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October 29, 2014

Grey stripes and Leopard spots

Sharing another easy look today and talking a bit about my current time "off!" 


It's been nice having some time to myself this month - having time to finally submit this paper we've been working on forever, figure out our travel plans with N flying all over the country for interviews, and having some time to work on the blog has been nice! Having time off is also nice because it usually serves as a good reminder of what you like to do with your day - as much as heading to a coffee shop to do some work is great and all, I actually miss clinic and seeing patients! Is that weird? Probably. 


For those wondering how I have "off" time - fourth year of medical school is a time for electives and residency interviews! There are very few requirements left by this time, and I've finished them all, so right now I'm on an unscheduled month. I think the hardest part of this month (or really, the only hard part), is still having to take Liv to daycare. I'd love to take her out for the months that I have "off," but if we take her out we lose her spot there, and it took us almost a year to get her there! Boston daycares have ridiculous waitlists! And seeing as I will have a couple of months where I'm still on rotations, we're keeping her there so we don't lose that spot. Being "off" and not having Liv with me definitely lends itself to lots of guilt, so I keep myself as busy as possible with lots of work!


Shopping links for:   striped top,   pants,   boots,   scarf (and it's $12)!,   bag,   sunglasses (also $12... I'm on a roll today)!


October 27, 2014

Family Halloween Costume

Hi all! Today I wanted to share a few fun photos from our family halloween costume for a race we ran this weekend! We ran the Superhero 5K in Cambridge, and ran as The Incredibles! So so so much fun.

For those of you needing a last minute family Halloween costume here's how I put together ours! Shopping links are included in the text and almost everything is available by Amazon Prime so you can get it in time for Halloween!


For Liv's I got lucky and found a premade Jack Jack costume in her size (12-18 months). They're sold out online now, but you can easily buy a red one piece like this one and stick on an Incredible's logo over it! I dropped the ball and assumed her costume was footies though, and of course as we were getting dressed at 7:30 in the morning realized they weren't, and we had only white socks! Sorry Liv. She surprisingly liked the eye mask and didn't want us to take it off! So funny. I did find it a little tight though and took it off when she woke up from her nap.

For mine and N's I bought red leggings and red shirts, black underwear, thigh-high tights (N folded his to knee-length), gloves, and eye masks. I found the Incredible's logo online and printed out copies on plain old white paper, cut them out, and then attached them to our shirts with velcro.

As far as the race itself - I took the thigh-highs off for the race since they definitely would not have stayed up the whole time - double sided tape on those bad boys might have done the trick but I didn't think of it! Everything thing else I kept on the whole time! I ran in my Air Pegasus sneakers (my favorites - and not pictured here since they didn't match the costume haha) and ran with Liv in our BOB Revolution Flex Stroller. It's so light, so easy to maneuver, reclines almost all the way back (Liv slept the whole run), and has some insane shock absorption! Even the undercarriage is large enough to fit my Lily Jade diaper bag. The handle is also adjustable so N and I can change the position when either of us uses it. 
 

What are you all dressing up as for Halloween this year? Would love to hear in the comments section!

October 24, 2014

Fashionable and Functional Diaper Bag

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a cozy look and my go-to diaper bag. I remember when I was pregnant I thought I'd be able to use a designer bag as a diaper bag (I got this one for that purpose), but soon found out that as much of a minimalist mommy I wanted to be, I still couldn't fit all the stuff I needed to bring for Liv in a chic-looking bag like that! 

It was a long search for a beautiful and functional diaper bag; I was ready to admit defeat and just buy a bulky diaper bag (accepting it was part of my new mom role), when the women at Lily Jade contacted me and offered to send me one of their new diaper bags. I chose the Madeline in Brandy and have been so pleased with my choice. I was a little hesitant to use it at first - it was so nice I almost didn't want to use it for fear of messing up the leather! Thankfully I got over it though, and especially now with fall, the brown leather is my favorite!


I love the functionality of this bag - the adjustable long strap (and two shoulder straps) allow for the bag to be worn as a shoulder bag, messenger bag, or backpack! I'm not going to lie, I initially thought to myself - who would want to wear a nice bag like that as a backpack!? Don't knock it till you try it. Having both hands completely free without a bag on one side or the other makes chasing after Liv so much easier! It also makes it convincing as a "men's diaper bag" and N carries it (as a backpack or messenger)! Hehehe.


And the pockets, oh the pockets. I love that there are three large exterior pockets - these usually hold things I need in easy reach - my phone and keys, chapstick, and tickets or papers for whatever we're doing that day (and tissues - all the tissues I can fit for Liv's constantly runny nose). Best nappy bag.

{Liv has proven herself to be quite the expert photo bomber}

The inner pockets are really where all the magic of this bag is, though. Any search for designer diaper bags will give you some pretty gorgeous bags, but when you hover over the images you see that the inside of the bags are empty! A dark abyss that will lead to lots of endless searching for whatever it is you're reaching for. The Lily Jade bag has so many pockets! The red organizer has at least a dozen pockets and is completely removable and washable. This is a game changer - I never thought about all the potential milk or baby food spills in the bag or how I would clean it - with the insert you can literally just pop it in the wash! 


The best part is that you can buy the insert separately. This is big time. Let's be honest - many of us (at least I know I speak for myself and some of my readers) can't afford to spend $300 on a diaper bag. Lily Jade understands that and has made it so that any mama can get some of this amazing functionality in whatever bag they choose. Awesome. 

The baby bag inserts are all on sale for $49, and the rest of the line of Lily Jade diaper bags is on sale as well, with prices ranging from $135 - $305. Don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but Christmas is around the corner - this bag would make a great gift for any expectant or new mom!


I hope you all have wonderful weekends!!


October 22, 2014

Style: Lou & Grey


If you all have followed my blog for a while, you know I have a go-to style. I wouldn't necessarily call it fashionable, and not trendy either, it's just my style. And that style involves lots of neutral basics, soft tees and comfy sweaters - simple but relatively polished is what I'm trying to go for most of the time (although, Liv loves adding her touch of yogurt or crumbled cheese to my outfits too)! 

When Lou & Grey contacted me to check out their new store just outside of Boston in Natick, I checked out their website quickly and couldn't wait to visit the store. This brand was made for me. Their motto? Clothing for a comfortably confident life. Seriously, does it get more "me?" Below are some shots from inside the store - the place is heavenly! Online you can find most of the Lou & Grey pieces, but inside the store you'll find so much more. Beautiful pieces curated from amazing crafters, dainty gold jewelry, succulents on display, a library, home goods, and more! I seriously didn't want to leave. N had to go and check out J. Crew on his own because I was in my zone haha! 


Here's how I styled some of their pieces for an easy look that can take you from errands to dinner - then swap the jeans and boots for cozy leggings and slippers and you're ready for movie night in! That's exactly what I did, didn't want to take the sweater off! ;)


{Shopping links for: sweater, jeans, boots, hat, necklace}

Also - I've been in love with this Janessa Leone hat for some time now and couldn't believe they carried it in the store! I had to get it! (For those who want a similar style at a fraction of the price, Target has a version for $16)! 

Shop some of my favorites from Lou & Grey here! Thank you Lou & Grey for sponsoring this post! 




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