What I Purchased | Black Friday & Cyber Monday

November 30, 2018
Happy Friday friends! It's been a quick week for me with Monday off, an event on Tuesday and a slew of meetings in between! I have completed most of my holiday shopping already and managed to squeeze in a few things for myself as well! I wanted to share those bits with you, but I'm keeping the gifts under wraps (literally) since I know my family reads these posts, so I don't want to give anything away!  
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While I certainly had no plans on getting a new purse, sometimes there are bags that catch my eye and that was the case with this Cooper Carryall from Coach. I love the structured appearance of the bag and it's so roomy! I use it daily for work, it's classic and very feminine. The inside is a beautiful burgundy suede and has a middle zippered compartment for anything sensitive, like your wallet. I opted to get my monogram etched on there right in the store and it was a really nice touch! Absolutely love the bag!

I was not planning on making this purchase, but whoever does the targeted ads on USMagazine.com wins because I booked it over to the Macy's website and looked at this Via Spiga Asymmetrical coat. Absolutely loved that it came in a variety of colors, but opted for the all black which I thought would take me through many years and really never goes out of style. The coat is beautiful and I know I will get a ton of wear out of it! 
I've never ordered anything from Rachel Parcell's online boutique but I stumbled across this beautiful sweater and needed to get it. I love the ruffles, love the colors and the fit is TTS. It's still in stock and still on sale! 
I was looking for an animal print sweater for a while and I wanted something a bit more fitted, so when Veronika posted about this sweater, I couldn't wait to order it. It's exactly what I was looking for! 
I am all about criss-cross tops at the moment and this burgundy front wrap top from Banana Republic is just beautiful. It's super lightweight and the ruching at the sides is very forgiving!  I wore it out to the movies last weekend and loved the fit. 

Leopard print heels have been on my wish list for quite some time, so during Cyber Monday my mom treated me to this pair from Jessica Simpson. I found that a lot of the heels were just a tad too high for every day wear, especially at work, but these were just high enough. If you're not into the animal print, they also come in 7 different colors. 

Did you make any fun purchases during the sales?


Holiday Home Decor

November 28, 2018
The weekend after Thanksgiving has always been the time that we decorate for the holidays. It usually feels like everything happens within a 3 week span, but this year with Thanksgiving falling pretty early on, Hanukkah starting at the very start of December and Christmas at the end of the month, it feels like each holiday really has it's own moment. Plus, it gives me an opportunity to enjoy my decor a little longer! I rounded up some of my favorite holiday home decor pieces and some I've already added to my rotation for this year. 
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I went to Target on Monday and picked up this super cute throw pillow. I love that it has more vibrant colors than just the traditional ones. 

New for us this year is adding an advent calendar to our decor. Obviously Sophia doesn't get anything that's going on right now, even though she loves the lights on the tree, so this is still way more for us than her!

I toyed with the idea of getting a very holidayesque throw, but I didn't really want it to clash too much with our decor, so this light pink woodsy throw is just perfect!

Using ornaments in a non-traditional way is one of my favorite things. I take a square vase and fill it with smaller ornaments, I tend to go with one color scheme. 

Since we have a faux tree, the way I get that pine scent is through diffuser and I love the ones from Nest. Would also make a really great gift for someone!  

Two little subtle holiday touches that I add include this  little burlap tree that I have on our entry way table. I also switch our kitchen towels that we hang on the stove - I probably have way more holiday ones than needed, but they're really too cute to pass up. 

We have these snowflake stocking holders - had to buy another pack since they only come in two's and I added a little snow globe to Sophia's changing table to give her something fun to look at! 

These little touches along with our tree and ornaments really make it feel so cozy this time of year! I hope to keep adding little things here and there as I find them, but also as the years go on. 

How do you decorate for the holidays?

Thanksgiving Weekending

November 26, 2018
Happy Monday friends!! Even though we're dealing with the dreaded 4 month sleep regression, we've had a pretty fabulous last few days, including Sophia's first Thanksgiving - so let's get right into picture overload! 

My sister and brother-in-law hosted a wonderful Thanksgiving! I was pretty proud to reel it in and not over stuff myself! I also had my first sips of wine in A YEAR! We found out we were expecting right around Thanksgiving last year, so it's been a while! 
I'm all about getting my holiday cards out right after Thanksgiving and they were in the post on Saturday! 

