back to school for the boys

I love H&M, and it shouldn't come as a surprise as the boy's wardrobe is pretty much all H&M plus a little Janie + Jack here and there. Charlie is pretty skinny but 70th percent for height. He is turning three in October and fits in size 12-18 months. I sized up and bought his back to school clothes in size 1.5-2-year-old so we can get more wear out of these. H&M runs very big. Charlie goes to a school where they spend most of the day outdoors. This rain suit is fantastic as they spend hours in the rain. We usually buy hunter rain boots, but they are pretty expensive, and H&M has very similar ones which I added.

I'm kind of in the less is more camp right now with kid's clothing. Charlie could care less around what he wears, and in the past, we've had too many options. I'm purchasing a bunch of these polo shirts which I plan on monogramming. His school uniform will consist of those + pants. Keeps our back to school process E-A-S-Y. I added some sweaters and sweatshirts for fall weather.

SHOPPING AT CHICWISH


CHICWISH, MY GUIDE TO SUMMER SHOPPING


I placed my first order at Chicwish 2 years ago as we were getting ready to leave for our summer vacation. I was thinking about summer shopping this year when it dawned on me that the few pieces I ordered were not only my most worn items over the last 2 years but also my most complimented pieces.

Chicwish is a great place to find clothing that is inspired by many high fashion items but for a fraction of the price. It comes from China so it does take a few weeks to get to you but in my opinion it’s worth the wait. I’ve never shopped their winter line but their summer clothing has exceeded my expectations. Check out their instagram and pictures of people wearing their clothing on their site below the listed item so you can get a better sense of how it looks IRL. This is kind of a hit or miss place but I’ve had a high success rate. Everything I order has been TTS.

I have all of these items + highly recommend. Everything is under $79. The long floral dress is inspired by a Zimmerman dress. The Zimmerman dress retails for $700 and mine was $79. I’ve seen the Zimmerman dress IRL and they look identical.




IGTV AMAZON TRY ON. SIX STEALS MRS.NIPPLE STYLE


NIP PICKS X AMAZON FASHION


POSTPARTUM + BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY DRESSES


POSTPARTUM STYLE


Dressing in anything but yoga pants and loose fitted tops can be daunting during those first six months postpartum. Breastfeeding specific clothing can be quite the investment. I personally shopped for breastfeeding friendly clothing that was not specifically designed for breastfeeding, so I could save money. I also was a little underwhelmed by the clothing specifically designed for breastfeeding.

Summer can be a difficult time to breastfeed in public because most of us live in dresses during these months. Unfortunately with dresses, sticking your child up the dress is pretty much off limits so the only way to feed would be pulling the top of the dress down, which could result in stretching the dress out. That’s why for casual dresses, I look for dresses that button from the chest up. These dresses give the best access without ruining the dress.

The dress below is one of the best breastfeeding dresses I’ve found. You don’t even need a cover when you breastfeed because you can basically fit your entire child’s head right under the unbuttoned portion of the dress. It also covers some common postpartum problem areas such as arms + thighs. Best part?! It’s fully lined and still comes in at under $100. You can find it, HERE. I am wearing a small and I had plenty of room.

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Here are other breastfeeding friendly options. Some are two pieces that look like dresses so you can breastfeed under the top + the rest are button downs. I want to be clear that I only can 100 percent recommend the one I own + I have not seen the dresses below in person.

HAT ATTACK BUT ALSO BAGS


MY GO TO FOR HATS & BAGS


OUTFIT ROUND-UP


WHAT I WORE


WHAT I WORE

I SIZED UP FOR THIS LACE TOP. THIS PIECE IS WELL MADE AND WILL NOT GO OUT OF STYLE, SHOP IT HERE

I’VE HAD THESE JEANS FOR OVER FIVE YEARS. THEY ARE EXTREMELY SLIMMING BECAUSE OF THEIR LOOSE FIT. I ENDED UP GETTING THIS SAME CUT IN THE WHITE WASH AS WELL. THEY ARE A SLIM BOYFRIEND CUT. HERE ARE THE ONES I WORE (ALMOST IDENTICAL), HERE. HERE ARE SOME OTHER OPTIONS HERE AND HERE. YOU CAN CHECK OUT EVERY WASH IN THIS SAME FIT I LOVE, HERE. (IT’S THE EMERSON FIT)

I WRAPPED THIS NECKLACE AROUND MY NECK FOR A LAYERED LOOK AS THIS TOP IS VERY LOW CUT WITH THIS CHAIN HERE.

