Wanting: Winter Coat

We've been experiencing some summer weather here yet I'm thinking about coats. Nice big, warm, cozy coats. We're due for some cold weather so I should probably be prepared.

 Vmac tweeted about this coat the other day and I was like, ohmygawd, you're so perfect. Wear me.

Being the frugal girl that I am, I searched for more affordable options so if you're in need of a coat too, here you go.

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one - faux fur hooded parka. Pretty color and great price.

two - I like the way the buttons are up at the top and flares out at the bottom, giving the illusion of a waist.

three - there's a memo going around that pink coats are like so in, so I'm just fwding the message. Plus, I really like the contrasting collar.

four - camel-colored coat; classic. If you treat it well, you'll have it forever.

five - another great price. Nice big collar to keep you extra warm and I love the belt, again accentuating the waist.

six - back to little Mrs. Perfect. Edgy and classic. You're like what I wish I was. Leather sleeves, zipper detail and great silhouette. I seriously love you.

Happy Thursday!


Felix Bae Lovett and His Nursery

And just like that I had a baby. Ha, I wish it was just like that. It was more like 17 hours and 30 mins of pushing and baby finally came out, on November 1st at 9:18 am. Not too bad considering some of the stories I've heard. I actually think my labor was less scary than I had imagined and my overall pregnancy went by pretty smoothly so I  definitely consider myself lucky, which brings me to our baby's name: Felix.

When looking through a baby name book with over 10o,000 names, I was starting to feel overwhelmed and felt like we were going to arrive at the hospital nameless. We knew we wanted a baby name that started with an F to commemorate TH's grandpa's name, Fred. I wanted a name that could easily translate from English to Spanish and nothing on the popular list. It was TH who came across Felix and as the name slipped off his tongue nonchalantly, I remember saying, wait say that again. I liked it pretty much immediately. Short, strong, familiar but not particularly common; it was the definition though that really sold us.

Felix: one who is happy and prosperous; lucky, favored by luck or the lucky one.

Furthermore, reminding me of a quote that TH's dad always says, "I'd rather have luck than skill any day."

It took us a bit longer to decide on a middle name. For a while, I wasn't really sure I wanted one but then thought it'd be nice to give him a name in honor of TH's 93-year-old grandma who's been asking for a baby pretty much since we got married. So we took Baeila, the name TH's grandma was named after and shortened it to Bae.

While in the hospital, Sabra emailed me the pictures she took of Felix's nursery and I finally got some time to look through them and share.

Remember before it was just a guest room where the dogs loved to hang out? I never really put any effort into decorating it because I knew it would one day be a baby's room.

And now it's Felix's room.

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After

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I knew I wanted to create a window seat for our dogs to continue to hang out on, with drawers underneath for extra storage and bookshelves on either side for displaying books and personal accessories.

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Baby's only friends right now.

Green pillows gifted to me by Arianna Belle.

Striped fabric is from Calico Corners and window fabric is from Perennials, welted in fabric I had leftover from another project.

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I found this vintage artwork on Etsy titled, Mexican Journey, as a reminder of his heritage.

The Aviary wallpaper, from Schumacher, was the jumping off point. Cool little birds that remind me of TH's nickname, baby bird, still used by his mom.

The moose toy rocker is from IKEA. Moose was a nickname I briefly gave TH when we were first married.

Sparrow crib from Oeuf with sprout kite sheets from Serena and Lily.

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I had the campaign style dresser/changing table custom made and lacquered in Benjamin Moore Stratford Blue.

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Rocker and midcentury footstool were both found on Etsy. The rocker, however, was refinished and reupholstered.

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Check the little guy out

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Happy Thursday!

photography: Sabra Lattos


New Desk

Now that our guest room slash office has turned into a nursery, TH no longer has a desk and has moved his computer onto the dining room table.

The man deserves a proper work station and so I'm on the hunt for a new desk for him.

Surprise! I know you read this TH so pick one. No really, pick no. one. Or five.

I like them all but those two are my favorite.

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A new desk means I'll have a bit of rearranging to do but should be able to create at least an area for him to sit at that doesn't involve moving his stuff when it's time to eat dinner.

And new desk means... new desk chairrrr! But that's for another post. Maybe.

Happy Tuesday!


Full-Term

It's almost show time, guys.

I'm now 37 weeks pregnant which, for you non preg lingo types, that means baby is cooked up and healthy enough to make his appearance any time from now until my due date (Nov 9th). I doubt I'll be late, but again, I'm no Doctor. Just slightly psychic. According to my due date though, I still have three weeks to go but if baby is ready that means I have no choice but to be ready too. But I'm seriously hoping he's not ready so I don't have to cancel my plans for this coming weekend.

Other than getting my hospital bag ready, I think we're pretty good to go. And as of Friday, you can consider the nursery done. It's done!

Here's a short montage of some of the room's major changes alongside the growth of my baby bump.

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Yesterday Sabra Lattos came by to photograph the room and will hopefully get to share those soon.

Happy Monday!

 


Halloween Picks

Halloween is in the air and although I'm always late to bust out the decorations, this holiday is my favorite.

There's a chance Baby Lovett can actually be born on Halloween and I just think it'll be hilarious bringing him home in a costume. Forget stopping by at home first, let's get this kid trick-or-treating.

