While this looks like a fashion jacket...it's not. It's actually a super chic ski jacket, with binding at the wrists and a powder skirt so snow doesn't get in. It's down but lightweight, and I wouldn't hesitate to wear this on the slopes, around town or making snow angels with the kiddos.
I tried on this exact snowboard jacket. It manages to hit that sweet spot between a short jacket and a 3/4 length one. It is neither, actually, just perfectly in between. The faux fur detail is more feathery than most - a little detail I loved. And it's not black! It's a dark charcoal, with color variations that evoke a very subtle tweed. This one was SO warm it kicked off some lingering chemo-related hot flashes. I left it in the store, only to curse that decision later as temps continued to drop. (Found it for $119 at 6pm in blue....)
This is a short, slim little puffer jacket, similar in fit to the UA puffer I'm wearing here. I love the contrast zipper (the jacket is reversible, BTW), and the price point couldn't be beat. Like my UA puffer, I suspect you could layer this under a shell if you really needed to.
I also tried these on (in orchid tweed). I loved the slouchier fit, the cool tweedy fabric, and the back pocket zippers. These actually look good (like real pants) without a jacket. I'm pretty short, so in the end I went with the sleeker pant overall. But these are seriously awesome.
Tried these on, too. The fit is fairly slim with well placed zipper pockets, yet comfortable. The colors are bright. I love the neon yellow (absinthe twill), the orange (strawberry slub) and the purple-y "scratches" print. I found the XS to be a tad tight in the waist which was surprising, but nice (snowpants often come so oversized).
This pant was the result of a collaboration between Burton and LAMB (Gwen Stefani's line). Love, love, love it. This pant is almost sold out everywhere (except the link above). (I'm also loving Burton's camo pant...crazy?)
Well. This was the boot of the year. And is almost completely sold out. The Tofino boot is one of the lighter weight winter boots that Sorel offers. (The brown herringbone color isn't bad either.) Gosh, most of Sorel's line is all sold out, but REI has a decent number of Winter Fancy Lace boots left, as well as the ones I bought.
Happy 2014! We spent our Christmas in my hometown of Marquette, MI. Marquette is on the southern shore of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Below-freezing temps are standard, epic snowfalls are the norm.
It. Was. Awesome.
But you've gotta be prepared. Poor Raines ended up with windburned and blistered cheeks on multiple occasions, until he FINALLY (finally!!) put on a scarf. (And allowed me to smear ointment on his cheeks before he went out.) It's easy to get cabin fever - there's only so many days in a row that you can curl up with a good book and some hot chocolate.
I'm a U.P. girl at heart (#yooper #woot), so wintertime is playtime, especially up in Michigan's winter playground.
Can one ever have enough styling inspiration for big, cozy sweaters?
No. One cannot.
Cozy Turtleneck + Moto Denim + Stiletto Boots
Why not pair the coziest sweater ever with tough moto skinnies and unbelievably sexy boots? WHY HAVEN'T I BEEN WEARING THIS ALREADY? It takes my breath, really it does. Clearly it's time to unearth my ancient pointy-toe stilettos from our scary basement. I'm confidant that I still have, well, one of them. Wish me luck finding the other. Sigh. #deathbyspiders
We are getting into the car. It's date night! "Nice tights" says Mike. What? Tights? "No honey," I correct him. "These are leggings."
Mike looks confused. "They are? Hunh. They look like tights."
"I'm not wearing a skirt" I point out. "So these are leggings. Which are pants."
"Ok" he says, agreeably. "But they're kinda like tights since they're so sheer, right?"
I freeze. Sheer? Does he know what that word means? I mean, this IS the man who repeatedly confuses dresses with skirts.
I narrow my eyes at him. "Can you...expand on that?"
He absentmindedly fumbles with the keys. "Uhhh...they look silky and thin? Like tights?"
"I forgot something inside" I tell him. "Be right back."
Mike groans. "Babe, what did you forget?"
Apparently, I forgot my pants.
THESE ARE "PANTS" bumcoveragerequired
I do own thicker leggings. The J.Crew pixie pant-type things that are thick enough to show some bum. And my faux-leather leggings...yeah, I'm not as careful with bum coverage in those, either. But for whatever reason (in the above case, I LOVE the pattern)...I do find myself reaching for my cheapie black leggings from time-to-time. They're easy, they're comfy, and sometimes, heck, they're the only thing clean.
Here are a few styling tricks I've been using when I really (really, REALLY) need to keep my bum covered.
