Happy Friday




Well, well, well….it’s been quite a week.  I flew (with Mike) to Lexington, KY to attend a dear friend’s wedding, gambled on horses, watched the most depressing presidential debate EVER,  wrecked two batches of quinoa pizza crust, comforted a crying 8 year old about homework stress three times, assured a 5 year old that he would “get to do homework someday” four times, discovered that #repealthe19 was actually trending on Twitter, drank mayyyybe a little too much bourbon last night (thanks for my latest obsession, Kentucky!), and went to a class parent meeting this morning.  Without coffee.  Someone get me a medal.

Weekend Links


Let’s kick things off with a turtleneck.  This cozy sweater by Velvet is the softest, lightest cashmere ever, has a subtle fringe detail, and is marked down at Nordstrom Rack for 65% off retail.  I bought a small.

Also, glitter.  I’ve been totally intrigued by Sole Society’s glitter flats and their 42 5-star reviews.  Apparently they are very comfortable after a short break-in period?? One reviewer got it done with thick socks and a blow dryer and I. Am. Tempted.  Because…glitter.

It’s getting colder.  H&M has the faux-leather jackets for boys.  I like this one for Raines and this one for Pax.


So maybe Mike deserves the medal.  He was recently interviewed in US News about predictive analytics and healthcare, and how he went from missiles to medicine.


Hey, New York.  If you’ve been following me on IG (@shanachristine), you may already know that Mike and I attended the opening of Theo Who Lived, a documentary about Theo Padnos, an American journalist kidnapped in Syria.  He was held for two years, then released.  His story is harrowing, but Theo’s ultimate message is one of love (and the power of a good sense of humor).  Truly a powerful film.  It’s showing now in NY, and will be opening in LA next week.

It’s been an interesting week to be a woman.  This old article from Buzzfeed on what it means to be a “cool girl” got me thinking about how we often tie together “cool” with unaffected.  I know I’m guilty of this in the past – letting blatant sexism slide because I prided myself on the ability to remain calm, cool, unaffected.  I really loved how Michelle Obama addressed Donald Trump’s latest remarks about women.  Especially this:

“The shameful comments about our bodies. The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman,” she said. “It is cruel. It is frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts.”

She’s right.  I don’t know what’s worse – the comments themselves, or the attempts at normalizing them.  “To dismiss this as every day locker room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere.” she continues.  “The men that you and I know don’t treat women this way. They are loving fathers who are sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to this kind of vicious language about women. They are husbands and brothers and sons who don’t tolerate women being demeaned and disrespected.”

Sing it, Michelle.  This isn’t about women, it’s about all of us – our sons and our daughters.

Even worse, the US isn’t alone.  The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, delivered a (now famous) speech to the Australian parliament, where she took her opponent to task for sexist remarks.  “I’m offended,” she stated, numerous times, unapologetically.  By the time she was finished, I wasn’t sure if I should cheer or cry.  So instead I bought this tshirt.  You can see the full clip on GOOD.


Fall in Philly is the best.  I can’t decide if we should head over to Dilworth Park’s Octoberfest (foozeball tables, food trucks, picnic tables, a DJ, and beer) or head over to our fav, Morgan’s Pier, where they’ve turned the beer garden into an “autumn wonderland” complete with pumpkins to carve, hay, and heat lamps.  So fun.








  1. I read this blog and other similar ones for fashion inspiration. I get my political commentary elsewhere. please stick to fashion and beauty.

    • She’s done loads of other posts about things that aren’t fashion and beauty, like cancer, raising kids, and a multitude of other things. It’s writes a blog, she can post whatever she wants. You read blogs. You can read whatever you want.

    • I understand needing an escape from politics right now, but I am grateful that the women who write here as multidimensional. I can read about fashion and beauty anywhere. What makes the Mom Edit different is the contributors’ willingness to share multiple aspects of what it means to be a mom and a woman.

    • Could not disagree with Kristen more. Thank you for speaking out- more women need to if we care about the world our kids are going to grow up in.

    • I disagree with Kristin, it’s not like Shana was ranting. Shana I don’t think you linked to the “cool girl” article. Nice interview Mike! Wow.

      • Shoot – just fixed the link. (The article was from buzzfeed, not bustle, oops.) And thanks for the support, you guys. Frankly, I have no problem talking politics – I think disagreement is interesting, and *can* be productive – but the issues addressed above aren’t politics. They’re women’s rights. Human rights.

        • Rock on, Shana. Not standing by silently while vile sexist things are normalized should be something all women- and men- embrace. It doesn’t have to be political.

