Thursday, 11 August 2011

Cool Kicks for School



With back-to-school soon approaching leave it to J. Crew to have the chicest and most stylish selection of kids' shoes.  I love that they have supplemented their own amazing in-house designs with great finds from Sperry, Adidas, Aigle, Bensimon, Minnetonka, my favorite Sven clogs, and so much more.  

Seriously how cute are all the ballerina flats for girls???  The neon trim gray boots are too cool for school and I am wishing I can squeeze my feet in those leopard print booties!  I'm loving the Euro inspired sneaks for boys and gals that will smarten up any outfit.  The Adidas and New Balance sneakers are perfect for all those energetic little boys who like to get down and dirty.  You can never go wrong with a great pair of brown boots for the coming winter or a pair of loafers just like daddy.

Be sure to check out all the J.Crew back to school picks too!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Knights in Shining Armour


Daisy Knights is an uber talented Central Saint Martins grad who has the coolest and edgiest jewelry designs.  I just love how the pieces are all matte finished metal with a very sculptural feel.   My favorites are her feather, skull, and stud motifs which are totally rock-n-roll.  I'm definitely going to need to pick up one (or perhaps a couple) of these super cute skull charms on the color cords!  Daisy's designs are all too fabulous and I'm sure you will definitely be walking around with something special on that no one else has!


Wednesday, 3 August 2011

In the Mood for Some Nudes


At the moment I am obsessed with pairing my outfits with nude flats.  Nude colored shoes go with almost everything and just adds that extra touch of chic.  They also solve the problem of the brown shoe vs black shoe since you will get more mileage out of flesh toned ones.  

I'm just drooling over all of these shoes from my online window shopping.  Of course I'm dreaming up a reason to wear heels and actually have somewhere to go.  But I don't see this happening anytime soon.  I've had my eye set on a pair of heeled mary janes since before I was pregnant and these Louboutins and Manolos are such a classic investment piece.  Wish I would've bitten the bullet while I was still with job.  The L.K. Bennett Maddox wedge is just so yummy and may work for weekend brunches with hubby and the Little Monster.  I can still walk in a wedge but for sure not ready to take on heels yet!  Mama needs a new pair of shoes real bad!












Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Peek...a...Boo



I'm always on the lookout for cool and stylish clothing for the Little Monster that is comfortable and functional for his very active days.  It is true everything they say about little boys liking to get extra dirty and filthy so his wardrobe is definitely shifting more towards play clothes and the fancy stuff saved for a special outing.  

During my trip to the states a couple of months ago I was stocking up for the fall at the Nordstrom's kids department as they always have such a great selection for boys.  Boys clothing is tough to do since the selection is pretty limited and hard to find pieces that are unique.  I was very excited when I came across Peek...Aren't You Curious that offers a fresh collection of kids clothing.  All of the pieces are made from the softest and finest materials and everything just looks so uber comfortable with that cool California vibe.  The best part is that Peek is designed by parents with lots of experience in the apparel business so the pieces are up for the workout!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Getting Ready for the English Winter...


I realize that it is barely August but I can't help but get excited for autumn.  Summer is just not for me and I really wish that it was autumn all year round.  There is nothing I love more that layering cozy knits under a chic coat and I just miss my boots so much.  I just long to be wrapped and bundled up drinking a nice warm cup of hot cocoa!  

Outerwear is another category of clothing that I just seem to accumulate and can never get enough of.  I blame this on genetics as my dad is addicted to outerwear.  The man can literally try one style for 1+ hour without ever getting bored.  I know since I have sat in the shop waiting for him since I was a kid.  I'm really ashamed to even disclose how many jackets the little monster has in his closet.  The first year was easy since he is a winter baby and grew out of things so quickly but now it's hard to justify the quantity other than they look so damn cute on him.  And with winter soon approaching I really need to limit his outerwear this season.

