My Non-Mom Bob

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Trendy Jewels by World End Imports Bracelet

Dress — Nordstrom Rack
Leggings — courtesy of Legwear Loft
Boots — Sam Edelman
Bird on Branch Slide Bracelet — courtesy of Trendy Jewels

I never thought I’d be one of those women who cuts her hair soon after having a baby, but it turns out I am…

Actually, my new ‘do was inspired by the likes of Taylor Swift, Lauren Conrad, and Ashley Benson, and it’s just a coincidence that I chopped it off shortly after becoming a mom. However, I did read Kristen Ess’ “How to Do the Non-Mom Bob“ advice on The Coveteur before taking the plunge. Short hair is IN, ladies, and next time I think I’m going to go a little shorter…

And while I have your attention, I’d love to introduce you to Trendy Jewels, the accessories company that provided the bracelet I’m wearing above and the jewelry pictured below! I’m totally behind on my Christmas shopping this year (I DID just have a baby, after all). If you’re in the same boat, you should check out Trendy Jewels for cute and inexpensive gifts that the girls on your list will love.

Trendy Jewels By World End Imports Jewelry
Bird on Branch Slide Bracelet, Bow Ear Cuff (I LOVE bows!), Long Quatrefoil Tassel Necklace (worn this many times since receiving it — LOVE it!), Mini Giraffe Stud Earring (so cute!), Bow & Flower Crystal Peek-A-Boo Earring

Druzy Bracelet and Necklace

Sparkly Druzy NecklaceSparkly Druzy Slide Bracelet (druzy stones are hot right now!)

Cute Bow, Good Cause

Happy December! And happy holiday season! Did Thanksgiving treat you well? We had a nice, quiet holiday at home. My parents came up for the day and we did all the traditional Thanksgiving things: watched the Macy’s parade and the national dog show, stuffed our faces, and leafed through four pounds (literally) of Thanksgiving ads in the newspaper. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for this year — a handsome and healthy baby boy!

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Shop Ruche Velvet Peplum Top

Ruche Velvet Peplum Top, Liz Lange Maternity Jeans

Kate Spade Gold Bow Bracelet

Oh Lou Hair Bow

Peplum Top — Ruche
Red Top — Marshall’s
Jeans — Liz Lange Maternity
Flats — Payless
Bracelet — Kate Spade
Hair Bow — Courtesy of Oh Lou

I wore this outfit on Black Friday, and the big ole bow in my hair was kindly sent to me from Fisayo, an aspiring fashion designer who has an accessory line called Oh Lou. As part of Oh Lou, Fisayo  started the Silver Spoon Initiative in which she donates a nonperishable food item to a food bank within the Washington, DC area for every accessory sold. “Buy an accessory, give a necessity,” is Fisayo’s mantra, and she’s passionate about encouraging people to volunteer at local food banks and support organizations like No Kid Hungry, Feeding America, and Child Hunger Ends Here. Although ending hunger is important year-round, it’s especially important this time of year to help those who don’t have the resources to put food on the table.

Oh Lou Silver Spoon Initiative Audrey Bow, Girly Flat Lay

Besides being a great cause, Oh Lou’s accessories (sold on Etsy) are adorable and very well made. I received the Audrey bow, which is inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s  (my FAVE!). Fisayo recently added a couple new bows to her shop that I’m loving: The Jingle Belle bow is perfect for the holidays, and I just might have to buy myself the Apple Crumble bow to fuel my current obsession with plaid.

Oh Lou Bows, Oh Lou Silver Spoon Initiative

The bows would make super fun stocking stuffers — and when you purchase one, you’re helping a good cause to boot! Do yourself (and someone in need!) a favor, and scoop up a bow (or two)!

