Kiernan Shipka: Pretty in Pink

Spring is here and is having quite a moment when it comes to celebrity fashion. I love how this pink Erdem gown, worn by Kiernan Shipka, vibes with the season while providing some unexpected eye candy with it’s details:


Kiernan wore this dress to an event for FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, and caught every eye in the bubble gum pink hue. A silver floral pattern adorned the dress, and the high low hem line featured a delicate feminine ruffle. The deep-V neckline held onto trend, but the winning bit of this look is the back of the dress where the straps meet to form a trailing bow in contrasting red fabric.


Kiernan kept the accessories simple with a pair of of silver floral heels, a softly styled updo, and fresh flowing makeup. I love how easy and ethereal her styling was and how it really allowed her playful dress to shine. Here’s to keeping it clean and pretty this season. โœŒ๐Ÿป

Come in, We’re Open!

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For quite some time I have wanted to take some of these creative things I have been doing almost behind the scenes and bring them into the forefront, as they have really become quite intertwined with the brand I have found myself evolving. ย Well, I did it! I have opened an online store and have stocked it with some initial inventory as I work to gain momentum. Right now there are several hand-embroidered home decor pieces, which you can view by clicking on the ‘Store’ tab in the above menu. Once you are in the store you will be able to link over to the etsy shop where all details and purchase options are available.

Coming soon expect to see lots more subversive cross-stitch pieces, vinyl decals, drinkware, toddler tees, and other rad little home goods designed to make life more entertaining and whimsical! As always, I want to throw out some love to everyone who has encouraged me to do this and supported me along the way. To have a tribe of people who appreciate what you do is always aces, and I hope to add lots more of you to my tribe. I am also still taking requests from personalized pieces and commissioned art projects, just message me to discuss options and availability. I look forward to creating more and building this brand, thusly collaboration requests are also now on the table. Mama over everything, I just want to do all the things!

Top 5: Coachella 2017 Weekend One

Oh, Coachella. Thoughts anyone? Well, personally, I have always wanted to go! I want not only the experience under my fringed belt, but the music lineup is beyond impressive. As weekend one wraps up I sit on the opposite coast with several thoughts. Firstly, I have always found myself mildly infatuated with the bohemian vibes of festival fashion, but I suppose not to be outdone this years mix of looks is all over the place. It’s getting VMA-level crazy out in the California desert, but I am still loving what I guess can now be dubbed as traditional Coachella garb.

After combing through troves of photos and videos and Instagram moments, I really feel that the non-celebrity festival goers are definitely doing it up better than celeb attendees; however, I have still curated my top five celebrity fashion picks from this past weekend to share with you, in no particular order.

1. Taylor Hill at the Winter Bumbleland party.

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2. Romee Strijd at the Revolve Festival Party

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3. Josephine Skriver at the Angel Oasis

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4. Kaia Gerber at the Revolve Festival Party

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5. Nicole Scherzinger at the Revolve Festival Party

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Which celebrity looks were you fancied with from weekend one of Coachella?? Share your picks in the comments! โœŒ๐Ÿป

Nathalie Emmanuel: Lanvin for the Win

Ever since Nathalie became Daenarys’s right hand lady, Missandei, on Game of Thrones, I’ve had a bit of a girl crush. Side note, I am also on Team Missandei/Grey Worm. When I saw this look she wore to the premiere of The Fate of the Furious, I was all the more smitten and feeling some vibes:


It’s such a romantic yet modern look from Lanvin, and even brings in some notes of 1920’s glamour with the feather and fur (hopefully faux) stole. The all-white ensemble features a white deep-V top tucked into a semi-sheer maxi skirt with soft pleats. The skirt gets some special touches with the assymetrical waist and belt buckle details.

Mixed metal acessories paired with the texture-rich stole complete her look, while her fresh face, bronze smokey eye, and soft brows look youthful and on trend. This is definitely a great example of how all white can be worn to such an event without being too over the top. More so, seeing our Misandei has me geared up for the Game of Thrones premiere this summer โœŒ๐Ÿป

Lily Collins: Need for Tweed

I truly believe that Lily Collins is one of those ladies in Hollywood that do not get enough credit for the impeccable looks they consistently pull off. In my little book she gets so many gold stars, as I think she is deserving of an it girl title. Look how effortlessly chic and cool she looks in these tweed separates by Chanel:

Caroline De Maigret and Pharrell Williams Dinner In Celebration Of CHANEL's Gabrielle Bag

SANTA MONICA, CA – APRIL 06: Lily Collins attends Caroline De Maigret and Pharrell Williams dinner in celebration of CHANEL’s Gabrielle Bag at Giorgio Baldi on April 6, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for CHANEL)

Lily wore this knockout look to an event celebrating Chanel’s Gabriel bag, and made me wish that I wouldn’t like all kinds of hot mess if I attempted anything close. The multi-colored separates are perfect for spring and get the extra special touch with the addition of the blue piping along the edges. Lily paired the skirt over a black slip dress, adding a dainty touch to the boucle texture of the other pieces.

