Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gaia for Women


My sister-in-law gave these earrings to me for my birthday this year and while I absolutely love the colors and design, I love the message behind them even more. These earrings are by GAIA for Women and each piece is handcrafted by refugee women who have been resettled in Dallas, TX. The goal of Gaia for Women is to empower refugee women through employment, encouragement, and to remain dedicated to their longterm success living here in United States. Each GAIA piece is handmade using vintage, sustainable, and artisan-made materials and comes with a card with the signature of the woman who crafted that piece. From jewelry to tops and even baby accessories, every hand made piece is beautifully designed. "Style with Purpose" is always something I can get behind. Take a look at some of their designs I love most below!

Bib & Booties Set

Diaper Pouch (you can even add a monogram-such a great baby gift!)

Lila would love this little purse

Heidi Earrings

Jewel Earrings (the ones I'm wearing)

Another adorable little purse

Mulberry Pouch

My Girl Earrings

Nora Earrings

Tiered Tassel

So many great gift ideas, don't you think? And you'll feel great giving them knowing they are helping so many women. 

xo Chrissy

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Weekend Deals & Steals

I'm sorry I've been a bit MIA here on the blog. If you are following on Instagram you've seen we've been having a great time on Nantucket! The weather has been perfect and the kids have been tiring themselves out daily at the beach. It's a bit overcast today so I have some time to put together a quick weekend sales post! A few noteworthy sales and sale items::

  • MACYS:: one day sale with tons of deals. Not going to lie, I don't really shop here but a quick google search showed a dress I had had my eye on was marked down 50%. I just ordered this dress. Not sure how it will fit but we will see next week when it comes! Just came across this utility jacket by Levis and can't believe it's 50% off! I also think this could be a pretty beach dress. This jumpsuit has also been really popular this summer and it's on sale for $66. 
Hope you are all having a great weekend! Xo


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Ingrid & Isabel

DRESS:: Ingrid & Isabel (c/o- I have the ivory color) also comes in maxi // SHOES:: Rag & Bone (old) // CLUTCH:: Shop the Discoveries // EARRINGS:: Brinker & Eliza // SUNGLASSES:: Ann Taylor  

I've gotten to the point in my pregnancy where maternity clothes just feel the best on. I still squeeze myself into non-maternity dresses but I feel most comfortable wearing maternity specific pieces. One of my favorite maternity brands during all four of my pregnancies has been Ingrid & Isabel. I first discovered this brand when I was on my quest to find the perfect pregnancy leggings that weren't as thin as a pair of tights. I found Ingrid & Isabel's active Capri leggings and they are by far the best pair out there for every day and active wear. I would say they are meant more for the end of your second and your third trimester as the belly band takes some time to fill out. I'm currently wearing mine as I type out this post! I also love these leggings for both pregnancy and after baby. They aren't as thick as the active leggings but they are really comfortable. I pretty much live in them post baby because they don't bother my c-section incision. I usually wear them with a longer tunic, sweater, or sweatshirt for an easy post-baby look. 

If you've been following along for the last three months then you know I pretty much have only been wearing midi and maxi dresses this summer. I wasn't sure when I ordered this midi dress (currently on major sale!) but absolutely loved it when I put it on. The empire waist is extremely flattering on all pregnant women and I love a good off the shoulder dress. My sister-in-law who is due a few days before me has it in this hibiscus color and it's gorgeous on. It also comes in a maxi style! I've been wearing my midi dress (which is almost a maxi on me) all over the place- the beach, into town, out at night. It's so easy to dress up or down.  

Some other favorites I found on their site::
  • If you are a fan of a fitted dress then this one is for you. Throw on a longer cardigan for fall and you are good to go!
  • Nursing bras are a must and I've heard great things about this style and this style. 
  • I have this bathrobe and it is SO comfortable. I plan on packing it in my hospital bag!

