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Vince, a contemporary brand that my work owns just launched a kids collection! A modern take on children’s fashion…they offer boys + girls pieces size 4 to 16. I love the color palette, simple stripes, color blocks and textures. Perfect translation from the adult apparel lines. Hoping to see kids footwear in the future! (wink, wink.) I can’t get enough of the adorable models either, they wear the collection so well. I mean that little lady is rocking that motorcycle jacket with faux fur. Hello baby girl fever! Go see the all the radness over at vince.com.

Mini me style!

Inquiring Minds Want to Know…

1) What are your home design go-to’s? Shops, Fave Blogs?

2) I’ve successfully avoided owning a car for 12 yrs and have kept more than my share of cabbies in business. Now I am on the hunt for a vehicle that will be good for our family. Requirements: An SUV with decent trunk space, good safety and of course good design and value. Suggestions?

As my mid-30’s are fast approaching and my Anderson Cooper-esque frown/crack line deepens in my forehead, I made a mad dash to Kiehl’s during their Friends and Family sale.

Now, I am a huge fan of their products, but I recently added two new products to my nightly regime and I can’t rave enough about them. 

Here’s my nightly regime, that is if I don’t fall asleep putting the kids to bed.

1. The Calendula Face Wash -this just came out and is fab!
2. Cucumber Toner
3. Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate- if you could only pick and use only one item, this is it!!!! Apparently it has the highest amount of Vitamin C that you can get without a prescription. It’s genius and you see results quick!
4. Super Multi Corrective Cream for night, and for day the Ultra Facial Moisturizer which now comes with SPF 30
5. Avocado Eye Cream - this is my second fave product!

Yes, I need to go to Kiehlsaholic Anonymous.

What are your must haves?

The weekend was terrific, great weather! Saturday we started off the day early with customary lattes at our local coffee shop. The kids insist on getting their own milks, they give C a few pumps of vanilla to make her feel special!  We decided to take in the day walk around the city popping in and out of shops along our route to the park.

Noah needed some new sandals so we stopped at Nordstrom. Is it just me or are boys sandal options terrible? Either flip flops or mountain climbing-esque footwear? We settled on a pair from See Kai Run, picked up some balloons and set off on our merry way to the park. Noah is a little stuntman. He shrieks with delight zipping down the slides, climbs the ladders with ease and has us usually sprinting after him. Obviously, he took a great nap after burning loads of energy, and I also took a much needed nap since i’m struggling with a head cold & allergies.

This morning we set off early and spent the day checking out our prospective neighbourhood. We saw a few places, stopped for lunch at what is sure to be our local fave,  caught up with a good friend and her family and stopped at a super cute kids hair salon. It was a great day, until Charlotte complained of a sore tummy, and as we were walking into Walgreen’s, she threw up, everywhere. Fortunately we made it home in the knick of time for her to get sick another two times. I feel so bad for her, but am praying we don’t get sick too! 

Summer Reads
For me, nothing is better than a stack of books to read over the summer. This of course is preferably done while soaking up some rays and sipping on a cool beverages. Here are some reads i’m looking forward to delving into. What’s on your summer reading list?
1) The One & Only (Emily Giffin)Giffin is a great writer, light, easy breezy reads and relatable characters. The One & Only is a slight departure from the norm- heavier topics covered: death, rape, but ultimately friendship and love. And, football….lots of it. For all you Friday Night Lights fans, you will likely eat this up.
I read this book last week, and well, it’s a touch too long and way too many football anecdotes. I struggled a bit, but it redeemed itself in the end. I found myself casting actors for the movie, and wondering when we might expect a sequel?
Verdict: If you’re a fan of Emily Giffin, but not a football fan, skim through those parts, but stick with it, it’s a good beach read.
2) The Vacationers (Emma Straub) Release Date- May 29I’ve read numerous reviews touting this book as the Modern Family version of Beautiful Ruins. The story unfolds over an American family’s two week stay in Mallorca and highlights the functional dysfunction of families.
3) You Should Have Known (Jean Hanff Korelitz)This is being touted as a psychological thriller. The main character is a NY therapist, mother and wife and soon to be author of a novel “You Should Have Known: Why Women Fail to Hear What the Men in Their Lives Are Telling Them,” essentially berating women for their failed relationships. In an ironic, suspenseful twist, a giant plate of dramatic irony is served. This book has gotten good reviews for being witty, suspenseful and reminiscent of “Gone Girl”. 
4) Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty) Release Date- July 29Moriarty is the Australian author of The Husband’s Secret, which everyone on planet earth seems to have read. Surely, her follow-up will be a similar success. The book is described as following three women at a crossroads in their lives and detailing their trials and tribulations.
5) Bittersweet (Miranda Beverly-Whittmore)Described as a coming of age story- Mabel is on a scholarship to a prestigious East Coast school. Beyond her idyllic settings she befriends her blue blooded roommate, soon becoming an insider and quickly discovering the lies and deceit of this less than idyllic environment,
6) Friendship: A Novel (Emily Gould) Release Date- July 1Emily Gould is the former editor of Gawker, and a blogger. Her novel tells the story of two young women trying to find their way in Manhattan. A tale of friendship and a coming of age story about the hardships of growing up, especially while trying to be glamorous in Manhattan.
7) The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street (Susan Jane Gilman) Release Date- June 10Historical Fiction describing the life of a Russian immigrant in NYC in the early 1900s and her hardships, friendships, struggles and triumphs over the years. Ultimately a rags to riches tale, featuring a determined woman and an ode to NY.
8) Cutting Teeth (Julia Fierro)This book chronicles a Brooklyn playgroup and the joys and struggles of parenting, friendship and the challenges of modern parenting and and raising children in an urban environment. 
9) Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage (Molly Wizenberg)Molly Wizenberg is best known for her food blog, Orangette. A brilliant writer, she describes the journey she and her husband embarked upon after moving to Seattle and opening Delancey, their wildly successful restaurant and starting a family.
10) Hard Choices (Hillary Rodham Clinton) Release Date- June 1This isn’t exactly light reading at 656 pages, but definitely some insight into one of the most powerful women and the decisions that have framed her life.

