Fashion Friday: Dressing HEnry

To say I’m having fun dressing Henry would be a vast understatement. I can’t even imagine if I had had a girl- I’d be teetering on bankruptcy, no doubt. But there are still lots of fun clothes for tiny fellas (teeny tiny blazers make me weak in the knees).  A lot of people have asked on Instagram for my favorite places to shop for Henry and so here we go!  Like everything else,  I approach it with a high/low attitude.  The bulk of his clothes come from affordable sources and I spurge now and then on things that really make me squeal (after all, it took us so much to get this baby and so I tell myself it’s okay to spend $60 on a baby t-shirt if I want to, which I KNOW is ridiculous!!!)   It’s so easy to get carried away- case in point:

“That Henry, he’s so hot right now” said in my best Zoolander voice
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(sheet from Rikshaw Design– striped shirt from Zara (no longer available-similar here) and sweater from Gap Kids (also gone), jeans from Old Navy)

Brands I Shop the Most:

Carter’s (most of Henry’s pajamas- also great basics)

Old Navy (basics, jeans, trendy outfits & accessories for less- 40% off all baby & kids today)

GapKids (all. the. things. 40% off all baby & kids here today too! Ruh-roh)

H&M (50% of Henry’s wardrobe- stylish, affordable, well made)

Zara (baby “high fashion” at lower prices)

Magnificent Baby (amazing onesies that close with magnets- awesome for bleary-eyed middle of the night changes!)

Some current closet faves:

Valentines Day with M.Flynn (& A DISCOUNT!)

In honor of upcoming Valentine’s Day the fab Flynn girls and I decided that a little shoot showing off some of our romantic collection together was in order. Cue up our model Lauren (a new team member at Erin Gates Design) and photographer friend Sarah Winchester to capture the delicate bracelets, rings, necklace and earrings in the Gates Collection.  And in honor of Vday they are offering my fab readers 15% off your purchase (of anything on their site) with the code LOVE15.  Perhaps a good time to send valentines day hints to a certain someone?? :)

The light was working in our favor for sure- and really reflects the feminine, delicate, timeless look I was going for with the collection. The studs and frame ring look so fab in this pic.
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Black and White Nursery Insanity.

I have two fabulous lines to show you today that focus on black and white as a nursery scheme- who says you can’t have black in a nursery? Certainly not moi! Check out these examples while I go get my third cup of coffee due to the fact that Henry is in some sort of planet alignment craziness/growth spurt/possessed by evil spirits phase….

I bet you can guess that when the new Emily & Merritt Collection for PB Kids dropped so did my jaw. This is like, straight outta my black and white lovin’ brain! I mean….WHAAAAAAT!?
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Like, this rocker IS my living room chair.

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Going Country.

I was at CVS the other day and spotted this cover of Country Living and had to pick it up because that room? Hello, totally right up my alley. Country Living isn’t a mag I subscribe to, but now that I’m using Texture, I’m going to be looking at it every month!  There were some great things in this issue, but mostly this house!  It’s like Chip & Joanna Gaines total dream home. :)  I think Fixer Upper has turned us all into a bit of a country fan, no?
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I die for those beams and the overall warm scheme- the layered rugs, the giant basket (which I FOUND- see my “get the look” board below) and the abundance of white, which makes everything feel so warm and lived in.

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My “Look Like You Got Sleep” Makeup Routine

*Here’s the post I was working on for Friday before I got hit with a stomach bug- really interesting when you have an infant and many of you probably know.

The other day I had a crazy morning- early morning nursing/entertaining Henry, then styling and doing a photoshoot at the house followed by client meetings and work.  Needless to say I was frazzled and rushing, and in between the shoot and getting to the office I stopped to get lunch quickly.  While in the restroom I was washing my hands and looked up in the mirror and literally jumped back. I blurted out loud, with other people in earshot, “Holy shit, I look awful!”  I had managed to forget to put makeup on that morning, which admittedly I think was a first in a while.  And MAN, did it make a difference. Especially now that I’m not getting  eight solid hours of sleep and many nights, falling asleep before washing my face.  When I got home later that evening Andrew said “Honey you look really tired”, and I told him I was always tired, I just have a good way of faking NOT looking tired most days!

No matter if you are a mom or not, I bet you are tired and frazzled too. Maybe not everyday (I hope not) but with this crazy pace we live at these days,  we all have had those days when you look in the mirror and think “I look like I just got dragged down the street by a bus”.  I’ve had those mornings a lot lately, even though (knock on wood) we have a pretty good sleeper.  I’ve streamlined my daily makeup routine to essential items that I think help me look awake, even when I’m not- so I can avoid scaring the ever living daylights out of myself in Panera bathrooms.
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Step 1:  After washing, moisturize liberally with a super-duper hydrating cream (especially in winter).  Anything with hylaronic acid will help plump up your skin and eye cream with caffeine will shrink bags a bit.  My favorites for face moisture are La Mer (I buy a jar every winter),  L’Oreal Revitalift Triple Power (so good for the price!) and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisturizing Balm and for eyes I love the illuminating Origins Ginzing.

Step 2: Now it’s time to cover blotchiness, dark circles and any spots.  I have recently started using Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation because it really evens skin tone AND stays on all day. Like, it actually does- it doesn’t just say it does and then fail at 4pm. For a less expensive option I like L’Oreal Lumi which has a little more “glow” to it.  When I’m feeling extra tired I like mixing in a drop or two of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector to my foundation for a bit more light to my face (it’s glowy, not glittery). Skip this if you have breakouts as it will just, well- illuminate them. :) Now for the tired gal’s most important item- concealer. I still am pretty loyal to Cle de Peau in beige (one very expensive stick does last at least a year- and I use a good amount of concealer!)- the other one I really like that REALLY covers is Laura Mercier’s High Coverage Concealer.  I make sure to dot this around the corners of my nose and crease of the chin as redness in those areas make you look more fried.  After that, adding a swipe of cult fave Touche Eclat highlighter to the undereye and outer corner of the eye  helps lift and brighten.

Step 3:  I prime my lids with Benefit LemonAid to eliminate lid redness and make my eyeshadow last a little longer.  Following that I fix my brows up with the best brow pencil/ brush there is, Anastasia’s Brow Wiz. I’ll add a fresh pop of color to the cheeks with Sephora’s Gel color (love the Dahlia and Waterlily)- this stain lasts all day too and keeps your complexion looking bright not dusty (tip- blend it quickly as the stain sets pretty fast!) Over that I dust my long time love, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze for a little color and glow.

Step 4: Then I dust a pale neutral shade all over the lid and browbone (like in this Nars compact in Bellissima) and put the medium taupe shadow on the lid.  For a little extra definition I’ll add a dark taupe or plummy brown shade to the outer corner and crease (which I didn’t in the pic below because we were just going to my parent’s house).  Then I’ll pop on a couple coats of this Dior curling mascara and a swipe of Bobbi Brown’s Nude gloss and GO.

Pretty much all the products talked about here on my face (car selfie style- please pardon the face that I have not gotten my eyebrows waxed in over 10 weeks… yikes!) It’s a natural look and simple and easy enough for every day.  When I have a meeting I’ll add a little eyeliner (I like Laura Mercier’s Cake Liner with a thin angled brush for that) and wing the edge a little to open the eye a bit more.

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(scarf via Two Penny Blue (who is hiring in three positions!!!) , earrings via JCrew (old)- similar here)