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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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!

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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.






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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!
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Friday, April 21, 2017

TGIF



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!

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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?

Cheers!
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter


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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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lexi's First Birthday

Lexi's Dress: Beaufort Bonnet Company. Bib: Etsy. Bow: Etsy (4").  My Shirt: Madewell.

My sweet Lexi turned ONE last week! She was such a doll at her birthday party...  smiling while we sang to her and digging into her Funfetti cake. We kept the celebration small at home and it turned out perfectly.

I've had a few people ask me about her high chair that we got when she was around 6 months... it's from Ikea and only $20. A friend suggested it and I also saw it on Pink Peonies and took note. It would be a really good option for a summer house, grandparents, etc. not only because of the price tag but you can remove the legs and easily store it. There is also a pillow insert that goes along with it.


I originally wanted to do a pink rose theme (this party was my inspiration) .... but after finding a colorful Kate Spade table runner at Home Goods I decided to work around it and everything just came together. The napkins are from Target. 


Menu
Sandwiches - Pimento Cheese/Chicken salad/Salmon, Cucumber, Cream Cheese
Pasta Salad - Orzo, Cucumber, Roasted Red Peppers, Kalamata Olives, Artichokes, Sundried Tomatoes, Feta, Red Onion, Lemon, Parsley
Sangria - Pinot Grigio, Polar Tart Cherry Lime Seltzer, Orange Juice, Strawberries, Blueberries, Lime
Champagne
Funfetti Cake, Chocolate Truffles and Vanilla Ice Cream

I got the ideas for the sandwiches from this list.

My friend Kate is amazing in the kitchen and executed everything. (I joke with her that I invite her to the party... then put her to work! Thankfully she is happy to help.) To save time, we bought the chicken salad and pimento cheese premade. She further chopped the chicken salad up, adding fresh parsley and lettuce for some color. The pasta salad is a staple for her entertaining and always a hit. She also looked in the fridge and suggested the sangria since I had all the ingredients.




Miraculously there was no cake on her dress!


One of her favorite gifts was this Fisher Price Purse. She loves taking everything out and putting it back (along with other random things)... just like me. 


She came crashing down from that sugar high. We timed her celebration perfectly between naps, ha.

Happy Birthday, Lexi! xx
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Lately


This peanut will be turning ONE tomorrow! To kick of her first birthday celebration we had a cake smash photo shoot yesterday... I can't wait to see the pictures. We'll have round two with her grand and god parents at our place later this weekend. 

I had a few days off from work this week (rollover vacation from 2016 to take or lose) and it was bad timing that she came down with an ear infection. You would never know from the picture that she was having a rough week... she had her ups and down. We didn't get out to do most of the things I had planned, but I'm not complaining about our naps on the couch together. It took me back to maternity leave... except I wasn't chasing after her. Sadly we'll be heading back to the doctor today... hope she feels better for her birthday.

Top: Madewell. Jeans: Madewell. Trench: Gap. Scarf & Shoes: J. Crew (old). Ring: David Yurman.

We did luck out with a couple of nice afternoons weather wise so I took Lexi for a stroll down Greenwich Ave for some fresh air (and get some shopping in during my vaca). Madewell is having a sale on most regular price items (20% off $100 or 30% off $200) so I took advantage - I got the cold shoulder top I'm wearing above, this eyelet top and this dress in rose.


I spent some time this week looking up Trader Joe's picks and recipes for some easy dinner ideas. I found this Carne Asada Tacos recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Lunchpails and Lipstick, and it is a winner. I will also be trying these hacks from A Cup of Jo.

By request from a loyal follower (and bestie), here are my picks for the Bloomingdales Friends & Family sale. Don't get me wrong, I can always find something to buy but everything on the top of my want list is excluded from the sale... go figure. (I swear each year more and more is excluded, wah!) The way I usually tackle these types of sales are by brand.

