Tuesday
Jul142015

Dress the Baby Bump: Week 31 + Boston Weekly

Above: Ace & Jig spirit maxi in isle and checker dot via Covet + Lou, H&M straw hat, Sisco + Berluti bangles (c/o), Isabel Marant Etoile double buckle Gail sandals (ON SALE!), Jerome Dreyfuss tote (similar Pat tote currently ON SALE)

 

 

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to.

Let it Happen, Tame Impala. Give a listen to the entire album over at NPR: First Listen. I am a huge fan of the first album from Impala's Kevin Parker, and dipped my toes into the new with this first release. Very happy with the results. Similar enough to past work to keep fans happy and ever changing at the same time. Me likey. 

 

What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

Keeping things brief, since we are broadcasting from Nantucket. Annual get away with the fam.

In case you were looking, I'm the 31 week pregnant beached whale on the Madaket shore line.

 

Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about.  

If you find yourself Nantucket bound, drop in for free yoga at Follain, with Erin Bartolome, every Thursday from 8-9:00 AM, running through September 3rd. We'll see if I motivate for anything other than beach time.....

If you want even more Ace & Jig goodness, since this maxi is sadly sold out, check the fall preview at Covet + Lou. Delicious items ready for the wearing and buying. Make sure to shop now before they sell out!

Safety 1st and Jennifer Phelan host a series of integrative stroller bootcamps on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, 10:30-11:30, July 24, August 7 and August 14th. FOR FREE. Additional info and registration here.

Starting Friday July 10th, Mint Julep kicks off their groovy end of season sale. But aren't all sales groovy?


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Friday
Jul102015

Lani Loves: H & M Suede Fringe Skirt

 

 

H&M Suede Fringe Skirt

 

What I am loving this week.

Or what I just bought.

More often than not, both.

 

 

 

Yes, Yes, the fringe trend has been beaten into the ground by now. But I still fell hard for this fringe suede skirt from H&M. Yes folks, H&M.

 

Not thousands of dollars like its designer counterparts, this gem rings in at a much more budget conscious $149. At this price, I can justify the trend. It also deftly walks the line between the seventies vibe that will be huge this fall and a past fad, so I think it has legs.

 

Need some ideas on how to style such a piece? Check back in a few days, pulling together some great looks.

 

 

More Lani Loves:

 

Jenni Kayne X Pottery Barn 

Charlotte Olympia Frida Clutch 

Thursday
Jul092015

Amsterdam with the Whole Family: Travel Tips for International Trips with a Toddler

 

First and foremost a few travel tips for international travel with a toddler, which is a full contact sport my friends. Most of this is common sense, and the adages are all true, an ounce of planning and prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Have an ipad, headphones, snacks and activities, activities, activities for the flight and outings. This is actually a much longer post. And I need a few more weeks post trip before I can recount them all with a positive attitude. Let's just say my child did not sleep on the red eye, nor the return trip, and leave it at that.

A few of our favorites? An iPad pre-loaded with apps (peep these guilt free educational selections from Cricket's Circle), cartoons, and Frozen, which we watched about 20 times back to back (don't trust you'll have access to wi-fi). These headphones from Kidz Gear and this iPad case. Sticker books. A sturdy and light stroller- the G-Lite from Uppa Baby was a winner for us. You'll need to book your child their own seat on an international flight, so consider bringing a car seat if they sleep well in theirs. These car seat caddies make lugging baby and car seat around a breeze. Bring PJ's, sleep sacks, special toys, and anything that might help them settle in and sleep. 

Try to build in jet lag. Your first few days will be adjusting, not a time for big excursions or activities. There is no 'powering through' jet lag with a toddler or baby on a nap schedule. We spent our first few days settling into new time zones and beds. Sleep schedules, even abroad, provide some much needed structure and I found it especially nice to have a little siesta ourselves.

Bring back up everything. It's just going under the stroller anyways, so bring that extra outfit, diaper, snack, or game for the road. Don't tempt fate here. I did...and had to brave a Zara on a Saturday in the city's most popular shopping district for a change of clothes. Not fun. A quick game at lunch on an iPhone can be the difference between a relaxing beer on the patio and a tantrum.

Think family friendly when dining. Look for spots that open early for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and go early to beat the crowds. Maybe even call in advance to make sure they have high-chairs and can accommodate children. A five-course tasting menu is not going to fly. When in doubt, brush up on delish take out options and dine in. You might all need a break. 

Look for a house/apartment/space to stay in that has a nursery or adjoining room for children. We tried AirBNB for the first time and were very happy. Our apartment in Amsterdam was in the city center, walk-able to everything, had child gates, and a nursery already set up. Our accomodations even came complete with toys which were a huge hit with D. One (or 20) less things to worry about or lug onto a plane. 

Think family friendly activities. Kids get tired walking around all day. Crowds can be overwhelming. Hit museums early in the day when they are at their brightest and hopefully most well behaved. They do hold children to a different standard in Europe, this isn't the Magic Kingdom, it's likely the Van Gogh Museum. Buy tickets in advance, flash your phone to get in, and avoid standing around in a long line and getting fidgety. Avoid popular destinations on the weekends. Make sure you can bring the stroller on site and that there are elevators! 

 

For more ideas on travel in Amsterdam, peep the recent weekend getaway feature in the WSJ and my recent post with a day long itinerary for you and the entire family on Boston Day Book.