Modern Map Art – Philadelphia


I just found out I have been nominated for the 2017 Philly Happening Blogger Award! How cool is that?! I’m pretty excited about it and I would LOVE YOUR VOTE! It takes 2 seconds, I would be forever grateful! Thanks so much for your support!

Vote Here for And Her Little Dog Too!


Today I’m here to share some love for a new, not so little piece of art that has made it’s way into my new office!

Remember when I shared my new office with you, and I was telling you how it wasn’t done because I needed to get a few more pieces to make it complete? Well, I swear – just by putting that out into the universe that day I got an email from Jennifer Beck, the artist behind Modern Map Art, to see if I wanted to check out her version of all the winding streets of Philadelphia.

Isn’t it amazing when the universe works like that? 

And as soon as I saw the print options, I knew it would be perfect in my new space.

The Philadelphia version comes in five different color versions {and you can get it in a variety of sizes}, it was a tough decision for sure! But in the end, I decided to go with the green and silver/white. I think it goes with my soft color scheme for my office. And I was able to find the most perfect spot for it!

It was hard to get a good shot of the actual coloring in this room with the light from the windows so close, but the drapes have a colored piece of fabric in them that almost exactly matches the green, and it pulls from the couch and the pillows too. Breaks up the white and grey a bit which I enjoy, and represent “Brooksadelphia” as Brooks likes to call it! 

There are tons of other city print options – including, city, country, ski maps {which are really cool!} and watercolor skyline prints – so be sure to check Modern Map Art out – would make an awesome gift for pretty much anyone!

And as a little treat -> Use the code FIRST10 to get 10% off your first 

My office has become an amazing space for me to sneak away and work on my Stella & Dot, LipSense and Blog ‘side-gigs’ but it’s also turned into a warm, bright space to hang out with my boys. Brooks hangs out in there with me while Graham naps, the boys love to read on the couch together and it’s turned into another fun room of to laugh and play!

It’s been fun to be able to grow this room into a space that everyone really enjoys, not to mention one that I can close to door and be alone in when I need it! And I’m enjoying this little corner off my office space thanks to my new Philly Print! Defiantly brings the room together in a warm and colorful way!

And for your viewing pleasure, here are some funny outtakes from when I was trying to get a cute photo of me and the boys.

At least they turned out silly and cute – right?

#boymom #thestruggleisreal

And don’t forget – Use the code FIRST10 to get 10% off you first purchase of Modern Map Art 

Work With What You’ve Got


I just found out I have been nominated for the 2017 Philly Happening Blogger Award! How cool is that?! I’m pretty excited about it and I would LOVE YOUR VOTE! It takes 2 seconds, I would be forever grateful! Thanks so much for your support!

Vote Here for And Her Little Dog Too!


I’ve been loving sharing my style + outfits with you all in the newly redesigned blog. It’s no secret that I love fashion, I love sharing amazing deals, and I love seeing different people’s style. It motivates me to try something new and inspires me to do my own thing.

And aside from being a reason to get dressed in the morning {which in and of itself is amazing}, I love being able to share my looks with you all because I love putting fun outfits together and challenging myself to wear something new.

 sunglasses / necklace / vest / top / jeans / booties 

And I love styling and sharing my looks! Because, why not?

I  am no where near a size 0 or 2 or 4 for that matter. I wear more larges than mediums most days. If there was maybe another hour or two in the day, I could probably find the time to workout {more or at all!}. And I find when I am looking for clothes that will fit me and compliment my body, I would love to see more of a “real person” wearing them – so I could see what they look like!  I enjoy putting together outfits that allow me to “work with what I’ve got” – and don’t get me wrong, I know my body is a work in progress, and I’m not mad about it.

I’ve had two babies.

I’ve run three marathons.

I’m in my early 30’s.

And I enjoy wearing colorful colored jeans – Because, why not?

I’m a big believer in that anyone can wear {and rock!} anything your little heart desires. With the right styling of course!

Cobalt blue jeans? Sure! Just add a longer, flowy top and a little layered structure. A pop of texture with some cute booties, and of course some bling {have we met?! always, bling!} and you are good to go! Easy to wear and comfortable too! What’s not to love?

Close-up of my Bling + Bella LipSense, because I heart them.

So there’s a little Wednesday afternoon style sharing! Don’t be afraid to wear the colored bottoms – you can totally do it! Work with what you’ve got!

Favorite Diaper Bag + Newborn Baby Essentials

 I am a bag lady.
It’s no secret and I’m not mad about it.
What can I say, I love a good bag.
With two little boys and the fact that we are out and about in the city most days, a good, solid bag is something I really need.
And have to use wisely.

