Thursday, February 16, 2017

Juliette Favorites!

1 // Juliette loves to pull this Melissa & Doug puppy and say "bye bye" and run down the hall! The joke that she's "running away" with her dog never gets old.

2 // I was nervous about getting her this Kid Kraft kitchen that comes in five billion pieces, but Shawn put it together one night while I was out drinking wine! I came home and was so happy it wasn't me who had to put it together (also wine was involved in some of my excitement).

3 // Juliette is OBSESSED with owls. This plate is less than $2 and it makes her more excited about her lima beans.

4 // Juliette has some crazzzyyy curls. Cra. This So Cozy leave-in conditioner spray smells great, helps with tangles, has none of the bad stuff (parabens etc.) and makes her curls look extra cute. Amazing.

5 // Target's Cat & Jack leggings are super cute, affordable, and fit Juliette's juicy legs perfectly. We pick up a new pair every week or so.

6 // Moccasins are perfect for winter afternoons spent indoors - cozy + cute.

7 // My girlfriend bought Juliette a sweet little backpack that I thought wouldn't get any use until kindergarten. Not so! Juliette loves to wear her backpack around the house and it weirdly gives her confidence?!


Friday, February 10, 2017

Toddler IRL


 Have you ever heard the saying "the quickest way for a mother to get her child's attention is to sit down and look comfortable". Sounds about right, right? Juliette keeps getting more and more independent, learning more words, trying crazier foods (sriracha brussels sprouts?!) but all of the independence still leads to a more craziness on the parenting end. More discipline, more cleaning, more changes of clothes and definitely more snacks. 
I love getting Juliette dressed for the day, getting all of her stuff together (again with all the snacks), and even trying to get her insane (ie awesome) hair out of her face and into a ponytail or "piggies". What I love more than all the put-togetherness, however, are our mornings without pants, without wiping her runny nose, without regard to how messy literally anything could possibly be, and without brushing her insane (no it's absolutely crazy) hair. And let's throw in a leftover chicken drumstick. Like this:

 Happy Friday! 
xo
Hollyn

 shopping info:

Friday, February 3, 2017

Industry City


 Last weekend we made the way over to Brooklyn's Industry City, which is exactly as it sounds. There's a food hall, shopping, and a huge loungey (with a bar!) area all in a very authentic industrial setting. We are all over a "casual eating" environment right now as Juliette will sit in her high chair for maybe seven minutes on a good day before yelling "all done" over and over and over and over again. Delightful! 
It's nice when she can be loud/run around and we can eat/parent at the same time - and this place was perfect for us and our delightful situation. They also have free balloons and a Brooklyn Children's Museum pop-up space which isn't awesome but there were a lot of kids for her to point at and say "shoes!" - so we'll take it!
Any advice for active toddlers and parents who just want a gourmet sandwich once in a while?!

xo
Hollyn

shopping:
shoes // Dolce Vita // scarf // similar here // jeans // AG // shirt // similar here // sunglasses // Karen Walker // purse // Sam Edelman


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Please Touch Museum in Philly with the Fam


We now spend the majority of our weekends trying to get out of our 900 square feet so Juliette can run around and destroy stuff somewhere else...anywhere else. We usually will try out a Brooklyn-based playspace, or maybe go over to Whole Foods for cheap thrills in the shopping cart, but options are running low. I was looking into a New Jersey indoor waterpark but Shawn's sister let us know the crowd there "wasn't ideal" but that the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia is "very nice". Sold!
We made a date to meet my in-laws (Juliette's idolizes her cousin Isaac) at the museum and it was seriously incredible. We could have been there for hours, and I especially recommend checking out the Alice in Wonderland area where kids can "paint the roses red" and make their way through a trellis maze. Adorable. 
We ended up getting a hotel in Philadelphia with a pool so Juliette could "swim" and we could appreciate more what the city has to offer (i.e. Shawn and I wanted to try some Philly cuisine).
I'll be doing a post soon more about cabin fever anecdotes so stay tuned and send me any advice!
P.S. I did a huge story at the museum on Instagram Stories - follow along here if you want to see all our shenanigans! 

