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.
So here’s my technique that makes it a family affair…
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!
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.
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).
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.
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]
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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.)
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.
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!!).