Three Es Necklace

Look at this pretty little rose gold initials necklace! My brother and sister-in-law gave it to me for Christmas after my third baby was born. The three Es are for Elias, Eva and Ezra.

And it’s rose gold. ❤ 

I love it and wanted to share in case you were looking for a gift for a mom in your life! It’s from Made By Mary on Etsy.




The Perfect Tote Bag: Madewell Transport Tote

Last year, I was on a quest to find the perfect tote bag.

I found it!

Let me introduce to you the Madewell Transport Tote. The. Best. Tote. Bag. Ever.

Since August, I’ve been carrying this bag on a daily basis, so I’ve had some opportunity to test it. It’s even been to Atlanta for a work trip.

It’s beautiful. It’s roomy. It fits nicely on my shoulder. It’s durable.

I purchased this bag with some trepidation because it was – for me, anyway – an expensive purchase. But I’d carried my Timbuk2 bag for so long that I knew I wanted a tote bag with the same kind of staying power.

Conclusion: The Madewell Transport Tote is worth every single penny.

Proof: My sis-in-law liked mine so well, she bought one, too!

The Perfect Messenger Bag: Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

For the past few months, I’ve been scouring the Internet for The Perfect Tote Bag. It occurred to me today that I would be doing you, dear readers, a huge disservice if I did not share with you The Perfect Messenger Bag: a Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag.

It’s attractive, durable, weather resistant, convenient, and it is loaded with organizing pockets. Working on a college campus, it was perfect for carrying everything I needed. It’s also traveled with me on the few occasions that I’ve flown or taken a train.

For probably at least six years (I don’t remember when I bought it, but it was before I had any children), I’ve carried this bag to work with me on a daily basis. It still looks 95% new. Its biggest blemish is completely my fault. When my son was about two, he scribbled on the inside flap with an ink pen.

This bag is still going strong and has shown no signs of slowing down. Timbuk2 knows how to make a good bag.

I purchased this one before I was a mom and before I owned a smartphone or a tablet. I’ve outgrown it a little bit for my day-to-day needs, but I love this bag.

Timbuk2 sells very practical, good looking bags, and you can customize many of them. Mine was a standard issue, but since I love green, it totally worked for me.

This is my trusty messenger:

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Below is a shot of the interior, loaded with my stuff. See that red ribbon? On the other end is a hook for keys – love that feature! And there’s a pocket that’s the perfect size for some sunblock!

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

March Stitch Fix Review, Fix #7

What is Stitch Fix, you ask? In a nutshell, it is a personal styling service. It’s fun, convenient, and a great way to incorporate some new pieces into your wardrobe!

I’ve written about it here, here, here, here, here and here.

This time, I kept a Hemmingway Tab-Sleeve Knit Shirt by Tart.

This is Stitch Fix’s style suggestion:

Stitch Fix style card

Stitch Fix style card

Here’s how I wore it (I also had on red flats, but photographer husband cut off my feet):

blue and white shirt

Hemmingway Tab-Sleeve Knit Shirt by Tart, from Stitch Fix

If you’re interested in trying it for youself, I’d be forever grateful to you for using my referral link!

Fashion Friday: Stitch Fix Review #6

Let me begin by stating that this post is way, way overdue. I actually received this fix in the fall!  

What’s a Fix, you ask? It’s a clothing shipment from Stitch Fix, a personal shopping company. Check out my other Fixes: #1, #2, #3, #4. Pay a $20 styling fee, which can be used toward your purchase, and clothing is delivered directly to your doorstep to try on at home. Drop the items you don’t want back in the mail. Easy and fun. Want to give it a try? I’d be forever grateful if you used my referral link!

Anyways, what I kept from this Fix was a new shirt to wear with new (well, in the fall, they were new) skinny jeans! (And yes, I realize I am years behind on this trend. I’m okay with that.)

Fix #6 had several really cute items in it – including two blazers that I really wish had fit me well. But, back they went because they just weren’t quite right in all the right places.

Here’s a pic of me wearing the shirt from Fix #5 after a dinner out to celebrate my brother’s birthday!

Stitch Fix dolman top

Irene, Brie, Ben, Blake and Elias



Fashion Friday: Stitch Fix Review #5

Ah, Stitch Fix. You are my new addiction.

Not familiar with this service?

Check out their website. It’s pretty simple, really. Pay a $20 styling fee. Someone selects clothes for you. Try them on. Keep what you like; send back what you don’t.

Love it.

Here’s what I kept from this Fix:

My latest Stitch Fix find, paired with my own cardigan

My latest Stitch Fix find, paired with my own cardigan

Here’s what how my stylist suggested wearing it:

Each item comes with a handy styling card.

Each item comes with a handy styling card.

They’re building their business primarily by word-of-mouth. If you’re interested in trying it, I’ll be forever grateful if you use my referral link! Every time someone signs up using it, I get a $25 referral credit. How sweet is that?

Fashion Friday: Stitch Fix Review #4

This, my fourth box from Stitch Fix, was the best I’ve received thus far. In fact, when I opened it, I immediately liked everything I saw.

Luckily for my bank account, several of the pieces didn’t fit quite right, and I kept only one piece, the Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan by Chris and Carol. The color is beautiful, and it’s a perfect weight for working in an air-conditioned office during the summer.


Stitch Fix #4 (minus a
not-pictured necklace)

girl wearing cardigan

Me, in an awkward self-photo, wearing my new cardigan. Please ignore the flat hair. It was hot and humid outside. Maybe if I was super fashionable, I’d have put a cute red skinny belt on, too. But I’m not all that fashionable, so I don’t own a skinny red belt (yet).

Jackie styled this fix, as she did my last one, and it was great. Stitch Fix Stylist Jackie must be pretty darn good at her job because I’ve seen her name mentioned by other bloggers.

What’s Stitch Fix? Check out their website. They explain it very well. Here’s where I wrote about Fix #1, Fix #2 and Fix #3. Interested in trying it? Here’s a referral link. If you sign up through the link, I get some referral credit. Thanks, in advance!