Do you know what I wore to my very first tailgate? My sorority had partnered with...Sigma something or Alpha whatever and ANYWAY...I wore overalls. Over a voluminous plaid flannel shirt and those yellow workboots that were all grunge-cool in 1995. Mine had a chunky heel, natch. Five years later, know what my sister wore to her first tailgate? A belly shirt and a skirt so short it came with attached underpants. Times change.
Yup. They're a clean, dark wash. And nope: they're not coated or patterned, embellished or embroidered. They are just....plain 'ol denim. And not skinny! (Shocking, I know.) They have a straight leg and a mid-rise. They practically scream WE ARE NOT EXCITING!
And I realize that dark, clean denim seems like an odd choice, given that brights and patterns are now an everyday basic. But I think the simplicity is exactly why I was drawn to this pair. With all of the colors and patterns out there, these almost feel...fresh?
Gang, I have such a love-hate relationship with puffers. I love them because I hate being cold...but...well, then I look like this:
(wearing: Calvin Klein puffer, Current/Elliott skinnies, Frye Buckled Carmen boots, J.Crew mittens and hat)
This is my old Calvin Klein puffer coat, bought at Macy's on super sale several years ago. I mean...OK. It's not horrible. Just a little, ever so slightly, NOM NOM NOM. Like it's eating me. (And wow - that hat looks a bit like a condom...sigh.)
I tend to buy winter-wear in desperation, the night before an event, and this, dear mamas, never ends well (*cough *condom-hat *cough).
Little Pax, on the other hand, is very clear about his feelings regarding this puffer jacket: When I put it on, he cries.
Which is funny, because his older brother once mistook a puffer jacket for a lion. And looking at this picture, I understand their confusion. (Can you imagine the scene if I put up the hood? Madness.)
So when the nice folks over at Lands' End asked if they could send me one of their puffer jackets gratis....of course I said yes. And we've talked about these puffers before - I do think they are cute. Each puffer comes with this completely radical and novel feature: a waist. Genius!! (Seriously Gang - how did I not get this memo the first time around?)
But....you know. You can dress a puffer up, but can you really take it out?
And I really wanted to take it out. Knowing that we were about the venture into the City of Brotherly Love for a tree lighting...which probably meant that wine and pizza and a cozy little restaurant were in our near future...I wanted to look cute. And be warm. So here's my puffer compromise:
Hats are, hand's down, one of the easiest ways to add style to any outfit. This pic is of my adorable sister-in-law (mom of three boys, therefore a super-star) rocking a totally adorable hat that I'm STILL coveting, almost a full year later.
So when we received the following question from reader Michelle, I was only too thrilled to hunt for hats:
My question is about what kind of winter hat to wear. I feel like I have a big head! Living in Kentucky, it's not tundra cold, but it does get chilly during the winter. I would like to find a cute, warm hat to throw on for days when I don't have a chance to do my hair (which is always with two boys under age 3)! Thanks!
Yeah, I feel Michelle's pain. I, too, have a big head. However, hats are having a moment right now, so choices abound, which helps when fit is an issue. And don't be shy about checking the men's department - I'm wearing my husband's hat here.
Poochy mamas, rejoice! This season has a ton of adorable, pooch-hiding tops in store...and the best news? Not an empire-waist in sight!
Outfit 1 - Playing at the Park
I tried on the BB Dakota top. It's like a strange, but sophisticated hoodie that is crazy-comfortable and totally pooch-hiding. So comfy, in fact, it could easily double as loungewear with these. Nursing girls, this top easily pulls down for nursing access.
Spring fever has hit pretty hard. But despite our collective longing, Mother Nature rarely responds. And if you are in Marquette, MI? Hello, snow.
Even if you are dealing with snowdrifts, the easiest way to deal with a bit of Spring fever is to infuse a little dose of Spring into your outfits. We've talked already about gorgeous trench coats, and bright pops of denim...but one way to feel Spring-y and stay warm is by layering.
Layering, however, is not throwing a cardi on over your t-shirt. Well, technically, it is...but a cooler way of layering is to follow the rule of three: Wear three tops*.
*tops - a loose definition. Tops can be dresses, vests, actual tops or even a big fun scarf. Two tops and a scarf is kind-of cheating in this layering game. But will still look great.
The rule of three keeps you a bit warmer, and...even better? It makes any outfit just. so. cool. It requires a bit more thought, however. At least for me. But the end result is effortless style. Look at your fav fashion mags or bloggers - some of the coolest looks follow the rule of three.
Wanna see? I found some really great inspiration, and came up with a few tips to keep in mind:
I have a confession to make… I’m not a mom, I’m not even pregnant but I am completely obsessed with your blog.
I stumbled across your site about a year and a half ago when my husband and I first decided we were going to have a baby. Being a self-proclaimed jean snob and fashionista – and proud of it - the thought of dressing a new, round, body had me completely stressed out. (I know, “I’m creating life” blah blah blah) Needless to say your blog saved me and helped me to see that I don’t have to wear some of the atrocious maternity wear some of my pregnant friends are donning.
Anyway, the real reason I’m writing is to ask you a favor, and I’ll warn you up front it’s not something you would normally write about. As I said in my confession, I’m not a mom nor am I pregnant – despite two years of trying and thousands of dollars spent. My husband and I have decided to do IVF and even though we no longer have to do the inner-muscular injections or mix our own meds, I’m pretty nervous. Our IVF nurse said the two weeks towards the end of the procedure will leave me with heavy ovaries (no working out), messy panties (in lieu of the injections they now use suppositories and pads – yay, she said sarcastically), out of control hormones, a sensitive tummy and probably no denim for a couple of weeks which…about put me over the edge.
I woke up in the middle of the night with a flash back to an article you posted awhile ago about post-delivery attire, specifically Aerie, pad friendly panties but when I went back into the archives I couldn’t track it down. Would you please post something regarding clothing/panties that would be comfortable on a bloated, cranky, sensitive tummy?
I soon hope to be joining your every-growing cult of fabulous fashionista mommies but right now I have to get past two weeks of hormonal hell.
Julia, you will certainly be in our thoughts. IVF is such a long road...and on top of everything else, no denim??? While this is arguably the least of your worries, it's also the part we can easily help with. And we are so delighted to help.
Since you are self-proclaimed jean snob and fashionista (hello, we should be friends)...I've found a couple of drool-worthy looks that will allow for granny-panties, disguise a poochy stomach, and no denim required!!
I have been drooling over this outfit since last March, when The Sartorialist posted it from Paris. Sigh. This is an outfit that makes my heart beat fast. One of the reasons I love it so is the fact that it is a perfect blend of sophistication with a casual, irreverent vibe. The light, destroyed jeans, the sneaker/bowling inspired wedge are both paired with a serious bag and gorgeous cape. Perfection!
However, I will acknowledge, fabulous as it is...it's not exactly mom-friendly. Most of us, while going through the whole morning routine with kiddos (feeding/changing/wiping noses & hands, wrestling toddlers into pants, etc.) don't typically reach for our $800 Chloe wedge boots, or our stunning beige capes.
However, now that stores are finally stocking various versions of the trends pictured in the photo (capes, lace-up boots), this look can finally be translated into mom-friendly versions.
Yup - I said versions. There's more than one way to translate this look!