June 22, 2015

Graphic Tees: The Quick Update For Your Kid’s Summer Wardrobe!

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Hey Mommas!

Once again, I’m using this writing gig to do some shopping in the good ol’ name of “research”. And today, I am tackling graphic tees because well…It’s summer and my kids practically live in them from about May to October regardless of what they’re rockin’ on the lower half. Be it their gym shorts, their swimsuits, princess dresses, or even nothing at all (sadly frequent) a tee is bound to be the one constant. And, it just so happens we’re in desperate need of upgrading our current go-to’s!

Of course, our closets are already packed to the brim with your standard childhood must-haves of whoever the current hot characters are. We own it all. Elsa, Rapunzel, Captain America, Batman with a cape, and more Mario shirts than I care to admit to. But, sometimes I like to style these kid’s up a notch and am obsessed with some of these brands that are out there making truly unique and fashion forward kids clothes. Plus, these kids just look next level when they’re in some rad tee that has adults around them thinking, “does that come in my size?”. And, as a common courtesy to society, when my tornado storms into a Noodles & Co and performs everything from crying meltdowns to full on songs at the dinner table I like to think they might hate us a little less if we’re all pretty darn cute. Graphic tee’s are the quick / minimal momma effort way to accomplish said cuteness. Kids are happy. Momma’s happy.

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So here’s my technique that makes it a family affair…

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June 21, 2015

#myeverydayedit

 

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Why I didn’t make it big modeling…I’ll never know.

Anyyyyyyways, here we are with another #myeverydayedit. ::whoop! whoop!::

It is hothothot here now. There isn’t  a day that it’s lower than 90 degrees. HOT. That said, it’s all shorts, tees and tanks for moi (mostly). Bye bye anything long…adios until Fall.

So. Let’s do this Summer edit thang!

Printed Shorts For the Win

These shorts have a matching top, but I was feeling the tee…or…it was all that was clean. So. Yeh.

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wearing

t-shirt: Everlane Cotton V (wearing size S)

shorts: Whitney Eve Banana leaf Shorts, sold out. However, any of these printed shorts are pretty frikkin’ sweet.

sandals: Sam Edelman Eavan gladiator sandals, sold out in the color I am wearing.

Oh, I Shook It Off (ya damn right, I did)

This was the day I went to the Taylor Swift 1989 Concert (or one of the best days of my life, let’s call it- haha). SERIOUSLY. I felt like a mom and me and the bestest were definitely the only ones seriously shaking it off in our section, but we had the time of our lives. I wish I had taken a picture of my outfit from that night, but forgot. Darn!

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wearing

tank: Trouve strappy high/low tank – simple tank with the coolest straps. It’s on sale right now, btw.

shorts: Madewell Boyshorts – great shorts to throw on and go (on sale right now, too!)

shoes: Converse Chuck Taylors – me faves, of course

When Your Children Are Having Total Breakdowns

…this face…

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wearing

top: Whitney Eve Banana Top, sold-out. Boooo. Her Grass Palm Dress is still available (and on sale).

shorts: Whitney Eve Banana Shorts, sold-out. Booooooo. Again, check-out these printed shorts if you’re now looking for some.

sandals: Jack Rogers Sandal

sunglasses: BP. Inspo Facto sunglasses

Monday, I raised you one

with STRIPES and these shoes. I won.

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top: Amour Verte ‘Frankie’ Stripe Pocket Tank – has quickly become one of my Summer staples…even though it is a bit more than I’d usually spend on a top. I say it’s worth it with how comfortable and awesome it is.

shorts: Gap linen shorts, old. Old Navy has a linen-blend pair of shorts (and they’re $18 right now)

shoes: Steven Vienna Leather Sandals – you may have noticed that I have worn these quite a bit now…as well as posted about them. They rock. The end.

A Casual Date Night

We went out to a steakhouse. Of course. I mean, what else? It is the south. Haha ;). I did wear jeans, but only because the scorching sun was down…and they are just plain cool.

