I finally pulled the trigger and bought this beautiful floral maxi dress that I’ve been eyeing for quite some time. Actually I bought it when I was 9 months pregnant, hoping that I would fit into it after my son was delivered and thankfully I do!
Mara Hoffman is one of my favorite designers and I am drawn to her line season after season. I love her bold, beautiful patterns and the vivid colors she frequently incorporates. Her clothes are like nothing else, they’re always unique, fun, stand-out pieces.
The vivid floral pattern on this maxi dress is perfect for summer and makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation! The pattern can also be found on this midi version (now on sale), this swing dress, and this fun one-piece swimsuit. The pattern also comes in a pastel palette, which I think would be perfect for Spring.
The tie front detail accentuates the cut-out which is a fun way to try the trend without being too scandalous. You can try the cut-out trend with this black midi dress, a similar grey button-up dress, or if you’re feeling a little daring and are comfortable showing a little more skin this sassy chambray option or a striped version.
The button-up front can be partially undone creating a slit the length of your choosing so you can show off as little or as much leg as you like… or the perfect pair of shoes! For this outing (lunch on a patio with my boys), I paired the dress with my favorite golden crisscross slides. These sandals were the perfect pair to wear throughout my pregnancy especially near the end when I swore off heels, and they continue to be one of my go-to’s for laid back looks.
All of my girlfriends with kids have suggested that we take Carter out and about as much as possible while he is still napping for a majority of the day, because once he is older and more mobile they say it will be that much harder to peacefully enjoy lunch at a restaurant which makes perfect sense. So we’re doing just that and have been carting him all around town!
Dress || Sandals
Dear Sweet Boy,
I have loved you from the moment I found out I was pregnant. I’d been dreaming of you and wishing for you and when I found out you were coming, life changed forever.
I am overjoyed that you came into this world almost three weeks early because that means I have you in my life for those extra days. Time I will always cherish.
You have turned our world upside down, our nights into days, and have taught us patience and a love so deep it’s scary. You have installed a sense of awe in both me and your father. How in the world did we make a such a perfect little being?!
I am so very happy and proud to be your mommy. I promise that I will do my very best to make sure that you are healthy and happy all of your days. I vow to do everything in my power to make sure you are a gentleman, and that you’re respectful of others. I pledge to help you become your best self and to make sure you are capable of becoming the man you’d like to be.
Your daddy is a great man, and we are very lucky to have him. I hope that you inherit his charm, wit and laid back cool. Look up to him, he is someone to emulate. He will serve as a terrific role model and will be your very best bud.
You are so loved.
Shoulder baring tops are the ultimate summer trend and one that I definitely promote you try. There are many stylish iterations of the cold-shoulder and off-the-shoulder styles. The popular styles add an element of boho-chic design to any ensemble. Plus, bare shoulders help beat the heat without showing too much skin. See my selections for tops you need to throw a fierce cold shoulder this summer!
1. Lace Flutter Sleeve Cold Shoulder Shirt || 2. Lemon Off the Shoulder Blouse
3.Gingham Sleeve-Tie Top (also in dark black and stripes) || 4. Hot Pink Shirttail Top
5. Eyelet Top with Scalloped Hem || 6. Oversized Gingham Ruffle Top
7. Silk Floral Print Blouse (also in white) || 8. Black Cinched-Long-Sleeve Top
9. Sheer Crochet Tunic || 10. Tangerine Square-Neck Top
I’ve been a little M.I.A. recently and all for good reason… our baby boy surprised us by coming almost three weeks early! We’re so happy that he’s here and have been adjusting to life with a newborn – days spent nursing, napping and snuggling on repeat! More on the sweet addition to our family later but in the meantime you can see a snap of Carter Price here.
Although my hair routine tends to be pretty basic, i.e. straightened, beach waves or these days air-dryed, it’s nice to break the mold once in a while. Enter these Jen Atkin Hair accessories from Chloe + Isabel that I came across and with which am now obsessed!