I thought that as they littles got bigger, I could downsize my bag and not have to carry so much stuff around. But with two littles, who have a big appetite, one still in diapers and just general things I like to have with me ‘just incase’ my large bag is full.
When the lovely folks at Baby Cubby reached out to me to see if we could partner on sharing my newborn baby essentials, as well as try a few things from their site. I was excited to try out the new Babymel Grace diaper bag!
This bag is awesome for so many reasons. First being, it doesn’t look like a diaper bag! I love a bag that I can jam pack full of kid stuff and then empty out a bit and still use to go run errands.
There are two ways to carry this bag, which I also enjoy. The detachable long shoulder strap, which you can also wear like a messenger bag. And the short handles, which make the bag easy to grab and go.
I love the tan color and the fact that it’s simple, modern and stylish. The curved top adds a chic twist to the shape, while the roomy inside holds everything you need.
With this bag, they’ve thought of it all. It has a seriously wide opening with secure zip top closure, an  external pocket which I like to slide my phone into, and two internal open pockets and one zipped inside pocket for added security. It also features a built-in side insulated bottle compartment that keeps bottles upright and warm or cool for up to 4 hours – I don’t  need this so much for the bottles anymore, but it’s nice to put a drink into so it will stay cool !

And aside from this awesome + new favorite bag of mine, I was so excited to see that all of my favorite companies from when Brooks + Graham were brand new little babes are all together on the Baby Cubby site!
Chewbeads, Freshly Picked, Bannor Toys, Sakura Bloom – just a few of my favorite must-have, adorable pieces for a new little babe in your life! Seriously, so much cute stuff thats different and special – a great round up of brands for sure! Baby Cubby Newborn Favorites

And as a little side note – if you are in the market for one, another diaper bag favorite that I first used with Brooks is the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack, also a part of the site! Be sure to check that out!

I really enjoyed working with Baby Cubby as a company because they aren’t just “another baby store” – they truly are a resource for new parents through the amazing journey of parenthood. They have a little something for every aspect of being a new mom {or a new parent!}, if you are in the market for some goodies for your new little or a mama-to-be in your life, be sure to check out Baby Cubby and give the some love!

About Baby Cubby:
The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent. Our Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there, we know what it’s like and we are passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and reminding parents how amazing they are and how important their role is.
The way we do that is by finding the best and safest baby gear and providing it to parents in a fun shopping experience where we do things like test strollers on our stroller track, price match everyday – even amazon, offer free shipping nationwide at and actively engage with parents via social media and our cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting.
You can read a little bit more about what we’re passionate about and why we do what we do on our about us page here –

This or That? J.Crew vs. J.Crew Factory Parka

Ok, so I may have spent this past weekend down the shore in Avalon because it’s just so dang gorgeous outside – but let’s talk about winter jackets, shall we?
Yes, its a little crazy and all sorts of awesome the weather we are having this winter. Looking at the 10 day forecast for Philly and it’s going to be in the 60’s & 70’s all week! This is the kind of winter I could get used too!
But, even though the weather is a little crazy for the season, I’ll enjoy it while I can BUT I will also take this time to give you a little PSA on some amazing deals happening at the moment. I’m sure you aren’t surprised that the end of season provides some great prices on seasonal items – like this gorgeous Vail Parka!
I got this Parka from J.Crew Factory 2, maybe even 3 Christmas seasons ago – and I still love it just as much as when I first got it! It has held up really well and looks great after a few seasons of wear.
Not to mention, it’s almost identical to the Chateau Parka at J.Crew, which is almost $150 more {and BOTH are on sale!}
The pictures make the pockets look a little different, but as you can see in my photo of me wearing the J.Crew Factory jacket, they both have two different pocket options, I think the only difference is the leather detail on the zipper pockets!  Another difference to note is the J.Crew version is a Italian Wool/ Nylon blend while the Factory version is a wool/poly blend – but my Factory version feels and looks great!
I always love to do a little comparison shopping myself, so thought it would be fun to share my little This or That with you – incase you are in the market for a cute one! This one comes in some other fun colors and the fur is removable. I think it’s a really cute jacket option for the fall and spring months too, on cooler days! Grey is my go-to favorite, but the mustard yellow and electric red are really fun pops of color too!
What do you think – This or That?

Stella & Dot Sale Picks Under $35

There is SUCH an amazing sale going on right now, it totally deserves it’s own pretty little post. Ofcourse, I sell Stella & Dot BUT I also love helping people find amazing deals – and this is just that. Some of these pieces are up to 60% off, which is all sorts of incredible. And it’s never too early to start shopping for that perfect Mother’s Day gift, accessory for your Easter outfit or just to spruce up your wardrobe with a new piece of bling!

I wanted to quickly round up my favorite picks under $35 {minus two that are $36, but I thought that was ok!} because there are such beautiful pieces at great prices. So many amazing deals under $20 too, depending on what you might need!

If you are interested in shopping the sale, use this link + you will get access to the Trunk Show specials for the month, which are 50% off as well! Message me if you have any questions!

Happy Weekend!

