June 2016 Archive

Summer Accents with Kendra Scott

Earrings: c/o Kendra Scott || Romper: Loft || Crossbody Bag: Urban Outfitters, Old (similar here) || Wedges: Splendid || Sunglasses: Shopbop

These days, with a very active toddler running around, getting myself looking presentable and out the door is always a bit of a juggling act, and a quick juggling act at that.  That’s why when I find an accent piece that helps me put together a cute outfit I wear it repeat, and these earrings from Kendra Scott, paired with this romper have been no exception.  I have probably been wearing these earrings way more than I should, but I am not complaining.  I also love that I can wear them to a formal occasion (the many weddings I have coming up this year), or to a backyard BBQ with friends .

So today, I’ve teamed up four of my favorite mama bloggers to see how they are also styling their favorite Kendra Scott jewels this summer so head don’t forget to head on over to their blogs and Instagram accounts to see their summer style!

Mirielle, City Peach

Katie, Life With A Dash Of Whimsey 

Nina, HSS Feed

Tiffany, Tiffany Style Blog

Happy Monday everyone!

xo Ali

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First Birthday Celebrations

ONE Balloon: Esty || Tassel Balloon: Esty || Invitation: c/o Minted || Party Hats: Target (sold out but also love these!) || Balloons: Target || Addi’s Swimsuit: Gap

This past weekend we finally got to celebrate Addison’s first birthday with our family and friends and I could not have been more excited with how the whole day turned out.  Since our family spends a lot of the summer out in the Hamptons it seemed like a no brainer to have this milestone event out there too.  With not a cloud int he sky we celebrated the day with our favorite people, lots of cake and fun in the pool.

While there wasn’t a real “theme” to the party, once I found these invitations on Minted I quickly realized all I needed to get the look I wanted was a bunch of colorful balloons. Although we may have spent the better part of the morning blowing the balloons up, they were just what the backyard needed to add a festive touch.  These invitations even have Thank You cards that go with them…adorable right? I cannot believe my tiny little baby is already one, and while it makes me a little sad she is growing up so quickly, she is also turning into a smiley, funny, beautiful little girl and I cannot wait to see what the next year holds!

xo Ali

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Summer Vacation: South Carolina

My Outfit: Dress: Zara (similar here, here) || Sunglasses || Sandals

Addi’s Outfit: Romper 

This past week we spent a few days of the cute little town of Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina with my cousins’ family.  Since it is just a short two hour flight from NYC it was the perfect choice for a little mini vacation that included lounging by the pool and enjoying a change of pace.  Once we got there I quickly realized we wouldn’t be disappointed with a ton of activities for the little ones including bike paths, the most amazing tree house you ever saw, swings, golf carts, golf, and plenty of places to see fun wildlife like gators (we saw quite a few!).

While our definition of rest and relaxation has changed quite a bit since having a kiddo it was nice to spend some time away from home.  We spent a lot of time in our swim suits but one night we decided to drive into Hilton Head, just a 35 minute drive from where we were staying, for dinner and this white dress made for an easy transition from the pool to the dinner table.  As for Addi’s outfit…well it’s probably one of the cutest ones in her closet and with the temperature hitting almost 90 degrees that day it was perfect choice. Also, please no judgement on the fact she isn’t wearing shoes, currently that is our battle each and everyday, getting her to wear her shoes. Grrr!  Now that we are back it is time to hit the ground running to prepare for a new week! Happy Monday!

xo Ali
Inspired By….Designs: Designing Our Forever Home
I know it has been over a week since I posted last and I am really sorry for slacking off.  Some major life stuff has been happening and I needed a little time to myself to reflect, reevaluate, and reprioritize some things and now that I have taken that time I am ready to dive back into my weekly posts!
While a lot has been happening lately one of the biggest things is that we have purchased a new home!  Yep, that’s right we are moving! A few months back Brian and I decided that while we love our little house it was getting kind of cramped over here.   With a baby, a pup, a cat, and the two of us doing a lot of work from our shared home office/spare bedroom we decided that we should probably start looking and see what else is out there.  When we started this whole process the one thing we both agreed on was that that if we were really going to make a move we needed this to be the last move (or at least the last move for the next 10 years or so).  The two of us have moved a TON since college and we needed this move to be the move into our forever home.  Now, I know nothing is a guarantee, and anything could happen, but I really truly feel that this move is going to be the last for awhile.  
Another thing we both decided on when we started house hunting was that we wanted a fixer upper, something we could put our stamp on.  So, the older, more disgusting, the better.  The problem was, in the areas we were looking on Long Island those are actually pretty hard to come by.  What is also hard to come by is a house that is a little unconventional and not your typical colonial or cookie cutter layout.  I was shocked when we walked into the house that we will soon call ours, it was a little on the contemporary side (which I love), but had plenty of traditional touches.  
While there is a laundry list of things to do, including gutting the kitchen, all the bathrooms, replacing the floors, and replacing the roof, one of the first items on our list is giving the exterior a major facelift.  I am thinking we will paint the outside a nice off white, and accent it with black on the windows and doors.  I have been going a little Pinterest crazy lately looking for inspiration, and I wanted to share with you few ideas that I definitely want to incorporate into our new place!
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I always thought I wanted to live in a red brick house with a black door. But, over the past few years my taste has definitely changed, and i have become much  more minimalist and modern when it come to design choices.  But, because the neighborhood we will be moving into is pretty traditional I think a nice white exterior with black accents is a perfect compromise. 
There is a wonderful deck and big backyard off our kitchen and in an effort to open the space as much as possible I would love oversized doors leading out to the backyard.  When we really take a look at everything and what our budget is, if that isn’t possible I would love some kind of unique doors that aren’t your typical sliders. 
Ok, this picture is a bit over the top, but for the first time ever, I am looking forward to gardening.  I can’t wait to rip out all of the overgrown trees in the front of the house and replace them with some low maintenance alternatives as well as adding some color to the front with tons of flowers.  I have been taking notes and researching a bunch of different flower options, but if flowers are your thing feel free to give me some suggestions.  Basically, I want a ton of color front floral options that are moderately easy to take care of so that even an novice like me wont’ kill them.
Finally, the front door in it’s current state is less than impressive.  I would love to switch it out with some inviting and unique since it is the first impression of the house as a whole. 
While it is definitely bittersweet to be moving out of the first home we purchased together as a married couple, the first home we brought our baby girl home to, and the first home I really got to design and decorate on my own, I know this is the right decision for our family. As we get closer to our closing date, and as we get ready to begin renovations on our new home, I will be sure to share all the updates and design ideas here.  In the meantime, I have unlocked my secret “Inspired By…Forever Home Project” board on Pinterest, so you can follow along there for all my home design and decor obsessions. 

xo Ali