On the sunny little Sunday before last, my dear friends Janey and Jamie hosted a couple’s shower for my husband Jon and myself in our home. I didn’t get a chance to take many photos (as one forgets to do when they’re enjoying themselves…a good problem to have) but it was SUCH a lovely day so I wanted to share the few that I snapped before our guests arrived.
Isn’t this all so lovely? I feel like Pinterest just barfed up all my favorite things into our house. Although Janey and Jamie planned and hosted the shower, they enlisted all my best lady friends to help put the perfect day together, who showed up like a fleet of soldiers hours before the shower to make sure everything looked perfect (all while I was upstairs primping!). Rebecca brought a giant cheese plate (yum-city), Jenny brought tons of beer and snacks (cough *doughnuts* cough), Lynn brought two, count ‘em, TWO amazing cakes and Megan brought all the plates, napkins and silverware and a homemade cream puff dessert. Amazing, no? I was honestly brought to tears by the generosity of our pals.
I mean, I just wanna eat like this all the time, k?
How adorbs is that teeny tiny bee? Lynn knows me too, too well…this was pretty much my own private lemon cake, aka my favorite flavor of anything sweet (that I finished off yesterday, just in time for shower no. 2!).
See all those mini doughnuts? Jenny said she walked into Winchell’s Doughnuts (a local shop) and said she would “take them all”. True friends clear out pastry cases for you.
And let’s not forget about the overwhelming amount of gifts our guests brought for baby T. Beautiful gifts. Thoughtful gifts. Homemade bibs. Favorite books. I could go on for hours. His not-quite-ready room is just OVERFLOWING with everything he needs, much much more than everything we need to welcome him into our little world.
Guest appearance from the rocking horse Jon’s grandmother had made for him as a baby. It’s been in our garage for YEARS, waiting for a little reason to come out and play. So sweet.
We’ll never be able to fully express how grateful we are to have such amazing people in our lives. Our full house filled our hearts on this day and we can’t wait for baby boy T to meet all his “aunts” and “uncles” and all the wonderful things you’ll help us teach him. Grateful, thank you, more please.
I was over the moon when H&M contacted me again to be part of the launch of their collaboration with a Parisian designer than I have long admired, Isabel Marant. In true French allure, Marant has consistently delivered collections drawing inspiration from Bohemia and masculine tailoring since 1994. Available tomorrow, November 14, 2013 in around 250 stores worldwide and online, the collection features clothing and accessories for women and teenagers. And for the first time, Marant created a collection for men (y’all rejoicing over that, or what?).
Here’s a short video from Marant herself speaking a little bit about her signature style and the inspiration behind the collection followed by a few of my favorite looks. I simply adore the soft grey dress (top left), along with the oversized blazer (bottom left). I haven’t been to Paris for a few years, but I distinctly remember admiring the effortless style from the women I passed on the streets, particularly a group of ladies on the train (one of which in an oversized tweed blazer with natural hair and a simple red lip). I wouldn’t (ever) describe my personal style as effortless (let’s be honest, there’s a ton of effort that goes into my look, from my red locks to my signature cat eye) but I’ll never forget the simple, underdone allure of the women I came across. This collection is spot on Parisian chic.
I encourage you to check it out at your local H&M tomorrow, or if you’re like me (Nebraska is still waiting for our first location) you’ll be shopping this marvelous collection online. I’m eyeing this gold number (not for now –for my post baby body, duh), photographed at the launch party on the right, so make sure to leave one for me.
xo, Sarah & Rebecca
Just wanted to throw these photos up and dash. Two things: (1) I am over-the-moon excited for this dress, coming very soon to Hello Holiday. (2) We were featured in the Omaha World Herald today with a fabulous write up on our decision to carry clothing at Hello Holiday that fits and flatters all the beautiful bodies our customers inhabit. Many thanks to columnist Matthew Hansen for interviewing us for this piece.
Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone got some much needed relaxation in this weekend, even if you had to work (I feel you). Today I’m at the office having a quiet day with Meg. Even though we’re working, today seems kind of…chill. Maybe because I came in at 2? Sorry Meg.
Just wanted to do a little update because I am so excited for my second prenatal appointment tomorrow. I’m at just about 16 weeks, and am hoping they’re going to be able to tell us ye olde gender of our child. Not getting my hopes up (I know it’s early), but one can wish.
Overall I’ve been feeling pretty good. Little tinges of discomfort in my sides here and there, I’m more tired than usual (I think I spent half of this weekend sleeping) and I am snacking constantly. I’ve found that’s what works best for me to keep feeling a-ok most of the time. I read yesterday that our child’s eyelids are no longer fused shut as of this week, and that just really struck me. It’s beginning to feel more and more real.
