10.31.2016

what i wore: weekend

I think the best way to dress up a look or make it a little more casual is by the accessories. Flat or heel, crossbody bag or clutch, red lipstick or nude gloss, attention-grabbing jewelry or none at all—these are some of the decisions we all make when getting dressed in the morning that affect how our overall look comes together. Today I'm sharing an easy trick to make a look more relaxed—perfect for the weekend!

So I have this Equipment Larkin dress. It's a casual, collared silhouette, but the fabric is silk crepe and for that reason alone, it's always felt more "office-appropriate" to me. When it's cold, I love wearing it with black heeled booties along with black tights to make the outfit monochromatic. Goodness knows, I love an all black outfit from head (ok, shoulder) to toe. Some black flats, like these Rag & Bone mules, work really well with it too. It's a great versatile dress, but the thing is... for going downtown to just walk around and grab lunch, it just felt a little too put together for a relaxed Saturday. So I tied a casual shirt around my waist and added the crossbody strap to my bag instead of carrying it by the top handle. Those two things, along with some fun sunglasses, really helped to make the look more, well, weekend-ish—ya know?




:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::
dress: equipment larkin (three similar options under $25: here, here, here)
shirt around waist j.crew (similar here and here for $9!)
shoes: rag & bone sabine loafer (similar here and here)
bag: prada double (similar for less here, here, here, here)
sunglasses: le specs liar liar ($59 & comes in tortoise too!)
bracelet: from my current rocksbox (get a free box with code holycitychicxoxo)




10.26.2016

watson's nursery, then and now

So here's the deal with the way Watson's nursery was originally set up. I really loved the arrangement, but I always had a little issue with the fact that his crib was right in front of the window. Then when he started sleeping in his room all throughout the night, the sun would shine in his eyes every morning and wake him up, even with the curtains shut. So we really didn't have a choice but to move the crib, which then called for a rearrangement of the rest of the room. I mean, I guess we could have gotten blackout shades, but... we didn't. Really love the way it feels now, so I thought I'd share the little changes! 

So, what else needed to be changed over the course of the last seven months? Other than the crib placement, the plant had to go. I know, sad day in our house because I loved that thing! But going a couple weeks without watering it isn't a good look. Let's just say it's on our porch now.

A big note! There's going to be a big difference in these "then" and "now" photos because the "then" ones were taken by our talented friend and photographer, Marni Rothschild. HOWEVER, the "now" photos were taken by me and my trusty old iPhone. But you'll get the idea.

THEN


NOW

Sorry, no more pretty photos from Marni! The rest are from my phone. I'm not saying this arrangement looks better, but this one definitely works better for us now! It's a little more lived in. A little more cozy. And just right for us.


Still loving our amazing glider from Celadon Home. It's been the best thing and I love that we will be able to use it elsewhere in our house once we don't need it for a nursery. I'd recommend to all pregnant mommas—if you're going to invest in one thing, get a good glider! Especially if it's one that you can use somewhere else in your house later. 


I painted this table the other day— you may have caught that on Snapchat. It belonged to my great great grandmother!


Here's a closer look.


And somehow, the paint looks almost identical to the inside of this bookcase, which is also from Celadon. Lucked out there! Side note: I just got pictures in these frames like last week. Poor baby had no pictures in our house until then.



PRODUCT SOURCES

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crib: Bratt Decor
artwork over crib: Way Way Allen
with framing by: Framebridge (HOLYCITYCHIC to save 10%)
changing table: Ikea
hardware pulls: Anthropologie
bookshelf: Celadon
"beach baby" sign: mud-pie
glider: Celadon
fish wall hanging: Celadon
gold floor lamp: Lamps Plus
jute rug: Rugs USA
sheepskin rug: Rugs USA
rug pad under bigger rug (It's the best!): Rug Pad USA
basket: Cynthia Rowley
curtain panels: West Elm
gold curtain rods: Bed Bath & Beyond
floor pouf: Amazon

10.25.2016

in my mailbox lately

Admittedly, I get a lot of mail—packages if we're being specific. I do 90% of my shopping online, if not more and I'm addicted to Amazon prime, so what can I say? When I worked at my full time desk job, the girls in my office used to pick on me because I would have all my packages sent there. The UPS driver said I got more mail than anyone he delivered to in Charleston proper. I would like to think he was exaggerating because come on, it's not that much. But every day there's usually something (or five somethings) on my doorstep. Some are things I buy and some are things that are sent to me to test out. I thought it might be fun to share some things every once in a while.... this is something different, at least!