It just doesn't get more English than the very classic Barbour.  Their outerwear for children is just beyond adorable while being totally functional for the cold rainy weather.  I just love the preppy quilted jackets for the autumn because they very lightweight and warm.  The waxed coats and parkas are perfect for when it becomes freezing out, while the gilets/vests can be layered and still worn into the spring.  I'm sure you will find the perfect piece for whatever climate this winter will bring.

Now how do I chose just one?  Oooh and one for me too!



Monday, 25 July 2011

A Lovely Sunday in Paris


If you ever find yourself in Paris on a Sunday, you will soon figure out that pretty much everything is closed.  Of course restaurants, cafes, and museums are open but almost everything else is shut down.  I was warned by the concierge at Hotel Scribes that I better get milk and anything else the little monster might need on Saturday as it would be impossible to find a supermarket that was open on Sunday.  Of course this is very hard for the shopoholic in me that there would be a whole day when my wallet would be forced to rest.  Luckily the concierge mapped out the 2 areas where there would be retail therapy on Sunday and one of them being my favorite the Marais (the other is the super touristy Champs Elysees).  

My very favorite square in Paris is the Place des Vosges which is the heart of the Marais.  Place des Vosges is a perfectly symmetrical square surrounded by very grand, amazing and regal brick buildings.  Being in the square really gives you a feeling of what it's like hanging out in those pre French Revolution days if you were lucky to be one of the wealthy ones.  There is a giant sand pit and a small playground for the little ones to get rid of all their energy.  In the arcade around the square there are plenty on lovely cafes to relax in.  

Rue Francs Bourgeois is a boutique lined street off Place des Vosges that leads to Rue Vielle du Temple which also is home to more fabulous shops and cafes.  Here all of your shopping fantasies are fulfilled from independent boutiques to all of the chicest French labels such as Zadig et Voltaire, Petit Bateau, American Vintage, Diptique, Repetto, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and much much more.  Of course there is a lovely place to grab a seat and a drink to rest those tired feet at every corner.

Unfortunately for my wallet Sundays in Paris just got a little more expensive!

Place des Vosges, Rue Francs Bourgeois, Rue Vielle du Temple
Paris 75004

Sunday, 24 July 2011

The Most Delicious Spot in Paris


Whenever I am in Paris my first stop is always Fauchon.  Lucky for us that live in London Paris is only a little more than 2 hours away by train on the Eurostar.  The food on the Eurostar is not really worth mentioning and after waiting on the predictably slow as molasses taxi queue at Gare du Nord I am always famished.  I usually stay on the Right Bank near the Madeline out of habit since I can now get around pretty well without a map.  So why mess with that?  And honestly I really need to be close to Fauchon as I make more than 1 stop a day and secretly is a big reason I need to go to Paris.

I don't even know how to begin to describe Fauchon other than an extraordinary gourmet food fantasy land.  Fauchon lines a large corner of the Place Madeline with its glorious fuschia accented exterior just drawing you in.  There is a grocery boutique in one large building selling lovely packaged teas, cookies, biscuits, jams, foie gras and so much more making finding the perfect gift ever so simple.  But my obsession is with the deli boutique which serves the most exquisite looking meats, seafood, sandwiches, breads, salads and of course patisseries!  

All of the nimbles are presented in sleek and minimal displays which really highlight the amount of thought that has gone into each creation.  It's hard to bite into some of the desserts because they really look like little pieces of art just too beautiful to cut into.  It's almost better not to look at the price tag when I'm in there and just convince myself this only happens a couple times of year and it really is a treat.  There is open cafe seating upstairs and barstools at counters on the shop level.  I didn't see any highchairs and it is pretty crowded in there.  To get to the tables upstairs there is a long narrow flight of stairs in your way so not exactly buggy friendly.  Not the best for baby facilities but it's pretty casual and the kiddies will be quite happy noshing away on the bread.  And you can always pack a picnic and head to the nearby Jardin de Tuileries.

