May 15, 2017

(Not So) Mellow Yellow: 2017 Spring Color Trend

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I’m looking at the gaggle of daffodils I planted in our yard last fall and noticing how vibrant the yellow looks on gray spring days. It’s definitely not a color that shies away from the spotlight! Even though dark neutrals are my comfort zone, I can’t help falling in love with all the lemon, mustard, and butter shades popping up in my favorite stores. Check out the happiest new yellow finds I rounded up for wearing and decorating…

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May 15, 2017

Proportion Play: Mini Dresses + Cropped Jeans

I sure hope everyone had a beautiful Mother’s Day! Sienna, Camper and I got to have a special day recently where we pretended to be in France for a bit, right here in Portland. (You may have seen a sneak peek on my Instagram @elletrain) We bought lovely flowers at the adorable City Market and dined on French fare and pastries at St. Honoré. An old man with suspenders and a baguette in hand seriously walked by! I mean. Timing. And to top it all off, it was a sunny day here in PDX and it couldn’t have been lovelier. Special time with my girls plus pastries and sunshine? Good for this mama’s soul.

I wanted to wear a little something out of the norm for me, something with a bit more color that felt a little springy but still practical for chasing a kiddo and a puppy. The result? I came up with a new pairing I adore: springy mini dress + cropped ankle jeans. Check out this combo and our fun mother-daughter day.

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May 14, 2017

Tailored Shorts for a Classy-ish Every Day Look

Do you ever get to have one of those real Olivia Palermo moments? Ya know what I’m talking about- it involves a nonchalant walk down the side walk, coffee in hand, designer bag in the crook of your arm, all while looking impossibly chic. People turn their heads when you pass, thinking…who is that?! Style: impeccable, not a hair out of place, shorts pressed and unwrinkled…. Wow.

No? You don’t??

Yeh, me neither.

Not ever. Not even for a second.

I do have a lot of Camille DiPaola moments, though. They look a lot like this – me, surrounded by children (or holding all of the children in my three arms), walking into the grocery store…loudly exclaiming, “don’t run into the middle of the street! STOP. No. You’re gonna die. No. We cannot get Lunchables for every meal. Yes, I do love you. No. Do not lay on the floor of the grocery store. Do not lick that! We don’t eat the bananas until we buy them. Walk. Walk…walk forward. Stop. Stop doing that.” 10x over (and over and over and over). My outfit? A bit ruffed and undone. I had tucked my top in when I left the house, but since then my three year old has pulled it out, in a rage of epic proportions over the fact that I didn’t hold his hand when he didn’t want me to. I re-tuck.

People do pass and turn their heads, because…well, the circus is fun! My eldest chants “cookies. cookies. cooooo-kies. COOKIES” and then breaks out into song and dance, almost whacking an entire display down. Anty has sort of gotten over his totally sensible fit and has resigned himself to clinging to my side for dear life and quietly whimpering, sometimes even letting out a pitiful “mama?” every few minutes or so. The baby? Well, he’s just in it for the ride, really…but does have a permanent look of concern plastered on his face, as if he’s just not entirely sure how he feels about his situation in life.

Yep. This kind of act is my normal everyday. I’ve really grown accustomed to it, honestly. I still wear the tailored shorts and the pretty little top sometimes, because eh I want to. I don’t care if it means that they’ll probably be wrinkly and tugged on. My version of refined and classy at this point in life is just a tad bit undone…and I’m okay with that.

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May 13, 2017

Weekend (And Happy Mother’s Day!)

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Happy Mother’s Day!  Hope you guys are being spoiled rotten.  And by “spoiled rotten” I mean plenty of those fierce little hugs that squeeze as hard as those little arms possibly can, coffee in bed, and a day free from cleaning/washing dishes/emptying the dishwasher.  (That last one is my own personal hell.)

And for those of you who went out for Mother’s Day Eve, high-freaking five.  Let’s make this a thing next year.

Big, HUGE News

We’re getting a new contributor!  And to be even more of a horrible tease….we’ll announce her next week.  If you’d like to the be the first to know, follow our Instagram (@themomedit) – we’ll announce there first. (Plus we have a few sneak peeks up, if you can guess….)

Speaking of Instagram…. Liketoknow.it has just launched a new Family channel!  We’re thrilled.  It’ll be an easy place to find inspiration for bump style, nursery decor, kids stuff, and mama essentials.  (Personally, I’m hoping sneakers will be featured on the regular.)

SHOP

Sorry, Kid.  House rules.  A tank top for sleep-deprived mamas.

Near, Far, Wherever you are….we will be wearing this, um, “designer” tee. (Hilarious find, Scotti!)

A few favs from IG Stories: If you’ve been watching my Instagram Stories (@shanachristine), you’ll notice that my outfits follow our crazy weather.  Specifically, these silver lame track shorts one day…to these taupe, waterproof Sorels a few days later.  (I also tried these boots, but the taupe Sorels won.)

Sale, sale, sale.  Take 25% off everything at J.Crew, 30% off everything at LOFT, and  20% off everything at Anthro with code WOWMOM.  My favs, below.