Was so excited to get these Gucci Damo Driving Loafers in the mail, but a little bit too small. Bummer. I don't really love logos & branding on my clothes, so the green and red ribbon bothered me a little bit anyway. Haven't decided if I'm going to track down the next size up... but I do love a loafer! 

I bought this SoftTiles play mat for Watson, but I have a feeling he isn't going to stay on it long. He's going to be crawling any day! 

A box of goodies from Rachel Cruze. She has a new book called Love Your Life Not Theirs and I'm really excited to read it. I'm a sucker for those self help type of books. Rachel is the daughter of Dave Ramsey and educates people on how to handle money wisely and live on a plan, etc. 


Will share more on these later, but it was honestly a JOY to get my Templeton Silver Pacifier Clips in the mail! This is a Charleston-based company that creates sterling and beaded pacifier clips that turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage. Watson chews on his pacifier clips more than the actual paci.... well these have 85% less bacteria than your typical clips. I can't wait to turn these clips into bracelets for me after he stops using them. He's using this one below, which is personalized with his initials WSS. (About this picture: we just started giving him those little "Mum Mums" crackers and he loves them. He wants to put the whole thing in his mouth at once!) But these pacifier clips—they would make amazing gifts because it's something for the baby and also for the momma. Don't you know we all are always on the hunt for personalized, sweet jewelry to represent our babies anyway?


Some obsessions from First Aid Beauty. I am the biggest fan in the world of the Ultra Repair Cream. I use it all over my body and it's honestly the best body cream I've ever used. It's really light weight, frothy lotion, but moisturizes like a thick cream. A little goes a long way, too.


The Beautycounter brush collection...


This one is so fun. Candy Shop Vintage is a local vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry shop in Charleston (you've got to see how cute it is—and you can shop it online, too!). The owner/designer, Deirdre Zahl, just came out with a new collection called the Cafe Collection. She was so sweet to send these adorable croissant earrings to me as a gift. I love how whimsical they are—seriously gorgeous, too!


Tried out the new BareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation and I really love it. I wear it over my Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation and it gives the perfect amount of coverage for me.


A whole bunch of goodies from Dr. Brown's! We are using the Options bottles and love them! This food masher is kind of genius, too.


I'm so eager to try this Beauty Dust by Moon Juice. I saw how good the reviews were, so I had to try it. This is an edible powder that you add to your favorite drink to expand your beauty from within. Reviews all lean towards clear, glowing skin, shiny hair. Will report back!


Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum. I'll be honest, I do feel like I'm cheating on my beloved Beautycounter Face Oil, but this one is pretty incredible so far, albeit here's your warning, it's a good bit pricier. My skin feels really refreshed and glowy since using this. I'm taking this from the website since it's lingo I can't re-word effectively: Vintner’s Daughter uniquely combines anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, skin firming phytoceramides, nourishing fatty-acids and powerful anti-oxidants to help restore skin balance and natural radiance. It's a multi-correctional infusion of 22 of the world's most active organic and wildcrafted botanicals. It also has a really tiny particle size, which is apparently one of the key reasons it penetrates the skin so well. I love the story of how the founder, April, created this product. She was pregnant and realized her skincare regimen contained tons of toxic, dangerous ingredients. So she tried safer alternatives, but just couldn't find the results she wanted. So she set out on a two year process of creating the most luxurious, effective serum ever. 

Anyway, I had heard so many wonderful things about this product, so I had to try! Amazing, amazing so far... 


My fall FabFitFun box. Save $10 off your first box with code HOLYCHIC. I had that scarf on in Monday's post!


OMG, can't wait to see Watson in these airplane longalls from Smockingbird Kids! They are size 12mo, so we've got a ways to go. He is still wearing 3-6mo in some brands like Janie & Jack—but wearing 6-9mo in other brands. He'll be in these this winter or early spring though. He looks like he had a little growth spurt over the last few days!


Two new products from Graco that are really exciting! Both of the products below have something new called Soothe Surround Technology, a synchronized sound and vibration that's designed to mimic the old favorite soothing techniques. Like a middle of the night car ride and a stroller ride—it has the sound and the vibration to match. Both of those put Watson to sleep instantly!

