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
 

May 12, 2014

Reader Style: Ankle-Wrap Flats For Short Mamas (And Triple Denim Awesomeness)

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I was delighted to get the following note from Laura:

Hi dear! So, as a short one under 5'4" I have trouble wearing many of these lovely ankle strap shoes, especially flats. Everything seems to cut off my already short legs and flats are already kinda hard to pull off. But. I found them. The cutest fancy flats ever that still flatter my short legs! 

 

The key is that the ankle strap and heel are nude, elongating the leg, of course, but still creating that ankle interest. The toe is a pretty black leather. They have lovely toe cleavage, too. Love. Please share with my fellow short gals who may be running into the same issues I've had for YEARS of searching the perfect black flats. 

 

Her flats are Isaac Mizrahi New York Evelyn flats, and come in black (as shown), white, red and gold.  All colors come with a nude ankle strap.  Laura, I seriously love these.  Thank you!

 

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But let's look at the rest of her outfit (and that seriously cute baby).  I love the triple-denim play here (a triple header?  Ha, Ha…Ha I don't know baseball I shouldn't even pretend.  I'm sure my husband is banging his head on a desk somewhere.)

 

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wearing:

jacket: Gap 1969 denim jacket

chambray shirt: old American Eagle…try LOFT's soft chambray shirt

jeans: old A&F…but my Madewell's High Riser skinny jeans in deep blue wash are similar (and so comfy)

necklaceRobinson Lane Designs – fundraiser for Arkansas tornado victims 

sunnies:  old Ralph Lauren…try Raybans

 

on baby Sienna: 

shirt: Gap…but I'm loving this fox tee from SandiLake on Etsy

leggings:  Old Navy Ruffle Bum leggings (currently on sale for $4? Sheesh.)

mocs: mama-made (using this pattern)

 

Laura, you and Sienna look adorable.  (And I love hearing everyone's baby-name choices!)  Thank you so much for sharing the flats love and sending pics!  We love pics!!!!

 

xoxo

S

ps.  Want more Sienna?  Laura has a blog

April 29, 2014

Street Style: The Coolest Everyday Outfits From The Gals of Freda Salvador

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At the Reward Style conference, I was so pleased to meet Megan, Cris, and Hillary of Freda Salvador.  Freda Salvador is a small footwear company based in San Fran (you're looking at the entire company right here) who uses a family-owned factory in Spain to produce their line of cool, edgy, and, to quote Megan, "infinitely walkable" shoes and boots.

That's a big statement, infinitely walkable.  So as cute young bloggers teetered around us on their impossibly high heels, I fixed her with a skeptical look.  "No really!" Megan laughed.  "I'm a mom – I totally get it!"  

So we bonded – they were all great fun.  And I will say this:  The shoe leather is very soft.  

In addition to their shoes (which I did cross the conference room to ask about – I mean seriously, white oxfords, black laces?  I'm drooling) they were each(!!) wearing an outfit worth copying.  Love when I see a perfect mix of comfort and edge.  And y'all – I learned that in Dallas –  know how my heart beats fast whenever destroyed denim or camo is involved.

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On Cris:

(BTW, there's a baby bump underneath her chambray shirt)

headscarf: vintage Gucci….I'd probably try this Turban Headband at Anthropologie since I can't tie anything

shirt: MiH Simple Shirt in Chambray

necklace: Pamela Love Dagger Rosary

denim: Citizens of Humanity Maternity Skinny Jeans

shoes: Freda Salvador White Oxford with Cut-Outs

 

On Hillary:

glasses: Oliver Peoples

necklace: old…try Bauble Bar's black beaded necklace

jacket: Wilfred Free Rayder Jacket at Aritzia

top: from Planet Blue (now gone)…try Gap's Fitted Floral Shirt

denim: from Urban (gone)…try One Teaspoon's Freebird Skinny Jean (destroyed)

shoesFreda Salvador White Oxford with Cut-Outs

 

