Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Lexi's Style Guide: Under the Sea

One of my most frequently asked questions from friends and followers is where I shop for Lexi. This series will showcase some of our favorite brands and finds. I promise I'll get around to the full guide eventually (probably when I'm on maternity leave...). And for all the boy moms out there, once Baby B arrives we'll have another series for the guys!

Petit Peony is an adorable children's brand of clothing based in Duxbury, Massachusetts. I just ordered Lexi this mermaid print tunic on sale (use code FREEDOM40). I can't wait for her to wear it with her sparkly Mini Melissa jellies.

If you're a Lilly fan you are well aware of the collaboration with Pottery Barn earlier this year. The towels and beach wraps make great gifts.



Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer Maternity Picks

By request, my current summer maternity wardrobe. I am just entering my 3rd trimester... crazy! All of these options have been late 2nd trimester bump friendly and expect I will wear the remainder of my pregnancy. It was much easier to dress and buy fewer maternity clothes during the winter when I was expecting Lexi. I lived in black leggings and tank tops with cardigans. She was born in April, so I really only had a month of "spring" and got by with just a couple of things.

These are all pieces that I currently own available online and wear in rotation along with cardigans and open button downs I already have. I can't even begin to tell you how many maternity orders I have sent back since most stores only carry maternity online.

If you are looking for office attire, I recommend checking out LOFT. They are having a 40% off sale for the weekend. (Tip - Since they don't accept maternity returns in store, contact customer service to credit you any return shipping charges.) Overall, Old Navy is my go to for basic tanks and dresses. Lastly, I have "splurged" on some shorts from Pea in the Pod - these under belly chambray shorts are my weekend staple.

Lastly, not included in the roundup below is this striped sweater. It's been great for chilly days and know I will get use out of it when nursing.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

10 Off the Registry Baby Gifts

I'm very excited to have a few close friends that are expecting in the next few months along with me. For showers I typically buy products on the registry but also like to add in something special or gift something separately not on their list.  I've thought back to what I loved most for Lexi off the registry and rounded up my top picks. They each hold their own as a single gift (oil, bow or teether would be perfect for a colleague or new friend), combine a few for that special mom-to-be.... or treat yourself and baby!

A couple of my friends are not finding out the gender, which inspired me to keep this almost gender neutral. Even though I am soon to be a boy mom, I always gravitate to pink and bows. 

I especially loved this wrap for around the house when Lexi was a newborn. I preferred the Baby Bjorn carrier when I was out and about since it was less fuss to put on and sturdier, but I did use this on occasional outings. The grey stripe is the perfect gender neutral gift (therefore always backordered.... don't wait until last minute). Available at The Tot or Solly Baby

A friend gave these to me at my shower and I ended up buying Lexi a new pair each time she outgrew them up until she was a year old. They truly do stay on and no socks required. My other favorite were Zutano booties.

I keep Lexi's on her bookshelf... they double as decor. Unfortunately this shop is discontinuing their blocks, find a similar set here 

By far my favorite product that I used for Lexi when she was a newborn. You can be assured that all the ingredients in these products are safe for baby! Beautycounter has a baby set that makes a great gift, but if I have to choose one product it would be the oil for after bath. You can place your order through me here or contact me for special pricing on your first order.

Like I said I tried to keep this roundup gender neutral... but couldn't resist my favorite new bow find. You really can't have enough options as a girl mom! The soft headband won't dent baby's head. The Splendid Bow Shop is another one to check out. Both brands have cute seasonal prints. 

I credit these pacifier clips and teethers as an Instagram find when Lexi was a newborn. I was amazed to see how much Loulou Lollipop has grown in the past two years from Etsy to it's own shop and several larger retailers, like Nordstrom

Can you really have enough stuffed animals? Never. This brand is so soft and carried at higher end department stores and boutiques. You really can't go wrong! There is one for every budget. The bunnies are especially popular - and if you have time can monogram the ear. 

One of my favorite gifts at my shower was a pink Tiffany piggy bank. The elephant and duck are gender neutral and the pig comes in blue and pink. 

I had this hoodie in every size for Lexi until she turned two. I especially love the seasonal stripe versions (surprise). A set would make a great gift, year round. 

Lexi's coming home outfit was Kissy Kissy... love this brand of Pima cotton. Also check out Sammy + Nat. While Lexi wore zip ups from Carter's 90% of the time, I did enjoy having a few luxe onesies in the mix. 

Do you have a go-to-gift for moms-to-be?


