Mom Purse Round-Up

I’m in the market for a new purse that plays well with others. By others I mean a diaper bag, a baby, probably a jacket, and whatever else I’m holding (shopping bags, cronut, wine, umbrella, etc.). I began my search by looking for something that is hands free, or “crossbody” as the industry calls it, and I came up with the following choices. Most of these are smaller as I’m not interested in having two diaper bags.

*Side Note: I know that these are more expensive than most people might spend, but in fairness my mom says she has a coupon for 45% off so I upped my limit. I did include one that is under $45 and it doesn’t stand out as cheap looking in my opinion. Also, I like bags that go with all of my clothes so I’m not constantly moving things from one purse to the other which is why most of these are black, gray, caramel, or a similar neutral palette.

What’s your favorite? 

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LINKS: 

1. Coach – Urbane Crossbody  2. Kate Spade – Cobble Hill Little Curtis  3. Kate Spade – Cobble Hill Ellen  4. Anthropologie – Bisbee  5. Tosca – Slouchy Hobo  6. Coach – Mini Tanner

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{Elem’s} Eclectic Nursery

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My friend, Jodi Kendall,  is a wonderful writer who lives in NYC with her husband and their adorable son Townes.  A while back she asked to feature Elem’s nursery as a ‘Room Tour’ on her blog, where she shares everything from writing tips to baby product reviews.  Of course I said yes, and the story ran on her blog back in July.

I thought I’d share a little more here about the process of deciding how to decorate our nursery (when we didn’t know if we’d be having a boy or a girl) and how we pulled it all together to make the perfect home for sweet Elem.Mid-Mod Nursery

I started by making a general mood board with the Ikea crib and dresser we had already picked out.  The room actually ended up being pretty true to the original mood board, keeping our minty green wall color and adding pops of yellow throughout.  We wanted this room (this tiny room, the smallest of our 3 already small bedrooms) to have a lot of character and color without making it look cluttered and small.  My husband actually picked out the gray color for the crib (I almost fought for the natural one at Ikea, turns out, he was right…you know, just this one time) and then we thought the dresser was a nice mix of modern and kid-friendly (read: easy to clean and soft shut drawers).  We ended up getting all our big furniture at Ikea, the crib, dresser, rug, and floor lamp.  Now we had to make it not look like an Ikea catalogue in there…so we brought in some of our favorite vintage collections and some quirky small furniture.

Here are a few images of the room as it was coming together.  (At that precise moment of not knowing if it will ever, in fact, come together and yet knowing that a baby is going to live here in like two months…thank goodness for nesting.)
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This started the final phase of getting the nursery ready:  wall art placement and wall decor and my big plans for making my own roller shade.  Once the wall art was placed and we started “merchandising” the room (my favorite part, always and forever) I knew whether our baby was a boy or a girl, this was their room.  Turns out, it fits Elem’s personality pretty perfectly!  Here are more pictures of the finished room >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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A year later and Elem still loves her room!  It is small, fun, and packed with personality…just like my Bean!
{Check out the story on Jodi’s blog to see some sources for furniture and decor!}

Right Now {Elem’s} Loving…

Here are some things Elem and I are currently loving!  She is a mere 6 days away from being one (WHAT?!), so she’s a pretty busy lady…her days are filled with climbing, eating reading books, pushing anything around, dancing, and taking her first steps.

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We’re loving:

*Finger Foods!  Elem is obsessed with feeding herself.  Her favorites are chicken, turkey, pasta with marinara sauce, lima beans, peas, carrots, beets and watermelon.  She is going to be devastated when she finds out watermelon season is over, the poor thing…luckily she has just discovered beets and is OBSESSED!

*Anything With Wheels!  Anything she can push around, she’s there!  She loves her wood wagon walker (a thrift store score for $3 with a ton of blocks included), and her Ladybug Wheelybug (these are so fun! they roll smoothly and although later she can ride on it she loves pushing it around right now).  {IKEA has an adorable modern wagon pictured above for around $20}

*Aden & Anais Blankets!  Elem loves these soft muslin single layer blankets.  I let her sleep with hers because they are breathable.  I tie hers into knots so that she can’t get it wrapped around her neck at night, and she loves to snuggle with that knotted up thing.  (Doubles as a nose-wiper during the night if-you-know-what-i-mean…ha, so we wash often and have extras!)
{I have only bought these on sale since they are pricey for the set, around $50…look for price changes on Amazon and good deals on Diapers.com for these!}

*Colorful Wooden Blocks!  The girl loves to carry a block or two around with her.  She’s really into multitasking!
{IKEA has a great affordable selection of colorful wood toys!}

*Jellycat Plush Toys!  These soft plush toys, especially their “Cordy-roy” series, are among Elem’s favorites.  She just can’t get enough of her Dino-Roar (dinosaur) or George Jones (lion) or Cleo the Cat!  A British brand, Jellycat is known for it’s quality and softness and they won’t break the bank!  They’re available in small, medium, and large sizes…with the medium being the perfect stuffed animal size and the small ideal for tiny hands in the car seat!
{Amazon and Diapers.com are both great for these, they run around $24 for the medium size!}

*BlaBla Knit Dolls!  I have to say, these are my favorite, but Elem loves them too!  She especially loves Willie Nelson, her bunny…and doesn’t go on a trip without him (he’s been to Cincinnati, Jekyll Island, Epcot, the zoo…you name it and Willie was there)!  These are quite pricey, but I view them as more of an heirloom toy.  To boot, they are also all sustainably handknit in Peru.  They are knit from cotton and have so much personality!  I love picking these out for Elem and they make a wonderful baby gift!  {BlaBla runs sales through their Instagram, so be sure to follow them there!  Sign up for their mailing list too so you’ll know when they have a warehouse sale or special promo…this is the best way to get a great deal on amazing dolls! www.blablakids.com }

DISCLAIMER:  These are not sponsored posts!  These are things that Elem truly loves and that we use on a daily basis in our household…we own a version of everything listed in the photo and they are all wonderful products!  

Space, the First Frontier

Hello world!

As I am the one currently “cooking” a little man I thought my first post could be about my design inspiration for our nursery and how the progress is going. I’m currently 7 months pregnant and deep into the nesting phase. I’m told I should try and bottle this energy and determination, because really, it’s insane. Several times a day I start thinking about how I need to clean the cabinets under my kitchen sink, repaint the foyer to cover scratches, and then remove cat hair from EVERYTHING.

Anyways.. back to the design. I’ve been following the blog LayBabyLay by Joni Lay (a fellow Georgia Tech Industrial Design Grad AND a sorority sister of mine) feverishly even before I found out I was expecting. She has amazing taste and really fun ideas for how to create a stylish nursery that isn’t overdone or from a ‘kit.’ The one that really caught my eye was called Stargazing Little Scientist-Revisited. If you know me then you know I love some grey, so obviously that was going to happen. My main takeaways from this inspiration included use of navy and mint, celestial maps, a refined space theme for my husb, and grey. We will be using a few things already owned and being refinished (more on that later!). Here’s the board:

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LINKS
1. Crib – Babyletto Mercer 2. Mint Artwork – Etsy 3. Rug – Akron Geometric Circles Plush 4. Paint – Benjamin Moore Grey Owl  5. Curtains – Ikea  6. Navy Artwork – Municiple Prints    7. Dresser – Ikea Hemnes

SNEAK PEAK OF PROGRESS

Obviously I need to hem the curtains and put some artwork up!

Obviously I need to hem the curtains and put some artwork up!