Readers, I'm beyond thrilled to introduce my friend, OE. I met OE right after the birth of her eldest, and have had the pleasure of watching her blog grow into something truly fabulous. I know you'll love Girl Meets Baby as much as I do.
Hey Fashionistas! My name’s O.E. and I blog over at Girl Meets Baby. I am totally honored and excited to be guest posting here at ANMJ. But obviously, the circumstances are awful. Breast Cancer can suck it.
Shana. You guys. This girl. She literally picked me out at the mall for a ‘mom’s street style’ post ages ago when my first babe was just 5 months. When I met her, I had no idea what a blog was. And really had no idea how to embrace being a mom and being a woman at the same time. This girl introduced me to a whole new world of blogs, fashion, mommy meet-ups, and a cool factor that rocked my world. Wait, you can be a mom and a total rock star? And then, of course, she moved away. So now I just stalk her over the internet. I was (and still am) totally obsessed with her.
Ok, what more is there to say? Let’s talk Fashion!
1. My Most-Worn Item of Clothing
So my personal style is a lot more skater/punk mixed with some high fashion goodies. I don’t know how to describe it. Maybe Mountain Indie Chick? A Counter-Culture Chaser? Let’s just go with teenager going on 30. But in all seriousness, I love introducing some edge into my fashion. No amount of workouts or diets will ever make my body resemble Shana’s tiny frame, so a girl’s got to make up for some things (*cough* thighs, *cough cough* postpartum pooch) by knowing her limitations and accessorizing like hell. My most worn item is actually two items that I consider one. Black skinny jeans with high tops. Black pants hide a multitude of sins and when paired with summer tops they work for the heat. And, if your legs are like mine and aren’t your favorite feature, you can rock skinnies by wearing really large shoes. It helps the proportions. And avoids giving you the piano leg look. My tried and true high tops are Supras. I have this pair. And I just ordered these! The trick is to have the tongue of the shoe flare out. Tie the laces behind the the tongue to add even more volume. I wear this outfit with summer tops, a jean vest, and a whole boat load of accessories almost every single day. So find your inner Bieber and try it out!
2. A Fall Piece I'm Currently Coveting
I cannot wait until Fall. I seriously look 10 pounds thinner in winter clothes. No joke. I am loving all of the upcoming trends for Fall. I especially pay close attention to London’s Fashion Week. And since my general vibe always leans more towards the Euro street trends, I tend to watch the street style happening off the runways. And y’all, there’s so much cool stuff to get inspired by. The crazy thing is that it almost feels like anything goes right now. One of my favorite trends I’ve been seeing is the awesome mix of fabrics. It started with this years “Punk” theme at the Met Ball and continued its party straight onto the runways during Fall Fashion Week. Short jackets were especially huge on the streets in combinations of every material imaginable. I love bombers and it’s looking like the varsity jackets are here to stay. But I loved seeing biker jackets with everything from denim sleeves to built in hoods. So I am totally crushing over this jacket. A biker jacket on its own just feels so serious, add in the hood and you’ve got cozy casual mixed with badass statement piece!
3. Something That Makes Summer-With-Kids Easier
Ok, let’s talk kids. I live in the heart of the city and drag my three kids (all under the age of four) all over this town. We hit up Museums, parks, zoos, coffee shops, and the list goes on. My one life saver is my backpack! I gave up on the over the shoulder diaper bags once my third child was born. I started to feel bad with how many times my bag would swing and whack one of my littles in the face. By strapping a bag on my back I can avoid that. Also, my arms are totally free. I know, I know, they retrofit diaper bags with backpack straps. But trust me, it’s WAY better to retrofit a backpack into a diaper bag. This Herschel bag is my favorite and makes life so much easier. I love Herschel. And, on long days out, I even outfitted my boys with their own. Brooks has this one. And Lucas has this one. If you’re tired of seeing Herschel everywhere, you can go check out some similarly rad bags like Ada Blackjack and Colorado’s own Topo Designs.
4. My Fav Summer Recipe
Let’s talk Food. Ok, when Shana first asked me for a summer recipe I kind of cringed. Cooking is not my thing. I was wondering if I could just link to a to-go menu from our favorite restaurant. Does that count? But, after giving it more thought, I remembered this gem. These meatball sandwiches are so good and my kids LOVE to get messy helping make the balls. They’re quick, easy, and oh so yummy. Giada does it again.
5. The One Make-Up Product I Can't Live Without
And saving the best (read: most important) for last: Makeup. I start every prayer thanking God for makeup and caffeine. Those two things are what keep me feeling and looking alive when my kids have been up all night (someone please tell me that they will eventually all sleep through the night — sob). So I was stoked when Mac Cosmetics made an eye cream that contains caffeine. My two loves! It’s the Mac Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye Cream and it’s the ONE makeup product I can’t live without (besides the obvious mascara and under eye concealer). It reduces puffiness from sleepless nights and preps the skin around the eye to really hold onto the concealer. My dark circles stay covered hours longer when I prep with this cream. Which, as a mom, is all we can hope for, right?
Well guys! It’s been fun. It’s been real. Hopefully I’ve inspired you to introduce some rock and roll into your wardrobes, drink some caffeine, and for goodness sake, cover those damn circles under your eyes! It’s the edge you’ll need to take on your long day and look damn good doing it.
Mamas. I ran into Paola at the playground a few days ago, and loved her take on a playground-momiform. You know how enamored I am of neon + army green....but with chambray? Genius!
Best of all? After I struck up a conversation, she revealed to me that she is a pretty die-hard bargin shopper. "You don't need to spend a ton of money," Paola shrugged. "Just choose the right pieces....carefully."
Even her small details were thoughtfully picked: pink lipstick, cool Ray-bans and starfish earrings (which are safe from grabby hands, but still blingy).
