April 7, 2017

Packing For Cuba: What We Wore

 

If you follow me on IG (@shanachristine), you know that we recently returned from an amazing trip to Cuba.  I have so much more to say on that topic (hopefully next week??), but so many of you were asking for outfit / packing details that I wanted to crank this one out.

We visited Cuba at the end of March, which is technically considered their cold season, but…it was glorious.  Hot during the day, yet cool enough in the evenings to need a light jacket or sweater.  It did rain once, but blew in/out so quickly that the net result was wandering into the bar for one more mojito.  #twistmyarm

As I mentioned in the Kid’s Cuba Packing List article, we brought only carry-ons to avoid the long luggage line at the Havana airport.  Made extra tricky by the fact that one can’t easily run out for, say, forgotten sunscreen in Cuba.  Cuba is not a shopping destination (to put it mildly), so you’re more likely to do without rather than replace it.

A few things I learned:

  • In the off season, Cuba does get cool at night.  Especially when there’s a breeze.  (And when walking along the Malecon, there was always a breeze.)
  • Cubans have style.  It’s more of a Miami vibe than an East-Coast hipster vibe, but grown men do not seem to wear shorts at night, and the women dress sexy.
  • On that note….I thought, for a hot second, that Cuba might be conservatively dressed.  HELLS NO.  Even the Cuban TSA agents wore short, tight skirts with fishnet tights.  I am not making this up.  It was amazing.
  • Old Havana has lots of cobblestones.  I didn’t bother with heels once the entire trip.

Here’s what worked for me:

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April 6, 2017

Anxiety sucks, but hey…chinos are cool.

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I’ve been hesitant about sharing this, because I haven’t been sure how to broach the subject. This is a tough one. This was going to be a post about chinos, but hey…I feel like getting hardcore on ya’ll and talking about something more – about something that has affected my life and possibly has been a trial in your life, as well.

I have anxiety. It was recently diagnosed as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, but I’ve been dealing with it since childhood. I realized relatively recently that I must have been having panic attacks all those times growing up, when I would all of the sudden feel like I was losing control, became short of breath, start sweating profusely and would have to lay on the cold bathroom floor until it passed…and that it was not simply a low blood sugar problem. like I had thought. It’s not something I’d really faced head-on, because it’s not something I realized may be a problem for me…that is, until after having our third baby. It was then that I realized I was having more bad days than good and that the way I was feeling inside was something I needed to confront and seek help for.

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April 6, 2017

Favorite Way to Style Hi Tops: Think Jackets

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Ok friends. You know I love hi tops about as much as I love overalls. I also know they’re not for everyone, but I think that reason is just because they are a little tricky to style, right? Maybe I love a good fashion challenge so I gravitate towards things I have to really work at to figure out. I don’t know!

What I do know is that I like that hi tops are a bit more unique and a bit tougher than regular sneakers. But I do, however, love them for their comfort. I can keep them on all day long (walking around AND running after Sienna). A few readers have asked about styling hi tops lately. Here’s what I’ve found…

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April 5, 2017

Colorful Spring Athleisure Picks

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As much as I love gray and black, at this point in the year I’m in desperate need for some color. The longer days and patches of grass peeking through are encouragement that there’s a light at the end of the winter tunnel and I’m feeling festive. Since you can find me wearing leggings and a hoodie most days (it’s the perfect outfit for working from home and toddler wrangling!), I guess I’m the designated ‘Sporty Spice’ around here. Good thing, because I had so much fun browsing all the new spring athleisure and putting together fun color combos. Easiest way to add color: start with a pair of wild pants and pick one of the colors for a hoodie, like I did with these bright blue Zella live in leggings (aka party pants) and dusty pink Superdry hoodie. Unexpected and definitely a mood booster! Check out the other yummy new spring colors I found…

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April 4, 2017

Sienna’s Big Girl Room Refresh

My little girl is turning four in a couple of months. FOUR! How did this happen…I know every mama says this. I almost cry thinking about having to leave her amazing preschool in another year, but I am also in awe of the hilarious, smart, creative, serious-dance-moves-having girl she is becoming. (Like, seriously, her dance moves. You may have witnessed them on my IG stories over @elletrain – don’t worry, there will be plenty more to come if you haven’t yet).

In honor of her growing up into such a little buddy person, I thought it was time she upgraded from using an old, too-huge-queen-sized quilt as her bedspread and a pretty but not-so-comfy rug in her room. Follow me to see her before and after…

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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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