April 5, 2017

Colorful Spring Athleisure Picks


As much as I love gray and black, at this point in the year I’m in desperate need for some color. The longer days and patches of grass peeking through are encouragement that there’s a light at the end of the winter tunnel and I’m feeling festive. Since you can find me wearing leggings and a hoodie most days (it’s the perfect outfit for working from home and toddler wrangling!), I guess I’m the designated ‘Sporty Spice’ around here. Good thing, because I had so much fun browsing all the new spring athleisure and putting together fun color combos. Easiest way to add color: start with a pair of wild pants and pick one of the colors for a hoodie, like I did with these bright blue Zella live in leggings (aka party pants) and dusty pink Superdry hoodie. Unexpected and definitely a mood booster! Check out the other yummy new spring colors I found…

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July 25, 2016

Athleisure & Work Wear Selfies from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale



Hey ladies – I made a naptime escape for my local Nordstrom today to try on some athleisure picks and workwear options from the sale! What did I find? Lots of killer comfy leggings, cool jackets (including this amazing Zella moto puffer!), cashmere sweaters and leather jackets to swap out for blazers this fall.

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January 28, 2015

Converse Sneakers (The everywhere, whenever, totally awesome shoe…and alternatives)



My absolute favorite go-to, casual, everyday, let’s-get-going-let-me-just-grab-my-shoes shoe: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars (in white). It’s weird, but I just bought my very first pair just over a year ago. I know, for someone so certain about it being her *IT* shoe, you’d think I would have bought them a long time ago. I’m not sure I knew just how much I would love them. Well, oh ho ho ho. Now I do. I am hooked. FO life.

I actually have great memories of my dad in the classic, white high tops, ray ban-ish sunglasses and jeans that were cut-off into almost too short shorts. Oh, yeh. The coolest. 1990’s. Whatcha gonna do? It was that and the Talking Heads on vinyl. We would all have serious jam dance parties in our living room on the regular. hmmm. My dad may actually have been the coolest. He really instilled in me a love and appreciation for good music (really good music)…and chucks. So while I didn’t own a pair until recently, my Converse roots run deep.

I wear them everywhere now. Ev-er-y-where. When I can’t think of what to wear, I start with chucks and go from there. This past weekend I took Mads on a special outing with mama (she has been needing some one-on-one attention. badly). We went downtown to Amelie’s where she picked out her usual “puff cream”. As we were sitting there she tells me, ” I don’t like thaaa cream, just the choc-let”…which begs the question…why didn’t you just order the all chocolate thing I pointed out to you that you so vehemently refused? Three year olds. Try talking sense to them. TRY.

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May 21, 2014

The Case For Patterned TOMS



Every once in a while I get an email from a reader asking me which pair of TOMS she should buy.  Plain red?  Something patterned?  A neutral?  I totally get it:  with so many to choose from, it's overwhelming.  But it's a tough question to answer….I mean it depends on your personal style, right?  On what else you have in your closet?  


Or perhaps I'm making this overly complicated.  Because the truth is, in the last 4-5 years, there's one pair of TOMS I reach for the most.


With plain tees, graphic tops, patterns, stripes…..I reach for a pair of patterned TOMS, chosen simply because I liked the pattern. 

Only good vibes, man.



Not because they fixed some perceived hole in my closet or because I thought they'd match something in particular, but simply because I liked them.  And that fact (I like 'em) has given them more longevity than I expected.

TOMS may not be the height of style…in fact, I can think of footwear for each of these outfits that would probably look better….but how many pairs of shoes let you do this?



R rolls his eyes at me, but not before I see him bite back a smile.  Little Pax, however, takes one look at my twirling and shrieks, "MOM!  I WUV YOUS DANCE!!"

Game, set, match.  Well played, TOMS.

Outfit Deets



sweatshirt: Hurley…love this seriously cool graphic sweatshirt at Urban Outfitters

denim: AG jeans (on sale!)

TOMS: old….but oooo tye-dyed TOMS

Pax: Crewcuts tee (similar), Geo Fox Sci-Fi racer pants, Vans


scarf: Yana Kapeli Infinity Nursing Scarf (more on this later)

tee: French Connection t-shirt (mine is sold out, this is similar)

shorts: A&F…but I have my eye on Rag & Bone's denim cut-offs

TOMS: old…but the gray chevron print TOMS are pretty awesome

Pax: Geofox Sunshine and Daydreams tee, Nico Nico Dot Shorts (on sale!), sunglasses

Raines: Geofox good vibes tee, Fabkids shorts






February 3, 2013

Reader Q | How To Style A Camo Vest

Reader Question:


Hi Shana and Molly,
I discovered your blog a month or so ago and have worked my way through most of your archives. I've recently lost about 50 pounds (after having two children) and am starting to become more interested in making myself look nice.
Anyway, I may or may not have bought this camouflage vest from Target recently. 
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I don't know what I was thinking. I had Shana's camo pants in my head and was thinking of the military trend and… it just happened. Now the question is what do I do with it? Return it? Wear it over a neutral tee? Under a jean jacket? Both?
Thank you so much for writing such insightful, entertaining posts. I will be more careful when considering trendy pieces next time!


