March 14, 2017

Choker Tops: Necklace and Top in One Easy Piece

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Friends. You most likely know by now I don’t accessorize a lot. I wear the same earrings most days, my wedding and engagement rings and sunglasses on a good day. Necklaces? Um, I have some that mostly spend their time in my closet. I’ve recently discovered a solution to my laziness or inability to choose the right necklace for the outfit…buy a top with the necklace built-in! Voila. Look at me, accessorizing. Does this count? I think so. Not only are these tops easy, but they’re just the right amount of sexy, too. Comfy and appropriate for a night out? My sweet spot. I found two tops that I love…check it.

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March 13, 2017

Kids’ Bookcase Organization – Before & After!

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As you can see above, my toddler’s book situation was a lil’ bit out of control. We live in an old house that has small bedrooms, and hers is not only the smallest but also filled with the most furniture. Crib, huge gliding rocking chair, and twin-sized bed – the old Ikea Expedit I’m using as her dresser is wedged into the closet. But reading is a big part of the bedtime routine, so as she began getting more into books (and squirrelling them all away in her room – toddlers are excellent hoarders) I needed a better organizing solution. The shoe rack/makeshift bookcase worked ok for a while, but lately had been a disaster area and way too small to contain much of anything.

Time for a new solution – a real bookcase with lots of space for storage bins, baskets, nightlights and of course, books. We did sacrifice the walking space between the crib and glider to fit one in, but it’s infinitely better. Ready for the big reveal?

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March 12, 2017

Styled, Three Ways: Free People’s Oversized, Floral Sweatshirt

 

A reader (Hi, Monica!) left a comment on a recent post, saying that she had bought this oversized, floral sweatshirt by Free People, but needed a little help styling it.

First of all, I can see why.  The slightly nuts print is everything.  It’s ‘florals for Spring’ done in a completely unfussy way, and I love it.

Anyway, Monica bought the black, so I did too, but I the blush color is also fantastic.  The blush will read a little more romantic, a little less eccentric.  The darker floral rocks that ‘grandma’s curtains’ vibe hard.

I’m totally digging that vibe.   Here’s how I styled mine….

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March 11, 2017

Sole Society & The Incredible Power of Us as Women

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Sole Society’s theme for this month is “The Power of Us” and how important strong women are in our society, homes & world…and it’s perfect timing. These past few months I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a woman, but also how my daughter, Maddie, sees me as a woman. What am I teaching her? – as a wife, mother, nurturer, creator & even blogger. Also, in how I treat other women. How I shape her view of what a woman is and what a woman can do for the world around her…that’s so very important to me.

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March 10, 2017

Weekend 3/10

 

Obviously we’ll be skiing this weekend.  I mean….it’s snowing.  And I’m pretty sure it’s the first – no wait – the second snow of the year.  If I can manage to get my shizz together, we may even leave tonight.

BWAH HA HA HA!

Good one, S. [wipes tears from eyes] My shizz will never, in fact, ever be described as “together”.

But we may still leave tonight.

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We’re kicking off Spring Denim Month!  Throughout the month, look for Dressing Room Selfie articles as we all attempt to find the lightwash denim of our dreams.  I’m still in the thick of “research” but these are the most comfortable pair of high-rise jeans I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying on.  High-rise denim meets pajamas.  True Story.

What to wear under racerback tops?  Check out this gorgeousness by ThirdLove.  More soon.

OMG THE TAUPE BOOTIES ARE BACK.  Remember my nude Lucky Brand boots from last year?  I just found them back in stock.  They’ve been rebranded as “Kamby” and the color I have is sesame.  These are still one of my all-time best purchases. (Also available at Amazon or Nordstrom.)

Patio Game Strong.  Crate and Barrel has 20% off all outdoor furniture this weekend.  All I want is that dark blue sofa.

LOFT has 40% off Spring styles….including one of my favorite sweater jackets and this freaking adorable tankini top.  Hunh.

 

ALSO, THIS

In honor of International Women’s Day last week, here are a few gems we loved:

#MOREWOMEN.  ElleUK edited the men out of photos of people of power and influence, showing exactly how few women are truly represented worldwide.  We are 37% of MBA graduates….but only 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs.  (Thanks for the find, Scotti!)

It’s 2:38PM, time to go home!  On International Women’s Day, Iceland announced that it would officially require gender pay equality.  The Icelandic women have been peacefully protesting since 1999 about under-representation…and, more recently, this past October, many women left their offices at 2:38PM each day (due to the gender pay gap, any hours worked after that were unpaid).  Well done, Iceland.

Three women-run businesses that I love:  Shop Buru, a online boutique that caters to the post-partum and nursing mamas….Tuxe Bodywear, created and owned by women (and a fervent supporter of ambitious women)…..and Colleen Rothschild, the beauty company whose cleansing balm I can’t live without.

Once upon a time…I just bought Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls for my two little guys. It’s a beautiful book about the real-life accomplishments of women throughout history – both ancient and modern.  Each write-up includes a portrait that was commissioned especially for the book, all done by women artists.  It’s almost an art piece, yet the writing is engaging.  Both of my boys love it – the stories are human stories (hardship, sacrifice, loss, perseverance) – and the fact that they are exclusively about women is, to them, no big surprise.  Why wouldn’t the stories be about women?  Raines did wonder about the title….he wanted to know why this book was only for girls – “I like these stories, too, Mom.”   I perhaps wish the authors had called it “Good Night Stories About Rebel Girls”…but it did prompt a discussion of women’s rights throughout history, so perhaps the more provocative title was a smart move.   In any case, whether you have little rebel girls or little rebel guys….this is a fantastic book.  (And will most likely become my go-to birthday gift for all of our friend’s kids.)

