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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March 5, 2017

Hot Eats & Cool Shops in Portland, Maine

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 Portland Trading Company

A few weeks ago the hubs and I escaped for our first weekend away since kids. Hallelujah! We spent a day exploring Portland, Maine – or as I like to call it, Brooklyn North. There are some seriously cool shops and amazing restaurants packed into this little city, not to mention the quaint cobblestone side streets (incredibly slippery in winter, FYI) and stunning views of Casco Bay. I kept thinking how much the kids would love to visit even though we were supposed to be off-duty! It’s such a unique place. The wharfs in the old, still-working port are fascinating, and there’s a strong arts culture that has fun events year round. For older kids and adults, there’s an incredible music sceneLake Street Dive was in town that weekend for a sold-out show. I was admittedly surprised at how much the city has going on and wished we had more time to explore. Note – it’s not a definitive city guide, just our picks from shops and food we found when wandering around. Think mashed potato donuts (oh, yes), a gorgeous kid’s boutique, Scandinavian heaven and lots more. Let’s go!

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March 4, 2017

Weekend 3/3

Pax had a tough night.  He was up at 2AM crying, with a runny nose, a suuuuper sore throat, and achy ears.  So color me surprised when I woke up this morning to find his big blue eyes staring at me, his freckled nose inches from my own, a big smile on his face.   He was cradling my face with both hands. “I can’t feel my face when I’m with you…” he crooned.

OMG.  Take notes, Mike.  I’d like to be woken up exactly like this every. day.  (Plus coffee.)

Shop

Shopping for swim??  An early look at our 2017 Swim Guide is available now…(with more to come!)

Shopbop’s huge sale ends Sunday.  We rounded up a bunch of our favorite pieces from the sale, here.  And then most of the tops I chose sold out.  Boo.  So I updated my section with new finds (many of which I ordered – selfies are posted to IG, @shanachristine).

Guess what’s (FINALLY) back in stock??  The Colleen Rothschild miracle cleanser that’s got us all addicted. 20% off with code BEST20!

Show those pearly whites.  Gwen just bought Keeko Oil Pulling Sachets  – a 14 day supply. What are our thoughts about this? Supposedly there are a ton of great benefits to oil pulling (including a whiter smile). Would anyone be interested in a review?

Also, this…

Do you like us like this?  The TME team has started recording videos at our weekly meetings to discuss new trends, cool beauty tricks, and, eventually, reader questions.  We’re calling these segments “Nap Chats” because we’re all trying to squeeze them in during naptime.  In our first segment we talk about clogs – you can watch it here.  Are there any questions you’d like us to address in an upcoming segment?  We’re open to any topics.  (And we’re also playing around with format – would Facebook live be better?  Then you can ask questions in real time…..?) Let us know your thoughts!

Wanna walk the runway?  If Dolce & Gabbana’s latest show is any indication, perhaps you can.  Slow clap, you guys.  MORE OF THIS.  (Thanks for the head’s up, A! xo)

See Jane describe feminism.  In Net-a-Porter’s recent interview with Jane Fonda, I don’t know what’s more badass….Jane rocking the heck out of a leather jacket (wrinkles and all), or the discussion about how “people pleasing” is a disease.  BAM.

One more reason DACA matters.  This Berkely student grew up in the US, and only found out he was undocumented when it was time to apply to college.  Reading his story – written in his own words – is truly eye-opening.

Cue the tears.  Scotti sent over this video of a baby hearing for the first time….and it’s EVERYTHING.

 

Happy weekend!
xo,
S

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March 2, 2017

Good American Jeans

I am literally always on the hunt for jeans for girls with big butts and smaller waists (#curvygirlproblems).  I can never find jeans that fit without squeezing my butt flat or gaping at the waist so when I heard about Good American, Khloe Kardashian’s new(ish) line of denim, I had high hopes . . . and I wasn’t disappointed.

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March 1, 2017

My New Favorite Swimsuit: The High-Neck

Going somewhere warm for Spring Break? We will be heading to the Oregon Coast, so I will not be sporting a swimsuit this time. Brrrr. But, we recently spent a week in South Florida with my parents and I discovered my new favorite swimsuit style – the high neck suit.

Why is this my new favorite style, you might ask? Because I don’t like to worry about pulling a Janet Jackson while picking up shells or playing with Sienna on the beach. I know, I’m not a risk taker. I’m ok with that.

But seriously, this is a great style for mamas as the girls stay nicely in place. The halter neck also gives them a little lift, which I’ll be the first to admit mine definitely need.

@krembdelakremb was sporting a high-neck style last year in one of her IG posts and it intrigued me. I bought this top above at the end of the summer wanting to try it out. I finally did and I LOVE it. (Sadly, my exact top is no where to be found, but this one is super similar).

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite bikinis, tanks and one-pieces all with high-necks below, just in time for Spring Break…

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March 1, 2017

Bomber Jackets. An Easy, Statement-Making Transitional Piece

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The weather has been wacked out here. 60s/70’s, when it’s supposed to be…cold. It’s been weird, ya’ll. Not that I’m complaining too much about it (ha…ha. Sorry those of you that are still getting snow and are feeling rather bitter about it by now), but it does mean that I’ve kinda broken into Spring territory already. I am really hoping this isn’t some kind of sick joke being played on us and that March doesn’t freeze over… Don’t you do it, Carolinas. Don’t you dare.

On that note, BOMBER JACKETS. They are easily the best transitional piece you can own for that weird end of Winter – early Spring period. It’s easy to throw on with a tee and jeans and it looks cool, so YEH. It’s one of those winners we all like so much.

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February 28, 2017

The Spring Shoe + Bag Pairing I Love (it doesn’t quite match)

 

I’m always looking for unexpected-yet-foolproof color combinations (especially ones that fit into my preferred comfort zone of neutral), and this Spring I’m loving camel + blush.

One could wear them….together….on their body.  One could.   In fact, a blush silk blouse + camel trousers would be a refreshing way to update a work wardrobe.  But that’s a wee bit more color than this girl wears in February (hi Gray, have you met my best friend Black?), so let’s not go crazy here.  No need to LEAP out of our comfort zones – at least not until 2020.  (har har)

Anyway.

I am loving the camel + blush pairing for shoes and bags.  The combo goes well together, without being perfectly matched.   Personally, I really like it if the camel is nice and orangey and the blush is nice and cool, just for a strange sort of juxtaposition….but one that I’ll gladly bypass when I find a pair of heels that are three and one quarter inches of block heel high, making them both high and walkable.

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