Zack and I recently went on two trips that required us to fly. First time with a baby. We had delayed flights, canceled flights, unexpected nights spent in hotels . . . it was literally a mess. Two things I was SO HAPPY to have with me?? My Sorel boots and my Belle baby carrier. Seriously.
I know. I know. You’re thinking… how is this thing back? And yeah, I’m well aware that I am not breaking any news here. Because this winter they have been showing up everywhere as an actual acceptable fashion statement. And not just with pajamas, or on sorority girls doing the walk of shame. To be honest, I normally wouldn’t write about Uggs in early spring if it weren’t for the fact that, a) that stupid groundhog saw his shadow (don’t be fooled by that sun that you got!) and b) I’ve been hit up like cray about Uggs all through the winter because I think most people are still just a little hesitant about how or why they even work in fashion.
It was SO fun “meeting” so many of you via our #myeverydayedit party on Instagram. I’ve been inspired by some seriously fun ideas . . . so THANK YOU for playing along! If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re missing out! I love the sense of community I feel when I’m looking at your posts and reading your comments . . . even if I never get to leave the house that day! (Or, especially when I don’t get to leave the house!)
Here’s my weekly roundup of outfits . . .
Poncho over a (faux) leather jacket
Shana’s idea . . . I can’t take the credit. It’s getting a *tad* warmer here (like we cheer when it’s above 30 degrees), and I couldn’t wait to get out of the winter coats. Shana suggested I throw a poncho over one of my many many leather jackets (they’re my favorite) to make it warmer and I LOVED it. She’s a genius.
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 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.
It almost doesn’t matter what pic I choose – there are so many similar variations on this theme. But here’s the gist:
I get requests for a “smokey eye” all the time. There are SO MANY ways to apply a smokey eye, but I wanted to share the EASIEST version with you guys. All this look takes is two eyeshadow colors of your choice: one dark matte color and one lighter shimmery color. The dark color is applied to the outer corner, the light color is applied to the inner corner, and if you want more definition you can apply either color to the bottom lash line. That’s it. The key to this look is using primer (my favorite is Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion) and BLENDING. When in doubt, blend! In the video I put together three different looks (all under 3 minutes) to give you lots of examples.
My goal with these tutorials is to share how much fun makeup can be with you guys. I want you to be inspired to try something new and not be afraid of the process. Whether you’re a makeup novice or expert, please try these looks and share the results with us on Instagram using #momeditbeauty.
Also, we can’t get our own “Mom Edit” YouTube channel until we have 500 subscribers. PLEASE help us out and subscribe to our channel . . . I pre-release the tutorials and have more videos for your viewing pleasure! THANK YOU!
A HUGE thank you to Patty Belt of Pinc. Photography for her awesome photography skills!
I don’t know about you ladies, but here in Boston we are BEYOND ready for this winter to be over. It feels like we’re living on the set of Frozen, and starting to question naming our new baby Elsa (my husband wants you to know it was NOT inspired by the movie, he was blissfully unaware of the snow queen’s name until Frozen Fever hit our house hard right before baby was born)! Back to back blizzards followed by weeks of arctic temps meant a lot of time logged at home…and frankly, I’m sick of looking at the same old stuff by now. Which means it’s the perfect time to introduce our Refresh Your Nest series of product roundups to zhush up your home for spring. (It’s totally a word – the American Dialect Society put it on their 2003 Word of the Year list #themoreyouknow). Because I’m actually looking forward to those April showers this year – as long as they’re not snow – let’s start off with shower curtains!
In terms of design impact, shower curtains are the biggest bang for your buck when decorating your bathroom. They’re super easy to switch out when you want a new look, and can really set the tone for the whole room. Plus, you probably shower daily (new moms: you get a pass), so a change of scenery will do you good! Check out these picks for a little mood boost in the bath…
1. Woodland Garden Shower Curtain, Urban Outfitters: Wowza. This one will wake you up faster than a double shot of espresso! The top third of the shower curtain is white, but then the party starts – simple black & white line drawings with shots of happy color might make early mornings a bit less painful.