I'm back! Did you miss me? A few of you left me some very nice words on our Facebook page, some sent awfully kind emails...but most wanted to know one thing: WHAT THE HECK, S? WHY SO SILENT??
Friends (and any longtime reader) all know that silent is not something I typically do.
My long vacay even spawned pregnancy rumours! Honestly. I'm not pregnant. Very much NOT. Just...well...busy, I guess. It's just what happens when you live tragically far from those you love and don't have nearly enough time to see them. You know?
So for two weeks, my blogging brain was OFF. Completely shut down. I was starting to worry that I had run out of ideas. But on the way back home (the very, VERY long drive back home), my brain kicked back on. At least the part of my brain that's constantly spinning over how best to rock a plaid shirt, debating the benefits of loafers vs. ballet flats, and the part that Can't. Stop. Shopping. So despite the fact that my house (in it's partially-unpacked-state) looks like a bomb went off...I've been positively itching to sit down and write. Specifically about style resolutions for 2013. Lucky 13, Mamas! Not just lucky - 13 is also a prime number, which is really a beautiful thing.
So Mamas, looking into 2013, here's what I'll be focusing on. So if you'd like to join me...just repeat after me:
1. ...will try harder with my hair.
I will take advantage of the numerous bed-head products on the market and do something fabulous. I will adorn, perhaps, the unwashed mess on my head with pretty hair clips, or figure out an easy braid. I will even take a break from my tired ponytail. (gasp) In 2013, I may have dark circles under my eyes and an unidentified substance on my shirt, but my hair? My hair will be a thing of wonder.
NOTE: Later this week, I'll share my insanely-easy hairdo finds that seriously ANYONE can do (You can tell I'm a novice because I still use words like 'hairdo').
2. ...will invest in stylish outdoor clothing.
Whether the dark days of winter bring ice, snow, sleet or hail, I will be ready. I will not avoid taking the kiddos outside because I'll freeze in my wool peacoat. Nor will I not hit the trendy coffeshop after sledding because I look like a small house in my snowpants. I will instead embrace the fact that I am a Stylish Mom Who Plays and take dressing myself for cold weather just as seriously as I do dressing the kids. I will also figure out a cute snow-playing hairstyle that goes under my oh-so-cool winter hat. (see Resolution #1 above)
3. ...will figure out footwear that doesn't involve tall boots.
Tall boots will always have a place in our hearts, and our closets. But it's time. It's time to ease up on our style training wheels. (Remember when tall boots and skinny jeans felt all cutting edge?) In 2013, I, Mama, will bow my head in acknowledgement to all that the tall boot taught me...and will then try my hardest to find an alternate mom-uniform. Even if it takes all year.
4. ...will think twice before buying another solid-color shirt.
Because I want to take part, dammit, of these new, liberating trends that have taken hold of our fashion consciousness!! I want color, yes, but color alone is not enough! I want patterns. And when I'm ready? I will mix patterns. In 2013, I will not wear my striped shirt with just solid sweaters. I will wear it with solid sweaters and polka-dot pants. I will wear it with a plaid scarf. I will wear it with another top of different stripes. So when I find myself in the midst of a clearance-sale madness, clutching yet another solid-color shirt/sweater/tee/whatever...I will STOP. And consider my closet carefully.
5. ...will get my sh*t together (style-wise).
2013 is the year that all ill-advised, impulse purchases will STOP. Instead, I will clean out my closet - really clean it out - so I'm left with only pieces that work. Pieces that I will actually wear. I will then put time into figuring out how to wear my existing pieces better, and make a Master Shopping List of the additional pieces I need. When I'm ready to shop again, I will be insanely picky. NOTHING will be purchased unless it makes my heart beat fast, or makes me cry tears of joy.
(And I will STOP marking secret Target purchases as "groceries" to hide them from my husband. Unless, of course, they make me cry tears of joy. Then all bets are off.)
NOTE: A closet clean-out article is coming later this month. Until then, here are a few articles that might help get your shizz together (and I really need to re-read them myself).
6. ...will wear bold makeup like it's no big thing.
On my most casual days, I'll rock a red lip like it's nobody's business. Or, if I'm in the mood, shocking pink. Perhaps orange, mid-summer when I'm tan. On mornings when I'm running around frantically, I'll throw a chubby, glide-on eyeliner (in teal, maybe?) into my diaper bag to add a pop of color later. In 2013, my makeup will be applied with this one simple rule in mind: colorful, bold make-up looks effortless and cool when paired with casual everything else.
7. ...will find the perfect white tee...and STOCK UP.