PROMO CODE:: Ingrid & Isabel is kind enough to offer all my readers a discount code that works sitewide! For 20% off your purchase use code INMYCLOSET20. I've rounded up my favorite Ingrid & Isabel pieces below! Xo

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Weekend Sales

DRESS:: Gap // EARRINGS:: Lisi Lerch  // SHOES:: Ann Taylor // BAG:: Cult Gaia

Happy belated weekend everyone! We are on island time here on Nantucket and I meant to post this yesterday. I thought I'd keep the "Weekend Sales" posts going as long as there are some relevant sales going on. There are two that I wanted to share with you this weekend. 

The first is the sale happening at the Gap. I honestly find so many good things at Gap and right now they are having a 40% everything sale with code FRIEND plus an extra 10% off with code BEST. My dress is on major sale ($24) and it is probably one of my most sold items on the blog this month. It is light and comfortable and can definitely be transformed from day to night. I even wear it to the beach! These are my favorite sweats and hands down the softest pair I own. Highly recommend. And I live in this maternity long sleeve athleisure tee. I have it in gray and blue!

The second sale is over at Tuckernuck and they are having 25% off sitewide with code SUMMER25! Such a great selection of goodies over on Tuckernuck. Love this bodysuit. One of the pairs of sunglasses I have in heavy rotation are these and they are on sale for $51. I also have these hoop earrings and love that I can dress them up or down. Love this top and it's already on sale with an additional 25% off. 

I've rounded up a ton more favorites from both sales below!

xo Chrissy 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Beauty Scoop :: Gaelle Organic

GAELLE ORGANIC:: serum, cleansing balm, cream and mask  

Clean, non-toxic and safe skincare is a must for me. I started switching out my everyday skincare products about a year ago and haven't looked back since. Finding products that actually do the job can be quite tricky and that's why I try to test out as many as possible. I was first introduced to Gaelle Organic during my first dermaplaning treatment at Skin Westchester (if you are local you need to make an appointment!) After my treatment they used Gaelle Organic Creme Superieure and I loved the texture and how it made my skin feel. Smooth, soft, and full of moisture. It was the dead of winter and I felt like it was just what my extra dry skin needed.

The next time I went back for my appointment, I asked my aesthetician, Julie, about double cleansing. I felt like every time I checked my favorite beauty sites and blogs I heard about double cleansing and how it has changed people's skin. Double cleansing is essentially using two products to wash your face. The first, an oil or balm cleanser or micellar water, breaks down makeup, pollutants, and SPF. It also leaves your skin feeling super smooth. You then follow with a water based cleanser. Julie immediately recommended Gaelle Organic Balm Superieure as my first method of cleansing and I'm not exaggerating when I say I became hooked after one use. I only use it at night before bed and massage it all over my face and neck to remove any makeup, SPF etc. It smells and feels amazing and can also be used on the ends of your hair for a little split end treatment! I follow with my my gel cleanser by Acure. Once I started using the Balm Superieure, I went from feeling like I needed to exfoliate my face nightly (wayyyyy too overkill) to only feeling like I needed to exfoliate once every other week or so. My skin not only felt cleaner but it also felt brighter and smoother. 

After professing my love for the cleansing balm, Gaelle Organic sent me a few of their other products to test out. I have been using the Creme Superieure (which I had used a few times after dermaplaning), the Serum Superieure, and the Masque Superieure. Here's a little breakdown of how I feel about the products:

1. Creme Supérieure:: An ultra hydrating anti-aging moisturizer that illuminates skin and reduces appearances of fine lines. I decided to use this as a nightly moisturizer as it feels a little bit thicker to me. Come winter, I might start using it in the morning as well if I start to feel extra dry. But I love it as a nightly moisturizer and really feel like it does exactly what it claims to do. I wake up every morning with smooth and soft skin.

2. Serum Supérieure:: a brightening and anti-aging serum that illuminates the complexion, lightens dark spots, helps reduce fine lines, enhances the skins elasticity, and protects from signs of premature aging. I started alternating with my Vintner's Daughter at night and I have to say as someone who vowed to never stray from Vintner's Daughter, I really love this serum and will continue to use it in addition to my Vintner's.

