Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Toasting with Waterford

Can you believe it's almost 2019? I took a poll on Instagram and 90% voted they would be home to ring in the new year. We will be having dinner at a friends and then back home when the clock strikes 12... toasting with our new Waterford flutes! 

This is the first Christmas we celebrated in our new home and using these flutes throughout the season is a new tradition. In our apartment, I had our crystal stored away and only used it for our anniversary. On that note, so many couples become engaged at this time of year and the flutes are the perfect gift. Ted and I registered for the Waterford Happy Celebration flutes for our wedding to add to the Lismore collection that my parents graciously handed down to us. (My friend suggested the Happy Celebrations because they look great in photos and make a statement!) I also love the updated Lismore style pictured above.  Important note - You can get them engraved with a monogram on!

We have also been using our new old fashioned glasses for cocktails by the fire. I updated my old fashioned with muddled pomegranate seeds and a splash of sparking juice. The orange, rosemary and seeds make a pretty garnish.

Ted and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this year. We were gifted another set of our flutes this year... love them and the memories of this special night.

Cheers, friends!

This post was sponsored by Waterford.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

No Beach Days Off

Jacket: Athleta. Fleece Turtleneck: Dudley Stephens. Leggings: Athleta (also love this seamless pair).
Sunglasses: Karen Walker.

Booties: JSlides (also available here, here). 

I'm always up for a beach stroll, no matter what time of year. This outfit has been on repeat lately and I can't hide it on Instagram stories, haha. I recently purchased these faux fur lined waterproof sneaker booties from Chou Chou in Rowayton... they are going to be perfect for the winter. Linked above and on sale most places!


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales

Black Friday Damage 2017

**I'll be adding to this post if I find more deals worth checking out!**

I've had my turkey and a couple glasses of wine... now that both kids are napping (well one is watching Trolls dozing off) I can bring you the best of the sales. Last year I was happy that I beat Ted home from work that day to explain each item was in a separate box. 

Leather Card Case w/ Monogram (similar)  $39.50 $23.70

Lat year I ordered monogrammed card cases from J. Crew for my colleagues and friends (and self).Well, they're back and make a great gifts! Just keep in mind the monogram adds time to shipping. 

image via Instagram Stories... it's all I had!

Our Christmas jammies from Roller Rabbit are on sale at Tuckernuck - wish I had waited to order and saved. Even on sale Ted doesn't want in... whatever!

Below I've rounded up what I think are the best and will be updating through Monday!

ANTHROPOLOGIE // 30% off everything

SPANX // 20% off entire site
The faux leather leggings have been popular for a couple years and I had no idea that some versions come in petite. I ordered this camo pair!


ATHLETA // 20% off with code BLISS (ends 11/25)
Yay! They rarely ever have sales... see all of my recent picks here. I have been wearing this jacket on repeat and just started wearing these waterproof sneaker boots.


BEAUTYCOUNTER // 15% off and free shipping over $50 (ends 11/25)
In case you missed it... see all of my picks here.

EGG BABY // 40% off full priced styles with code BIG40
Lexi's has this fox printed dress, purple tulle skirted dress, pink leggings (that go with both dresses) and pink fur coat from the fall collection. They are my favorite pieces in her closet right now!

GAP // 60% off with codes BLKFRIDAY and TREATS
I buy most of Lexi and Chase's clothes at Gap. There are sales all the time (and totally worth getting a GAP card if you shop frequently) but this is definitely the best you'll get on full price. The garter sweater sets and onesies are staples.

J. CREW // 50% off  with code TGIF
I have and love this tartan scarf ... we've already talked about these leather card cases. Ok, just type in "plaid" or "tartan" in the search bar for my picks.

LANDS' END // 50% off full priced items with code STUFFING pin 2242
I recently bought this changing clutch for Chase. I wish that it came with a wipes holder like the Skip Hop version (also on sale) ... both great choices. What I love about this is if you are out and about and don't want to bring your entire bag into the bathroom you can just grab this.

QUAY AUSTRALIA // Buy one get one free with code BOGO
I have and love these (and only $55 to begin with). The aviator styles are also very popular.

SERENA & LILY // 20% off with code GATHER (ends 11/25)
See my favorites here!

