September 22, 2016

Fav Fall Color Combo: Navy, Black & Camel

Fall is officially here!  And this fall means back to work for me. Now, working from home I do appreciate being able to do my design work in my PJ’s occasionally, but for the most part, (as I mentioned in this post early this year) I try to get dressed everyday. It helps me get in the right headspace for work. And, as a designer, nothing gets me inspired more than finding a new favorite color combo!

This fall, the palette I’m obsessed with is navy, black and camel. I put together some favorite items in these colors and paired them with a few great pieces courtesy of Sole Society to round out the look…Join me (and one gorgeous cup of tea).

sweater | pants | boots (c/0) | bag (c/o) | earrings (c/o)

September 21, 2016

Cargo Pants Are Major (Commence The Celebration)


Gang, get excited:  Cargo pants are a major trend this Fall.  I have loved, I mean L-O-V-E-D cargo pants since their first iteration in the early 2000s, when we’d wear them all super slouchy (like falling-off-the-hips-slouchy) with a lingerie-inspired cami.  Bonus points if a sliver of belly showed.  Remember?  Then roughly 8 years later JBrand reintroduced them again but as skinnies (aka the “Houlihan”) and we were all MIND. BLOWN.

If I could do cartwheels in these heels, I would.  Because this fall (roughly 8 years later again) JBrand’s Houlihans are back.  (I swear my friend Amber never stopped wearing hers.  Atta girl.)

One might argue that these cargo pants aren’t perfect.  I’ll grant you that they are a *touch* too long on my 5’3″ self.  A fact that was completely covered 8 years ago by those tall boots we all insisted on wearing.  Even over ankle zippers(!?!).  Therefore if you are shorter than I am, the Houlihans may not be your best bet.  But in the grand scheme of life (take a seat – getting philosophical here), a *touch* of extra length is something that doesn’t keep me up at night, especially for a pant that machine washes so well.  When nostalgia comes to play as hard as it did here, I’ll happily take ‘close enough’.

(I do wonder if I could shrink them in the dryer a bit…hmmm….)

So.  Keep reading to see two of my favorite outfit combos for cargo pants.  I have a date night version (I swear, the power of the cargo pant swells when flirty little tops and heels are involved), and an everyday version.

Let’s start with the date night version, just for fun.  Heels and lipstick, and happy happy happy.

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September 20, 2016

Sweatpant-Like Dress Pants, Styled For Weekend, Work, and Wink-Wink


Meet my new favorite pants.  These babies are crazy comfortable and can go everywhere:  coffee, work, date night.  They are, technically, ponte pants, but they’re stretchier than the ponte pants I’ve worn before, yet are thicker and super soft.  The thickness (and rear pockets HOLLA) make these pants appropriate for work (even if you don’t have your bum covered), but feel like lounge pants.

I’m alllll about lounge-like pants.

Lastly, these pants are high rise so they smooth out your mid-section and don’t need to be tugged up.  Yes.  Yesyesyes.

Keep reading to see how I styled these pants for a precious weekend morning alone (yes to that, too), work (pretending that I’m still teaching), and date night (sexiest sweatpants ever).

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September 19, 2016

An Easy, Foolproof Way to Look More Alive

Some days when it feels like the nearly two-year-old baby fog is beginning to lift, I remember that important self-care thing and Oprah-esque “live your best life” kind of motivation kicks in. I’m drawn to the idea of “feel better, look better”, and finding time here and there to go for a jog or nap on weekends, but neither of those things provides instant results to counteract years of sleep deprivation and non-clean (filthy, really) eating. Know what does? Snapchat filters. Specifically the butterfly crown one – I want it to permanently follow me around. Until someone invents that, makeup’s the next best option to mimic glowy, lit from within skin.

Here’s what happened when a minimal makeup-wearer tried five highlighting palettes, powders and creams to find the fastest, easiest, foolproof way to look alive.

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September 19, 2016

Fall Capsule Wardrobes for Toddlers & Kids

What’s better than capsule wardrobes for toddlers?  Capsule wardrobes for kids as well!  GAP has some seriously adorable options for little ones that are well made, last a long time and are often on sale (promo codes vary – currently it’s 40% off with code TREAT).  Greenlea’s no longer growing out of her clothes by the week, so I’m comfortable spending a little more for clothes that last.

Keep reading to see the capsule wardrobes I’ve put together for toddler girls, toddler boys, aaannnd capsule wardrobes for the school-age set.

2016 Fall Toddler Girls Capsule Wardrobe-01

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September 18, 2016

What To Buy At J.Crew Right Now (#dressingroomselfies and everything)



Trends have been shifting, slippery things lately (especially in the denim department), so I wandered into J.Crew to see Ms. Lyons’ interpretation.  It’s…fantastic.  J.Crew is doing what they’ve always done so well (cozy sweaters, bright stripes), but have managed to update small details to keep the pieces relevant (hello, little bell sleeve, for example).  But the shocking surprise?  The denim.  Let’s get right to it….

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September 16, 2016

Weekend, Weekend, Fun Fun Fun



Hey there!!!  How was your summer? If you’ve been following me on Insta (@shanachristine) you’ve probably guessed at ours:  a whirlwind.  A fun one, to be sure, but Mike is begging me to “dial it down” now.  He’s probably right, but….

No promises.

This is a big year for me.  Both boys are now in school – even Pax is in all day kindergarten – and whatever will I do with my time?  Ha, ha….ha.  [bangs head on desk]

On that note, the Fall trends article is ALMOST READY.  That is a promise.

