March 22, 2017

Spring Denim #DressingRoomSelfies

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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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March 14, 2017

Choker Tops: Necklace and Top in One Easy Piece

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Friends. You most likely know by now I don’t accessorize a lot. I wear the same earrings most days, my wedding and engagement rings and sunglasses on a good day. Necklaces? Um, I have some that mostly spend their time in my closet. I’ve recently discovered a solution to my laziness or inability to choose the right necklace for the outfit…buy a top with the necklace built-in! Voila. Look at me, accessorizing. Does this count? I think so. Not only are these tops easy, but they’re just the right amount of sexy, too. Comfy and appropriate for a night out? My sweet spot. I found two tops that I love…check it.

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February 4, 2017

Let’s Talk About Straight-Leg, Step-Hem Jeans

 

Hey hey…new jeans! I’m officially a jean collector now…I cannot resist a good pair of denim. It’s kinda crazy, but I’m here for you…to try all the jeans and find the best. And these are good. I still love my skinny jeans, for sure, and boyfriend jeans have their place, but these. They are so versatile! (And don’t worry, they’re not cropped flares.) They are a straight-leg, step-hem jean.

The leg is a nice departure from skinny jeans but isn’t too wide and the uneven hem is a little unexpected and interesting. The shorter cut in front shows off ankles in a flattering way but the longer back hem adds versatility and is totally leg-lengthening.

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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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December 14, 2015

Four Ways To Wear Hiking Boots

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One boot that has been steadily gaining momentum over the last few years as a major trend is…the hiking boot.  At first it was just a faux hiking boot.  A hiking-inspired boot, rather, often with a wedge heel – something a fashion-girl would wear to be more #authentic (haha), not something constructed for actual hiking.  But then…a funny thing happened – some of the really high end brands (think Prada, Dsquared2) started churning out boots that looked an awful lot like this one:  an old school leather hiking boot with contrast laces.

Um.  Heck YES.

So, when Shoes.com asked me to style up something from their (insanely large) inventory…I knew exactly what to do.  It’s, like, the universe, you guys, wanted me to style up hiking boots.  #liveauthentic #exploremore #adventure

Sidenote:  Did you hear that Socality Barbie shut down her Instagram account?  Such a bummer – talk about helping to keep things REAL.

All joking aside, hiking boots on the daily ROCK.  Especially in the winter.  They’re warm, waterproof, comfy….and frankly, with the modern tweaks to the styling that many companies are making….they’re surprisingly chic.

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Here are a few ways I’m wearing hiking boots right now:

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January 20, 2015

Outfit Finishing: Short Cardigans (And The 5 Styling Tweaks Needed To Make Them Edgy)

So…after our last Fix This Outfit Post (short cardigans, skinny jeans and tiny ankle boots)…many of you wanted to know how I would style those ubiquitous short cardigans.

That question is a doozy.

Short, ladylike cardigans have a conservative, precious vibe that frankly, just isn’t my style.  And, as discussed before, wearing them open (as a cardigan) isn’t always the most flattering option.  So.  I wanted to make the short cardigan both easier to wear…and little more edgy.

The Finishing

I used the same five steps to come up with two very different outfits, both totally my style. Here’s what I did…

1.  Wear It Like A Shirt (Buttoned)

Buttoning up the cardigan and wearing it like a shirt totally changes the vibe from precious…to sexy.

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September 12, 2014

Thoughts on Being a Working Mom, And an INSANE Giveaway: A New Mobile Office (including a Macbook Air)

“Mom, why are you working so much?  I don’t like that you’re working all of the time” said Raines, my oldest.

I sat there, stunned by his words.  For most of his life, I had been a stay-at-home mom.  From the minute he was born, Raines was my little buddy, my partner in crime, we were never, ever apart.  We were attached, both metaphorically and (thanks to the Ergo) physically.  With Raines, I had slowed down, discovered myself and found peace.

