Category Archives: Helpful Hints

Le bebe gets showered

May. 26th, 2017

My mom threw me the most amazing baby shower; it’s crowning jewel was a “Momosa bar”. She hosted at her house in Northern California, but I have such amazing people in my life that LA friends and family flew up for the day! I (and my baby) are pretty lucky.

For those throwing a baby shower the things I most appreciated (people excluded since they are obviously #1) included:

The cheekiest “bar” I’ve ever seen.

Bite-sized everything. From fruit kabobs to mini sandwiches wrapped in green onions, no one left hungry. 

Games, games, and more games. My idea of a party is people coming together as a group and having a bit of a giggle fest. Mission accomplished with my Mom’s version of Price is Right and the Name Game. 

A party isn’t complete without a theme. My mom used soft blues, whites, with pops of yellow. As well as Mom and baby elephants! I lurv everything with animals, so that theme won my heart.

And if that wasn’t enough, my grad school girlfriends in LA threw me a surprise baby shower when we did a ladies trip to Lake Arrowhead!

Baby celebrating is fun, guys. 

A gift for my labor team

May. 11th, 2017

Yes, I am an overplanner. Yes, I do love to DIY. And yes, I did do this before I went to the hospital. In fact, I made these before I packed my hospital bag. Because they are adorable and why not?

I think it’s a sweet gesture to thank those who help you through your labor and your post-partum stay. And now that I’ve been through it and constantly rave about my hospital experience, the staff deserves this and more! Seriously. The nurses, midwives and doctors were angels sent by the universe to help me push a human through a tiny orifice. Too much? I know.

Cutting to the point. I made these with old leftover cardboard boxes. I cut them down to be a height where snacks could sit upright, covered them in wrapping paper, and made signs so we could put them in the breakroom and the staff could forage as they pleased. We received so many thank yous and helped satiate some rumbling 4am stomachs in the OB ward. So I encourage you preggo ladies, if you do have some time to throw something like this together, it really does feel worth it. These people become such a huge part of your life for three days. It feels pretty good to make them smile. Plus, don’t you want someone to like you who is going to be all up in your business? Just saying.  

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)

Travel with tangle-free jewelry

Jun. 30th, 2015

Last year I created this travel jewelry case, which is not only practical, but also pretty cute. However, if you are about to pack up a suitcase and don’t have time to DIY – here is an easy trick to make sure your jewelry goes from Point A to Point B tangle-free!

 

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!