Holiday Winter Travel

Raise your hand if you’re traveling at all with the upcoming holidays!!!!

I haven’t done an outfit post like this in forever – honestly I love doing them but they take a long time to put together and with 2 wee ones who seem to always be in need, my time is not my own and certainly not this blog’s either… BUT! I’ve had my eye on a few things online that I really wanted to share so I decided to round up a little outfit for any upcoming holiday travel you may have this winter.  What will you be wearing?

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1. Madewell linen Telegraph tee in stripe (on sale!); 2. Layer Love Necklace from Dogeared; 3. J. Crew Chateau Parka in neon electric flame; 4. Fingerless gloves from Zara; 5. Spanx faux leather leggings from Nordstrom; 6. J Slides Fltecher Sneakers from Anthropologie; 7.kate spade Saturday Weekender bag in Gold Dot.

Postpartum Style, Part II

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…

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Skinny jeans 1 size larger than my norm, flowy tops, and Gizeh birks have been my everything this summer.

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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: postpartum-style-5

Colorful sundress from Zara (similar)

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Navy dress with embroidery and pompoms from crewcuts (yes, crewcuts size 16 – try it!)

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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!)

The Nursery!

I have been talking about showing you the baby’s nursery for weeks now and I am finally doing it! It’s been pretty much set but I was waiting to get a couple pieces of artwork up on the walls. I ordered prints from Society 6 that turned out to be odd sizes and had trouble getting just the right frames. But one is hung so I called it ready to be photographed! By the way…it’s a boy! I realized I had never formally announced that here on the blog so I thought I’d start with that because having a boy obviously helped decide the color scheme. I went with blue and green with a hint of gray for the color scheme of his room. I guess you could say the theme is polka dots, too since lots of things are polka-dotted in white. We painted the walls Cress Green by Behr paint, and by “we” I mean I picked the color and my husband did the painting.

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We used the nursery furniture from Z’s room (she already transitioned to a toddler bed and got a big girl dresser for her clothes) and then I found an adorable blue polka dotted changer pad cover at Land of Nod and that sort of confirmed the color scheme. You can see one of the prints I mentioned above called “Tickle Monster” and since we’re big ticklers in this house, we thought it was just perfect to hang here. Once baby brother is here, I will put a photo of the four of us in this polka dot frame you may recognize from a post a couple weeks ago (the print and frame aren’t hung yet but I wanted to include them in the shot anyway).

Changer pad cover – Land of Nod / Basket – Home Goods / “Tickle Monster” Print – Society 6 / DIY Polka dot frame / Gray chevron toy chest – Home Goods

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This is the cozy corner with a small bookcase (that needs some books!), lamp, and recliner chair that used to be in Z’s room. We bought the bookcase at an unfinished wood furniture store and my husband painted it. The second print is hung here above the bookcase – this one is of little superheros and the alphabet and it doesn’t look quite so tiny in person, must be the angle of the photo I took.

Recliner – Babies R Us / Green throw – Target / Bookcase – Unfinished Furniture Store / “Superhero Alphabet” Print – Society 6 / Lamp – old / Stuffed Dinosaur – Anthropologie

baby-boy-nursery-3For the one window in the room we used a simple white curtain rod to match the white trim with blue polka dot sheer curtain panels and a room darkening shade for naptime (pardon the old, ugly window AC unit!). I couldn’t find any curtain tiebacks I liked so I used green striped ribbon from a gift we received and made them myself. The rug was a lucky find on Gilt and is one of my favorite things in the room.

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Curtains – Land of Nod / Curtain rod – Bed Bath & Beyond / DIY Curtain tiebacks / “Play” Rug – Momeni rugs (found on a Gilt sale)

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And now – the accent wall! I thought it would be fun to use some wall stickers and polka dot one of the nursery walls, I just love how it came out! I found a matching crib sheet to the changer pad cover and a simple crib skirt to bring it all together. I think our little guy is going to LOVE his room!