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Palm Beach Chic: Paige Gemmel

Cocktail Napkins: PinkLionDog. Tray: Target
Bottle Opener: Juliska (retired). Glass: Juliska. 2" Ice Cube Tray: Cocktailier

When I discovered Paige Gemmel through Instagram I immediately fell in love with her designs. Where have I been? If you love Chinoiserie and Palm Beach-esque decor then you have likely seen her work as well. I bought these cocktail napkins as soon as they hit her Etsy shop, PinkLionDog (and sold out quickly). When not in use they are displayed on my bar cart. Her shop has prints, pillows and more.

If you need Palm Beach decor inspiration, this One Room Challenge from The Pink Clutch will provide plenty.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Scenes from the Weekend / Cape Cod

Missing the Cape! We spent a long weekend visiting Ted's family in Harwich. My sister-in-law, niece and nephew are visiting from Colorado for the summer. Depending on traffic (and how many stops we make) it takes about 4 hours from Connecticut. It can be rough but more than worth it once we arrive.

Pajamas: Roller Rabbit. Tote: Monogram Mary.

We left Thursday night around Lexi's bedtime... timing is key on these drives. For the ride back in the evening she napped and then watched Frozen on her Kindle. If anyone has Kindle suggestions for 2-year olds... please share.

Sweatshirt: The Black Dog. Shirt: J. Crew. Sunglasses: Quay

First order of business.... new Black Dog zip-up sweatshirt. Most of my sweatshirts are pullover and therefore barely fitting over my 26-week belly. These sunglasses are $55 and continue to be a favorite from last summer.

Lexi's Shorts: Gap. Shirt: Old Navy.

The weather cleared up on Friday so we could take in some of the beach before dinner. Lexi and I were twinning in our stripes... not unusual.

Swimsuit: Cat & Jack. Bow: Willow Crowns.

Love this little two-piece suit I found for Lexi at Target. Would also love any recommendations for durable beach toys... so many broke and the summer just started!

Maternity Shorts: A Pea in the Pod. Maternity Tank: Old Navy: Sandals: TKEES.

Dress: Anavini (Wiggles & Giggles in Darien). Bow: Wee Ones. Sandals: Salt Water.

One of my best friends was also on the Cape for the weekend. (She introduced me to the Cape when we were in college.... lots of fun nights at the Squire.) We stopped by to see her in Chatham before heading over to Main Street for treats. I have to laugh when Lexi says no photos.... get used to it, girl.

Lexi and her cousin Charlotte, 4, kept each other very busy over the weekend. It was basically impossible getting a photo of the both of them!

Would love to hear your favorite things to do in the Harwich/Chatham area. I think this is the first trip we didn't visit CBI!


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer Six

1. Supergoop! Forever Young Body Butter SPF40
This is a great 2-in-1 everyday lotion and sunscreen. From recent pictures at the beach you can tell I definitely haven't gotten much sun (my skin matches my white shorts)... it works.

2. bkr Elle Glass Water Bottle
I've wanted this water bottle for awhile... have yet to splurge on it. Need to remind myself to drink even more water than usual since I'm expecting!

3. Oliver Thomas Wingwoman Large Tote (you can also purchase locally in Darien or online at Kirby & Company)
I asked Ted to buy this for me for Mother's Day after seeing it featured in Kirby's gift idea post and he delivered. It's VERY bright! You can purchase decals to personalize, I have an orange B in the center. I love that there is an outside pocket (perfect for keys/cell phone) and also hidden compartments inside (great for traveling).

4. Sperry Seaside Perforated Sneaker
These slip on sneakers are SO comfortable and I've already gotten so much wear out of them. The best part is they are breathable and have a moisture-wicking lining, so your feet won't get sweaty in the summer. A great alternative to the Vince Blair style.

5. Lilly Pulitzer Catch the Wave Phone Case
The perfect summer phone case.

6. Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed in Copper
I bought these for Disney World back in March for a comfortable (non flip-flop) to wear around the park. The look has definitely grown on me.... I take back making fun of my BFF for wearing them. This color is sold out many places, but I linked where I saw the most options in stock.

Jacket: Barbour. Maternity/Nursing Sweater: Teat & Cosset (also available at Mia Tango). 
Tote: Oliver Thomas. Maternity Shorts: A Pea in the Pod. Sandals: Birkenstocks.

Wearing my new bag and Birks out shopping on a rainy day last weekend. I hope this was the last time pulling out my Barbour jacket until the fall.

Anyone else all about the accessories right now?


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Scenes from the Weekend / Memorial Day

Lexi's Dress: Smocked Auctions. Sandals: Salt Water Sandals. Bow: Wee Ones.
Cardigan: Eddie Bauer. Maternity Tank: Old Navy. Maternity Shorts: A Pea in the Pod. Sunglasses: Céline.

