Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Nut-Free Mom's Top 10 Must-Have Items ala Nina Garcia of Project Runway

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

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