MIXING PATTERNS

Photography by Shadi Garman

Earrings: Nordstrom Rack Jeans: J.Crew Blazer Coat: Banana Republic T-shirt: B.P. Bag: Henri Bendel Mules: Steve Madden

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. Matt and I had a lazy night in on Friday and then Saturday we had brunch and a double date night. Sunday we took it easy and played with Charlee all day. This age is SO fun! She is turning 7 months next week and I just love it! She is so responsive and just wants to play. It’s a blast and every day it gets better and better.

I put together this look the other day and love how it all came together. I consider leopard print to be a neutral and love pairing it with different colors and patterns. I pulled the leopard print in by pairing my look with these AMAZING statement earrings which are currently 50% off! I have found amazing jewelry at Nordstrom Rack recently. Have you guys checked out their jewelry selection?

My Mom is currently at the airport in Charlotte and on her way to NYC to spend three whole days with us! I can’t wait to have her here!! Make sure to follow along on my Instagram to see what adventures I have planned for us :)!

xoxo-J

3-6 MONTH BABY ESSENTIALS

Now that Charlee is officially 6 months (closer to 7 now eek!) I can confidently share with you all my absolute must-haves that we used from when she was 3-6 months old.

  1. Bumbo changing table This was a part of my newborn necessities post. I love love love this changing table and don’t know how I survived without it for the first month. It’s a lifesaver! It wipes clean so any messes are easy to handle. It’s also cheaper than the keekaroo and is basically the exact same product.
  2. 50/50 Love to Dream Swaddle This product was amazing for transitioning Charlee out of the swaddle. It weirdly looks like it would be incredibly uncomfortable for a baby and I felt a little weird putting Charlee into it, but it totally worked and she loved it. We used it as is with the wings attached for about a month around 4 months old. Then we took one wing off for a week, and then the other side the second week. It was a totally seamless transition! I was so worried about transitioning her out of the swaddle and this product made is so much easier. Once she transitioned we used the swaddle without the wings as a sort of blanket. I highly recommend this product!
  3. Baby Bjorn Soft Carrier We have been through SO many carriers it’s embarassing to admit. We started with the Solly Baby Wrap which was awesome when Charlee was super tiny. That lasted about a month MAX ha! I couldn’t wear that wrap after she was over 10 lbs, it really killed my back! We moved on to the larger Bjorne but for some reason Charlee really didnt like it! She was uncomfortable and I guess a little too small for it. We finally found this wrap and I still use it today! It’s soft but sturdy and really easy to put on. It will only last you around 7-8 months from birth but it’s worth it.
  4. Muchkin Latch Bottles These are great bottles and Charlee took to them easily. I know bottles are a very “by baby” item but these worked great for us!
  5. Baby Bjorne bouncer seat God bless this seat. I can’t tell you how much use we got out of this seat. I only JUST NOW am not using it. It lasted us a full 6.5 months.
  6. Skip Hop Activity Center Charlee loves this activity center. It’s also not an eye sore which selfishly was something I was concerned with. We have a two bedroom apartment and no playroom and the activity center in on display. This one is sort of chic looking lol and she also loves it. A WIN WIN!
  7. My Breast Friend Pillow I have used this pillow every day for every feeding since Charlee was born. It makes it so comfortable to feed her and offers that arm support you need.
  8. 7 A.M Enfant stroller bag I hate that I am STILL using this because that means it’s still cold outside, but this stroller bag is the best. It’s SO warm and I swear just radiates heat. I can put charlee in a light sweater and a hat and she is almost sweating by the time I take her out of it. I feel really comfortable that she is super warm when we go on walks when it’s cold outside. It’s expensive, but worth it!
  9. Noggin Stick  This toy will always have a special place in my heart :). It was her first toy and she still LOVES it. Can’t say enough about it. We call it “Mr. Noggin” and every time I pull it out she starts to bounce and flap her arms. It’s a great toy to throw in your diaper bag for walks and trips. Charlee loves her “Mr. Noggin.”
  10. Take Along Tunes Toy Not sure why every baby loves this darn toy, but they do! This has been in the toy rotation from the beginning!
  11. Nose Frida The woman who invented this thing is a GENIUS! I swear Charlee has had a runny nose every week since she was in daycare. I have used this thing so many times and it really does the trick!

Ok that’s it for my 3-6 month essentials. Did I miss anything you can’t live without?! Leave a note in the comments!

xoxo-J

LAYERED

Sweater: Chicos Blouse: Gap Jeans: J.Crew Shoes: Sam Edelman

Hi Guys! Happy Wednesday. I love a short week but it gets ahead of me so quickly. I had a billion things on my to-do list and haven’t gotten through half of it but here we are and it’s halfway through the week. Oh well! I snuck Charlee out of daycare early yesterday and took her to the playground for her first time on the swing! She LOVED it! I have been taking advantage of this gorgeous weather. It makes me so happy and excited for spring. I need Vitamin D in my life!! Those moments make it worth skipping items on your to-do list, am I right!?

I found this beautiful cream sweater at Chicos when I was down in NC shopping with my Mom. I NEVER shop at Chicos but I went in there with my Mom and I saw this sweater and loved it! I wanted to add some depth to the look so I added a blouse underneath and a cute statement necklace. I am all about layering these days.

