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Fashionably Late

Some days it’s hard enough getting myself ready to head out the door.  Add Ava to the mix and all of the accessories and necessities that come with her, and I’m lucky if I’m only 15 minutes late to wherever we are going.  I consider myself a fairly organized person – it’s just all those last minute decisions that trip me up.  [Do I really want to wear these shoes?  Maybe I should toss an extra hoodie in the bag for the babers.  Did I pack enough diapers?]  As much as I try to plan ahead, I can’t seem to overcome my last minute second guessing and mind changing habits.  I will work on it, but until then, at least when we stroll in a few minutes behind schedule, we can do it in style.

This cotton batik diaper bag [available at Earth Lover] is handmade by women in Ghana as part of the Global Mamas initiative to help African women become more financially independent.


Just like the bag above, this reversible handmade diaper bag by Retrofied is cute enough to keep using long after the diaper phase ends.  Completely customizable [choose the fabric and strap lengths] and stylishly practical.  [Be sure to browse the entire shop – sooo many good-looking bags – I have my eye on the Weekender.]


Keep things organized with this brightly colored diaper purse by babybe.  Toss it in your diaper bag or into your everyday purse for quick trips.  It expands to hold a small wipes case and can be purchased with matching burb cloth and bib.


People will find a way to make even the dullest necessities look mod.  I just love this polka dot baby wipes case from Blowing Kisses Design. You can purchse a matching burb cloth and bib for this too!



Have A Safe [and Fashionable] Flight!

My mom, gramma, Aunt Karen, and Cousin Val arrive today from Ohio.  I am picking them up in the airport in a little while … if in fact they make it on the plane.  You would have thought they were traveling to a Third World country.  It is my mom’s first flight and the rest have only flown one or two time before, but still.  All four of them apparently had something against checking any baggage and decided to try to cram five days worth of clothing and supplies [along with gifts for the baby] into carry ons.  Frantic phone calls and emails flooded the airwaves … “What about my hairspray?”, “Will my curling iron be okay going through the X-Ray machine?”, “Can I put my purse into a tote bag [with a bunch of other crap] and have that be my personal item to carry on the plane?”, “Will I have to remove my partial plate to go through security?”.  You gotta love family.

Here are a few fun, smart, and chic travel finds …

If you’re going to travel, you might as well do it in style!  There will be no mistaking your luggage with these colorful corduroy luggage tags by jack and bee.  Pick a style to match your own personality … and pick up a camera case and passport holder too!



Traveling with kids?  Keep them entertained [and organized] with a cute coloring wallet [what a great idea!] from Sew Fantastic.  [This would also make an awesome gift – comes in lots of different patterns.]


These super handy travel amenity kits are from Flight 001.  They also have lots of mini essentials, a good selection of toiletry bags, and tons more travel gear.


Have a safe flight!  XO

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Cleaning Out the Closet

My closet and drawers are overflowing with clothes – I even have clothes stashed away in suitcases under the bed.  So why is it that I often find myself with the dilemma, “I have nothing to wear!”?  On really bad days, I get so worked up about it that I end up in full tantrum mode … clothes tossed all over the bed and floor, trying on everything and hating it and then eventually getting mad at myself.  It’s pathetic, but I think every female knows what I’m talking about.  My biggest problem is that when I buy something new, I love it so much that I wear it all the time.  I wear it until I can no longer stand the sight of it.  Then, instead of getting rid of it, I pack it away or push it to the back of the closet because “maybe it will come back into style” or “maybe I will want to wear it again one day”.  Then there are the clothes I purchase without trying on and never return when I get home and find out they don’t fit … “maybe I will lose those ten pounds”.  So, today I cleaned out my closet and my drawers and those suitcases underneath the bed!  I made a pile of clothes to turn in over at Beacon’s Closet and threw the rest into a garbage bag.  I went through all of the seasons and tossed anything I hadn’t worn in the past year, anything that didn’t fit, and anything that needed mending [if I haven’t fixed it by now, I know I never will.].  It felt good to purge – I actually have space in my dresser drawers, but now those empty closet hangers seem lonely.  I just might have to go shopping … but until I do, here are some closets to envy.

Nicole Barth’s Closet from Making it Lovely



From Real Simple’s “Inspirational Closets”


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Renegade Craft Fair Finds for Baby

The first post for today is a continuation of yesterday’s finds from Brooklyn’s Renegade Craft Fair.  Amidst the onesies embroidered or printed with oceanic animals and mustaches, I found a few pearls [maybe I should make a onesie with an oyster and pearl print … ah, another idea i will never follow through on!].

I am kicking myself for not purchasing one of these Growth Charts at the craft fair because now they seem to be sold out!  I love the giant safety pins and little tags.  Another one of those great ideas that I could make at home, but will never get around to it.  I guess I will have to wait for Miss Natalie to make more!


Ok.  How awesome is this Diamond Bling Bib from Hello Banjo in Brooklyn?


And with Father’s Day right around the corner, how can you resist this Daddy and Me onesie [also from Hello Banjo]?


