What’s in My Diaper Bag: Traveling Essentials

Traveling with a baby anytime soon?   Whether you’re going by train, plane, or automobile, what you pack for your little one is very important.   Motherhood has changed me a lot and one way in particular is what’s in my handbag. In fact, I rarely get to carry a purse anymore. I just cram my personal belongings into Cooper’s diaper bag. When we go on a trip, what I put in that diaper bag is very important. If I left his soother behind there would be hell to pay. This year alone we’ve flown four times. After each trip I feel like a get a stronger grasp on exactly what I need to pack to survive. Since we’re approaching the summer, I am sure many of you have some vacations planned.   Let me help take some stress away with my list of essentials that will make your travel time a lot easier.

 

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My Diaper Bag Travel Essentials

IN THIS POST

1. SkipHop – Backpack Diaper Bag | 2. Lamaze Clip and Go | 3. Aden and Anais – Burp Cloths | 4. Honest Company Diapers | 5. Travel Wipes | 6. WabbaNub Monkey Pacifier | 7. Tea – Romper | 8. Aden and Anais – Dream Blanket | 9. Moby Dick Book | 10. Munchkin Teether | 11. JellyCat – Giraffe Soother | 12. BabyGanics – Hand Sanitizer | 13. Happybaby – Puffs | 14. Tucker + Tate – Striped Hoodie

 

A BACKPACK FOR A DIAPER BAG IS THE WAY TO GO

Let’s start with the most important item, the diaper bag. I have a great tip for you. Instead of a typical shoulder bag, get a backpack! It’s easier to carry around especially if you have your baby strapped to you.

 

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU

You don’t have to take every toy your baby owns, just his favorites. An important thing to keep in mind is how versatile the toy is. Does it make noise? Can he chew on it? You don’t want something too loud so not to disrupt the other passengers. But let’s get real. A crying baby is disruptive. Board books are a must have. Whether you read or just look at the images, it can be a good distraction. Here’s a little tip. The week before you travel, hide away their favorite toy so when you give it to them on the plane it’s more exciting.

 

ALWAYS BE PREPARED

I am always freezing on a plane so it’s important to keep your little one comfortable. Have a sweater and a blanket so that they’re cozy and warm. Also, bring a change of clothes because accidents happen. Diapers, wipes, burp cloths go without saying but I had to include them. Always bring one more than you think you need of these items. Babies are very messy especially when you add solid foods to the mix.

 

NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT….

A soother! Whether they love their pacifier, teddy bear, or blankie, a baby’s soother is a necessity. I never take Cooper’s out of the house but when we travel it is my secret weapon.

 

Happy travels!

Weekend Style Guide

Just for kicks and giggles I decided to bring back a favorite of mine, my weekend style guides. I have always struggled with achieving the perfect casual outfit for my down time. I always feel more comfortable when dressed up and when the weekend rolls around I feel so sloppy. I love the idea of a basic white tee and jeans but I just don’t feel like myself in them. I am in desperate need of some inspiration. Usually, putting these mood boards together does the trick and jumpstarts my creativity. There is one store in particular that I am really drawn to at the moment. That store is Madewell. Have you been in lately? When putting together my research for this post, I gravitated to their casual designs. I feel that Madewell is the exact store I need to get me out of my weekend style rut. I mixed other brands in there as well and I am really excited about what I have found so far. If you too are seeking guidance, I hope this post gives you the ideas you’ve been looking for. So today, in lieu of my Weekly Finds, I have three fabulous outfits that will raise your weekend style game.

 

Weekend Style Guide

1. Madewell – Lisbon Top | 2. Hat Attack – Clutch | 3. Madewell – Denim Overalls | 4. Juliet & Company – Forget Me Knot Earrings | 5. Daniel Wellington – Watch | 6. Asos – Sandals

 

 

Weekend Style Guide

1. KT Collection – Hoop Earrings | 2. Clare V – Oui Clutch | 3. Madewell – Embroidered Dress | 4. Zara – Leaf Print Headband | 5. Sole Society – Sabina Sandal

 

Weekend Style Guide

1. Madewell – Printed Blouse | 2. Kate Spade – Cedar Street Cami Crossbody | 3. Madewell – Chambray Shorts | 4. BaubleBar – Bone Links | 5. Vince Camuto – Tarita Sandal

Weekly Finds

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The weather may be gloomy this weekend, but nothing can ruin my first Mother’s Day! I am so excited to spend the day with my family. The cool thing is that I celebrated my birthday on Tuesday so it’s been a fun filled week. Spending Sunday with my boys will just be icing on the cake. Let’s hope that warm days will be here again because I can’t wait to start wearing my new spring clothes. I have been posting a lot of stories about my favorite trends this season, so check them out. In the meantime, here are my Weekly Finds where I share what links I discovered this week. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to wish your mom, grandma, or an important woman in your life a happy Mother’s Day!

