Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Intermix Sale

A quick roundup of some favorite pieces that just went on sale over at Intermix! This Loveshackfancy dress pictured above is one of them. It is the softest material and so beautiful. I also love this LSF dress! I love this ALC knit top that will take you right into fall. This Michelle Mason sweater is really pretty.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Nantucket X Haverhill

TOP:: H&M // JEANS:: Mother (similar here) // BAG:: CJ Laing // SANDALS:: Kaanas // NECKLACE:: Haverhill (c/o), Zoe Lev // EARRINGS:: Madewell

Nantucket isn't called the Grey Lady for nothing. We've been here for five days and every morning has started out just like this. Lots of grey and fog! I don't mind it one bit, especially because the fog burns off come afternoon. We've had some beautiful nights as well and are definitely on vacation mode. I haven't had my phone or laptop much (just how I like it on vacation) but wanted to say hello and share a blog post with you this morning featuring the newest addition to my necklace collection.

The necklaces I choose to wear daily all hold meaning and importance to me and I'm asked about them almost daily. My solitaire diamond was my grandmother's stone that we had reset into a necklace. My initial necklace has the initials of all my children. And finally, my newest piece by Haverhill has the birthstones of everyone in our family- mine, my husband's, and our four children. The Haverhill Birthstone necklace is made of solid 14K gold and gemstones which means you never have to take it off. I haven't taken mine off since receiving it and it has already taken quite a few dips in the ocean here on Nantucket!

(PS scroll down for a special discount code)

Haverhill customized my length to compliment my other necklaces- it is 14.75 inches and fits a little bit looser than a choker. The birthstone necklace makes the most beautiful gift that holds such personal meaning. You can choose to wear gemstones that represent your loved ones, your anniversary, college colors or you can choose colors you just love! It also comes in bracelet form. Haverhill is fifth generation to make jewelry in New England (wow!) and all of her pieces are made in Rhode Island with turnaround time being 1 to 2 weeks.

I'm a true sentimentalist and feel like I'm taking a piece of my family around with me at all times when I'm wearing this necklace. It is such a special piece and I'm so happy I get to share it with you! Haverhill is so kind and has decided to give my readers 15% off their Haverhill piece with code CHRISSY15. The promo code is valid until Wednesday, 8/21.

I know you will love it just as much as I do! For those of you who have already ordered, send me a pic one you get yours. I would love to see the color combos you created!

Xo Chrissy

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

My Fall Wishlist

SUEDE JACKET:: Allsaints

I know, I know, I know, I know. It is STILL summer. But every summer right around this time, I get an itch for fall clothing. I always start putting together a fall wishlist and try to figure out which pieces will be at the top of my list. Right now this pair of booties is at the tippy top. They are pricey and would definitely be a splurge but the western boot trend will be big again this year and I feel like I would get a lot of wear out of them. The color is perfect and would fit in really nicely with pieces I already own. Also at the top of my list? This snake print midi skirt by Joie. So gorgeous and could be dressed up or down. Check out the rest of my fall wishlist items below! Xo

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Pretty, Simple Dresses

 DRESS:: Loveshackfancy // BAG:: Chanel // SHOES:: Hermes (best lookalike here) // SUNGLASSES:: Ray-Ban // EARRINGS:: Madewell 

As much as I love bright colors come summertime, I often find myself gravitating towards my simple, neutral dresses when I'm in a pinch and can't find anything to wear. I had my eye on this pretty Loveshackfancy Wendy dress for a while but the price tag held me back. After checking in almost every day to see if it went on sale (it never did), I finally decided to purchase it because it would be a piece I would have in my closet for summers to come. I've already worn it over a handful of times and I've only had it for two weeks! While statement dresses are fun to have in your closet, simple dresses are a must. I've rounded up some favorites below! Xo

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Little Lace Top // Summer Neutrals

TOP:: Zara // JEANS:: Levi's // SANDALS:: Hermes (lookalike here) // BAG:: Chanel // SUNGLASSES:: Ray-Ban // EARRINGS:: Madewell 

I haven't done a simple outfit post on the blog in a while and wanted to share this outfit mixed with high and low pieces. The lace top I bought from Zara back in May and whenever I wear it I always get asked about it. It's $39! It is 100% sheer so I just put a cotton cami I already had under it. I wore it with highwaisted Levi's and my Hermes Oran sandals and tan Chanel bag. I hate using the word "dupe" so I use lookalike instead- if you love the look of the Hermes sandals, I found this "lookalike" style which is much more affordable and really looks just like the real deal. My hoops are my go-tos and are by Madewell. I actually have a few pairs because I wear them so often and I'm always afraid I'll lose one. Happy Saturday, everyone! Xo


