five things: jeffrey campbell edition

I visited the Nordstrom site over the weekend with the intention of snagging a few #nsale items but to be honest I am a little underwhelmed. Instead I found myself scouting shoes and landed on the Jeffrey Campbell collection. I love his shoes. Unfortunately most of the ones I like are not available in my size- WTF.

So what do you do when you can’t buy the shoes you want? You share them with the internet.

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1) butterfly mule  2) fling sandal  3) espadrille  4) jelly slide  5) platform

Please someone buy these and and live out my shoe dreams.

xx Ly

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my first event, a recap!

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Last Thursday was my first foray into an event curated by the blog. As a reminder I partnered with the shop Perican Bing for a madre’s night out shopping party. You can read more about Dominga and her shop here & here. I definitely learned a few things in hosting an event like this for the first time and reminded myself of a few things too.

First off, I am still quite shy about this blog. It has been two years and most people who know me in real life, not blog life, don’t even know that I have this little live journal out in the world. So maybe I could do a better job of self-promoting in my day to day as I enjoy sharing these anecdotes on life these days. Continue reading “my first event, a recap!”

Guest Post:

Back today as promised, a day late, to share Dominga’s style tips and perspective on a few pieces you can introduce into your wardrobe to get major style points. But first, a quick reminder to comment below or email Dominga to RSVP for our event next Thursday.

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Each morning I find myself in the throng of harried-looking moms who are gently (or not) prodding their children to the school drop-off line. Whether we’re rushing off to work or to a short stint of precious solo time, we are united in our unforgiving schedules and the promise of another day of mostly the same.  I’m sure I’m not alone in my quest to figure out ways to maximize efficiencies, whether it’s shaving a few minutes off the daily commute or bedtime. Now that my daughter has adopted her own sartorial point of view, we’ve incorporated choosing outfits into the evening routine, which got me thinking about my own approach to getting dressed. Continue reading “Guest Post:”

the life of a manicure

I have written before about my love for a manicure. Since becoming a madre I have kept my appointments, every four weeks, consistent and found a few ways to game the system so that I don’t have to take too much time away to get my nails did. While on my recent shoot in LA I noticed I was taking lots of fotos including my hands in them and liked the consistency that my nails provided. Below are my tips and tricks for flawless madre nails accompanied by a photo series of said nails. Continue reading “the life of a manicure”

Brooklyn Approved Summer Shoes

Today we have a guest post from my bff in Brooklyn. Having a best friend on the other side of the country is a lot easier with things like email, texting, facetime and gchat. More often than not I can expect a link to some new footwear that has either arrived via fedex in Brooklyn or Emi has had open in a browser window for a few days. Today Emi is sharing her real life reviews of said shoes. These are items that I have only seen thanks to technology and that Emi has given the real life test to. Whether it is on a commute or laps around Brooklyn. Hope you find some new favorite footwear and it would be just too cute if you too shared the link with your bff/personal fashion adviser.


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Shoes are a big deal in New York.  And I’m not talking Carrie Bradshaw Louboutin-coveting, fainting at the sight of a shoecloset kind of big deal.  I’m talking the decision you make in the morning that could haunt the rest of your day and make you leave your friends early kind of big deal.

Shoes are my transportation.  On a day where I’m just going to work and back with a pop out to grab lunch I clock no less than 3 miles.  And that’s not usually all I’m doing, especially this time of year, so those shoes better work for me.

Here’s where Carrie Bradshaw and I align- I too make investments in shoes.  While I will fret for 15 minutes over whether or not I need a $5 latte, I don’t hesitate to spend $$$ on a pair of shoes.  Because if chosen right that pair will last me 2-3 years and take me miles and miles and miles.

Here are five pairs I’ve found to be Brooklyn approved for summer:

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  1. No. 6 Clogs– I have several pairs of No. 6 clogs- 3 pairs for summer, and the boots for winter.  We had an office-wide LOL last week when the UPS guy came and subsequently 3 of us were trying on our new wood-soled sandals!  One note- these babies only take me about 3 miles comfortably.
  2. Cole Haan Sandals– Each summer CH comes out with a new version of this sandal.  I’m on my third pair.  They are really well made, take no time to break in and can take me 5 miles no problem.
  3. Superga– I bought these last year and have enjoyed them for dressed down days in the office and on several vacations.  They aren’t quite as cushy as Nikes, but I do like their simplicity.
  4. Espadrilles– I got the cutest pair of lace up wild-patterned, pointy toe espadrilles on my honeymoon in Spain last year, and they are such a fun way to punch up an outfit.  Bonus points for being comfy. Similar spendier pair linked here, but they are a dime a dozen these days.
  5. Emerson Frye Slappers– Full Disclosure: I ordered these and they got WOWs from my colleagues, but they were just too small so I had to return them.  But if you aren’t a giant like me, DO it!  They are so cute and would be comfy in the right size.
thx Emi!
xx Ly

