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.


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Weekly Finds


Another week has come and gone and we are now at the end of April!  I cannot believe it.  I will be spending my weekend getting my apartment and family ready for visiting family members.  We are in for a busy couple of weeks with my birthday and Mother’s Day coming up.  All I want for my birthday is cuddle time with my sweet Cooper.  These days the only way I can get that is if I am holding his favorite blankie.  He will be turning 10 months on the 30th; I can’t believe how fast he’s growing up.  So I have a lot going on, but I’d love to hear what you are up to this weekend?  While you contemplate your plans, here are my favorite links this week.  Don’t forget to check out this week’s posts.  I am totally in love with these adorable baby clothes, plus I shared with you how to to style the very popular off the shoulder trend.  Enjoy, and get excited for next week. There are a lot of fun stories coming your way!


PIN OF THE WEEK:  I am always looking for new ways to decorate my tabletops.  I love all of these ideas to keep your vanity table stylish.

BALANCING ACT:  As a woman, I want to have it all.  As a mom, having it all means finding balance between taking care of the little one and finding alone time.  Often times, it’s a loosing battle.  These three mompreneurs give their advice on the trials and tribulations of being both a mother and a worker bee.

RUNNING TIPS FROM A PRO:  Speaking of balance, finding time to work out is a million times harder as a mom.  Once I find the time, it’s always the last thing I want to do.  I have some good news!  Refinery 29 sat down with Olympian athlete Sanya Richards-Ross and is reporting back her secrets on how to make running fun.  I will take this advice and run with it.

#LEMONDADE:  Over the weekend, Beyoncé took the music world by storm when she released her visual album, “Lemonade”.  The video was amazing but my favorite part has to be the way it was styled. If you loved it too then you have to read The New York Times’ interview with Beyoncé’s stylist to see how the magic was made.

FIRST MONDAY IN MAY:  The MET Gala is Monday and all eyes will be on the guests for what has become the biggest night for fashion.  Check in on ESL Tuesday to see who made my best-dressed list.  In the meantime, here’s my review from last year’s show.  Also, if you want to know more about the actual exhibit, here is all that you need to know.


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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!


Weekly Finds

Weekly Finds


The sun is shinning, it’s finally warm out, and I am planning on spending the weekend outside with my family.  Life is good.  I’ve been really busy lately, and I am looking forward to having a couple of days off from the weekly schedule.  Let me tell you, kids’ activities are time consuming and my son isn’t even a year old yet!  Over the weekend, it’s less about making sure my son is on the perfect schedule and more about having fun.  With the weather getting nicer, there will be so much more we can do outside.  I’d love to hear from my mom readers out there.  What do you like to do with your kids on the weekends?  Speaking about motherhood and activities, I have a lot less time for me.  However, in the evenings, when Cooper is asleep, I get more time for myself.  I spend a lot of it on my computer reacquainting myself with the outside world.  So, without further ado, let’s talk about the links I discovered this week.  Have a great weekend and drop by again soon for what’s new on the blog.


INSPIRATION: A Sparkle Factor’s spring style has been on fire and I’m obsessed lately.  I love everything she has been wearing.  This post for instance takes two trends I want to try: fringe and off the shoulder, and the results are fabulous.


GOOD EATS: I may not go out to dinner as often as I would like but, when I do, I want to make sure it’s great.  There are no guarantees in life, but when you go to a David Chang restaurant, you know you’re in good hands.  Have any of you tried his new restaurant, Momofuku Nishi?  It’s high on my list and I can’t wait to try it.


BOOK CLUB:  Bad news, hockey playoffs have started. This means about two months of my husband monopolizing the TV.  It’s actually a good thing because there has been nothing on that interests me.  After reading Vogue’s list of favorite books for spring, I have decided to make reading my new nightly activity.


SPRING FLOWERS:  I’ve always wanted to be the kind of woman who has fresh flowers in her home.  I buy them and throw them in a vase, but it never looks great.  Then they die so fast, it just doesn’t seem worth it.  I have decided to seek out some help. Hopefully Lauren Conrad can teach me the right tricks to a beautiful floral arrangement.