But enough about baby, this is a “style” blog, after all (whatever that means). I finally bit the bullet and bought this dress on Friday. I’ve been wearing Megan’s quite a bit (she owns the black version) and I am SO HAPPY I did. The material is soft and stretchy, and not opaque at all and I can proudly report that you can wear a normal bra with it. I thought maybe it would show through the back but it doesn’t at all. I’m looking forward to wearing this a lot in the coming months ahead in my quest to purchase no actual “maternity” clothing. I think it’s pleated just enough to lay comfortably over my expanding waistline and the seam at the waist sits kind of high…so bring on the tights and cardigans to pair with this puppy.
If you read this before Tuesday, snag this style at Hello Holiday for 25% off by using code ‘JADE‘ or ‘BLACK‘ to purchase each respective hue. Cross my heart, stick a needle in my eye (none of that “hope to die” crap) you won’t regret this purchase.
Hello from Omaha’s mini-heatwave! I’ve been busy this week getting ready for my staycation on Saturday with Jon (you heard me, don’t judge), photographing all the new fall stuff that’s been rolling in for Hello Holiday (cat hats! to-die-for dresses!) and finally unpacking from our trip to market in Las Vegas. It’s been a very productive week, and I’m also getting pumped up for the second doctor appointment of my pregnancy on Tuesday.
I’m just about dying to find out the sex (for the record, I have no preference at all), but I think it’s going to be a little early to know still. Here’s to hoping that ultrasound is ultra clear.
As I mentioned, my husband Jon and I haven’t had any time to take a real vacation of any sort this year, so we’re planning a little day of relaxation on Saturday. I have all sorts of things planned and I’m hoping this dumb, end of summer heat wave we’re experiencing in Nebraska won’t ruin our plans as they are very outdoor focused. Can’t a girl get a cloudy day? Partially sunny, even?
Even though we take outfit photos almost every day, these are a few of my favorite as of late. Since it’s been so hot, I haven’t had a lot of chances to delve into Hello Holiday’s new fall stock, but I’m loving the new black and white polka dot sweater pictured above. Perfect with a comfy pair of trousers. I’m also loving my new nameplate necklace, something I’ve wanted since I proudly sported one that said “Princess” in high school (again, no judging!). I really wanted one that said “Lorsung Tvrdik”, but the form wouldn’t let me enter all those letters for a single necklace, haha. But really, I’m obsessed with my new necklace, it hasn’t left my neck since I received it a few weeks ago.
I know it’s not even Friday, but I hope everyone has a relaxing Labor Day weekend. Stay cool y’all.
Hey everyone! I’m posting today from sweltering, sunny Las Vegas, where I’m attending the WWD Magic Marketplace. We come here twice a year along with the rest of the buying world to search for new designers to carry at Hello Holiday, and place orders with our favorites. We’re on a tight schedule today, but I just wanted to let everyone know that it’s the last day to enter H&M’s 50 States of Fashion Campaign.
It’s SO easy to enter, just post an Instagram photo showing off your best H&M style, using the hash tag #HMShopOnlineXX (replace the XX’s with your state’s abbreviation) and that’s it! Be sure to follow H&M on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates on the contest and to view the winners!
It’s hard to believe that summer’s already on its last leg, and I’ve been trying my best to milk it for all its worth before the days start getting shorter. After work power-naps to make the evenings last, hour long phone gab fests on the porch while sipping lemonade and late evening walks around my neighborhood with Jon. Warm weather, I love you so.
But at the same time, I’m feeling the pull of fall, the excitement over buying a new pair of boots (we just received the most glorious, glittering boots in at Hello Holiday, coming later this week) and I’ve been slipping pants into my wardrobe more often and bringing a little jacket with me when I’m out and about.
So with my favorite J. Crew Minnie Pants (I own these puppies in three hues, eek!), I paired my new, lightweight H&M blouse, the perfect piece for the coming seasonal transition. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but there’s a big vintage-y rhinestone at the neckline (I just love little details that you might not notice at first).
If you missed my first post, you NEED-TA-KNOW that H&M just launched their online store in the US, and I’m repping Nebraska to help promote their 50 States of Fashion campaign. It’s almost too easy to enter, just post a photo on Instagram showing your best H&M style, using the hashtag #HMShopOnlineXX (replace XX with your state abbreviation, I would tag #HMShopOnlineNE, for example). And that’s it!
Check out all the goodies you can win and the official rules here, and enter as often as you like. You can also check out the other entrants from your state WHICH I LOVE, because there’s definitely going to be some familiar faces in there. And if you’re a blogger you’ll probably find a few new people to follow (I already did).