On Megan:

top: Madewell (gone).. try the  Lace Collage Tee at Anthropologie

necklace: J.Crew (gone)…try Bauble Bar's Crystal Feather Bib Necklace

pants: Sanctuary Camo pants (gone)…try Current/Elliott's Army Buddy Camo Pants…or maybe even these camo pants at LOFT?

denim top (wrapped around waist): Madewell Denim Shirt

shoes: Freda Salavador Ivory Snake Sandal

 

 

Megan, Cris and Hillary – so nice meeting you, and thank you again for being such good sports!

xoxo,

S

April 23, 2014

Reader Style: Hayley’s Seriously Cool, Nursing-Friendly Sweater

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Gang, I was thrilled to receive a email from Hayley, who blogs over at Easy Style For Moms.  She had recently bought this gorgeous yellow sweater from an Etsy seller based in China.  I've had my eye on a few Chinese-based Etsy sellers (their designs are so interesting and unique yet amazingly affordable), but I haven't tried anything firsthand. Happily, Hayley was willing to share her thoughts about the process and the product. 

 I’ve always been drawn to clothing with a contemporary Asian aesthetic. These pieces are often layered, draped, and playful when it comes to volume and proportion.  It’s a look that feels very modern so when I discovered this long, draped sweater on Etsy, I just had to have it.  I purchased the sweater from Aolo, an Etsy seller based in China.  I had to wait two weeks after placing the order but my patience was rewarded when the package arrived. I had been concerned about the fit because it was only offered in one size but I’m more than happy with the way it looks.  This sweater is now easily one of the favorites in my closet.

wearing:

Sweater:   Aolo on Etsy 

Chambray tunic: Old Navy 

Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans 

Boots: Lifestride X-Zip 

Silk hair scarf: Old – similar

Glasses: See Eyewear

 

Interesting, right?  Here are a few other pieces that caught my eye….

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1. Black Oversized Top, $45 from Idea2wear

2. Loose Fitting Sweater, $50 from clothnew88

3. Two-Color Hoodie, $105 from Aolo

4. Cowl Neck Cardigan, $56

 

Thoughts?  Tempted to try?  And Hayley, thank you so much!  You can read more from Hayley at Easy Style For Moms.

xo,

S

 

ps.  Thank you SO much for your patience while Typepad worked to recover from the DDOS attacks.  Six days down!  Whoa.  

March 31, 2014

April Workwear Edit: Khaki Pants (And an Exclusive Bradamant Discount of 40% Off)

A reader emailed sometime last year, wondering if I ever wore plain black pants or khakis.  My initial thought was, “why on earth would I do that?” and then I set the email aside and the whole thing got lost in the shuffle so to speak.  But as I was cleaning out my closet recently, lo and behold was a pair of plain ‘ol khaki pants.  They aren’t skinny, they aren’t patterned, they don’t have moto details….they’re just…..khaki pants.  “Chinos” if we want to sound like old people.

Hunh.

As I recall, I bought the pants when I went back to work after Raines was born.  I bought them because I couldn’t come up with an easier, cheaper option for someone still in-between sizes in a work environment whose “business casual” decree outlawed denim.

But you know what?  I liked them OK then, and I like them OK now.  The key (for me, at least) is to pair them with something professional, polished….and a little bit quirky.  A bow blouse and interesting (yet closed-toe) shoes nails it.

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Here are a few ideas for playing around with this combo:

Work the Monochrome

Khaki pants and bow blouses are perfect alone, but I really like adding in a sweater in the same tone as the pants.  Not only does it make you look taller and slimmer, but it pulls together the look and really makes the bow pop.  So French-girl chic.

ps.  I’m wearing Everlane’s seed stitch sweater, which is a perfect hybrid of sweater/sweatshirt.  Thin, drapey, and affordable.  I’ve been wearing this unassuming little piece to death.