When in Paris Fauchon is an absolute must and it will leave you dreaming of all the goodies when you get back home!


Friday, 15 July 2011

Hotel Scribe Paris



We had such a lovely stay at the Hotel Scribe this past weekend in the 9th arrondissment of Paris.  Hotel Scribe is located right next to L'Opera Garnier and a short walk to La Madeline, Place Vendome (to visit all the amazing jewels), Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre.  The best part about this location of course is that it is super convenient to all the fab shopping, especially the amazing boutiques on Rue Faubourg Saint Honore!

Hotel Scribe has been newly renovated which is a huge plus because images on websites can be so deceiving.  The staff all speak fluent English and are all super friendly and helpful.  The lobby and reception are very glamorous but inviting at the same time with comfy seating placed throughout.  The rooms are all cleanly decorated in soft greys and neutrals with a fresh white bathroom.  Bonus is that Hermes products are fully stocked in the bathrooms!  There is an amazing buffet breakfast that was pricey but worth it especially since there were highchairs available which is a total novelty in Paris.  We brought a travel cot with us so not sure if the hotel provides cots.  The concierge was really useful with recommendations especially kindly marking on the maps where shops would be open on Sunday.

The only complaint I would have about the hotel is that the blinds were not blackout lined.  Our room faced the main street Rue des Capucines so it was pretty bright the whole night and causing the Little Monster to wake much earlier than usual.  Also, there is a cute little porthole in the bathroom that overlooks the room so when you turn the lights on in the bathroom the bedroom is affected.  Normally this isn't a huge deal but with a sleeping monster it is something we had to be aware of.  But none of these are deal breakers and would happily stay at Hotel Scribe again.

In the entrance of the hotel there is a sweet little tea salon serving a huge selection of teas, drinks, patisseries, and snacks.  Everything we ordered was incredible especially the macarons!  I'm glad we only stayed for the weekend or else I would definitely be stuffing my face there and getting fat.

If you are ever in Paris and looking for a convenient location that is baby friendly then I highly recommend Hotel Scribe.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Parisian Chic Pour Les Enfants




Since Restoration Hardware debuted their line of children's furniture about 3 years ago I've always kept it on the back burner.  The original collection was very cute but lacked that je ne sais quoi.  Now that the company has had a complete style makeover their collections are just so chic chic chic!  The new Restoration Hardware look has an elegant European feel with a touch of glamour and drama mixed in with an antique old world vibe.  The look is just so unexpected for such a large retailer and really helps them stand out from the competition.

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child makes some seriously sophisticated furniture and accessories for the little ones.  I love how all of the pieces are really inspired from furniture I would love to have for myself but just scaled down.  These are pieces that can really grow with a child while being beautiful to look at and functional.  The color palette is so understated and chic adding to the elegant feel of the collections.  It really feels like bringing a little bit of Paris into your home and I would happily live in any one of these rooms.

Unfortunately it is only available in the States so I'm just going to add this to my dream collection in my head!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Falling for J.Crew



I was so excited when I received an email last week from J.Crew announcing that the Fall 2011 lookbook is now online.  I honestly think that since having the Little Monster half of my wardrobe is from J.Crew.  Their clothes are super chic with a touch of prep and all well made from great quality fabrics.  The pieces really last season to season as the collections aren't super trendy but classic chic.  The clothing is super practical and really fits in with the mommy lifestyle.  I love that the price point is pretty reasonable especially if you wait to purchase from sales, promos, and of course the outlets.    I really look forward to all of their lookbooks because they are all so amazingly styled and really inspires me to jazz up my look.  

I totally feeling the latest lookbook with the collection having that 60s Madmen vibe.  I am addicted to watching old Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn films from the 60s and absolutely love the fashion from that period.  Of course I'm really into the layered looks too from the collection since that's definitely a big part of my style.  The knee length coats are making me very excited for the fall as you all know that I cannot deal with hot weather.  With the added punch of the bright reds, magentas, and tangerines mixed in with the neutrals the looks for the fall are just so fabulously retro chic.

