🎵 These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…🎵

Hi friends!

We’ve now been in quarantine for over five months and what a time it has been! It’s actually been a bit longer for me because my maternity leave slowly turned into the pandemic / WFH life. Needless to say, it’s been one loooong 4th trimester, y’all! 😉

That being said, I have not been shopping for clothes these last 10 months because #PostBabyWeight [Mamas, can I get an “Amen?”] But don’t let me fool you, my amazon cart has gotten a workout with the other things I’ve purchased instead. 😬 And while “things” are just things and will not make us happy, today’s post is all about the little joys I have discovered or have been using during quarantine that have brought a smile to my face. Cue Julie Andrews’ 🎵 ‘These are a few of my favorite things…’ 🎵 [which my toddler insists we play on repeat!]

JEWELRY

Alright y’all, let’s get down to business. First thing’s first: bracelet stacks and gold necklaces have been QUEEN this summer. I have curated my own little arm stack, gold and silver Apple Watch band included. [Wish I could take credit for the band but I cannot! One of fave bloggers, Courtney Kerr, has been sharing about it all summer long!]

GOLD BRACELET STACK [left to right]
  • Zoe Lev beaded bracelet
  • Waves Chain bracelet: this bracelet is made by adults with autism and is less than $15! It’s beautiful and actually good quality for the price. I love it! Only issue is it’s pretty long for my wrists and I’m going to get a few “waves” taken out once the pandemic is over.
  • Chain to the left of my watch was given to me by my mom ages ago!
  • Gold and Silver Apple Watch band: this watch has held up great so far and I love the silver and gold mix. It goes with all my jewelry!
  • Tortoise Shell Apple Watch band: not pictured above but I love it!
  • These bracelets are not gold but I recently got them from @janeandjunecollection and they are so fun! They are made of vinyl and I love the bright colors. 😍 I am also eyeing these because if you have followed me on this blog or Insta for a while, you know how much I love a camel hue. [Ryan, a blogger I went to college with, shared these and I’m so glad she did!]
GOLD NECKLACES

[Awkward car selfies coming your way… I just wanted y’all to see what they look like close up!]

  • Gorjana Link: my husband gifted me these two Gorjana necklaces for my birthday and I love them! The link necklace is actually longer than what’s pictured above but you can clasp it at whatever length you want, so I made it into a choker.  
  • Gorjana Star: I’ve been wearing this one a lot, both by itself and paired with the Link chain necklace [as seen in pic above.]

  • Etsy Medallion necklace: you’ve seen the medallion necklaces everywhere and I found one that is really nice quality off Easy. This is probably my favorite gold necklace that I’ve gotten this summer.

  • Etsy Chain Necklace: I love how delicate this necklace is even though it’s a chain. I didn’t want something big and clunky and this necklace was not that. Also, great quality.

FITNESS

Now that life is slowly getting back to normal in regards to ‘baby’ life, I’m trying to get into a good workout routine. [It’s so tough with all the competing activities of life – work, kids, husband, friends and family – but that is a whole separate blog post! 😉]

C25K

One of the ways that I’ve been enjoying excercising recently is by using the C25K app. It stands for ‘Couch to 5K’ and is designed to teach you to be able to run a 5K [just as it sounds! 😉] I have really enjoyed it because the program switches off between walking and running and eases you into it. 

STRONGLIFTS 5 X 5

I have also gone back to my tried and true, 5 x 5 app. This is the exercise program I was using before my wedding and it got me more toned than I ever had been previously. I was never a big weightlifter and always felt super self-conscious about trying to do weights at the gym. This app has videos that show you exactly how to do the exercise. You’re technically supposed to go up 5 lbs each week but I pace myself depending on how I’m feeling.

BEAUTY

Naturtint Hair Dye

Naturtint Hair dye: since COVID, I have not gone to the salon, but these pesky grays have not stayed away. I was nursing up until a few weeks ago [and I’m always on the hunt for more natural products as it is], so I decided to use this hair dye from Whole Foods to cover up those roots! This brand of hair dye is vegan-friendly, plant-enriched and has minimal chemicals. That all sounded great to me even before I tried it but the product stood up to the test. My color has lasted for over 3 months and it was gentle on my hair. [Side note: my mom colored my hair and taught me a trick to reduce damage from the dye: apply a layer of coconut oil onto your hair first to protect it as much as possible. My hair was super shiny and soft after she colored it.]

Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner

Rahua classic shampoo and conditioner: after I gave birth to my second last October, the texture of my hair completely changed! [Thanks, hor-mo-nes!] I went from having fairly dry hair that could easy go a week without washing to super greasy hair as soon as I got out of the shower. It was so frustrating because I felt like I couldn’t ever get my hair clean, even immediately after a wash! I decided that I needed to switch up my shampoo and that did the trick. I started using Rahua’s normal shampoo and conditioner and it gave me the clean feeling I was used to. Rahul is also a really neat brand that focuses on sustainability and using as many natural products from the rainforest as possible. You can check out their story here.

