My favorite season to shop for is fast approaching. FAAAALLLLL! And if you live in Cleveland then it’s already sorta been here on a few random days. To honor the most wonderful time of year, I’ll be doing some style round ups of my fall essentials for tiny humans of the male variety. Starting with….crew neck sweatshirts. I know what you’re thinking – what is this 1993? Like a lot of other fashion from the 90’s, crew neck sweatshirts are back my friends and a lot of fall kids collections are not immune to the outbreak! I love a good whimsical print or fun graphic and these picks do not disappoint! A cool pair of skinny jeans and some sneaks make for an easy and stylish daycare ensemble.
Oh, man this weekend was HOT. And not in the good way, so come at me fall! But, it was still a good one. I ventured out to the flea with my MIL and my brave and beautiful friend with her twin girls. That of course made me realize that no matter what a pain in the butt Des is being, there is still only one of him. Bless her soul! It was so packed and so hot that I didn’t really do any treasure hunting, but we sure did eat a lot. On Sunday we family picnicked it up while Charlie hung out with Lance Bass at the coffee shop. 8th grade me was so jeal.
These girls. I mean, come on!
Hibiscus Bubble Tea from Forty.One.
Honeydew Hibiscus Popsicle from Chill Pop Shop (Yea I guess hibiscus is hot right now. PS this popsicle was amazeballs. He ate the whole thing.)
Salted Caramel Peanut Choc Chip Cookie (I think?) from Meringue.
And we also took the baby pool out for its maiden voyage at the family picnic. It was well received.
Usually when I make very deliberate plans for a special outing, I have this image in my head of how perfect it’s going to be and how it’s going to make a memory I’ll never forget. Like..the day I stop talking about taking Desmond to the zoo and actually take him. Or the day I actually plan the camping trip we go on and have amazing family bonding around the fire while Desmond probably eats dirt and gets a lot of mosquito bites. These things are usually much more dreamy in my head, but this weekend I got lucky. Desmond and I had a perfect outing to the beach at Rocky River Park. After a smooth breakfast and packing up to leave (yes, those are both things that can go very very unsmoothly) we headed out nice and early. You best believe I smugly grabbed that pail and shovel set I scored in the Target dollar bin (why does it feel like a victory every time I actually use something I buy from those bins? It’s like, ha-ha, jokes on you Target). Around 8am is the magical hour. The sun is just peaking up over the trees, the lake is like glass and the beach is empty except for the occasional Granola with a really smell dog. I’m only sorta kidding you guys. I drive a Subaru now so I can make jokes like that. After a few minutes of disorientation while sitting frozen on the towel, Desmond began exploring. Charging right into the water, running around the sand, climbing the driftwood. I just kept thinking…this…this is a childhood summer morning. Oh don’t get me wrong, Desmond still ate sand. But this was definitely a morning for the books.
Black and gold glam rock tiger wallpaper that I feel would make David Bowie proud, no less. I mean, are you serious? This Aimee Wilder wallpaper is amazeballs. At firs I was thinking it would be so perfect for a kid’s room. But then I saw the black and gold version and I decided to challenge myself to imagine up how this could work in a grown up room. What resulted is somewhat of a glam meets tribal feel with a modern twist. Can you dig it? Do you have bold wallpaper anywhere in your home?
Desmond’s one year photos were definitely the most fun so far. He hadn’t started walking quite yet at the original date we had them scheduled for, which got rained out. It ended up being a blessing in disguise because by the second date, he was a walking maniac. It made the pictures so much more dynamic and gave us a lot more options. We wanted them to be casual and representative of us as a family. We spend a lot of times on weekends venturing out to our favorite city spots. We picked Tremont for these pictures because of the vibrant colors in the neighborhood and Lincoln Park for Des to run around. Lucky’s Café was even super nice enough to let us play in their garden. It ended up being an overcast day again and started raining half way through. We made the best of it by utilizing the awning over the pool restrooms, then we ran over to the Brewnuts shop for a treat and some final snaps. Des was such a trooper through the whole thing and most definitely earned that rainbow sprinkle chocolate donut.
Here are my favorite picks by the amazing Kortnee from Kortnee Kate Studio.
It was a pretty wonderful 4th weekend. We had friends in town from Florida who’s visit marked the rekindling a friendship that was obviously destined to be. They have a 5 month old baby girl who’s such a good baby. Baby Bear made me so proud with how sweet he was to her. He kept giving her toys to play with and whenever she was on the floor doing tummy time, he would crouch down to her level and put his head down to look her in the eyes. It was somewhat of a relief to know that one day, God willing, he is going to make an amazing big brother. Opposite nap schedules meant we spent a lot of time hanging around the house, which was fine by all of us. We did make it out for a couple brunches, because let’s face it, that’s what you do for fun when you’re 30 (or almost) with kids.
Brunch at Toast
Brunch at Dante Next Door. Although there was a lot of baby misbehaving going on…the food was amazeballs!
I’m currently working on a little project helping someone concept the look for a new business space. She really liked the minimalistic and clean feel of Charlie’s coffee shop, but I know that she also loves color. So, I wanted to give her a range of options. All of which I’m obsessed with and if I had three houses I would decorate each of them this way. But I don’t. So instead I try to work little pieces of each of these into my home. It sounds like we might do the same for the space as well! Is there a certain interior design trend that you are really digging right now?