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Feeling Fall Vibes

Even with the tease of the temperatures dropping, I have gotten into the Fall state of mind. While I'm certainly not wishing time away, it does a good job of speeding by on it's own, I am very excited for my favorite season! I started making a mental check list of all my fall clothing and what I need to update and new things I really want to purchase!
  • The dress that I absolutely love in light purple also comes in a long sleeve version, so I picked it up in a beautiful emerald green! Comes in 10 different colors! 
  • I'm really loving the animal print midi skirt trend and decided to switch it up a bit, so I ordered this Top Shop pink leopard midi. I think it will look really cute for work, but also great dressed down with chambray or a plan black top for the weekends. 
  • I don't think any of my wish lists would ever be complete without a bag of some sort and I have been crushing really hard on the Cuyana leather zippered tote. You can add a special organizer for it as well and I absolutely love the navy or caramel color! 
  • I have wedge booties in both a sneaker form & dressier option. I also have black chunky heel booties, but I'm missing a good brown / cognac chunky heel pair of booties. 
  • I bought a similar sweater from J.Crew factory last year, but I love the more vibrant fall colors of this one. I also really love the sweater blazer that can be dressed up or down for work / play. 
  • Anyone else feel like wearing a cardigan is like wrapping yourself in a hug?! Can't have too many living in Boston!
  • I have been wanting a bodysuit for a while now, but didn't want a plain one. I found this cute ruffle option in burgundy & can't wait to see the fit. I think it's going to be great for work and weekends! 
  • One thing I can't get enough of are scarves, especially lighter weight ones from those chillier mornings and cooler evenings! 
This is probably my first of many fall wish lists! What's on yours?
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Weekending | Casino Edition

Back at it with a fresh week and a Monday that came a little too quickly. It was a full weekend with a lot of firsts including those first unassisted steps Sophia took that we finally captured and a trip to the new casino! A little snapshot diary of the weekend's happenings below!
Saturday morning I tried the newest workout craze in Boston at 305 Fitness. A mix between dancing at your favorite club and the most intense HIIT workout. I left completely energized, sweaty & ready to go out...at 8:00 AM!

That night we were able to check out Encore, the newest addition to the city - a full fledged Vegas style casino! Walking in, you're truly transported out of Boston and into Vegas! A little shopping, lots of dining options and the biggest casino I've ever seen. The slot machines went on for what felt like forever. 


We met up with some friends and ate at Mystique, the Asian Fusion restaurant that honestly left a bit to be desired and I hope it's because they are still working out all the kinks for not having been open that long. I will say the tuna rice cakes were incredible, but the Singapore Street Noodles while tasty, were way too spicy! Had to take a selfie in front of the amazing wallpaper in the bathroom! I left with exactly the same amount of money mostly because the tables were way too expensive to even play! 


After a morning meeting with a bride for next year, we hit Time Out Market for some lunch. The temps dipped into the 60's and I have to say...getting me ready for Fall. Even though we're going to have a warm week ahead it did get me thinking about all the fall activities this year! My new tote is pretty perfect - $15 and comes in 43 different colors and a small scarf is also included in the purchase! 
And this little lady has started walking all on her own...we're in trouble now since she's figured out the stairs & how her little legs can take her places! Wishing you a wonderful start to the week, friends!

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Recent Makeup and Skincare Favorites