True to her cool girl vibe, Lily wore the jacket trailing off one shoulder, and accessorized with black peep-toes and some thoughtfully chosen rings. Her loosely styled back hair, defined brows, and red lips tie everything together with notes of breezy charm.

Emma Roberts: Out of This World

I feel like I cannot get over being sick. This cold has been lingering for the better (or should I say the worse) part of 2 weeks. My energy, creative and otherwise, has been drained and depleted. As I am doing my current best to play catch up in a multitude of areas, I thought I would take to the great interweb to share this look that Emma Roberts wore to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:


No, your eyes are not deceiving you, those are tiny moons and planets. Seriously, yes; I’m smitten. This little black dress from the new label Markarian is all about the special details, from the tiny celestial images to the side cutout adorned with a delicate tassel. Elbow cutouts add another unexpected touch, and complement the structured silhouette of the overall look. The Markarian label comes from the NYC-based designer Alexandra O’Neill, and is named after the scientist who discovered the Markarian galaxies. All pieces of this line have a cosmic theme, meaning I will undoubtedly love them all.


Emma rounded out her look with strappy black peep-toe heels and berry kissed lips, making for a cosmically chic styling. First impressions on the new Markarian label? How do you feel about ย the planetary nod that is trending in fashion right now? Drop your thoughts in the comments.

Zendaya: Corset Crush

I am slightly more than smitten with this look that Zendaya wore to a Dolce & Gabbana party last night:


By the Dolce & Gabbana brand, which Z is currently an ambassador for, the sheer lined corset was perfectly partnered with quite  fantastical print. The colored art layer over the bold black and white striped skirt is such a lovely contrast, and the oranges remind me, oddly enough, of No Doubt’s Don’t Speak music video; yeah, you know the one.

Her fresh complexion and summer berry stained lips add to her cool girl vibe, and her hair is as crush worthy as ever in perfectly tousled beach waves. It’s such an unexpected combination that melds together for quite a stunning party look.

Life With Jude: 2 Years

Oh my stars! I feel like I just have birth to this kid and over the weekend he turned 2! People always told me the time would fly, but I had no idea it would rocket by at light speed. Let me also just say, I was prepared for the terrible twos to bring its punches ofย all shapes and sizes, but I wasn’t even slightly prepared for the anxiety that would come solely from the fact that I am a boy mom. All the rough playing and shenanigans, nope, wasn’t prepared. My husband is constantly telling me that he’s a boy and it’s going to happen, but bumps and bruises on my baby is pretty devastating in my book. I am a panicked person by nature, so the fact that my 2-year-old insists on doing his own stunts alleviates none of ย that. I feel in my heart of hearts that I was totally meant to be a boy mom, specifically Jude’s mom, but now I’m seeing more and more than I have to toughen up on par with my boys.


I love watching him grow, though. As he continues honing his language skills, it’s both equally amazing and entertaining being on this adventure with him. I had to start keeping up with all the adorable and zany things he says in does in my bullet journal, just to have a record for these adorable little moments. I’d be days listing them all, but, for example, the way he says “Bleshee” for “Bless You”, or always asks “a bath?” because he loves to take baths. He is just the greatest human I have ever known, and I just happened to make him.


We celebrated his birthday over the weekend at my aunt and uncles’ marina hous, with family and friends, by having a “Hot Dog” party (Jude calls Mickey Mouse Hot Dog). I tried to incorporate lots of homemade DIYs with traditional Clubhouse decor, to keep it a low key, yet personalized, experience. The one big fail, however, was the great bounce house debacle. We rented a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse bounce house for the party, and we were so excited for Jude to have that experience. Last week consistently called for rain, which I prayed would keep at bay. The night before the party, the certainty of rain still prevailed so when given the option we went ahead and made the decision to cancel the rental. We woke up he next morning to a brief rain shower and then a day of sunshine. Although, I’m sure that had we went through with the rental it would have stormed, and I would have been out that sum of money. Sunday; however, brought a rain/snow mix, so go figure.