 

DRESSING UP:  It’s wedding season! You are going to want to make sure you are ready by choosing the most stylish ensembles. To get inspired, this Vogue article has several different outfits for any type of wedding. Remember, you don’t want to take the focus away from the bride, but you always want to leave an impression.

 

MOTHER’S DAY:  You want to make sure you get something that your mom actually wants, right?  Then listen to what these moms have to say about what they do and don’t want.  Also, check out my gift guide from this week. Your mom will definitely be happy with what’s on this list.

 

ENTERTAIN HER: Speaking of Mother’s Day, revisit some stories of mine from the past to see the best brunch spots and fun activities to do with mom.

 

NEW NORMAL:  Having kids changes everything, and I mean everything!  Hear from this woman about what it’s like to live with children and how she’s dealt with the good, bad, and in between days.

 

BOOK CLUB: This is a fun website that I stumbled upon. The Book Seer takes the last book you’ve read and tells you what you should read next.

 

SHOP LIKE AN EXPERT: Do you ever get overwhelmed while shopping at flea markets? I sure do! There are always so many options and it can be hard to see it all. This article gives you tips on tackling flea markets like a pro.

 

Currently Coveting: Embroidered Detail

There is something about the warmer weather that makes me gravitate towards festive patterns and fabrics.  I have always had a soft spot for embroidered garments, and there is no better time to wear them during the spring/summer season.  Blouses, skirts, and dresses all etched with detailed designs make me smile.  Often times when you think of embroidery, it conjures up visions of your grandmother’s furniture.  However, recently designers have taken a more modern approach and incorporated this art form into their collections in a youthful way.  A lot of times the embroidery is created on loose fitting garments.  While I rarely wear boho inspired clothing, there is something about these flowy decorated styles that look lovely.  Most of the pieces that I found had floral designs. I also loved the flamingo shoes below.  There are a lot of fun ways to wear this trend.  For one, embroidery on a white shirt or blouse really elevates the look.  Secondly, I love to carry embroidered bags.  It’s a fun way to bring color and texture to your outfit.  I will definitely be giving this trend a try this season, but first I needed to round up my favorites to decide how I’ll be wearing it.  Which one of these do you want to add to your spring/summer wardrobe?

 

 

Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details
 
Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details
 
Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details

 

Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details

 

IN THIS POST:

1. H&M – Embroidered Blouse | 2. Glamorous – Cold Shoulder Dress | 3. H&M – Embroidered Skirt | 4. Mango – Embroidered Panel Dress | 5. Soludos – Smoking Slippers | 6. J.Crew – Embroidered Top | 7. Madewell – Embroidered Mini Dress | 8. Asos – Palm Tree Clutch | 9. Madewell – Embroidered Blouse | 10. Club Monaco – Elasaid Denim Skirt | 11. Mango – Embroidered Envelope Bag

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This Sunday is a really special day for me. As a new mom, it is my very first Mother’s Day. Now that I have joined this elite club, I can give even better insight on what gift to give your mom. If your mom is like mine, then she doesn’t really need anything from me, but it is always nice to give her a gift to remind her how much you care about her. If you’re buying for a new mom, anything that ties her to her baby is a great gift. A picture frame with a special captured moment would put a smile on her face. For any mom, monogramming is a great way to go. It’s personalized and shows you care. Other fun ideas that I have featured on this gift guide are gardening gloves, a fit-bit bracelet, and of course, a Diptyque candle. I feel that it’s wrong to have a gift guide without a Diptyque candle, and as always, fresh flowers and her favorite bottle of champagne are perfect. Anything that can be shared between the two of you is a good choice as well. Whatever you choose for your mom, as long as it comes from the heart, she’ll be sure to love it!

 

Also, if you need some ideas for activities or places to take her to brunch, check out these past posts: 10 Mother’s Day Activities in NYC & Best Brunch Spots For Mother’s Day.

