Remember this?  Where we get to peek into a reader's closet and see her top ten most-worn, hardest-working pieces?  Here's Annika's…


Can I just say I love you guys…a LOT?  I can't tell you the inspiration that you have been to me since I had my baby girl, Mia, 17 months ago.  My clothing challenge is two fold: 1) Being a SAHM, and 2) Being a native Southern Californian trying to survive looooong, cold Seattle winters.  All I want to do most days is curl up with a cup of tea in the warmest sweats I can find!  There is a reason flannels and coffee have been so popular here…



1. Plaid Button-Down 

I always expect these to go out of style, but they seem fresh year after year. I am still on an endless search to find one as thick and warm as men's shirts are made, but for now I own one from JCrew, and I love it!

(psst!  The plaid pictured is from J.Crew and currently on sale for $60, plus an additional 30% off…)


2. Washable Silk Blouse

Machine washable…or at least hand washable. Because sometimes we need to feel a little more fabulous.

(pictured: Nordstrom silk blouse currently on sale for $118)


3. WARM Cashmere Sweater

Warm, warm, warm cashmere sweater.  I pick mine up on sale from JCrew usually.  My most recent acquisition was this one (for $50 in store). 


4. Goldsign Misfit Jean

*That* perfect pair of jeans. The ones that you found after trying on 50 pairs. The ones that make your butt look perky and fantastic.  The ones that you could wear every. single. day. I found mine in the Goldsign Misfit jean. None of this "jegging" stuff- they hold me in and stay put!


5. Burgundy Skinnies  

Or, I suppose whatever colored jeans works with your wardrobe.  For me, it's these. They were an investment buy, but I wear them over and over and with everything. [Note from S:  I'm seriously considering the insanely cool coated version, now on sale.]

(pictured: J Brand Zoey Jeans)


6. Cute and Comfy Sweatshirt

This is on your must have list to, right?  I recently bought this one, and for $9 I wish I had snagged 3 more for when they wear out… [Note from S:  Here's the latest sweatshirt from Target's recent collab…but more on fancy sweatshirts later – they are on my must-have list for Spring!  Coming out soon…]


7.  Infinity Scarf

I am scarf-tying challenged, so a warm knit that I can just loop around my neck is a must.  I also found it quite amazing when I discovered that keeping one's neck warm can keep the whole body warm! (whoda thunk?).  I purchased mine on Etsy, because it's always nice to support an individual!

(pictured: PikaPika Creative Scarf)


8. Million Dollar Earrings

That piece of jewelry you can put on with a plain t-shirt and/or yoga pants and just feel great. 

(pictured: Stella & Dot Serenity Stone Drops)


9. Comfy Heels

Because sometimes we have to look nice and chase a toddler at the same time.  This one is directly from Ain't No Mom Jeans, because the Aerosoles Tapestry Pump in cobalt blue
are my absolute go-to shoes now.  And, holy moly they are comfy!


10. A Dress-Up-or-Down Skirt

For me, it's a gold version of JCrew's classic mini. I don't know why it works, but it does.  


And a picture! Attached is a photo of me wearing my favorite plaid top, infinity scarf, and earrings.  Of course, my best accessory is the beautiful girl I am holding!

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Thanks so much for what you do. I hope that you find your work rewarding, because you have helped many, many women feel much better about their appearances. And if we are honest, a women who feels like she looks good feels like she can pretty much do anything!


I agree!  Annika, thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to pull together a list of your favorite pieces.  You look fabulous, and now I am KICKING MYSELF for not picking up that darn Proenza sweatshirt at Target!!  :)

If anyone else wants to play along, feel free to send in a pic, and links to your favorite pieces (or similar pieces).  It doesn't need to be 10.  (Five is easier for me – HA – or it can even be just one or two.)  Just let us know why these pieces are your favs.



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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 shorts known as denim-underwear, always.

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  1. I LOVE these! Annika, you look amazing (And your Daughter is too cute to boot!) I’m an infinity scarf junkie too…and not two days ago, I finally succumbed to the red Aerosole Pumps as well (on sale for 20$ and with a 20% off code…so I HAD to, right?) Also, I’m glad for I’m not the only one who loves a sweatshirt πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks! These are my favorite types of posts.
    I love, love, love Urban Outfitters’ BDG high-waisted skinny jeans, which look really similar to your #4.
    I have them in black and light blue and I wear them all the time. They come up high enough that you don’t have to worry about anything hanging out while you’re chasing kids. They don’t bag at the knee or anywhere else and since they come up higher, you can tuck the front of shirts in easily. Really great price too, so it’s easy to try out different colors, etc.

  3. I like this list a lot! I’ve really been thinking about getting a pair of burgundy jeans (which would be a HUGE step for me in regards to wearing color.)

  4. I totally know the coldalmostallyear feeling, being a resident of Portland, OR. While it doesn’t get as cold in the winter as my home town in Idaho did, it also doesn’t get very hot in the summer. I’m constantly reaching for my old college track hoodie. Which could be retired (it really does have holes now…). I can’t wait for the sweatshirt lineup! Will you be including an option or two for growing tummies? My track hoodie works as far as going the whole 40 weeks, but it isn’t pretty. πŸ˜‰

  5. shana, you have ruined me, I know canNOT get those coated dark red jeans out of my head..and I sooo need to because there is no way this girl can reasonably spend that on those wonderful, fabulous jeans.. *pout* ha!

  6. UGH I keep finding J Brand skinnies at my local Nordstrom Rack, and I totally do not need any more pants… especially tight pants… I live in a desert! Evil temptation!

  7. Marcia, I’m in the Desert too (though I wish I were near a Nordstrom Rack!) and have the same illogical draw to skinnies..I need to shift to shorts (so not ready for shorts) and light flowy things ha!

  8. I am SO calling my J. Crew store (I think there are 3 within doable driving distance) to see if they have that sweater available. (The online price is still at $199.)

  9. Just an FYI to readers who are contemplating those Aerosole pumps… the red suede ones are on sale for $19.99 on in limited sizes!

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