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• Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

It’s tempting to cut off all your hair when you’re a busy mom. It’s low maintenance and easy to style — and the look is definitely having a moment (think Claire Underwood). Create a bohemian vibe — with zipped cargos, a billowy cami and braided t-straps — and you can’t go wrong.

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• Thursday, April 09th, 2015

This flowy, floral top is a great way to hide what’s still “hanging” around after a baby. It falls perfectly; and with slip-on Vans, pretty shades and a hat to hide a bad hair day, it all manages to look effortlessly pulled together even when you haven’t slept in days.

 

Dressing Mom - No Sleep? No Worry!
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• Sunday, April 05th, 2015

We know the yoga pants are comfy…and easy…but with a little effort, you can look ultra chic with a toddler in tow. Here’s a comfy and stylish look for a reading at the library or a lunch play-date.

Dressing Mom - Leather and Lace
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• Friday, March 27th, 2015

Jeans are most definitely a wardrobe staple, and with holes already in the knees, these are perfect. Dress them up with a cozy vest (it’s been downright chilly) and some snazzy slip-ons.

 

Dressing Mom - I'm So Fancy 

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• Monday, March 23rd, 2015

A super relaxed pant with a wedge sneaker, an off-the-shoulder sweater and a few higher-end accessories is our idea of a comfy but put-together look perfect for a mom on-the-go!

 

 

Dressing Mom - Mom on a Wedge
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• Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

We know the yoga pants are comfy…and easy…but with a little effort, you can look ultra chic with a toddler in tow. Welcome to a new series called Dressing Mom, from Dessa Lea Productions.

 

 

Dressing Mom - Stars and Stripes

 

 

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• Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

We know the yoga pants are comfy…and easy…but with a little effort, you can look ultra chic with a toddler in tow. Welcome to a new series called Dressing Mom, from Dessa Lea Productions.

 

Dressing Mom - A Series
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• Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

I’d like to start this post with an apology. Life has been busy the last few months. Not just busy, but downright ridiculous and the blog has suffered from a lack of attention. My New Years’ resolution to slow down and savor each moment is not going so well. So let’s pause, take it for what it is and move on to something worth your precious time. Like a fun little birthday bash I threw (with a lot of help from my mother-in-law) for my four year old son.

One of Brody’s favorite movies is Finding Nemo and one of his favorite songs is Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin…so it was only fitting to make the theme of his party connect without going the obvious Disney route which I try to avoid at all costs. I started by creating a Pinterest board which has drastically improved my party planning skills. I was able to pull almost all aspects of the event together in one convenient spot. With the help of the greatest M-I-L on earth, I think we gave Brody an experience he’ll remember.

 

The Cover of the Invitation

the cover of the invitation

The inside of the invitation

the inside of the invitation

 

The invite set the tone for the whole party. Although it was loosely inspired by Finding Nemo and although my son is four, I wanted it to be a little more sophisticated. Call me crazy. I know. I am. I designed them and printed them out on my printer, 2-up. I didn’t need many, so cutting and scoring went pretty quickly.

 

Brody blowing out his candle

Brody blowing out his candle

A closeup of the fish cookie that adorned the cake

a closeup of one of the fish cookies that adorned the cake

The table decorated with driftwood, shells and paper seahorses

the table decorated with driftwood, shells and paper seahorses

Sea embellishments made from fondant

sea flora made from fondant

 

For this particular event, almost everything was made by us — The decorations, food, drinks and desserts. Most satisfying (other than the look on Brody’s face) was the vanilla cake with buttercream frosting decorated with cookies and sea flora made from fondant. See the inspiration for the cake here. The fondant came in pink and yellow but we dyed the frosting for the cookies and the cake.

 

cookies

octopi, seahorses, angelfish, starfish, sharks, whales, and lobsters

Organizing the cookies / Sharks / Frosting / Purple Octopi

organizing the cookies / blue sharks / frosting a seahorse / purple octopi

 

I found a yummy recipe for punch and although it wasn’t the color I really wanted, I was happy with the “sea foam” on the top. I saw quite a few blue options but they didn’t sound very appetizing. I printed out some clip art of fish, crabs and jellyfish (the same I used on the invitation) and attached them to the straws.

 

The punch and cookies made for a colorful display

the punch and cookies made for a colorful display

Sea creatures decorate the straws

sea creatures decorate the straws

A pretty pink punch with a perfect "sea foam" topping

a pretty pink punch with a perfect “sea foam” topping

 

We didn’t go absolutely nuts on the decorations, although I did make a Happy Birthday Banner, a paper dot and tissue paper tassel garland and a really fun octopus that we hung from the ceiling. I found tutorials on the crepe paper tassels here and simply punched out 1″ circles with a hole puncher and taped them back to back to striped baker’s twine.

 

The Octopus

the octopus

Garland, Happy Birthday Banner and Octopus in the background

paper dot and tassel garland, happy birthday banner and octopus in the background

 

And finally, the menu. Since it was a really small family party, I kept it pretty simple.

-  Fish Tacos with Guacamole, Cilantro-Lime Slaw and Pineapple Salsa

-  Fruit Salad

-  Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream

-  Swedish Fish, Parmesan Goldfish and Sea Creature Cookies

-  Pretty Pink Punch

Have you hosted a party lately? Made an interesting cake? Found a fun way to decorate for an event? Design a pretty invitation? I’d love to hear about it!

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• Monday, February 24th, 2014

With all the snow that has fallen in the Northeast, we’ve had our fair share of cabin fever. Thankfully, we’ve had a front row seat to New York Fashion Week – in front of our computers anyway. Here are a few of our runway favorites from Fall 2014:

Fall 2014 Looks We Love

 

Looking ahead, stunning prints and romantic silhouettes are in the air. When it comes to the shoes — cobalt is the color; knee high boots and T-straps are the trend.

Harpers Bizarre reports that the hottest trends are:
· Color: Baby blue and fuchsia
· Look: The oversized cardigan and menswear
· Comfort: Shearling, shearling and more shearling
· Style: A western hat

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• Friday, January 24th, 2014

I have always been one of those girls-on-the-go. Now I am a mom-on-the-go with a 4 1/2 month old little boy! I feel so lucky to have this little man with me all day and I have really tried to keep up with my daily routines like showering and changing out of my pajamas!

 

New Mom-on-the-Go



 

My beauty routine is simple: lipstick and mascara. Adapting my personal style has been fun yet a tad challenging. I want to put on something that I love yet it must be comfortable…and easily laundered. I need to be able to sit on the floor to play with the baby and run errands and still look put together without a change of clothes in between. Unless I have to…