6. Odyssey Shower Curtain, Urban Outfitters: Live the life aquatic with an adventure on the high seas every time you clean up! Kids will dig the cool wave details and the surprises within, like a pirate ship, whale, and a mermaid chillin’ with a giant octopus.
7. Garden Buzz Shower Curtain, Anthropologie: Anthro knocks it out of the park doing what they do best: quirky cool prints in gorgeous color schemes. This dramatic curtain’s definitely a game changer – you could redesign your whole bathroom based on it, or just choose any of the interesting colors to match with a new set of towels. Either way, your bathroom will look all “I woke up like this” – effortlessly pulled together but gorgeous. #beyonceyourbathroom
8. Ikea Tvingen Shower Curtain, Amazon: Leave it to the Swedes to come up with a simple yet witty shower curtain. I love the fun black & white graphic, which basically goes with any color scheme you’ve got going on. The clean modern design might be just the wake-up call your bathroom needs, at a great price.
And because I couldn’t resist, here are a few more:
Are you all planning any spring mini-makeovers for your home? We’d love to see pictures of your pretties! The sun’s out today, so even though we got another 6 inches of snow last night spring’s on its way – stay tuned for more product roundups in the Refresh Your Nest series coming soon!
I saw this image a while back and haven’t been able to get over it since. Not only do I dig Alexa Chung’s funky-geeky style that she shares fearlessly, I also love a kimono. Like a lot.
We talk a good bit about simple combinations and ways to up your style game without having to work too hard here on TME. This, ladies, is one sure fire way to look and feel awesome…without having to lift a finger. Okayokay, so you have to lift one finger to click ‘buy’ and you may have to lift your entire arm (or two) to put the kimono on, but seriously. A kimono should be in the dictionary under ‘effortless’ – it’s that easy to style and wear.
It does all of the heavy lifting for you, really. Meaning, you don’t need to add much else to an outfit when a kimono is involved. I wouldn’t go all birthday suit with it, but be a basic B underneath. Let me show you…
It’s as simple as throwing on a tee, jeans, sandals (or booties) and a kimono…and girl, you are done.
I feel crazy good with a kimono on. Every single time I throw it on. It makes me want to dance through a field of sunflowers to the sound of ‘If You’re Going to San Francisco’, while braiding flower crowns. Cams, you’re weird. So I don’t really do that, but you get the idea. It’s a feminine, freeing, relaxed style that needs. to. be. on. you.
Don’t believe me? Wear one. You’ll feel like flitting around like a weirdo too…or not, but you’ll love it. Promise.
There’s so much support in the breast cancer world (truly, there are no adequate words to describe how amazing the support can be)…yet I found that there is also some overly enthusiastic “HOORAH!” surrounding reconstruction after a mastectomy. If I had a dollar every time someone told me I would have a “beautiful result”…good grief Charlie Brown.
I have, by all accounts, a “beautiful result”. I was treated by some of the top surgeons in the country, my cleavage (in most lights) is a sight to behold, and my perky, full breasts defy gravity.
However: they are not real. Up close, without the bra, they do not look real, they do not feel real, they do not act real. A beautiful result from a horrifying and monstrous surgery? You bet. But beautiful, real breasts? NOPE.
The second I got that phone call, the confirmation of breast cancer, the whole world seemed to tilt. Suddenly, I wasn’t driving straight down a road I knew, I sure as hell wasn’t on my way to swim lessons (that’s WAY too ordinary for The Day The World Tilted) but rather stuck in some…tunnel. Or a tube. Something narrow that didn’t quite fit – because you can’t really make sense of it, of where you are, you just know you are stuck in it, on your side, maybe upside down. And then it starts to roll and you can’t stop. You’re stuck in this thing, picking up speed as it rolls downhill.
A cancer diagnosis is a lot like that, at least at first. As you can imagine, your ability to comprehend past the “you have cancer” point is severely limited. And the world, The Tilted World is so much more terrifying and confusing – it makes the inevitable decision making process feel like a joke.
“You need a mastectomy” the doctor said. “Absolutely on your right side, but we’d really like to do the left side too. There’s no cancer there yet, but the calcification patterns–“
Ok I said. I’ll do both.
And mostly, that was it. That was the sum total of my decision-making process: Ok.