What are you guys doing this weekend? Matt and I have brunch with friends and their 6 month old. We are major brunchers lol. I feel like it’s the thing to do as new parents!

I have some fun projects and collaborations coming down the pipeline so make sure to keep following along and sign up for my newsletter!

xoxo-J

 

POPS OF RED

Photography by Shadi Garman

Dress: Banana Republic Coat: Asos Similar: here and here  Boots: Stuart Weitzman Earrings: Baublebar

Hi Guys! I’m super excited to share this look because I am absolutely obsessed with this dress. I found this gorgeous dress at Banana Republic on super sale a few weeks ago shopping in NC with my Mom and I couldn’t wait to style it. I have been home with my sweet girl this week but absolutely love seeing all the amazing looks from NY Fashion week. I got inspired and put this look together.

I hope you all are having a great week. I am SO excited for the long weekend. Matt has been traveling for work these last few weeks and so we can’t wait to have much needed family time. What are you guys doing this weekend? We are going to have a belated Valentine’s Day date and spend lots of time with our sweet girl.

Xoxo-J

POSTPARTUM ANXIETY-LET’S TALK ABOUT IT

Photography by Shadi Garman

Becoming a parent is one of the most life changing experiences a person can go through, in my opinion. Every single part of your life changes! Your body, your responsibilities, your relationship dynamic with your partner…etc. etc. etc. the list goes on! On top of these changes, we as mothers are challenged with hormone imbalance which is super tough. After I had Charlee, I was so happy. I remember being just euphorically happy. I say that because I didn’t realize that while being so happy, I was actually suffering from postpartum anxiety.

I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety when Charlee was about 12 weeks old. At Charlee’s three month appointment, my pediatrician asked me to fill out a standard questionnaire that she gives to all new Moms. The sheet was basically a rating of how you have been feeling recently. I filled it out honestly and didn’t even think twice about it. After the appointment, my Dr. came out to the waiting room and asked to talk to me about the results. Apparently I had scored pretty low on this test and she recommended that I go talk to someone. She gave me a referral of a local therapist that specializes in this sort of thing. To be honest, I was actually pretty surprised and it took me a few days to wrap my head around talking to someone. I just was super happy and knew I wasn’t depressed. I did, however, know that something wasn’t quite right. I want to do my best to explain how I was feeling because maybe you are feeling this way too. I guess the best way to describe how I was feeling is is to say that I was just constantly “on.” I had a very difficult time relaxing because I was always worried about something. Something as simple as packing the diaper bag to take Charlee out of the apartment had the potential to sort of put me over the edge. I would talk to myself out loud and question myself. I would walk through every single possible situation that could arise and make sure I had what I needed to handle it. You can imagine my diaper bag was pretty heavy haha! It was difficult to just be present and in the moment because I was so wrapped up in my thoughts. Even when Charlee slept I would have anxiety and constantly question if she was breathing. It was not good! I was so deep in the middle of it that until our pediatrician said something about it, I didn’t even realize how much I was suffering. I decided to take my pediatrician’s advice and made an appointment with a therapist. I can’t tell you how amazing this decision was for me. I have been seeing her for over three months now and I can’t even put into words how beneficial the therapy has been for me. We use cognitive therapy and I have learned how to control my thoughts in a more productive way. She has taught me ways to manage my anxieties and has truly made me a better and even happier Mom. I was able to recognize that there was nothing weird or wrong with me for having these feelings and I had nothing to be ashamed of.

I think postpartum anxiety and depression is way more common than people realize. I don’t know why we as women don’t talk more about it. I wish I had been able to talk about this even earlier than I am. I guess it’s easier to talk about it now that I am on the other side of it. I know I still have work to do, but I am so much better than I was before. It’s so important to take care of ourselves both physically and mentally. I think I am an even better, more present Mom because I took the time to work on myself. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, don’t be ashamed to ask for help! It’s the best thing you can do for yourself and your family!

Xoxo-J

A MUST HAVE THIS SEASON-THE PLAID BLAZER

Blazer: Banana Republic (40% off!) Earrings: BaubleBar Jeans: JCREW Sweater: Asos Booties: (sold out) Similar: Rag and Bone Bag: Chanel Belt: Gucci

Photography by Shadi Garman

Hi Everyone! Wow it has been QUITE a stressful few days. This past weekend I was SO excited to head to NJ to celebrate my nephew’s fourth birthday but by the time we arrived, I started to feel incredibly queasy. It got progressively worse throughout the day until I literally could keep NOTHING down! Not even water! It was so terrible! I started to feel a little better Sunday night, but then Monday morning Charlee woke up with gunk in her eyes. I took her to the Dr. and it was Conjunctivitis. Today, I am finally feeling better and Charlee’s eyes are looking better than ever but oh my goodness it was a crazy start to this week! I was planning on getting this outfit posted Monday but the universe had other plans ;)!

Anyways! How cool is this blazer?! I have been seeing a lot of people rock oversized plaid blazers and wanted to get in on the trend. I just couldn’t find one that I really loved until I found this one! It’s super lightweight and can be worn as a blazer during the winter under a coat or in the spring as a light jacket. I decided to pair it with my new favorite Gucci belt, a bright sweater and statement earrings. I was FREEZING shooting this by the way! Oh well, I’ll do anything for the LEWK ;)!

Xoxo-J