Weekend 1.7

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Hey Gang, I’m back. I know some of you were concerned about my long silence, and…yeah. We had a really rough December. We experienced a horrible loss that I’m not quite ready to talk about, and while I was able to write the occasional article about fluffy nonsense (hot pink for holidays, as an example), there’s something about these Weekend articles that feels different. It’s funny, Mike recently pointed out that even though The Mom Edit is very much a business, at the heart of it all is definitely not a business. This website started as a way for me to process my new life as a Mom, and these Weekend posts are a continuation of that humble beginning. So writing about anything in these Weekend posts that didn’t reflect our actual reality – especially when we were so overwhelmed with grief – felt really disingenuous.

I’m also blown away by how the entire TME team rallied to keep things moving. I was basically useless for the entire month, and not only did so many of our TME editors step forward to help, but our behind-the-scenes team did, too. And based on the number of positive responses we got on Jeni’s recent Everyday Edit (in our Tuesday special newsletter – sign up if you’d like), I think we’ll have them keep weighing in.

One happy side effect of writing about hard things, I’ve found, has been discovering this community of support and love. So thank you for your patience. At some point, we’ll share.

For now, quite frankly, I need a little distraction. So here are a few things that have been bringing a smile this past month:

Emerald green. This sweater in ‘forest’ (basically a really gorgeous shade of emerald green) has been my answer to everything – literally all I’ve worn when not in sweatpants (and, now that I think about it…sometimes even in sweatpants). There’s something about this color that just makes me feel pretty and more put-together. My sweater is all but sold out, but Naked came out with two stellar options in the exact same color: this shorter, boxier, shawl-collar sweater (50% off) and this button-front henley sweater (also 50% off) that, for the love of all things holy, needs a MUCH better product shot/and/or new styling. Unbutton some buttons, people! (There’s also a v-neck version of my sweater, too.)

Know what green needs? More green. For date night, I’ve been wearing my green sweater with these almost-matching earrings for a fun little twist on a casual night-out look, and during the day, I’ve been wearing my green sweater with this matching hat from Halfdays.

And if you really want to go wild…I’ve been wearing all of my green with this gorgeous, emerald green puffer. I know, I know, but it looks really good, Gang, I promise. I also came across this seriously cool asymmetrical puffer from Bernardo (at Nordstrom), in more of a kelly green but wow, it’s pretty. And emerald enough to all go together.

Ohhhh, MAN. Our Printfresh collab. I got such a kick of seeing myself on the Printfresh homepage for our Valentine’s Day collaboration. I couldn’t be more excited about these darn PJs. You can read more about them, here. One note I had completely forgotten about in our upside-down December: Printfresh actually re-designed the entire plus-size line! In the debut article I linked, I had mentioned that Kat found that the plus sizes ran small…but she was wearing the early sample, NOT the re-designed line (which now runs TTS). So yeah – Kat will be reporting on the updated sizing, soon, but rest assured that the set available for purchase IS from the re-designed line.

These pants are freaking amazing. I finally ordered Athleta’s Rainier Bootcut Pants and…wow. They’re bananas comfortable, the petite length is perfect to wear even with snowboots, and they’re suuuper warm, with a fleecy interior. I was hoping that they’d look cute with Athleta’s Cozy Karma Funnel Neck Sweatshirt, but that thing is wayyyyy too long on me. (Tall gals, go nuts.) I’m still waiting for Athleta to come out with some sort of boxy, cropped sweatshirt (lined in cozy fleece).

Vuori is having a sale? This almost never happens, so, naturally, I’m skeptical. Is it just the colors that flopped? Well…maybe, but there’s also my favorite tank top (I wore the white all summer, but the gray is actually great), and this emerald green (oops – sorry) tank top and bike shorts is even prettier in person. I’m also a huge fan of their tie-waist leggings, and this gray pair is perfectly neutral.

Major moisture. The four of us are back in Vermont for the winter, and, since it’s soooo much colder here, it’s also sooo much drier. I’ve been really impressed with Youth to the People’s Superberry Hydrate & Glow overnight mask (it’s legit great) but even more so by their Dream Eye Cream. It is wildly moisturizing all day (or night).

Em was right, it’s bouncy. I finally tried Biossance’s new Rose Oil Moisturizing cream, and it’s the kind of moisturizer I want to bathe in, maybe even splash around a little. So I’ve been using Youth to the People at night (a few times a week, anyway), and then in the day I use a combo of this cream and Biossance’s Rose Oil. Love, love, love.

