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.
Since I do the majority of planning and gift buying in the family, Mother's Day sometimes feels....overwrought. I'd rather skip the brunch crowds, skip the garden teas and just stick to something low-key. Something easy. Something...and this is the key...that doesn't require my involvement to plan.
Wake me up late with some coffee and a pastry, and maybe a little handmade something from the kids. (I already gave Mike this box from Kiwi Crate to make it easy). But I'm not gonna lie: I do want a little token of appreciation from my husband. It doesn't have to be big or expensive...just...thoughtful.
So here are my gift picks for Mother's Day...whether you are looking for a little token of appreciation for your own mum, or ideas to send to your hubs.
I started using Aden+Anais linen swaddling wraps for the boy's towels, and I'll never go back to terry. Linen absorbs water, drys quickly, and fits into a beach bag so much easier. I'd love to add to a big 'ol family blanket for the beach.
Did I mention that I was featured in Glam Canada's roundup of Moms? So freaking cool. Anyway, like I told them, high on my wish list are cool sunnies. Madewell's Hepcat are my current favs - the apricot would look gorgeous with a tan, but paleface moi should go for the mint.
3. Linen Tote, $134 from Independent Reign on Etsy
I'm dying over this gorgeous bag. Perfect color, perfect shape.
I really love to fly kites, but I'm sick to death of flying the assortment of frogs/planes/crap that the boys like. Mama wants a pretty kite. I actually think this would be an amazingly perfect Mother's day - going to the beach to fly kites. Into the Wind actually sells kites in assortments of three to save some money...and OOO!! This assortment has my butterfly, a jet, and a easy triangle flyer for the littlest one. It's like it was made for us.
Sadly, these bad boys are out of stock. But they will be back by the end of May (you can sign up to be notified), and I would be happy with an IOU for Mother's Day. Because OMG picnic perfection, right???
Mike and I bought this 13 years ago. It is AWESOME. It's awesome for picnics in the park, for backyard lounging, and even for entertaining city kids on a balcony. Incidentally, after 13 years of use, we now need a new one.
Have you ever tried these? Williams-Sonoma overnight ships these to you, frozen. You store them in your freezer, and when you are ready to eat, you put them on a baking sheet to let them rise overnight. In the morning, pop them in the oven and voila! The best chocolate croissants I've had outside of Paris.
In order to play music - properly - in our house, it involves something like 24 different remotes and 2387497 button pushes and 9820985792348283 swears words emitted by me as I attempt to wield said remotes and push buttons. So when Mike's not home, I usually just play music on my phone. The boys and I currently rock out using a little lego speaker I got for free at a bank...but this gorgeous Bloom amplifier would KILL IT.
And Mamas: A huge, huge, HUGE thank you for all of your thoughts and comments on the MILF campaign. I am blown away by your support, your words of wisdom, and your respectful commentary. Words cannot express how honored I feel that women like you actually take the time to read this blog. MWAH!
I got a Pap smear yesterday. Whoa, maybe I should say good morning first. Hope you already had your coffee! But I booked my appointment in honor of Megan's recent health scare. The Happiest Mom says go get it done, Mamas. I did mine. Now it's your turn.
In semi-related news, I am a MILF. (Love the folks at True & Co. for coming up with a funny tilt to that ridiculous acronym.)
I think we're headed out to the Creative Clubhouse today (if any of you are local, it's my hands-down fav place to take the kids)....and this weekend I hope to do a little star gazing. Gosh, I love a good Science Festival.
After a while, all statement necklaces begin to look the same: a big 'ol jumble of stuff. But as promised, here are ten of my favorites, all under $100 (most are around $40). These are the ones that still caught my eye, even after my head exploded from an overabundance of gem.
I'm totally intriuged by this little sparkler. I had originally deleted it from the list...but then I keep going back for more. This might actually be my new favorite? Sigh. Fickle, I know. THIS is why I've been searching for a new statement necklace for years. I'm totally overwhelmed by choice. OMG.
ps. Have you heard of Bauble Bar? Holy MAMA. It's page after page of fun little necklaces...most priced oh-so-cheap. If you are not feeling my picks above, check them out. But be warned: it's addicting.
I cannot believe the irony of this. My iPhone 4 has been on the fritz all summer. Dropped calls. Weird, high-pitched, pulsing static. Frozen screens. Frequent, but unpredictable, muteness. Difficulty multitasking and general bugging out. Sooooo annoying. But I knew sticking with my lemony iPhone 4 was worthwhile. I was holding out for an iPhone 5. I knew I could make it through September, and last week I gleefully listened to an NPR report announcing the announcement that happened today.
The iPhone 5 was FINALLY (almost!) here! After the official unveiling today, I got busy rounding up my picks for iPhone 5 pre-order cases, and whilst sitting on the edge or the tub, absentmindedly supervising a potty break (ok, I was fantasizing about a 4-inch display, ultra-fast wireless, and indeed, just finishing a conversation more than five minutes in length), my sweet Boy Wonder #2 dropped said nearly-fried iPhone (accidentally) into the toilet, while watching his very favorite YouTube clip, "I Have to Go Potty." Dropped. The phone. Into the toilet. My precious!
Mamas, meet my mama. She taught me how to love. She taught me how to laugh. She taught me how to pass on a two-lane highway, how to do my own laundry and how to walk away from boys who weren't very nice. And she taught me how to dress.
So when she popped over last week on one of these 95+ degree days we've been having, looking cool and crisp in this effortlessly posh and oh-so-current shirt dress, I knew it was high time to feature Babs here on ANMJ Mom Street Style. She's wearing an unknown maker gingham shirt dress, Chanel sunnies, sliver wedge Clark's sandals and an LV Palermo GM bag I've been coveting like crazy.
Shirt dresses are having yet another major moment. They're practically papered over every collection this year, and this versatile, preppy staple is a great counterpoint to less structured summer dresses, confusing capris and shorts.
Whether you're at work, running around town with the babes or meeting up with the fam for brunch, it's almost impossible to go wrong with a shirt dress. And with the addition of a belted cardi or slim cut jacket and boots, it will take you through three seasons. For a less conventional take, pair a shirt dress with a slouchy bag, shortie boots and a low slung belt.
Mamas, allow me to introduce my new favorite jewelry designer, Stefanie from A Common Thread. Stefanie is based in Brooklyn, and makes all of jewelry by hand. Her ascetic is one part minimalist, one part vintage, and one part sofreakingcool.
Even better? She's shockingly affordable. M's first response after perusing her shop? "She should start charging more! I LOVE." My necklace (and most others) can be had for $40. Seriously, Mamas. Gorgeous little baubles like these...all $40 or under:
This is a little embarrassing. S. and I discussed a top-five list from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview, and as I poured over the catalog, I just. Couldn't. Stop. Which isn't really news, since this is the sale, all year long, that I truly look forward to.
Fall is all about the details: texture, pattern and rich, saturated colors. And as usual, Nordstrom doesn't hold out for the Anniversary sale--everything is spot on. Well played, Nordies. Well played (again).
So. . . this list is well over 10. We're especially loving short booties, fancy pants, textured accessories and more affordable splurge items for the kiddos. Make the jump to take a peek at our picks!
Oh how looooong the week back from vacation can seem! We had a dynamite trip to Dave’s home state of Michigan, and it’s hard to get back in the groove after having so much relaxation and entertainment wrapped up into 10 days—what with older cousins entertaining our kids non-stop, jumping off of boats into crystalline lakes, running down mind-blowingly huge sand dunes and having time with friends and family, not to mention fireworks and a ladies-night jaunt to see Magic Mike (awesome and not at all squicky sitting next to your MIL through that one!).