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement + Tablescape

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I’ve been busy over here preparing for Thanksgiving. The turkey’s thawing, recipes are at the ready, and our fridge and pantry are stocked with the necessary ingredients. I’ve also put together our Thanksgiving centerpiece and planned our tablescape, which I’m excited to share with you today…

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

For our Thanksgiving flower arrangement centerpiece, I decided to go with a deep purple and light green color palette. I picked up the flowers on Monday from George Thomas Florist in Irvington. (It was my first time using them. LOVED their shop. Lots of selection!) Lately I’ve been inspired by really undone, asymmetrical, and cascading flower arrangements (see my floral design inspiration Pinterest board HERE!), so I channeled that with this arrangement. Here’s how I did it:

DIY Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

Flowers: 3 light green alstroemeria, 3 light green carnations, 2 magenta gerbera daisies, 3 dark purple spider mums, various greens in a dark green and purple color palette

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

Tools: A pedastal container with a block of soaked floral foam, scissors, and/or knife

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

1. Start greening the floral foam. Add cascading and wispy greens to one side.

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

2. Add the gerbera daisies and spider mums starting at the side opposite of the cascading greens. Start tall and make each flower shorter working toward the side of the cascading greens.

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

3. Add carnations at a medium height on sides.

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

5. Fill in low bare spots with alstroemeria.

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

6. Fill in any gaps and cover any showing foam with greens.

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

Voila!

And here’s the tablescape:

Fiestaware Thanksgiving Tablescape

  • 2 Sheets Kraft Paper with “give thanks” written with white colored pencil
  • Fiestaware plates, tea cups, and serveware
  • Our everyday cutlery
  • Antique water goblets
  • Lenox wine glasses
  • LinenLike Flat Pack Napkins in a fan napkin fold

Fiestaware Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape

Modern Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

Thanksgiving Napkin Fold

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

George Thomas Florist
5609 E Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46291

 

Life Lately in Photos — Cozy Moments

Life Lately in Photos: Newborn on Quilt

Quilt cuddles.

Life Lately in Photos: Border Collie on Quilt

My favorite border collie.

Life Lately in Photos: Bill Cunningham New York on Netflix

Watched Bill Cuningham New York twice … in one day.

Life Lately in Photos: Dreary Fall Day

First flurries of the season.

Life Lately in Photos: Cooking with Wine

Cooking with wine.

Life Lately in Photos: Rosemary Lemon Cornish Hen with Roasted Vegetables

Rosemary and lemon-stuffed cornish hen with roasted vegetables.

Life Lately in Photos: Wildfox Couture Flat Lay

Cozy wears.

Life Lately in Photos: Bath and Body Works  Marshmallow Fireside Candle in Holder

Marshmallow Fireside candle.

Life Lately in Photos: Snow Dripping off Hunter Boots

Defrosting boots and cinnamon-scented pine cones.

Life Lately in Photos: Rosemary Christmas Tree

African violet. Rosemary. Aloe.

Life Lately in Photos: Bearpaw Baby Boots

Warm boots for little feet.

Life Lately in Photos: Folding Laundry

Never-ending laundry.

Life Lately in Photos: Making Homemade Biscuits

Making homemade biscuits…

Life Lately in Photos: Homemade Biscuits

…that turned out delicious.

Life Lately in Photos: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

A big pot of chicken noodle soup (with extra noodles).

Life Lately in Photos: Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bath

Rose jam bath with a holiday magazine.

Life Lately in Photos: Breakfast

Breakfast.

Life Lately in Photos: Infant Playing on Play Gym

Morning play time.

Happy Friday! We’ve been hunkered down and enjoying the cold weather from inside. I’ve been cooking a lot lately, which is a bit unlike me. I’m usually the baker in the house, but my recent adventures in the kitchen have included Cornish hen, chicken noodle soup, chicken tortilla soup, and manicotti. Everything has turned out well, if I do say so myself.

I’ve also been passing time with a lot of Netflix. (Netflix has been killing it lately with all the new additions!) I’ve been devouring Property Brothers, Flea Market Flip, and Pioneer Woman, as well as some documentaries. I loved Bill Cunningham New York so much I watched it and then made Chris watch it with me again the same day. I’ve also been enjoying the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce and True Detective.  Today I’m going to watch the final fifth part of Mildred Pierce. So good. I’ve probably been watching way too much TV, but it’s an easy way to pass time while nursing on the couch all day!

