Author: pumpkin + rose (page 2 of 68)


The best investment you can make as a mom is in anything that allows you to have more hands than the eight your kids already think you have.  Whether it is my highly-coveted Sollybaby wrap, that I have in more than one color and have used, literally, thousands of times, or a standard backpack, like this amazing olive green one I picked up by Stoney Clover Lane, it is a complete sanity-saver to travel hands-free.  I had been looking for a chic backpack for a while, ever since purchasing one a few years ago and wearing it into the ground.  And with a trip around the corner, I knew I needed to get something quickly.  This nylon backpack was the perfect fit.  It is so lightweight, even filled with diapers, wipes, toys, books, countless snacks and sippy cups, I didn’t feel weighed down.  And I love the chunky gold zippers.  It is roomy enough to carry everything I needed to and from our trip and was especially handy for our time in the Disney parks, with lots of juggling between pushing the stroller, picking up my girls and making sure I always had a free hand for a Mickey Mouse ice cream bar.  My kids’ favorite part about this backpack, and arguably my favorite part, too, are the sticker patches that are sold separately.  They had the most fitting Minnie Mouse sticker that I stuck on for vacation and you can simply swap them out with any other patch they offer, or leave the backpack bare, as is.  I love any time I am able to customize an item, and even more so when that personalization is something that can be changed, updated and costs under $10.

*Tip: another awesome mom-product is the ToteSavvy, by Life in Play, which you can use in this backpack, too, so you can keep all of your gear more organized.  

Happy traveling!

xo gina 


I may be getting a little ahead of myself using the word, ‘summer’ in the title of this post, but summertime is when I first fell in love with this staple accessory, so it will always be the time of year I associate it with the most.  There was a time when I felt so awkward wearing a hat, always loving the look on others, but never being able to feel I could pull it off.  Then, I took the plunge a few years ago and never looked back.  I have incorporated lots of hats into my collection since then.  And I particularly love them for beach days and all autumn long.  Hats are the best remedy for those bad or just plain boring hair days, too much sun or when you are looking to elevate your look with little effort.  It is our last day of winter vacation here in Georgia as I write this, so as I pack up all of our warm-weather stuff that I won’t be able to wear for a while back home, and get ready to hit the road, I have decided to keep my mind on this sunnier forecast and round up some great, some affordable, some lust-worthy hats to put on your wish-list.

{Far Left, Top}:

1.  I love this shade of brown that is so universally flattering and the simplicity of this hat, and the royal blue detail doesn’t hurt.

{Far Left, Middle}:

2.  So fun and unique with colorful pom poms.  The perfect hat to add to an all-white outfit. *Under $20 right now with code: VIP*

{Far Left, Bottom}:

3.  Tassels are so trendy and have been seen on everything lately from off-the-shoulder tops, to espadrilles, to beach coverups.  And the different shades of blue are a great contrast against the light hat.

{Far Right, Top}:

4.  Just a classic hat that will last for years without going out of style.

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5.  A no-frills fedora that has a cool gray and white striped band, and is under $20.

6.  Another simple, super affordable version in a deeper natural shade with black detail.

{Far Right, Bottom, Bottom Row, Left to Right}:

7.  Love this chic, braided band white panama hat.

8.  A more structured, natural white panama hat for only $15.

xo gina 


Blue and white has always been a favorite color combination of mine.  In my closet, in my home, in paintings that I love…everywhere.  It is classic and timeless and somehow always feels fresh.  And it is one of those combinations that I seem to gravitate towards most in warm weather.  Now that spring is almost here (and after the recent March snowstorm in the Northeast, I am really hoping ‘almost’ is in our very near future!), I have pulled out all of the blue and white I already own and have scooped up some new pieces, too.  We made a getaway to Florida and Georgia for warmer temps just in time to escape said March snowstorm, so I made sure to pack lots of those colors in the form of jeans, cut-off shorts, off-the-shoulder tops, and straw hats.  Since I like to wear those shades often, I am always on the lookout for a great price.  Here is an outfit that head-to-toe (including the hat, but minus the shades) cost $200.  And when items can be found on sale, it can be less expensive than that.  This shirt in particular, was a steal!  I grabbed it recently at T.J. Maxx and although I couldn’t find it on their online site, head to your local chain to try and snag one yourself.  I have worn the top a ton since purchasing it and it will be a great piece for transitioning between seasons, too.  Here are some outfit details and a roundup of other favorites in blue and white to sport all spring and summer.

