March 22, 2017

Spring Denim #DressingRoomSelfies

jacket (coziest!!) | tee | jeans | boots (similar, some sizes here)

Soooooo, I’m a denim girl – remember last year’s search for the perfect spring jean?  This year, I’m back to my old tricks.  Actually, we all are.  The Mom Edit team has been off trying (and trying and trying in some cases) to find the perfect light-wash jean for Spring.

My criteria was as follows:

  1.  A perfect faded vintage blue wash –  this is the wash I’m in love with right now. I have tried (and tried) really light washes and they just aren’t for me, but that broken-in perfection? YES.
  2. Interesting fit (or at least new-to-my-closet?) – I wanted to push myself beyond a skinny jean, because I already found a perfect pair!

I tried on a ton and some definitely failed, but the winners made it allll worthwhile. I am always up for a jean challenge. Is there such thing as a denim geek? ‘Cause that’s me. Come. Come along into my madness…

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September 30, 2016

Nursing-Friendly AND Post-Partum Friendly Fall Staples

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.

Confession: I still have and wear a pair of my favorite maternity jeans. Nostalgia is a powerful force.  

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March 24, 2016

Gap Dressing Room Selfies!



So Laura and Jess walk into the Gap……

Jess’s Take

A couple of things I learned from my first dressing room selfie experience yesterday at the Gap:

1. Dressing room selfies are no joke.

2. Retail associates, especially those assigned to the dressing room area, are hardworking, patient, Saint like individuals.

It’s been a while since I’ve actually set foot inside a Gap store as I’ve started doing more and more of my shopping (and returning) online. And this isn’t meant to be a diss, but if I am at the mall, or happen to be passing a Gap, I usually end up bypassing it all together. Because after shopping at the Gap for 20+ years I feel like I already know what’s on the racks without looking inside.

But my day-trip to Gap helped to reminded me that what Gap does, it does it well, and affordably. I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying to focus on buying only wardrobe essentials: items that are timeless, high quality and verstaile. And on a budget like mine, Gap and it’s sister companies Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athletica, are great places to look.

So, here are four complete looks I put together yesterday.

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March 2, 2016

The Best Spring Shoe For Boyfriend Jeans, Skinny Sweats, and Other Tricky Problems

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Few things in life get me more excited than finding a great go-to shoe. Amiright? I found the perfect transition shoe for early spring…yay!

I’d been looking for a good neutral, stacked-heel boot for a while and in my search mules started popping up everywhere. I found an amazing pair that 1. stay on, 2. look cute, 3. go with everything, AND 4. solve a few wardrobe problems I was having. Score!

These Steve Madden Miillo Mules have already made an appearance over on my Instagram account (@elletrain) and in #myeverydayedit post so you may have seen them there. I couldn’t be more in love with them and I thought I’d share how I styled them and just how versatile they are.

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See how they come up a bit more on your foot than some other slip-ons? This really helps keep them on well. The heel height is just right and the footbed is comfy. They come in black, too, but I am loving this taupe color because it goes with SO much. These mules are such a nice departure from the ankle boots I’ve been wearing all fall and winter, but they’re still warm enough for the coolness right now. My ankles love having a little freedom and showing a little ankle right now feels (and looks!) quite sexy.

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February 21, 2016

Laura’s #myeverydayedit (I promise it’s not ALL overalls!)


blazer (similar) | top (similar) | jeans | mules | earrings (similar)

Hey hey… #myeverdayedit post is here in hopes to pull you out of a gray, mid-winter slump. That is what I’m trying to do over here anyway (see the workout outfit below…sheesh…I’m a goofball, for sure).

I love love looking at everyone’s #myeverydayedit pics on Instagram. It’s so fun to see what you’re wearing, especially in the gray days of winter. As for me, I’m still mostly wearing overalls. Big surprise, I know. Those of you who follow me at @elletrain are all too familiar with my overalls, but I did manage to include some other looks in the last week or so.

The 90’s Called

Blazers and boyfriend jeans and mules have been calling me lately …these mules I’m wearing: LOVE. And something besides the Kork Ease wedges that are on constant repeat! (More on those mules later with some outfit combination ideas.) This was for a casual date night with friends to celebrate my birthday. (38 and feeling great! And tired. But mostly great!)

