all of disney world is amazing, but nothing beats the magic kingdom–especially with young kids. we decided to go in the fall because the crowds are much better and we wanted to kick off our halloween celebration early. in the fall, the magic kingdom hosts mickey’s not-so-scary halloween celebration full of late night rides, performances, parades, fireworks and trick-or-treating in costume. clearly this would be a hit with the kids.
yes, i believe i may be one of the few crazy women who decides to take a trip to disney world when she is 8 months pregnant, but i was dying for a little travel that would be fun for us–and the kids! i really love disney world and our last trip was so successful, so off we went! it was definitely an unconventional baby moon, but it was so fun and totally worth it. one of the best parts was keeping it a surprise from the kids!
prior to leaving, all we had mentioned to alexa and hayden was that we were taking them on an adventure and that we had to wake up really early to catch a flight. they love to travel and go on airplanes so that was exciting enough–but when we told them we were going to disney world they were so excited, especially considering it was 4:30 in the morning (see nate’s instagram video here). we got them t-shirts with frozen and cars graphics and a couple fun disney toys to take on the flight and off we went.
last weekend a couple of my girlfriends threw nate and i a baby shower–it was absolutely perfect. katie and her husband john were graciously hosted the party in their charming little backyard in carroll gardens–which definitely made us start considering a move further into brooklyn to have a little backyard for the kids! it was an idyllic afternoon with our closest friends. Continue Reading…
a lot of people are sad that summer is over, but not me. i adore fall. i love everything about it–especially the clothing. i could live in jeans, boots and sweaters. the kids don’t love layers as much as i do, but they seem to be loving some of the new looks i got them at old navy for back to school. Continue Reading…
i have been meaning to post for awhile now about the struggles of maternity dressing–because the struggle is real! there are a lot of better options these days, but it is still difficult to sort through the good–the bad–and the ugly! here is a round up of my must haves–including some beauty favorites–to hopefully help some of you ladies out who feel my pain when it comes to dressing the bump!
bump friendly work dresses
if you like a colorful wardrobe, i may not be your style guru. i’m a neutrals kind of girl… and i really love to wear black. every now and then i will brave a bright color, but its even less likely when i am pregnant! the other thing about my maternity style is i opt for tighter dresses that show off the bump. i am not a big fan of big flowy dresses that make you look larger than you already feel! i believe in embracing the bump! the other key element to mastering a maternity wardrobe is finding bump friendly dresses that aren’t maternity! if you have the time to shop around for those than lucky you, if not, the site nine in the mirror is pretty great to help you on your search–it is like the net-a-porter of maternity.
1. isabella oliver (maternity) – avery dress / 2. j.mclaughlin – sage dress in seregetti
3. isabella oliver (maternity) – wickham dress / 4. equipment – tegan dress
5. polo ralph lauren – leather trim shift dress
i am normally a rag & bone denim kind of girl, but my other favorite denim line is dl1961 and it just so happens they make the perfect maternity jeans… i could wear each one of their styles everyday! another great maternity denim option is ag–especially their boyfriend jeans.
most girls i know are in love with hatch collection, whether pregnant or not! it is pretty genius to make a line of clothes that is made for maternity, but still looks cute post maternity too! another genius line of basics while pregnant is by storq!
beauty must haves
when you are pregnant you tend to develop a sudden heightened sense of awareness as to what you are putting on your skin. i have been trying to transition to products that have more natural ingredients for awhile, but being pregnant really made me speed up the process. thankfully there are a lot more options that offer natural and organic ingredients. below are some of my favorites.
1. tata harper – regenerating cleanser / 2. clarins – tonic body treatment oil
3. one love organics – morning glory caffeinated firming serum / 4. one love organics – skin savior multi tasking wonder balm / 5. supergoop – anti aging eye cream with spf
6. well people – foundation stick
last weekend we headed out to vermont for a little family getaway–well, actually, it was actually for one of nate’s bike races (the rapha prestige–which is technically an “adventure” not a “race”). i’ll take any chance to get out of town and turn something into a family adventure. we stayed at a vrbo in dorset with a couple more of nate’s bike friends… can you believe this was the view from the front porch. so breathtaking. on saturday, while nate and his friends were on their “biking adventure” for 9 hours (!!!) we decided to visit some farms… Continue Reading…
this past saturday we took a little surprise road trip with the kids to hershey park. we had never been and i was in need of an out of town getaway (i am ALWAYS looking for an out of town getaway!). i’m always trying to dream up some sort of fun adventures for the kids… from what i researched online it seemed to me that hershey park was going to be a hit! Continue Reading…
last wednesday night was one of those magical nights where i feel super lucky to raise our kids in the city–and work in the fashion industry! we attended the polo ralph lauren children’s fall 2015 runway show in central park. alexa wore the cutest equestrian-inspired red polo dress and hayden wore the boys big pony polo with skinny fit jeans. i wore a black leather trim shift dress that i am totally in love with (love when non maternity dresses work when you are pregnant!).
someone pinch me. how did this time go by so fast! it was just a year ago that we started posting stories in collaboration with old navy (like this one here!) and the kids have changed so much. i think one of the things i love most about blogging is being able to look back and see the kids transition over time.
i’ve started my “back to school” ordering process already so i had the kids try a couple of their new looks on… this of course turned into a mini photo shoot in our apartment. Continue Reading…
(i just love these lovely photos that nate captured of the kids…)
it’s been awhile since i just wrote about your average day… and honestly, i would do it more often if i could find the time, but this past saturday is one of those “average days” that i felt especially compelled to share–or at least document so that i can always look back and laugh.
last week i was sick…totally my fault. alexa got a stomach bug and i let her sleep with me and then i picked it up. stomach bug + pregnant = not a good place to be. i pretty much slept/tossed and turned for two days straight. thankfully by saturday i was on the mend–even though i was in a grumpy mood from lack of good sleep and overall achey pregnancy issues. we had a pretty busy saturday planned. alexa and i were going to the upper westside to go to a really close friend’s birthday party–an all girls hair, makeup and nails extravaganza that alexa was super excited about. hayden and nate were going to spend the afternoon on bikes and then we were all going to meet up and go out to dinner. simple, right? well… here is how it all played out… Continue Reading…