Usually we visit the Cape for Memorial Day Weekend but decided this year to keep it low key and stay home in Connecticut. I've been completely exhausted lately and was dreading the idea of packing and sitting in traffic.

Dress: Magic Balloon (by Petit Peony). Bow: Wee Ones. Jellies: Gap. Chair: RIO Gear

We kicked off the long weekend by meeting up with friends for happy hour at the beach. I bought this lobster dress for Lexi last summer and had it personalized by Monogram Mary.

Dress: Gap.

On Saturday we went to Darien Nature Center's Down on the Farm event. It was so hot and Lexi didn't want anything to do with the animals outside. Maybe next year...

Sunday was rainy so we spent the day getting a few things done around the house and I was able to get a little shopping in. Our friends that live in the city came to visit on Memorial Day. Thankfully the weather turned around so we were able to enjoy an early pizza dinner at the beach, which we surprisingly had to ourselves. Much easier to keep up an eye on our toddlers.

I just realized I never did a post other than Instagram on my pregnancy! I definitely started a draft (a few times) and never finished. Oops. Well... here I am at 23 weeks. More on my second pregnancy, maternity clothes and what I'm planning for Baby B #2 to come.

Finally, summer! 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Scenes from the Weekend

Lexi's Jacket: Saint James (NRO Edgartown)

Saturday morning was off to an early start with the royal wedding followed by volunteering for a local charity. I had immediate regrets when scrolling through Instagram that I didn't have a proper viewing party (for myself) with tea and scones. Lexi had no interest in watching... I was trying to explain that she could have a chance with Prince George but she wasn't having it. I didn't get to watch the entire ceremony as we were off to help with OPUS for Person-to-Person Balloons for Campers Day.

Once we finished hanging balloons on mailboxes in recognition for donations our typical weekend kicked off. We've been taking Lexi to swim lessons on Saturday morning. Ted goes in the pool with her and I'm on the bench. She knows we'll head to Starbucks after class, and the promise of a cake pop is the only thing that will force her out of the pool. 

Pajamas: Roller Rabbit. Play mat: Little Nomad. Kitchen: KidKraft. Baking Set: KidKraft.

Lexi's sweet babysitter gave her this baking set for her birthday and it was a huge hit. She always has one of those cookies or cupcakes in hand around the house. (I was cleaning up the other night and couldn't find a piece of the set... I was going crazy. I know this needs to stop, losing toys is inevitable, but I get overly emotional when pieces go missing.)

I got a few messages on Instagram stories about the play mat in my family room. I learned about the mats from the UES Mommas Facebook group and bought it when Lexi was about 6 months, shortly after they hit the market. It's held up pretty well (except Lexi will remove the border pieces and bend them.. they dent easily) and fits right in with our decor.

Dress: Gap. Jellies: Gap. Bow: Wee Ones (Wiggles and Giggles in Darien).

We make at least one stop to either Home Depot or a local gardening shop each weekend. Lexi's cake pop sugar high will peak during these trips. At least the pictures of me chasing her around are cute. We picked out planters from Nielsen's and decided on hydrangeas, petunias and ivy. At the end of the season we'll plant the hydrangeas somewhere in the backyard.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Blue and White Al Fresco

Ted and I moved into our house last August but since were traveling and had so much going on we didn't get the chance to enjoy our patio and entertain. Now that we finally have a table and grill I'm reading to host, blue and white style! I have a few of the items above (the napkins and champagne bucket) and my eye on the rest.

Crate & Barrel and Reese Witherspoon's Draper James have a collaboration going on with stripes and gingham. William Sonoma Home is also a go to for browsing blue and white, especially the AERIN collection. 

Target has French bistro seating available at great prices. Thanks to a tip from a friend, I bought the folding chair version for extra seating (both inside and out). I was impressed with quality and they look like they will hold up. If I hadn't just bought a new outdoor set I would get the arm chairs as well! There is a also a 3-piece set available, which would be great if you have a balcony (where was this when I lived in an apartment).

via Pinterest

A few blue and white tablescapes for inspiration ... I just want it all!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Splurge vs. Steal: Cap Toe Espadrilles

I'm always on the lookout for cap toe "Chanel-esque" flats and when I saw this Sam Edelman pair was available for pre-order I didn't waste a second. I know.... they are missing the stitching and C' but I'll take them! They are very similar to a past season style, featured below. I typically wouldn't post something I haven't tried on but I'm betting this pair is a keeper. Will keep you posted once they arrive (most likely on Instagram stories).

via Pinterest


Monday, January 29, 2018

Lately: Skincare

Jacket: Patagonia. Fleece: Dudley Stephens.

