Iris, Greek Goddess of the Rainbow

Above: Jennifer Chun Iris shirtdress, YSL boots (similar here), Reed Krakoff bag (new tote/version here), Zara jacket, Hannah Blount Earrings, Hermes bangles


It was only a matter of time before I made this Iris shirt dress from Jennifer Chun S/S 2013 mine. As demonstrated here, and here, I was clearly in love.

Thank the lawd that the dress is not only gorgeous but forgiving of the expanding belly line. The minute I put this on, and realized the size 4 was flowing with plenty of room, my day went from doom and gloom to rainbows and unicorns. The genius is in some darts, cleverly concealed on the sides, that fold in, and I am sure will grow along with me and baby Z. Easily justified non maternity wear purchase. 

Jennifer flexed her creative muscles with not only the design (which comes in a few different colors), but in this particular version with a stunning Iris print. She designed the print herself. Her talent knows no bounds! 

I wore this out to the BCRF Saks fundraiser last week and received not 1, not 2, but 5 comments on the dress. Tell me the last time this happened to you? Thank you Jennifer! Praise Iris, Greek goddess of the rainbow! It was a lovely evening out for a great cause, 10% of proceeds went to BCRF and we were treated to an exclusive preview of spring collections. I walked away with a new pair of shoeshusband help the cause of course. 


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Banana Layer Cake with Caramel Cream and Pecan

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What is a girl to do when winter throws a curve ball upon one's birthday? Well, one bakes your own d@mn cake. 

Last month Nemo, arrived right on time for my birthday (who's number shall not be named....). Rather than my usual carrot cake from Rosie's Bakery, I decided to whip my own up. The picture of this banana layer cake drew me in like a siren song on the Bon Appetit pinterest page (original recipe here).  I altered the frosting recipe heavily! Note, not letting your caramel cool enough before mixing in whip cream = recipe for disaster, take my word on this one. I hate when I get impatient and just don't follow the directions to a 'T'.

So when my cream separated and I had a goopy mess, I stopped mid pour with the banana caramel, salvaged what I could and turned to my fail safe cream cheese frosting. Daring though it was, I made a blizzard trip to the supermarket for some cream cheese. My advice, don't try to save calories by getting the low fat stuff. Mine, as you can tell from the photos, clumped up a bit and created a bumpy final coat for the frosting. I filtered my powdered sugar, cross my heart! 

I also substituted a maple liqueur for the rum, making sure to boil off the alcohol before pouring over the cake and keep baby friendly. All in all, the cake was just delicious. Like, epic delicious. So good, I am asking the chef at the site of my baby shower to recreate a version for my guests. I can also safely thank this cake for about 5 of the pregnancy pounds of I gained. And I wouldn't trade a delicious calorie. This is a cross between banana bread, caramel, and the most fabulous cake you have ever had. Make it.



Ibride: Keeping the Nursery Decor Cool


Ibride Bambi Console

Ibride Nimbus Cloud Shelf


Ibride Ostrich Lamp Console


Ibride Sultan Dog Stool


Ibride Junior Polar Bear Shelf


Ibride Angry Zhao Tray


Ibride El Querido Tray


Ibride Martial Tray



Seriously, how insane are these Ibride shelves and consoles? I am kind of a little over the faux antler baby decor, this however, is a fresh take on the animaux.

They work perfectly with Ibride's insanely cool tray series as well. I have a few in my kitchen, but I am suddenly itching for an addition to the nursery space as well. Mr. Mp ChouChou thinks they are supremely creepy. I think they are supremely cool. The question is, will they interest a wee tot, or scare them to bits? Probably best to stick with the shelving and a Lou Lou ghost chair or two....