August 2016 Archive

Mommy Monday: Fall Vibes With Sail To Sable

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My Outfit: Dress: c/o Sail To Sable || Booties: Vince Camuto || Sunglasses: Ray-Ban || Bag: Celine

Addi’s Outfit: Romper: Hanna Andersson || Shirt: Hanna Andersson || Shoes: Toms

Last week we were given a short glimpse into the beautiful fall weather that I know is just right around the corner. With mornings cool enough to leave your windows open and the humidity at almost zero, Addison and I were trying to spend a much time outdoors as possible before the weather started to heat up again.

Even though this break in the awful summer heat was short lived, it did give me a chance to try out this Sail to Sable striped sweater dress that did not disappoint.  While I have never considered myself a dress person, lately, the ease of pulling on a simple dress and walking out the door feeling put together has been very attractive. This striped dress flatters in all the right places, is super soft (no scratchy sweater material for this girl!), and can easily be paired with cute ankle booties like these (on major sale!), or as the weather really cools down I can definitely see myself pairing the this dress with a pair of over the knee boots.

If you haven’t already you need to head over to the Sail to Sable website to check out the many beautiful pieces they have in their new fall collection and don’t forget to check out these other fabulous fashionable mamas to see how they styled their favorite Sail To Sable pieces:

Mirielle, City Peach

Katie, Life With A Dash Of Whimsey 

Nina, HSS Feed

Tiffany, Tiffany Style Blog

Happy Monday!

xo Ali

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The Best Day

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(Image By: Sofia Negron)

Three years ago today Brian and I were anxiously awaiting for the clock to strike 7pm so we could stand up in front of our family and friends and say “I Do.” While it has only been three years since we have been officially married, exactly 10 years ago today we made our relationship “official” and it really blows my mind that we have been together for a whole decade. This morning I thought it would be fun to look through our wedding day photos and I could not believe how many things I forgot about, or was reminded of as I looked through the photos.  Anyone who has planned or been part of a wedding knows the whole thing is kind of a whirlwind, but there are definitely moments that stick out to me and ones that I know I will never forget.

Looking back on it our wedding day was just that, one day.  One day in what will be a lifetime of memories and life experiences shared together.  I’m not saying it’s not an amazing day, because it really is,  I mean, when else  do you get to spend the whole day with your favorite people, eating, drinking, laughing and feeling like you are on top of the world? But, while our wedding day was truly one of the best days of my life, I have been surprised about is how many days since being married have also been “the best day of my life.” In the past three years we have moved (more than once…), purchased our first home (and now second), travelled to some incredible place, started new jobs, and of course had our beautiful baby girl.   I can only hope there are more days in our near (and distant) future that I can also add to my list of “best days together”.  Whether there are or aren’t, one thing I know for sure is that I am very grateful for the man I get to call my husband that I have by my side.  So, to all the brides to be out there, enjoy every moment of your wedding day, but know that if you forget a few,  there will be more than a few amazing days and moments ahead.

xo Ali

Hamptons Family Photos

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(Images Taken By: Cadence Kennedy)

My Outfit: Dress (sold out, another similar style here) || Shoes 

Addi’s Outfit: Romper (Zara, but another similar style here) || Bow || Shoes

I am excited to finally be sharing a few pictures from our family photo session we did a few months back.  When our photographer Cadence sent us the final shots I was blown away by how incredibly beautiful they were. I know some people think it might be a bit crazy to get family photos like this taken, but I am so thankful that I have these moments frozen in time.  These photos were only taken in June and I already feel like Addison has grown leaps and bounds since then, and recently I have been realizing that my little baby girl is rapidly growing into a giggly, cute and smart toddler.

We decided to take these family pictures at my parents house in Bridgehampton where we e spend a lot of time during the summer months.  And, while Addison was pretty much on her best behavior during most of the session, we may or may not have used some Goldfish as bribery towards the end!  Thank you so much Cadence for the gorgeous shots.  If you want to see more of her work check out her website here!