I WAS GIFTED THIS BEAUTIFUL BAG BY PERSIFOR IT IS HAND MADE IN COLOMBIA YOU CAN FIND IT ON ETSY, HERE

I’VE ALSO HAD THESE WHITE SNEAKERS FOR YEARS. ANOTHER STAPLE. I’VE WASHED THEM OVER 5 TIMES AND THEY ARE STILL IN GREAT SHAPE. SHOP THEM HERE.

THE HAT I’M WEARING IS HAT ATTACK. THEY ARE MY FAVORITE HAT BRAND. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE, HERE.

YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN ME WEARING MY UGG RAIN JACKET ON SUNDAY. IT’S ANOTHER STAPLE OF MINE. I BOUGHT IT FOR IRELAND A FEW YEARS AGO. IT ACTUALLY KEEPS YOU DRY, NEVER WRINKLES, AND IS EXTREMELY EAST TO PACK. SHOP IT, HERE.

I HAD SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EARRINGS I WAS ROCKING ON FRIDAY. THEY ARE REALLY COOL BUT SLIGHTLY HEAVY….OBVIOUSLY WORTH IT :) YOU CAN FIND THEM HERE.

MOTHER'S DAY


MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR YOU & FOR YOUR MAMA


DUDLEY STEPHENS

A FAVORITE FOR MY MOM & FOR MYSELF! DUDLEY STEPHEN’S FLEECE STYLES ARE MADE IN BROOKLYN FROM SUSTAINABLE RECYCLED YARN. YOU CAN’T GET US OUT OF THESE FLEECES. AFTER YOUR FIRST PURCHASE YOU WILL BE HOOKED. IT’S ALSO RUN BY TWO MOMS SO WHAT BETTER DAY TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES RUN BY MOTHERS. YOU CAN FIND THEIR SITE, HERE.

ASHA

ONE PIECE OF MEANINGFUL JEWELRY TO ME IS MY ZODIAC PENDENT NECKLACE FROM ASHA. THIS PIECE FEATURES A LARGE ZODIAC MOTHER OF PEARL PENDENT (SCORPIO) FOLLOWED BY TWO SMALLER MOTHER OF PEARL PENDENTS FOR THE BOYS ( LIBRA ) & ( ARIES ). I ALSO WEAR THIS PIECE NONSTOP. YOU CAN WEAR IT LONG OR STYLE IT BY WRAPPING IT AROUND YOUR NECK FOR A LAYERED LOOK. YOU CAN USE MOM20 FOR A DISCOUNT CODE. I KNOW THERE’S A COMMON THEME GOING ON, ASHA IS RUN BY A MOM AS WELL. YOU CAN FIND THE ZODIAK NECKLACE, HERE.

PERSONAL TRAINING WITH COUNTDOWN FITNESS, GREENWICH

SOMETIMES WE CAN FEEL LIKE THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD IS ON OUR SHOULDERS ,SELF CARE IS SO IMPORTANT. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT PERSONAL TRAINING WITH COUNTDOWN FITNESS FOR BUSY MOMS ARE 30 MINUTE SESSIONS , THE SLOW BURN METHOD (THINK TONING TO THE MAX) & ONCE A WEEK TRAINING. COUNTDOWN FITNESS IS OWNED BY A TODDLER DAD SO HE GETS IT! YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE, HERE.

MODERN DERMATOLOGY, WESTPORT

ANOTHER SELF CARE ITEM WHICH IS AT THE TOP OF MY LIST. EVERYTHING SKIN! A GIFT CARD TO MODERN DERMATOLOGY WOULD BE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST FOR A MOTHER’S DAY GIFT! YOU WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS AS BOTH DERMATOLOGISTS /OWERS OF MODERN DERMATOLOGY HAVE FOUR KIDS EACH. MY FAVORITE TREATMENTS, THE VAMPIRE FACIAL AND HYDRO FACIAL. YOU CAN FIND THEIR WEBSITE, HERE.




MONOGRAMMARY

ALSO A MAMA! I LOVE A GOOD MONOGRAM. LIKE MY MOMS PINK TURTLENECK A GOOD MONOGRAM ADDS SUCH A FUN PERSONAL TOUCH. I LOVE THE MORE MODERN LOOK WHEN MONOGRAMMING WOMEN’S WEAR WITH THIS ADORABLE WHITE SWEATSHIRT WITH THE FIRST LETTER OF YOUR KIDS NAME SEPARATED WITH A HEART. YOU CAN FIND IT, HERE.