Have a good weekend!

Christopher’s Gender Neutral Nursery

I am SO excited to share these photos of Christopher’s nursery. I had a lot of fun putting it all together, and it’s definitely my favorite room in our house. In fact, it’s the only room in our house that feels finished  just the way I want it.

Before the room became the official nursery, Chris and I hadn’t done a single thing to it. We were using it for storage and hadn’t updated it at all. I knew from the get-go that I wanted to repaint, update the curtains, and change the light fixture. Just those updates made a HUGE difference because the room has a lot of great bare bones elements, like the high/open ceiling, a huge window, an en suite half bath, and the wooden beam. Challenges in the room included its small size and the fact that there’s no closet.

Not knowing Christopher’s gender obviously played a big part in choosing the colors and decor. Early on I decided the colors would be light grey, white, aqua, and yellow. I didn’t originally plan on there being a “theme,” but a lot of animals worked their way into the decorations — especially elephants!

Target Crib Bedding and Buy Buy Baby Crib in Gender Neutral Nursery

Crib — Buy Buy Baby
Crib bedding & mobile — Target
Crib quilt — Homemade
Rag garland — Homemade 

Aqua, Yellow, Light Grey, White  Gender Neutral Nursery

Target Nursery Giraffe and Elephant Mobile

The rag garland above the crib was my first DIY project for Baby H. I couldn’t have done it without Karin, who spent a day with me cutting strips of fabric and tying them onto the cord! It was such a fun and simple project, and it makes a big impact in the room. My mom took the leftover strips of fabric and surprised me with the matching quilt. I love it!

DIY Nursery Cubby Storage

Bench cubby — Homemade, Painted with Behr “Moon Rise”

Like I mentioned earlier, the room doesn’t have a closet, but this cubby space will suffice. We will eventually put up a closet rod and add a curtain to make it more closet-like, but for now this bench with cubbies is perfect for holding Christopher’s toys, books, and blankets. Chris made the bench and sized it perfectly to fit in the space.

DIY Painted Nursery Dresser

Aqua and White Painted Nursery Dresser

Aqua and White Painted Nursery Dresser

Nursery Changing Table Basket

Nursery Owl Lamp from Lamps Plus

Dresser — Won at auction, painted with Behr “Sea Life” & “Moon Rise,” knobs from Hobby Lobby
Owl lamp — Lamps Plus

The dresser was an old, not-so-pretty one I got at an auction for $50. I gave it a total makeover by stripping it down to the wood, sanding it, painting it, and adding new knobs. The end result exceeded my expectations — I love it!

Gender Neutral Nursery Gallery Wall

Elephant mirror — Bought at garage sale, painted with Krylon “Pistachio”
Andy Warhol ‘So Many Stars’ print — Art.com
Traveling circus whale print — Sadly Harmless on Etsy
Elephant print — Gingiber on Etsy
Polar bear print — Dimdimini on Etsy
All print frames — ArtToFrames on Amazon
Vintage macrame owl wall hanging — Bought at estate sale
Elephant bust — Bought at Garage Sale

Gender Neutral Nursery Gallery Wall

The art above the dresser is a fun mix of secondhand sale finds and Etsy purchases.

Gender Neutral Nursery Rocker with Quilt and Target Side Table

Antique Rocker in Gender Neutral Nursery with Quilt

Rocker — Hand-me-down
Quilt — Homemade
Side table — Target
Duck head book ends — Bought at garage sale

Brass Duck Book Ends in Gender Neutral Nursery

I nurse and read to Christopher sitting in this rocking chair. My grandma made me the “crazy quilt” years ago when I was a kid. I like that it’s full of color and pattern because it adds a quirky “pop” to the otherwise neutral room. The quilt is HUGE, so it’ll be perfect for spreading out and playing on when he starts sitting and moving.

