Outfit Post: Carry It All with Dagne Dover

It’s official. My maternity leave is over. Wah Wah.

Okay, in all honesty I’m making it seem way worse than it actually is. Luckily, I really like my job and the people I work with so other than some sadness over not getting to hang full-time with baby Blake anymore, I’m not really bummed about getting back to work. I made quiet the morning of it too. I tried to get myself put together more than usual (which means I paid attention while blow drying my hair and putting on make-up) and did a quick stop at Target to pick up some new office supplies. That paper section really got the best of me (got this and this… and maybe these – I couldn’t resist). I also totally cleaned out my office first thing when I got in so it kind of feels like the first day of school.

Especially since last night I packed up my new Dagne Dover tote with all my work gear – it’s basically like my fancy, grown-up backpack. I got the 15-inch tote and it has ALL THE POCKETS. One for your laptop, a handful for pens, a special pocket for your phone, cord for your keys (cause you know they always get lost on the bottom and that is the worst) and my favorite feature of all – a pocket/holder for your water bottle. It also zips up so you can hide away all your mess of stuff so people don’t think you are a hoarder on wheels (I hate when I go to meetings with a tote and people can see the clutter inside you bag).Plus this pink color is super pretty and goes with everything. Basically, it is like a dream come true.

And since there are pockets for days, it’s become the prettiest little diaper bag too. I think having a “diaper bag” is kind of a waste because you really don’t need THAT MUCH stuff. I guess you could think of things to throw in for the sake of it but personally, I think it’s unnecessary. Rather than spend a bunch of money on a bag you only carry for a few months that isn’t very attractive, splurge on something like this that you can still carry when your baby is no longer a baby. I have one dedicated pocked in here for the baby essentials I need for emergencies – diapers, wipes (these Honest to-go packs are my favorites because they take up no room), a back-up onesie and changing pad. This way I can pick her up from daycare and run errands or take her straight to dinner without worry about running home first. We’ll see how often we can make that happen though. I’m guessing most days I’ll just be trying to make it home in one piece – say a prayer for me.

Dagne Dover 15-inch tote Pale Pink Stingray (1)Dagne Dover – The 15-inch Tote in Pale Pink Stingray c/o
(this color is limited edition so if you want one, order it before it’s gone)
Banana Republic Tweed Cropped Jacket (on sale now; love this one too)| Stripe Tee from Dress & Dwell | Banana Republic Avery Black Crop Pants | Steve Madden Varcityy Black Heels (seen before here in nude)| J.Crew Tassel Necklace (sold out; similar here)| Ray-Ban Aviators from Ditto (get your first month membership free with code LOUWHATWEAR)

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Inspiration: Make It Nice * Living Room Updates

We moved into our house at the end of January and six months later, we still haven’t, in the words of Dorinda Medley, made it nice.

If I had my way (and the wallet that went with it), I would have the whole places decorated and done. But unfortunately for us all, furniture is expensive and creating a space that you truly love takes time. Yes, I know patience is a virtue. I just wish I had it.

After a couple months, I bit the bullet and bought a new couch. It’s a gorgeous modern but still comfy sofa with chaise from Interior Define (you may have seen it on snapchat last week) . It came in last week and I am obsessed. As a quick side note: it’s an awesome company to order from. The couches are all custom made, they have tons of fabrics, they are really high quality and there is free shipping. But anyways…  that’s about all that’s going on in our living room right now.

With the biggest buy out of the way, I’m trying to get a game plan together on what to do with the rest of the room and then slowly work through finding, buying and ultimately, creating a space that’s homey, comfortable but also looks put together. I’m going for a mix (aren’t we all). I little mid-century modern, a little classic and a little boho. Most importantly I want it to fit our family and be livable. That’s a lot of boxes to check. Wish me luck.

Since I got good feedback on my master bedroom inspiration post (although I still haven’t done much in that space either… wah wah), I figured I’d share what’s inspiring me as I tackle the living room. When (or if) it gets finished, I’ll be sure to share pics.

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Outfit Post: Pumped Up Kicks

Lately I’ve been buying a lot of shoes – especially sneakers. Man oh man I love sneakers. Always have, always will.

I do think I may be treading into obsessive territory though. The other day Drew made me count out how many sneakers I’d bought in the last couple months. Let’s just say it’s more than a handful. {Insert monkey covering eyes emoji}

The deal on these New Balance 530’s at Madewell was too good to pass up. That’s the good thing about having giant feet – those size 10’s are usually the last ones left and hence, the most marked down. There had to be at least one benefit to having boat size feet.

Yeah I know they are kinda grandpa-ish but I had to have them. I bought them knowing I’d get more wear out of them this fall and although I’m not wishing away these (crazy) hot days, I can’t wait to break them out for football games and other weekend running around (but not actually going for a run).

