Friday, September 21, 2018

Chase's Birth Announcement


Hat: Kissy Kissy. Blanket: Pottery Barn Kids
My Robe: LAKE. Lexi's Dress: CPC Childrenswear. Bow: Wee Ones. Ted's Shirt: Vineyard Vines. 

Excited to share Chase's birth announcement! Greenwich Hospital has Bella Baby Photography on site and I have loved how both Lexi and Chase's photos turned out. I'll be sharing some more soon.

My go to site for announcements and holiday cards is Minted. I store all of my addresses in my profile and envelopes are addressed free with your order - this keeps me coming back! I previewed my photos in all the designs and went with this crest version, including both a monogram and stripes. I was shocked when they arrived on my doorstep two days after ordering. (I know it seems crazy, but now is a good time to get your addresses collected and/or updated for the holidays because it will be here soon!)


Ready to go! I recently ordered a new self inking return address stamp. We have moved a few times and I continue to reorder this stamp. It's a time and money saver, especially for holiday cards. It would make a great gift for a newly engaged or married couple - before Ted and I were married I had our first names only and was constantly using it for thank you correspondence during our wedding. 





Here are a few of my favorite designs for both boys and girls from Minted.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New England Fall Closet Staples


Scroll for all the pieces featured above!

These are the staples I find myself wearing year after year in the fall. Not much explaining necessary. I have to laugh because during this season I am buying a slightly different version of something I already own (hello, camel colored sweaters)... but hey, it works!

If you're hesitant to splurge on the Karen Walker sunnies, here is a great dupe on Amazon. I had these years ago before investing in the real deal when I realized the style wasn't going anywhere.



One of the must haves you will not regret investing in is a Patagonia Retro-X Fleece , both vest and long sleeve for the whole family. I am eyeing this green long sleeve for myself. I couldn't resist getting Lexi the pink vest when she teeny tiny... but did get the long sleeve in blue that is now hanging in Baby B's closet. These jackets will never go out of style (in fact, worn in is better) and made to last.


I'm linking up today with fellow Connecticut bloggers to share all things New England.... be sure to check out the other posts below.
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Friday, August 31, 2018

Winetasters


Time flies... it's been a little more than a year living in our new home and the summer has come and gone since Ted and I hosted a wine tasting party for our new friends in town. Last year we didn't have any patio furniture so I was excited to finally have a space to entertain and use several serving pieces that have been in storage and a few new items in my collection.

Our town's Newcomers Club has a group called Winetasters where you are paired up with other couples and each host an evening of wine tasting. Confession... I missed the sign up so we actually crashed a group after meeting a few of the couples at another event. We really lucked out and I have made some amazing friends.


Entertaining isn't easy when you have a toddler running around (and are pregnant). The best part of this set up.... no cooking required. Here is the simple menu, which works for both indoor and outdoor events.

Crudité platter with hummus and dip
I got a few tips like leaving the stems for a garden look from this William Sonoma post
Cheese and charcuterie plates with fruit and rosemary sprigs for garnishes
Shrimp over ice with cocktail sauce
Marinated olives
Nuts


Most of my serving pieces are neutral, white or blue and white and I change up the linens seasonally, like this striped table runner. This will all work inside with plaid in a few months for the holidays. I'm not sure where I picked up that tip but it's helped with storage space.


If you love blue and white, then you need this ginger jar bucket. I love that it easily holds a few bottles. I have seen it re purposed as an orchid planter when not in entertaining mode. I keep mine on my bar cart for display.


What's a summer wine tasting party without rosé? I got the idea for rose ice cubes from a bridal shower I saw on Instagram. I added bottles of Fentimans Rose Lemonade to the bucket for a non-alcoholic option.


The key to making the ice clear was boiling distilled water twice (let completely cool between boiling) before freezing. I used these two inch cube trays. The roses will stick out slightly, but don't worry about that!


The best part of fresh flowers is moving them inside after the party to enjoy for days to come.


Lexi ran around in her PJs and provided entertainment for the guests. I think she has hummus on her bow...ha. 

For readers local and new to Darien, you can sign up here for Winetasters through YWCA Darien/Norwalk. 


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Friday, August 10, 2018

Mommy & Me Style: Talaria Flats

Talaria Flats in Champagne // Talaria Littles in Champagne c/o

Happy Friday! I'm really excited to share these Talaria foldable ballet flats today designed by a local Darien, CT mom-prenuer. The sole is anti-skid rubber, lightweight and flexible, allowing them to bend for storage and travel. Each pair comes with a bag that you can even get embroidered (you know I'm a big fan of anything personalized). I love the cap toe style and will be getting lots of use out of these, especially going into fall.

They recently launched their Talaria Littles line and I was so excited to receive a set for us to review. Lexi is always trying on my shoes, so she was thrilled to have her own pair that looked like mine. (She has been running around the house with them all week, but of course not very cooperative on the day we tried to take some pictures. At 33 weeks pregnant, I'm not in the best shape to keep up with her!)

The Littles collection starts at size 12 months. Lexi turned 2 back in April and is wearing the Kids 8 (2T) size. I followed the guidelines on the site and ordered up since I am a half size.

I'm thinking back to all the weddings and events where I brought along a pair of flats... wish I had these then. They make a great gift for bridesmaids and are offered in bundles at a discounted rate.





Lexi's Dress: Egg by Susan Lazar. Maternitiy Dress: Old Navy.


I'll be sad the day these don't fit her anymore!


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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.

xx

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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.



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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?

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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.


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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!

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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?

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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! 
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