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wearing:

bow blouse: c/o Bradamant Bodysuit The Mogul, $120

sweater: c/o Everlane Seed Stitch Raglan in birch, $60

belt: Coach (old)…almost exact replica at Gap, $35

khakis: Gap (old)….Iove their new tux stripe khakis, $55….or the skinny cropped ones.

pumps: Aerosoles (old)…love this Cole Haan version now 60% off at Nordstrom

lipstickTarte Power Pigment in fearless, $24

 

Add a Jacket

At my Engineering firm, denim jackets were accepted (meaning I wore them and no one said anything?), but if your office is more conservative, swap the denim jacket for a blazer.  Buttoning a few buttons draws attention to the fabulous bow.

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wearing:

bow blouse: c/o Bradamant Bodysuit The Mogul, $120

jacket: Joe’s Jeans (old)….currently loving Gap’s

belt: Coach (old)…almost exact replica at Gap, $35

khakis: Gap (old)….Iove their new tux stripe khakis, $55….or the skinny cropped ones.

heels: Shoemint (now sold out)….or try the similar Laney pump by Joe’s ($135)

lipstick: Tarte Power Pigment in fearless, $24

 

Swap Out The Bow For a Man’s Tie

This is such a masculine look….but the silky blouse and pointy-toe heels make it sexy, rather than mannish. (“Sexy” in a totally office-appropriate way, of course.)

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wearing:

bow blouse: c/o Bradamant Bodysuit The Mogul, $120

tie: borrowed from Mike (it’s this one from J.Crew)

belt: JCrew (old)…but I’m dying over this reversible cork belt

khakis: Gap (old)….Iove their new tux stripe khakis, $55….or the skinny cropped ones.

heels: Pixie Market Erin Wrap Heels, $134

lipstick:  Poppy King for J.Crew

 

When In Doubt, Add A Striped Tee

The most casual of the outfits, but still meets dress code!  If men can wear those horrible company logo polo shirts (gack), then I can wear my stripes.  With a darker lips and a cool shoe, the vibe here is decidedly gamine.

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wearing:

bow blouse: c/o Bradamant Bodysuit The Mogul, $120

tee: St. James….similar at Boden

belt: Coach (old)…almost exact replica at Gap, $35

khakis: Gap (old)….Iove their new tux stripe khakis, $55….or the skinny cropped ones.

heelsShoemint (now sold out)….or try the similar Laney pump by Joe’s ($135)

lipstick: Poppy King for J.Crew

 

Ok, now for the best part:  My bow blouse is actually a Bradamant bodysuit called The Mogul.  And the amazing crew over at Bradamant is currently offering ANMJ readers an exclusive:  a whopping 40% off of their entire purchase with code ANMJ!  But it lasts only as long as April Fool’s….the code expires on the 2nd.

My favorites (in addition to the bow blouse) are The Adventurer ($100) with it’s sleek leather detail, the silky one-shouldered Provocateur ($100), and The Hostess ($60) which you can see me wearing here.

And then there’s the Visionary.

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Rather sexy, no?

Happy Shopping!

xo,

S

 

 

February 11, 2014

Style Basics: Three Ways To Wear V-Neck Tees In Winter

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 If I had to survive with only one shirt, I'd probably pick one of my thin, drapy v-necks.  The low neckline flatters the bust, the drape hides a pooch and they look cool dressed up or down.  Besides, I became addicted to the v-neck while nursing FOR ALMOST FIVE YEARS GOOD LORD and I just can't quit 'em. 

But.  In winter, they are freezing.  Here's how I'm warming them up.

With Arm Warmers and a Faux-Fur Cowl

With heels and a sparkly belt if you are feeling especially glamorous, but this outfit works equally well with everyday boots.  A faux-fur cowl is my go-to around the house (being bald is very, VERY cold) and the arm-warmers actually make a difference!  (They're no turtleneck sweater, but they do alright.)

