WHAT WE WORE | ’90s Does the ’60s

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For years I was the kind of person who had grown comfortable wearing the same types of clothes, though I had written a long letter to our school administrator protesting it, and had even acquired a petition full of signatures from most of the people in my high school. Yeah, I wore plaid-skirted uniforms all through school, and as much as I railed against it, looking back I can recognize the comfort in the routine of easily selecting an outfit each day, without ending up with a pile of rejects strewn across my barely made bed. As long as I kept up with laundry, mornings were a breeze.

These days, when it’s tempting to succumb to stretchy pants and tunics (working at home with a kid, man), I’ve actually found comfort in a sort of uniform I’ve grown used to— simple sixties’ style as presented to the world in the ’90s. Plain shift dresses, knit dress shirts with statement collars, basic mod dresses, all worn with tights if the weather demands it, and either classic boots, mary janes, or simple ballet flats. Once I figured out this was what I felt the best in, it was easy to pare down my closet to include only these basics. But more on the closet purge another day!

What style are you most drawn to in your personal wardrobe? I’ll admit, I’m kind of freaking out, because after narrowing down my closet to fewer pieces, and mostly sixties inspired ones, I’m feeling myself shift into the style of the early seventies. I blame Mad Men.

M A N D I :   dress: ASOS maternity (from three years ago) / coat: vintage / blouse: thrifted / necklace: vintage from Avenue Antiques in Canton / tights: ASOS maternity / boots: Franco Sarto

L U C Y :   dress: thrifted / jacket: gift from Target last year / tights: hand-me-down / shoes: thrifted / barrette: Target

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mother daughter maternity style

mother daughter maternity style

mother daughter maternity style

mother daughter maternity style

mother daughter maternity style

WHAT WE WORE | Sunshine & Daisies

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Sometimes a happy pregnancy is all about a quality mattress, oodles of carbs, plenty of antacids, and, of course, a healthy baby. But in the morning, what really makes this pregnant lady happy is just a comfortable dress to make getting dressed a breeze. When I found out I was pregnant last Fall, I found this vintage ’90s maternity dress at the online resale shop Thred Up, and bought it immediately. When it arrived in the mail, I was disappointed with how boxy the dress was on top and how baggy it felt in the shoulders. I couldn’t imagine the day when I would have to pin closed the button holes and exercise extreme caution when reaching forward, lest I risk a fat-man-in-a-little-coat situation. But guess what? That day is here! I’m 26 weeks pregnant and this dress is quite tailored on top these days.

Yes, the body is changing (aka growing) at lightning speed, and I’ve been a bit embarrassed by my vain feelings that make me sad about my extra face chub. But I can still wear my favorite boots, so all is good Mandi’s world of comfortable maternity fashion!

L U C Y  :  sweater: Gap Outlet / skort: thrifted / boots: Kenneth Cole / puppy purse: vintage

M A N D I :  hat: thrifted / dress: vintage maternity from Thred Up / tights: ASOS maternity tights with support band / boots: Clarks

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WHAT WE WORE | Summer Dresses & Bacon Grease

Vintage-Inspired Mother/Daughter Fashion

Sometimes you hear a great quote and it becomes your new life motto. When Don Draper directed his creative team with the famous line, “Make it simple, but significant,” I knew it would be my new mantra. Lately I’ve been considering simple significance in most everything I do, whether it’s analyzing my wardrobe, cooking dinner, or renovating our kitchen.

Lucy and I chose simple, all-inclusive outfits for our family dinner outing at a local restaurant that fits right in with Don’s creative advice. Canton’s downtown scene had been lacking excellent casual dining downtown until recently. You could easily find upscale restaurants and seedy dives, but the lack of moderately priced meals in a nice, casual environment pushed people like me to the suburbs for family outings. A couple of modest places have popped up to fill the void, but it wasn’t until Deli Ohio opened last year that I said, “Aha! Yes— This is what we need.”