Summer Reads

For me, nothing is better than a stack of books to read over the summer. This of course is preferably done while soaking up some rays and sipping on a cool beverages. Here are some reads i’m looking forward to delving into. What’s on your summer reading list?

1) The One & Only (Emily Giffin)
Giffin is a great writer, light, easy breezy reads and relatable characters. The One & Only is a slight departure from the norm- heavier topics covered: death, rape, but ultimately friendship and love. And, football….lots of it. For all you Friday Night Lights fans, you will likely eat this up.

I read this book last week, and well, it’s a touch too long and way too many football anecdotes. I struggled a bit, but it redeemed itself in the end. I found myself casting actors for the movie, and wondering when we might expect a sequel?

Verdict: If you’re a fan of Emily Giffin, but not a football fan, skim through those parts, but stick with it, it’s a good beach read.

2) The Vacationers (Emma Straub) Release Date- May 29
I’ve read numerous reviews touting this book as the Modern Family version of Beautiful Ruins. The story unfolds over an American family’s two week stay in Mallorca and highlights the functional dysfunction of families.

3) You Should Have Known (Jean Hanff Korelitz)
This is being touted as a psychological thriller. The main character is a NY therapist, mother and wife and soon to be author of a novel “You Should Have Known: Why Women Fail to Hear What the Men in Their Lives Are Telling Them,” essentially berating women for their failed relationships. In an ironic, suspenseful twist, a giant plate of dramatic irony is served. This book has gotten good reviews for being witty, suspenseful and reminiscent of “Gone Girl”. 

4) Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty) Release Date- July 29
Moriarty is the Australian author of The Husband’s Secret, which everyone on planet earth seems to have read. Surely, her follow-up will be a similar success. The book is described as following three women at a crossroads in their lives and detailing their trials and tribulations.

5) Bittersweet (Miranda Beverly-Whittmore)
Described as a coming of age story- Mabel is on a scholarship to a prestigious East Coast school. Beyond her idyllic settings she befriends her blue blooded roommate, soon becoming an insider and quickly discovering the lies and deceit of this less than idyllic environment,

6) Friendship: A Novel (Emily Gould) Release Date- July 1
Emily Gould is the former editor of Gawker, and a blogger. Her novel tells the story of two young women trying to find their way in Manhattan. A tale of friendship and a coming of age story about the hardships of growing up, especially while trying to be glamorous in Manhattan.

7) The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street (Susan Jane Gilman) Release Date- June 10
Historical Fiction describing the life of a Russian immigrant in NYC in the early 1900s and her hardships, friendships, struggles and triumphs over the years. Ultimately a rags to riches tale, featuring a determined woman and an ode to NY.

8) Cutting Teeth (Julia Fierro)
This book chronicles a Brooklyn playgroup and the joys and struggles of parenting, friendship and the challenges of modern parenting and and raising children in an urban environment. 

9) Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage (Molly Wizenberg)
Molly Wizenberg is best known for her food blog, Orangette. A brilliant writer, she describes the journey she and her husband embarked upon after moving to Seattle and opening Delancey, their wildly successful restaurant and starting a family.

10) Hard Choices (Hillary Rodham Clinton) Release Date- June 1
This isn’t exactly light reading at 656 pages, but definitely some insight into one of the most powerful women and the decisions that have framed her life.

I’ve been on a blogging hiatus, spending every minute working on giant work project while doing my best to juggle parenting responsibilities. The good news is that after months of hard work, the project has now come and gone, a success thanks to many. I was completely in the zone for the past month, so I apologize for being a terrible blogger and/or missing your posts. 

Last week I was in DC for the said project. I was excited of course, to see all of the hard work come to fruition, but it was the first time away from both kids, and I was a bit nervous. I prepped the Mister, the sitters, and left out outfits for the kids - I know my husband can feed them, but dress them?!

I will say, it was amazing to arrive at the airport with one bag, a carry on no less, and sit uninterrupted and read. First thing on my list was to stop for lunch at Shake Shack (good, but not as amazing as usual),then take a quick walk to the White House to pick up some goodies for the kiddos. Even managed to squeeze in a quick facetime session at the WH, which thrilled C! By nightfall, alone in my room, the silence was deafening, the bed enormous for just one person and I was longing for my family. So I did what anyone else would do, devoured the giant bottle of $8.00 gummy bears!

The days were full, busy and they blended into one another- but Thursday evening, I managed to head to Jaleo, which had long been on my list of places to try since I am a huge fan of Chef Andres.  I will say the cava sangria was fantastic, but the food, meh…I expected more and left underwhelmed, and confused by the decor. Tapas served in giant shoes?

I arrived home on Friday, exhausted but excited. The cries of mama and the giant hugs that followed, by all including, Maddie, my fur child, were amazing. And that, was the perfect start to our long weekend.