I just wanted to live. I wanted to live long enough to see my children grow. I wanted to live so badly that my hands felt like claws and I was prepared to claw my way back to health on my hands and knees, begging, if I must. That’s what a mother does. At that point, even if the doctors had told me they needed to do a double mastectomy and take my arms, too, just to be safe or maybe a leg, my answer, in that moment would not have changed: Ok.
Luckily, I had time to process the decision. I talked to my Mom (who had a single mastectomy 15+ years ago), I talked to breast surgeons, plastic surgeons, and other breast cancer survivors. I learned that I could get by with a single mastectomy, if I really wanted, but they would be watching my left side very, VERY closely. Nipple sparing surgery was a possibility on my left side only – the cancer was too close to the nipple on my right side. Reconstructing breasts from fat elsewhere on my body probably wouldn’t work. (“But!” the plastic surgeon said helpfully, “Maybe when we’re swapping out your implants in 15-20 years you’ll have enough fat then!”) Note to self: Plan on being old and fat.
But my initial gut reaction, the “OK”, stood. I opted for a double mastectomy, closely followed by reconstructive surgery – all to be completed before I started chemo. The only concession I made was to go forward with nipple sparing surgery on my left side. The advantage, I was told, was that I may get sensation back in my left breast someday. Now, almost two years later, I have a few thoughts on the subject.Here’s what I learned, a few surprises I wish I had a head’s up on, and a few fears that never came to pass.
Mamas, I’m beyond excited to introduce our newest contributor, OE. I first met OE in August of 2009, when I stopped her at Cherry Creek mall in Denver to take her picture for a Mom Street Style article. We got to chatting, I convinced her to join my mom’s group, and the rest, as they say, is history. Since moving to Philly, I’ve been keeping up with OE via her blog, Girl Meets Baby. I’ve cried reading about her son’s fight through a sensory processing disorder, I’ve swooned over pics of her 29th birthday surprise (best. ever.), and have been inspired by her (and Dave’s) gorgeous photography and unique way of looking at the world. These two know happiness – they define it for themselves.
Below, OE asks, “why would Shana trust me to be a consistent contributor to this incredible world she’s built? Quite honestly, I don’t have an answer for that. ” I think, once you get to know OE, the answer will be glaringly obvious. It is with so much pleasure that I welcome OE (and Dave and little Brooks, Lucas and Roman) to The Mom Edit. We are SO thrilled you’re here.
I am so beyond honored to join The Mom Edit team. No seriously, this is a crazy dream that’s somehow coming true for me. I feel like I’ve spent the majority of my “mom life” searching for a place to belong. A place that feels easy and comfortable. A place that I not only fit in but also get that sense of home — of belonging. As a lot of you know, those feelings are hard to come by. Especially these days, when your first kid might come as early as when you’re a teenager or as late as when you’re in your early 50’s. Nobody’s on that cookie cutter path anymore — at least in my bubble. And there’s a lot of women no longer adhering to the formulaic “mom path”. And that, in itself, is so inspiring and beautiful. But, it also creates a high probability that you dive into the big bold adventure of being a mom much more alone. And for those of you that are fortunate enough to have that group of friends or neighbors or sisters who are all doing this together, good for you! (I’m beyond envious). But strangely enough, even without that support, I have found my place. That sense of community and belonging. On the internet. In writing. In my own blogging. In connecting with other mommas who see the world the way I see it. Who see the world through the eyes of their little ones. And for all the “you’re a mom blogger?” comments (insert scornful young girl with no kids) or trolls that show up in comments and break you down, it doesn’t sway that this place can be an incredible thing.
But then — inevitably — I found myself venturing from lifestyle/mom topics over to the fashion world of blogging. And the beauty industry (Don’t get me started on the amount of time I waste watching YouTube makeup videos!). I’ve been all about sharing the ups and downs of parenting, but I’ve never really been a contributor to the fashion / tastemaker side of blogging beyond the occasional guest post. So why would Shana trust me to be a consistent contributor to this incredible world she’s built? Quite honestly, I don’t have an answer for that. Maybe I’ll get lucky every once in a while and spot the “next big thing” for you, your kids, or your home. But (more likely) I’ll try and point you to the practical ways of incorporating existing trends in a way that feels approachable and — hopefully — inspiring. Maybe you’ll find yourself saying,
“Shit, she’s right, I can totally wear sky-tops to school pickup!”
