March 20, 2018

..The Size of an Avocado

The deets: ASOS dress (not maternity - just went up a size); Soludos sneakers. All photos are by Erin Krespan.

Surprise! I'm pregnant. This actually may not be a total surprise to many as I have been pretty MIA on the blog and social media for the last couple of months due to a very rough first trimester. People kept saying that I seemed to be sick a lot and had a sneaking suspicion that I could be and, well, that was absolutely true! I could barely be vertical most days so blogging was a mountain I just couldn't climb for a minute. We don't know what we are having yet but we do know that baby Soybel or my little "soybean" is the size of an avocado now that I am in my 16th week. I wanted to include my husband in the announcement photos and since normally he's my photographer I tapped Erin to take them for us (which is why they are so pretty). I love how they came out so sorry in advance for how photo heavy this post is! I feel so lucky to be doing this with my husband who truly is my favorite person in the world. You don't see much of him around here (except for maybe a wedding post or two) because he's very camera shy but I couldn't love him more. We are filled with both excitement and a little terror for being first time parents - the baby is coming a little sooner than we thought and will be bringing him or her home to our one bedroom apartment for a few months until we make a plan to move (will blog more on this later). On the plus side I am physically feeling much better these days so I hope to be able to share more of our experiences with you. The blog won't become a full on "mommy blog" but I do hope to incorporate our life as it's always changing and I like to keep it real. Thank you for all the love and support all these years (and for sticking with me when I go off the grid)! 

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March 16, 2018

..Love First

The deets: J.Crew tee; F21 sunnies; Madewell booties (similar) and jeans (similar); Topshop jacket; KTD bar neckalce; Alexander Wang bag (similar, similar under $70). 

A good friend that works in the fashion biz once told me smart fashionistas mix their high and low stuff together and get away with looking more expensive since you don't know what's what. Well I don't think it gets any more high and low (in MY closet anyway) than a pair of my least expensive sunnies (under $8) with an Alexander Wang cross-body. I was just feeling the hippie vibe and thought my most John Lennon eye-ware would be the best fit for a tee with "Love First" on it as well as my trust bar necklace that I wear almost every day that has my wedding date. My sis snapped these photos while I was visiting her at the end of February. We met my brother and Dad for a little NJ diner breakfast, which is my favorite kind. Simply walking into the shiny dated establishments and getting a whiff that distinct and delicious diner smell makes me happy.

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March 8, 2018

..15 Ways to Brighten Your Work Space

..15 Ways to Brighten Your Work Space

Hi, it's me. I am not dead. I know it's been about a month since you've heard from me but I had some inspiration strike for a post so here I am back in the blog saddle. I came up with the idea for this post for two reasons. First, I very recently paid of my student loan (WOO HOO! - which was a 15 year loan that I paid off five years early #getthatdirtoffyashoulda) and it had me remembering how I felt in the spring of 2008, newly graduated and not sure about what the future held for me except that I'd likely be working behind a computer screen in a dimly lit cubicle. Ten years later - while my offices have changed a few times over the years - I still do. Secondly, If you are like me, you might need that little bit of joy from small things around you to get you through the mundane workday. These little pieces of cheer really do bring me happiness so I wanted to share these fifteen things. They would all also make AWESOME new graduate gifts! The best part is that almost all of these items are under $15.

1. I have this exact gold framed calendar and honestly look forward to creating new lettering for each month and mapping out my days. I literally look up different handwriting styles and play around with them each month. If you have to look at it every day - should be cute right? It's also eco-friendly since you reuse it instead of throwing away calendar paper.

2. Fun pens. Enough said.

3. This unicorn head pen holder is super cute - the exact one I have is a gold baby deer head but very similar!

4. I have gold paper clips that get little gold bits everywhere so I wouldn't suggest them but these little flamingo ones are precious and cheap! Also come in pineapple.

5. A pretty coaster is a great way to save your desk from rings and bring some cheer. I have one that says "Do Your Best."

7. I have this exact mouse pad in gold marble. Can't beat it for the price!

8. I also have this exact trinket dish that holds my cute paper clips but this little turtle one is also very cute!

10. I have an agate box on my desk that I use to hold mints, tea packets, cough drops, and the like.

11. I have been eyeing this acrylic tissue box holder for some time.

12. A cheeky little mug to match your cheeky little notepad.

13. I have these little animal head pins to tack up my boring schedules. My boss laughs and calls them my "kills" as if I were a tiny animal hunter.

14. Plants are an easy way to freshen up any area. This one is a parlor palm, I have one home and it's very hard to kill.

15. Some personal photos! I used Frambridge to frame one of my favorite Instagram photos and hung it up in my cube for smiles. Under $40!

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January 24, 2018

..Velvet Overalls


Okay confession time - I wore this outfit and took these photos on..Christmas Eve. Yes, that's right. I am the laziest blogger there ever was. I have been sitting on these photos for a full 30 days, a whole different year, a different time, a simpler time (jk), but better late than never because despite my lack of motivation to post them on the blog I do LOVE these overalls and have lots of enthusiasm for them. They are the perfect casual comfortable item that has been chic-ed up with the velvet so you can get away with wearing them casually OR, you know, Christmas Eve dinner with the fam. I hope overalls never goes out of style because they are my favorite!

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January 18, 2018

..Green Stripes

The deets: Anthropologie dress; Topshop jacket; Zara booties (old, similar, similar under $45); SAM beanie (similar under $15); Prada sunnies (similar under $15); Coach mini backpack (sold out, similar under $25, and here); earrings (gift from a bestie, similar).

I like to stick to a theme when dressing for an event and this green dress was what I wore to celebrate Christmas with my in laws. We went there a few days early since we spent actual Christmas with my extended family up in New Jersey this year. We then had pre-Christmas with my mom's side the next day, Christmas eve with my dad's side, and then Christmas day with my immediate family. Needless to say there was A LOT of red and green in my suitcase. This dress was great because it can also work at the office past the season (has long sleeves), I actually wore it to my office holiday party too!

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