 

The best thing I read on International Women’s Day…..So often, in a missguided attempt at support, we still resort to labels.  Women are STRONG!!  Women are FEMININE!!  Women are INTUITIVE!!  I mean….ok, none of those things are bad, but labels, even good ones, are so limiting.  Sure, some women are strong (sometimes), some women are feminine (sometimes) and some women are  intuitive (sometimes)….but the ones that aren’t?  They’re no less womanly….they’re no less woman.  Which is why, on our IG account (@themomedit) we simply posted the quote by Coco Chanel:  “A woman should be two things:  exactly who and what she wants.”

Yes.

And then, later that day, I received this in an email from Lululemon, who managed to put into words alllll the things I was feeling.  In short, they nailed it.  I hope it speaks to you as much as it did to me.

For you,

If you feel strong, or fragile, or strong and fragile. If you sometimes laugh at your mistakes and sometimes cry at them. Whether you are loud, or quiet, or are sometimes loud and sometimes quiet. If you are a mother, not yet a mother, a stepmother, will never be a mother, or never want to be a mother. If some days you battle the feelings of being infinitely worthless, and some days you recognize your infinite worth. If you take a stand for what you believe in, or don’t know what to believe in. Whether you are full of love, or fear, or sometimes love and sometimes fear. If you feel most beautiful in high heels and dark lips surrounded by bright lights, or most beautiful with a naked face gazing up at bright stars. If some days you refuse to give up, and other days you have nothing left to give. Whether you feel lost, are searching, or have found yourself. If you take a step forward, or a step back, but no matter what, you keep stepping. 


Wherever you are, in all that you are, we honour you.


Namaste

 

Happy weekend.

xo,

S

 

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March 9, 2017

Reader Question: Commuter Bags

Tumi Voyageur Halle Nylon Backpack – Now 20% off at Nordstrom!

If you’re lucky enough to live your life sans work commute, we envy you. But for the majority, getting to work usually entails some level of travel and that’s why the perfect commuter bag is essential. Lucky for us, there are plenty of stylish options (even backpacks!) that can hold it all…and then some. Thanks to reader Jill for writing in and sparking our search on this one: hopefully there’s something below that works for you!

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March 8, 2017

The Maternity Sweatshirts You’ll Want to Wear Allll of the Time (Even if You Aren’t Pregnant)

I started wearing maternity tops loooong before I was pregnant (or even married, for that matter).  Because of my small shoulders/bigger butt issue like many of my pear-shaped ladies, finding longer tops was always an issue.  They were either too tight in the hips and/or too loose up top.  And then I discovered maternity tops.  I was perusing Target one day with no specific list in mind (as we all do, amiright??) looking at clothes that I thought were cute.  It wasn’t until I tried on the “tunic top” I had put in my cart that I realized it was actually maternity.  But . . . I mean . . . it was cut longer, a little more generously and looked perfect over leggings.  Who needed to know?

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March 7, 2017

Layering Gold: Ribbed Knit Turtlenecks

Any long-time reader can attest to the fact that I have a slight turtleneck dependency.  I spend pretty much alllll winter in cozy turtleneck sweaters, and I’ll even admit to wearing them on the beach.  Like this.  (In my defense, it was Spring.)  So when this ribbed turtleneck sweater popped up at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (two years ago!!), obviously, I snapped it up.

What I didn’t expect, however, is that this simple sweater would end up being a sort of sartorial glue – holding many an outfit together.  It basically acts as a chic baselayer for everyday winter outfits, and thanks to the thicker ribbing, I can wear it on it’s own.  The ribbing camouflages lumps and bumps nicely, allowing me to take layers on/off without fear.  I’ve always been a JCrew tissue turtleneck girl, but I’ve found that the ribbed knit is a decided upgrade.

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March 7, 2017

My New Skincare Routine: A Natural Approach with Damn Good Facewash

 

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I’ve never been too crunchy, unless you count going to Trader Joe’s for chia seeds to make smoothies with (which I did…maybe twice) or pinning natural cleaner DIYs…and not actually making them. That’s the extent of my “crunchiness”. Yeh. #hardcorecrunchy #totallylivingnaturally

Recently though, my skin has been bothering me. It has been breaking out into random red bumps, drying out and just looking…tired. I have tried every cleanser and moisturizer out there, but none have really wow-ed me or helped my face situation. Not to mention, some have dried my skin out or caused even more bumps to surface.

Damn Good Facewash caught my eye, a long ways back when my bestest, Kallah, tagged me in one of their giveaways…and immediately I was a fan, because of the packaging (I’m a sucker for pretty marketing). I then delved a bit more into what they are all about and started to think, “hmmm. Maybe I can get down with this whole natural thing”. I needed something different for my skin.

So. I had Kallah over (she was the one that introduced me to DGF in the first place, so it just made sense) and we tried out the products, all while keeping tabs on our scruffy little babes. It’s always a part-ay when we get together, with 6 kids between the two of us (thank goodness for the mute edit option ;)…

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March 6, 2017

Spring Palette Inspo: Taupe and Washed Blues

It’s no secret I love denim. Denim tops, bottoms, dresses…I even have chambray sheets. I should probably change my middle name. Do you know the term Canadian tuxedo? It’s like my style goal every day. #obsessed.

When packing up to head to the coast for a little birthday getaway, I saw my taupe sweater and a taupe blouse next to my Lou & Grey jeans (that I adore) and some inspiration struck: Taupe and washed blue are the new navy, camel and black. They’re like the spring update to my favorite fall color palette. So I, like the blue jean lover I am, rolled with it.

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