Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sophia Webster + JCrew

Sophia Webster, JCrew, Shoes, 2014

Stateside we might not be nearly as familiar with the name Sophia Webster and her gorgeous shoes as our counterparts are across the pond, but I suspect that with this new (and jaw dropping) collaboration with JCrew, that's sure to change and very quickly.

Webster cut her teeth as former design assistant to Nicholas Kirkwood and debuted her first collection in September 2012.  Her playful prints and sexy silhouettes definitely set her apart from the crowd.  And now her drool-worthy collaboration with JCrew is available, just in time to kick your heels up for Spring & Summer.  Check out the shiny ponies below!



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tried & True: DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo

DryBar, Detox, Dry Shampoo, Beauty, Hair,

I can't begin to tell you how long I've search for a dry shampoo; it probably actually started right before we had Peanut when I realized that showers might be a precious commodity after he was born and I had better figure out an easy, low maintenance way to keep my hair under control.  Regardless, I'm stoked to say that not only has that search ended, but I think that I've found a well-rounded dry shampoo for all.

Most of the woes of dry shampoo that I hear frequently are: it doesn't work; the residue shows in my hair; the smell isn't great.  Well DryBar's Detox dry shampoo doesn't only work, but it works well, with no residue (there's a brunette option for darker hair) and it smells great.  I'm definitely putting my stamp of approval on this one.  And here's another tip for you today: try putting in the dry shampoo at night and sleep on it for the next day - it give the dry shampoo time to absorb oil and settle into your hair.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

brunch

Banana Republic, Anthropologie, peplum, JCrew, Gap, Everly, trenchBanana Republic, Anthropologie, peplum, JCrew, Gap, Everly, trench

[trench: banana republic (similar) // shirt: anthropologie (on sale!) // pants: gap (on sale!) // kicks: jcrew (on sale!) // baubles: michael kors, jcrew, tiffany & co, david yurman, signet ring (similar) // sunnies: prada]

As I mentioned yesterday, we spent our Easter Sunday morning at brunch.  Though wearing (mostly) white is definitely rolling the dice when you are dining with a toddler (as the people behind us could attest after an unfortunate mishap with milk & a sippy cup), I just couldn't help pairing this top with white pants to celebrate the holiday.

Banana Republic, Anthropologie, peplum, JCrew, Gap, Everly, trench, signet ring, mark and graham

A few other things that I'm finding essential this time of year: the trench coat.  Seriously, a perfect topper when there is a spring chill in the air AND I am loving signet rings.  This one is an reclaimed signet ring from my childhood, but I am loving Mark & Graham's options right now.  Definitely check them out!

Monday, April 21, 2014

easter weekend

[Easter flowers]

We had big plans this past weekend...as in 40 people (over half of which were children) at our house for an Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Brunch.  Well, we woke up on Friday and the forecast did not look good...as in rain-less-than-60-degrees-and-windy-not good. So sadly enough, we ended up canceling - which was sad, but the positive side of things was that we got to spend the morning with some dear friends and the afternoon cuddled in bed for a movie marathon while Peanut napped.

[micro fashion]

[toddler hugs are the best]

When we lived in Raleigh, our Easter tradition was attendance to the Duke Gardens sunrise service and brunch afterwards.  This year, we didn't make it to church, but did venture out to brunch after the Easter Bunny's visit.  The rest of the weekend was spent eating our weight in Easter candy, hanging out, and enjoying some much needed downtime.  (It's such a precious commodity these days)


Hope you are yours had a fantastic Easter weekend!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Friday + Link Love




If this don't start to make your day, I don't know what will.

And now more things around the interwebs that made me smile this week.

* a brilliant message for boys who want to date my daughter

* case in point that music is the singular common language AND how freaking amazing Pharrell is


* 20 weird things about Americans that we don't think are weird

Hope you & yours have a lovely Easter weekend!



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

this spring why don't you try: planting your own herb garden


You would never hear me say that I have a green thumb; in fact, I actually liken my gardening abilities to that of a black thumb. Regardless, I have it on good authority that herb gardens are relatively low maintenance and easy to grow and I just love the idea of fresh herbs for cooking.  You'd be amazed how much of a difference it makes.  

So over the weekend, I planted our own little herb garden.  The good news is that most places you'd buy herbs have easy to re-plant, already growing plants that you can transfer into a pretty pot and with a little sun, water, and love...voila! We picked mint, cilantro, basil, and rosemary...and I might have picked up a heirloom tomato plant.....maybe I was feeling a little ambitious.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2 years + some change


Dear Peanut,

The one thing that you will never be accused of is not knowing what you want.  Some would call it stubborn or unyielding, but it is that tenacity that I hope that you hold onto in life.  The fortitude to continue on a path that you know you want despite what the world is telling you is an undervalued quality.  But in the meantime, it's a bit of a double-edged sword for your father and I - rationalizing with you as a two plus year old tends to be a crash course in mind twister.  This is best exemplified by our mandated playlist in the car.  It can only be one of three songs: Happy (Pharrell), Yellow Submarine (Beatles) or Rockstar (A Great Big World).  This is a microcosm of your parents' taste in music, a wonderful blend of your father's classic taste & penchant for hip hop & your mother's love of pop.  Your little voice singing along in the back and asking demanding 'again' is music to my ears.  And it must be one of those three songs, MUST. 

You are also incredibly puckish knowing just where to drawn the line and when you do choose to cross it smiling up at us with that irresistibly cute smile.  Man, are we in for a world of hurt (and fun) with you.  Your memory is also that of an elephant (I'd like to think you got that from me), but it continues to astound me what and who you remember and when you call upon it at times that are relevant to those memories - it take a minute for me to catch up with how you got there and I'm utterly amazed when I realize the connection you've made.  You are such a smarty pants - I can't wait to see what you do with that brilliant mind of yours.

In the meantime, continue to call me a ballerina every time I'm wearing a skirt or a dress (Mommy's a ballerina!), continue to play baseball every night after work with your father in our yard (Baseball Daddy!) - we love that.  Also, thanks for all of the joy & love you bring into our lives - we are lucky to call you ours.

lots of love,
your mommy


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