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my little mini me

February 12, 2016

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…

fashion, trends

boyfriend dressing

March 1, 2015

my favorite thing about the trend boyfriend dressing is that it always looks easy & effortless. i like to dress it up with a hell or a platform sandal.  although it typically looks more “day,” it easily transitions to night with a colorful heel, a statement necklace and a bold lip color. Continue Reading…

adventures, little ones, marissa, trends

a morning stroll

September 30, 2014

i think one of my favorite parts about alexa starting school is our morning walk there! it’s our special time to chit chat. today however, i asked nate to follow along and snap some pics of us as we walked along the way.

today alexa and i are both rockin’ some ivankatrump shoes. i’m wearing the green carra suede pumps (which i am totally obsessed with) and alexa is wearing the abigail suede ballet flats with a darling little jeweled flower embellishment on the toe. she has moved onto tights, but i’m holding out as long as i can!

when we pass through cadman’s park, alexa always insists walking along the raised barrier between the sidewalk and the grass. i told her a story once about how my mom used to play a game like this with me where we couldn’t fall off because there was a lagoon and a crocodile would get us… she loves “avoiding” the crocodile. :-)


my top and skirt–yes, it is not a dress–is from reformation. it’s called the huck two piece… its like 3 wardrobe staples in one. can’t beat that.


our little walk to school is only 10 minutes, but i am so thankful that its just a fun stroll. no stress. no subways… traffic, etc. definitely one of my days little blessings. xx!

fashion, little ones, marissa, trends

back-to-school 3rd edition: featuring ralph lauren kids

September 14, 2014

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i’m so in love with these two back-to-school looks from ralph lauren. so, clearly i had to make nate take the kids out with me this weekend to do a little photo shoot in the neighborhood.

confession: i was trying to do this shoot on the way to school, but it was a total bust–i have a habit of biting off more than i can chew and a photo shoot with a 3 and 4 year old en route to school–before i head into work–is beyond even my overachieving capabilities!

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Ralph Lauren x Lady & Prince
alexa: 1. cable knit cardigan sweater 2. ruffle shirt 3. jodhpur twill skinny pants
hayden: 1. cotton shawl cardigan (on sale!) 2. graphic tee (on sale!) 3. denim skinny jeans (on sale!)

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my favorite part was when alexa said, “ok daddy, now take pictures of me and mommy!” my lil cutie pie! (in case you are wondering, my shades are the rag & bone keaton glasses, my top is  current elliot (similar here and here) and my shoes are from madewell (similar here).

and now for the bloopers… xx!

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fashion, little ones, trends

monday must haves: rocket packs! #backtoschool

August 25, 2014

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i remember when i first came across the brand babiators… i was looking for baby sunglasses for a trip to puerto rico when alexa was 6 weeks old and couldn’t help myself with the name “babiators.” so adorable. since then both kids have been wearing babiators shades… i think they have each had at least 3-5 pairs of shades. its amazing how hard it can be to find basic items that are cute and size appropriate. i find this to be true about backpacks as well. they all seem too big for their little frames… even the kid size ones. i adore the herschel supply company backpacks, but they are actually a little big on a toddler. babiators recently came out with the rocket pack and we now have a backpack love affair. it is the absolute perfect size for a toddler… plus its super durable, has lots of pockets and the kids love love LOVE them. the only problem we came across was that the kids couldn’t wait to use them when school started, i figured–why not break them in?

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alexa and hayden are rockin’ their rocket packs along with their classic babiator shades.

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rocketpacks en route: nyc –> atl –> nyc!

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be sure to check out babiators, and if you happen to shop, enter the promo “ladyandprince” at check out for 20% off!

i’m loading up on more back to school style stories and must haves… stay tuned! xx

fashion, marissa, trends


August 12, 2014

over here at the ivanka trump headquarters we’re launching a new campaign on instagram and inviting our favorite shady ladies to join in on the fun. we have super cute sunnies that have been flying under the radar so we thought it would be fun to give them a little “social” love! it is funny because due to the luxury associated to ivanka trump’s name everyone thinks everything we sell is “very expensive” but its actually super affordable and that is part of ivanka’s philosophy on fashion. it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to look good. i still have a heart for luxury goods, but i love mixing in the highs and lows into my wardrobe.

check out the ivanka trump sunglasses collection and if you happen to pick up a pair join the social conversation with us! wherever you’re at, whatever you’re doing—snap a pic through your ivanka trump sunglasses and post it to instagram with the hashtag #ivankasunnies.