I’ve come to the practical approach to trends the hard way. I’ve tried the kind of fashion where you glance in the mirror before walking out the door and have to convince yourself “kids? what kids?”. If you’ve ever been on the playground in 6 inch heels then you know what it feels like to sink into mulch and find yourself in some sort of nature-forced flats. And, of course, I tried the whole “my body is still the same as before I had kids!” delusional mentality. And you’ve also been there if you’ve ever played hot wheels on the floor in low cut denim (its race track not race crack). Did it somehow get higher up my back after pregnancy? Or, you’ve maybe worn an old shirt to your kid’s soccer game and, when cheering, discovered that your favorite T is now your favorite crop top that reveals the literal visual remanence of the “miracle of birth”.
Which Brings Me To This Opportunity
What makes this even sweeter — you see — is that Shana herself opened up this whole new world of fashion for me. A mom. Who wants to follow trends. Who feels better about herself when she tries a little harder than plain jammies or yoga pants. Who has learned to love, embrace, and find “creative solutions” for the post-pregnancy body types. Not only a yes to being a mom but also a yes to fashion, trends, home decor and beauty.
The Mom Edit — to me — is truly the definition of having it all.
My mom side believes in living for my kids. In putting their needs first. In pouring every last drop of myself and my love into them. My three kids are the very beat of my heart. But — and this is key for me….
There’s my girl side. That believes in feeling good as a mom both on the inside and the out. I’m a better mom when I look good. When I am confident. When I don’t feel all “dead mommy”. When my kids are dressed cute — I do realize this probably sounds shallow. When my home can still look passably cool even though it’s a total mess. It just gives me a little more energy, confidence, and pride in myself and my little family. It’s the quiet whisper of,
“Girl, you’ve got this”
So let’s do this together. Let’s share tips and tricks that make this crazy world a little more mom friendly. Especially in fashion, in beauty, and in your home. I may not be your style. But I hope that with anything I post, you at least walk away with that same feeling I get when I am inspired — Girl, you’ve got this.
Ok, I’ll Wrap With My Setup
I am OE. My real name is Anna Marie but my brother couldn’t say that when we were little and he called me Anna “ohweee” and it just stuck. So yeah… OE. I am a mom to three kids. Brooks is 6 this month, Lucas is 4, and Roman (my girl!) is 2. They are awesome in that perfect combination of so-rad and constantly-falling-apart. Most days we’re a hot mess. It’s not uncommon for me to clean up breakfast dishes late at night. But we have fun. A lot of fun.
I am a mountain chick from Denver and my fashion pretty much lines up with that. Casual. Wearable. With lots of added elements of interest. I am not a size 2 — not even close. But for some reason I always gravitate to style for the lucky people who are. So I’m full of “hacks” for making trends and styles work. Some of the time it’s just shopping smarter. Some of it can be a little DIY to correct proportions. But mostly it’s camouflage. And kids fashion is no different. I’m all about dressing kids in that perfect mix of what I want them to wear and what makes them feel confident to take on this big world.
Again, I am absurdly excited. I’ll do my absolute best to try and live up to the other incredible contributors here.
Introduce yourself in the comments! I would love to get to know you!
Warning: almost all Madewell — promise more originality to come
Belt: The belt I am wearing is my husband’s because I like big thick belts, but this Free People Women’s Desert Leather Belt is def my next purchase, similar in size, and is actually targeted towards women, so that’s cool.
The Bag: Unfortunately, this bag isn’t online anywhere that I can find. But, it’s by an amazing little company called Nell & Mary and the Matchstick Carryall Tote Bag is quite similar and damn cool
Well, another week of Everyday Style has come and gone and ya’ll, you rock. Watching the #myeverydayedit s pop-up on instagram made my days. Thank YOU, all of you, for joining us on this. *loud cheering*
So. Here’s a round-up of my own dailies from this past week.
