Monday, March 2, 2015

The Cutest New Beauty Line!

peach hand cream
photo via @rachaelkelley13

I was scrolling though Instagram the other day as I am wont to do (364546 times a day) when I happened on the photo above in my friend Rachael's feed. It stopped me in my tracks because...those cute little things are beauty products! 

They're from TonyMoly, a Korean brand (of course) that offers what is quite possible the world's most adorable packaging. Besides the cuties above (the peach is a hand cream and the latte is a pore-tightening mask!), there are cherry- and blueberry-shaped lip balms, bunny perfumes, tomato facial masks, and tons more.

I know they're probably aimed at twelve years old, but the great thing about beauty is that it doesn't have to be deadly serious all the time. So who cares? Guess I'm immature enough beauty-wise that I love them, too. (And I'm not alone! Check out the TonyMoly apple hand cream starring in this #evachenpose from my ever chic friend Eva Chen...)

I've included a few favorites below, but it's worth checking out this link for lots more. Seriously, their stuff is just the cutest, right?


Friday, February 27, 2015

15 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

paintbox manicure
My Paintbox manicure courtesy of Arm & Hammer (for more details on the design--it's from Paintbox's new bridal menu!--check out my column on later today)

I hate winter. Seriously. Can it just be spring already? Ugh. But when I'm not bitching about the cold this weekend, I'm going to be prepping for my daughter's upcoming birthday party (those mermaid cupcake toppers aren't going to make themselves!), and hopefully squeezing in a bang trim for her as well as a first haircut (squeeee!) for my (currently very shaggy) son. 

I hope you have an awesome--and warm--weekend. Here's a few fun links!

• These sandals are gorgeous. The touch of metallic adds such a fun twist to an otherwise simple style.

• I've been wanting a tassel necklace. And this one would be so perfect to wear with maxi dresses, right?

• I just ordered this pretty floral dress earlier this week. Love that it can work for the office, dinner, drinks--anything. (Can you tell I have warm weather on the brain?)

• These birthstone art prints from Minted are so beautiful--and such a fun, different idea. I really want the aquamarine design for the (someday-to-actually-happen) gallery wall in my daughter's room!

• Grain-free, gluten-free sweet potato gnocchi? Sign me up!

• Remember when I was sad about Starbucks starting to offer coconut milk...that is loaded in sugar? Well, now the brilliant nutritionist Lauren Slayton over at Foodtrainers has details on exactly how sketchy it is. (Thanks for the mention, Lauren!)

• This entire ghost town is up for sale! Here's praying whoever buys it doesn't just knock it down. God, I would love to explore those old Victorian buildings. (Not alone though!)

• A look at how some local governments are cracking down on the societal scourge known as the FREE NEIGHBORLY BOOK EXCHANGE. Gee, it's a good thing these cities don't have anything else to worry about! #sarcasm (h/t Felicia)

• How one pharmaceutical company is charging $84,000 for a drug that costs less than $300 to produce. Also known as: why pharmaceutical companies are THE WORST.

• This video is hilarious: what happens when a baby teaches a dance class. (Dying to know what that little kid was thinking!)

• Jennifer Lawrence looks incredible in the new Dior ads.

• The clever moms who came out with that hilarious Blank Space parody a few months back have a funny new video: all about spending your family vacation posing the perfect Instagram shot. #guilty

And in case you missed it, this week I...

• Talked openly about the very real struggle that us moms experience around 3 a.m.

• Gave a peek into a fun mommy-daughter morning filled with shopping, braids, and brunch.

• Shared the pretty spring fashion finds that I cannot wait to wear.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On My Wish List

salmon and white

I can't with this weather, you guys. It's so cold, so slushy, so relentless. I swear, all I do with my friends these days is complain about how hellish it is and how we're thisclose to moving to California, Florida, or (in one case) Panama. 

Well, I've had enough. Today I'm going to imagine that it's a warm spring day...if only in my closet. I'm putting my foot down: No purchasing any more sweaters this season. It's going to be all bright, happy, sunny pieces going forward.

Like this pretty cross-body bag--it's so cute and it's somehow under $100! And nothing sounds better than open-toed shoes right now. I'm obsessed with these rose-gold slides and these adorable pom pom sandals. I want to wear them with this cool sequin miniskirt, and--and this is the kicker--NO TIGHTS.

Sigh. Spring, you can't come soon enough.