1. ombre sunglasses 2. tortoise shell sunglasses 3. tortoise shell sunglasses 4. aviator sunglasses


little ones, trends

back-to-school, 1st edition: featuring mini boden

August 9, 2014

1. pointelle marl t-shirt 2. girls’ letter necklace 3. glittery graphic shirt 4. applique skirt 5. girls’ 7-pack underwear 6. heart patch pants 7. printed tea dress 8. babiators sunglasses 9. sporty high tops 10. patterned sweater 11. the sweater 12. babiators sunglasses 13. slim fit jeans 14. brushed tartan cargos 15. 5 pack boxers 16. suede desert boots 17. travel boy new york water bottle 18. colorful t-shirt

i can’t believe this is my first official back-to-school post… and not because i’m late to the game on posting this, but because it’s the first time both alexa and hayden are officially going to start preschool. i’m so excited for them… and so thankful we found a preschool that we are really excited about.

first things first… back-to-school shopping. this is clearly the fun part for me. while i am always on the hunt for cute finds for the kids, i’m normally the type of person that has a couple of brands that i love and i shop from them regularly. i am also almost exclusively an online shopper. i have gotten to the point where i get so overwhelmed in stores that i just quickly browse and then go home and make my purchases online! maybe its the new york in me, i’m not sure.

for this post i gathered up some of my recent purchases from mini boden (with a couple extras sprinkled in). i love mini boden’s playful but classic sensibility. fun bright colors with graphic treatments that look preschool chic not peel-off trashy (you know what i’m talking about). also, the quality is really amazing for the price. nice fabrics that you can immediately tell will handle some wear and tear.

since alexa is so picky i had her shop online with me for a change. best. idea. ever. its nice change when alexa likes everything that arrives… hayden is pretty easy to please all the time (for now at least).

happy back-to-school shopping!


little ones, trends

back-to-school #diy #PSxOldNavy

July 30, 2014

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i feel like i need to preface this post with the fact that i am not savvy at #DIY… in fact, i think these colloborations with the amazing team at old navy and ps i made this have really pushed me outside of my creative comfort zone! after the last round of #diy i did featuring some fun summer looks i thought i would take one more stab at some back-to-school #diy. since i am not super crafty and i don’t have a lot of time, i tried to keep things really simple and really focused on just adding a fun twist to some basic old navy pieces.

for alexa we started out with a long sleeved jersey dress, a bow tie cap, and some skinny jeans.

for hayden we started out with a white oxford shirt, poplin roll up pants and a denim shirt.

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although alexa and hayden can’t do a lot of the #diy stuff because it is a little hard at their age, i let them pick out the materials they want and let them do elements of the design so they feel like they designed it too.

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hayden’s monkey, krabi, go in on the fun too.

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the hat was an easy one for alexa to help with, she helped me glue down the sequins and chose the colors of ribbon and puffy paint.

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for alexa’s dress we decided to do some  iron on transfer letters and diamond details.

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ironing isn’t something the kids see me do a lot of–ha! what a novelty!

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we felt like the dress needed one more pop of color so we added grosgrain ribbon as a waist detail. i love a good grosgrain ribbon… brings an element of fashion to a look. 


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most of you wouldn’t know this, but hayden has a lot of nicknames… one of them being “h-master” … it seemed like the perfect name to put on the back of a denim top.

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for the jeans i really wanted to keep it simple and chic. i used the grosgrain as a belt and then added a couple little pops of color with puffy paint along the pockets.

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for hayden’s white collared shirt i added a stripe of color with a ribbon on the front and the back. i love a good white collared shirt on a boy (or man!) so i wanted to keep it simple but a little fun.

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for hayden’s poplin pants i thought it would be cooll to give them a distressed look so i cut a couple holes out along the legs and added a strip of fabric underneath with stitching glue. 

and now for the final product! i think they are pretty adorable and totally back-to-school ready, wouldn’t you agree?










(shoes on alexa: saltwater sandals / shoes on hayden: sperry top-sider shoes)




(shoes on alexa: vans kids / shoes on hayden: converse kids)





thanks old navy and ps i made this for putting together such a fun project! xx!