Life

Month Four

October 21, 2014

Month Four

Ava-

I will not start this post of with the typical “where has the time gone” even though I technically just did that. Instead I will cry on the inside on how big you are! Month four brought with it your most energetic and amazing month thus far. Your personality is EXTREME. One minute you are carrying on, cooing, giggling and screaming in happiness. Then in the next you are fussing, crying and screaming because you are unhappy. If this is any indication of what you will be like as a teenager, then we are in for it! 95% of your days are happy and we have plenty of videos and pictures to prove it.

You are also learning how to roll over. My goodness little girl, it’s going to happen any day now. And you’re not the typical baby that wants to roll from tummy to back (because you really hate tummy time most days) but instead you are going from your back to tummy. You get those chunky legs kicking and your body starts moving and before you know it half of your body is flipped over. Now if only you can get that big head of yours to follow along.

My favorite part of each day is coming home to you. I know your daddy would say the same. When we walk in the door and you turn your little head to see us and let out that BIG smile, my heart melts. You recognize who we are and seeing your face light up in excitement is the best feeling in the entire world. You realize that I’m your momma and he’s your daddy and that is all we need in the world.

Your smile is infectious and everyone knows just how special you are. I can’t believe we are already on month four, and month five will be here before you know it. You’re growing by leaps and bounds and we love watching you discover the world around you.

Love you always,
xox

Momma and Daddy

How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Ponchos

October 21, 2014

HSWI October 2014

Last week we discussed how to wear blanket capes and this week we’re exploring ponchos, another outerwear option perfect for fall weather. It’s nice to have a variety of outerwear that will keep you warm enough as the weather transitions from cool to cold. Ponchos, usually something that goes over your head and aren’t open in front, come in a variety of fabrics with varying thickness. Here I have a sweater poncho, which is a lightweight layering option, and a wool blend poncho that is more like a coat. I consider them closer to a shawl than an actual coat, however, they do cover up quite a bit of your outfit, unlike a blanket cape. A scarf over the poncho or a poncho with buckle details give the look an extra accent to keep things from looking too one note or simple.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Ponchos

1. H&M Knitted Poncho

2. Michael Kors Pave & Baguette Crossover Ring

3. TOPSHOP Large Purple Stone Ring

4. kate spade new york ‘Blaine’ Patent Leather Skimmer Flat

5. House Of Harlow 1960 Enameled Starburst Stud Earrings

6. River Island Red Tartan Blanket Scarf

7. Le Skinny De Jeanne Mid-Rise Jeans

8. Mango Flowy Shirt

9. J.Crew Anchor Lock Bracelet

10. Dooney & Bourke Florentine Small Satchel

This is as classic as you can get with a camel poncho. You have your white button down, skinny jeans, a plaid scarf, and black flats which are all closet staples. You can easily make this outfit your own by changing up the color palette or wearing different jewelry. Here we have just a very simple but super chic outfit with really beautiful, classic jewelry like a statement stone ring and chain bracelet. While I’d wear this outfit any day it also makes for a really cute and comfortable airport outfit.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Ponchos

1. Pieces Siwi Round Sunglasses In Black

2. Snake Chain Tassel Pendant

3. Joomi Lim Luxe Spike Bracelet

4. Tory Burch Robinson Shrunken Boxy Satchel

5. ModCloth Show Them The Sway Dress

6. GERBE PARIS BY NIGHT Black Tights

7. LAUREN RALPH LAUREN Bridle Poncho

8. Ivanka Trump ‘Tarrilyn’ Knee High Suede Boot

A black blazer seems like the go-to jacket for dresses but how about a poncho instead? This Ralph Lauren poncho seems like an especially romantic choice because of the rounded funnel neckline and classic houndstooth pattern. However, with black knee-high suede boots and black tights with an Eiffel Tower-esque geometric pattern, this outfit does not lack attitude. It’s these details that take a standard, solid color dress and turn it on its head from simple, to fun, cheeky, and a little sexy.

 

- Julia of Style and Cheek

Life With The Lady

Life With The Lady

October 20, 2014

 

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I started to write this post out Sunday evening and really didn’t have a main topic or point of interest to write about. All of these random thoughts started coming to my mind of what I need to get done, what was going on around me and just randomness in general. These are all of the ideas that I thought of as I was brainstorming for topics on this post. Yes it is random and yes this post is different. You get a small glimpse into how my mind works with today’s post. This is a true ‘Life With The Lady’ moment.