3. Masque Supérieure:: this sea mineral treatment mask revitalizes your complexion and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and so much brighter. I don't like to do masks more than three times a week. I have used this one multiple times and can feel it working almost immediately. I leave it on for about thirty minutes and then wipe my face with a soft and warm washcloth. I'm left with a nice soft glow and smooth complexion.

All in all, you can definitely say I've become a Gaelle Organic fangirl. Safe and organic skincare is so important and finding products that you feel make a difference in your everyday skin appearance is everything. The Balm Superieure will 100% continue to be one of my favorite skincare products (seriously try it!) as well as the cream, serum, and mask! I know the cream will be a lifesaver come wintertime.

The best news is Gaelle Organic is giving all of my readers a 15% discount on all products from now until October 31st! The code is "Chrissy15" If you have used any of their products or end up purchasing some through this blog post, please let me know how you end up liking them!

xo Chrissy

PS:: I wanted to make sure these products were ok for pregnant women to use and although you should always consult your doctor if you have a question about product safety, the company told me the products I tested were find to use during pregnancy. One you should avoid is the Soap Superieure. Gaelle Organic also mentioned to always use caution when working with essential oils during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester and to ask your doctor if you have any questions about product safety. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Current Obsessions

DRESS:: Anthropologie // BAG:: Palmer & Purchase (same here) // NECKLACE:: Rere Corcoran // SHOES:: Dolce Vita (old)

I decided I'd do a roundup of some current favorites of mine and this dress pictured above just so happens to be a new current obsession. I'll be packing it up for my trip back to Nantucket this week. It's the perfect dress for Nantucket because the sweater top and layered bottom gives some extra warmth on cooler nights. I'll throw on my denim jacket for an extra layer if needed. 

I really like smocked tops when it comes to dresses and shirts and I think I'm going to order this dress. I might order a size up in hopes that it will fit over my stomach! 

Find the rest of my weekly favorites below! Xo


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

My Last, Last Trimester

I'm 29 weeks pregnant this week and I'm officially in my very last last trimester! (more on that at the end of this post!)  It has been a while since I've done a pregnancy update and to be honest, I feel like this pregnancy has taken a a bit of a back seat this time around. Don't get me wrong, we are beyond excited for this little one to make her appearance and I feel so lucky we are able to bring another baby into this world. But I think it's almost inevitable to put off the baby prep when you have three other small children to take care of. I remember with my first pregnancy I had five different apps on my phone that I checked religiously every morning. I researched baby products and gear, nursery decor inspo, and potential baby names like crazy. While I did download a pregnancy app this time around, I think I only check it maybe every other week? Anyone else the same way with their second, third, fourth etc?

For the most part, I feel like I'm on autopilot with this one and kind of know the drill by now. However, there are so many new baby and nursing products that have come out in the last year or two that people really seem to love. I'm going to try out the new Spectra S2 pump this time around-has anyone used it? Thoughts? I used the Medela Pump In Style with both Lila and Charlie and had no complaints but I hear the Spectra is a bit more powerful? I had a Medela hospital grade one with Hunter that I had to get through the pharmacy because he was a preemie. I use this site as a good resource and ordered my last pump through them because they do it all through your insurance. You can see which pumps are covered under you insurance on the right hand side of the homepage. I would also love to know what else new moms love- please leave me a comment here or send me an email or Instagram DM!

In terms of how I'm feeling this time around, the short answer is not so great. I hate to complain and feel like I felt pretty good with Charlie up until the end but I just haven't been feeling like myself this time around. I've had constant lower back pain and I think I'm up five to six times every night and sometimes more if any of my kids end up waking up (which at least one always does). I'm trying to take it easy as much as I can but it's pretty much impossible.

As terrible as I've been feeling, I'm really trying to take in and enjoy this pregnancy because it will 100% be our last one. So many people ask if we are going to go for five because I'm one of five and the answer is a hard no. We think four is a pretty perfect number and feel like this little lady will complete our family.

I have a few more maternity and pregnancy posts coming your way soon but thought I'd share a quick update here! Xo

PS:: We still have no name for this little lady so if you have any recommendations please, please, please send them my way!


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