January 11, 2017

AllSaints All Day Long: How I Style Mine

I just had a feeling you guys would like AllSaints just as much as I do. They do timeless wardrobe essentials with a modern twist. Plus, the quality and tailoring of their clothing is so SO good. I fell in love with the brand when they opened their first store in Chicago. At the time, I was still in college and had a difficult time parting with $10, so, the thought of purchasing something from them, even from the sales rack was laughable. Instead I walked around the store touching everything and whispering “someday my pretty, someday.”

Bummed you missed the sale? Never fret! Their sale is STILL going on. Select items are up to 50% off plus an additional 20% off of sale items at checkout using the code January.

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January 10, 2017

LOFT – My 5 Favorite Capsule Pieces

Closet cleaning and capsule wardrobes are always hot topics during the first of the year. I am horrible at official capsule wardrobes, but am starting to get better at getting the overall concept of them…buy go-to pieces that can be workhorses in your closet. Having a sense of your own style sure helps when choosing these pieces and though I don’t own a ton of LOFT pieces, I find myself lately being drawn to some of their stuff online. I decided to head over to their brick and mortar and give them another try in person.

What I found? Pairing some of my own tough-girl pieces with their more refined, workwear items creates a combo I am loving right now. I found 5 pieces that could create a solid start to a capsule wardrobe. Check it.

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January 9, 2017

My Favorite, Most-Worn Pieces

Fashion blogging is a very strange job.  From the curious glances (or outright stares) during photo shoots, to the arguments with your husband over f-stop settings (Amanda recently coined the term #spousetographer to the hilarity of the rest of the TME team), to bribing the kids to cooperate during photos (aka no eye or tongue gymnastics)….it’s a weird job.  Add in the wide range of reactions you get during small talk at parties (disbelief, eye rolling, some genuine interest) and the fact that much of your day is spent staring at photos of yourself in all your *cough*aging*cough* glory….it can be humbling, for sure.  Throw in a few mean-spirited comments now and then, some outfit fails, and the realization that your husband has started to cringe whenever you reach for your pineapple sweatpants (and you are always reaching for said Pineapple sweatpants because they are blogging sweatpants and the fact that you have ‘blogging sweatpants’ at all speaks volumes)….well.

It’s not always glamorous.  (HA.  It’s rarely glamorous.)

But there are some definite perks to the job.  The biggest one being that I genuinely LOVE it.  (You’d have to, really.  See above.)  I love figuring out what works, figuring out how to -easily- feel the most like myself, and then…figuring out how to break it down so others can feel the same.  And when I do?  When I get an email from a reader saying that I’ve helped them discover their own personal style, or helped them find themselves again after babies, or post-partum or nursing or miscarriages or – sometimes – cancer?  I’m totally over-the-moon.  The community aspect of blogging is the biggest perk of all.

But the other perk?  The smaller, but slightly more glamorous one?  CLOTHES.  As a blogger, I’m lucky enough to be gifted with free items from time-to-time, and part of my job is, quite frankly, shopping.  Since we’re so focused on pieces that go the distance, I’m most comfortable recommending pieces that I’ve actually tried.  Tried on, in some cases, and worn and washed and worn again in others.  I cut hems off jeans with wild abandon – making mistakes in the process – so we all can learn from it.  And since one of the goals of this blog is to save you time shopping, we all do our best to stay current.  It’s not very helpful if I keep gushing on and on about the fab DKNY parka I picked up at the Anniversary Sale two years ago.  Try eBay, Suckers!  MWAHHAHA!

It’s tempting, though.  Because there are a few pieces that have emerged over the years as my go-tos.  My closet workhorses.  These are the pieces you’re most likely to find me in, make-up free and flustered, picking up my kids from school.  The pieces I wear on Thursday night date night, when it’s just Mike and I curled up somewhere, the pieces I wear when hanging out with friends.

