January 20, 2017

Good Luck This Weekend….

downloadable graphic:  the wild unknown

Well.  Here we are, on the eve of Trump’s inauguration.  I’ve spent the last few months waffling back and forth between ignoring the inevitable and drowning myself in articles on our post-Trump future.

It’s terrifying.

To those of you who voted for Trump, who continue to feel (hope, perhaps?) that he’ll be The Best President Ever….I sincerely hope you are right.  I hope that he surprises us all with measured, thoughtful, just leadership.

In the meantime, I’ll be marching.  Because human rights – for all genders, races, and religions – goes far beyond politics.  I believe in a future that values diversity – diversity of culture, diversity of race, diversity of thought.  And this is a future worth fighting for.

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.    -Thomas Jefferson

Here’s an interactive graphic of all women’s marches across the US (and Worldwide!).  I’m headed to the sister march in Philadelphia tomorrow, and yes, my boys are coming with me.

Need a sign?  Here’s a list of 150 possible slogans, with statements ranging from “in diversity is strength” to “Pussy Power:  it’ll grab ya”.

Or just download the gorgeous Diversity is Reality sign from The Wild Unknown.  (Kim, you rock.)

What Else?

I like this old Intercept article, Donald Trump Will Be President.  This is What We Do Next.  In addition to some concrete steps, he offers a bit of hope.

5 Ways To Get Involved, a Cup of Jo article that came out after the election, is still worth a read.  I especially love the point that we can use literature to help us understand the perspective of those outside of our bubble. I’d love if the book lovers among us would weigh in with recommendations.  Perhaps we could work together to come up with a must-read list for cultivating empathy, understanding, and acceptance in 2017?

All The Wonder has already created the kid version.  Check out their list of 35 Picture Books for Little Activists.

Lastly, a little perspective:  In 2022, scientists are predicting that two stars will collide, creating a red nova (and temporarily becoming one of the brightest things in the sky).  How’s that for making us all feel small?

 

This weekend I’ll be marching forward with my feet, into a scary, uncertain future.  But when I look down into the eyes of my little guys, I’ll be sure to get way down, down to their level, where I can face them eye-to-eye. Where I can pause for a moment, and listen.  Because they are our future.  And now more than ever before, our children need to know – each and every one, regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation  – that they are valuable.  They are worthwhile.  They are powerful.

xo,

S

 

 

 

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January 20, 2017

What To Buy At J.Crew’s Extra 40% Off Sale-On-Sale

pj-inspired shirt

My birthday coincides with the end-of-January sales, so I always indulge a little.  I know it’s juuuust after Christmas but the deals, you guys.  One of the best sales right now is J.Crew – they’re offering an additional 40% off of already reduced prices.  I rounded up my favs for us, the guys, and the kids.  Happy shopping!

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January 20, 2017

Winter Sales: Laura’s Edit

There are some killer pieces on sale right now. Some are going fast. I found some really fabulous wardrobe-staple kind of finds, like washed black skinny jeans, tall boots, amazing sweaters. We still have quite a bit of winter left, so snap these babies up for a little closet-boost. I know I need one about now, since I’ve lived in slippers and leggings for weeks!

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January 19, 2017

Sophisticated Coats & Moto Boots

outfits-for-cold-weather

Well, as I am writing this it is currently hovering around the upper 70s here in the Carolinas. In fact, it was in the 60’s when I got these pictures…so yeh. FULL DISCLOSURE: I was hot and it was not, in fact, winter weather conditions. Ya know, sometimes you really have to commit to the cause though…and you all asked for real winter outfits – coats, gloves & warm socks included. I delivered, gosh darn it! (not damn it, because I’m trying to scale back my terrible swearing habit).

Now, the rest of The Mom Edit team likes to joke that I never see winter weather, butbutbut…we actually do get about a total of 15 really cold days down here, so. HA. I do, in fact, experience winter. It’s a really hard two weeks, too. wah. We have to wear layers…andand COATS! So. When this happens, I like to get down with a long, sophisticated coat, a basic beanie, gloves and a pair of moto boots…to edge it all up a bit.

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January 18, 2017

This Coat + UGGs = YES

Guys, I found the perfect coat.  This huge fluffy awesome faux fur hood lining can be removed for a much less dramatic look (for weather that’s warmer than when we took these pictures).  For now, I love the oversized hood and warmth of the faux fur…but when it gets warmer I’ll be happy that I have another option that doesn’t involve puffer coats and faux fur.

When you live where I live, you get excited about these things.