Target Floating Shelves in Gender Neutral Nursery

Floating shelves — Target
Brass heron — Bought at garage sale
Framed ultrasound — Frame from Target
Wooden whale toy — Bought at craft fair
Blue vase — Bought at Shipshewana
Horse figurine — Bought at antique shop
Koala booties — Bought in Australia
Sophie the giraffe — Target

Nursery Trinkets on Target Floating Shelves

The room wouldn’t be complete without some trinkets! The mix of items on these shelves includes some new things and some old things I already had. The koala bear booties are my favorite, though, because I bought them five years ago during my trip to Australia. This was obviously WAY before Baby H was even dreamed of, but they were a hope chest purchase that I thought would be cute if I ever had kids.

Gender Neutral Nursery

Wall color –Behr “Quietude”
Curtains — Ikea
Curtain rod, tiebacks, & hardware — Lowes
Light fixture — Ikea
Rug — Home Depot

The rug is one of my favorite parts of the nursery. It’s SO soft and cushy and will be perfect for Christopher to crawl around on. I searched for months for the perfect rug and ended up finding it at Home Depot, of all places!

In case you were wondering, these photos were taken a few weeks before Christopher was born. The nursery isn’t quite so tidy these days. Christopher sure makes a big mess for being such a little guy!

 

 

Paris Sweatshirt Equestrian Outfit

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Wildfox Couture Paris Sweatshirt

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Black Hunter Boots

Paris Sweatshirt

Sweatshirt — Wildfox Couture, Nordstrom
Leggings — C/O Gordmans
Boots — Hunter, Nordstrom
Hat — Vintage
Sunglasses — Sunglass Warehouse
Bag — Longchamp, Nordstrom
Socks — Maurices

The other week I wrote about what I wore for a day out and about with my newborn. Today’s outfit shows what I wore for an afternoon out and about without my newborn. As a nursing mom it’s hard for me to get away, but on Sunday Chris encouraged me to get out of the house and take a little time for myself. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics, Starbucks, and the grocery store … and it was fabulous! I picked up some wintery fabrics (Instagrammed here) that I intend to use for throw pillows. It’ll be my first sewing project with my new machine — I’m pretty excited about it!

On a more fashion-related note, you know i’m all about equestrian-inspired outfits that channel my horseback riding days. This outfit is yet another one for the books! Check out some of my other equestrian looks from years past:

Equestrian Inspired Outfits

Left. Right.

Hope you’re staying warm!

Fancy Plaid

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Winter 2014: Black and White Plaid Blouse

Plaid Blouse, Burgundy Leggings, Riding Boots

Winter 2014: Black and White Plaid Blouse, Burgundy Leggings

Winter 2014 Plaid

Plaid Blouse — C/O Gordmans
Burgundy Leggings — C/O Gordmans
Boots — Sam Edelman, Nordstrom
Glasses — C/O SEE Eyeware
Hair Clip — Ban.do

I’m very excited to once again participate in Gordmans holiday campaign. Last year, I shared how I decked the halls with Christmas decorations from Gordmans (see the posts here and here). This year, Gordmans challenged me to put on the glitz and shop for an outfit to wear to holiday gatherings — gladly!

I tried on several fantastic dresses, but ended up preferring how this billowy blouse and these wine-hued leggings fit my post-baby body.  The combination is forgiving and leaves enough room and stretches in the right places for indulging in holiday party fare! Plus, I’m kind of obsessed with plaid right now. I can’t get enough, and this dressed up version of my favorite print is perfect for holiday parties.

As we near Thanksgiving and Christmas, be sure to make it out to Gordmans for everything from the perfect party outfit to Christmas decorations, gifts, and more. Check out their locations across the US here!


 

 

 

Life Lately in Photos

Firmoo Glasses, Kate Spade Wallet, Planner, Lush Catalot, iPad

Necessities for a day camped out on the couch with Christopher.
(Glasses C/O Firmoo)

Rain Drops on Window

Chilly, rainy fall day.

Carter's Fox Sleeper

Cozy little feet.

