Friday, June 30, 2017

New Etsy Items Now Available

  I updated my Etsy with a few new items, I continued the trends of the season. I added this adorable gingham shoulder baring lace up top with eyelet sleeves:

I also reworked a romper I had previously made. People thought it looked a bit frumpy and I wasn't ecstatic with it either. Turns out, destiny wanted it to be a bodysuit! It came out great. I added a seamless thong bottom with a snap clasp closure for easy bathroom access(nothing more stressful than using an airport bathroom wearing a bodysuit without the snap clasps). 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Travel With Kids- Tips, Advice, and Breaking the Fear

        Most new parents or friends without kids I talk to have this fear or suspicion that flying with their babies, toddlers or kids will be terrible. So many of them just choose not to travel because they hear horror stories or because of their own perceptions of what it will be like. Because of this so many people, adults and kids, miss out on travel and memories with their families! I think as long as you have the monetary means to travel, you shouldn't let the thought of stress or crying babies stop you. We have been traveling with our daughter since she was six months old and except for one time when she got airsick her first time on a plane, it has been nothing but pleasant. You do, of course, have to understand things may be a bit different and possibly a bit more to carry, but if you go in knowing that you should be fine. I do have a few suggestions or tips.

  • If budget allows, do purchase a seat for your child, even if they are a baby or under 2. Trust me on this one, if you don't you will probably regret it. All the families I see traveling who have their child on their lap look stressed out. If it's not possible to get them a seat, try to find an airline that has the bassinet seats available. A few airlines now have the very front extra space seats with fold down bassinets for babies. 
  • Purchase over night flights! THIS is key! 
  • Purchase a cheap umbrella stroller(Walmart for $20), you can use these throughout the airport and drive your little one right up to the plane entrance, fold it down and check it at the gate. This saves you having to hold your kid the whole time. If they are too little for umbrella strollers, wear them with a baby carrier. 
  • If you do purchase a seat for them, bring on your car seat for them to sit/sleep in. Just make sure it follows airline guidelines. Our car seat has a pull and you can recline it. Our daughter sleeps through 90% of flights she is on because of this, the longest flight she has been on was about 10 hours.
  • Call ahead and order a child friendly meal if your flight offers in flight meals. This saves you having to pack food and snacks especially for your little one. 
  • Throw out the rules for electronics( iPad, leap pads, phones etc). Although some parents do restricts screen time, this would be an exception if your little one doesn't want to sleep. Plus, it's a vacation! Let loose.. 
  • Dramamine .. nuff said. Give it to them an hour before the flight, if possible. 
  • Don't over pack a bunch of toys and blankets and stuff. Guaranteed it will only be more to carry and is not necessary. 
  • Although airports are strict with liquid and such in carry-ons, they are far more lenient with liquids and powders for babies. Make sure to tell them BEFORE it goes through the x-ray belt. They will allow formula, milk, or jarred baby food as long as you claim that you have it before hand. Same goes for any liquid medication for babies. 
  • You can check as much baby gear as you need, free of charge. Car seats, strollers, pack-n-plays can all get checked without additional fees. As long as you are not worried about them breaking it, check it, check, check it!
  • Don't worry about what people think if your kid cries. Most of us understand. Many of us have been there. If they don't like it, screw em! 
        I hope this helps even a little bit anyone who is thinking about traveling with their kiddos! Have fun! 

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Friday, June 16, 2017

St. Maarten Travel Post

Pinel Island


Pina Colada duty. 

Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla

Mullet Bay

Cupecoy Beach, right around that rock was a nude sunbather!

Ice cream boats instead of trucks on Pinel Island

Just wanted to share some photos from our great trip to St.Maarten and maybe offer up some advice. This was our first time in St. Maarten even though we have had a timeshare for about seven years that offers us a space there. The first day we got in, it was raining heavily, so we hung out in the Greenhouse restaurant which had pretty good food and 2 for 1 drinks for happy hour. The day after, we went out to Pinel Island. Once you get to the spot where the 'ferry'(its a small boat) leaves from, you can park and rent kayaks or paddle boards and get over that way. It was $15 for a single person kayak and $12 for the boat ride over. Get there early, they do not have many kayaks/paddle boards. Once you are there, I really suggest the Karibuni restaurant($20 for umbrella and chairs). Their drinks are really good and strong and the food is great! I suggest getting the cuttlefish dish. The service is super fast and friendly and they gave us a try of their home made banana rum, which was so yum my dad kept trying to get the recipe. 
The next day we drove with plans to go to Cupecoy Beach and snorkel. It is beautiful in pictures, but in person, there is not much sand or beach and the water is quite rough with a lot of rocks through out. It's not great for smaller kids, so we traveled on to Mullet Bay Beach. This beach is really pretty and I would suggest it for young kids and inexperienced swimmers. The snorkeling was okay. We got to see a few fish and urchins. The highlight here was the woman giving massages on the beach(I think her name was Trudy). 
The day after was my daughters birthday and she kept talking about going to the pool. Instead of taking her to the dinky pool at the apartments we went to Loterie Farm. They have a really beautiful pool in a lush rain forest setting. Entrance fee gets you a lounge chair and towel. The food here was pretty great, too. Here, I suggest the chicken and brie sandwich and BBC drink. You can also zip line or hike here but we decided to just chill. In the evening, we went out to a nice dinner at Ocean82 in Grand Case (get the lava cake, trust me). The views here are amazing, so make sure to make a reservation before the sun sets. We made the mistake of thinking there is no traffic on this island.. because island life, right? Wrong. Give yourself more time than you think you need, especially when traveling at rush hour(there are a few draw bridges near Simpson Bay). 
The day that followed really pissed me off. It was the only day we had planned perfectly and woke up super early to make sure everything went according to plan. We were going to get on a catamaran to go to Anguilla. It included food, drinks, snorkeling, transportation. We booked with Bluebeard Charters. Their website said to be at the dock at 8 am. 8:30.... 9:00.. still no one came. We tried to instagram direct message them. Nothing. The hotel tried calling them. Nothing. We finally get in touch with them after calling them and they say they had to cancel due to electrical issues. No one emailed, no one showed up to let us know. We just waited and wasted time on our last full day there. Finally, we decided to take the ferry over. Anguilla was AHmazing. We spent the entire day at Shoal Bay Beach. Be warned, their sun is no joke! Bring nothing below 70 SPF sun screen. You will not tan. You will burn. The drinks here were much much cheaper than St. Martin. The food was lacking a bit of something though. The snorkeling here was phenomenal and there is a big reef that is very much alive. Here, we saw many fish in all colors. You can rent snorkel equipment 40 ft from your beach chair. 
If you are going to party,drink, and eat this is the place for you. There are restaurants literally everywhere. Anguilla was a bit more peaceful and less developed, and I love it for that. If you are going for relaxation and to get away from people and de-stress, go elsewhere. Such as Anguilla, St.Lucia, or Antigua. 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

