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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Worth A Closer Look: Ann Taylor Loft’s Spring Line
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On the fairly rare occasions I’ve wandered into Ann Taylor Loft (usually suckered in by a big sale), I’ve often left feeling underwhelmed. The clothes were never horrible…just “eh”. Once in a while I’ll pick up a necklace or something…but overall, I saw Ann Taylor Loft as a place to be bored. Nice basics, nothing exciting, nice prices, nice sales, but nothing worth a trip. Yawn.
So I was very confused, the other day, when I happened to glance over at the Ann Taylor Loft window displays. For a moment I thought I was looking in J. Crew’s windows. But no – it was good ‘ol ATL. But this time…the clothes were cuter, somehow. A bit…dare I say it? Trendy?

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End of Winter Outfit Inspirations: Nordstroms Part 2, Coffee and Museum
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For the next bit of winter inspiration (pictured again on Becky at left), Leisa chose a soft range of neutrals, paired with bright pops of colors, and finished off with light-colored leather accessories. The light gray boots and soft caramel bag are surprisingly versatile, and will only look better with age.

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End of Winter Outfit Inspirations: Nordstroms Part 1, Playground
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P1161764Feeling the winter blahs? Me too. Despite all of the the NY Fashion Week reports coming out of the blog-o-sphere last week, I still need a bit of cold-weather inspiration to get me through the next month or so. So we hooked up with Leisa Payton, a Personal Stylist at Nordstroms to glean some ideas of how to mix up our winter clothing with a little dose of Spring.
Leisa’s first look (pictured on Becky at left) layers a Spring safari jacket over cozier winter items to create a warm, yet cute look that can easily go to the playground.

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Reader Question: What Types of Footwear Can You Wear with Leggings and Skinny Jeans?
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Reader Question:
I have recently fallen in love with skinny jeans and leggings. Heels really aren’t my thing and normally, I would wear UGG boots or ballet flats, but some outfits just don’t call for the winter boots but I am too cold to wear ballet flats. Are there any other comfortable, warm choices you would recommend to go with skinny jeans? Is it ever ok to wear a street shoe, like my slip-on sketchers with socks, with skinny jeans.

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Easy, Last Minute “Lingerie” For a Romantic Night In
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When I was first married, I made it a rule to always wear sexy little nighties to bed. After several months of this nonsense (in my defense I was only 23), I crashed into bed after working late wearing an old ratty t-shirt of my husband’s. He immediately rolled over, eyed me up and said, “Oooo…what’s this little number?” without a trace of sarcasm. Or irony. Needless to say, the sexy little nighties were relegated to the back of the closet.
The morale of this story? Don’t underestimate the power of change. Something different, something novel can be very, very sexy. Even if it’s a ratty old t-shirt. It’s the frequency that matters.

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