A SPRING BRUNCH WITH NYDJ

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If you can believe it, there were about a good four years of my life where I never wore jeans. My style steered more towards dresses and tights and boots and skirts. It was around the time when skinny jeans were making their way to the states and I just couldn’t get into the look. It was also probably that I couldn’t find a pair that fit like I wanted them too. That’s the thing with jeans… fit is everything. Across the board, whether they are expensive or inexpensive, it doesn’t matter if they don’t fit and flatter in all the ways you want. When the fit is just right, you feel like a million dollars when you put them on.

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Now that jeans are one of my closet staples, it’s exciting when a brand comes along that offers the perfect fit in every style that you can’t help but brag about them to anyone who will listen. That’s how I’ve felt about NYDJ, so when they asked if I’d host a brunch to help introduce my girlfriends to their jeans, it was an easy ‘yes’! While their jeans obviously fit all ladies, I wanted to share them with my mom squad specifically since these were the only jeans I felt amazing in (and that fit!) just weeks after giving birth. They stretch and hug and hold in all of your wobbly bits. Everyone was obviously skeptical the minute I told them to “size down” as you are instructed to with all NYDJ pieces. Funny how we are so conditioned to stick to certain numbers for ourselves. Literally as each gal emerged from the dressing room, they were in disbelief that a) the smaller size fit and b) how comfortable and moveable the jeans were and c) that the smaller size fit! Most admitted they hadn’t worn jeans since prior to being pregnant and now these were the first pair they actually felt good wearing. Every woman found a pair and style that they loved, which made me so happy!

nydj fit is everything
nydj fit is everything

While it’s definitely a blast to host a brunch with friends - the event was actually about something much more important than just food and conversation. First, during the month of March, NYDJ is celebrating its first National Fit Month: a month dedicated to bringing NYDJ’s perfect fit to women everywhere. Second, National Fit Month is the kick-off to NYDJ’s year-long partnership with Clothes4Souls on a one-for-one donation program with the mission of helping women in need. Clothes4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of clothing around the world to people in poverty and victims of natural disasters. In addition, donations are a key component to the company’s micro-enterprise programs, providing the means for entrepreneurs in developing nations to step out of poverty.

To help promote the month of celebrations, this Try-On event was a perfect way to support the partnership since they are donating an item of clothing to benefit women in need every time a customer simply tries on a pair of NYDJ jeans. Additionally, throughout the month, NYDJ will donate an item of clothing to Clothes4Souls every time a customer purchases a pair of jeans on NYDJ.com. That’s pretty incredible! If you’ve been thinking you need a new pair of jeans, now is the time to try them out! Scroll below to see my current favorites from NYDJ!

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nydj jeans 

Photography by :: Ashtin Paige

This post is sponsored by NYDJ

CREATING KITCHEN ZEN WITH METHOD

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I’ve never been one of those people that feels ‘at home’ in the kitchen. No pretending here, I can’t cook very well, haven’t baked in years and once used my oven to store sweaters back when I had no closet space in my first NYC shoebox apartment. The best you’ll get out of me these days is some vegetable roasting [because it’s basically fool proof] and some eggs [which was a step up from the days I used to cook them in the microwave]. I owe most of my home cooked meals to Eric. Without him, well, I’d still be trying to think of what I want for dinner!

All this to say, the kitchen usually is my most stressful room. With two kids and two adults always on the move, the dishes pile up so fast and after trying to make Parker dinner [that she insists on helping with], puree some foods for Sidney Sloane and then whip something up for myself… it’s utter chaos all over the counters. And if there’s one thing I can’t handle, it’s cluttered countertops.

Recently I partnered with method to bring this plan of calm and simplicity to my very own kitchen along with some of their spring limited edition collection soaps. There’s enough clutter in other areas of our home with kids toys, shoes and mail that I just need one sane and minimal space that I can count on to be clean and tidy. I really want it to feel like a sanctuary that *may* inspire me to cook and not make me want to flee the area in an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ kind of manner.