mom crush: Sari Azout

Happy Thursday! As promised I am finally here with a guest post from a fellow madre I have gotten to know via instagram. Meet Sari Azout, she is the founder of Bib & Tuck, amazing btw, new madre & super hot & fashionable Miami resident. Follow her on insta, she does not disappoint!!! I do not remember exactly how I discovered Sari but am very happy that I did. She agreed to put a guest post together about her transition into motherhood. I am going to parse this out into three posts for a couple reasons. One, she has really great things to share and two, she sent over some stellar photos that I want to let breathe a bit on the blog. So without further ado, welcome to post our first post from Sari, my current mom crush.

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The first month with a baby is so disorienting. Between friends and family visiting around the clock, the boob transformation that NOBODY prepares you for, recovering from the physical trauma that is childbirth, and getting to know my new loved one, I felt like my brain was scrambled eggs. Three months in everything feels so much easier and I can genuinely say I am enjoying every day with my kiddo. Follow him on Instagram @thestevennesta for a good laugh!

Biggest “surprise” Expect a boob transformation – they will be HUGE, even early on, and your nipples will turn almost black and expand to the size of coasters. Nobody talks about how painful breast engorgement can be (and mastitis), and I think the conversation about childbirth should include this.

Bouncing Back I was surprised by how quickly the bump disappears and how you naturally shed the pounds. That said, the last few pounds are the hardest to shed and I still feel like a deflated balloon. I’m slowly getting back in shape but I have to say as someone who really cares about their weight I have a newfound respect for my body for being able to birth a beautiful human being and am embracing whatever permanent changes come with childbirth.

Balancing it all I was back to working within a few weeks after giving birth, though I’m lucky in that I get to work from home. I’ve realized that in order to make it all happen, you have to plan in advance, be obsessive about to-do lists, and come to terms with the fact that quality is more important than quantity when it comes to parenting.

Advice Take care of yourself. It’s especially necessary when you’re giving so much. It makes you a better mother. Also, mom shaming drives me crazy. Everyone does whatever works for them as a mother, and I don’t think any mother should be judging and thinking others should be doing it their way.


Thanks for sharing Sari! I love your notes & yes completely agree NO ONE prepares you for the boobs & afterbirth situation!

xx Ly

find me on cardi & couture

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Today I am guest posting over on the blog Cardigans & Couture. Regan & Katie’s blog is one of the first ones I ever began to follow so its fun to be featured over there. I am sharing some of my maternity favorites that work post partum too.

For those of you who might be coming over here by way of C&C welcome! I wanted to share a cheat sheet to some of my favorite posts on my blog to get you familiar with what we have to offer over here. And of course follow me on insta where I post regularly & most often humorously about this adjustment period.

The End is Coming – A post covering the mix of emotions I was feeling at week 36 of being pregnant.

WTF I am going to be a Mom!?! – Anxiety over this new label of ‘madre’

Maternity Style – A collection of all of my maternity style posts including the ASOS dresses I mentioned over at C&C.

Life With Baby – Real talk about life with a little one.

Thanks for stopping by & please let me know what you think!

xx Ly

Five things for a more fashionable spring

Meet my friend Pauline, she is a wardrobe stylist working across the country styling models, athletes and celebrities. I have had the pleasure of working with her and now get to call her a dear friend. Today Pauline is sharing her five must haves for a stylish Spring!


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  1. Unrefined coconut oil – I believe our skin and hair are our greatest accessory therefore that has to be on point first and foremost. Coconut oil will also help achieve gorgeous ethereal beauty.
  2. Flare jeans – Channeling 70’s chic
  3. Sachajuan Ocean Mist + Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – My can’t-live-without essentials to give my mane full bodied, tousled beach waves while giving my hair a break from a wash.
  4. Light scarf – I have my go-to spring scarves that I travel with that can be styled in multiple ways.
  5. Floor length bohemian print dress – I can take this dress from Spring straight thru to Fall with the right layering and accent pieces.

