Friday, October 4, 2019

September on the Vineyard

Sweater: Ellsworth & Ivey. Sunglasses: Quay.

Our favorite time to visit Martha's Vineyard is September for so many reasons. For Ted, I think it's safe to say fishing The Derby comes in a close second to our wedding anniversary. The weather is gorgeous and the summer crowds have dwindled.

Carrier: BABYBJÖRN. Shirt: Monrow. Leggings: lululemon. Sneakers: Golden Goose. Sunglasses: Quay. Bag: Oliver Thomas (via Kirby & Company). Chase's Shoes: See Kai Run (via Peachtree Kids Nantucket).

We always take our car over on the ferry from Woods Hole. We left at 7AM and had a little time to spare for the boat at noon. The car rides to and from the ferry are rough... I'm not going to lie. Between Lexi and Chase we never know how many pit stops we'll make. 

He is a handful...  and looks so big at this angle. It's hard to navigate a stroller on the ferry so I always suggest a carrier if anyone asks. I will wear Chase until my back breaks... which will be soon because he's getting big.

Dress: Egg by Susan Lazar.

After we unloaded our car the first stop was lunch at The Newes. It is one of my favorite spots in Edgartown. Ted got a free bag of fries with his Derby pass... I prefer the onion rings (seriously, they are amazing) but who denies free fries. 

It's not so easy to shop downtown with my stroller in tow since all the stores have a step and narrow entry... so I usually spend my time walking around town while sipping on coffee and admiring all of the beautiful homes. 

Hanging out at the Harbor View with Mr. Chase. He was on the lookout for Ted and Lexi coming back from the beach.

Lexi went on her first off land fishing excursion with Ted and his brother. As you can see, she was so excited to be on her uncle's boat.

We also brought her to the top of the Edgartown Lighthouse. A little nervous at first but all smiles at the top.

I forgot to bring my "fancy" camera but usually take most pictures on my phone anyway. Other highlights included several stops at Rosewater for coffee and dinner at State Road up island. 

Happy Friday!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Blue and White Monday: Turtley Awesome

Hope you had a great weekend! If you're reading here you probably already know about Lilly Pulitzer's After Party Sale. The biggest Lilly sale of the season. Something you might not know.... Saks typically matches these prices (or comes pretty close). Check both sites for the best discount. You might luck out if something you wanted already sold out on LP.

I picked up a few shifts for Lexi to wear next summer from Saks. This "Turtley Awesome" periwinkle is my favorite. I think by the end of the day I'll pull the trigger on the matching dress for me. 


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Blue and White Monday: Mark D. Sikes

Dress: MDS Stripes. Nails: Essie Geranium. 

I was a minute late getting this posted for Monday... but we will still call it B&W Monday. When I first saw this blue floral dress on Julia Engel back in the spring (see her Instagram and blog posts) I fell in love. At the time, I didn't know that one of my favorite interior designers to follow, Mark D. Sikes, also had a fashion line but it all made sense. It wouldn't be the first time something I was wearing could blend right into my home decor. But after all, isn't blue and white a neutral?! 

I secured it from Rent the Runway for our summer vacation... it was perfect for a date night out in Chatham. I don't want to send it back! I'm planning to hold onto it for our trip to the Vineyard later this month... which is why I'm sharing it now. Get your hands on it! 

I've spent countless hours researching his projects online for ideas for my home and I never tire of looking through his book, Beautiful. If you are a blue and white lover, it is a must have in your collection. Endless inspiration.

It was hard to pick just one image... but this room has it all. Blue and white, brass, prints, woven textures, books... everything I love.

See a gallery of his West Hollywood home in this House Beautiful gallery. While I keep dreaming of a kitchen renovation, in the meantime I do have blue and white striped dish towels (I have an endless supply of these from William Sonoma) and ginger jars to keep me happy. :)


Friday, August 30, 2019

J. McLaughlin Sale

This adorable wicker bag from J. McLaughlin is on major sale - $48 from $158! It holds a small wallet, phone and makeup easily.

All sale items are an additional 40% off. A few other pieces that I own have already sold out.... but this cardigan is still available. It's been a favorite this summer to wear over dresses for work.

