January 11, 2017

AllSaints All Day Long: How I Style Mine

I just had a feeling you guys would like AllSaints just as much as I do. They do timeless wardrobe essentials with a modern twist. Plus, the quality and tailoring of their clothing is so SO good. I fell in love with the brand when they opened their first store in Chicago. At the time, I was still in college and had a difficult time parting with $10, so, the thought of purchasing something from them, even from the sales rack was laughable. Instead I walked around the store touching everything and whispering “someday my pretty, someday.”

Bummed you missed the sale? Never fret! Their sale is STILL going on. Select items are up to 50% off plus an additional 20% off of sale items at checkout using the code January.

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November 23, 2016

J. Crew Black Friday Sale : 40% Off

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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.

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September 6, 2016

Amanda’s Fall Wardrobe Edit (It’s All About the SHOES)

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Hi ladies! So I got a little excited about back to school shopping this year…for myself. Shopping for my kindergarten girl can be tricky since we have very different um, aesthetics? Her love of rainbow and animal print rivals mine for black and stripes. Living with her creative fashion choices must be rubbing off on me though, especially in the shoe department. While I’m not going to be pairing tutus and rain boots anytime soon these leopard high tops and silver booties are going to be on replay all fall. Want to see how I’m mixing interesting shoes with classic cooler weather pieces?

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March 31, 2016

The Search for My Perfect Spring Go-To Jean

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Our love for jeans runs deep here at The Mom Edit.  They’re often the most-worn item in our closet.  So it makes sense that we’re picky.  Personally, I’m always on the lookout for jeans that don’t slide down during the day (I cannot do belts!), have spot-on styling (an interesting wash, perhaps?) and a flattering fit.

When it comes to jeans, we want allll the things.

I recently went on a serious search to find my go-to jean for Spring. You know, the pair you throw on everyday, the  pair you feel your best in, and – maybe the most telling of all – the pair you take on vacation. This turned out to be quite an undertaking.  Keep reading to see the pairs I loved, hated, and the ones I ultimately ended up keeping.

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March 29, 2016

A Review of Ugg Australia’s Gorgeous SANDALS (Hint: Suuuper Comfy)

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Nordstrom asked for my thoughts on Ugg Australia’s newest line of footwear.  Specifically, sandals.  A huge sucker for cute-n-comfy footwear, I rolled up my sleeves, gave the UPS guy one heck of a workout, and got down to bizness.

All in the name of research, of course.  We’re alllll about Research.

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Keep reading to find out which pair was the MOST comfortable, which pair I absolutely wouldn’t recommend, and which pair(s?) made their way into my closet. (If you follow me on Instagram – @shanachristine – I’ll bet you can guess).

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February 21, 2016

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

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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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May 5, 2015

Wearing All-Black This Spring? Stripes To The Rescue!

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I have figured out a foolproof combo for Springifying (#notaword) your black:  STRIPES.  And by “foolproof” I mean that I’ve worn this combo several different ways over the last few weeks and while it’s leaning dangerously close to what one might call a rut….we’re going with “well-researched uniform” aka…foolproof.

It’s so foolproof, in fact, I have three different outfits to show you (including some super-casual options) as well as a few pics I pulled from the #myeveryday edit community.  Clearly this idea is hardly original, but whatever – it works.

Stripes And Black (like my mood) While House Hunting

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As you can see, I was SUPER EXCITED about what we found.  #no

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March 21, 2015

Sooo…Let’s Chat About This White Sneaker Trend

If you happened to catch the latest podcast from The Happiest Home, you already know my thoughts on the white sneaker trend:  TRICKY.

White sneakers – as in truly white, bright sneakers are arguably one of the biggest trends this Spring. And we’re not talking just classic Converse, we’re talking all manner of white sneaks. Even sneakers that start look suspiciously like sneakers worn by the medicare set.  Seriously, with some of these I can’t tell the difference.  But since we’re all about casual style over here on TME, I felt it was my job, nay, my duty to investigate further.

 

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Converse?  Too easy.  Converse are classics, and besides Cam already rocked some white converse.

Big, huge, functional white sneaks?  With thick bottoms and tons of stability?  That’s the “HA HA HA NO” category.  I’ll never be cool enough to pull these off.  (Some can, but NOT MOI.)

So.  Let’s focus on the white sneaks that are nudging me out of my comfort zone.  I love them on others (oh how I love them on others) but the proof is in the wearing and I have been STRUGGLING.  You have to achieve that perfect balance of chic and unstudied nonchalance to really rock the white sneak.  Also?  Coats help. (As do cheekbones and long flowing locks but whatever.)

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 (photo credits, clockwise from top left: Who What Wear  – Boring Things  –  We Wore What – Fash-N-Chips)

 

So….my white sneaks and I have been playing around a little bit.  We’ve successfully nailed the Aging Cheerleader look, the Where’s My Patchwork Vest look, and the Don’t Worry, My Real Shoes Are in My Bag look.  But I wanted more, you know?  [snort]  And there’s no denying that when done right, white sneaks can bring a certain (blinding) freshness to an ensemble.

So here’s a formula that’s been done to death on Pinterest (black skinnies + coat + white sneaks), but it works with my lifestyle and….looks alright, I think.

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Also?  I’m wearing my beloved Smartwool socks and it’s…fine.  It works.

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March 19, 2015

A Blazer with Sneakers: does it work for day-to-day?

A blazer…with sneakers. It’s definitely a different kind of combo, but I’ve been wanting to try it out for myself since it started popping up all over the internetz (a whiiiile back. I am a bit late with the trends sometimes. Sorry. I’m a mom). There’s something about the two together that’s so polished and feminine, yet so…tomboy-ish and cool. All at the same time. Um, hello. Basically, my favorite kind of outfit.

 The Look:

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Also, if Sincerely Jules wore it, chances are I’ll be up for wearing it…or at least giving it a go (she’s my girl crush…second to T. Swift, of course). I mean, the girl knows how to put things together that you would never think to put together. I LOVE IT.

I wasn’t about to go running out to find a linen blazer and cheetah print Nikes like Jule’s. Nope. I used what I have, which is a blazer (that’s a bit on the dressy side) and my pair of New Balance sneaks that I ran in all last Summer. When it comes to trends that come and go, I believe in working with what you’ve got.

My only concern with this whole outfit was that the blazer might be too much, because…a) I’m a mom – I don’t want to feel constricted as I am wrangling my babes b) blazers usually dress-up an outfit…and that’s not what I’m going for. I want easy, breezy. c) will I actually look cool or like someone that kind of gave up halfway through getting dressed?

These are real, important things to be concerned about, gals.

So.

Does it Work?

There’s only one way to find out and that’s to test it out, so I did. I wore the combo out one morning while Mads was at school. Baby boy and I ran some errands around town…

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January 27, 2015

The Power of a Long Coat (AKA My New Daily Uniform For Running Around Town)

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French Connection, one of my very favorite brands (due to their slightly edgy and almost subversive take on trends…coupled with european tailoring) sent me this gorgeous wool coat.  I received it in September when we were still rocking 70+ temps, and stuck it in the back of my closet.

Happy, HAPPY rediscovery.  Even better?  It’s still in stock, but now on crazy sale – 50% off, then another 50% off with the code 50SALE.

I’m also wearing my favorite sweater, my favorite jeans, my favorite boots, my favorite hat and drinking a warm coffee on a beautifully cold and snowy day with one of my favorite guys.  I mean seriously.  How lucky can a girl get?

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