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.
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.
I love gorgeous lingerie. It makes me feel not only sexy, but spoiled. And I like me a little spoiled. Always have. In fact, right at this very moment, my closet contains a small arsenal of lacy, silky something-somethings...none of which fit anymore. ARGH!!! While I've happily weeded out all of my pre-baby clothes that no longer fit, I haven't been able to bring myself to weed out the lingerie. I keep hoping that one day we will be happily reunited. I'm still waiting. So there it is. It might be time to move on. Since shopping always makes me feel just a wee bit better about...well, anything really (sick, I know), I started looking for a new little silky something as a consolation prize of sorts. And there are all kinds of gorgeousness out there. I just don't want to wear (most of) them. While I'm sure my husband would love me in anything, quite frankly it's not about him. It's about me. I need something that makes me feel gorgeous. And playful. And flirty. Something that isn't too serious. Something that can get me out of the "Mom" frame of mind, but something also that makes me feel comfortable in my post-baby body. So yes - I'm looking for the Holy Grail of mom lingerie. Did I find it? Nah. But I found some gorgeous-playful-flirty lingerie that is certainly worth a try. Don't be afraid: there are no crotchless (or tasseled) anythings.
Rookie Moms, one of our all-time favorite mom blogs, asked us to guest post with the general theme of "sexy" in time for Valentine's Day. First up: sexy jeans. Are your jeans sexy? Or are they screaming, "I'm a mom with a saggy, saggy bum!!" Apply the hand-grab rule and find out.
Gang, meet Jocelyn and her little guy, Jasper. She was shopping at Whole Foods, Jasper and hubby in tow, looking adorable in the middle of January in her vintage polka-dot dress. I was impressed by two things: 1. She was wearing a dress (something I never think about putting on when out and about with the kiddo). 2. She was wearing a dress in a winter-appropriate way.
I know, I know. It's February. But I was about to post our January mom (late) and realized that we hadn't yet posted our December mom. Sigh. Prior to becoming a mom, I had a slight problem with getting places on time. (I can hear my friends all snorting with derision). Now that I'm a mom, time has ceased to have any meaning whatsoever. But our December mom is too good to miss. Meet Emily - she's actually Raines' nanny. So not technically a mom, but Em certainly knows how to look cute and be comfortable around the kiddos! I'm always amazed at what she puts together: she could seriously be a regular feature. In any case, I wanted to highlight a cool trick that she taught me this past December.
Strategies to Avoid Looking Pregnant Once You’ve Given Birth (Plus an Exercise To Banish Post-Baby Belly)Shana -
It's a common complaint: You are 6 weeks postpartum, and are proud of yourself for, (A) being out of the house and (B) having showered and applied makeup. As you are strutting happily along, babe in tow, you eventually run into some idiot who says, "So, when are you due?" This situation happens to us all, and my previous coping strategy was to simply bury the incident deep in my brain, never to be thought of again. But then one of our readers left the following comment: I have several tops like these [NOTE: she's referring to the floaty tops featured in our Postpartum Belly Hiding Tops post] that I wore after giving birth in May, and I was so disappointed and embarrassed when people asked me if I was pregnant. I wanted to scream...hey, not everyone looks like Heidi Klum six weeks postpartum. But then I thought maybe it also had to do with the loose floaty tops I was wearing. Any suggestions for this problem? I'm pregnant again and want to AVOID this situation in the future! Sigh. It's best to face this situation head-on. So, is there anything we can do to avoid looking pregnant after we've given birth? The short answer is: No. Not really. Our bodies just went through 9 months of crazy changes - it's not going to be undone overnight. One O/B told me to think about it this way: It takes 9 months for your body to get that big, it's probably going to take another 9 months for your body to go back to normal. At least. And as someone who got scary-big (click link then scroll down for a pic), I get it. There are, however, a few strategies worth trying:
What We’re Reading This Week: Beautiful Bags From Style on a String (Shhh…they’re perfect diaper bag picks!!)Shana -
Meet Serena, the writer of the fashion blog, Style on a String. I've been following her for several months now, and have been impressed with her consistently well edited picks. A couple of weeks ago, one of her entries caught my eye: Oh Beautiful Bags....How I Adore Thee.Not only are Serena's pick gorgeous, but they are gorgeously large, and...
Right about now, I'm starting to ache for Spring. Which means that I tend to view Denver's eternally sunny skies optimistically: the sun is out, therefore it's warm, right? No. Not by a long shot. Add to the mix the fact that magazines are filled with Spring fashion coverage, boutiques have winter items on super sale and window displays are showing the most fabulous little gauzy dresses, tops and sandals. BOOOOOOOO. I could seriously use some fashion inspiration. So Molly and I asked a few boutique owners and a personal shopper at Nordstroms to put together some inspiring looks to help us get through the winter. First up? Stacy McElhany, mom of Emerson and owner of Violet Boutique, Denver.
What We’re Reading This Week: Size 12 Skinny Jean Recommendation from Fashion For The Economically ChallengedShana -
Over the last year or so, there has been much discussion on Ain't No Mom Jeans about the value of skinny jeans. I would dare say that many of you are under the assumption that skinny jeans should only be worn by size 2 gals. While I've always disagreed (I think skinny jeans can be flattering on a range of body types/sizes)....well, for many of you, the love wasn't there. But a picture is worth a thousand words, no? And no one can dispute that FashionAddict looks great in her skinnies.