And I probably just jinxed myself.

Hang in there kid. Make it to November.

Back to Halloween, here's a roundup of some items I'm currently digging to get us all into the spirit.

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Happy Wednesday!


Baby Shower

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Today I'm over on Spearmint Baby sharing some pictures from my Baby Shower. I so hope you'll come check them out.

Happy Wednesday!

photo by Gladys Lara


Adore Home

Earlier last week I was contacted by the founder and creator of Adore Home Magazine asking if I would like to participate in the magazine's blog loving feature.

I would've responded with a, hell yeah but that didn't seem very professional. So instead I quickly emailed her back and said I'd love to.

I was asked to gather ten things I'm currently loving and give a brief description as to why I love them.

The issue went live last night (Australia time) and was happy to see that it was actually their special California edition I was participating in.

I put all my ten picks together for you, although if you read the magazine, only five were selected for the feature.

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painting // chandelier // purse (the one I picked is now sold out) // brass crab // nail lacquer

cheetah stools // boots // pillow // headboard // chest

And here is how it looks in the mag.

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Go check it out. It's full of color and inspiration, and if you're from California or LA specifically, I think you'll really enjoy each write up.

And shout out to my blog bud Erika whose house got and 18 page spread, photographed by my other girl Sabra.

Read it all here.

Happy Tuesday!


Baby Lovett is A...

This weekend I revealed the gender of our baby to family and friends at my baby shower. Other than immediate family, no one really knew the sex and it turned out to be a fun way to keep my friends and cousins on their toes.

Of course everyone has their theories. Like, you've been craving sweets so it's a boy. Or, you conceived on a full moon so it's a girl. I just made that one up.

But yeah, people take one look at your stomach and suddenly they think they have x-ray vision. They knnooow.

Me? I just go on instincts. I was right about my nephew so I was one-for-one and thought I was on a roll. I was so certain TH and I were having a girl I was ready to tell the ultrasound technician, I know, when gender was revealed. Instead I couldn't help but utter, really? When he told us...

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I was totally surprised, which was actually nice because that's rare.

But what about my motherly instincts, I couldn't help but think? Is there such a thing as fatherly instincts because TH was right. He called it and any time he'd say it was a boy, I'd roll my eyes.

I was already starting to scheme out a nursery for a girl. I was clueless as to what to do with a boy's room.

But slowly the wheels starting turning and now I can't even picture us starting with a girl. And if we have a girl next, well then she better like blue because they'll most likely be sharing a room.

He's an idea of the route I'm taking.

I wanted something kid appropriate but nothing too babyish. Something to grow into, if you will.

I first saw this wallpaper in our hotel room at the Soho Grand in New York a few years ago and when I was reunited with it, I knew it was the right choice. It's a bunch of birds and serves as sort of a nod to the fact that my mother-in-law still calls TH baby bird.

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Wallpaper, blinds and built-in are up but for the most part, room is still pretty much full of things that need to be organized and furniture-less, most of which should be coming in this week.

I'm hoping to have it complete by mid October. It'll be nice bringing baby home to a finished room.

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There's Nora being dramatic.

It's getting there though.

Happy Tuesday!


Fashion for Fall

I'm in dire need of updating my basics for Fall. I need long sleeved ts, sweaters (preferably cardigans) a new coat and denim.

I'm hesitant to make any purchases as my stomach continues to expand and who knows how long it'll take to go back to what it was formerly, but I know I need some updates before I have zero time to buy myself anything new.

Once I'm a mom, my approach to keeping things simple and classic will have to do to ensure I look and feel somewhat pulled together.

As a bonus, I think a pretty new nail color, a statement ring and a cool clutch - shall we have some time to go out to a nice dinner - might make me even feel hip.

Oh yeah, and lets not forget the boots. Quintessentially fall. I live in them.

Fashion for Fall

classic jersey top // cardigan // quilted parka // black denim // clutch // nail lacquer // ring // booties


What's New What's Next

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I was recently asked to participate as a Blogger Ambassador in the fifth annual, "What's New What's Next" event hosted by The New York Design Center on September 19th. The focus of the event is on new products from the New York Design Center showrooms.

This year's blogger participation is a bit different from years past. The target this year is to have a strong product presence on Pinterest.

 I was asked to create a collage, inspired by one new product to be introduced at this year's event and on the day of the event, my board will be on display amongst the other participants. But until then, boards will be pinned and repinned for promotion.

With some big name media sponsors like Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest and discussions with some of my favorite designers like Thom Filicia, Vicente Wolf and Bunny Williams, I was eager to jump at the opportunity to participate. And although I physically won't be able to attend the event, knowing that a board that represents my stile will be in attendance (and hopefully viewed by many) feels like a bit of an honor.

The board I created is titled, California Luxe, inspired by the new Charlotte Batik Wool Rug.

I then selected the rest of my products available through the New York Design Center site here and on Dering Hall's storefront here.

It felt great putting a board together without a budget to worry about. I was like a kid in a fancy candy store.

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I wanted my board to have that California beachy feel balanced with the glamour felt within LA, mixed in with color and pattern of the designstiles aesthetic.

Let the Pinterest promotion begin.

Ready, set, pin!