When my husband and I started planning for our first baby to arrive we had a pretty simple philosophy. It was important to us to only buy the essentials, spend money on quality things that would last, and not clutter our home with ugly baby gear. Many people told us it would be impossible to preserve our personal style and also have a newborn ruling the roost. But, with some careful planning and a pared-down registry, we were able to spend the first year of our son's life clutter free. Now baby number two is on the way and we're chatting again about how to keep our sanity and (hopefully) stylish space intact.
Here's my minimalist list of some things to add to your registry, to assure your home and style feel modern and fresh, without trading function or comfort.
1/ 4moms Breeze Playard in black
2/ Baby Bjorn Bouncer
3/ Baby Bjorn Carrier
4/ Rock n' Play Sleeper in gray
5/ Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat in black
6/ Svan Signet Complete High Chair in natural
7/ BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller in black
When I was in middle school I was obsessed with looking different. I was six feet tall in seventh grade. Fitting in wasn't exactly an option for me anyway. I experimented with hideous faux snakeskin jackets, terry cloth tube tops and fire engine red hair. It was not good. Then in high school, when I wasn't wearing sweatshirts after softball practice, I was trying desperately to mimic Penny Lane in Almost Famous (anyone else?) and spending all of my money on thrift shop bell-bottoms and lace tops. Again, not so good.
It wasn't until college that I accepted the fact that a strong personal style will always win over fleeting trends. And while I didn't regret any of my former fashion escapades, I knew that real style didn't come from imitation. It was then that I discovered great street-style blogs and stopped spending my money on cheap crap. These days, my closet is more compact, packed with black basics, great shoes and a few great boho staples. My real wardrobe is stored in smaller boxes. Because after all of this time trying to find the perfect outfit what I've finally realized is that yes, I like clothes, but I LOVE jewelry.
Even when I'm dressed in the perfect outfit, if my hands aren't stacked with rings I'm lost. Jewelry! Give me diamonds, yes. Pearls, okay. A giant shell with a hole drilled through the center, coated in resin and made into a ring? Bingo, the weirder the better. I'll throw it on with a black sheath and feel right at home and fashionably flawless, anywhere. No matter how many compliments you get on a look, unless you feel like it truly represents your personal mission, you'll never feel comfortable. For me, that means jewelry. And make it big.
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It's hard to believe that when these photos were taken just under a year ago, my sweet baby was just a few weeks along. We celebrated New Year's Eve in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains and as we were kicking around names and driving through the frostbitten maple trees I said to Bradley, "Why not Tennessee?" and he said, "Yeah, why not?"
There's nothing like a good adult summer barbecue. Especially when your friends bring all of the food, beer and fun and you get to just hang out. That's what happened a few months ago when the Snake Bite Co. crew showed up at our door with a bag full of their awesome gear and staged a photoshoot in our backyard. A photoshoot that quickly turned into an all-night summer shindig. Good times, good vibes.
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