Depileve Wax

 

This wax works very well and does not irritate my sensitive/dry skin! I actually tried out another one before I found Depileve and not only did it not remove all the hair, but it also caused breakouts.  

Since March, I have not gone to see my lady who threads my eyebrows and waxes my lip [this may be TMI, but I wanted to share in case any other girls out there are suffering!]. This wax did the trick! I got this warmer along with it.  Also, I always apply Aquaphor to my lip after waxing and that really soothes the redness.

FASHION

Last but not least, I want to share what has probably been my favorite purchase over the last couple of months: the Kurt Geiger leather tote [holding in pic above]. I knew I wanted to have a big tote bag that I could throw all the kids’ stuff into without having to also carry a diaper bag around. Well let me tell you, this bag has been that and much more. First off, it’s a very nice bag with soft, buttery leather and it feels high-end. So while you might be shlepping around diapers, snacks, toys, books and whatever else you had to throw in to your bag of tricks, you still feel put together and presentable. This bag is not cheap but it’s been worth the price.

We just went on a staycation recently and this is the bag I took everywhere. It fit all the kids’ stuff as well as my wallet, water, sunglasses, sanitizer and more. It was so nice to not have to carry multiple bags around. I was worried that it’d be too heavy at times but it really wasn’t. It also has zero form to it. I was worried about that when I purchased it because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a full-on floppy bag. That has actually turned out to be a great feature because when my toddler gets out of the double-stroller, I can drop my bag in his seat and it takes the shape of whatever “vessel” it’s in.

Hopefully some of these items can be a source of inspiration for you as you put together your next bracelet stack or look for new workout tips and tricks. [Frankly speaking, anything that makes a run in this TX heat palatable has my stamp of approval!]

Let me know if there’s anything you’ve been loving lately that’s brought a smile to your face!

The Athleisure I am Living in: Highs & Lows

If you follow me on my Instagram stories, you know that I have been in my workout clothes [or pajamas] full-time recently.  It’s just the comfiest thing to wear when you’re at home all day and hoping to motivate yourself to sneak in a workout.  Most of my old clothes don’t fit me yet so it’s also nice to be able to put on some high-waisted yoga pants and feel like a million bucks.  

Today I’m sharing these two looks [see pics above] that have given me a boost in confidence post-baby.

ATHLEISURE 

LOOK 1

The first one includes these $25 leggings from Amazon that are a dupe for the Lululemon Align leggings.  Now, I love me some Lulu, as you will see from this post.  But I wasn’t about to drop $100 on leggings that were not my pre-baby size. So these pants have been a wonderful fill-in while I’m still in this “in-between” phase with my baby weight.  These leggings have taken the fashion blogosphere by storm and you can see people rave about them in the Amazon reviews.  And I must say, I agree.  It’s very rare to find workout gear that comes close to Lulu, and while this is no luon, they really do fit nicely.  I love that they’re high-waisted, so it smoothes out any bumps and lumps ;).  The material is also so soft and buttery.  There’s a pocket for a phone on the side which is convenient when you’ve got your hands full with two kiddos.  You can see my review here.  

This workout top is a staple in my wardrobe.  I have a similar one in peach too.  While it’s not the cheapest, my pre-baby size fit me perfectly, so I couldn’t pass it up. 🙂 I love the color and nothing beats Lulu workout gear in my opinion.  

I also love this hat.  It makes me feel more put together on a bad hair day and like JLO on a good day.

I finished off the look with these sneakers from Nordstrom Rack.  They’re the classic soft black Nikes that go with everything. 

LOOK 2

Now this outfit has the same pants and shoes. But I am wearing a plain black tank top and one of my favorite Lulu purchases: the Define jacket. It is so flattering on and makes me feel far fitter than I am. 😉

I also got some fun sneakers recently that are currently on rotation:

Nordstrom Rack is one of my favorite places to get sneakers because they usually come at such a great price.  You can pick up 3 pairs of tennis shoes for the cost of one at full price elsewhere. The Nike Zooms are on sale right now for $69 and the Pumas (from Saks Off 5th) are 50% off for $34.  

Do you have any favorite Athleisure pieces that are a must-have? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea & Life Update

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Hello friends!

A lot has happened since we last spoke! We welcomed our second baby into our family and she has been the biggest blessing. Needless to say, life has been a rollercoaster of emotions these past two weeks [mainly happy with a side of “how do we manage two babies and stay sane?”] Ha! 

LIFE UPDATE

SECOND BABY

My mom has been staying with us since we came home from the hospital, which has been a HUGE help. The hardest part of the newborn phase [for me] is the lack of continued sleep. So mom has been staying up late watching the baby while I get some sleep in between feedings. We are so fortunate to have her helping us and we do not take it for granted in the least!