A simple space with an attractive, and decidedly fuss-free dining room, it’s the perfect spot to pop in for an amazingly delicious sandwich you can feel good about. The family who owns Deli Ohio works with local farmers to source ingredients, and I gotta say, the bacon alone is worth the trip! It’s a great family atmosphere, and Lucy loves sitting still for her meal and then running around the open space with special permission from the staff. (They’re really chill and their own toddler enjoyed playing with Lucy too!) We love it there, and Canton’s better because of Deli Ohio. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the area!

W H A T   I   W O R E :

dress: ASOS / shoes: Clarks / necklace: Avenue Antiques in Canton / bag: Cleveland’s WMC Fest 5
lipstick: Laura Geller Rosato / waterproof lip liner: It Cosmetics Romantic Rose

W H A T   L U C Y   W O R E :   100% thrifted

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Moxie Jean Kids – Get the Look for Less

Back to School time was so thrilling when I was a kiddo. Every late Summer afternoon, when other normal kids were running through sprinklers or begging their parents for ice cream truck money, I watched excitedly as the mail truck slowly approached from the distance— Would today be the day I get my class list? As I wondered which friends (and which boys) would share a classroom with me that Fall, I would pour over clothing catalogues, wishing Mom would puh-lease buy me all the clothes I wanted, instead of just giving me a set allowance for Back to School clothes. As a sixth grader, I would grab a calculator and crunch the numbers so I could get the most clothes for the money I had to spend, making sure I had a bomb outfit for the first day of school. These were important decisions, you guys! I probably wouldn’t get new clothes again until Christmas, and even then I would be more likely to get tube socks and patterned undies instead of the corduroy flare jeans and the flower-power zip-down shirt that I really wanted.

I wonder if Lucy will one day get as excited about Back to School shopping as I did. She might not be in school just yet (Let’s not rush it!), but I still bought her some new clothes in the spirit of this time of year. Just like my six-grade self, I pulled out my calculator and crunched the numbers so I could get her the most for our money. I ended up buying Lucy all of these name brand clothes for less than $40, and I didn’t even have to leave the house! What’s my trick? Moxie Jean, the upscale resale shop for kids— online!

I pride myself on being pretty thrifty, but my desire to save money usually clashes with my annoyingly specific style requirements. I rarely bother looking for clothes at garage sales, because most of the time the things for sale are nothing at all like the classic, vintage-inspired clothes I like for Lucy’s wardrobe. Typically I find most of her vintage clothes at local thrift stores, but it can be frustrating to spend a long time looking through clothes that are tightly smashed onto racks alongside tacky t-shirts and over-appliquéd dresses. It’s rare that I leave the thrift store with more than one simple white t-shirt for Lucy. I also like to look around at local resale shops, but there’s still a lot to sift through while corralling an active toddler who would rather be playing outside.

I really liked my experience shopping at Moxie Jean. It’s just like any online store where you can view things by a variety of categories, the clothing is neatly displayed on a simple background, and it arrives well packaged and in pristine condition. But instead of the online shop prices, I paid about 75% less than retail for the brand name clothes I found. (Honestly I don’t care too much about brand names— I look for specific styles. Brand names like Boden and Gap just make it easier to skip to clothes I know I’ll like!) I ended up finding lots of dresses, jumpers, shirts, and jeans that I wanted to get for Lucy when browsing Moxie Jean’s 18-24 month girls category, but I narrowed down my purchases to the items below:

Black turtleneck originally from Old Navy

Gingham skort from The Children’s Place

Plaid jumper originally from Old Navy

Orange marled sweater originally from Jacadi

Red gingham pants – Deréon brand

This year, the National Retail Federation estimated that shoppers will spend an average of $231.30 on clothes and $124.46 on shoes. Moxie Jean can give you at least three times as much plunder as you’d get at retail stores, and to prove it, they cut the estimated total of $355.76 in half and they’re giving it away to one lucky winner to buy a new wardrobe.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Moxie Jean. The opinions and text are all mine.