Dress: Tanya Taylor. Earrings: Asha. Bag: J. McLaughlin. Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (old).

Happy weekend!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Lexi's Style File: Fall Back to School

Bella Bliss Jumper, Blouse // She La La Backpack
Bella Bliss Camille Blouse $46
Ralph Lauren Cable Peplum Cardigan $49.50 (Take 30% off when you spend $150)
Gap Toddler Jeggings $34.95 (25% off with code AUTUMN)
Wee Ones Bow $10.98
Gap Toddler Graphic Velvet Flats $29.95 (Now $18 with additional 25% off)

Where do you shop for Lexi? It's my most frequently asked question, so I launched Lexi's Style File series to share what I've been scoping out for her wardrobe.

Bella Bliss Fall Missy Blouse $38 & Fall Lindy Jumper $46

Like myself, I shop everywhere and combine high and low priced items. These Bella Bliss corduroy jumpers are pricey but so versatile. (I was actually on the Bella Bliss site ordering a little sale romper for Chase's birthday cake smash when I got incredibly distracted in the girls section and let's just say my order escalated quickly.) I expect that she will wear them frequently in the fall, paired with different shirts and wear into the cooler weather with knit tights.

Little Lexi in a few year after year favorites. We've been lucky to receive a few of the Ralph Lauren cardigans (baby, toddler) as gifts. Gap's peter pan collar shirt (baby, toddler) is a classic and pairs well with jeans and jumpers alike. I'm always on the lookout for new prints, but each year have bought her the stripes (shocking, I know). Most of Lexi's wardrobe has been from the Gap... I'm happy with quality, price and how everything coordinates well.

We have also had a few pairs of Velcro Converse sneakers... I love the gold. I'll save the shoe round up for another day along with some other clothes I'm eyeing!

For all of my local readers, be sure to enter my latest Instagram giveaway with Busy Little Bee for a chance to win a monogrammed backpack from She La La and fall semester of classes from Music Together of Fairfield County. Giveaway ends 9/1 - see Instagram post for details. All entrants are eligible to receive $10 off monogram fee for a backpack or lunch box at She La La in Westport, New Canaan and Greenwich locations. Just mention the giveaway and show your entry in store to redeem through 9/15.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Loveknot Edit: Janie and Jack Sale

Some of my favorites from the Janie and Jack sale that I shared on Instagram.... I bought most of this for Lexi and Chase. I had a hard time controlling myself! I'm a sucker for the accessories. For the newbies, I am loving this cabana print - comes in both pink and blue.


Friday, June 7, 2019

Summer Soirée

Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA (available here, here and here). Heels: Christian Louboutin
On Ted... Jacket: Lauren Ralph Lauren

Last weekend Ted and I attended a charity event for OPUS for Person to Person with our friends in town. This floral navy dress from BCBG is perfect for summer weddings and events.

I was loving the pink theme and this marquee sign.. realizing I'm very behind on the latest trends for events. This would be so cute with a couple's initials for an engagement party or GIRL or BOY for a baby shower.

Talking makeup... Wearing Dior Addict Liptick in Riviera  - a shade found via Julia Engel a couple years ago. It's a perfect red-coral-orange shade for summer. Essie "Happy Wife Happy Life" is on my nails to coordinate (sadly a discontinued color). All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation by Nars is one of my favorite bases - it has amazing coverage! I wear the shade Sante Fe in the summer months.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Pure Bioderm

Let's talk products! One of the topics I've covered on Vineyard Loveknots since the start, over 8 years ago, is clean beauty. I have been using Pure Bioderm Antioxidant Super Serum and B5 Hydrating Serum since December... I'm hooked on both and am happy to share that they are CLEAN! They were developed by dermatologists Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson and Dr. Rhonda Klein of Modern Dermatology of Connecticut in Westport. I've been a patient of Dr. Robinson for a few years - read more here.