Crib sheet – Land of Nod / Crib skirt – Target / Polka dot wall stickers – Brickyard Buffalo find / Floor lamp – Target / Dinosaur nightlight – Home Goods

 

Time for Mom

Gold Leaf

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kate spade notebook – Paper Source / Blue striped tee – J. Crew (Old) / Zippered pouch – Forever21 (similar)

I’ve been kind of obsessed with gold leaf lately…beyond my Gold Leaf Frame class next week (there are still a few spots left!) there’s something so pretty and feminine about an accessory or even office supply with a little shiny gold on it, reminiscent of gold leaf. Above I have some personal gold leaf in my life right now…and then below I have some things I’ve been ogling after…

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1. I love this gold-stripe cork iPhone case from J. Crew, the gold is more subdued here. 2. I can’t talk about gold leaf-looking things without mentioning these Gold-Dipped flatware from Anthropologie, I’ve loved these utensils forever! They’d look pretty in my blog food photos, don’t you think? 3. The great thing about gold is it’s basically a neutral – I love this gold polka dots pillow from Society6, it will match any room in the house! 4. The Glitterati jumbo headband from ban.do adds the perfect spec of gold. 5. This heart of gold sweatshirt from Forever21 is from the girls department and oh so cute! 6. I love this J. Crew Factory metallic brocade mini, you could dress it up with a formal top or wear it casual with a white tee! Ps. this print comes in pants and shorts, too. 7. I saw these Tippy Pumps on Anthropologie‘s website a few weeks ago and LOVE them for spring/summer!

But What About the Shoes…

Temps finally rose for us in the New England area the past few days, and don’t get me wrong – I love a good 40-degree day when you can go out in a sweater and a vest instead of every layer you own PLUS a down winter coat just to stay warm. But – you better still be wearing your boots or galoshes because the 3 feet of snow outside is melllllting. Like everyone else, I am jumping on the “I can’t wait for spring” bandwagon and pulling together a bunch of items that I am desperate to wear now but will have to wait until spring, but I am focusing on footwear. Footwear is the final piece to the thank-God-it’s-finally-spring puzzle because you have wait a lonnnng time to wear them without fear of ruining them in snow and endless puddles. Here’s a little round-up of some spring shoes I am coveting right now…

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1. Love these Nautical Ballerina flats from Zara. 2. I am obsessed with the shape of d’orsay flats and can’t wait to get a pair – I love these Ted Baker London Cadeen Flats, the pop of peach is lovely. 3. These Soludos Lace Up Espadrille Flats are adorable and look SO comfy. 4. I had to include a yellow shoe because I always think yellow when I think spring. Aren’t these Tippy Pumps from Anthropologie perfect? 5. A bright-patterned ballet flat is perfect for spring, I love these DV8 by Dolce Vita Tasmin Flats and they’re under $40! 6. And these Lucky Brand Two Piece Flats, these just scream spring! 7. Chuck Taylor Metallic in Rose Gold – the perfect feminine sneaker for spring. 8. I love these pink J.Crew Collection Blakely summer stripe pumps, just the perfect bright color.

What shoes are you looking forward to wearing when it gets warmer AND drier?

What to Wear – As a Tourist

While we’re in being tourists in the fabulous city of London this week I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on what to wear while you’re being a tourist. When you’re traveling to a place like London, you know you’ll be out and about all day visiting museums, parks, famous stores (Harrod’s!!), all the while trying to look great because you’ll be posing for tons of photos, trying to be comfortable because you’ll be walking miles, and trying to be dressed for the weather – which – in a place like London is a giant variable.  SO! With all that in mind, here is what I’ll be wearing while being a tourist this week in London. Seeya later mate (trying to fit in a little)!