I got Puked on Last Night (like a lot)
How was I not in my pjs then? It’s like this. I was in pjs and sweats the entire week before (because of the bug that hit me first. the jerk). I was OVER feeling and looking like a homeless person, so…I got dressed. It helped that a sweet necklace showed up in the mail that day…and yes, yes I do tuck in my sweatshirts. I have to show off the high waist goodness of my favorite pair of wide leg jeans! Sometimes you just have to tuck. #tuckit #tuckitrealgood
necklace: long, pendant-style necklace (rocks box). Can’t find it online…booo, but this Tildon 3-in-1 Art Deco necklace is a charmer. Gorgeous. It may look like a bit too much, but there’s a trick to wearing a necklace like this…wear something super simple (like a basic sweatshirt or tee) and ta-da.
I still can’t decide if this tunic top (that looks like it morphed with a sweatshirt) is actually cute…or just ehh. Either way, who cares. I dig some frump-tastic. I added socks under my Edelmans to lengthen the look (because I need to look taller – ha).
top: hooded tunic top, found at TJMaxx…so can’t find it online. This Free People (I know, FP again. I can’t help it) Swing Tunic is a good one for a cozy day when you don’t feel like getting dressed, but want to look dressed.
booties: Sam Edelman, Nordy Rack find. AGAIN, (I’m starting to sound like a broken record here) booties are rockin’…as are the Jodie bootie, which I’m not convinced would look good with the above, but are worth mentioning, because…they are b-e-a-utiful.
Comfy before Chic…or both. Hoozah!
Is it possible? Oh ho ho ho. It is. I have kind of perfected the look, dare I say? I can’t handle too many bells and whistles on a daily basis, so what I do is go 99% comfortable with a small 1% dash of cool. It works. It really, really does. For this outfit, all I did was not try at all on top and then add loafers. I mean, loafers. It’s what you notice though, amiright?
(I was getting a kink out of my neck, apparantely)
cardigan: TJmaxx find. Similar style here…and it’s so cute.
jeans: Citizens of Humanity, hacked by moi into cropped jeans. There’s a slew of the same type of style out there and I just so happened to find these Current/Elliots
loafers: Crown Vintage loafers…and I looked everywhere for these, because they are the best. Couldn’t find. So sad. However, Jack Rogers makes a mean loafer.
The Day I Finally Got out of The House (and celebrated by wearing my new favorite thing)
A kimono. For the love of all things good and holy, do yourself a favor and treat yoself to a kimono. It is just such a cool and easy thing to add to an outfit. Actually, it makes the outfit. Spring will be full of shorts, tees, sandals and this very kimono…and it shall be glorious.
kimono: another TJMaxx find (I went cray one evening on a shopping trip with myself). FP (duh) has a bajillion, including this tribal kimono.
belt: braided w/ leather bits, found at Goodwill years ago. Target has some cute options!
booties: Seychelles Scoundrel booties. This particular color is sold out, but this pair is very similar.
Red Lip (because FRIDAY)
Man, I felt good when I woke up this past Friday. The sickness was gone, baby gone. I may have danced in the kitchen…and I definitely slapped on a red lip. We were getting out of the house…to go to Target, but going out nonetheless. ::whoop! whoop!:: Also, chucks. My chucks always come out to party.
Ummm and gals, it’s time to share some of your day-to-day ensembles, because (again) ya’ll rock and kind of took over #myeverydayedit and made it into something these past couple of weeks. Seriously. I feel like I’m getting to know all of you through this and I love it. The Mom Edit readers are the best of the best. I am certain of that now.
Leggings tucked into ballet flats on @monicarenee144 ? Yes. Sneakers with a tribal print on @candio82 . Yes! The sweetest color of a ball cap with even sweeter shoes on @tysieright . Yes. High-waisted jeans with a tucked (#tuckit #tuckitrealgood) tee on @therer5. So much yes. Keep. it. coming.
Head on over to Instagram, share your own outfits with hashtag #myeverydayedit and see all of our dailies throughout the week by following @shanachristine , @scottiliz and @camilledipaola. Have you ever wanted to catch any of us on an “off” day? Now is your big chance. Haha.
Oh, and yo…we have a new contributor coming to TME this week. Prepare…to be…blown away by the awesome.