Taste{Full}: March 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Instant Love

While researching a topic for the blog, I came across these incredibly gorgeous heels.... and completely forgot what I was doing.  The exquisite shape, the gorgeous (and versatile!) summer color, the fun gold accents...LOVE.  They're not practical in any sense of the word, but I wish they were mine!


Michael by Michael Kors Dermott Platform Shoe

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Brighten Your Day with Easter Egg Couture

If your memories of Easter Egg decorating include brightly colored dyes and white crayons, have I got a pleasant surprise for you!  Check out this awesome article over at Family Circle on Gorgeous No-Dye Easter Eggs & Crafts... from fabric to washi (Japanese tape) to unique ways to display your creations, the unique ideas are so colorfully fun!

PS - I have just discovered washi and it looks so so so fun and appears to have possibilities galore.  See more creative uses for it here on the lovely blog To Be Charmed!  Want to buy some?  Check out Happy Tape, Washimatta or Pretty Tape.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

FREE offer from Shutterfly

A while ago I purchased the most adorable knit beanie from the etsy shop 2crochetmamma. I planned to use it as a prop for our family photos, but unfortunately totally forgot it at home! I was bummed but then my dear husband reminded me that he spent a pretty penny on my Nikon and I could take photos of Genevieve myself. Good point, honey. Not only did I take about 175 pictures of her in this beanie but I also made the cutest photostrip for free! No matter how cheesy, I love the photo booth photostrips and how everyone looks either adorably silly, romantic, or just plain cute in them. Now you can make the same product from the comfort of home (vs. the insanely tiny booth in the mall, which let's admit, is kind of embarrassing to crawl out of at 30 years old. Oops I mean 29.) To make your own free photostrip, visit shutterfly.com, click on "store," then "special offers," then "free photostrip."

And to purchase any one of these lovely beanies, click here.

And to win a lime green beanie with a pink flower check out this very cool blog (which incidently is where I learned of the shutterfly promotion) and this contest.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Easter Garb for Little Girls

First of all I have to start by saying I know that Easter isn't about dresses, or Easter bunnies, or coloring eggs for that matter. Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus and all that means for us as a fallen people. BUT let's be honest...while the bunnies, and eggs, and especially the adorable little dresses don't necessarily add to the meaning of Easter, they certainly add to the fun of Easter. Call me crazy but I don't think Jesus minds that so much. Ok now that the disclaimer is complete...

This is my first Easter with a little bambina (last Easter I was pregnant with her, felt disgusting, and made the fatal error of wearing a belt around my bloated waist, but anyway...). Since Genevieve is so tiny my options for her are pretty limited, but that didn't stop me from browsing through site after site and oohing and ahhing over what I found. As usual my favorites are fairly unaffordable for the average mom, but we can dream can’t we?! Don’t worry; my pragmatic nature dictated that I find some reasonably priced options as well. With these beauties, you will want your little girl to wear them more than once. Anyone up for hosting a mommy and daughter afternoon tea? :)

All from J. Crew's children's line, Crew Cuts
I know the prices are a bit ridiculous but I love mini grown up styles and no one does it better than J. Crew.

For the more traditional mama, you gotta love Target.  Cute dresses and even cuter prices!

Macy's isn't the first place I think of for kid's clothes, but this polka dot number is just delightful! $17.99 from $30.00.

Children's Place is hit or miss for me.  Sometimes it's super cute...other times it looks cheap.  But I am in love with these dresses.  The prep and the flapper.  So sweet.
Pleated dress.  $15.00.  Tiered dress.  $15.00.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

L.L. Bean... Fishing Gear, Rain Boots and... Stylish Clothes???

Yes, you read that right.  I know that L.L. Bean might not be the first retailer that pops in to your head when you think of stylish apparel.  More than likely you associate the name with your high school backpack or that windbreaker you bought in 7th grade and had til you left for college.  Though definitely masters in the quality department, the Bean has not really ever had much to offer to us less "practical" gals. 