Devouring, in more ways than one. My Santa gift this year (and, yes, I am Santa) was this Ripe Figs cookbook by Yasmin Kahn. More than just a cookbook, it almost reads like a travel book, with gorgeous photographs, and stories mostly told from the immigrant perspective. One of my great joys right now is curling up next to the fire with this book and a cup of tea. Also, the recipes are both authentic (Greek, Turkish, and Cypriot) and do-able. I don’t remember the last time I enjoyed a cookbook this much. It’s a good one, for sure.

What’s the deal with sheet pan dinners? Anyone a fan? I tried Half-Baked Harvest’s Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma the other day and while, OK, it was absolutely delicious, I found that the focus on using just one sheet pan resulted in sub-par results. I’d like to make it again, but I want to, ya know, toss the stuff in their own marinade using an actual bowl, and I plan on cooking them separately (even if they just each get their own sheet pan). My sweet potatoes were over-cooked, and everything was swimming in too much liquid. It was weird. Thoughts? Because I like the idea of sheet pan dinners more than the execution.

How are your men dressing these days? As parties started to be a thing again this Fall, one thing that became clear is that Mike doesn’t have many dressed-up outfits that are…cool. He looks great on the weekend, and the man can rock a suit, but when it comes time to go out…he’s either underdressed or looks like he’s going to work. Do we need to dig into this? Tell me.

Ok Gang. That’s enough of my nonsense for one week. Feels good to be back. I hope everyone had a relaxing, peaceful holiday, and that you’re settling nicely into your winter routines. Thanks for bearing with us.

xoxo,

S

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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. Hugs + prayers for you and your family 🙏🏻

    Re: sheet pan dinners, I don’t like the chicken ones, but I love doing them with salmon or sometimes bacon 😁

  2. Hugs to you and your family, Shana. Your Sunday ramblings are one of my favorite features. Although it’s been fun hearing from other team members, your absence has been greatly missed. My heart goes out to you! Dealing with loss at anytime is very difficult, but a December loss is so heavy.

    As for the menswear question…YES!!! I’ve struggled with what to put the guy in for casual outings as well! Please help!

  3. Shana, wear allll the emerald green. Take a nap. Ignore people. Fall asleep with arms wrapped around your child. And know that there is an army of women standing at attention for you… when you’re ready.

  4. Shana, wear allll the emerald green. Take a nap. Ignore people. Fall asleep with your arms wrapped around your child. And know that there is an army of women standing at attention… whenever you’re ready.

  5. Welcome back, you were missed. Re: grief – I highly highly recommend Anderson’s Cooper’s podcast, particularly the episode with Steven Colbert. They have genius INSIGHT. Made my chest infinitely LIGHTER. love.
    And – HBH cookbooks – her stuff is a bit tricky – too much saucy stuff. I think her gorgeous photos draw us in…..I own her cookbooks and my favorite recipe is her Oregano meatballs with tzaziki – a family favorite in my home.
    Chicken Schwarms? Our FAVORITE by a mile is Trader Joe’s marinated Chicken schwarma in the refrigerator section. place it out on the baking sheet with ANYTHING else you can think of – cooks in 30 minutes.

  6. Shana, I am so, so sorry for your loss. I always look forward to these Sunday essays, and had missed your voice here. Grief is a rough one; hope you’re hanging in there. Sending lots of love. xx

  7. So sorry to hear of your loss, Shana. Sending prayers up for you and your family.

    And also yes! My husband needs some reasonably priced going out outfit ideas!

  8. Hang in there Shana! Thank you for being so genuine and authentic. That’s what makes your blog so wonderful, along with your fabulous team. You are all fabulous. Best wishes to all for a peaceful heathy and adventurous New Year!

  9. Good morning, I’m a retired personal chef, while I do enjoy HBH recipes she could use some editing. You CAN absolutely marinate everything in a bowl BEFORE adding to the sheet pan. I do this, much much easier to get that marinade everywhere. When I make sheet pan stuff I do it like so the meat is all on one side, roots in the middle, then veg on the other side. So meat goes all on one side and you cook it for about half to a quarter of the time listed. Then add your root, depending on how large your chunks you can sometimes get away with cooking the meat and roots/tubers the same amount of time, I do this. Lastly add the veg. Typically soft veg like peppers and onions only take about 15 minutes at 450 degrees. However sometimes broccoli and cauliflower can take a fuzz longer.
    And yes, please do a section of men going out. The hubs needs an update.

  10. So sorry for your loss – your TME family is thinking of you!

    My husband has the exact same issue with no going out clothes – would love some ideas!

