| around here // nye |

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 Today is New Year’s Eve, a day to look back on the past year and look forward to the coming year. 2015 is nearing an end, and I must say I have mixed feelings about the whole ordeal. Last year was an amazing year for our family, but it was also one of the hardest years I have encountered. Between childcare, work, finances, and health there have been so many obstacles that have challenged us personally and in our relationship. Now we are looking forward to 2016! Tonight we are going to go back to a tradition we started when we first started dating; vegetarian reubens and marathon the Twilight Zone while we let a bedazzled toddler run around the apartment.

We are going to make the most of this next year, shake off the cobwebs of the bad, embrace the good and just plan to move forward! While finding a way to do this I was inspire by this post by Mothermag to sit down and look at your past year. To not focus on just the good,or bad, but the year as a whole. The biggest thing that I am looking forward to is more time with this little nugget. Everyday my husband and I look at each other and are amazed we created such an adorable and intelligent life form. I mean…how cute is she?!

// What 2015 accomplishments am I most proud of //

I am most proud of creating this blog. It is silly because right now it is really in it’s infancy. It’s something I always wanted to do, but kept telling myself I didn’t have the time. I was getting frustrated by feeling I didn’t have opportunities to stretch my creativity, but not doing anything about it. Today I am proud that I stopped making excuses and created an outlet for myself!

// In which areas did I struggle most in 2015 //

Over this past year I have really struggled with trusting myself. I have had so much doubt in what I am doing, where I am going professionally and the feelings in my relationships changing since baby. I know that these are all problems in my head, I really want to step outside of myself and pat myself on the back for what I have accomplished, not what I haven’t.

// What are some things I’ve learned to accept about myself this year //

Since having Harper I have, as I assume most parents do, a realization about life. I have found what’s important, and realized what isn’t. That is not to say there are not times that I get caught up in what I am going to wear, what people will think or how my future will unfold. I guess what I have accepted is that life happens and I need to just roll with it and not try to control it to make it what I think it ‘should’ be.

// What am I most grateful for in 2015 //

My family. Plain and simple I know, but they are what I value most in this world.

What things do I want to leave behind in 2015?

I want to leave behind my insecurities. I want to leave behind excuses and fears. These are what I use to keep myself from trying new things, and potentially failing. There are so many goals I have for the next year, and I don’t want to get in my own way anymore.

// Which things do I want to take with me into 2016 //

I want to take my new found fearlessness. My confidence in putting myself out there. Those are the traits I hope Harper will take on as she continues to grow and develop. I want to show her a strong woman, so she can herself turn into one.

Happy New Years from our family to yours!

Doe & Fawn

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| portrait of an artist // jason polan |

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When Harper was born my husband decided he wanted to create something special for her, something that would last forever. This ‘something’ is an art time capsule. Through Instagram, word of mouth and just luck, over the past 16 months he has collected numerous pieces from some of our favorite artists.

Art and design is something that Dan and I have always been passionate about, but Dan’s extensive knowledge about art has always amazed me. I love that he works so incredibly hard to create a one-of-a-kind gift for our daughter when she turns 18.

I am hoping that as we continue to grow and build this collection I can share some of the pieces we have collected, the artist that created them and how we came by each one. Please ignore my Dylan Thomas reference…but here is our first Portrait of an Artist!

// Jason Polan //

A New York illustrator with a unique perspective was named one of the 100 reasons to love New York, by New York Magazine. Jason’s approach to art is one that you can truly call quirky. Not only did he start the Taco Bell Drawing Club, but he took on the impossible challenge of drawing Every Person in New York.

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The above image is from a more narrowed exhibition of Polan’s drawings focusing on the area of Broadway and 29th Street. Jason is also the creator of the amazing illustrations found on some of my favorite footwear Soludos. These are by far my favorite…

I hope that you have enjoyed our first portrait, I am so excited to continue to share this wonderful collection!

| around here // not your mom’s carols |

  

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Nothing really makes it feel like Christmas till I hear my favorite holiday songs. It’s amazing how many warm memories of family dinners, nights with friends and quiet snowy mornings come rushing to you when a personal holiday must plays. We have compiled a little snippet of our family’s favorites to enjoy over that glass of wine to celebrate the nuggets quiet slumber and your indulgence in too many cookies!

From Doe & Fawn….Have a Very Merry Listen!

| mama musings // faux fur coat |

 

 

 

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The weather has finally gotten brisk, and this mama can not stop dreaming of the perfect faux fur coat. My Pinterest has been filling with dreamy outfits, and nothing has been on my mind more than getting that perfect coat. Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, or Sienna Miller, they all know how to make this feel effortlessly cool. With slightly rumpled hair, minimal makeup and a sultry stare, I keep feeling inspired to create my own mama friendly spin on this daytime look. Wrapped up and cozy, with a tote bag full of fresh market flowers under my arm I could live every cold, grey day in this scrumptious coat.

This jacket, it’s almost surreal it’s so beautiful!

one // Janessa Leone Hat

two // Madewell Herringbone Sweatshirt

three // Erin Considine Necklace

four // Felix Boot

five // Re/Done Denim

 

 

 

 

 

 

| around here // holiday cheer |

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We are gearing up for the ‘ole season of cheer, here are some of the ways we are getting into the spirit…

  1. This year is all about simplicity, yet some how the little nugs ends up with endless gifts
  2. Bed jumping in bear suits because its 60 degrees out
  3. Organizing my greens, must merchandise everything within reach
  4. Used my left-overs to make this amazingly fragrant bundle
  5. Mama had a night out
  6. Always with tea and a warm vanilla sugar candle, always

 

 

 

 

| hello // from doe and fawn |

 

Welcome to Doe and Fawn blog, a space created by mama Natalie, to share her life as a modern mother with little babe Harper and her wonderful husband. We are creating a space to share all things we are passionate about, motherhood, style, art, wellness, home decor and just our life together. A positive space we hope to one day grow into a lifestyle brand to cater to the modern mothers who see motherhood as an adventure. You can follow along with Doe and Fawn on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Thank you for starting this wonderful journey with us!!

XoXo,

Doe & Fawn