My mom came over to stay with us on Saturday into Sunday and it was such a treat to have her around...of course we were able to sneak in a couple of dates because that's what mom's are for! I did make a lot of Black Friday purchases and happen to be wearing my new jeans (50% off) & top (50% off)! Also, my bag was sort of an impulse purchase a couple Friday's ago, but Coach was already running their Black Friday special at the time so I was able to score the discount! That night we went out for sushi and laughed because all we could talk about was Sophia!
Sunday was the day I had been waiting for - decorating for the holidays! It was so fun to see Sophia staring at the lights and telling her all about our special ornaments that we collect from our travels! I also bought an ornament to commemorate her first Christmas from Etsy.

We snuck in another day date to do some holiday shopping. We were able to make it a double date with Jackie and Tom to Eataly & I have to say their chef's choice meat & cheese board is my favorite! I ordered this Rachel Parcell sweater (currently on sale!) a week or so ago and it arrived just in time to break it in for the weekend. I love the fun pops of colors that it has and the fit is really nice! Will definitely be picking up some more items from the store! 

It was the perfect weekend and the best part is it's not over yet! I actually took today off so we're enjoying another low key day at home! Hope you have a great start to the week friends! 

Couples Gift Guide

November 21, 2018
We've reached the age where when someone asks what I want for the holidays, I am always at a complete loss because anything I truly want, I usually buy for myself. What Gary and I have ended up doing the last few years is joining forces and asking for joint gifts. Things that we will both get great use out of and are things for the house that we have really wanted to upgrade! Some of these gifts are also great for new parents or newlyweds! 
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  • At the top of our list this year is a new crock pot! We use ours weekly - at least 2-3 times a week and it's time we got an upgrade. As new parents, the gift of not having to cook dinner when we get home from work is the best! 
  • Along the same lines for new parents and any coffee lover is a coffee maker! I absolutely love our Nespresso machine and feel like it's another gift that just keeps on giving! Especially since you could always gift a machine and the limited edition pods as a great gift. The frother is also a great add on gift! I prefer the mini sizes of the machines because they don't take up too much space and are really sleek! 
  • If you have friends or family that love to entertain, one of my favorite gifts to give and to get is anything personalized. We have a few personalized and monogrammed cheese boards and I love taking them out for parties! 
  • I love when people come over with flowers, but undoubtedly never have a great vase to put the flowers in! I thought it would be a great gift idea to not only come to someones home with the flowers, but to take it a step further and gift them a new vase as well. Another item that can be personalized as well! 
  • One of my favorite gifts to bring over is a bottle of wine - of course it's an easy gift to give, but I think gifting a nice wine rack or bottle opener to go along with it is a nice touch! You could always do a wine of the month club as well! 
  • Couple friends who are celebrating their first married holiday together or any milestone would love something to commemorate that, like a personalized ornament. I actually had one made for us that says "First Christmas as a family of 3" and then I also got one to celebrate Sophia's First Christmas! 
  • Something a bit pricier but on our wish list this year are Nest Protect Fire Alarms. While we certainly don't expect to have our entire home outfitted in one go, having one changed at a time is nice! Don't tell, but a certain someone is getting this for Christmas! 
  • I know that a nice throw isn't the most unique gift, but it's certainly one that can be combined with an apple gift card, popcorn & candy! A movie night at home all cozy is a great and fun twist on a seemingly simple gift!

What would you gift to a couple?

Cold Weather Must Haves

November 19, 2018
Well wouldn't you know, we had the first snow of the season last Thursday and as exciting as it is, there's always a bit of panic that sets in when that happens! It's about to get cold and for a long time! This is going to be my ninth winter here in Boston, while certain aspects of living in the North I'm quite comfortable with, the bitter cold is something I don't think I'll ever get accustomed to! I wanted to share a few cold weather must haves and added in a few items that I picked up for Sophia as we endure our first winter with a baby in tow! 
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I'm so thankful that I registered for the insulated cover for our stroller! It's really not easy bundling up a baby with so many layers to go outside, but having this extra cover on the stroller will keep Sophia warm without needing to bring out an extra blanket! I also have the gloves that attach to the stroller, which to be honest I thought were completely unnecessary, but after hearing all my friends that have them rave about the gloves, I ordered them immediately! 

The one coat missing from my collection the last nine years has been the long puffer coat. It's not the sexiest of coats, but my aim in the winter is to be really nice and warm. I'm hoping that there's going to be a great Black Friday sale on North Face coats. With all the puffy coats that I have, the one that I really want to add is the cozy teddy coat

Regardless of if we have the heat turned on, I still want to be cozied up like a burrito in a blanket and the heated one we have is my favorite! I didn't use it at all last winter because I was worried to put heat on myself while pregnant (strange things I googled) but I've already been using it this year!

