Practical Decorating Tips on Sharing Room with Baby

October 14, 2019

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crate & Barrel. All opinions are 100% mine.

Guess who just signed their apartment lease renewal and will be sharing their bedroom with the baby for another year?

While it would’ve been nice to get more space by moving to a two-bedroom, hubby and I honestly don’t mind sharing our room with Maxine for another year. Staying put means we don’t need to deal with possibly finding a new day care, movers, and the nasty beast that is the New York rental market.

Mostly, what really cemented our decision to stay in our current apartment is that we’ve finally mastered our apartment configuration. Every inch of our living space feels like it’s being put to its best use. This includes the shared bedroom.

If you’re looking to room share, whether it’s from necessity or you’re just into small-space living, I’ve got you! Read on for my hacks and practical decorating tips on sharing room with baby. And get a peep on all the new Crate & Barrel exclusive goodies I got.

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Villain Baddies Halloween Costume Ideas

October 13, 2019

Some times it’s good to be bad. And what’s a better time to be despicably bad than on Halloween. I’m rounding up for you some of my favorite villain baddies halloween costume ideas. And I promise they’re (almost) all relatively easy and inexpensive to do.

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5 Fabulous Pop-Culture Halloween Group Costume Ideas

October 7, 2019

Fabulous Pop-Culture Halloween Costume Ideas, featuring Great Gatsby

If I had it my way, every day would be halloween. I just love dressing up! It’s fair to say I don’t wait around for October to come up with the costume ideas. This year I decided to go all out put those ideas into reality, with the help of fellow bloggers Megan of TF Diaries, Jackie of Living After Midnite, Diego of Dandy in The Bronx, and our trusty photographer Natalie. If you’re scratching your head looking for that perfect costume ideas, look no further. I’ve got a list of the top five pop-culture halloween group costume ideas.

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Go To This All-inclusive Resort in the Poconos for Your Next Vacation

October 3, 2019

Get your bags packed because a trip to Woodloch Resort, an all-inclusive resort in the Poconos, is the next vacation you’re going to want to have.

I had been hunting for the perfect family vacation spot. I was looking for something easygoing, where the all the activities happen in close proximity to our hotel room. This way we can easily take breaks in the middle of the day for Maxine’s nap. Anyone who has a 15-month old knows you’re beholden to that almighty nap-time. They can really put a cramp on your vacation if you don’t plan properly.

So the first thing that came to mind is a all-inclusive beach vacation or maybe even a cruise. But our problem is we really only have a long weekend to spare, so we didn’t want to travel far. And definitely nowhere far enough that required air travel. Since our travel radius was limited to a 3 hour driving distance, we originally thought that an all-inclusive type of place is surely out of the question. That is until I saw a blog on Woodloch Resort.

Huzzah, I found me an all-inclusive resort in the Poconos (that’s only 2.5 hour driving distance from New York City). And it’s an award winning one to boot! I was even more excited when they agreed to partner with me and let me write a blog on my experience in exchange for a weekend’s stay.

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Tips On How To Wear The Short Suit For Fall

September 29, 2019

How to wear the short suit for Fall? It’s not as hard as you think. It will actually be your Fall BFF as it’s one of the most perfect transition weather outfit.

The short suit set, weather wise, is admittedly a tricky outfit to wear. They’re like the avocado of the fashion world. Depending on where you live, there can be such a short window on when you can wear them. One minute, it’s hot as the devil out and there is no way you’re going to suffer wearing a blazer. Next thing you know Fall is here, and it’s way too cold to wear shorts.

Don’t worry though, I’ve got the tips on how to wear the short suit for Fall. You can put those bad boys on now, and even wear them well into the chilly weather season.

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Peek into My Morning Routine + How to Score Free Aveo Contact Lens

September 19, 2019

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aveo Vision. All opinions are 100% mine.

There’s nothing like having a child to put a spin on your life and routine. I feel like it took over a year for me to get something resembling a routine back into my morning. And boy, it definitely is a change from how things were before Maxine is around.

I’m sure this is no newsflash to many parents, but a big part of my routine happens before my daughter wakes up. Fun fact: statistically speaking, most kids Maxine’s age wakes up around 6:30 – 7:30am (yes this is a real stat — @ me if you want the source). And yup, this means that I wake up very very early.

Read on for more of my morning routine and how to nab a free month of contact lenses from Aveo Vision.