Friday, August 9, 2019

My Favorite Living Room Nook

CHAIRS:: One Kings Lane (style steal version here) // TABLE:: Groms // STONE HEARTS:: similar here // BOOKS:: Kinfolk Home, Perspectives // ETAGERE:: Oomph // ARTICHOKE:: similar here

I thought it was time to give a little home update. Picking out pieces and decorating a home is a slow process. I don't want to just look in a catalog or on a website and just order everything in a one stop shop. I want to fill my home with pieces I truly love. These Bevin Chairs by One Kings Lane were chairs that I have wanted for so long but I could never justify the price. When I showed them to Emily she almost immediately found them on the Real Real for a fraction of the price. They obviously were previously owned and I was worried about that seeing as they are white chairs but I decided to give it a go and ordered them. They came almost a week later and luckily were in such great shape. There are a few marks on the back that I'm going to have cleaned (Fiber-Seal was highly recommended to me) and then they should be good to go. For now, I have them placed in our little bay window area in our living room but I will most likely move them once we find a couch and some other chairs. When I shared the chairs on stories, so many of you loved the style but not the price. After digging around, I found an almost exact match style wise that comes in a variety of colors. I've linked them all below but here it is in white leather, blush, ivory velvet and grey. I also love this style from One Kings Lane. Another chair that has been on my radar for a while? The Gwyneth Chair from cb2. Not only are they pretty to look at, but they are super comfortable.

As much as I love my chairs, I think I might love this little table more. I found it randomly one morning on Instagram. A sponsored post popped up by Groms Home and it was an immediate follow for me. I browsed their site and purchased this table on the spot. It is sturdy and so well made and I love the organic style. I also love that I have never really seen anything like it. Groms has a sale section on their site where everything they used for photoshoots is marked down by 50%. There are some amazing deals to be had there and it's where I scored this table and another blog follower picked up the other one. PS this is not sponsored and I make zero commission, just love their selection of furniture! I've always loved this chandelier and can't believe it's half off. Trying to figure out where I could put it!

These little stone hearts have also been a favorite on the blog. I bought them at a store on Nantucket in July and I called the store to see if they had any more in stock because you all loved them so much and sadly they do not. BUT I did find some identical ones and I'm wondering if they are the source. You can actually buy them on Amazon. You can buy a pack of 6 for $39 here! I might buy another pack just to see how similar they are. And I also love them and could always use some more hearts around here!

Some online sites I have been loving lately for home decor: Wisteria and cb2- all of their new arrivals are amazing!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Scoop // 2

TOP:: Ulla Johnson (old) similar here and here // OVERALLS:: Paige (sold out) similar here

Hi everyone! Still here with this migraine although it is much better than yesterday. First and foremost, I want to give a big THANK YOU to those of you who filled out the Follower Testimonial for me. I can't tell you how much it means to me and I was blown away by the amount of you who took the time to fill it out (so many were so incredibly thoughtful and made me feel like a million bucks!). For those of you who didn't see it or missed it, the Testimonial is meant to help show brands the value I bring to my followers and will hopefully help in landing campaigns with brands. If you haven't filled one out and want to (it's a quick survey and takes a minute), I would be so appreciative! You guys are truly the best and are the sole reason I keep up with this blog!

And finally, thank you for submitting questions last week! I got so many questions this time and will try to answer as many as possible. I combined some that were sort of similar. 

Q: Any tips for dressing a large bump/ Recs for one pieces and brands that are bump friendly?

A: If you are dressing a large bump during the summer time then the easiest and best thing would be flowy, billowy dresses. I just ordered this one (sans bump!) and it would have been perfect last summer when I was pregnant with Ellie. It's also great without a bump! Xirena makes roomy pieces as well as Tiare Hawaii. I also just ordered this cheap Amazon dress just for the heck of it and I was pleasantly surprised.  It would be perfect for a bump. Reviews say it's a little snug in the chest but for me it was fine (but I'm not working with much up top, hah!) Maybe order a size up. For fall/winter: I honestly lived in leggings and big sweaters. Or I would always wear skinny maternity jeans (loved citizens and ag maternity) with a fitted Gap maternity tank and a long chunky cardigan. I found it SO hard to find decent maternity swimwear last summer. I had to resort to whatever was available from A Pea in the Pod. This one looks pretty cute and this is actually the exact style I was looking for last year!