Don't forget to check out their amazing shoes and accessories to add that oomph to your outfit. 

Lucky for us that don't live in the states Net-a-Porter carries a great selection online.  For all of you that live in the States I'm jealous jealous jealous!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

My Favorites from Sisters Guild


I am super excited to be asked by Sisters Guild to pick my 5 favorite items from their amazing online boutique for their Pinboard Picks series.

Click here to see what I have selected:

The Absolute Genius of Mary McDonald




So I am completely and utterly obsessed with Mary McDonald from Bravo's Million Dollar Decorator.  I have always been fan of her work but her personality is just incredible and I love love love her!  I feel honored that we get to watch her in action from her design process, to her amazing shopping trips, and installing her beyond brilliant master plan.  It is so inspiring and I don't even know how to process all the fabulousness that I am watching.  Luckily I purchased the season pass on iTunes so I can watch it over and over and over again.  I'm sure my husband is going to kill me and I'm becoming a slummy mummy making the Little Monster watch it during dinner.  Hey it's totally educational and more creative than Peppa Pig!  I think I can easily change my blog to an ode to Mary McDonald and take a break from mommyhood but I'll spare the men in the house.  

I just love Mary's attitude on life and her wicked sense of humor.  Much more importantly she seems to know exactly how to push her client's budget without getting in trouble to get exactly what she needs to see her vision through.  I mean she can go way over budget with the client thanking her in the end because they are just so thrilled with her work!  I completely agree when she says that people don't know what they want and she knows what people want.  

It's hard to argue with her when her designs are so far more ah-mazing that anything anyone else can come up with.  Her signature look with the bold painted timber floors is so ridiculously genius and gives her room that extra kick.  Her color sensibility is incredible using combinations that are fresh and creative.  The bold use of texture and pattern are just out of this world.  But my absolute favorite in all of her designs in her use of Chinoiserie.  It just can't get any more chic!  

Now if I can only get in her head so I can figure out what to do with my house and into her client's bank accounts while I'm at it!

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Monday, 4 July 2011

Very Very Americana



In honor of the 4th I absolutely have to do a post on the Ralph Lauren children's collection.  I have a very very serious problem with Ralph Lauren, as in I can't stop myself from hoarding RL clothes for the Little Monster.  RL designs are just so classic, timeless, and the epitome of chic American style.  The color palette every season is right up my alley with a base of navy and whites mixed in with pops of color.  I simply can't resist how handsome the Little Monster looks in RL and that is why I always keep his closet stocked.  

I have a very systematic way of collecting these RL pieces without doing too much damage on my wallet.  Whenever I get an email from the website about a sale that's when I order tons of staple pieces (polos and sweaters mainly) for the coming seasons.  This way I get more for my money and FYI the sale is going on now!  Pieces from older seasons are always on a further markdown so it makes sense to buy winter clothes in the summer in a bigger size.  Also, whenever I pass by a RL outlet I buy buy buy.  Normally you can find coupons for the outlets and the shop itself might have some kind of promotion going on.  

Don't even get me started on how ridiculously adorable the little girl's collection is.  I'm sure my husband is completely relieved that we don't have a daughter (yet...) or else he will have to directly deposit a portion of his paycheck to Mr. Lauren!


Happy Quattro!



Happy 4th of July to all of my buddies in the good ole USA!  It still feels very strange celebrating the Quattro in London but happy that everyone gets along and hopefully we are not offending anyone celebrating here.  In honor of the 4th I attempted to make some very American nibbles: dark chocolate covered pretzels and Oreos with patriot sprinkles.  After ruining 3 batches of chocolate (who knew that tempering was so freaking complicted) and about 20 quid spent on buying imported Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chips how ironic that the 4th time was a charm.  They are a huge hit and my waistline is feeling it for sure!

