Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bows

Portraits by JoopaShoots
Bow: Esty. Dress: Gap (festive version).

This post is geared toward the girl moms. I get asked two questions about bows all the time...

1. Where do you buy them?
I have ordered from hairbowsworld on Etsy and Cute bows 4 girls (formerly on Etsy) - the prices are great! There are several sizes - Lexi most often wears the 3-inch and 4-inch size (pictured above). I've done a couple large orders and have included them in shower gifts.

2. How do you get them to stay on?!
First off, if there isn't any hair to clip them onto (or it's a larger bow) you can secure to an elastic headband (sold alone or with the bows). Up until about 9 months she would wear a headband then she was over it.

We go in phases... but it can be struggle. I will wear one around the house and then she will want to have her bow back on! When she's frustrated or I tell her "no" to anything (which let's be honest is pretty often now) she rips them out!


Modeling the 5-inch from Cute bows 4 girls with a headband last Christmas.



She typically wears her hair in a ponytail to daycare and a bow on the weekends except for PICTURE DAY! I had to buy them all.

Any other bow lovers out there?! 
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Monogram Monday: Book Filled Tote


L.L. Bean Boat and Tote (Medium) // Monogram by Monogram Mary // Tissue Paper: Target

I know it's Cyber Monday (you can see my list of favorite deals here)... but let's switch gears and talk monograms. Last year for Lexi's first Christmas I gave her a monogram tote filled with books. The tote is from L.L. Bean (the medium size) and I had it embroidered locally by Monogram Mary. The books are either from Amazon or T.J. Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods. A few of them were already on her bookshelf... not so sure I could fool her this year!






Whenever I find the time to visit a T.J. Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods I almost always leave with a couple of books for Lexi. A tip from experience, if it is a flap book make sure they are all intact! This was a haul I had gotten over the summer. Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo! was a gift from my sister-in-law and one of Lexi's favorites.



My favorite flap books (which I will be honest I didn't even know were a thing until Lexi) are the Cottage Press board books. We have a drawer full of flaps that I tell myself that I will eventually tape back... but fewest from these sturdy little books.


Finally, the scallop tissue paper is from the sugar paper line at Target. She had more fun with this than anything else.

Do you have a favorite children's book that you always gift?
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales



Hat: Gap (50% off). Jacket: Patagonia (wish this one was one sale). Leggings: Gap (50% off). Shoes: Converse (25% off).

This weekend has always been incredibly stressful for me but now that I'm shopping for Lexi too I go crazy! Luckily Gap, where I buy most of her clothes, always has sales. But at this time of the year I'm afraid I will miss out on some crazy deal and am constantly making sure I don't deserve a price adjustment, ha. The sales I've been checking out...

UPDATED FOR CYBER MONDAY
Anthropologie - 20% off (candles, people!)
Athleta - 20% off with BLISS
Banana Republic - 50% off
barr+barr - 40% plus shipping with MERRY40
Birchbox - Up to 25% off  (Oribe... so hard to ever find on sale! I'm obsessed with the dry shampoo and there are so many sets that make great gifts like this one)
Old Navy - 50% off
Gap - 50% off
H&M - 30% off
J. Crew - 40% off + extra 10%
Juliska - 40% off or more
Macy's - Lots of Free People on sale... I ordered this sweater in black
Nordstrom - Extra 20% off select sale
Society Social - Up to $300 select items (only sale of the year - I finally got this bar cart I have been dreaming of!)
T3 - 25% off (love my dryer)
Tuckernuck- 20% off or up to 30% off with GONUTS
Waiting on Martha Home - 30% off

And Black Friday deals for my local friends...
Havana Jeans - 25-50% off storewide, additional 10% off between 8-10AM
Joyride - 20% off all class packs, 1st month of monthlies & merchandise with ORANGEFRIDAY17
Pink Lemon Blue Lime - 40% off 10-11AM, 30% off 11-1PM, 20% off 1-6PM, 25% off $150+ on Small Business Saturday

Scarf: J. Crew Sweater: Old Navy Shoes: Ivanka Trump

I stopped into Old Navy quickly on Wednesday since they started their sale early. I got my sweater and this adorable faux fur jacket for Lexi to wear over her Christmas dress.

