Author Shana

Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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Bump Styling Tip: Necklaces as Belts
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My newest obsession, thanks to a girl’s weekend filled with gabbing, boozing (at least for most) and all kinds of other girliness, is the very brilliant idea of accessorizing the bump with a necklace.
I’ve always believed that pregnant bellies look better when accentuated, and what better way to adorn the bump than with something a little sparkly?

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Go Buy Now: Plush’s Fleece Lined Tights, Leggings and Thigh-Highs
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Plush2000112867_p2_v1_m56577569831852085_150x296″Go Buy Now” is our section dedicated to the stuff that sells out before you even know you critically need it. As soon as we find out one such crucial item is available, we’ll give you a heads up, regardless of the fact that the timing of the content seems absurd.
I’m very sensitive about what touches my bum. And my thighs. Well legs, really. Ok – skin in general. Itchy? It’s out. OUT. My long-suffering husband just rolls his eyes as I justify my cashmere sweater purchases as a necessity due to a disease known as sensitive skin. While I can always manage to find baby-soft tops and jeans…one area that has been the bane of my existence is tights. Especially warm tights.

Post-Partum / Nursing
Would You Wear The Sweatpant Trend?? (and here’s how to try it)
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I haven’t been a big fan of the sweatpant-in-public trend, and up until recently have pretty much ignored it.
However, I started to reconsider when some of the newer iterations of skinny sweatpants came out this Spring (I loved Madewell’s version here), and I recently recommended a cool sweatpant look to a reader going on a postpartum road trip.
But the clincher, for me, was when I saw of pic of one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Res Pulchae, in her take on the sweatpant trend (pictured above left).

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The Coolest, Most Comfortable Sneaker You’ve Never Heard Of (feel free to wear without socks)
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I had resigned myself to wearing sneakers only on cooler days. I am insanely picky about footwear comfort, and most of my sneaks feel awful on bare feet. Socks are a must. So my cute sneaks get thrown to the back of the closet once temperatures rise. Much to the chagrin of my husband, who is always begging me to wear, “little skirts and sneakers”. Sigh.
But inspiration strikes in the most unlikely of places, and my recent inspiration came while chasing my little man around Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids, MI. We were there on a quest of my husband’s: to find a pair of Vibrams FiveFingers (you know – the barefoot running shoe that looks like a weird foot-glove?) Anyway, as little man and I were blurring past the women’s shoes, BAM!!! I saw these:

Maternity
How To Wear Denim Cut-Offs (without looking like a teenager)
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…two years ago, denim shorts were just starting to gain momentum once again. They were initially accepted as casual-chic beach wear, but are now being seen as a valid clothing option in their own right. Denim shorts can now be found in restaurants. Out shopping. At the movies. All in a cute, fashion-forward way.
Is this trend for moms? I say YES.

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DIY: An Easy but Cool Outdoor Space for Toddlers (And Portable Enough for Apartment Dwellers)
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M and I were recently interviewed by the Denver Post about how to keep the little ones entertained (but safe) at home. You can read the full article here. My contribution to the article centered on the transformation my balcony goes through each summer…I’ve spent the last two years trying to find items that look cool, and are also portable, washable and store-able. Lastly, I want to be able to quickly transform the space from a day-use play space, to a night-use dinner space. Here’s what I’ve found:

Date Night & Dressin' Up
What To Wear To Look Hot at Your High School Reunion (without trying too hard)
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Reader Question:
I’m attending my 25-year HS reunion in 2 months and am wondering what I should wear to the Dinner/Dance? I want to look hot without seeming like I’m trying too hard.
Answer:
Ah…yes. The high school reunion. Where you want to look totally, wildly hot…but in an effortless way. Where you fend off compliments with a dismissive wave of your hand, “this old thing? I’ve had it for years.”
So what to wear? If you Google, “what to wear to your high school reunion”, most of the advice centers on the little black dress. LBDs are always appropriate for these types of events, and if you have one you love, go nuts. However, the LBD isn’t the most imaginative choice. I’m assuming that you are writing in because you are looking for something beyond the obvious.

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Live Near a Madewell Store? A Crazy-Good Sale, Going On Now!
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Hey Gang — Reader Amy just posted this comment:
Public Service Announcement! If you live near a Madewell store, they’re having a WICKED summer sale right now. I just walked out with 2 of those awesome slouchy tees, a gorgeous boho scarf, a pair of slouchy skinny jeans, and a bracelet for under $45!!! Yes, you read that number right. Get thee to the store!
Thanks, Amy!!!
Don’t know Madewell? Check out our Madewell love-fest here.

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What To Wear Under Racerback Tops and Dresses
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I love these racer back tank tops (pictured at left from madewell.com), but I never know what to wear under them. I usually do a strapless bra, but I feel like I need something else because the arm holes are usually really big and reveal most of the bra, not to mention someone could sneak a peak at my back/belly flab 🙂
Should I layer another tank underneath? If so, does that have to be racer back as well, but tighter? Do I try to find a tube top or something? Help!

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