off topic – step inside

i’m starting off with a disclaimer…ignore the crap photography you’re about to witness. after five years, i still haven’t found the proper setting to shoot our interior in. receiving little to no natural light, i’m stumped and have given up on that one. and with a sick baby clinging to our every move this past weekend, this mama had to do what i had to do. fifteen minutes with my iphone to the rescue (wink). so anyway, this week we’re stepping inside. as i mentioned, we bought this home five years ago. our first investment as newlyweds. and what an investment its been! although it’s quaint and compact, we’ve resurfaced every square foot making this space our home with our own blood, sweat + tears. and while i whine about the lack of sunlight, i must confess this place is down right cozy on the coldest of winter days. here are just a few of my most favorite corners…


the living room: as our only living space, this is where we spend most of our time as three. and since the arrival of logan, this space has become pretty wide open and tactile. perfect for spilled toys and wrestle matches.

kitchen 2

the kitchen: this is where it all goes down. that is, paulie feeds us and i clean up. all while a certain small human barks orders from her thrown centered right there in the middle of it all.


the dining area: backed up to the kitchen peninsula creating one large space, this is where a crowd forms. always. we’ve packed more people around this table and on the window seat than i ever imagined possible. definitely the heart of our home.


the upstairs landing: the top of our center stair makes for the perfect gallery space and this particular photo just happens to be my jam.


the office: this little dormed corner belongs only to me. it’s where i try to stay organized + creative way past my bedtime. and most currently shoo little hands away from those dangerously filled craft drawers.


logan’s nursery: layered + cluttered with color, pattern and toddler chaos, this spot is hands down my most favorite and sentimental. paulie better have a box of tissues on hand when we start rearranging come the new year.

off topic – style sense


on kim: anthropologie scoopneck + urban outfitters button down + esley jacket + zara skinnies + asics
on logan: old navy terry dress + zara jacket (similar) + target leggings + converse chuck taylors

‘style sense’…ha! there’s a reason i don’t discuss style and stick to babes. as you can tell, i’m a bare bones kind of girl. i like to think of it as ‘less is more’ (wink). on a good day i can be up and out the door in fifteen minutes. case in point, this very morning! i’m my own worst enemy if left with any time to spare, standing in front of the closet distraught over white, gray or black. so it’s a good thing a toddler keeps me on my toes, rising ready to roll. these days my decisions are quite simple and comfort takes the win. most weekends you can catch me in something as basic as what you see. with a quick wave of the wand, lots of layers, stretch skinnies and sneaks, I’m ready to take on a weekend of exploring…dirt. if only I could get away with striped leggings and leopard print kicks.

guide to – seasonal style

2013.10.14 Fall Style

mama: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
mini: 9 / 10 / 11

i live for layering. and since i’m a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl, fall is definitely my season for style. bring on the sweaters, scarves + hats and let’s not forget about accessorizing the parts that don’t need covering up just yet. i say the more the merrier! and while i’m at it, i prefer to stay true to the season and stand by a muted palette. the monochromatic loves above include a few things i wouldn’t mind layering on myself and of course a few little things for my mini.

for the ladies

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the ladies in my life are my most favorite to shop for this holiday season and always (aside from the littles of course). whether it be something kitschy for the home, an unexpected accessory, or a wearable bauble, the options are endless. although i may have had some particular ladies in mind while making these selections, i think most gals would be happy with something from above. and heck, i’d take one of each myself while you’re at it.

simply wanted

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rather than hit the malls early this morning, i nestled under the covers and cruised my favorite shops from bed. as always, i’m in a layering mood. however this year comfort and mobility are top priorities. enough about me, time to get moving and find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. tis the season…

summer stripes

via sincerely, jules

 via after drk

eris gave my the perfect opening for last friday’s post and i completely let it slip by. i spent the majority of the holiday weekend relaxing in the heat which got me thinking about my summer must have travel wear. i’m seeing laid back stripes in my sunny future.

spring fever

1 essie, a crewed interest 2 maya brenner, asymmetrical mini letter necklace 3 foley + corinna, mid city tote 4 gap, 1969 mid-weight legging jeans 5 madewell, striped telltale tank 6 madewell, biltmore overdye fedora 7 anthropologie, otero scarf 8 kiehl’s, ultra facial tinted moisturizer 9 benefit, they’re real! mascara 10 steve madden, boardwalk cognac leather sandal

my burgeoning belly left my wardrobe to be less than desired the past couple of months. logan’s here, i’m feeling semi back to normal and i’ve got a major itch for a spring makeover. bring on the skinnies!