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.
I almost bought that Philip Lim for Target dress. The one that looks like a long sweatshirt over a skirt? (I featured it in yesterday's collage.) But Mike was lukewarm about the whole thing, and admittedly the fit was strange. So I skipped it, only to re-create it with pieces I had at home.
I was wondering if you could help me with styling this new skirt which I recently bought at Zara. The skirt is lovely and vintage-y but I found the styling surprisingly difficult.
I thought it would work with black but I am wearing it with black t-shirt and black ballet flats today and it just looks … blah. Help please?
K - thanks for emailing! Printed skirts are hard. As you mentioned, you can easily end up looking a tad boring, or I sometimes end up with some weird color-blocking thing going on and regretting that I ever bought bright blue tights. (Why? WHY?)
The key, I think, is to either mix patterns (you can do it subtly, if nervous), or make sure your accessories are interesting.
For example, if the outfit K described above had been black stiletto ankle boots and a black faux-leather tee, there would've been nothing boring about that all-black look with the plaid skirt (although admittedly not work appropriate).
Mamas, statement outerwear is huge for Fall. (Yes, I'm still harping on jackets.) And while I totally endorse running out and buying a brightly colored wool coat with balloon sleeves, or some swoon-worthy feathery confection...there are certain, uh, lifestyle limitations most of us face.
Sooo...Raines started kindergarten today. It was...umm...OK. I suppose. The school has done a good job in breaking us in: yesterday the kids went to class for only an hour while the principal talked to the parents, and last week we did a quick orientation (meet the teacher, see the classroom, etc.).
While we were at this orientation, Mike spotted Francine. Like a total creepy-creepster he got this shot from his hip:
I actually love that he does this. Such a supportive guy.
My favorite part about this pic is the look on Francine's face. The eyes speak volumes. This picture perfectly sums up my first-born-goes-to-kindergarten experience.
I did end up introducing myself to Francine (how could I not??) and she is so impossibly chic. Francine is from France, her daughters are both bilingual (Elia and Ondine...OMG I die over those names) and each time I've run into her she looks amazing. Effortlessly chic, rather than just trendy. Fashion as self-expression at it's best. I could probably start a Tumblr called, "What Francine Wears to School Drop-Off" but that's creepier than Mike's hip shot, so I'll refrain.
Of course everything she's wearing is from France (of course it is), so I don't have any helpful links for you...but as we continue to talk about trends over the next few weeks, I'll be keeping Francine's example in mind:
Trends are great...personal style is better.
Francine, thank you for being so gracious. See you Friday. :)
While I was home in June, my sister and I had a discussion about crop tops. She was pro, I was...meh. Until I remembered that I had one. (It was on clearance for $4.99 at Ann Taylor. Reason enough, right?)
This is our monthly series called How We Wear It, where *we* show all of the different ways to rock a wardrobe basic. And by "we" I mean...all y'all.
So. I'll show you how I've been styling my old standbys, and so will Cam. And then, dear readers, we want to hear from YOU. You can play along via our Linky party at the bottom, you can send me an email, upload a pic to ANMJ's Facebook page, or use Instagram with the hashtag: #howwewearit or #anmj. As reader pics come in, I'll be keeping this page up-to-date.
Mamas, I have some pics I forgot to share before my surgery. This is one of them.
I ran into Carrie at a Grand Rapids Jazz-at-the-zoo thing when we visiting family in June. How cute is she? I'm always impressed when a mom can rock a skirt (with littles in tow) like it's no big thing.
Her littles (like mine) were log leaping. So fun.
Carrie's skirt is vintage, bag is from Goodwill and her shirt is Forever 21. I love the summer (sleeveless) take on chambray, and the tied-waist is perfection with the full skirt.
Carrie - it was so nice meeting you! Thank you for being such a great sport!
I am so glad I came across your blog via the Rookie Moms site. I need this fashion kick in the butt to get out of my yoga pants. I feel I often find great pieces and then get them home and don't know what to do with them. Case in point, I just ordered this skirtand am super excited about it, but am I limited to a white tank? If you could give me another recommendation, I'd really appreciate it.
I took one look at this skirt, Jenn, and immediately contacted the designer (via Etsy, love that!).
It's on-trend, gorgeous, yet as comfy as sweatpants. You should be super-excited about it! Nice. Pick. Ms. Krista over at Satin Stitch Designs was kind enough to send a skirt over to me so I could style it up here. (And psst! Each is custom made, so no hemming required. That is much appreciated by this short Mama.)
Jenn, since you are writing in looking for ideas, I'll skip over the obvious stuff like the white tank you already mentioned, or a black tee, or chambray shirt, or even a denim jacket...right? I mean...any of those would be fabulous with this skirt, but since you took the trouble to write in, let me see if I can do something a bit more interesting. Here we go.