{TOPSHOP moto leigh distressed skinny jeans in white, sold out, similar HERE and HERE / J.CREW chambray shirt, currently 25% off with promo code GETSHOPPING at checkout / CLOTH and STONE off-the-shoulder top, via T.J. MAXX in-store, but found online for more HERE / HAT ATTACK straw hat, old, similar HERE and HERE / ADIDAS originals superstar}

{Top Row, Far Left}:

1.  I feel like I would definitely overwear this casual, chic top.

{Top Row, Far Right, Left to Right}:

2.  Such a comfy tee with just the right amount of flare.

3.  A lightweight summer dress for $15.  Enough said.

{Bottom Row, Far Right, Left to Right}:

4.  Blue and white stripes for the win.  Perfect with a white denim pencil skirt or flared jeans.

5.  Gingham print never goes out of style and the button down back is a fun twist.

{Bottom Row, Left to Right}:

6.  The simplest dress with trendy lace-up details.  Perfect as a beach coverup.

7.  Loving this jumpsuit.  The cut and the print are both amazing.

8.  Cannot give up my affection for shoulder-baring tops and this one in classic chambray goes with everything. *And right now, this is an extra 30% off with code: VIP*

Seriously loving all of these awesome and affordable picks.  And I currently have all of them saved in my shopping cart.

Happy shopping!

xo gina 


When Sweet N Swag reached out to me about trying some of their products, I was super excited.  Who can resist teeny tiny moccasins?  The items arrived in the prettiest packaging, and I  immediately loved how easy the moccs were to slip on my baby’s feet and how well they stayed on, too.  And the colors they offer are perfection.  My favorites are the honeysuckle, dusk blue, and rose gold.  They also carry a great variety of bows in equally cute shades and you can get them with a clip or a nylon headband.  You can choose to leave the center of the bow monotone or add a pop of gold, which is a fun way to customize your selections.  I was really impressed with the quality of their products and the price point as compared to their competitors, making it easier for me, as a mom of three young girls, to shop for my daughters and my nieces.  And to make things even sweeter, Sweet N Swag has offered to give you, our readers, 15% off your entire order with the discount code: pumpkinandrose15 through March 22nd.  Enjoy!

Happy shopping!

xo gina 

One-Piece Love

This winter was jammed packed with work and house renovations and life in general with three kids, but it was also the first winter we didn’t escape to some place warm.  We are still up-in-the-air about trying to get away for a long weekend early this spring if our schedules allow.  And that has me all sorts of daydreaming about my current favorite one-pieces that would be on my packing wish-list.  I love that the one-piece continues to be so on-trend.  They  offer more coverage, are universally flattering, but never boring, with so many different colors, patterns and styles to choose from.  Here are my current picks, in a range of high and low prices.

Top Row, Far Left, Left to Right:

{CUPSHE colorful stripes backless one-piece swimsuit / MARYSIA palm springs scalloped one-piece}

Bottom Row, Far Left, Left to Right:

{CLUBE BOSSA one-piece, just sold out, similar HERE and HEREMARYSIA SWIM mott one-piece}

Far Right:

{MARYSIA antibes scalloped one-piece in rose}

Bottom Row, Left to Right:

{J.CREW ruffled halter one-piece swimsuit in mixed stripe, now 20% off with code SHOPFAST / NANETTE LEPORE amor atitlan seductress one-piece / GAP classic one-piece suit}

Happy spring!

xo gina 

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