Cat and Dog Watching TV on Couch

Hermes and Gauge watching TV.

Banana Bread

Homemade banana bread.

Orange Tree House Plant

Orange-laden branches.

I can’t believe November is well underway. I also can’t believe my baby boy turned a month old yesterday. I ALSO can’t believe this year is quickly coming to a close. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas will be here before we know it. I love this time of year, but can time slow down a little bit, please? Here’s to savoring every moment this weekend!

PS — The winner of the BlueJay Clothing giveaway is Jessica! Jessica, I will be emailing you with details.

Out and About with a Newborn

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Flannel Shirt — Ralph Lauren, Marshall’s
T-shirt — Target
Jeans — Madewell
Boots — Sam Edelman
Headband — C/O BlueJay Clothing
Glasses — C/O SEE Eyeware
Under-eye Bags — C/O Sleepless Nights ;)

I wore this outfit yesterday for an afternoon out and about with Christopher. Going out alone with him is terrifying in many ways. First off, between him and me, moving out the door is a process that takes at least a couple hours. It usually involves multiple outfit changes (for both of us), multiple diaper changes (for just him…), and multiple nursing sessions to make sure he’s “topped off” and won’t get hungry before we get to our destination.

Then, wrangling him into the car seat is something that can best be compared to herding cats. Usually, it results in him screaming at the top of his lungs until the car starts moving and I turn on some music. We’ve been listening to Taylor Swift’s new CD in the car — he loves it!

Maneuvering the stroller is another can of worms. I curse stores that don’t have automatic doors and want to hug people who hold doors for me. I also curse stores that have itty-bitty fitting rooms.

And then it’s always unnerving when Christopher starts crying in public. Yesterday he started fussing as soon as we got inside the store, so we hightailed it to an empty fitting room where we nursed. I know most people forgive moms with fussy babies, but I don’t want to be that mom with the screaming baby.

One of these days all of this will be second nature to me and I’ll be the mom who dares people to side eye me and my crying baby, but until then I’m just glad newborns are so forgiving!

PS — If you like the headband I’m wearing in these photos, you should check out the boot cuffs I’m wearing here and enter my giveaway to win some for yourself. The giveaway ends Thursday!

New Mom Outfit + BlueJay Clothing Giveaway

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Mom and Baby Style

Mom and Baby Style

Mom and Baby Style

Mom and Baby Style

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On Me:
Flannel Shirt — Marshall’s
Jeans — Old Navy Maternity
Boots — Jessica Simpson
Boot Cuffs — C/O BlueJay Clothing

Mom and Baby Style

On Christopher:
Flannel Shirt — Baby Gap
Pants — Carter’s
Hat — C/O BlueJay Clothing

Welcome to my first post-pregnancy outfit post! Every day I’m feeling more and more like my old self, and it feels good to be back. To celebrate, I have a fun giveaway for you all today! Keep reading for details…

My clothing choices these days err on the side of practical. I went shopping the other day for a few new things and I focused on clothes that provide easy access for nursing, that fit my new cup size, and that are easy to wash because most days I’m pooped, peed, and/or spit-up on. Such is life with a newborn! I picked up two v-neck tees, a stretchy scoop-neck top, and a couple button-downs, including the flannel top I’m wearing in these photos.

I’d also like to point out the adorable crocheted pieces Christopher and I are wearing in these photos. His hat and my boot cuffs were kindly sent to us by Kristen from BlueJay Clothing. Kristen sells crocheted fall accessories and baby items on her Facebook page.

Fall Boot Cuff Giveaway

I’m teaming up with BlueJay Clothing to give away a pair of boot cuffs to a lucky reader! To enter, all you have to do is Like BlueJay Clothing on Facebook and comment on this post letting me know you did. The winner will receive a pair of custom boot cuffs in the color of her or his choice.

One winner will be randomly chosen Thursday, November 6 at 5pm EST and announced on Friday, November 7. This giveaway is only open to readers in the Continental United States. The winner will receive a pair of boot cuffs from BlueJay Clothing.