Friday, July 28, 2017

Tarjay Finds

Kristin Ess Shampoo & Conditioner $10/each

This is by far my favorite Target discovery lately. Kristin Ess is a celebrity stylist... Lauren Conrad... need I say more. I was looking for a budget friendly option to put into rotation and was intrigued when I saw this new display on the shelves. I haven't had any luck finding a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner until now. This is mid range (since you can get many combos on sale 2/$10) but the results are $$$.

How cute is this flamingo hoodie?!There is also a boy's shark version, and they are both on clearance. I've been picking up storage bins for our upcoming move... pink and blue and just $7.99 for a decent size.

Here are other girls items I have bought recently. Sorry boy moms, I know my content is skewed... but I do buy Lexi stripes from the boys section pretty often. 

Steve Madden Jole Embellished Slide Sandals $69.95  vs. Merona Margo Pearl Slide Sandals $24.99

You probably saw my dupe alert on Instagram. I am keeping them both! They go with everything... and hello... pearls.

If you like this type of feature let me know... love sharing my Tarjay finds!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Lexi in Lilly

Tank: Stateside (from Slate, Edgartown). Shorts: BLANKNYC (from Havana Jeans, Stamford). Sandals: Jack Rogers. Sunglasses: Perverse. Lexi's Dress: Lilly Pulitzer. Sandals: Old Navy. Tote: LL Bean.

What I would do to be sitting on the Harbor View porch right now (and all summer)! August is going to be a crazy month for us. We are moving (not far) and both traveling for work and fun... I have my agenda open next to me and I'm stressed out just looking at it. We won't be back to the Vineyard until the fall... but close by on the Cape and possibly Nantucket. 

I bought Lexi's Lilly shift during the big summer sale last August. That reminds me I need to stake out anything I might want to get for next year. Seriously, everything sells out so quickly, especially for kids. 

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Don't Blink

I am finally getting around to putting pictures on my computer from the summer... I thought it would be fun to compare Lexi on her ferry ride over to the Vineyard this year to last Fourth of July. What a difference a year makes... her bow also doubled in size! (I think she'll have to wear white from Gap every year now.)

"The days are long but the years are short"

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sale Sale Sale

The Legging Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans $149.90 (After Sale $225)
This is one of the items I ordered during early access. Year after year these are my favorite style. I am 5'2" ish so I love that they are ankle length. They also have a distressed version ... if I could have them all I would. 

This blouse is great year round. It is low cut... sometimes I wear a bralette underneath instead of a regular bra. The black color is in my cart if I do another shopping round.

Yes... there are other OTK boots out there but they don't quite compare. I have a couple other variations in black so adding the brown to my collection this year. Anecdote... Stuart Weitzman himself approached me in Grand Central to comment on my boots last winter! He said I wear them well... so obviously I need another pair.

I've been using this shower gel and lotion for a couple months. I bought them as gifts... and then bought them as a gift for myself. That said, these would be great for a friend's birthday.

Burberry Pensham Quilted Jacket $499.90 (After Sale $795)
I bought a similar style Burberry quilted jacket in beige 8 years ago and still wear it. Timeless! You might have better luck with this in store than online.


It's easy to go a little crazy with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that just opened to the public today. I woke up at 3AM when Early Access launched. I had my mind set to order the boots... but it took me an hour to pull the trigger. I even took out my black pair of boots, packed away on the top shelf of my closet, to try on while I debated. At 4AM I was wearing boots and pajamas at my kitchen table...told myself I have a problem and need to go back to sleep.

After seeing all my favorite bloggers model everything on their blogs and Instagram...literally every item in the sale... there are more things I am wishing I bought during early access that are sold out now. I could blog all day and night about what I wish I had. That said, I'm focusing on what I already own or bought to keep it simple for you all! 

Here I am wearing the Lush blouse and a distressed version of the AG ankle jeans on a cool day last week. This trench is marked down outside of the sale... it is one of my favorite purchases from the spring. And while there are several great ankle booties part of the sale... I am still wearing this pair from Target.

This Free People dress is available in a few different color combos. If you prefer the blue and white, it is available here (unfortunately not on sale at the moment). I plan to wear it in the early fall with booties and a beige cardigan.

Lexi's Little Giraffe Luxe Blanket is included. I had mine monogrammed and brought to the hospital. It comes in several colors and is the softest blanky ever.

And we can't forget about the guys. Ted's Patagonia Nano Puff jacket is a staple. The Better Sweater zip up is also included. This is one of the brands that sells out get it while you can. As I'm writing this I realize that the Freshley Picked moccasins Lexi is wearing are also part of the sale. Like the blanket, these would be a great shower gift.

As I mentioned... I could go on and on. I hope this helps narrow down some things to focus on. Good luck with the sale!

PS -The Stuart Weitzman Highland over-the-knee boots are on sale for 40% off here... I can't believe it because these rarely ever go on sale and are usually excluded. They have a higher heel and are my favorite of all.

