Fall Floral Jumpsuit

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Jumpsuit // Bag // Jacket {similar} // Shoes {similar}

It's been quite a while since I last did a style post on my blog. It was very difficult to try to find my mojo to work on content during this pandemic. Much like everyone else I felt confused, tired and a bit scared with everything happening around me. Styling outfits and going out for photoshoots was the last thing on my mind {and the fact we were mostly wearing lounge clothes around the house}. It's been 7+ months since we started our quarantine and it looks to me like the next few weeks and 2021 won't be much different, so I'm going to work with what I got and get back to my little blog because I love it so much and makes me happy to work on creative tasks. 

Here I am in this lovely and very comfortable Rebecca Taylor La Vie Larkspur jumpsuit. I purchased it a few months back and it's now on sale! Technically it's not part of their fall collection but the navy blue background and florals make it appropriate for the season {in Texas anyway, where fall is 90 degrees HA!}. Runs true to size but if you are on the taller side I would size up. I am a size 2 but I usually grab an S in Rebecca Taylor jumpsuits because I find the XS is not long enough for my torso. Paired with a denim jacket and flats it's the perfect outfit to run around town doing errands with my toddler. Since winters are very mild in Texas I'll probably be wearing it later with a baggy navy sweater on top and white sneakers. 

That's all I got for your today, talk to you soon!

xx, N. 


Happy Birthday Eloise!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Before I had my first baby I remember hearing people talk about how fast time passes and how quickly children grow up. Didn't click in my head until we started preparations for Eloise's first birthday. Where did time go? When did she get so big?.

We are very excited to see her grow into a VERY active toddler but it's also a bit heartbreaking to no longer have that newborn baby that would snuggle against my body all day. Makes no sense when I put it into words but I miss that tiny baby while I'm excited about the one-year old screaming next to me.

Our original preparations were for a much bigger party. Parents and siblings were planning on flying in, we were going to have a dessert bar and a big cake. But COVID changed our plans and we ended up with a small five person party and a DIY balloon arch. I sure wish we could have had the party we originally imagined but this tiny quarONEtine birthday was just as lovely.

Eloise loves pasta so we had it catered by North Italia. Had mimosas and cocktails for our friends and a delicious lemon lavender cake from Sugar Mama Bakery. Guests arrived around noon and we enjoyed charcuterie boards and mimosas while Eloise opened a couple gifts and played with her new toys.

The balloon arch for her cake table is a DIY! That's right! A few people messaged me on Instagram asking about the local vendor and I was sharing with them that I made it myself the night before, took me about two hours and it was $25.00 dollars! I did spend an extra $20 on an electric pump which I highly recommend since it makes the process much easier. You can buy the balloon arch kit here and the pump here.

We ate, danced, opened gifts and played with Eloise until she happily went to bed exhausted. I still cannot believe how big she is. A week before her birthday she started taking her firsts steps and now she is full on speed walking all over the house. Love this nugget of mine!

And here's the monthly shots I did for her, they got increasingly harder as she got older, but it was so much fun to see how much she physically changed from month to month. 

Thanks for reading me, hope you're staying safe and healthy. 
xx, Nicole 

Spring Home Decor Updates

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

What a time we are living in; never in a million years would I imagine we would be living through a pandemic...let alone one that extends globally. This week marks the 6th week of self-isolation for our little family. Now more than ever I am grateful for our health and home. But I must admit spending so much time inside is making me a little crazy {bet I'm not the only one!}. To keep myself entertained I decided to take on a little project to refresh our downstairs. Make a couple changes to update the overall feel; I am still very much into blue but want to tone it down to a softer shade and add on some pattern and fresh accessories.

Floral and block prints are at the very top of my list; love the summery look it brings inside. While searching for inspiration I fell in love with seagrass and rattan. They are everywhere these days! While I normally don't follow trends I do love the natural touch so I went for some glassware and picture frames in these textured materials. I will not be buying any large pieces but I do want a new slipcover for my ottoman coffee table. I am thinking sea glass color linen with a 1/2 inch flange. Can't wait to show you the final result. How are you keeping yourself busy during these Coronavirus days? 

Must admit I have not been feeling too inspired to blog, but my juju  it's coming back to me slowly. Maybe I'll go wild and do another post this week. HA!

Until then, stay inside and safe. Hope you and your family and doing well.


Favorite Baby Products // Newborn to Six Months

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Eloise is officially seven months old, we have been out of the ‘newborn’ phase for a while now. While some things get much easier to handle {sleep} others get more complicated {mobility}. In Eloise’s first six months we have come across several products that quickly became favorites. Here’s a few of our must-haves from newborn to six months. There are some favorite travel products that have also made life on the road easier, but I will do a separate post for those. Hope this list is helpful for those of you who are working on your registries!

