April 3, 2017

Orange Crush: 2017 Spring Color Trend

Citrus fruits, traffic cones, pumpkin patches, Donald Trump’s skin tone –  just a few of the things that come to mind when I think about orange. “Fashion’s IT Color” or “Season’s Hottest Trend,” on the other hand are phrases I’m pretty sure no one has used since the ’70s in reference to orange, well until now.

Yup, orange is back and baby.. it’s come a long way since Woodstock.

Varying hues of orange dominated the runway during NYFW this year. From electric neon oranges to soft creamsicle pastels, from fiery sunset pallet of red oranges to warm cinnamon earth tone neutrals, and every shade of orange in between. Orange has never looked so appealing and wearable.

Still not sold?

I feel ya. I was the biggest orange non-believer of them all until a chance encounter with a rust cami in an Anthro fitting room turned my least favorite color into a complete wardrobe staple.

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April 3, 2017

Supportive Swimwear for Larger Busts: Our 2017 Picks

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Hey all! We’ve been getting tons of questions from you ladies about swim styles that offer a bit more support up top, especially for larger busts. It can be really disappointing when you love a certain style, only to try it on and feel like the designers forgot about that silly thing called gravity? Or if you’ve nursed a few babes and now find you need more than stretchy fabric to keep things where they should be, we’ve got you covered.

When you’re looking for supportive swim tops, it helps to skim the description for these key words: underwire, hidden or otherwise; side boning (your hubby will probably find that amusing if his sense of humor hasn’t evolved much since junior high, like mine’s); and 3-row 2-column (or some combination) hook & eye closure like regular bras & sports bras have for extra security.

I found so many good choices this year, even more so than in years past. I noticed a happy and inclusive trend this year that stylish and on-trend swim brands are making the same style in regular, larger cup sizes and plus sizes. Yay for finally recognizing bodies come in more sizes than small, medium and large! I grouped swim styles by tankini/bikini and one-pieces, so everyone can find their comfortable level of coverage.

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April 2, 2017

Light-Wash Denim: Trickier Than I Thought

Raise your hand if you are SICK of winter. *raises both hands*

I have been in head-to-toe black for weeks now (mixing it up with the occasional chestnut-colored UGGs), hiding from the cold weather as best I can. Is there really any other way to escape a rut like this besides some good old fashioned shopping? No. The answer is no. Well, maybe a trip to Cancun. But for now, let’s stay in budget with new jeans. Light-wash, fresh, Spring denim, if we wanna get specific here.

I’m going to be upfront: light-wash denim did not scare me. Some of my teammates were definitely hesitant about covering the trend but if anything, I was looking forward to this – until I got to the dressing room.

Maybe it was the lighting, maybe it was the mirrors, maybe I had too much for breakfast that day but something was very wrong with me + light wash denim. But I can promise that there is a silver lining to this sad, sad, story. A happy ending even. So read on.

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March 31, 2017

My Latest Sneaker Obsession: The Greats

Have you heard of The Greats?   They’re a new-ish sneaker brand that was born in Brooklyn, with a direct to consumer model.  Initially they were just a mens’ footwear company (GQ wrote that these sneaks were best for ‘any resident of earth’ haha) but now……they’ve launched a women’s line.  And?

It’s GOOD.

If you follow me on Instagram (@shanachristine), you’ve already seen me swooning over the blush pink color and seriously cushy comfort.  But it’s a sentiment worth repeating: these are very comfortable sneakers.  Like the wear-without-socks kind.  In fact, these might be the Most Comfortable Leather Sneakers I’ve Ever Worn.

Oh, and Mike likes his, too.  (Mikey likes them!  He likes them!)

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March 30, 2017

On the Hunt for Light Wash Denim

This month’s light wash denim challenge was a struggle for me but not for the reasons you might think…

You know that saying: you don’t miss it until it’s gone? It definitely applies when you break all the important bones of your dominant arm in a car accident. Besides the shock and pain, it’s the little things (which turns out to be pretty much everything) you miss the most like: texting, tying shoe laces, putting a bra on, washing your hair, getting pants on without asking help.  And you can forget about wearing jeans with  “button up flys,” Turns out they were made by the devil himself specifically to taunt us one-handers.

So naturally, my jeans have a button up fly.

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March 29, 2017

Kids’ Capsule Wardrobes For Spring Break

 

We just got back from an amazing trip to Cuba.  More (so much more) on that topic later.  For now, I wanted to share something quick and easy:  our packing strategy for the kids.

The Havana airport isn’t known for….expediency, and sitting around for potentially 3-4 hours(!!) waiting on luggage with our two little crazies (and no internet) is not the best way to begin any sort of vacation.  To put it mildly.  So we wanted to pack light, yet bring everything one could possibly need, since you can’t easily replace a forgotten item in Cuba.

The mission?  ONE carry-on for two boys to share, small enough for even the six year old to handle through busy airport connections, yet containing everything (including liquids like bugspray and sunscreen) that the two kiddos might need in Cuba.

Here’s what worked for us:

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March 28, 2017

Spring Denim: Going Old School w/ Levi’s

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I’d like to pretend that I spent a lot of time trying on a bunch of light wash jeans, but I didn’t. I found these Levi’s and stopped there. Ya know, once I find something that works…I’m good. My mind can’t handle too many options. I like simple…or I’m just lazy. Either way.

These are some cool jeans, though.

Old school, relaxed and just the right amount of distressing. I ordered them and crossed my fingers, because I know that Levi’s can be tricky, when it comes to the fit of them.

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March 27, 2017

Spring Denim: Scotti’s Take

Light denim is everywhere this spring.  I love the look, but I’ll admit it’s much harder to wear than dark denim.  So I went on a quest to find the perfect jeans for spring.  I ordered different brands in multiple sizes, tried them all on and took some pics.  I was actually surprised by which ones were my favorites.  Here’s what I found:

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March 27, 2017

Twist Front Tops: My New Leg-lengthening Favorites

At a whopping 5’4″ I’m always looking for ways to magically make my legs look longer. You’ve heard me talk about leg lengthening shoe colors and styles, but this time I’m checking in to show you my latest favorite top to make legs look longer: the twist front top. It does the half-tuck we’re all so fond of here at TME for you. No guessing involved. No re-tucking involved. Yessssss.

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March 26, 2017

Spring Denim: Destroyed and Embellished Light Wash

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True to my Taurus sign, I’m very much creature of habit – once I find a style of jeans that works on my body and fits well, it’s a no-brainer. And my love affair with Paige Verdugo skinnies is no secret! Though black skinnies will always be the most flattering in my opinion, I wanted to lighten up for spring. Here’s the thing: skinny, light-colored pants on can be tricky if it’s just an expanse of solid color stretching tightly across your thighs and bum, so here were some criteria I had in mind:

  • Something to add interest on the legs – distressing, destruction, embroidery or otherwise embellished
  • Variation in light denim shades within the jeans to make them as flattering as possible
  • Cropped or ankle length but not necessarily petite-sized makes it easier to find more options

It’s true that the Paige’s happened to be my faves, but I found a couple more styles that will definitely be on permanent repeat in my denim collection. (I made that sound way fancier than the crowded shelf at the top of the closet). Want to see which spring denim I loved?

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