Thank you PK for sharing! I am already a fan of the Sachajuan ocean mist spray. Was introduced to it by my hair stylist last year and love how easy to use it is. Also a major fan of #5 the boho dress, I think they are flattering on EVERYONE. Might have to try to work the flare jeans into rotation, but need to find the right pair first.

xx Ly

Post Partum Fashion

I am not sure if this can truly be called ‘fashion’ but ‘post partum fashion’ has a nice ring to it. Today I wanted to share a few items that I have been enjoying wearing my first week of motherhood. In Liz’s guest post she mentioned that it would help me feel more myself if I got ready everyday. Fortunately Mo has been taking a morning feeding which allows me to have 2-3 hours between 8-11am to myself. During this time I take a shower, get dressed for the day, straighten up our room , the nursery and eat something. We are not always leaving the house but it definitely makes me feel prepared for our day. During this time Mike is downstairs working in his office (he works from home) and Mo is nearby snoozing.

Last Monday the day before I gave birth I was doing some Christmas shopping and stopped into Nordstrom to get a few pieces that would take me through the last two weeks of this pregnancy but also work well for nursing. As I was shopping I was having contractions, unbeknownst to me, with this being my first pregnancy I just assumed the baby was moving a lot. The contractions were about an hour apart so like I said, I didn’t think it was anything just a little discomfort. I love the fact that I was in early labor and shopping at Nordys!


 

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But back to the clothes! These are the items I have had on rotation my first days and week after coming home with baby.

1) A soft cozy button up: I have a few that I have been wearing since coming home from the hospital. When looking for a button up I always want to make sure it is baggy and covers my butt. I find them more flattering that way. I already had some favorites: one from Zara and a chambray from The Gap. But this one I purchased last Monday, in labor, is the Wayf long sleeve plaid blouse. I had been looking for another plaid/flannel shirt to add to my wardrobe and this one was such a nice feminine take on flannel that I had to take it.

2) A long cardigan: I purchased this one on that same Monday on super sale at The Gap (when is there not a super sale at The Gap). I didn’t shop at The Gap much prior to my pregnancy but since they have such easy basics and ALWAYS have promotions & discounts I got a good amount of stuff from there during my pregnancy- the price was right and I just tended to buy the silhouettes that worked with the baby bump. This sweater is from their Gap Body line- the Softest Open Front Cardigan and is technically pajamas or lounge wear I guess. It was discounted by 40% when I purchased it. I bought it in the hope of using it as a cover up for pjs and also as something to keep me cozy at the hospital- I stuck to my plan and wore my own clothes instead of the hospital gowns. I felt much better that way. I did wear this cardigan in the hospital after Mo was born to keep myself warm and to cover myself up. It is made of nylon, cotton and wool so its just as soft and premium feeling as any other cardigan, but the fact that I got it at such a great price and that it is not a ‘real cardigan’ I don’t feel as guilty sleeping in it, laying on the couch snuggling my baby under some blankets or dripping breast milk on it.

3) Unitard: I know this one is kinda out there, hear me out. For my halloween costume I purchased a black unitard from American Apparel. I love the fact that it is a one piece- cause how simple is that!?! Until you have to go to the bathroom! I actually wore the unitard the other day to brunch with Mike & Mo. I layered my Zara button up over it and threw on some high tops. I was very happy with the result. The unitard under any shirt or dress allows for nursing easily as you just lift your shirt/dress what have you and pull down the top of the unitard under your boob, unclick your bra and begin nursing. What I like best is that I am pretty much keeping my entire body covered and warm while just exposing my breast.

4) Dresses: I purchased two dresses recently from Nordstrom- one back in November and the other during my Monday trip just hours before Mario was born. The brand is Glamorous and Nordstrom’s site describes the style as: A graceful bateau neckline and full-length sleeves style a swingy shift dress inspired by vintage fashion. They actually remind me of baby doll dresses or dresses I wore when I was a little girl. They are extremely comfortable and easy to wear. I have paired them with tights, leggings, boots and flats. Most recently I wore the blue dress on Christmas Eve and the black and white one on New Years Eve. The black and white dress got some action while I was pregnant and definitely has the room to cover a bump. I highly suggest these dresses for pregnant, post partum & nursing madres. They are so easy to wear, you don’t have to think about a full outfit (bonus) and very convenient for nursing. Especially with the tights/legging/tank combo I wear that acts as a full body suit so as to not expose all my flesh when nursing.

What about pants you might ask… The pants I have had on rotation this week are still my maternity pants for the most part, with some leggings and elastic waist pants working too. The maternity pants are definitely more baggy and loose, but that is a welcome feature for now. I did re introduce The Gap pair of maternity jeans I complained about in this post a few months back. They are the perfect fit now and I love the cut and wash.

That is what I have got so far! Hope you find it helpful. Please share any post partum faves of your own in the comments or on instagram.

xx Ly