Thursday, February 4, 2016

Baby B's Nursery

Baby B's nursery is starting to come together! We have the crib, rug and rocking chair. The Pottery Barn furniture will be delivered next weekend and I'm finalizing the other elements. I'm anxious to get everything set up and see it all come together.

I lucked out and found the exact Bratt Decor crib I wanted on Craigslist. The style was recently retired. I set up several alerts in the surrounding tristate area and luckily it popped up. At first I was apprehensive to buy a pre-owned crib but realized that was silly. It's made of iron, looks as good as new and there have been no recalls.

As for the chair, my mom was adamant about a wooden rocker that could move from the nursery to the living room. I told her about a club glider I had been looking at and she wasn't having any of my modern nursery talk. Well, I'm not going to argue with her since she is close by and will be helping me. I went with the natural color because I figure I can always paint it in the future and liked how the natural finish was incorporated in the nursery below. Now I'm very happy with this decision. 

I have this Sugarboo Designs elephant print that I adore (posted here). I bought it a few years ago at my favorite store on Martha's Vineyard. It's perfect for a gender neutral nursery. Since my elephant already happily lives on a wall in another room I hope to get the Oui Oui Cherie and another coordinating print for Baby B. They have so many great pieces!

Making sure all of these pinks will match. I ordered fabric swatches for crib bedding from Restoration Hardware and the bench from Home Decorators Collection to match a rug I already had. 

These are the two nurseries that I keep looking back at for inspiration. They are both lovely... wish that I could transplant either one into my apartment. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


 Sunglasses: Ray Ban. Jacket: Patagonia. Scarf: Calypso St. Barth. Top: lululemon (sized up for maternity). Leggings: lululemon. Sneakers: Nike (On sale! I ordered a 1/2 size down).

Hi there! I'm back... with a much bigger belly. I am 30 weeks along in my pregnancy and in my third trimester. Baby B is quite active and Ted can see and feel her kicks. She is growing by the day. Some days I feel like April is forever away, and other days I don't have any time at all!

Overall I have been feeling well, but that's not to say I don't have my complaints. I have a hard time sleeping comfortably, but the Snoogle pillow has been my savior. I think Ted wishes he had one too, haha. What else... since my belly is stretching my skin is really sensitive and itchy. Pants, socks and shoes are a daily struggle to get on and off and I've managed to pull muscles jean shopping. I've been having bizarre dreams. In the grand scheme, I realize these are really minor issues and I'm thankful not to have anything serious going on.

Back to the positive. I've been able to keep a workout schedule. I've continued with pre-natal yoga once a week and barre at least 1-2 nights. When I can't make it to class I try to at least get some treadmill walking in. Some nights it's really hard to get going but once I do I feel so much better. I live around the corner from my gym and also have one in my building so distance isn't an excuse.

 Jacket: Burberry. Scarf: Gap.
No filter, great lighting.

My hair has been in much better condition this winter than usual... I can definitely thank pregnancy for that! I'm sure that my prescription prenatal helps (Prenate Elite). Since I have cut out cardio workouts that make me sweat bullets I don't wash my hair as often, which means less heat styling. While many people love their "second day hair" and swear by dry shampoo, that's not the case for me. I prefer fresh hair. I toss and turn in my sleep and usually wake up with a scary 80's mullet look that needs to be restyled. I blame my bangs but I can't force myself to fully grow them out. Ultimately I'd rather have healthy hair so it's been a good change cutting back.

One of my favorite dry shampoos is Batiste, which you can almost always find at TJ Maxx and Marshalls or at Target. I'm partial to the Blush scent. I'm going to assume it's better for blondes since it helps cover my roots between highlighting. My other favorite is Oribe's Dry Texturing Spray. Too bad it's 7x more in price. Based on reviews it seems to work well on all hair types and colors.

 Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color $42 and Conditioner for Beautiful Color $44

Speaking of Oribe, I'm also loving everything about their Beautiful Color shampoo and conditioner except for the price tag. I will say a little goes a long way. For now I'm alternating it with other abandoned shampoos and conditioners I need to "use up". Next up I would like to try Oribe's Bright Blonde formula that is free of sulfates and parabens. I also have Beautycounter's line on deck.

More Baby B and other life updates to come. Next up, nursery!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every year I get together with my girlfriends for an annual cookie party. We each bring all of the ingredients for a recipe, prep, bake, drink lots of wine and make a huge mess. It's a great time. (Obviously this year I was missing the wine!)

This year I made The Domestic Rebel's Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies. I botched some measurements the first time around (whoops) and they still turned out yummy. I gave it another go at home and got it right. So delicious!

Prep time:  1 hour 15 mins Cook time:  10 mins Total time:  1 hour 25 mins
Serves: 24

¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch salt
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar & white sugar with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and egg to combine. Lastly, beat in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and pinch of salt until a soft dough has formed. Stir in the cranberries and white chips by hand.
2. Refrigerate the cookie dough for AT LEAST 1 HOUR. You can chill it overnight if you'd like, but one hour chill time is mandatory to prevent cookies from spreading and to create that light, soft and chewy texture.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or mist lightly with cooking spray. Remove chilled dough from fridge and roll into Tablespoon-sized balls. Place onto the cookie sheets about 1-2" apart from one another.
4. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure an even cook. Cookies may appear slightly undone, but do not over-bake them! They will continue to set up more as they cool. Allow cookies to set on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes or so before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. If you'd like to make them prettier, garnish cookies with additional white chips on top of still-warm cookies before serving.

What's your go-to cookie recipe?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Happy Friday

via Pinterest

This is all I want to do this weekend but it's packed so don't expect much down time. We recently moved so we're still settling into the new place and also preparing to go to Colorado next week for Christmas. And we can't forget about Baby B... so much to do to plan for her arrival. I'm a little overwhelmed to say the least.

For once I did my holiday shopping ahead of time. I just have to head out to get some wrapping this weekend and I think I'm set. What did I forget!?

ASHA Lily Chain $395 $110

One last minute gift idea to share before the weekend if you're in a crunch. ASHA is offering free overnight shipping now through 12/23, 3PM EST. There are so many great items still available on sale, including the earrings I posted about yesterday. Non-sale items are 15% off with ASHA15.

I became familiar with the brand after spotting pieces in the Juliska boutique in Stamford. The founder is from Greenwich and her designs are inspired from her travels around the world. Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are part of the Wanderlust collection. 

Wearing the Lily Chain last weekend in Essex.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Look #22weeks

Dress. ASOS (Maternity). Earrings: Asha. Shoes: Christian Louboutin. Lips: Nars Cruella

Last weekend Ted and I went to our friend's annual Christmas party. Typically it's freezing at this time of the year and I could never wear open toe shoes without tights. I hear horror stories of feet getting bigger after pregnancy.... I'm praying that doesn't happen to me. Wearing my favorite shoes while I can!

Here's a similar look with a non-maternity dress from ASOS. You can't go wrong with a LBD, especially at their price price points. (The fit can be tricky with ASOS so I typically order a few sizes just in case since it's free returns.) I ordered my ASHA earrings on Black Friday, they are still on sale. Finally, if I could add another heel to my closet it would be these. Santa?!