Hey there!! We’re freshly back from Ecuador (what an experience – more on that later), and I’m currently cozied up at my kitchen table – armed with hot tea – while it storms outside. It’s one of those summertime thunder & lightning storms that seems to have come early this year. No complaints from this girl (let the storm rage on…) – I always did love a good storm.
Speaking of….I have two things to talk about before we get to the fun stuff. While I was gone, there was a bit of a, um, shit-storm of comments surrounding Lex’s Unpacking article and Tiarra’s Walmart article. I think the best way to quickly get to the crux of the issue is with this comment:
“…take a good hard look at your editorial calendar–and your conscience–before you step off your environmental soapbox and straight into hypocrisy so deep you apparently can’t even see out.”
Well, first of all, be assured that we’re not completely clueless. We do understand that sometimes articles on TME are at cross-purpose. But based on this comment it would be better to….what? Not ever publish commentary on the environment? Nope. We think this topic is too important to ignore. Publish commentary on the environment but make sure it’s far, far away from articles that feature non-sustainable clothing so no one notices our “hypocrisy”? Please. We’re all about real life – hiding the complex nature of our lives and choices is NOT what we’re about. Or perhaps…we should only publish articles about sustainable fashion brands? Okay – let’s talk about the realities of that.
I adore sustainable fashion brands like Voloshin and Eileen Fisher for their commitment to not just inspiring designs, but also their focus on protecting our earth. But this forward-thinking often comes at a price: Most pieces are over $100 each, and some cost much more than that. Which brings me to my next point:
I do not want The Mom Edit to turn into an elitist fashion blog, featuring clothing that only the wealthy can afford.
Here at The Mom Edit we value diversity and inclusivity. All are welcome. Finding your personal sense of style – expressing who you really are – is not something reserved for the rich or the well-educated. Not only do we have contributors from different backgrounds (ethnicity, religion, income), we have an even more diverse base of readers. In general, we trust you – our highly opinionated readers – to make your own decisions about where you choose to spend your dollars. Not all articles will appeal to all of you, not all tones or “voices” will resonate, and not all styles will feel like ‘you’.
This is all OK. We’re all about embracing life’s complexity, and doing the best we can to figure it all out. (And based on our analytics, many of you did use the resources listed in Lex’s post to learn more – we love that.) Use The Mom Edit as a source of outfit inspiration, or use The Mom Edit to save yourself some time shopping – all are welcome.
There were three reader suggestions that we LOVED: One, that we add a category for Sustainability. Done. So, if you’re interested, find all of the articles written to date in the newly created Sustainability category, here. (Figuring out which companies are ‘good enough’ to get this label has proven to be tricky….but we’ll do our best.) Secondly, there were many requests for our old Mom Street Style articles. Gang…those old articles were mostly reader submissions! And YES: we’d LOVE to feature you again. If you have an outfit that you are particularly proud of, send it over! I guarantee other readers will love it as well. Lastly, one reader recommended that we add one more week to our current style challenge: Style up something you’ve had for 10 years or more. LOVE. Let’s do it.
The one area, however, that I will be very clear on is our stance on racism – blatant or otherwise. The Mom Edit takes a 100% zero-tolerance position on racist comments. And based on the comments stemming from Lex’s latest article….we have a way to go. It is NOT ok to tell a woman of color that she is being “hostile” when she’s expressing her views. It is also NOT ok to imply that a particular message would’ve been better received if other – white – contributors had written it.
The comments in question have all been deleted from The Mom Edit.
If any of you are having trouble understanding what I’m talking about, I strongly suggest you read the book White Fragility. If any of you can’t understand why the word hostile might be especially offensive to a woman of color, read White Fragility. And if your comment happened to be deleted…..yup: read White Fragility.
I personally think this book should be taught in schools, but maybe that’s just me. (ps. If you use our links above to buy the book…we’ll donate our commission from the sale to Black Girls Code, an organization that teaches underprivileged African-American girls computer programming languages.)
Now, onto the fun stuff.
Still my fav. My straw Clare V Pot de Miel (bought last summer) is still going strong. Straw bags now and forever, if you ask me. Happily, it was recently restocked (but prob won’t stay that way). If you’re looking for something more affordable, however, this adorable straw bag has a similar vibe.
If you’re into this kind of thing. This dress might be the sexiest, slinkiest dress I’ve ever seen, in a color I’m obsessed with for summer. (And, it qualifies for free shipping.)
AHHHH these beach towels….SWOON. One of my very favorite photographers, Gray Malin (we have two of his photos up in our living room) just came out with beach towels. Here and here. I DIE. Would make seriously good Mother’s Day gifts.
Speaking of Mother’s Day….we threw together a low-pressure guide. How to win the morning (after you sleep in, of course), a few ideas of what to do day-of, and a small selection of gifts. (This hug vase seems to be a top seller.)
Anyone tried these? Saltwater Sandals recently came out with slides…in a bunch of pretty colors. I’m totally intrigued. Has anyone tried them?
In a fit of nostalgia….I ordered this dress. It’s literally $39 and looks exactly like one of my go-tos for work (back before I had kids). Fingers crossed, but I remember my old navy wrap dress being shockingly good (and something I wore once a week for years).
Made me laugh out loud. I showed this IG post to my husband. His response? “It’s not OUR fault that the restaurant was closed.” OMGGGGGG.
Oh hey Philly. There’s really nothing better than warm-weather Philadelphia, and events are already starting to pop up. Voloshin has opened a storefront (open Fridays or by appointment), my dance studio is having a huge salsa party next Friday (theme: wear red), and my dear friend Bela (of NINOBrand) has started a month-long extravaganza of shopping, art, and seriously cool events called Private School Club. It’s NOT to be missed. Rumor has it that they may even host a prom. If so, see you there? (I’ll pull out my actual prom dress for the occasion – seriously, how fun is this???)
That’s it for me this week. Enjoy you weekend, everyone.