SHOPBOP //15% off $200+
I get asked about my Karen Walker sunnies often... bought them on sale here too.

CARTER'S - SKIP HOP // 60% Carter's, 25-50% off Skip Hop plus free shipping
I bought a few of the bottle bags (comes with an ice pack)... the striped comes to only $7.50. There are always sales at Carter's but you an score some great doorbuster deals so I'm going to keep checking (last year I got Lexi snowboots). I already have a couple of the buntings...the sherpa and quilted ... this would be a great gift for newborn winter baby.

I also bought these little duck boots... because why not?! More sizes available here.

TUCKERNUCK // 20% off sitewide, 25% off orders over $500, 30% off orders over $1,000 with code GOWILD (always free shipping, returns and no tax outside of DC)

Tuckernuck always tops my list for sales... admittedly more so for myself not gifts. Typically I order something I have been eyeing and just waiting for a sale (jacket, earrings..). I have weekender bags in my shopping cart for Lexi and Chase... just waiting to see what other sales pop up before I pull the trigger.

Here are some of my top picks from the sales... many that I have already!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Beautycounter Staples (On sale!)

Starting today, Beautycounter is offering 15% off sitewide & free shipping on orders over $50 for Black Friday. This is one of the best sales of the year, so now is the time stock up on any favorites, try something new and shop for gifts. They offer free returns within 60 days if a product doesn't work out for you. As a consultant, I'm happy to answer any questions or help with an order.

Beautycounter's mission is to offer safe skincare and beauty products for the entire family - all of the ingredients are vetted for safety. The company is continuously advocating for awareness and laws in the US beauty industry (for comparison, the EU bans 1,400 ingredients).

Below are my tried and true favorites. I have been an on again off again consultant and these products keep bringing me back!


Nourishing Cream Cleanser / Nourishing Cream Exfoliator - I love both of these cleansers equally! They are my favorite products and why I keep coming back to Beautycounter.
Cleansing Balm - I didn't understand the hype of this product until recently... my skin was unusually dry (pregnancy?) and I found this balm to be incredibly hydrating and leaving my skin soft.
No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil - The first oil I ever tried and I keep coming back to it. Like the balm, it's a best seller. I put on over my moisturizer at night.
Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion - My day moisturizer... lightweight but effective.
Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream - My night moisturizer... I go back and forth between their night creams but this is my current favorite!
Lip Gloss - Peony is one of my everyday shades.
Baby Soothing Oil - I have used this on both Lexi and Chase in place of a lotion as newborns and given to many moms-to-be.

I used to love to receive and give sets... but then I realized my money was generally better spent on individual products. So many things went unused. I promise that is not the case with this set... it includes all of my favorites plus a mask (one of my favorite little luxuries to give). Oh, and the boxes are great you just need to tie a ribbon!

Happy Shopping!


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Gifts for Him

Gifts for the guys is always the most challenging, at least for me and my friends. So think of it this way... Christmas is a great opportunity to buy something for your husband that you want him to wear but he won't buy for himself (ex. needlepoint belt,  fleece in a new color) or have been begging him to replace (Ex. wallet, socks). This list is Ted approved...

Great for every guy on your list... because most can't find the pair from last year.
Can't go wrong with this, unless you pick the wrong team. Also available here and here.... and with all the sales you can snag this for around $15. It's a great size to bring on the go. 
I've been encouraging Ted to buy his favorite fleece in a new color... but I will just have to buy it for him.
Shop small! These ball markers from a husband-wife run small biz make a perfect stocking stuffer.
Attn: Fellow Golf Widows - I bought this for Ted several years ago and it hasn't been topped yet...
Obviously you have to get them monogrammed!
These heavy duty functional coolers come in many sizes. The Tundra 45 would be my pick, which holds ice plus 26 cans. 
This is a great hybrid wallet/money clip. 
Quick showed this to be the newest and is an "Amazon's Choice" product so must be popular.
This 10ft long iPhone charger has a weighted knot for anchoring. Ted is always moving chargers around the house and it drives me crazy... 
Needlepoint belts are always on my gift guides... classic!

Gifts for him always seem to be the most challenging... would love to know what's on your list, comment below!