I stumbled upon the Revlon Kiss balms at CVS and have since purchased every color, but my favorite is "juicy peach." It gives you just a hint of color, but most importantly keeps your lips hydrated and safe from getting chapped. 

I definitely gravitate towards pom pom hats in the winter & even though I'd love to be bold and have a colorful one, I stick to more neutral colors so that I could wear it with pretty much anything! 

So I don't technically have these yet, but I let Santa know that I was really hoping to get a pair of airpods. I really don't want to have to fumble with cords this winter (and in general) so I've decided that I'm okay with looking like I have q-tips hanging from my ears for the ease of listening, talking and using my phone during the winter! 

Of course I couldn't survive winter without my sorel boots and great gloves, but these are some of my newer essentials! 

Also, thank you to everyone for entering the giveaway for my 5 year blog anniversary! I sent the winner, Tanya and she's been notified! 

What are some of your must have winter items?!

A Gift Guide for Everyone on your List

November 14, 2018
When I was trying to figure out a name for this gift guide, nothing really flowed off the tongue. The best way to describe these items are things I've purchased that I think are great gifts for people! There's definitely something for everyone - from a beauty lover, to your mom to a friend! 
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I purchased this Lashstash from Sephora during the VIB sale and the value for what you get is incredible. Not only do you get two full size mascaras, you get one lash primer and 7 mini mascaras! Each one does something different for your lashes and I've loved experimenting with all of them. 
These Jade Rollers would make a great stocking stuffer not only because of their price, but their a little fun gift to get for the beauty lover in your life. I use mine every day because life with a baby is no joke. I pop it in the fridge every day so that when I use it in the mornings it also has the same effect as an ice roller! 
Slippers are one of the best gifts for the holidays because nothing says cozy like fuzzy slippers! I have a similar pair and there are few things as great as slipping them on as soon as I get home! 
When Sophia was born, a friend of mine sent us the "my very own name book" and it is so special to know that there is no one else out there with this same book! It's perfect for anyone that has recently had a baby or for a child that's learning to read!
These live in leggings were probably my favorite purchase from the Nordstrom Sale this year. I wore them practically every day of my maternity leave and haven't stopped! I ordered them in a couple of colors and they're a great gift for literally any woman on your list!

Both of my nieces love pens as much as I do and I recently discovered the BIC ultra fine point pens permanent markers - that I just had to have in every single color! I think anyone that loves to draw, color or write would love these pens! 
I went to a cashmere pop up a few weeks ago and picked up a lot of gifts for people, including myself! I've always wanted a pair of cashmere gloves and I've already worn them a few times because the weather dipped here - they seriously kept my hands so warm! I also think of them as a very luxe gift! 
If you have a bag lover on your list then this Top Shop hobo bag is a must! I wear mine every day to work and it's so roomy! It's a beautiful cognac color and has a great side zipper pocket that I keep my phone in so I'm never fishing for it! 
One of the best tech purchases I made this year was a wireless charging pad. I have mine at work, but Gary keeps his on the nightstand. It's so nice to not have to worry about having to mess with any cords and it charges my phone crazy fast! 

Are there any purchases you made this year that would make great gifts for someone on your list?

2-3 Month Favorites and a 5 Year Giveaway!

