Current Vibes

May 24, 2017

It's been awhile since I've written one of these so I'm excited to share the latest vibes around here. Our mama left town yesterday morning after staying for three weeks to help with our move and then baby. Feeling a little bit lost without her as she was such a HUGE help around here during a time when we truly needed it the most. Molly and I are both mourning her leaving, big time.

1. SHOOTING WITH // NATALIE YATES PHOTOGRAPHY: I hadn’t given much thought to newborn photos other than that I figured I would have Molly snap a few of us to have for a birth announcement or for baby book purposes. When I met Natalie Yates in Pilates and she reached out about taking our pictures, it couldn’t have come at a better time. We were experiencing mild chaos with our move and new baby all happening within days of each other and Molly was going through her own craziness. I had admired Natalie’s work through Instagram – who can resist a feed of stunning, light-filled photography and precious babies, and felt like it was definitely meant to be. It turns out that newborn photography is no small feat! Natalie had the ability to calm our fussy babe with ease and swaddle him much better than either of us could. She also had such patience when we needed to take a break to nurse and change outfits after an accident. On top of all of this, our session with her produced the most beautiful photos of our family of three that we will truly treasure forever.

2. LOVING // VETIVER COLLECTION: I’ve done next to no shopping the past few weeks, but have been eyeing just about everything from the newfound Vetiver Collection. Think pretty, breezy pieces in classic colors and prints – stripes and gingham, yes please! After seeing this dress on Little Blonde Book, I am dying to add it to my summer wardrobe. I also love this dress as it looks absolutely perfect for our hot (!) Dallas summers. I can’t resist a great white top and this one with its pretty crochet detailing may have to be my next buy. The description of it being the perfect blouse for a food baby (or post real-life baby!?) makes me that much more inclined to buy it.

3. EYEING // MARYSIA SUMMER ’17: The last two bathing suits I purchased were both by Marysia and also the two that I wear the most. The quality and fit is better than any other suit I own, making them worth every penny in my opinion! If there is one bathing suit I buy for this summer, it will no doubt be Marysia. I am particularly smitten with her brand spanking new Summer 2017 line, which brought back the zig zag edges of her first ever collection – Molly still has hers! Having a hard time picking a favorite amongst the newness, but I love this top paired with these bottoms. Also, this smocked top in the lavender bandana print is adorable.

4. OBSESSING // POURED BOWLSFound by Maja is a San Francisco based store that is just brimming with unique treasures. Since we no longer live in the city, I am able to keep up with the store and all of their gorgeous finds through their Instagram account. I have been thinking about these poured, marbelized bowls ever since they were posted a few weeks back. Each piece is handmade and hand dyed in Denmark, so no two are exactly alike. I am determined to make one of the pieces mine, but first need to narrow down a color as well as where/how I want to use it. The small bowl would be perfect on our bookshelves, but I also love the idea of the large bowl as it would make such a statement.

5. CLEANSING // AURELIA MIRACLE: Before baby I had a pretty extensive skincare routine with multiple steps – often doing a mask a few times a week as well. Since coming home from the hospital, I have tried to simplify this routine as much as possible. My newest favorite product that makes this whole simplification that much better is Aurelia’s Miracle Cleanser. If you ask me, everything Aurelia does is amazing, but this stuff is my latest obsession of theirs. The cream cleanser is massaged into dry skin and smells fresh and spa-like. Making the whole process satisfying and enjoyable. Especially for this sleep-deprived new mama! I follow the cleanser with Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator and Vintners Daughter Serum and call it a day – easy peasy, which is just what I need these days.

6. WEARING NONSTOP // OV LEGGINGS: Since I ended up unexpectedly having a c-section, I have been wearing thiscompression situation as often as I can – mostly because it feels good to wear something that gives me the extra support. I am also looking into this one because the one I have is becoming looser. Aside from these, I have also been living in my Outdoor Voices leggings on a daily basis. I’ve always loved OV’s leggings for their ability to really suck you in and the fact that they are higher in the waist, both of which are coming quite in handy for recovering from the surgery. Luckily I had accumulated quite a few pairs prior to pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have my eye on a few more (this pair in particular) now that they’ve become my newfound mom “uniform”. When I’m not in pj’s that is:)

7. LISTENING // S-TOWN: While nursing I need my phone to keep track of feedings, but really don’t love being distracted by browsing through social media on my phone the entire time. In an effort to put a stop to this before it becomes a habit, I just downloaded the S-Town podcast which is from the makers of Serial and This American Life. I love a good podcast and especially those two, so I have high hopes for S-Town. I’m only in the very beginning so I can’t fully report back yet, but so far so good! Would love any other podcast recommendations for when I finish this one:)

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The WTF’s

May 23, 2017

I posted this Instagram the other day (thank you for the beautiful image, @honestlywtf!) - "I'm currently experiencing life at the speed of 15 WTF's per hour"- and the timing for the sentiment could not have been more real. Generally, things always seem somewhat overwhelming but life has been seriously stressful lately. A true "when it rains, it pours" with one unfortunate scenario after the other (think a full-blown fly infestation in my home, a spay surgery for Rosie with an emergency surgery just days after that, etc.). All this is my way of explaining why I have been less than on top of things as far as blogging is concerned. And that I could use a truck load of rosé should anyone feel inclined to send help.

