| seven // fifty-two |

   

Can we talk about how old Harper looks in these photos, 18 months going on 19?! We officially enter toddlerhood tomorrow and everyday I feel like she ages 5 years, it was as if one day I was looking forward to when she could tell me what she wanted to hoping it would all slow down. It’s amazing we live in a time where it’s so easy to document each stage, each look and each memory. 

This week was made by this adorable denim jacket, is there really anything cuter, and a sassy pin!

    

  // new quirk //
Grabbing your hand and saying “come on,” to then walk you through the house to sit in her favorite corner. Her nanny sent me a picture of her with her two children, Harper holding their hands and just smiling! It’s amazing to see her taking pride in her home and space.

// favorite place //

Climbing up and sitting on the recycling bin, who knew there was such a view!

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| mama musing // denim rules |

  
Madewell is featuring #denimrules currently and being a denim junkie myself I wanted to share my #1 denim rule…denim head-to-toe. I have featured a small selection of my denim collection a few posts ago so it may seem crazy that there are a few extra pieces I am looking to add to my collection. Luckily Madewell has a few right up my alley!

// the perfect crop flare // 

rivet + thread high-rise crop 

pairs with // classic sneakers, summer clogs, Birkenstocks, or mid-calf boots

  

// the perfect shirt dress //

denim midi shirt dress

pairs with // small leather cross-body, strappy espadrille, or leather mules.

 
// perfect jumpsuit //

coverall zip jumpsuit

pairs with // lace layering tee, squash blossom necklace, Pons, or worn in vans

 
// perfect denim jacket //

oversized denim jacket

pairs with // white cotton embroidered dress, enamel pins, or distressed band tee 

 

What are your favorite denim looks? 
  

| around here // nursery |

         
 Harper’s nursery, currently, this room is in constant motion which makes me feel like I need to keep changing it to adjust to each new phase she hits. Our space is definitely small so it’s easier to have her, and most of her toys, in the living room, but trying to make it a fun and playful space that feels like it is just for her. 

The biggest part of this nursery that brings me joy is all the touches of her family that are around the room. The picture that hangs over her bed is a print of the Sistine Chapel that my grandmother got in Italy and hung in her classroom for decades. There is a photo of my husband’s Pop Pop holding him when he was a year old. The dream catcher made by my oldest friend…all these things, and many more not pictures, are what makes me love this room.

What makes a space feel like home for you?

| portrait of an artist // harper james |

 finger paintin  
   

The artist I chose to talk about this week is fairly new to the scene. Her talent is raw and child-like. Okay, bad mom joking aside I am overly proud of Harper’s first set of paintings. I have been anxiously awaiting for the day that she got excited about creating an image with her own two hands.

Growing up I always was creating, it’s one of the things I appreciate most that my parents strived for. There was always an encouragement to be who you were, always a proud mother to show something to. I want Harper to grow up with imagination, a desire to seek beauty out of nothing and the confidence to be proud of what she makes.

Harper’s first show of finger paintings happened in the kitchen and I am thrilled she smiled when we talked about each one. I should mention, as a side note, I adore Harper’s caregiver as if she was a family member. She made sure to sign and date each of these masterpieces so to remember each one. We are making time for “art” each day we spend together so be prepared…

| six // fifty-two |

  
  
Because she spends most of her time after she wakes up wrapped up in a blanket babbling while I try to get her dressed for the day. She pulls the blanket over her head and just sits there, waiting to execute her surprise. The could go on for hours if we let it, and truthfully we usually do.

// favorite toy //

Harper has officially gained possession of her cousins wood rattle we bought. I have tried putting it out of sight but she keeps finding it, pulling your wrist until you get it for her. We have come to terms with this and will be picking up a second one this week.

// favorite saying //

“Bye bye honey.” Her dad says this to her when she climbs down from the couch, now she says it after most good byes. It’s sweet the imitation she does of different peoples expressions of love. 

 

| around here // bookworms |

   
    
   
This year the hubs and I are aiming for fiscal responsibility so each holiday has been no gifts, but we have allowed one gift for the Harper. For Valentines Day her one special gift was The Wild Unknown’s ABC Dream since this girl loves nothing more than counting and letters. Guys I need more books from Kim Krans, her illustrations are what dreams are made of! After unwrapping her present we spent the rest of the afternoon cuddling in bed, hiding from the sub-zero temps, and learning what each letter stands for. Afternoons spent like this, that’s why we become and love being mothers, it’s how we can easily forget food being thrown on us or getting peed on…trumps it all!

