Happy Friday and 1st day of Summer! It’s currently pouring here (going on day four AND simultaneously potty training Miss H - omg), but I’m desperately attempting a summer state of mind. Gimme all the fresh veggies (we made this Bo Bun salad last night from Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Easy cookbook - so yum, albeit maybe a bit ambitious for a week night), summery mocktails and beachy reads (recently finished The High Season by Judy Blundell and now scouring zillow for property out East). Here are a few things I’m loving this Friday:
SAVE - Attention mamas, pin, save, screenshot, do whatever you need to do to bookmark this incredible list of things to do with little ones this summer from Sarah Joy.
DESIGN - Here is a list of 2019’s trending paint colors. I’m all about the twist on dark greens right now.
Get - Does anyone else react horribly to mosquito bites? I love this piece from Real Simple that speaks to plants that naturally ward off these warm weather pests.
MAKE - Unsweetened iced tea is one of my favorites. I like to make my sun tea early in the morning and let it brew slowly in the sun until the afternoon. However, I just discovered these amazing quick cold-brew bags from Twinnings, and they are so, so good for that afternoon pick-me-up. Perfectly steeped in five minutes and you’re good to go. Currently sipping on Peach.
READ - At the risk of sounding trite, small changes can have a huge impact. I loved this piece from The Girl Guide on being kinder to the environment. No soap-boxy guilt-trips, just a few great tips on how to green up your routine. Stephanie nailed it! (Total admission, I was glad I was already doing most of these!)
WEAR - I love Quay sunglasses. They offer a huge variety of styles at a price point you wont lose sleep over if you leave at the beach. Check out their quiz to find your ideal pair. PS - why is everything Australian just so much cooler?
Spring Skincare Survival
Hint: It’s all about oil
It’s officially Spring -yay!- now tell that to my skin. Ok, to be fair NY in early Spring is basically the same as Winter in NY except I’m exposing my ankles and wearing lighter coats. (So maybe it feels even colder?!?) The heat is still on and the temps are tapping out in the 50’s (plus some serious wind making it feel like the mid-40s), making it the perfect cocktail for unsightly dryness. You know the kind, that you can’t really conceal with makeup and seems to bring out every pore and fine line. I’m combating this seasonal dehydration with gallons of water and virtually bathing in oil. And while my nighttime skincare regimen is chock full of oil-centric items, daytime was always a bit more difficult because dewiness can easily cross the line into greasiness. Enter my current must-have item - Peter Thomas Roth’s Oilless Oil™ 100% Purified Squalane.
The formula is super lightweight, odorless and made from naturally sourced plant-based squalane which mimics skin’s natural moisture. The result is a fast-absorbing oil that bestows a just-back-from-the-gym glow without having to step foot in one (double win). Most days I add a drop or two to my moisturizer for an extra hydrating zing or if it’s a more special occasion that requires foundation - date night, trips to target - add a drop to that too. I love that it gives extra slip and sheerness, without clogging pores. And since it’s super gentle, Oilless Oil can also be worn on the body, cuticles, even hair. (Note to self - this multi-tasker is a must for travel.) Have you tried it yet? How are you fighting dry skin this season?
Last night I was reading “A Brief Respite” in the New York Times Magazine and was knocked out by the phrase that “a nap might be the highest form of wellness”. While not a napper by nature, after having a child whose sleep habits are a sporadic (at best), napping has been more survival than luxury…and not to mention… kind of amazing. But honestly is there anything more decadent than falling asleep AND waking up on your own with sun-dappled light pouring in? Um, if you’re a parent of a child that keeps unusual nocturnal hours, the answer is a big. glaring. no. Here are a few must-haves for elevating the basic snooze.
Hello, world! I know it’s been a while, like a serious while, but I thought I’d hop on to say hi, I miss you. The first few months of 2019 have flew by, and our house has been a whirlwind of germs, mostly mine thankyouverymuch. I’ve never been one to get sick for more than a weekend, but this winter has fully kicked my butt. This is the third cold in a month and a half, and I’m basically pickled in tea at this point. And in those hours of midnight solitude, where insomnia met coughing fits, I’ve had some time for reflection that I thought I’d share:
Stop letting perfection hold you back. I’m absolutely guilty of getting sucked in by the perfectly (in my eyes) seeming shots of amazing bloggers out there. And as a result, I haven’t posted all that much because something - nails, hair, skin, counter tops, etc -were not flawless. That is just plain old lame. I’ve decided that I’m going to get over myself and insecurities and post more. This is supposed to be fun, right?!