With its $1295 price tag it is definitely an investment, but QUITE helpful. We had Eloise in it a lot when she was a newborn. It’s like a robot mom that rocks your baby while you do other things like shower or eat. She outgrew the length before we hit the max weight {we have a tall girl!} but we loved it. It is beautiful and loved the clean look in our bedroom. It is now safely tucked in a closet waiting for baby # 2 (someday).

Tiny Love Magical Tales Gymini
We own two of these, we keep one downstairs and one upstairs. One of the easiest ways to keep her entertained. She has been laying in these ever since she was a newborn. Loves all the hanging toys, and now that she rolls over she plays with the ribbons sewn into the mat for her entertainment. She often hangs on it while we drink our morning coffee and read the news. 

We still use this every night. Eloise’s bedroom faces the front of our house so it can get quite noisy. Has different light colors and sounds to choose from and it’s very light. You can use the app or manually turn it on/off and change the settings.

We discovered this $12 dollar device at Target during a trip to Arizona. Eloise had a cold and we were having the hardest time giving her medicine because she would spit it up. Bough this on a whim and it’s magical! She has allergies and takes syrup medicine every day, this little device make it an easy step during our busy mornings.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag
Wanted a simple sleek diaper back that would be roomy enough for everything but not too bulky. This black one is perfect because Carlos is able to use it as well. It has a diaper change pad that rolls out and makes everything very accessible. Love the leather tabs and nylon fabric that’s easy to wipe down. One of our most used items for sure. We don’t use this bag for daycare. We have this Baggu tote bag that fits all of her daily needs.

Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair

We had initially registered for a high chair at Target. We had no idea what to look for and we picked on a whim. After a few months {and visits} I discovered this lovely little chair at Nordstrom. I loved the clean look and the different color options. Everything is sold separately {cusions, tray, chair} but it is so worth it. We decided to go for it since it is an item that would be sitting in our dining room for years to come. It is very sturdy, safe and comfortable. Worth every penny. 

BabyBjorn Bouncer
Still use this, though it’s becoming more difficult as she is more interested in sitting up rather than resting. This little device went all over the house with us the first few months: on the porch during summer while we had our morning coffee, on the kitchen island while we cooked dinner, on the bathroom floor while I was home alone taking a shower and even in the laundry room while I was folding clothes. She took naps in it and hung out while we did stuff around the house. The fabric slip is easily washable. Such great item for your registry. 

Maxi Cosi Zelia Max Stroller
This was a gift from Maxi Cosi and it was heaven sent, We had initially purchased the Bugaboo Donkey {knowing we wanted two babies eventually} but it turned out to be incredibly heavy and bulky for my relatively small SUV {I drive a Volvo XC60}. When Eloise was two months Maxi Cosi reached out about a partnership and I got this stroller. It’s amazing! It’s a two piece stroller, comes with a super comfortable ergonomic car seat {Eloise HATED her prior Chicco car seat} and has so much space for all the stuff we carry. We use it every weekend and can’t say enough great things about it. The price is great considering you are getting a bundle of stroller and car seat; and it’s a great looking stroller. Very clean and modern. One of our most loved items for sure. 

Dock A Tot
We registered for this not knowing much about it. I did some research and everyone seemed to love it so I added it to my list. Yes, it is just a cushion and yes it is $200 dollars. I figured we could use the registry discount at the end if we really wanted it; to my surprise my co-workers {who are AWESOME} got it for me. Such a great gift. We used it every day up until Eloise was about 5 months old. It literally ‘docks’ the baby in place so we can move around. She would take naps on it, drink her bottle, hang out {always supervised} while comfortably hanging in there. I have the white one, we would toss a blanket over it to keep it clean longer.

I was the first one to scream horrified once I realized what this product was…”suck snot with my mouth!? I DON’T THINK SO!” Little did I know it would become one of our most used products. Works wonderfully when cleaning up baby’s nose. And no, the snot does not make it to your mouth, it doesn’t even reach further than the tip of the pen-like device. It is a life saver, there is nothing more frustrating and scary than seeing your baby struggling to breath because of a cold.

Blooming Bath Lotus

When I was pregnant bath time for a newborn seemed like the most terrifying experience for me. I thought a small wet squirmy baby was an accident waiting to happen, I made Carlos and mom do all her baths the first few times. Then I realize how helpful this flower was. You lay it on your sink and the baby comfortably rests while you do the rest. Used it every night for the first five months, until she got too big for the sink and uses a regular tub now.

Hope this list was helpful! Can’t wait to fill you in on my favorite travel items for baby; writing these posts is so much fun!

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