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TIE-BACK SWEATER

Dallin Chase leather jacket; Topshop tie-back sweater; ASOS Lisbon mid-rise black skinny jeans; Ray-ban Clubmaster sunglasses; Nixon Kensington leather watch; DV by Dolce Vita Gibsin perforated leather sneakers; Made by Mary Lana Bar necklace When we moved last spring, we did our best to purge as much unneeded “stuff” as possible. Old toys, unused hand-me-down furniture that had been stored in the basement for the entire eight years we lived there, shoes, random decor, clothes, linens, you name it. I’m afraid I might have gone a tad overboard though because my closet has been left with very few cold weather layers. Either there’s an unpacked box somewhere with all my missing clothes (unlikely) or some Philly AIDS Thrift shopper is enjoying my fall wardrobe. Hopefully it’s the latter.

I’ve picked up a couple of tops and sweaters over the last few weeks that make me glad I had an excuse to shop for myself for once. This tie-back top is a fast favorite, and I’ve linked to a couple of others I’ve recently picked up and fallen in love with, too. They’re all gray because apparently my closet is also devoid of color these days, and I’m really alright with that.

{Dallin Chase jacket (some I like below); Topshop sweater; ASOS jeans; Ray-Ban sunglasses; DV by Dolce Vita sneakers (similar below); Made by Mary “Lana Bar” necklace; Nixon watch}

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IT’S RAINING LEAVES!

Free People Royale Flat; ASOS black jeans; Miss Demeanor linen top; Zara knit cardigan; Made By Mary necklaces

The first thing Isla said to me on Sunday morning when we stepped outside was, “It’s raining leaves, Mommy!” She was thrilled and it was adorable. The leaves are finally turning and falling and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome autumn and all its fun seasonal festivities. I’m also pretty excited it’s cool enough to wear these leather flats. They’re a recent purchase and a fast favorite; incredibly comfortable and gorgeous. A nice bootie/flat compromise. They’re on the pricey side, but I rarely buy new shoes anymore (what with two growing kids stealing my budget) so I want them to last. These are worth every penny.

Anyway, happy fall!

{Free People flats; ASOS jeans; Zara sweater (old / cardigans I like below); Miss Demeanor top;
Made by Mary necklaces (Lana bar + charm)}


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BIRTHDAY (JUMP)SUIT

Pepper Place Design Linen JumpsuitI’ve been searching everywhere for a jumpsuit for spring and summer. Something linen, striped and with short sleeves and wide legs. Pretty specific, I know. I found this one, from Pepper Place Design, about a year ago while browsing Instagram and instantly fell for it. But the sizing was limited and since it’s handmade I was uneasy about having it hemmed.

Fast forward to this spring. I hadn’t found a jumpsuit that fit the bill and was still dreaming about this one. I went out on a limb and asked Amy, who designs and hand makes these, if she’d hem it for me, knowing full well she’s a busy lady with lots of customers. Not only did she agree, she was incredibly helpful as I struggled to determine the appropriate length for something I had never seen in person, let alone tried on. She went out of her way and, as a result, I am over the moon with this jumpsuit and Amy’s shop.

This is exactly why I love buying clothes from the actual people who make them. I know that’s not always possible, but Instagram is a great resource for small shopping. And let me just note, at the $60 preorder price (or the $72 full price), this jumpsuit was more affordable than most of the others I had found online.

It’s softer than I expected, fits better than I thought it would (the length is perfect) and feels like it was made just for me. Because it was. It arrived just in time for my birthday so I wore it for a night out with my husband, welcoming 35 feeling comfortable, confident and, of course, stylish. Worth every penny.

{Pepper Place Design jumpsuit; Made by Mary necklaces (Lana bar + charm); Madewell bag;
Dolce Vita sandals (old, similar below)}


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LOVELY, HANDMADE LINEN DRESS

Pyne and Smith Linen DressIt’s been a while since I’ve posted an outfit, or posted anything for that matter, and I figured this dress was a good reason to hop back into blogging. We’ve taken a little break, as I mentioned in my last post, to get settled into our new house and rethink some of my goals for the blog. I thought I was done blogging, to be honest, but I missed it, so I’m back for the time being.

Onto the dress. It’s linen, a little oversized and lovely. It’s also handmade by a woman in California, which makes me love it even more. I’m trying my best to shop responsibly when it comes to both food and clothing (and everything in between), but that can get difficult and expensive. I scored big with this purchase and have a feeling I’ll be wearing it often as the heat bears down on the city.