INNERLIGHT WELLNESS, DARIEN

INNERLIGHT OFFERS SELF CARE ON ALL LEVELS FOR MOMS. THEY OFFER ‘INFARED SAUNAS’ WHICH PROVIDE HEALING BENEFITS AND ARE CLINICALLY PROVEN TO DECREASE INFLAMMATION, BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, AND ASSIST THE BODY IN IT’S NATURAL DETOXIFICATION PROCESS. AT ILW YOU CAN ALSO FIND THE ‘STUDIO’ WHERE COACHING SERVICES AND WELLNESS EVENTS ARE HELD. THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT OPTIONS FOR NEW MOMS. NEED SOME CBD? YOU CAN ALSO PICK IT UP IN THEIR STORE. THE OWNER IS A TWIN MAMA!

INDIGO ACCUPUNCTURE & WELLNESS, STAMFORD

ANOTHER GREAT MAMA RUN BUSINESS. SARAH IS AN ACUPUNCTURIST AND CHINESE HERBALIST. “SARAH IS PASSIONATE ABOUT PROVIDING HEALTHCARE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY- FROM PEDIATRICS TO SPORTS INJURIES TO FERTILITY—CHINESE MEDICINE CAN TREAT IT ALL” I’VE BEEN TO HER SUPER CHIC STUDIO. I FELT A SENSE OF CALMING UPON ARRIVAL AND REALLY ENJOYED MY TREATMENT. SHE ALSO HAS A WELLNESS SHOP ON HER WEBSITE WHICH INCLUDES A BUNCH OF WELLNESS GIFTS & YOU CAN ALSO PURCHASE A GIFT CARD. I’VE BEEN THERE, MY HUSBANDS BEEN THERE & MY MOM HAS BEEN! WE ALL LOVE SARAH. YOU CAN FIND HER WEBSITE, HERE.


















LITTLE BOY SPRING SHOPPING


MY PICKS / WHAT I’M BUYING


NEW SHOPPING FAVES


WHAT I’M BUYING


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THIS GORGEOUS GREEN COAT, CLICK HERE.

THESE SLIM BOYFRIEND RIPPED JEANS IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES WITH AMAZING DETAILS AROUND THE ANKELS, CLICK HERE.

THESE RELAXED FIT CIGARETTE JEANS WITH A VERY COOL WASH. CLICK, HERE.

THIS CABLE KNIT SWEATER WITH POM POMS, CLICK HERE.

THIS LONG SOFT GREEN BUTTON UP PERFECT TO WEAR YEAR ROUND. CLICK, HERE.

THESE SUADE SNEAKERS. I OWN THEM IN 3 DIFFERENT COLORS. I BOUGHT THEM FOR $89 BUT THEY ARE ON SALE FOR $49 CLICK, HERE

HOLIDAY LOOKS FOR THE LITTLES


MRS. NIPPLE APPROVED, HOLIDAY LOOKS


As many of you know I don’t like to buy expensive baby clothing (unless it’s monogrammed). There is one time of year I do bend the rules, and that is now! Here are my favorites.

THANKSGIVING LITTLE BOY

I’m also loving these MarriMane velvet coats for boys and girls. click here.

THANKSGIVING LITTLE GIRL

CHRISTMAS BOY

CHRISTMAS GIRL

CHRISTMAS PJS

I also love these Sammy + nat Pjs, HERE

These Hannah ones, HERE

NEWBORN




DUDLEY STEPHENS X MRS.NIPPLE


Maternity & Postpartum


I know many of you are on the hunt for that perfect fall piece to add to your mom uniform. In my opinion Dudley Stephens is it!

Co-founders Kaki Mcgrath and Lauren Stephens created the idea for Dudley Stephens when endlessly searching for fleece that could be used in a fashionable way. Growing up in New England towns they lived in fleece jackets year round. "Fleece was the perfect solution for warmth and comfort, while being easy to wash, environmentally friendly and stylish." Dudley Stephens designs and creates stylish silhouettes using fleece fabric that are comfortable, easy to wear, and that look and feel good. Kaki and Lauren are both local moms and as a team they have a wealth of experience in both the fashion and marketing world.

Though the Dudley Stephen’s line is not maternity/postpartum specific every one of the pieces works well for both pregnant and postpartum moms. They even have the most adorable little girls fleeces as well.

Before I get into why I love Dudley Stephens I wanted to share a 20 percent off code that the co-founders agreed to make available to you for today only. Use the code MRSNIPPLE20 for a one time discount of 20% off your ENTIRE order

You can find out a few reasons below why I love Dudley Stephens but I would like to take a minute to talk about how certain features are very important for pregnant and new moms.

When I was pregnant I lived in leggings, my main concern was comfort. The Dudley Stephens Cobble Hill Turtleneck is perfect during pregnancy and beyond. It is super slimming and gives you the perfect amount of coverage hitting below both the butt and upper thighs. The upper thighs seem to be my problem area post baby and this cut does wonders for my confidence.

