We recently had some family photos taken and I’m obsessed with how they turned out. We used a local photographer Libby Felche who is so nice, it made taking pictures with a sleepy 1-year-old easy.
As much as it pains me to admit that summer is coming to an end, I can cope because fall fashion. I love all of the luxe fabrics and details of the season, especially when it comes to shoes. This year is all about embellishment and texture. Pearls, velvet and updated flats reign supreme. So in honor of the first day of New York Fashion Week, I wanted to share my 2017 Fall Footwear Wish List! See my selections for everything you need to look have your feet looking fabulous through fall!
We ventured to the Jersey Shore for the wedding of one of my dear college girlfriends. The Jersey Shore definitely gets a bad wrap (think the infamous “tan, gym, laundry” routine thanks to the reality TV show), but Mantoloking the sleepy little beach town where we visited was absolutely gorgeous and so serene!
I cannot get over the hydrangeas! They were heavenly! My girlfriends and I could not stop commenting on the abundance of hydrangeas, the variation of colors and the pristine landscaping. It was definitely enviable.
The gingham maxi dress I wore was the perfect amount of formality and prep. The thin criss-cross straps tie beautifully in the back and the skirt is the perfect amount of pouf with a layer of crinoline underneath. It was a dream to wear and to dance the night away in under the white tent of the reception, which was located in a boatyard. Sidenote: The bride and groom made their entrance on a boat, which was pretty much the cutest thing ever and perfect for a coastal wedding. It was stunning!
Unfortunately, my dress currently out of stock online, but J.Crew has some other really cute options that are pretty similar. Scope out this tiered maxi dress in blue and white stripes (which I almost bought in place of the one I wore), this cotton-poplin maxi that preppy dreams are made of, and this gingham ball skirt which would be oh so fun to mix and match with varying tops. I also love this gingham midi dress with eyelet accents. And for more gingham goodness check out this splurge worthy silk gingham maxi my DVF and this deal of a gingham maxi with contrasting trim by ASOS. All super cute styles sure to rival any Lilly Pulitzer ensembles you may encounter on the east coast!
While in Mantoloking we enjoyed our fair share of seafood. We arrived at our first stop the second we pulled into Point Pleasant at the Shrimp Box where we sipped rose overlooking the harbor. Then soon there after followed it with a delicious Italian dinner at Theresa’s South in Bay Head. I would highly recommend the pappardelle with lobster. And since we don’t have it in Denver, the novelty of BYOB isn’t lost on me. When we asked for the wine list we were surprised when she said that we could walk across the street to the conveniently located liquor store to bring in our own wine. Again, how do we get BYOB in Colorado?!
Our trip also included lots of time on the water. Sunset drinks on the shore with the bride’s friend Mary who started her own wine label, Ripe Life Wines. I definitely need to stock some of their Clambake chardonnay at home, as seen on my Instagram! One day we rented a pontoon boat and putzed around the bay while the boys crabbed. (See what they caught above!) We even had a recovery beach day beach day after the wedding before we headed to the airport.
I’m so happy that we had a fun-filled weekend reuniting with my KU girls, celebrating and amazing couple with their friends and family and I got my toes in the sand, something that’s on my list of resolutions each year!
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a great weekend!
I recently started reading the 5 Love Languages and although I’m not very far into the book, I’m wondering if there is a “Making A Big Deal Out of Milestones, Events and Parties” love language?! Because if so, that’s me to a T. I live to celebrate the special occasions in life… baby showers, birthday parties, bachelorette parties… sign me up! I will pin ideas, craft decorations, and be the first one there.
Carter’s first birthday party was no exception, and actually my inner party-planner took over and relished in the experience.
We’ve rocked countless hours,
Counted life in weeks and months.
I’ve kissed your cheeks,
your Buddha belly,
your rolling thighs,
your fingertips a million times,
I turned thirty, just weeks before you turned one.
I got my first gray hair, while you grew a full head.
You’ve laughed while I cried and I you.
I’ve lost sleep, tracked milestones, snapped countless pictures, and stared at you in complete awe.
You are the best and hardest thing I have ever done.
My heart has grown and exploded with a love I’ve never known.
I have loved every minute of this first year and cherish being your mommy. Love watching you grow and learn. Love seeing your budding personality. Love your infectious laughter. Love your (still) toothless grin. Love your wispy, uneven hair.
I yearn to keep you little but am excited for what’s in store. You’ll accomplish great things little one and I’ll be here, next to you, watching, cheering, celebrating.
Happy birthday baby boy.
My baby’s first birthday is a week from today and although I have no idea how that happened, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to list my must-haves for the first year as a new mom. Since parenting is a moving target, I don’t use all of these things now but at some point in the past twelve months I’ve desperately needed each of these items and have been so grateful for their existence. Whether it was bouncing my newborn to sleep on an exercise ball (which just so happens to be a fab ab workout), soothing diaper rash or testing my breast milk to make sure it was safe for my little to drink after a glass (or two) of wine. See my favorites as a first-time mom!
To ring in my thirtieth birthday, and the birthdays of several of my best girlfriends, we planned a trip to Napa. It was my first time visiting the valley and it did not disappoint!
I couldn’t be happier that summer is fi-na-lly here! I live for warm weather and as you might have noticed gravitate towards wearing dresses, tank tops, skirts and sandals. I love not having to grab a coat and pile on a scarf, hat and gloves. It’s so nice to unbundle for the season.
The trend of styling a dress over jeans is perfect for days when you just can’t seem to figure out what to wear to be comfortable in the in-between spring temperatures. I’m always cold and wearing basic skinny jeans under this printed off-the-shoulder dress proved just about perfect to keep me warm while out and about.