today is the first day we have left the apartment with the kids in over a week. all three of the kids were sick… it was the worst. on top of all that it was fashion week for me and nate had knee surgery. seriously? you can’t make up these scenarios. i kept trying to put it all into perspective and tell myself that it wasn’t that bad, but i definitely had a couple of moments where i thought i was totally unraveling (some of my mom friends in our building can attest to that–thanks for helping with the “sick baby stuff” ladies!). since the kids are seemingly on the mend, we thought they could use some fresh air so we took a stroll along the brooklyn bridge waterfront.b Continue Reading…
everyone calls alexa “mini marissa” … even she calls herself that sometimes. the funny thing is, she totally is a mini me. i’ve realized as of late that she even kind of dresses like me–aside from her ridiculous aversion to buttons that has lasted for about two years now. when i try to convince her that buttons are fashionable and everyone wears them she very eloquently states that there is nothing wrong with buttons, but they are not for her (she won’t be caught dead in jeans so she wears leggings or tights everyday, whereas i could pretty much live in jeans). her color palette is even like mine… i.e. the blue tones seen in the images in this post. long gone are the days of the pink tutus and princess dresses… nate used to get so annoyed by the “princess” stage, but it is almost like it was here one day and then gone the next. Continue Reading…
i have a secret to share… if i had been asked what i wanted when i was pregnant, i probably would have said i wanted another boy. i am thrilled that hayden has a little brother… and alexa and i are girly enough for one household. the only thing about having boys is that they aren’t normally as fun to dress. with girls there are a ton of amazing options out there, but it does seem super limited for boys. i have a handful of brands that are my favorite and i will share them over time, but old navy does a pretty great job at making adorable looks for boys. Continue Reading…
the walk to the brooklyn movie theater we go to is so lovely–one of the many benefits of living in a city where you don’t always have to drive. so, we took a leisurely stroll and let the kids run around and enjoy the first taste of the chilly fall weather–which i love! Continue Reading…
last friday it was picture day at school and i was so in love with alexa and hayden’s looks that we had to do a little impromptu photoshoot on our way to school. both alexa and hayden are wearing pieces from the online childrens’ boutique called childrenchic. Continue Reading…
this saturday the kids and i are doing some pre-holiday shopping with some added fun courtesy of joe fresh and harper collins books! the author of the biscuit book series, alyssa satin capucilli, will be reading some of her favorite stories to the kids in stores. the event is in collaboration with an amazing non-profit, library for all, they are committed to unlocking knowledge and opportunities for children in developing countries with limited access to educational materials. we are avid readers in our family so it is definitely a cause i am excited to support.
if you are in nyc this weekend you should stop by this saturday from 1 to 3pm (in soho) and shop with us at joe fresh! (receive 25% off regular priced items!)
as a little teaser, i thought i would post some looks i plan to pick up when we are at the store–for alexa, hayden AND for the baby!!
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 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!).