3 products to try right now

1. Tata Harper Be Adored. I am obsessed. This NYMag review is spot on:

Before J.Crew was the ultra-stylized, Jenna Lyons–fueled fashion brand it has become, it was associated with catalogues filled with 100 percent cotton, khakis, and nary a sequin. Models had unfussy hair and wore natural makeup — not in a minimalist Calvin Klein way, but in a girl-that-lives-next-to-your-Vermont-farm kind of way. Before the brand introduced a red lipstick to the catalogue in 2004, models wore flushed cheeks and  flushed lips; highlighted with a natural gloss, if any at all. Tata Harper’s Be Adored Lip Treatment recalls that popsiclelike J.Crew lip of yesteryear.

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2. Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner. Helps kick the brassy/ yellow tones while brightening natural highlights.

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3. Goddess of Skin Bonifide Scrub. After reading about this product on ManRepeller and Into the Gloss, I had to give this scrub a go. Stay tuned.

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de Buci Baby

A friend recently told me about a new company, de Buci Baby, inspired by the designer’s love of toile and men’s pajamas (totally speaks to the East Coaster in me).  Alas, sleep sacks that are functional and fashionable!

I know what I’ll be gifting at my next baby shower…

Sleep Sacks

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Travel Tuesday: Bahamas

My sister recently graduated from Groovy UV — as if the birks paired with the cap and gown didn’t give it away ;).  To celebrate, she took the trip of a lifetime with friends to the Bahamas. Her pictures below have me daydreaming of quitting my day job crystal-blue waters and white sandy beaches.

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West Coast Craft

Hank and I took a little stroll down to Fort Mason on Saturday to check out West Coast Craft.

West Coast Craft is a craft and design show featuring carefully selected designers, artists, and craftspeople inspired by the mood and aesthetics of West Coast lifestyle. Cool but sunny, laidback yet innovative, they represent the best of West Coast craft.

Below is a roundup of some of the new, up-and-coming artisans I came across (fyi, there were over 250!). I should have gotten a head start of my Christmas shopping…

Elliefunday :: beautiful baby blankets that change the lives of marginalized women in India (I picked up an awesome handkerchief bib for Hank).

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Galanter & Jones :: Heated Outdoor Furniture (imagine the feeling of relaxing in a hot tub without getting wet).

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Noble Carriage :: Organic Baby Clothes + Gifts.

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Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 4.54.01 PMCaravan Pacific :: American Crafted Lighting.

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Canoe :: modern leather goods.

wN_BlueVortexWallet_frontThe Granite :: an emerging female-owned and operated creative studio and workshop with evolving focus and inspiration.

bluedash-on-wht+copy+-+square+versionA Summer Afternoon :: Natural Wooden Toys.

ASummerAfternoon_008Pigeon Toe Ceramics :: objects with a story.

PT2015_044_a9d8914e-64e1-4391-a01c-b00db54781fe_largeChristy Dawn :: dresses handcrafted in LA.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

PSA :: Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st

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{DIY Deluxe Hot Sauce Kit}

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{Cotton Pocket Squares handcrafted in LA}

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{J. Franklin Field Day Horseshoes}

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{Quoddy Canoe Shoe– I’m a fan of the navy laces}

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{Marine Layer Waverly Woven Shirt}

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{Mulholland Weekender Bag–all orders 25% off with code: DAD2015}

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{Vilebrequin Father and Son Swim Trunks}

PJ{Classic Pajamas}

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{Tom Ford Noir}

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Stripes on Sale

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2. T By Alexander Want Striped Long Sleeve T-Shirt

3. Vince Linen Mixed Stripe Tank

4. Heidi Merrick Stripped Pencil Skirt

5. J.Crew Shirt

6. Lemlem Gauze Top

7. Kidmore Sneakers

8. Tory Burch Striped Shorts

9. Heidi Klein Bathing Suit

10. Theory Caneil C Dress

Bright Salads

The fog dog days of summer are almost upon us.  Some scrumptious spring/ summer salads:

Spring Salad with Fava Beans. Recipe here.

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Spinach Salad with Chicken, Strawberries, Blue Cheese and Almonds. Recipe here.

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Green Bean & Avocado Quinoa Salad. Recipe here.

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion, Lemon and Pecorino. Recipe here.

