Category Archives: Fashion

What’s in My Hospital Bag

Jul. 20th, 2017

Yes, I planned for the baby. I took birth classes, baby CPR, blah blah blah. But more importantly I spent a good deal of time planning a critical element pre-baby….the hospital bag. I’m not sure why, but I spent many hours in the dark interweb depths of pinterest looking at example hospital bags. There’s something sort of magical thinking about what you will be wearing whilst baby leaves your cozy uterus and enters the real world. I wanted to wear adorable PJs, so he could see what a stylish Mom he has…but I was warned that anything you wear those first few days will be ruined. Now, I didn’t want many more details than that, lest I decide I should not give birth after all and just keep him inside me forever. So I figured dark PJs with a print would be able to fight the good fight. And they were fine. So have faith, ladies! You can be comfy and sort of cute (though your level of caring about cuteness is about a negative 72% due to sheer exhaustion and overwhelming love). Nevertheless, I am so glad I thoroughly planned the hospital bag because when my husband asked where the deodorant, flip flops, underwear, dried mango, etc…were, I had a plan for it all!

Here’s what I brought organized by person (and it was so exciting planning for THREE people!).

1/ PJs  2/ Light weight bathrobe  3/ Heavy bathrobe  4/ Heavy duty slippers with tread (don’t wear dainty things around the hospital and I actually wore these basically everyday for the first eight weeks of his life)

5/ Maternity pants (just cause the baby’s out now, don’t think you are immediately past maternity clothes. Stretch pants are going to be your friend for awhile) 6/ Oversized sweater 7/ Nursing bra

8/ Sweats (kind of upscale sweats? Guys are so lucky they can look adorable in sweats). 9/ Hoodie 10/ Long-sleeve t-shirt (maj sale right now) 11/ Slippers

12/ His going home outfit.I love that his outfit has little pockets for his tiny baby keys and mini wallet. 13/ Back-up outfits (just in case).14/ Hats! (We live in Boston and he was born in January, so you better believe he was bundled up). 15/ Mittens. Yes, these things are tiny and the cutest accessory of all time. 16/ Socks

17/ I use these for all my travels and LOVE THEM.

And a couple things in these bags: Snacks (Trader Joe’s dried mango, TJ’s dried pineapple, Nut mix, Trail mix with chocolate); Electronics (Iphone chargers, Laptops, Digital camera)

Right when we got home. In his baggy, adorable, newborn outfit 🙂

The Burgeoning Bump: Maternity Style at 12 Weeks

Nov. 3rd, 2016

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I shared the exciting news in my last post that I am expecting. And with all that excitement comes a whole lot of body changes. At 12 weeks I didn’t have an official bump, but struggled to button my pants. It’s an in between stage that can be difficult to dress.

In this series I will take you through my pregnancy and what I’m wearing to camouflage or highlight the burgeoning bump.

Honeymoon packing

Aug. 17th, 2016

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I am a notoriously awful packer. If I’m going on a ski vacation I will pack shorts, tank tops, flip flops, bikinis…because one never knows what will arise while on vacay. And while it means I’m prepared for anything (my Vegas dress tucked into a pocket while backpacking down the Grand Canyon) it also means that my suitcases weigh a thousand pounds, the zippers on my bags are bursting at the seams, and I can never find socks when I need them (but my ballgown is always accessible).

Before going on my honeymoon I was determined to turn this ship around. I was going to enter my marriage and Europe a new woman. An organized, packing machine. And I actually think I did it! I laid out a bunch of potential clothing/accessories/shoes on my bed and started creating outfits. I edited out anything that couldn’t be used in three different scenarios. Once I had my items picked out I photographed all the outfits so that when I woke up in the morning in Greece I could scroll through the photos and pick my look for the day. I’m not kidding, this up front effort saved me loads of time and pounds of baggage!

This is the contents of my suitcase and I stretched this to be way more outfits than pictured!

Included in the photos are: 2 rompers, 5 shirts, 2 sweaters, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of jeans, 1 skirt, 1 dress, 1 jacket, 4 pairs of shoes and two necklaces. This made up the 11 pictured outfits, but in reality more like 15 combinations.

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Outfits
1 Asos Romper, Anthropologie hat (similar here), Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
2 Asos Romper, Loft shirt, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
3 H&M Romper, Thrifted denim jacker, Toms (sold out, but these are cool)
4 H&M Romper, very old top, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
5 Jcrew shirt, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
6 Loft shirt (similar here), Jcrew jeans, Rainbow flip flops
7 Loft sweater(similar here), Jcrew jeans, Forever 21 necklace, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
8 Nordstrom shirt, Jcrew jeans, very old wedges
9 Nordstrom dress, Jcrew sweater, Toms (sold out, but these are cool)
10 Loft sweater (similar here), Anthropologie skirt (similar here), Steve Madden sandals, necklace gifted from cameraman purchased in Thailand
11Nordstrom dress, Thrifted denim jacket, Anthropologie necklace, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)

DIY Lace up flats

Jul. 26th, 2016

I was on a quest over the last month for lace up flats. I think they are adorable and perfect for summer/fall weather. That being said, the ones I’ve liked are 150-200 bucks and I can’t fork over that kind of cash for something I’m “feeling” but don’t need. Heck, even for flats I need I’m not sure I can justify that much.

I looked to the gods of pinterest for inspiration and they showed me the way. This is such a simple DIY project it almost seems silly that anyone should pay money for an expensive version of these flats. I got a nice pair on sale from The Gap ($15 to be exact!) because I wanted a comfortable pair that would last awhile.

Thank you, pinterest gods. You never fail me.

How to pack a hat

Dec. 22nd, 2014

I have had many a travel experience during which I attempted to pack a hat in my suitcase. Upon arrival I always found my poor hat squashed to oblivion. To mitigate the issue, I decided to wear all my hats stacked up on my head on the plane to avoid the inevitable broken brim. My record is four hats at one time. My hats were intact; my pride however…not so much 🙂

A solution to all our hat-travel worries!