I'll probably be chatting on Instagram stories (@lindsayblackinton) about the rest of my finds. I have been linking to the products under Shop My Instagram on the main menu since it's the easiest... one of the reasons I started this blog is because I like to share my shopping finds so it's always fun for me to check in during these sales and tell the world what I actually buy, keep and wear more than once.

Happy Shopping!
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Thanksgiving

Bag: barr+barr (c/o). 
Sweater: Old Navy. Scarf: Forever21. Jeans: AG. Sunglasses: Perverse. Boots (pictured below): Sam Edelman. Ted's Jacket: Patagonia. Lexi's Jacket: Gap. Leggings: Old Navy. Boots: Gap

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We headed out Thanksgiving morning to get Starbucks, so thankful they are always open, and made a stop at the beach to play before having dinner at my parents house.

I recently received this leather blush backpack from a local brand, barr+barr, and couldn't wait to use it. The color is versatile and looks great with both neutrals and black. It was especially useful yesterday because I could leave my diaper bag in the car and just throw in some essentials (like tissues... with Lexi I will need an endless supply through March) and have both hands free for Lexi. All of their bags and cashmere scarves are on sale this weekend for 40% off plus free shipping with code MERRY40. The scarves would make a great gift for her! I have a similar black one and swear by it for travel and wear it constantly in the winter in my freezing office.

More to come on all the big sales... my sweater and most of Lexi's outfit linked above are all 50% off!







barr+barr: 40% off and free shipping with code MERRY40 through 11/27

Happy Thanksgiving! xx
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop with McArdle's



Over the weekend I had the amazing opportunity to take a workshop at McArdle's Florist and Garden Center in Greenwich with a friend. We created these beautiful Thanksgiving centerpieces. I learned so many great tips from the instructor, Michael, and hope I can recreate something on my own again soon. 

If you are local, McArdle's is a must visit! It is the oldest family run business in Greenwich, four generations and over 100 years old. I am anxious to get back to visit their gift shop and browse their holiday decor after Thanksgiving. 


Admiring the flowers before our class started. Love the color of these roses. We used sunflowers, moonflower, hypericum, cymbidium orchids, broomcorn, millet, eucalyptus, pin cushion protea and kale.


Whenever I am lucky enough to bring home an arrangement from a wedding or event, once it goes I try to dissect it and understand how the florist put it together. It is both a science and an art. Weirdly one of my favorite things during the class was cutting this wet foam block. Wrapping it with the leaves was more challenging than it seems.



There are so many tips and tricks and flowers to use that I would never pick out on my own. I was a little sad to remove the yellow petals on these sunflowers (by gently pushing back) but it added a different look to the arrangement.


I wish I was comfortable cutting flowers with a knife but I'm not there yet so relied on these clippers. I have a pair in my kitchen drawer dedicated for cutting fresh flowers. 



The final product!

McArdle's Florist & Garden Center
48 Arch Street
Greenwich, CT 06830
Holiday Hours: Monday-Saturday 8AM-6PM, Sunday 9AM-5PM

Award-winning designers, experts in floral design, plant design, plant knowledge, interiorscaping and landscaping. 

  • Exquisite floral arrangements, luxury blooming plants, centerpieces, cut flowers, custom indoor and outdoor planters, home decor, gifts, seasonal decor, Christmas trees, holiday greens and decor, orchids, succulents
  • Same-day local delivery
  • McArdle’s guarantee: Fresh flowers last a week, green foliage plants last a month, blooming plants last at least 2 weeks, shrubs and perennials last a year... if not, will replace


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