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Spring Uniform

February 28, 2015

www.theprettydish.comI’m determined to significantly pare down my wardrobe. I currently have my clothes split between three closets and stored in several plastic containers. Because a baby brings so much “stuff,” our apartment is on overload. I surveyed the items hanging in my closet only to realize that I rarely wear MOST of my clothes. Now I’m all about picking out and keeping key pieces, never buying just to buy and investing in quality items that will last for years to come.

Now – for spring, I’m eyeing the pieces pictured here. White on white looks so crisp and is so easy to pull off. A pastel pump will be my new neutral. A tailored trench can easy elevate any outfit. I’m so ready to say goodbye to winter!!

Reiss Trench | Calypso St. Barth Tee | Frame Denim Jeans | Club Monaco Pump

xoxo……..

T.P.D.

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Queen Naomi

February 20, 2015

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This is just a post to say that Naomi STUNNED on the runway this week, closing the Zac Posen show. In case you’re out of the loop, New York Fashion Week just wrapped. There was lots to see on runways and in presentations across the city, but this look is just magical. She’s truly giving me a modern Glinda the Good Witch. All hail Queen Naomi!

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T.P.D.

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Lotion Love

February 11, 2015

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Hi guys, yep – still here. Still adjusting to the whole new mom thing, so forgive my absence. I’ll find balance one day! In the meantime, my little guy is growing so fast (pics here). He will be six months old on Valentine’s Day. Such a fitting day for him to be celebrating his half birthday – my heart is so full of love for baby boy!

Ahhhh, back to business. A friend bought me this amazingly rich body cream and I have to tell you about it. It’s part of Origins’ ‘Ginger’ line of products. It definitely smells like ginger, but there are also notes of bergamot, lemon and lime. The formula is so fluffy – it’s a treat to use.

I actually love the entire line, having tried many of the products. The body scrub and the bubble bath are two other favorites, they’re both so decadent.

xoxo……..

 T.P.D.

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On Two Feet

January 27, 2015

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If you’re in the northeast, happy snow day to you! We’re being hit with a record-breaking blizzard, so there’s really no excuse for me not to spend some time blogging today. I’ve been at a loss for inspiration lately. As I mentioned in my previous post, I broke my leg in December…SO, I’ve been spending a TON of time inside and my home, while cozy, has become pretty boring after a while. Spending so much time in the same place doesn’t lead to much creativity! This morning I remembered that I was holding on to some outfit pics that I shot the week before my injury. It was the day of my company’s holiday party, so I squeezed in a quick shoot on my way to the restaurant.

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Now that I’m a working mom, outfits that I can pull together quickly are so key. This J. Jill dress is just easy. I paired it with patterned tights, some heels (which are surprisingly comfortable) and my favorite coat (love the leather sleeves). The snood kept me warm and the jewelry dressed things up a bit. Outfit details below.

Now…moving on to some REAL TALK. I lost my baby weight quickly — just a few pounds to go, but surely this is due to the fact that I haven’t been able to walk for six weeks — so I thought this meant fitting into my old clothes and shopping for new ones would be pretty easy. NOT true. Since Baby M was born, he has been exclusively on breastmilk. Being a breastfeeding mama is different for everyone, and I have to say that I’m grateful that I came so easily to us. Absolutely no issues whatsoever, EXCEPT the fact that I was sooo engorged allll the time. No joke. I felt like I was carrying around two squirting bowling balls. Sorry, gotta be honest, and truth be told – I still feel this way. People will tell you that this is a good problem to have — imagine being on the other end, and not having enough milk to feed your baby? This is true, and again – I was and still am grateful. It’s a small price to pay for all of the benefits that nursing provides. BUT, it does make fitting into my tops and shopping for new ones quite challenging. Even beyond the shopping – I always have to be mindful of how my chest looks to make sure that I’m not having a Pamela Anderson moment. If I’m engorged (ie really “full”)? Forget about it. If I don’t have a scarf on hand to strategically place, I might as well throw on a potato sack…because there really is no other way to avoid distracting innocent people just attempting to have a normal conversation with me.

I share all of this to say that I’m facing a new wardrobe challenge, so we’ll see how successful I am at finding clothes that work. Stay tuned! In the meantime, please leave me a comment below if you have any advice. Also – I’ve been told that the engorgement, etc, will calm down over time…..it has been 5 1/2 months and that hasn’t happened for me. I think I just have a big supply, but would love to know about your experiences.

Now, here are the outfit details:

Snood (Gap, similar here from Bluefly), Coat (Mackage, similar  here), Dress (J. Jill, similar here), Patterned Tights (similar here), Heels (Sam Edelman), Earrings (Kate Spade, avail in yellow gold here), Gold Bracelet (Henri Bendel),  Blue Bracelet (J. Crew, old), Watch (Michael Kors, many rose gold options avail here)

xoxo……..

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

 T.P.D.

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a few things

January 18, 2015

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The rain poured all day today, and hubby, baby and I stayed in. I would have loved to spend a day like this completing projects that I otherwise have no time for — like organizing that annoying cabinet under the bathroom sink. But – my leg is still healing so I decided to have a baby cuddling, cat napping, Internet surfing kind of day. Here are a few fun links to explore~~

I’ve got to try this classic French twist. I hope it works on shorter hair! A Beautiful Mess

YESSSS, Tracee Ellis Ross! Elle.com

Marissa Webb is a style goddess and I simply love her guide to a chic Saturday. The Zoe Report

Judge me if you like, but this video has brought a dose of sanity to our household. It turns baby tears to baby smiles INSTANTLY. Thank you, Elmo. Thank you.

I LOVE cream of mushroom soup, so this recipe tops my “must try” list. Damn Delicious 

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xoxo……..

 T.P.D.

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