Friday, November 17, 2017

Insta Lately

Scarf: Forever 21 (old, but I have seen some great options in store recently like this one). 
Sweater: Old Navy. Jeans: 7 For All Mankind. Boots: Sam Edelman. Sunglasses: Perverse.

Happy Friday, friends! Today's post is a recap of some of the outfits (and a candle, ha) I've featured on Instagram in more detail.

I would have never tried these floral print jeans on if I hadn't seen someone wearing something similar at an event. I was able to get mine discounted at Lord & Taylor using my black card (limited sale exclusions). The only problem is you can't wear them two days in a row around the same people. You can definitely dress them up or down. This is a casual look with a sweater from Old Navy that is my favorite right now. I also love this cozy grey ripped sweater

I needed a pair of boots for the weekends that didn't have a high heel for chasing Lexi around. I also just feel weird wearing a heel and pushing a stroller... so I welcomed another pair of brown booties to my closet. They have zippers on each side and like how jeans tuck into them but there is a still a little room.

Jacket: Burberry (similar). Blouse: Forever 21. Jeans: AG. Boots: Stuart Weitzman (similar).

Surprisingly I did not stretch this photo (I never do but probably should)... it's the boots! I am 5'2" and never thought I would be able to pull off thigh-high boots but they work. This exact style can be found here and Nordstrom now has a similar pair with a covered heel. I like that these had just enough of a heel to give me some lift and I feel comfortable wearing them to work.  I also have black with a higher heel and save those for the rare occasions I go out at night. 

I've had this Burberry jacket for years and years. I can truly say the jacket and boots are worth the investment. These are the types of pieces you should look out for during big sales in the off season.

Jacket: Gap. Leggings: Old Navy. Boots: Hunter.

I wanted these boots for Lexi pre-birth... but patiently waited until now to splurge. She is between a 5/6 right now so went with the larger size and will be ordering some thick wool socks per a friend's suggestion to wear with them. I wanted the yellow (in case one day down the road we have a boy) but am not so mad they were sold out and got pink instead. Her lamb and doll were featured in my last post about her favorite toys.

The jacket is an older style from Gap and I was lucky to find it on Poshmark (in two sizes so she's been wearing this style for a year).  I occasionally list items but this is the only thing I have ever bought.

Sweater: Red Wagon. Jacket: Patagonia. Jeans: Gap. Sneakers: Converse. Blanket: Pottery Barn.

Several people asked me via Stories where Lexi's golf sweater was from.... The Reg Wagon in Boston on Charles Street (my favorite little street for shopping!). They offer some styles online like the Lobster, which was a gift from her Godmother that got us hooked. You can always call the store and ask if they have it in stock to ship to you. She also got us that faux fur blanket from Pottery Barn.... now there are 3 of us fighting over it in the house.

I can't wait to get our Christmas tree! In the meantime... I've been burning this Fresh Balsam 3-wick candle from Bath & Body Works. They are regularly $24 but often on sale for $12. Once a year they go on sale for $8... which I learned is December 2nd (I hope I got that right?) so mark your calendar if you want to wait in line at the mall forever to buy some candles. To be honest, I hadn't been in the store in ages but my friend that is in the fragrance industry tipped me off to this one last holiday season. Unfortunately Vanilla Balsam isn't on the shelves this year... which would have been my first choice.

If you want to splurge, Birchwood Pine from Nest is the way to go (another tip from my friend)! It is my favorite holiday candle. I use the glass as a pen holder on my desk now.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Gift Guide: Favorite toys for 12-18 months

My roundup skews girl for obvious reasons... but hope you might find this helpful for your little one or gifts while shopping for the holiday season. I had started this a couple months back and am happy to finally share it with you. Lexi is now 19 months and these have been her favorites. Of course nothing beats a ball, bucket or rocks. She started playing with several of these before she turned a year old, but I would say she has gotten the most use out of them in the last 6 months. 

1. Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Home $89.90
We have the previous version of this house and she loves it! A friend suggested it to me, and I can't thank her enough. She did advise me that the older version is better (it has a blue door) and has more functions... so if you can get your hands on it try to find it! I set up alerts on Facebook and Craigslist and lucked out finding one in perfect condition with all the parts and manual. I would have bought this one otherwise. She's been playing with it since she was about 9-10 months.

2. The Black Dog Barking Puppy $12.00
This stuffed animal is the perfect size for little hands and barks with the push of a button. Had to include something from the Vineyard :) It's also easy to throw in your diaper bag on the go.

3. Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Sis' Smart Stages Purse $19.99
One of the toys that was easy to pack for trips and also played with in the car.

4. Little Tikes Totsports Easy Hit Golf Set $26.99
According to Ted I didn't buy this one soon enough. Lexi is on her way to the LPGA...

5. Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker $15.79
If you are a TJ Maxx/Marshalls shopper be on the lookout for it along with this hammering toy. I love these wooden toys.

Note: Recommended age is older... I was afraid she would hurt herself with the base so unless I was sitting with her would just let her play with the pieces until I was confident she could handle it.

6. Disney Jr. Doc McStuffins Lambie 7" $11.95
Lexi's "Baby".... you can't pick their favorite toy and turns out this is THE ONE. (I will be honest I was pushing the Jellycat and Boo stuffed animals...) She fell in love with Baby at daycare on the first day in her new classroom this fall (claimed her, all the other classmates bring Baby to her upon arrival) so I got one for home. I have ended up ordering an extra just in case, which was a relief when Baby was left in my car while I was at the gym and Ted was on bedtime duty.  Just like the dog, Lambie is the perfect size.

