Roundup: My Favorite Nightstands

Photo by Michael J. Lee

Nightstands can add a lot to a bedroom, and are a great way to make a subtle change in your bedroom.  Perhaps you have a bedroom “set” from college or a hand me down that doesn’t feel “you”?  A great way to update the look is to get new nightstands in a complementary color (if you have a dark wood bed, for example, I’d get ivory or a grasscloth textured pair).  If you have a lot of space on the sides of the bed, use smaller scale dresser or extra-wide nightstands to really balance the space and avoid dead empty corners.

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An Unexpected Palette

I saw this room on Instagram last night (designed by Allison Elebash) and found the palette of medium/ light blue and blush to be really unexpected in a family space. I would typically think of these tones as too sweet and baby-ish to pair together in an adult space, but it TOTALLY works and looks fresh and interesting!  The painting by Sally King Benedict certainly adds some grown up funkiness, and the woven textures of the sofa ground everything.

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Fashion Friday: 11 Looks For Busy Moms

Many of you have asked for a Fashion Friday focusing on summer outfits for busy moms chasing toddlers or running all over creation.  That means no strapless bras, no Spanx, no heels you can’t walk in, no super short dresses you can’t bend over in…. limitations galore, yes, but you still want to look cute and don’t want to wear “athleisure” all the time, right? So here are 11 outfits that may help you find something beyond Lululemon to wear!

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This is sort of my everyday look in the summer because I have a hatred of shorts.

These pants are comfy and breezy ( again, I hate shorts)

However, if you like shorts, this look is adorable and can go from the playground to lunch with friends no problem.

And  if you want something a little more formal, these are actually reasonably flattering shorts and I love the pattern. (NECKLACE LINKED HERE– I’m obsessed.)

I’ve said it before, Persifor dresses are awesome- stretchy almost bathing suit material that aren’t too tight and keep you cool. I wear these on super hot days! Also, this is my new nail polish obsession- lasts so long and is the perfect super sheer color.

These linen shorts are cut a little wider at the bottom so more flattering to thighs! And these self tan drops are great- put a couple (or more if you wanna get darker) into your regular face or body lotion for a custom glow.

These pants may make you feel like you’re wearing PJ’s but you’re not! WINNING!

I’m pretty obsessed with my camo Rothy’s loafers, these red ones feel Nantucket-y. Also, these jeans are killer and 40% off!

I wore one of these tunics the other day on Insta Stories and got so many compliments! This is the dress version I just bought and it’s the perfect day to dinner kinda look for summer. Also that bag is ALLLLL the heart eye emojis!

For slightly cooler days this look can take you just about anywhere. And bodysuits are the BEST under boxy jackets- more slimming than tucking in a cami or shirt.

While a jumpsuit may not be mom-gear, it is friendly for chasing kids at a more formal event– and this one COMES IN TALL SIZES!!!! Hallelujah!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!

Pillow & Planter Pairings!

(blue & white planter above, on sale right now!)

I’m in the middle of a little patio refresh right now and even if you aren’t adding or replacing any furniture, you can perk up old pieces or add color to smaller spaces with the right pillows and planters!  Here are a bunch of combinations I’m loving– from neutral and timeless to statement making!

*Of note, when buying outdoor pillow covers from Etsy vendors make sure to get the right insert pillows such as these.

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FASHION FRIDAY: THE MULTI-FACETED STYLINGS OF HENRY GATES

I have about as much fun dressing Henry as I did as a little kid with my Barbies.  While boy clothes certainly are not as varied in styling options as little girls (I can’t enter Janie & Jack without a serious case of wombfire from the miniature leopard coats and gingham skirts).  Even so, it’s a freaking blast to shop for him. And while Henry is 90% of the time solidly a preppy-nautical dresser, I do like to mix it up with a little camo now and again too. :)

A lot of you asked for a post about what he’s wearing, so here’s a round up of current favorites, MANY of which we already own, in the various styles of Henry….

These jeans (PREPPY #2) are my most favorite of ALL jeans for Henry, and not expensive. And how about those Liberty swim trunks with dinosaurs??? HELLLLLOOOOO.  Also a big fan of investing a good Vineyard Vines fleece (PREPPY #10) or sweatshirt once a year (pricey but so well made) as I throw it on top of almost everything when it gets chilly.  For footwear we adore the Sambas (HIPSTER #5)  and Converse (HIPSTER #6) and they add a smidge of a cool touch to any of these outfits.

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