What is the weather like where you are? Are you stuck in this never ending polar vortex, too? Or are you one of those people I'm severely jealous of who is already wearing flip flops? Talk to me!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The 3 A.M. Struggle Is Real

This is my (now almost-five-year-old) daughter as a newborn. I could not find a single decent, recent shot of my son sleeping. Evidence that, when my kids are actually sleeping, I don't eff with that! 
It's 3 a.m. on a weeknight when you're jolted awake to the sound of your toddler crying. You wait a few minutes to see if he'll quiet down, but it doesn't look like that's happening. You glance over at your husband. He's asleep. Once again, the sound of screaming, amplified through a monitor, doesn't seem to faze him. (Isn't it always that way?) You're so tired. You have a big work meeting in the morning. But duty calls. You walk down the hall and into his room.

He's standing in his crib, crying for you, so you lift him into your arms. He lays his head down on your shoulder and stops crying immediately. You sway back and forth, back and forth, for a few minutes, and then start to wonder how long you're going to have to keep swaying. Because while you love him--so, so are tired, man. You'll be thrilled to see him in four hours. But now? You just want him to go the eff to sleep, so that you can go the eff to sleep.

But catch a whiff of his scent. That wonderful scent. There must be a Darwinian reason that babies and toddlers smell like this, right? Maybe we evolved this way so that our prehistoric mothers wouldn't toss us out of the cave when we wouldn't go back to sleep in the middle of the night. But whatever the reason, that scent is intoxicating. It's nearly impossible to describe, too. Sort of candy mixed with fresh-baked bread mixed with heaven? I don't know how to describe it, but parents know this smell. 

So you breathe it in and sway, breathe and sway. After a while, his breath has slowed, so you gently, slowly lean over to place him back in the crib.

He is NOT having that. He starts to scream. 

Nooo! You cannot be here doing this all night. You want your bed. You want your pillow. You want your duvet. You want sleep. Go to sleeeeeep!

But catch a glimpse of the curve of his round little bottom in the soft blue glow of the sound machine light. You feel his hand grip tightly to your shirt. And you know in that moment, in your heart, that it won't always be like this. 

It seems impossible at 3 a.m. when you are this exhausted, but you know that there will be a day when you will yearn for this. Maybe he'll be at sleep-away camp. Maybe he'll be at college. Maybe he'll be an ornery teenager who just wants you to get the hell out of his room, mother. Someday, one night will be the last night you'll ever rock him at 3 a.m. and you won't know it's the last night until it's gone.

You kiss his forehead then, his lips, his downy hair. You know the kisses are probably keeping him from going to sleep and prolonging this whole thing. But you can't help it. There will be a moment when he outgrows these kisses, too.

Eventually his breath slows again as he sucks rhythmically on this thumb. His body, curled against every curve of yours, feels heavier. Sleep is close. And then suddenly, he points his arm out toward your face, and says "Eyyyyyyyyyye!" And you think, "OMFG, yes, that's my eye. Good, you learned the word eye. But at 3 a.m.? Really??"

And start to cry. Partly because you just said "OMFG" to your toddler even if it was only in your head. And partly because you know these days are numbered. These days of kisses, and cute little bottoms, and him trusting you so completely as to let all his body weight fall into your arms. And you feel like a shit for wanting to speed them up, for feeling disdain for these fleeting middle-of-the-night moments where everything is quiet and nothing exists except for these two people who love each other more than anything else in the world. You have to function there tomorrow. And not look hideous. And you have to be up in three hours to start getting your other child ready for school. And you stayed up too late watching the stupid Bachelor so now you're just so. freaking. tired.

The 3am struggle is real.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Braids, Beautiful Dresses, and Brunch

Someone was PSYCHED for brunch.
Isola restaurant at The Mondrian

Baby's first braid bar

The finished "Elsa braid"
Flower-crown making
"Mommy, I can't stop looking at myself!"

Me and my girl
Just before the holidays, my daughter and I were invited to a brunch to celebrate the new website for the (gorgeous!) children's clothing line, Pippa & Julie. My daughter was SO excited to go--for weeks prior, she couldn't stop telling everyone from her friends to her preschool teacher about it. And I was excited, too--very much looking forward to spending a fun winter's morning with her doing something other than sitting in our playroom playing Barbies.

The event was held at Isola, the Mondrian Soho's beautiful, airy restaurant, and there were lots of fun activities. We made a flower crown together (well, I made it while she art directed), and then hit the braid bar where she asked for (of course) "an Elsa braid." 

After she was properly side-fishtailed, we headed over to check out some of Pippa & Julie's beautiful dresses. Each one was exquisite, but my girl made a beeline for this hot pink, sequined dress that kind of looks like a birthday cake come to life (in the best way possible). 