7. Land of Nod Tower of Babble Stacking Blocks $25.00
We have a similar set from Pottery Barn Kids (with more simple designs) but don't see available online now. I was able to find them in store recently. They are not only fun to stack up, but place toys underneath and play different games.

8. Corolle Calin Charming Pastel Baby Doll $33.96
Since we already have a "Baby" this is "Dolly". She has a soft body and not too large for Lexi to carry. I also got this accessory set to go along with her. When Lexi is older we will get into the American Girl Bitty Baby world...

9. Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Tablet $14.99
We leave this toy in the car.

10. Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll 'N Trike $74.45
We just bought this recently, in the meantime borrowed from friends. It is convertible so can be used for years to come. It also comes in pink.

11. Little Cosmetics Pretend Makeup Signature Set $19.99
Lexi is constantly trying to grab my makeup and brushes when I get ready in the morning so now she has her own set and we get ready together :) This was suggested by Pure Joy Home on her Instagram stories... her daughter is a little older than Lexi. A couple other bloggers that have helpful toy ideas are Smidge of This and Home of Malones. Would love to know who else you turn to for toy tips!

Note: The recommended age for this toy is older due to some of the smaller parts. I removed the cap from the lipstick and did put one of the pieces aside until she was better about putting things in her mouth.

12. Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Tea Set $16.83
The teapot has a British accent... what more do you need to know.

13. Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Crayons $6.99
"I'm a crayon watch me scribble scribble" .... one of the more annoying toys but has gotten a lot of use. I'm devastated that the yellow crayon has gone missing after bringing this on a trip. I don't know if I'm the only one but I get so sad when toys disappear! I've watched Toy Story too many times.

14. Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks $7.88
Classic shape sorter.

15. Melissa & Doug Large Shapes Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle $16.99
I have found several of these puzzles at TJ Maxx/Marshalls. This is my favorite because of the knobs. She also enjoyed playing with the shapes from this one. Most recently she is into the animal sound puzzles like this one... but please be warned that they randomly will make sounds when the pieces aren't in place and DO NOT travel in the car with them. I made the mistake of packing it up and heard animal sounds the entire ride.

Lexi tested and approved. The proof is in the pictures :)

Would love to know your favorite suggestions for 18-24 months!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday

My Dress: J. Crew. Lexi's Dress: Gap. Sneakers: Target. Bow: Esty.

Sharing a few pictures from last month on the Vineyard...that were near impossible to get. As I mentioned on Instagram, the only thing that kept Lexi from running off the porch was holding Mommy's bag. I felt a little sorry for anyone that was trying to enjoy a peaceful sunset. 

She was not in the mood for a photoshoot, but had no choice. Her dress was too cute! You can find it on sale now - I will be layering a fur vest over it for winter. I wore this striped dress out several times... there are only a few sizes left online but if you can find it in stores on the sale rack snag it! It's classic and know I will break it out again in the early spring.

In other life news... besides keeping up with Lexi I have been incredibly busy with my job and projects on our new house. We are getting the floors refinished over Thanksgiving, which is exciting but also stressful since we have pack everything up. We held off on buying most of our new furniture until this is complete. I can't make up my mind on anything, so the process of getting this house set up will be a long one. 

More to come... miss my little blog corner! In the meantime, I hope you're following me on Instagram - @lindsayblackinton. xx

Bag: Gucci.

(Ted didn't believe me when I told him he got a bad forehead tan from fishing... here's the proof, haha!)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Trick or Treat

First Halloween in our new house down! I loved seeing Miss Lexi hand (throw) out candy to the trick or treaters and dance to spooky Halloween tunes. Ted and I have worn our Oktoberfest attire from Germany every Halloween for the past 4 years so it was fitting for Lexi to join us. (I told Ted when he made the investment in his lederhosen to think about the cost per wear and it would be worth it.) We dressed up on Saturday night for a party in the city and admittedly I got dressed up again on Tuesday just to take this picture. Lexi had fallen asleep before we had the chance the first round.

Someone refused to sit next to me... haha. I can't wait to show her this when she's older. I found the cute toddler sized dirndl on Etsy. It can also double as Little Red Riding Hood costume.

Lexi's first outfit of the day was Sleeping Beauty. She refused to put it on in the morning before daycare (and by refuse, I mean threw an absolute tantrum). I was so relieved so see that she obliged when I went to her school's parade in the afternoon. Obviously I had to take a few pictures before her outfit change. We bought this sign at Target on our candy run just in case we ran out of candy...

My little pumpkin!


Monday, October 2, 2017


One of the reasons why I still blog are the people I meet along the way. I recently partnered with Athleta Greenwich and Coverybox for a shopping night - the events manager at Athleta thought we would be a good match. As expected, I really enjoyed meeting founder Stephanie and am excited to share her newly launched company. She curates gift boxes aimed to support, encourage and inspire women affected by mental illness, addiction and other life struggles while they are in treatment or the recovery process.

I have never experienced these struggles firsthand but I know people that have and felt at a loss when it came to how I could help or what to give. This is a great way of sending encouragement when you might not know the "right" thing to say but want to show you care. Items such as printed socks, hair ties, lip balms, notebooks, and pens are included along with motivational messaged jewelry.

Here's a sampling of some of her other selections from the event. She's been traveling to events all around the Northeast. I know this box of goodies could make a world of difference to someone in recovery or battling chronic illness and hope that my little corner of the web spreads the word to make that happen.

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