Shopping Info:
my vest // Gap, my jeans // Gap, my sneakers // Adidas, my sweater // Target (P.S. I wear this three days a week minimum), my coat // J. Crew, very similar here, Juliette's Dress, Jacadi, similar here


Friday, January 13, 2017

Currently

reading // The Nix by Nathan Hill, I'm halfway finished and it's sooooo good

coveting // this amazing sequin + hot pink dress from Topshop, it screams "lets go for dirty martini's and dirty dancing"

snacking on // these Navitas Naturals superfood snacks with cacao (ie chocolate) they are healthy and filling and I feel 1,000 times better after eating these vs. Skittles

watching // Search Party on TBS - I got Shawn to watch this with me! It's mystery mixed with Brooklyn mixed with hipster jokes mixed with Maebe from Arrested Development

wearing // this new Bauble Bar bib necklace my sister got me for Christmas - it pairs well with my super-casual mom shirts for a night out

shopping for // the perfect chestnut-colored boots, especially if they are over-the-knee like these from Stuart Weitzman 

applying // Drunk Elephant skincare, as a suggestion from a girlfriend. They've taken out all the bad stuff (parabens, sulfates) and kept the stuff that makes your skin glowy (vitamin C, glycolic  + ferulic acid) - and the packaging is awesome!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Red Boots x 2

I always knew I would be "that mom" who wears matching mom/daughter outfits. I bought us a few matching dresses before Juliette was even born! I understand that walking around Brooklyn in exactly the same outfit is something I would totally love, but it would be a little nuts. I prefer (and it's easier) to buy her stuff that looks like some of my more "out there' pieces. We have matching denim jumpsuits, white sherpa coats, and now red Frye boots (hers were a gift from my sister). 
I can't wait to show these to her prom date one day! 
I hope you all have a great weekend - it's snowing in Brooklyn today and I wish Juliette and I had matching Sorel boots!
xoxo
Hollyn
Taco pit stop!
My Boots // Frye - here and here, Juliette's Boots // here, My jean jacket // Levi's, Purse // Sam Edelman, My Jeans // Asos







Monday, January 2, 2017

Upping our Co-op

Sunday, December 18, 2016

London Photo Diary



Here's the story: Shawn needed to be in London for work (he's a second-tier nerd at Facebook i.e. he's a genius) and so I jumped on his work trip, my parents offered (begged) to take Juliette, and voila - adults-only week in London. 
We were very nervous about Juliette being on another continent, but besides an insane phone bill thanks to lots of Facetime, it was fabulous, fun, and so much easier traveling sans toddler.
We got to eat out! We drank champagne at the Ritz! We went to the hotel gym! We walked around non-children's museums! For any parents reading this, I highly recommend a parents-only trip if you can swing it. 

More Details:
where we stayed // the first three days at the Marylbone Hotel in the Marylbone neighborhood which we loved - the hotel was in a fantastic spot, I could easily walk to shopping, museums, great restos, etc. 

we also stayed // at a VRBO in Notting Hill, which was definitely a bit further from the tourist staples, but we loved our place and kicking around the most quaint neighborhood in the world (in my opinion)

where we ate // seriously everything was delish - a few highlights: Veeraswamy (upscale Indian),  FishWorks (my scallops are pictured above!), The Prince Bonaparte in Notting Hill (our fish & chips spot), Ottolenghi, and The Marylbone London for delish cocktails

don't miss Afternoon Tea // there are probably 100 places you could go that would be great - but we went for a pricey but pretty in pink option with Sketch. They had live Christmas carols, a beautiful interior, crazy egg-shaped bathrooms, and all-you-can-eat truffle grilled cheese sandwiches

shop // at the department stores - or at least window shop! I loved walking through Harrod's, Selfridges, and Liberty London

Museums to visit // I seriously visited five, all of which were completely free! I loved looking at the tiara's that are part of the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the as-real-as-it-gets mummies at the British Museum were incredible and a bit creepy

Happy Travels!
xo
Hollyn