August 4, 2015

Baby: What's In My Diaper Bag

Saint Laurent Tote | EllandEmm Purse CharmSamorga Purse Organizer | One Truffle Large Clarity Pouch | Let's Playground Micro Changing Mat in Metallic Platinum | Modern Burlap Organic Swaddle | Mitani Designs Organic Burp Cloth | Comotomo Bottle | WubbaNub Pacifier | Freshly Picked Crib Moccasins in Ivory | The Honest Company Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Organic Healing Balm + Diapers | Munchkin Arm + Hammer Pacifier Wipes + Disposable Bags

I recently packed up my new diaper bag with all the newborn essentials and thought it'd be helpful for new moms to see what I included! Since this isn't a traditional diaper bag, I ordered a custom organizer insert from Samorga and a One Truffle Clarity Pouch for diaper products to keep everything in place. With Hudson I learned that you really don't need that much - a helpful tip is to leave a change of clothes, extra diapers + wipes and some bottled water in your car so you don't have to keep them in the diaper bag as well [and because you'd most likely have your car near by if you are out]. Any day now and our second baby boy will be here, we are so excited! XOXO

August 3, 2015

How I Spent My... 29th Birthday

Birthday breakfast at Joan's On Third with my girlfriends 

I turned 29 on the 23rd of July and finished up some celebrating this past weekend with my girlfriends ... saving my bday date with the hubby for after baby boy's arrival! On my actual day I woke up to a sweet breakfast made by my boys and then had lunch at Freds at Barney's and did a little shopping. On Saturday, I went to breakfast with my besties at my favorite, Joan's On Third, which was such a treat! Hope you had a great weekend ... a What's In My Diaper Bag post coming up this week along with a little review of the Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis. XOXO

July 22, 2015

How I Spent My... Weekend

Outfit Dress: Zara [on sale in stores] | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Necklace: Jennifer Meyer 

This past weekend I got to celebrate baby boy a second time with some of my best friends at a tea party shower at The Langham [where we got married], it was such a treat and so much fun to spend time a relaxing afternoon together! Currently 35 1/2 weeks pregnant and tomorrow I turn 29 [eek last year before the big 3-0!] - can't believe our little guy will be here in a month or less! XOXO

July 17, 2015

Fabulous Friday

TGIF! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened up to the public today, just in time for some weekend shopping! I picked up some new Nike Flyknits and am hoping to go back and look at some of the other items before the sale ends August 3rd [I saw these Rag + Bone booties that'd be great for Fall!]. Shop all the deals here or check out some more of my picks below ... Have a great weekend! XOXO

July 13, 2015

Beauty: Recent Buys

Happy Monday! I ran out of pretty much all of my beauty products this past month [seems like it always happens all at once!] and picked up these replacements, some old + some new - reviews below! Don't forgot to browse the Nordstrom Anniversary sale if you haven't already, see all my picks from Friday's post here. XOXO

Tom Ford Eye Quad in Nude Dip: This is my first time trying his eyeshadow but I've read many rave reviews for the consistency and pigmentation of this quads. I picked this palette because it looked easy to wear but was also tempted by the Cocoa Mirage colors.

Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo + Conditioner: I love the Oribe Texturizing Spray and these were recommended after a recent haircut. I'm excited to try them out, they both smell amazing!

Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo: I've bought this dry shampoo multiple times - it is great at making blow outs last and adds a lot of volume. I also use it in place of hairspray when I curl my hair.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask: This has an interesting jelly like consistency but was I was really impressed with the results from the sample I had - I've been loving all the products I've bought from her line so far.

Tom Ford Lip Shine in Nubile: Unfortunately this ended up being a little browner than I would have liked but I think it would love great on someone with a tan or darker hair. Hoping with a lip gloss on top I can make it work!

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence: This spray is super refreshing and has a great scent, I also love that it's full of antioxidants and is all natural. I use it after washing my face before putting on sunscreen and serums for the day and before my lotion at night time.

July 10, 2015

Sales & Steals: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom's best deals and exclusives of the year, the Anniversary Sale, started yesterday, July 9th, for all Nordstrom card holders and will be available for everyone else to shop on July 17th. Either way, you can check out all the goodies that are available for grabs here or take a peek at my favorite picks pictured above. A few items from yesterday's Baby: Baby Gear PIcks post are included in the sale as well! XOXO 