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wearing

top: Nine West, old consignment find. This Caslon Linen-blend shirt is very similar.

jeans: BlankNYC Good Vibes  Distressed Skinny Jeans – the run about a size larger, in my opinion. I could have gone down a size. They also sell-out very quickly, but seem to re-stock them pretty frequently

clutch: Sole Society Averie Woven Clutch – always an easy pop of color…looks great with a tee and jeans/shorts!

sandals: Vince Camuto Hopper Flat Sandal – these surprisingly make my tall girl feet look smaller…win. They’re also just really cute and can be worn with pretty much anything

Hula Mula

We all just gotta hula mula, I think.

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wearing

top: Billabong Hula Time Crop Tee – so really not a real crop top, but it definitely works well with higher-waisted shorts

shorts: BDG Freja Vintage Fit shorts, thrift shop find. I did find these BDG Romgirl Shorts that have a higher waist.

shoes: Converse Chuck Taylors

Now, onto my favorite part…all of you and your #myeverydayedit hotness on Instagram.

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1. @therer5 – the stripes with white jeans. that necklace, too! so good.

2. @icadoo – layering goddess…and that long, tassel necklace!

3. @salutsailor – it may be her sweet tats, but it’s also the STRIPES with a simple white tank.

4. @tanreni – her easy, yet polished stripes with red and brown…also, that necklace!

You all rock.

…and I guess I’m on a stripes kick, if you can’t tell.

If you are thinking you’ve been missing out on a real partay now (which you have), head on over to the Instagramzz and find us all (@shanachristine, @camilledipaola, @girlmeetsbaby, @scottiliz) and hashtag your every day style with #myeverydayedit.

Cheers,

Cams

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June 20, 2015

Happy Father’s Day Weekend…

 

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What. A. Week.  We celebrated Mike’s birthday, school ended, and now we’re packing Raines up for a two-week SLEEPAWAY CAMP….on Father’s Day (sorry, Mike!).

Don’t freak out – Pax and I are going, too.  At least for the first week.  It turns out that good friends of ours run the whole thing, and when we first learned about their “summer job”, I think I said something gracious like, “Hell will freeze over before I send my kid to sleepaway camp.”

But because it’s me, the universe laughed and laughed and now I’m eating serious crow.  #storyofmylife

So. I’ll be gone all next week and will hopefully have lots of pictures and stories to share.  If I can find cell reception, I’ll post to Instagram (@shanachristine).  Be ready for a serious investigative report when I get back, “The Truth About Sleepaway Camp” or something equally dramatic.

Packing for this adventure has felt like a full-time job.  (Working mothers everywhere are snorting.)  But there are just so many lists!  And lists to be Googled!  And puzzle-like, everything must fit!

I’m exhausted.  Raines is packed.  Pax is packed.  I am….almost packed.  Which brings me to…..

Purchases I Desperately *Need* For Summer Camp

TEVAS.  Does it smell like teen spirit in here?  OH YES I THINK IT DOES.  Unlink my 90’s self, this time around I went with the thong style – SO much more comfortable, and, IMHO, cuter.  When I get back I’ll work on a post or two making these street-ready (not just trail-ready).

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I also needed a comfortable rain jacket/windbreaker, but didn’t want to take anything fancy.  So I’ve been searching and searching for something that wasn’t a North Face jacket…so of course I ended up buying a North Face jacket (see earlier comments about my universal karma).  But it’s wind and water resistant, and the inside is slightly brushed fleece (so it’s not scratchy or sticky like other rain jackets, making it comfortable to wear over a tank top) and….it’s actually pretty cool.  Manages to hit that city/outdoorsy vibe perfectly, without being too much in either direction.  So yeah.  Win.

Fun Weekend Links

Meagan and I did another podcast!  Episode 5 of The Style Hour is all about guy-style, in honor of Father’s Day.  To summarize: Disney Crocs?  NO MEAGAN, NO.

Still need a fun idea for Father’s Day?  Amanda is over on the World Market Blog, talking about a S’mores Tasting Party.  Yum.

I LOVED Refinery 29’s article on female skater style.  Think pretty dresses + sneaks + real chicks skateboarding.  Better than Vogue, that.