Hope everyone has a lovely and relaxing day off.  Enjoy those fireworks for us!

xox

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Eco Friendly Snacking Solution


It is ridiculous that for the past 18 months snacks have become such a crucial and important part of my life.  Packing the wrong snacks or forgetting them altogether can basically ruin my day.  The 5-10 minutes it takes the Little Monster to polish off a box of raisins is about as much time I have to do pretty much anything.  I laugh at the sales people who ask if I want to try something on.  I have to explain to them that as soon as that box of raisins runs out that sweet innocent little boy turns into a screaming impatient devil child.

Of course all snacks don't come in the perfect sized little packages that we need and I'm always looking for containers that aren't too bulky for holding these life saving snacks.  I absolutely hate plastic baggies as they are just so extraordinarily wasteful.  Also they don't sell Ziploc in the UK so whatever stash I currently have will have to hold me over until my next trip to the states or I make so unfortunate visitor smuggle them in.  So the Ziploc baggies in my drawers are a hot commodity in this house.

On my recent trip back to the states I found these cutest little reusable lunch and snackbags at b.granola, an super mommy friendly eco boutique in Tenafly, NJ.  They are made by Sugar Booger who have a line of very creative yet useful line of baby products.  I love that the snack sacks come in 3 very convenient sizes in super fun prints.  The flat pouches are so much easier to lug around instead of bulky plastic containers.  How can you not resist the matching lunchbox???  The best part is that you end up doing a small part for the environment.

https://www.oreoriginals.com/estore/loadCatalog.do?categoryId=23
https://www.oreoriginals.com/estore/loadCatalog.do?categoryId=26
http://www.bgranola.com/merchant2/

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Skinnie Minnie


Part of being a mommy is being able to get dressed quickly without having to really think about what you are putting on.  At the same time this outfit must be fully functional for chasing around a crazy toddler while being somewhat stylish.  I basically live in J Brand skinnies because they are such a great fit, look great on and act as a chic base to any outfit.  The best part is to get the jeans with stretch in fabric so you don't feel restricted when about.

The 910 skinny low rise are on the top of my list because the ankles are super skinny and the shorter inseam is the perfect length for me.  I find this to be one of the most versatile styles in my wardrobe and can be dressed up or down.  My new favorite are the 901 legging jeans because they are extra stretchy and lightweight for the summer.  J Brand also has a great selection of high waisted jeans that definitely help contain the post baby flab that has become a permanent fixture on my stomach.    I finally bit the bullet and got a pair of Houlihan skinny cargos that everyone has been raving about.  It's such a great alternative to jeans and definitely gives an outfit some edge while being very functional.  I absolutely love the zip on the ankle and wearing the cargos unzipped totally changes the look.  I'm contemplating a pair of wide leg jeans to really mix things up.

With so many different styles, cuts, colors, and options you are sure to find your perfect fit.  Once you put on that perfect pair of J Brands it will be hard to take them off!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Norwegian Functionality



I had pretty limited options when we were looking for a crib when I was pregnant because the nursery in our old flat was a teeny tiny little room.  The best option for us was the Stokke Sleepi and at the time I wasn't completely sold on the shape.  But the Sleepi has completely grown on me and I absolutely love it.  The oval shape makes the crib extremely versatile and easily fits into any room without overwhelming the space.  The Sleepi is actually much bigger than it looks and the little monster is so comfy sleeping in it with the curved ends.  He loves loves loves his crib and actually tries to climb into it at bedtime.  I was concerned because the bedding options are quite limited for the Sleepi and went with the gray crib and neutral bedding which looks lovely in his room.