        • I agree with everything you wrote, I watched that whole speech you linked to, it was great! And it’s your blog, you can write about whatever you want, if people don’t like it they can take their reading elsewhere. BUT, and I’m very reluctant to write this because I know it will probably incite some heated comments, I was a little surprised by the slogan tee you linked to, “The Future is Female”. Before I saw it I was excited that you found what sounded like a smart, feminist tee shirt. But I’m also the mother of two boys and this isn’t the kind of message I’d want to send to them. I want to send the message that the future is equality. I realize this doesn’t make for snappy alliteration and I’m probably taking myself WAY too seriously, but that is what I thought when I saw it. Have you seen any other smart/funny feminist tees? I like the idea of supporting a political cause rather than a specific politician.

          • Christy, it’s funny, I actually hesitated before buying that shirt exactly for the reasons you stated above. I’m a mom of boys! Is the future just female??? In the end….I decided that the provocative message worked. I wanted something to spark a discussion – it’s not that the future is all about girls, it’s about valuing traditionally feminine qualities as well as masculine. In my lifetime we learned that women can be just as strong, tough, and decisive as the men…and in my boys’ lifetime, I hope that we learn that men can be just as caring, nurturing, and pink-loving as the women. 🙂

            Total side note: this slogan is a resurrected tee from the 70’s….some bookshop in NYC first used it, I think, just to represent the feminist movement. It’s not actually political per se, just has some really cool history. Or herstory. Haha…bad joke. 🙂

    • OH THIS STUPID TOP. It’s by A.L.C. and is totally amazing and was originally $400 which is MADDENING. So I’ve been stalking it for 6 months, until I finally found one (like literally, exactly ONE left) at Saks for something crazy like $100. It’s sold out everywhere else. Revolve does have it in black, size small, on sale for $270 which is hardly a bargin but here it is: http://rstyle.me/n/b3h9xzpxu6

      I do like the black better, actually, but white won on price.

  2. Wow! Penn Signals is amazing. And to open source it?! Mike is changing the world one illness at a time. That article brought tears to my eyes. Way to go, Mike!

    • Sarah, thank you!!! It’s been a long road (and a reallllly long way yet to go), but he’s very passionate – changing medicine is the whole idea. It’s been pretty darn exciting (and frustrating and stressful and depressing and exciting again) around here. 🙂

  3. I can’t agree more with the other supporters here. I think you should feel free to post about anything you like. I have never found you to be disrespectful or offensive. And if so, why should you be censored from sharing your opinion on various topics? I feel the same way when I read criticism about the pricepoint of the clothing you wear or review. Many times I cannot afford the items either, but I learn so much from just watching you put pieces together. Following your blog has really helped my eye and it helps me make better choices when I can afford items or when I am looking at similar items closer to my budget. I’ve always wanted to say this: just my two cents.

  4. I’m late to the party as usual but have to add my props about Mike’s work. Just amazing.

    I have a ton of admiration for the First Lady. She makes me proud to be an American woman and I’m going to miss her influence. That speech blew me away, it truly transcended politics and how anyone could not be touched by it is beyond me.

    As long as I’m gushing I want to add that I think Shana does an incredible job of sharing and writing about difficult things. It wasn’t until this past year that I really appreciated how hard it is to do that “well”. Everything from cancer to sharing this speech. It takes skill, that’s for sure.

  5. Hi Shana,
    I feel that this election, more than others, is a choice of ideologies since both candidates are fairly unlikable. Donald Trump has made crude comments and Hilary Clinton did defend a rapist and laugh about his actions. I know this is your blog, but I don’t personally feel this is a good place for ideological debate! Have a good day Shana:)

  6. Shana — You are bright, a skilled writer, with a great eye for fashion. But your political commentary presumes (as many liberals do), that all women agree that because of Trump’s comments (which, naturally, I don’t condone), we should somehow unite in favor of Clinton. Where were you ladies and the rest of the “feminists” when John Edwards left his dying wife to cheat with another woman, or when Senator Ted Kennedy drove a young, drunk girl off a bridge and killed her, or when Paula Jones and Kathleen Wiley came forward with their accusations or rape and assault against then-President Clinton? Aren’t those “human rights” as well, or only when the victims support the cause of the liberal feminist? Perhaps if we’re going to, then we should all unite in favor of human rights, irrespective of the political party. The selective outrage feels a bit feigned, and in the end, if what we’re after is increased support for women’s rights, then perhaps, as women, we should take a more consistent approach in support of one another.

  7. I would agree this political moment has really brought sexual assault and the value of women into the fore front. As a women i am offended about a lot of the remarks that have been flying around certain people’s mouths but i’m happy to know that women’s issues are becoming front and center. As with all women have done to get to where we are today is inspiring. This election i was more proud and honored to vote then ever before because i know the women of the past fought so hard and faced so much for this simple right i have. Thank you ladies!


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