Today was a Good Day…

Hello lovelies!  This week marks a new chapter in my ever-changing life as a mom…a working mom!  Maternity leave is officially over and I am back at work.  The transition has been made MUCH easier thanks to our wonderful nanny, Lauren.  She snapped a few pictures of Sofia today which I couldn’t help but share…what a wonderful eye Lauren has.  See more of Sofia here and be sure to check out Lauren’s work here.

And as I return to work – the realization that my daily wardrobe of yoga pants and tees just won’t cut it is leaving me needing some new fashion inspiration…a few favorites I’ve rounded up from Pinterest (click image for original link.)

A great trench +  black skinnies

Lace + dark blues

Feminine blouse

Pink + Gold

Printed Dress

xoxo – jill


to make: valentine’s round-up

Call me a sucker, but I heart valentine’s day.   A day to remember to tell those that you love, hello lovely lovies.  A few hand-made ideas to help you spread the love without spending too much dough…

{images and instructions found via A Golden Afternoon  and The Style Files}

I’m a little late coming around to the chalk party – but love the endless possibilities!  Personalize a mug, pot or anything else you can get your hands on…

{images and recipes clockwise from left via Alexandra’s Kitchen, Two Peas & Their Pod and Our Best Bites}

Whip up something special in the kitchen.  I’m partial to  desserts of the chocolate salted caramel or nutella type and anything italian

{images clockwise from left via iVillage, Paper Culture and Paper Source}

Print or frame a favorite image, sew a felt heart, make a card.


Spring Things

Salmon + Poppy

Paint Chip Valentines






Currently Coveting: Gadget Gear

An iPhone, a blackberry, two laptops and too many notebooks to count…no wonder I’m a bit scattered at the moment.  I’m working out a plan to streamline the mess, which of course for me starts with some online shopping!!  On my gadget wishlist today:

{via Jess LC)

A new iPad cover with a slot for a notebook, business cards, pen – and I’m hoping a lip gloss:)  Perfect for the me who likes to be connected, but still enjoys the actual process of writing…

{via Belkin}

Since my iPad has become the default cookbook, I’m eyeing this stand that perfectly displays the recipe du jour on our kitchen island.  Bonus – the stylus would keep my screen food-free…

{via Bose}

I’m thinking it’s time to upgrade from the standard issue Apple headphones to something a little more grown-up…

{via Vers}

A beautiful wood speaker + docking station for my iPhone…definitely not a need, but oh-how-cool.

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…

Hello friends!  Here I sit at home – patiently awaiting the arrival of our first baby.  Who is either apparently going to have an extreme personality – either very Zen-like and calm (fingers crossed!) OR very stubborn and strong-willed.  The due date has come and gone and the little one sits snug and quiet, showing no signs of coming out to meet his/ her anxious parents!!  Oh well!  In the meantime, I’ve been catching up on all things web and wasting enjoying lots of time reading, window shopping and bookmarking future craft projects and recipes (for when I have some free time around about – say, oh, 2013.)  A few favorites from the week so far:

 {via Metal Pressions)

Eyeing these beautiful pendant charms to commemorate the little ones arrival.  Someday.  Soon.

{via spoon fork bacon}

Looking forward to making these spinach stuffed shells as a hearty winter dinner.  And also looking forward to reading this new-to-me blog more often…welcome to the reading list spoon fork bacon!!

{via Ruby Press}

Seriously crushing on this monogrammed letterpress stationery from Portland shop, Ruby Press.  Added to wish list, check!!

{from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts via Oh Happy Day}

My new gift wrap for holiday?  Maybe…just maybe.

{via Urban Comfort}

Lace decoupaged vases…a seemingly simple craft even I may be able to pull off in mass!

{via Purl Soho}

After many, many delays – my iPhone 4S is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.  And I think I’ve found the perfect case!  A hard case just waiting for you to apply your own cross-stitching wizardry.  Love.

feeling fall

Pumpkins via Martha Stewart

I’m finally feeling like fall might actually be on it’s way…and until it’s official debut on September 23rd, I’ve rounded up a few fall lovelies to get us through!

Coveted Coat via Marni

Framed Fall Leaves via Twigs and Lace

Suede Wedge Bootie via Madewell

Shop to Love: Olive Manna

Hello bloggy friends!  I’m so sorry for my absence – life has been so amazingly FULL lately that I’ve had to let a few things fall to the wayside.   Regular blog posting being one of them.  I’ll try to be back a little more often this fall, but with the arrival of baby Sones fast approaching – I’m not making any promises:)  In the meantime –  I wanted to share some soothing eye candy with you this Tuesday.

A shop I’ve long adored – but recently rediscovered, Olive Manna, is proving to be a great site for nursery inspiration!  After spying this nursery nook on ohdeedoh, I immediately hopped over to Olive Manna’s shop to track down some must-have supplies.

A few of my current obsessions are shown here – don’t you think they’d make the perfect finishing touches for a nursery?  Soothing for baby and mom…

I’m off to place an order pronto!



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