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The Local’s Guide to A Long Weekend in New York City

September 17, 2019

I have this email that I keep copying and pasting for friends and family who ask me for recommendations on what to do on a long weekend in New York City. And then I realized: duh, why don’t I copy and paste it into a travel guide blog.

I moved to New York City about seven years ago. Growing up, I was always in awe of the city and have always wanted to be a New Yorker. Even though quite some time has passed by since I first got here, I still get giddy just walking down the street to work. The honeymoon period hasn’t ended yet.

One big change since I’ve been here is that I get A LOT more visitors. Over the years I’ve perfected the recommendations that I give people based on the feedback I get.

Read on to see my long weekend in New York City must-do list (spoiler alert: Times Slime Square is not going to be in there).

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Denim Jumpsuit: The Most Versatile Piece of Clothing You’ll Wear All Year

September 11, 2019

The same conundrum comes to me every time the season is changing: do I shop for the current weather or should I plan ahead?

While I’m all about getting excited for Fall layers, it’s kind of hard to shop for cold weather clothes when the current one is a muggy 80° F. So instead of shopping for the season, I decided to win ’em all by getting pieces that will work all year round.

One of the most versatile piece you can get is the good ol’ denim jumpsuit. They truly do work for every season, especially if you get one that’s short-sleeved. Once the weather gets really cold, all you need to do is layer a turtleneck underneath it. And bonus: they’re super comfortable to boot.

Thinking of getting that best-bang-for-your-buck investment piece that will work for you all year long? I’ve got you covered! Read on to see more of my outfit and check out some of my favorite denim jumpsuit picks.

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NYC’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants

September 6, 2019

Do you pick your restaurant based on the food or based on the interiors? Or maybe both? Full disclosure: “NYC’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants” is definitely a search term that my Google history is familiar with.

If you’re like me and want to have their cake and eat it too, you’re in luck! New York City lets you have it all.

I think many times people equate high style with no substance. But here, rent is SO HIGH in the city that it’s unlikely that a restaurant will survive if the food is sub par. No worries though, I’ve taste tested all of these places. So you’ll know you won’t be sacrificing taste for pretty interiors in these restaurants.

Read on to check out some of my favorite instagramable restaurants in New York City.

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How to Fit a Lounging, Play, and Office Space in One Living Room

August 25, 2019

Apartment Living Room Tour

Living in New York City, you get used to small spaces. I wouldn’t exactly call our one-bedroom tiny. But the addition of a rambunctious one-year old sure has a way of making the space feel really small.

Our living room now not only need to be baby-proof, but it also had to serve a multi-purpose. There needs to be a designated work area for my hubby since he works from home, a play area for Maxine, and of course a place for the whole family to lounge and relax. Oh did we mention that we sometimes have out-of-town guests? So the room also needs to accommodate sleeping for two.

So when we decided to redecorate our living room, with the help of Modsy, we knew we had to get creative. We became big fans of things like furniture that collapses or serves double purpose. Our chair folds out to a cot, the baby’s high chair collapses when not in use, and our ottoman doubles as blanket and linen storage.

Read on to see more of my living room and let me know what you think of my handiwork. Would you consider living in a one-bedroom with a toddler?
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15 Two-Piece Sets You Need in Your Life

August 21, 2019

SheIn Gingham Two Piece Shorts Set

I’m not ready to pack away my summery outfits just yet. Are you?

We’re about two weeks away from Labor day and I’m still a bit in denial that we’re nearing the end of Summer. The weather is certainly not giving any indication it’s about to cool down anytime soon. But you wouldn’t know that if you go retail shopping, as you’ll probably see the store mannequin clad in sweaters. I honestly think it’s a bit ridiculous. Why buy something that you probably can’t wear for at least another two months?

Call me a fan of instant gratification, but I’m going to shop for outfits that I can wear right now. And right now I’m all about the two-piece sets that’s going to keep me cool in the still hot and humid weather. If you’re with me, scroll down to see more of my outfit and 15 of my favorite coordinating two-set pieces.

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Why Domio Apartment-Style Hotel is The Best Place to Stay in New Orleans

August 3, 2019

Domio Baronne New Orleans Apartment Hotel

I’m not the kind of person who sees a hotel just as a place to stay the night. It’s my home away from home. And I want to be as eager coming back to the comforts of the hotel as I am about exploring the town I’m visiting.

For my girls trip to New Orleans, Domio Baronne St. served as our home away from home. And man, I kind of did not want to leave because this home sure was nicer than my actual home. Our stay got me convinced that staying in an apartment-style hotel really is the best way to go, especially when you’re in a group. You just cannot beat the amenities.

