Monday, November 21, 2016

Ideas on What to Wear for You and Your Little This Thanksgiving

Mango printed wrap jumpsuit  
Rylee + Cru starlight long john 
Converse chuck taylor all star 

I've never met a weekend that I didn't welcome BEFORE becoming a nurse at a hospital 10 years ago.  Ive been working weekends ever since and they've been much less of a welcome.  After having a baby I stopped working for a good year and took time to decide if I wanted to go back.  I had all the holidays off for the first time in 10 years and I could not have been happier, but I chose to go back because nursing was never a career for me, it was a calling.  I was blessed to be able to go back per-diem (I work mostly once a week) and still connect with my patients and friends.  That said, this past weekend was rough - in every sense of the word.  I am thrilled it's over.  On to what to wear for Thanksgiving!  

I'm usually a last minute kinda girl -- I get ready last minute, I plan vacations last minute, and I choose my outfits last minute, etc.  I know, I'm working on it! lol  This year our Thanksgiving outfits were picked and ready to go 2 weeks ago! It might have to do with the fact that I worked this past weekend and will be working the night before Thanksgiving so last minute was not an option.  I may be sleeping through Thanksgiving, but at least I'll look good while doing it ;)

I'm in Mango's wrap jumpsuit.  I paired it with a black thin turtle neck, black tights, and black boots.  Its flowy fabric, bell sleeve, sweet tiny floral print, and side pockets made this my Thanksgiving pick!

Here are some other ideas for you:

1. Zara oversized check dress -  pair it with tights  
2. H&M knit mock turtleneck sweater - pair it with your favorite jeans (preferably a stretch fabric jean - bloating happens on thanksgiving my friends, ha!) 
3. Asos slouch wide leg pants with  Zara's printed blouse or Zara's frilly high collar blouse 

My little guy is in one of my favorite small shops Rylee + Cru's long john and it doesn't get any cuter!  The material is thick and cozy enough for this cold weather here in NY and its print is perfect.  

Here are some other ideas for your littles:

1. carleymegan hemingway coverall in gingham print 
2. Rylee + Cru black bear long john 
3. H&M chinos with suspenders and Old Navy cable knit reglan 

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Sleepy Shelter Island, Their Beautiful Fall Backdrop and Three Fashion Brands Who are Amazing!

Zara Puff Sleeve Dress

Asos sold out {these are similar} 

Rylee & Cru Black Bear Sweatshirt 

carlymegan Wader Overall 

Oh Shelter Island you are so beautiful and dreamy, but oh so sleepy this time of year.  We arrived via ferry and were quick to find out that all of its cute shops and eats were closed :( Thank the good Lord there happened to be the sweetest little toy shop that welcomed us with open doors!  Our little guy shopped his little heart out and ended up with some cute goodies.  As we headed back to the ferry for home, we found the prettiest area filled with trees boasting the most breathtaking fall colors alongside a dreamy archway with lush greenery.  Both were calling us to take their photo -- so we of course obliged ;)  We added a cute little boy and his silly mama too!  It's one thing to see the pictures, but if you're visiting the North Fork this fall season, take a quick ferry ride on over to Shelter Island to see all of its prettiness.  Just don't go on a Wednesday!  Mostly everything is closed! lol

The warm cozy dress I'm wearing is from Zara and I'm all about its minimalistic print.  I plan on slipping a turtle neck under this cutie when the weather turns bitter cold here in NY.  This could actually be what you wear to a casual, cozy Thanksgiving with the fam too!  If you haven't gone already, Zara is the place to shop if you want style with a less expensive price tag :)

My little guy is in  Rylee & Cru Black Bear Sweatshirt and carlymegan Wander Overall.  I'm currently crushing hard on these designs and their designers!  In my opinion, their clothes are quality pieces of cool art that are comfy, durable and soft.  Every mama's dream, right?! Size up and they'll last even longer!  The oversized look is in. :)  I sized up on the Rylee & Cru sweatshirt and love the way it fits.  My little guy can't get enough of the cute bears on it and that makes me happy!  The carleymegan wader overalls are simply darling.  They have the perfect stripe that adds just the right amount of pattern for a minimalistic style -- which I love.  The cotton material is soft and you can adjust the button hole on the strap to go up or down for a personalized fit--it grows as your little one grows!  Perfection!  I think this could also be a sweet little outfit for Thanksgiving too!  Your little will be the talk of the day, at least mine is every time he wears anything from these two amazing designers! :)

Hope you have a happy Monday friends and head on over to these fashion sites and treat yourself and your little to something special!
xo, Alissa

Monday, October 31, 2016

My Current Fall Beauty Favorites

Hello fall/winter, goodbye dewy glowing skin. Right? Well I've decided to try and hold on to whatever glow that summer gave me for as long as I can and I'm hoping these 3 beauties can help me do just that!

I actually learned about Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set from YouTube. I had bought Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and wanted to see how the "pros" (anybody that actually wears makeup) applied it. A mama on YouTube was using these brushes and after finding them on Amazon for $15, I had to give it a go! I am so happy I did. I've tried MULTIPLE makeup brushes in the past and none compare. Hands down the best so far! The set I bought also came with a concealer brush and it's amazing! These brushes allow the product to glide on the face with ease, precision and comfort.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is so lush, so creamy and so simple. My first time with this product was on the night of my wedding rehearsal dinner. I've only been known for wearing concealer, mascara and lipgloss for most of my life (except for that blip in high school wear I wore more bronzer on my face then anyone should wear in a lifetime!) and I wanted something a little more for that night...  I remember rushing and applying it with just my finger tips and loving the results! I'm not sure why, but after that night I never used it again. Well, I thought I'd give it another go! I'm currently loving it. Layer it for fuller coverage or apply a thin layer for minimal coverage as I do.