I also love the Pacific Vest in Double Layer Vello Fleece, Chrissy from In My Closet Blog, is it wearing below. You can throw it over anything and still accomplish both that slimming and pulled together look. It’s also perfect during pregnancy and will take you from pre-pregnancy through delivery to post baby.

The Brooklyn Bomber jacket is another one of my favorites. It’s perfect for both breastfeeding and baby wearing. It also happens to be the most comfortable thing on earth. The brushed fleece is so soft.

As a mom with young kids I always think about the fabric! My boys have sensitive skin and wearing something soft that’s made right here in Brooklyn makes this line that much better. “It’s crafted there with sustainable, non-iron vello fleece (read: super soft, non-wrinkling, easy wash) spun from recycled yarn.”-ds

Check out some styling tips from Chrissy (In My Closet Blog) & myself below. Take advantage of the discount code at the end of this post! Dudley Stephens very rarely offers a discount this good.




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“As a busy mom with one more on the way, I get dressed on the go, which can be quite the challenge—so I have a few go-to pieces I can throw on and walk out the door feeling put together. The Cobble Hill is definitely one—the length is perfect for moms and easily fits my growing bump. I love how I can wear it with leggings and sneakers one day and skinny jeans and cute flats the next." -Chrissy, In My Closet Blog


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"Another favorite: the Pacific Vest. Talk about the perfect layering piece, especially over my large belly. It effortlessly pulls an outfit together; I love pairing it with a button-down top and jeans. The best part about my DS pieces is that I can continue to wear them post baby!"  -Chrissy, @inmyclosetblog



“Confidence after giving birth can be a struggle, but the Dudley Stephens line is the perfect postpartum uniform. Not only does the material hold up incredibly well after spit-ups and other mishaps, but the pieces are just as functional (pockets!) as they are beautiful, something every new mom needs."

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"Many have a length that’s extremely slimming for the postpartum body, while still providing easy breastfeeding access—and your newborn will always feel cozy against the soft fleece."


If you will be baby-wearing this fall, the Brooklyn Bomber is a must! My five-month- old fits perfectly, all warm and cozy underneath, and I had both hands free during our recent apple picking trip.

More bump-friendly fleece here and here.

HERE ARE MY PICKS:

You can click on anything in bold to check that specific product out.

The Brooklyn Bomber jacket: Caramel brushed fleece

The Cobble Hill Turtleneck ( for a little more coverage) or the Park Slope Turtleneck for a short look, perfect for tucking. My favorite colors are, navy, red, island coral, heather grey, marigold, green, burgundy and natural blush…I love them all!

Pacific Vest in Double Layer Vello Fleece: I love this for layering. Both the navy and brushed black fleece are on my list.

Remsen Blazer in Double Layer Vello Fleece: Love this look and the Tilden Turtleneck Dress especially for the holidays and the office.

SIZING

PREGNANT MAMAS: I would size up at least one size. Doing this will allow you to grow into the fleece yet you will still be able to wear it postpartum.

EVERYONE ELSE: Think about how you want the fleece to fit. I ordered the Brooklyn Bomber jacket in a small and it fits perfectly. I also ordered the black Cobble Hill Turtleneck in a small. I don’t mind the more fitted look with the black but when I order my next few (today) I’m going to go with the medium because I like to have some room. I’m usually between a small and medium because of my broad shoulders.

Use the code MRSNIPPLE20 for a one time 20% off your ENTIRE order from 6am-midnight today only.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Now for my fun announcement! As I mentioned earlier Dudley Stephens is run by two moms and they are an inspiration to other moms trying to create something in the entrepreneurial space. That being said, I feel like this is the perfect opportunity to announce the name for something I will be launching in February. I did an instagram poll last week presenting both names for my future business, Mom Friends by Mrs. Nipple vs. Mrs Nipple & Co. Many of you also gave me your ideas which cracked me up! Some of my favorites, Nipple Nation and The Daily Nip. It was a landslide and it seemed like everyone wanted to keep the nip front and center so it will be called, Mrs. Nipple & Co.! As always thank you for your continued support on this journey.

xx

Mrs. Nipple

HELLO FALL


My recent fall shopping trip & my fall wardrobe staples


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Check out a few finds from a recent shopping trip + my fall staples from previous years. I included photos of myself in some of the pieces below each category. At the end you will find all the products.

  1. DENIM:

I wasn’t really on the hunt for denim because I’ll be living in THIS pair for the rest of the fall but I came across the pair of awesome wide leg cropped jeans below. I fell in love. They look great with a pair of cool sneakers or booties. I’ve never purchased a pair of jeans this cheap and I’m so impressed. I would say they are true to size and need be washed often because they do stretch out. You can shop them below under denim.