July 9, 2015

Baby: Baby Gear Picks

As follow up to my Baby: Diaper Bag Alternatives + Baby: Diaper Bag Essentials posts, here are a few of my favorite baby gear picks that I either used with Hudson or plan to use with Baby Boy #2 in just a few weeks! We really loved our Bugaboo Bee Stroller the first time around so we decided to go with their Donkey Double Stroller so that both boys would have a place to sit - I love that it can be used in single mode as well [and has a nice storage basket to attach when doing so]. I always rave about Freshly Picked Moccasins - they were especially great for when Hudson was learning how to walk because of their soft soles. We are also big fans of Maxi-Cosi for car seats - we have used both the infant and convertible seats and love their safety features. Feel free to share any of you must have essentials in the comments, I'd love to hear your favorites! XOXO

July 8, 2015

How I Spent My... 4th Of July Weekend

Hudson's Swim Outfit: Janie & Jack; The Dude Hat: Crew Cuts | Hudson's Second Outfit: Janie & Jack; Shoes: Vans | Pom Pom Beach Tote: Mar Y Sol

We took our annual Labor Day Santa Barbara trip a little early this year because of baby boy's impending arrival and celebrated 4th of July up at Bacara this past Friday through Sunday. Hudson had a blast walking around the property, looking at the boats + ocean and especially loved playing in their pool and sand area! We also got left the hotel twice for some yummy treats at Freebird's in Isla Vista and McConnell's Ice Cream & Yogurt Shop on Mission. So nice to get away and make some memories as a family of three before our new addition makes his debut! Hope you had a great 4th! XOXO 

June 25, 2015

Baby: Diaper Bag Essentials

As a spin off of from yesterday's post, I thought it'd be fun to share some of my favorite diaper bag essentials that I used with Hudson and plan to use again along with new items I'm going to try this time around - reviews below!

The Honest Company Products: We use all of their products exclusively for Hudson [we get their diaper bundle service which is delivered once a month] and besides what is pictured we also love their sunscreen, bath products and cleaning supplies. My favorite item is probably their Organic Healing Ointment - we use it on everything from dry skin to bug bites to diaper rashes to scratches.  

WubbaNub Pacifiers: Not only are the attached animals adorable but they also help keep the pacifiers in place, especially in the early months. We also liked Avent for pacifiers [and they are easier to clean than the Wubbanubs].

Sophie The Giraffe: Every baby needs a Sophie! They are great from early on as a chew toy and noise maker - a plus is they can be wiped cleaned and easily washed. We also loved their teether

Swaddle Blanket: I found Aden + Anais blankets to be the best brand for swaddling and the great thing is they can also be used for a bunch of other reason including as a burp rag and car seat cover to shield baby from stray hands. I love how soft their Bamboo blankets are but they tend to snag - the regular cotton are a lot more durable so they would be my suggestion. We are also going to try some swaddles from Modern Burlap - they are organic and I'm obsessed with the black and white prints

Bandana Bibs: I order them off Etsy and think they are much cuter than regular bibs, great to use for drool from teething and are a cute way to accessorize an outfit!

Comotomo Baby Bottle: These bottles weren't around when I had Hudson but they are made of soft BPA-free, medical grade silicone and are supposed to make it easy to transition back and forth from breastfeeding to bottle.

Burp Cloths: You can never have enough burp cloths [great for changing time as well]! I ordered a few organic ones from this Etsy shop and also loved the Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs with H. 

Will post recommendations for my favorite baby gear along with Baby Boy's nursery soon - ended up going a little different route from my inspiration post and can't wait to share the final product! XOXO

June 24, 2015

Baby: Diaper Bag Alternatives

I'll be 32 weeks on Monday [can't believe how fast it's going this time around!] and I've definitely gone into nesting mode trying to organize everything we have and also figure out what little things are left to prepare for baby boy's arrival. Pictured above are some of my favorite alternatives to the usual diaper bag that could be used after baby as well. If you go with a tote style, I'd recommend getting an organizer insert to put in to keep everything in place. I'll share what bag I'm going to use this time around sometime in the next few weeks and a new post with my diaper bag essentials will be up tomorrow! XOXO

June 5, 2015

Fabulous Friday

A few of my recent favorites and some new reading material for summer pictured above! The J.Crew sandals are currently 30% off, along with everything else on J.Crew's site, with code SHOPNOW [I'm loving these embellished beauties as well]. Bloomingdales is also having a great deal now through Sunday the 7th - receive $25 off every $100 with code PS25 [these cat eye sunnies were included in the sale in stores but for some reason not online]. I've also listed a few new items below that I have for sale ... Hope you all have a great weekend! XOXO

May 22, 2015

Sales & Steals: Memorial Day Weekend Discounts

Anthropologie: Take 20% off sale items with code GONEFISHING.
Banana Republic: 40% off with code BRSUMMER.
Bauble Bar: Free shipping + 20% off with code MEMORIAL20, 25% off 3 items with code MEMORIAL25 and 30% off 4 items+ with code MEMORIAL30.
Bloomingdales: 20% off sale items with code SPRING20.
Club Monaco: 30% off sale items with code MEMORIALDAY.
DVF: 30% off all sale items with code SUMMER30.
Gap: 40% off regular price items with code SUMMER.
J.Crew: 30% off your order with code WEEKEND.
Joie: 20% off with code MD2015.
Nordstrom: Half Yearly Sale up to 40% off, no code needed.
Revolve Clothing: up to 75% off sale, no code needed.
Serena & Lily: 20% off site wide with code ALLOUT.

