Photography by Shadi Garman

Hi Friends! it’s been a while since I have done a baby must-haves post! Well, 3 months actually ha! I have done 2 so far, my newborn essentials  & my 3-6 month essentials. I missed 6-9 eek! It was a very busy time in our lives so I’m going to include some must-haves from those months in this post!

Baby’s First Year Baby Book: I LOVE this baby book! I received it as a gift from my best friend Mackenzie. It does a lot of the work for you in that it’s super interactive and the illustrations are super cute. I love it!

Baby Touch and Feel First Words Book: Charlee got this book from her Aunt Ashlea and I am telling you it is her FAVORITE book. She absolutely loves it and I always have it in my diaper bag to help keep her entertained. She loves to touch all the animals and items in the book and even learned to say “tickle tickle” from a page in the book!

NUK sippy Cup: At 12 weeks, our doctor told us to not only transition Charlee from formula to whole milk, but to also get her off the bottle and start drinking milk out of a sippy cup. We started by transitioning her to milk and it was surprisingly easy! We mixed 1/2 formula and 1/2 whole milk for a few days and slowly decreased the amount of formula. After a full week she had transitioned! Then the next week we tried the sippy cup and she took to it right away! The Nuk sippy cup worked really well for her.

Oxo-tot Sippy cup: This is another sippy cup that Charlee likes. It is a great way to introduce a straw to your baby!

Native Shoes: These shoes are AWESOME! They are waterproof and made of a rubber material making them super durable. I put these on her when we are heading to the beach or the splash pad or pool! Charlee is currently in a size 4 for reference.

Hair Bows: These are my go-to hair bows for Charlee. They stay put and aren’t too big :). PLUS they are inexpensive!

Kids Ipad cover: I have to be honest and say that Charlee does have some screen time. This only happens if we are traveling or out to dinner and she gets antsy. I do my best to limit screen time but let’s be real, I’m human and sometimes I need some help! We had an iPad that we weren’t using so we bought this

Travel Noise Maker: This is not only the best travel noise maker, but also the best noise maker in general! It gets super loud and drowns out all the noise. It is super small and lasts for HOURS after it’s charged. I highly recommend this!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I am so excited because this weekend I am heading down to NC to celebrate my baby sister and throw her a baby shower with my mom! Make sure to follow along on my Instagram stories to see what we planned!






Photography by Shadi Garman

Vest: Shein Shorts: One Teaspoon Shoes: Adidas Glasses: Warby Parker Tee: Madewell Belt: Gucci


  1. I am very into these day heels. I am thinking of purchasing but can’t decide on the color. I am thinking red though!
  2. Just got Charlee her very first pair of walking shoes! She got two pairs. The first from her Nana: These Stride Rights and then I got her these Naturino baby shoes in sparkly silver haha
  3. Do you guys listen to Podcasts? I am listening to My Favorite Murder, Oprah Super Soul, and Stuff you Should Know on my way to Brooklyn or when I am commuting!
  4. We just booked a long weekend in Hudson, NY in October. I am SO excited!
  5. My sister is due with her baby in 58 days and I am seriously counting the minutes!
  6. This travel high chair has been a MUST bring on every outing and vacation. It even comes with it’s very own placemat so you don’t have to worry about germs. we used it every day on vacation this past 2 weeks!
  7. Charlee gave me the biggest hug today before bed and hummed along with me while I sang her a lullaby. I wanted to freeze time.
  8. I can’t believe I am admitting this but I am really excited for Fall all of a sudden. I am SUCH a summer girl but I must admit I am kind of excited to not be in a bathing suit every weekend and to wear sweaters and for Christmas!
  9. I honestly can’t believe I have a 1 year old! We took Charlee to the park last night and she is so fearless! She went down the slide face first on her belly maybe 100 times. She’s so fun!
  10. I just got this bag and I am obsessed. It’s a dupe of a more expensive bag but looks exactly the same!