  11. Take all the time you need. Don’t feel like you ever have to share every detail of your personal life. Be like kind and gentle to yourself and continue seek support from your circle and staff. ❤️

  12. Schwarma: Yes, separate the potatoes from the chicken on difficult sheet pans. Also, place the chicken on an oiled cooling rack nestled in the sheet pan to roast.

  13. I’m so sorry… sometimes sitting in the feelings is all you can do. And that’s okay. That’s why we need community—to keep us from falling entirely and to maintain the Other Stuff we can’t even consider. Grace is not just for everyone else. Know that you have a strong chosen-family as well as the blood ones. Promise this too will get less raw.

  14. I’m so sorry for your loss, Shana. The festive holiday season can be particularly tough when dealing with grief. Your team did a wonderful job keeping everything going. Please take wonderful gentle care of yourself.

  15. You have been missed. I’m so sorry for your loss and hope you and your men are getting through this time together. You’ll be in my thoughts. Also, never one sheet dinners here for me and always ALL of the emerald everything! Welcome back, friend!

  16. We missed you Shana! Sending love and strength as you grieve and hope that you take all the time you need – there are no timetables for grief.

    Sheet pan dinners can be great but I also tend to mix stuff in a bowl and sometimes cook thing separately as well. I’m not that desperate to have just one pan to clean up! Sometimes they are much worse for trying to make everything in the sheet pan.

  17. Very sorry for your loss Shana. I love LOVE your Sunday ramblings and was drawn to this blog for them – my boys are similar ages to yours and so everything you share rings true to heart.

    Regarding loss, this book has been so helpful to me: “It’s OK that you’t Not OK
    Meet Grief and Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand” by Megan Devine.

    Take naps, read, cry, spend time with your boys, ski, ski and ski……nature is the healest of all healers. Sending love.

  18. Welcome back! Thinking of you. So sorry for your loss but so glad you have a community to lean on.

    Thanks for the sheet pan dinner — here’s another one that my family (four teenage sons) LOVES — we make it once a week! https://tasty.co/recipe/weekday-meal-prep-chicken-burrito-bowls –> We actually put it on tortillas instead of into bowls and it’s DELISH.

    As for men’s clothes — yes, yes and yes! My husband’s in a funk, too. Bought him a great shacked from Criquet (have you heard of this cool new brand?) but that’s the only game he’s got at the moment.

    Again, sending you a hug as you deal with your loss. xoxo

  19. Standing with you and sending lots of love and peace in the wake of your loss, Shana. We all love the TME team to bits, and they are indeed amazing. AND your voice—the heart and soul of the team—has been missed here. Take your time … it goes without saying we’ll be here for and with you. XO

  20. Shana,

    I’m Jamie- I am 22 years old and just got married this past June to the best dressed boy I had ever set eyes on! After reading your post I feel extremely inclined to share and be much more open then I would like to be. There may be better places to be vulnerable than in the comments section of a blog but what the heck!

    My inclination to share may be because the feeling of grief is very familiar to me as well. Our sadness was overwhelming after we miscarried our first baby in September. We are thankful for her and for the joy she brought(even for that short time)- and for her bringing me the greatest gift of all-being a mom! I share this with you because I want to be a reminder that our hearts heal and good does come.

    I apologize for the heaviness of own experience I am leaving in your comments, but my husband and I love to talk about her and find that it brings light to our hurting hearts. I also would have appreciated to have someone share their wounds with me in the heat of my pain. Also to know- hey we are healing and you will to! I am not sure what you have been through and hope that you continue to heal and feel the love of those around you.

    I must admit- clicked to your most recent blog post planning on leaving a comment of a very different nature. It may seem silly to take my leap of faith after all that I just shared, but am still determined to make a rookie attempt to take hold of my destiny!

    I found your blog during my pregnancy when I was utterly determined to find pieces I would love as my body changed. Your blog totally rocked my world and I was hooked from the start. A space where moms can find practical pieces that fit into their life and have this creative outlet at their fingertips?? Amazing!! I am excited about what you all do here at the mom edit and would love to be a part of it. If you have any opportunities to join the mom edit team in any way I would love to be considered. I have experience in fashion after working Anthropologie and being a Senior Stylist at BHLDN. I also graduated with a degree in Theology and Business Management minor. I completely understand if you already have the dream team assembled, but did want to shoot my shot with you as I truly admire what you are doing and know I would love to contribute in any way. Please let me know if there are any opportunities or ways to get involved in the mom edit!

    Jamie

  21. Echoing the chorus of voices letting you know that you were very missed. Sending you peace and strength as you navigate this stretch.

  22. Glad to have you back and sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

    Another vote for menswear going out clothing and shoes/boots!

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