 

xo Ali

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Friday Favorites: Jantzen Swim

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Swimsuit Top: ℅ Jantzen|| Swimsuit Bottom: c/0 Jantzen || Sunglasses: Le Spec || Donut Float: Target

Addi’s Swimsuit: Gap 

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this two piece swimsuit by Jantzen a time or two (or three!)in both black and red. That’s because it is pretty much my summer favorite and has been the only one I have traveled with and used while out in the Hamptons.  For anyone who has had a baby before I know you can relate to the fact that even when you get back to your pre-pregnancy weight sometimes clothes just don’t fit the same.  So, finding a swimsuit that makes me feel like I’m looking good and can hold up during an afternoon of chasing Addison around in the pool has been a bit tough.  That changed as soon as I tried this suit on.  While I was never a huge fan of the high waisted look (I really didn’t think I could pull it off), this retro two piece has definitely made me a convert.  With rouching in the right places, and a supportive top I feel better at the the pool than I did pre-pregnancy.

I also have a few of Jantzen’s one pieces that are just as amazing, and they are all at affordable price points!  With the holiday weekend coming up in a few short weeks I’ll definitely be packing this suit along with the red version for a few days away at the beach. The black version is also on major sale here, so be sure to scoop it up before it’s gone!  Happy Friday everyone!

xo Ali

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Life Lately: Motherhood + Dealing With Loss

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I debated whether I should write about this or if I should get back to blogging and posting on social media without making this part of my life public.  Ultimately, I feel that this life experience has touched me so deeply that I would be lying to all of you if I didn’t let you know what has been going on.  At the end of May I had a miscarriage.

Even now typing that sentence seems very strange.  I mean, I’m only 28 and you never think it could happen to you… until it does.  Truth be told we weren’t trying for another baby.  Addison wasn’t even a year old yet when we found out and getting pregnant with her wasn’t a walk in the park.  It took us a while and, since I am also a type 1 diabetic, it took a lot of planning and preparing on my part.  So, when we found out in April that I was almost seven weeks along a part of me was relieved that maybe this time around was supposed to be easier and less stressful.  I remember those first few months when I was pregnant with Addison, I was so nervous.  Nervous about all the normal stuff, but also so nervous that my health issues were going to hurt our baby.  This time around I wasn’t nervous at all and we even shared the news with out close family and told them that we would be expecting our new addition around the holidays.

Shortly after our first doctor’s appointment I realized I was having a miscarriage.  I remember sitting at the doctor’s office trying to listen to what he was telling me but not really understanding.  I just kept thinking how could this be happening?  Surprisingly, one of the first emotions that hit me was embarrassment.  How could I now go back and tell our family I wasn’t pregnant?  Silly right? Next came anger and sadness and then guilt, a whole lot of guilt. No matter how many people tell you it isn’t your fault it’s really hard to believe them.

Looking back on it I think I probably didn’t take the time for myself that I should have.  At the time of my miscarriage my husband had just left the country for an almost two-week work trip and we were getting ready to celebrate Addison’s first birthday, so sitting in my room wallowing and crying just didn’t seem like an option.  It wasn’t until a few weeks later that everything started to hit me and it wasn’t until opening up to some of my close friends that I realized this wasn’t something I could keep a secret anymore and why did I have to.

I finally feel like I am coming out the other side of this life altering event.  I found comfort not only from my friends and family but through some truly amazing women that I have become friends with through blogging.  It was nice to hear that I wasn’t the only one that felt all these emotions and that more people than I probably realize have gone through the same thing.  If you know someone who is going through a loss I know it can be hard to figure out what to say, but sometimes all you have to say is, “I’m here if you need.”

There is nothing embarrassing about a miscarriage and there is no reason people shouldn’t talk about it if they want to. I wish I knew that sooner, but I know that now. I guess that is why I decided to post about this (admittedly after staring at the publish button for most of the day). I hope that someone reads this and realizes they are not alone.  I also know there are women who have gone through much worse than me and have experienced loss and grief that I cannot imagine and I am truly in awe of them.  I have to believe God has a larger plan for me and everything that happens, happens for a reason.  Tonight I am probably going to hug my little nugget a little harder, and hopefully all you out there do the same.

 

xo Ali