Recently I have been all about trying out some new beauty related products. I will always have my holy grail makeup items, but it's always fun to mix it up. Wanted to share some of my recent finds and also a few things I'm getting from the Sephora Beauty Insider sale going on right now. 
  • Glossier opened up a pop up in the city and last week I went to get a few must haves with my sister. I've wanted to try the brand for a few years now & I can absolutely see what all the hype is about. As someone who hates doing my eyebrows, the boy brow is truly a miracle product - just swipe and go! I picked up cloud paint - a cheek stain and as someone that has never used a liquid blush before, I'm converted. I use the color "dawn" and it's buildable to give the best "just got back from the beach look." I also picked up the mascara, but it's not my favorite. 
  • After years of wanting to try the YSL touche Eclat brightening pen, I finally gave it a go and really like the coverage. It's not heavy or cakey and the brush applicator makes it easy to get just the right amount of product. It's definitely a splurge item, but one of those higher end makeup products that is worth the hype. If you've been thinking about trying it, nows the time with the sale!
  • The Urban Decay Reloaded palette is such a hit for me. The colors are so pigmented, give you a great range of eye shadow looks you can create and they made the base shades bigger than the rest of the colors since those are the ones you use most often! My most used colors are "Retro" "Distilled" and "Boundaries" right now. 
  • For the last three months I've been testing out a few of the skincare products from Lexli that I was sent. I was nursing at the time when I first started using them so the all natural aspect is what really sold me. The luxurious night moisturizer is creamy and rich - but not oily. I have used it nightly for the last few months and haven't seen any irritation or breakouts. I have found that my skin is smoother and softer! The cleansing lotion was another winner - the aloe vera based cleanser leaves my skin feeling very refreshed! 
  • As much as I love the IT Cosmetics CC Cream, I think it's time to step away at least for one tube and try another CC Cream / Foundation. I am getting the Peach Perfect by Too Faced since I've heard great things, like it's transfer resistant and lightweight so even though it's a foundation, it doesn't feel heavy! 
  • What truly always gets me are the mini sizes of so many great products at the check out aisle! I'll be getting the Summer Friday's jet lag mask (my HG moisturizer) once again! 
  • My newest lip craze are the revlon cushion lip tints! It's a fun way to add a punch of color on the less heavy makeup days and also bring out those summer tans! I have worn the "coral" shade for a few weeks and always get a few comments on the happy bright color!
Anything on your beauty wish list right now?
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Sophia's Unicorn First Birthday

Happy Monday, friends! I'm so excited to share the professional photos from Sophia's first birthday party taken by Julie Young. She also photographed our family session in the park which we absolutely loved! When we started to think about Sophia's first birthday, which let's be honest I was thinking about when she was 8 months old, we both knew that with the amount of people we wanted to invite, it couldn't be at our condo. I started researching venues and quickly picked Maggiano's in the city. I liked the private function room and that all the food (which was delicious) would be served family style. 


The theme was pretty easy for me to decide on - unicorns! From the invite to desserts, we had little touches of this throughout! It wasn't overpowering, but just enough that it was known! Between Etsy, Amazon and a few local vendors - we had all the unicorn touches needed! I ordered a custom unicorn balloon & pastel rainbow garland from Fig Balloon Co - love how they turned out and she threw in an extra #1 gold balloon which was so sweet! When we got to the restaurant, the tables were missing something, so with the extra balloons that I ordered, an air pump and some double sided tape, I created these little centerpieces on each table! The cake was the first thing I ordered and I absolutely love how it turned out - Party Favors took my Pinterest inspiration and made it come to life! 


Gary worked on a really special video that we showed while everyone was eating & there were a couple of sweet  and heartfelt speeches thrown in! We're so grateful that so many people chose to celebrate Sophia's birthday with us, which is why it was so important to me to have photos taken with each one of the guests and the birthday girl


The stress of hosting a party is something I'll always feel, but in the moment it was so wonderful to be surrounded by our family and friends that helped make this first year of parenthood a bit easier! . Even though she will have no recollection of this, I'm happy that we will be able to show her the photos and video from her first birthday!

It was the most special day & we're so grateful that a good time was had by all!


Custom Balloons - Fig Balloon Co
Cake & Cookies - Party Favors
Unicorn Photo Banner - Etsy
Unicorn Milestone Poster - Etsy
"One" Unicorn Banner - Amazon
Pastel Balloons for Centerpieces - Amazon
Pink & Gold Crown - Amazon
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What's in My Diaper Bag