Weekend Links

Since we’re in back-to-school mode, I am attempting to set up a homework station.  I mean just kill me now.  I’ll throw a pic up on Instagram soon, but it involves this seriously cool magnetic storage system (fun fact:  can also hold plants) and so far…’s keeping us “creative types” organized.   Fingers crossed.

The iPhone 7 is here!!  It boasts a much better camera and is, wait for it….water resistant.  YES.  The one downside?  No headphone jack – only wireless headphones will work.  At least it’s not blowing up.

The second temps dip below 80, I’m going to make this kale, chickpea, and mushroom rice dish.  Yum.

I need more leopard when it rains.  Thankfully, Sole Society just sent me these leopard print rainboots in anticipation of actual Fall and I LOVE THEM.

Remember when kids’ play mats only came in brightly colored foam, not chic, adult-friendly designs?  Painting time just got easier.

Speaking of painting, Tinkerlab’s glue-and-paint project looks fun and different.

The newest book by the Iggy Peck authors is out!!  It’s called Ada Twist, Scientist and obviously I love it.

For older kids (or, ahem, aging Harry Potter fans), Lockwood & Co book 4 was just released.  I’m totally and completely obsessed.

My favorite beach towels (giant, brightly colored) are on sale.  30% off.  (Mine was stolen, so annoying, Jersey Shore.  SO ANNOYING.)


What are you guys up to this weekend?  We have a school event tonight, then soccer tomorrow and the Dance on Falls Bridge.  I think I even get to wear something fancy.  I suspect this isn’t what Mike meant by “dialing it down”, but there’s just too much fun to be had in Philadelphia.

Happy Weekend!


photo credit: Amanda Danziger 




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September 15, 2016

The Most-Spotted Sneaker In Europe is GOOOOOD….


As many of you know, we spent a couple of weeks in August vacationing in Europe.  We did France for a bit (Nantes, Normandy, St. Malo), and then cruised down to Barcelona for our final week.  The trip was amazing on so many levels, but, as always, the street style was seriously good.  Oddly enough, one pair of sneakers popped up again and again and again – in both France and Barcelona.  These New Balance 410s appeared to be the shoe of choice for Cool Girls Walking: Europe Edition, so when I got home I promptly ordered them, just to see what all the fuss was about.

Yeah.  Those Cool Girls are totally onto something.

The New Balance 410s aren’t really running shoes, rather lightweight sneakers.  The kind of sneakers that you can actually wear without socks, the kind of sneakers that you can wear in hot temps, and the kind of sneakers you’ll wear all Fall.  They make a statement yet are not not bulky, therefore avoiding any potential BigFoot tendencies.

In Europe, tons of girls rocked these sneaks with dresses, skirts, tailored trousers, or jeans-and-scarves-combos.  Europe always feels a little dressier to me – it’s like everyone adds in one dressy element, whether it’s a dress, skirt, or something tailored, then grounds the outfit with sneakers and tshirts.

Here are two ways (out of many – I’ve seriously been wearing them nonstop) that I’ve been wearing my New Balance 410s. One is a nod to chic European style with a tailored short, the other is allll me (think sweaters and cut-offs at the shore).

Lastly, I also included a few pics with my Brooks Chariot sneakers.  They have a similar sensibility as the New Balances, but with really unique color combos.  Super easy way to make a tshirt-and-jean combo more interesting.

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September 14, 2016

Back To School Kicks For Kids (That Will Be Warm Enough For Winter)


Look at Pax, giving me the business.  Per usual.  But the little stinker started Kindergarten – today – and even though we drive each other nuts, I was a wreck.  My Little Chubbies is neither little or chubby these days, and part of me feels like My Work Here Is Done.   Thank You And Goodnight.

Of course that’s not really true…but having your youngest (YOUNGEST!!) start school certainly marks the end of an era.  Maybe I’ll start drinking more.


Each year when the kids start, I totally ignore the 90 degree issue and insist on finding “school shoes” that can withstand winter.  (I’m originally from Michigan, it’s how we do.)  The thought of sitting in a classroom all day wearing snowboots gives me the heebie-jeebies, so I’m looking for something warm-ish, but not overly so.  (Of course, last year Raines happily wore this pair of snowboots on the daily without complaint, but I always feel like There Could Be A Better Answer.)

I think I found it:  Warm, but not too warm (this find is still firmly in the shoe category, rather than the boot category), and – bonus – the kids can get them on/off themselves.  Do you know how hard it is to find shoes for an 8 year old that don’t tie???  #momfail #shutup

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September 13, 2016

Easy Early-Fall Outfit Idea: Jumpsuits, Booties And Denim Jackets


There is one thing I love without a doubt:  a jumpsuit. I can’t deny it. I may still be wearing them as a grandmama with a sagging bum and all. It’s just the way it is, because…me & them. I’ve been wearing jumpsuits since high school, through college, early married life and now kids. We have a long history together.

I’ve been appreciating them even more now as a mama, because they’re simple. They take away the need to pair a shirt with bottoms, so HEY. Cool! One less thing to think about. Also, with Fall not being exactly sooo Fall-ish around here (yes, I have boo-hooed about this before…), this kind of easy, comfortable outfit serves an incredibly noble purpose: it tricks my originally Northern self into feeling like I’m totally taking advantage of Fall style, without me having to sweat my derriere off.

All hail the jumpsuit.

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