The idea of creating a zen space was really appealing because it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to own zero items in your kitchen and aren’t allowed a dish towel in sight. An empty kitchen would be quite sad. It translates more as giving everything a proper home and place to live and visually aligning things. Full disclosure, our kitchen is currently undergoing renovations, so this was a bit easier to implement!

  • Keep colors neutral: This helps everything feel more streamlined and not too loud. Maybe a louder dish towel or something, but overall, keep it neutral.

  • Calm drawer handles/knobs: Currently, we don’t have any. I’ve been on the hunt and haven’t felt rushed frankly because the sleek look of no hardware is also appealing.

  • Equal distribution: Don’t heavily populate countertop items such as toasters, coffee makers and knife sets to one corner. Create balance by dispersing them in appropriate places.

  • Plants and flowers: I absolutely love fresh flowers and little potted plants in the kitchen. Give them all to me!

  • Mix finishes, not patterns when decorating: Marble, gold, matte black, stainless steel can all live cohesively. If you’re craving a statement, go with a bolder rug or piece of art! When one loud pattern meets another loud pattern, things get a little crazy.

Those are some of my tips for creating your zen kitchen space! I'm sure ours will continue to get hectic as renovations finish and the battle against clutter and mess is never-ending, but it's great to have some basics in place that will help keep things at least appearing cleaner than they may actually be! 


*This post is in partnership with method home, a brand we regularly use around our home. All content and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this little blog and my family*

AN EARLY VALENTINE'S DATE WITH OLD NAVY

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This will be our eighth Valentine's Day together and I can hardly believe it. Feels like just yesterday and also feels like forever ago, as life does these days. I can still remember our very first Valentine's Day when we were dating... it was epic. The month prior we had been upstate in Cold Spring with some friends doing antique shopping (the same town we would get engaged and then married in). I had come across this 110 year old family bible at one of the shops and was enamored by the pages and the smell and the elaborate leather binding and embossing. I loved it, but remember it was snowing that day and freezing and I convinced myself the last thing I wanted to do was haul this massive 15 lb bible home with me on the train. But I couldn't stop thinking about it. 

We returned to the city and weeks went by and I had started to forget about that hefty old bible and continued on with my days. That was, until Valentine's Day rolled around. We were only a few months into dating and were hanging out at Eric's apartment for the day. We had ordered in Chinese food from our favorite spot in Williamsburg and were watching movies all afternoon. Eric leaned over and told me he had a present for me... and to this day, I actually don't remember if I got him anything! He leans under his bed and pulls out this massive brick of a package. Inside... was the old family bible I had found in Cold Spring. I was shocked and had so many questions... mainly, how did it get here?! Apparently after we returned to the city, Eric got up early the very next day and took the train back upstate to the antique shop, swooped up the bible and sneakily came back in time to meet me for dinner that evening. That man, I mean... he could've gotten away with just asking me to marry him right then and there! 

As we reminisce about all of our grand romantic gestures we did as a dating couple, we also are very into cozying up on the couch and enjoying some quality romantic comedies for a Valentine's Day activity. If you’re in need of some rom-com recommendations, here are a few of my favorites:

About Time

Knotting Hill

Anything with Ryan Reynolds (rom-com or not)

Serendipity

A Lot Like Love

Sweet Home Alabama

When Harry Met Sally

Sleepless in Seattle

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As we’ve aged in our marriage and added children to the mix, sometimes the most romantic time together these days is just time spent together without others around. Anytime we can sneak out for even a solo coffee date or when Eric has a free moment in the afternoon and he’ll swing by my office to take me to lunch. Uninterrupted time to talk… we’ll take it! Dating can continue, even if you are married. And it takes on a whole new meaning and importance and ya gotta fight for it. I'll take any excuse to go gallivant around town with this man!    

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Me: Shirt / Jeans / Shoes (similar) / Jacket / Jean Jacket

Eric: Shirt / Jacket / Jeans


This post was sponsored by Old Navy and Heymama. As always, thanks for supporting brands that support this blog and my family!

Photos by: Ashtin Paige