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ICE CREAM, YOU SCREAM

July 21st, 2014


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We made it to Houston!

And it feels really good to be back in Texas. We have been so busy checking off our to do list of all the things we need in Texas that we didn’t need in New York.  You know, like cars and a house. (!)  The car part was much easier since our cousins have a dealership in town, but the house part is proving to be a bit more challenging in this market. If you aren’t familiar with what is going on in Houston now… It. Is. Crazy. The economy is booming, and more people are moving here than any other county in the country. More people means more people bidding on the houses we want.  I’ll keep you posted on that front, but in the meantime, wish us luck.  (We need it!)

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One of the things I am most excited about now that we are back in Texas is reconnecting with all our dear friends from growing up and college.  While we were in New York, a lot changed.  We had Knox and our friend’s families grew, as well.  I can’t wait to head to the neighborhood pool with the kids for playdates.  (Because it is just too hot to play in the yard on most summer days.)

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When it comes to easy, fun summer pool clothes you simply can’t beat Old Navy.  Before we left the city, I picked up a bright new swim suit, this denim skirt & light weight stripe shirt / cover-up.  I know I will be living in easy, cool throw on clothes this summer at the lake and pool, but I still want to look cute.  I love how this effortlessly transitions from cover-up to running around town.

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I popped over to a street vendor’s stand and bought this hat before shooting the look and I must say, I have worn it ever since! I lost my J.Crew one last summer, but this little $15 dollar one seems to be working just fine, so far.

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It’s hard to see my swim suit (sorry, I just can’t bring myself to do a swim suit post.) ;) But, you must check it out! The bright colors and patterns remind me of the Mara Hoffman ones I love!
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Photographed by Lydia Hudgens

Outfit details: Top: c/o Old Navy | bikini: c/o Old Navy | skirt: c/o Old Navy | sandals: Matt Bernson | sunnies: c/o Rebecca Minkoff, old | hat: street vendor, similar | nails: Essie “lilacism” | handbag: c/o Jonathan Adler (in blue)

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SIMPLE LIFE

July 17th, 2014


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Our internet is already turned off and we are waiting for the movers to arrive. I popped into the coffee shop down the street to publish this post and as I sit here there are a million emotions running through my head.

I know this is not the last New York coffee shop I will be working from as I will come back often for work and to visit our friends and this addicting city we have called home for the last 4 years (so I won’t get too emotional on you this morning). :)

Running downstairs to go to the store, pick up flowers, grab a coffee, etc. will be one of the things I miss most about the city.  I love walking everywhere and having everything you need just down the block.  People often think living in NYC would be hard, but for this reason I actually think life in the city is pretty simple.

This white blouse and my skinny jeans have become my uniform lately.  It’s just so easy and effortless, but I love the way a crisp white shirt looks so polished and classic.

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AERONAUTICAL NURSERY

July 15th, 2014


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The last stop on our apartment tour is Knox’s nursery.  His nursery theme is ‘vintage aeronautical’ because we think it’s cute, but also because my father is a commercial airline pilot and my grandfather flew in World War II. The airplanes on the wall above Knox’s glider were in my father and brother’s nurseries.

I don’t want to have to redesign the room in a few years when Knox gets older so I stuck with primary colors and patterns that weren’t too young for an easy transition to a toddler and little boy’s room.

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The classic ticking stripe crib bedding plays well with the other patterns in the room and the dark navy doesn’t show spots (which I learned quickly is a good thing).  My sister found the custom fly pillow for me from A Grace Unlimited.

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I loved these baskets from Restoration Hardware, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay that much for storage baskets!  So, I found these on One King’s Lane and I bought some paint & stencils on amazon.  I plan to DIY “toys”, “books” and “laundry” to these baskets for the same look as the RH ones I love!

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I almost didn’t get a glider because I didn’t think there was room in the nursery, but I am so glad I did! Honestly, this is where you spend most of your time so make sure to pick out a comfortable one! And, be sure to order well in advance. This glider took 6 weeks to get here and Knox arrived 6 weeks early so I was nursing on the couch in the beginning and it wasn’t as convenient or comfortable for late night feedings.

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I opted for a leather pouf instead of the matching ottoman. The dark leather adds contrast to the light linen fabric and it’s a more functional size for our tiny space. Now that Knox is bigger, it also makes for a fun little play seat for him to pull up on and to sit on.

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This custom pillow is such a cute baby gift!  I love having all his stats displayed to always remember.

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Our friends found so many adorable airplane accessories for our showers. I am amazed by how much cute stuff is out there for our nursery theme.

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The twin bed in the nursery allows the room to double as a guest bedroom.  There is a trundle-bed under it, as well, so we can sleep two guest comfortably.
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We had to take down the bottom row of pictures for now because Knox was too interested in them during diaper changes.  My sweet college friends ordered the captain sign for our baby shower and I loved it so much I tied it to this floor lamp.  Our apartment doesn’t have any overhead lights so I have to put lamps wherever they will fit!
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Photographed by Lydia Hudgens

Nursery details: crib bedding: Restoration Hardware | twin comforter, quilt and gingham sheets: Pottery Barn | airplane sheets: Restoration Hardware (how cute are their new ones?!) | rug: Gilt Group | twin trundle-bed, changing table and crib: Pottery Barn Kids | floor lamp: Target | changing pad cover: Pottery Barn Kids | curtains: Pottery Barn Kids | airplanes: vintage | airplane prints: Pottery Barn Kids | F L Y letters: Restoration Hardware | ottoman: Serena & Lily | trash can: Pottery Barn Kids | fly pillow + custom birth pillows: A Grace Unlimited | glider: Monte Designs | personalized quilt: Pottery Barn Kids

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