Exciting News

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We are excited to announce that not only are we pregnant with our second child, but that we are now within single digit weeks of meeting this new baby boy or girl.

After countless months of trying to get pregnant and several miscarriages in the process, we feel so grateful and so blessed to have another little one to love on the way.

And now that we have had plenty of time to ourselves to enjoy this special discovery and now that I am finally starting to show enough so that this baby bump is noticeable to strangers, we are eager to share our happiness with all of you.

Emma is already excited about being a big sister.  She loves to say ‘good morning’ to the baby, giving my growing belly kisses most mornings and sometimes at night.  Although, there are also days that she tells me she is not interested in the baby, at all.  ‘No baby, mama,’ she will say, as she waves her hand furiously in the direction of my stomach.  If I only knew how to break it to her that this baby thing is pretty permanent and coming quickly, and we wouldn’t change it for the world.

I do wonder how I will have any more space left in my heart to fill with love, since it’s literally overflowing with emotion since having had our daughter and then again each new day we get to spend with her.  But I am told that it happens, just like it did with the first.  All at once, completely unavoidable, unable to be stopped.  And for that, I am so thankful.

Thanks so much for reading this and letting us share our news with you.  Have a great Sunday!

xo gina, brandon and emma rose

Thanksgiving Day Outfit Inspiration

I still cannot believe that Thanksgiving is around the corner.  And with Christmas decorations already starting to be arranged on neighborhood roofs and lawns, and candy canes stocked at local supermarkets and drugstores, it goes as quickly as it comes.  It is, hands-down, one of my favorite days of the year, so I like to make sure I savor it in its entirety.  Beginning with cooking preparations in the morning and ending with a second (or third) helping of dessert well into the evening.  This year, we are traveling for the holiday to be with my husband’s family and I am so looking forward to a relaxing day of watching football and spending time with loved ones.

This outfit is definitely one that I would wear this year to Thanksgiving dinner at my family’s home.  It is comfortable and cozy and perfectly put together.

 

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1.     A chunky knit sweater never goes out of style and the popcorn texture makes it unique.

2.     Link bracelets are great for stacking.

3.     A cozy, blanket scarf in perfect plaid that doubles as a wrap for cold days.

4.     Distressed, skinny jeans make an outfit relaxed, but chic.

5.     The large, round statement watch is so classic and timeless; it will be worn now and become an heirloom later on.

6.     This cuff adds just the right amount of sparkle.

7.     Rich, chocolate brown boots are a staple for the fall (and this pair is currently on sale)!

And this whole inspiration is really centered on and focused around the watch.  Designer watches are rarely inexpensive; some of them never affordable enough, so lately I’ve been perusing an auction site called Invaluable.  One of my husband’s favorite pieces is a classic, fine watch and this is a great site to help him build his collection.  And I love the look of a men’s watch on woman as well.  I like styling them with a lot of my own wardrobe.  They go perfectly with chunky knit sweaters, like the one pictured above and a pair of rich, brown boots that I have been wearing all fall.  This site allows you to bid on the watch of your dreams with pretty much any luxury designer brand available.  Personally, I gravitate towards a cognac or chocolate brown band because I feel it goes so well with so much of my closet.  And the oversized, round face is absolutely timeless, making the large Cartier 14K N°1277826 the perfect pick for me.  I could see myself sporting this in every season and for every occasion.  Dressing it up and keeping it simple, like this Thanksgiving Day outfit inspiration that I am going after this year.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Black + White

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Black and white is a classic color combination that never gets old.  And it is also a great staple for winter.  I’ve been wearing this open cardigan since late summer with cut-off denim shorts, when the days started to get shorter and the nights cooler.  Now, I’m throwing on the same sweater with some warmer pieces.  I love how it looks with skinny, black jeans and short (or tall) black boots.  Such a simple way to transition one of my favorites into another season.  For chilly nights or time spent outdoors, just top it with a black leather jacket or bundle up with a scarf.

black + white{ANTHROPOLOGIE cozy open cardigan / 7 FOR ALL MANKIND JEANS skinny in elasticity black / MICHAEL STARS long sleeve crew neck t-shirt / old SAM EDELMAN black suede high-heel ankle boots, similar HERE and HERE}

Have a great week!