If you think these are a little too old man for your style (I get that), I’ve rounded up some more options in both some fun color combos and some more traditional colors. If you do order a pair, I think they run a little big so I would order a half size down.

New Balance 530 Women's Sneakers (4)Linen Tee from Dress & Dwell |  Banana Republic Skinny Ankle Jean | New Balance 530 Sneakers (see here and here for more of my New Balance love)

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Yay It’s a Giveaway + Favorite Things: Newly Minted

Nothing like a good giveaway to liven up a Tuesday.

I’ve been a fan of Minted for a long time so I was jazzed to get a chance to work with them. Whenever a brand I already love and use contacts me, I get extra excited since it’s an the perfect opportunity to take my recommendations from gabbing with my girlfriends to sharing it with all of you. More importantly, I was pumped to have a chance to do a this giveaway with them.

I’ve spent way too many hours trying to narrow down my pick for our Christmas cards and don’t get me started on how long it took me to settle on a selection for a friend’s shower invitation. Seriously, full afternoons wasted debating between options.

But enough of my indecision …  this time next week I’ll be back in the office and that, my friends, is a huge bummer. Maternity leave hitting in conjunction with summer break is a huge bonus – I just wish I could extend it to Labor Day. Can I extend it to Labor Day?

Since I know that’s not in the cards, I’ve been trying to spend the last couple days knocking some to-do’s off my list to prepare for the insanity that our schedule becomes come Monday. Part of that is getting Blake ready for daycare but I’ve also been trying to get some of my back to school shopping done too. There’s all the big stuff – school supplies, uniforms, lunch boxes but then there’s always a bunch of random things you don’t think of off-hand. Like stickers. Did you ever think you’d be needed stickers for school?

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Gold Pineapple Custom Name Labels | Doodle Frame Custom Name Labels | Frenchie Custom Name Labels  | Watercolor Flowers Custom Name Labels  | Vintage Race Car Custom Name Labels

Last year, after Drew ended up losing something new just about every week – I knew we need to start labeling all his stuff. Kind of annoying, yes. Totally necessary, definitely.

Oh and any new moms or pregnant friends (there’s a lot of you all out there right now – it’s baby fever all of a sudden), if you’ve got a little one heading to daycare, you’re probably going to need to label your kiddos bottles. Markers rub off so you’ll need to order washable stickers to do the trick. It also comes in handy if you forget a bottle at a friend’s house.

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Doodle Frame Custom Name Labels | Gold Pineapple Custom Name Labels

The ones on Minted are by far the cutest around. I had already ordered these pretty little flower ones but then had to grab these little pineapple ones. I love these because they don’t come off in the dishwasher, fit their full names (my daycare requires the full first and last name on every bottle) and are just the sweetest.

For Drew, I have a mix. Bigger stickers for his lunch box, school supplies and bags but these tiny clothing label ones for all his uniforms. Rather than go with my pick, I let him scour the site with me to pick out his favorites. Last year it was race cars, this year sports.Whatever it takes to keep him from losing something else. You can see from the ones we bought last year that they stay on really well despite lots and lots of washings.

And since I couldn’t leave Reese out, I picked up these for my puppy obsessed little lady. I know once I show them to her she’ll be sticking them to every thing she owns. She’s started to take her books to school on the regular so I’ve been adding them whenever she decides to take one with her.

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Frenchie Custom Name Labels 

And last but not least, I’ve just got to to the office is send out Blake’s birth announcements. Yup, still haven’t done that. Aren’t they cute though? Hopefully they’ll be hitting the mail in the next couple days. Wish me luck.

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Simple Love Birth Announcements

I should have taken Minted up on their labeling service – next time I’ll realize I need the help and spring for the extra charge (it’s free right now though so if you’re in the need, it’s a good time to order).

Here’s the best part, Minted is going to be hooking one of you up with $150 to get ready for the school year. Or you can treat yourself and pick out something from their home or art selections. So much good stuff, I’m guessing the winner will be spending too much time narrowing down their favorites.

How to enter to win $150 Minted credit:

  • Enter here on Minted.com
    • Enter your name and email address (yup, that’s it)
  • Giveaway ends Tuesday June 26th at 1 pm.
  • The Fine Print:  This giveaway is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the Sponsor, the judging organization (if applicable), or any other party associated with the development or administration of this Promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited.


Disclosure: This giveaway was sponsored by Minted.com. In addition, I was given a credit to Minted to pick out a handful of items featured in this post. Not all items featured in this post were included in that compensation. Some stuff I just bought because I loved it! All opinions, thoughts and random ramblings are my own.

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