When friends or family are having their first baby and ask me about advice on gear, I never know where to even begin because I remember exactly how overwhelming it feels. You don’t really want to care so much about the difference between a Moby wrap or a Solly wrap but then you find yourself laying in bed at night thinking about this tiny baby you’ll be responsible for and the mothers guilt already starts creeping in before they’re even the size of a walnut! In a matter of weeks you find yourself stopping strangers on the street, desperately soliciting advice on gender neutral changing pads or eco-friendly stroller covers. Remember when you used to stop strangers to ask them where they got that amazing pair of military boots?? Okay, so I still do that too but it’s not joke: baby gear is definitely a crazy, confusing world to navigate for a first time parent.
Recently I was introduced to a baby registry site called Cricket’s Circle which makes all the stress of baby shopping easy by doing the difficult research and only giving you three options to choose from in each category so you aren’t left feeling overwhelmed. Just like a researched, experienced best girlfriend. I’m partnering with them today to share my 20 favorite baby registry items. Keep reading for links and more about this great new site…
It’s strawberry season! This is one of my favorite fruit dips and it’s so simple it’s kind of embarrassing (which makes it the best kind of recipe, right?). Only two ingredients that you already have in your kitchen…
By fashion editor Ashley
We had a heat wave this last week and the thought of putting on jeans made me sick. It was in that moment that I decided I need to start a collection of dresses for spring and summer. Otherwise I might not survive the heat! Do you like to wear dresses on the daily? I might be ready for another round of Liz’s “No Jeans Challenge“.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and to celebrate all those moms out there I teamed up with Mustela for these fun Mother’s Day printable cards and a great giveaway. Mustela makes some of my favorite skincare products for mom and baby (see my first post about Mustela here). The products smell amazing, and are made of mostly natural ingredients that are safe for mom and baby’s skin (hooray!). We are huge fans of Mustela over here, they make some of our favorite baby products and today Mustela is giving away a Mustela Mom Know Best bundle to three lucky winners.
Keep reading for more details on the giveaway and these printable cards…
I’m so excited to feature Jeanne today, founder of Shop Sweet Things, a lifestyle blog on stylish living. Jeanne’s mission for her site is to inspire others to achieve a lifestyle that is confident and effortless without giving up on style. Aside from her blog, Jeanne is also launching a new business later this year, Harlow & Grey, focusing on stylish paper partyware for kids parties and beyond. Jeanne’s ideal afternoon in San Francisco would be a visit to the California Academy of Sciences, lunch at the De Young Museum, and then watch her kids chase the birds at the Music Concourse.
Jeanne, tell us about your everyday style!
I’m really into comfort and simplicity when in comes to my everyday outfits. People say the key to living in SF is all about layering, but I’m the opposite. For me, the less layering, the better! I just don’t have the time to plan my outfits like I used to before I had kids. I love quality basics these days like a good sweatshirt that is a little bit more fitted. I’m also really into neutrals like grey, cream and black. I suppose it goes really well with bright red/orange lipstick, which adds instant chic and style. I’ve also found myself investing more on shoes and jewelry as well, it’s what makes the outfit and personal style unique.
Keep reading for more great tips from Jeanne…
We are headed out the door camping this weekend with some friends in the Sierra mountains. It’s been a few months so I’m excited about it, and hope the weather is as nice as it’s been here the last few days. Hope you’re up to something relaxing and fun. We’re having a great giveaway with Mabo Kids over on instagram with three winners! Be sure to enter before Sunday night. Have a great one, here are some links to explore (image above I took from the Target retreat last weekend. Details here, see more photos on instagram):
The cutest little kid sandals I spotted
Love this video about School of American Ballet (fun fact: my older sister went to this ballet school in Manhattan instead of going to high school)
Perfect summer purse
Such a great, simple hair parting tip
For the love of chambray baseball hats
Tips for a stellar dinner party hostess
Pretty DIY marbleized party hats
Amazing neon summer clogs
Perfect summer half-apron in linen
This salad looks amazing (love this new to me food blog)
Junk food, plated fancy (awesome instagram feed!)
By fashion editor Ashley
Loft is having a huge sale with an extra 40% off everything! Wahoo! Happy weekend, happy shopping!
I always swore I’d never put a bow in Edie but I might be starting to warm up to the idea, especially if it’s really small, simple, high quality fabric. Surprisingly, I’ve had a hard time finding those. So I decided to try and make my own! It was super simple, especially if you use bias tape. No sewing involved and under 2 minutes to make.
Keep reading to see how to make them…
I took some careful notes of our travel in Japan so we could remember everything, and also to share with you all! Below is our day by day itinerary. We tried to mix up adult things with kid things and ate as much gyoza and noodles as we could possible handle.
By fashion editor Ashley
The days of not wearing white before Memorial day have long since come and gone but it’s always nice when the weather finally feels warm enough to shed the dark layers and throw on something white. White jeans are one of the classic pieces that you can never go wrong with… as long as you are styling them right!
Four tips for styling white jeans for spring… (more…)
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband, son, and baby girl. This lifestyle site is a collection of pretty, creative, and budget-friendly ideas to Say Yes to a more crafty, stylish, and family-focused life. MORE >>>
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