HASHTAG GOALS: Now that I am a mom, I want more than ever to become a good baker.  My mom is one of the best and it’s something I want to be able to perfect.  I love this funfetti cookie recipe from Cupcakes and Cashmere.  I plan on trying them this weekend and I hope that it’ll make me a hit at my next play date.


PIN OF THE WEEK:  I am always looking for a new podcast to listen to and this list from The Style Sprinter of the best fashion and beauty podcasts out there is exactly what I need!  Check it out and hopefully it’ll speak to you.


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While brainstorming my upcoming weekend plans I discovered that there is snow coming our way!  I suppose I was naïve to think that we were out of the woods and on our way to spring; I was so wrong.  I am so over sweaters and wintery layers.  I have purchased so many things for spring, I want to start wearing them.  If you’re in the same boat as me, check out this post I did a little bit ago about wearing your spring purchases in winter.  My original plan this weekend was to go to the park with my family and take my son to the playground.  We’ve been cooped up for way too long and I am sick and tired of it.  Regardless of the weather, I still plan on making the most of the weekend.  On that note, I am bringing back an old favorite post today, Weekly Finds.  This is where I share with you all the links I discovered this week that inspired me in some way.  Taking care of a baby 24/7 makes it difficult to spend lots of time on the computer.  However, in order to keep the creative juices flowing, I need to make time for it.  I hope you all have a great weekend and check back next week for even more fashion inspiration.


ACTIVITIES FOR TOTS:  My favorite mom blogger, Love Taza, did a story this week recapping a build-your-own tree house model event.  While the event date has passed, I think it’s a great project to do with your kids and is easy to recreate at home.  So, while it’s snowing this weekend, get the kiddies together and see who can build the best tree house model.

DIY:  Easter is just around the corner and that means it’s decorating time.  Whether you have a small child or not, it’s fun to use your creativity to bring a holiday to life in your home.  This DIY project teaches you how to make your very own flower pressed eggs.  They are beautiful and it’s a project I can’t wait to try.

THE OSCARS OF FASHION:  This week, the CFDA nominations were announced.  Find out here which designers have been selected for the coveted fashion award and pick who you think should win.  While we wait eagerly for the majority of winners to be announced in June, certain winners have already been announced.

STARTING THEM YOUNG:  Now that I have a baby, I’m shopping for two.  As spring fashions are out, I am spending a lot of time looking for the perfect outfits for my stylish offspring.  Here are some adorable outfits to put in your shopping cart that are unique and fun for your little fashion miss or mister.

RECENTLY PURCHASED:  For a year I have been coveting these Joie Kidmore Sneakers.  In fact, I have featured them several times on my blog, like here and here.  Now I am happy to say that I finally pulled the trigger and added them to my shoe collection.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK:  You know what they say about New York, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”.  If you’re going to live in the city, you have to dress the part.  This article gives you the lowdown on how to dress like a New Yorker.




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Another week of motherhood has gone by and it was a great one!  Cooper and I had a play date just about every day and there is nothing like seeing your baby laugh and talk with his mini peers.  Highlight of the week, Cooper’s first time on a swing!  It was a bittersweet moment because I know I’ll blink and he’ll be going off to college.  Maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but I am well aware that every day is precious because time does move fast.  This week’s links that I have discovered for you mamas is all about functionality.  When you have a new baby, the smallest tasks can be so hard to accomplish.   That is why you need all of the help you can get.  Hope these links help make your day-to-day life a little easier.  Have a great weekend and don’t forget to find some mommy alone time!


WRAP UP:  I am in love with this wrap-around cardigan.  This sweater can be styled in several different ways, keeps you warm, and can cover you up while you feed your little one.  It’s a win-win in my book and I may just get one in every color.


SAFETY FIRST:  All signs are pointing to Cooper being an early crawler.  That being said, it’s time to get ahead of the game and baby proof my apartment.  How hard can it be right?  Hopefully these tips will help.


DRESSES FOR YOU:  I love Sonnet James’ slogan: play dresses for playful moms.  This sums up perfectly how I want to dress and feel every day.  I am a dress girl so this collection really speaks to me.  I want to keep wearing dresses but I need to be comfortable.


ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE:  As mothers, we need a diaper bag; there is no getting around it.  However, there are no rules out there that state you have to carry a bulky bag that screams, I have diapers in here!  Check out these elegant and chic diaper bags from Kate Spade New York.  No one will even suspect what you’re carrying inside.


KEEP THEM BUSY:  Now that Cooper is four months old, I have to work overtime to keep him entertained.  I have discovered this fabulous toy that will stimulate him and still keep him under my watchful eye.  Also, when he outgrows it, it turns into a tabletop so he can draw on it.  Win-win!


ME TIME:  I know it can be hard, but finding time for yourself is super important for any mom.  I struggle with this everyday. Heck I’m  working overtime to get this story finished before naptime ends.  Hopefully this article from Glitter Guide will help you find the balance between mom time and you time.




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Usually every Friday I post my Weekly Finds and share with you stories and brands I have recently discovered.  However, I have decided to change things up a bit.  In case you’ve missed it, four wonderful months ago, I had a beautiful baby boy.  Cooper has changed my life for the better and, until today, I haven’t found a place for him and my role as a mother in this blog.  I have decided that from now on I am going to dedicate my Weekly Finds to mommy specific articles.  What I have discovered since I became pregnant is that you never feel more alone and stuck on a desert island.  But we moms aren’t alone, and it’s time I start connecting with my readers about what I am really going through on a day-to-day basis.  So without further ado, my little boy Cooper turned four months last weekend.  I cannot believe how fast time as flown by.  Everyday he is changing and growing more confident and independent.  It makes me so happy and yet so sad for the days where he just laid in my arms all day.  This week was a fun one; we had a few play dates and I actually got to have my very own date night with my husband.  I encourage all of you moms out there to do this as much as possible.  Spending time with your husband is key and It’s amazing how little of a priority it becomes.  In other news, the weather was beautiful in the city.  I can’t believe I was walking around yesterday in short sleeves.  I definitely did not let the nice weather go to waste, Cooper and I practically lived in Central Park.  I am looking forward to this weekend.  We have some plans but mostly I am looking forward to getting some time for myself.  Do any of you mothers out there struggle with wanting to leave the baby with your husband for some R&R and spending it all together?  There is a balance out there and I plan on finding it this weekend.  So, without further ado, here are the mommy links that I discovered out there. When it comes to being a mom, the Internet can be your worst enemy.  But when you are in need of some advice because you’re confused, scared, or just tired, it can be your best friend.


BRANDS I LOVE:  I have recently discovered the store Sweet William.  It is a bit on the pricey side but it has some beautiful clothes and toys.  Considering how messy kids are, this stuff can be extravagant.  But every now and then it’s fun to splurge on something special and unique.


DECISIONS, DECISIONS:  Are you a working or stay at home mom?  Let’s get one thing straight, either way you are working, it just looks different.  I am choosing to do a part time work situation.  Right now spending 70% at home and 30% at work.  This article really helped put my choice in perspective.  Just remember that sometimes we have a choice and sometimes we don’t, but no matter what, we need to respect each other.


PIN OF THE WEEK:  The way we talk to our children is key and this article breaks down exactly how important communication is for their development.  I particularly like the part where it says that parents think because they are bad at math they have no business teaching it to their kids.  I totally related to this.


FOODIE IN TRAINING:  Next month I will be starting Cooper on solid foods.  With most milestones, we feel inclined to study up on all of the pros, cons, strategies, and trendy methods.  I may not be one of those research heavy moms, but this is something I want to get right.  If you are in the same boat as me, hopefully this article will help.


BLOGGERS I LOVE:  For a while now I have been in an avid reader of the blog, Love Taza.   Naomi is a stylish mom living in Manhattan and raising her three kids.  I look up to her with awe and I will probably feature her weekly in this section.  Today’s post I am sharing with you is all about her experiences with the company Blue Apron.  I have heard a lot about them and I love how she is using it to keep her little one entertained.  Do you use Blue Apron?  Would love to hear what you think!


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