Monday, October 2, 2017

Coverybox


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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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fall Window Boxes


Last weekend we swapped out the geraniums in our window boxes with mums, kale and ivy for fall. I can barely keep anything alive.... so this is a whole new venture for me. I brought a Better Homes and Gardens image to The Gardeners Center and Florist in Darien and a really helpful employee assisted me in what to arrange. Since they are on the second story they don't have quite the impact I was going for but I will know for next time (2 white liners per window).


Lexi insisted on helping... I thought we were over the eating dirt phase but apparently not. At least it was organic... ?


Daddy's little helper! She was throwing dirt into the boxes while I supervised.


Exactly 3 years ago I was in Paris and stopped to admire this little flower shop in Saint Germain. If only I could recreate this!
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Bathtime: Birth to 18 Months


Alright... I'm in mommy blogger mode and the topic is bathtime. In general with baby stuff I try not to go overboard with products and get what we need plus whatever will make life easier. Here are the products she's used over the past 18 (wow!) months.






To start, I had the Angelcare Bath Support on my kitchen counter for sponge baths. After a couple weeks I transitioned this into the big tub and used the Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge from Amazon on top, a $7 rec from Smidge of This, until she was about 3 months. I also used the sponge directly in the sink when we traveled.

At around 5-6 months we ditched the Angelcare support and went right into the tub. At this point I wish I had bought the Munchkin Inflatable Duck Tub. I really didn't want to get another thing... and to be honest I don't even remember what made me break down and order it. Anyway, it is great because you don't have to wait to fill up the entire bathtub and it's easy to travel with. Eventually she started climbing out of it but it was good while it lasted.

For toys, I've always loved the Elegant Baby Squirties. We have gone through a couple sets because they do start to grow mold inside (gross, I know) so I have replaced. We also have some foam stickers and other toys that I have picked up at Home Goods.

Now we're getting into the "do I really need this" territory. Cute towels are a registry must, and you're bound to get one as a gift anyway. The Pottery Barn towels are adorable and make for great pictures, ha! Now we just use a regular large plush towel, but I miss when she was tiny in her little bunny towel. Moving on...I was nervous that Lexi would hit her head on the metal spout so started with the Skip Hop Moby Spout Cover. This lead to getting the matching Toy Organizer ... because once we didn't use the support and duck tub there was no where to put everything. Finally, yes you can use a cup to rinse but I caved and got this and it does make it easier with the curved lip.

The first products I used for Lexi were from Beautycounter because I knew I could trust that there were no unwanted ingredients. Without a doubt, my favorite was the Baby Soothing Oil and I used this on Lexi for the first couple months after every bath. Since she had eczema, our doctor suggested Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief instead. I tried a few other brands but ended up coming back to this one because I actually see a difference with regular use as opposed to some of the natural ones. The Mustela Gentle Cleansing Gel  is a 2-1 and it seems like a bottle lasts forever. A little goes a long way and I continue to use the Baby Buddy's Natural Bath Sponge (replace as needed). Finally, the California Baby Calming Bubble Bath has been my favorite natural brand we've tried to date. I love the lavender scent.




I can thank my friends that are expecting for finally inspiring me to get this post up. There has been a lot of registry talk lately. I know it's overwhelming with all of the products out there but hopefully this helps narrow some of it down.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Missing Summer


Wow... I have so much to catch up on here! Remember summer? I was going through photos on my phone and this is one of my favorites from July 4th. This Apolis tote is sold exclusively at the Slate and Salte boutiques in Edgartown. Each bag is handcrafted by a women's co-op in Bangladesh before being finished in California. The lining is waterproof. I love this Meri Beau Coup version available online.

August was a crazy month for me. I traveled for work, fun and also moved. In the midst of traveling and settling into our new home, I landed in the hospital with Toxic Shock Syndrome that developed from an infection (most likely my cuticle that was inflamed after a manicure). I started feeling sick while we were in California for a wedding and I really don't know how I made it through the flight home. We were supposed to head straight to the Cape for a week long vacation and I was devastated that we didn't get to go. The good news is I am fully recovered. 

Anyway... here are a few snaps from the summer before I go into booties and pumpkin spice mode. 


Other moms can probably relate to this... I generally refrain from buying Lexi clothes in advance because I'm afraid they will be out of season before they fit. Well this dress was too big but I still wanted a picture of her in it, ha. We changed right after because the straps were falling off.


Every time I would have Lexi try on her Beaufort Bonnet at home she would tear it off. I even resorted to wearing it around to set the example. Thankfully she was so busy at the beach she forgot she even had it on her head. 

Sunglasses: Perverse. My Suit: Nanette Lepore (here and here). Lexi's Suit: Target (only $6 now).

This was my suit of the summer. 


Watching Dada mow the lawn. She always wants to be outside! We are right by a school and have been spending lots of time on the playground.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Meet & Shop at Athleta Greenwich

Tank, Leggings: Athleta (c/o). Sneakers: Nike (similar). 

Local readers... come shop with me at Athleta Greenwich this Friday from 5:30-7:00PM to receive a 25% discount off your purchase (RSVP here). This sale only happens twice a year! I'm so excited to be a part of it. I will help you pick out the perfect outfit for cross training, barre, yoga... chasing toddlers... you name it. I'm also curious what classes and studios you are visiting in our area, I love switching up my routine.

I was so excited to see these striped leggings in the store. No joke, I beelined right for them. I had a similar maternity pair from sister company Old Navy and to be honest they were the one maternity thing I miss wearing. I am partial to tops with a built-in bra... you have to check out the side detail on this one.

Sunglasses: Perverse. Wrap: Athleta (c/o). On Lexi - Sweater, Leggings: Gap. Socks: Old Navy (these are my favorite!).  Bow: Etsy: Shoes: Target.

Want to sit on this bench, Lexi? Sure, for 5 seconds now get me down. I love that this cardigan has thumb-holes! This is my typical look going from a workout class in the morning to running errands with Lexi.

Stroller: UppaBaby

"Up me.. up me... up me" .... my left arm gets a constant workout. This is the typical scene when we're on the Ave.



A few of my favorites. 90% of my workout wear is black or gray because it makes it easier to coordinate.

If you aren't in the area, call your local store to see if they have anything planned. Athleta Greenwich has a lineup that includes a Yoga Sculpt Class with Amanda Morgan of Healthy Wifestyle - wish I was going to be in town for it!

Thanks to my friend Allie Otto Photo for taking a few snaps!
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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!
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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!
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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"
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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.

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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 quickly...so 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!
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Wedding Guest Dresses

BGBGMAXAZIA Alissa Dress 

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. 

BGBGMAXAZIA Mabel Dress 

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!
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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.

Cheers!
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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





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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!


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