Popsugar had seven of their editors try on my personal favs, Madewell skinny overalls…and they looked good on EVERYONE.  See the full story here.  (I’ve been wearing mine with stripes and Tevas.  I’ll try to instagram something, if I get a sec – @shanachristine.)

Nickel & Suede, a jewelry company founded by fellow mama blogger Kilee (from One Little Momma) just celebrated their 1st birthday!  I haven’t been paying close enough attention (Kilee launched right in the middle of my chemo craziness and recovery) but I AM NOW.  In addition to super light-weight earrings, they have a line of leather cuffs that are TO DIE FOR (I’m obsessed with this one and this one).  Congrats, Kilee!

Camp Patton just had her…fifth? twelfth? baby…and wins the prize for best boy’s name ever:  BOSCO IGNATIOUS.  [fist pump]

LASTLY….

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Taylor Swift is seen in Hollywood on June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 16: Taylor Swift is seen in Hollywood on June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

 

Look familiar?  MWAH HA HA HA….

Huge thanks to all of you who gleefully wrote in to make sure #harnesslife2015 didn’t go unnoticed over here.  Just like TSwift, I too, am always ready for a zip line/rock climbing.  OBVIOUSLY.

 

So that’s it, folks!  Hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day and a relaxing week.  I’ll be gone all next week, but I do have some posts at the ready, and the rest of The Mom Edit team have some exciting topics (no-foundation summer beauty tricks, affordable summer dresses, the coolest graphic tees for kids, just to name a few).

Enjoy!!  (And if anyone is going to be around Philly next weekend, be sure to check out the arrival of the world’s largest rubber duck.  It’s pretty cute.)

Wish me luck at SUMMER CAMP you guys.  SUMMER. CAMP.

xo!

S

 

 

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June 18, 2015

What To Wear This Weekend

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On the weekends I try to do a little bit more than the normal tee and jeans. I want to feel more styled and put together, because yehhhhh. Those of us who stay at home with kids know that weekends are very similar to…oh, mondaytuesdaywednesdaythursdayfriday. It’s weird like that.

I need that little bit of change on the weekends, even if it is just giving my outfit an upgrade. It has to happen…my sanity depends on it (as does my vanity;).

So. My usual way of achieving something different is simple:  I just switch out the tee for a more dressy top -whether that be a silky tank, sheer blouse or a button-up. I ditch the casual shoes for something a bit more…fun. It doesn’t have to be a heel, but it doesn’t hurt. I feel like I never get a chance to wear heels, so when I do I instantly feel better about my outfit.

Those two simple changes really do make a world of difference.

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June 17, 2015

Pregnant? The Only Four Outfits You’ll Need This Summer

I struggled BIG time with my last pregnancy when it came to keeping it stylish, or at least feeling good in what I was wearing. Unlike my first pregnancy, I felt awkward, larger and could not muster up any of that “glow”…not even for a second. I can’t remember wearing one maternity outfit that I absolutely loved…and it was a bummer. A. real. bummer. I may have cried a lot (maybe. definitely).

That is precisely why I wanted to take on this post and, while I did hyperventilate a bit here and there trying to get it together, it was worth it. Por qué, Cams? Well, of course, because I get to provide all of you with some killer maternity outfits (and I do know that many of you have been asking for awhile now), but also…because I now know that if I ever have to face a pregnancy wardrobe again, I will be better prepared this time around and walk into my closet full of gusto and confidence. No “glow” necessary.

At least, that’s the plan…

Beachside or Poolside

It’s all about easy, breezy and comfortable. Basically, a maxi.

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1. Maternity Night Lily Maxi Dress – I love this dress…and it comes in non-maternity as well, btw. It just looks extremely comfortable – perfect for slipping on and off at the beach or pool. I also found this ASOS maternity beach dress and Mama.licious Printed Maxi that are both very cool and very comfortable looking.

2. ASOS Maternity Swimsuit w/ Bow – this is one of the cutest maternity swimsuits I have seen.

3. Rayban Aviators – a pair of aviators is always a good idea. They always remind me of summer.

4. DV Ceyla Ankle Strap Espadrille – these are awesome. I don’t know that I’d wear them on the beach, but definitely on the boardwalk or anywhere off the sand. 