 

 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

1. Anthropologie – Celestial Coaster Set | 2. J.Crew – Beaded Tassel Earrings | 3.  J.Crew – PJ Set | 4. La Mer – Starter Kit | 5. Anthropologie – Homegrown Monogram Mug | 6. Fitbit – Alta Tracker | 7. Kate Spade New York – Wristlet | 8. Diptyque Candle | 9. Terrain – Gardening Gloves | 10. Kate Spade New York – Infinity & Beyond Pendant | 11. West Elm – Picture Frame

 

Trend Alert: Off the Shoulder

Celebrate the warm season by baring a bit of skin.  What better way to do that than to embrace the latest spring trend: off the shoulder?  This style first made its appearance last year, and now a year later, the look has exploded and it’s everywhere.  I am not sure that the off the shoulder look is for me, but that doesn’t mean I’m not curious.  I have decided to dedicate today’s style guide to the latest craze to see what all of the fuss is about.  One of the things about an off the shoulder outfit is that it’s a bit sexy, but if done right, it can be easy going.  You can wear one anywhere, including the work place.  I know what you’re thinking.  Isn’t this top too suggestive for work?  As long as you cover up your bare shoulders with a blazer, it’ll be appropriate for any occasion.  Personally, I am loving an off the shoulder dress for the weekend.  It has a very bohemian look that I can get behind.  This leads me to a very helpful tip for you.  To me, this trend looks best in a looser silhouette. If you want to a different vibe, make sure you stick to form fitting options for evenings out.  The more I researched this style, the more I loved it.  I highly suggest you check it out.  If you need more inspiration, these three outfits should point you in the right direction.  What do you think?  Will you be trying out this trend for spring?

 

 

Trend Alert: Off the Shoulder

1. Mango – Off Shoulder Top | 2. Kate Spade New York – Crossbody | 3. Banana Republic – Paper Bag Cropped Pants | 4. H&M – Texured Jacket | 5. Nine West – Rollover Heels

 

Trend Alert: Off the Shoulder

1. Loren Hope – Alex Petite Necklace | 2. J.Crew – Glitter Envelope Clutch | 3. Mango – Off the Shoulder Dress | 4. Loren Hope – Sarra Cuff | 5. Asos – Ruffle Heels

 

Trend Alert: Off the Shoulder

1. House of Harlow – Maricopa Coin Studs | 2. Zara – City Bag | 3. Zara – Off the Shoulder Dress | 4. Jules Smith – Cuff | 5. Louise et Cie – Genna Sandal

 

Weekly Finds

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RIP:  First David Bowie, and now music icon Prince has passed away.  His music will live on forever and there will not be another like him.  Raise your hand if you are watching Purple Rain and blasting his albums all weekend.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOUR MAJESTY:  Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the big 9-0!  The celebration has only just begun but the best part has to be these gorgeous photos taken by Annie Leibovitz.

 

PIN OF THE WEEK:  Never know what shoes to wear with your outfit?  I stumbled upon this article on Pinterest, and even though it’s a bit dated, I love Who What Wear’s tips on what to wear with every shoe color.

 

FASHION ICON:  Grace Codington sat down with Refinery 29 about maintaining that infamous red hair, Vogue, and more!  Is it just me, or does Grace seem totally down to earth and chill?

 

DIY:  I stumbled on this inspiring article by Sugar & Cloth about creating a garland for over your chandelier.  I mean how beautiful is this?  And it is so perfect for spring!

 

FOR THE HOME:  I have wanted to do a gallery wall in my apartment for a while now.  I need to collect prints and find the best frames and layout.  Love Taza has amazing style and, after seeing her gallery wall, it makes me want one even more!

 

SUPPER TIME:  Cooper is almost 10 months old and solid foods are becoming a big deal in our lives.  I am constantly looking for new and fun ways to make sure Cooper gets his fruits and veggies.  I am hoping that one of these cookbooks will motivate me to start thinking outside the box for meals.

 

BRUNCH:  Going to brunch on the weekends in NYC is practically a requirement.  However, why go out when it could be so easy to host your own brunch?  Don’t know where to start?  Don’t worry; Glitter Guide will help you out!

 

That’s a wrap for this edition of Weekly Finds.  Check out my posts this week like guest blogger Johnny Pomatto’s review of The Jungle Book and 12 Dresses for Spring.  Have a great weekend!

 

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