Baby Box!

3What do new moms want? FOOD. And not to have to think about what to eat and how to hunt/gather/cook/clean it up. So many amazing friends brought us dinner via a Mealtrain that one of my best friend’s organized after Press was born, and Marc and I could not have been hungrier or happier every night when a smiling face walked through the door with a delicious dinner. It’s such a great idea because 1) you get fed and 2) you get to see people besides your immediate family and favorite television stars. But then they leave. And then it’s baby blur fest nighttime, and then morning and you’re alone and starving. One of my friends offered to bring us a second dinner after the meal train was over, and I looked at her and straight up said, “You know what? That would be great, but what I really want is BREAKFAST.” She is such a good cook and so creative and brought over an amazing box of breakfast goodies. It was the PERFECT meal gift, and so I mixed it up a bit and have been making these baby boxes for a few months now (especially if there isn’t a Mealtrain to get involved in). Sometimes I miss a new mommy baby box (sorry!) because… 8 month old. And wedding season. But mostly 8 month old. So blame Press. I dare you 🙂 ANYWAY, I digress. I finally got around to photographing one of these baby boxes, and voila! 7 2 1 4 5 8

 

This box is for a boy, so I picked this turquoise chevron box. To be honest, girl boxes are wayyyy more fun to pick out, but I thought this one was pretty damn cute.
Before I had a baby, I got my friends post-baby gifts like Veuve and US Weekly. Bitch, PLEASE. Ain’t no new mom got time for that! Here is my much improved list (I buy local products as much as possible, so sub in your own brands!)

Box: Paper Source (shoebox size) || Wolfermann Blueberry English Muffins || Bonne Maman Strawberry Jam || Hippie Chow Cafe Blend Granola || Shatto Butter || Chobani Strawberry Banana Yogurt || Simply Orange Juice (because these bottles are just too cute) || Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut Coffee (a Radasky fave)

Springtime Shower

088A few weeks ago (months? what day is it?) my favorite people in the world and I hosted a bridal shower for one of our best friends. We played with her wedding colors, dialed up the “girly” for this personal shower, and really let the hot pink, gold, chevron and floral patterns run wild. Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions served up some DE-lish light bites, and the signature cocktails were flowing. A friend (and local party/style guru) and I made sure everything from the invitations to the signage to the guest towels was branded with flair. I arranged the simple florals, and she created that FAB floral wreath of the couple’s wedding monogram. A fun trivia game focusing on the bride and her move from Kansas to Texas kicked off the unwrapping of the gifts, and cookies with the same design as the invitations sent guests out the door (hopefully wanting more!)038044053054055056061073080085091093101103107114116124088

3 in 1

Welp, looks like I am a little bit behind again! We had a good friend’s wedding in Palmetto Bluff two weekends ago, which was a blast, but definitely threw me off of my schedule, so I have been working 110% on clients’ projects with no free time for other creativity. The blog and a couple of blank canvases have been calling my name…but in my free time, Press seems to drown them out! So! As I am literally running with one Manolo on out the door to a ladies’ luncheon (something I literally NEVER thought I would do… like ever) I thought I would just do a quick post of three things I have been doing/thinking about/loving! How nice is it to be able to do what you are thinking about and love it?! Sometimes I really need to remember how wonderful life is!

I’ve been designing, creating and addressing some fabulous Save the Dates….

svdChowing DOWN on this Avocado Cilantro salad dressing from Skinnytaste. We added a second avocado and made it a dip last night. Which I also ate for breakfast.

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I’ve been drooling over… these dresses from Bridal Week:

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(For some reason my links aren’t working… I’ll try to add them in this afternoon!!)

XO!

 

 

 

Our House: BEFORE

I have to confess something. I flat out SUCK at getting stuff done around the house.  Things like throwing out salad from last week, and getting the folded laundry put away just doesn’t happen all the time. And I don’t even have to MAKE the salad, or DO the laundry. Those small jobs of throwing out and putting into drawers are too much for me sometimes.  And that doormat I’ve been needing to replace? Well, considering I just thought of it for the first time in 8 weeks… probably won’t happen for at least another 8 weeks. You get the idea. I keep a relatively clean and neat house, but it ain’t perfect. We moved in just a few weeks before Press was born, and so just being box-free felt like a major accomplishment throughout November and December. Then I managed to bribe enough people into helping me decorate for the holidays, and now that that shitshow is over,  I am realizing that our house needs some major work and decor. My mom is an awesome decorator and has been helping us up to this point, but it’s time to call in the pros, who will MAKE US commit to things and finish a room. One room. That’s all I’m asking for right now. So the decorator asked that we take pictures of the house and I decided to use these pics to do a little “Before” post, so in 3 (ok maybe 6) months I will feel incredibly guilty if I still haven’t posted an “After”. *Note: I am leaving out a few rooms because they are either 1) finished enough (basement = boring) or 2) beyond help that I can afford at this point (planning a kitchen and master bed/bath/closet redo down the road, when we’re feelin’ flush) **Also note: I am a terrible photographer and obviously know nothing about lighting, frame, or picking up your dogs’ toys and other random crap before taking a picture. 