In between the feedings and snuggles with the new babe, I’m adjusting to nursing, not working [office work, that is], trying to spend enough time with my oldest all while eating my weight in cookie deliveries and rugelach. [For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a Jewish pastry that I craved throughout my pregnancy. My mom bought me some once I got out of the hospital and I have been having at least two, err maybe three, each day. 😬 I told mom that once this bag was finished, we couldn’t buy anymore. 😅)

NURSING

In terms of nursing, breastfeeding is definitely much easier for me this time around. My daughter latched on on day two, whereas it took my son and I about two weeks to figure it out. I also know to drink my Mother’s Milk Tea and eat my lactation cookies to keep up my supply. I talk about that more in this post.  With my first, after I delivered I went back to eating like I did pre-pregnancy, which was a fairly low-carb, standard-calorie diet. I quickly learned that it was not conducive to nursing as my supply dropped significantly. I now let myself eat pretty much whatever I want [within reason], and I find I eat more while nursing than I did while pregnant. In addition, I try and drink 30 oz. of water after each feed.  This step is critical to keeping up supply as well. [New mamas, take note: save the 30 oz. plastic water jug they give you at the hospital! It’s great for your water chugging needs postpartum.] 

BODY

From an overall physical standpoint, I did gain a few stretch marks on my stomach this pregnancy.  I was lucky to have avoided them last time.  I am not complaining though as I am beyond blessed to have been able to carry a baby am so grateful. However, I am kicking myself for not putting on any cocoa butter or moisturizer. I even have some from my first pregnancy sitting out on my bathroom counter! Ugh. My daughter was almost a pound heavier than my son so maybe that’s what did it.  I also think the stretchmarks developed last minute as I didn’t notice them throughout the pregnancy.

MIND

Mentally, having a second baby has been easier because I have already been through this process once. Every little thing is not new and I’m not stressing out about every minor detail. Of course there are new challenges, such as spending enough quality time with my first when my newborn needs me so much right now. Sleep deprivation and hormonal mood swings are all still part of the picture, but expected, and therefore not as stressful this second time around. [Of course this is just my experience and I’ve talked to a couple of moms who felt the second baby was much more stressful.]

All in all, I am so grateful for this blessing in our lives and can’t wait to share what I learn with you all as we go.

THANKSGIVING OUTFIT IDEA

Now onto the holiday season that’s right around the corner! Thanksgiving is just two weeks away [What?! HOW??] and I think it’s safe to say that it’s my favorite holiday. Being Jewish, we don’t have all of the Christmas excitement that December brings [Hanukkah is wonderful but obviously not as mainstream or celebrated like Christmas.] So I think that’s why I love the Fall season and Thanksgiving so much. Being with family, eating delicious food, decorating your home and front doorstep with all the fall foliage and pumpkins…what could be better?!

Every year, I look forward to [and sometimes stress out about] my Thanksgiving Day outfit. This is usually my busiest time at work and if I’m not diligent about planning ahead, the holiday can sneak up on me.  We usually go to a big family lunch at my husband’s cousin’s house.  In terms of an outfit, I try to pick out something casual and comfortable [I do not hold back on seconds or thirds at Thanksgiving!] 😛 Sometimes I’ll go with jeans and a nice top, and other times I will wear a dress with boots if I want to feel a little dressier.  

OUTFIT INSPIRATION & SOURCING

We shot this look when I was 38 weeks pregnant and this dress is so comfortable and cozy.  For any pregnant mamas looking for a dress that is casual, yet still feels put together at the same time, this one is it. Not to mention, it’s not constricting at all and is only $28! I love Old Navy for their basic maternity dresses and this one does not disappoint.  

For my non-pregnant ladies, I linked a couple of sweater dresses that I think are really cute as well.  I decided to dress up my look with these knee-high boots that I got from the Nordstrom Sale last year, but you can also make it more casual with flats or flat boots. The heeled boots I’m wearing in the pictures are sold out at Nordstrom but there’s some sizes left on Amazon.  I also linked a few similar options below.  I threw on this large scarf [I got mine in a little boutique in Canada but this one is very similar] and paired it with my Tory Burch purse.  It’s an older style no longer sold but I love this one! Reminds me of the Gucci Marmont.

I hope this look inspires you as you put together your outfit for Thanksgiving!

Shop the Look: Maternity Dress [similar, non-maternity options: Sweater Dress, Sweater Dress] / High-heeled Boots, sold out [same but from Amazon, similar, similar] / Flat Boots / Scarf, in Camel / Purse, old [similar]

Pregnancy Wardrobe Staples

Y’all,

Finding clothes that fit, look good AND make you feel good during pregnancy is not easy.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s one of my least favorite things to do! And I am someone that loves curating the perfect ensemble.  There’s something about feeling put together that makes you feel confident and ready to take on the day / meeting / grocery trip 😉 / whatever it may be! 

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Spring Look & Dinner Recipes

Hey y’all!

Today I’m talking about this comfy Spring look that I love for errands and weekend activities! This cardigan was my first purchase from Goodnight Macaroon and I must say, I love it.  [Scratch that: second purchase.  I bought a blue and white jumper that did not fit and exchanged it for this!]  I am also obsessed with these tennies from Target.  Only $19! I’m pretty picky about my footwear being comfortable and these definitely are.  Great for throwing on and running errands or casual weekend attire for hanging out with the fam!

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