Date Night & Dressin' Up

Over the last week we’ve been talking about putting together holiday looks with simple, easy-to-wear items you might already have in your closet. Now it’s time to pull it all together with your accessories. I’m suggesting some pretty budget-busting options, but with the vintage-feel and focus on detail that most of these items have, you can definitely find comparable if not better pieces if you get creative: raid your grandma’s jewelry box for early inheritance pieces, go thrifting and, if all else fails, hit your friendly Claire’s Boutique for disposable versions of these high end looks.
For the last two weeks, Ain't No Mom Jeans has been focusing on easy ways to look festive for the Holidays.  All of our advice has been surrounding the principle of investing in one fab Holiday item and mixing it in with your current comfy basics.  Blogger Emily Schuman of cupcakesandcashmere.com, is the Guest Blogger for December on luckymag.com. ...
  Dressy shorts are the cornerstone of my new favorite holiday look.  They manage to convey the feeling of a little cocktail dress, but can be paired with a warm, cozy sweater and sleek tights.  I can also bend down and pick up the little man, sit on the floor, or do other various mom maneuvers without worrying about accidental...
I love my fancy pants.  I actually bought these babies...OMG...wait...6? No...7 years ago?  Could that be right?  Anyway, these are one of my favorite things to pull on when I'm having a "I'm too cold to go out and WAAAY to cold to pull on a cocktail dress" moment.  Like many of the other styles we've highlighted in our Holiday...
If your favorite color is sparkle, sequin, or shiny, this look is for you.  The glitz factor is sky-high this season, and nothing feels more festive than a shimmery little something-something.  Besides, all of these shiny, glimmering fabrics will draw the eye right to them....and if done correctly, will distract from the rest of the boobs/ribs/hips/butt disaster.  Also, if you...
  Lace is huge this season.  And while I run, run, run away from lace that takes a literal interpretation of scary 80's lace (as in gloves or skintight bodysuits), or lace that is in any way reminiscent of the doily that, for years, covered my grandmother's coffee table, the lace looks I'm loving now are clean, modern and sexy.  Keeping...
It's official.  The holidays (and therefore, party season) have officially kicked off!  I've always loved a good party.  In my pre-baby days, I'd wander through the stores stocking up, magpie-like, on anything shiny or sparkly or glizty.  I'd shop for a fabulous little dress (or two or three), killer heels, and leeetle, tiiiny, precious clutch purses. Things are a bit...
As part of our Winter Shoe Essentials for Moms post, we stated that all moms must have in her closet one sexy, go-to shoe for all events formal, for all date-nights hot, and for all parties wild.  (And by wild, I mean any party that lasts past 10PM.)  This is the shoe that can both elevate jeans and a...
I hit Target on Sunday at 8AM for the premier of the new Anna Sui line for Target.  Expecting an empty dressing room, I showed up with the little man.  BIG mistake.  Not only were there many other girls frantically throwing dresses into their shopping carts, but once little man finally figured out that he could fit under the...
I believe every Mom should have one great dress in their closet.  And by "great", I mean that the dress should make you look like a million bucks, make you feel like your old pre-baby, sophisticated, rockin' self (or a close approximation), and can be dressed up or down, depending on the situation. I know this sounds like...