First night away from the Baby!

She’s five months old this Tuesday. That’s old enough to leave for my first night away, right? Is it harder on them or us? Seems to be us. I literally wrote a 12 page PowerPoint Ella guide/manual for my parents who watched her. I know my parents know what they are doing and I trust them completely with her… But I just don’t want her to be unhappy for one silly second. But she’s a baby…she needs to adjust…and I need to adjust.  We all grew in this experience.

My husband and I headed to NYC city for the day and our first overnight away from her this past weekend. We met up with all of his cousins and aunt and uncle.  His uncle treated us to a day in the city as our Christmas Gifts.

Leaving your baby is not something you can prepare for, mentally or emotionally. Leading up to the weekend, friends at work asked what I was up to this weekend and I would respond with my eyes slightly tearing up, with, “headed to the city for our first night away from the baby.”

We ended up walking around Central Park, getting lunch at a small cafe, saw the Blue Man Group and ate dinner at Cuba!  I had a Cuban Colada…basically dessert with liquor 🙂    Ended the night at a bar with a champagne toast!  It was much needed, because apparently we had walked 7 miles!


 {Ashley, Me and Lauren}



{central park skating rink}


{i’m obsessed with my pink hat}


{hubby stealing kisses}


{poncho seats at the blue man group}


{met a blue man!}


{dinner at Cuba}


{champagne toast}

I was looking forward to sleeping though the night for the first time in 5 months-but that didn’t happen- we got back to his uncles house in CT at about 1:00am and my head hit the pillow by 1:30am….only slept till 7am…

I definitely missed holding her at night, rocking and feeding her and then walking into her nursery that next morning and saying “good morning peanut!”  I am grateful for every day I have with my baby and husband and as exhausted as I feel every morning, her smile in the morning is one of the best things on the planet!  I couldn’t imagine life any other way.

We came home to a wonderful report card about Ella.  My Dad was not excited going into this and thought it was going to be a nightmare watching her.  He took those words back.  He admitted that everything went so well and that she was so delightful.  Meaning, Russ and I can get away again!  AND, my Dad went shopping by himself and bought Ella PJ’s, because she is growing like a weed!  I died, it was cute.


{ella and her new pajamas!}

How did you do on your first night away from your baby?


H&M Addiction? Share your go-to outfits after having your baby!

I’m not big on doing selfies-especially in the bathroom at work-but I know it’s not going to happen once I get home to the hubby and baby.  But somehow in these past 2 days I have noticed that I have worn complete head to toe, H&M attire….ha!  What can I say, it’s really been the one place I have been able to rely on to have something I like!  Especially after having a baby.  PLUS, they have amazing sales 🙂

floral top

Lace Top: Similar


red pants

Sweater: Similar

Long-Sleeved Jersey Top

Skinny Pants: Similar

What stores are you addicted to shopping at?  Especially after having a baby?  I find that H&M has the most versatile pieces I can, affordable and on trend!  Even through my pregnancy, this store was my go to for Maternity clothes.  I’m finding myself finally getting back into figuring out outfits with what I currently have, and not trying to spend money on new clothes.  What has become your easiest go to with your newish mommy body?  Me: obsessed with the high waist skinny jeans-helps hold it all in!  Pair with some high heeled and a somewhat loose top and couple necklaces layered-I’m set.  I want to hear from you!  I need more ideas please 🙂

H&M Holiday Home Inspiration

A Shimmering Holiday Home Collection from my favorite store, H&M!

Who doesn’t love all the lights and the glitter and the shimmering everything during the holiday season?!  Well, when i cam across H&M’s “Home” section, it started making my mind wonder and create all of these design concepts and I just became so inspired!  If you don’t know already, I am obsessed with Grey.  I have even thought about naming my non-existant child, Grey.  So when I came across all of these sophisticated styles in mixed grey hues, I just fell in love.

P.S….the prices are unbelievable! By just placing 2 or 3 new pillows with different textures and patterns on your coach, is one of the most simple ways to add a touch of Holiday to your home this season.  And don’t forget a matching ornament!

p.s.s….I’m happy Halloween is past us now.  I already decorated my cube at QVC in CHRISTMAS! eek

Ornaments / Sequin Pillow / Felt Pillow / Faux Fur Throw 

New Years Eve was a success.  Quiet evening out to dinner with our friends to a local steakhouse and then back to our house to finish the evening in our glam jams sipping flirt inis, red wine and champagne.  Russell whipped up some yummy guacamole to munch on too.  I have a serious mexican food obsession.  

Our outfits:

I wore a black H&M Tunic Sweater with my black J.Crew scuba pants and my new Old Navy Leopard Stacked heel booties.  I love the way Russell puts together his outfits.  He always looks so classy and makes it so easy.  He wore a J.Crew button up with a navy blue blazer and Kenneth Cole watch and dark jeans.

New Year Resolutions:

Less TV, read more….Save money….and Get Fit!

Cheers to the new year!

Saturday Fashion Photo Shoot

Being back in West Chester I have a few more creative backdrops for photos….Here is a guide to a quick Chic Outfit to put together for the winter season….Casual enough for a date out to coffee, Chic enough to wear out on the town for some cocktails….

1. H&M Black Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater $34.95

2. Old Navy Active Wear Black Leggings $16 (got them on clearance).  I prefer these over regular leggings because they are thicker, warmer and not see through)

3. Black Leather Jacket $29.99 from Marshalls

4.  Aldo Suede Boots $140 (christmas gift from my now mother-in-law, last year)

5. H&M Scarf $5

Bangs, Hair and Hair Color..thank you to the best hair stylist, Jody at Avante Salon 🙂  

Cheers to winter fashion!


Top 11 Winter Fashion Pieces You Should Have In YOUR Closet this Year!

Casual Elegance Top 11 Fashions

Every Gal should have the winter seasons essentials in their closet.  Here’s a few of favorites! Gift yourself this year.

1. Classic Black Frames from Windsor

2. Red Blazer H&M

3. Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater Tunic H&M

4. Uggs- Nordstrom

5. Oxblood Colored Heels H&M

6. Leather Paneled Black Top Forever 21

7. Gold Bow Bangle Kate Spade

8. Sequined Skirt Forever 21

9. Flannel Button Down with Elbow Patches H&M

10. No. 2 Pencil Skirt in a Jewel Toned Color J. Crew

11.  Black Riding Boots DSW

Happy Shopping!