PPS - Longchamp and Ray Ban are on Rue La La today at 11AM EST. You might have seen Lexi carrying this bag on my Instagram stories yesterday. It is one of my favorites!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wedding Guest Dresses


Anyone else have a busy wedding season? Ted and I will be attending 4 between August and September. It's time for a few new dresses in my rotation. I finally spent some time looking online and have some winners. Next I need to look up how to survive with an 18-month old on a 5-hour flight... because Miss Lexi will be traveling to Park City, Utah with us for one of them.

BCBG has a sale going on with 40% off all dresses (ending Monday night)... and in just a couple days many have been scooped up. Sorry, I should have linked them up sooner! I think everyone is in shopping mode lately.  I posted some try on pics over the weekend on my Instagram stories for feedback and had several people ask for the styles, so here they are.

The pink lace dress was the favorite. I knew right away I would be keeping it!

BGBGMAXAZIA Kimbriella Dress

I found this style on sale during Prime Day. I was on the fence (too ruffly?) but thanks to my Instagram friends it has a home in my closet. 


This dress went both ways... some loved it and others said it didn't look like it fit. Well... surprise I decided to keep it also. I had this in mind for a welcome event the night before one of the weddings, and as someone else pointed out it can be dressed up or down.

A few tips for shopping this brand... hold out for a sale. I've never paid full price and I have had the best luck shopping in person at Lord & Taylor.  You can also find styles on Rent The Runway and recommend checking to see if it's available there before you buy (love this black number). 

I'm one of those that has been in shopping mode lately... so more to come on here!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Island Time

Dress: Target. Bag: Gucci.

Take me back to the Vineyard! I was lucky enough to be on the island a nice long stretch over the holiday weekend with family and friends.

I found my cold shoulder dress from Target right before our trip. I love the mixed pattern. I plan to wear a navy cardigan or utility jacket over it for work. Kate's blue and white dress is from H&M... I can't find it online but hope I see it in store.

Today happens to be National PiƱa Colada Day and seeing all of the pineapples on Instagram made me think back to our vacation drink vessel.  When Kate and I both ordered the same cocktail at The Covington, the bartender asked if we would like to share it out of a copper pineapple. Um... is that even a question? Yes, please! You can buy the exact one from Absolut Elyx that holds 27 oz. I am obsessed, just wish that it came with 2 straws. Here is a similar 12 oz option and another 22 oz version for less.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Newton Baby

You may have read in my nursery post that I found Lexi's crib on Craigslist. I was excited to find it half price and in excellent condition. When I went to pick it up, the owner was so sweet and also offered me the mattress. She assured me it was clean and she wouldn't pass it along otherwise. I figured I would eventually replace it with a new one for Lexi.

Fast forward more than a year later... of course it was still in her nursery. I never had a good feeling about using a secondhand mattress if I didn't have to. Babies and toddlers have accidents... and there isn't any way to truly clean a standard mattress. Why was this getting pushed down my list of priorities for Lexi when I probably wouldn't use it for myself? I was quickly reminded of this when I had the opportunity to review the Newton Baby Wovenaire Crib Mattress.

Lexi was all over it as soon as it was out of the box. I'm not joking, she immediately laid down on it.

It has a removable, 100% breathable cover and the mattress itself is completely washable. As you can see, Lexi was very intrigued. 

I had anxiety when Lexi first started sleeping in her crib, especially when she started to roll onto her stomach. This would have given me some peace of mind during that transition. Since she is older now, I have opted to add a sheet over the cover. However, I probably would have opted without one when she first started sleeping in her crib at 6 months. The only downside is that if you have to remove the cover to wash it (let's say there is an accident in the night) you need a second one on hand while the other is in the wash. 

Overall, I think this is a great investment for your little one and unlike a standard mattress is a great hand-me-down since it is washable.  I like that it is non-toxic, hypo-allergenic and doesn't off-gas chemicals like foam or latex.

I love knowing that Lexi is now sleeping on a breathable, safe surface. She's been dreaming on it for over a week with no complaints! Use the code VINEYARD30 for $30 off any purchase of $250 or more at Newton Baby.

Sponsored by Newton Baby


Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Fancies

Baublebar Crispin Drops (everything in on sale... save up to 30%)
I'm not really a trendy jewelry person... but i think I need to bite the bullet and just order a pair of these drops.

I first saw  this dress on stylinbyaylin via Instagram.... had to have it immediately. I love the style but decided that I am going to exchange for the pink version since I already have a blue off the shoulder number.

Sam & Libby Sandals (Buy 1 get 1 50% off women's dresses and shoes)
Several of my favorite fashionistas have been wearing those sandals from Target... and for $33 I'm in. I didn't see them in my store (Stamford) so ordered online.

Happy by Pink Chicken Dress (20% off with code DRESS20)
Pink Chicken is an adorable (and pricey) brand that has a line for Target. Last year I had a cute elephant number for Lexi but she never got the chance to wear it in season. Cherries and gingham... yes.

Anthropologie Gingham Ribbon Sleeve Sweater (20% off  with code WOWMOM)
Gingham bows. No further explanation needed. In my closet and I can't wait to wear it!

Love these!

