I got this amazing pair from H&M Maternity, and have been living in them. They work with every single thing that traditional denim works with, and add a slight hint of grit/edge to your look in the most effortless way possible.  

As I attempt to evolve my style away from the super girly and into something a bit more minimalist, grey jeans have proven invaluable. Especially since maternity fashion tends towards  ultra-feminine prints and shapes, being able to throw on these jeans, a black long-sleeved tee and an infinity scarf makes me feel like some semblance of myself still exists (buried underneath all the extra pounds…I’m still in there…somewhere!)

After sorting through hundreds of options, I compiled the fruits of my virtual shopping labor in the lookbook above- perfect pairs at every price.

PLAE shoes

For as much as my daughter is a rough and tumble little bruiser (always the one coming home from school with dirt on her knees, matted hair and boo boos galore), she is most certainly a girly girl. The prospect of soccer was made significantly more acceptable when she got her hands on the pink tie dye shinguard socks, and before she tackles the boys in her class during a game of duck duck goose she makes sure to tell them not to tear her purple tulle tutu. 

If Alexa could wear plastic princess heels every day, she probably would. But since I don’t let her sport them outside the confines of her playroom (c’mon people, I have to keep up some semblance of street cred!) and her busy preschool life requires lots of running around, it was time to get a real pair of sneakers. 

Enter PLAE Shoes. For my budding fashion stylist, the option to customize her kicks with the interchangeable velcro tabs made putting her sneakers on pretty much the most exciting part of her morning. I love that she can put them on herself (yay for the pull tabs on the back heel) and that they have just the right amount of traction on the soles to keep her from flying across the slippery school floor.

The more I get familiar with the “I want to choose MYSELF!” mentality of this age, the more appreciation I have for sneaky ways that I can let Alexa think she is the one making the decisions when in reality, I am the one getting MY way. In daily battle of getting dressed for school, letting her pick the velcro tabs on the sneakers I have already decided she is going to wear is a tiny victory for the both of us.

SHOP THE POST:

It only lasts until midnight on Wednesday, so in an effort to save you valuable virtual shopping time, I have compiled a list of the 10 best things to buy during the Shopbop Friends & Family sale. Just enter the code FAMILY25 at checkout for 25% off site wide. Site. Wide. 

I use the occasion of Friends & Family sales to scoop up the timeless pieces I know I will most likely never go on sale- and this year’s contenders are:

There are some great sales happening right now- and if you are anything like me (which I think you probably are), there is something about the crisp early fall weather that makes you just really want to shop for some seasonally appropriate wardrobe updates. 

The sales that should be on your radar are listed below, along with the 5 best buy picks so you don’t have to spend time sorting (I mean, may as well take advantage of the fact that I am too exhausted lately to leave my desk so scouting online sales is perhaps one of my most coveted past times, right?)

20% off at Piperlime with code FALL20 (expires 10/13) 

30% off at Madewell with code OHFALL (expires 10/13)

50% off at J. Crew Factory (expires 10/12)

50% off at LOFT (expires 10/9)

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