Sunday, October 2, 2016

I Love Fall A Latte

My favorite month has arrived! It felt so good to be home with my little Lexi this past weekend after traveling most of the week for work. We spent Sunday afternoon at Terrain in Westport for lunch and browsing with my mom. I'll be heading back next weekend for little pumpkins and gourds once I figure out how I will display them.

TheSplendidBow (takes orders every Monday morning)
Baby Gap Sweater, onesie and pants.

Yay for fall!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Safer Skincare

via Lonny

First, can we talk about that sink?! I would love to look at it every morning and evening when I wash my face. Second, I'm very excited to share that Beautycounter is now available at Target for a limited time. Over the years I have been switching out my skincare products for safer, healthier alternatives like Beautycounter.

Since I discovered Beautycounter in 2015 I have been hooked on the line and also became a consultant to spread their mission for safer beauty. Beautycounter's "Never List" includes 1,500 ingredients that are either toxic or have unknown effects so you won't find them in their products. Each potential ingredient is screened for information on potential hazards like cancer, developmental toxicity, hormone disruption and infertility. (My first post on skincare ingredients was back in 2011, the year I first started blogging. Wow, time flies!)

The US bans only 11 ingredients in personal products, which is alarming compared to the list of 1,400 banned in Europe. Aware of the stricter regulations overseas, I made sure to stop at the pharmacies while I was in Paris in 2014 and 2015 to pick up safe products. Thankfully since my trips I discovered Beautycounter at home. It was especially important to me while I was pregnant with Lexi to use only the best... and now that she has arrived I continue to use it for both of us.

If you are looking to make the change to safer products my recommendation is to start with your cleanser and moisturizers, the base layer and products you are using multiple times daily. Beautycounter for Target is the perfect opportunity to give the brand a try. I use the Cream Cleanser and Exfoliator and am addicted to them both. Each product includes a gift with purchase offer you can redeem through me at

Check out the full line here!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

On My Radar

Hi everyone! So I am currently traveling for work in Hong Kong and my schedule is completely thrown off... what better to do when you can't sleep than shop? I actually started this wishlist a few weeks ago and can finally share it.

J. Crew Kiki Leather Cap Toe Ballet Flats
I hate to post about something that is almost sold out... but you never know these might come back in stock. I got them back in July when I first saw them because I knew they would go fast.They are also available in the Gemma style with a pointy toe. C-L-A-S-S-I-C!

Joie Alpina Dress
It pains me to see this dress selling out in most sizes but I understand why... I have been eyeing it for a few weeks and hoping to get during a promotion. I have a few dresses from Joie and they double for work and fun depending on how your accessorize. In fact, I have a couple packed on my current trip. (I am always on the lookout for mark downs on Saks OFF 5th, Nordstrom Rack and Rue La La. I have never paid full price...)

Tory Burch Small Fleming Quilted Shoulder Bag
I would like to upgrade my current little black bag. Perfect for date nights.

Rag & Bone Harrow Boot
I have these in black leather and will be wearing them for a 4th year. I had them resoled to extend the life and they have held up amazingly. Yes, they are pricey but have been a staple in my wardrobe every fall and winter. Time for a new color!

AG Ankle Jeans
Another wardrobe staple.

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag
It's time to update Lexi's diaper bag from mint green to a fall color... I think the camo will look great with a girl pink monogram. Unless I am going to work, I have just been throwing my wallet and phone into her tote or stroller organizer. I really hate carrying too much around and overpacking the stroller. Stuff naturally piles up during outgoings so I like to keep it as minimal as possible when I head out of the house.

I have never been to Hong Kong... if anyone has any last minute recommendations when I'm not in the office let me know!

P.S. Beautycounter for Target has launched! More details tomorrow...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Baby Safety with Britax

Last week I attended an event with Britax and FairfieldCounty Moms Blog along with 10 local moms to raise awareness for Child Passenger Safety Month. A car seat is one of the top purchases you are making to keep you little one protected, and most importantly ensuring that you are using it properly in the case of a collision.

Our cars were lined up and ready for installation of the new Advocate ClickTight after a comprehensive demonstration. (If anyone had been in the market for a midsize SUV this event could have doubled as a car show.) The most difficult part was getting it out of the box and into the car on a hot and humid day. I’ll be honest, though I could install the seat myself I would much rather "supervise" and guide my husband next time around. 

An astounding 75% of car seats aren't installed correctly. There are two ways to secure - the seat belt or the LATCH system. Personally, I find the latches confusing since there are rules depending on the model year of your car and whether forward or rear-facing. Always read your car seat guide, check the vehicle manual and pay attention to weight limits (including that of the seat). This particular car seat utilizes the seat belt. 

The ClickTight technology is simple... turn the key to open, thread the seat belt through the slots, click it close. Pull the strap tight to secure (you will hear another click) and press the button above the key to loosen. The Anti-Rebound bar is an additional safety feature that reduces rebound rotation by 40% and stabilizes the car seat during crashes. 

We gave the seat a test run over the weekend on our way to lunch.  My only "complaint" is that Lexi fell right to sleep so when we arrived at the restaurant, which was less than 10 minutes away, I had to carefully move her into her stroller. At least we know it's comfortable. For now having an infant car seat carrier that can easily transfer from the stroller into a base in my car is the most ideal. However, I am happy to have the Advocate ClickTight for our other car. I had planned to go with a convertible car seat over a second infant car seat base, since it grows with your child making it an economical choice. 

If you are in the market for a new seat, now is a great time. Britax is having a sale through 9/30 for Baby Safety Month and you can save up to 25%.