Project Runway aired its long-awaited finale last night. In tandem with that exciting event (see ya, Kenley!), my local paper published Project Runway judge Nina Garcia's top 10 "must-have items." Also, Nina has a recently released book: "The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own."
Now, I love fashion. Love it. Don't get me wrong--I don't think the fact that I'm a mom gives me license to be schlumpy. But I got to thinking about all the stuff that we "nut-free moms" need to own in order to get ourselves and our kids through the day. Sometimes that stuff seems a lot more important.
So here is Nina's list, with my (tongue-in-cheek) nut-free mom "must-haves."
1. Nina: Animal print
Jenny: Camouflage, to help render you "invisible" when all the other moms want you to volunteer for every class party just because your kid is the one with the food allergy
2. Nina: Cashmere
Jenny: Nice apron to protect your cashmere during all the nut-free baking your bound to be doing as the holidays approach
3. Nina: Evening gown
Jenny: Attractive lounge outfit to rest in after a hard day of keeping your child "allergy-free" (Although, maybe an evening gown isn't a bad idea, for going to gala fundraisers for food allergy research!)
4. Nina: Investment bag
Jenny: Invest in a cute and convenient Thermos Cooler Tote packed with allergy-free treats for day trips with the kids
5. Nina: Jeans
Jenny: Jeans. Of course! I like the trouser ones this season. Comfy and chic!
6. Nina: Knee Boots
Jenny: Waterproof rain boots for tramping around in muddy pumpkin patches in the rain with the Brownies (for when the camouflage doesn't work and you're called upon to be a chaperon).
7. Nina: Little black dress
Jenny: Little black fanny pack stocked with Benadryl and an Epi Pen for your child to bring on play dates
8. Nina: Stilettos
Jenny: Comfy ballet flats that don't hurt your feet while you take your kid to all of their allergy and asthma appointments after school
9. Nina: Trench coat
Jenny: I'll keep this one. We all need outerwear, after all. And a trench coat is so Audrey Hepburn.
10. Nina: Wide-leg trousers
Jenny: Loose, comfortable trousers for those "intercept the unsafe treats" moments that require ease of movement as you leap quickly between a young child and a forbidden food item