WTF's aside, I'm excited to share this pretty caftan - another lovely number by MIRTH - because it's been a fantastic maxi that I've loved wearing!

 

Dallas is notorious for being overly warm and humid during the spring. The flip side of this is anyplace you go thats indoors (restaurants, stores, offices, etc.) are a freezing cold temperature. I’m so bad at remembering to bring a layer with me to battle the intense air conditioning so wearing a maxi dress is a nice way to keep a little covered without wearing jeans (dresses are just so much easier, amiright?). Love, love, love the hand block printed fabric and neutral colors on this Zermatt style…the v-neck and side ties make it super flattering and comfy.

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Thank You!

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This + That // Sales + Steals

May 19, 2017

Today's post is short and sweet as I have a newborn that is pretty hard to resist holding 24/7. Our pediatrician told us that at this point, there is nothing that we can do that will "spoil" him too much. I've taken this advice quite literally and hold him every single second that I can because I know the days are going to fly by. We just love him so much and truly can't get enough! (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: 40% off the instant outfit event with code GETDRESSED. (This color combination is so good. If only sweaters were an option in Dallas right now!)
  • Anthropologie: 25% off shorts, tops, sandals, and swim for summer! (These are pretty cool, no?)
  • Banana Republic: Shop more, save more. 30% off $70+ or 40% off $200+. (This must be pretty cute in person seeing as its almost completely sold out – might have to order! Button downs are my best friend because they’re nursing friendly – love the sleeves of this one.)
  • BaubleBar: Pick a free treat with any $40+ order. (These would be great with a crisp white dress!)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy an additional 50% off sale styles! (This dress looks like a complete dream for summer.)
  • Crate & Barrel: This weekend only: 15% off select dining furniture.
  • Gap: Online only – 40% off your purchase with code PICKMEUP. (Kind of obsessed with this different take on a utility jacket.)
  • H&M: Free shipping over $40 with code 0040. (These are the perfect height and color – would go with everything!)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online – extra 30% off sale styles with code HELLOSALE. (I’m a sucker for a great coverup come summertime – how good is this one? A scalloped sports bra? Yes, please!)
  • J.Crew Factory: Online only – 50% off summer stock-up styles. (This print is adorable.)
  • LOFT: Sale! Over 250 styles starting at $10. (May be ordering a few of these in the white, the price is SO good.)
  • Old Navy: 20% off everything through today! (This in the hot tamale color is so fun.)
  • Serena and Lily: Everything ships free with code SUMMERHOME. (Our new house has a porch swing on the front porch, but I might like this one even more.)
  • Steve Madden: Friends and family – 25% off plus free shipping with code FAM!
  • West Elm: Staycation mode savings – up to 30% off outdoor furniture and planters. (This little set is too cute.)

Some Steals:

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Sorbet Stripes

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All About the Ojai

May 18, 2017

They say you can't/shouldn't wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Such an out-dated rule...and one I've never been good at following. Once it's warm enough, I'm all about the head-to-toe white looks and especially gravitate towards white dresses. Being that the warm weather hits Dallas in early spring, I've been wearing my fave white frocks for a few weeks now...and this Ojai Caftan by MIRTH has been on repeat.

 

The best thing about wearing all white – besides the fact that it always looks so crisp, clean, and fresh – is that it creates an ideal canvas for layering colorful, bold and or statement-making accessories. I’ve worn the Ojai with both wedges and sandals but really like how it looks styled with my spring Sabahs (the Thassos Tea is such a pretty, icy aqua!). Normally I wouldn’t add more color to this look but the shoes are almost a neutral and they go perfectly with my Pom Bon earrings from The Loveliest.

I should probably note that out of all my MIRTH caftans (and I have quite the collection), the Ojai is one of the lightest and most breezy of the bunch. It’s a little hard to see in the photos but the 100% cotton handloomed fabric (re: so, incredibly soft and light) has a check pattern that gives it some great dimension.  Details like the braided rope around the neckline, tiny tassels, and tie sleeves just make it even more special.

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