September 11, 2014

Pax’s NYFW…”Debut” (we’ll go with that)

Soooo…what do you do when you have a seriously fun NYFW brunch scheduled, when your train tickets are bought, but your nanny situation falls through?


Perhaps you can guess what I did.  Snort.

BURU Brunch


I was invited to the #burubrunch, a brunch hosted by my favorite store for post-partum, nursing mamas, Shop Buru.  It was an event to bring together a few fashion-minded mamas and, uh, have a drink at 1PM.  What’s not to love?

BURU Brunch



I ended up just bringing Pax along.  I figured that in a roomful of new mamas, empathy and understanding would be the norm.  In fact, everyone congratulated me on Pax’s “perfect” behavior (nothing short of miraculous).

BURU Brunch


I swear, dire times, drastic measures, you know?  (AKA….yay for ipods)

“Oh no!  The movie ended?  Let’s see if there’s another one….”  [please God please God please God let there be another one]

BURU Brunch

(wearing:  shirt – size S, similar skirt or a longer version, sunnies)



But it all worked out.   Pax hung in there long enough so I could have a really nice chat, and he got through a couple of movies and ate about 45 of these things.

BURU Brunch



The party was co-hosted by Bugaboo, and we were able to preview their newest Bee (the lighter weight Bugaboo).  It’s…fantastic.  I love everything Bugaboo does (I’m still using my old Bugaboo frog almost daily…unless attempting the NY subway alone with a three-year-old, then I need the lightweight umbrella stroller)….but if I were about to get back into the newborn & diapers game, I’d take another look at the Bee 3.  The one I saw even had a bassinet attachment.  Cool stuff.

BURU Brunch


This, by the way, is Morgan, a total doll and the woman behind Shop Buru.  (And that fabulous outfit I *believe* will be available soon?  Morgan?  Is that right?)

Also, Morgan’s mom (pictured with her adorable granddaughter).  She was amazing, and such a big help with Pax.  (Thank you!!!)

BURU Brunch


Aren’t moms the best?


No one will be surprised to hear that I wore flats.  WANH WANH WANH  Like I’ve mentioned before, one of these days I’ll peacock NYFW hard.  But this time….I had a date with a three year old and a blue whale.  So….flats.

BURU Brunch



I’m pictured here with Hunter Bell, the talented lady behind these fabulous jumpsuits, and Lindsey Belle, who – I’m now convinced –  may be one of the best family photographers in NYC.  Seriously – go look at her stuff.  Mind. Blown.

Lindsey, in a show of support, was wearing head-to-toe Buru and I’m totally obsessed with the whole outfit.  I was actually going to do a mom street style shot of her, but was too busy chatting and switching out Pax’s movies.  (So thank you Hannah, for these pics!!)   Anyway, she’s wearing a Malene Birger shirt (backwards!! cause she’s cool like that – so great for nursing) and The Odells slouch pants (although, I think these on sale Rachel Pally’s or these elastic waist denim pants would also work.)  Yay for elastic waistbands!!

Morgan’s die-hard love of elastic waistbands is one of the (many) reasons I love Shop Buru.  (I mean seriously.  Almost her entire stock is elastic-waist-pant awesomeness).

Anyway, after almost two (TWO!!) hours, Pax was dunzo.  So we wheeled on out, visited the blue whale at the Natural History Museum, and then took the train home to meet Mike and Raines for dinner.  It was amazing having some alone time with this little guy.

BURU Brunch


What a champ.

By the way, Morgan sent us home with a little something fabulous.

BURU Brunch


Shop Buru has a gift set for new Mamas, called Hello, Baby.  The Hello, Baby Bags are filled with comfy leggings (these might get my nod for best-ever leggings), a Rachel Pally wrap top, a Cake lingerie seamless nursing bra (my fav for those early weeks), a nursing tank, and a bottle of baby-fresh spray by the Laundress.   I’ve seen a ton of new-mama gift sets, but this might be my favorite.  Not only did Morgan completely nail the my-nursing-boobs-are-sore-I-need-a-super-soft-bra solution….but the leggings and wrap top are all I want to wear.

So when Pax and I got home – late and exhausted – and I realized that my goody bag contained EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO WEAR ALL DAY EVERYDAY…well.  It. Was. Snuggletime.




Thanks, Morgan, you Sweetpea.  You made my night.  (And the night after that.  And the night after–)




ps.  Thank you SO much for your feedback on Feedly (grrr) and other RSS readers.  Not sure yet what’s going on with the feed, but we’re working to get to the bottom of things.  I seriously appreciate the head’s up.

Also, stay tuned tomorrow, because I’m doing the biggest giveaway I’ve EVER done….and I couldn’t be more excited to hear what you guys think.  xo!






