Trends // Athletic Wear Inspired

Fashion, Gathered

Have you guys noticed how popular athletic wear is right now? It’s been on the runway for the past couple of seasons, but the big Birkenstock boom last year really drove home how mainstream it has become. Personally, I’ve been doing the athletic wear thing way before last year. Some might have called it lazy, but I like to think of it as ahead of the trends. I’m like Kanye and his leather jogging pants, just less angry.

Anyway, I’m glad we’re finally all on the same page. Let’s examine some shoes.

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// 1. I would wear these sandals by Teva x Woolrich way more than I should probably admit. I think Teva is going to have a pretty big resurgence this year.

// 2. I would never spend $950 on sneakers, but if you would, I encourage you to buy these Tom Ford dreamboats.

// 3. These gold slides by Vince have a great minimalist/luxe vibe going on. You could wear them with everything.

// 4. The cool kids have been wearing Vans since the 60’s. These burgundy slip-ons have a very Bottega Veneta feel to them, for about $600 less.

// 5. Hear me out on this one: I used to say, EW SNEAKER WEDGES and then one day I came home from the mall with a pair of sneaker wedges (sometimes I don’t know who I am) and THEY ARE FOOT PILLOWS, you guys. Little, portable foot pillows. These Jeffrey Campbell sneakers remind me of the Fendi monsters.

// 6. I’m not exactly sure what is going on here, but I like it. These Loeffler Randall perforated slip-ons seem like they’d be comfy and convenient, which is what all the best shoes should aim to be.

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Useful Baby Gifts

Gathered, Motherhood

Our oldest will be five soon. As far as I can tell, everything about parenthood can be divided into two columns: “the stuff that everyone tells you about it”, and “you literally could not make this up”. It is thrilling, and joyful, and frustrating, and exhilarating, and terrifying, all at the same time. As your baby learns and grows, you do too. Somewhere in those blurry, first days you make the transition from “I have no clue what I’m doing” to “this is exactly what I was made to do” and sometimes, “I know exactly what I’m doing, thanks stranger at the grocery store!”

Sometimes I would give so much to hold that tiny, cooing version of the small human who sometimes calls me dude when he is frustrated with me now. (I know it’s been a week since you last tried but NOPE, STILL NOT OKAY.)

I was going through the kids’ closets the other day and I started thinking about the most useful things we bought or received when they were babies and there were definitely some things on that list that I have no idea how we’d have survived without. So I thought I would share my list of very useful things, for baby and mom.

// For Baby

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Etsy Round-Up

Art, Gathered

Heyyo. Look who’s back before February!

I’m definitely in the “feeling organized and productive” stage of the new year. It’s a welcome reprieve from the past couple of months where I was in the “finger foods and champagne” phase. That wasn’t very conducive to writing, so cheers to the new year! Maybe with kombucha, though. Please, no more champagne.

Speaking of being productive, I have been working on a couple of Etsy orders that I got this weekend. Etsy is cool because it allows me to scratch that crafting itch without drowning my family in nautical flag banners that I would have otherwise made for no other reason than “because I felt called to”.

Etsy is also one of my favorite places to spend 3 hours scrolling through teapots find unique things for myself and my house. I’m always so blown away by the amount of talent on there. So I decided I would do an occasional round-up of some of my favorite things on the big E.

1 // Emily McDowell “It’s Too Early” Mug

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Various Things I Bought in 2014, Reviewed

Gathered

It’s December 30th. I could wax poetic about how it’s been another great year of learning and growing and highs and lows and self discovery and yada yada, but I’ll spare you. Instead I thought I would share with you, dear readers (probably just my mom now since I dropped the ball on blogging), reviews of some of my purchases of 2014. You know, the important stuff in life.

In no particular order at all, let’s begin:

Fall Trends// How To Wear Camo Without Looking Like Ted Nugent

Fashion, Gathered

Camo is having a moment. Quite a big moment, actually. From the high-end designers like Valentino and Prada to the accessible luxury lines a la Tory Burch and Michael Kors, camo is everywhere.

The traditional hunting print actually makes a very versatile neutral that brings more character than your typical black or tan, but wearing it the right way is key. Here I share a couple of ways I styled the trend.

Alternative Wedding Rings

Fashion, Gathered, Jewelry

I really like the idea of alternative or non-traditional wedding rings. Not only do they offer so much more freedom to find something that is truly you, but there are so many stunning options at widely varying price points.

Here I compile some of my favorite alternative ideas for putting a ring on it:

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Summer Staples

Beauty, Fashion, Gathered

20140719-174811-64091403.jpg 1. Wildfox sunnies are my everything right now. // 2. Bond No. 9 Central Park South is my summer perfume this year. // 3. Mara Hoffman’s one-piece suits are my spirit animal. Or something. // 4. David Yurman’s classic cable bracelets are the perfect everyday jewelry. // 5. The best smelling sunscreen in the history of the world. // 6. These sandals have been my most worn item this summer, by far. What are your summer staples?