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Preschool (Animal House Style)

Preschool Sweatshirt Sizes 2-6T $32.00

For the future frat boy.

Animal House 1978

A repost from November 2014 that I recently came across... love it even more not that I have a preschooler! No doubt I am getting this to save for Chase.

My sorority sister's son Russ rocking the look - love it! haha


Friday, November 16, 2018

Holiday Cards with Minted

Next week we will be heading to Cape Cod to spend Thanksgiving with Ted's family. I am hoping that we can take a photo while we are up there to use for our holiday card. If you are spending time with family, take advantage of having them around for a photo shoot - not only as photographers but helping to position the kids and assist while trying to get the perfect (but impossible) shot. Even if you have a professional shoot scheduled, it can't hurt to try on your own. And if you were recently married.... lucky you, now to pick from the many professional shots you already have!

Below are some of my favorite designs from Minted's holiday collection with photos from our cards over the past few years. I typically keep it simple but it's no surprise I am loving the new plaid designs! I have used Minted for years for announcements, invitations and holiday cards... my favorite feature is the address book and complimentary addressed envelopes. The font of the addressed envelope coordinates with the card and is such a great detail. Once you take the time to save all of your addresses you will be set for years to come (I'm going on 6). I also love how easy it is to upload a photo to preview different designs with your photo.

"Happiest Holidays" is my favorite messaging. 

This design comes in several color combinations... my favorite!

minted holiday divide design
I love this simple and classic design to feature a wedding photo.

Sponsored by Minted. As always, opinions are my own!


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Weekending Athleisure

Me - Jacket: Athleta. Leggings: Athleta. Sunglasses: Karen Walker. Bag: MZ Wallace. // Lexi - Dress: Egg by Susan Lazar. Leggings: Egg by Susan Lazar. Jacket: Gap. Sneakers: Converse. // Chase - Hoodie: Gap.  Car Seat. UPPAbaby.

We had a low key weekending around town. We brought Lexi to an event with the Critter Caravan - she passed on the opportunity to pet the chinchilla, gecko, bunny, hedgehog and snake but I can't really blame her. (I was secretly hoping to get a Britney-esque picture of her holding the snake.) That night we had a friendsgiving celebration and Sunday we watched the Pats lose with our neighbors.

I've been holding back on getting many new clothes but was in need of some workout wear/athleisure. I know everything will fit even after I lose the baby weight. Last year around this time I did an event with Athleta in Greenwich and ever since I have been hooked on their styles. I am 5'2" and had trouble finding leggings that were the perfect length until I discovered their 7/8 length. I have been wearing this pair over the past year and just picked up the jacquard style. I have this camo pair in my shopping cart, which will be great for spin. They all transition from barre to bar (or just wearing every day).

I'm in love with this sherpa jacket that I'm wearing above- it has the sleeves of a sweatshirt and just roomy enough fit... tempted to get the other color too. I also picked up this cozy top.

Below are some of the items I already have and others I loved when I tried on. (Unfortunately they don't have sales often but if you are a Gap cardholder there are rewards and benefits.) I threw in the Corkcicle because it's gone everywhere with me since I bought it and these sneakers my friend just bought that are waterproof. She commutes to the city and wanted something cute and functional for winter- nailed it.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Martha's Vineyard Gift Guide

Kicking off gift guide season with a round up for my fellow Vineyard lovers. If the Cape or Nantucket is your happy place, you're in luck as I've noted those options where available!