My 5 Tips for Productivity

When I worked in the corporate world, there were a handful of restrictions, but also a lot of perks, like being able to grab lunch with friends to break up the workday, being able to bounce ideas off of co-workers and mentors, and believe it or not, having a desk in an office that I did not own, surrounded by other doors, some opened, some closed, and an array of gray cubicles that lined the perimeter.  Doesn’t sound exciting, but that structure gave me the ability to create a regimented schedule to my day.  A set time to arrive, and while there was no specific end-of-day, it was much easier to stay late without the temptations and comforts of being at home.  It provided a designated area in which to run through my tasks.  And the omnipresent eyes and ears of my colleagues and bosses that kept me on my toes and continually encouraged me to perform.

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After I had my first daughter, I chose to leave my job to be with her full-time, and although I took the first year off completely to focus my attention solely on Emma, I have since started this lifestyle blog and founded a small company, under the same name, Pumpkin + Rose, that offers unique event, party and wedding planning and provides nursery design services.  For the first time in my adult life, I am able to determine my work schedule, vacation days, or lack there of, and am the one responsible for not only determining what tasks need to be accomplished, but actually making sure to see them through without the help of a support team.

Here are my 5 tips to staying productive day in and day out.

5 tips for productivity

#1.     GET OUTSIDE.  This one may seem counterintuitive, but being able to take a morning walk in the fresh air while my daughter sleeps in her stroller allows me to clear my head and get both my blood and creative juices flowing.

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#2.     CARVE OUT A DESIGNATED WORKSPACE.  When my daughter was born, we lost our polished and cushy home office to her now-bedroom.  And without having another bedroom to spare, that meant we also lost the area that held our files, our important documents, our desktop.  It was the room earmarked for paying bills and filling out the calendar and scribbling down to-do lists.  So, we devoted a corner of our living room to a new workspace.  It is smaller and doesn’t have its own door for added privacy, but it is separate enough that I am able to retreat there to pen articles and blog posts and create mood boards for clients.

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#3.     TAKE A BREAK.  This is another one that may seem counterintuitive and similar to tip #1 above, but sometimes a 30-minute break is all it takes to get the major reboot I need.  Whether I escape to the post office or the dry cleaners to tackle a few errands mid-day without the chaotic lines that usually form around 5PM, or take a quick trip to Starbucks to fuel up and even socialize with others (one source of stimulation that severely suffers when you work from home), I am left feeling refreshed and ready to get back to tackling my workload.

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#4.     DRESS THE PART.  I remember being told back in high school that dressing neatly may help improve test scores and that it was encouraged to show up to SAT testing in something other than pajamas or an old sweat-suit.  I have adopted the same sort of mantra now that I work from home.  While it is so easy to get sucked into staying in what I wore to bed the night before, getting up, taking a shower and putting on a a fresh outfit, even if it consists of clean yoga pants, sneakers and a trendy pull-over, rather than a pair of heels, makes me feel more motivated.  It helps improve my attitude and mood and allows me to be more focused.

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#5.     INVEST IN GOOD STATIONERY.  Setting goals is a huge part of any successful career, and working from home is no exception.  If I have a good set of stationery that is neat, clean and appealing, I feel more apt to write those goals down.  In addition, I am a big list-writer, always jotting down projects and ideas, whether at my desk or in a set of notebooks I carry around with me everywhere.  Being able to see objectives spelled out in fine, black ink is highly effective for me.  It helps me succeed in carrying out those very goals and tasks that I laid out on paper.

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Have a great weekend and here’s to a productive new week ahead!

All Black Everything

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Black is one of those solid colors, along with white and gray, that I can wear from top to bottom and it looks chic without feeling overdone.  This dark shade is flattering on just about every silhouette and can be worn in every season, although, I love it most in the fall and winter.  These leather leggings have transitioned from date nights in the summer paired with skinny heels to casual weekday errands coupled with low Converse or slip-on Vans.  Add a slimming turtleneck and you have one of the easiest go-to outfits that you will keep coming back to.

 

all black everything 2{old DVF turtleneck, similar HERE and HERE / HUE faux leather leggings, now on sale! / VANS ‘classic’ perforated slip-on sneaker}

Have a great rest of the week!