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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High Vs. Low: A Modern Breakfast Nook

First of all, I wanted to thank you for all your incredible comments on yesterday’s post.  As I expected and hoped, it helped me feel such a wave of support, hope and understanding during a very sad time.  Yesterday’s sense of true community is the best thing to come out of writing this blog, so thank you for that reminder.

But I don’t plan to dwell long on the unfortunate here.  Work has always been the best distraction for me when things go sideways in life.  So I pulled together a fun little High/Low post today of a modern little breakfast nook– at VASTLY different price points but very similar looks.

The high version features a Lindsey Adelman chandelier, which was a budget buster, as you can see. The Pottery Barn version of the light is eerily similar and a tiny fraction of the cost.  The rest of the items aren’t as jarring when it comes to price, but as you can see– if you look hard enough there are less expensive version of a lot of great looking items out there.

LOW ($2,908 with 4 chairs):   Table // Light // Art // Vase // Chairs

HIGH ($16,319 with 4 chairs) : Table // // // // Chairs

A Tough Post

So, I had been planning to post today to announce that I was 3 months pregnant with Henry’s sibling- finally.  Instead, on Friday at our ultrasound, I found out we had lost the baby. I pondered whether or not to even say anything here, as this loss is big and brutal and messy, but I have found in the past 12 years of blogging, that whenever I open up about my personal struggles, you guys tend to be one of the most uplifting sources of support and reassurance. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. Yes, it may seem too personal. But here I am. And I know I am not alone in my loss or pain.  And not feeling alone is one of the best ways to heal, in my experience.

This loss blindsided us. We had already seen a heartbeat and gotten the results of our genetic testing which came back all negative.  So while I had this nagging feeling of worry and dread since 8 weeks, I chalked it up to the trauma and stress of having lost two other pregnancies this year in my quest to expand my family.  But the old adage of “mother’s instinct” was unfortunately true. And as I sat there in the waiting room, with Andrew promising me it was all going to be okay, there was no need to worry,  I was terrified. And as it turns out rightfully so.

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Fashion Friday: Back to School Style with Nordstrom

Hey everyone!

Before you head out for the long weekend I know some of you have kids that have started school or are going to be starting school next week, so I partnered with Nordstrom today to share some great finds for back to school for the littles!  Henry starts pre-school September (I can’t believe it) and since he’s growing like a weed, needs all new fall clothes for the most part (okay fine, I also have WAY too much fun buying clothes and shoes for him– it’s way more fun than shopping for myself right now!)   Nordstrom is where I go for a lot of his stuff, especially their great shoe selection (and you can’t beat the easy returns).

CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LINKS TO EACH ITEM!

FOR BOYS: (I may or may not have bought everything on this list for Henry…. YIKES!)

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