And then Pax was born.  (I’m joking.  Ha, ha….ha)

But life is different now.  Not only have my kids changed and grown, but I’ve changed too.  There’s been this sort of natural progression of letting go and moving on.  I am no longer the only women in Raines’ life.  His teachers have become increasingly important to him, as have friends.  Our little bubble of existence – where the two of us so happily spent those first few months of his life –  has expanded.  I am still at the center, but now he is at the edges, pushing out, away from me.

I’ve heard other women, moms with more experience than I, talking about this seemingly inevitable shift.  They’ll use words like “rediscovering” themselves,  or as one friend said, “I’m just now getting myself back“.

I get it.  From the depths of my soul, I get it.  But at the same time, there’s another part of me rebelling at those words, “getting myself back,” and wanting to scream.  Because the path of rediscovery implies a loss, right?  In order to get yourself “back” or to rediscover your self, you first had to lose it.

I didn’t lose myself in motherhood; instead, I was found.   So any journey I embark on now, from this point forward, has to honor that early experience, that truth.

I am now a working mom.  Sure I work from home (with a really flexible schedule), but working nonetheless.  And while part of me thrills to put on my high heels and take the train into the city to write, or discuss collaborations in a professional, adult voice, and I think “YES, there she is!  There’s that girl I’ve been missing!”…perhaps it’s more accurate to simply say that I’m ready.  I’m not rediscovering some former self, lost among the diapers and the spitup and the 2847364 incessant questions a day from two young boys, but it’s the woman that – along the way – I grew up to be.  This woman who is ambition and drive and goals and forward-thinking…but who is also that new mom – will forever, irrevocably be that new mom.  The new mom snuggled in bed with her newborn, the light slanting into the room as she kisses a fat thigh, her heart swelling to impossible proportions.

I am all of these things.

So when Raines asks why I work so much, I pause.  I look up and see past his long limbs and crazy hair and remember that once-upon-a-time it was just him and I in the bubble; I was his whole world.  Actually, I remember it better than he does.  “I work because I want to, Baby” I say.  “I work because I love it.  We only get one chance, you know?  One life to figure out what we love to do, to make a difference.  I work because it helps me figure that out.”  We stare at each other.  He grins. “Okay” he says.  And just like that, we are back in the center of our bubble.

 

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Mobile Office Must-Haves

Soooo…..as I get more embroiled into this working-mama-world, there are a few MVP items that have made my life so. much. easier.  Especially for working on the go.

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August 28, 2014

Bye Bye Summer…Hello, Labor Day (And Sales!)

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What’cha doing this weekend?  We’re probably going to hit Morgan’s Pier (our fav summer pop-up in Philly and where all pics in this article were taken), or the newcomer this summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park.  Have you been?  It’s…AMAZING.  And I just heard that Spruce St. is going to stay open for another month!  Yay!  (The food is way better at Morgan’s Pier, but Spruce Street has those hammocks….and nets over the river to sit in….hmmmm…maybe we’ll have to hit both.  Now THAT’S a good weekend.)

 

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We’re also trying to get ready for school next week….and getting two boys out of the house for an 8:35 and 9:00 schools start times seems….totally out of reach.  Completely impossible.  I have no idea how.  WE WILL SEE, I suppose.  Pax wants the Later Gater backpack from MadPax which seems appropriate.  Any advice???

On that note, the Happiest Home published a round-up of books for kids just starting school (including Ramona the Pest…yesssss)

Apartment Therapy makes me want to install a swing and a climbing wall inside our house.  It’s fun and….GORGEOUS.

While browsing for school lunch ideas, I found this recipe for Lemon-parm popcorn.  I think I could make it vegan by swapping the parmesan for nutritional yeast (which tastes cheesy, if you’ve never used it before).  I could seriously start a whole other blog called WAYS I EAT POPCORN.  (Clearly, I wasn’t that successful on the school lunch front.  Anyone have a site they love?)

But let’s get to the sales!!

Everyone is having labor day sales this year.  I added a bunch of pieces to the sale shop, but wanted to highlight my absolute favorites.

Anthropologie – especially for the jeans.  Take an additional 20% already reduced items, and don’t miss MiH’s high-waisted, straight leg denim (I own these in a darker wash, size down)….or AG’s Stevie (my fav everyday jean)…or these Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans with cool thread/patch detail.