Q: What was the biggest difference/hardest part going from 3 to 4 kids?

A: It's funny because my husband and I thought going from 3 to 4 would be a piece of cake (HAH!) because going from 2 to 3 didn't feel too crazy for us. We were so wrong. I think the biggest difference is that there is never any down time. My older three don't nap anymore. When we had our third, all three were still taking naps and it was a nice chance just to breathe and recalibrate. I think the hardest part, honestly, is that I often feel like there isn't enough of me to go around. I try to do it all. I want to be the one driving them to and from school, taking them to the park, volunteering in their classrooms, taking them to gym and music class...you get the picture. Ellie is usually the one who gets the short end of the stick- I have a longtime sitter who will help and watch her at home while I'm out running around with my older three. As much as I'll be sad to see summer come to an end, I'm kind of looking forward to having my older three back in school for a bit so I can have some one on one time with Ellie. My sister got me to sign up for music class with her and my niece this fall and I'm really looking forward to it!

Q: Any suggestions for a good fall bag?

A: My splurge bag would be the Celine Nano Belt Bag- it's the bag I pretty much wear every day and it is so easy with the kids and has held up so well. For a more affordable bag without compromising quality, I love all Cuyana. This half-moon shoulder bag in stone is beautiful. I was also introduced to Welden Bags earlier this summer and fell in LOVE. Their styles are gorgeous and everything is made by hand. I just got to see their fall line and the bags and colors are beautiful. Stay tuned!

Q: New but older blogger here. Thoughts on bloggers asking for likes and Instagram hiding likes? 

A: I honestly have zero thoughts on Instagram hiding likes. I've heard views on both sides and don't feel strongly either way. Actually, the first time I heard about it, I didn't think about it from a blogger's perspective but my initial thought was that of a parent. This whole world of social media and kids scares me. Anything that won't promote feelings of inadequacy in kids, I'm fully supportive of. In terms of people asking for likes...Do you mean when influencers ask readers to engage and like their posts? It doesn't bother me. I haven't personally done that yet but a lot of time and effort goes into running a blog and when you feel like your content isn't being seen by people who might want to see it, it's frustrating. Having people "like" your photos or commenting on them ensures that your content will pop up in their feeds. As a blogger, whenever I see a fellow blogger share their newest Instagram post on their stories, I always make a point to go over to their page and like it. I think it's important for bloggers to support one another and quite frankly, it bothers me when that doesn't happen. It's just like a virtual "I see you, I know so much goes into this little picture, and here's a little high five." So simple. 

Q: Tabletop Styling? I have to pick up wedding china after 5 years of sitting on credit!

A: My wedding china is still sitting pretty and all wrapped up-I haven't used it once! I will say, I ended up buying completely different china then what I had originally registered for and I'm so happy I did. I bought pale aqua chargers (my fave color) and white dishes with gold trim. I can't remember the make at all.  But now that we have moved and have some more space to entertain, I do plan on using it soon. My all time favorite account for entertaining and tablescape inspo is Host to Perfection.  And in terms of styling a table, the more flowers the better! 

Q: Best weight loss tips post baby?

A: Give yourself grace and time. Unfortunately, I don't have any tips. While my weight might be around where it was pre babies, my body is most definitely not. I feel very little pressure to look like I did before I had babies but would love just to feel stronger and healthier. I've mentioned it before but I truly despise working out and I'm trying to change that. Finding the time is half the battle and motivating myself to move is the other half. My plan going forward is to designate two mornings a week to exercise. Once I get into a little groove, I hope to up it a bit!

Q: What do you do for me time?

A: I think I touched a bit on this last time- I'm still trying to find a way to carve out me time during the week. It's a bit easier when the kids are in school. But when I do have time, I love walking around town, grabbing coffee with friends, and hanging with my sisters and my brother and of course my Mom (and you, too, Dad!) I also just got back into reading for fun (after a lengthy hiatus) and it has made me so happy. I'm so sick of my phone and screens!

Q: Eating schedules: do you and your husband eat with kids or after bed? Evening is tricky!

A: We are EARLY eaters. I usually feed my kids dinner around 4:30/5. If I'm not starving, I'll try and wait for Chris to get home so we can attempt to eat together but honestly it pretty much goes like this: One of us takes a bite of dinner while the other wipes a butt, breaks up a fight, wipes away tears, kisses a boo-boo and so on. And we just switch back and forth until we're done! On Sunday though, we always sit down as a family and eat together It's become a nice little tradition and the kids look forward to it.