The Power Suit


Photography by: Shadi Garman

Outfit Details: hat: Overstock Pants: Club Monaco Shirt: Express Blazer: Zara Heels: Gucci Purse: Henri Bendel

I am such a suit girl I can’t even stand it. I LOVE a power suit and I always have. I remember when I went on my first real interview, I put on a suit from White House Black Market that my Mom had bought me as a gift for my college graduation. I felt like a BOSS in that suit. Well, funny story, I walked into the interview and everyone in the room was wearing shorts and t-shirts (it was a start-up hence the casual dress code) but Hey! I felt confident and my suit-wearing showed I was serious about the position and guess what?! I got the job!

Ok, all anecdotes aside, this suit is a funky and fun update on your typical power suit. I actually purchased these pieces separately and paired them together! This would be an amazing interview outfit or a fabulous outfit for a night out. Super versatile. These pants are also incredibly flattering! The high waist elongates my middle and focuses on the waist.  The crop pant also give an illusion that my legs are even longer and will do the same for every height and body type. I  have worn these pants 100 different ways already. I added this straw fedora for fun, but you may want to leave that behind if you’re headed to an interview ;)!

I added some major Power Suit Inspiration below. Maybe we can say “Suit-spiration!” ENJOY!



Rachel Zoe, the queen of the power suit!

*All photos courtesy of Pinterest

Feeling Blue


Photography by Shadi Garman

Dress: Max Studio Shoes: Gucci Earrings: Nordstrom Rack Purse: Chanel

Hi Friends! Happy Friday! How was your week?! Mine was SOOOO long. I kept thinking it was a day after than it was, meaning I thought it was Tuesday on Monday ha! Anyways, I have a ton of new posts coming to the blog and have been inspired to share a ton of outfits and mommy content with you guys! First up, is this adorable Max Studio wrap dress that is currently on sale! I am such a dress lover, especially in the summer. It’s easier to get dressed and a dress like this can be styled a million different ways! I love to pair it with sandals, or for a night out with a heel like I did here.

What are your plans for the weekend? This is the last weekend we are in town before the crazy month of August comes. Charlee is turning 1 in less than two weeks and we have a few trips planned. I am so excited to get out of the city and spend time with family. This weekend though, we are going to take advantage of the great weather and go to the Bronx zoo! We have heard it’s amazing but have never been. Hope Charlee loves it!




 Photography by Shadi Garman

Me: Dress: ASTR the Label Sandals: Nordstrom

Charlee: Dress: Gap Shoes: Amazon (only $10!!)

Hi Friends! I have been wanting to write this post for a while and I am super excited to share it with you all. Now that Charlee is almost 1 year old (OMG!!!) I feel like I have a decent handle on how to navigate the city with a baby. It’s a very different experience having a baby in suburbia vs. a city. Neither one is better or worse, just different! I wanted to share some tips and life hacks and random thoughts for parents of an NYC urban dwelling! Hope you enjoy!