Bonus: The loose fit and breezy linen make this dress a great “non maternity” option for all you expecting or postpartum moms out there. Maternity wear is hard, so give Pyne and Smith Clothiers a look. (Ahem, no, I am not pregnant. Don’t go trying to read between any lines.)

I’d love to discover more small shops/local designers/dressmakers so please share your favorites in the comments!

{on me: Pyne and Smith Clothiers linen dress; Madewell denim vest (similar) + bag; Ray-Ban sunglasses; Joie sandals
// on Isla: Saltwater sandals; old romper}


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RESIST HATE: A FEW THOUGHTS AND AN ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Resist Hate Love is Love T-Shirt to benefit ACLUI want our kids to grow up in a world where everyone gets affordable healthcare and a quality education. Where their friends with two moms are considered a typical family. Where no one thinks twice about the girl in a hijab sitting next to them in class. Where hearing someone speak another language makes them want to learn that language, not shun that person as an outsider. Where climate change isn’t a polarizing partisan issue but a recognized side effect of human existence that can be collectively reversed. Where every person has the opportunity to earn a livable wage, not just to put food on the table or make the rent from month-to-month but to enjoy life and make it better.

I want my daughter to know her brain is more important than her waist size and her hard work and opinion is as valuable as her brother’s. I want my kids to know that no human being is “illegal.” That no skin color is better than another. That their kindness is worth more than their belongings. That their lives are no more important than anyone else’s.

I want our children to be guided by a shared sense of humanity.

We do not currently live in this world I want for my children. But I believe it’s possible. I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

Despite the chaos, confusion and fear, I’m heartened to see friends who previously loathed discussing politics now getting actively involved. People are calling their members of Congress, joining grassroots groups, donating to worthy causes and staying informed. I believe less in what I’m going to call the “Facebook approach” to the shit show unfolding in Washington and more in the idea that every single action, big or small, counts.

I have three of Sen. Pat Toomey’s office numbers on speed dial (and here’s the White House comment line: 202-456-1111). Chris and I regularly donate to causes we care about. We read enough news from a variety of sources to stay informed on what’s happening beyond the 140 characters dominating entire news cycles. We vote in every election (we’re coming for you 2018, however unlikely the odds). And we’re trying to get involved locally in ways we hope will have a big impact in the long run.

Avoiding politics is so 2016.

It’s this notion that every little action matters that leads me to my t-shirt and the point of this post.

My friend Ben Pinder is an artist who’s using his talents to respond directly to this new administration’s policies. Ben created an online shop called Resist Hate to sell clothing emblazoned with original designs featuring messages of both solidarity and resistance, and is donating 100 percent of the profits to the ACLU. I asked Ben what motivated him to create and sell his designs for the ACLU and what kind of impact he hopes they will have on those who wear and see them.

Here is what he said:

“I started Resist Hate for two reasons. First, I wanted to fund the ACLU because they seem best at fighting for people and groups threatened by Trump (which includes many, many different types of people). Every penny I make I donate to the ACLU. Second, I wanted to visually amplify resistance to the Trump administration by putting protest slogans on clothes people could wear every day. It can feel risky to wear a shirt supporting, say, Muslim Americans or LGBTQ rights if you’re in a red state or county. But it’s important for people to realize they are not alone in this. We are the majority! Sometimes it’s easy to forget that, so visual reminders are important. I try to keep things positive and not dwell on snarky messaging. A collaboration with my friend Jenny, of  Your Soul Style, helped keep the focus on love and rising above.”

I picked the “Love is Love” design (from Ben’s collab with Jenny) specifically because I thought Isla would love the rainbow and ask me about it. I was right. This simple t-shirt sparked an adorable and important conversation with my three-year-old about love and acceptance. I’d say that potty talk (we have our most in-depth conversations while potty training), was worth every penny.

Ben is both a working artist and a stay-at-home parent, which makes his decision to donate all profits to the ACLU pretty incredible — if you ask me. Thank you, Ben, for using your talents and precious time to raise money and awareness for a worthy cause.

(Note: This t-shirt was NOT a gift and this is  NOT a sponsored post in any sense of the word. That would be ridiculous. I purchased my shirt to benefit the ACLU and I’m featuring Ben on this blog because I hope to see his designs walking around Philadelphia and beyond.)

{Resist Hate shirt; Old Navy shirt; Gap jeans; Sam Edelman boots (on sale); Made by Mary necklaces (Lana bar + charm); Ray-Ban sunglasses}

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