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February 17, 2016

Sir Yes Sir: Get Yourself A Military Jacket (or Vest)


I’m loving the military trend right now.  I normally reach for a faux leather jacket to throw on over everything, but the lighter weight military jackets (or vests) make for a nice change – especially with warmer weather coming.  They’ll look equally great over feminine flowy dresses as they will over jeans.  I can’t wait to bust out my distressed boyfriend jeans, dust off my sandals and finish with a lightweight army parka.  Buuut . . . we have snow on the ground.  Lots of it.  So for now, I’ll wear them with my Sorels.  Here are my top recommendations for rocking the military trend:

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February 2, 2016

These Winter Boots Will Change Your Flare Jean Game




Based on reader comments/questions/etc., most of you are generally thrilled that flare jeans are having a moment.  The biggest complaint, however, is footwear.  We’re all kinda partial to flats (sneakers, in particular), and while I’ve tried to address the flares + flats combo in the past, there’s no doubt that heels and flares are a match made in sartorial heaven.

So.  What would you say, dear readers, if I told you that I’ve found a pair of wedge boots that are as comfortable as my sneakers?  Like really, seriously comfortable – Scotti babywears in hers – while being high enough to rock the flare?  And that they’re both waterproof and warm?

Bold words, I KNOW.



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January 21, 2016

Boyfriend Jeans, Statement Ankle Boots And A Layering Trick



I’ve talked before about how boyfriend jeans are slimming down – the new phrase is girlfriend jeans – and how much more flattering this new shape is.  You guys obviously agree – this pair of girlfriend jeans was one of the most-purchased items by TME readers in 2015.  (Those jeans are sold out, but the newer, lighter wash is currently 33% off at Nordstrom.)

We loooove our comfy jeans.

Anyway, I’ve been looking for a pair of light-wash girlfriend jeans and I think I’ve found a good one – Seven for All Mankind’s Relaxed Skinny Girlfriend Jean.  They’re slimmer, but unlike the Rag and Bones ones featured before, they’re extra slouchy around the hips, making them look more like guys’ jeans (yet still sexy and feminine).  Also, most sizes are on sale at Amazon.  So there’s that.

I’ve been wearing these Sevens constantly (you can see them with paired with converse on my Insta, @shanachristine), but one of my favorite ways to style is with statement ankle boots and lots of layers.

(I’m practicing the rule of 3.  Gosh, that’s from 2011.  Anyone remember that old post?)




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December 8, 2015

Much Ado About #myeverydayedit

My reaction to Shana asking if if I would be interested in joining the #myeverydayedit fun on Instagram looked something like this:

So to say I am excited is an understatement.

And just in case you don’t know what’s got me acting as giddy as a school girl at her first slumber party,  #myeverydayedit is a hashtag on instagram that Shana (@shanachristine) and others from The Mom Edit team (@camilledipaola, @scottiliz) use to post photos of their everyday outfits through out the week.

I’ve been following the #myeverydayedit posts since the get-go, admiring from a distance and trying to work up the nerve to join in. I think it’s such a cool concept and so much fun to see everyone’s unique individual style expressed through their day to day outfits.

To give you guys a better understanding of what you could expect from my posts, I thought it would be helpful if I tried to describe my own style… but I’d never really sat down and thought about my “style” in any definitive terms before and as it turns out, isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

So armed with my most serious researching techniques (aka a bottle of wine and pinterest)  I stumbled upon this quote:


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I think style is an expression of our individuality. Choosing what we wear is just another way we can express who we are and what we are feeling. It’s amazing how many unique variations of “lazy bum” I can come up with 😉  And this quote is really what #myeverydayedit is all about. There is no right way or wrong way to dress- what makes style fun is each person’s unique take on the clothes they choose to wear.

So….(shameless plug)…if you haven’t already- you should join us on Instagram for some fun. We don’t bite!

My personal style is probably best described as  “boho”, eclectic, and a bit adventurous. Comfort is high on my priority list.

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March 14, 2015

Boyfriend Jeans: I Want To Wear Them With Heels, But My Life Doesn’t Support That

If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve seen some iteration of boyfriend jean styling that involves bare ankles and high heels.  Sometimes with slouchy, fuzzy sweaters, sometimes with blazers, sometimes with long tailored coats – I love it all.  But puzzling (at least to me) is how these outfits keep ending up on best-dressed lists called, “What You’ll Want to Wear All Winter!”  Or “The Best Way To Style Boyfriend Jeans When It’s Cold!”

I just…can’t.

I mean, even if I swap the heels out for some killer, sexy (yet walkable) flats….I still have a cold ankle problem to contend with.  But I’ve been drooling and swooning and desperately wanting to recreate these outfits….so…

The Challenge:  Come up with a way to wear boyfriend jeans now (with my Smartwool socks), but preserve that sort of I’m-not-really-trying-to-dress-up-but-I’m-so-totally-dressed-up vibe that this look is all about.

The Inspiration:

It almost doesn’t matter what pic I choose – there are so many similar variations on this theme.  But here’s the gist:



My Take:



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