March 26, 2017

Spring Denim: Destroyed and Embellished Light Wash

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lace top  /  jeans  /  booties

True to my Taurus sign, I’m very much creature of habit – once I find a style of jeans that works on my body and fits well, it’s a no-brainer. And my love affair with Paige Verdugo skinnies is no secret! Though black skinnies will always be the most flattering in my opinion, I wanted to lighten up for spring. Here’s the thing: skinny, light-colored pants on can be tricky if it’s just an expanse of solid color stretching tightly across your thighs and bum, so here were some criteria I had in mind:

  • Something to add interest on the legs – distressing, destruction, embroidery or otherwise embellished
  • Variation in light denim shades within the jeans to make them as flattering as possible
  • Cropped or ankle length but not necessarily petite-sized makes it easier to find more options

It’s true that the Paige’s happened to be my faves, but I found a couple more styles that will definitely be on permanent repeat in my denim collection. (I made that sound way fancier than the crowded shelf at the top of the closet). Want to see which spring denim I loved?

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March 24, 2017

Editor Picks From The 2017 One-Piece Swim Guide!

 

It’s almost that time of year, Mamas.  That glorious, no-school, stay-up-late, drinks on the beach, sand on the feet, ice cream every night…that time of year.

Usually we launch our swim guide around Mother’s Day, but last year you told us, in no uncertain terms, that Mother’s Day was too late.  Finding a swimsuit requires time.  And commitment.  A few weeks in May isn’t going to cut it.

So without further ado, our 2017 One-Piece Swim Guide is available now.  It includes the best one-piece suits for post-partum and nursing, the best one-piece suits for covering up that loose skin around your belly button (if you care – and we really don’t), the most supportive suits for the large chested, the sexiest suits for the mama who doesn’t take life too seriously, and the best surf suits for playing hard with the kiddos.

And because there are So. Many. Suits. To. Choose. From…..our personal favs, our Editor Picks, can be found below.

(ps.  Our Bikini guide will be launching in a few weeks….)

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March 23, 2017

A Love Letter to Mom

My mom has always been my hero.  Cliche, right?  I know, I SO know . . . but seriously, she has always been my personal hero.  I’m so proud of her.  She has handled so many of life’s unexpected difficulties with grace and faith that is remarkable to me.  Our family is so lucky and so blessed—we have some major love for one another—but we’ve been through some shit.  Some serious, awful, unexpected shit.  Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996.  Shana in 2013.  Both went through mastectomy surgeries, both through months of chemotherapy and both of them handled it with a strength and grace that I can only begin to fathom.

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March 22, 2017

Spring Denim #DressingRoomSelfies

jacket (coziest!!) | tee | jeans | boots (similar, some sizes here)

Soooooo, I’m a denim girl – remember last year’s search for the perfect spring jean?  This year, I’m back to my old tricks.  Actually, we all are.  The Mom Edit team has been off trying (and trying and trying in some cases) to find the perfect light-wash jean for Spring.

My criteria was as follows:

  1.  A perfect faded vintage blue wash –  this is the wash I’m in love with right now. I have tried (and tried) really light washes and they just aren’t for me, but that broken-in perfection? YES.
  2. Interesting fit (or at least new-to-my-closet?) – I wanted to push myself beyond a skinny jean, because I already found a perfect pair!

I tried on a ton and some definitely failed, but the winners made it allll worthwhile. I am always up for a jean challenge. Is there such thing as a denim geek? ‘Cause that’s me. Come. Come along into my madness…

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March 21, 2017

Light-Wash Denim: The First (of many) Attempts To Find My New Favorite Jeans

It’s Spring Denim Month over here at TME.  Usually we just declare a theme week and be done with it, but we’re having a few issues with this one.

When I first brought up the concept of finding a go-to pair of lightwash denim for Spring, it was met with varying degrees of enthusiasm.  Laura was all I LOVE IT OBVIOUSLY MORE DENIM YES…..Cam piped up with ‘do shorts count cause it’s hot already’ (rub it in, Carolina, rub it in), Scotti couldn’t seem to grasp what constitutes light wash (Is this light wash?  No.  Is THIS light wash?  No.  Is thi- No.)….and I could see Amanda, sitting there in her black jeans, giving me side-eye through the screen.  (In hindsight those were probably leggings.)

I know, I know, I know.

