An Escape to Newport

This past weekend we were graciously hosted by the Grace Vanderbilt hotel in Newport, RI for a little (much  needed) get away.  Although a quick drive from Boston, we have not spent much time in this bustling coastal community but discovered it’s a great alternative to the Cape for a quick trip away. It was totally family-friendly and Henry had a BLAST.

is a historic building built by Alfred Vanderbilt in 1909 for his mistress (quite the gift, eh?)  The historic bones of the property are complemented by modern amenities and an incredibly helpful and attentive staff.

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FASHION FRIDAY: THE MULTI-FACETED STYLINGS OF HENRY GATES

I have about as much fun dressing Henry as I did as a little kid with my Barbies.  While boy clothes certainly are not as varied in styling options as little girls (I can’t enter Janie & Jack without a serious case of wombfire from the miniature leopard coats and gingham skirts).  Even so, it’s a freaking blast to shop for him. And while Henry is 90% of the time solidly a preppy-nautical dresser, I do like to mix it up with a little camo now and again too. :)

A lot of you asked for a post about what he’s wearing, so here’s a round up of current favorites, MANY of which we already own, in the various styles of Henry….

These jeans (PREPPY #2) are my most favorite of ALL jeans for Henry, and not expensive. And how about those Liberty swim trunks with dinosaurs??? HELLLLLOOOOO.  Also a big fan of investing a good Vineyard Vines fleece (PREPPY #10) or sweatshirt once a year (pricey but so well made) as I throw it on top of almost everything when it gets chilly.  For footwear we adore the Sambas (HIPSTER #5)  and Converse (HIPSTER #6) and they add a smidge of a cool touch to any of these outfits.

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Pondering Henry’s Big Boy Room

When I designed Henry’s nursery I purposely took a serene, babyish angle because I knew that his future room (rooms– lets be honest, I’m a designer) would be more bold and boyish.  I also did/ don’t know if I’ll be able to have another baby so I wanted to go all out with the baby-ish look.

Well, now he’s a tiny person with a (vocal) penchant for animals, cars & trucks (tractors and lawnmowers, specifically) and a SERIOUS addiction to Curious George. Oh, and more recently dinosaurs.  So we’ve got a BOY on our hands now, and I feel like I’m going to need (want) to do a new room for him sooner rather than later. So I’ve been scheming. And have settled on a blue and red scheme (mostly because I saw go up on and instantly knew I needed to do it for Henry.)  So I’ve been scheming a bit and since one of you suggested I post about this thought I’d flush my ideas out a little further.

So here is where I am on the room. The striped walls and a navy upholstered daybed (made by LivenUp Design) with a trundle for future sleepovers. I’m loving this Peter Dunham star fabric for roman shades.  I love the look of a vintage Heriz rug for the floor in here. It’s tough and hides a lot and looks pretty cool, in my opinion.  I’d keep since it’s really a dresser and I love it. As well as his big  (because he is very into Lion King). I’d top the dresser with a shiny red .  It’s wood, so it won’t break if it gets pulled over.

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Fashion Friday: Henry’s Fall Wardrobe (and some finds for the little ladies too!)

I love dressing my little monkey for fall (can you believe he’s going to be TWO in a month??) It’s so much fun to get to pick out these miniature man outfits everyday while he will still let me.  He really has no opinion yet on clothing beyond always wanting to wear a baseball hat.  I think we were so obsessed with him having one on as a baby that now he thinks it’s a requirement to leave the house.  The other day (when this picture was taken) I asked him if he wanted to go meet Daddy at the train and he looked at me with big eyes all excited and screamed “HAAAAAAT! HAAAAAAT!” while patting his head and running around.  Too cute.

Anyways, here are some of the items I’ve either bought or am planning to buy for Henry for fall. I’m obsessed with the Patagonia vest I just bought at Nordstrom (which he’s wearing above with this and Target jeans).  I may need to buy the jacket version too.  And I clearly have a stripe and Red and blue addiction. :)

1. // 2. // // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. (I buy another pair every time he outgrows one!)// 9. // 10. // 11. (we’re very into trucks right now)// 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17. // 18.

And while I don’t have a girl to shop for, doesn’t mean I don’t DIE over the “mini me” options out there. I mean, can I have this wardrobe (complete with gold Chucks?)

1.  (or this version) // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // (25% off today)// // 15.

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Fashion Friday: Henry Gates, Fashion Plate

To say I have fun dressing Henry is the understatement of the year. Picking out the day’s outfit brings me a generous amount of glee every morning! (He, however, is less thrilled- as of late getting him dressed is like trying to put a duvet cover on a fast moving comforter (a great quote from Jim Gaffigan- if you have not read his book “Dad Is Fat” you need to- I cried laughing).

And to say I have fun SHOPPING for Henry is the second understatement of the year.  When he finally started fitting into Crewcuts I nearly cried with joy.  I thought shopping for boys would be so boring compared to girls, but the options are so adorable now for little dudes (other than all the clothing with weird slogans like “Space Hunk” and “Mommy’s Boyfriend” — uh, NO).  I know in a few short years (months?) he’ll start having opinions about his attire, but until then I plan to dressing him how I want- which some days is Stockbroker On Nantucket Baby, others Hipster Brooklyn Baby and others still  Classic Country Rockwell Painting Baby. A lot of you ask me what Henry is wearing on so I wanted to do a post about what he wears- I shop a lot at H&M (best organic onesies out there- don’t bother with any others), , Boden (20% off today), , (40% off today), Crewcuts (30% off today), , , Old Navy, Nordstrom, Tea Collection (20% off today) , Lands End, Target (Cat & Jack line is so cute), Gymboree….so, basically everywhere?

Today we went more Weekend Prepster….. (captured trying to put Ollie’s harness on the stone dog- die.)

shirt (similar) // jeans // shoes

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