  • Ava is 4 months old on Tuesday and I’m not sure where the time is going. I can’t believe that I have been back at work for 2 months because the time is flying by. I still get emotional when I look back at pictures of my little nugget. Now I fully understand when parents say “where did the time go?”
  • I need to see Gone Girl. After flying through the book, I NEED to see how it all plays out visually. My brother saw it and enjoyed it which speaks volumes. He is quite the critic so if he says it was great, then it must be.
  • A few weeks back I mentioned how I cut my hair. Well since then no one has really noticed. Or maybe they’re not saying anything. So is that a good thing? I would hope someone would speak up if it looked like complete crap.
  • These last few pounds of baby weight are a pain in my ass…literally! And I really just want a Snickers!
  • Speaking of baby weight, I have yet to try on real pants lately and I don’t even want to take that plunge. I know I’m not the only one that hates trying on clothes to determine what size they will be. I’ll just keep wearing leggings, dresses and maternity jeans until I lose the last of this weight.
  • I’m loving my new job. I don’t bring up the topic of my career and business much because it’s the other part of my life and these two don’t quite mix. But I’m enjoying it and so grateful for the opportunity that presented itself.
  • My fear and dislike of clowns is heightened by this season of American Horror Story. I can’t even type out this sentence without getting creeped out.
  • I looked back at old blog posts and found thepost of By 30 and realized I’m still working on this list and I’m already 32. I am realizing the importance of not apologizing for someting that is not my fault. I stopped apologizing for others a long time ago.
  • I use to let my feelings get hurt by things that people did or didn’t do, and I realized that I can only be responsible for myself and not the actions of others. Do you. I’ll do me.
  • The Beard is currently watching ‘Watch What Happens Live’ and he doesn’t think I’m paying attention. Maybe because the guests are Tamar Baxton, Teresa and Nicole from The Real Housewives of NJ and Andy Cohen, so the entire episode is a hot mess. I get it. And he likely won’t enjoy that I am calling him out on it. :)
  • ‘Friends’ is coming to Netflix and I’m setting out to watch every single episode in order from start to finish.
  • We bought pumpkins a few weekends ago and they are just sitting here. We should probably carve them, paint them or do something with them. Can you tell we are NOT in the Halloween spirit.
  • I’m really into Taylor Swift’s Out of the WoodsYou don’t have to judge me because I’m judging myself.
  • I still want that Snickers.

 

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

October 17, 2014

Halloween is upon us and it’s not to late to add a little something to your life to bump up the festivities.  Whether you’re one to go full on spooky, creepy with decorations in every corner of your home or you’re like me and minimal pieces here or there satisfies your taste, you find just about anything to fill your Halloween craving. I’m never typically one to decorate for any holiday other than Christmas but The Beard fully believed we needed to do something this year for the baby. I just personally can’t do cheesy Halloween pieces in any aspect of my life. I know, bah humbug to me, but it’s just not my thing. Having Ava will likely change that because her excitement over the next years of her life will grow when it comes to Halloween. I’m not against costumes but decorations are a snoozefest. I did some research and come up with some decent and perhaps great options for the Halloween Scrooges like me. Don’t get me wrong, if there is a all day marathon of Hocus Pocus on, I’m giddy like a little girl. You won’t find a jack-o-lantern flag hanging outside our door, but you may find some of these fine things making a secret appearance.

Friday Favorites

 

Crate & Barrel Bat Cup Punch :: World Market Muertos Plates :: Williams-Sonoma Halloween Bone Double-Sided Jigger, Bottle Opener, Wine Corkscrew :: Nordstrom ‘Halloween Graffiti’ Pillow :: Pottery Barn Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkins

Recipes

Turkey Meatballs & Spinach Tortellini Soup

October 16, 2014

Turkey Meatballs & Spinach Tortellini Soup

 

Is it fall yet? Well yes it is! One of my most favorite times of the year. Time for chili, soups and crockpot meals. I finally have a reason to get my crockpot back out without The Beard thinking I’m out of my mind. And the weather here in Ohio is brisk and cool which puts me in the mood for warm comfort food.  Like all the other recipes I post this is a quick go-to meal option. It requires minimal prep, minimal cooking time and some premade tortellini. Unless you want to get fancy and make your own, and then it may take more time. But this lady opted for store bought frozen tortellini and I still loved how it turned out. As for second day soup, it actually tastes better the next day. Keep this recipe handy for those cold lazy sundays or when you get hit with the first big head cold of the season.

For The Meatballs You’ll Need:

  • 1lb Ground Turkey
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parmigiano reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parlsey, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • salt to taste

Get the meatballs started and out of the way first thing. Combine all ingredients, thoroughly, in a bowl. Use a small ice cream scooper or spoon to portion out the meatballs. You can easily get 15-20 depending on the size. Place in a skillet and brown on all sides and set aside while you prep the base of the soup.