Happy Friday! A few sales and discounts going on now for the three day weekend ... hard to believe that four years ago we were getting ready for our wedding weekend, time flies! Have a great Memorial Day and happy shopping! XOXO

May 20, 2015

Sales & Steals: Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Nordstrom's big Half Yearly Sale started today just in time for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend! Save up to 40% off now through May 31st - start shopping here, no code needed.  There will be lots of other sales going on for the three day weekend so check back for more steals on Friday but some notable deals going on now are J.Crew's 25% off online with code SUMMERLOVE and Shopbop's new markdowns up to 70% off! I've linked a few of my favorite pieces below if you need any inspiration ... I'm especially loving these sandals and this coverup for summer! XOXO

Baby: Black + White 'Bow Or Bow Tie' Shower

Invitations, Printables, Tassel Garland + Balloons: Bloom Designs
Wooden 'Baby G Brunch' + 'Baby Gordon' Signs: Ten 23 Designs
Striped Table Runners + Chair Sash: Larues Line on Etsy
Cupcakes: Goodie Girls
Cupcake Bow Toppers: Bloom Designs
Bow Plates + Tags:  My Little Day
Popcorn Holders + Striped Balloons: Oriental Trading
Black Vases + Flowers: LA Flower Mart

This past Saturday my mom and I hosted a baby shower for one of my close friends who is due in just a few weeks! They are waiting to find out if baby is a boy or girl on the big day so the theme was black + white "Bow or Bow Tie"... I had all the ladies wear blue or pink to the shower to cast their vote for what the little one will be! View the invitation on Instagram here. XOXO

May 6, 2015

Beauty: Spring 2015 Favorites

Armani Luminous Silk FoundationNars Radiant Creamy ConcealerTata Harper Tata's Daily EssentailsArcona Reozone SPF 40 Sunscreen Anastasia Brow Wiz in TaupeMac Kohl Eyeliner in TeddyMac Lip Pencil in Subculture + Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme CupTata Harper Be True Lip Treatment

After some majoring spring cleaning of both clothing and beauty items, it was time to pick out some new items for spring as well as repurchase a few favorites. Mini reviews of my spring 2015 picks below! XOXO

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: I started using this foundation in college and have purchased it on and off ever since. It's a really nice, light weight foundation with coverage that goes from sheer to medium depending on how much you apply. 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer: My favorite is Cle De Peau and I've yet to find something better but this is pretty great and the price point is way more accessible. It's perfect for under eye circles! I use the color Custard for reference. 

Tata Harper Tata's Daily Essentails: I've been wanting to try Tata Harper's 100% natural,  anti aging line for a while but the price point is a little hard to swallow ... Sephora recently had a 15% off promo and I decided to try this kit which contains 7 products from her line. It is AMAZING! I have such a hard time with skincare since my skin is really sensitive but this is probably the best line I've ever tried. I do think that to really get the results from her products you need to use the line exclusively but I really think it's worth it [also make sure you read the directions for each product since some need to go on dry or wet skin to get the full benefits]. I've already repurchased a few of the items in full size [including this cleanser and this serum]. Love how great this brand is for your skin and what the company stands for!

Arcona Reozone SPF 40 Sunscreen: This is one of the only face sunscreens that doesn't irritate my skin or leave a greasy film. Definitely a great staple with the summer months ahead!

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe: I previously never used any sort of product in my brows besides the occasional clear gel for special occasions but this makes such a difference. There is a pencil on one side to fill in any sparse areas and the other side has a little brush to blend everything together.

Mac Kohl Eyeliner in Teddy: I used this eyeliner in high school and still love the color. It's a really pretty dark brown that's a little softer for daytime than black but still does a great job defining eyes and making them pop.

Mac Lip Pencil in Subculture + Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup: This duo makes the prettiest nude lip - great to wear during the day or paired with a darker eye at night!

Tata Harper Be True Lip Treatment: The perfect ultra moisturizing treatment to put on before bed or when you wake up in the morning. It's also all natural and full of antioxidants like rhubarb, acai and green tea oils - smells great too!