Hope you all had a fabulous and love filled day! And to clarify, the hubs and I are only giving gifts to show the other how much we love the other. This sweet little card was left for me with a list of reasons my husband loves me, insert swoon here.

  

| doe and fawn // mama beauty |

    

Becoming a mom, wow talk about changes and one of the biggest changes that I have experienced have been my skin and hair. Now, a year and a half later, I am settling into a much healthier routine and sadly after 31 years of existence am finally learning how to take care of my skin. Like most new mothers, I have felt an overwhelming sense to cleanse my cleansing process, and have really started looking at what I am putting everyday on my body’s largest organ. I have to admit I am not perfect and make no claims to being an expert, but I have fallen in love with my new found regimen.

 I am still looking to add a few more steps, but haven’t found the perfect product yet…side note: reccommendations encouraged! Next up will be my makeup routine, but for now here’s what’s hiding in my medicine cabinet!

  

wash // bamboo charcoal cleansing bar 

brush // clarisonic 

tone // rose petal witch hazel

scrub // pink clay exfoliating mask 

clear // anti-acne serum

Charcoal, it’s so hot right now! Not only does this magic ingredient cleanse but helps draw out toxins, which for the girl who has always battled with skin ickiness this is just what you want on your side. With a little extra help from my clarisonic , I feel like I am starting with the cleanest skin. Finishing up with the soothing rose petal toner, I mean yummmmmmm. Twice a week I get a little extra exfoliating to help boost the absorption of my oils and serums. For those days when you have a little red uninvited friend this magic serum helps put them in their place!

  
even // hyaluronic + vitamin C serum

balance // lapis facial oil

recover // midnight recovery concentrate

moisturize // seaweed night cream

I have fallen for oils and serums, I am new into this world but I am down the rabbit hole and looking for more to explore. Next on my wish list is an oil cleanser, any suggestions? What’s amazing about oil is that contrary to old school belief, your skin begs for it! When you dry your skin to a raisin trying to fight oil your skins reaction is to go into an oil overdrive. Utilizing different oils helps balance your skins natural oil production and can actually fight flare ups. I am still on the look out just for something a little lighter  for the day and a more concentrated eye cream to help with a few pesky lines that have popped up. 

| five // fifty/two |

   
  

Because watching morning cartoons is a serious business that requires a serious concentration. Right now the favorites are Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger (although her father and I aren’t fans), We Bare Bears, Steven Universe, and Dinosaur Train. What she really loves is theme songs, this girl loves to try to sing along.

I love this time with our girl, it’s fun to see her excitement for her favorite characters, see her peak over to see if I am seeing this all happen, and to climb up into my lap to snuggle right before her nap time. Each day I cherish my time with her even if it’s singing along to Elmo.

// favorite saying //

“So sorry mommy.” Never said in response to something that genuinely deserves an apology but still given if she feeds you a rouge cheerio, kisses you or even says hello. 

// newest quirk //

Oh this girl, now every time she drinks her “milky” from her straw she lets it fill up in her mouth and then dribbles it down her mouth. Usually this will cover you and her with milk. Not really sure why but desperately trying to stop it. Sadly when I say no she just laughs, sometimes so hard there are tears…

| around here // fort play |

        

Another day together and another day below freezing. It used to be that this little one would be content sitting on her blanket while we read books, played peek-a-boo or watched Sesame Street, but the older she gets the more creative our play must become. 

I always loved fort building, it was like a holiday getting to hide out under a sheet, take all your favorite toys to cuddle in your own special space and the day just flew by! This day we decided to go for cave building, filled it to the brim with the coziest blankets, we walked through the house and invited our guests and then picked out snacks to share with all out friends. We read our favorite books, munched on fruit snacks and had a blast!

Everyday I am amazed by this little ones train of thought, her curiosity and ability to always smile! Hope you and yours are finding ways to enjoy the cold! What’s your favorite ways to fight cabin fever?

| portrait of an artist // UFO 907 |

   

This piece comes with a little story from the artist, while it might be one I wait to share with our toddler I can’t help but appreciate the sentiment. Painting the picture of a scene so vivid.

 UFO 907, part of the 907 crew, was an important part of the outsider graffiti movement in the early to mid 90’s and led the way for the current street art movement. With work up from New York City to Tokyo my husband could not believe we were lucky enough to get this in our collection for Harper. My husband even has powerHouse Books collection U.F.O and has been a fan for years. Rising above what many people consider a graffiti artist to be, this is someone I greatly encourage you to research or go on a hunt for hidden gems around Brooklyn.

I can not stress enough how excited I am each time my husband picks out something new to share from his collection. I am so incredibly proud of how hard he works on this and am thrilled to have home pick what to share next.