Embrace who my style. This goes back to the first point. Confession, I’m not a shopaholic. Trust me, I shop plenty, but more often than not, lately it’s been for home stuff. Cue the currently #demoday happening right now. That said, I’m also not huge on embracing fashion trends. I wear what works for me which means classic, streamlined pieces - chunky knits, blazers, ballet flats, white button downs, all the stripes. I mix and match to switch things up, but the pieces themselves are not always new. Instead of thinking, “Oh that isn’t newsworthy”, I’m going to make an effort to showcase how I style those pieces and how you can (and should) rework them.
Escape the cold. We are planning a trip south this spring, but until then I’ll be thinking warm and dressing it too. Meaning I’m wearing all the white, all the time, bright nails are happening and I must step up my bronzer game. Confession: I kind of hate bronzers. Don’t get me wrong, I love the way they look, when done right, but I hate that they rub off on hats, sweaters, my daughter… A while back I did one of those #tenyearchallenges on IG. Most of the photos I have from 2009 are my now husband and I on various vacations so I posted away. It was a ah-ha moment, when I looked at those photos, I looked relaxed, happy and tan (the totally not good for you kind.) I’ve definitely gotten better about the sunscreen and have embraced the gradual glow sunless tanners for the body, but I need to up the facial glow category for real. If nothing else, it will hopefully look like I’ve slept through the night. #goals. I’d love to be one of those English Roses who looks fab pale and dewy, but honestly, I just look sickly and TIRED. So I’m going to be gradually revisit my bronzer stash because this girl has got to get some glow back.
If you’ve read this far, thanks for joining on this next step of the journey!
Spring has sprung, sort of…with snow. And like any respectable New Yorker, I’m craving some sunshine pronto. We have a trip brewing, but until then, I’m channeling warm weather vibes with woven accessories. Half Jane Birkin, half Sophia a la Golden Girls, and available at a complete range of price points, these beauties are giving me all the feels. Here are a few of my favorites - #getinmycartnow.
Eye Candy Alert
Guilt-Free Binge Watching
Every once in a while there is a show that is just perfection - plot, cast, and hello, costumes. SATC, Downtown, Mad Men, The Americans (more on them later) and now The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. While Mr. C was traveling in the Big Easy, I indulged in some serious binge-watching on Amazon Prime. What started as a lark, turned into a serious eye-candy addition in a matter of minutes! In the retro vein of Mad Men, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tells the story of a woman whose picture perfect 1950's life gets turned on it's head, and while hilarity ensues, and seriously, it does!, the clothes deserve a post of there own. So much so that you could literally watch it on mute and still be wooed. If you haven't already seen it, do. You'll thank me later. Here are a few sartorial standouts:
Image Credits: Vogue, Refinery29, Pinterest, IMDB, Vulture
Have you seen it yet? What are your favorite binge-worthy shows?
April showers bring May flowers...but wait, it's still. only. February. We still have months to go before those flowers are ready to bloom, but in effort to fight seasonal depression I headed to the rabbit hole that is Pinterest for some springy inspiration. If you ever needed a push to purchase those use-only-once-a-year-china, this is it. (Here's looking at you irresistible bunny plates!) In the meantime, it's time to stock up on some fresh flowers, and if I turn up the heat, I can at least go down to wearing just two layers.
Image credit - BlesserHouse, OurSouthernHome and PotteryBarn via Pinterest
New Year, New Me
Happy New Year! This is a bit of a novel, so you may want to grab a drink and a snack...here goes.