5. Straw Tote – just a great bag to stuff everything you need into – sunscreen, towel, water, book (not that I do that anymore. Read? With kids? On the beach? You crazy. haha).

6. Jack Rogers Thong Sandal (platinum) – I included these as well, because…well, I love a pair of JRs, but also…because they’re a great sandal to slip on and off on the beach and by the pool.

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June 16, 2015

Raybans With Pink Lenses, Midi Skirts, and A Running Outfit

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My love of all sunnies Ray-ban is glaringly apparent by now, especially the brights (my blue ones here, here, and even on Raines here…), so color me Not Shocked when Nordstrom asked me to take a look at Ray-ban’s latest:  pink lenses.

I LOVE them.  And yes, I did buy matching lipstick because accessorizing.

But here’s the thing:  in the summer, it’s hot.  Like sticky, sweaty, don’t-touch-me, hot.  I’m hot, the kids are hot, and even wearing a watch feels OPPRESSIVE.  Wrist sweat? Unacceptable!!  It’s times like this that a bright sunglass + lipstick combo really comes in handy.  Statement necklace?  Not so much.  Statement sunnies?  They’re practically a must-have…for eye health.  MY EYES, MIKE.  MY EYES.

(The shopping enabler stirs….)

 

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June 16, 2015

Reader Question – Modern Bunk Beds for Small Bedrooms

When we purchased our house we definitely made the choice to sacrifice smaller bedrooms for larger family spaces – we spend more time in the kitchen, playroom and living room than we do asleep (sadly much more time not asleep, thank you teething) so it seemed like a fair trade off. But as the girls are getting bigger, their rooms are feeling a bit squished – the house was built in the 1930s and typical of older homes, bedrooms (and closets, if you’re lucky enough to have one!) are teeny-tiny. Funny enough, the littlest people seem to own the most clothing and gear in the house, so we need furniture to do double and sometimes triple-duty in their rooms. Jennifer wrote in a while back with a similar issue,  wondering whether bunk beds with storage make the most sense for a shared kids’ room with no closet. Great question, and the answer is: bunk beds? YES.  With built-in storage?

it depends.  I’m excited to show you what I found!

 

Top Picks: Modern Bunk Beds for Sleepy Heads

I found some seriously awesome bunk beds that will look right at home in a modern kiddo’s room. Some of these are so gorgeous I kind of want to re-live the college days and bunk up again, wonder if hubby will go for that….

 

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June 15, 2015

So I Tried These: Lace-Up Knee-High Gladiator Sandals

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Ever since I saw OE’s post on summer sandals, I’ve been drooling over these gladiators by Aldo.  When I saw that they were under $100, my decision was made (“El Cheapo” strikes again).  As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always been a heels girl, but…times change.  And when the little one starts to get mobile (and she really, really wants to be mobile) . . . my high heels may not cut it.

But who cares about high heels when SHOES LIKE THESE EXIST?!?  (Baby Greenlea agrees.  Obviously.)
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June 14, 2015

Everyday Style (#myeverydayedit)

Hey there!  I’ve got a GoT season finale to get to, so let’s just jump right in to this week’s #myeverydayedit.  (You guys know the drill by now, right?)

Here’s what I’ve been wearing….

Floral Pants that Feel Like PJ’s

These floral pants quickly became one of my favorites shortly after I got them.  They feel like PJ’s but I can wear them outside of the house . . . yesssss.  I can even dress them up (like I did below) with some cute heels and bright lips.  LOVE comfortable style.

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Wearing:

Floral Pants: Similar from Missguided

T-shirt: Classic Crew

Sandals: Aldo 

Bralette: Nursing Bralette

June 14, 2015

LOFT Swim Review (We’ve Got #Dressingroomselfies and Reader Pics….)

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Hey gang!  After SWOONING over a few swimsuits at LOFT, I ordered a couple to try on.  Just to see if they lived up to the hype.  (At least the hype I created IN MY MIND.)  It took me a bit to get these pics taken (the whole nipple reconstruction thing put a damper on things for a week or two), but as I was waiting for my poor boobs to heal, reader pics started pouring in (thanks, you guys!!).

So here we go.

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