I have always loved the look of linen on a warm spring or summer day.  It makes me think of picnics and meadows and I can just imagine little Ava running barefoot in the sunshine with daisies in her hair wearing one of these lovely linen dresses by Pip-Squeak Chapeau.linendresses


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Renegade Craft Fair Finds

It was a beautiful weekend here in Brooklyn … great weather, good friends, lazy brunches, farmers markets, strolling around, and little bit of shopping.  On Saturday, we headed over to McCarren Park for the Renegade Craft Fair.  This was my second year going … last year was a nightmare.  It was one of the hottest days of the year, I was pregnant, felt like I was going to faint, and only made it a quarter of the way through the booths.  This year we made it all the way through with baby in tow and while I did come across lots of great finds, I must admit I was a bit disappointed in the creative originality of many of the crafters.  I kept seeing lots of the same thing … tons of pastels, t-shirts and totes with prints or paintings of wildlife [deer seemed the most prevalent with squirrels coming in second], embroidered onesies [with either a squid, octopus, or robot], onesies with ironic phrases, and lots of mustache art.  Whether it was cute and trendy or not, I wanted more of a selection.  That said, I did make it home with a purse full of business cards and here are a few that stood out for me …

Coconut Mango, Agave Lime, Ginger Lemongrass … they sound good enough to eat, but unless you have a really dirty mouth I wouldn’t recommend it.  Rinse Bath & Body Co. even makes a soap using chocolate.  Their soaps are handmade and they have 100% natural and vegan product lines.


I love these ‘oh so pretty’ ceramic [Moon Glow and Secret Garden] dishes by MayLuk.  I want to serve a spring salad on them and dine outdoors with friends and candles and a nice light white wine.


These bracelets and rings by Nervous System are sooooo awesome!  They make stunning jewelry modeled after coral, branches, algae, dendrites, etc. and it’s affordable.  I think I’ve found my new favorite thing.

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NY Stylist, Katyi Haugh’s Top 5 Summer Must Haves


Who better to get fashion advice from than a New York City stylist?  Kayti Haugh attended the University of Georgia, Fashion Institue of New York, and Polimoda in Italy, and currently spends her days [and sometimes nights] combining her “nomadic spirit and wanderlust” for life with her knock-out fashion sense.  She has been working in NY, LA, and Europe as a freelance stylist since 2005 on magazine editorials, celebrity photo shoots, lookbooks, costume design for commercials, and more.  I asked Kayti to pick her Top 5 Summer Must Haves and the result is a fabulous look that will definitely make you the envy of all your friends [and who doesn’t want that?!]!

Must Have #1:  WHITE JEANS [or light colored jeans]

“I love the look of something fresh this summer and white / light washes deliver that.  I like to pair white with a cool patterned oxford shirt, sleeves rolled, or with a colorful summer blouse.  With light washes, I try to create a monochromatic look… these gray Uniqlo jeans fit great and look effortlessly chic with a white v-neck shirt.”

Uniqlo Sabrina Skinny Jean in Gray

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Madewell Rail Straight Jean in White



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For The Love of the Blog

I have that ‘need a vacation from my vacation’ feeling only it’s ‘need a weekend from my weekend’.  What happened to those days I used to wallow around complaining, “There’s nothing to do” in an overly dramatic tone?  Oh right – baby.  Wouldn’t trade the chaos of motherly love for anything, but everyone needs a little R&R and throughout the week, I find mine in cute, fanciful, darling little blogs like these ….


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The Cherry Blossom Girl is Alix – a young, French fashion designer with a love of all things pretty.




Join Louise in her whimsical world of Art and Ghosts … beautiful works [there’s also and Etsy store!] and plenty of imagination.



Made by Girl is made by Jennifer Ramos [she makes the colorful cards and prints in the pic above] and her blog is all about inspiration, color, and design.


The Hidden World of Eloise … speaks for itself.  Happy Monday … XO


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Spotlight: Anna Butler of Custom Made

In 2004, designer Anna Butler launched Custom Made out of her love for handcrafting, accessories, and all things adorable.  Anna grew up in Oxford in the UK, where she inherited the sewing gene from her “mum and gram”.  [My mom bought me a sewing machine that sits in the back of my closet taunting me.  I’m lucky if I can stitch a button back on … and so is my mom for that matter!]  A friend of mine in London tipped me off to Anna’s goods and I raved about the Tweet Brooches and French Daisy Necklace in one of my previous posts.  Anna creates some of the most darling handcrafted items I have seen in awhile … and with a sense of humor!  Check out this awesome “Beware of the Yeti” Brooch – guys can wear this too!

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Stylish Maternity Clothes – They DO Exist

I know firsthand how difficult it can be to find trendy maternity clothes [that you can afford!].  I also know that not all of us have that “I feel beautiful no matter how big my belly gets” feeling, whether people tell us we are glowing or not.  Last summer I lived in dresses and leggings with oversized tanks or babydoll tops … and not all of it was maternity wear.  Tatyanna Wright’s Haute Mama Style File for May highlights four ways to wear a black mini skirt.  [You will have to click on the link to see the other three ways to rock the mini!]   hautemamaMs. Wright also has a great blog and book coming out … check that out by clicking here.

This strapless floral maternity dress [which doubles as a beach cover-up] by Maternal America almost makes me want to be pregnant again.  There is even a matching halter tankini and, if you dare, a cute bikini. read more »


Summer Romance Fashion Finds

Every now and then I like to get ‘all dolled up’ for no particular reason at all – curl my hair, slip into something soft and frilly, and have a glamorous day.  Just looking at this handmade embroidery lace dress by Life is Only Illusion makes me feel pretty.  The belt is detachable and the dress can be custom made to fit your size.  $76USD.


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