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IT’S RAINING LEAVES!

Free People Royale Flat; ASOS black jeans; Miss Demeanor linen top; Zara knit cardigan; Made By Mary necklaces

The first thing Isla said to me on Sunday morning when we stepped outside was, “It’s raining leaves, Mommy!” She was thrilled and it was adorable. The leaves are finally turning and falling and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome autumn and all its fun seasonal festivities. I’m also pretty excited it’s cool enough to wear these leather flats. They’re a recent purchase and a fast favorite; incredibly comfortable and gorgeous. A nice bootie/flat compromise. They’re on the pricey side, but I rarely buy new shoes anymore (what with two growing kids stealing my budget) so I want them to last. These are worth every penny.

Anyway, happy fall!

{Free People flats; ASOS jeans; Zara sweater (old / cardigans I like below); Miss Demeanor top;
Made by Mary necklaces (Lana bar + charm)}


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BIRTHDAY (JUMP)SUIT

Pepper Place Design Linen JumpsuitI’ve been searching everywhere for a jumpsuit for spring and summer. Something linen, striped and with short sleeves and wide legs. Pretty specific, I know. I found this one, from Pepper Place Design, about a year ago while browsing Instagram and instantly fell for it. But the sizing was limited and since it’s handmade I was uneasy about having it hemmed.

Fast forward to this spring. I hadn’t found a jumpsuit that fit the bill and was still dreaming about this one. I went out on a limb and asked Amy, who designs and hand makes these, if she’d hem it for me, knowing full well she’s a busy lady with lots of customers. Not only did she agree, she was incredibly helpful as I struggled to determine the appropriate length for something I had never seen in person, let alone tried on. She went out of her way and, as a result, I am over the moon with this jumpsuit and Amy’s shop.

This is exactly why I love buying clothes from the actual people who make them. I know that’s not always possible, but Instagram is a great resource for small shopping. And let me just note, at the $60 preorder price (or the $72 full price), this jumpsuit was more affordable than most of the others I had found online.

It’s softer than I expected, fits better than I thought it would (the length is perfect) and feels like it was made just for me. Because it was. It arrived just in time for my birthday so I wore it for a night out with my husband, welcoming 35 feeling comfortable, confident and, of course, stylish. Worth every penny.

{Pepper Place Design jumpsuit; Made by Mary necklaces (Lana bar + charm); Madewell bag;
Dolce Vita sandals (old, similar below)}


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LOVELY, HANDMADE LINEN DRESS

Pyne and Smith Linen DressIt’s been a while since I’ve posted an outfit, or posted anything for that matter, and I figured this dress was a good reason to hop back into blogging. We’ve taken a little break, as I mentioned in my last post, to get settled into our new house and rethink some of my goals for the blog. I thought I was done blogging, to be honest, but I missed it, so I’m back for the time being.

Onto the dress. It’s linen, a little oversized and lovely. It’s also handmade by a woman in California, which makes me love it even more. I’m trying my best to shop responsibly when it comes to both food and clothing (and everything in between), but that can get difficult and expensive. I scored big with this purchase and have a feeling I’ll be wearing it often as the heat bears down on the city.

Bonus: The loose fit and breezy linen make this dress a great “non maternity” option for all you expecting or postpartum moms out there. Maternity wear is hard, so give Pyne and Smith Clothiers a look. (Ahem, no, I am not pregnant. Don’t go trying to read between any lines.)

I’d love to discover more small shops/local designers/dressmakers so please share your favorites in the comments!

{on me: Pyne and Smith Clothiers linen dress; Madewell denim vest (similar) + bag; Ray-Ban sunglasses; Joie sandals
// on Isla: Saltwater sandals; old romper}


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OH, HEY.

Memorial Day 2017Oh, hey! It’s been a while. We went MIA for a little bit there, but I thought I’d stop by and drop a little update and some family pictures from our annual Memorial Day weekend down the shore.

The big update is … We moved! Still in Philly, only a few blocks away actually, but it’s been a busy few months getting the house ready and getting settled. We bought it as it was being gutted so we got to customize/design the whole thing, which was an intimidating, time-consuming, but endlessly exciting endeavor. It has the private office Chris desperately needed, a small backyard, more living and sleeping space and is in a prime location. We’re thrilled! Maybe I’ll share some pictures as we finish up rooms and buy fun things. I’ve posted a few glimpses on my Instagram, so be sure to follow along there if you’re interested.

Anyway, that’s about it. Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I’ll be back soon!

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WE ARE WOMEN

Isla Bee five months with mama in the nurseryIf I could give my daughter only one thing, it would be the knowledge that she and she alone can decide her place in this world. Be strong, be kind, be confident, be true to yourself, and give zero you-know-whats about the people who wish to bring you down. You make me a better woman, my sweet Isla Bee.

In honor of this International Women’s Day, thank you to all the glass-shattering women in my life.

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” – Michelle Obama Apple picking, Hill Creek FarmsEast Passyunk Easter Egg Hunt 2015Isla Bee Seven MonthsFranklin Square Park in PhiladelphiaIsla + mamaLong Beach Island, NJRabbit Rabbit Top by Letter19Design EtsyHers and Mine: RompersMother/Daughter StyleFamily Photos with Kate Leigh, PhiladelphiaHers and Mine Tulle SkirtsResist Hate Love is Love T-Shirt to benefit ACLU