 

Also, This….

Hey PA – Vote on Tuesday!  Tuesday is Pennsylvania’s 2017 Primary Election.  Philly.com has a helpful rundown of what’s on the ballot, but if you live in the city of Philadelphia, consider voting for Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet her on several occasions, and not only is she seriously pumped to take on this thankless (and frankly, boring-sounding) job, but she has a ton of fresh ideas to save this city some major cash….compared to her opponent, who has been in office for 27 years. [snore]  If you want deets on what she has up her sleeve (or just want to know what the heck City Controllers do), she outlines most of it here.

Such a sweet song for Mother’s Day – thanks for the find, Cam!

 

Lastly, I just wanted to say again how thankful we are for this little community.  I was blown away by the supportive, understanding responses to the latest letter from A, and as we sat there reading through them (with tears streaming down our faces), the burden that is so very heavy felt lighter for a few moments.  To the Mamas who are caring for sick children, we are saying a special prayer for you this Mother’s Day.  For your strength to keep going, but also for your continued ability to shine the light for your child, even as darkness threatens.  I stand in awe of your courage and grace.

Happy Mother’s Day.

xo,

S

 

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May 12, 2017

Mixing Patterns: Gingham + Leopard

I was voted Class Prep in high school because I was obsessed with Abercrombie’s soft khakis in allll the colors (it was the late 90s) and once went the entire school year without ever wearing jeans.  Not once.  But now I literally can’t imagine wearing khakis (seriously, how did I do that for a full year??) and my wardrobe relies heavily on denim of all kinds.  So when we were discussing featuring some preppier style, I immediately turned to my favorite resource for all things preppy: J. Crew. I loved this gingham button up and took a cue from their pattern mixing and added leopard print heels for fun.  Gingham is everywhere right now and I rounded up some of my favorites for you below.

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May 11, 2017

How We’re Actually Spending Mother’s Day

Sooooooo….Mother’s Day.  Maybe not brunch, amiright? But when the TME team started talking – halfheartedly – about Mother’s Day, we eventually realized that we all had something specific in mind, a sure-fire way to make our Mother’s Day amazing:

A trip to Paris.

Haha.  Just kidding.  In reality, we were confronted by things like RAIN, cold weather, sleepless nights, and the usual nonsense.  But when forced to dig deep (really, really deep in some cases), we were all able to come up with a “plan” [snort] of how we will be spending Mother’s Day.  Something achievable, yet special. So if you are still looking for a few low-pressure ideas for your Mother’s day, keep on reading.

And for those of you whose partner doesn’t start Mother’s Day with, “So whaddya want to do today, Babe?”….throw the rest of us a bone, and leave detailed descriptions in the comments.  Preferably ones we can just cut-and-paste into an email entitled, URGENT:  May 14.

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May 11, 2017

Tick Tock, You Don’t Stop…

Pause. Or go.
I honestly don’t know which.
Right this hot minute.
This is what’s on my mind: Time.

Have you ever spent time in a hospital? Or with someone in the hospital? Or days on end, for the umpteenth time with one of your three kids? The one with the chronic disease?

I know you have. I know that too well. And I know you know this:

Time.
Stands.
Still.

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May 10, 2017

Vince Shoe Flash Event on HauteLook – 3 Days Only!

Gang!!  Starting NOW, HauteLook is having a flash event featuring Vince shoes.  It lasts for only three days, but includes my verrry favorite pumps, the Vince Claire D’Orsay pump (pictured above).

HauteLook, for those of you who don’t know, unveils a new flash event every day at 11AM EST, with savings of up to 75% off.  They offer free shipping on orders over $100, and are a part of the Nordstrom family….which means you can return items that don’t work out to any local Nordstrom Rack.  (Currently, HauteLook ships to the US, Canada and Australia only.)

I’m especially pumped about the Vince shoes flash event because I’ve found that Vince footwear rarely disappoints.  Keep reading to see my favorites from this limited-time shopping event, as well as how I’d wear them…..

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May 10, 2017

10 Modern Preppy Essentials for Summer

While I’ve never attended prep school, as a New Englander I’m no stranger to the occasional popped collar or monogrammed accessory. Preppy style just goes so naturally with this coastal area, like dropping “r”from the end of words and complaining about the weather. Windswept beaches and Hunter boots? Madras plaid and Cape Cod? Nude flats and…everything? All the yes.

But it’s too easy to go overboard and start looking like a Stepford wife in head-to-toe classics. So I started with ten essential preppy pieces and found updated versions with a twist or maybe a teeny bit of edge. Traditional can be a good thing, but shaking things up is refreshing – let’s give it the old college try, shall we?

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May 9, 2017

Spring Jackets

Spring! Look how springy these photos are! Sunny! Gorgeous! (Crying face emoji here) NO. Gray. Still gray. But this jacket makes me happy. It’s brighter and lighter yet provides that bit of warmth we inevitably need in the PNW this time of year. And it’s not a raincoat. So I’m stoked about that. Light jackets are my jam and I’ve found some gems for spring that are easy to throw on with anything for that transitional weather…

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