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 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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October 25, 2018

..Our Newborn Photoshoot & 3 Reasons You Should Book One

The deets: All photos by Emily Belson Photography; My dress; Isla's bubble; all nursery details here.

Hi! I haven't popped in in a couple weeks but hey, thats life with a new baby. We got our newborn shoot photos back a couple weeks ago and I love them so much I wanted to share on the blog! Emily did an awesome job! If you live in the DMV area you should 1000% book her for your family's special moments or events.  She also did a blog post on our shoot you can read here.  

Also instead of just posting a bunch of pretty pictures I wanted to make my case for why you should  go ahead and book a newborn shoot because I know some people are on the fence about them. I also posted previously about why you should book an engagement shoot here.

1. You don't need to go the cheeseball 90's Anne Geddes route (but you totally can if that is your thing). We wanted to just capture some really relaxed and natural pictures of us in this special time. We picked out a simple outfit we both loved for her in the last month of my pregnancy while we were out on a date in Georgetown which also felt really special. We placed her in her changing table basket for a few shots but the rest were just really simple. Our photographer just knew what we were looking for and was able to get natural shots that we love and feel truly represent this precious time.

2. Speaking of time - you can't really delay! Make sure you book your shoot before birth because most photographers need at least a month to figure out when to fit you in and I also learned that babies start to get less - well - adorable a few weeks after birth so you want to schedule it in that two week mark (ours were done on day 12). Their hair starts to thin out around their fast growing head and they get baby acne around week three sometimes so you want to get your pictures done before that starts to happen. I know it's a little vein but I'm being honest here!

3. The two weeks after you have your baby go by at an EXPONENTIALLY fast rate. It's all a blur! Isla is only 7 weeks old and her true "newborn" days feel like ages ago. I hardly remember her being that tiny already so I am so happy we captured her and our family that way. Even though I still have my postpartum bump showing, I look so tired in the eyes, and the swelling in my legs and feet had not gone away yet (and are all clearly visible in these photos) - I don't regret putting them out there one bit because it's all part of the experience and a true representation of that tiny magical slice of life.  When I look at these pictures I want to tear up because I remember the love and excitement of getting acquainted with my little girl.

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