Since I'm trying to achieve that glowing, dewy look I incorporated Tarte 100% Pure Maracuja Oil roller with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. I mix both together on the back of my hand using the Techniques face brush and then apply the product to my face. Really quick, really easy. It helps reduce inflammation and it's a rich source of antioxidants. Tread lightly if your acne prone and mix with moisturizers/serums for best results (in my opinion).

I still do my concealer, mascara, lipgloss routine most days, but if I'm going out (let's say for a play date) these steps only take me an extra 1-3 minutes!

What are your current fall beauty fav's?
I would love to hear them! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

What Pumpkin Picking in the Rain Looks Like

Stealing kisses that he clearly didn't want to give away. ;)

Um, Mom I'm getting wet... lol
Get me outta here! :)
See ya later rain!

ASOS jeans 
ASOS leather jacket {out of stock} similar here 
ASOS boots {out of stock} similar here

Zara kids top 
Zara kids leggings 
Zappos Hunter kids boots 

We didn't plan on pumpkin picking in the rain when we ventured out to the farm that day as you can see by our outfits.  I planned on gloomy, not "rain drops falling on my head!"  I'm wearing LuLaRoe's "Julia" dress and my little is in Zara Kids, and my hubby, well he's behind the camera :)  This dress is so comfortable I could sleep in it!  As you can tell you can style it multiple ways too!  I even tried it off the shoulder and would have shown it to you if it wasn't for the rain.  Next time ;)  Here, I styled it as somewhat of a top and layered it over a pair of distressed denim and paired it with a leather jacket.  The rain wasn't a total bummer though.  We still picked our cool specialty pumpkins (as the cashier called them) and ate delicious apple cider donuts! 

When asked to style one of LuLaRoes pieces by a consultant friend of mine I said "of course!"  I then took to their site to find out what LuLaRoe is about.  I came across this excerpt: "LuLaRoe; where through fashion we create freedom, serve others and strengthen families. A place where lives are being blessed and dreams achieved through love, purpose, confidence, trust and growth." After reading this, all I could think of was "what a powerful statement.”  One women took fashion to the next level.  She took her struggle and turned it into a passion.  A passion that now allows so many to use fashion as an avenue to be with their families all while providing for them in the comfort of wherever they call home, wearing something that is so simply comfortable. 

I am NOT a consultant, but I've learned the power of support and I will support, encourage, and cheer on all women using their heart to create something beautiful for their family and the families of others.  That said, if you are at all interested in supporting a fellow mama, becoming a consultant, or simply taking a closer look at this company, please contact my friend at  Visit her Facebook page Sitting pretty in LuLaRoe, join her group, and try your hand at her amazing GIVEAWAYS!

Happy Monday friends! Hope you were able to pick some pretty pumpkins this past weekend! 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Apple Picking and Small Shop Loving

Being a new mom means loving new thing.  Small shops and brands are a new love of mine.  Social media can be something awful but oh can it be something amazing...!  Instagram, for instance, has been my avenue in which to hear about these little gems, and I'm so thankful I did.

First on the list --  This shop brings you minimalistic style for your littles at its best.  Using high quality remnant fabric they create clean lines, uncomplicated designs, and muted color combos that are super soft and super durable, two big positives when buying kids clothing.  I'm so happy I found this brand and the creators behind it and you will be too after you go check them out! ;)

Second on the list -- ROOLE.  A women's clothing shop bringing you cute clothes as the solution to all of life's problems. ;) They have a boho chic vibe that's affordable and they just started stocking Free People! Win, win.  Although they are a women's clothing shop they offer so much more  - shoes, accessories, baby goodies...  So what are you waiting for?! You need to head on over and treat yourself. You deserve it! 

Third on the list -- The Bee & The Fox.  I love this shop.  Maybe its because the mommy behind it is a nurse like myself, or maybe it's because she's a boy mom like me, or maybe it's because I love the thought process behind it and their t-shirts speak the truth in a cool way.  It's all of the above.  They have some other cool things too and they're on my shopping list! Go check them out!

We recently went apple picking at Harbes Family Farm and Winery and I jumped at the opportunity to wear my first purchase from ROOLE, their fall linen dress. The dress is oversized, but still gives shape.  The fabric is linen, but comfy and soft.  The color is perfect for fall and can bring you right into winter.  Winter gets pretty darn cold here in NY, but I plan on wearing this dress over tights or jeans and maybe with a turtle neck underneath, so I'm good.  My cold weather friends, you might want to try it too! ;)   As for my little guy, he's in carleymegan's vernal jumpsuit. It's simply the cutest thing.  The design, color, and fabric is perfection.  So comfy, so stylish, so functional.  It's unisex too! It was nothing but compliments over these two small shop design gems at the farm that day and I told everyone where they can get their own. :)

Make it a happy Monday and go treat yourself to one of these shop's goodies! 
Happy shopping!