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


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.

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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

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!


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!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Portraits by JoopaShoots
Bow: Esty. Dress: Gap (festive version).

This post is geared toward the girl moms. I get asked two questions about bows all the time...

1. Where do you buy them?
I have ordered from hairbowsworld on Etsy and Cute bows 4 girls (formerly on Etsy) - the prices are great! There are several sizes - Lexi most often wears the 3-inch and 4-inch size (pictured above). I've done a couple large orders and have included them in shower gifts.

2. How do you get them to stay on?!
First off, if there isn't any hair to clip them onto (or it's a larger bow) you can secure to an elastic headband (sold alone or with the bows). Up until about 9 months she would wear a headband then she was over it.

We go in phases... but it can be struggle. I will wear one around the house and then she will want to have her bow back on! When she's frustrated or I tell her "no" to anything (which let's be honest is pretty often now) she rips them out!

Modeling the 5-inch from Cute bows 4 girls with a headband last Christmas.

She typically wears her hair in a ponytail to daycare and a bow on the weekends except for PICTURE DAY! I had to buy them all.

Any other bow lovers out there?! 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Monogram Monday: Book Filled Tote

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote (Medium) // Monogram by Monogram Mary // Tissue Paper: Target

I know it's Cyber Monday (you can see my list of favorite deals here)... but let's switch gears and talk monograms. Last year for Lexi's first Christmas I gave her a monogram tote filled with books. The tote is from L.L. Bean (the medium size) and I had it embroidered locally by Monogram Mary. The books are either from Amazon or T.J. Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods. A few of them were already on her bookshelf... not so sure I could fool her this year!

Whenever I find the time to visit a T.J. Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods I almost always leave with a couple of books for Lexi. A tip from experience, if it is a flap book make sure they are all intact! This was a haul I had gotten over the summer. Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo! was a gift from my sister-in-law and one of Lexi's favorites.

My favorite flap books (which I will be honest I didn't even know were a thing until Lexi) are the Cottage Press board books. We have a drawer full of flaps that I tell myself that I will eventually tape back... but fewest from these sturdy little books.

Finally, the scallop tissue paper is from the sugar paper line at Target. She had more fun with this than anything else.

Do you have a favorite children's book that you always gift?
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