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We had the best NYE we’ve had in a long time. Partially because — bye, 2020! -—but also, I suspect, because expectations were at an all-time low. Personally, my favorite parts of past NYEs were the parts where we just, uh, get ready, so we simply leaned hard into that.

Scotti did makeup (an advanced, NYE version involving lots of glitter) and I poured the bubbly. With no pressure to go anywhere or be on time, we just…enjoyed.  

Once we emerged from Scotti’s makeup room all VOILA! BEHOLD OUR GORGEOUSNESS to spirited applause (the guys were deep into Negronis at this point), we ate some food (Ritz crackers — my kids were in heaven), and started the karaoke. 

Suddenly, it was midnight. And — just like that — 2020 was over.  

I can’t help but feel a little hopeful. There’s no doubt that 2021 is going to continue to be a really tough road. There’s no doubt that we have so much work to do (on many levels). But I’m feeling more inspired than I have in a long time. In many ways, my path feels…clear.  

On a personal level? 2021 is going to be about low expectations, and being intentional with my time. For example, I know that ‘being intentional’ usually means getting outside everyday…and the low expectations part (the part I’m realllllly bad at) might just mean…for a walk around the block. Boo.

I mean fine. It’s fine! It’s better than nothing and that, my friends, is the point. “Better than nothing” could probably be reframed by someone more cheerful as…oh I don’t know: baby steps to happiness?  

Oof. Terrible. [S bangs head on desk.]

So my 2021 mantra (since I can’t reframe without sounding like a bad self-help book) is  ‘Shoot for better than nothing!’ 

Okaaaay.  

Fine. It’s fine.

In any case, professionally, I’m really excited about our 2021 content. The team and I have been brainstorming, and the idea of being intentional with purchases keeps popping up. We’re always trying to balance the idea of fresh content vs. boring everyone with our most-worn pieces over & over & over again, but we’re hoping to really toe this line in 2021. It’s more authentic to who we are as people and better fits with our values of cost-per-wear and sustainability. 

We’re also going to be focusing more on our community. You guys are — easily — the best part of The Mom Edit, and we’d love to be the platform of shared voices. Representation matters, and we remain committed to amplifying black and brown voices. We’re also hearing that you guys want to see more size and age diversity as well. So. At a minimum, expect to see more style & life interviews in 2021, and let us know if there’s someone you’d love to see featured (or if you’d like to be featured).

But if I make only ONE solid, concrete resolution for 2021, it’s going to be this: Be more like Scotti and always have — at the ready — a karaoke machine, disco balls (yes, plural), flashing lights and glitter eyeshadow.

For, ya know, those 2021 Friday nights.


Getting serious about those resolutions: Karaoke machine, disco ball w/lights (and a traditional disco ball), and, lastly, party lights.

Long live the t-neck. Our top 5, biggest selling products of 2020? They were (in order): this cashmere turtleneck sweater, Vince Henderson boots, the “EW, DAVID” sweatshirt, the “stupid pants” (as nicknamed by our FB Insiders, ha!), aaaaaand…this Schitt’s Creek Moira Rose vocabulary calendar.

Back in stock (and on sale): My longtime favorite puffers, Lole’s Kayley Jacket (a short puffer) and Lole’s Katie Limited Edition Puffer (a long one) magically appeared at Nordstrom Rack, 51% off. I had been gifted the long one three years ago, and liked it so much I picked up the short one, too. These puffers are impossibly lightweight and shockingly warm. (Lole is based in Canada, so…yeah. They know cold.) I still swear by them all these years later (literally just wore the short one), and have been happy to hear that a ton of readers have liked them, too. Nordstrom Rack also has Mike’s favorite lightweight puffer (think: The North Face, but with a cooler fit and less logo), as well as Lole’s cable knit mittens (lined in fleece and super-warm).

Back in stock, part II. I keep trying to cover Beyond Yoga’s twist-front tank because it’s so dang flattering on…but it keeps selling out. However! Nordstrom *just* got a pretty gray version in stock, so. The twist does realllllly nice things for the girls.

