Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Construction Birthday Party

We had a construction-themed party for my son’s third birthday. Hudson looked the part in his custom dump truck shirt featuring a big number 3. I ordered this from Leo & Lyla – a great little company that makes everything from baby onesies and shirts to hair bows and burp cloths. Check it out on Facebook here.


Because I was still on maternity leave, I could really get creative with birthday party decor and favors. I made custom-labels for the water bottles and little food signs that looked like dump trucks. I served the fruit and dip in a giant tool box that my mom and I found at Home Depot. I also made little favors for the kids out of canvas tool belts (also from Home Depot) stuffed with bubble-filled tools, swirly straws, and suckers. The construction cake was a two-tier chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting that I dumped crushed Oreos on (to look like dirt, of course) and topped with caution cone candles and an earth mover. Caution tape and cones rounded out the decor!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pretty in Peplums

Peplums are everyone now, and I think one of the easiest trends to wear. They both accentuate a tiny waist, or help create the shape of a small waist and curves. I have really grabbed on to this trend because peplums help hide this post-baby bod I am currently rocking. Here are a few easy-to-wear peplums at easy-to-justify price points.

Banana Republic peplum textured top
Buy at Banana Republic for $74.50
Limited Peplum Colorblock dress
Buy at The Limited for $98 – use code 456 for $15 off.

Forever 21 Peplum top
Buy at Forever 21 for $15.80

Friday, May 17, 2013

Milly is doing a limited collection in conjunction with Banana Republic for summer. There will be a variety of pieces for both men and women available on May 30 at Banana Republic stores and online. The items will be priced at a more modest Banana Republic price point, rather than Milly's designer price tag. 

Here is a sneak peek of the clothing line: 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Get your navy chevr-on

I am loving the chevron trend, and navy is definitely the color of the season. Here are a few options that combine chevron and navy for Spring. Pick your piece -  skirt, top or dress! 

Be sure to check out the rest of CoriLynn's beautiful skirts - she has a red chevron and several adorable awning stripe skirts too. The shape is flattering on all figures. And if you're as obsessed with chevron as I am, also check out her clutches (I keep my iPad in one)!

Kate Spade Robbie Skirt

Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Top

Fash Forward Boutique Dress

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Last Day - Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Today is the last day to take advantage of the Kate Spade Surprise Sale. Items are discounted by as much as 75% off retail, and there’s still a really solid selection of spring bags and totes, shoes, wallets, accessories and jewelry. Use this link and enter your email and zip code to access the sale.

My top picks are:
 Berry Street Alyssa - $49

 Dory Wedge - $129

Plaza Athenee Necklace in Florescent Coral - $49

Monday, May 13, 2013

Our First Family of Four Photo

We took family pictures on Mother's Day because we were already planning on being dressed up to go to brunch. We went up to our golf course and had the place to ourselves to take pictures with the boys. This is actually the first picture we have together with all four of us! 

On the boys – Janie & Jack “Sailing Style” sweater vests and hat (collection on clearance now), Old Navy pants and button downs. I think this is a great way to get a coordinated look without spending a lot of money. Just find two pieces that coordinate - in this case it's sweater vests - and build the rest of the outfit around that. I like family picture outfits that look like they all coordinate, but don't match exactly.

On the Hubs – Charles Tyrwhitt shirt and Banana Republic pants

Monday, May 6, 2013

Three Months of Baby Pictures

Here's my little guy month-by-month for the first three months. I like to see the photos next to each other for easy size comparison. I bought these cute neck tie stickers on Etsy for about $8 - there is one for each month, plus a newborn one. Stickers Plus Etsy Shop