And since we’re focusing on three perfect outfits this year (the one above is one of them), I though I’d I’d highlight my favorites, my most-worn pieces.  The pieces you’ve probably seen me wearing time and again, the pieces you’ll definitely be seeing more of in the future.  The pieces that definitely factor into the creation of three perfect outfits.

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January 9, 2017

Gorgeous Tech Accessories & Office Supplies to Start the New Year Right

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Scale of 1-10, how painful was back to work this week? I’m having major “holiday hangover”, missing having the hubs home during the day and trying to get the kids’ sleep schedule back on track after a week of relaxed rules and way too much sugar. I’m in need of some major motivation and organization – especially since my home “office” is a desk two feet from our bed, and our room happens to be the most disorganized and cluttered room in the house! (Although I heard hygge is the new KonMari, I don’t think it applies here…) 2016 kind of kicked our collective butts, as Shana alluded to – but we are strong, resilient ladies and it’s time to get back to business. Nothing centers me like having a functional, organized clean-ish workspace and I want the things I see and use everyday to “spark joy”. I found some gorgeous tech accessories and stylish office supplies to help start the year on the right foot.

2017: let’s do this thing.

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January 7, 2017

Slouchy Turtleneck Sweaters & Pretty Shoes.

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The week after Christmas is rough. WINTER SLUMP, ANYONE? *lays head down on desk and silently sheds a tear* I had so much energy and creativity flowing before the holidays and now…nope.

So I was packing for our trip to MD a couple of weeks ago and I literally just started throwing shit into the suitcase, because I realized a) I didn’t have the time to plan out outfits and b) I had no ideas. At all. So shiz I threw…into the big ol’ communal family suitcase. I crossed my fingers that when we arrived, I’d realize that I had actually been super inspired and included stuff that could totally work together. Such a good plan.

Well, I kind of did…and I kind of didn’t.

I found that I had forgotten to pack enough clothes, so there was that. Also, I didn’t necessarily consider the weather up North. Hello, Cams. You aren’t in South Carolina anymore. I mean, I went as far as throwing a coat and pair of boots in the mix, but super warm socks? No. A hat? Nope. Gloves?? That’s a negative.

(…and to think, I used to be a well-seasoned Northerner. hmm.)

Anyways. All of that just to say, I guess sometimes ya just gotta throw stuff together and hope that it looks okay…especially when you’re fresh out of Winter outfit spunk (like moi). I ended up finding a now favorite outfit – one that I know I’ll be wearing at least a few more times before the Spring.

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January 6, 2017

Friday.

Raines’ birthday was yesterday.  He turned NINE.  We’re snuggling in bed and he looks over at me. “Mom, I’m getting older, you know.”

I do know this.  All too well.

“Sure, buddy.” I tell him.  He smirks.

“Pretty soon, Mom, instead of toys, I’m going to want clothes….and that stuff that makes you smell good for my birthday.”

Dear god:  he’s talking about cologne.

NOOOOOOOOO

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January 5, 2017

Scotti’s Perfect Everyday Outfit: Winter Edition

 

Well people, the snow is here.  You’ll probably be seeing me in a lot of boot/winter coat combinations in the next few weeks months, if I know Marquette.  Lately I’ve been wearing this outfit on repeat.   Ever since having Greenlea, I go from hot to cold and back again at the drop of a hat.  Layers are key.  A graphic t/oversized cardigan combo is perfect to throw on over jeans, leggings (and pj’s, if I’m being totally honest).  I’m always looking for t-shirts that drape well and aren’t too tight in the belly area . . . and if they say something funny (especially in sequins!) it’s a bonus!