November 12, 2018
Happy Monday friends! Sophia turned 3 months old this past Friday and I can't even tell you how quickly it feels like this time has gone by! She's been doing so many fun new things, figuring out her hands, giggling and cooing more! She's so full of wonder with the world around her which is just the coolest thing to experience and see! It actually makes me see things in a completely different light and I can only imagine that as she gets older, teaching her things will be bring the same joy to me! 
A few months ago I shared our one month favorites and I wanted to keep that going every few months! If this isn't your thing, no worries because there is a giveaway for my 5 year anniversary of starting the blog at the bottom of the post! 
  • As a parent I think you'll buy just about anything marketed as giving your little one a great night's sleep. Whoever does the targeted ads for Nested Bean wins because after reading the reviews I couldn't buy this fast enough! It's lightly weighted to mimic the weight of your hand on your baby so that they can potentially rouse less during the night since they feel like you're still touching / holding them. While this hasn't completely given us wonderful nights, it has helped reduce wakings unrelated to needing to eat in the middle of the night and for that it's a winner in my book!
  • Sophia had a bit of cradle cap and after trying a variety of things, the Musetla Cradle Cap helped clear up the flakes! Along the same lines, we've been battling some dry skin and slather Aquaphor all over a few times a day which has helped so much! 
  • As she's started to see colors more vividly, this Baby Einstein's primary colors book has been a big hit! There are crunch pages which make it fun for her to hold and play with and the bright colors really engage Sophia. Her favorite is the yellow page, she get's this wide eyed look and you can just tell she's taking it all in! 
  • We would not have been able to live without our yoga ball! We usually park it in the kitchen so we can run the fan to calm her during some fussier moments and also if she's having trouble falling asleep, we bounce with her on the ball while she's swaddled and the movement helps her fall asleep. The bonus is that you're also getting a bit of a workout in!!
  • I absolutely love the Carter's fleece footie PJ's! Not only are they warm, I use them as another layer as it's gotten a bit colder here. I'll put a onesie on underneath and then layer with the fleece jammies followed by her bigger coat. The bonus is that there are no buttons and it zips right up!
  • One of the best things I registered for what this SkipHop activity playmat. The colors are a bit more muted, but still catch her eye enough. The different shapes make noises, play sounds and is great for tummy time because it's very plush and soft. I also love that she's started to grab at things so the rattles that it has are perfect for that. 
  • After registering for what I thought was a great "tub" I quickly realized the PUJ was only good for a few weeks at most. It wasn't comfortable in our kitchen or bathroom sinks so I ordered the first years tub for $20 on Amazon and with almost 3,500 reviews and almost 5 stars it's probably one of the best purchases for Sophia I've made! It goes from a newborn tub with sling, to an infant tub where you remove the sling to a perfect tub for toddlers. We use it every single night for her bath time and have had zero issues with it! Highly recommend this tub! 
  • Finally our biggest favorite this last month was the Lansinoh bottles! After trying what felt like every single bottle out there to have Sophia take one, this finally worked. We had a bottle consultant come by - yes this is a thing and something I would gladly pay for again because she gave me and Gary the tools necessary to get Sophia comfortable with a bottle. We had tried introducing bottles starting at 4 weeks, but she just wasn't having any of it. At around the 8 week mark I started to get nervous and finally at 10 weeks I hit the panic button and was praying that when I went back to work she'd figure it out. We practiced with the tips that our consultant gave us and it felt like the first thing we were teaching her which was pretty cool. I'll never be able to convey my relief when Gary called me on my first day back to work and told me how well she ate from the bottle. We haven't tried any others and probably wont for another month or so, but these were a life saver! 
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Now onto the giveaway!! This coming Saturday marks my 5 year anniversary in this little space of mine! I honestly can't believe that I've kept up with this blog consistently since 2013! To look back when I first started, I was a newlywed looking for a creative outlet and today I'm so incredibly fulfilled in both my personal and professional life! I am grateful that I have this blog to go back to trips we've taken, weekends we've spent in the city and every holiday in between. Having this blog has afforded me some really fun and interesting opportunities, introduced me to some incredible women who are some of my very best friends & pushed me out of my comfort zone - so much so that I started my own business! All of those words to simply say - I'm so thankful that I have kept up with my blog, I'm thankful that I've created so many meaningful relationships and I really look forward to the new content that I will be creating. Whether you've been a friend and reader since the beginning or are a newer follower, as a thank you for following along on this journey of mine, I'm going to be giving away a $50 gift card to Amazon. A few simple entries below and I'll generate the winner over the weekend - announcing on Monday, November 19th. 

Thank you again for coming back regularly!! Hope you have a wonderful start to the week!

Currently Crushing | Animal Print

November 07, 2018
Back when I first started blogging, there was a linkup called "currently crushing" and it was always fun to roundup some of my favorite items in one category. I've been eyeing a lot of animal print pieces recently and decided it was time to revive that idea!
This long cardigan looks like it would be so cozy for being around the house or running errands! Could even pair it with leggings since it's longer and would cover the bum!
I really like that this sweater still has the animal print motif, but is in a pretty lavender color!
I could see this blouse paired with pixie pants for work or something fun like the bright skirt it's paired with in the photo!

Shoes, scarves & belts are the easiest way for me to add animal print into my wardrobe! I recently picked up a fun belt that will definitely punch up my work wardrobe! I can definitely see an all black outfit with pops of red and these pumps! I've mentioned this scarf a couple of times now and that's because it's under $20 and perfect with a trench coat this time of year!

You guys know I love a good pom pom hat and this one can be worn as a beret or more slouchy! I also have the Harper satchel on my wish list and don't have any bag like this in my closet!
Should we revive the Currently Crushing on link up again?! What's your favorite way to add animal print into your wardrobe?