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Shopping Guide: How To Wear Yellow This Summer

July 9, 2019

Shein Ditsy Floral Shirred Crop Top & Paperbag Waist Shorts Set

What color could be more quintessentially summer than yellow. I mean it’s the color of the sunshine, after all. I’ve been seeing a lot of this color splashed on social media and the front pages of my favorite shops, and I’m all about it. 

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Why I’m Hooked on Grove Collaborative (and You Will Be Too)

June 6, 2019

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Grove Collaborative. All opinions are 100% mine.

Cleaning with Grove Collaborative products

“I want to buy products that will hurt the environment,” says no one ever. Really though, it’s not like anyone wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and purposely buys product that they know will spoil the environment and their health. But buying products that support people and the planet isn’t always convenient. And sometimes the “eco-friendly” label makes people wonder if they’re compromising on cleaning power. Well let me tell you guys I found a super convenient way to get my earth friendly cleaning on: Grove Collaborative. And you better believe that I’m not making any compromises. Grove goodies are just as good (heck maybe even better) than the those other products with the nasties in them.

Read on to learn more about why I love Grove and get the lowdown on how you can score some free goodies.

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Jump on The Color Trend: Burnt Orange

June 3, 2019

Lafayette148 Italian Bi-Stretch Pima Cotton Casper Shirtdress

As an Aggie, you wouldn’t think burnt orange is a color that I would be into (although my Longhorn hubby would heartily approve). But man I am loving all the pieces I see when I’m out in the stores. I used to associate burnt orange as a fall color. After this though, I’m gonna be thinking of it as a Summer (or maybe even year round) color as well. It’s a color that’s flattering on pretty much everyone, and it might just be your new favorite.

Read on to see more of my outfit and my some of my favorite burnt orange pieces for the season.

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All The White Dresses You Need in Your Closet ASAP

May 28, 2019

H&M shirt dress with tie belt

I would say get your all-white on before labor day, but lets keep it real, for me all-white is an all-year vibe. There’s nothing quite striking of a look as an all-white outfit. It’s an instant chic look that’s totally photo ready (pro-tip: it’s especially true if you pose in front of a dark background).

The look can be quite intimidating to achieve. So what’s the beginner’s trick to it? Try a dress. No need to worry about matching and layering pieces. All you’ve got to do is add white shoes and the right accessories. And don’t be afraid to go a little bit off of the reserves. For this look, I guess I should say that my vibe is almost all-white. I added a white pleated scarf with hints of yellow to round up the look.

Eager to try on the trend for yourself? Read on to see more of this look and some of my favorite white dresses pick.

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Try Something New: Asymmetrical Cut Jumpsuits

May 15, 2019

Dressbarn Tied-Front Genie-Pant Jumpsuit

Although I occasionally go for the prints, it’s no secret that I prefer plain colors (read: black). Okay, so soooometimes I like to pair them with white (groundbreaking). And add a little bit of color and pizzaz with my accessories (oh damn so revolutionary).

But as a lover of black, what I really am on the lookout for most of the time is that little bit of interesting detail, that differentiates a piece of clothing, that is not color or pattern. I definitely found it with this tied-front genie-pant jumpsuit from Dressbarn. I know what you’re going to say: Dressbarn? I think thats where my mee-maw buys her church dress. Yes, probably. But also, they have recently rebranded and have some unexpectedly cute stuff in the store. I was seriously skeptical, but when I went to their spring preview there was so many items I wanted, including this uber stylish jumpsuit.

Don’t believe me? Check out the store for yourself. But first, read on to see more of my outfit.

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Why You Need to Get a Leather Vest ASAP

May 8, 2019

Lafayette 148 Stevie Leather Moto Vest

I’ve always been a leather jacket kind of girl. If you follow me on Instagram you might already know this, as I probably wear it way too much. I wear the jacket for as long as I can into Spring, because heck it goes great with my Spring dresses.

But now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m sad to say that the time to retire my leather jacket is almost here. So what’s a leather loving gal to do? Switch out my leather jacket for a vest of course. All of the looks I had planned to pair with my leather jacket, will also go well with the vest.

I don’t know why I didn’t get the vest earlier. I feel like I’m missing out on all the leather fashion possibilities. So it’s safe to say, you’ll be seeing a lot of leather vest look coming up on the blog and gram.

Read on to see more of this look and my favorite leather jacket (of the real and faux varieties).

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