AG, FrameJ Brand, rag & bone  - I hate paying full price for anything... but especially designer jeans. The #1 thing to get!
Dolce Vita- So many good sandals!
Free People  - The dress you've seen on every blogger...for good reason.
Joie, Milly - Shower and wedding guest dresses. But only if it's already on sale... plus f&f.
Juliska - These champagne flutes are a perfect engagement gift. 
Nanette Leopore,  Vitamin AViX, - Because Victoria's Secret no longer sells swimsuits (just the PINK line). Wish I knew my size in this one.
NEST, Volupsa - Expensive candles are always a good gift idea. Or treat yourself.
Soludos - I have these in blue for the summer. Also loving the platform espadrilles.
Splendid - This basic tee is still overpriced with the discount... but you won't feel so bad.
Skip Hop -  One year using this changing pad. I have a few of their products and found them all to be well made and durable.
S'well - Admittedly I didn't understand the craze until I was gifted one.

And since my friend lives in Cali... I had to point out this pillow. ha.

Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Shopping

Top: J. Crew. Jeans: Madewell. Booties: Target. iPhone Case: Sonix.

Hey, remember me?! I took a few vacation days from work and while Lexi is napping thought I would do a quick shopping post. Last week I wore this striped-bell sleeve top out to dinner. Can't wait to wear it with white jeans/shorts. (My only complaint is that my fork on the table kept getting caught in the sleeve... ha.) I haven't been feeling this trend but the sleeves aren't over the top so it works for me.

Sadly, my Rag & Bone beige booties have seen better days. What I love about these... if I get caught in the rain they won't get ruined like a suede pair would. Easy on and off. Oh, and they are only $35.


These are my current favorite jeans. I also just got these with tears. If you are on the shorter side like me, the length is great and don't need any altering. On the flip side, they also come in tall and taller versions. (FYI - you can recycle an old pair of jeans for $20 toward a purchase of a new pair when you bring them into the store.)



I recently found this black floral blouse at Forever 21. It's similar to a few that I own and so versatile... I will wear with black pants and blazer when I need to step it for work or with jeans when dressing more casually. This along with a few others I've linked remind me of Joie... but with an affordable price tag. I thought I would share the tops and summer dresses that I spotted online since I didn't have much time to look around the store... just scroll through. I placed a big order and hope some of these things work out. I find it's always hit or miss... fingers crossed for some wins.

Happy Shopping!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Christmas Recap


Finally, the holiday recap. Miss Lexi looked like a doll for our Christmas photo! She was not feeling well when we took these pictures but you would never know. I found her outfit at Janie and Jack... I couldn't resist this sweet dress.


The photo shoot ended shortly after she spotted the ornaments behind her. There was no going back...


Slow down, Lexi! On our way to see Santa Claus on Christmas Eve... but first Starbucks. She loves when we put her behind the wheel.


We met Santa at the Greenwich Reindeer Festival. Of course Lexi fell asleep in the car just before we got there. Given the special circumstances I didn't want to wake her from her nap and be cranky... so Ted and I sat in the car for almost an hour haha. Welcome to parenthood. (Spoiler: She didn't look at Santa before sitting on his lap... that's why she looks so happy.)

Napkins: Lettermade. Mugs: Pottery Barn.

We had my parents over for dinner that night. I get my love of blue and white from my mom so I was excited to break out the new cocktail napkins for Cranberry Mules.

Skillets: Lodge. 

I'm highlighting the best parts of the meal.. drinks and dessert. We actually made exactly what I did a few years ago (because we can't mess it up) and followed with Ina Garden's Skillet Brownies.


These Stuart Weitzman Highland boots were an early Christmas present for myself. I was always afraid that they wouldn't work for me because I'm only 5'2" but once I tried them on (and at least a portion of my leg wasn't covered) I had to have them. I was lucky to have a no exclusions coupon and couldn't pass up the opportunity to get them on sale. Sadly I don't think I will be wearing them much now that there is snow on the ground...taking no chances.

Flutes: Juliska.

After our Christmas morning mimosa toast we realized it was only 8:45 AM... last year we would have said "Cheers!" at noon.


Obviously this one was on the nice list as she made out very, very well with the presents. Her favorite was the plaid wrapping paper.

Hope you enjoyed the holidays as much as we did!

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