Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I Have One Thing To Say About Date Night

Dress // Banana Republic (on crazy sale), shoes // similar here, Clutch // Clare V, earrings // Bauble Bar

I think the subject of "date night" is a bit tired. Obviously it's a great idea, and is perfect "us" time...we all get it!
I do have one tip: get dressed up! If you are going somewhere for dinner that has linen tablecloths it's acceptable to get "all decked out" (my mom's way of saying 'super dressed up'). 
Shawn will wear a tie or jacket (never both), and I pull out frock I wore one time to a wedding or got on sale that was fun to buy and haven't had the opportunity to wear yet. Saying "Ciao" in a pair of heels just feels fantastic. 
One more tip: order at least one martini. 

xo
Hollyn
P.S. I highly recommend Gramercy Tavern in NYC, and don't skip the bread basket.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Yay! Site Updates!

I've updated my About and my Current Favorites pages! I am all about waking up at 6:30am all week long (yes, even on Saturday's) and if Juliette isn't awake and I'm not doing living-room pilates then I'm watching Bravo with one eye and working on some updates with the other. 
Have a great weekend!
xo
Hollyn

Work Wednesdays: Creating A Morning Schedule

Dress //  old, similar here Ann Taylor, Shoes // Nine West, Juliette's Dress // Old Navy
We made sure Juliette got on a sleep schedule by four months old (rough, but 100% worth it!) and used the advice of 12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks, The Content Little Baby, and Bringing Up Bebe.
She goes to bed at 7:30 pm (unless we are having "family party time" at happy hour - and in that case everyone is ready for bed by 8:30) and wakes up usually at 7:30am. This has always been nice, but I truly appreciate her schedule now being back at work as I can better structure my morning and with any luck be in my desk at work by 9:00am on the dot (in case my boss is reading this!)

My Morning Schedule:
6:30: Alarm 
6:35: Out of bed
6:45-7:30: Workout in the living room, I get the will power to do this because this is when I catch up on my low-brow TV (no offense Bethanny Frankel)
7:30-7:45 Playtime with Juliette and when Shawn gets to shower
7:45-8:15 Shower and get ready, and try to have Juliette play in the hallway so I can interact with her while all this is happening

Sure, I only have 15 quality minutes with my daughter before leaving all day long, but they are quality and aren't spend rushing around trying to do something else. 
Of course this is all way I strive for every morning, and it usually works out - but of course there are days when the nanny shows up and I have yet to get dressed and I'm holding a baby in one hand in a tube of mascara in the other...
Sometimes its hard, but its just important for me to take care of myself as it is to take care of Juliette, I just wish my hair would show that more often :)
 xo
Hollyn



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Jetsetting (ie flying home to Minnesota) with a Baby Tips

Sweater // old, other cashmere styles here and here, Jeans // J Brand, Shoes // Adidas, Diaper Bag // Le Sportsac (on sale!)
I get questions from friends new and old about traveling with a baby, and it
really isn't easy - so I thought I would share what I know from my 10+ flights with Juliette.
Obviously, traveling with Shawn helps tremendously, but it hasn't always been possible. Flying solo with a baby can be rough, here are my tips:
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Get the baby on a nap/bedtime schedule (also not easy) and schedule the flight for when you have the best shot at your baby snoozing through the flight
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Check everything at the gate (stroller, car seat, luggage). Bring a baby carrier (I keep mine in a foldable tote bag), and just wear  your baby through security and around the airport. Checking a stroller and car seat is free - and Delta usually has special bags for these items, if not bring big trash bags or order special travel bags here
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Ask for help. Getting through security with a huge diaper bag, taking shoes off, etc., is hard, and don't be afraid to ask someone to help out, people will want to help or may even offer without you having to ask!
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Juliette is on the move 24/7 now, so I try to get to the gate and run her around before getting on the flight so she gets tuckered out pre-flight
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Snacks are essential for myself when traveling - and Juliette follows my lead. I make sure to have enough "eat your feelings" snacks for Juliette when she gets fussy, which is as soon as she realizes she can't crawl around. Apple slices, celery sticks, Mums, Pirate's Booty, a sippy with water, and chicken are all favorites
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In-flight entertainment is also a must. An iPad with episodes of Sesame Street isn't in the cards yet, and if Juliette isn't able to fall asleep on the flight then its good to have plan B, and plan C, and plan D., and this goes on. I wish I had THE TOY that works magic on a flight, but I don't. Juliette has preferred Madeline in London, hearing me sign The Wheels on the Bus, and playing beek-a-boo - again the best idea is to help you baby sleep
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Try to take care of yourself. Sure you won't be able to listen to Lord Huron while reading the latest Marie Claire, but make sure to pack some mom-friendly snacks and bring headphones in case you swing watching the in-flight movie
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Did I mention bringing baby help is the best help? Here's my proof:
 

Happy Traveling!
xo
Hollyn

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Juliette's First Birthday Party





Shawn and I have thrown lots of parties in the past - but never anything starting before 5:00 pm or one that didn't need a few signature cocktails. So we had a lot of questions throwing Juliette's first birthday: what to feed everyone, entertainment, and how to handle 10+ kids crawling all of over our 900 sqft!
We settled on: pesto pasta salad, kale caesar, catered sandwiches, mini cupcakes, and chocolate chip cookies I made from scratch (just kidding! I got frozen dough and threw them in the oven for 2 minutes under the suggested cook time and they always taste homemade - hot tip!), and put out lots of red candy in our blue dishes to give our table a "picnic" look. Juliette's uncle played some Raffi on the guitar and Juliette looked incredible in her mini gingham Jacadi dress from her Godfather.
The pictures aren't top quality - but we were a bit busy with those 10+ kids and keeping the birthday girl happy all day.
I had a "moment" when everyone was singing to Juliette and she was sitting in her high chair wondering what was going on, I felt so lucky and proud of my little baby - and then she ate her mini cupcake and licked the high chair afterwards like a girl after my frosting-loving heart.
xo
Hollyn
P.S. yes I wore blue gingham too because matching is my favorite thing ever with anyone...Shawn too



Saturday, July 16, 2016

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks!

This time last year I was shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary sale on my laptop at Mount Sinai hospital...not inspiring. This year I'm at a not job (that needs a profesh wardrobe) and have lost the baby weight (yassss!). Let's just say I'm in the mood to shop. Here's what I'm lusting after at this year's sale - and happy shopping!
xo
Hollyn
P.S.  A few at the bottom aren't on the sale...yet...but I love them all the same 
 



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Happy 1st Birthday Juliette!

Juliette : 1 Year
On this day last year I woke meaning to sniff sangria at a Bastille Day party and instead had a baby. One year later and today Juliette is clapping, pointing, climbing, singing, and truly almost walking. She loves eating taco salads and trying on shoes, she dislikes getting her diaper changed and getting out of the bath. She is truly her own little, fantastic person and my favorite part of the day is checking in on her one more time before I go to bed. I get to see her sleeping, and she'll sometimes be snuggling with her stuffed lion, will have one foot hanging out of the crib, or will have her body spread out as widely as possible in the shape of an 'x'. 
The way she smiles at strangers and frowns at me when I make a bad joke seems to foreshadow her life as a social butterfly who is embarrassed by her mom!
I love you Juliette, happy birthday sweet girl!
xo
Hollyn