But don't expect to find Little Batman's gorgeous Mama in sneakers. "Augh! So many big sneakers....everywhere. Never! I cannot." She fixes me with a look. "You do not have to wear sneakers just because you have kids."
Luckily, I happened to be in my desert boots that day...rather than my usual Converse. But I'll bet Paola was really talking about actual running shoes - the big, soul-less ones that appeared to be the footwear-of-choice at the park. On that front, I'm with her whole-heartedly. My real running shoes aren't even all that comfortable unless I'm actually, you know, running. (And then I'm uncomfortable all over...but for a whole different reason.)
Paola, thanks for being such a good sport, and providing us all with some neon inspiration! I don't know about the rest of you, but I might need to make a Target run....
I was SO excited to see your post on puffers following your post on maternity coats because vests have been a wardrobe staple/workhorse for me all winter. I had my third baby on December 30th and didn't want to buy a maternity coat (so I didn't) but lived in a slew of vests (some puffy and some faux furry) that I found on eBay (all for less than $10!). Hopefully I'm not the only pregnant lady that looks pregnant around the lovely handles (which is why I was so convinced I was having a GIRL .... not the case!) but a vest really helps that situation out so very nicely.
Um. Wow. Pregnancy induced love-handles? Yeah. I knew them well. You make a really, really good point, Grace.
I discovered your blog a month or so ago and have worked my way through most of your archives. I've recently lost about 50 pounds (after having two children) and am starting to become more interested in making myself look nice.
I don't know what I was thinking. I had Shana's camo pants in my head and was thinking of the military trend and... it just happened. Now the question is what do I do with it? Return it? Wear it over a neutral tee? Under a jean jacket? Both?
Thank you so much for writing such insightful, entertaining posts. I will be more careful when considering trendy pieces next time!
Hunh. Jill, this camo vest has been on my mind lately. Initially, when I first read your email, I didn't love it...but...well...it's growing on me. The vest is growing on me! And I always like a challenge. So: I thought I'd try styling it up for a final verdict. And you know what? I think this vest could work!
...I've noticed that puffer vests are still going strong (probably because we all hate that cold chest, hot arm syndrome amiright?). In fact, puffy vests are getting chic little upgrades. A patch of tweed, perhaps, some leather trim. Or even...chambray?
But here's the genius part of the maxi-skirt-in-winter: You can wear juuuust about anything underneath. Including fleece-lined tights. Or, say...winter running tights. Or heck - even fleece skinny sweatpants! As long as they tuck nicely into tall boots...no one will be the wiser. (Unless, of course, your little one likes to play hide-and-go-seek in your skirt. Then there's a chance that someone will awkwardly learn your secret. There are always risks, Mamas!)
And most of these swooshy skirts look fabulous with a cozy sweater. Curvy gals, look for a fitted sweater, or something that belts. Poochy mamas can try a boxy cropped sweater (like above) or something slim through the hips but loose on the pooch. Like this one:
This outfit isn't quite as dressy...but neither are all holiday festivities. I wore this exact outfit to a Mother's Tea at Raines' school. He had requested that I show up looking "like a princess." Sigh. How is princess culture so pervasive???
But anyway, this is actually a maxi dress, not a skirt. I just layered the dress over a turtleneck and added a cozy vest. And yes - I'm rocking some major warmie legs underneath. I just have to beware of bears.
Hello! I look forward to your posts everyday and have gotten some great ideas from you site. I am having an issue with a new piece in my wardrobe - can you tell me how to style a long sleeveless sweater vest/cardigan for work and play? Thanks!
FYI - like this one...
Mamas, this question had me stumped. I couldn't come up with anything inspired, or fresh, or even all that good. Even worse, I don't own a vest like this (though I do own a few cozy vests), so I couldn't even play around, waiting for inspiration to strike. Granted, my head has been elsewhere (Fall trends last month, leggings and Clark desert booties this month)...but regardless, on the vest front I was totally, completely lost.
But do you remember, a month or so back, when I was featured on Life in Mod? Well. The blogger behind it, Camille, is a gorgeous Mama, and one of those incredibly creative, DIY sorts. I emailed her, asking for her take on this reader question. Thankfully, she came up three fabulous options.
Mamas, so many of you wanted to know where to get the military-inspired anorak I wore in last week's post (link below). Well...once I started looking, I just couldn't stop. The shopping enabler strikes again.
psst: I just picked up these bad girl sexy pants. They've been sold out for ever, but the Zara in Philly just restocked (and were sold out again by Sunday). Anyway, word on the street is that Zara will restock online soon, so keep checking. They run small, I had to go up a size.
So ugly they're cute? Wear them ironically? I don't know why these things work...but my quirky, offbeat heart sweater has been a closet staple both last winter and now. Perhaps these are "interesting sweaters" personified? All I know is that it has saved many an outfit from snoozeville. It's hard to argue with a piece whose price-per-wear is now measured in pennies.
One word of caution....the older you are, the more you need to think hard about cutesy sweaters. If your overall vibe is still pretty-young-thing, and you've been planning to pair your ironic sweater with some cargo skinnies or waxed denim...then YES. Go for it. If, however, you can see 50 and have no idea what waxed denim is...then I'd stick with sophiticated polks dots (sweater #2) or the Aztec print (sweater #5).
Mamas, the denim jacket (which is, arguably, a classic and therefore always cool)...is having a moment so big, it feels like a new trend. I'm sure you've seen it paired with statement pants (red skinnies or printed denim, perhaps?), and we've covered to death the denim-jacket-over-casual-dress-and-boots combo (here and here and here - and it's still good, BTW)...but I'd like to highlight the three new ways I'm loving my denim jacket.