Q: Comfy postpartum clothes for a winter baby?

A: I'm not exaggerating when I say I lived in leggings and sweatpants for the first few months. I also had four c sections and with Ellie my incision didn't close for quite some time (ouch) so I pretty much could only wear leggings. My maternity jeans didn't work and regular jeans didn't work either. I didn't worry about looking put together one bit and no new mother should. Dress comfortably because you will be exhausted and won't want to put any thought into your clothes. Leggings, loose and longer sweaters and sweatshirts and you are good to go.

Q: Aw I love your kids. Why don't you feature them more?

A: I think this is the most asked question. I love my kids, too! I started this blog way before I had children and I never intended to share them on social media. I've pretty much always kept their faces off my blog and my Instagram account but last year felt the pressure to share more. I posted a family picture a month after Ellie was born and immediately felt this rush of regret and guilt. The picture ended up getting the most likes I've ever gotten on Instagram but the feeling I had (like a constant pit in my stomach) proved to me I had to stick to my guns and keep them private. Every parent and every family is different and like I've said before, I have many blogger friends who do share their lives with their readers and make amazing connections with their followers and I love them for it. And I think they do an amazing job. But it's just not for me and my family. I love sharing bits about my life as a mom and that's why I love these Q&A posts because it allows me to do that. I just feel more comfortable keeping their faces off the internet.

Q: Mom of 4 tips please! Expecting my fourth and feel so overwhelmed with 3!

A: Go with the flow and don't sweat the small stuff. Having four has definitely forced me to be more flexible and worry less about the little things. With my older two, I was constantly worried about every thing. Were they napping long enough? Why weren't they napping as long as *Karen's baby? Karen's baby is signed up for gym class, music class, art class, playgroup, library time and so on and so on,  I guess we probably should too. With Charlie, it's like a switch went off and I stopped worrying and did our own thing. I don't like to be out of the house all the time and I find it easier to be home with my crew. For some other people, being out is the only way to survive and make it until bedtime! You have to find what works for you and go off that. Don't be persuaded by what works for others.

Q: Did you sleep train all of your kids? If so, what is your secret?

A: The answer is pretty much, no and why I could never be a mom blogger! I never really followed a book or a specific sleep specialist and we just did our own thing which was a combo of letting them cry (for short amounts of time) and going in and giving them their paci. The paci route is the way we went with L, C and E (H was never into them) and while it is a pain in the butt, it's what I felt most comfortable doing. I would let them cry/stir for a little and half the time they would just go back to sleep and the other half I would end up going in and giving them their paci and leaving. Eventually, they figure out how to put their pacis in their mouths and fall back to sleep on their own. **If you enjoy sleeping and not waking up multiple times a night for 7 months then I would NOT go in this direction! I actually let mom bloggers get the best of me right after I had E and called a sleep specialist and they basically told me it was fine during naps to go in and give them their pacis but at night I should not go into their room at all. I took all of these notes during a phone consult and paid a pretty penny and ended up doing exactly what she said not to do! And guess what, E is a great sleeper.  It might have taken us a bit longer to get there but we got there. Also- every baby is different and babies who end up sleeping really well as infants turn into toddlers who have nightmares, or have trouble staying in their beds at night, etc etc.

Q: What are some organizers you use for jewelry, scarves, toys etc?

A: I'll be dedicating some future blog posts to this but I have pretty much loved these things from the Container Store:

1. Stackers Jewelry organizers and these Stackers organizers (scroll down and you can see the options. I don't buy the one with the lid and just buy the inserts that I keep in my drawers)
2. Clear Bins for Toys
3. Acrylic Handbag organizer  (for smaller purses and clutches)

Q: Do you work better at home or in a coffee shop?

A: I would say home but only when my kids are at school! It has taken me four mornings to complete this Q&A post because my kids have been on top of me the entire time. But when they are out of the house, definitely home. Coffee shops I find too distracting and I always end up people watching and daydreaming (!)

Q: How is Kaitlin? Will she ever do a guest blog?

A: For those of you who are new here, Kaitlin is one of my oldest friends who I started this blog with SO many years ago. It was originally called Roses and Rags (yes, really) and we changed the name to In My Closet because that was our most popular blog post series at the time. She had her first baby, Carter, last September and decided to step away and focus on him, her family and her full time job. She is doing really well! I'm working on getting her to do a guest post. Her nursery is beyond and I think you would all really love to see it!

And that's a wrap! Thank you again for the questions and look out for another Q&A for September!

xo Chrissy

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