Whew, this spring was a whirlwind of trips for work (and play) including Dallas, Providence, Chicago, Paris and London. Packing for Europe was definitely the hardest since I needed clothing and shoes for a weekend of sightseeing and cafés, pubs and an art museum, then a week’s worth of office-appropriate outfits. Here’s what I narrowed down to my top 10 European trip packing list items, plus a simple work outfit formula to make jet-lagged (or regular) mornings less painful!
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Although I usually pick dark solid colors for my own swimsuits, I’m starting to rethink that plan in light of the coolest, brightest swimwear for kids I’m seeing lately. Just looking at all the FUN styles puts a smile on my face. It’s easy to go a little crazy with color in summer, and what better place than on the beach? The good news is that most of this year’s brand new swim styles are already on sale, just in time to kick off summer break! Want to see our favorite swimsuits and coverup sales for kids?
Diaper bags are maybe my favorite thing to buy, second only to shoes. Over the last six years I amassed a bit of a collection; I’ve donated most and have a few tried and true faves left, but not all of them are still on diaper duty. One I’ve repurposed as a library tote, and another one is a carry-on or small weekend bag since I gravitate towards versatile styles that look more like a mainstream bag than baby bag. As you can imagine, I was super excited to do the research for this round-up – there are so many different styles since last time I shopped for a diaper bag! I also included sections on diaper bag accessories and stroller organizers especially for you type As, plus diaper bags for dads, totes, backpacks and diaper clutches for light packers.
Those of us with kids know that no matter how much you try to keep the kids’ stuff contained, it eventually trickles back into every room of the house. And yes, a giant stuffed bunny propped up in your toddler’s highchair is endearing, the sharp legos underfoot are less so. But decor that makes you smile every time you walk by is definitely a plus, so we went on the hunt for quirky, cute home accessories to lighten things up.
Like Scotti, I think I threw up in my mouth a little when Shana announced the style challenge this time would be mom shorts. I feel like it’s very easy to look, well, mumsy when wearing khaki shorts – the polo shirt, helmet hair and fanny pack can’t be far behind. But! I was pleasantly surprised that we had some wiggle room when choosing a style. (I was dramatically picturing the actual tan, knee-length elastic waistband type.) There were some dressing room moments where I thought I was going to have to make up a ‘dog ate my computer’ story to get out of posting, but I finally found my favorite pair of shorts to date. They’re comfortable, easy to wear and versatile – I paired them with a peasant top and fun sandals for the shoot, but they’re just as good with a cotton tank and cute sneakers when I’m on kid duty. Sneak peek of my favorite spring jacket in history after the sun went down, too!
Everywhere I look lately I’m seeing cool fruit prints on clothing, accessories, shoes, home decor – everything – ranging from sweet to minimalist to edgy. There are pineapples, of course, and watermelon, plus I’m loving the more unexpected lemons, kiwi and berry prints. I even found cool stuff I think my print-averse husband would wear! Want to see my faves?
When we were all together a while back I was lucky enough to go shopping with Laura & Cam. We went to Anthropologie plus the mother of all Nordstroms in Dallas so we could take dressing room selfies! Here are some of my spring faves from our shopping session, including the best little jackets. Bonus – most of it is part of the Nordstrom half-yearly sale, going on now!
I’m looking at the gaggle of daffodils I planted in our yard last fall and noticing how vibrant the yellow looks on gray spring days. It’s definitely not a color that shies away from the spotlight! Even though dark neutrals are my comfort zone, I can’t help falling in love with all the lemon, mustard, and butter shades popping up in my favorite stores. Check out the happiest new yellow finds I rounded up for wearing and decorating…
While I’ve never attended prep school, as a New Englander I’m no stranger to the occasional popped collar or monogrammed accessory. Preppy style just goes so naturally with this coastal area, like dropping “r”from the end of words and complaining about the weather. Windswept beaches and Hunter boots? Madras plaid and Cape Cod? Nude flats and…everything? All the yes.
But it’s too easy to go overboard and start looking like a Stepford wife in head-to-toe classics. So I started with ten essential preppy pieces and found updated versions with a twist or maybe a teeny bit of edge. Traditional can be a good thing, but shaking things up is refreshing – let’s give it the old college try, shall we?
“The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another…”: I think Proust is advocating for staycations? Feeling inspired, I set off to discover my familiar old city with new eyes. Specifically, those of a toddler and kindergartener.
Boston was my old stomping ground through my crazy 20s, and while I was quite familiar with the divey pubs and late night pizza spots, kid-friendly (ok, if we’re being honest, “daytime”) activities weren’t on my radar. And much like me, the city has changed – so much – over the last decade. I headed in to get the lay of the land before taking the kiddos, since the ‘Big Dig’ rearranged streets and exits almost on the daily for years. I didn’t need to worry, though, the new Greenway area is the perfect jumping off spot.