We have gone through 3 different diaper bags in this last year, which may sound a bit crazy, but finding one that checks off all your boxes was harder than I thought. At first I opted for a traditional Skip Hop bag that I really loved, but wasn't as functional as I hoped. I then went for the tote savvy insert for my Louis Vuitton Neverfull and while it did work, I always felt like I was missing something for Sophia and I think this will be a better option when she's a bit older. I finally settled on the backpack option not only for it's functionality and how much it could store, but also because there is nothing better than being hands free / being able to carry your child and still have your bag with you! 
I'm an over packer by nature, so it should come as no surprise that I'm ready for just about anything with what's in our diaper bag. I also like to have the majority of things ready to go, with the exception of food so that I don't have to think and can just grab and go!
  • Diapers, Wipes, Changing Pad & Creams || What diaper bag doesn't have diapers?! I also have a separate pouch so that I can easily grab wipes, cream & Vaseline. I like to have the separate pouch for when we're at a restaurant or I can leave my entire bag with someone else & just take the necessities in the bathroom for a quick change. I have the skip hop changing pad that I leave in the car, but for our diaper bag I use this plain amazon basics one
  • Sunblock, Hand Sanitizer & Bug Spray || Probably overkill, but I keep all three with us because inevitably on the weekends I don't know where the day can take us, especially if we will be outside for longer than I expected and need to reapply sunblock. I love BabyGanics products and have used them from the start. 
  • Pouches, disposable place mats, extra bib & snack container || I love pouches for on the go / restaurant eating. Even though Sophia can nibble on the food we're eating now, I like to make sure she has something of her own to eat. I love these disposable place mats to place food on & this snack container is clutch for keeping her snacks in place and not spilling all over the place. 
  • Wet wipes, pacifier wipes & stain remover || I'm a self proclaimed germaphobe and wipe everything down where ever we go. I am pretty brave and wear white with Sophia frequently, so the Tide To Go pens have come in handy more than once. I still keep the pacifier wipes in my bag, but we don't use them as often anymore, but it's good for wiping down her water bottle as well.
  • Extra bottle, formula dispenser & sippy cup || Sophia loves her sippy cup & since we're slowly weaning from formula to milk, I still keep two bottles worth of formula with me just in case. This is the best organizer that I've found. 
  • Toys || Got to keep the baby entertained! I love this Baby Einstein musical toy and have two - one for the house and one for our diaper bag! I keep one book & Sophie the Giraffe in there as well. 
You can find all my favorite baby items on my Amazon Shop Page!

Along with a backup pair of clothes, this is pretty much set to go at any moment. Is this too much or do you think I'm missing anything? 
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Sophia's Birthday Weekend

What a weekend! I first want to thank you all so much for the birthday wishes last week! The last few days have been so full of love and happiness, all for our lovely Sophia! I am waiting on the professional photos from Sophia's first birthday party, so below are iPhone snaps and highlights of the most fun weekend!
pastel balloons in the crib for the birthday girl
First birthday outfit
I'm sure that Gary & I were more excited than ever waking up on Friday to see Sophia's face when she saw the kitchen we got for her birthday! It's perfect for her now and will grow with her as she gets older! One of the coolest moments ever!


Even though the majority of the day was getting ready for the party the next day, we did have a great birthday lunch with my parents and sang Happy Birthday once my cousin and his family got to town! Clearly Sophia wasn't sure about her first taste of dessert! 



 Milestone Sign from Etsy
  "One" unicorn banner
When your best friends' conference schedule happens to coincide with your daughter's first birthday, it's a good day! P.S. I got a spray tan, but it was really dark in the room as well...so I look doubly tan!


I felt like I was planning a mini rehearsal dinner for Sophia's first birthday. We celebrated with our family and friends at Maggiano's in the city. It could not have been a more perfect day and I really can't wait to see all the photos! For as emotional I thought I would be, there were so many laughs and good times that the tears were thankfully at bay (for the most party) and I could bask in the amazing celebration!





The party continued with a BBQ at my sister's house on Sunday. It's rare that all the cousins are in town, especially my cousin and her family that live in Italy, so it was wonderful to catch up even more. The busy weekend took a toll on all of us and we all couldn't wait to relax and snuggle Sunday night.  I can't believe the weekend we've been planning for a few months has come and gone, now it's time to enjoy the rest of the summer!
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