January 25, 2019

..Late, But Still Merry!

The deets: All of our jams are from Hanna Andersson.

Hello. I know it's the last week of January but here are some photos of the family from Christmas. We spent a few days before in NJ with my family and stayed at the same hotel we stayed at when we got married. We then came home to have Christmas Eve just by ourselves and our little family of three and spent Christmas Day with the Soybel side. We got Isla some soft books and some little teether toys but that's really it since she wont remember any of this. It was the perfect way to end my maternity leave. Having all the magic of the holiday and being home with my sweet baby girl made the month of December pure joy. Also shout out to Hallmark Channel for being my therapy as I dealt with the idea of popping my bubble and coming back to work.

Life is going by so fast these days and honestly, getting out the door now that I am back at work full time feels like a medal worthy event. Child clean, changed, fed, and ready? Check. Makeup, hair, work outfit ready? Check. Do I have her bottles packed and labeled? Check. Do I have all the parts needed to pump at work today? Check. Out we go! Make it to the bus on time only to realize after daycare drop-off on the second form of public transit that I forgot my own lunch and the ice pack that fits in my breast milk cooler (palm to face emoji). After all of that I still need to have enough brain power to work a full day, make it back home with juuuuuust enough time to feed/bathe/put baby to sleep and whip up some sort of dinner before it's time to go to bed and wake up to the whole event ALL OVER AGAIN. Don't even get me started on the amount of bottles I wash thrown in there as well. It's a HUSTLE, folks. A hustle. I have so, SO much respect for working mothers now. Not that I didn't before, and I hear it gets easier, but right now in this infant phase it's just an iron man every day. If I could sign up for an IV drip of coffee I would. It also just makes focusing on anything else feel hard. Bless my friends for sticking with me through this season. I still love you I am just currently busy keeping 874356 balls in the air.

Blogging is time consuming. I just don't have the luxury of handing out as big a slice of my down time to it as it requires to be good or consistent so I am in the process of working through a major change here. I am not sure what is going to shake out but after years of doing the should I or shouldn't I dance, a decision must be made. Are occasional blogs a thing? Like an "occasional chair" in your home. You like that it's there but don't actually use it very often.

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December 19, 2018

..Winter Pashmina Collection


Let me start by saying I have owned this set for less than a month see all the pieces in the most recent collection here) and I have already worn it on three separate occasions. It's just the perfect comfortable and chic little black set that can be dressed up or down! Pair it with a wide brim hat for a more casual look, I have it paired here with some fun booties and a red lip & fancy headband for a holiday look (I wore this and took these photos right before our family Hanukkah dinner with my in-laws), and I totally plan on throwing on some black pumps with it for work. It does everything.

A couple reasons I love and support Pashmina Collection are because the pieces are locally sourced and produced right in the garment district of NYC (yay for small business), and Connie the owner and designer is a mom herself and all the pieces in the collection are specifically designed to be comfortable AND chic. Parent or not we all know how difficult it can sometimes be to be both of those things at once. 

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December 15, 2018

..Potato Sack for the Win


Hello. These photos are from Thanksgiving. Yes, it has taken me until the week before Christmas to post them but here they are. I always say I use this blog to document my life so I can look back one day sort of like an online memory book so I figured throwing these up here a little late won't make any difference in a few years. It was our first one as a family of three, spent at my in-laws house. I made my favorite butternut squash bake recipe and a homemade apple pie WITH a homemade crust which I haven't done before. It was delicious. Being on maternity leave over the holiday season has been exquisite. I get to put on Christmas music, light a fresh balsam candle, and wrap presents with Isla on the floor next to me cooing. It's the best. It's all the feel goods. It's basically holiday crack. She loves the lights on the tree and I just want to cuddle her all damn day!

Also this dress is an actual potato sack and I LOVE it. Was the best choice for a thanksgiving day feast post baby. Also cozy and under $100! Usually I have issues with sweater dresses and how they fit which has made me shy away from them in years past but this one is just the right shape and fit. One of my besties also purchased it and loves it too! Such an easy holiday lewk.

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November 20, 2018

..Casual Leopard Print


I know, I know. Another maternity/nursing dress but hey, such is my life right now! Gotta have access to the milk makers and this dress does just that. I've worn it so many times and it's so nice to have in my closet for those days I want to feel fall-y but also comfortable enough to chill on the couch in because it feels like a t-shirt (let's be honest that's mostly what I do these days since I'm still on my maternity leave). Now let me talk about these booties...you probably clicked the link and were like WTF homegirl I would not pay $550 for black suede booties even if I were tripping on acid. I get it. They were a Poshmark score! I nabbed them for under $150! Love that app almost as much as I love my child, definitely as much as I love my husband.

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November 5, 2018

..Flowy Army Green


Hello again from my terrace! It's the easiest place for me to snap pics of my outfits so I hope you don't get too bored of this view. I purchased this dress back in August thinking it would be a good post baby dress because the front is flowy and forgiving and there are buttons down the front for easy boob access. Guess what? I was right! I throw on this lovely little piece all the time and it makes life easy. I wore it to my husbands birthday dinner in September and countless times since. I love that it has transitioned with me from the hotter end of summer days into fall with the addition of a felt hat and some boots.

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