Nordstrom – if you missed out on the Vince slip-on sneakers during the anniversary sale, they’re back.  Actually, there’s a few pieces from the Anniversary sale that have been restocked and are on sale again.  Specifically these faux-leather trousers that I  keep debating and the overalls I love.

JCrew – 25% off certain fall styles and an additional 25% off final sale items.  I especially love the patched jeans, the printed leather loafers (or metallic), and the cropped short-sleeve tee.  Layer the cropped tee over a button-down shirt for a seriously cute work-or-weekend look.  Also?  Toile sweatpants.

LOFT is offering 50% off of Fall styles which is especially exciting because it includes their modern loungewear line, Lou and Gray.  I’m dying over these striped shorts and this sweater dress.  I also really like this camo sweatshirt.

Saks OFF 5th Ave is offering 40% off your entire purchase (and everything is already marked down).  This is a great time to pick up a pair of coated denim, these bad@ss Ash moto boots, and this oversized, color-block sweater.  (Or this cardigan if you’re nursing.)   And OH HELP – they have kid’s stuff.  Including our family fav, the K-Way windbreaker.  I guess I know what I’m doing tonight.

 

I’ve added a few of the sale pieces to the Maternity, Nursing/Postpartum and Kids shops as well.

 

 

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wearing:

tank: Everlane Ryan Tank size XS

jeans: Blank denim Relaxed Straight Leg Jeans size 24

shoes: Meraki Greek Symi Metallic sandals

accessories: Bauble Bar Long Arrow pendant, Raybans, Moop Paperback bag, old J.Crew belt (similar belt)

 

Happy Long Weekend!

xo,

S

August 1, 2014

My Current Date-Night Uniform (For A Strangely Cold Summer)

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Silky tops, boyfriend jeans, killer heels:  my fav combination.  But with lows in the 50’s….hello sweater.

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wearing:

sweater: Marc Jacobs James Sweater, $198 (part of the Nordstrom Anni Sale – ends Sunday!!)

silk top: J.Crew Striped Carrie cami,  40% off already reduced merchandise, so….$35ish)

jeans: Blank Denim Relaxed Straight Leg Jeans, $88

heels: Sam Edelman Palma Sandal, $99 (part of Nordstrom Anni Sale)

bag: Antik Batik Buffalo Clutch, $149 (on sale at Shopbop)

necklaces: Tiffany pendant $250, Bauble Bar Long Arrow Pendant, $32

 

It’s the last weekend of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  Some of you have asked what I actually ended up buying. Other than the pieces I’m wearing, I’m still deciding on boots (those Rag and Bones are wonderfully flat and comfortable – especially with super thick socks, but I do wear the heck out of rainboots on the east coast) and how many expensive sweaters I can actually afford.  That turtleneck cashmere sweater fits SO nicely under coats, which is a rarity for swingy sweaters.  And so does the Marc Jacobs, actually.  I keep staring at variations of faux-leather pants, and I may pick up a pair of the sweatpants despite my current, erhm, sweatpant collection because so many of you have asked about styling them, there’s typically one final random purchase Sunday night and oh! The Steve Madden snake skin sneakers – I have those, and yeah.  I’m rambling.  But we’re in the final days of the most exciting sale of the year so……  [incoherent mumbling]

 

Happy weekend!

xo,

S

June 18, 2014

Wearing Pastels and Brights (And My New Fav – under $100 – Jeans)

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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?

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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.

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Where am I going, all dressed up and fancy?  

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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.

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wearing:

sunnies: Ray-Ban Folding Wayfairers

necklace: Bauble Bar (sold out)….but thoughts on this one?  Looks like it would hold up to toddler-tugging.  I also love this delicate choker.    

shirt:  Jach's Girlfriend Western Shirt (old)…also love this similar Rails plaid shirt

denim: Blank Denim Relaxed Straight-Leg Jeans

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.

On Pax:  Tribe is Alive Be Brave Tank, American Apparel Afrika leggings

 

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?

xo,

S