  1. Best stroller for a city baby:
    • First and foremost…when you live in a big city, your stroller is essentially your car which means you will need to invest a little more than those living in suburbia. I have three strollers I am going to talk about. The first is the Bugaboo Cameleon which is the everyday stroller that we have. To be honest, I don’t love it. It is a great stroller in that it moves well and I like some of the features, but the problem is that the basket underneath is small and almost impossible to access!! It’s even harder to access with the bassinet. I had a few meltdowns early on in Charlee’s life because of this ha! That said, now that she is out of the bassinet it’s better. I keep a backpack hanging on the handles and this helps with space underneath. I really wish I had gotten the Uppababy Vista. I have a few friends that have it and say it’s great. It’s also great for taller people because the baby sits up higher than the Bugaboo. The basket is large underneath and the features are exactly the same as the bugaboo.
    • I also want to talk about travel strollers. We travel a lot with Charlee and knew we would need something a bit more compact, lightweight and easy to break down than the Bugaboo. We have the Mountain Buggy Nano and we LOVE it. It’s compatible with every type of infant car seat. It also breaks down so small that you can fit it in the overhead compartment on an airplane!
  2. Navigating the city via car:
    • This is a tricky one and to be honest, I had to do a lot of trips around the city, and back and forth to the airport to be able to share this info. A few things about traveling in and around the city in a taxi: It is surprising, but it’s actually legal to hold your child in your lap when riding in a taxi around the city. I am not advocating for this option, but if you are ever in a bind, you are allowed legally to hold your child in a yellow cab. That said, I think the best way to navigate NYC is in a cab or uber using a carseat that can be installed using just a seatbelt! We have the Cybex Anton infant carseat. It’s great because it can be installed into any car using the seatbelt and you don’t have to have the base in the car to use it. Uber and Lyft also offer cars that have carseats in them. They are harder to find though so I always bring my infant carseat when I know I need to travel in a cab.
  3. Kidpass: MOMS! This has been an incredible find! Kidpass is essentially Classpass for kids classes. You pay a monthly fee and can sign your baby up for kids classes all over the city. I have taken Charlee to swim lessons, music classes and play gym! It’s the most cost efficient way to take your baby to class! They even have bike rentals! It’s a great option! Message me if you want a referral link ;)!
  4. Local Library Offerings: The local library in our neighborhood has a free tummy time class for babies! You can check on this website to see what your local library offers for kids. All their classes are free and I love the idea of supporting local libraries.
  5. Best places to eat in NYC with baby:
    1. Almond :They even make their own organic baby food)
    2. The Smith : Loud atmosphere and great for kids brunch. They have high chairs! We took Charlee here last weekend and she cried a little but no one could really hear her since it was so loud hah!
    3. Alice’s Tea Cup: I can’t WAIT to take Charlee here! I actually have gone a bunch of times as an adult. This place is incredibly kid friendly and is adorable as they serve tea and delicious food and baked goods. It’s incredibly adorable and delicious.
    4. American Girl Cafe: Need I say more?!
    5. North River Lobster Company: This is the BEST place to take your baby if you want to enjoy yourself but also have an experience during the summer! It only costs $10 to board, and you can order delicious seafood and drinks on the boat! We bring our lobster high chair  (they do offer high chairs but I have found it easier to bring my own) and order a bunch of yummy seafood and rose while sailing along the Hudson. We just discovered it and have done it twice in the last two weeks!
    6. Maman: Filled with kids on a Sat. and Sun. morning. Delicious food and great atmosphere. French bakery but also has delicious food!
  6. Madison Square Park: I’m biased but I LOVE Madison Square Park. Matt and I had our first date there, got engaged there and our daughter’s middle name is Madison! There are so many babies in the park at all times and it serves as entertainment when Charlee is stir crazy and needs to get out of the house. There is an awesome playground and they have started to open the greens so we go on picnics all the time. They also have shows throughout the summer. You can check that out here.
  7. Amazon Prime: Just needed to include a shout out here haha! If you are an adult in the 21st century you understand the value of Amazon prime ha! I buy EVERYTHING on Amazon and if you aren’t doing it on prime you’re doing it wrong hah! Here are some of my most recent purchases I made on Amazon Prime:
  8. Where to Register in NYC: & Buy Buy Baby in FlatironI had an incredible experience registering at Buy Buy Baby. I booked a registry appointment and they walked me through the entire store. It was lovely. We also just did the same thing with my sister when she visited and that was also awesome. In addition to Buy Buy Baby, I would also register at BabyList, which allows you to register from any website! It’s a great way to get those items on your list that a larger store like Buy Buy Baby won’t have!
  9. Workouts with baby in NYC: Ok so if you have been following me for a while now, you know I love BBG and do that about 3 times per week. That said, I have learned of a few mommy and me workouts around the city that I thought I’d share. This blog post has them all listed!!
  10. Best on the go noisemaker: NYC can be SUPER loud and there are times when I need Charlee to nap when I’m on the go and she is in the stroller. I swear by this Baby Shusher.   It drowns out the noise of the city on the go and also sounds like an actual person is saying “shhhhh.” It kind of freaked me out in the beginning but now I am obsessed because it works SO WELL!

Ok, so I know that’s a random group of information but I thought I’d share. Leave some of your Mom hacks in the comments!



