I'm five months into the new adventure of being a mommy to baby London. Words can barely convey what a true joy the last few months have been. My first experience was (like many parents) a trial by fire. This time, there is a sense of confidence having tread similar ground before, and over all I've been much more relaxed for the whole process. This goes for bouncing back as well. I'd love to give you a five point formula for how I lost the baby weight but the truth is that it has been a lot less straight forward than all that. Instead of striving, this time it's all kind of taken care of itself. Here's my take on losing the baby weight the second time around....
If you follow me you will know by now that I'm pretty passionate about the subject matter of food. Maybe it's because I have personal ties with the farming industry, maybe it's because I am a self confessed former "healthy kid"(or chubby if we are just being honest). Whatever the reasons, this girl loves food. I'm always fascinated to observe the ebb and flow of certain trends within the food industry. As I've become more acquainted with the regions top Chefs, Restauranteurs, and Influencers in the industry I learn more about what goes into these changes and how to be more informed about how it ends up on the plate and where it's inspiration originated from. Recently I sought out some of the regions most valued opinions on what's trending this year and now I'm bringing them to you. Here's what the experts have to say about what to expect in 2016.
Recently we got away for a little family escape. Since baby London was still so small we decided to stick close to home and do a staycation right in our backyard at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa. Perhaps best known as the home resort of THE PLAYERS Championship course, I wanted to see if there was more to Sawgrass than met they eye. What I learned had me pleasantly surprised.
Looking for a taste of the South? Jacksonville is rising in the ranks for it's culinary talents and it's no secret that if you are looking for original Southern dishes prepared with finesse and delivered with sophistication and distinction, then the river city should be on your radar. Here is a round up of some of the Bold City's finest dining destinations and their take on elevated Southern dining.
In just a few hours 2015 will be history and we will usher in a new year full of possibilities. My hope for you is that this year is one of your most joy filled, prosperous years. I hope you fill it with new adventures, and cherished memories with the ones you love. I consider it my great joy to bring you my experiences here on this blog and the other media outlets I contribute to. With the few hours left it's time to look back at the memories we made and accomplishments we achieved. I'm pleased to bring you the best of my work this year as I round up my top 10 blog posts.
It has been an exciting year! Full of first time experiences, and most importantly new life. In January we traveled to Anna Maria Island to visit Mainsail Beach Inn where we revealed to my in laws we were expecting again. In April we flew across the country to explore the wilds Sea Ranch Lodge in Northern California, and the Millennial minded Pier 2620 in San Francisco.
Looking for a scene stealing look that's also cozy and warm? I love this plaid number I found at Anthropologie (while shopping for these great Gift ideas). It's perfect for the Holidays, and great for layering. Pair it with a little bling to dress it up or add some leather for a more urban feel. Make it your own and have fun! I wore this look on The Chat for my last appearance, and it was a huge hit. Read on for more details.
It's been a full year. Between my travels, bringing baby London into the world, and getting my big kid off to kindergarten. I'd say we made 2015 memorable. Finishing off the year in style I've been picking out special little things for the ones I love. I thought I'd share a little bit of my Christmas inspiration with you with treasures I found at Anthropologie. Here are a few must haves for travel lovers that I think you will love as much as I do.
FlowRider® Double at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
Confession: I'm one of those work from home individuals who for the majority of the week resides in something ultra comfy, like you know pjs. Don't get me wrong, I like getting made up like any other girl and being dressed down most of the time makes these events even more special. However, when I'm just out and about being Sienna and London's mom, getting groceries, or exchanging hellos with the other dance moms; I like to feel put together but not awkwardly overdressed. In you know... something like this from Anthropologie.
For almost a decade now we've had our own photography business. From portraits, to commercial images we've learned a thing or two about how to craft a better image that will both pop on your social media feed, and be a reminder of treasured memories for years to come. Give up the selfie, you don't want to remember your timeless travels with strictly selfie shots. Here are some tips for making your pics look like the pros.
Today on the blog I'm pairing another set of fabulous flare leg jeans with an ultra feminine blouse. Who says moms have to wear mom jeans? Toss those lumpy trousers in the waste basket and pull on a pair of these dark wash Citizen of Humanity flares complete with rear sculpting technology. Can I get an Amen?!
The weather is finally cooling down and now that I'm fitting back into most of my pre-baby clothes I've been in the mood to shop a bit. My closet was in need of a bit of an update, but having an infant comes with some ...err special needs in the wardrobe department. But just because baby is breastfeeding doesn't mean I have to sacrifice style right!? My friends at Anthropologie proved to me that great style can be baby friendly too! Here are a few of the gems I discovered. Watch out for baby London stealing the scene. And did I mention my new do?
away this fall and at odds as to what you should bring? Fall temps can change dramatically ranging from chilly to hot and humid depending on the destination. If you are like me and have fashion on the brain, but don't want to arrive loaded down with baggage, then you will love these five tips to make packing for your next fall trip a bit more streamlined. No need to bring the whole wardrobe, here's the scoop.
The last few weeks have flown by. I can't believe little London is six weeks old already. I've embraced every precious moment of her time as a newborn and I have to admit I've been surprised how much more laid back this experience has been compared to my first born. I think a lot of it has to do with not being a rookie parent. There is a certain amount of confidence that comes with having survived the trial by fire the first time around. Despite all that experience a lot has changed in the last five years and I'm enjoying some of the new products and tricks out there to keep baby and momma happy and content. This week I have a round up of my favorite products by NüRoo including their baby wearing shirt the NüRoo pocket.
It's no secret. One of the number one goals of every new mom is getting her pre baby body back. It took the better part of an additional 9 months after my first born to return to my normal size. This time however, I've been pleased to notice I'm bouncing back much quicker. What's the source of this expedited return to the norm? I truly believe that since I was in better shape before the pregnancy, I was able to get back my shape faster, but also I have a little secret. For generations the secret of compression has been passed down from woman to woman. It's no surprise that the modern day marketplace has harnessed the concept and perfected it. Belly Bandit's products are the finest example of compression wear at work. Here are a few of my favorite pieces I've been wearing over the last month.
After three weeks of maternity leave, I'm coming out of my sleep-less fog to formerly announce the arrival of our newest addition. Little London arrived August 18th and is a healthy, sweet little girl. Our family is beyond thrilled and have enjoyed soaking up the last few weeks enjoying every beautiful moment. We couldn't be happier and appreciate all of your good thoughts and kind words over the last few weeks! Here are some highlights.
The summer is winding down, and so is this pregnancy. We'll be welcoming little London into our arms this week, and before we do I wanted to share one last maternity look. In Florida it's still hot and steamy but that doesn't mean I'm not craving a taste of fall style. I like this fun transitional look with layered pieces that can be added and removed as needed. For location we escaped to the Jacksonville library. Traveling more than an hour away from home is out ruled until baby arrives, but that doesn't mean I can't escape into a great book, or better yet plan my next adventure.
You know what can take a boring or well loved outfit and give it new life? The perfect statement accessory. If you are like me, that may fall more into the "want" category, not "need" category dropping back to the rear burner when it comes to shopping. Never fear! I recently learned of a service that sends its subscribers new accessories every month to liven up wardrobes around the style nation. If you love the pieces, you can purchase them, or if you like return them and receive fresh pieces for your next look! Pretty brilliant I know, and who doesn't love receiving a new box of sparkle every month? Read on to discover what bling I received from RocksBox....