 - Jill



Hunh.  Jill, this camo vest has been on my mind lately.  Initially, when I first read your email, I didn't love it…but…well…it's growing on me.  The vest is growing on me!  And I always like a challenge.  So: I thought I'd try styling it up for a final verdict.  And you know what?  I think this vest could work!


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October 12, 2011

Four Perfect, Pooch-Hiding, Nursing-Friendly Outfits For Fall (Including Date Night!)

Poochy mamas, rejoice!  This season has a ton of adorable, pooch-hiding tops in store…and the best news?  Not an empire-waist in sight!  

Outfit 1 – Playing at the Park

I tried on the BB Dakota top.  It's like a strange, but sophisticated hoodie that is crazy-comfortable and totally pooch-hiding.  So comfy, in fact, it could easily double as loungewear with these.  Nursing girls, this top easily pulls down for nursing access.


Post-Partum, Nursing Park Outfit




$10 - topshop.com


Minnetonka boots
$90 - piperlime.gap.com


Old Navy floppy felt hat
$20 - oldnavy.gap.com



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October 6, 2011

Mom Street Style – Fall In the Japanese Foothills (Ryoko’s Puffer and Fur-Lined Sneaks)


The weather in our little part of Japan has gone from high 80s and humid to high 50s and damp in a matter of days. When you factor in the wetness, some days are downright cold! Weather like this makes it easy for me to dress like a stuffed raincoat, but I have to fight the urge.

 I saw Ryoko and her two month old son Towa at a hockey game and her adorable outfit inspired me to stay warm AND well-dressed. After some VERY embarrassing sign language and a little bit of translation from another Japanese mother, I got her to agree to let me take her picture! I think I'm going to have to work on my charades.
Her coat is functional but also modern and flattering, it reminds me of the Patagonia/Lands' End versions that S talked about here. Adorable baby Towa covers up the floral ribbon piping on her simple hoodie, which took it from seeming like athletic apparel to being cute sportswear. I love her denim skirt with leggings, just enough to keep her comfortable but remind us it's not the dead of winter just yet. But the fur lined New Balance sneakers were my favorite part, I'd want laces in every color! (I like these from Tretorn, too!) Ryoko's pretty mascara and loosely knotted hair make her look like she is babysitting that child, not staying up nights nursing him! 
Thanks for being such a sport, Ryoko!


– Lane


Want to read more from Lane?  Check her out here….and psst – she's now in Japan! 



February 15, 2011

Mom Uniform Inspiration: Styling Bright Denim

Winter, I'm done with you.  I want Spring.  I want bright flowers peeking from the ground, I want sunny skies and 70+ temps.  I want bare arms.  I want color.

Chances are, I'm stuck with several more weeks of cold (while Denver is having a warm spell now, March always breaks my heart)…so in lieu of warm winds and swapping my snowboots for sandals, I'm really feeling brights. Specifically brightly colored denim.  (Specifically the pair of coral red Gap skinnies M found on the clearance rack for under $20.  But I won't.  I promised.  Avoiding "twinsies!!" is becoming harder and harder for us.)

So if you'd like to add a little pop of color, keep reading.  I found a few gorgeous pics for inspiration, and as always, we play around with making them oh-so-mom-friendly.

Bright Denim + Dark Neutrals

Screen shot 2011-02-15 at 5.55.59 PM I love Vanessa Jackman's pic from London's Fashion Week.  While black and yellow can be fraught with peril (what goes 'buzz buzz'?), Shu Pei (pictured) pulls it off perfectly.

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January 25, 2011

How To Wear Plaid Part 5 – Inspiration From Around the Web


Ummmm…yeah.  We love plaid.  For the last month, we've done a weekly feature on the various ways to rock a plaid shirt.  If you missed it, check out these articles:

How To Wear Plaid Part 1 – Holiday Style

How To Wear Plaid Part 2 – Girly Details Plus a Jacket

How To Wear Plaid Part 3 – Date Night

How To Wear Plaid Part 4 – With High-Waisted Denim

But we're not the only ones loving the plaid.  To finish up this series, I found some great sources of inspiration from a few very talented fashion bloggers.  Not only are their looks totally fresh and fun, but they are all mom-friendly.

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January 16, 2011

Wearing: LOFT’s Orange Windbreaker (and baby-wearing too!)

P1168423 We received several comments from yesterday's post regarding LOFT's fabulous orange windbreaker.  Specifically, reader Dusti wanted to know:

"I'm thinking of getting the orange jacket, but I am wondering how to best style it with skinnies? I'd like to make it a staple for the spring…what are your thoughts of a few options what to wear under it?"

Ummmm…it just so happens that I bought that very windbreaker, and have been wearing it non-stop.  (Am I the only one who does that?  Wears a new item for several days straight?)

Here's a few pics from the last few days…. 

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