She held it up against her sweater and jeans and looked at herself in the full-length mirror. And looked. And looked and looked. Finally, she said: "Mommy, I can't stop looking at myself! I look so beautiful!" 

And you know what? She did. 

(Spoiler alert: We went home with the dress.)

It was such a fun morning. And it was also a rare one. Now that we're a two-kid family, it's actually doesn't happen too often that my daughter and I get mommy-and-daughter alone time. So that was pretty awesome. I can't wait for more brunches--and definitely more dress-shopping!--in the years to come.

(By the way, I just noticed that the dress is now on MAJOR sale, if you've got a little girly girl, too!)

Thank you to Pippa & Julie for a wonderful morning--and for gifting us with the pink dress my daughter fell in love with!

Friday, February 20, 2015

15 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

When the weather is as frightfully cold as it's been and the cabin fever is at maximum levels, might I suggest having a bubble dance party in your basement?
I always hate it when bloggers (myself very much included) start a post with some version of: "Hey guys, sorry I haven't posted much this week." I always think: "Oh. You didn't? I had no idea." The truth is, I almost never notice when a blogger--even my very favorite ones--slack a little on their posting schedule. There's just too much content out there, and the way I tend to consume it (almost always via Bloglovin or social media shares) means that, if it's not in my feed, I'm just going to read what is--and then catch those favorite bloggers next time they do show up.

So every time I'm tempted to apologize for not posting as much as I'd like (like this week), I try to remind myself of this: No one but my mother noticed. (And, actually, she's on vacation this week with no wifi, so there goes that.) 

Am I alone in this? Do you guys notice when your favorite bloggers miss a day of posting? Do you notice if I post three, four, five times one week and then (gulp) twice the next? And if you do, do you even care? I would actually LOVE to know.

That said, I did post today (woo!), so here's a few fun links. Enjoy!

• I thought my husband was insane when he bought this bubble machine. But now I think he's genius. It has been saving us on the weekends when we can't take the kids to the park or....anywhere, really. We switch on the machine; turn on some Becky G, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift videos on Apple TV; and sit back while my kids have a "bubble dance party." (See above!) Kids and bubbles, man.

• Gap has been killing it lately with their sweatshirts. They're cute and very reasonably priced. I love the quilting and boxy cut of this one and this tropical print is kind of amazing, no? (Best part: The sweatshirts--and everything else on the site--is on sale through tomorrow. Use code MAJOR for 30 percent off.)

• My daughter is really getting into Dr. Seuss lately, so I was excited to see that there's a new, long-lost Dr. Seuss book coming out! Just pre-ordered it here.

• Death to The Chicken Finger: A fascinating examination of how we've managed to create a generation of picky eaters.

• I'm obsessed with this beauty look. (Even if I'm too chicken to actually pull it off in real life!)

• I made this sticky apricot chicken earlier this week and it was so yummy, had very few ingredients, and was super, beyond easy.

• An awesome takedown of the suckage that is TV news these days.

• This blush pink leather moto jacket is heaven on earth.

• I'm featured on the Retail Me Not blog this week sharing some winter fashion favorites!

• A little post-Valentine's Day truth for my fellow moms out there.

• Bailey McCarthy, (the awesome interior designer I'm working with who I introduced you to here) and her company Biscuit Home, just launched their latest bedding collection (Boone and Bloomsbury) and it is so good.

• I can't wait to see this documentary about the surprisingly small group of people who have been behind the misinformation dissemination for everything from tobacco to toxic chemicals to climate change.

• What happens when an abandoned Walmart becomes the world's coolest library.

• The snow situation in Boston is just insane. If you live there, tell me: Is it is terrifying as these pictures make it look?! They seriously freak me out!

And in case you missed it, this week I...

• Shared my favorite nail polish, two gorgeous lip colors, a cool (and crazy-good-deal!) bag, and more. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On My Wish List: Black Orchid

marilyn minter black orchid

Marilyn Minter is one of my all-time favorite artists--I actually fantasize about owning one of her pieces. "Black Orchid," above, is a favorite. I was staring at it online this past weekend, and falling in love all over again. But until I find an extra $30K+ hiding in my coat pockets (ha!), I'll be enjoying it on the Internet.

So, in the! Here's a few pretty pieces inspired by my art-drooling: a wrap bracelet that looks just like Hermes (for about one-zillionth of the price--and 40% off today with code BRTUES40), a pretty purple-and-gold bag (on sale for--get this--$28!!), one of my go-to nail polish shades, a cheery yellow dress, and more.