Thursday, January 9, 2020


MZ Wallace Tote Large Sutton Tote (I also love Oliver Thomas version) $245
I have had my MZ Wallace tote for years... it's been used as a work bag, gym bag and baby bag!

These are the items in my winter wardrobe that are on repeat. Between November and February my wardrobe is basically all black.

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I wear my Spanx several times a week... especially in December when I basically gave up on pants with a button. They truly suck you in... and unfortunately make all other leggings feel loose in comparison.
UPDATE 2/5: These leggings have been a "top seller" and I feel it's important to disclose this to anyone that turns to me for a recommendation. Are Spanx faux leather leggings worth the price $98? While I have loved wearing my faux leather leggings, I am not happy with the quality. I own a few pairs now, and the sheen has only held up for one season while following washing instructions. Since writing this post, I have been in communication with Spanx customer service disputing the quality while following suggested care. For the price, I would expect the lifetime of the sheen to last longer. I hope to find an alternative brand and style for this look next season. Unfortunate because I love the Spanx brand! :(

FAQ: Are Golden Goose worth the price tag?  Sure, if you get your wear out of them... and only if they have glitter, leopard or a pop of something fun! If you're into the look and have the budget, go for them! I love the Intermix exclusives. I was on the fence for awhile, but have worn them constantly since the fall.

My favorite cut of the popular Dudley Stephens turtleneck is the cropped Park Slope. It fits my shorter frame best and versatile by adding longer shirts underneath. I also have the longer Cobble Hill version since it covers my bum in leggings for the office. I should note they are great for keeping up with babies and tots... the vero fleece washes well!

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My latest purchase is this STIK beanie that I bought at the Darien Sports Shop. Feels like winter is just beginning in Connecticut! The style color is Blacklist... which inspired this post.

Last but not least... I finally caved and bought a pair of black leggings from Amazon, also known as the lululemon Align dupes. I went with this pair (includes the pocket, very important) since they are 7/8 length, 25" inseam, and I don't have to hem them (I'm 5'2"). As for sizing, I would recommend going down and several others I was messaging with over Instagram felt the same. The legs are comparable in thickness but I do prefer the waistband of the Aligns better. Regardless, I think for $25 they are worth adding into rotation for everyday wear and light workouts. I haven't washed them but heard they hold up well. Now I'm off to find a brushed/fleece lined pair for winter paddle. Suggestions welcome!

Happy almost weekend!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Disney on Ice

Last weekend Ted and I took Lexi (3.5) and Chase (16 months) to see Disney on Ice Celebrate Memories at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. We all had a great time! It was a last minute decision to go and I'm so glad we did!

I showed Lexi YouTube videos of similar shows leading up to the weekend, which got her very excited. Both she and Chase loved the show. Chase was clapping along and very engaged. I had several people ask me on Instagram if Lexi and Chase were the "right" age... definitely! I won't lie... will probably leave Chase home next year when he's 2 if he's anything like Lexi was at that age.

A few tips...
Leave plenty of time to park! It took us forever to park and longer to leave since we were far up in the garage. 
I wore Chase in a carrier to enter/exit the arena faster.
I wish I had packed my bag more efficiently... I found myself scrambling for things in a tight space.
The show is between 1.5-2 hours with an intermission. 

One of my favorite Disney movies from my childhood was Beauty and the Beast... so I especially loved Be Our Guest.

The highlight for Lexi was Elsa... no surprise! The show ended up with the crowd favorite (judging by costume) Frozen. If you are in Connecticut, there is an upcoming show in Hartford this month.

Upcoming Show Dates in NY, NH, CT, NJ & MA

January 9-12 // Dream Big // Uniondale, NY
January 9-12 // Celebrate Memories // Manchester, NH
January 16-20 // Celebrate Memories // Hartford, CT
January 16-20 // Dream Big // Newark, NJ
January 23-26 // Celebrate Memories // Buffalo, NY
February 19-23 // Road Trip Adventures // Boston, MA
March 26-29 // Worlds of Enchantment // Trenton, NJ

Show tickets c/o Disney On Ice


Monday, January 6, 2020

Blue and White Monday: Holiday Tablescape

Wine Glasses: Juliska. Tablecloth: India Amory. Plates: Similar. Chairs: Bed Bath & Beyond

Happy New Year! Kicking off  2020 with my tablescape from the holidays. I used my grandmother's Canton reproduction dinnerware with my Juliska glassware. You can find a similar version of the plates sold at William Sonoma.