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wearing:

cowl: old Urban Outfitter…love this one, and it's washable

tee: old Soft Joie (easily my most favorite tee ever) – here's a current one

arm warmers: old, Etsy – but LOVE these or maybe these 

jeans: old AG – call me crazy but are these JCPenny jeans similar?

heels: old Aerosoles – but this pointy-toe pump from Nine West is even cuter.

lipstick:  Tarte Matte Liptint in Lively

 

Under a Flannel, With a Pile of Delicate Necklaces

There's something about the combo of a low neckline, soft flannel, and a tangle of delicate necklaces.  A pretty bra, always.

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And my Uggs?  There's probably a better choice, but I'm always in Uggs these days.  Especially with a flannel-shirt-as-cardigan.

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wearing:

necklaces: an old one of mom's, Stella & Dot Piper necklace, Gold Twig necklace – a present from Grace!!

tee: Gap (size M)

flannel: old J.Crew…but I love this one on sale at Bloomies

jeans:  Ugh, I'm getting sick of trying (in vain) to find another pair of patched denim.  Instead, may I present my fav Rag and Bone at 30% off?

boots: Classic Mini Uggs

 

Color-Blocking With A Long-Sleeve Tee

This is an old trick, circa 1997.  Even the shoes!  And the over-sized denim!!  

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The only difference between this and my college uniform is the hat and bright lipstick.  And now we call wearing two t-shirts "color-blocking" like it's some fancy thing.  #itsathing

 

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wearing:

hat: ASOS – one with ears are all sold out, but this huge pom one is adorable

tee: Everlane, woman's vee, size M

long-sleeve tee:  old….this one is also great for layering (am currently looking for a long-sleeve, striped v-neck tee – anyone know?)

jeans: J Brand Aiden boyfriend jeans (size 28 on sale here….other sizes full price here)

sneaks: Converse

 

 

Any other ideas?

xo,

S

 

January 22, 2014

Styling Cold Weather Workout Gear For All Day…Part 2 (Sponsored Post)

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First, grab some MC Hammer pants-  WAIT!  Where are you going?  COME BACK!!!

 

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No but seriously.  I do love these pants.  So.  On days I find myself stuck in workout gear all day long, here's what's working:

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January 13, 2014

Reader Q | Lace Up Booties – How To Style For Tomboys?

Reader Q:

Hi Shana! I can't explain to you how much I love your blog – it's always a high point in my day when I see you've put up a new post! I was hoping you could help me with a style problem…  I just got these Clarks Rosepoint booties:

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I think they're super cute, but they're not really my usual style and I'm not sure how to wear them. Normally my style leans towards kind of casual boho tomboy (that's probably not a thing, I know) and these booties are pretty ladylike. Also I almost always wear more rugged, chunky shoes – moto boots, chucks… because I'm comfortable in them and I feel like they help balance out my, uh, ample…?… thighs and hips. I don't want to look like my curves are tapering down to tiny pointy toes. Right? I'm pretty sure you could make anything look cool, can you help me? thanks so much, and thanks for everything you do for all of us mamas!  

— Rachel

 

Thoughts:

Rachel, I love this question.  I have very similar booties and I struggle with the same thing.  I find them to be…too precious sometimes. You know?  Yes.  You do.

Ok – so here's a few (thigh-friendly) ways to TOMBOY UP a sweet little laced bootie. 

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December 10, 2013

Holiday Style: Winter White Out

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White, cream, the much maligned beige – these colors, when worn head-to-toe, give off a snow-princess fabulousness when mixed with something shiny.  You just…glow.

Or maybe that’s the Scotch.

In any case, I’ve been riding this monochrome train for years now, and I have no intention of getting off.  All aboard….

 

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December 8, 2013

Holiday Style: Four Festive Ways to Wear A White Button-Down Shirt

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If Jenna Lyons can wear a white shirt on the red carpet, we can certainly rock one at some holiday party, right?  Youbetcha.

Here’s what I’m thinking….

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