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1. I am addicted to my chambray, similar to this from Madewell so I will absolutely be wearing it a lot on this trip; 2. A cute baseball cap from kate spade Saturday if it’s sunny and you need to protect your face; 3. A necklace because you still want to accessorize while you’re being a tourist! I love this one from Topshop for a pop of color; 4. You should always carry an umbrella in London, it might as well be cute like this one from Anthropologie; 5. A white tank for under my chambray – these BP double scoop neck tanks from Nordstrom are my fave; 6. I love a bright pant – and they look so great with chambray tops, especially in your vacay photos! I love these Toothpick jeans in Fresh Purple from J. Crew; 7. Our good camera – the Nikon D60 for all our photo taking; 8. ;My favorite Silver Sparkle Converse sneakers – the perfect urban sneaker for a gal who loves sparkle and comfort; and 9. A crossbody bag to hold all your stuff and wear comfortably all day. I have one the same shape and size as this kate spade bag and it’s perfect for travel.

What to Wear – Working from Home

Now that my Z is here, I work part-time and excitingly – from home! It sounds like a dream to work from home – roll out of bed, work, work, work, run to the kitchen for coffee, throw in some laundry, work, make yourself lunch in your own kitchen, work, etc…

Well – sometimes the motivation to do that list is hard. I quickly learned that for me, I needed a separate work space (and comfortable, pretty chair, too), defined work hours, and most importantly – shower and dress like I am working with other people in person. You just need that start to your day, that sense of being put-together to have the motivation to be productive. And let me tell you, now that there is NO water cooler chat in my day I am super efficient with my work time.

I’d love to share with you today what I wear when I am working from home – it certainly isn’t the most professional business attire, but it’s put together, fashionable, and makes me not look like I spend the entire day in my own home.

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1. A comfy, stylish top that won’t wrinkle is key while you’re working all day, mostly sitting at a computer. I love this Centerstitch Tee in yellow from Anthropologie; 2. Dyed Linen Scarf with Contrasting Stripe from Zara in case your home office space is cold; 3. Working from home doesn’t mean you don’t need accessories – this J. Crew Crystal and Neon Chevron Bracelet would be great for this outfit; 4. Bottomless cup of delicious homemade coffee in a Marimekko Unikko Turquoise Mug from Crate & Barrel; 5. My work from home uniform usually includes a pair of skinny leg pants in a pattern or color. I love these black and white printed legging skimmer jeans from GAP; 6. Fun stamps from Urban Outfitters to keep yourself amused; and 7. I love these Slingback Boardwalk Sandals from Madewell, easy to throw on at the end of the day when I’m dashing out of the house to pick up Z at the end of my work day.

I was excited to be included in this group of bloggers all writing on the same subject today! Be sure to click through their posts too and get really inspired to still dress snazzy while you’re working from home.

-Christine from Rules for the Modern Girl: A Modern Girl Workday
*You can catch Christine on her blog, Facebook and Twitter

-Melissa from My Lief Life: Get Dressed Be Happy
*You can catch Melissa on her blog, Facebook and Twitter

-Amanda from Prim and Propah: Work from Home Style Keeping It Real
*You can catch Amanda on her blog, Facebook and Twitter

What to Wear – Mother’s Day Brunch

What mother doesn’t like to be taken out for brunch for Mother’s Day? I sure do! I always appreciate a reason to get dolled up and eat delicious food, I bet that’s not a surprise to hear. =) This year for Mother’s Day we’re heading to brunch with my mom and dad and my sister and her family. I think I’ll wear a springy dress and wear it with accessories similar to what I’ve rounded up below. By the way, isn’t this dress just great? I love that it’s coral but has some blues and pistachio green mixed in.

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1. Asos Magic Spike Stone Drop Earrings; 2. Topshop Neon Jaquard Seam Shift dress (I love the pattern of this dress); 3. A manicure in essie‘s she’s pampered (my personal favorite red of the moment); 4. Pyramid Stud Waist Belt from Forever21; 5. Anthropologie Mom Necklace; 6. Finesse Ahead of Schedule tote (even on Mother’s Day, a mom always has lots to carry) from Modcloth; and 7. Asymmetric flat sandals from Zara (they come in yellow and orange, too!).

I hope you have a great Mother’s Day!