September 9, 2014

My Fall Uniform (And HEY – it’s perfect for nursing) – Sponsored Post




When I was little, I remember giving my mom a hard time about dresses.  While my sister was ever-so-carefully cutting out images from Bride magazine, I was a jeans-only kind of kid.  Jeans only with my blue sneakers and my skinned knees and my freckles and my too big teeth.

I’m still that way.  Not so much with the skinned knees anymore (I’m a terrible ‘fraidy cat on the skateboard) but the freckles and the denim and the sneakers and – yes – the really big teeth.  That’s me, I guess.











Nordstrom asked me to take a look at their newly-expanded t.b.d. department.  Holy WOW – it now reads as roll call for all of my favorite, most-worn designers.

Rag and Bone?  Yup.

James Perse?  Yup.

Free People?  Oh, yeah.

It’s a darn-near-perfect starting point for anyone looking to nail the concept of casual, effortless style.  The kind of style you really can wear all day.












blazer: Chelsea 28 blazer (in sweatshirt material) – sold out but Soft Joie makes a cool sweatshirt blazer (be sure to size down)

shirt: Free People Game Time Linen and Cotton Henley (I’m wearing a small, but could easily have sized down)

bra: Cosabella  (there’s also a stunning nursing version)

jeans: Rag and Bone (old) – I also love the Rag and Bone Skinnies with Crochet Lace distressing (but you can’t go wrong with any rag and bone, really)

shoes: Superga Cotu sneakers

bag: Kate Spade Henry Duffle (old) – but check out Milly’s 2-in-1 Sienna tote.  The shape is similar, but it has a cool pop of red…that zips out into a clutch for evenings.  Seriously.

accessories: Mike’s watch and my own necklaces….I love Nixon’s The Chronicle watch (you could always buy it for hubs then steal it), and this starburst necklace takes my breath away.  I’d layer it with this necklace.


And because The Shopping Enabler hates to disappoint….here are a few other standout pieces from the collection:




All photography by the insanely talented Vafa-Coffman Photography.  Love you guys. 

And a  huge thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!!  As always, all thoughts, opinions, product choices, recommendations and random musings on freckles and teeth are my own. 

September 8, 2014

Fall Must-Have #1: A Seriously Cool Hat

I’ve been working on another round-up, a list of must-have pieces for Fall.  One of the items high on that list is a cool hat.  After the past year, I have a newfound love & respect for hats, and have appreciated how they can take any outfit up a notch (even when bald, right??).

But I found, after going through so many different hats last year, that the good ones sell quickly.  Most of my favs, by the time I blogged about them, were long gone.  ANNOYING.  So I know it’s early in the season buuuut….let’s talk hats.  So I don’t have to my told you so dance later.  (As you might imagine, Mike loves my ‘told you so’ dance.  I’ve been workin’ on it for years.)

Baseball Hats

Brimmed Hats






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September 7, 2014

That Time I Wore My Mom’s Dress To New York Fashion Week (#NYFW)




It’s so nerve-wracking getting dressed for Fashion Week events.  I always make a bigger deal out of it than is necessary, and in the end always wear something comfortable.  Especially when Mike comes along – we try to make a day-date out of the whole thing.   So this time, with temps in the 90’s and threats of rain…I wore my mom’s dress (and wedges that I later regretted).

Anyway, we had a blast.  We also spent way too much time in the subway (at this point, I’m convinced that the “C Train” is purely mythological and am pretty sure that the world’s energy crisis could be solved by studying the New York subway stations’ ability to retain heat)  but New York never disappoints.






Fashion Week nerds are easy to spot.  Just look for outfits with a healthy dose of crazy.  I’m not gonna lie:  I love a healthy dose of crazy and am currently hunting down that….fluffy?  fringy? shirt below.  Giant white trousers that don’t cost $1000 have been on my list for years now…BUT STILL NO LUCK.





Mike indulges me with this whole fashion blogger thing, but we both genuinely  love RewardStyle parties.  I have very few pics because we were too busy gabbing.  And eating fashion food.  (Think: small)







Of course I had to take Mike over to Lincoln Center to see Carnival I mean Fashion Week.  It’s a trip.







My friend Brent recently pointed out that NYFW crowds are growing – more photographers, more bloggers, more style stars, more onlookers.  As a result, photogs are relying on their big-gun zoom lenses to get the shot.  Otherwise, too many people are in the way.  I think Brent’s right.  The vibe outside of the Lincoln Center felt a little more…forced than it did a couple of years ago.  Mike called it “peacocking”.   He’s dead on.


To be fair, it was also a million degrees outside with loads of humidity.  Which may have contributed to the “forced” feeling.  In my case, as you may know, this sort of weather is perfect for short, curly hair.  [fist pump]



Snort.  Which reminds me….I need to pick up another baseball hat.  Or twelve.