2. SWEATERS:

Ok this is what I was really on the hunt for. H&M did not disappoint. I’m not sure if they changed some things around at manufacturing but the quality seemed much better than previous years. I tried on and purchased all of the sweaters below. I love every single one. I love the look of a chunky sweater tucked into wide leg jeans like the ones above.

3. VEST: My favorite purchase from last fall was this really cool long sweater vest. Also perfect for breastfeeding. I was pretty upset because it sold out right after I bought it and I wanted to buy it in one more color. I have the green/navy reversible vest and the tan is on my wish list.

4. BOOTS:

ALL WEATHER WEDGE BOOTIES: I love my pair of all weather wedge booties. I bought them in black but also love the brown. I wore them all fall/winter long and they still look great.

RAIN BOOTS: I bought my first pair of Hunter rain boots ever last year. I basically waited so long because I think they are pretty ugly. I just hate when you walk in them and they bend and change shape in the strangest ways. That’s until I found the ultimate Hunter rain boot. The Norris Field Neoprene Lined Hunter Rain Boot. These are your average hunter boots on crack. They are made from a new soft rubber compound that maintains strength, while being flexible to allow ease of movement. Meaning your legs wont look like they are made out of play dough. You can find my full review of them, HERE.

BOOTIES: These booties are my favorite for fall. They wore beautifully and I can’t wait to rock them again this year. Last year they sold out very quickly so I would grab these ASAP. You can shop them, below.

OVER THE KNEE BOOTS: OBSESSED. So obsessed. I’ve been looking for a good over the knee boot for years and I can’t wait to pair these with beautiful flowey dresses and skirts. I wore them through last fall and they are still looking great. WORTH the price tag.

WEDGE SNEAKER: I love this camo print wedge sneaker.

JACKETS

RAIN JACKET: I bought this for Ireland and it did not disappoint. I absolutely love the material, it holds it shape perfectly no matter what. You will look completely tailored in this rain jacket, even when it’s pouring buckets.

SUADE JACKET: I love everything about my Blank NYC suede jacket. Black for the winter brown for the fall. It’s such a great staple that won’t go out of style.

LIGHT WEIGHT JACKET: I’m not a brand person but my Barbour jacket was such a good purchase. It is so sharp looking. I still love it just as much as the day I bought it.

COAT: You know that one piece of clothing people stop you in the street about? I bought a J. Crew color block coat a few years ago and I cant tell you how many times I’ve been stopped about it. The navy coat below is up there is my opinion with my color block coat. I plan on ordering it soon as sizes are running low.

SKIRTS: This classic faux suede skirt with buttons up the center looks so great with the over the knee boots above. I also love the flowey flower print skirt you can rock it with booties or sneakers and a chunky sweater with a slight tuck. perfection!

DRESSES: I love a flowey dress with over the knee boots and a fall vest or chunky sweater/cardigan. You can find some pictures of ones I wore last fall below. I can’t find my favorite from last year but this is similar, HERE.

HATS: I love hat attack for everything hats. You can find my favorites below.

DUDLEY STEPHENS will be my new go to for everything fall this year. I’ve been wearing my pull over and new bomber a ton. check back on Thursday for an awesome collaboration.







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SWEATERS

SHOES

SKIRTS

VEST

COATS

HATS

DRESSES

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE


Nordstrom picks 


I spent way too long looking at the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I compiled some of my top picks. If you find items that are sold out just check back because many items will be restocked. This is a GREAT opportunity to buy baby gear and classic women's pieces that won't go out of style. 

My top pick for kids is the NUNA carseat and native shoes. I am a huge fan of both. We LOVE our Nuna car seat. I have both the infant and convertible carseats. I can switch both from car to car in less than 5 minutes.

For women my top three picks are the Emerson boy friend jeans, the Soludos flats, and the Ugg wedge booties. I have two pairs of the Emerson jeans (I've had them for years & they my fav.) I got ton of use out of both the Soludos flats and Ugg booties. I highly recommend all three of these products. 

If you sign up for a Nordstrom card you can get access to the sale now but if not general access starts on July 20th and runs through August 5th. 

 

KIDS/BABY GEAR & CLOTHING

 

 

WOMENS PICKS 

JOGGERS & JEAN JACKETS


CASUAL STYLE & FIT


I'm the queen of comfort that looks cute! These linen joggers are not only extremely comfortable but also a versatile piece. You can dress them up or down! Most importantly.....they are ultra slimming. I'm 145 pounds in the picture above and have 20 pounds to drop from just delivering my son. You can hardly tell! Wearing clothing that hits you in all the right places is key. It's been almost three weeks since these were shot and I have not lost one pound. I have been focusing on eating healthy and exercising but hormones are king! When my body is ready I will start shedding the weight, but for now I'm paying extra close attention to how my clothing fits. 