Denim trends have been driving us all crazy for months now, and lightwash denim is no exception.  Actually, there’s so many more things that can go wrong with lightwash denim:  a too-flat, completely uniform wash that perfectly outlines each lump, bump and muscle….or distressing  that doesn’t quite hit in the right spot, creating a squeeze situation right above the knee, to name but a few possibilities.

Ugh.

So here’s our compromise:  Finding a perfect pair of lightwash denim for Spring is probably going to take a few attempts.  So in the interest of shopping helpfulness (it’s only enabling if it’s good)….we’re bringing it all to TME:  the good, the bad, and the ugly.  And we’re comparing our real-life pictures to the pics on retailers websites.  Why?  Because soooooo many retailers, where lightwash is concerned, have fallen into a really bad habit:  they’re grossly over-exposing the denim, and you end up with a pair that looks nothing like what is shown online.

So….here’s my first attempt.  I found some strong contenders, but not the lightwash denim of my dreams.  I’ll keep looking.  In the meantime….enjoy and good luck!

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March 21, 2017

Spring Dresses: Asos

Spring is here! Officially! Spring brings with it many occasions (and hopefully warm enough weather) for pretty dresses. If you have a vacation, wedding or Easter celebration coming up, look no further. Asos is having 20% off their already super reasonable dress prices and there are some really lovely, fun options. They have free standard shipping and 2-day shipping for a whole year is only $19.00. I’ve gotten some great dresses lately from Asos, as have most of us on the TME team. Here are my favorites…

A note on Asos dress sizing: I find that they run a little bit small, especially in the rib cage (I have a large rib cage) and the hips. If you run a bit wider or curvier in these areas, too, I’d suggest going up one size. 

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March 20, 2017

Adding a Little Fancy: Bell Sleeve Tops

I’ve been loving all of the cool bell sleeve tops I’m seeing.  They’re an effortless way of looking put-together without having to think too much about what you’re wearing.  I dressed this one up with sequin statement earrings and over the knee boots (it’s still cold in Michigan) and will pair it with boyfriend jeans and sandals when the weather warms up a bit.  The sleeves added a touch of fancy to an otherwise simple outfit . . . and you all know I’m all about adding a little fancy

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March 20, 2017

Naples, FL: What To Do (And Wear)

As Spring Break approaches I find myself a leetle regretful that I didn’t plan a warm weather trip for us this year. I mean, we’re so much closer to Hawaii here in Portland and we still haven’t been…next year maybe I can write a travel post on that trip! (Pinky, are you reading…)

We were fortunate enough to get to visit my parents in February in South Florida this year, though, for some sunshine. (You may have seen a few pics on my Instagram account @elletrain) The weather was in the low 80’s for at least half of our trip and it was lovely. We got a date night, I got some mama time and of course we had some trips to the beach while we were there. I did a little run-down here of some of our favorite activities and some suggestions on what to wear and pack if you’re planning a trip to the Sunshine State.

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March 19, 2017

These Are The Most Comfortable Sandals….EVER

 

I wore this outfit to school pick-up the other day.  Before the East Coast was hit with the big storm, obviously.  Actually, it may have been the exact day-before-the-storm but #nobodycares #movingon.

ANYWAY.

My friend Linzi came sauntering up, eyes sparkling.  “Shana….?” she started in a sing-song voice, “are you wearing comfort shoes????”

Um.  Maybe?  #that’sAYes

So here’s the thing:  I’ve been meaning to give Eileen Fisher sandals a try for a couple of years now.  The reviews are off-the-charts glowing, and the styling is sporty, which is a direction that feels really on-point right now.  And when paired with some edgier pieces (Rag and Bone, naturally, and OMG wait until you see this gorg little bag….) anyway, the resulting outfit was totally my jam.

And those darn reviews are right about these sandals.  We’re talking the most buttery-soft leather that has ever graced my body, and a squishy, supportive sole.  They are, without any exaggeration at all, more comfortable than sneakers.  Bold words, I know.  Yet TRUE.

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March 18, 2017

My Favorite Sandals for 2017

summer-sandals-2017

I’ve had my eyes set on sandals for a while now, especially with the weird, early Spring weather that arrived about a month ago. Needless to say, I’ve had my search on for THE pair of all pairs, to get me through the warmer months coming up. (BTW: it snowed this past Saturday and now it’s freezing cold. ha…ha. SC, you’re so funny. So f-ing funny)

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