Flawless. Scotti bought me the Yubi Brush for Christmas, and it’s fantastic. It even makes my ‘skin tint’ go on more evenly, and I love what it does with actual foundation, too. The brush is the softest thing I’ve ever put on my skin, and the whole experience is lovely. Support Black-owned business Yubi directly and take 25% off sitewide + free shipping.

Hallucinating. I was midnight browsing, just to get inspired, when I clicked on Nordstrom’s new arrivals section and was confronted with THIS. Tory, Tory, Tory…no. At the time I took it as a sign to go to bed (obviously a hallucination?) and YET THERE IT IS. ps. it’s $500.

xo,

S

22 COMMENTS

  1. Naturally I clicked on the Tory link. It’s sold out. And um, yeah. Can’t wait to read more of your inspiring posts all year long. Love this place and the community you all have built.

  2. Yes to AGE diversity please!!!!! Take it up to moms in their 40s (and 50s – waves hands here I’m rockin my 50s). I read your blog and I buy lots based on your recs. Just got the jslides platform furlined sneaker booties delivered today…..

  3. I would love to see more home/room tours. I have really enjoyed the ones you guys have posted in the past. I finally set up my basement as a playroom/family space for my kids this past fall, inspired by Shana’s awesome playroom reveal from a few years back. I think we will continue to spend a lot of time at home in 2021 and I would love some more inspiration for beautiful yet functional living spaces. Happy new year!!

  4. That bag is horrifying. I love this site. And the Insiders Facebook group has been a huge savior for me this year. It’s such an amazing community! Thank you for putting it all together!

  5. I’d love to be more involved in the TME community but I don’t do Facebook, so moving to a different platform would be more inclusive.
    I’d also like to see more focus on the way clothes feel. All I’m buying these days is cashmere, silk, etc from places like Naadam and Quince. I’d love to see you try out more stuff from Quince. I just ordered a bunch because their prices are insane.

    • SAME. I’ve pretty much just stuck with cotton, cashmere and silk for most of my life (I get soooo itchy otherwise), and the occasional foray into polyester usually doesn’t end well. I’ll definitely do more with Quince – I have high hopes for them, too. Thanks for being here, Christy. (And for SO LONG!!)

  6. You all are the best. I imagine I don’t speak for myself when I say your community appreciates how you listen and put in to action what you hear. Love your commitment to being inclusive and really listening. It sounds like you have some great new ideas brewing to change things up a bit and I am totally here for it.

    • Thanks, Lisa. We are literally overflowing with ideas. The hard part is getting them all rolling. I, too, am hopeful for this year. Thanks for taking the time to comment. xoxoxoxo

  7. I love it when you include your mom and all three of you are absolutely glowing with family happiness in this photo. I say – bring on the moms and moms of moms for multigenerational lifestyle stories.

  8. This post made me nostalgic for the time spent getting ready to go out for the night with my roommates in college! I loved it- chatting, pregaming, playing our hype mix CDs, debating the merits of wearing a jacket or not in freezing cold East Lansing, the anticipation of what the night could bring- all of it. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. What a delight to see you three and imagine your gorgeousness singing and dancing and eating Ritz crackers while celebrating “out with the old 2020” and in with the new, hopeful, clear and open pathed 2021. Happy New Year!

  10. That bag…well, it looks like the head of a hobby horse that fell off (I know, bc I have said head in some toy closet of “to be fixed” toys that never seems high on the priority list…does anyone want it to repurpose it, I promise I won’t charge $500.) I love your top sellers list, an interesting insight to fellow readers. Cheers to a new year!

  11. Such a joy to see you three cuties clearly enjoying yourselves and each other! Hurrah!! And I hear you on calibrating expectations (“shoot for … better than nothing!”) in 2021 … as well as focusing on being intentional about purchases–most of all, because that resonates with who you all are. Thank you so much for all you do!

    • Right? Better than…nothing is 100% my going-forward slogan. Thanks for taking the time to comment – much appreciated. xoxoxox

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