Monday, May 21, 2018

Scenes from the Weekend

Lexi's Jacket: Saint James (NRO Edgartown)

Saturday morning was off to an early start with the royal wedding followed by volunteering for a local charity. I had immediate regrets when scrolling through Instagram that I didn't have a proper viewing party (for myself) with tea and scones. Lexi had no interest in watching... I was trying to explain that she could have a chance with Prince George but she wasn't having it. I didn't get to watch the entire ceremony as we were off to help with OPUS for Person-to-Person Balloons for Campers Day.

Once we finished hanging balloons on mailboxes in recognition for donations our typical weekend kicked off. We've been taking Lexi to swim lessons on Saturday morning. Ted goes in the pool with her and I'm on the bench. She knows we'll head to Starbucks after class, and the promise of a cake pop is the only thing that will force her out of the pool. 

Pajamas: Roller Rabbit. Play mat: Little Nomad. Kitchen: KidKraft. Baking Set: KidKraft.

Lexi's sweet babysitter gave her this baking set for her birthday and it was a huge hit. She always has one of those cookies or cupcakes in hand around the house. (I was cleaning up the other night and couldn't find a piece of the set... I was going crazy. I know this needs to stop, losing toys is inevitable, but I get overly emotional when pieces go missing.)

I got a few messages on Instagram stories about the play mat in my family room. I learned about the mats from the UES Mommas Facebook group and bought it when Lexi was about 6 months, shortly after they hit the market. It's held up pretty well (except Lexi will remove the border pieces and bend them.. they dent easily) and fits right in with our decor.


Dress: Gap. Jellies: Gap. Bow: Wee Ones (Wiggles and Giggles in Darien).

We make at least one stop to either Home Depot or a local gardening shop each weekend. Lexi's cake pop sugar high will peak during these trips. At least the pictures of me chasing her around are cute. We picked out planters from Nielsen's and decided on hydrangeas, petunias and ivy. At the end of the season we'll plant the hydrangeas somewhere in the backyard.


Hope you had a great weekend!
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Monday, May 7, 2018

Blue and White Al Fresco




Ted and I moved into our house last August but since were traveling and had so much going on we didn't get the chance to enjoy our patio and entertain. Now that we finally have a table and grill I'm reading to host, blue and white style! I have a few of the items above (the napkins and champagne bucket) and my eye on the rest.

Crate & Barrel and Reese Witherspoon's Draper James have a collaboration going on with stripes and gingham. William Sonoma Home is also a go to for browsing blue and white, especially the AERIN collection. 



Target has French bistro seating available at great prices. Thanks to a tip from a friend, I bought the folding chair version for extra seating (both inside and out). I was impressed with quality and they look like they will hold up. If I hadn't just bought a new outdoor set I would get the arm chairs as well! There is a also a 3-piece set available, which would be great if you have a balcony (where was this when I lived in an apartment).


via Pinterest


A few blue and white tablescapes for inspiration ... I just want it all!


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Splurge vs. Steal: Cap Toe Espadrilles



I'm always on the lookout for cap toe "Chanel-esque" flats and when I saw this Sam Edelman pair was available for pre-order I didn't waste a second. I know.... they are missing the stitching and C' but I'll take them! They are very similar to a past season style, featured below. I typically wouldn't post something I haven't tried on but I'm betting this pair is a keeper. Will keep you posted once they arrive (most likely on Instagram stories).

via Pinterest

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Lately: Skincare

Jacket: Patagonia. Fleece: Dudley Stephens.

The secret for flawless skin? Perfect lighting and a filter (my preferred app is Pic-Tap-Go). But great products, regular facials and a visit to the dermatologist for fun can help too. Unfortunately I haven't had the last two lately (more on that below), but in the meantime I've rounded up what products I've been using most lately.





Use arrows to scroll through products!

