Made banh mi sandwiches for dinner, SO good.
As soon as he started washing his car, she demanded to wash hers…
A super tall sunflower in our yard!
Ate dinner out and had the most wonderful burrata and tomato salad.
Brunched at Tatte Bakery and had a little iced latte for dessert and we split these 3 tiny cookies.
This crown from the $1 section at Target was the best money I’ve ever spent. She hasn’t taken it off all week.
Thank you all for your thoughts and concern about Baby M and my injuries last week, we are both doing great! I just got my staple stitches out yesterday and now I’m feeling much more back to normal. I hope you have a great long Labor Day Weekend!!
Last time I talked about postpartum style I was days away from giving birth and daydreaming about wearing anything but maternity clothes. While the outfit I shared is still a fave, now that it’s just about 12 weeks later (how is M 12 weeks old?!) I thought I’d share another version of my go-to postpartum outfits I’ve been sporting all summer. Pardon the selfies, but, ya know…
Skinny jeans 1 size larger than my norm, flowy tops, and Gizeh birks have been my everything this summer.
This top is on double sale at Anthropologie right now and it’s adorable. Dress it up or down, I’ve been loving it. It’s stylish, a great summery color, and just flowy enough to cover that postpartum tummy.
A couple other postpartum outfits I’ve posted in my Instagram feed:
Colorful sundress from Zara (similar)
Navy dress with embroidery and pompoms from crewcuts (yes, crewcuts size 16 – try it!)
An outfit of jeans and the cutest summer espadrilles from GAP (can’t find them online but I bet they’re still at stores in the sale section!)
We love TOMS in this house, I’ve blogged about them for years and my Z has a new pair every time her feet grow, or so it seems. Not only are they stylish, but they’re comfy, AND you can feel good about buying them with TOMS one for one program. I’m excited to share with you today that TOMS is offering 15% off footwear and eyewear at TOMS.com with code SEPTEMBER at checkout! Valid 8/26 through 9/1. And you guys – current styles of TOMS never go on sale, so you should jump on this! Here’s a few of my faves for everyone in our family, even though technically only Z is going back to school this Fall…
For my husband
and a pair of Tiny TOMS for Baby M!
15% off footwear and eyewear at TOMS.com with code SEPTEMBER at checkout! Valid 8/26 through 9/1.
*Links in this post are affiliate links where I could make a small commission on purchases made – thanks for supporting the brands that support Styled by Jess. As always, all opinions are my own, we’ve been wearing TOMS for years and love ’em!
I have been a bit absent from social media this week with the exception of a couple pre-scheduled posts. Why? I’ve been debating all week if I bring it up here and in the end I decided to because, well, what happened was awful and majorly traumatic and I would feel weird going about business as usual and not mentioning anything. On Monday evening I had an accident and fell down our outside concrete stairs landing on my head in the driveway – all while I was holding my sweet baby M. I’ll preface the entire story by telling you we are both now ok. Great even.
We were all headed outside at the same time to eat dinner on our back deck as we’ve done most nights this summer when at home. The way our home is set up, to get outside to the deck you walk out the kitchen door through a screen door that opens on the left, close it, and walk right to get to the back of the house. I don’t even remember, but as I moved aside to let the door close – we fell. Down the stairs landing on the driveway. My husband said I didn’t even use my hands to break the fall because I was holding M and thank God I didn’t!
The next thing I knew I looked up and saw sheer horror on my husband’s face and blood staining the burp cloth I was holding. My husband picked up M and continued feeding him (I was feeding him as we walked outside) to help calm him down and a kind neighbor heard my screams, came running, realized I was the only one bleeding and rushed me to the ER. My husband followed soon-after with both kids and M and I were treated at the hospital.
I’m going to jump to the end of the story and tell you today we are both fine. We’ve seen many doctors, had many (especially M) exams, and our wounds will heal with no complications. No brain injuries. I have stitches in my head and my sweet baby has a small skull fracture. I have a lot of painful cuts and scrapes but thankfully M came out without a scratch.
It’s been a terrifying week. Not only were M and I physically hurt but my husband witnessed the accident and I can’t even imagine how scary that was for him. We think our Z had already turned the corner so she didn’t see it happen but saw the aftermath and was terrified. We talk about it any time she wants and constantly assure her we’re both ok.
So that was our week, thanks for letting me share. The photo above was taken the day after the accident – baby M all smiles as usual! And yes, the screen door was removed the very next day after the accident.
If I know you personally and this is the first you’re hearing of this, I’m sorry – we haven’t had the chance to tell everyone!
I am so excited to share with you the schedule of my crafting classes this fall! This term I’m doing a 3-class series called Handmade Tuesdays with Jess. Click here to sign up for all 3 classes and save! Below you can read the catalog description of each class and click through to sign up for individual classes. All classes are taught at Arlington High School in Arlington, MA. Can’t wait to see you in class!
Tuesday, October 14, 7-9pm Decoupage Frame
Decoupage—from the French word découper, meaning to cut out— is a fun and easy way to decorate just about any object. The process entails pasting varied shapes of paper to an object and then covering them with several coats of lacquer. The result is depth and patterns that look as though they are actually painted on the decoupaged object. Together we will create a picture frame (approximately 4×6-inches) using a selection of colored papers. Once you learn this fun and easy way to decorate just about any object, you won’t be able to stop. Get a head start on your handmade holiday gifts! A $12 materials fee is payable to instructor at class.