Photography by Brandon John

*In Partnership with Fab Fit Fun; All opinions are my own*

Hi Friends! Thanks for stopping by. I am excited to share this blog post with you guys! I have never been a girly girl when it comes to beauty and products. My husband makes fun of me sometimes because I take about 10 minutes to get ready and most of the time let my hair air dry and wear limited makeup. He doesn’t do it in a mean way, he just says that I probably should learn a thing or two about beauty since I have a girl ha! That said, this past year I have noticed I’m getting older (hello grey hair and crowsfeet creeping!) and I realized it may be time to up my beauty game! I was so excited when Fab Fit Fun reached out to me because to be honest, I didn’t even know where to start when it came to shopping for beauty products. Fab Fit Fun is a beauty subscription box that is sent to your door 4x a year. It includes Full-size, premium products delivered to you at the retail price of $200, but costing only $49.99! I am so excited to offer all of my followers a coupon code of $10.00 off of your first box at ! The code is JESSQ10

In my box, I received a ton of products! I love the magazine that comes with the box and the description of all the products :). I have to be honest and say I have tried a few different subscription boxes, and this one feels very worth it. The products are full sized and you really can’t beat the value. You can also customize your box too which is awesome! My favorite product was the Tarte Eyeshadow palate. I have become obsessed with this brand now because of being sent this palate! They also sent me the Tarte winged liquid eyeliner, which is AMAZING! I am still getting the hang of applying it but getting better :). See below for a photo of me wearing the palate and eyeliner ;)!

I am still working on my makeup skills, hence the lip line HA!! Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this review. Make sure to take advantage of the discount code!!





Hi Friends! I hope you all are having a fabulous start to your week. I have recently gotten into cooking now that Charlee has begun to eat what we eat for her meals. I have never been very good at cooking, and continue to get better by a lot of trial and error. Some of the recipes I have tried have now become part of our weekly rotation, and I am excited to share the salmon recipe that both myself, my hubby and sweet baby girl LOVE!

I found this salmon recipe online here from The Lemon Bowl blog! I loved the recipe, but decided I needed to change just a few things and add a side to make it easier for me. I decided to serve this salmon with a side of rainbow carrots! You can bake both the salmon and carrots in the same baking dish which is super awesome and convenient. I’ll separate the recipes below, but note that the cooking degree and time is the same 🙂



  • 4 mid-sized salmon filets
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard or dijon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic – minced (I use a spoonful of minced garlic from a jar)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • minced parsley (optional garnish)


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. I use this olive oil cooking spray from Trader Joe’s
  • Place each salmon filet in the baking dish, skin side down.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, mustard, lemon, garlic and salt/pepper. Use a small spoon to coat each filet evenly with the honey mustard sauce. I make sure to cover all the sides (except the skin) with the sauce.
  • Roast salmon 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges to serve.

Rainbow Carrots (side dish)


  • 1 bag of rainbow carrots
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs of rosemary


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. (The carrots can bake in the same pan as the salmon!)
  • Peel the carrots and slice off the top. If there are larger carrots, slice them in half length wise so they lay flat.
  • drizzle olive oil on the carrots and then top with the rosemary flakes
  • pop in the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes along with the salmon!

This is one of the most delicious, healthy and EASY recipes on my rolodex. I always give Charlee the leftovers for her lunch at daycare the next day. She loves it! Let me know if you guys try this out!


Incredibundles & 3-month diaper subscription Giveaway!

Photography by Brandon John

*Sponsored by*

Hi Friends!! Thanks for stopping by! I am SO excited about this blog post I could squeal EEK! When I became a Mom, I received so many beautiful gifts for Charlee and myself. I appreciated absolutely every single item we received and was overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. One of the best gifts I received as a new mom was actually a gift card to Amazon which I promptly used to purchase an enormous amount of diapers and wipes. To this day, I buy about 150 diapers every three weeks which really adds up and can get pricey! I love getting creative with gifts and I love how Incredibundles has thought about a really personal way to gift an incredibly useful item! It’s super easy to gift and instead of giving a box of diapers or gift card, you can gift a Diaper Subscription service for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months!! It’s easy to update and even change the sizing. The gift itself  includes an announcement package which is pictured above. Too cute!

Curious how it works?? check out the easy how-to steps below:

1. The purchaser Selects a Subscription Length (You can choose to give a 3, 6, 9 or 12-month Diaper Subscription!)

2. Then the Purchaser Chooses Where to Send the Announcement Package: Upon your purchase, Incredibundles will send an adorable package announcing your gift! They can ship this directly to the recipient or to you to bring to a baby shower.