The secret for flawless skin? Perfect lighting and a filter (my preferred app is Pic-Tap-Go). But great products, regular facials and a visit to the dermatologist for fun can help too. Unfortunately I haven't had the last two lately (more on that below), but in the meantime I've rounded up what products I've been using most lately.

Use arrows to scroll through products!

Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Cleanser
Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Exfloliator
I've been hooked on Beautycounter cleansers for a long time. I use the cream cleanser in the morning and the exfoliator at night. I've been too lazy to use my Clarisonic (I go in phases with it) so have been relying on this to slough away dead skin and prep skin for moisturizing.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
I stocked up on this while I was in Paris years ago, but now you order just as easily online. Micellar water is now easier to find as there are several drug store brand versions. No rinsing required! (Read more about it on Allure.) I don't typically wear lots of eye makeup, but when I do this is what I turn to first.  I primarily use it to remove foundation that gets on my lips while getting ready. It's also great if you change your mind on lipstick (it easily gets off the reddest or reds!) 
Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes
I've used other wipes that have irritated my skin. I have found these to be the best!
Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water
I spray this on my skin and blot off with a flat cotton round after I cleanse. Why? I'm trying to be fancy like the French

Clinque Pep-Start Eye Cream
Honestly, I'm not loyal to any eye cream. I always seem to have samples on hand and when I ran out, grabbed this at Sephora. It's lightweight and absorbs quickly. I would buy it again. 
Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
When this moisturizer debuted it immediately sold out. That made me want to try it when it came back it stock. It's lightweight and I do think my skin has been less dry this winter because of it. 
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
I tried a sample of this while I was traveling. Sephora knows what they're doing with their samples. I typically use this when I'm going out at night... it's just easier when the primer is combined. 
This is hands down my favorite Beautycounter product. I use this down to the last drop! It is so hydrating and saves my skin in the winter.
Beautycounter No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil
I put a few drops of this after my moisturizer before I go to sleep. Don't be afraid of oils, even if you have oily skin. I know that sounds weird but just read up on it. 
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex
When I'm out of Beautycounter, I turn to this to use both AM/PM. 
Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask Sheet Variety Set
Innisfree is a popular Korean brand that uses natural ingredients. I came back from Hong Kong last fall with at least 40 of these in my bag. No joke. There is now a US site available to order online or you can find them on Amazon And if you happen to be in NYC, they recently opened a store. The masks are $2-$3 each.

Facials. The last two I have booked were cancelled because of conflicts with Lexi and Ted's schedule. :( Not much more to say but it's time...

Finally, let's talk about Botox. When I was done nursing Lexi I treated myself to it and became addicted! I haven't had it since the fall so I am overdue. The results last between 3-4 months. I had 22 units between my eyes (aka the "11's") and forehead and loved the outcome each time. I was not completely frozen, but just enough. I feel like a bit of hypocrite since I'm always going for natural products otherwise... but what can I say. I wish more bloggers were open about the treatments and injections they get in addition to products. But, to each their own. I completely understand both views and it's a personal decision what you want to disclose. If you're local, I'm happy to refer you to my dermatologist just shoot me a message. I wouldn't trust anyone else but her!

I'm on a mission to use all the products and samples I have before I go out and buy anything new. We'll see how long that lasts.

Would love to hear any products that you are loving lately!


Friday, January 26, 2018

7 Years of Vineyard Loveknots

Fleece: Dudley Stephens. Jeans: AG. Booties: Sam Edelman. Sunglasses: Perverse.

Obviously so much has changed in my life since I started this blog in 2011. I can check off new job, engagement, wedding, pregnancy, baby and first home. Now I'm focused on updating and decorating our house (why is picking out paint colors so hard? or making any decor decision for that matter...) and juggling my career and family. When someone asks "how I do it all" my answer is I don't... and the days I do I don't sleep. I've put my blog on the back burner for some time but love that it's always here waiting for me and somehow there are still eyes on it. Recently I've been inspired to get it going again. So if you're here reading this now, THANK YOU!

On the fashion front ... most of my clothes in piles in my basement while our floors were refinished in stages over November-December. That said, I have been wearing several outfits on repeat. One of my most worn pieces over the last month is this Dudley Stephens fleece turtleneck. It comes in 2 styles - the signature Cobble Hill version is longer but just not a fit for my body type (short/short torso) so I was excited when the Park Slope debuted. It's a local Connecticut brand, made in the USA and top quality. Looks great with jeans or dressed down with leggings after a workout (I'm wearing a size small - typically an XS/S, 2, 25 in most brands.) The black is already on my wish list for next year.

Happy Friday!
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