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Insalata Caprese. Recipe here.

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Little Gem Lettuce with Roasted Beets and Feta Dressing. Recipe here.

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Off-the-Grid: Bolinas

Friends rented the same house in Bolinas (from this blog post) for the long weekend. We made the hour drive Sunday morning with plans to test our luck surfing. Sunday’s surf report: “Mysterious morning fog settling in and swirling about. A sinister SW wind putting the bite on the temps and rippling an already unwelcoming ocean surface. Sun is an enigma presently and may stay reclusive.” So, what do five novice surfers who have seen Blue Crush one too many times do? Head to 2 Mile Surf Shop to rent wetsuits and boards. Sleep training a baby will make one do crazy things.

Our friend Keith took a surf lesson the day before so we were hanging on his every word (before heading out my husband asked him if he was regular or goofy to which his sweet mother-in-law replied, “he looked good!”). As we paddled out, the sun broke and there was a pod of dolphins swimming about 20 yards from our group, temporarily distracting me from unwelcome sea dwellers and the fact that the neck of my wetsuit was impeding my breathing.

Overall, it was an incredibly successful day. No one got eaten by a shark, everyone rode a wave or two and there were cold beers, a hot tub and a sleeping baby (!) waiting for us back at the house. How did we get so lucky? Some pictures from our jaunt to Bolinas below:

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Oh Happy Day

The design + lifestyle blog, Oh Happy Day, has recently launched a highly curated online party supply shop. This bright (and happy) site makes me want to throw a fun summer fete for kids (how cute are these temporary tattoos?) and adults alike. “After years of collecting lanterns from China, street flags from Brazil, confetti from Paris (it’s better there!), and handmade piñatas from Mexico we decided to put it all in one place.” Everything is shipped from San Francisco. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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East Coast Living

Maternity leave and our whirlwind Midwest/ East Coast tour has sadly come to an end. It’s back to work and back to trying to get Hank on somewhat of a schedule (God help me). A few photos from our trip spent with the best friends & family:

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Rikshaw Design Flash Sale

Rikshaw Design is currently having a 30% off clothing flash sale (promo code: HEYSUMMER). Time to stock up on your kids’ summer clothes or even a coverup or two for you!

Inspired by the talents of Indian textile artisans, Rikshaw Design revives the ancient technique of block printing on all of their colorful creations—from baby bloomers to tunics (aka kurtas) for mom. The fabric is hand stamped by artisans in Jaipur, India, using a wooden block that’s been individually carved for each pattern.

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Crepes from scratch

Here’s another great recipe from our cooking class a few weeks ago. I’ve never been able to master making crepes (I even previously owned a crepe maker) until this recipe. All you need is a 7-ish inch nonstick skillet. My Aunt uses this and I plan on buying it as soon as I get back to San Francisco.

It takes a little practice, and you usually toss out the first one, but once you learn to make crepes you’ll be able to create many exciting dishes spontaneously.

Check out my favorite French restaurant’s menu for a little crepe inspiration.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions

1. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor briefly.

2. With motor running, add the milk, water, eggs, and butter through the feed tube. Process until smooth.

3. Heat a heavy 7-inch nonstick skillet until quite hot. Pour in 3 tablespoons of the batter, then quickly tilt the pan so the batter spreads evenly, forming a crepe. Cook until lightly brown, 30 to 45 seconds; then turn and cook another 15 seconds.

4. Repeat, using up all the batter. As you finish the crepes, stack them between sheets of waxed paper to prevent from sticking. Wrap the stacked crepes in plastic wrap. They will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days.

(Makes 12 crepes)

Enjoy!

 

Holly Stuart Designs

If I could redecorate my home, I’d model it after the chic interior of the fictional White House in House of Cards (about all I could concentrate on while watching Season 2). The Underwood aesthetic: a neutral color palette, elegant, lush and subdued fabrics, brass lamps, dark wood trim, hurricane lamps etc. All very ‘Washingtonian’. So, I was perusing my favorite home decor shop in DC online (DC bound today so this was not totally out of left field) and as it turns out, they have provided many of the pieces to the House of Cards sets. While I’m not looking at any big pieces at the moment, I love these kitchen accents from Holly Stuart Home. She makes beautiful placemats, coasters and serving trays in a variety of colors and patterns. Frank & Claire approved. Receive 25% off all placemats using online code: springhassprung.

