I had one of those pinch-me moments in an otherwise pretty grueling week. I was walking back into the office — lost in thought — when I suddenly paused in the doorway. I realized — and this was The Moment — that this fun little blog I started more than ten years ago now requires a whole team of people. Scotti was visiting, so she and Linzi were both there working away, but there’s also a whole behind-the-scenes crew who keep this website running, in addition to our crazy contributors, literally located alllll over the US.
It’s such a strange feeling. On one hand I am all proud-mama and want to yell LOOK AT THIS AMAZING TEAM OMG WE CAN CONQUER THE WORLD!!!! And on the other hand…I am hiding in a corner muttering, “They’ve entrusted their careers to me?? Those fools! Fools!”
Starting your own business, man. It’s a trip.
But I am reallllly excited about the holidays this year. Namely because I might get to have one. HA! That’s a blogger joke. Ha, ha…ha.
OK but seriously for reals.
We have a ton of exciting holiday content coming out. And, thanks to the fact that many members of the team are Highly Organized Persons (we’re obviously not counting me in that list)…I think most of our content will be published in time to be helpful. (Apologies to those of you in past years who have left comments like, ‘oh hey S, great gift guide, but since it’s Dec 20th, I finished my shopping weeks ago…’)
The next few weeks will be, admittedly, heavily focused on sales. The contributors and I will be publishing gift guides, and a few outfit ideas, but we’re mostly focusing on dressing room selfies and other Black Friday content to keep up with the insane discounts that retailers are already running.
Black Friday has basically turned into Black November and — if last year was any indication — the additional discounts offered on actual Black Friday will likely change by only 5-10%. I expect that most of our top picks will be sold out by actual Black Friday.
HOWEVER. I have exciting NEWS:
Our holiday style guide will drop on Nov 16th.
This style guide, officially titled, The Mom Edit’s (no pressure) Guide To Getting Dressed For the Holidays, is basically a guide to dressing up all of your basics for a wide range of holiday events. Black sweater? We show five ways to dress it up. Black leggings? Of course. Black tights? Yup — because dresses are COLD without ’em.
The only catch? The guide is only available to our newsletter subscribers. (Sign up here!)
Why?? Well..we focus so freaking heavily on building up newsletter subscribers because it’s the only way for us to gain independence from social media platforms like Facebook. Otherwise, we’re completely at the mercy of algorithms.
So…yeah. Sign up for the guide, and get ready for a wild November. Should be fun.
Speaking of fun…CBD oil? I pulled a tendon in my foot back in freaking SEPTEMBER and it still hurts. After many rave reviews (especially from the 60+ crowd), I’m seriously thinking about trying this CBD lotion. I like that I’m buying it from Sephora, not some random website I’ve never heard of (oh and hey, the Sephora Insider Sale doesn’t hurt, either).
ps. Hemp oil is not the same as CBD oil, in case you looked on Amazon and got confused. (S raises hand)
It shouldn’t be this hard. I’m forever looking for a cute long-sleeve tee to layer under sweaters. The neckline of the tee has to work with the neckline of the sweater, the fabrics have to slide nicely over each other (otherwise they bunch up and don’t drape), and the tee must be cute enough to stand on its own. My Bobeau wrap top works OK for chunky sweaters (I have the cream)…so I thought I’d also try Bobeau’s blouson-sleeve tee and this crazy 70’s floral print tee. Both were solid choices.
Set, Match. It’s a running joke in the office that as much as we’d love to do an article about cozy matching sets…they tend to sell out before we can finishing saying, “oooo…I found– nevermind.” I just ordered this cashmere H&M one in navy (matching sweater link here). Good luck, suckas.
Speaking of things that sell out….H&M just restocked their little-boy suits. Since I was ordering anyway, I added a tux (jacket here, pants here) for Pax. They’re our favs for the holidays — and completely machine washable.
I KNOW. In all of my Black Friday “research”…I’ve been kiiinda blown away by the coat selection at Abercrombie. This short puffer comes in some really lux-looking options, this parka is exactly perfect, and this ultra-long puffer (holla, Chicago!) has some really unexpected — yet neutral — color options. (I like the terracotta red.) While you’re there, snap up a pair of their washed black skinnies…and this plaid flannel that makes me believe in plaid shirts again.
What is even happening here? Is A&F worth a round of dressing room selfies? I think…I think they are.
Decades late, but OK. Trump finally signed the bill that grants the women who inspired the movie ‘Hidden Figures’ congressional gold medals for their important work in, oh, I don’t know, the HARD MATH to put a MAN ON THE MOON. Among other contributions. Full story here.
I need a new book. Any recommendations? We’re listening to Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime with the kids (and it’s amazing — highly recommend) but I need one for me. Preferably science fiction because #nerd. I keep going back to this old post of Scotti’s…I think we’re long overdue for an update. Help?
We’re beyond honored to publish. If you haven’t yet read Julieta’s post on her path to citizenship…it’s beautiful. Julieta, thank you so much for sharing your story. (And readers…grab the tissues. You’ll need them.)
That’s it for me! Other than trying to get a little work done…I think we’re just settling down for a pretty quiet weekend. Laura is flying in for a visit next week, so I’m sure some of the fun will make it’s way onto IG (@themomedit).
I hope you are all enjoying what is (arguably) one of the last fall weekends before holiday vibes start taking over.