For The Soup You’ll Need:

  • 1 package of frozen tortellini
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 4 cans chicken broth
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter

In a large pot or dutch oven melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add in the onion, carrot, garlic and celery and cook until the veggies begin to soften. Add in the chicken broth and increase heat to medium-high and cook until boiling. Add salt and pepper to taste and drop in the meatballs. Let this go for about 10 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through. Add in the tortellini and cook for a few more minutes and remove from heat. Add in the spinach right before serving.

The Makeup Lady

The Makeup Lady – Nail Lip Combos

October 15, 2014

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Back in July we discussed some great summer combos for your mani/pedi needs. It shouldn’t just be a summer thing but rather a seasonal thing. Now that fall is officially here, barefeet and open toed shoes are becoming a thing of the past. It’s not so easy to showcase your little piggies but instead we can transition the colors to our fingernails and lips. October is all about the drama so it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase some extreme lips and nail colors. But we haven’t quite given up on the romance vibe when it comes to our nails and lips either. Everything from soft pinks to bold red hues should be in your collection this season. Mix it up, change it weekly and share with us your favorite go-to fall nail lip combos!

The Makeup Lady - Nail Lip Combos

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Old Hollywood & Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Shimmer in Laughin’ To The Bank :: Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Prayer & Marc Jacobs Beauty Nail Lacquer in New Wave :: Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Dark Berry butter London Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds :: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Liv and JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Farrago ::  Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in Oversized Peach & Ciate Mini Paint Pot in Beam Me Up Lottie :: OCC Lip Tar Matte in Strumpet & Julep Nail Color Treat in Yumi

 

How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Blanket Capes

October 14, 2014

HSWI October 2014

Blanket capes or throws as I referred to them last week in my Capes, Ponchos, and Throws post are extremely popular this season. We can give thanks to Burberry for bringing back this trend by showcasing the coveted initial embroidered cape blanket in their Fall 2014 RTW collection which celebrities such as Olivia Palermo and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley made ever more popular. As you can see in the collage below I took some outfit inspiration from Olivia and Rosie but of course I left out the coveted Burberry monogrammed cape ($$$$). We do what we can with what we’ve got and thankfully ASOS has some seriously cute cape blankets right now. Unlike normal cape coats a cape blanket is closer to a shawl, and is lighter weight so if you live somewhere with warmer weather or are confronted with a surprisingly mild fall evening a cape blanket is a great outerwear choice.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Blanket Capes

1. TOPSHOP Floppy Wool Fedora Hat

2. Shashi Solitaire Necklace

3. Ivanka Trump ‘Sarena’ Over The Knee Stretch Boot

4. ASOS Stripe Blanket Cape

5. MADEWELL Premiere Skirt

6. Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt In Forest/Navy

7. ASOS 90s Color Ring

8. Kate Spade Alice Street Luxe Small Adriana

 

Olivia Palermo is my celebrity style icon and I’d be silly to not recreate a look of hers that I love. While I had hoped to find a pair of thick cool weather shorts, I was drawn to the wine color of this skirt paired with the browns in the cape and greens in the plaid button down. The boots really make this outfit and thankfully there are quite a few affordable over the knee boot options out there. You can’t be shy about accessorizing a look like this, so I went with super cute floppy hat and an animal print purse for a playful sexy boho vibe.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Blanket Capes

1. River Island Plaid Faux Fur Trim Cape

2. ASOS Velvet Quilted Cross Body Bag With Snake Chain And Lock

3. Rada Appia Bib Necklace from Anthropologie

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Faux Stretch-Leather Leggings-Style Pants

5. Dolce & Gabbana Black Clubmaster Sunglasses

6. Zara Guipure T-Shirt

7. Madewell Pave Double Ring

8. Monica Vinader Siren Gold-Plated Lapis Ring

9. Lulu Frost Ascend Ring

10. Matt Bernson Mercer D’Orsay Flats

If you’re not already aware, black and white is the beloved combination for fall 2014 (and spring 2015!) so this outfit is incredibly easy to recreate, even if you choose a pair of black jeans or trousers instead of sexy leather leggings. One of the sexiest things you can do this fall is show a little ankle so make sure those cropped jeans and flats are ready to go. Like the black pants, your white top choice can be as simple as a white tee or more intricate like this guipure lace shirt. Your jewelry is where you’ll add a bit of color and here I went with blue, knowing that lapis would add the right amount of drama to stand out among the black and white.

