Friday, September 21, 2018

Chase's Birth Announcement


Hat: Kissy Kissy. Blanket: Pottery Barn Kids
My Robe: LAKE. Lexi's Dress: CPC Childrenswear. Bow: Wee Ones. Ted's Shirt: Vineyard Vines. 

Excited to share Chase's birth announcement! Greenwich Hospital has Bella Baby Photography on site and I have loved how both Lexi and Chase's photos turned out. I'll be sharing some more soon.

My go to site for announcements and holiday cards is Minted. I store all of my addresses in my profile and envelopes are addressed free with your order - this keeps me coming back! I previewed my photos in all the designs and went with this crest version, including both a monogram and stripes. I was shocked when they arrived on my doorstep two days after ordering. (I know it seems crazy, but now is a good time to get your addresses collected and/or updated for the holidays because it will be here soon!)


Ready to go! I recently ordered a new self inking return address stamp. We have moved a few times and I continue to reorder this stamp. It's a time and money saver, especially for holiday cards. It would make a great gift for a newly engaged or married couple - before Ted and I were married I had our first names only and was constantly using it for thank you correspondence during our wedding. 





Here are a few of my favorite designs for both boys and girls from Minted.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New England Fall Closet Staples


Scroll for all the pieces featured above!

These are the staples I find myself wearing year after year in the fall. Not much explaining necessary. I have to laugh because during this season I am buying a slightly different version of something I already own (hello, camel colored sweaters)... but hey, it works!

If you're hesitant to splurge on the Karen Walker sunnies, here is a great dupe on Amazon. I had these years ago before investing in the real deal when I realized the style wasn't going anywhere.



One of the must haves you will not regret investing in is a Patagonia Retro-X Fleece , both vest and long sleeve for the whole family. I am eyeing this green long sleeve for myself. I couldn't resist getting Lexi the pink vest when she teeny tiny... but did get the long sleeve in blue that is now hanging in Baby B's closet. These jackets will never go out of style (in fact, worn in is better) and made to last.


I'm linking up today with fellow Connecticut bloggers to share all things New England.... be sure to check out the other posts below.
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Friday, August 31, 2018

Winetasters


Time flies... it's been a little more than a year living in our new home and the summer has come and gone since Ted and I hosted a wine tasting party for our new friends in town. Last year we didn't have any patio furniture so I was excited to finally have a space to entertain and use several serving pieces that have been in storage and a few new items in my collection.

Our town's Newcomers Club has a group called Winetasters where you are paired up with other couples and each host an evening of wine tasting. Confession... I missed the sign up so we actually crashed a group after meeting a few of the couples at another event. We really lucked out and I have made some amazing friends.


Entertaining isn't easy when you have a toddler running around (and are pregnant). The best part of this set up.... no cooking required. Here is the simple menu, which works for both indoor and outdoor events.

Crudité platter with hummus and dip
I got a few tips like leaving the stems for a garden look from this William Sonoma post
Cheese and charcuterie plates with fruit and rosemary sprigs for garnishes
Shrimp over ice with cocktail sauce
Marinated olives
Nuts


Most of my serving pieces are neutral, white or blue and white and I change up the linens seasonally, like this striped table runner. This will all work inside with plaid in a few months for the holidays. I'm not sure where I picked up that tip but it's helped with storage space.


If you love blue and white, then you need this ginger jar bucket. I love that it easily holds a few bottles. I have seen it re purposed as an orchid planter when not in entertaining mode. I keep mine on my bar cart for display.


What's a summer wine tasting party without rosé? I got the idea for rose ice cubes from a bridal shower I saw on Instagram. I added bottles of Fentimans Rose Lemonade to the bucket for a non-alcoholic option.


The key to making the ice clear was boiling distilled water twice (let completely cool between boiling) before freezing. I used these two inch cube trays. The roses will stick out slightly, but don't worry about that!


The best part of fresh flowers is moving them inside after the party to enjoy for days to come.


Lexi ran around in her PJs and provided entertainment for the guests. I think she has hummus on her bow...ha. 

For readers local and new to Darien, you can sign up here for Winetasters through YWCA Darien/Norwalk. 


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Friday, August 10, 2018

Mommy & Me Style: Talaria Flats

Talaria Flats in Champagne // Talaria Littles in Champagne c/o

Happy Friday! I'm really excited to share these Talaria foldable ballet flats today designed by a local Darien, CT mom-prenuer. The sole is anti-skid rubber, lightweight and flexible, allowing them to bend for storage and travel. Each pair comes with a bag that you can even get embroidered (you know I'm a big fan of anything personalized). I love the cap toe style and will be getting lots of use out of these, especially going into fall.

They recently launched their Talaria Littles line and I was so excited to receive a set for us to review. Lexi is always trying on my shoes, so she was thrilled to have her own pair that looked like mine. (She has been running around the house with them all week, but of course not very cooperative on the day we tried to take some pictures. At 33 weeks pregnant, I'm not in the best shape to keep up with her!)

The Littles collection starts at size 12 months. Lexi turned 2 back in April and is wearing the Kids 8 (2T) size. I followed the guidelines on the site and ordered up since I am a half size.

I'm thinking back to all the weddings and events where I brought along a pair of flats... wish I had these then. They make a great gift for bridesmaids and are offered in bundles at a discounted rate.





Lexi's Dress: Egg by Susan Lazar. Maternitiy Dress: Old Navy.


I'll be sad the day these don't fit her anymore!


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Lexi's Style Guide: Under the Sea


One of my most frequently asked questions from friends and followers is where I shop for Lexi. This series will showcase some of our favorite brands and finds. I promise I'll get around to the full guide eventually (probably when I'm on maternity leave...). And for all the boy moms out there, once Baby B arrives we'll have another series for the guys!

Petit Peony is an adorable children's brand of clothing based in Duxbury, Massachusetts. I just ordered Lexi this mermaid print tunic on sale (use code FREEDOM40). I can't wait for her to wear it with her sparkly Mini Melissa jellies.

If you're a Lilly fan you are well aware of the collaboration with Pottery Barn earlier this year. The towels and beach wraps make great gifts.

xx

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