1 – Pom Bag Charm {$15} / 2 – Devina Necklace {$23}  / 3- Turquoise Stacked Ring {$20} / 4- Stone Tile Necklace {$35} / 5- Leather Tassel bag Charm {$19} / 6- Turquoise Stone Cuff {$22} / 7- Drape Collar Necklace {$36}/ 8- Sunday Pendant Necklace {$36} / 9 – Mondrian Collar {$23} /  10 – Arabesque Link Necklace {$26}

Shop any of these pieces using this link! Thanks for checking it out!

Friday Favorite {Moments}

Doing Friday Favorites a little different this week.

I had big plans to do a cute fashion + style roundup at the beginning of this week, but then the days go by and your plans have to change a little bit. I guess that’s the beauty of motherhood and life with two littles – as much as I try to schedule my week, sometimes you just got to go with the flow and embrace the crazy, am I right?

 I hope you all had an awesome week, have an even better weekend and I’ll see you on Monday! Here are my favorite moments for this week:

Photo Credit: Ashley Ringelberg Photography

Favorite Flat Lay

I see beautiful Flat Lay photos all over Instagram – they really are an art! I had fun putting this one together this week and wanted to share it on the blog. It was inspired by these gorgeous stemless champagne flutes {only $12!} I love the metallic confetti!

Paired with some of my new favorite LipSense colors + the new Asher Necklace {it’s hand-painted!}, add in some gorgeous red roses and a mini bottle of Champagne: Fri-Yay, indeed!

Favorite Cheeks 

Does this even need explaining?! Look at those things!

I keep wishing for Graham to stay this age forever while simultaneously excited for the future when he’s older and we can do more fun things together! Does that even make sense?

wearing Dark Pink LipSense

Favorite Breakfast Date

It’s so nice that my favorite first babe + I can pop out of the house on the weekends for a little coffee + croissant breakfast date together. He’s at an age where it’s important for us to spend some special solo time with him, and I love doing just that!

Favorite Ride 

Ok, this isn’t our new ride at all, #weliveinthecity – but we visited some of our favorites out in the ‘burbs recently and they had some pretty fun toys that you just can’t have in the city! Brooks had a absolute BLAST driving this thing + I enjoyed a quick ride too {minus the fact that it was painful to get in and out – ha!} Three is an awesome age, I’m hoping for time to pause a little bit with this one!

Favorite Curls 

All of sudden I’m SUPER into curling my hair. It came out of nowhere, but I’m a little obsessed. I usually wash my hair every 3 days or so and when I have the time to blow-dry it, I usually have the extra 5 minutes it takes to give my hair a little curl. I use this curling wand, I’ve had it for years and it’s amazing. Takes less than 5 minutes, lasts for days and is fun to change things up a bit!

Katelyn Chandeliers / Nila Chandeliers 

Favorite Sale

I love a good President’s Day Weekend Sale! Ours started early – up to 60% off some of my favorites – like this Artisan Pendant. Use this link to unlock the Trunk Show specials as well!

Favorite LipSense

Who am I kidding, I could never pick a favorite! BUT I did just get in a TON of new LipSense colors, including the infamous Matte Gloss! Come check out the colors and give it a try! Who doesn’t want their lip color to last all day?!


What’s your favorite moment of the week?

Please share!


Umbrella Style

You guys, I have something really exciting to share with you today. And if you think really exciting means a super cool umbrella – then you are in luck!

side note: what has my world come to that I get this pumped about an umbrella?

BUT in my own defense, when you find something that is different and unique and you love it {and you have a blog} – you shout it from the rooftops! Right? RIGHT? Or is that just me?

umbrella / jacket /boots 

Back to the umbrella! How adorable is this thing?!

And again, this is not a sponsored post AT ALL. I purchased this umbrella with my own $20 { it’s 60% off!} and I thought it was so fun that it deserved it’s very own pretty little blog post!

So by now I’m sure you’ve noticed, the fun print is on the INSIDE of the umbrella and it’s solid black on the top. How cool is that?! I love it!

It also….wait for it…

Stands on it Own!

So when you aren’t using it in the rain, it can stand up, dry and won’t be dripping all over you.

It’s the little things like this that are so smart and I can really appreciate. Living in the city and walking around in all types of weather, I love having something like this that I will use and makes sense.

Did I mention I love the floral?!!

It comes in 8 other print options, but this one is totally my favorite.

Aside from the fact that the pretty print is on the inside and it stands up, it’s got a really cool little c-shape handle, which allows you to be ‘hands free’ in a way, while the umbrella leans against you. It’s comfortable and makes holding the umbrella way easier, especially when you are rushing around in the rain with a toddler in tow!

So there you have it – a little Wednesday morning PSA to add this bad boy to your amazon shopping cart. I’d also love to hear if you enjoy this kind of post where I share some of my favorite things in use! Would be fun to do more often if you want – let me know!

Would love to hear:

Are you loving this umbrella as much as I am?

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