SLIMMING TIPS

-CREATE A WAIST: Sometimes your body can get lost in oversized tops. Unless you are at your happy weight this can make you look larger instead of smaller. Try tucking in a small area of the top in the front to create a waist. 

-COVER AREAS YOU ARE SELF CONSCIOUS ABOUT AND EXPOSE AREAS YOU ARE PROUD OF: I'm not loving my lower stomach area, upper thighs, and upper arms right now but it's getting hot so I needed to get creative. I chose joggers because they sit above my lower stomach and hit me in all the right places. To cover my upper arms I threw on a jean jacket that is just sitting over my outfit. 

-FIT IS KEY: Where clothing sits on your body can make all the difference in the world. Pants that are loose throughout the leg and tight at the ankle have an ultra slimming effect. I'll be living in this linen pair all summer long. 

You can find the Joggers (they come in 4 colors), HERE

You can find the jean jacket, HERE.

You can find the perfect white tee, HERE.

You can find the sneakers, HERE

You can find the sunglasses, HERE. 




A Father's Day Gift Guide


Father's Day & Gifts 


With Father's Day right around the corner, I figured now would be a great time to think about what we should get Ray for his day. With a 19 month old and a 7 week old,  by "WE", I really mean "I".  Ray is such a great dad.  I’m sure most of you probably feel the same way about the dad in your life if you are reading this Father's Day gift guide. I literally count down the minutes until 6:00 when Ray gets home everyday. He gets a very fun phone call/text everyday at 4:30..."so when are you going to be home?" Nope. That's not annoying at all :) Right when he walks through the door, he is "ON." He does the entire bedtime routine with Charlie every night. More important than being present in our day to day life is how I can always rely on him no matter what. For the big things and the little things, he always delivers. Juggling two babies under two is not easy and I can confidently say he makes me feel like we have this parenting thing completely under control...just kidding. He does make me feel like I chose a spouse that will always be in our children's lives, not just physically, but also emotionally, everyday. When thinking about marriage, a non-negotiable (yes, I had non-negotiables) was someone that would have their own strong relationship with our children, a truly involved Dad that would be in our children's lives more than "How was school today?”  When I met Ray, I not only fell in love with him but also knew he would be the kind of father that I wanted for my children.

So, he deserves a little better than an OK gift on Father's Day. 

FOR THE GUY WHO MIGHT BE IN PAIN

Ray has a terrible back. RIght before I delivered Ford he actually threw it out and ended up in the hospital. I blame it on working a 6-6 job and sitting in a chair at the computer for the last 14 years. That being said, his back is in need of some TLC. I'm getting Ray a gift card to, Indigo Acupunture + Wellness. Acupuncture can help your body heal itself from many issues including acute and chronic pain. This is the perfect gift for the husband that could benefit from something like this, but might not make an appointment on his own. If you live in the area, check out the Indigo Acupuncture & Wellness website, HERE.   

FOR THE GUY WITH A SOFTSPOT

If you are married to the man that loves gifts made for them then this is for you! Mackenzie Horan of the blog Design Darling posted about how she was doing needle point to create a belt for her husband, so... I had to learn more! There are companies that can ship you the entire kit to get started and there are YouTube videos for needle point for beginners.  The best part is that YOU get to pick out symbols to put on the belt that best describes your dad/husband. This could also be a fun family project because your kids can also pick out symbols that describe dad. If you don't have the time to actually needlepoint, then you can have the belt custom made....a little white lie never hurt anyone. 

You can check out the company’s ETSY page, HERE

You can check out the company’s website, HERE. 

FOR A FUN GIFT FROM THE KIDS

You know those really cool prints that are thousands of dollars and literally look like your kids  accidentally spilled milk all over them? Me too! So why not just create that and frame it? I love the side by side ones. All you need is non toxic paint, 2 large pieces of textured paper and 2 frames. You could have the kids squirt bottles full of paint on the paper. Do one color and let it dry. I would stick to three colors in the same color family. After the paper dries you can then hang them up on father’s day morning before dad wakes up! 

FOR THE GUY THAT LOVES A GOOD MONOGRAM 

What guy doesn't love a good monogram? Monogrammary is your go-to for everything personal. If your husband is in need of a DOBBS kit, travel bag, apron, or tie holder then she is your girl! EVERYTHING can be monogrammed. You can find her website, HERE

FOR THE MEAT LOVER

Speaking of men’s aprons.... let's talk about meat. I'm a huge believer in eating top quality grass fed & grass finished beef. I promise your husband will not taste meat as good as the stuff right from the farm. You can actually order a cow or pig straight from local farms. The meat comes vacuumed sealed in individual cuts just like the grocery store. If freezer space is an issue you can split the cow or pig with someone else. I happen to do a cow share with my parents. We get our meat from, HERE. It's a farm in Woodstock, CT. There are so many places that do this. You can find farms near you on google. 

