Spring Musings

After five days without power, I am more than ready for the arrival of Spring! Fortunately, we were able to stay with family, but when we returned home, the interior of our house was 47 degrees!

Since we “sprang ahead” this weekend, I’m thinking of Spring home decor. I am really loving pastels right now like mint green, pale pink and robin’s egg blue. I’d like to make some small “springy” updates to my home to brighten and freshen things up just a bit, welcoming the warmer weather. Here are just a few types of items I’m coveting this season.

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What’s on your must-have list for Spring?

 

Images via Pinterest, Target and Christmas Tree Shops

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I Heart NY

Although I call suburbia home, I am a city girl at heart. I lived in NYC for 11 years (including 4 during college) and I always welcome spending a free day there.

And yesterday I did just that. I hopped on a train and met a friend for brunch in SoHo,  visiting a few old and new favorite spots along the way.

First stop – Dean and Deluca. This shop holds a special place in my heart. When I had my first internship, I stopped here every morning for a coffee and treat. The space also has great people-watching potential with its large windows facing out to Broadway. May I recommend their coffee and a Doughnut Plant donut if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

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Dean and Deluca, on the corner of Broadway and Prince St. 

I strolled over to the Little Prince for a nice meal and catch-up with a friend and then we did some shopping. We popped into Artists and Fleas, a makers market selling everything from jewelry and vintage coats to home decor and baby items. We also hit up the new it-bakery everyone is talking about – Flour Shop. It’s a cute, rainbow-filled space brimming with unicorn cakes and gold-dusted cake pops. But yesterday’s visit was strictly for browsing. 😉

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Little Prince is a cozy spot to relax

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The interior of Flour Shop

Finally, Harney and Sons . I love this little tea shop and cafe. Not only does it have some of my favorite teas around, but if you’re looking for a quirky mug or interesting candle, this is your place. I needed to pick up some more Valentine’s Tea – it’s a blend of chocolate and rose that’s seriously tasty.

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Harney and Sons, located on Broome Street

 

Then it was time to head to Grand Central and take the train back to the ‘burbs. But getting in a few hours of city time always seems to revive and inspire me, getting my creativity flowing and raising my spirits. Even on a gloomy, rainy day.

 

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Gucci Gucci

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If I had to pinpoint it, I’d say my love of vintage things started with a bag. Oh, not just any bag but a vintage Gucci doctor bag with blue and red striping.

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To be honest, I probably first saw this bag worn by Carrie Bradshaw and teenage me thought, “I must have this.” But I thought about and researched it for a long time before finally making my purchase.

I loved wearing this bag around town. But then as time went on, for some reason, it got banished to the back of my closet. And I kind of forgot about it for a while (two kids will do that to ya!)

But then I rediscovered it last summer and I’m so happy I did. It brings back a lot of memories of my early years in NYC – college, first job, first apartment, etc. It was also my first foray into buying vintage items, and I haven’t looked back! Maybe one day my daughter will take an interest and want to borrow my bag, and then I can tell her of its past (and in turn, mine). That’s the beauty of vintage – what goes around, comes back around – and then some.

You Say Faux, I Say Fab

Welcome (back)! After some thought, and a little (lot) of help from the Husband, I have decided to revamp this blog a bit. One of the things I love is vintage fashion. Before having kids, i.e., when I had more time, I would browse through vintage stores in NYC checking out all of the one-of-a-kinds finds.

I still like to do it when I can, which is not nearly enough. But hey, priorities! I’m going to feature some fab vintage pieces each week, some from my own collection and many on my wish list.  I’ll also be writing about the other things I love including design and general lifestyle subjects. Leave me a comment to let me know which are some of your favorite pieces. I hope you enjoy what you see!

My first spotlight is on this emerald green jacket with black faux fur trim. Faux fur is having a major fashion moment these days. And for good reason – it’s stylish, sustainable and cruelty-free. I found this beauty about 3 years ago at Screaming Mimi’s, when it was still located down on Lafayette Street. Once I tried it on, I knew I had to have it.

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Screaming Mimi’s original location in NoHo

I love how it stands out amongst the sea of black and grey coats out there (of which I own a few). It’s timeless and classic while having a bit of a modern edge. Of course, these days I mainly wear it to school drop-off, but who says moms can’t be stylish too?

Store image via Google Images 

Beauty Buzzing

  
I know I’ve done a round-up like this before, but I wanted to share some of my favorite beauty items I just can’t live without! Taking good care of your skin is so important, especially in the winter, and many of these items are crucial for me and my dry, sensitive skin! So without further ado, here are just a few of my faves. Feel free to share yours too – I always love hearing about new beauty reccos!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

This has been a must-have of mine since college. I have very sensitive skin and the winter cold just makes it so dry. This lightweight, fragrance-free formulation is gentle enough for my skin yet powerful enough to quench it. I love this stuff!

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

Another college fav! I keep one in my bag, at home and always have an extra just in case. The balm is light, smooth and not at all sticky. It moisturizes and works great worn under gloss or just by itself.

The Body Shop Elderflower Eye Gel
Let’s face it – sometimes we get bags under our eyes. This gel contains elderflower which helps cool the eye area as well as diminish the bags. Super helpful as a very busy, sleep-deprived mom!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender
I have incredibly thick, coarse hair and am always looking for that perfect smoothing cream. I think I may have found it. I use a small amount of this on damp hair before blowing straight and it makes my hair feel smooth, sleek and manageable.

Benefit Boiing 
A creamy concealer is key (see – undereye bags)! Sometimes there are dark circles to accompany the bags. This goes on with a quick swipe and hides all – no one has to know!

Smith and Cult Lip Gloss in Now Kith
My new go-to gloss! I love this rosy neutral that glides on easily and is the perfect glossy shade. 

Chic Winter Style

We are officially in the thick of a cold, cold winter. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be fashionable while we’re trying to keep warm, right? Here are some of my picks for staying cozy without giving up style.

J. Crew Chateau Parka




OK, so it seems everyone and their mother has this coat, but there’s a good reason – it’s a great coat! Not only is it cute, but it also keeps you warm without the bulk. And I for one am so sick of those black puffy coats anyway! It comes in a ton of color options too. One word of advice – go one size down from your usual size as it’s quite roomy.

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Another ubiquitous trend but a necessity. A colorful scarf can make a neutral coat pop! I pair my gray coat with a blue/orange knitted scarf and receive so many compliments – another boost to the system during the cold winter months!

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Finally, we all need a stylish and warm pair of boots. And while I am guilty of wearing that pair, there are so many other good choices out there.
How do you keep your sense of style in the cold?

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Looking Ahead

  
2016 was a very good year – it was the year we had a son, became a family of four and actually survived to tell the tale! We even took a week-long vacation which was great. I had some fears about handling two kids but so far they’ve all been pretty unfounded!
I’m really looking forward to the new year – watching my kids learn new things each day is so exciting. But of course, I’m also looking forward to making strides for myself too. This year I would like to focus more on wellness through eating right, exercising, clearing my mind daily and also coming up with a better skincare routine.

I know it’s easier to say these things than to actually do them but I am really going to make a conscious effort this year because if not now, when? Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017. Hoping the new year brings you joy and peace. Just remember while you’re doing so much for others, to take a little time to do something special for yourself too.

 

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