3. The Recipient Creates an Account and Activates Their Subscription: The Announcement Package contains all the information your recipient needs to redeem their diapers.

4. Recipient Orders Their Diapers: Your recipient gets to pick the brand, type and size of diapers they want on their own schedule!! So convenient and personalized!

5. The Recipient Receives Their Diapers! The diapers are delivered straight to their door each month!

Sounds pretty great right?! Well as a part of my partnership with IncrediBundles, we are offering my readers a chance to win a 3-month diaper subscription! In order to enter, you must follow @Incredibundles and myself @letsjessup on Instagram, and comment on THIS INSTAGRAM POST tagging 2 or more parents who would benefit from receiving diapers. As an extra entry, you can also leave a comment on this blog post.

I am so excited to offer my readers this opportunity! I hope you all have a great day!



Photography by Shadi Garman

Top: Asos Skirt: Vince Heels: INC Brand Purse: Chanel Necklace: Alexis Bittar Bracelet: Alexis Bittar

Hi Friends! I hope your week has been great so far! It has been a crazy few weeks and I am excited to be back with a new blog post! I just got this denim peplum top and I was so excited to style it. I tried it with a number of different pieces…some of which included high waisted denim jeans and shorts, but I randomly decided to try it with this very feminine skirt and I was INSPIRED! I love how the look came together. I think it just goes to show you that pairing casual or less fancy fabrics with higher end items isn’t off limits.

Matt and I got back last week from L.A. where we traveled across the country with Charlee! I wanted to take the time to offer a few more traveling tips for a longer flight. Let me preface this by saying I WAS SO NERVOUS to fly across the country with Charlee to L.A. Unfortunately, my husband’s Grandmother passed away. We wanted to be at the memorial but were super nervous to fly with Charlee. We decided to go for it, because we figured it would be hard but we could handle it! We booked two tickets in economy and added Charlee as a lap infant. We also made sure to book the first seat on the plane because we wanted a little extra room in front for Charlee to crawl or hang out if she wanted to get out of our arms. When we got to the airport however, there was an option to upgrade to first class at a SUPER cheap rate so we bought the tickets and oh my gosh it was a magical experience lol! We may or may not have screwed ourselves because now that I’ve gone first class back and forth I am spoiled! That isn’t going to be a common occurrence at all, to say the least!

Anyways, despite having first class seats I still learned a few helpful tricks that I wanted to share for a long flight with baby:

  1. Bring two light blankets. One for laying on the ground in front of you and one for placing over you and baby for nap time. Charlee can get distracted very easily so I have found that nap time on flights is tough. I always put a blanket on top of her and I and rock her back and forth. This way she can’t see anything but me. I swear it works like a charm! She is usually out within two minutes when I do this! The second blanket is to place on the ground in front of you. It helps with germs, although I’m not sure how much ha! 🙂
  2. Don’t bring too many toys. I like to bring 2-3 toys and rotate them so Charlee doesn’t get overwhelmed or bored. These are some good airplane toys for 6-10 month olds that don’t take up too much space: Noggin stick, banana toothbrush, Sophie the Giraffe. To be honest though, Charlee loves to play with water bottles and the safety print outs on flights ha!
  3. Try and keep your baby from napping until after take off. I used to try and get Charlee to nap before the flight because I didn’t want her to be cranky and overtired, but then she didn’t sleep much on flights so it was a bit more work for Momma! Now I keep her up so that she is super tired by the time we take off. This always ensures she gets at least one nap! She took 2 naps on both legs of our flight. One 45 min and an hour long nap.
  4. Let your baby crawl and get energy out at the airport before the long flight. I used to be a germaphobe with Charlee but then I got over it! Now, I let her crawl all over the floor and tire herself out. This helps her be more tired once we board.
  5. Eat an enormous meal before the flight and pack snacks for yourself. I was traveling with Matt so we were able to take turns eating lunch. That said, we made sure to eat before the flight because it is rare that your baby (at Charlee’s age anyway) will sit still long enough for you to down a meal. Also, you can really be hands free and eat, so try and eat a big meal before to offset hunger if you are flying without a partner.
  6. Pack wireless headphones! This one has been a game-changer not only on flights, but in life. Having wireless headphones was great for me. I was able to listen to an audio book while Charlee slept in my arms and I didn’t have to worry about holding my phone at the same time or dealing with the cord getting in Charlee’s way. This also helps in life when you want to be hands free and talk on the phone. I love the apple air pods!
  7. Remember, you can do this! No matter what, the flight is temporary. You won’t be stuck up in the air forever and you and your baby will be fine! Repeating that to myself before we left really helped. Then of course it was much easier than I expected!