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Allan’s Famous Frozen Margarita’s

I’m excited to share another fabulous drink recipe from Michael just in time for those warm summer nights (other posts by Chef Mike: the best bloody mary you’ll ever drink, wings and the perfect NY Strip Steak

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Worried about calories? Don’t. Look at these two friends of ours. They drink them all the time.

 

With Memorial Day only a couple of weeks away I thought this would be the perfect time to post my father’s famous frozen margarita recipe. It is the perfect summer frozen treat whether you are on a beach, boat, rooftop, BBQ or just chilling at home.

This is a recipe that was handed down by my father who used to throw sunset parties at our family beach house located in Davis Park, Fire Island. A small island located off the coast of Long Island about half-way between Manhattan and Montauk (the end of Long Island).

Our house was on the Great South Bay and faced west. The Atlantic Ocean was only a couple of hundred yards to the east. There were no cars on the island, no streets, no cable tv, and few phones — just boardwalks, sand, wooden beach shacks, and porches. The sunsets were magnificent and the margaritas even better!

This drink reminds me of ocean breezes, bare feet, boats and music – Essentially a Jimmy Buffet song. Here’s to a great summer!

A typical sunset at Davis Park, Fire Island

A typical sunset at Davis Park, Fire Island

What You Need

  • 40 oz blender
  • Tequila (Jose Cuervo Gold is preferred)
  • Triple Sec
  • Grand Marnier
  • Three (3) Limes
  • Frozen Limeade (Minute Maid is preferred) – 12 oz can
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit (Strawberry, Peach, Mango are best) – Optional
  • Beer – Optional
  • Salt – Optional
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Directions

  • Pour the following amounts of liquor into the blender —
    • 7oz Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila – This is the perfect tequila for this recipe, if you’re drinking tequila on the rocks or shooting it straight I’m all for buying more expensive tequila, but for a frozen margarita it gets the job done. Whatever you do, do not use well tequila.
    • 3 oz Triple Sec – Any brand will do
    • 2 oz of Grand Marnier – This is key – Grand Marnier is expensive, but well worth it. A 700 ml bottle will last you about 12 blenders worth of margaritas. A great investment.
  • Next cut each lime in half and then squeeze 2 ½ limes (5 halves) of fresh lime juice into the blender. Squeezing fresh lime is imperative, it’s the difference between a good and a great margarita. You want your margaritas to be great! You can get a good margarita at Chili’s or TGI Friday’s.
  • Add approximately 4oz (1/3 of a can) of the frozen limeade. The frozen limeade is ads tartness and sweetness to the mixture. I’ve found that Minute Maid is superior to store brand frozen limeade. While slightly more expensive, it is well worth it.
  • If you would like to infuse fruit into your margarita add the fresh or frozen fruit now – Generally, 4 strawberries (stems removed), for Strawberry Margaritas — a few chunks of mango for Mango Margarita — or about half of a peach for Peach Margaritas is all you need. Fresh fruit is preferred, but frozen store bought is also fine and often easier.
  • For extra frothiness, add a splash of beer (this was my father’s secret ingredient). It also gives you an excuse to crack open a beer and drink it while you’re making your margarita. Similar to Bloody Mary’s, beer is a great Margarita chaser.
  • Fill the blender up with ice and blend until the mixture is smooth
  • For extra thick margaritas, pour half of the blended goodness into a pitcher and then refill the blender with more ice and blend again. When blended add the blended margarita into the pitcher and stir.
  • Meanwhile, cut up the remaining lime half and rim your class with the lime wedge and then dip into salt
  • Pour the margarita into the glass and enjoy!

 

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Pea and Artichoke Dip

My Aunts hosted an at-home cooking class in my Aunt Mary’s beautiful kitchen (scroll down for pics) a few nights ago which was incredibly informative and fun. On the menu: Pea & Artichoke Dip, Guacamole, Grits with Zucchini Custard, Grilled Chicken with Curried Couscous, Spinach, and Mango and Banana Nutella Crepes. They are both huge fans of Fine Cooking Magazine which shares recipes based on what’s in season. Below is a different take on the classic baked artichoke dip…a delicious way to eat your peas.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 3/4 cup finely grated pecorino romano
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 8.5-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 cup shelled fresh peas or frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot sauce

Directions:

Heat the oven to 475°F. Combine the panko, 1/4 cup of the pecorino, and the olive oil; set aside.