Stay tuned for how I style this coat with “winter sneakers,” (yes, that’s a thing) but until then I’m loving it with these Ugg boots (warm, comfy and on sale, which Uggs almost never are) for an effortless cozy winter combo.

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January 18, 2017

Activewear Brand You’ve Gotta Know: Outdoor Voices

 

Gang, have you heard of Outdoor Voices?  They’re an activewear brand with a decidedly different vibe.  First of all, their color-ways are downright inspired, and their styling reads more I Am Fabulous At Lounging Around Nonchalantly than the intense WORK HARD DON’T STOP message of the typical activewear brand.

In fact, the company motto is Doing Things.  “We believe,” their website states,  “…when you drop the expectations to perform, the magic happens. That the joy of the game outlasts a win.  That friends who sweat together, stick together.”

I swear I have this same conversation with my little guys every day.   Thanks, Outdoor Voices.  Your message makes me want to stand up and cheer.

But make no mistake:  these pieces do work hard.  They use serious fabrics – like a technical compression material for their leggings that washes and dries beautifully, yet is always opaque.  And merino wool!  I love that there’s a whole line of merino wool products that drape beautifully, and are thin enough to layer over, under, whatever.

I packed a few pieces from Outdoor Voices on our recent ski trip to Breckenridge, and wore them around the clock.  They were just the thing for skiing (the merino wool is a seriously good base-layer), as well as the nutty pre-ski dress-the-kids-in-5-million-layers-while-they-tantrum routine and then the – ah, bliss – of an apres ski hang.

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January 17, 2017

A Surprisingly Good Combo: Leopard Print & Wedge Boots

Hello from all the snow! Yes, we made national news and our governor declared a state of emergency last week here in Oregon. We do not know what to do with this much snow! In North Portland, we got 15″! It’s been nuts to say the least. And gorgeous. And so nuts. And lots of family time. 8 snow days since right before Christmas. Plus the Christmas/New Years holidays. Plus, MLK Jr. holiday. All the snow and all the family time. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. PLEASE let’s talk fashion instead. Mmmkay??

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January 17, 2017

Reader Style: Danielle’s Versatile Cardi

We were delighted to get the following note from reader Danielle:

This one is for Jess…my beloved Itat cardigan was at it again today for a trip to see the Nutcracker with all 3 of my girls. When the baby was ready for a snack, I slipped her right under and no one was the wiser. SO much more subtle than throwing a gigantic piece of floral fabric over my shoulder! I wore it a ton when I was pregnant, too, because my torpedo belly just grew right out through the middle!

 

Forgive my weak styling and selfie skills…hopefully you get the idea 🙂 And take note of the Rag & Bone Dre jeans I finally splurged on when my post partum body stabilized! THANK YOU Mom Edit for the work you do so that I can spend my time with my crazy girlies instead of searching for cute jeans!!!

– Danielle

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January 16, 2017

Winter Gear

During a recent meeting with TME team, Cam (who lives in South Carolina and said it was “cold” because it was below 70) asked when it starts getting warm in Marquette.  “May,” I said.  I was only half-kidding.  We’ve had snow days in May before . . . and although that’s not the norm, we don’t really get a summer going here until about June.  Spring (or the season when the snow melts and the sand from sanding the snowy roads over and over again is everywhere – forget flowers here) is pretty much non-existent.  You simply cannot live here and NOT have good winter gear.  Sorels in the UP are as ubiquitous as the snow banks on the side of the roads.

It’s no surprise that lots of retirees who live here are “snow birds,” or those who go somewhere warm during these winter months.  My parents are no exception . . . they’re going to Lake Havasu at the end of the month and Greenlea and I are soaking up as much Nana time as we can before they leave for a few months.  She spoils G with candy from Donkers (we were amazed at how fast she ate an entire bag of gummy bears) and has happy hour with me where I chat her ear off.  I’m so lucky to have her in the same town . . . and that we get to visit her in Arizona to get out of the cold!

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January 16, 2017

Portland’s Bridge & Burn Annual Sale

Hey hey…my favorite store in Portland is having a big sale! I love their simple, casual, very Pacific Northwest style. They have quality items famous around Portland. All of it is just very ‘me.’  You may recognized them from my rain gear post. My favorite pieces are their shirt dresses, trousers and t-shirts and at the top of my list is one of their waxed raincoats (of course). Check out my very favorite pieces below. Their mens’ line is amazing, too. Use code SAVE40 starting today for 40% off all Bridge & Burn items! Stuff is selling quickly.

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