However, just the other day I was sorting through my mail when their latest flyer caught me eye... under the typical L.L. Bean scrawl was a new word.... SIGNATURE.  Hmmmm... that word, and Maggie Rizer on the front cover definitely caught my attention.  So I flipped it open, and to my surprise found some really cute and versatile pieces!  They're not terribly cheap, but they're also not outlandishly expensive, and knowing L.L. Bean's reputation for quality, I would think they're worth every penny.  The styles are classic yet current and would be great basics to add trendier accessories to.  They also offer a "new fit that wears closer to the body, with handsome tailoring and contemporary silhouettes."   So what do you think?  A pair of nude colored wedges (for which I am constantly searching for, as I'm torn between my desire for the height of sexy summer sandals and yet the practicality of flip flops, which are made for chasing 3 year olds), a versatile and stylish navy trench, and the most comfortably casual sweater all caught my eye along with these other looks:

PS - Right now order $50 or more and get a free $10 gift card.
PPS - They also have a guy's line, but I wasn't quite as impressed.  Some cute items, but styled strange for my taste and my guy.  Might float your boat though, so check it out!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cupcake Chic

Who doesn't love a delicious cupcake?  Pretty much noone.  So how can you make a sugary sweet confection even better?  Why dress it up of course!  I came across these Meri Meri Cupcake Sets and think they are the cutest and SIMPLEST way to dress up your average cupcake for an event.  Whether the theme of your event is fairies, princesses, pirates or even fire trucks, there's a cupcake set that's perfect for you.  And at only $11.95 for 24 wrappers and embellishments, it's a truly easy way to elevate a simple treat to an unforgettable favor.  Some of my favorites:

All available at the Meri Meri Shop!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Christian Siriano for Payless

Are you serious? I can really get designer shoewear from Payless....for less than $30?! Is there a such thing as a shoe god? If so, I'd like to thank her.

"The fierce, prehistoric talon heels that graced the runway during Christian Siriano's Spring/Summer 2010 show have finally arrived at Payless"* and I'm loving them. You can either visit a store or shop online (flat rate shipping is only $5.95-no coupon code required!).

My faves:

*quoted from Popsugar Daily

Friday, March 12, 2010

New mom. Slightly neurotic.

I’m a new mom…and as such I know nothing about child rearing. Luckily this is the “easy” part and the decisions I’m making aren’t going to turn Genevieve into a threat to society. But “easy” is relative isn’t it? For me, I want, no I NEED to have some structure…and know what to expect…and have a plan…and be in control. I know what you’re thinking: Why did she have a kid again? Trust me if it were not for the beautiful miracle that is my daughter, the closeness gained with my husband, and my heroic (yes I said it) defeat of the labor process, I might wonder myself. Even though this part might not have a long lasting effect on Genevieve, it certainly will on my sanity. And so to learn about feeding, schedules, and general infant maintenance, I turn to my friends (poor Meg must be tired of my incessant texts) and family (sorry Erin) for advice, but so as not to tempt them to sever their relationship with me, I also read a couple of books religiously for how-to’s.

"On Becoming Babywise" was recommended to me by my oldest and dearest friend, Angela. I honestly can’t compare it with much else because I basically read it and obeyed. But I can say it seems to ‘work.’ Genevieve is 3 months old and has been sleeping through the night (8-9 hours) for about a month. Now I warn you, this book is not for the faint of heart. I think at times it can definitely seem harsh. Case in point, the nurse who runs the mommy and me group I attend basically took it out of their library. Now to me that seems extreme, but it goes to show different strokes for different folks. Babywise basically employs the “eat, wake, sleep” (sometimes called “eat, play, sleep” or “eat, exercise, sleep”) method in order to teach your baby to fall sleep on his own rather than be nursed to sleep. The book discusses establishing a routine, feeding philosophies, and babies and sleep. The premise of the book is that the baby enters an already established family unit, and that rather than the world revolving around baby, the family unit’s foundation is a solid relationship between husband and wife (though the author does address single parents). Now again, the book isn’t for everyone but I agree with about 90% of it and it seemed to work for Genevieve.