In the spirit of Shana’s 2017 Style Resolutions, and finding “three perfect everyday outfits, per season,” I’d definitely call this look one of my go-to’s. Think simple, comfortable and a little unexpected (bar hopping optional…but encouraged):

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January 4, 2017

The Best of TME 2016

 

It’s been quite a year.  Data nerd that I am, I thought it might be fun to take a quick look back at 2016 and see what our most popular content was, as determined by pure numbers.  But I was also inspired by Anne from The Modern Mrs. Darcy – she did both the ’10 Most Popular Posts of 2016′  and her 11 Favorite Posts of 2016.

I totally get that.  Many of the articles I’m the most proud of are not necessarily the most popular in terms of sheer numbers, they’re just the most meaningful to me.  For example, The Comfort of Breasts, an article I wrote for Sapien Magazine last year is easily the writing highlight of my year.  It took some tears, some rewrites, and was one of the best emotional releases I’ve had surrounding my cancer to date.

So.  I asked each member of The Mom Edit team to choose their favorite article from the last year – the one that they had the most fun writing, the one they were the most proud of, and highlighted both our favorites…and each author’s top post.

Before we get started, our top post, over and above everything else was my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – What to Buy (#DressingRoomSelfies Edition).  You guys read this one, shared this one, and pinned this one like crazy.  Thank you thank you thank you.  It’s so appreciated (and I’ll be sure to do it again next year).

But old sale posts makes for a rather booring yearly roundup, so I removed these from the list.

The last note?  My old article, Ten Tips For Flying Alone With Kids is still holding strong, almost five years later.

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January 3, 2017

The 2017 Style Resolutions

 

I’m really struggling with style resolutions this year.  I’m feeling a little….bored with fashion, actually.  Can you believe it?  Or maybe just fed up.  Hemlines are swinging all over the place, waistlines are up, then down, then up again, Trump is about to be president – oops.  That just slipped out there.

So maybe I’m just fed up in general.

It would seem that now is a perfect time for a big ‘ol Fashion Distraction.  But frankly, there’s nothing out there that is really and truly new, nothing feels fresh.   Everything has a sort of Been There, Done That vibe to it.  And while there are plenty of bloggers out there talking about hope, and positivity, and fun florals for the upcoming Spring…

 

…this girl ain’t one of them.

But here’s the thing:  I’m totally OK with that.  This girl will get her groove back eventually (I always do), but until then, I’m turning inward, getting my shit together, and focusing on keeping it simple.

I know I’m not the only one in this fashion rut – on the TME slack channel, we could almost make a drinking game out of how many times we’ve used the word “simplify” lately.  Cam has given up on all but lipstick and her husband’s flannels (which admittedly isn’t bad – especially when you have the face of a model GOOD GOD CAM), and Laura’s been in leggings and UGGs for two weeks straight.  Scotti’s entire fam has been fighting pink eye (both eyes, peeps), and Amanda is strangely quiet (her sarcastic, witty slack messages usually SLAY).  Only Jess and Gwen seem to be trucking along, but then they’re the YOUNGEST so there’s that.

So.  Here are the style resolutions that reflect the end of 2016.  The style resolutions that we’ll be focusing on in the upcoming months, the only style resolutions I can imagine keeping in 2017.

Feel us?  Well, then don your all-black outfits [snort] and take the pledge:

I, Mama….

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December 29, 2016

Jess’ After Christmas Sales Edit

Wanna know what’s a terrible idea? Going OUT to do your after Christmas sale shopping.

I mean, isn’t this the whole reason Al Gore invented the internet? So we didn’t have to put pants on or make eye contact with other humans whilst we shop?

An even worse idea is going out shopping on one of the busiest days of the year, on one of the most crowded locations in the country, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

So naturally, that’s exactly what I decided to do during our quick trip to my beloved home city of Chicago. I blame this momentary lapse of judgement on Sofitel hotel’s perfect location and its proximity to everything good. Thankfully, I came to my senses REAL quick though, I didn’t make it through the second set of doors to HM before tuning around and running for my life.

But that’s the reason I’m here. so you can learn from my mistakes. Now, take those pants back off, refill your mug and simply scroll.

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