Monday, August 22, 2016

Naps and Fringe. They Go Together, Right?

It's 11:42 in the morning on a Friday, to be exact, and it's quiet. Quiet like all I hear is the central air kicking on and my thoughts, and it's nice.  Nice because for the last week our toddler has refused to nap.  With watery, sleepy eyes he still refuses to go down in his crib.  My husband is working from home today and took our little tot in for yet another attempt.  It's quiet which means one thing, that said toddler is sleeping peacefully, but not in his crib - in daddy's arms.

I try to remember the cliche but true statement of how time flies and I will miss this stage. So with strength from above, I hold him a little longer, pray a lot harder, and drink coffee.  I was a tea only girl, but mommyhood has revealed the power of the bean! lol

We live a walk away from the water so most summer evenings you'll find us at the beach.  This past Tuesday was no different except that the fresh, salty, air was especially helpful in making our tired and grumpy toddler feel better.  If I'm being honest, it was helping his tired and grumpy mommy too. ;)

I'm wearing a top from Storets.  I found this online shop while scrolling through my favorite bloggers on Instagram.  They were all wearing pieces from this store so naturally I had to check them out. ;) Fringe is not something I normally gravitate to, but this trend is on the rise and I wanted to give a go.  You can wear it with your favorite distressed denim or use it has a dress as I did here.  I paired it with a skinny belt to give it shape.  It's a bit see through, but it was perfect for the beach!

Our boy loves loves to dance! All you have to do is start singing anything and he starts bouncing up and down :)

Storets Top

Happy Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. Just think it's only a few short days till Friday! ;)

Monday, August 15, 2016

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for That Off the Shoulder Trend

Whether it's on the street, in the mall, or on your phone while you scroll through your favorite fashion bloggers on instagram, there she is, the trend to be worn by all - off the shoulder.  I seriously think this peeping shoulder trend can actually be worn by all, mommies included!  So hurry up an get your fix before the cold weather creeps in.  

I picked this one up at H&M and could not be happier with it.  I personally like a loose fitting top and with this crazy heatwave we're having here in NY it was perfect for this weekend.  It's so lightweight that even though the sleeves are a bit long for heatwave status, I promise you it's lighter than most tank tops I own.  You can also wear it two ways! I love, love versatility! As for the shorts I'm wearing, I tailored them to my liking.  I cut off the cuff and ripped them for a more distressed look.  

So the heatwave had us melting this weekend and we decided to head out to Children's Museum of the East End.  It is such a fun place and I highly recommend a visit.  I wish I would have taken pictures that I could actually share, but our boy is going through an "I'm going to scream, grab things out of other children's hands, and throw a tantrum when I don't get my way" stage.  The toddler struggle is real people and it's in high force over at our house.  Insert the eye rolling, crazy eyed emoji here!  I really think this kid wants to be an only child... lol.  Any advice for dealing with a toddler misbehaving in public?  I don't think saying "he needs a nap" is gonna cut it any more. lol  

I took these pics after our little darling went to sleep for the night.  Did I mention he's revolting against nap time! The one and ONLY good thing about this is that I put that baby to bed as early as I can - 7PM! I would try earlier, but the fear of him waking before 6AM is also very real. :)

H&M top
H&M shorts {similar here
Dolce Vita wedge 

Make your Monday better by picking up this top!

ps: sorry for the grainy pics :( I'm still getting back into the swing of things. I'll get better, promise! ;)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Smoothie Anyone!

When you have fresh blueberries and want to make a yummy smoothie, but no time to find a recipe do you just make one up? I did! I took the blueberries I got from Pattys Berries and Bunches in Mattituck here in  NY, fresh organic spinach, a ripe banana, frozen strawberries, chia seeds, orange juice and ice, put them in a blender and voila - a yummy smoothie! I love a DIY smoothie for so many reasons. One - healthier for you. Two- easy to make. Three - it's quick. How fast I can make something is the only reason I make it! :) Plus my very picky toddler loves them.  He has no idea that spinach, a veggie he otherwise would NOT eat, is in it.  I just add a little of the smoothie to the water already in his cup. He sucks it down!  The skin benefits are a plus too!  I'll drink anything to brighten this mug of mine. OK, maybe not anything... ;)

Here's the skinny on the measurements I used. 

about 10 leafs of spinach

1 ripe banana 

a little less than a 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries (8)

1 TBSP of chia seed 

2 cups orange juice 

1/3 cup of blueberries

1 cup of ice 

 How cute are these Spritz paper straws from Target! I scored mine in store for a dollar! So go get some pretty paper straws and have a smoothie party! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

That Summer Dress

July 17, 2010 was the best day of my life.  That day I married my best friend, my other half, my Michael.  See our wedding pics here!  Every anniversary we go back to where we said "I do" to sip wine and reminisce.  This year was no different.  We made our way to The Old Field Vineyards and it was perfect.  I took this dress I bought from Zara during their sale along with me! It was 20 bucks!  If your celebrating something special this summer go get this dress! It hits all the summer trends with ease and effortlessness and it's super romantic.

Photo Cred Anthony Catania 
Zara dress

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Five Minute MakeUp!

In a world where your toddler is running around with a diaper on his head, your laundry is pilling up, your tea is cold after you've heated it up for the THIRD time, and your sink is full of dishes, is there really any time to put makeup on? The answer is YES! The catch is that it must take less than 5 minutes - unless said toddler is napping, then you can go to town!  

I use them every single day and it takes less than 5 minutes!  If I'm having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, skin day then I may brush my face with a mineral based foundation (Colorescience Mineral Foundation) or I may just go a little heavier with my concealer.  I've also just found another secret weapon against cystic pimples - Hydrocortisone cream!  I know I'm late to the game, but I was always so skeptical to use it.  I had such a painful spot that I had to give it a try.  I dabbed an extremely tiny amount on it and the swelling seriously went down quicker than any other product I've used.  I definitely DO NOT suggest putting this all over your face, but a tiny dab on a single painful pimple goes a long way!

John had to get in on the action of course :)