BEFORE:

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Outside. We are going to paint, so I’m including this exterior shot.

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Again, going to re-landscape, so I’m including this shot.

Entry hall (standing in a small entry room that needs a major facelift) Do you like the old headboard leaning up against the dining room wall? It's a modern art installation. At least that's what I'm telling people.

Entry. Do you like the old headboard leaning up against the dining room wall? It’s a modern art installation. At least that’s what I’m telling people.

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Another shot. Love that chair we re-upholstered. It was a hand me down from my mom, and covered in a beautiful pink leopard (classy leopard, not like Claire’s) fabric, and I thought it would be fun to juxtapose the classic style with a super out there fabric. Love the outcome. You can also see our RH planters that we cut glass tops for and use as side tables in our family room (through the open doors)–they’re great because they have a lot of surface area to set things on.

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Some great tables my in-laws found. I’m not even going to tell you how much they were because you wouldn’t believe me. Let’s just say I have driven through Taco Bell for less.

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Our family room

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A million shelves… have I had panic attacks over styling these? I guess you’ll never know. But yes. Yes, I have.

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Dining room. I like the start we have in here– it is hopefully going to be a very dramatic space when finished.

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Some of my fave linens I designed for Sharyn Blond Linens

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An expertly lit shot of the kitchen, eating area, and desk.

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Gallery wall behind our kitchen table. This was so flipping difficult to execute (ok, so I just oversaw the hanging) and then later come back and fill in with pictures, I feel like I should have won something for the effort. And now I see that it’s slightly crooked. ARHHAHGHGH!

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Laundry room/Mud room

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Guest bedroom – slightly rumpled bedding from tossing dry cleaning on the bed and then not re-fluffing.

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Marc’s closet / “the annex” … Our bedroom has limited closet space, so he got booted. 🙂

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One shot of our bedroom. Could I have thought about either turning on both lights or turning off both lights? Probably. Was I racing against time/a sleeping baby while snapping these pics? Yes.

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My office/the other guest room. I have so many ideas for this space, but it will probably be the last room we finish.

So! I’m excited to start working with the interior designer and pull some of this randomness together! Next round of pictures I promise to clean up a little, and learn at least one thing about lighting. Those two improvements will make the “After”s just that much better!

Oh. Em. Gee. What Day Is It?

