Following up to yesterday’s post these photos are of Margot’s big sis Mimi. Mimi is quite the bundle of joy herself. At just 1.5 years old this girl has got some major personality! But I mean that in the best way, she is so sweet and funny. Mimi won’t sit still for long, so that leaves me with split seconds to snap her photo before she’s moved on to the next thing. I loved watching her explore and play. From dumping sand all over herself in the sandbox, to squealing and flailing her arms in the arms in the air as Daddy chased her, to deciding she wanted to play photographer and make the camera go “click”: It’s never a dull moment when Mimi is on the move. My goal was to capture her personality and character through these photos. And friends, I think I have succeeded.
You know when one thing leads to another and suddenly you’ve landed yourself in a happy accident? This is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago. I can’t quite recall who or how it was brought up but we were spending some time with our friends Molly and Nathan, anticipating the arrival of their second daughter. I threw out the idea of taking some newborn photos to the then 9 month pregnant Molly and she luckily agreed.
You must be thinking, sheesh, another wedding?! Yes, its the last one of the year and I think its safe to say we’re all wedding-ed out. I found this adorable Kate Spade number a while back and immediately fell in love with it. Unfortunately, at over $400 it wasn’t going to be mine any time soon. I saved the photo on my phone and looked at it longingly about once a week. Low and behold a few months ago in June I found the dress at our local Kate Spade outlet on crazy sale and managed to snag it for $110. The bow on this dress is everything! It has pockets, the color is divine, the length is perfect, the list goes on! I can guarantee this won’t be the last time you see this beauty.
I don’t typically post twice a day but had to get this post out as soon as possible! We visited Cape Cod a few weeks ago after the Vermont Wedding. In true Cape Cod fashion, I donned my favorite white Lilly Pulitzer dress for a date night out (for lobstah of course!). I originally bought this dress back in August of last year during Lilly Pulitzer’s After Party Sale for our wedding rehearsal dinner. It is my absolute favorite Lilly dress! The lace detail is so gorgeous. Lucky for you, the new version is on sale now and in stock in almost all sizes! It is the Raegan Fit & Flare Dress (here in patterned) with another all white totally similar option, the Sofia Lace Shift Dress (here), or the Sofia Lace Shift Dress in patterned (here). I find that the Raegan runs true to size (I’m in a size 0). I’m thinking I may need another one in the Multi Hibiscus Stroll print… All the dresses mentioned are currently going for $59 plus free shipping. Get your hands on one while you can, the sale ends Tuesday August 23rd!
A few days after the La Jolla Wedding we flew to Vermont for Ben’s cousin’s wedding. I originally had plans to wear a dress I brought with me from home but after a pit stop at Marshall’s to pick up some lotion I ended up with another dress. I loved the idea of wearing the new dress so much that I ended up wearing it for the wedding that afternoon! Talk about unexpected (coming from the OCD planner herself!). Luckily, all of the accessories I brought with me worked really well with the ($20!) dress, right down to the shoes and nail polish color. The reception was held at a beautiful Inn in Essex, VT that I was nudging Ben about going back to visit. Hopefully our next trip we’re able to spend a night or two there. We knew this would be a quick trip (arrive late Thursday evening, wedding Friday, hit the road Saturday morning) so it didn’t pan out for this visit but we’ll back soon. I can’t wait to wear the dress again in the fall with black tights, booties, and a chunky sweater. Or maybe with flats and a blazer for work. The options and color combinations with this one are endless! Apparently I wasn’t the only one that loved the dress because when we showed up to the reception one of the wedding coordinators was wearing the exact same dress. We both had a good laugh when she and I realized what we were both wearing 🙂
One of my very good friends was married on Sunday in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the ocean in La Jolla, CA. It was a wonderful evening with plenty of dinner, drinks and dancing. I picked up this adorable BCBG dress at their outlet store a few weeks back (for $49!!!!) and knew it would be perfect for the occasion. Enjoy!
What better way to celebrate my 27th birthday than a fancy Italian dinner and strolling empty streets? I scored this awesome red dress at Nordstrom Rack on Saturday, on clearance for all of $14.40. I just adore the color and sleeves, especially the crochet details! But the best part? Its loose and flowy which means eating as much gnocchi gorgonzola as I want 😉
Besides the bed, I believe the couch is the most important piece of furniture you will ever buy for your home. We spend a good majority of our waking hours there. Think about it: when you’re not sleeping or up and about the house doing things, where are you? Chances are, you’re on the couch. For us, it is where we relax, sometimes eat dinner, watch movies, hang out with friends, the list goes on. So for me, the couch purchase was a big one. It had to be the right one. It needed to be comfortable, attractive, the right size and the right color. Oddly enough, the first thing we decided on was color. Navy is the one color we always gravitate towards, the one we can both agree on, so it just made sense. I love the versatility of a neutral sofa (like the gray of our current Ikea couch) but I know we’ll be much happier with something in our favorite color. The current Ikea couch is comfortable and has served us well, but since we’re dealing with a limited living space we need something that is going to maximize seating and fit the scale of the room.
I like to think that I have an eye for seeing the potential in a space and the ability to look past an unattractive current state. The idea of buying a fixer upper has always appealed to me because I like to put in the blood, sweat, and tears into making a space my own. However, the ideas in my head and the money in our bank account don’t always match up. In fact, they rarely do. Haha. I have had grand ideas of what I could make of our house if the sky were the limit. But in reality, we don’t have $50-$100k to build an addition above the garage, gut the house, add windows, etc, and I know most people don’t either. That’s why I look for clever ways to update or upgrade without blowing the budget.
The Living Room is one of the most important rooms in our house so we really wanted to get started on it as soon as possible after moving in. This is the room where everyone hangs out when they come over, where we spend most of our evenings, or any time at home that we’re not sleeping, really! I love that the room has a wood burning fireplace, lots of windows and gets tons of light all throughout the day. Unfortunately, the room is also kind of small. It’s shared with the dining room so we have to squeeze two areas out of the space. My struggle has been trying to find the right pieces to fit the space. Our old couch fits, but isn’t the best use of space. Our old entry table houses the cable box, Xbox, and more cords than I can fathom. It works, but we could have much better storage with a different piece. We’re working on getting the right furniture but I want to make sure we have the right plan in mind before buying these pieces.