February 16, 2017

Are These Shoes Mules or Flats? (And Graphic Tees Always)

Motherhood is a balance between doing what’s good and doing what keeps everyone sane. Some days you’re right on time everywhere, everything falls in place, no one has a meltdown… and some days you’re just trying to make it until bedtime without completely losing it.

And while a pair of shoes isn’t going to do school pick-up for you or anything, a slip-on style might just save you a few seconds when you’re already running late (says #worldsokayestmom). Sole Society has some lovely, quality slip on flats that I checked out…while spoiling Sienna with Valentine’s Day donuts. And I have to say, I’m in love.

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February 15, 2017

Reader Style: Amelia

It’s reader style time! We were thrilled to get the following note from Amelia:

I’m an Australian mum who has very recently moved with my family to Singapore.  I’ve been an avid reader of the Mom Edit since we were posted to Calgary a few years ago and I was pregnant with my little boy.  Your blog is very often the only non-business reading I get to do anymore, what with working full time and having two little people.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for such a great blog.  Over the last two years my style has evolved as a direct result of your ideas.  As you can see, I’m still a bit conservative (the pearls!), but those J Brand cargos as the absolute best weekend pants.  You’ve also converted me to Free People, thus the top.  And floating around that plane seat somewhere is a lovely tan Rebecca Minkoff backpack holding various kid stuff.  (By the end of the flight I was unfortunately adorned in vomit. But I still looked good, darnit!)

My work style has changed too.  Still conservative, but I’m pushing myself to try things outside of my comfort zone.  (The best description of my work style previously comes from a member of my team who told me I dressed like a Qantas flight attendant!)
Anyway, thanks for all of your great articles.

Cheers,
Amelia

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February 14, 2017

Faves for In-Between Temps: Vests & Waterproof Boots

My mom wears vests alll the time . . . I see a vest, I think, “Oh Mom would love this!”  I never really even considered wearing them myself because they remind me so much of her (not in a bad way, Mom!).  But then one day we were at her house and it was bit too warm for the huge puffy coat I had left the house in, so I borrowed her J. Crew vest.  I actually kinda loved it!  They’re perfect for that in-between weather (obviously), but I especially like those in fashionable patterns and fun colors.  It’s another way to style a black turtleneck (something I’ve been doing a lot of lately, apparently).  Add some cool-looking waterproof booties (yes, they exist!) and you have a perfect outfit to take you into spring.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorites below.

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February 13, 2017

Travel Notes: Skiing With Kids, Breckenridge

 

Gang, we had an amazing time at Breckenridge over the holidays.  This was our second time going – we took the kids for Spring Break last year, too – and while there are a ton of different ski resorts to choose from…..we really, really love Breck.

There’s something so intense about a ski vacation – not only is everything so expensive (ski passes on top of plane tickets on top of rental cars), but much of your fun depends on weather, and god forbid anyone gets sick.  Especially if you are traveling to the Colorado Rockies, where the altitude is no joke.

So Breck hits the sweet spot for us.  It has the right mix of world class skiing, comfy places to stay close to the slopes, an apres-ski scene that’s also pretty kid-friendly, a charming downtown, fun activities off-slope, and……(and this is probably the biggest one for us)…..a seriously unique ski school experience for the kids.  This ski school, to quote Raines, is ‘EPIC’.

Here are the highlights from our trip…..

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February 13, 2017

Striped Shirt, 5 Ways At The Gap (#DressingRoomSelfies)

Here I am again with another #dressingroomselfies post, y’all. It’s like I enjoy torturing myself with bad lighting and small rooms or something, but…I do. I like it. Especially sans kiddo, I love trying on a bunch of pieces and sharing my thoughts about them. I know. I’m nuts. I think most of us over here on the TME team are. But in a good way.

This time Shana suggested I try styling one item 5 different ways and we went with a striped tee this time around. It was a good approach to shopping that you might try out sometime! It gets the creative juices flowing. So without further ado, here we go…

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February 11, 2017

Valentine’s Movie Night Ideas – Unromantic + Unfiltered

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In our annual tradition of non-romantic-movie themed Valentine’s date nights, I polled the Mom Edit team for their faves and whipped up some really fun ideas if you’re staying in this year. Because it’s February and no one wants to leave the house – hot popcorn & warm couch > fancy dinner & unsensible shoes.

