Month: April 2015 (page 3 of 3)

Layered Floral Swing Dress

floral swing dress

floral swing dress 2

This layered floral swing dress was perfect for Easter Sunday.  Since temps are still cool here in the northeast, the long sleeves were needed and the print was quintessential Easter.  So comfortable and easy to pull off all spring long.  Find more of my favorite spring dress picks HERE.

{NORDSTROM tildon floral swing dress}

Happy Easter!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {For New Babies This Week}…

{A few of my favorite things for new babies this week}

margery ellen 2

1.     Margery Ellen Baby.  This clothing line comes in the sweetest prints for newborns and new babies.

margery ellen

2.     The Solly Baby Wrap.  This company makes the softest and easiest to manage wraps that hold your little one secure and tight.

beach baby reese

3.     Baby shoes.  Although they aren’t the most practical for new babies, there is nothing cuter than a pair of teeny tiny shoes for those miniature toes.  These ballet slippers come in all different colors.  (I’m not a huge pink person myself and I like the matte pale pink the best)  And the strap ensures that they won’t fall off your babies’ feet.

ballet slippers

4.     The Ollie Swaddle.  Just like our first daughter did before her, Reese enjoys being swaddled at night in these beginning months.  Both girls managed to wiggle their hands and arms out the top of regular swaddle blankets and we wrapped them a few times before we got it right each night.  With this swaddle, the easy velcro takes care of the perfect swaddle for us and Reese stays snug as a bug all night long.

the ollie swaddle

Happy Friday!

Roundup: Favorite Spring Dresses

When the weather gets warm, I rely on dresses a lot.  Dresses get rid of the stress of constantly finding tops and bottoms that pair well together, eliminating the stress of picking out a head-to-toe outfit.  Easy to throw on and perfect for when a day of errands or lunch with friends turns into dinner or drinks later on that night.  Here is a roundup of six of my favorite spring dresses right now (all under $100) that are great for the new season ahead and for Easter, too.

roundup spring dresses{Top Row, Left to Right: ASOS gypsy off shoulder dress with short sleeves / NORDSTROM tildon floral swing dress / FOREVER 21 striped sweater dress}

{Bottom Row, Left to Right: ASOS double layer skater dress / SHEINSIDE color block dress / NORDSTROM j.o.a. lace body-con dress}

Happy spring!

Don’t Dream It’s Over

Originally posted April 1, 2014

lhs steps

I once had a friend who I would sit next to on these gray, cement steps of our high school stairwell at the end of the day and we would share stories and chocolate bars from the vending machine around the corner.  A friend who I laughed with, often, and created secret handshakes with and rode sleds with down the woodchip path in the forest behind the baseball field in the winter.  A friend who wore a faint cluster of freckles across his nose, who wore glasses and hooded sweatshirts.  A friend that I spent afternoons with, running the shiny, speckled hallways, leaving rubber residue in our tracks.  A friend who joked with me, poked fun at me, who always, always made me smile.  A friend who loved his family, who posed awkwardly with me in a group snapshot, all teeth and tangled arms, the night of the prom.  A friend whose faded photo from that night still sits wrinkled, but folded in the far back slot of my wallet.

livingston path

A long time ago on this day, I heard a story.  About how after listening to the lyrics of Crowded House’s most popular song, that friend told someone close although he couldn’t quite put his finger on it, he was overcome with sadness at the sound of it.  And this stuck with him.  The same way those very lines stick with me even now, every time I hear them.  Unexpectedly, surprisingly, all at once.  Every single time.  Like when I’m in the checkout line at CVS or in a bookstore with my daughter or in the car by myself in the middle of a clear, bright day.  The song seems to speak of the moment, telling us to embrace life, to hold on tight to even the tiniest shred of hope that there is a better outcome despite all of life’s insurmountable challenges.  And there are a lot of them.  But there is so much good stuff, too.  The lead singer of the band told the magazine, Goldmine, that it was essentially about how he was, “on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on.”  I would love to blink back to those gray, cement steps of our high school stairwell and urge my friend on.

As I start this new chapter in my own life today, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize it as one of the most notable dates in my calendar, poignant and heavy and heart-wrenching altogether.  I would be remiss if I didn’t think about where he might be in his life at this moment had things been different.  And I would be remiss if I didn’t reflect on how that title, those four little words that crept into my head a decade ago and never really found a way out, have changed my perspective.  I once had a friend who gave me so much more than he could ever have envisioned.  He gave me memories.  He continues to give me perspective.  And for that I am grateful.

xo gina

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