Tuesday, October 21, 7-9pm Handmade Cards
In May, one of Jess’s handmade cards appeared in Martha Stewart Living magazine, so we are not fooling around when we say that she is a local gem. Come join her for an evening of handmade fun. In time for the holidays, learn to create cards that express your creativity by using rubber stamps, embossing powder, paper punches and more. Once you learn how simple and pleasurable it is to make your own cards, you’ll never again settle for store-bought. We will make at least two cards each. A $10 materials fee is payable to instructor at class.
Tuesday, October 28, 7-9pm Gift Tags & Gift Wrap
You spend so much time and energy finding just the right gifts for the holiday season, it’s only right to wrap them in something equally personal. You’ll be delighted with how fun, easy and satisfying it is to make your own gift wrap and gift tags. We will focus on holiday-themed paper and tags, but once you learn the process, you’ll be able to continue the fun at home for any occasion. A $10 materials fee is payable to instructor at class.
I can’t believe in less than 3 weeks my little Z will start going to Nursery School. SCHOOL. Anything with that word in it sounds so grown-up! She is more than excited and I often hear her trying to tell whoever will listen “I go school!” She asks me to read “The Night Before Preschool” multiple times a day. And she is officially obsessed with her teeny tiny backpack. I decided to order a Swankaroo backpack since they are made for kids under 5 years old – she’s so small and anything we found in stores just made it look like she’d tip over. Anyway, the big first day is all the talk around here so I thought I’d pull together and share with you what she’ll be wearing for her first day of nursery school.
Chambray shirt – babyGAP (similar, similar girly version)/ Skirt – Target / Shoes – Livie & Luca / Socks – Amazon / Backpack – Swankaroo
The most interesting restaurant in #newportri right now: The Revolving Door where they have a house chef (consistent menu) and a chef of the month who brings their own menu in. We’ve had our worst and best meal of the summer there! It really depends on who the chef of the moment is… I’m showing you this past weekend’s meal that was DELISH!
Speaking of going out to eat, we bring this bag of princesses out to eat with us every time to keep our Z entertained, we call them “the girls.”
Always on her “phone” in the car.
We made another batch of homemade pickles.
This guy is smiling, laughing, and cooing non-stop – the best!
I took the kids to The Butterfly Place in Westford, MA on Thursday to soften the blow of daddy’s first day back to work. Z loved it, M slept, and the butterflies (especially the giant ones) gave me the heebie jeebies.
Have a great weekend!
Every time I mention making the birth announcements for my babies, people think I’m nuts. And, well, maybe I am a little but I can promise it’s not as laborious as you would think. The main trick is to make most of the card while you’re still pregnant, you can do everything but take the photo of your baby and write up his stats ahead of time – even address your envelopes! Here’s how Baby M’s announcements came together, and yes – I used the same color scheme as his nursery:
I stamped my message and then used embossing powder on it to give it a textured feel.
Once those were dry I cut each one out with a scalloped edge scissor.
Then I used the top of a giant pencil to stamp polka dots on the blank card.
After M’s arrival, we had a little photo shoot and ordered prints. I then placed a photo on each card using photo squares. Then used tape to adhere the “Welcome Baby” message. We included a photo of Z and M on the inside along with his baby stats.
And I had to add a little baby stamp to each envelope as a special touch.
So today is the day – the last day of the Summer of Us, my husband goes back to work tomorrow. We have had the best. summer. ever. Can imagine the luxury of 10 weeks off together as a family? And to start our sweet baby M’s life with such a bang? It’s been truly wonderful. You can click through all of the Summer of Us posts but I also wanted to share a few fun days that I just honestly ran out of time to make posts for…
2 separate rides on the carousel where my husband and I got married in Newport, RI…
…and a trip to the aquarium at the same beach. After a major Z meltdown we had fun (although the shark touch tank was a little scary as seen here).
A day at the Franklin Park Zoo.
Outdoor concerts and picnics (where we made Deviled Eggs and a Quinoa and Edamame Salad).
A ride on the swan boats in Boston.
Lots of playground time.
Local long weekends.
Countless beach days.
and best of all – non-stop sister/brother bonding, she loves to help him with tummy time.
This summer was fun, it was stressful, and boy was it tiring (especially for me, our M still gets me up twice a night to eat!) but I wouldn’t change a minute of it. And thankfully we have about 5,000 photos to remember it by! I hope your summer was as kickass as ours!
I would say our Z eats pretty well. But there are certainly times when it seems as though she on a hunger strike and will only want “friiiies” or “noodlz,” and well, those foods certainly aren’t nutritious. When the folks at HappyFamily asked if we’d like to try their new Super Nutrition Shakes for toddlers, I jumped at the chance, you know what big fans of HappyFamily we are already!
The shakes come in yummy flavors – chocolate and vanilla so your toddler will be sure to love them. We tried them for breakfast…
…and part of lunch (along with hummus & pita and pickles). Each shake has 8g of protein and 21 vitamins and minerals so you KNOW she is being nourished well. Let me know if you try them and how much YOUR toddler loves them!
*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by HappyFamily, however all above opinions and thoughts are my very own.