I'm notoriously bad at the whole resolution game. Instead of specific goals, I vow to simply " Be Better" all around - be healthier, more present, work harder, the whole bit. While that's nice in theory, as Mr. C not so bluntly put it recently, "That doesn't mean anything." And, he's right. It really doesn't...it got me thinking. What can I do, in attainable terms, to be my best self. I'm still ironing out the details, but so far, here are a few:
1. Originally it was to eat cleaner, but with the left over Christmas cookies and ever-present cheese in my fridge, I wasn't off to a squeaky start. Instead, I've opted to let myself indulge in the delish treats as long as I drink half my body weight in water each day which to me, is harder. Hopefully my soon-to-be crystal clear complexion will overcome the fact that I'm peeing constantly.
2. Let go of some of that mom-guilt. Everyone has heard about this, and let me tell you, it. is. real. Backstory: I've scaled back to working part time from home, which is amazing, but it also means juggling, a lot. And even though I'm home most of the time, when I'm not, or when I'm home, but not as present, I feel horrible. This doesn't seem productive for anyone. Instead, I'm making a real effort to acknowledge those feelings, recognize that stepping away to get my nails done or enjoying a happy hour with colleagues does not in fact cancel out all the good-mom stuff I do day in and out.
3. Read. Before becoming a mom, I was a voracious reader. Afterward, not so much. Lately I've gotten back into it, and it literally makes me SO happy. The running list on my phone of books I want to read somehow disappeared, welp!, so please let me know if there are any good ones you'd recommend. The Last Mrs.Parrish is at the top of my list!
If you've made it this far, thank you! Here are a few extra tidbits that have been happening this week:
- For some reason I'm having a leggings moment. I know, I know, but honestly when it's snowy and cold outside, and I'm crawling around on the floor with the babe inside, jeans can feel a bit restrictive. These velvet ones seem like a nice hybrid between polished and practical. Add for under $20, also a no-brainer.
- A case for hibernating a bit more? Yes, please.
- As our 100 year old fixer upper transforms into the house of our dreams, I'm fantasizing about completely impractical, horse-before-cart details. Maybe we need to finish painting before we go all in on the gallery wall? Can't hurt to get some inspo!
-Summer is a while off, but this tote has me dreaming of sunny destinations.
- We recently got a new car (yay!) and I'm determined to keep it looking pristine. I love the idea of this organizer.
Top 3 Mama Beauty Must-Haves
Effortlessly polished in a flash
Having a baby is a beautiful thing. It is also an all-consuming thing. And when you're juggling the babe, work and home, a girl learns to fine tune their multitasking skills, fast, especially in the beauty department. Here are a few of my current favorites:
A tried and true skincare regimen. Ok, ok, not a specific product, but having a skincare regimen that works for you has never been more important. There are hormonal fluctuations (oh hey adult acne!?) and some days where make-up is just not in the cards, so having a bare face that you feel confident in here is key. (And sunglasses to hide those late night dark circles always help, too.) I've said it time and time again, but VMV Hypoallergenics is my go-to. Gentle formulas that work - a serious must-try for mamas with sensitive skin. Bonus: They have items that work for mama AND baby, even newborns.
Concealer. Sleep can be fleeting, but just a touch of Cle de Peau concealer lets me fake 8-hours. (Yes, the price tag is steep, but a little goes a long way so the tube lasts forever. I've also heard really good things about this one from It Cosmetics that is a fraction of the cost. )
Lipstick. Red, berry, pink (this is not the time to go nude) - a pop of color instantly brightens your face, and give you a pulled together look. And since I refuse to not let my lip color stand in the way of giving infinite kisses and snuggles to my little, I opt for a budge-proof formula that won't transfer to her sensitive skin. (I'm always looking for new long-lasting formulas, so let me know if you have any favorites!)
What are you must-haves for getting out the door looking pulled together?
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Long associated with effortless chic, Aerin Lauder has teamed up with Williams Sonoma for a home collection that is truly and utterly drool-worthy! It has all her signature elements, white and gold with a hint of island a la palm frond that I can't get enough of (Hello, get in my kitchen!), and a touch of fresh blue pattern that has me craving for an excuse to dine alfresco. The collection covers a variety of price points and offers oodles of giftable items (one of you, one for me, two for you, two for me...). Here are a few of my favorites:
Check out the complete collection here.