CLEANSE
Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Cleanser
Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Exfloliator
I've been hooked on Beautycounter cleansers for a long time. I use the cream cleanser in the morning and the exfoliator at night. I've been too lazy to use my Clarisonic (I go in phases with it) so have been relying on this to slough away dead skin and prep skin for moisturizing.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
I stocked up on this while I was in Paris years ago, but now you order just as easily online. Micellar water is now easier to find as there are several drug store brand versions. No rinsing required! (Read more about it on Allure.) I don't typically wear lots of eye makeup, but when I do this is what I turn to first.  I primarily use it to remove foundation that gets on my lips while getting ready. It's also great if you change your mind on lipstick (it easily gets off the reddest or reds!) 
Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes
I've used other wipes that have irritated my skin. I have found these to be the best!
Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water
I spray this on my skin and blot off with a flat cotton round after I cleanse. Why? I'm trying to be fancy like the French

MOISTURIZE
Clinque Pep-Start Eye Cream
Honestly, I'm not loyal to any eye cream. I always seem to have samples on hand and when I ran out, grabbed this at Sephora. It's lightweight and absorbs quickly. I would buy it again. 
Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
When this moisturizer debuted it immediately sold out. That made me want to try it when it came back it stock. It's lightweight and I do think my skin has been less dry this winter because of it. 
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
I tried a sample of this while I was traveling. Sephora knows what they're doing with their samples. I typically use this when I'm going out at night... it's just easier when the primer is combined. 
This is hands down my favorite Beautycounter product. I use this down to the last drop! It is so hydrating and saves my skin in the winter.
Beautycounter No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil
I put a few drops of this after my moisturizer before I go to sleep. Don't be afraid of oils, even if you have oily skin. I know that sounds weird but just read up on it. 
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex
When I'm out of Beautycounter, I turn to this to use both AM/PM. 
Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask Sheet Variety Set
Innisfree is a popular Korean brand that uses natural ingredients. I came back from Hong Kong last fall with at least 40 of these in my bag. No joke. There is now a US site available to order online or you can find them on Amazon And if you happen to be in NYC, they recently opened a store. The masks are $2-$3 each.

Facials. The last two I have booked were cancelled because of conflicts with Lexi and Ted's schedule. :( Not much more to say but it's time...

Finally, let's talk about Botox. When I was done nursing Lexi I treated myself to it and became addicted! I haven't had it since the fall so I am overdue. The results last between 3-4 months. I had 22 units between my eyes (aka the "11's") and forehead and loved the outcome each time. I was not completely frozen, but just enough. I feel like a bit of hypocrite since I'm always going for natural products otherwise... but what can I say. I wish more bloggers were open about the treatments and injections they get in addition to products. But, to each their own. I completely understand both views and it's a personal decision what you want to disclose. If you're local, I'm happy to refer you to my dermatologist just shoot me a message. I wouldn't trust anyone else but her!

I'm on a mission to use all the products and samples I have before I go out and buy anything new. We'll see how long that lasts.

Would love to hear any products that you are loving lately!

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Friday, January 26, 2018

7 Years of Vineyard Loveknots

Fleece: Dudley Stephens. Jeans: AG. Booties: Sam Edelman. Sunglasses: Perverse.

Obviously so much has changed in my life since I started this blog in 2011. I can check off new job, engagement, wedding, pregnancy, baby and first home. Now I'm focused on updating and decorating our house (why is picking out paint colors so hard? or making any decor decision for that matter...) and juggling my career and family. When someone asks "how I do it all" my answer is I don't... and the days I do I don't sleep. I've put my blog on the back burner for some time but love that it's always here waiting for me and somehow there are still eyes on it. Recently I've been inspired to get it going again. So if you're here reading this now, THANK YOU!

On the fashion front ... most of my clothes in piles in my basement while our floors were refinished in stages over November-December. That said, I have been wearing several outfits on repeat. One of my most worn pieces over the last month is this Dudley Stephens fleece turtleneck. It comes in 2 styles - the signature Cobble Hill version is longer but just not a fit for my body type (short/short torso) so I was excited when the Park Slope debuted. It's a local Connecticut brand, made in the USA and top quality. Looks great with jeans or dressed down with leggings after a workout (I'm wearing a size small - typically an XS/S, 2, 25 in most brands.) The black is already on my wish list for next year.


Happy Friday!
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