Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekend Wish List

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Work Wednesdays: Why I Like Waking Up at 7:30 am on Saturday Mornings

Sandals // Free People, Dress // Forever 21, Sunglasses // Karen Walker
A few years ago, if you would have told me I would be getting up at 7:30am on Saturday and Sunday mornings by choice, I would have said, "stop with the crazy and go back to bed"!
However here I am, every weekend, waking up early and soaking in the weekend. Getting in quality time with both Shawn and Juliette is what I'm all about from Friday at 6pm to Sunday evening. That way, during the week, if I need to stay late at work, or catch up with a friend over a prosecco, I enjoy myself and know that I'll have that weekend to be really present for my family. During the week I'm usually exhausted by the time I get home from work, and although I'm super excited to see my little one, I don't have the pep I usually have at 7:30am on Saturday morning.
So I get up early on the weekend, and I love it, I need it, I recommend it. 
 These pictures are from Labor Day Weekend, spent on Long Island with with Shawn, Juliette and one of my best friends.
xoxo
Hollyn

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Currently


coveting // these Rag & Bone jeans because the pockets look very cool and could nicely hold a piece of toast
watching // Stranger Things along with the rest of the world, and I'm now extra jumpy when home alone
applying // Valentia Pure Glow moisturizer to go hand-in-hand with my retin-A
new favorite // greige lace dress from Asos I wore to my friends wedding last weekend - I love the color and it's under $75
shopping for // lace up sweaters for the fallish weather we should have in NYC next week
reading // Joan Didoin's The Last Thing He Wanted, because Didion's heroines are more interesting than anyone else's...always
wearing // my backless Gucci loafers that make me feel like a 'cool girl' but with minimal effort
snacking // on Trader Joe's chocolate covered cherries + watching Stranger Things and wearing loafers = pure heaven

Friday, September 2, 2016

Oak and Navy Baby

Bibs // Oak and Navy Baby, Table and Chairs // KidKraft, Play mat // Skip Hop, My shirt // old, similar here
 Juliette and her uncle Adam (also my brother-in-law who is getting married this fall and I'm so excited - but that's another story) have the exact same hair (reddish-brown curls) and laugh (huh-huh-huh-huh). They also are in love with each other. 
All that aside, Adam came up with a genius nickname for Juliette for when she's teething, (which seems to be always?!) "Drooliette". This name is very fitting as Juliette is a drool machine. 
Juliette and I partnered with Oak and Navy Baby drool bibs that keep up with "Drooliette", are soft, and can serve as 'baby's best accessory' for spicing up a onesie. Nice. Adorable. Love it.
I hope you all have a great long weekend! We are headed to a friend's beach/pool house and when we get back we are cleaning out our fridge because it needs it and I'm inspired by this.
xo
Hollyn
P.S. is it crazy I want one more new swimsuit to end out the summer?!


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Trendy Color Alert: Greige

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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 a 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" to the babysitter 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