1. Brewster Belt Martha's Vineyard Belt $175
Ted has a similar version by Smathers and Bransonfrom NRO. Both are special order so may be a 'print and paste the picture in the card gift' because you would need to order ASAP for the holidays.
2. Kiel James Patrick Summer on the Vineyard Sweatshirt $48
I love when KJP and Sarah Vickers document their Vineyard adventures. All of my favorite sweatshirts are gray. Also available for the Cape, ACK
3. ASHA by ADM Martha's Vineyard Pendant $195
Other styles can been seen here. Also available for the Cape and ACK
4. Timeless by Patrick Ahearn $40.80
5. Apolis + Slate MV Market Bag $68
I've had this bag for a few years and love it! Sold exclusively at one of my favorite shops on the island, Slate.
6. Cape and Islands Blanket and Throw $129 (Sign up with your email for 10% off)
Been admiring these blankets all over my Instagram feed. This is their best seller.
7. Martha's Vineyard Map $24+
Also available for the Cape and ACK
8. The Black Dog Classic Mug $10
What gift guide doesn't include a mug? Chances are high the Vineyarder already has this one... but it's always nice to get a fresh one or build a set. In all seriousness... out of the gazillion mugs I own this is one of my favorites.
9. Cottage City Oysters $100+
Martha's Vineyard Oysters shipped overnight to your doorstep in 24-hours! Just make sure the recipient is up for shucking them, ha.
10. Breck and Grier Totes $50+
I love the mini tote for your little Vineyard goer.. I first saw these featured on Mrs. Nipple and Lilies and Lambs with their adorable children. So cute! Also available for ACK

... what have I missed?!


Monday, October 29, 2018

Blue and White Monday: WH Hostess Social Stationery

Today I'm excited to share with you WH Hostess Social Stationery, a brand I discovered through my favorite blue and white boutique in my hometown of Darien, Kirby & Company. The notepads are one of my go-to gifts in the shop and I always have a hard time choosing a design - ginger jars, plaid and stripes galore!

The holiday look book is completely everything! Below is just a sampling of the beautiful wrapping and gift tags.

I hope that local readers will join me along with Diana Spier (@dianarosespier) and Stephanie Sell (@stephsell) at Kirby & Company (@kirbyandcompany) for a WH Hostess (@whhostess) trunk show this Friday and Saturday. And for everyone both near and far, lookout for a fun giveaway on Instagram tomorrow! Be sure to follow all of us - I promise their feeds will add happiness to your day.
See you at the show on Saturday! xx


Monday, October 8, 2018

Baby Age Blocks Collage

Today marks Chase's 1 month milestone - we had our very quick photoshoot this morning. I recently got around to ordering a collage of Lexi's monthly photos. I wanted the photos to live somewhere other than Instagram. I found this art print from Minted to make it easy! No hassle of printing the photos and I love that the template is square since most of mine were taken in that format for Instagram . I ordered an 8x10 (print only) and have it framed on her bookshelf next to her blocks.

I opted to do different text than the template and centered her full name in cursive. Another option would be adding birthday.

Hat: Kissy Kissy. Onesie: Target. Blocks: Etsy. Blanket: Pottery Barn.

Blue version in progress! I will be using this blanket for most of the photos, similar to Lexi's. Several of her photos were taken over the summer and I would pack this blanket and the blocks while traveling. Crazy, I know.

Inspect Image = Ctrl + Shift + I

Google Developer Tools = Sources Tab > top >

This would also make a great gift for someone if they have posted these photos online. You can lookup how to save Instagram photos from the web to your computer through Chrome Developer Tools as I did in the example above. It's possible there is an easier way (through an app)... but this is what I know. I would keep your print on the smaller side since the resolution will be low on the photos.

Have you done anything offline for your age milestone photos? Would love to hear more!


Blue and White Monday: Ginger Jar Tote

This tote has my name all over it... literally! You can order this Crab & Cleek ginger jar tote personalized with a bamboo style monogram from Monogram Mary (Style 14 in Navy/Pastel Blue). Chinoiserie chic!

This was such a popular design that it sold out and was brought back a couple months ago. You can order it directly from the company in 2 different sizes.

I also love how the monogram looks in pink... I was torn on what color to get. I am happy that I stumbled upon Kelly's Instagram feed - @blueandwhitepeonies - she is a must follow for blue and white lovers! 


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Day Two

Robe: LAKE. Lexi's Dress: CPC Childrenswear. Chase's Hat: Kissy Kissy. Elephant Swaddle: Little Unicorn. Striped Blanket: Pottery Barn Kids. Monogram Blanket: Little Giraffe (Personalized by Monogram Mary).

What (I Wished) Was in my Hospital Bag

What was in your hospital bag? This is a question I talk about a lot with moms-to-be. My list is pretty basic... I didn't want to haul too much with me.