That’s about it folks! All my other traveling tips wth baby can be found in this blog post!




Photography by Shadi Garman

Blazer: Zara Skirt: Hudson t-shirt: here and here Sneakers: Golden Goose  Fanny Pack: Gucci Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples

Hi Everyone! I’m back! I apologize for the lack of blog posts but to be honest, the weather has been TERRIBLE in NYC and I had to cancel multiple photoshoots! Luckily the sun came out and let Shadi work her magic ;). I couldn’t be more excited that summer is finally here. I am such a summer gal through and through. I just feel like I look 100 times better when I have a tan haha!

I recently got this Gucci fanny pack and I have to say I am OBSESSED. I was worried that it would be too trendy and I wouldn’t get enough wear out of it, but as a new Mom it’s quickly become my go-to bag. I love being chic and handsfree! Speaking of, that’s why I also love this diaper back pack. Anyways! I am so excited that denim skirts are back! They are taking me back to my middle school years and I don’t hate it! I paired this denim skirt with a blazer to create a bit of a more polished look. I wore this denim skirt again this week to another event. It’s so versatile!

Anyways, since it’s been a minute since my last blog post, I thought I’d round up a group of random thoughts and things I wanted to share with you all! Enjoy!

  1. I rarely have the time to get a manicure being a new Mom, but when I do I always bring my own nail polish. I love this Essie Gel Couture option and wear the color “Lace me Up.” The reason I bring my own nail polish is because I had a HORRIBLE experience last year right after I had Charlee. Matt offered to watch Charlee for an hour while I went to get a mani pedi when C was 2 or so weeks old. Well, to make a long story short I ended up having to go to the podiatrist every week for the following 4 months and had 6 ingrown toenails removed and treatment for a fungus I got at the nail salon. I didn’t realize the place I went didn’t sanitize correctly. Now I only go to very high end places and bring my own tools and nail polish! It was super stressful especially to have to deal with while I was recovering from birth! Sorry if that is TMI but thought I’d share!
  2. I have recently discovered this amazing under eye cream from IT Cosmetics. It is a game changer! I have always had thin skin under my eyes and this does the trick! I also love their CC cream and wear that every day as well. I wear the medium shade in the summer and the light shade in winter.
  3. Do you guys follow @Thehomeedit on Instagram? I just recently discovered them and now I have dreams of getting my home organized like their photos!
  4. I jut recently discovered this new cream cheese that is made of greek yogurt. It has 4x the protein of regular cream cheese and half the fat! It also tastes exactly like cream cheese and is super delish. I have it on GG crackers with a slice of tomato and onion, topped with Everything but the bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s for breakfast. It’s amazing and guilt free!
  5. I have been using the Jergens everyday tanning lotion on my body, and it’s really great. I think they changed the formula since it came out and the smell is nice and it really works!
  6. Have you guys seen the We Wore What x Onia swimwear collab? I am obssesed but can’t wrap my head around spending that much on a bathing suit! Maybe ill splurge once they go on sale ha!
  7. I just bought this Waterproof Sleeved bib for Charlee and it’s AWESOME. It allows me to feed her whatever food without soiling her clothes! You can just rinse it clean with soap and water, or throw it in the wash.
  8. This Simply Lite chocolate is amazing and guilt free! It’s super low carb AND low cal, and it tastes delicious. I like the plain dark chocolate flavor and the almond chocolate flavor.
  9. Now that the weather is so much nicer, I have been taking Charlee to the park almost every afternoon. I use this incredible picnic blanket. It’s great because it is water proof on the bottom and soft on top.

Ok that’s it! I hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!