FOR THE GUY WHO CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH SNEAKERS

 

You can never go wrong with a cool pair of kicks. You can find my picks below 

FOR THE GUY THAT LOVES THE GYM OR THE GUY THAT COMPLAINS ABOUT NOT HAVING TIME TO GET TO THE GYM

A personal training session would be a wonderful Father’s Day gift. If your husband complains about not having time to get to the gym or often talks about how he wants to get back at it, then this gift is for him. Sometimes it just takes a few personal training sessions to get back into healthy habits after a long break from working out. Booking your husband a personal trainer could be the perfect Father’s Day gift. If you are local, check out Countdown Fitness. I went to personal trainer, Madison, and loved her! If your significant other is short on time like mine is, they will still be able to make time to go to Countdown Fitness because their sessions are only 30 minutes long. That’s because they use the slow burn method. 

"Slow lifting reduces momentum, requiring your muscles to do more of the work. The result? A more efficient workout, leading to a stronger, fitter you in half the time." -CDF

They have gyms in both Greenwich & New Canaan. You can find their website, HERE. 

 

EVERYTHING WHITE


EVERYTHING WHITE & SUBTLE TOUCHES OF RED AND BLUE


We had a wonderful weekend kicking the summer off with a beach weekend out east! This look came in handy. It's perfect for May & early June when the weather is still transitioning into summer and the nights are very chilly. 

Now onto the color. You can find me in all white at least 80 percent of the summer, I mean even our stroller is white! Though I do love an all white look, I still wanted touches of color. I love the subtleness of the red and blue of  both Charlie's sweater and the towel. I also just want to point out, in the photo above the towel is draped on the back of the bassinet not over the bassinet. Even if you are not directly wearing something, anything that is going to be close by counts as part of your outfit in my book. Two things that will always be close by Charlie and Ford :) 

You can find:

MY TOP, HERE It's an over sized linen boyfriend top that I decided to tie 

MY PANTS, HERE They are Girlfriend Chinos with Eyelet Patch Detail

MY SHOES, HERE Lemon Platform Smoking Slippers. You will get tons of compliments!

 

YOU CAN FIND MY FAVORITE WHITE TOPS BELOW

HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO INCORPORATE COLOR INTO ALL WHITE OUTFITS...I INCLUDED SOME TOWELS YOU CAN DRAPE OVER THE BACK OF YOUR STROLLER OR CHILDREN'S WAGON & BABY CLOTHES 



MDW READY

WEEKEND ROUNDUP 


I've already worn this top twice and I only purchased it a week ago. It's light weight and perfect for the unpredictable weather we are having where you're not too sure if it's going to be hot or cool. Perfect top for MDW and it's also 40 percent off right now! You can find it HERE. It pairs perfectly with my zodiac Asha necklace. I have a bigger charm for me (scorpio) and two smaller signs for the boys. You can shop the necklace, HERE. You can pair the look with my favorite sneakers HERE, my favorite flip flops HERE or mules HERE, HERE & HERE.

I'm slightly obsessed with the pig purse below! It is a Cult Gaia piece. I love it paired with this outfit and could also see it looking awesome with any summer sundress. When you are not using it as a bag it could also make the perfect statement piece in any nursery.

The boys are in these adorable shark sweaters. Shop for them, HERE. You can find another option perfect for MDW HERE. I also got Charlie these very patriotic shoes and linked them HERE. 

Postpartum maternity style tip: You can pair this top with maternity jeans that have the expanders on the sides. This way you can still tuck in the blouse to create a waist which can be very slimming. 

SNEAK PEEK SUMMER PICKS


SUMMER PICKS


After living in leggings for the last six weeks I decided to go shopping and purchase some pieces that would flatter my postpartum body. I will be posting pictures of the items along with details in the upcoming weeks but wanted to share them before they sell out. The JCREW items are 40 percent off right now. 

MOTHER'S DAY ROUND UP

Mother's Day is a very important day for me. Not because I'm a mom but because I have had such a strong role model to grow up with as my mother. Growing up I couldn't call her my best friend, we hardly got along. All I wanted back then was a "cool" mom, but she knew I needed her as my mother, not as my friend. Though she could be tough at times when it came to boyfriends and late nights, it's because she knew I needed boundaries. It took me years to realize that when I thought she was "against me" during my teenage years, she took the hard road and was the mom she knew I needed. She is such a warm loving person, it's no surprise at all that her Grandkids ask for weekends spent at Nona  & Pop-Pop’s  house. There is never a dull moment whenever you are around Nona, BABS, also known as my mother. Now many years later I'm so proud I get to not only call her my mother and our Nona but my very best friend as well. 