Happy Friday, friends!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Stripe Season

Shirt: Old Navy. Lexi's Dress: Carter's. Sunglasses: Janie & Jack. Bow: Etsy. Carrier: Baby Bjorn

Weekends are for twinning. It doesn't take a lot of effort to coordinate since I buy Lexi things I wish I had in my own closet. I love stripes all year long but they are out in full force now.

We were up early on Saturday morning, as we are every day thanks to our cute little alarm clock, and went to Tod's Point for a walk. Lexi didn't stay in the carrier for long...

I couldn't get her to look up at the camera... so much to explore.

How cute are her little white Chucks!

I had to get this hat from Carter's for a couple reasons.... stripes and the Derby coming up.

She wanted nothing to do with it until I started wearing it around. She then proudly claimed it.

I did some shopping later that day at the Westchester. I found this striped dress on the sale rack at J. Crew. I had seen it in the store but would have never tried it on until I saw the sale price ($98 down to $39). I wore it to a baby shower on Sunday with wedges (and laced up tighter, haha) and then switched to sandals for the rest of the day. It runs true to size and the length still worked for me even though I'm 5'2" (it hits the model mid calf but comes to my ankle). I will wear it on the Cape for Memorial Day not only because of the colors but it's perfect for those chilly nights

Hope you had a great weekend!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pink and Green Cake Smash

 Photographs by Karen Morneau Photography

Cake, anyone? When I first saw these 1st birthday cake smash sessions I knew we had to do it! Karen made it so easy... we just had to show up to her studio and the cake and balloons were waiting for us. I love that the cake is personalized... it saved me the rush of getting something monogrammed. We based the color scheme around her pink and green romper from Janie and Jack. I can't get enough of these photos, they always make me smile.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Eyes on Eyelet

Eyelet Blouse: Madewell (also available at Nordstrom). Jeans: Madewell (also available at Nordstrom). Jacket: Forever 21 (old, similar). Bracelets: David Yurman 1,2.
Moccasins: Freshly Picked. Bow: Etsy.

White eyelet... right there with plaid, gingham and stripes on my hard to resist list. My top is on sale now and has been one of my favorites this spring. It has 3/4 sleeves and is a basic style so I know I'll wear it next year. I have also been wearing it with this oversized cardigan.

I buy most of Lexi's clothes from Gap online. There is always, always a sale going on. I constantly look at the new arrivals because the best things go fast, like this floral sweatshirt and pants. So cute!

Anyway... my weekend was pretty relaxing. We had friends over on Friday night for tacos and margaritas (I had been craving one all week) and I went to a baby shower on Sunday. I didn't get as far as I would have liked to with my photo organization project I mentioned on Friday... it's just never ending. Finally, I got a little shopping in. I bought a few new things to try from Sephora, including this hairspray that I already love. We also accompanied Ted to Bass Pro Shop. I swear I can find something to buy at most stores and this is one I have a very hard time...  but I had to laugh on the way out when I spotted these knock off Jack Rogers for $20.

Here are a few other tops and dresses that caught my eye.

Thanks for stopping by... I've been staying up pretty late to blog again (the only chance I have) and appreciate that you all are still coming back to read it!

Friday, April 21, 2017


Photographs by Karen Morneau Photography

Happy Friday! These are a few of Lexi's photos from her one year shoot a few weeks ago. Her sweet dress is from the Beaufort Bonnet Company. I'll be sharing her pink and green themed cake smash next week.

This weekend I'll be attempting to organize my photos... digital spring cleaning. I left off  in November so have several months to catch up on. I upload my camera and iPhone photos into folders on an external hard drive by month. It's been my goal to keep up with it at least every 6 months, print copies and make albums. This round will be just in time for Mother's Day... albums always make a great gift. I go back and forth with sites that I should backup my photos on. I currently use Shutterfly for albums, but open to other options. Would love some feedback!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blue and White Obsessed: Champagne Bucket

PSA for the blue and white obsessed like me... you need this champagne bucket! When I spotted it in the new AERIN collection at Williams Sonoma I had to have it. I figure that most promotions are going to exclude this collection, so no use in waiting to order. So much for the cutting board I was going to get (and why I was on the site in the first place) ...

I was even more excited when I saw it featured on Waiting on Martha and could see the size. Love that it can fit more than one bottle. Eeee! I can't wait to use it. I also saw some other posts where people use it as a vase.

Blue and white obsessed... hmmm this could be a weekly series. What do you think?


Monday, April 17, 2017


We had the best Easter weekend with Lexi! She had 3 baskets of goodies that I have attempted to keep out of her reach for a couple weeks. I had fun picking things out over the past few months for it (sadly she wasn't having it when I put on her Beaufort Bonnet... let's hope her feelings change at the beach this summer). The green bunny is a Japanese toy called Jabber Ball... when you squeeze it the tongue sticks out and it makes the funniest sound. I found it at the cutest kids store in Westport, Pink Lemon Blue Lime. I think I will play with it as much as she does.

After we opened her baskets we went out to enjoy the beautiful day. We haven't spent much time outside since she started walking. She loved running around and exploring... can't wait for the summer with her!

 Lexi's Dress: Gap. Sunglasses: Janie & Jack. Bow: Etsy.

My Dress: Free People (also available here). Bag: Gucci.

Happy Easter!
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