A mom uniform: Something that very few of us set out to create, but all of us mamas have. Much is expected of the mom uniform; It must be able to bend over to pick up the entire spilled contents of a goldfish pouch in the middle of the grocery store, it must be able to crawl under the display tables at Anthropologie to retrieve the beloved ball you tried so hard to convince your child to leave in the car, it must be able to roll with the punches of marker hands and spaghetti faces and above all, it must be comfortable.
My daily mom uniform tends to look something like a pair of Wunder Unders and a slouchy unisex tank or baseball T á la American Apparel. It is tried and true- it doesn’t ride up or fall down or gape open or lose it’s composure when I throw it in the washing machine. It’s something of a trusty sidekick, but it’s also pretty bland. In order to keep my style life both functional and exciting, here are some of my favorite ways to bring life to my day-to-day dressing.
// 1. A Badass, Do-It-All Bag
Requirements: Must be big enough to hold a few diapers, a pack of wipes, a couple of snacks, a book or two, 11 Matchbox cars, a couple of hair bows, a couple of hair bows for your toddler’s doll, some “treasures” your preschooler found on the sidewalk, and art supplies for public meltdowns. Oh, and whatever you need, too. Top handles look nice for posing in pictures and date nights but a shoulder strap is crucial since you are already negative 3 hands that you could really use.
// 1. Hello, beautiful. // 2. Alexander Wang is a wizard at creating the simplest bags that pack a punch of attitude. // 3. Bucket bags are so right now. // 4. This bag will go with everything you own.
At some point in the last few weeks my 4-year old suddenly became aware of the letter “H” I made for his sister’s nursery (it’s only been on her wall for the entire 20 months of her life) and has since been begging me for one of his own.
Luckily for him, these fabric covered letters are one of my favorite things to make. They require very little time and money (or skill) and look just as good as the ones in stores. Not only do they make great additions to a gallery wall or mantle top, they also look great in kids’ rooms and make excellent gifts.
Of all the things I imagined myself to be as an adult, probably the least among them was “Thomas Kinkade fan”.
BUT LOOK AT THESE PAINTINGS PAINTINGS, YOU GUYS.
A dear friend of mine shared this recipe from her Italian grandmother with me a few months ago and it became an instant classic in my family. It is absolutely one of the freshest and most flavorful pasta dishes I’ve had AND it’s amazingly simple to make.
So without further ado,
Nonna Lia’s Pasta
Serves about 4
I really like the idea of alternative or non-traditional wedding rings. Not only do they offer so much more freedom to find something that is truly you, but there are so many stunning options at widely varying price points.
Here I compile some of my favorite alternative ideas for putting a ring on it:
1. Wildfox sunnies are my everything right now. // 2. Bond No. 9 Central Park South is my summer perfume this year. // 3. Mara Hoffman’s one-piece suits are my spirit animal. Or something. // 4. David Yurman’s classic cable bracelets are the perfect everyday jewelry. // 5. The best smelling sunscreen in the history of the world. // 6. These sandals have been my most worn item this summer, by far. What are your summer staples?