Even the sale section is included in J.Crew’s 40% off Black Friday sale! (Sale section discount is 50% on some pieces). Yes, they’ve got the elevated basics (that I love to stock up on) covered but this year there are so. many. bold. surprises. I’m in love with their luxe bright wool coats, amazing shoes & statement jewelry.
Hey mamas of tiny ones…this post is yours. New mamas and all of us with still-soft tummies want a fall update, too. There are some lovely finds this season that are still kind to feeding babes and feeling fab postpartum.
Rounding up some of these finds made me a little nostalgic about those early days with Sienna. She was an adorable little bundle, with the roundest cheeks you ever did see! She started saying ‘hi’ at about 8 months old….and hasn’t stopped since.
The Pacific Northwest is arguably the most beautiful part of the country…if you like evergreens and rain and mountains and I DO. We are definitely deficient in Vitamin D, but beyond that we aim for healthy lifestyles and friendly vibes out here. It’s all about getting into the outdoors and exploring and ignoring the rain. Oh, and coffee, of course. If you and/or the people on your list are into the Northwest vibe…
I could have listed a million things, but these are some of my favorites right now.
I really wish I could get my husband to wear that vest. So. Good.
Ok, so I may have gone a bit overboard on the plaid here, but pretty much kids in plaid is one of my favorite things. And that denim vest. UGH! I want one so badly for myself.
Gonna try to convince Pinky that that tree mural is a good stocking stuffer.
Happy Cozy Holidays! And don’t worry fellow Upper Left Coasters, a raincoat roundup is on the to-do list!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out all of our Gift Guides. If you’ve waited ’til the last minute (speaking to myself) we’ve got you covered!
We loooove our plaid, over here on TME. Plaid shirts, plaid PJs, plaid pants, plaid scarves, plaid shoes – we’ve covered it all. But is there such a thing as too much plaid? Mixed plaids have been surfacing every winter for years (the very first time I covered this trend, Pax was a baby, just to give you an idea) but is it truly as easy as just….throwing them together? I wanted to play around with different strategies for mixing the plaids you already own. Haphazardly. Devil-May-Care. And then, because it is the holiday season, after all….accessorizing with feathers and glitter because at this point, we already have one foot on the path to crazytown.
Vogue would call it, ‘more is more’. Let’s go with that.
The one rule I did follow is that the plaids I mixed must have at least one color in common. That lends this little exercise some semblance of reality. So. The kids were stuck in front of a movie, the Scotch was poured, and Mike and I had a little date night/photo-sesh in the studio. (His favorite. #hahano)
(photo credit: J. Birdie Photography)
Just like sequins, feathers and leather, I’ve always been drawn to (faux) fur. RAWR. Lucky for me, this is a perfect time to find some awesome faux fur pieces. Scarves, coats, gloves, vests, boot covers, earmuffs . . . even purses with faux fur seem to be everywhere right now and I couldn’t be happier about it. I love incorporating fur into outfits as more than just outerwear. Since I’m always cold, faux fur adds some chic and warmth to my wardrobe. I’ve already started dressing Greenlea in faux fur as well and it is absolutely adorable! Bring on the fur.
Kate Spade reached out and asked if I’d take a look at their Fall line.
I did what any self-respecting fashion blogger would do: happy danced around the living room, moonwalked into the kitchen, then ran outside for a toe touch.
Ok, maybe half a toe touch. (They’re harder than I remember.)
But I couldn’t have been more thrilled to work with Kate Spade. I’m a longtime fan, and and I love how the designs always seem to incorporate a slightly quirky element. I know we’ve talked before about interesting basics, and Kate Spade pieces are the definition of interesting. It’s totally my speed.
To prep for this collab, I actually went into a Kate Spade store and tried everything on. Like really, seriously, almost everything they had. I was curious, you know? The Kate Spade price point is higher than what I typically cover (at least for clothing – the shoes and bags are pretty much right on), so I just wanted to feel things, you know? Rub my hands up and down, try on a bunch of different sizes. (Salespeople love that.)
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.
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.
My friend Shannon recently remarked that her favorite date nights always tend to be the spontaneous ones, the ones were you roll down to the corner dive in your sweats because there’s no food in the house and then one laugh leads to another and suddenly you find yourself Partying, with a capital P, in the manner of rockstars. High-five, us!
Shannon, obviously, doesn’t have kids. Our date nights require a little more advanced planning these days (unless we’re using the ipod-at-the-restaurant babysitter, which is great for dinner but eventually puts a damper on Partying), but the spontaneity and casual nature she describes is right up our alley. We work too much and are (frankly) to damn tired to always be Going Out All Fancy, and my pretty-pretty dresses aren’t typically part of our usual date-night rotation.
I read somewhere (Refinery29? WhoWhatWear?) that the key to wearing pastels is to mix them with brights. They swore that it would keep you from veering into Easter Egg territory. I don't actually think the brights are necessary (I'm totally OK being an easter egg) but it's a fun twist, no? Something a bit unexpected?
I'm finding that short hair really changes my styling game. So many of my man-plaid shirts now make me look…mannish (go figure) where before they were just a cool counterpoint to long, feminine hair. But this girly-plaid shirt – Easter egg colors, fitted through the shoulders, unbuttoned just enough – well. I can do girly plaids.
Where am I going, all dressed up and fancy?
Back Porch. Once upon a time that used to mean some cool hipster bar, but now I mean it literally, the back porch. The actual one at my house. All dressed up and back porch I go.
With this tiny hipster in residence.
sunnies: Ray-Ban Folding Wayfairers
bag: Kate Spade (now sold out)….also love the Kate Spade Henry Satchel
shoes: old Aerosole pumps…and this Dolce Vita sandal has nothing to do with anything, but it's fabulous and on crazy-sale for $34.
Let's chat about these jeans for a sec. They're by Blank NYC, a brand that I've been watching, but hadn't tried. I'm such a denim snob that most brands with the under $100 price point I invariably find lacking. But THESE? They're soft, interesting (aka perfectly distressed and faded) and my new favs. I was so impressed, in fact, that I also bought a pair of Blank NYC denim shorts. Same deal: soft, interesting (a modern high-waist and cut-up on the sides) and very sexy. I'm seriously eyeing up these color-blocked skinnies for fall, and Blank just came out with their version of patched denim (and you know how I feel about patched denim….SWOON).
Has anyone else tried Blank Denim? Thoughts?