgate. Back when sorority girls felt sexy in things like flannel shirts and overalls. (To this day, my husband likes them. Nostalgia, perhaps?)
But whatever. I loved them then, and love them still. I've been waiting (and predicted, in fact) an overall comeback…so when I saw gorgeous mom Lauren sportin' some sweet overalls, I almost tripped over my flares to stop her for a pic.
As I wrote in my response to a reader comment earlier this week, I'm simultaneously repelled and intrigued by the jumpsuit/romper trend. And while I recommended this fab Ella Moss knit jumpsuit (left) only to moms with 24-year-old bodies (because reviewers complained that the thin fabric shows every bump and dimple), I got to thinking: there's has to be a way for normal, healthy women to have fun with this trend.
I mean, what is a jumpsuit, really? It's a sundress with shorts, crops or pants instead of a skirt. So this style should be easier for moms to wear–not more difficult. Example: what would you prefer to be wearing should the demands of your position require you to dash into traffic or tote your toddler kicking and screaming out of the toy section at Target? I think the answer is obvious.
So. Yesterday I went to the mall on a jumpsuit reconnaissance mission. I tried on the four jumpsuits I could find in under an hour (I'm not super-human–my mom dropped by to occupy the two boys wonder at the mall petri-ground so I could speed shop). Without exception, even on my 15 lbs+ baby weight (or is it just weight now that I'm six months out?) frame, they were super flattering and hella comfy. Even a two-toned polyester faux silk shorty romper. Yes, you read that right.
Why are jumpsuits so flattering? Because where you (ubiquitously-speaking, of course) roll, the jumpsuit gathers and where you bulge, it blouses. A few tips: 1.) try on two sizes–with blouse-ey stuff, you just never know; 2.) keep an eye on the fabric–it should be thick or textured enough to smooth out those medals of motherhood; 3.) especially if you're trying a jumpsuit in a less expensive version, stick to dark colors (you're already working an uber-trendy piece and the fabric will look more expensive); and 4.) when you look in the mirror, ask yourself if the jumpsuit you have on is too young for you (be honest)–sorry chicks, you've arrived at that point in your life. . .
With all that said, it's official. I'm a jumpsuit convert. I think I'll wear them all spring and summer. Here's how:
First up is the short jumpsuit or romper. They look sooo short, and while they are shorter than skirts you'd see on most moms,for the most part, they're not any shorter than your average short. They're just much cuter. OK, so when is the last time you saw anything Dior you didn't love? And when is the last time you bought Dior? Right. Not on a mom budget, or an average mom budget, anyway, but I'll bet you $50 that a darn good knock-off is in H&M by late spring. Keep your eyes peeled. Or, if you are the not-so-average mom, high-tail it to Saks for the Dior V-Neck Jumpsuit ($1,550.00), and don't forget the matching lurex socks ($155)–they're freakishly drool-worthy. This would be a stunning date-night ensemble with detailed tights and bootie heels, or in a knock-off version, dress it down for day with a tank underneath, a brightly-colored flat gladiator and a chunky necklace. Second from the left is Anthropologie's Warm Season Romper ($118). I love this toned-down take on the romper–it's sexy without trying too hard–and I can't wait to style it with a pair of gold flat glads and either a chunky retro necklace or a more delicate gold and freshwater pearl necklace. I'm slightly wary of Anthropologie's Coney Island Romper as it's being sold in the loungewear section, but if it's opaque enough, it's perfect for summer days at the beach and the farmers market (TOMATOES! just popped into my head).
Cropped jumpsuits are by far the most versatile spring/summer/fall jumpsuit option out there. They're easier to pair with a jacket, sweater or blazer, will look great with flip flops, gladiators and wedges and can be accessorized up and down with belts, cuffs and funky necklaces. My third jumpsuit purchase (in the interest of research, of course, was the Souffle Jumpsuit ($78), also from Anthropologie. This type of breezy, crepe cotton is one of my favorite spring/summer textures because it's cool and comfortable and it never fails to disguise my thighs. Look for "interpretations" of the Olivia + Alice cargo jumpsuit ($396), like The Limited's Strapless Jumpsuit ($69.50) in polyester–not a perfect match, but a similar effect for much less. Another cute strapless is the Express Strapless Jumpsuit ($49.50), although strapless styles are super-nursing-friendly, proceed with caution as chubby hands do tend to turn their mommies into accidental exhibitionists–I've learned this the hard way. . . The Juicy Couture 5 Star Fleece Jumpsuit has the same great lines as the Ella Moss, but in a thicker, more forgiving (not to mention cozier!) fabric.
Wide Leg Jumpsuits
These wide leg options have a more evening/formal feel and can also take you through fall, in the right fabric, with the addition of a jacket or sweater. If you go this route, have them hemmed to perfection–they seem to run really long–to avoid looking like a witch melting in a puddle. If you're on the petite side, consider showing a little more skin up top to balance, pay double attention to hemming (take the exact shoes you would wear with the jumpsuit to the tailor) or go with a cropped/ankle-length jumpsuit and a light (gold/pewter/snakeskin/nude) shoe. How do I love Stella McCartney's V-Neck Jumpsuit (~$1,00+)? Sooo much. Great for work, work/hub work parties, your fabulous holidays in Capri, etc., etc. The Halston Heritage Halter Jumpsuit ($355), which I'm sure will be copied in more accessible versions soon, is perfect for date night, events and weddings. In cut and overall effect, the Smocked Jumpsuit at Express ($49.50) is a worthy opponent for the Gypsy 05 Gara Silk Jumpsuit ($209).