I probably sound like a broken record... but I have found that building a blue and white collection has been incredibly versatile for all of the seasons and holidays.  Just switch out the flowers or tablecloth.

Double Happiness Ginger Jar: similar.

You can find India Amory's block print tableclothes on her website as well as Orchard Mile. I love following her Instagram account and seeing how she and her devotees style. I am hoping that she brings back the blue bow design, now on my wishlist after seeing on my friend Social Dearest's holiday table.

Bar Cart: Society Social. Champagne Flutes: Juliska. Champagne Bucket: William Sonoma. Napkins: Lettermade

My bar cart is an extension of my tablescape ... always coordinating! Honestly I forget about these napkins every year and it's a pleasant surprise to pull them out of a drawer to use. You can find similar versions on Etsy (I particularly like this design).

Aerin ~ via Pinterest

I didn't have even seats for my table, so ordered these folding chairs and I love them! I have been eyeing them for awhile... love how this style looks around Aerin's table.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 29, 2019

2019 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

Petite Plum nightgown & romper. Gap Kids trapper hat, headband, sherpa boots
Old Navy Performance Fleece Blanket (only $5!). 

These are the toys I ordered for Lexi and Chase on Amazon this morning. My cart started with the Black Friday Deal Echo Dot Kids Edition (so cute in rainbow) and Cry Baby Doll (stupid commerical Lexi sees all the time)... and quickly escalated. Not all are deals, but figured might as well get it done. Most of these toys were recs from friends, tried and true.

I've rounded up the best deals and will be updating through Monday! Aside from the toys, I bought new Spanx leggings for myself (see below) and am still browsing.

SPANX // 20% off entire site
Top picks: Faux Leather Leggings in BlackFaux Leather Quilted Leggings
Once I found out they carried petite length, I was hooked! Worth the hype, and moved to the top of the deals list for this reason!

ANTHROPOLOGIE // 30% off everything / 50% off sale

ASHA // 20% off with code CM15
Top Picks: Tallulah Stud Earrings, Laurel Chandelier Earrings, Laurel Climber Earrings

ASHA Tallulah Stud Earrings ... I wear these all the time!

ATHLETA // 20% off with code BEMOVED

DONNI // 25% off with code leftovers
Top picks: Tri-Fleece Pullover, Mini Sherpa Henley Pullover 
This is a new brand to me, thanks for a fashion forward friend.

ELLSWORTH & IVEY // 30% off with code
Nantucket, Dallas, Vineyard, Montauk, Newport, Vail, Quogue, Palm Beach, Aspen, Sag Harbor, Sconset, Cisco ... if I named your place then there is a sweater for you.

GAP // 50% off with code GAPCYBER, extra 10% off with code GOBG

H&M // 30% off everything plus free shipping

This gray sweater is in constant rotation, love it! ($13)

J. CREW // 50% off  with code MONDAY
Top picks: Mock Neck top in floral lace
Basically everything I want is excluded from the sale and I'm kind of upset about. I do have and love this tartan scarf...

JOIE // 30% off with code THANKS30
I love my Park Twill Pants in Fatigue.

LAKE PAJAMAS // Black Friday Sale
Top picks: Pima Cotton Robe in HydrangeaPima Long-Long Set in Ticking Red

LANDS END // 50% off with code BLACK
I love the small zip top tote in rose gold for the girls to play with and the fox print for the boys. The large size tote makes for a great weekender!

OLD NAVY // 50% off
Been basically living in this Sherpa Sweatshirt. I also grabbed this Pattern Performance Fleece Blanket for $5 in store the other day... it will come in handy for the stroller or other Christmas activities outside.

QUAY AUSTRALIA // Buy one get one free with code BOGO
My absolute favorite sunnies (and only $55) - I have in both black and tortoise.

SHOPBOP //15% off $200+ with code MORE19
I get asked about my Karen Walker sunnies often... bought them on sale here too.

SSENSE // up to 50% off
Golden Goose sneakers on sale. Personally, if you're going to splurge on overpriced dirty sneakers, I say go for a pair with a little glitter, like these or leopard. But if that's not your thing, they have plain styles too.