Hospital bag (based on 2 night stay)
For Me:
2 Robes - I opted to just wear a robe but you might prefer pajamas. Accessible top is necessary if you'll be nursing. I had a nice one from LAKE to wear for pictures and another from Target to wear initially. 
2 Nursing Bras - You will shockingly still look pregnant so might not want to try to squeeze into a tight nursing tank at this time... just saying. I like these for lounging and sleep.
Toiletries/makeup - LIP BALM! I left mine in the car on the way to the hospital for Lexi and Ted couldn't find it. 
Going home outfit - Something looser than you think you need! I have screwed this up both times. I ended up wearing Ted's t-shirt home. 
Slippers or no slip socks - I just wore hospital socks because I threw out my slippers and didn’t order a new pair in time. 
6’ iPhone charger - You will be texting, taking photos and Googling everything newborn related. Again, I intended to buy a longer charger cord and didn't get around to it.

For Ted:

For Chase:
Baby swaddles/blankets/hat for photos
Going home outfit (with legs for the car seat, not a gown) - Both Lexi and Chase wore soft Kissy Kissy pima cotton sets. Linked to a few below! I brought an extra in case there was a last minute accident.
Car seat - You won't be discharged without one!

The hospital will likely send you home with most of what you will need for care down below for a vaginal delivery (peri bottle, thick pads, mesh underwear, witch hazel pads, sitz bath). Not a bad idea to have Tylenol, Motrin, stool softener and thinner pads at home otherwise you will need to do a drug store run. No idea what's needed for a c-section, so research if that is planned!

Chase in his Kissy Kissy going home outfit.

What were your essentials that I forgot?


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Welcoming Chase Edward

Chase Edward Blackinton
Born September 8, 2018 at 11:14 am
6 pounds 14 ounces, 20 inches

Round 2! I was just as nervous anticipating labor and delivery for Chase as I was with Lexi. The first time around Ted and I just had to worry about getting ourselves to the hospital but now I was concerned with Lexi. My parents and a few friends were on call. I was also scared I wouldn't know what it would feel like and when to go to the hospital, which I just laugh about now. Lexi was born 9 days early and Chase surprised us even earlier at 15 days before my due date.

We went to Rowayton Seafood on a Friday night to celebrate our anniversary while my parents watched Lexi. It had been awhile since we had a date night and knew it would probably be our last since Chase was due in 2 weeks. When we got home, we watched a few episodes of Ozark on Netflix (the first series I have watched in forever) and went to bed around midnight. Similar to the night before Lexi was born, I told Ted I was feeling "weird" ... can't explain it.  He said he bet I would be going into labor soon, and he was right. I kept waking up every 20 minutes and the contractions had started. They were irregular so I didn't know what to think. Around 3 am, I couldn't sleep so went downstairs to watch TV. I downloaded an app (the same one I used with Lexi) to start timing them and when they became consistent decided it was time to take a shower, just in case. I called my parents around 4:30 am asking them to come over, but warned it could be a false alarm. In the hour that it took them to arrive, I knew it was definitely go time. We probably could have left for the hospital a little sooner but I had to blow dry my hair....

My contractions in the car on the way to the hospital were stronger and painful. On arrival, I was 5 cm dilated and immediately admitted. (This time around I wasn't asked to walk around the hospital for an hour to see if I progressed before being admitted.) I requested an epidural immediately and while it was being administered asked why it had worn off by delivery for Lexi... begging for assurance that wouldn't happen again. No guarantees but at least I put it out there! I was happy to have the same doctor on call that delivered Lexi and had been seeing up until delivery. She estimated around 8 am that the baby would be born before noon. Well after taking a nap it was go time. A couple of pushes and Chase was born at 11:14 am. He immediately peed all over the nurse and we were all laughing... what an entrance. My labor and delivery was much faster and easier that I almost didn't believe he was here. No screaming... no vomiting. The epidural did its job.

Thankfully he was born healthy and there were no complications with either of us. We decided to have the rest of the day at the hospital with just Chase before bringing Lexi to meet him. It was still sinking in that I now had two babies! I wasn't sure how I could love another as much as her but it's true that your love does not get divided it multiplies.

I love my little boy so much. He's the sweetest and we are blessed to welcome him to our family!

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