People make fun of me because I'm actually on my third highchair!  It's so hard making a decision on something I have to use 3 times a day with an insanely fussy eater without having any previous experience.  Mealtimes are really stressful around here and having to use an annoying highchair just puts me over the edge.  The Stokke Tripp Trapp was actually my first choice but I became concerned about the little monster tipping it over.  I should have just bought the Tripp Trapp in the beginning because I am so pleased with it!  The quality is amazing and I love that it fits under my dining table.  The monster has never really enjoyed eating off of trays and has always done better eating with us on the big table.  The infant seat keeps him contained while the footrest makes mealtimes a little more comfy.  The great thing is that the infant seat comes with glider extensions so my fear of the chair tipping over is solved.  How much fun is it that this highchair comes in so many color options.  You are definitely sure to find one to match any decor!  The Tripp Trapp is definitely functional and stylish at the same time. Of course the best part is that it is easy to clean.

Stokke definitely knows what they are doing when it comes to making well designed, expertly crafted, and insanely functional furniture for children!

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Haute Parisian Jewels


I have a slight obsession with the French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, especially the Alhambra Collection.  I love the quatrefoil motif as it is just such a classic and stylish design.  I always wear my Alhambra Vintage yellow gold and mother of pearl bracelet that goes with just about everything I wear.  My husband gave it to me for our first wedding anniversary making it that much more special.  I also think that the turquoise pieces are just so special and stunning.

Escaping into a Van Cleef & Arpels boutique makes you feel like you are experiencing a rich part of history.  With Van Cleef making the most exquisite jewels for some of the most famous royals and celebrities in history we can momentarily step into their world and feel just as glamorous as they did.

Back From the States


We just landed back in London after a whirlwind 2 week trip back to visit my family in New Jersey.  With my mom's kitchen being under renovation we snuck off to Orlando for a couple of days where the Little Monster had the time of his life!  Disneyworld was hot, humid, and sticky but very much worth it to see those huge smiles on his face.  Then we checked out Sesame Place in PA and now the Little Monster has a full on obsession with Elmo.  It's pretty much the only word he says right now.  I am completely exhausted and hope the jetlag won't be too bad!

Monday, 13 June 2011

My Traveling Companion


One of the toughest changes (well this is a totally superficial complaint) with mommyhood is having to put most of my pretty pretty handbags in their dustbags to be stored in the sad lonely closet.  Of course I do visit often dreaming of when they will be able to come out and play again.  I don't see this happening anytime soon with the amount of crap I have to schlep around with me just to get through the day.  I thought that it would get better as the little monster got older but the list of "crucial" thingies just gets longer.  Replace bottles, formula, bibs, muslins with Thomas the Tank Engine, stickers, coloring books, mini diggers, snacks, snacks and more snacks.

I'm just so incredible picky when it comes to handbags and have a really difficult time just buying a babybag even though it will probably make my life easier.  Since I spend so much time in the park and starting to travel alone I urgently needed a very practical handsfree bag.  Of course without having to sacrifice style!  I ended up getting the Storksak Emily in black nylon and absolutely love it!  It has so many freaking zippers and compartments so that I'm not constantly digging around looking for crap.  Plus the the two zip pockets in the side for bottle/sippy cups is the best idea ever.  It's great because the long straps fit over the buggy handle bar while making it easy to carry the bag cross body as well.  And the best part is that it holds a ton of stuff!

Vintage Chic Online Boutique


I am completely and uterly addicted to internet shopping.  I mean how else am I supposed to get anything done with a toddler that screams everytime we walk into a shop.  Bribes such as toys or snacks only get me a little bit of time and forget luxuries such as trying things or waiting for a sales person to find a size in the back.

There is such an overwhemling amount of online shops in cyberworld and it is always so refreshing to find a boutique that has an unique selection of well made children's items.  One of these amazing online boutique is Sisters Guild that carries the sweetest and very creative variety of products for little ones.  I love how their selection is vintage inspired and they stock everything from clothing, accessories, toys, party decor to home items.    I have my eye set on a mini nuage bracelet by Hop Hop Hop.  I love that the jewelry by Hop Hop Hop is for mommy and kiddie too!  Anything you order from their site has been hand selected my fellow mommies who run the boutique so you are sure to be getting a great buy.

