There's a ton more - this sweater looks an awful lot like my Vince sweater (but a fourth of the price), and there's this seriously cute dress...but I'm technically still on vacation. So I'll just throw a few of my favorites into the little Shop the Post app below, or you can view the entire line here.
Martha - thanks for the email, Chick! LOVE this find.
Thank you for your blog! I started reading it when I first got pregnant and it gave me hope that motherhood didn't mean instantly dowdy and a lifetime of ill fitting jeans. Well, now my baby is here and your recent posts (leggings, docs) inspired me to bust out my leggings and combat boots. These *may* be my maternity leggings and this sweater from gap is longer in back than in front- perfect for providing the necessary bum coverage. I also like how loose it is- I'm only eleven weeks postpartum so the loose fit is perfect for lifting up to breastfeed, hiding a poochy tummy, and disguising the uneven silhouette that bunched up breast pads give you. The combat boots are nice because in my mind they are decidedly not "mom shoes" and with a new baby I need a little something to remind me that I'm still me and not just a shushing milk machine.
Again thanks for the inspiration. Feeling stylish helps make me even more confident as a mama. Keep killing cancer!
Alena - thanks for sending in these fabulous pics!! I especially love the lady-like bag with the combat boots, and your punky haircut is giving me hope in the months ahead. Chick, you look awesome.
Mamas! One of my new sisters* sent me outfit pics as a little "thinking-of-you-today" kind of thing. Jai grabbed one of her boyfriend's shirts and GENIUS RESULTED.
(She's my sister-in-law via my own sister's marriage - make sense?)
I love how this technique shows off a waist and a great rack (and Sister's got both).
Jai wore this outfit bartending....which isn't all that different from mom duty, you know? Wiping up spills, dealing with unreasonable, hard-to-understand demands from people who can barely walk...I mean it's practically the same thing, right? Except, uh...she gets paid in real money. Versus kisses.
BTW - I'm renaming this feature "Reader Style" instead of "Mom Street Style". While the focus of this blog won't change, I don't want to make my, uh, three readers who aren't moms feel left out. And cute, practical outfit inspiration can come from anyone - not just moms.
IknowIknow. Nobody cares. Moving on.
Jai, you look awesome. Thanks for the pics and inspiration, Babe.
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've been working away on a 2013 Fall Essentials list for moms (coming out soon!!) but one trend* became very clear:
The 90's are back.
(*it could be argued that 'the 90's', are, in fact, multiple trends and yes OK fine. Agreed.)
But it's the best of the 90's. It's minimalist-grunge with twists of glamour...and a 70's influence thrown in. It's fabulous fur-lined army parkas and flannel shirts worn as jackets and wool beanies and cozy sweaters (oh, the cozy sweaters Mamas) and streamlined cargo pants and monochromatic head-to-toe black, buffalo check everything and corduroy flare fabulousness.
And really. I could go on and on but instead I'll just shut up and show you:
Mamas. I've been meaning to post my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks, but with summer and three babies at home. All. The. Time. It's been tough to get a thought out, let alone a word. Typed, no less. So, with three days to spare, and many of my favs mostly sold out (I mourn thee Hanky Pankys (WAIT! Now restocked!!) and leather leggings and drool-worthy field jackets!), here goes:
For the baby man in your life, check out these retro puma sneaks for $25 ($40 after sale). They are light and flexible and soft, and franky, according to my hooligan boys, cah-razy-super-fast. Perfecto for the challenges of starting preschool or kindergarten.
Are you drooling over all the leather but gasping at price tags given that, if you're anything like me, you're lucky to get out of the house once every other month? Faux-it, Mothers, with this yummy leather t-shirt $45 ($68 after sale). Pair it with skinny denim or a girly skirt and rockin' non-mom heels for full effect.
You know what they say about converts, right? Such is my devotion as a late-comer to Downton Abbey. Come fall, I'll be Mary, cavorting (in mourning!? WTF. Seriously.) all over Yorkshire in these prim, subtly detailed Sam Edelman lace up riding boots $150 ($225 after sale).
Gah! I cannot believe summer (and the Nordies sale) is almost over. Life is reeling ever faster along. I suddenly want to home-school Hen instead of sending him off two-whole-blocks-away to kindergarten. Eat it up mamas, and get while the gettin' is good.
Beth emailed a while back, wondering about all-black outfits. She wrote:
I love to wear black. I know that may not be the "in" thing to do- but it works for me. Black, a rich midnight blue, dove or heather gray- those are colors I work well with. The problem is that those then look so drab for spring. Any thoughts?
Yup. See, I'm with you, Beth. While color is huge right now, I tend to be a more minimalist, neutral kind of gal at heart. From growing up in the 90's, perhaps? Which also explains my oversized white t-shirt obsession. But black is pretty fabulous - there's no reason you can't rock all black all year.
Lastly, our Holiday Style Guide has outfits for any age and stage...and might work well for a festive Valentine's Day.
What are your plans for the weekend? We're going to take the boys to see the Arden Theater's production of Cinderella. I hear it's a great twist on the classic - no poufy dresses or simple happily ever afters. We can't wait.