My Garden Baby Shower

This past weekend my friends Tamara and Taylor (author of Simply Silicon Valley) co-hosted a baby shower to celebrate the impending arrival of our little girl. Every detail was divinely and beautifully thought through, leaving me overwhelmed with gratitude, to say the least. Perhaps it’s third trimester emotions, but the outpour of love and generosity from family, friends and co-workers has been a humbling experience. From the east coast to the west coast and a few stops in between, we’ve received countless words of encouragement, expressing excitement for our soon to be family of three!

After we moved into our new home this past December, I dreamed of one day throwing a garden party in our backyard as it lends the perfect setting for such a soireé. Unbeknownst to me, Taylor latched onto this idea and brought the garden party vision to life, in honor of our baby. How lucky am I to have such sweet and thoughtful friends!? Because I can’t resist sharing all the pretty details, and documenting the festivities so that our daughter can one day see how we joyfully celebrated her birth, below are a few photos from the day. Further down the post I share a short update on my third trimester and what I’m learning about motherhood.

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Vacation Vibes

Although we don’t have true vacation plans on the horizon, I can’t help but feel like I should pack for a getaway with this gauzy cotton dress—the embroidered blue details, and subtle front tassels make for a slight gypsy, bohemian flair—calling for a seaside destination. Club Monaco’s Summer Style Event is currently offering up to 30% off, where you can snatch a unique array of breezy items, like this dress, in hues of light blue. Below I link to a few items I’m loving for the Summer season, or you can shop curated items at the Club Monaco beach shop here with discount code “summer.” With the baby on the way, truth be told, I haven’t had much time to think about summer vacation plans nor do much blogging (these photos were taken Easter weekend, so, as you can imagine, the bump is much bigger these days!).

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Chez Kelly – New York City

Today I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Kelly, a contributor in my Chez series. If you missed my last Chez post, you can read more about the series here. After college (where I  met Kelly!), she moved to New York City to pursue her career in fashion PR; but over the last couple years, it’s been neat to see her foster her true passion and dream: working with animals. Despite being in the city that never sleeps, Kelly manages to live a quiet and stress-free life in her darling studio apartment in the West Village. I love her artwork and decor as it’s the perfect extension of Kelly’s personality, representing her travels to Africa, love of animals, her many, many good books—and of course, her two fur babies! Scroll below to read my full interview with Kelly, where she shares her infectious philanthropic passions and favorite go-to places in New York City.

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Floral Dress

Is it just me, or does it feel like Spring came and went in a flash? The cherry blossoms beautifully bloomed for a few weeks, but unfortunately didn’t last much longer. Thankfully we can continue to live-out the Spring season in floral prints and flowy silhouettes, with pieces like this ASTR dress (under $100!). A floral print exudes a feminine flair I can’t resist and one I think I’ll be wearing frequently this season. Below I link to a variety of spring dresses, including a few maternity ones I’m eyeing.

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Easter Sunday Brunch

April is here! Can you believe how fast the year is flying? Thursday I’m 25 weeks pregnant, which makes me realize I’m getting closer and closer to my due date. Eek! I need to start planning for the baby’s arrival (I’m feeling a little behind schedule). But for today I’m thinking about Easter Sunday, and our menu plans (of course the preggo girl is thinking about food).

Whether you decide to bake or takeout this Easter Sunday, I’ve outlined a simple brunch menu for your holiday celebration. Typically, when planning a menu for guests, my eyes are bigger than my stomach. It’s easy to go overboard with food preparation only to leave behind a fridge stocked full of leftovers. This year I’m opting for a simple, yet tasty brunch menu which I outline below.

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