- Julia of Style and Cheek

 

Life With The Lady

Life With The Lady

October 13, 2014

Life With The Lady

My life is diapers, baby spit up, work and then repeat. I’m managing to find some “me” time here and there to get back into my love of reading. It’s been some time since I actually picked up a non-work/baby related book and found something that captured my attention long enough to finish a book. I love to read and always have. Even in the these new high tech days of the Kindle app and reading books on tablets, I still prefer an actual, tangible book. There’s something about the smell of a book (old or new) and flipping through the pages that gives me a nostalgic high. I have fancy dreams of filling my dream library in my dream home full of the books I loved and have read. My taste varies and I’m not set on my type of theme. Mystery, romance, humor, history and even self-help books have made their way into my collection. I can’t say that too much has interested me in the past year up until these last few weeks. Amazon became my book buying companion and before I knew it I had 3 books on my doorstep just waiting for me. When I say that these 3 books are of the opposites attract variety, I truly mean that.

#GIRLBOSS“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.” Sophia Amoruso seems like the cool, bad ass bitch that I want to be yet likely never will be. The story of a 30 year old that is the CEO of Nasty Gal, a $100 million online retailer and her tips for success. Sign me up because I want more success in my life, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be $100 million.

Gone Girl: quite possible the biggest movie of the moment. It’s been out since 2012 and I’m just now getting around to reading it. I started it on Saturday afternoon while the baby was sleeping and finished it within 5 hours. Let me just say it’s a completely messes with your mind the entire time. Just when you think you know what’s happening, it switches and you’re left in the dark once again. Now I just need to see the movie to see how it compares to the book.

Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food: My first married lady cookbook. I can’t wait to dig into this book and find some classic recipes that we can share on the blog and in our tummies. I’ve tried a few Jamie Oliver recipes in the past and I’m sure this book will not disappoint.

 

What are you currently reading? Make sure to share below because once I’m done with these books I’m onto the next batch of something new and exciting!

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

October 10, 2014

Life is all things baby. From diapers to toys to clothes to bottles. We touched on baby clothes previously but this Friday it’s all about the things we can’t live without.  It hasn’t always been an easy process the past 3-1/2 months finding out what Ava loves and down right hates. As with any child, especially infants, it’s a learning process to determine what works for you and your baby. I can’t say we are professionals at this point, but we have our new lives down since June. It took a mix of experimenting and recommendations to come up with our Baby Favorites. These are the eight things we can’t live without and have made day-to-day life much easier. If you’re expecting, have a little one or are looking for a gift for someone, look no further than this list.   Friday Favorites Honest Diapers and Wipes :: Dr. Brown’s Pacifier and Bottles :: NoseFrida :: Sleep Sheep aka Lamby :: Moby Wrap :: The Kozybaby  Bath Towel Apron :: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes :: Boppy Pillow

 

And now for the fun stuff.  Thanks to The Kozybaby, we are partnering this week for a special baby sweepstakes/giveaway! One lucky reader will win The Kozybaby Bath Towel Apron (retail value $34)! Big thanks to The Kozybaby for making this possible!

 

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The Makeup Lady – 90’s Inspired Lip

October 8, 2014

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The 90’s are back, whether we want it or not. I for one was never a true fan but then again I spent ages 8-17 in the 90’s….so what do I really know. Overalls, flannels around your waist, combat boots and floral baby doll dresses have slowly crept back into our fashionable lives from earlier this year. If you are one that can’t get enough of the 90’s trends, then you’re likely loving the 90’s inspired lip that has made a comeback courtesy of Kylie Jenner. Overdrawn, plumped nude lips are increasing in popularity thanks to this young fashionista. Gone are the days of hot pink lips and the overdone red lip trend. This nude lip look can take the place of your popular red lipsticks and still give you the intense lip look you may love. Delicate precision when lining your lips can give you a fuller, yet natural look, hurts a hell of a lot less than injections and can be done with 3 simple products and 4 simple steps.

  1. Start by blending concealer around the outline of your lips. Go slightly outside of the line but not too far. This will help to eliminate some of the natural color to your lips as well as help with staying power.
  2. Make sure your pencil is sharpened and being tracing outside the natural lip line. I would recommend focusing right above the line and no further. If not, you’ll end up looking like this.
  3. Fill in the lips with the same pencil using small strokes as you go. By filling in your entire lip with the pencil it helps to create a base for an even color application.
  4. Apply your lipstick, with a brush, for even application and blending. Go for a matte lipstick for a true 90’s look.

The Makeup Lady - 90s Inspired Lip

bareMinerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer :: MAC Lip Pencil in Soar :: MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

Try out this 90’s throwback and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #themakeuplady. We would love to see your recreations of this popular look!

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