The second book is "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child." This one is a bit more technical. It goes into great detail about the mechanics and science of sleep. I personally didn’t find it quite as easy to read and follow but it does give solid advice about the do’s and don’ts of sleep for infants. Now the two books do sometimes conflict with each other, which for me, is where my maternal instincts must break the tie. But their overall messages tend to be similar—a baby can learn to sleep through the night but we, the parents must teach them and not leave it up to chance. This book discusses how children sleep, how parents can help their children establish healthy sleep habits, and how to deal with sleep disturbances and concerns. I’ve only read up to Genevieve’s age so I have yet to complete the entire book, but so far, so good.

Hopefully if you’re looking for some advice about parenting or getting your child to sleep through the night one of these two books will help you. For my personality, research is king! That said, you can read five books that will tell you five different things to do (or not to do) which can drive you crazy. This is where I’m learning to trust my instincts and be confident that I know my baby better than some doctor or author who has never met her which sometimes trumps the “right” thing to do.

So tell me, when did your baby start sleeping through the night?  And is there a particular method you used or book you followed?

P. S. Here’s to a good night’s sleep to all you moms with new babies!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Taste{Full} Deal Alert! J. Crew & Ann Taylor

Right now J. Crew is offering an additional 30% off all Final Sale items, as well as free shipping on orders over $150 with the code EXTRA30.  How about using it on one of these lovelies?
Asymmetrical Ruffle Tee & Slub Cotton Ruffle V-Neck Top, $17.49 after promo

Tissue Rosette Bouquet Tee & Washed Silk Tank, $20.99 after promo

Ann Taylor's also offering a great sale, with 25% off 2 full price items or 40% off 3 or more full price items with the code ANNSTYLE, along with automatic free shipping on orders over $150. Some looks I'm loving from their site:

*WARNING!!  These classy combos aren't cheap.  But with 40% off, you might be able to invest in one versatile quality piece and some good (slightly cheaper) basics for spring that you'll fall in love with!  Think quality, not quantity, ladies! :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Is It Ever Too Early To Plan A Party??

I hope not, because I came across this photo over at the Hostess with the Mostess blog, and I have visions of a birthday party for my little girl streaming through my mind! Never mind that she's only 6 months and could appreciate NONE of it...  Originally from photographer Jessica Claire's blog, this Alice In Wonderland themed party combines brilliant color with whimsical elements such as butterflies, teacups, paper lanterns and princess wands.  What more could a little girl want?  Especially on this beautiful Sunday, these images remind me of all that I love about summer entertaining!  Enjoy! (Click here for full party details!)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Because They've Stolen My Heart...

Of course I want to proudly tell the world how much I love my two little munchkins!  What better way than an adorable "mom" or family necklace.  Tiffany posted here last November about her fabulous finds from Bloom Maternity, and that set me on the hunt for a personalized necklace of my own.  Here are my latest Etsy finds I'm considering!

Family Circle Birthstone Necklace, hand stamped - $33.00, etsy.com 
I love the birthstones, and the open shape of this one!

Copper Mother's Necklace, hand-stamped - $25.00, etsy.com
Isn't the copper a great surprise behind the silver heart?  I think this would be stunning in person!

Family Ties Necklace, hand-stamped - $44.00, etsy.com
I love the idea of being able to include the whole family!  You could either put you & your hubby's name on the top heart with the kids on the bottom, or your family's last name on the heart with all your names on the bottom.  I'm leaning towards this one, cause I just love that hammered silver heart!

So which one do I choose???

Friday, March 5, 2010

Icy Delights!

With thoughts of summer heavy on my mind, I came across this incredibly fun selection of popsicle molds over at Wrapables.com

Whether it's ice pops for your kids or a more gourmet take for the adults, the contents of these cute little containers will be sure to please!  And though the temp outside is frosty, crank up the heat for a night and enjoy one of these incredible sounding homemade popsicle recipes... I assure you the increase in your heating bill for the night will be worth it! ;)

Mojito Pops by Erin Cook

Rocky Road Pops by Dinner's On Me

Orange Banana Smoothie Pops by Country Living
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