In a food processor, pulse the artichoke hearts, peas, mayonnaise, cream cheese, remaining 1/2 cup of the pecorino, 1/4 tsp. salt, a few grinds of pepper, the garlic, and 2 healthy dashes each of the Worcestershire and hot sauce until combined. Transfer to a 1-quart baking dish (about 9×6) in an even layer; sprinkle with the panko mixture.

Bake until browned and warmed through, about 8 minutes. Serve right away.

{recipe via Fine Cooking}

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Terrain of Westport, CT

A local florist gave us the OK to start planting in my parent’s garden Mother’s Day weekend so in preparation, my sister and I have been doing our homework and taking trips to Terrain in Westport, CT (full disclosure: I can barely keep a succulent alive so the homework part is key). Not only is Terrain a 17,000 sq ft gardening mecca but the store is stocked with one-of-a kind pieces. Think: handmade furniture, herb-infused candles, dinnerware, cashmere blankets, plants and topiaries, beautiful coffee table books and more. Seriously, it’s some of the best visual merchandising I’ve ever seen so it’s no wonder this place is frequented by tastemakers such as Martha Stewart and Blake Lively. Terrain even offers classes and I’m looking foward to attending the Spring Marketplace on May 2nd.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

1. Follain Gift Card

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Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 9.52.00 AM7. Rebecca Atwood Pillow

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8. Sunday Suppers

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Spring Beauty Buys

627338d6d3a1acabc21c1a61f1d17f8f1. By Terry CC Cream :: an incredibly light texture that smells like roses and leaves your skin hydrated and plumped.
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2. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara :: super- curling and lifting mascara for a wide-eyed look.

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3. By Terry Baume De Rose :: for a subtle flush of color.

d5522846a1b266bf73658bccbf492d394. The Wet Brush :: the ultimate detangling brush.

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Saks Friends & Family

Almost everything at Saks is 30% off online (code:FRNFAM) and in-stores. Here are some pieces I’m eyeing:

1. Silk Ikat-Print Maxi Shirtdress

2. Theory Caneil Classic Pima Cotton Striped Dress

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Cotton Trenchcoat

4. Joie Suerte Printed Silk Drawstring- Waist Dress

5. Joie Jacolyn B Knit Jacket 

6. Rebecca Minkoff Freebird Embroidered Cotton Dress

7. See by Chloe Striped T-Shirt Dress

8. See by Chloe Printed Cotton Dress

9. AG Contour 360 Prima Mid-Rise Cigarette Jeans

10. Frame Le Skinny de Jeanne Distressed Jeans 

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Snapshots from Santa Barbara

With my sister in between jobs and Hank and I soaking up maternity leave, we decided to pack the car (with an embarrassing amount of baby gear) and head 330 miles South to Santa Barbara. Some highlights: ocean beach walks + dips, pool time at the Bacara and an adult-only dinner at San Ysidro Ranch.

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Journal It

I’m heading back to work in a month and have been eyeing some fun + stylish notebooks to get me back in the spirit…

1ae53e969639ec96fd0419ce23a3085c1. Kerry Cassill Journals (pictured above)

2. Roberta Roller Rabbit Journal

3. Chance Print Notebooks for to-do lists

4. Rifle Paper Co.

5. ModCloth Whale Notebook

6. Garance Dore Oui/ Non Pocket Notebooks

7. Tres Simple (like a classic French striped shirt) Journal

8. Klas Fahlen Letterpress Notebooks

Hop til you drop

Easter is around the corner so hop to it:

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Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 11.12.09 AM{Hudson Grace Garden Bunnies}

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El Mirador

For my cousins annual trip to San Francisco, we decided to rent a house in the Sonoma hills. It was our first trip with Hank and the layout could not have been more perfect for traveling with a newborn. There was a separate guest cottage where John, Hank and I set up shop as to not to disturb the rest of the fam during nighttime feedings. I can’t recommend this house enough.