These Clubhouse sandwiches were a huge hit, so it was definitely worth taking the time to cut everything out with a cookie cutter. Using a cookie cutter in such a way is an inexpensive way to elevate the look of your food table for any event!

We had separate favors for the kids, but I always love an edible treat that works for anyone. I hand dipped pretzel rods in yellow melting chocolate and then gave them a generous dash of sprinkles for a colorful, festive look. Custom favor tags tied everything together.

In addition to store brought decor, I tried to add more personal homemade touches, like this Toodles welcome sign.

The cake (by Wildflour Cakes + Pastries) was a huge hit! I had the cake artist create the sky blue cake with Clubhouse gears and then I added the Mickey car topper and candles for the big day.

It turned out to be a great day, despite my disappointment with the bounce house situation. Virginia weather, man. Now we are in the beginning stages of updating Jude’s bedroom from his nursery to a more toddler friendly room. It is hard to find modern toddler bedding, let me say! I don’t want anything that goes overboard with a particular character, and all of the bedding I fall in love with is twin at it’s smallest, so too large for a converted toddler bed. I think I found a solution, so fingers crossed. I just want it all to be tasteful but practical, so storage is also going to be a key component. Not that Jude is even in his room all that often, but still!

We continue to look forward to watching out little man grow and never cease to amaze us. This will be a year of adventures, that’s for sure! We are still waiting for his 2-year well check with the pediatrician, which will be in 2 weeks. We finally made the decision to switch out of our previous pediatrician, for a handful of reasons, but our new doc came highly recommended so we feel good about things there.

I continue to be overwhelmed, in the best of ways, in the blessings of my motherhood journey. I have found my soul’s raison d’etre with this kid. I get so emotional just looking back on how it all got started, and everything that reamins ahead. To all the woman that are mothers in their hearts, just waiting on the child, do not give up! Do not give in to discouragement and doubt. Our fertility journey led us to such incredible moments and adventure and it will happen for you too; I pray that it will. While it is unlikely my body will ever have the extraordinary honor to carry another tiny human, my heart continues to overflow with love and nurturing so perhaps our family isn’t done growing! We are enjoying our sweet Jude, and want to give him the world, so, for now, that is the greatest contentment I could wish for.


More to come xo.

Chocolate Cookie Monster Bark

I made this chocolate Cookie Monster bark the other day, and since it garnered quite a bit of interest I thought I would share the super easy recipe so you too could create this adorable treat. I am not on par with proper recipe formatting, so if anyone has any tips send them my way! I’d love to share more of the yums with everyone.


INGREDIENTS

1- 8oz bar of semi-sweet chocolate (I used Ghiradelli, from the baking section)
1- 12 oz bag of blue melting wafers (available at Wal Mart or the craft store)
1- pack of Wilton candy eyes (available at Wal Mart or the craft store; you will have leftovers!)
1/4 c. Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/4 c. Mini Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
INSTRUCTIONS

1. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment or a silicon mat.

2. Chop up your semi-sweet chocolate and microwave until melted, at 30 second intervals.

3. Pour onto your prepared baking sheet and spread out evenly. (I like to use an offset spatula)

4. Refrigerate, until set, for approximately 10-15 minutes.

5. Remove from fridge and let rest at room temperature for 5-7 minutes, so when you pour the next layer of chocolate over it doesn’t harden too quickly.

6. Melt blue wavers in microwave, until melted through, at 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval.

7. Pour melted wafers over the semi-sweet layer and, again, spread evenly.

8. While chocolate is still soft, place broken up mini cookies and pairs of candy eyes on top.

9. Let cool and harden, or place in fridge overnight.

10. Once completely hardened, break into pieces and enjoy!

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Top 10: Giambattista Valli RTW 2017

Giambattista Valli’s Ready-to-Wear collection for Fall 2017 just debuted at Paris Fashion Week, satisfying all of our needs for ruffling pretty things. Brimming with sheer detailing and contrasting textures, it is evident what will be reigning on trend, and what we can expect to see on celebrity bodies in the months to come. In no particular order, here are my Top 10 favorite looks for Giambattista Valli’s Fall 2017 Ready to Wear collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I also love how every look was styled with lace-up gladiator-style peep-toe booties, lending to a signature, yet trendy, accessorizing of these aesthetically interesting looks. What have been some of your favorite looks from Fashion Month??

*photos via Women’s Wear Daily*