Be sure to follow along with the Sisters Guild's chic and stylish blog as well!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Leaving on a Jet Plane


Me and my little monster are off on holiday to the States for 2 weeks.  Of course I haven't packed a thing and still in denial about traveling alone with a insanely active toddler who never ever ever sits still.  May the force be with us!

I'm traveling light so won't be lugging my laptop with me this trip.  I'll try to pre-write some posts to put up over the next couple weeks but it depends on how much I manage to get done this evening.  

Please don't forget about us and will be back with lots of goodies to report!

xox

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Chores Chores Chores...


No matter how many loads of freaking laundry I do the hamper is always busting out full and I will never ever ever see the end of this super annoying chore.  If only I had one of these amazing laundry rooms than maybe washing clothes won't seem that bad.  Then again if I could afford to have one of these rooms in my house I could probably afford to hire someone and pawn off my laundry!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Insanely Chic Blogger Style



I just came across a fabulous blog from an email I received from Who What Wear and I am now seriously seriously obsessed with Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific.  Blair is so ridiculously and insanely chic beyond chic that I'm almost speechless at how amazing her look is.  Her style has a real old fashioned glamour look a la Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. mixed with a modern casual elegance.  I love how Blair is able to mix preppy, edgy, and glamour seamlessly with her truly unique and inspiring looks.  

My absolute favorite thing about Blair's wardrobe is that it is filled with affordable high street brands like Zara, Gap, Banana Republic, and J. Crew but with her touch the pieces look so much more expensive and special.  It's great to see her mix it up with some classic investment pieces such a her grey mock croc YSL Muse and her black Chanel tote.  Love love love that she works the same pieces in different looks showing us how to get more use out of simple pieces.  I am very into layering as I think it is just so damn practical while looking fabulous and Blair really has the art of layering down from jewelry, accessories, and clothing. 

I'm definitely going to be staying up again drooling over all of these incredible outfits and it's definitely time to start reworking my own closet.  A close friend has coined the term "Gymboree Chic" and I'm definitely falling into this slump.  Blair's looks are super inspiring and I need to freshen up my look!


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

My Interview with The Little Style Book


One of the best websites around for us mummies and mummies-to-be is definitely The Little Style Book.  The Little Style Book is just filled with the most relevant and useful information on almost everything we mummies need from their amazing black book of the best shops, where to do pregnancy yoga, nursery inspirations, to my favorite part the family friendly travel guide.  The founder Katherine Elphick has put together the chicest of chic mummy bible so we can just explore all the amazing finds without have to do any dirty work!

I am absolutely honored that Katherine contacted me for an interview on The Little Style Book.  I find Katherine so inspiring especially for being a super entrepreneurial mummy.  I can't even believe that I am on the same list as her other interviewees who are also amazing mums and savvy businesswomen.  

Be sure to check out my interview with The Little Style Book and try out some of the fabulous features on the site!  



Monday, 6 June 2011

Teeny Tiny Toms


I fully intend on living in my TOMS this summer as they simply are the most comfortable shoes I own.  I love how simple and chic they look while going with almost anything in my wardrobe.  They just scream summer and I feel like I should be standing around eating an ice cream cone when I have them on.  Ok I will use anything as an excuse for ice cream!  The most amazing thing about TOMS is that they donate one pair of shoes for every pair sold to a child in need.  

I cannot resist these Tiny TOMS for infants and toddlers.  They are just the most adorable shoes I have ever laid my eyes on.  The velcro strap makes putting them on a simple task rather than struggling with buckles or laces.  Plus they are very light weight, breathable, and have a flexible rubber sole helping these busy toddlers with their walking.  I just purchased the navy ones with the toggle in the back.  How very preppy they look and just need to find a yacht to hang out on...

Don't forget to pick up a pair for daddy too!