First, the Pack 'n Play® Playard Newborn Napper® Oasis with Soothe Surround™ Technology. I know these playards are a little overwhelming—we have a couple of them for different purposes! But I really love how this one has everything all in one... the playard, the bassinet, the changing station (that works for up to 30lbs), the napper, and the storage tray on the side. This one will be so great for our back play room. 

Next, the Oasis™ Swing featuring Soothe Surround™ Technology. We love baby swings around here, but it wasn't always that way. I'll share more on this soon I promise, but I honestly detested the thought of a big, clunky swing in our house before Watson got here. But I could just kiss his baby swing because it was the answer to our non-napping baby issues! And now that I've got this one, I'm really excited to put it in our play room with this playard since they match. The swing is so cute with little elephants—we've already got it set up. Another thing I love so far is that the seat is bigger than the one in our other swing. This one has a new design that maximizes the comfort and space in the seat area. And really, it's not all that clunky and big like the ones I so detested! For a baby swing, this one is by far the best looking one I've found!



10.24.2016

what i wore: cutout sleeves

I've always had a thing for a good cutout sleeve. In college, I had this black turtleneck top from Cache with cutout shoulders. I wore it an embarrassing amount because it was pretty much my favorite thing ever and it made me feel all fancy. So when I saw the Alison Andrews Cutout Sleeve Sweatshirt I'm wearing in these pictures, I knew I had to scoop it up because I've been missing a cutout sleeve top! And I love the casual vibe of this one.

Here's the link to the top. Did I mention it's under $60? Something told me to order a medium instead of my normal small—I'm really glad I did. It's the perfect top for keeping casual or dressing up. If I wanted to make it dinner-out appropriate, I'd pair it with some black leather pants or black waxed denim, booties with a bit of a heel, and a clutch. I really like keeping it casual though—it's so comfy. 


Also love it with this blanket scarf I got in my fall FabFitFun box (get $10 off your first box with code HOLYCHIC).


This bag is the Gigi New York Olivia Shopper. It also comes in gray and tan (<--- need!). I've had it on repeat lately because it holds ever. y. thing. The shoes are Rag & Bone Sabine Loafers. I got them last year and they're on major sale here, but only one size left. These are really similar and here is this year's version of the loafer. 


Also, I just discovered this denim brand I'm wearing. These are called the Hidden Skylar Capri Jeans and I love, love them. I'm about 5'7 and they fit right at my ankles as you can see—not like capris. Under $150 for really great quality denim is not too shabby. I love the frayed hem! 


My necklaces. The long lariat is Kendra Scott—I got it in my Rocksbox (get a free month with code holycitychicxoxo). The middle one is Kate Spade and the shorter one is by Blanca Monros Gomez.


top  /  shoes  /  scarf  /  jeans  /  lariat necklace  /  round pendant necklace  /  shorter locket necklace  /  bracelets: vahan and david yurman


10.19.2016

loving lately

Started rearranging some things around the house and used this sideboard as a holding ground for some paintings + photos while I figured out where to put them permanently. Ended up kind of loving them all stacked there so decided to leave it for now!


Got to try some new lipsticks by Kosas. All of her lipsticks are hand crafted and are free of preservatives and synthetic fragrances. The ingredients are carefully sourced and are proven to boost collagen, soften and plump lips, and protect against environmental damage. These are hydrating lipsticks, but worth noting—I don't find that they glide on super easily. The best way to apply from my experience is by dabbing the lipstick on your lips. If you do that, the color looks great and blends super well, the formula feels hydrating, and it wears a long time. 


Loving the Stardust shade. It's described as a sheer neutral nude with pink and brown undertones. It's one of those "my lips but better" shades. (Also wearing this Kate Spade W pendant.)


Three pairs of sunglasses priced really well. Apparently it's almost impossible to not be reflected back in the lenses. Well, I tried! The bottom two are my favorites, but here are the links from left to right (or top to bottom?).

left ($59), middle ($59), right ($79)


ARCONA Triad Pads! I have talked about how much I love these before. I mix them in with my Beautycounter Nourishing skincare routine. During the month of October, ARCONA will be donating 25% of the proceeds of sales for ARCONA Triad Pads to Cancer and Careers, an organization that empowers and educates individuals with cancer to thrive in the workplace.


Lastly, really loving this little lion. Heart melted into a puddle. (You can save 25% off Halloween costumes at Chasing Fireflies with code ZOMBIE01)


 
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