Grab the remote and your bae: we’ll tell you what to watch, wear, drink and give for a low-key but awesome Tuesday night.

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February 10, 2017

Weekend 2/10

 

Anyone have special plans for the pre-Valentine weekend?  We’ll be doing our usual ski thing up at Blue Mountain.  I’ll bring a bottle of Cava to make it extra special, because nothing spells ROMANCE like one tiny hotel room, hubs, and….

…two young boys screaming about screen time. #winningatromance

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One of my friends, who happens to be an almost-insufferable Barney’s snob (HA!), has recently become addicted to LOFT.  She bought this sweatshirt, this other sweatshirt (swingy shape + cool tassel detail), and this fuzzy sweater (on sale). (“Lou and Gray?  Who are these guys?”  OMG.)

A few of you were asking about moto jackets for longer torsos…we recommend Express’ classic moto jacket (now on sale – thanks, Laura!), or try this one (comes in a bunch of colors), or this sweater -moto hybrid, or this pale pink one or even Madewell’s leather moto might work, since it’s longer in front than in back.  (Thanks, Amanda!)

Um.  This pretty collar necklace is on sale for under $20, and would be perfect with a simple tshirt.  By Rebecca Minkoff. HOLLA

I’m obsessed with Gwen’s Individual Wine Wipes.  She says, “I can vouch for these things – I’m always self conscious about my teeth + red wine (anyone else?) and these are the EASIEST to stash in all of my bags and wallets. Such a cool product.”  Ordering.  Now.

 

Also, This…

Anyone else looking for killer class-valentine ideas?  Like….the real, actually achievable, yet still worthy of points-for-creativity kind?  The unicorns of class valentines, if you will?   Liz from SayYesBlog blew my mind with 5 ideas from the dollar store.  Obviously she’s a genius.

Cam found a way to Make Valentine’s Day Special for a child in the hospital.  And it only takes a minute or two.

Laura found this guy who looks and dresses like his dog.  Instagram gold, I tell ya.

Amanda’s #kidgoals:


 

And if you’ve ever wondered what Disney Characters would look like in Real Life….Scotti found it.

Happy weekend!

xo,

S

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February 10, 2017

Simple Valentine DIYs

Hey there friends! I don’t talk crafts often here at TME, but I adore making cute, simple crafts as gifts…so, I thought I’d round up a few easy ones to share for Valentine’s Day. And, I have to be honest, I love how this turned out!

It was inspired by a couple of different images I saw online, plus a little what-can-I-do-last-minute inspiration from my own brain cells. I’m excited to send these to the grandparents!

Check out the steps below for a quick tutorial on this simple Valentine, plus some other awesome Valentine DIYs from some of my favorite blogs.

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February 9, 2017

Style Refresh: Moto Jackets & Statement Necklaces

I’m such a sucker for moto jackets . . .give me all the colors, all the cuts, all the unique embellishments of zippers and collars.  Love.  They’re the perfect finishing touch to throw on over a spring dress or destroyed denim when the weather gets a bit warmer.  For now?  They’re upping my turtleneck game.  LOL yes . . . I said turtleneck game.  Because winter.  It’s cold.  And I need a way to refresh the simple jeans and turtleneck look that I’ll be rocking for weeks to come.

This is the perfect go-to look for a date night outfit that won’t leave you freezing and is super easy to throw together.

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February 8, 2017

A Whimsical Boy/Girl-Friendly Kids Room

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I was pretty excited to tackle this room. I love a good design challenge and with it being a room for both my daughter and son, I knew that I’d get the chance to get creative. It couldn’t be ALL princess (which would have been totally fine with Mads) and it couldn’t be just one monstrous dinosaur, much to Anthony’s chagrin.

How could I mix girly with boy-ish elements and have it all be fun, pretty and whimsical all at the same time? 

While I would have loved doing an entire room over-haul with *new* everything, I had to reign myself in and go with just a few items that packed a punch and would give me the over-all look I was going for.

Well, six months later…

and I finally got it all together.

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