B5 Hydrating Serum $30
Antioxidant Super Serum $59
Use code PUREMD15 for 15% through May 31 on Amazon (one time use)

My daily routine, both morning and evening always includes a cleanser, both serums, and moisturizer. A few bases to cover... they are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, vegan, cruelty free and made in the USA. There are no synthetic fragrances, dyes, parabens, sulfates, silicone, phthalates, formaldehyde, or GMO ingredients.

Most importantly, they contain the key ingredients that you have probably heard buzz about. The B5 Hydrating Serum contains hyaluronic acid, a must for your anti-aging routine. It's made my skin feel plump and smooth. One of my best friends that happens to be a chemist in the beauty industry described hyaluronic acid as a huge caterpillar - each leg attracts a molecule of water and the chain drags all that water into your skin. The Antioxidant Super Serum is packed with a blend of ingredients including Vitamin C that will reduce appearance of fine lines and pigmentation. Both are safe during pregnancy and nursing.

Coupled with laser treatments I've been receiving I have noticed reduced redness and brighter looking skin. I have to note that when compared with other products containing similar key ingredients you'll appreciate the price point.

I've even given the B5 Serum as a gift to my girlfriends since it's great for all skin types - Amazon Prime Delivery to the rescue!

Use code PUREMD15 for 15% through May 31 on Amazon (one time use)

Review in partnership with Pure Bioderm. All opinions are my own.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Splurge vs. Steal: Trench Coat

Loving this new stone colored trench coat at Zara as a steal for the classic Burberry version. I have been on the hunt for this particular shade for some time after seeing it on Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam years ago. It's perfect for spring and April showers with the removable hood. I wish it was just a little longer but I'll take it regardless. (I actually had a slightly different trench from Zara for a few years but lost the belt so happy to finally have a replacement.)

via Gal Meets Glam


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lexi's Style File: Unicorns and Rainbows

cuddle + kind Zoe the unicorn $72, $52 Such a great cause!

Have you heard... It's National Unicorn Day! If you have little girls in your life, every day probably feels like rainbows and unicorns. I'm not complaining, I've had so much fun shopping for Lexi lately.

Pottery Barn Kids Basket & Liner (Large)

I filled Lexi's birthday basket with purple and rainbow goodies from Coco and Lala Watchill, Wiggles & Giggles and Kirby Girl in Darien. She's been wearing the tutu and carrying her flashlight every night since her birthday, haha. Her new Easter basket just arrived so I figured why not re-purpose it while I can. (If you are thinking about ordering one, let me warn you the large size is enormous!) 

If you are still shopping for your little one's Easter basket, consider a hand-knit doll that helps a great cause. For every cuddle + kind doll purchased, 10 meals are donated to children in need. I love their mission and was happy to be able to purchase one locally at Coco and Lala Watchill to help them raise 500 meals!

Shirt: Gap Kids.

I buy most of Lexi's clothes at Gap...they have so many cute rainbow and unicorn options right now!

Bed: Crate & Kids. Sheets: Target. Pajamas: Roller Rabbit.

We've been reading Uni the Unicorn every night at bedtime. Hard to see, but Lexi is clutching her unicorn night light (named Uni, of course). If you're local head to the gift shop at Palmer's to pick one up.

I love the new Gwen the Unicorn print from Roller Rabbit. I would love to have a matching set for us.

Purple Funfetti for the birthday girl... in line with the unicorn theme. 

I could go on and on... love this trend and hope it's here to stay!


Friday, April 5, 2019

Lexi's 3rd Birthday

Lexi's Dress: Gap. My Dress: Misa Los Angeles (also available here).

We kicked off Miss Lexi's 3rd birthday week on Sunday with a small party at home with family and a few friends. Doesn't matter the size of the party... I'll always overdo it with a big cake! Bring on the buttercream frosting. As requested by the birthday girl, we had a purple Minnie Mouse rainbow cake customized from Palmer's Bakery in Darien. This party was followed by a Funfetti cupcake celebration with her class the next day and another round at home on her actual birthday, April 2nd. She's still on a sugar high...

She's growing up too fast!

Lexi, we couldn't love you more! You bring me so much joy each and every day.

Minnie Mouse Rainbow Cake by 
264 Heights Road, Darien, CT 06820

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