Anyway, after all of this, we grabbed seriously good Thai at Room Service (Mary, you babe, thanks for the recommendation!!), walked around Chelsea in the cool night air, and smooched a little bit.  Feeling refreshed, relaxed, and happy, we went down to the subway.




I mean seriously WTF New York.  I thought I was going to pass out.  It was like Death Valley with 300% humidity.




So of course Mike took pictures of my boobs.



Aren’t they pretty?  You’d never know I’m still missing a nipple.  Gotta get that thing tattooed on soon.  (Hi New Readers!  Don’t be scared – it’s just breast cancer humor…ha,ha…ha.  And you guys – at this exact time last year I was about to start chemo.  Sofreakingcrazy.)


But you know my favorite thing about Fashion Week?  My most favorite thing?  Is how – each time – I leave feeling totally inspired by all of those bat-sh*t-crazy outfits.  I KNOW.  But the thing is….those Peacocks (as Mike would call them) – they’re expressing themselves in a harmless (and fun) way, exuding confidence, taking a break from the norm.   And because the Peacocks exist, the rest of us, at least during Fashion Week, Get. Dressed.  In a major way.  So instead of grabbing any ol’ pretty dress, I worked a little harder….and ended up in my mom’s stunning vintage dress.  Something I don’t wear nearly often enough.  And I felt gorgeous, darling.  Glamorous, even.

One of these years I may go for it.  Find something unique and crazy-fabulous and dress totally up like the Peacocks. Maybe.  Or maybe I’ll just start wearing more dramatic pieces on the regular.  There is something to be said for a stunning maxi dress.


Thanks, Mom.  Love you to pieces.



dress:  my Mom’s (see below for a few others I love)

shoes: Nine West wedges – similar Plomo wedges currently 60% off

accessories:  Kate Spade Henry duffle – sold out, but the Kate Spade Charles Street Kenton is similar, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Target hat but am really crushing on this seriously chic hat by Kate Spade or this pom-pom baseball hat by Echo, Bauble Bar Arrow necklace, and my mom’s bracelet (that she bartered for in an Ethiopian bazaar while in the Peace Corp when Haile Selassie was overthrown and a military coup happened.  True story – my mom’s a badass.)





In honor of Fashion Week, here are a few dramatic maxi dresses that you could work into your real life.










September 4, 2014

Birkenstocks And Socks. (You Had To Know This Was Coming)



It seems inconceivable, as I spent the last few hours today sweating around NY in a miniskirt, that only two weeks ago I was wearing thick wool sweaters.  That is the way of Michigan summers, I suppose.  As a teen growing up in Marquette, MI, summers meant new bikinis and a new J.Crew cotton rollneck sweater.  Remember those?  [snort]

But because I’m a 90’s girl, summer also meant Birkenstocks.  So cool with that rollneck sweater!  And fall?  Well.  Fall meant Birkenstocks WITH SOCKS.



I loved it then, I love it now.  Naysayers, say what you nay!  I’m unabashedly, unapologetically, unashamedly going to rock Birks with socks.





I had to work through a few things, though.  Here’s what I learned:

1.  The newer Birkenstocks that say “soft footbed” are MUCH more comfortable than the Birks of yesteryear *cough*90’s*cough*.  No break-in period required.  And that birko-flor stuff is crazy soft, as is the suede.  As much as I wanted to be all die-hard CLASSIC LEATHER BIRKS OR BUST….those were the pairs I returned.

2.  For wearing birks + socks with skinny jeans, the socks matter.  Trying to get the right level of scrunched at the top of the sock was driving me nuts until I found these socks from Free People.  The little crochet hem saves it.  (Of course, one doesn’t need to worry about scrunching socks if wearing Birks old-school: straight-leg jeans with ripped hems, Wigwam socks.  #ohyesIwill #withachoker)




sweater:  Marc Jacobs James Sweater, on sale!! at Nordstrom

jeans: Rag and Bone (old)…but the similar Rag and Bone Stretch Skinny Jean in seaside wash is on sale for $118

shoes: Birkenstocks Arizona Soft Footbed in Golden Brown Birko-Flor

socks: Free People Short Highland Boot Sock  (If you don’t want to pay shipping for just a pair of socks….I strongly suggest this sweater.  It is everything.  Or hey – Nordstrom has similar socks in a longer length.)

lipstick: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Coy


All of these pictures were taken not far from my parent’s lake house (“camp”).  Didn’t I grow up in a gorgeous place?  #blessed #justkidding

I have such a love-hate relationship with #hashtags.


Anyway, happy Friday!!  Mike and I are headed up to NY for the Reward Style party on Saturday….anyone else going?  It’s always a good time, and Mike’s bringing the camera, so hopefully we can find some good #nyfw inspo….we will see.