In 2013, I will make it my mission, nay, my quest to find t-shirt perfection in white. This quest is a worthy one. The humble white tee is not just a shirt. Oh, no. It is the cornerstone of any good mom-uniform, the core of an insouciant French-girl's closet, and the foundation upon which to build an outfit of awesome. (Especially with all of the print-tastic pants of late.)
You with me, Mamas? Also, our Style Resolutions from 2012 still apply. Especially the one about rocking white pants...something I've been loving again this year. But what are your style resolutions for the year?? Any that you're feeling in particular?
Have ya heard, Mamas? Leather is huge this season. Whether you rock it in small doses, or go hardcore-hot-Mama in leather jackets/pants...without a doubt, leather makes an impact. Leather can make even the meekest Mama look like a badass.
Think of leather as our version of a superhero cape. DA DAH DAHN!
Scared? Don't be. I'm the world's biggest wardrobe wimp (if it's uncomfortable in the slightest, I'm not interested) and have a couple of leather styling tricks up my sleeve.
Mamas: Have you ever tried leather pants? I have - years ago (long before Raines came around). It didn't end well. The knees stretched out, I couldn't bend (Somebody help! I dropped a pencil!), and I found my thighs either sweaty (which previously had only happened in Bikram Yoga class) or freezing. I also walked funny - ramrod straight and uncomfortable. The soundtrack to my leather-pant-walking would've sounded something like ernh-ee-ernh-ee-ernh-ee. I'm sure some girls can carry them off with aplomb....but these are probably also the girls who look cool smoking. Me? Not only am I leather-pant-challenged, but I'm afraid of the fire at the lit end of the cig. Sigh. Hopeless, I know.
But I LOVE the look (of both leather pants and smoking - yeah, yeah, bad for you, yeah). But I LOVE it. Such an awesome rocker/cool-french-girl kind of look. And while I'm totally over the smoking thing, I'm still craving leather pants. Luckily, faux leather options are everywhere. From J Brand's waxed skinny jeans (cute, but not that comfy) to faux-leather leggings that do, surprise!!, feel a lot like leggings.
BTW? I ran across a pic of one the French Vogue editors rocking her leather leggings at 6 months pregnant.
Mamas, that's some serious dedication to leather leggings. Yay, Geraldine.
Encouraged by Geraldine's pic...I bought some faux-leather leggings. Just, you know, to see. Strictly for research, Mamas. We do serious research here at Ain't No Mom Jeans. But my expectations were very low, so I bought the cheapest pair I could find. Then rounded up a couple of pics for leather-legging mom-drobe inspiration (which sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but indulge me for a sec). Anyway, here's my inspiration board for mom-friendly leather leggings:
Mamas, meet reader Mandy. Mandy is a mom of three kiddos and a fashion blogger herself. Mandy writes:
I am a mother of three kids, 5, 3, and 3 months old! I gained a lot of weight during each pregnancy. 90 with my first, 70 with my second, and again 70 with my third. My blog is my way of staying fashionable while trying to get back into my old clothes!
Mandy, you look fantastic. And this outfit (above) has to be one of my favorites. I love the snow boots and furry jacket mixed in with the Spring-y stripes and blush-toned necklace. It's a wintery look, certainly, but it has the optimistic feel of Spring. Total perfection!
Check out the rest of Mandy's outfits over at Juggling Chic (love the name!!)
ps. Congrats to Heather Williams, the winner of our Dansko giveaway!
Congrats to Amy, the winner of our Ashley Ann Photography Snapshop Course!!
We love hip mama bloggers here at Ain't No Mom Jeans (um, obviously)...so were thrilled to hear from Hannah! She started her mom fashion blog, For Scarlet, just 2 months ago - when baby Scarlet was just 2 months old!
Taking pics of yourself at 2 months post-partum and posting them to the internet? Brave. Very brave. (S applauding wildly)
But seriously, at 4 months pp, how amazing does Hannah look? Hannah writes:
Fitting into post-baby wear has been a struggle, so I've decided any purchases from here on out include at least 2 percent spandex material:) Thank goodness for bright stretchy jeans, forgiving scarves and big sunnies, all the right ingredients to keep up with motherhood and Montana winters.
Sing it sister. You look ah-mazing!
And how festive and totally holiday-perfect are the bright pops of red?
Pretty. Darn. Perfect. But dang, girl - earrings? At 4 months pp? Now I'm seriously impressed. 4 months pp I was lucky to shower.
Hannah, thanks so much for writing in!! LOVE this look. I may have to copy it exactly.