TUCKERNUCK - Up to 30% off with code BRIGHT
Top picks: Asha Tallulah Stud Earrings, Sail To Sable Black Long Sleeve Classic Tunic, Sail to Sable Red Plaid Multi Tunic Dress
I rented this top from RTR and will be wearing to holiday events with the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings.

BIRCHBOX // Black Friday Deals
My Picks: R+Co TELEVISION Perfect Hair Shampoo and Conditioner BOGO, Limited Edition Oribe Box

ERNO LASZLO // 30% off
My Picks: Multi-Task Eye Serum MaskExfoliate & Detox Hydrogel Mask Set

PURE BIODERM // 20% off on Amazon with this link
If you follow me on Instagram you will know these are my must have serums! They were developed by my dermatologist and are an amazing price point when compared to others with similar key ingredients.

BELLA BLISS // 40% off plus free shipping with code THANKSGIVING


CPC CLASSIC PREP // up to 50% off
I adore their embroidered overalls for the boys.

The original and cutest mocs for babies! Lexi lived in these her first year.

EGG // 40% with code BLACKFRIDAY

GAP // 50% off with code BLKFRIDAY, extra 10% off with code BESTEVER
I buy SO much from the Gap for both Lexi and Chase... I think I need to do a dedicated post. If you have a little girl, these red ballet flats are adorable.

JANIE & JACK // 35% off plus free shipping

CARTER'S - SKIP HOP // 60% Carter's, 25-50% off Skip Hop
I bought a few of the bottle bags (comes with an ice pack) last year. I had the bunting in both the sherpa and quilted for Chase last year... this would be a great gift for newborn winter baby.

LOLA AND THE BOYS // 30% off
The star glitter sneakers are adorable! Santa will be delivering them for Lexi. (They do run a full size small.)

MAISONETTE // up to 30% off
My picks: Petite Plum, Sammy + Nat Classic Striped Pajamas in Pink, Sammy + Nat Striped Coverall Footie in Navy
Lexi loves her Petite Plum Ice Dancer Nightgown. She and Chase have coordinating Holiday Journey PJs (nightgown, romper) for Christmas. Also a good time to snag anything Sammy + Nat on sale.

PETITE PLUM // 25% off
Same picks as Maisonette... extra 5% off when you order from their site. :)

RALPH LAUREN // 40% off when you spend $125+ plus extra 10% off sweaters
Great time to get a flag sweater.

WEE ONES // 20% off order
My favorite bows for Lexi! She wears the 4" daily.

BED, BATH & BEYOND // You can apply coupons on top of savings!
This is the Nespresso machine I can't live without.

JULISKA // deals starting at 40% off
This little vase is the perfect gift - it fits a couple hydrangea stems and is one of my favorite home items. See picture below!

POTTERY BARN // 25% off plus free shipping


SERENA & LILY // 20% off with code
See my favorites here!

TARGET // spend $50 get 20% off coupon for 12/3-12/14

WILLIAM SONOMA // 20% off plus free shipping
The William Sonoma Home section has so many great blue and white options! Ginger jars, galore!

FOR HIM (Ok.. the smallest section but I'll add to it, haha!)
DSW // 30% off with code BIGTHANKS
I like these Cole Haan boots for Ted... when I force Ted into buying new shoes I'll first look here!

VINEYARD VINES // 40% off favorite styles with code BLACKFRI19
My picks: Stillwater Sherpa Vest

Robe: Lake Pajamas

Vase: Juliska.

Pure Bioderm - I use the B5 morning/night and the Antioxidant at night DAILY!

Gap Garter Sweater. Love all of the garter pieces from Gap... we have gray and striped that both Lexi and Chase wore! They hold up so well. 

My parka: palmer & purchase (not on sale but earn $$ for every $100 spent). My sneakers: Golden Goose (similar styles here).Sherpa: Old Navy. Sunglasses: Quay (BOGO, only $55). Lexi's Parka: Old Navy

Chase's Jacket: Old Navy. Ted's Vest: Vineyard Vines

Tote: Lands End (size large). 

Flag sweaters: Ralph Lauren.

CPC Classic Prep turtleneck and overalls.

Stools: Serena & Lily

That time everything I ordered from J. Crew came in a separate box...

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Blue and White Monday: Dream Bag

This bag was featured today on the Purse Blog and I'm beyond obsessed and had to tell the world. I always love cruise... this bag has it all! Blue and white, AND bamboo! Santa.... ? (I'll be on the lookout for a dupe, ladies.)

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