Some pictures from our sun-drenched weekend away:

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Point Bonita Lighthouse

Temperatures have been abnormally warm and it seems that everyone has been taking advantage of this summer-like weather. We took Hank to Point Bonita Lighthouse a few weekends ago, followed by lunch at Salsalito Taco Shop. It was the perfect day to test out my new Nikon too…some pics from our outing below:

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Soothing Sore Throat Tea

7270385085d2926e7bfc45a14714b877Ingredients
Peppermint (teabags or fresh)
8 slices fresh ginger
4 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1/4 of a lemon
Honey

Peel the garlic cloves, then whack them with the side of a knife to release the essential oils. Boil the sliced ginger and the crushed garlic in 4 cups of water for 10 minutes.

According to One Medical Group:

  • The peppermint, ginger, and garlic have anti-microbial properties, meaning they are thought to inhibit or help kill off bacteria and/or viruses.
  • The menthol in the peppermint also cools inflamed throat tissue and may have anti-inflammatory effects to reduce the swelling in your sinuses.
  • Honey coats mucous membranes, which will help soothe your sore throat. It also boasts anti-bacterial and tissue healing properties.
  • And the lemon adds vitamin C, which helps your immune system recover more quickly.

Five Foundations :: A review

When my cousin Cami (remember her wardrobe essentials post?) was planning her wedding in Green Lake, Wisconsin she couldn’t find a makeup artist she trusted. So she had to learn how to do her own makeup for the big day. Gulp. Cami’s first foray into coverage makeup was  Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. She was always scared of trying foundation like so many of us are. There’s a definite stigma attached to wearing foundation. The biggest fear? CAKE FACE. She was, however, well aware that in order to get the best pictures, she’d have to wear foundation. After researching makeup lessons in NYC, she made a few appointments at the Armani counter at Saks. In the end a great choice as she fell in love with Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and the rest is history. As the dreaded aging process continues, Cami continues her quest for the best coverage. Below, she reviews five foundations and debunks the myths that go along with wearing foundation.

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Travel : Jumby Bay, Antigua

My sister and her two best friends from growing up spent a sun-drenched weekend on the Island of Jumby Bay. I can only imagine the laughs and stories these three shared (after all, two of them found out Santa wasn’t real in the 8th grade…#special). Below, my sister shares pictures from her getaway.

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Hank’s Nursery

Designing and setting up the nursery was a welcome distraction from the third trimester waiting game. Turns out, we didn’t take our friend’s advice and were scrambling to get it all together (I work better under pressure?). We used blue and white accented pieces from my first apartment in DC which worked out well considering we had a boy!

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Valentine’s Day Cards

The art of nailing Valentine’s Day lies in giving a good card. Something witty with a heartfelt note inside and you’re golden. Perfect cards that every human deserves on 2/14:

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The 5-minute nighttime regimen

Have you seen Neighbors? We watched it for the first time last week. Talk about perfect timing. The movie was hilarious and relatable (ie- the final scene when the young couple is watching their baby sleep realizing they will be responsible for their daughter’s life until they’re “really f*cking old”) .

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As I approach Hank’s one-month mark next week, I feel as though I’m slowly getting back into the swing of everyday life. Removing my contacts or making my bed was a huge win for me during the first two weeks of his life. Forget about washing my face…if he was asleep past 8pm, I would run and DIVE under the covers. Now, I’m feeling *somewhat* rested and calm enough to enjoy a little more of a nighttime routine. Again, perfect timing. My girlfriend, Mer, came to visit us and brought me a post- baby/ early 30th birthday present filled with new beauty treats (you can imagine my excitement as there’s no spa trip in my near future). The regimen takes about five minutes and makes my tired skin feel completely rejuvenated.

FullSizeRender (30)FullSizeRender (31)Aqua Reveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel: like nothing I’ve used before. Space.NK can’t keep this product on the shelves. It’s an ‘innovative facial exfoliator containing no acids, no scrubs, and no enzymes. Clinically proven to provide powerful exfoliation that’s as gentle as water’.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask: I use this mask as an overnight treatment and wake up with incredibly soft skin.

Lancer Volume Enhancing Lip Serum: An advanced lip treatment which plumps lips and diminishes fine lines.

The gift was a nice reminder that it’s important to feed your skin. Speaking of feeding…duty calls.

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