I rounded up somethings that I know she would love and I love as well. 

I hope all of you mamas have a wonderful Mother's Day being pampered and spending some quality time with your loved ones.

I also think every mom deserves what I like to call a TO ME FROM ME gift on Mother's Day :) I think an ASHA piece would be extra special for your mother or a gift to you from your "babies/kids" aka husbands but everything works perfectly for TO ME FROM ME gifts as well :) So go ahead and spoil yourself... an order from Mrs. Nipple!

Xx Happy Mother's Day 

TOP TEN PICKS

Mother's Day Roundup

#1  A piece of meaningful jewelry. I just discovered the brand ASHA and fell in love. Their pieces are timeless, bold, and sophisticated. I was on the hunt for a necklace with a long chain that also was personal in some way and came across Asha by ADM only to discover that their corporate headquarters and showroom are across the street from our home. Here are my two ASHA Mother's Day picks: THIS necklace has a long chain, it comes in an 18 and 30 inch version and has a classic zodiac pendant in mother of pearl hanging on it. I love it paired with the smaller zodiac pendants, one for each of your children's signs, HERE. I just received the Scorpio necklace with Libra and Aries pendants for both of my sons. ASHA also has letter pendants which could be another idea. You can find the letter pendants, HERE and HERE.  Also check out all of my ASHA picks below. If you order from the ASHA website, HERE they are offering a Mother's Day discount: ENJOY 20% OFF FOR MOTHER'S DAY WITH CODE MOM20 AND COMPLIMENTARY GROUND SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $150

#2 Everything is better MOMogrammed: Here are some fun monogrammed picks and there’s still time to order these and have them for Mother’s Day, ends May 8th at 1 a.m. HEREHERE, and HERE. 

#3 I LOVE these Apolis bags. This one is perfect for Mother's Day HERE and holds up to 135 lbs. If you go to their site, HERE you can completely customize yours. 

#4 I love slip ons, you can find some of my mule and spring shoe picks below. 

#5 My favorite summer sandal pick for under $100 and they come in seven colors. HERE

#6 Every mother needs a strong espresso machine. HERE

#7 Perfect scarf to go with an all white spring look, HERE.

#8 The perfect gym & everything bag for Mother's on the GO, HERE 

#9 My mom is a pretty badass woman and cook. One thing I got her was this MOM BOSS apron, HERE

#10 For all of the fancy mamas, you can never go wrong with a pair of diamond studs, HERE


MOTHER'S DAY IS EVERYDAY


POSTPARTUM LEGGINGS


Leggings for the NEW mamas 


It is not only important to wear some support around your midsection after delivery,  but it also can do wonders for your confidence. Having clothing that holds you in during those first few weeks and months can make all the difference in the world. I use a variety of items including high-rise underwear with built in support, a belly wrap, and high waisted compression leggings. I linked the underwear below, however I received the belly wrap at the hospital. My leggings are not postpartum specific but just leggings I purchased pre-pregnancy that happen to have a good amount of support in the abdominal region. 

Research is now showing that pretty much every woman will have some degree of diastasis recti (that pooch that doesn't disappear when your baby weight does). It also leads to strangers asking you when you are due... while you are holding your 3 year old!!  Studies show that the first 8 weeks after your baby is born is when any spontaneous healing of the abdominal wall occurs. Beyond the 8 weeks, change can be made with exercise. I believe the abdomen needs some help as it heal and extra support around the stomach offers this. 

Learn more about the dreaded diastasis recti, HERE. 

My Postpartum Go-to Items 

For all of the leggings below, I was wearing my pre-baby size. These are the most comfortable leggings ever. I purchased them before I became pregnant and have worn them through both of my pregnancies and postpartum. I love that they are high waisted. They are supportive but still soft and comfortable. They come in cropped and full length. These are a go to of mine. Shop them, HERE. 

For something with even more support, THESE offer a high waist + zoned compression. They really provide support focusing on all the right areas. I have very similar ones and they really help make me feel more confident during those first few weeks post baby.

Here's a pair of super high rise leggings to give you even more support in the abdominal region. Shop them, HERE. 

Check out other options below that offer high rise support that you will also be able to wear once you get your pre-baby body back. I also added a pair of high rise underwear, a belly wrap, nursing bras, and some beauty products that come in handy during those first few weeks.