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A Few of My Favorite Things

Sweater Coat: c/o SheIn // under $30!!, Sweater:  Free People (old, similar here, also own and LOVE this one), Leggings:  Spanx, Boots:  Givenchy, Bag:  Street Level, Bag Charm:  Etsy, Hat:  Topshop

What better way to kick off the coldest month of the year in NJ, than with a long awaited blog post?

- AND - 

What better way to kick off said long awaited post, than with a compilation of my current favorites that I've steadily been wearing on a biweekly basis?

Not even exaggerating about the frequency of wear. I could easily write a separate post about every piece I'm wearing, but I'll pick my top 3 and keep it short and sweet...

These leggings. Oh. My. GOODNESS. They are by far the best I've ever owned. Not only are they designed to look like leather, but since they're Spanx, they suck and smooth everything. They can easily be dressed up for work, and then dressed down with sneakers for a day with the babe. 

The boots. Okay, okay. Yes, they are super-pricy, but to me worth the investment. Not only is the quality there {buttery-soft leather, and beautiful details and hardware} but they are ridiculously comfortable. I easily wear them to the office all day and leave them on for after-work festivities. 

This reversible tote that doubles as a diaper bag. Right after Ella was born I was using two bags, a diaper bag {an old tote that I could wipe down easily} and something fancier that I would use if I was going out without her. I soon realized a few things. One, I went out without her maybe once in the first 6 months of her life. Two, I didn't have time to switch between two bags, and would forget important things each time I left the house. So I decided to consolidate into one bag that I didn't mind getting a little messy. This faux leather tote did the trick for under $50, and looks just as good as any of my more expensive bags.

See how I style these same three pieces with different outfits on my Instagram

Happy Monday everyone!


Back in Blue

Coat:  c/o Veronica Virta, Top:  J.Crew (old, loving this mock-neck version), Jeans:  Frame Denim, Shoes:  Valentino, Bag:  French Connection (old, similar), Hat:  Forever 21

I'm baaaack! 

I know, I know, it's been a LONG time since my last post, and so much has happened since. 

Over the past two months we moved, I went back to work and my baby girl celebrated her SIX MONTH BIRTHDAY. Everyone tells you it goes by fast, but that's a complete understatement.

But now I'm back ~ just in time for the holidays.

After being pregnant and not shopping too much over the past year, I had two main focuses on my wardrobe this season:

1. New jeans

2. A fabulous new coat

I checked denim off my list with my new obsession, Frame Denim. I find most of their styles fit me perfectly and picked up several pairs over the past few months.

As far as coats go, I have one black belted puffy coat that I wear almost every day and it's perfect for my new mom life (so easy to wipe down). But I wanted something a little nicer that I could wear to work and for holiday parties.

This beautiful blue number from Veronica Virta totally fit the bill. I love a classic tweed coat, and the bright hue gives it a contemporary twist.

I was so excited to hear they now have a NJ location at the Bridgewater Commons Mall (2nd floor, Bloomingdales wing) in addition to their online boutique ~

They have so many pretty pieces that are perfect to dress up or down.

Not too late, ladies, to give that last minute *hint* *hint* to the bf or hubby!

Happy Tuesday everyone!


Lime & Vine

Sweater:  H&M (very old, similar here, here, here), Pants:  c/o Lime & Vine, Bag:  Mansur Gavriel, Sneakers:  Converse

Pretty much my daily uniform lately.

Easy to slip on, comfortable, and stuff I don't mind getting covered in spit up. 
{Sooooooooooo much spit up!}

I recently discovered Lime & Vine and so happy I did. Their entire line is chic, super soft basics. I've been wearing these pants almost every day with sneakers and flip flops, but fully intend on wearing them with heels when I go back to work.

Happy Monday everyone!


Le Flare

Top:  ASOS (old, great alternative here, loving this long-sleeved version for fall), Jeans:  Frame, Hat:  Anthropologie ~ on sale!, Bag:  Mar Y Sol, Shoes:  Anthropologie (old, similar here under $30!)

Since it's still technically summer, I thought this white + denim look was perfect for the transition to fall.

This is my first pair of Frame jeans and I think I'm in love. Seriously. 

I was worried about how my post-baby body would look in jeans, but these fit like a glove, giving me a much-needed confidence boost!

Happy Monday everyone!


Labor Day Macrame

Dress:  Forever 21 (sold out, other options here), Sandals:  Loeffler Randall, Bag:  Unknown (similar option here for under $30!), Earrings:  c/o Amelia Rose

This dress is so perfect for late summer {and for my work-in-progress post-baby bod}. It's easy throw-on-and-go, it's a dark color {formula spit up leaves a nasty orangish stain on anything light}, and it was under $30 {in line with my new baby-friendly budget}.

On another note, I had a reader recently ask me if I was going to continue to update my blog ~ a completely legitimate question. My answer is yes, I plan on continuing to update, but I can't make any promises about regularity.

Those of you who have been with me since the beginning know that my posting began to decline in frequency about a year ago {right around the time I found out I was pregnant}. I kept the secret from almost everyone until I was about 16 weeks. That combined with fatigue and nausea was my first reason for posting less frequently. 

As the months went on, and I got bigger and bigger, the challenge was looking good while not spending too much on a pregnancy wardrobe. I just didn't have the desire {or the budget} to do so.

Once the baby arrived I thought I would be back to my normal blogging frequency, and planned to incorporate my tiny fashionista into my posts. As you can see this didn't happen either. Reality is that most days I stay in PJ's all day. If I do get dressed, I wear one of five easy dresses that I don't mind using as a burp cloth, paired with minimal makeup and unwashed hair. 

My priorities completely shifted when I became a mother. To me, time spent prepping to look my best means less time playing with/enjoying my number one gal.

I go back to work in November, so my posting will hopefully become more regular then {I'll be forced look presentable every day}. I hope you'll stick with me in the meantime.

Happy hump day everyone!


Papaya + Jade

Dress:  Topshop (on SALE for $30!!!), Shoes:  Forever 21 (sold out, identical here), Bag:  Forever 21 (old, similar here), Earrings:  c/o Amelia Rose Design, Sunnies:  Ray-Ban

As you may know if you've followed me for some time, I'm a big fan of wearing bright colors. This year I've definitely been playing it a bit safer as I have not been getting dressed up as often {most days I don't even change out of PJs}.

But when I saw this comfortable crochet number on sale for just $30, I couldn't resist {always a sucker for a good bargain}. These beautiful Amelia Rose Design earrings in jade just happen to pair perfectly with the perky papaya color of this dress.

Happy Monday everyone!