What I Wore; Strapless Striped Off-the-Shoulder Milly Top

     On Friday, in the middle of packing and moving, the husband and I went out for a date night to take a mini break from the craziness and stress. We went to see the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie, it was so good! Before that we enjoyed margaritas and some really delicious Mexican food. I brought this beautiful (big) Zac Posen purse so I could sneak candy in the theater, otherwise I would probably have done a small black bag.
     We are now all moved out of our old place, but the new townhouse is a total mess. There are things everywhere! No exaggeration. I have to get to work, wish me luck!

Striped off the shoulder Milly top

Eartha studded iconic

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Adding Color and Office Inspo

       Nothing else knocks you back into reality after vacation like a big change. We got back a couple of days ago and also two days ago decided we should move. Because why not? It's not a far or drastic move, about 200 feet away into our apartment complex's new townhouses. The two bedroom we have been renting since we were here in Virginia is starting to get a bit cramped with all our new toys. Currently, my office is our dining room table and we have two bicycles in the entry way which we fight every time we need to enter our own home. Our daughter keeps getting spoiled by everyone we know and her things keep piling up in every corner of our apartment (people tell me its normal).
         So, although this new place won't be much bigger, it does have a third bedroom which we plan on making an office with all my sewing things. That way it's not all out in the open in the dining area. It also offers a garage and private driveway, which we can store bicycles and all our extra crap. The big bonus though is that there is grass and a bit of yard, so our kid can have SOME of her CT house feels, which she tells me she misses all the time. So, this brings me to the reason for this post! Home decor and office inspo.. A move always signifies a fresh start for me, and I would really like to add some color to our home.

                Clearly, my style is kind of all over the place and very high end. I have never lived on my own and never truly got a chance to decorate in a feminine style, so this is a basic wishlist of things I like. I know many of these items can be found for less... but aren't they so pretty to look at? Wish us luck!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What I Wore: St.Lucia Sunset Cruise


I absolutely LOVED wearing this dress! It was perfect for this sunset cruise on a catamaran sailboat. It fit beautifully and has a gorgeous back. 

St.Lucia Travel Post

   Although it pains me to say it, I am back from St.Lucia. It was so amazing, we honestly did not want to come back and had it not been for work and our daughter being back in CT, we probably wouldn't! Seriously, we started looking at other rentals online and even at what it costs to buy there. If you are thinking of visiting this island, don't think just DO. We stayed at Villa Piton (from VRBO) which we quickly found out everyone confuses with Villa de Piton and any other house with that name variation. An awesome hair stylist at Ladera, Yvonne, informed me all you have to say is Jon DiPol's old house. He is the architect who designed the famous Ladera resort on the Island. It was his home in St.Lucia when he was living, sadly I found out he passed away a few years back. The home has no address, but it is worth it to trek through the crazy winding nature trail road to find this gem.
st. lucia rental home

We rented a car after I did some research and found out a single ride from the airport to here costs near $85 US. It was very useful since nothing is within walking distance. It was super fun, too as long as you are careful and don't drive like a maniac. We payed about $340 and split the van cost with eight people so it was very affordable. The house was phenomenal! Very clean, comfortable and we all felt safe. The house came with a housekeeper and cook, as well as a grounds keeper which came every morning to clean the pool and make sure everything was ok.  The best part... views are a perfect 10 out of 10! 

luxury vacation rental
the view from our master bedroom

from the living room

white sand beach st.lucia
Sugar Beach at Viceroy

Sugar Beach is a great location to spend a beach day. They have imported white soft sand, a restaurant, strong delicious drinks and a great atmosphere. You can rent snorkel equipment as well as other water sports necessities. Although, bring a towel, the chairs are $50 US to rent. For us, it wasn't worth it since we were only there for a couple of hours, but maybe if you plan to spend the entire day there it could be beneficial. 
the view from our sunset Catamaran cruise with Mystic Man Tours
marissa webb gingham dress

I would highly recommend the Mystic Man Tours sunset cruise as well, we had unbelievable views and a gorgeous sunset with a knowledgeable sailor. Aside from Sugar Beach and this sunset cruise I would suggest heading to Ladera for dinner and live music. They had excellent food and the best Mahi Mahi I've ever had. If we had more time, we would have loved to check out the local nightlife in Soufriere and head up to Rodney Bay. 
Overall, we are already planning another trip here. I can not tell you enough of this Islands beauty and peoples friendliness, it was a true pleasure to experience even if only for three days. I had the time of my life!

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