I have learned a few things since having a baby. 1) It’s f*cking hard and 2) It’s f*cking awesome. I feel like I had heard talk of sleepless nights but didn’t really get it until that first night when we brought HPR home. I had no idea what I was doing (still don’t 99.9% of the time) and when he woke up to eat a few hours after he had fallen asleep that first night, I freaked out. OHHHH NO. Oh, no. I knew this was going to happen. He’s nocturnal. Welp, I better entertain him, I thought, in my infinite wisdom. I took him into the nursery (hands down the most stimulating room in our house  the universe) and proceeded to try to teach him the alphabet (I’m not kidding). Thank goodness my adorable husband suggested we get a night nurse, because that woman saved my life. I still had to wake up in the middle of the night to pump (sorry for the intimate sharing), but I could function as a slightly normal human every other day, and was able to learn things from her that I could have never figured out on my own, especially in my sleep deprived state. So once I regained a little sense of reality, it was back to work. Working for yourself is great in the sense that you have so much control over your schedule and creativity, but difficult when you have a little baby around that needs you (and that, honestly, you just want to cuddle all. the. time!). I’m so lucky that I don’t have to go to work in an office and leave him, but some days I wish I had that easy separation of “I’m at the office working now” and “I’m home and I’m a mom now”. Grass is always greener kind of thing. So, baby has been toted around in the Baby Bjorn to all sorts of meetings, and it’s only slightly embarrassing when I go to grab my iPad and hit the trigger on a toy that starts singing “Old MacDonald”. Anyway, the point I’m getting around to is WOW having a baby is a big adjustment that I was in no way prepared for. How did I not understand my life would be 100% different? There are NO words to describe how amazingly blessed I feel every single time he looks at me or even just crosses my mind. When he smiles, my mind literally empties and nothing but happiness bursts through my body, and when he cries (which isn’t that often *knocking on wood even though I probably just jinxed myself*), I love scooping him up in my arms and trying not to laugh at the funny expression he makes when his little lips turn down in the stereotypical “sad face”. I am almost obsessed with watching him learn to roll and read and discover things daily. Putting him down at night and going into his room in the morning are the best times of my day (Disclaimer: since he has been sleeping through the night. Before that, they were the most stressful times of my day). I have a wonderful, supportive, loving, interesting, intelligent, fun husband who is the greatest father I could ever have imagined, and a business working with people and designing all sorts of wonderful paper and events for happy times in their lives. Life is sweet and God is so so good. That being said. Things that used to take me hours now take me days. How did I not take advantage of all of my free time pre-baby?!  Could NO ONE have sat me down, looked me in the eye, and said, “Enjoy just locking your door and jumping in your car and running errands when you feel like it. Because that will be gone. Gone.” Or, “Do you like to shower? Because luxuries like that are a thing of the past. Think you’re going to brush your teeth every morning? Who are you? The Queen of England?” There was a particularly difficult balancing situation in the Target bathroom last week. Naps have become my freedom, and I am learning to PRI-oritize what needs to be done in those few precious hours. It’s all a balancing act that is so FREAKING frustrating when I need to get things done, but also so FREAKING satisfying when I learn how to work it all in. Seriously. I feel like a badass some days. And some days I feel like a gutter rat. Babies, huh?  Even though we have established a pretty good schedule, I never know what each day is going to bring. It has taken me months to get back to this blog, because my current clients and projects take priority during naptime, and at the end of the day, all I want to do is crawl into bed. So I made myself compromise. I will blog at least once a week. That’s all. If I hit 2 days, awesome. 3 days, I’ll pretty much be a super hero. Bar. Lowered. I am also going to be blogging more frequently about my life than I used to, along with all the fab things I come across that inspire me. So! May I introduce my little man–the adorable time sucker that he is– and say that I am happy to be back! IMG_0761 IMG_0878 IMG_0875 IMG_0877

Letterpress baby announcements that I designed for Press. I wanted them to be different than the norm, and notably masculine, but still refreshing and sweet! I love how they turned out, and I finally sent (most of them) last week. Yes, he was born November 7th. It’s just one of those things.

Style Me Pretty Feature

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Yippee! This wedding was so fun to work on– from designing the overall “brand” with the colors, design elements and monogram, to picking out the stir sticks and frames to give  the reception those extra special touches, everything just came together wonderfully! Plus I obviously had blast designing that paper suite, sketching out the florals for Botanica to bring to life, and did I mention the LUCITE menus that we had calligraphed and the custom table toppers with that fab coral lattice? I want to do it all again! Check out this fun, fresh, Florida wedding on Style Me Pretty! Have a great weekend! -Xs

Baby R’s Nursery

Annnnnd, I’m back! All personal and professional life is back in order, and I’m SO excited to move in to our house next week! FINALLY! And FINALLY, I’ll be back to regularly blogging weddings, design, fashion, and what’s inspiring me. For my first day back, I thought I’d share what has been occupying 99.9% of my brain for the last few weeks: Baby R’s nursery! Luckily it is all getting pulled together now, so I have been able to put a huge X through that box on my to-do list, and check back into reality. Feels good. HPR Nursery Storyboard

As you can see, I went with a very bold, preppy, and primary palette… which was the exact OPPOSITE of what I had intended to do! Funny how that works sometimes. I just couldn’t keep ignoring all these dang articles telling me about how good contrast and bold colors are for a baby’s development. Blast. Bye bye peaceful neutral nursery, hello brain stimulation center. Lovely. I do love the end result though… by throwing in some cool elements like the red wire basket chandelier (made by Marc’s agricultural packaging company! We real fancy-like!) and the Picasso animal prints, plus that Elizabeth McKay pillow that I’m still dying over, I think I was able to make it a little bit more modern and less “styled by Fisher-Price”. Ok! That’s all I’ve got today– I promise no more baby-related posts for awhile, but this project has been what’s inspiring me lately, so I had to share!

 

1. frames  2. picasso prints   3. crib   4. blanket   5. rug (My rug looks like this one but is actually much softer, couldn’t find it online!)   6. elephant lamp   7. dresser/changing table   8. changing pad cover   9. pillow   10. glider

Ok! Apparently this blogging thing isn’t exactly like riding a bike… I had some trouble linking directly to the product pages, so I just entered the main pages of the websites where I found everything… If I can, I will try to go back and input the exact product pages later! Apologies for any inconvenience… please leave comments if you have any questions about anything!